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New Section: Childhood Memories
Save the Date: March Madness
New Hires/McBean Community Center
Service Award/Robert Howard Community Center
Director’s Update “The sun shines upon the land for several hours each day while we are asleep” and yet there “remains only a brief spell of declining daylight in which to spend the short period of leisure at our disposal.” This Sunday we “spring forward” as we switch to Daylight Saving time. Did you ever wonder the story behind Daylight Saving Time? The first Daylight Saving Time policy began in Germany on May 1, 1916, in the hopes that it would save energy during World War I. But, though Germans were first to mess with their clocks, they likely got the idea from Britain—and from someone whose ideas about Daylight Saving had little to do with conserving fuel. William Willett had in 1907 published The Waste of Daylight. Willett was inspired by an early-morning epiphany that “the sun shines upon the land for several hours each day while we are asleep” and yet there “remains only a brief spell of declining daylight in which to spend the short period of leisure at our disposal.” Though he did mention that it would save money to reduce the use of artificial lighting, his main purpose was the increase enjoyment of sunlight. He lobbied Parliament for such legislation until his death in 1915—not living to see the law passed in England shortly after it was in Germany.
Did you notice the word “leisure” as one of the reasons we have daylight saving time. Well, we Americans took the leisure concept even future. The first U.S. law on Daylight Saving Time went into effect on March 19, 1918. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was the major backer for the policy because Americans getting off work while it was still light out meant they would be more likely to go out shopping in the evening. Sports and recreation industries saw the light, too. Golf ball sales skyrocketed during Daylight Saving Time. Baseball was a huge early supporter, too, because at the time there was no artificial illumination of parks, so to get school kids and workers to ball games with the extended daylight, they could have a later start time. Some even considered Daylight Saving Time a good health policy, given the extra time people had to be outdoors. So before you go to bed Saturday night and you move your clocks forward, say a little thanks to William Willett who just may have helped us create the Recreation and Parks industry we work in today! Glenn *Parts of this information were taken from a Time Magazine Article from November 1, 2017.
Parks Division The Diamond Lakes Campground at Diamond Lakes Regional Park opened to the public on March 1, 2018. On March 2nd , the Department held an official ribbon cutting, with Commissioner Sammy Sias in attendance, as well as former Commissioner Joe Jackson, who helped steer the project from inception to completion. Recreation and Parks Director Glenn Parker presided over this event. Even Smokey the Bear made an appearance at the dedication! Special thanks goes out to Darrell Bennett and his Diamond Lakes staff for cleaning and preparing the grounds for opening day and taking care of all the â€˜behind the scenesâ€™ items necessary. Diamond Lakes Campground has 25 full service campsites equipped all with water, sewer and electric hookups. Two are pull through sites; all others are back-in sites. Several of the campsites overlook beautiful lakes within the Park four hot water shower/restrooms available, a dumpster on site allows campers to empty household waste, tent campers can be accommodated in several areas within the back of the campground, and nearby parking is available for tent campers. Rates are very reasonable at $30/ night per site, with a maximum stay of 30 days allowed. Seniors and active military receive discounted rates. A Camp Host resides on property to help maintain the grounds, showers and restrooms, and handle any minor check in/check out issues. Reservations are handled through Reserve America, allowing a seamless
method of tracking reservations and collecting funds. If space is available, a camper can reserve it on the spot with the Camp Host. For information on reservations, contact Reserve America at www.reserveamerica.com . The Camp Host can be reached at 706.726.7040.
I remember riding my bicycle every day all summer long with my sister and the other kids in the neighborhood. The best time was after it rained when we would ride through all of the mud puddles. The worst was hitting a patch of gravel or the edge of the road, which would make you crash. This was especially terrible when wearing a swimsuit, as they provide no armor against gravel and asphalt. I think I spent years playing in the patch of woods behind my house. It was full of honey suckle, which my sister and friends would clip and tie up to make tunnels and rooms. We had a network that took us to a wetland, past an old (haunted) barn, and out to one adjacent neighborhood. Once, when a neighborhood bully was chasing us, we ducked into this woodland and made a clean get away! When I was very little, around six to eight years of age, I loved to go fishing with my grandparents. I would catch all of the crickets we needed, and we’d go out to some sleepy lake and spend the day. My grandmother would clean and cook the fish, and sometimes this would be at one of their friend’s house in the country and I would get to play with their grandkids, too. After dinner, we would hang out in the backyard. While my grandparents chatted, we kids would catch lightning bugs and watch the purple martins fly back home to the white-painted gourds our friend had hung up on a tall post in his garden.
Growing up in upstate New York in a home my Grandfather built. Summers – Swimming in the Erie Canal Winters – Skating on the Erie Canal Closest playground was at an elementary school. It had one metal slide, two see-saws and a merry-goround, safety surface – asphalt Going to Sunday Mass with Mom, not understanding the service because it was in Latin. Neighbors sitting on porches visiting with each other speaking Slovenian as our neighborhood were Yugoslavian immigrants. Daily fire whistle echoing through the Mohawk Valley signifying high noon, every day, except Sundays. Hitching train rides on the West Shore rail line.
Save the Date
Employee Appreciation Event March 16, 2018 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Administration Office Lunch will be served Donâ€™t forget to wear your favorite basketball team fan gear! For more information please contact the Admin Office at 706.796.5025
Every Saturday, beginning March 18 (8am-2pm) – Augusta Market at the River: From March through November, this outdoor market offers local vendors, showcasing and selling fruits, veggies, honey, baked goods and coffee, along with locally made art, home décor, accessories and entertainment. The Augusta Market at the river is located at the 8th Street Plaza. February 1st - 28th - Adult Spring Sports Registration: Adults can register for the Spring Athletic Season at the Athletic office at Diamond Lakes Regional Park. The spring leagues include Flag Football, Softball and Volleyball in the Open Coed & Men’s Open, Men’s & Women’s Church, Open – Co-ED Church & Open – Men’s Industrial divisions. The registration fee is $20.00, the team fee structure varies with each sport. The adult athletic office is located at the Diamond Lakes Regional Park Adult Complex. March 2nd - 4th at the Newman Tennis Center (All Day) - Southern States Top 32 Junior Championships: Augusta, Georgia hosts the Southern States top 32 Junior Champion-ships at the Newman Tennis Center and other Tennis facilities across Augusta for boys & girls ages 10 to 18. Admission for spectators is free. March 9th - 11th at Bernie Ward, May Park and Warren Road Community Center (All Day) - GRPA Open State, Industrial State and Church State Basketball Tournament: From March 9th to March 11th, Augusta, Georgia hosts the GRPA Open State, Industrial State and Church State Basketball Tournament. Games will be played at Bernie Ward Community Center, May Park Community Center and Warren Road Community Center. This is an all day event, starting Friday afternoon and ending on Sunday after the last game has been played. Between 8 and 15 teams in each division will compete for the win. Admission is $3.00. March 12th to 17th at the Robert Howard Community Center (All Day) - Youth Basketball Tournament of Champions: Augusta, Georgia hosts the annual Youth Basketball Tournament of Champions between March 12 and March 17 at the Robert Howard Community Center. March 17th at the Augusta Common (2pm - 11pm) - St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade: In cooperation with the Irish-American Heritage Society, Augusta, Georgia hosts the annual St. Patrick Day Festival and Parade at the Augusta Common. The parade starts at 2pm, followed by a celebration at the Augusta Common with live entertainment, vendors and a child play area. Admission is free. March 24th at the May Park Community Center (11am - 1pm) – Community Easter Egg Hunt: Augusta, Georgia hosts the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and under at the May Park Community Center in cooperation with Perry Broadcasting. Admission is free. March 31st at the Carrie J. Mays Community Center (11am-1pm) - Community Easter Egg Hunt: On March 31st, Augusta, Georgia hosts a Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Carrie J. Mays Community Center. Admission is free. April 1st at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater (7am) - Easter Sunrise Service: Augusta, Georgia hosts the traditional ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.
Alfred Lawson Groundskeeper I Parks Division
Preston Key Groundskeeper I Parks Division
McBean Community Center McBean Community Center raised $144 dollars in T-Shirts Sales for the 2018 CSRA American Heart Association Campaign. Way to Go McBean! Donâ€™t Forget the CSRA Heart Walk will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018. For more information: please visit the website http://www.csraheartwalk.org/ teamoneaugusta
American Heart Association
Congratulations Millie on 35 Years of Service
In 1983, Millie Armstrong was hired by Elbert Hornsby, former Director of Trees and Parks for the city of Augusta (before the city/county consolidation). First hired as a groundskeeper for Westview Cemetery, sheâ€™s since worked in Westview Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery, and Cedar Grove Cemetery. Millie transferred to the Landscape division sometime between 2003 and 2008. Today, Mille remains in the landscape division. On behalf of Augusta Recreation and Parks we would like to thank Millie for her continuous hard work and dedication to the department.
Robert Howard Community Center
Robert Howard Community Center celebrates Black History Month! Pictured Left to Right: Carolyn Dykes, Myra Moss, Tony Glover, Sandra Lamb, and Tony Miller Sr.
Cell Phone â€“ Vehicle Safety Policy December 6th 2011 Augusta, GA PPM Page 150 Section 800.036 â€“ Cellular Phones G. While operating an Augusta, GA vehicle, employees may not answer a Device unless and until they pull over in a safe spot (or let a passenger answer the call). If it is urgent, an employee may accept or return a call or text, provided that he/she remain parked off the roadway. An employee may not resume driving until the conversation is over. Employees may not make outgoing calls or respond to text messages or e-mails while driving. If an employee needs to place a call or respond to a text or e-mail, he/she must first pull over in a safe spot. *This also includes the use of hands-free devices while operating a county vehicle, such as Blue Tooth, or Blue Tooth headsets.
H. Any employee found in violation of the policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination, in accordance with the discipline procedure.
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James “Darrell” Mayle
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Published on Mar 9, 2018