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December 24, 2012
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  • Propane is an ideal heating fuel for Mo. lake-area residents
    Propane is an ideal home-heating fuel for residents living near Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks because of its safety, versatility and viability. "In order to ignite, the propane-air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor. If the mixture contains less than 2.2 percent gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6 percent, it is too rich to burn," the Propane Education & Research Council said. More than 14 million households and 865,000 farms across the U.S. use propane for their daily needs, PERC said. (Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Intelligence 
  • Colo. county unveils new CNG fueling stations
    Two compressed natural gas fueling stations opened this month in Colorado's Weld County, bringing the county's total to four and making the fuel more widely viable to local fleets and vehicle owners. "With stations now located in Firestone, Fort Lupton, Kersey and Greeley, drivers will be able to fuel with CNG throughout the county. We are proud to have been able to work with public and private entities to bring affordable and clean-burning CNG to Weld County," said County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. The Denver Post (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't let it be you making these roofing blunders
    Two building professionals put together a presentation of construction bloopers for a session at the Construct Canada Show in Toronto. This time, the focus was primarily on roofing errors, but James Jennings, CEO of the Canadian Academy of Building Sciences, made it clear that others in the construction sector also erred at times. "The next time I make this presentation, I’ll have my slides of improper high-rise balcony work all sorted out," he said. Daily Commercial News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Industry teams up with university scientists to assess oil play
    Energy companies are working with a team of Oklahoma State University researchers to determine the best hydrocarbon recovery techniques in the Mississippi Lime formation. "What makes these resource plays work is unlocking the real value that comes from a broad technical understanding of what makes them commercial," said Earl Reynolds, chief operating officer at Chaparral Energy, which owns about 260,000 net acres in the formation. "If you don't collaborate with industry partners, you tend to delay your understanding." The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Safety tips on avoiding fire horrors this season
    Officials at State Farm Insurance are reminding residents about precautions for keeping their homes and properties safe from fire this season. Homeowners should be mindful about their fireplaces, space heaters, electrical outlets and Christmas lights to prevent fire. (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • PERC Approves 2013-2015 Strategic Plan
    The Propane Education & Research Council at its meeting this month adopted the 2013-2015 Strategic Plan, which identifies business growth, safety and training and industry engagement as the Council's top strategic priorities. The research and development of propane-fueled products for end-users is at the heart of the Council's business growth strategy. View the Strategic Plan. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • End-of-year feedback? You're doing it wrong
    Bosses who hold year-end reviews for their workers are approaching feedback in the wrong way, writes Denis Wilson. Feedback should be a continuous process of praise and gradual course-correction, not a once-a-year blowout event. "Dropping bombs on employees once or twice a year only serves to build up pressure and make feedback sessions feel like indictments," Wilson writes. Fast Company online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to coach people like a carpenter
    Coaching your workers should be something you do on a daily basis, and integrate into all your leadership activities, writes Mary Jo Asmus. "Like a carpenter who knows exactly what tool to use for each situation, your coaching can become one of the tools you call upon when needed," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."
--William Blake,
British poet and painter

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