Category Archives: April 2012

“Hay-Days” On The Beach

St. Lucie County in Florida has a long history with horses. Fort Pierce, the county seat, is still the final stop of the Florida Cracker Trail–a 120-mile route that was traditionally used to move cattle horses across the Sunshine State. Every year in the first full week of February, dozens of riders set out on horseback from Bradenton, riding east 15-20 miles a day, until they reach the seaside town of Fort Pierce to commemorate Cracker Cowboys and preserve Florida’s … Continue reading

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Take It Day By Day

As one might imagine, overseeing a youth-sports program that caters to more than 6,000 children, ranging from 3 to 18 years old, requires having a solid foundation of policies in place–and the courage to stick to them. Karen Puskas, program manager for the town of Westport in Connecticut, certainly understands the importance of this approach. It’s a task that poses a variety of challenges too, since the majority of the program’s 11 sports are conducted with local providers, such as … Continue reading

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Don’t Play The Fool

In 1969, The April Fools, a little-known film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve, was released. It was a simple, light movie about two people, unhappy in their own marriages, who find joy in each other and decide to run away to Paris and start life over. They were considered fools because they had decided to do something completely irrational and totally self-serving. They had always been stalwart in their devotion to their mates–reliable, prone to serve, and faithful–and now, … Continue reading

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Splashing Good Times

For several years, splash pads and spray grounds have been identified as desired amenities for all types of recreational environments. What is it that has made these systems so successful? Here are the leading factors: Community Enhancement Splash play areas provide a unique way of bringing vitality to communities. They bring families together, provide refreshment on a hot summer day, and have the potential to become a gathering point where bonds are formed. Healthy Play Parents, citizens, and community leaders … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Life Jackets For Kids (S 2075) Bill Gaining Ground Senate 36-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring all children’s camps’ lakes and other swimming areas, except swimming and wading pools, to have one life jacket for each child there. It also prohibits camps from refusing to allow a child to bring and use his or her own life jacket. The measure is called “Christian’s Law” after 4-year-old Christian Frechette who was not wearing a life jacket when … Continue reading

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