Field Notes Haviland Pool & Spa Products has promoted Misti Daly to the position of Customer Service Manager. Daly joined the Haviland team in 2005 as a sales coordinator.  Ephesus Lighting Inc., an LED lighting company in Central New York that designs and manufactures LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has announced a corporate restructuring to ensure it is positioned to manage its rapid growth.  Hayward Industries, Inc., a supplier of swimming pool products, … Continue reading

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Erosion Control and Management Conference

Davenport, Iowa – Online registration has opened for Great Connections 2014 at  This is a new conference and exhibition from the International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) Great Rivers and Great Lakes Chapters. The event will be held April 29 – May 1, 2014, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in downtown Davenport, Iowa.   Great Connections 2014 is a new conference and workshop co-organized by the Great Lakes and Great Rivers Chapters of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). The 2014 … Continue reading

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Waterfront Hazards

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It seems like every day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other governmental agencies are passing a new regulation prohibiting yet another activity on waterfront property. Woe to the park district that runs afoul of one of these regulations, as it may lead to lawsuits, fines, and possibly even jail time for the administrators. In the face of these penalties, here are four approaches every park district administrator must use to keep the district out of trouble and retain his … Continue reading

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Enjoyable Experiences

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Several years ago Mike Buchanan, the superintendent for the city of Manhattan (Kan.) Parks and Recreation Department, was tending to some business at the park on a warm Saturday morning in July.  A softball team in the department’s 4th-grade league had begun practice, and Buchanan watched the girls complete some basic warm-up drills rather lethargically due to the heat. Then practice took an interesting turn. An assistant coach placed a bucket of water balloons between home plate and the pitching … Continue reading

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Lightning In A Basket — Publisher’s Note

Lightning dotted the sky as the lifeguards/swim instructors hurried us across the pool deck and into the boiler room separating the women’s locker room from the men’s. I was 12 years old. My brother was 10. Our swim lesson was aborted and we were wet, cold, and shivering. There had been no time to grab a towel and the boiler room was not heated. But, we were safe from the lighting and possible tornado raging outside. As we waited in … Continue reading

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Metzger Reservoir

Metzger Reservoir is 1.90 miles around with track running the loop. It’s right next to Ferguson Reservoir. Visitors are permitted to fish and hunt waterfowl with proper licenses. More