Category Archives: August 2008

Lending A Paw

Why would anyone want to read to a dog? In 2000, a study was done at the Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, to examine the benefits of providing a dog-assisted reading program. The study consisted of ten children ranging in age from 5 to 9 years old who were reading below their grade level. Each student read once a week for 20 minutes with a dog. At the end of the 13-month study, each child’s reading score … Continue reading

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Ready, Aim, Splat!

Just the suggestion of building a city-owned paintball park will have most officials reaching for the phone to consult a law director or legal advisor. But consider this: The National Injury Information Clearinghouse of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports paintball has fewer injuries than tennis, basketball, volleyball, bowling and many other sports. So why does the game immediately conjure up images of injuries and lawsuits? Perhaps it’s because of the nature of the game–a simulated war zone where … Continue reading

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Virtual Ride — Real Slide

Ever wonder what it would feel like to slide into the jaws of a shark? Although it sounds daring and dangerous, it is now possible thanks to technology created by Mike Werner’s Chicago area-based Lasertech Productions Inc. “There’s nothing new about themed rides, but there’s never been one before that you can change,” says Werner. King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake, Iowa, is home to the first interactive water slides. The waterpark—part of a larger, $39-million lakefront revitalization project … Continue reading

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Aloha, Neighbors!

“Giving back to the community” has become a catchphrase in the corporate world. It seems that everyone recognizes the value, but how many companies are truly practicing what they preach? There are a number of ways to give back to the community, from charitable fundraisers and donations to employee volunteerism and special programs. Supporting causes outside the regular scope of business reflects the heart and nature of the company, and is sure to demonstrate exponential return. One company–Hawaiian Waters Adventure … Continue reading

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Boardwalk Bound

A quiet, northwest Chicago suburb, Niles, Ill., is about 800 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and light years from Eastern Seaboard resorts such as Atlantic City, N.J. Yet visitors to the Niles Park District’s recently renovated OasisFunCenter and WaterPark will be pleasantly surprised to discover that it has the festive, rough-hewn look and feel of the city boardwalks common along the ocean’s shores. “We wanted something different and fun–not just another ho-hum box of cinder blocks,” said Joseph LoVerde, … Continue reading

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