Snow Warrior Awards Application Available

Milwaukee, Wis.--The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) is pleased to announce that application packets are now available for the 2009 Snow Warrior Awards. The awards for Excellence in Business, Employee of the Year, and Safety will be presented at the awards banquet at the 12th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium in Louisville, Ky. in June 2009.

The Snow Warrior Awards honor those who have demonstrated commitment to the snow and ice industry through continuous involvement, enthusiasm and leadership. The deadline for Excellence in Business and Employee of the Year Award submissions is March 15, 2009, and the deadline for Safety Award submissions is May 1, 2009. Visit to apply online, or for a paper application packet and more information, call (414) 375-1940, or contact


Nike Gives Everlast A Foot Up In Fitness Flooring

Lancaster, Penn.--Everlast Sports Surfacing will partner with Nike, Inc. for 2009 to begin incorporating Nike Grind rubber in its fitness flooring products, which will be called Everlast with Nike Grind. The product combines raw materials made from recycled athletic shoes including out-sole rubber, mid-sole foam and various other shoe components with recycled tire rubber. By using Nike Grind rubber in Everlast Sports Surfacing products, nearly 500,000 pounds of by-products will find a higher value reuse than may have otherwise been possible.


Updating Emergency Plans A Good Idea

I read your article “Sound the Alarm--Implementing an emergency operation plan” in (Nov 2008) PRB. I would like to receive a copy of your emergency operation plan. We have been trying to update an old and out-of-date plan that we have now into something more substantial. Would it be possible to receive a copy of the one you wrote about?Thank you for your assistance.

Brenda Martin ManagerCivic CenterGainesville, Ga.


Recreation Road Show Strikes A Chord

Hello Randy,

I just finished reading your article Start A “Recreation Road Show” (Dec 2008). I can’t tell you how many times people in the public say to me, “your job must be easy--all you do is play all day.” Would you please e-mail me a PDF of your presentation? I would love to see it. What a great idea!


Victoria L. Connor

Recreation Supervisor

West Springfield Park and Recreation Department

West Springfield, Mass.

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I just read your article and I am interested in your presentation--will you please e-mail me your PDF file? We have an upcoming Citizen’s Academy in February and would like to have something in the way of a PowerPoint presentation to showcase what and who we are!


Sue Yerkes


Nash County Parks & Recreation

Nashville, N.C.

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Hi Randy,

I just read your article on the Recreation Road Show and was very impressed. Nice article and good information. After taking a serious hit for the 2009 budget that was just adopted in our city, I now know that I need to do some serious educating here. Is there any possibility that I could get a pdf file of this info since it may help me and give me ideas of what I need to do?

Bob Holling


Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Sun Prairie, Wis.

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Hello Mr. Gaddo,

I read your article in PRB and am interested in seeing what exactly you’ve included in the PowerPoint presentation that you show to influential people in your community. It sounds like a great idea and if you could send a copy to me, I would appreciate it very much.

Thank you so much.

Wendell Fry

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Mr. Gaddo, I enjoyed reading your article in PRB. Oftentimes when we do presentations, people comment on how they did not realize we did “all of that.” Would you mind sending me your presentation? Thank you in advance. Brenda ZeckExecutive DirectorWarren Special Recreation AssociationGurnee, Ill.

I loved your article and would so appreciate a copy of your PDF. I just saw a video clip of “Who needs the library?” and I was off and running with the idea of creating our own “brag book” to take to clubs, city council, etc.--and then I read your article. Perfect timing! And thank you in advance for helping us make this happen here in the city of Paso Robles.

Trine Layman

Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Library & Recreation Services

Paso Robles, Calif.

Editor’s Note: Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the PDF Randy referenced in his article can reach him via e-mail at


New Trends Equal New Opportunities

Ms. Patterson,

We are constantly looking to increase our clientele here at our facility. I recently read your article about trends and would like more info concerning this phenomenon (Trends In Fitness Classes, Oct 2008). Please steer me in the right direction concerning this.


Scott Marko

Installation Director

Katterbach Fitness Center

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Mr. Marko,

I think the trends mentioned in the article are a good place to start. The dance-based classes, for instance, were mentioned by all of the sources interviewed for the story as ones that are particularly popular. These are also relatively easy to start; you can use a dance instructor, as I profiled in the piece, or you can hire someone trained in a type of dance exercise class, like Zumba. I think the key theme in the piece was allowing people to try something new and build relationships. So anything that fits your population that would accomplish these goals.

Best of luck!

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti




6 Golf Course Builders Association of America, New Orleans, La.—New Orleans Morial Convention Center;

9-11 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade show, Paragould, Ark.—Paragould Community Center;


2-5 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference, Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island Convention Center; www.nertf.org3-6 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.—

4-6 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show, Chicago, Ill--McCormick Place West Building;

22-27 National Institute of Golf Management, Wheeling, W.V.—Oglebay Resort and Conference Center; contact Danielle Price at (703) 858-2195

23-30 National Aquatic Conference & Exposition, Houston, Texas—Hyatt Regency Houston;


6-8 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Coralville, Iowa—Marriot Hotel & Convention Center;

14-16 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.;

15-18 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Heritage Conference, Portland, Oregon;

19-21 Nevada Recreation and Park Society State Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada—Gold Coast Hotel & Casino;

20-23 Midwest Regional Conference, Grand Junction, Col—Grand Junction Convention Center;

23-24 Alaska Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Anchorage, Ak.—Hilton Hotel;

28-1 Washington Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference & Trade Show, Spokane, Wash.—Spokane Convention Center;