Field Notes

BSN SPORTS , a marketer and distributor of sporting-goods equipment and team sports uniforms, has signed a definitive merger agreement with Herff Jones , a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of graduation-related materials and educational products, as well as cheerleading apparel and services.  BSN will continue to operate as its own branded entity.

Vortex Aquatic Structures International has opened a sales and customer service support office in Mexico, located in Villahermosa, Tabasco. With an aggressive investment strategy in infrastructure and staff, Vortex is positioning itself for growth to support the municipal and commercial sectors in this key NAFTA partner.

The Synthetic Turf Council published its technical guidelines that provide objective measures that make it possible to better understand the professional guidelines and test protocols, the selection use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems and the crumb rubber infill used in synthetic turf fields. To access the entire document, visit

Congratulations to Echo Incorporated for being awarded a gold Effie Award in May for their “Curing B.S. Fatigue/Get Serious” Campaign. The company was given the top honor in the Household Supplies & Services category for successfully using television, online, print and social media to reach its target demographic and drive sales.


Word On The Web

On “Founding Principles” May 24 Week-Ender:

Thanks for your article in the electronic version of PRB . It’s easy to get discouraged and start believing that most of our representatives are self-serving pathological liars. It’s good to remember that regardless of the circus that is today’s Washington D.C., there are still a lot of good people around us with solid values and a commitment to act with integrity. Thank you for the encouragement!

Jeffrey D. Brians, PE


Blair, Church & Flynn

Clovis, Calif.

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I look forward to receiving the PRB Week-Ender each week. Your “Founding Principles” editorial really hit home.  Not only did I grow up on a small Wisconsin farm, but my first real “job” was thrashing oats! What reminded me of that time of my life was your reference to integrity. The neighborhood farmers that “shared” the thrashing machine never kept track of hours spent to make sure that the rest of the crew spent the same amount of time at their place. It was just a given fact; you worked at one farm until finished and then moved onto the next to repeat the business at hand, and so on. Thank God there are still a few “Buds” in the world. My question is, how do we convince them to leave the farm for Washington?

Vern Fowler

Divisional Sales Manager

Baraboo, Wis.

McArthur Towel & Sports


On “Knowledge Is Power” May 31 Week-Ender:

It is a great idea to share in all facets of recreation while we have the personnel who have years of that hard-earned experience still in our ranks. The staff coming up behind really do need the encouragement and benefits of the tried-and-true methods that senior staff have to contribute. Share!


John Deere Introduces GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards

John Deere has launched the GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program to offer benefits to devoted customers. The program is offered to customers who purchase at least two qualified John Deere products. Program members are entitled to a number of benefits, including discounts, incentives, financing and promotions. Customers who purchase at least two machines are automatically enrolled in the program and will receive program benefits for two years. To learn more, visit


Bobcat Company Breaks Ground On Expansion

Bobcat Company broke ground on a $20-million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center. The project includes expanding an existing building as well as developing a new test track and indoor testing facility—all at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck, N.D. The expansion will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.


STMA Announces Sponsorship For U.S. National Arboretum Exhibit

The Sports Turf Managers Association announced its sponsorship and planning support of the United States National Arboretum’s (USNA) “Grass Roots” Initiative, the first peer-reviewed exhibit of its kind hosted by the governmental research center. The exhibit will feature an educational section entitled “Game Winning Grass” that will examine turf in sports fields and its importance to athletes and athletic performance, among other related topics.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to meet the USNA’s $400,000 goal. Those interested in donating to the turfgrass exhibit—both individuals and companies of all sizes—are encouraged to contact U.S. National Arboretum Director Dr. Colien Hefferan at or 202-245-4539.


Grant Program Aims To Increase Recycling

Thirty-three grants were awarded in 23 states by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group /Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its first year, the program is designed to establish or expand recycling opportunities in different park settings from neighborhood parks with playgrounds or athletic fields to regional parks with trails and natural settings. The grant program was open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates were eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. For a full list of communities receiving grants, visit .

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I just read your April article on Teaching Toughness (by Ron Ciancutti). I loved it. I am a father of 6-year-old and 9-year-old boys. I also coach baseball and take martial arts with the boys. I don’t see enough parents teaching their kids character. Kids need to face adversity to know how to deal with it. In fact, I see the majority of parents just give their kids whatever they want. Great article!

Thank you.

Steve Waring, CPRP

Parks and Recreation Manager, Leisure Services

Seminole County Government

Sanford, Fla.

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Your article in PRB confirmed to me that I should start reading biographies (“Make Integrity A Mainstay,” May 2013). I tend to read self-help, leadership and faith-type books. Dennis Prager talks about learning history by reading biographies. Your article has encouraged me to read biographies to learn about other things and principles—like integrity.

Thank you,

Jorge Benavides

Supervisor of Parks

Cerritos, Calif.




South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association, Pierre, S.D.

17-20 Nevada Recreation and Park Society Conference, Incline Village, Nev. at Lake Tahoe;

24-27 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Brooklyn Center, Minn.—Earle Brown Heritage Center;

25-27 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Vail, Colo.


1-3 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Twin Falls State Park;

8-10 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Houston, Texas

16-18 10 th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Indianapolis, Ind.—Hyatt Regency Downtown;


5-7 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Columbus, Ga.

17-21 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Chattanooga, Tenn.

25- 26 Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Montville, Conn.--Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center;