Category Archives: May 2009

Budget Woes Are Re-defining “Public Service”

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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This-N-That

Peaceful Play Includes Children Of All Abilities Rockville, Md.–By the time Mattie T. J. Stepanek passed away shortly before his fourteenth birthday, he had already authored many books and had become a symbol of peace. He was known by way of Larry King and Oprah Winfrey, who celebrated his life with appearances on their TV shows, and Jimmy Carter with whom he authored his final book on his dearest subject, Just Peace. Bankshot Sports are all about teaching peace through … Continue reading

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Building Memories

The picture is forever etched in my mind–my son, sitting on our garage steps, protective ear muffs pushing back a shock of sun-bleached, blond hair–his favorite plastic blue hammer in his right hand and a block of wood in his left. I remember looking over at him as I set up the table saw for our next cut (we were making some industrial-style shelves for our garage from the ready supply of discarded lumber in our new neighborhood) and marveling … Continue reading

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Ahhh, Sweet Summer

There’s a spot in my backyard where the grass slopes gently to the property line and the lone survivor of Dutch Elm disease spreads its shade, making it perfect for a quick nap. Last night, as the family waited for my wife to return from her weekend girls’ trip, I found myself enjoying a moment of peace in this spot–laying on my back, looking up through the leaves of the Elm tree as my kids wandered around nearby. The twins … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Bobcat And Polaris Form Alliance West Fargo, N.D.–Bobcat Company and Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., announces a long-term strategic alliance that will leverage the strengths of both companies to penetrate work-related market segments globally. The alliance will include co-development of work vehicles, supply of highly differentiated work vehicles and technology sharing, with a planned launch by the second half of 2010. Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO, said the alliance is consistent with Polaris’ goal of diversifying beyond core powersports … Continue reading

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