Local campground wins national award

Staff writer

The Williamsburg/Busch Gardens area KOA Campground was given the company’s 2019 KOA President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award at the Kampgrounds of America annual International Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month.

KOA is the largest chain of public campgrounds in the world, with more than 500 locations across the U.S. and Canada, according to the company’s website. The 180-acre Williamsburg campground, 4000 Newman Road, features a heated pool, splash pad for children and other family-friendly activities, according to its website.

The KOA Founder’s Award, named after company founder Dave Drum, is the company’s highest service award. According to a news release, the Founder’s Award is only given to campgrounds that score high in both customer service and quality review. The KOA President’s Award is awarded to campgrounds which meet the company’s quality standards and receive high customer scores, according to the release.

“Our KOA owners have a well-deserved reputation for creating quality camping experiences for their guests,” said KOA President Toby O’Rourke. “Their hard work and continued investment in their camping guests are evident in the feedback shared with us by campers who come not only from North America, but from around the world. It is a privilege to be able to recognize these owners for all that they do.”

For more information about the Williamsburg/Busch Gardens area KOA Campground, visit koa.com/campgrounds/williamsburg.

With the help of the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department, Williamsburg Pottery President and CEO Kim Maloney handed out 800 turkeys to shoppers Nov. 17.

Additionally, the Lightfoot-based retail outlet presented its annual donations to local agencies including the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s office, York County Fire & Life Safety, James City County Bruton VFD and the James City County Police Department.

Donations were made through the James Maloney Foundation, a charitable effort established by Kim Maloney in 2005 in recognition of her late husband’s legacy, according to a news release. The late James Maloney founded the Williamsburg Pottery, then called the Pottery Shop, in 1938.

The James Maloney Foundation is funded by the Pottery, which donates one percent of its sales each year to support philanthropic efforts. From 2005 to mid-2012, the James Maloney Foundation donated almost $170,000 in support of Greater Williamsburg charitable services, according to the Williamsburg Pottery website.

For more information, visit williamsburgpottery.com.

Texas-based ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries recently announced it will expand its distribution area to include Williamsburg and other surrounding localities starting next March.

Blue Bell is available in 22 states, according to the company’s website. Locally, however, the ice cream brand is only available in a small section of the western part of the state, according to a news release.

“It has always been our goal to return to Hampton Roads,” said Jimmy Lawhorn, vice president of sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “We can’t thank our customers enough for their patience.”

The announcement follows the company’s plans to open a new 14,000-square-foot distribution facility in Suffolk next year. Although the company has not yet released a list of area grocery stores that it plans to distribute to, the release states Blue Bell ice cream will be available in most major supermarkets and drug stores.

“We are anticipating a busy and successful year ahead,” Lawhorn said in the release.

In addition to serving Williamsburg, Blue Bell ice cream will be found in Richmond, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach stores, according to the release.

For more information, visit bluebell.com.

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