Williams Architects Announces Kmiecik’s Retirement

Carol Stream, Ill.--Williams Architects Ltd. announces the retirement of Vice President Lawrence (Larry) M. Kmiecik after 28 years of service. He will remain a consultant. Kmiecik joined the firm in 1981 and became a Principal in 2002. Throughout his tenure, he served as chief architect and managed all MIS functions. Of all of his experiences, Kmiecik is especially proud of his work with founding Principal Michael T. Williams who passed away in 2009.

During his career Kmiecik designed many prize-winning facilities including the Glenview Park District’s Park Center which won the 2001 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Outstanding Facility and Parks Award, 2001 American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter Excellence Award and the 2002 Chicago Building Congress First Place Merit Award for New Construction/Suburbs.


STMA Recognizes STA As First Affiliate

Lawrence, Kan.--The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) is recognizing its first International Affiliate Organization, the Sports Turf Association (STA) headquartered in Guelph, ON, Canada. The STA was formed in 1987 to promote better, safer sports turf through innovation, education and professional programs. STA and STMA will collaborate and share information and educational resources.


Redexim Expands Coverage

Pittston Township, Penn.--Redexim Charterhouse announces changes in three distributor’s territories. Their full line of professional turf equipment will now be distributed by C&M Golf and Grounds in Colorado and New Mexico. Turfwerks, of Johnston Iowa will now support sales and service in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and parts of South Dakota. Redexim’s factory direct store, Redexim Turf Products will now expand to provide coverage in Northern Illinois including the Chicago and Quad City area. For more information, call (800) 597-5664, or visit


Turface Web Site Specific To Products, Education

Buffalo Grove, Ill.--Turface Athletics has launched a new Web site specific to Turface Athletics’ products. Key sections of the site are separated into three areas: products, sports field solutions and education. Groundskeepers, field managers, coaches and volunteers will find specific field solutions on rainout prevention, infield maintenance, infield construction, turf maintenance and turf construction. Instruction on building and maintaining mounds and batter’s boxes is also available. Video demonstrations also can be found in the site’s comprehensive resource library. For more information, visit


Keiser eCampus Rolls Out 2010 Class Schedule

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--Keiser University eCampus announces its 2010 class schedule for students interested in enrolling in the Associate of Science, two-year Aquatic Engineering degree program which is available through its eCampus online degree program center. Each class is offered in one-month modules.

Degree courses for 2010 include:

March 29 - April 23: Cleaning Technology

May 3 - May 28: Heating Technology

June 1 - June 25: Electrical Technology

June 28 - July 23: Lighting Technology

July 26 - August 20: Pool Design

August 30 - September 24: Methods of Construction

September 27 - October 22: Architectural Landscape Design

October 25 - November 19: Pool Operation Strategies

November 22 - December 17: Basic Chemistry

For more information, visit and click on online education.


Toro Lends Haiti A Helping Hand

Bloomington, Minn.--In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, The Toro Company donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the relief efforts. Additionally, the company matched all employee contributions to the Red Cross through March.


PBI/Gordon T-Zone Label En Espanol

Kansas City, Mo. - A Spanish version of the label for T-Zone Broadleaf Herbicide for Tough Weeds is now available on the PBI/Gordon Web site. PBI/Gordon will continue to add Spanish versions of their product labels and MSDS information to the web site as they become available. For more information, visit

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Honor Veterans With Pride


I’ve enjoyed your articles in PRB and wanted to respond to your patriotic events article (November 2009). We held a first-time event for our veterans this past Memorial Day and it was a great success. We are a small township and some of us wear many hats, so this was a joint effort between our historical society and township clerk’s office to erect a new Memorial Park. We sold bricks for veterans’ names and have a beautiful monument with the three large flag poles and a huge, black steel bell. It turned out gorgeous (if I do say so myself).

We were planning on about 200 people (which we would have been thrilled with that) but had almost 400. I think what I found to be most thrilling was to have people come up and say how they were so touched by the service, they hoped we would do something every year. I don’t know if we can repeat what we had last spring but I’m sure going to try. I just wanted to honor and please our veterans and I so enjoyed hearing them say they felt appreciated-- that was the best of all.

Julie Sjogren,

Algoma Township, Mich.

Planning Department


Handshake Can Have Bigger Impact

I wanted to let you know that the Athletic/Fitness section of the Washington Recreation and Park Association took to heart your August 2009 PRB Sports Spotlight (Don’t Hide The Handshake) article about making the handshake a pre-game activity.

The city of Lacey hosted the state adult flag football tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex where following the pre-game, captains and officials meeting both teams were asked to meet at center field for a pre-game handshake. This action prompted the teams to conduct a post-game handshake at every game where it has be an occasional occurrence at past tournaments. The players even included the game officials in their new pre-game ritual. Throughout the tournament of 12 teams playing in two divisions (or levels of play), there was only one team that had been issued any unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, truly an isolated situation.

Serving as the tournament director for my colleagues from nine different agencies I would have to say it was one of the quietest and well-mannered state tournaments we have held in years. While I understand the work of the National Alliance for Youth Sports and the focus of your article was to positively impact our youth sports leagues, it can have a larger impact.

Thank you for your article,

Clarissa Ruston

Recreation Coordinator

Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation

Auburn, Wash.


Word On The Web

Comments from online readers

“Reading your article has fortified what I have been trying to add to our programming. Thank you for the suggestions.” (Tips Of The Trade, By Silvana Clark, PRB December 2009)

--Karen Bixler

Recreation Manager

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“I really enjoyed the pointers for anyone building a splash park and will keep them for future reference. One thing that I thought of that wasn't mentioned was the possibility of incorporating a small splash park for toddlers in conjunction with a swimming pool. The water for the swimming pool could be used for the park and returned to the pool. Thanks for the articles; I really get a lot out of them.” (Appealing To The Masses, By Tammy York, PRB November 2009)

--Dale Westrick

Trustee, Watertown Township, Mich.

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“Enjoyed the article and have had this debate several times in the past. Despite the outcome however, the inevitable remains that parents, team moms, or volunteer coaches will hand out awards at the end of the season whether they are league issued or self bought and this has become the standard. Most leagues I have seen do not hand out awards but each team in the league will purchase trophies on their own for the children participating on their specific team at an end of the season get together.” (Trophies, By Fred Engh, PRB December 2009)

--Chris Konyar

Superintendent of Recreation




1-3 New Jersey Recreation and Park Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ--Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Conference Center; e-mail Terry Dunwiddie at

2-5 Missouri Park & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Expo, Lake Ozark, Mo.—Tan-Tar-A Resort;

3-5 Texas Recreation & Park Society Annual Institute & Trade Show, Frisco, Texas—Frisco Conference Center;

9-12 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Palm Springs, Calif—Expo Hall;

10-11 Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo, Honolulu--Neal S. Blaisdell Center; or e-mail

20-24 Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Champion, Penn.—Seven Springs Mountain Resort;


5-7 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Sioux City, Iowa—Sioux City Convention Center;

13-15 Maryland Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.;

13-16 Washington Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Tacoma, Wash.—Tacoma Convention Center;

14-15 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Prior Lake, Minn.—Mystic Lake Casino;

18-20 Midwest Regional Conference for Parks and Recreation, Kearney, Nebraska—Holiday Inn;

19 Nevada Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.;