VOC-Free Brite Stripe Earns EPA Recognition

Cleveland, Ohio--Pioneer Athletics announces that its Brite Stripe Ultra-Friendly has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with the first "Design for the Environment" designation for field-marking paint. Brite Stripe Ultra-Friendly is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and includes more readily biodegradable components than before. Intensive ingredient research contributed to formulation breakthroughs that help relieve environmental stress and improve field surface health. For more information, call (216) 671-5500, or visit

PBI/Gordon Mourns Loss Of Team Member

Kansas City, Mo.--Richard Dennis, Territory Representative for PBI/Gordon Corporation, passed away January 3, 2009 at age 59. Richard serviced PBI/Gordon’s professional turf, agricultural and ornamental customers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Hawaii since 2000. Richard had 30 plus years of experience in the agricultural and turf and ornamental industries in both New England and the west.

Richard is survived by his wife Donna, of 38 years, daughter Kristie, son Jeff and daughter-in-law Juli, parents Wallace and Evelyn Dennis, brother Allan and sister-in-law Carol and in-laws Pearle and Dana Merrell.


Greens Open A Can Of Worms

Mr. Ciancutti,

Good afternoon. I just received my latest issue of PRB. Bravo to your latest column, “Be Sure to Eat Your Greens” (December 2008). I have read many fine articles in the 39 years I’ve been alive but have never felt the need to get in touch with the writer of an article until now. You are right on target with your thoughts about people interpreting a week and labels for people. We should all be thankful that we have our health, jobs, family’s, etc. to be with every day of the week and not just celebrate Saturday and Sunday.

I’ve been in the recreation business for about a year and a half and have never been happier to get up each day go to my job. Prior to this, I was in the television news business for 14 years. Working in mid-size markets most of my career the turnover was high, with reporters, anchors, producers, directors, etc. all looking to move onto a larger market and the big payday.

One thing I always told those people before they walked out the door and on to the next big thing was, “Have fun. In whatever job you are going to, have fun.” By that I meant that they should enjoy what they are doing every day of the week, not just the weekend. Your line, “do we really want to dread and shove five days aside every week to get to where there are just two?” That’s a great way to think about things. Why enjoy only the two days when you’re not working when every day can be just as enjoyable? I try to live by that. I truly feel fortunate to live in a great community, have a wonderful job that challenges me and makes me think every day, and have a wonderful family that supports what I do.

Additionally, the label for husband is right on target. I’m sure you’ve never considered writing for Hallmark but if they had more cards that were written similarly to what you wrote for your husband label, I think more men would buy cards.

I plan on sharing your article with people I know that are not in the recreation business and hopefully more people will benefit from your wise words. And rest assured--I always save room for dessert.


Josh Milton


City of Glens Falls Recreation Department

New York

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Dear Ron,

Just wanted to say that I truly enjoyed the “Be Sure To Eat Your Greens” article in PRB (December 2008). It's all so true. Thank you.

Gay Kilgore

City Secretary

Little River-Academy, Texas


Singing Ciancutti Praises


Your writing is really an encouragement for all. Just wanted to let you know how I look forward to reading your articles in the PRB. You have a natural given talent. I have thought about e-mailing you before on many of your articles I have read in PRB. They are all excellent. Thanks!

Bruce Crocker

Cary, N.C.

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Hi Ron,

Winter may allow me to crack open the best of Ron. I enjoyed the latest article as well. I should learn to read them at home because I always am a little “teary.” I love your thoughts because they are just so “normal,” but no one seems to stop and reflect like you do. Thanks for the thought-provoking articles and have a great new year.

Sheila M. Wartluft

Assistant Manager

North Lebanon Township

Lebanon, Penn.


Nasco Releases 2009 Catalog

Fort Atkinson, Wis.--Nasco’s 2009 Physical Education & Team Sports catalog featuring products for professionals, athletic directors and coaches in health, physical education, recreation and dance is now available from Nasco. Nasco has added over 700 new products to the 236-page catalog, including sections for movement and balance, rhythm and dance, indoor and outdoor fun, coaching equipment, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball, football, track and field, golf, floor hockey, racquet sports, bowling, playground equipment, fitness, storage, health and nutrition and much more. For more information, call (800) 558-9595, or visit


BioSafe Adds New Representative

East Hartford, Conn.--Todd Rosendahl has joined BioSafe Systems, the manufacturer of pond and garden solutions, as the Western Technical Sales Representative. He will be leading sales efforts in the northwestern and western United States, promoting the company’s home and garden and professional aquatics lines. With over 15 years of experience in the pond industry, Rosendahl is committed to meeting the needs of retail and commercial operations. He will develop awareness about products and green chemistry as found in the GreenClean water gardening line.

Rosendahl is based out of Bonney Lake, Wash. He may be contacted at




2-5 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference, Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island Convention Center;

3-6 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;


27-29 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Symposium 2009, Whistler, British Columbia—Telus Conference Centre;