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Strike 2

Meridian, Idaho—AIRE has introduced the Tributary Strike 2 inflatable kayak, which the company says is perfect for daily use in a camp setting. The new, self-bailing kayak features contemporary styling, sleek lines and low-profile ends designed to provide comfort, stability and superior performance on both flat and moving water. All Strike 2 kayaks come with a one-year limited warranty for commercial use. For more information, call, (800) 247-3432 or visit www.aire.com.

100% Organic Cotton T-shirts

New York, N.Y.—Anvil Knitwear has announced the launch of affordable, 100% organic cotton T-shirts. The new product, AnvilOrganic, is available in ten colors in sizes XS through 4XL. Initially, the product will be distributed through Alpha Shirt Company. For more information, visit www.anvilknitwear.com.

“Cool Kind Kid” Camp Kit

Voorhees, N.J.—Etiquette, Etc. has released Tanner’s Manners: “Cool Kind Kid” Camp Kitin response to requests by camp professionals to adapt the Tanner’s Manners: Be a “Cool Kind Kid” Social Skills and Character Values Elementary School Curriculum to a camp setting.

The “Cool Kind Kid” Camp Kit is designed as a fun way for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 to acquire the social skills they need to get along with people and be comfortable and confident in any social situation. Kids learn that “Kind” is “Cool” and “Cool” is “Kind,” and that the “Kind” kid is the “Cool” kid, not the bully.

The award-winning music CD includes 17 original songs written from the program content, each teaching a different social skill. The CD has won seven national awards, including Parents’ Choice, Teachers’ Choice, and Toy and CD of the Year. Kids love singing “Rude Rudy,” “The Magic Word Mambo” and “Dan’s Disastrous Dining Dilemma.”

For more information or to hear song clips, see sample activities, and view a free video featuring Dr. Loretta Long (Susan from Sesame Street) visit www.tannersmanners.com.

UV Treatment for Swimming Pools and Spas

Erlanger, Ky.—Aquionics UV systems, such as the Quantum, are designed specifically for treating water in pools or spas. The company claims the systems are compact and can usually be installed within the existing pipe-work. An automatic wiper keeps the sleeves housing the UV lamp clean, so the only regular maintenance is changing the UV lamps every six to nine months. For more information, call (859) 341-0710 or visit www.aquionics.com.

Hunter Institutional Spray Sprinklers

San Marcos, Calif.—Hunter Industries has introduced its Institutional Spray Sprinkler, which the company says is a line of rugged, water-saving sprinklers designed for commercial, institutional and public area applications. The line features positive-seal flush caps with innovative pull-up design to keep debris out, super heavy-duty check valve assembly to eliminate low head drainage, plus a multi-functional, pressure-activated wiper seal, which offers true pressure regulation under a wide range of environmental and pressure conditions. For more information, call (760) 744-5240 or visit www.hunterindustries.com.

Easy, Effective Irrigation Control for Smaller Sites

Azusa, Calif. – Rain Bird Corporation has introduced its new IQTM Central Control System, allowing landscape contractors, property managers and water managers to monitor and control irrigation at multiple remote sites from a single computer. Utilizing Rain Bird's ESP-LX Modular Controller and a PC-based computer, the IQ Central Control System provides users with easy-to-learn software, which provides remote programming, adjustments, monitoring, and manual operation of satellite controllers through a variety of communication options. It also offers basic water management features, including Evaportranspiration (ET) Adjust, Seasonal Adjust and Cycle+SoakTM to save users water and time. For those already using a stand-alone ESP-LX Modular controller, Rain Bird has made an upgrade kit available to convert stand-alone controllers to satellite versions compatible with the IQ Central Control System. For more information, visit www.rainbird.com.

Otterbine Opens E-commerce Site

Emmaus, Pa. – Otterbine Barebo Inc. has launched an e-commerce storefront featuring its consumer and turnkey products. These products include Aqua Series fractional aeration systems, Instant Fountain Ottershield Lake-Dye, and Bunker Pumper de-watering pump.

Direct-to-consumer-sales is a new venture for Otterbine. Carla V. Ott, President of Otterbine Barebo Inc., states, “From the moment of conception, the fractional aeration and fountain systems we’re offering through the e-commerce site have always been intended for sales outside our traditional distribution channels. Originally we simply targeted catalogs, home and garden centers and other brick and mortar consumer businesses with these products, but with the continued growth and consumer confidence of online purchases, we saw e-commerce as an excellent sales outlet.” For more information, call (800) 237-8837 or visit the new store at www.otterbinestore.com.

New Practice Greens

Columbus, Ohio—USTEK has introduced TurfTile, a new synthetic turf material that can be used for both putting and chipping. According to the company, the new turf product can be laid in an hour and used both indoors and out with no preparation. The turf is bonded to a polymer frame that snaps together to make any size or shape and allows for easy disassembly for moving or storage.

The standard TurfKit-12 kit includes 12 tiles (3 square meters or 32 square feet, more than 3 feet wide by nearly 10 feet long) including 1-hole, smooth and chipping grass turf styles, and retails in the United States for the low cost of $349.00 per kit. Additional tiles are available to enlarge the green, as is a slope kit to provide a more challenging approach to the hole. For more information, call (614) 538-8000 or visit www.turftiles.com.

Rain Harvest

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