Category Archives: April 2011

Product Review

In-Line Strainer Provides Flexibility Sanford, N.C.–Pentair Water Commercial Pool and Aquatics introduces the PS Series In-Line Strainer for Commercial Pumps designed to maximize hydraulic efficiencies in commercial aquatic applications. The series comes in three standard sizes to fit with almost any plumbing configuration, and can be modified with reducers to provide greater flexibility for specific applications. For more information, call (800) 831-7133, or visit www.pentaircommercial.com Make Sno-Cones Faster With Shav-A-Doo Gold Medal Products announces the #1203 Shav-A-Doo Ice Shaver is … Continue reading

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From Stone Quarry To Sandy Beach

Have you ever wondered what happens to a stone quarry when it reaches the end of its productive mining life? In most cases, fill is added and the land redeveloped for another use. But every once in a while, the continual scraping along the mine’s bottom eventually wears; a puncture is made to the water table below, and a lake is created. To local fishermen, this is a gift from the heavens. For a local government, however, a new problem … Continue reading

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Calling All Swimmers!

The summer of 2005 began like most other summers for the city of Garland’s Aquatics Division in Texas. Management hired and trained staff, ordered supplies, issued uniforms, and cleaned and readied the pools for opening day. Then officials made a radical change–for the first time in more than 50 years, the summer swim-instruction program was brought in-house. The major objective of the new program was to enable more patrons to participate by keeping costs low. This seemed to be a … Continue reading

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Winning Over Residents

As in many communities throughout the U.S., city officials in Salina, Kan., faced a dilemma in 2008 over what to do with the aging outdoor swimming pool. Each year, the pool required more time and resources to open for crowds of fewer and fewer people. The pool also required a larger subsidy from the general fund just to cover operations and maintenance expenses. The swimming pool was described by most residents as old, outdated and just plain boring. Although the … Continue reading

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Windblown And Whimsical

I turned 50 in December. “Turning” 50 sounds so nice and Vanna White-ish, doesn’t it? Vanna approaches a large two-digit board and turns a five and then a zero. I “turned” 50. I feel more like I “hit” 50. Not “hit” like Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs. I mean “hit” like Arte Johnson in his yellow slicker on Laugh-In when he hit the stop sign on his tricycle and fell over. That’s the kind of “hit 50” I can … Continue reading

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