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Lewisburg, Penn.–Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground equipment, was recently included as part of the Head Start Body Start (HSBS) Preferred Provider List. The Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) was created to foster physical activity, outdoor play and nutrition education among children, families and staff. The list includes vendors selected by a panel of early childhood movement professionals. For more information, visit www.playworldsystems.com.

New Resource For Parks And Rec Professionals

Cleveland, Ohio—Parks and recreation professionals now have the ability to communicate with their community for free with Shoutback. The Web site provides local news feeds and encourages users to add their own local news, or suggest blogs, Twitter feeds and other local content sources to enhance their community page. It also updates local gas prices and movie theater times to keep communities informed of what’s happening in their area.In addition to local news, Shoutback posts news feeds for 44 major U.S. metro cities and the world. For more information, visit shoutback.com.

PVC Pool Renovator Makes A Splash

In a story about commercial swimming pools, RenoSys—a pool renovation company—was featured in an NBC Nightly News clip called “Making a Difference.” Brian Williams introduced the piece about a $43,000 two-pool renovation for the city of Alexandria, Ind. that was made possible by donations from the community. RenoSys provided discounted pricing to help and ended up providing two new PVC Pool Shell’s complete with a 15-year warranty. To watch the two-minute clip, which aired on July 20, can access it at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/.

A Step Ahead Draws A Crowd

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your article in the April issue of PRB (“Put The Blame On Me”). Thanks.

Gilbert Smith

Park Superintendent

Harris County, Texas

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Hi Ron,

I just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I appreciate your articles in PRB. I love to read them.

Thanks a bunch!

Alana McCoy

Project Manager

Duvall, Wash.

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Calendar

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

22-23 Certified Pool Operator Course, Lee’s Summit, Mo.—Legacy Park Community Center; www.mopark.org

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

22-24 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course, Fort Thomas, Ken.—Tower Park Community Center; www.kyrec.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

22-25 Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colo.—Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort; www.cpra-web.org

23 Georgia Recreation And Park Association Facility and Grounds Maintenance Field Day hosted by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department—Mill Creek Regional Park; www.grpa.org

23-25 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Therapeutic Recreation Institute, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.—Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center; www.mrpaonline.org

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

October

13-16 NRPA Congress & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah; www.nrpa.com

14-16 British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Aquatics Provincial Conference; for more information contact Heather Muter at hmuter@bcrpa.bc.ca; www.bcrpa.bc.ca

28-29 Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, Vancouver, BC—Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; www.cwre.ca28-30 World Aquatic Health Conference; Atlanta, Ga.—Sheraton Atlanta Hotel; www.nspf.org

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