Category Archives: September 2010

Tracing Roots

My mom chose a house in Berea, Ohio, to raise her family. She had had her eye on it since she was a little girl. It was on Fair Street because a long time ago that’s where the county fair was held. It intersected Race Street because that’s where the horse races were held at the fair. My dad remembered signing the mortgage papers on the hood of the realtor’s car. “Two pages stapled together,” he recalled as he sat … Continue reading

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LEED The Charge

With all the talk about being “green,” it can be confusing trying to figure out exactly what that word really means. A “green” secret-decoder ring will definitely come in handy when attempting to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the “greenness” of buildings, including new and remodeled construction. Luckily, there is an easier method. One internationally accepted way is through Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a third-party validation from the United States Green Building Council (USBGC). The Washington, D.C.-based … Continue reading

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A Place For Seniors To Stretch Out

Founded in 1890 and consisting of 33 acres, Ellwood Park is Amarillo’s oldest park. Over the past 20 years, the park has experienced declining use and activity, so the director of parks and recreation initiated a demographic study of the surrounding neighborhoods to find out why. The analysis indicated a sharp increase in the number of seniors living adjacent to the park. The director and staff members then initiated a park redevelopment process to create a new senior park. A … Continue reading

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Transplanting Trees

Trees don’t always have to settle their roots in one permanent resting place. There are now options available to relocate trees to places that may need more shade or aesthetic appeal. “Sometimes you can save existing trees,” says Brian Williams, owner of Worldwide Tree Moving, which specializes in transporting adult trees. “They can provide instant shade, and retain the value of the park.” Through the transportation process, 80 percent of the root ball of the tree is preserved. Typically, when … Continue reading

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Playground Safety Is No Accident

Playgrounds play an important role in the growth and maturation of children. Municipal parks and recreation departments spend large amounts of money annually to develop and maintain play spaces because they provide positive places for children to be outside, active and social. While most professionals agree playgrounds are needed, these spaces have risks. Across the country, more than 200,000 children under age 14 are seen in emergency rooms annually for injuries that occur on playgrounds. According to the Consumer Product … Continue reading

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