Category Archives: June 2008

The Proverbial Mile

It seemed easy. Spend four days and nights manning the home front, so my wife could enjoy a much-needed vacation. Like most of the situations I get myself into, the enormity of my commitment didn’t hit me until she walked out the door that Wednesday evening and I turned around to find five sets of eyeballs looking at me with the obvious question, “what’s next?” As it turned out, the answer was homework, baths, bedtime, breakfast, more homework, pack lunches, … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff Part 1

In the famous movie The Right Stuff, the astronauts eventually chosen to rocket into space not only demonstrate the normal toughness associated with the challenges of military service, but also possess an almost intangible character that separates the very best from the best. Whether you’re preparing to shoot for the stars, or trying to pull your organization out of a nosedive, at some point you must select staff to fill one or more open positions. In the view of most … Continue reading

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A Dynamic Duo

Can you imagine Laurel without Hardy? Abbott without Costello? How about Johnny Carson but no Ed McMahon? Of course not. One without the other just doesn’t cut it. So–stick with my comparison here for a moment–when it comes to youth sports, I’m amazed by directors of parks and recreation departments who lease out their facilities and continually go about business without a Council of Youth League Presidents. It’s ridiculous, because you can’t have one without the other; not if you … Continue reading

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A Field House With A View

The Waukegan Park District in Illinois wanted to go beyond space and programming requirements, beyond parking needs and storm water detention demands to include more subtle design mandates for its planned Field House at Hinkston Park. The building had to be, in Executive Director Greg Petry’s words, “fresh, new and exciting, and reflect the renaissance Waukegan is going through.” The building–designed by PHN Architects of Wheaton, Ill.–measures up to the mandate. Petry says, “PHN delivered on that. It’s really a … Continue reading

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Slippin’ And Slidin’

In 1999, when Jeff Jacobson was first elected mayor of North Pole, Alaska, he and his staff put together a wish list of projects. High on that list was a water slide for Wescott Pool. Today, that wish is a reality. “I feel a real sense of accomplishment,” says Jacobson. “Our quality of life has improved, kids are excited to go to the pool, and the slide is something we are all proud of. It took a long time for … Continue reading

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