PRB welcomes the following members to our Insider program:

City of Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Ind.

Town of Erie

Erie, Colo.

City of Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor, Fla.

Village of Poynette

Poynette, Wis.

City of Hobbs

Hobbs, N.M.

Willamalane Parks and Recreation

Springfield, Ore.

Sandy City Parks and Recreation

Sandy, Utah

Field Notes

Bradley Corporation, designer and manufacturer of commercial washfountains, celebrates 90 years in business. Since it was founded in 1921, the company has expanded its product line to include plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers.

Staging Concepts, a portable performance staging company, has unveiled its new website at The new site includes a an interactive home page and enhanced navigation tools allowing for fast and easy access to product pages, case studies, and contact information

GPD Group announces that Jester Jones Schifer Architects, a Marion, Ohio-based architectural firm, has joined the firm.

Aquatic Development Group, Inc. (ADG) announces that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Vermont-based Alpine Products, LLC, manufacturer of the Alpine Supercoaster mountain coaster and the Superslide.

Air-O-Lator Corporation announced that President Douglas Cramer retired effective December 2010. Meanwhile, Roy Watkins (VP of Sales & Manufacturing) and Deborah Hendrickson (Corporate VP) have purchased all of the stock of the corporation. Watkins is now president of the corporation and Hendrickson remains vice president.


Hayward Looking Out For VBG Compliance

Elizabeth, N.J.--Hayward Pool Products announces its pledge of up to $1 million dollars in safety vacuum release systems (SVRS) to North American pools in need. The Safe Swimming Initiative is designed to assist public pools that are facing compliance challenges with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB) because of budgetary issues. The initiative will run through July 1or until $1 million in SVRS products have been awarded, whichever comes first. To submit a request for consideration, visit and click on the “Hayward Pledges up to $1 Million for Pool Safety” button.


Pioneer Awards Fields Of Excellence

Cleveland, Ohio--Pioneer Athletics announces the winners of their 2010 Fields of Excellence awards. From a pool of over 200 applicants, Pioneer selected 76 athletic fields. Faced with tightened budgets and being asked to do more with less, the field crews of these schools and organizations exemplified teamwork and dedication.

As a direct result of the field crew’s hard work, two schools were honored with scholarships to give to a deserving student; Girard School District in Girard, Pennsylvania and Richmond High School in Richmond, Missouri.

All 76 fields displayed a commitment to excellence. Each recipient will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence® banner.


Online Aquatic Engineering Schedule Available

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--Keiser University eCampus announces its 2011 class schedule for students interested in enrolling in the Associate of Science, two-year Aquatic Engineering Degree Program available through its eCampus online degree program center. Effective this year, new energy efficiency and eco-friendly technologies are introduced in each module. For more information, visit and click on online education.

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Centrella Earns Fifth “Instructor of Distinction” Award

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--Connie Sue Centrella, M.B.A., Department Chair of the online two-year Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, was recently honored for a fifth time by Keiser University as “Instructor of Distinction” with the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award. The award, one of the university’s highest honors, is given to only the top 10 percent of instructors throughout the Keiser system. Centrella, a veteran of the pool and spa industry, has been recognized by the university for an unprecedented five consecutive years.


Praising Parents


I just wanted to drop a quick line to compliment you on the article you wrote in PRB titled “A Plea to Parents” (January 2011).

It is refreshing to hear someone promoting positive messages regarding our youth instead of all the negative stuff! Kids should be a part of the big picture! After all, they are our future!

Thanks for taking the time to write and share that!

Marilee Gray

Kay Park-Rec Corp.

Janesville Iowa

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I enjoyed reading your article “A Plea to Parents.” Great depth to it.

Jeff Grabarkiewicz

Maumee, Ohio

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Hi Ron,

Excellent article in PRB. Thank you for taking the time to share this message with your colleagues. I am continually impressed with Cleveland Metro Parks.

Cindi Wight, CPRP

Recreation Director

Rutland Recreation & Parks Department

Rutland Vt.

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I love reading your articles in PRB. Your comments about your dad, mom and family are very touching. Talk about a small world. I grew up in Berea. I would walk past your house every school day while attending Fairwood. Keep up the great work. You are such a great writer. I can totally relate to what you write—probably because I’ve been there!

Patrick Downing

Arts and Events Supervisor

City of Santa Clarita, Calif.


Seeking Responsible Water Use

Azusa, Calif.--Rain Bird's 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is now accepting entries from amateur and experienced filmmakers who want to raise awareness of the need for effective, efficient and responsible water use. The competition is open to all narrative, documentary, animated, experimental short films of one to 10 minutes in length. These films should creatively explore methods and ideas about how to responsibly manage and use Earth’s most precious resource. All entries must be submitted electronically no later than August 1, 2011. For more information, visit


John Deere Delivers Package Deal To CMAA

Alexandria, Va.--The Club Managers Association of America is pleased to announce the addition of John Deere Golf as a platinum partner in the Corporate Advantage Program. This partnership represents a multiyear commitment by John Deere Golf to support CMAA and The Club Foundation in its efforts to deliver outstanding education, products and services to its membership. The Club Managers Association of America is the professional association for managers of membership clubs.




10-13 Indiana University Executive Development Program, Bloomington, Ind.—Indiana University; call Julie Knapp at 812-856-1068

11-13 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Davenport, Iowa—Radisson Hotel;

12-14 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.--Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;

19 Nebraska Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.—Best Western Airport Plaza;