Category Archives: February 2003

The Front Porch

“If the world had a front porch like we did back then, we’d still have our problems but we’d all be friends.” This Tracy Lawrence tune kept running through my head as I packed my family into the mini-van and headed to western New York for a weekend of skiing, boarding and sledding. The plan was simple, much like the message in the Tracy Lawrence song I was still humming. But executing it, as we were about to find out, … Continue reading

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Industry News

“I just want an accessible swing for my granddaughter.” That was grandmother Patty Bomba’s original request two years ago. And through countless hours of hard work and community outreach, Patty was able to give her granddaughter a wonderful gift — a large, totally accessible playground that she and the other children in Carneys Point, N.J. can enjoy together. Patty has always shared a special bond with granddaughter Sami. She enjoys the time they spend together and enjoys her role of … Continue reading

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There are two basic rules to follow when managing aquatics programs: • Rule number one: Have Fun! • Rule number two: Play Safe! The information below is designed to serve as a primer for those charged with the responsibility for managing aquatics programs. Where possible, specific resources have been provided for further information. The aquatics director or manager has an awesome responsibility, regardless of the breadth and scope of the program. Knowledge and experience make a big difference in the … Continue reading

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A Working Model

The purchasing division of Cleveland Metroparks acquires materials, commodities and services to support over 20,000 acres of natural land, golf courses, nature centers, reserved group picnic areas and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Each particular reservation or facility has a manager who is designated with limited authority and purchasing power. As a governmental agency, the purchasing procedures are scrutinized closely by state auditors. Since 1988, the beginning of the current administration, consistent and successful audits have been reported. The latest audit … Continue reading

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