Category Archives: June 2011

Getting The Rust Out

Squeezing the last drops out of a budget is essential to making the most of any fiscal year. This includes improving the equipment on the property — even the rusty stuff. One way to grind a few more years of life from common-area items — metal waste receptacles and benches — is to have them restored rather than replaced. The old way of restoring this equipment might have included a seasonal intern, wire brush, store-bought rust-prohibiting paint, a summer and … Continue reading

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Defying Boundaries

What started as an interactive art project by Swedish artist Johan Ferner Ström has the potential to become an all-inclusive sport that does not discriminate by age, gender or physical ability. “Puckelball” is an artistic impression of the phenomenon of European football (soccer) and how it resembles the playground of life, which is neither equilateral nor level. The ball doesn’t go where you want, the different halves of the field are not the same for everybody and the goals are … Continue reading

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All-Around Involvement

Program development can be difficult in any setting, but attempting to make it inclusive can be especially challenging. Inclusion implies that every individual — no matter one’s ability level — has the same choices and opportunities to participate. It suggests being accepted by peers and having opportunities to share experiences with people with similar interests. Inclusive programs also imply an ability to access facilities in the community and to participate in programs. In developing an inclusive swim program, there are … Continue reading

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Paddle Trails

In 1996, a group of grassroots leaders gathered to discuss what they could do to stimulate the economy for communities located along the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina. The group, which eventually became known as the 501(c)3 non-profit Roanoke River Partners (RRP), came up with a number of ideas, including developing an antique trail or a Civil War trail, promoting local products and creating a series of camping platforms. In the end, the group decided to focus on developing … Continue reading

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Clearing The Water

What happens when a routine water analysis indicates the water in a swimming pool or hot tub is chemically balanced, but the water appears less than perfect? Too often a pool operator’s solution is to blindly add more chemicals and perform unscheduled maintenance on equipment, which can waste precious time and money. Additional testing is often forgotten about unless it is to verify the initial result. Performing a secondary test can easily identify the root problem, making treatment more simple … Continue reading

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