Category Archives: February 2011

Simple Pleasures

I read lately that Miley Cyrus is very upset over her parents’ split. Rumors abound that her mother had an extramarital affair. Ms. Hannah Montana’s net worth is estimated to be anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion. But it seems no amount of money can console Ms. Cyrus and her achy, breaky heart. I’m not saying she thought it would, but I bet the rest of us did. How could anyone with that amount of money have problems? Also, … Continue reading

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Get A Leg Up

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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A Field Day In The Field House

It’s no wonder people do only the minimum to maintain field-house floors. After all, when there’s grass to mow, leaves to blow away and weeds to keep in check, why go inside to tend a surface that is supposed to be resilient? In a way, a sport-surface’s resiliency is its greatest weakness because it fools facility managers into thinking it doesn’t need much care. Actually, the key to its continued strength and durability is maintenance. And while nobody likes to … Continue reading

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Save Energy. Save Money. Save The Future.

Approximately one million tons of carbon dioxide are produced each year from energy consumed by Fairfax County, Va., government facilities, and among county agencies, the Park Authority manages the third largest inventory of sites and facilities. The Authority identified energy management in its 2006-2010 strategic plan as a means to: • Improve facility lifecycle management • Seek cost-saving opportunities. As the agency continues to endure difficult fiscal realities, the decision to find savings through energy conservation is paying dividends. A … Continue reading

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When Exercise Isn’t Healthy

Kyle Frey, a 21-year-old junior from Drexel University in Philadelphia, was one of his school’s star wrestlers when something startling happened. One day, Frey, who worked out with his team almost daily, noticed a small lesion–much like a pimple–developing on his arm; while it seemed slightly unusual, he thought little of it at the time. A few days later, however, after a match with a competing team, Frey noticed that the pimple had now grown considerably, and was beginning to … Continue reading

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