Gaining Momentum

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Many marvel at the fact that you don’t even have to pedal to make it around the track. In fact, it defies logic as well as the name—the pump track. “They just keep going and never stop,” said Tim Whitley, Public Works Director for the city of Malakoff, Texas. “It’s not like they have to push themselves. They just cruise. I didn’t know they would pick up momentum like that.” The 20-foot-wide U-shaped concrete pump track was recently installed as … Continue reading

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Can’t Go Back

Friday night lights.

In 2007, my elder son graduated from high school and rode a partial football scholarship into his first year of college. As proud as I was, I hated to see him go. We had been spoiled by the cozy, autumn-colored spectacle of high school football. Our hometown version of “Friday Night Lights” had allowed us to rekindle that warm, fall feeling my wife and I had both known so well as teens. I began to realize in his last year that our addiction to … Continue reading

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Fee-Free Day Sept. 27

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities. “On National Public Lands Day, we welcome you to join trail maintenance projects, campouts, shoreline cleanups and much more,” said U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell. “Volunteering on a project on this special day will provide a … Continue reading

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Communication Gap: Pencil-Thin Line or Wide Chasm?

Close the communication gap.

I got an interesting email from a Week-Ender follower and regular reader of my monthly “LBWA” column in PRB. This recreation coordinator from mid-America was asking for advice on how to handle a situation in his department. I gave him some free advice and I’d like to hear the opinions of other readers to see if you agree, disagree, or have other thoughts. Send them in here. He said he was being “mildly reprimanded” by his boss for making comments such as “keep it … Continue reading

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Clearing The Lawn Of Leaves


WACO, Texas – The seasons are changing, and with fall comes leaves – often lots of them. Keeping a lawn leaf-free can be a daunting task for some homeowners. There are multiple ways to get rid of accumulating leaves, whether homeowners are disposing of them or recycling them. The Grounds Guys offers a few tips for keeping leaves under control this fall. When disposing of leaves: Mow them up Attach a bag to your lawn mower and mow over the leaves … Continue reading

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Heyer Park

Heyer Park is the village square, located in the heart of Walworth. There are a number of shade trees and benches to relax. This park also hosts various food “fests” which are a great summer tradition that support the local [...] More