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1/13/2022

The East Longmeadow, Mass., Recreation Department recently hosted a class on film making and sports broadcasting and will start a theater program for children. The offerings are intended to provide activities that aren't sports-related.

1/13/2022

Big Arm State Park in Montana will build an archery range while Lone Pine State Park will expand its range by acquiring of 9.3 acres of land. The Lone Pine range has "seen a 30% increase in use the last few years, and we're excited to expand that great resource and offer additional opportunities for public shooting," says Dillon Tabish of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

1/13/2022

The Northbrook Park District in Illinois last year built the net-zero energy Techny Prairie Activity Center, which features 833 rooftop solar panels and a 200-foot bioswale to filter stormwater. The district also added permeable pavers and hundreds of trees at the Heritage Oaks Golf Club and built a clubhouse using recycled and sustainably sourced materials.

1/13/2022

Dane County, Wis., has chosen Arizona-based Keen Independent Research to conduct research into accessibility and inclusiveness at county parks and the Henry Vilas Zoo. A report is expected this summer.

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1/13/2022

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded $619,000 for 20 public land acquisitions covering 50,000 acres. The funding comes from the foundation or donor-advised funds.

1/13/2022

Johnson County, Mo., is considering having dispatchers ask callers more questions to determine whether they need an ambulance as COVID-19 and staffing shortages put additional stress on the emergency medical system. Emergency medical personnel may also start evaluating people on the scene to determine if they really need to go to the hospital.

1/13/2022

9-1-1 centers in Rockford, Ill., and Winnebago County this month will begin surveying certain callers via text message using a service called CueHit. The service "will give me access to citizen feedback in near real time and provide insights into areas where we can improve the service we provide to the community," Rockford 9-1-1 official Todd Stockburger said.

1/13/2022

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services is receiving upwards of 300 9-1-1 calls daily, about half of which are for nonemergency concerns such as COVID-19 testing and mild symptoms. "We're asking people to use the system for emergencies, things like heart attacks," acting EMS Chief Christopher Sloman said.

1/13/2022

Prince William County, Va., has used the Smart911 platform to provide a database where residents can share personal information that could help first responders in an emergency. The database is required under a state law enacted in 2020.

1/12/2022

City Council members in Joplin, Mo., this week approved an emergency ordinance that authorizes the city to spend over $195,000 to repair 30-year old sewer pipes located under railway tracks in an industrial park area. The project is set to be completed next week.