Category Archives: September 2008

A Growing Trend

For many decades, the Downtown Farmers Market in Eau Claire, Wis., was held in a parking lot. The city fathers then decided to build an elegant “home” for the market that would shelter the vendor displays and create an aesthetic landmark of exposed timber for a community gathering place. Phil Johnson, Superintendent of Eau Claire Parks, says the use of glued laminated timber was a key factor in solving a problem that afflicts many farmers market pavilions–bird roosting. The unique … Continue reading

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Miles Of Mapping

To say that snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in upstate New York is an understatement. The area north of Interstate 90 is at equal or higher latitude compared with that of the Canadian province of Ontario. Western New York, in particular, is ideal for anyone who enjoys winter sports since it is sandwiched between the lake-effect snow factories of Lake Erie and LakeOntario. It was the state’s estimated 11,000 miles of snowmobile trails–and the fact they need to be … Continue reading

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Good Enough For Government Work

In several articles I have written for PRB, I mentioned having grown up under the command of Lt. Col. Felix Bessler, U.S. Army. As I have grown older and more reflective, I really appreciate what a great job the “Colonel” did. While I don’t take the time to tell him often, I love him like, like a father—OK, very much. Recently I responded to a citizen inquiry forwarded by a city council member, and I remembered one of those life … Continue reading

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Brilliant

In eighth grade, I sat next to the smartest kid in the class–not the one who had the best grades, mind you, (he couldn’t be bothered to try too hard)–but nevertheless, he was the smartest, possibly bordering on brilliant. Everybody knew it in that way kids sense intuitively how they stack up with the rest of their classmates, whether in sports, music, computers, reading or brains. One day in the spring of that year I chanced to ask my smart … Continue reading

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Circle The Wagons

It is likely that you share at least one trait with tribal chiefs, royal monarchs, military commanders and many CEOs–your organization or agency’s power is centralized, and flows from the top down in a series of levels ending at the “front line.” In fact, despite being “of the people, by the people, for the people,” our own democratic government displays this tendency. The president is commander-in-chief, issuing executive orders to myriad federal agencies, while Congress has its majority and minority … Continue reading

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