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Simply Satisfying

How do you find happiness?
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It’s been about 2 months since Robin Williams decided he didn’t want to hang around earth anymore. Seems the whole nation mourned his passing and rightfully so. He was part of the fabric of our lives. He gave us great escape, great examples, great memories. I recall the impact of the Dead Poets Society line when he told his class of young budding gentlemen to “seize the day.” For 10 years afterwards, those words showed up everywhere you looked. “Carpe diem,” was engraved and pasted on … Continue reading

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PERC Donates Equipment To Yellowstone

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WASHINGTON – Yellowstone National Park is reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council. PERC’s donation includes a propane-powered Exmark zero-turn mower, 11 mower cylinders, three Generac portable propane generators, one Generac standby generator, and a 12-cylinder capacity storage cage. PERC is also donating refillable Manchester Tanks and a cylinder refill unit to the park, which will enable Yellowstone to reduce small cylinder waste from campers through a first-of-its-kind program. “Yellowstone is committed … Continue reading

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Save $ With FMC’s Order Early Plan

PHILADELPHIA – With more products and incentives than ever before, the FMC 2014 Early Order Program offers significant savings, a Build Your Own Bonus program and extended terms on its most popular turf and ornamental products. The program is running from September 15 through December 12, 2014, allowing program participants to purchase products at current pricing but defer payment for select qualifying FMC products like Triple Crown, Solitare, and Echelon until June 10, 2015. The program features an amazing early … Continue reading

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History Filled With People Making Choices

Get young people excited about history.
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I periodically have the opportunity to speak with young men and women about history. I got into an informal conversation recently with some students about history and I was a bit shocked at the attitude some of them had about it. One of them made the statement, “History is just a bunch of dates and names and places you have to memorize to get through a class.”  I challenged him on it. “You’re wrong,” I told him. “Behind each one of those … Continue reading

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Lifetime Achievement

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Many years ago, Ken Koonce returned to his hometown of Kinston, N.C., for Christmas, where he received one of the best gifts a recreation professional could ask for—a thank you for a life he impacted through the power of sports. Walking through a mall one December day, he noticed a tall, well-built young man coming toward him. He learned that the man swam on Ken’s youth team many years before. Ken was stunned by what happened next. “He proceeded to … Continue reading

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