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Healthy Pursuits

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Kelly Leger’s journey to becoming recreation superintendent at SpaldingCounty (Ga.) Parks and Recreation didn’t begin in typical fashion.  “My path to recreation superintendent began as a nursing-home social worker, where I saw many people suffering with chronic disease,” says Leger. “I then had the opportunity to be involved firsthand in developing prevention programs as a recreation senior-center supervisor. I worked to develop physical-activity programs which the senior adults became enthusiastic about. I discovered through my experiences in recreation that the … Continue reading

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ECORE Celebrates American Roots

Lancaster, PA – With the 4th of July approaching, many Americans are feeling patriotic. This brings to mind the importance of buying American made products. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center defines made in the U.S.A. as “all or virtually all” of the product has been made in America; all significant parts, processing, and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin.  ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, … Continue reading

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The Gateway To Adulthood

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I was doing historical research for another column I’ve been working on when I came across an anonymous statement that gave me pause: “People either participated in the 1980s or sat back and watched. Those that engaged it seemed to be trying to recreate the 1950s.”  I was 20 at the very beginning of that era, in 1980. At the threshold to my future, I felt really good about what I was doing, and how I was going about it. … Continue reading

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Two Scoops — Publisher’s Note

I was sitting on our front porch swing enjoying the cooling temperature of twilight and watching my two 7-year-olds (and the rest of the neighborhood pack they run with) race their bikes round and round the cul-de-sac when the front door opened.  Out came my wife holding the best part of summer in Ohio—two scoops of Graeter’s ice cream. She handed me my bowl of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and sat down with her favorite flavor—Toffee Chocolate Chip.  Now, if … Continue reading

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LBWA — Keep Players Coming Back

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Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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