NSPF Awards Nine Scholarships and Fellowships

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Nine university students have been awarded a total of $14,000 in Scholarships and Fellowships by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Board of Directors for the year calendar year 2015. The two award programs have been funded annually for nearly a dozen years. NSPF has provided education assistance to 129 students, totaling $184,500. The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification graduates and their family members are recognized with the Scholarship Program to help … Continue reading

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ASBA Announces 2014 Technical Meeting


ELLICOTT CITY, MD –The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that its annual Technical Meeting will be held December 5-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The meeting, which includes technical programming for industry members who work with facilities for tennis, track and field, sports fields and indoor athletic facilities, is expected to generate record attendance. The event also offers an outstanding trade show … Continue reading

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“What The Dickens” Does That Mean?

Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II.

Last week I was standing in line at the local electronic gadgetry store waiting to buy yet another device to make my life more complicated and I got into a conversation with a lady in front of me. We were lamenting the days before smart phones, tablets, laptops and all the other “communication” devices that have supplemented, or maybe replaced, face-to-face conversation, especially in the younger generation. I commented to her that all this world-wide communication was a “fool’s paradise.” “What … Continue reading

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Simply Satisfying

How do you find happiness?

It’s been about 2 months since Robin Williams decided he didn’t want to hang around earth anymore. Seems the whole nation mourned his passing and rightfully so. He was part of the fabric of our lives. He gave us great escape, great examples, great memories. I recall the impact of the Dead Poets Society line when he told his class of young budding gentlemen to “seize the day.” For 10 years afterwards, those words showed up everywhere you looked. “Carpe diem,” was engraved and pasted on … Continue reading

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A Recipe For Successful Youth Programming

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Appetizers I cannot count the number of times my colleagues and I have come up with a great idea for a new program, camp, or class and then watched staff members struggle to turn our vision into reality. After one or two failed attempts, they often revert to some of the more tried-and-true standbys. For example, a company I worked with planned elaborate theme-based summer day-camp programs, complete with activity schedules, materials lists, and instructions for each and every project, … Continue reading

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Hatfield Township Parks & Recreation

The Hatfield Community Park and nine other parks join to form a park system with a variety of natural and constructed features. Sports courts, a performing arts stage, woodland walking paths, and relaxing retreats make the Hatfield Township system an [...] More