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U.S. RETAIL GASOLINE PRICES CONTINUE TO DROP

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline fell last week for the fifth week in a row. Prices dropped by 2.1 cents per gallon as of April 21 to hit 157.4 cents per gallon, which is still 17 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. Over the last five weeks, the average price for regular gasoline has declined by 15.4 cents per gallon. The decline reflects, in part, the reduction in crude oil prices recently. Prices were down throughout the nation last week, with the exception of the Midwest, where prices rose by 0.8 cent per gallon. The region with the lowest price is the Gulf Coast, where prices for regular gasline averaged 146.0 cents per gallon, while the region with the highest price is the West Coast, where prices for regular gasoline averaged 191.2 cents per gallon April 21. Despite falling by 6.8 cents per gallon, retail prices in California remained above $2 per gallon for the eighth week in a row, decreasing to 200.9 cents per gallon.

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE WINS MAGGIE AWARD

Grounds Maintenance has been announced as the “Most Improved Publication” (trade magazines over 50,000 circulation) winner in the 2003 Western Publications Association Maggie Awards. This honor recognizes Grounds Maintenance's new look that debuted with the July 2002 issue.

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This year's Maggie competition topped 1,700 entries from magazines published west of the Mississippi River or distributed solely west of the Mississippi River. The Western Publications Association (WPA) is a non-profit trade association working to advance the business of print and online magazines in the western United States. For more than 50 years, the WPA has bestowed awards to those deemed “the best of the West” in a wide variety of publishing categories.

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Do you know of a school or university Landscape Architecture project that deserves recognition? It can be part of the premier competition for landscape architecture and campus master planning for educational facilities: The 21st Annual American School & University Architectural Portfolio Awards. It's an opportunity to showcase a great project to more than 62,500* decision-makers at the nation's schools and universities and more than 63,800** Grounds Maintenance subscribers. Contact Susan Cox at scox@primediabusiness.com or (913) 967-1960 to receive entry information. Or visit http://www.schooldesigns.com/frmMain.asp?main=landscape.html for more information.

*December 2002 BPA International Statement, November 2002 issue American School & University
**December 2002 BPA International Statement, November 2002 issue Grounds Maintenance

CALIFORNIA CLOPYRALID RESTRICTIONS DON'T INCLUDE GOLF COURSES

The Dept. of Pesticide Regulation announced April 2 new restrictions on the use of products containing clopyralid. DPR will restrict sales of clopyralid to lawn and turf professionals, instruct those licensees to assure that green waste stays on site when the herbicide is used, and require dealers to provide written notice of the restrictions when they sell certain clopyralid products.

Golf courses are exempt from the restrictions because DPR has determined that grass recycling on site is a standard industry practice and clopyralid product labels prohibit use on tees and greens. Members of the California Golf Course Superintendents Association were instrumental in obtaining the golf course exemption. They educated DPR officials over the past year on golf course use of clopyralid by participating in DPR workshops and providing a voice for the industry.

Source: The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

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