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New Lincoln Catalog Available

Concord, Calif.--Lincoln Equipment, Inc. announces the release of their updated Commercial Swimming Pool Equipment Catalog. The 184-page catalog contains the most comprehensive selection of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and supplies. For more information, call (800) 223-5450, or visit www.lincolnaquatics.com.

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ASHI Releases Upgraded CPR/AED Materials

Eugene, Ore.--American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) announces the launch of new and improved CPR and AED for the Community and Workplace training materials, which incorporates both instructor and student resources. The instructor package features a 54-minute DVD hi-definition, an all new Instructor Guide as well as a modified PowerPoint presentation that corresponds directly to the updated student materials. The new student handbook offers larger, graphic-rich pictures in an easier-to-comprehend format. These new materials continue to follow the 2005 guidelines for first aid (new guidelines will not be released until 2010). For more information, call (800) 246-5101, or visit www.ashinstitute.org.

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BCI Burke Offers Playground Safety Tips

Fond Du Lac, Wis.--BCI Burke offers the following safety tips to prevent common playground hazards and mishaps:

· Look for safety signs on playgrounds that help inform parents and other supervisors which structures are age appropriate for the children in their care.

· Make sure debris and litter are cleaned up promptly to prevent tripping or health issues.

· Be on the lookout for broken parts, rust, protruding hardware, sharp edges or other evidence of disrepair.

· Choose a cooler part of the day to play, if possible. Be sure to apply sunscreen to protect children’s delicate skin.

· Always supervise children at play. A majority of injuries occur on playgrounds because children are not being properly being monitored.

For more information, visit www.bciburke.com and www.getintensity.com.

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Kings Beach State Recreation Area To Switch Hands

California State Parks and the North Tahoe Public Utility Commission (NTPUD) have announced that after nearly 30 years of operation, NTPUD will turn operations of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA) back over to California State Parks. KBSRA is a six-acre park bordering the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Initial acquisition of the park was made by State Parks in March 1974. NTPUD has been operating it for State Parks for nearly 30 years.

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Salesian High School Honored By STC|

Atlanta, Ga.--Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. was named the grand-prize winner of the Search for the Real Field of Dreams contest held by the Synthetic Turf Council. The national contest searched for the high school with the most compelling story behind its synthetic turf field. Although nearly 70 percent of the students are involved in athletics, the conditions of their grass field were so poor that the soccer and football teams were on a three-year notice to be shut down. That all changed when the school raised funds to install a synthetic turf field. Unveiled for the varsity football Homecoming game in 2007, nearly 1,000 fans packed the stands as Salesian defeated its opponent 40-37. Salesian High School was one of ten selected by an independent panel of judges as winners. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.

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NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers Choose Celebration Bermudagrass

Charleston, S.C.--The playing surface at Raymond James Stadium will now be covered by an improved bermudagrass variety known as Celebration. The new turfgrass was installed in March by Quality Turf L.C., of Lithia, Florida. Sod Solutions—which developed the turfgrass—claims Celebration is gaining in popularity because of its rapid recovery characteristics and its low-surface hardness, which directly correlates with incidence of player injury. Another feature is that it uses 50 percent less nitrogen than other bermudagrass varieties, which makes it more Earth friendly, the company adds. For more information, call (843) 849-1288, or visit www.sodsolutions.com.

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Roadshow Still Inspiring Others

Dear Randy,

I am the District Park Supervisor with Gaston County Parks and Recreation in North Carolina. I just started in this position roughly a month ago. My director left your article on my desk saying that she really wants to start a Recreation Road Show (PRB December 2008). I think your article is great and it really does pose some wonderful ideas. I was hoping that you could send me the PDF version of your Power Point Presentation so that we can start working on our own. Thanks for the great ideas. We appreciate the help.

Sincerely,

Jennifer C. Honaker

Gaston County Parks and Rec

District Park Supervisor

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I have finally had a chance to catch up on my PRB reading. I found your “Recreation Road Show” most intriguing. We have new faces in the city manager’s office and the potential for two new council members in May. From what I can tell, none of them understand the value of what we in parks and recreation can offer. Would you be so kind as to forward your presentation? Thank you.

Kristie Weaver

Recreation Supervisor

City of Weatherford

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Mr. Gaddo,

I recently read an article in PRB where you described a presentation that you developed to explain what your department does for the community. We are constantly trying to find new ways of telling our story in Arlington, Texas and I would love to have a copy of your presentation if you have time to share.

Thanks,

Matt Young, Assistant Director

Park Operations and Planning

Arlington, Texas

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Dear Mr. Gaddo,

I just read your article in this month’s PRB, and request the PowerPoint presentation be sent to me at your convenience. I think the information will be very timely. I am a director in a small community/village, north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Though the village’s fiscal situation is not in dire straits (because of, at this time, a healthy fund balance) the village administration, as an “exercise,” has asked all department heads to cut their budgets by 10 percent, and only include non-personnel issues/items. This will be difficult, as approximately 65 to70 percent of this department’s budget is personnel-related.

Again, thank you for your time, and the PowerPoint presentation. Take care.

Sincerely,

David E. Nichols, Director

Evendale Recreation Department

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Misery Invites Similar Budget Woes

Mr. Gaddo,

I just finished reading your article, “Misery Loves Company” (PRB March 2009). I am a community-service coordinator working for county government. I work in the sports and athletics department with my main job consisting of coordinating summer recreation camps and youth camps. Needless to say, community services and recreation will be the first to go during this budget crisis. Would you be so kind as to send me the PowerPoint presentation that you developed? I am trying to--as my supervisors tell me to:

· Prove my worth

· Prove my camp’s worth

· Do more with less

Your article was insightful and right on the mark.

Heather Mergenthaler

Community Service Coordinator

New Castle County Government

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Hi Randy,

My name is Darin Budak and I am the parks superintendent with Bakersfield, Calif. I recently read your article "Misery Loves Company" and like many we are in the same situation. Our city is like yours in respect to being not as bad as other cities here in California. We are currently working on the 2009-2010 budget, and the base budget keeps changing. We are preparing three different budgets--flat, 2.5-percent cut and 5-percent cuts; this on top of the almost 10-percent cuts this year. I would be very interested in your PowerPoint to help educate our city manager and council.

Thank You.

Darin Budak

Parks Superintendent

Bakersfield, Calif.

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Calendar

July

30 SIMA Build A Bid Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio; www.sima.org

31-2 National Softball Association of Alabama Youth Program Summer’s End Softball Tournament, Orange Beach, Ala.—Orange Beach Sportsplex; www.alabamansa.com

August

6 SIMA Build A Bid Workshop, Albany, NY; www.sima.org

24-28 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Lake Buena Vista, Fl.--Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort; www.web.frpa.org

24-28 Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Trade Show, details TBA; www.azpra.org

September

13-16 Idaho Recreation & Parks Association Conference, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; www.irpa-idaho.org

21-24 Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, McComb, Miss.—Percy Quin State Park; www.aboutmrpa.org

21-24 Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association State Conference, Lander, Wyoming; www.wyorpa.com

22-24 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Fall Workshop, Ames, Iowa—Hotel Gateway & Conference Center; www.iowaparkandrecreation.org

22-24 North Dakota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Minot, N.D.; www.ndrpa.org

22-25 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.—National Sports Center; www.mnrpa.org

29-1 South Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, S.D.; www.sdpra.com

The Root Of The Issue

The Balancing Act

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