Category Archives: September 2010

This-N-That

Lessons In Loyalty Ron, I really enjoyed your article in PRB (“Trading Treasures For Turnovers,” May 2010). I would have enjoyed it a little more if the Cavs were still playing … but it made some great points. I like the message of the article that loyalty should mean something … even in the cutthroat world of today. I wanted the championship as much for Z as I did for the city of Cleveland. Lebron [James] might end up coming … Continue reading

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Little Details Equal Big Savings

Economically speaking, this country may not ever get back to the way it once was. And, if it does, it’s going to take much longer than originally expected. Not surprisingly, the golf market has been impacted along with virtually every other industry, but perhaps even more as the discretionary income of many Americans is evaluated. At municipal courses like Springbrook and Naperbrook, located in the Naperville area 35 miles west of Chicago, there are even more challenges regarding price and … Continue reading

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Stand Up

Thompson Reuters News Service and Ipsos conducted a poll recently of more than 23,000 adults throughout 22 countries regarding parental behavior during kids’ participation in sports programs. The poll revealed that respondents from the United States were the most likely to witness poor behavior by parents (60 percent) than those in any other country. Following close behind were India (59 percent), Italy (55 percent), Argentina (54 percent), Canada (53 percent) and Australia (50 percent). Perhaps most disturbing was that 35 … Continue reading

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Pearls Of Wisdom

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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Little Details

My Dad likes to work with wood. Growing up, he was forever, cutting, sanding, and nailing things into place. If Mom needed a new laundry room cabinet–he would build it himself, always making sure to tell us, “Why spend $100 on something I can build for $50?” When I was 10, he moved beyond furniture and household repair and into new construction. He decided to turn our two-car garage into living space–a bedroom, laundry room, full bath and mud room—and … Continue reading

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