Category Archives: August 2011

Free To Roam

A new pilot program in seven Boise, Idaho, parks gives dogs room to roam off-leash during designated morning and evening hours. The one-year pilot project was launched in April 2011 after an extensive public-awareness campaign that included direct-mail postcards sent to 12,749 neighbors of eight park sites, eight public meetings, and an online survey. Comments also were submitted via phone and e-mail. An astonishing 3,400 people responded to the online survey. The campaign generated interest from print and broadcast media, … Continue reading

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Rewarding Employees

As times change, so do the expectations of employees in the workplace (Robb, 2007). They want to be appreciated for their contributions, and employers need to be creative in ways of doing so. Here are a few reasons why providing recognition in the workplace is a must–especially during tough times. So come on, managers, it’s time for some reward lessons! Recognition Is FREE! One of the most effective, yet powerful ways to reward and recognize employees is also the cheapest. … Continue reading

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Dog-Agility Course For Beginners

Looking to spruce up your dog park? Consider adding a dog-agility course. There are many options in creating one, and you don’t need to spend a ton of money. “A dog-agility course consists of a variety of obstacles that are loosely based on horse-agility obstacles,” says Heather Smith, public-relations and communications manager with the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA). “Using some of the same obstacles, you can make a simple course for novices to enjoy.” For safety, obstacle heights … Continue reading

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Take The Initiative

For those who plan to renovate an old building for seniors, the first necessity is not money. There’s no denying that you will need money–plenty of it–in the long run. But first you will very likely need to “mend-and-make-do” in order to pave the way for major grants. An elementary school built in 1908 and abandoned in 1999 in the Wiles Hill neighborhood of Morgantown, W. Va., is not a pretty site to contemplate renovating, especially for an executive director … Continue reading

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What’s Your Style?

In one form or another, we are all thrust into a leadership role during the work day. Whether we are leading an organization or a youth soccer team, leadership is one of those intangible, almost immeasurable qualities that make us who we are. Our personal leadership style is shaped largely by the myriad situations we encounter daily. While no two people are alike, we all have principles that guide our decisions. It is these principles that make up our specific … Continue reading

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