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STMA To Host Annual Conference In Denver

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – will host its 26th annual Conference & Exhibition January 13-16, 2015 in Denver, Colo.  Nearly 1,200 leaders in the sports turf industry will converge on the Colorado Convention Center for more than 75 hours of leading-edge educational seminars, exhibitor demonstrations and networking opportunities.  The five-day event features seminars, lectures, general sessions and exhibits from sports turf and … Continue reading

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Longing For The Red Pop Of The Past

Ah, the good old days.
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Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, Oh what a relief it is, Oh what a relief … it is.   I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. You ate the whole thing. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.   Comic books and Sunday nights, Roller skates and yo-yos Pony rides and snowball fights, Climbing through the window Remember when you were a kid? Well part of you still is, And … Continue reading

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NSPF Awards Nine Scholarships and Fellowships

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Nine university students have been awarded a total of $14,000 in Scholarships and Fellowships by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Board of Directors for the year calendar year 2015. The two award programs have been funded annually for nearly a dozen years. NSPF has provided education assistance to 129 students, totaling $184,500. The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification graduates and their family members are recognized with the Scholarship Program to help … Continue reading

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ASBA Announces 2014 Technical Meeting

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ELLICOTT CITY, MD –The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, has announced that its annual Technical Meeting will be held December 5-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The meeting, which includes technical programming for industry members who work with facilities for tennis, track and field, sports fields and indoor athletic facilities, is expected to generate record attendance. The event also offers an outstanding trade show … Continue reading

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“What The Dickens” Does That Mean?

Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II.
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Last week I was standing in line at the local electronic gadgetry store waiting to buy yet another device to make my life more complicated and I got into a conversation with a lady in front of me. We were lamenting the days before smart phones, tablets, laptops and all the other “communication” devices that have supplemented, or maybe replaced, face-to-face conversation, especially in the younger generation. I commented to her that all this world-wide communication was a “fool’s paradise.” “What … Continue reading

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