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Bend Parks and Recreation

Bend, Ore.

City of Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill, Calif.

Orange County Parks and Recreation

Orlando, Fla.

City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation

Mercer Island, Wash.

City of Rowlett

Rowlett, Texas

City of West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Haverford Township

Haverford, Penn.

City of The Colony

The Colony, Texas

Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Shawnee, Kan.

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Field Notes

The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) announces it will be celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011.

Jacobsen, a manufacturer of turf-maintenance equipment, celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2011.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has redesigned several departments within the organization to respond to an increasing demand for its educational products, programs, and training. Ray Perkins, M.A., joins the organization in a newly created position as Customer Service and Fulfillment Supervisor. Michelle Kavanaugh, B.A. is promoted to the position of Marketing and Conference Manager.


100-Percent Certification Is Official

Elizabeth, N.J.–Hayward Pool Products achieved a major training milestone recently when all of its Field Technical Managers became Certified Service Technicians from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). According to Hayward Eastern Regional Training Manager Scott Wiegman, it is unprecedented within the pool and spa industry for a company of Hayward’s size and scope to have 100 percent of its field technical staff certified. For more information, call (908) 351-5400, or visit


New Products In Nasco Catalog

Fort Atkinson, Wis.–Nasco’s 2011 Physical Education & Team Sports catalog, featuring thousands of products selected especially for professionals in health, physical education, recreation, and dance; athletic directors; and coaches is now available. The 236-page catalog now includes over 400 new products, including team sports, physical education, and health education products. For more information, call (800) 558-9595, or visit


You’re Not Alone

Hello Ron,

I just wanted to write and thank you for moving me with your column in PRB December (“Looking For Integrity?”). Normally, I toss out most of the parks and rec publications I receive as a park board member. I simply don’t have time to read them all, conduct my own business, run a household, etc.

Something made me flip through this one though. I took the time to read your piece. As a mother of a teenager, and regarded as an “old-fashioned” one, I am bewildered by the rapid erosion of morals in our general culture … not limited to sports and celebrity. Your points hit home, and I had the astonishing feeling you may have snuck a few peeks at my heart and mind over the past 10 years. Thanks for publicly expressing what I thought were rare sentiments. It’s gratifying to know I am not alone!


Debbie Carlson-Gould, Program Manager

Snohomish, Wash.

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I wish more people thought and felt like Ron Ciancutti–I know I do! After 36 years in the parks and recreation profession as a manager and superintendent, [I know] parents need to teach their children that respect, honesty and dedication are the greater virtues in life and that winning at all costs is not the answer. Life is fleeting and letting one day pass without purpose is wasteful.

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