Category Archives: October 2011

Bike Lasers

Pulling into the driveway, I could see that all was not well. My wife was on the front porch, surrounded by three preschoolers, all in various states of distress. As I walked up, I heard her say to my youngest daughter, ‘What, exactly, is wrong?” My daughter blubbered, “Julia and Tootie said their bikes have lasers, but mine doesn’t.” My wife responded, “Who cares what they say? If you want to pretend your bike has a laser then pretend your … Continue reading

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Developing Standards For Public Pools

Have you ever felt a degree of panic in wondering whether a pool was in compliance with the requirements of the public health code? Or how about conducting repairs or a renovation only to find the job does not comply with the governing health code? This has been the case for many pool operators in trying to comply with a myriad of issues, including the drain-entrapment requirements in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Currently, all public … Continue reading

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80 Ways To Reduce Expenses, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a four-part series that will explore 80 ways to reduce operating expenses. In these difficult economic times, these ways could be the difference between having a profitable year and one of significant financial loss. After all, every dollar of reduced operating expense goes straight to the bottom line of an annual profit-and-loss statement. Take these suggestions at face value, or modify them for your agency. Either way, please take a look. Shaving … Continue reading

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Saving The Environment

Besides the sport played on the grass at Wimbledon, tennis is not typically considered a “green” sport. Most matches are played on hard asphalt courts, leading to the short lifespan of tennis balls that are thrown away. Additionally, players drive to local courts, and often bring single-use water bottles for refreshment. Most of these bottles and tennis-ball cans are deposited in courtside trash bins, ultimately taking their place next to 27 billion other non-recycled water bottles that ended up in … Continue reading

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Fields Of Green

The Thurston County/City of Lacey Regional Athletic Center (RAC) is already regarded as one of the finest outdoor sporting venues in Washington state. The 100-acre complex features: • Six regulation soccer fields, including one with all-weather turf and lighting • Four regulation softball fields with synthetic-turf infields and lighting • One minor-league-rated baseball field with a synthetic-turf infield and lighting • Electronic scoreboards • Two concession buildings • Five large picnic shelters • Spectator seating • Three playgrounds • Two … Continue reading

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