Category Archives: Columns

By Your Deeds

Living a life of truth can provide you with peace.
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You’re standing at the line and with one more roll of the ball, you will accomplish the first 300 game of your life. You’ve been bowling for 20 years now, since you were just in first grade. Your friends are watching you silently not wanting to put undue pressure on you and your heart is beating like a drum. Suddenly there’s a blaring message over the PA system. ”May I have everyone’s attention?! Stop bowling immediately and leave the building in an orderly manner. The building … Continue reading

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LBWA — Protecting The Canopy

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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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August Is Tree Check Month

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Make the most out of that stroll in the park, fun in the backyard, or hike in the woods. Keep an eye out for a devastating tree-killing pest. Mark your calendars for this August and help watch over our nation’s hardwoods. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging people to take ten minutes to get outside and take a closer look at their trees. August is a peak time of emergence for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Since its … Continue reading

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Lightning: Think Like The Animals

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Earlier this week, we had a monster thunderstorm roll through our area on the coast of South Carolina. This was a massive system that started from the Gulf of Mexico, went across Florida out into the Atlantic and then curved back to hit the southeastern coast. There was a lot of lightning in the system–the kind that is so close you can hear the sizzle before it lights up and the thunder is less than a three-count away. My wife and I love to … Continue reading

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Dixie Chopper Honors Hometown Heroes

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Coatesville, Ind. – Dixie Chopper is honoring local Hometown Heroes by offering a $250 mail-in rebate on any new (up to two) Dixie Chopper lawn mowers now through July 31. All active or retired members of the U.S. Military, Police, Fire, EMT, and Paramedic services are eligible for the $250 mail-in rebate. Since Dixie Chopper was founded in 1980, all the company’s mowers have been proudly made in the USA. The company is offering this opportunity as a way to … Continue reading

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