Take Notice Of The Tagline

I enjoyed reading the “Long-Winded Debate” in the July issue of PRB. What really caught my eye was the [title of the column] LBWA--Leadership By Wandering Around. I really like this tag and I have the same philosophy in my managing techniques but have not named it, so I am asking permission to use your tag line—it’s catchy and I think it represents me well and I would like to use it from time to time in presentations.

Laura Allan

Recreation Coordinator

North Battleford, Saskatchewan


Life Antennae Makes Waves

I just read your article in PRB, and I just cried and cried and cried (“Tune Into Life,” July 2011).

Thank you, it was a different kind of crying than I sometimes do at work.


Angela Kamm

Isla Vista Recreation & Park District

Isla Vista, Calif.

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Enjoy your writings. The July issue is me--41 years and still in love with the job--but know it will end!!

Harold Rainwater

Asbury University

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Thank you for your insightful article, “Tune Into Life.” It’s very touching.

You could probably turn it into a short story or book.

I coordinate a transportation program for seniors, teach meditation at a parks and recreation facility, and teach job search for people who have been laid off at a career transitions firm--so the different stages of life people are in hit me on a number of different levels.


Mary Bruns

Lafayette, Calif.


Field Notes

Ameristar Fence Products recently acquired the assets of ATG Access Inc. (Lillington, NC), a subsidiary of ATG Access Ltd. based in Merseyside, England. Among these assets are bollards, wedges, crash beam and other products that Ameristar will distribute in North America.

Neptune-Benson, manufacturer of filtration equipment, recirculation systems and aquatic accessories, has entered into a partnership with Audax Group, a leading investor in middle market companies with offices in Boston and New York.

John Evans, Senior Vice President of Gold Medal Products Co., took over the helm of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC). Evans was inducted for his two-year term as president at the national convention in July.

Dr. John A. A. Thomson, inventor of vitamins-hormones solution SUPERthrive, celebrates his 100th birthday November 23, 2011. Thomson developed the SUPERthrive formula in 1939 and founded Vitamin Institute to market and sell it.

Henke Manufacturing took to the road to find a unique and informative way to let their dealers and customers take a look at the latest Parallel Lift snow plow design. In order to see this plow in action, contact Henke Manufacturing, or your Henke dealer, to learn when the road show will be in your area.

Aquatic Development Group, Inc. was the winner of the best of aquatics contest hosted by Aquatics International for the Gaylord, a western-themed 10-acre resort located in Grapevine, Texas.


BCI Burke Announces Contest Winner

Fond Du Lac, Wis.—The City of Stronsville, Ohio, was the grand-prize winner of a contest held earlier this year by BCI Burke. The playground is from Burke’s new Voltage line, which features eight play events with a capacity for 48 kids ages 5 to 12 and is valued at more than $21,000. For more information, visit


Lyon Launches New Catalog

Lyon Workspace Products recently launched a new version of their Modular Drawer Cabinet (MDC) product catalog. Lyon offers a complete line of high-density storage cabinets and accessories that provide the maximum use of cubic space. For more information, visit


Rain Bird Unveils Irrigation Training

Tucson, Ariz.--Rain Bird Services Corporation announces the launch of its 2011-2012 Rain Bird Academy training season with more than 70 classes and workshops scheduled across the country. Irrigation and green industry professionals interested in enhancing their irrigation skills and knowledge can now choose from a new selection of Rain Bird Academy training events including general irrigation, new to irrigation, golf and central control classes. For more information, visit or call 1-800-498-1942.


Bocce Anyone?

Park officials looking to provide seniors with outdoor activities should consider Bocce Ball--one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the U.S. Perfect Turf LLC used PerfectBocce 125 to create synthetic turf Bocce Courts for Glenview Park District and Vernon Hills Park District in Illinois in 2010 and 2011. To learn more, call 888-796-8873, or visit


Word On The Web

On “Stop and Smell The Roses,” August 17 Week-Ender blog post:

That makes me want to go on a road trip! My Dad called it ‘snousin.’ You would take off in the general direction that you want to end up, taking whatever country road seemed to head in that direction. Except for getting carsick, those trips through the N.C. mountains are the greatest memories of my childhood. I guess I know where my sense of adventure came from.

--Renee Lawson

On “Don’t Think You Are Bulletproof,” August 2 Week-Ender blog post:

The old-style managers who cared about their people and cultivated loyalty are being pushed aside. It is truly a different world and not for the better. I watched almost our entire staff being privatized and people with 20 to 30 years, very loyal and hard-working people, being cast aside with no more thought than someone dropping a Kleenex into a trash can.

Gary, Birmingham

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1-3 National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, Ga.—

1-4 Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Green Bay, Wis.—KI Convention Center (Hotel Sierra);

8-11 Certified Playground Safety Institute, North Kansas City, Mo.; Gary Gates, or 636-3828; More information at

21-22 Connecticut Parks and Recreation Annual Conference, Montville, Conn.--Mohegan Sun;


2-5 American Sports Builders Association annual Technical Meeting, Palm Desert, Calif--J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa; call 866-501-2722 or visit



10-12 Northern New England Recreation and Parks Conference, Bartlett, NH--Attitash Grand Summit Resort;

10-14 Sports Turf Managers Association Conference and Exhibition, Long Beach, Calif.

18-20 Indiana Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Michigan City, Ind.—Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa;

29-1 Mid America Pool and Spa Show, Southeast Region, Atlanta, Ga.--Cobb Galleria Centre;