Category Archives: August 2012

Setting The Stage

Seashell Complex ready for 2012 season at Hampton Beach State Park   By Johanna Lyons Hampton Beach  State Park is a 40-acre linear park that occupies 2 miles of the 18-mile New Hampshire seacoast. The area is heavily developed with seasonal cottages, hotels, attractions, and businesses. The park and its host community, Hampton, N.H. (population 14,976), have over 75 years of social and economic interdependence. The redevelopment of the park is an example of strong partnerships between the executive and legislative … Continue reading

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Doggone Good

By Rodney J. Auth  In the pre-dawn darkness, my wife and I quietly herded our kids to the bathroom and then to their spots in the minivan for an early start to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We were headed to Novi, Michigan—host site for my oldest daughter’s soccer tournament. The plan was to watch her Saturday games (and find some local activity to keep the rest of the family happy), hit the hotel pool as a family (and … Continue reading

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Defining Clean

Examining ATP-monitoring devices  By Robert Kravitz  In a world where public-health scares are a frequent concern, it is time to consider whether the surfaces in facilities–and most specifically in restrooms–are hygienically clean. Until recently, this has been a difficult question to answer. While building managers might swab surfaces and use a Petri dish to test for potentially harmful germs and bacteria, this process could take days–days during which people could be infected by or come into contact with potentially harmful … Continue reading

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The Silent Majority

Don’t let bullies get the best of your kids   By Ron Ciancutti  My daughter was pulled over once for running a red light and the officer asked to see the title and registration. She simply said, “Oh, that’s in a shoebox under my dad’s bed, but just give him a call.” Her reply resonated with the officer (also a father, fortunately), who suggested the documents might be in the glove box. When she discovered they were, indeed, in the glove … Continue reading

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Lapping Up The Experience

Dogs-only swim beach provides exercise and socialization  By Desiree Stanfield Forty-five minutes north ofDetroit,Mich., dogs may mistake Orion Oaks Dog Park for heaven. Here, in this 24-acre, fenced, off-leash facility, they can mingle with other four-legged friends and take a dip at the dogs-only swimming beach, complete with a dock that allows for hours of jumping, fetching, and doggie-paddling. Operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the park boasts two trails, a small-dog area, drinking water, picnic shelter, and modern … Continue reading

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