Friday, June 26, 2020

Fwd: Introducing Vocalmatic Unlimited 🎉

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From: Tom @ Vocalmatic <>
Date: Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 8:26 PM
Subject: Introducing Vocalmatic Unlimited 🎉
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Hey Mark,


I just want to tell you about something big we are launching on August 1st, 2020.


We know that transcribing takes up a ton of time. We also know that it can get pretty expensive if you have a lot to transcribe.


That's why we've been hard at work to bring you an unlimited monthly plan on Vocalmatic!


Starting August 1st, you can automatically transcribe as many hours as you'd like per month.


Leading up to the launch date, we're running a presale so you can get Vocalmatic Unlimited for only $99/mo.


After August 1st, the price will go up to $199/mo, so get it at ~50% off per month while you can!


Get Unlimited for $99/mo Now!


We're incredibly excited about this and we hope this new plan can open up new opportunities for you to transcribe to your heart's desire!


If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email or reach out to us at We'd be more than happy to answer questions you have.


Talk soon!



Founder @ Vocalmatic

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Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters)

412 298 3432 = cell

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Fwd: Give the Experience of a lifetime and support a great cause

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WIN a trip to Historic Pebble Beach by supporting First Tee of Pittsburgh's Scholarship Fund

Tickets are selling out fast!!! Support a great cause and get entered to win

Make a $100 donation to our Scholarship Fund and be entered into the drawing to win the Grand Prize (see below). Each $100 donation that you make will get you a chance in the drawing for the Grand Prize.

Only 500 tickets will be sold

Early-Bird BONUS, it's a drawing within the drawing – Make your donation on (or before) June 20, 2020 (Tomorrow) and you will be entered to win a THREESOME to play Oakmont Country Club ( with a member).
 Winner will be announced on Father's Day.
Team up with three others and split the $100 donation, or make 1 donation each and have 4 times the chance of winning.

Grand Prize:  
3 night stay in (2) Garden View Rooms at the Lodge, Golf for 4 players (including carts) on the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill, $2,000 Visa Gift Card for travel. Schedule between April and October 2021.
Drawing will be held at our Tee It Forward event on Saturday, October 3, 2020 – Winner need not be present.

Please share with your family, friends,network, etc...

Eric Amato
President and CEO
First Tee of Pittsburgh
Stay Connected:
First Tee of Pittsburgh | First Tee of Pittsburgh, 5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Fwd: New Series ! Eight Steps To Coaching Greatness

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Hi Mark,
In response to the countless requests I receive from coaches all over the world, I am excited to announce the launch of my new webinar series  "8 STEPS TO COACHING GREATNESS"

Running live each week for the next 8 weeks from 9.00am Wednesday 17 June, this new webinar series will investigate and unravel all the mysteries of coaching and help you to become the coach you want to be.

Each webinar will both educate you on the critical elements of effective coaching - and challenge you to reflect intently and purposefully on your own coaching.

This isn't just another webinar series - it's a challenging, provocative, insightful, practical, professional development program designed to help you get better at coaching.

If you're a coach - and you want to master the art of coaching - and you'd like to learn how to inspire and change the lives of the people you coach, then 8 STEPS TO COACHING GREATNESS is the one professional development experience you must do this year.

Wayne Goldsmith


Coaches are DOERS. They are looking for more than just courses, conferences and training programs to enhance their performance. They want to connect and engage with someone who will mentor them, guide them and inspire them on their learning journey.

8 STEPS TO COACHING GREATNESS is so much more than just a series of webinars and coaching presentations. Each week your coaching expertise will build and grow through a range of innovative, practical and inspirational learning activities.

Book now to get a 25% discount. You can secure your seat to experience the full series of eight webinars for only $60.00, or pick your topic and book your choice of webinar for just $10 each.


Book the full series and also gain access to the forthcoming on-demand replay version for the next 12 months.
All webinars run for one hour and begin at 9.00AM (AUS) / 11.00AM (NZ) / 7.00PM (USA East Coast). Add your city to the time zone calculator to check the time in your area.
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Wayne's previous 8 session webinar series is now available on demand. Covering all the critically important sporting topics including:






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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Fwd: Pittsburgh City Councilmen Introduce Police Reform Legislation

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Date: Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Pittsburgh City Councilmen Introduce Police Reform Legislation
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Daniel Wood
D6 Staff
District 6

Pittsburgh City Councilmen Introduce Police Reform Legislation

On Tuesday June 9, 2020, Councilman Lavelle, together with Councilman Burgess, introduced four pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. They include:

  • Establishing a Hiring Freeze in the Bureau of Police: This legislation will defund the Police Recruit and First-Year Police Officer line items in the Bureau's 2020 Budget.
  • Requiring the Demilitarization of the Police: This legislation bans the purchase of surplus U.S. military equipment and weapons by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
  • Establishing a Duty to Intervene: This legislation requires ALL police officers to step in and stop other police officers from using illegal or unnecessary force or any other violation of a person's constitutional right.  It also requires those officers to immediately report the incident to whoever in the chain of command it is necessary to report.
  • Establishing STOP THE VIOLENCE Fund: This legislation requires the city to dedicate dollars, equal to 10% of the Police Budget, annually for funding evidence based violence prevention social service programs.

"During these times, it is critically important that we not only acknowledge the voices of those marching in the streets but also provide a legislative platform for them to directly engage in the governance and policing of our city," Councilman Lavelle noted upon introduction of these measures. "The idea that more policing can solve a broad range of community problems is misguided. What our communities need, particularly communities of color, is more direct investment in things like: affordable housing, better education, counseling for trauma and addiction, youth development, workforce development, and public transit."

Councilman Bugress pointed to the twin public health crises affecting the country, "institutional racism and violence by the police against people of color.  African-Americans are two-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a police officer than white people. We must reform policing practices and policies which far too often result in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans. The best way to improve public safety is not just additional police officers but rather by increasing the community's confidence in the police."

Rev. Burgess went on to say, "We cannot ignore the outcry, both here in Pittsburgh and around the country about the unjust deaths of unarmed African-Americans like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  We must implement fundamental police reforms and significantly fund evidence-based violence reduction and social service programs.   It is time to have an open and inclusive conversation about the future of policing in this country and here in Pittsburgh. These first four pieces of legislation will begin that essential conversation."

For further inquiries on the legislative package, please contact our office at 412-255-2134, or by email at





Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3)
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters)

412 298 3432 = cell

Friday, June 05, 2020

Youth Jobs deadline and a big story request from

Hi Friends and Fellow Travelers in these times of Protests and a Global Pandemic:

CYBER SWIM CAMP as part of Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers should deliver 27 days of literacy, math and swimming -- all from the comfort of your living room. All virtual.

HELP! This is my call to you and yours -- as we want to have "STORY TIME" as part of our CYBER SWIM CAMP for 4th and 5th graders. I hope to collect 30 or more, 5-minute stories with something to do about water. 

Can you share a story, please?

Story should have a start, middle and end. Use your phone record it. Don't need any slides, just a story that can keep the attention of the students and be a launch point for more discussions about vocabulary, challenges, water, safety, fun, by-gone days, whatever.

Example stories are assembled at

Deadline for families in the city schools to apply for that program (up to grade 5) is pressing in the next hours. 

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Youth in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have one more day to finish their applications for the job program targeted to income qualified individuals giving 6 weeks of work at 25-hours at minimum wage. Age range is 14-21. Deadline pushed to June 6, 2020. 

The number of applications might be at an all time low as it has been hard to reach and obtain the applications to work from the students without school visits.

I was hoping to get some youth, especially athletes, interested in work with me and my digital projects with publishing content on swimming, sports, fitness and wellness at web pages, their own sites, collaborative concept maps, and more.

Lifeguard training should be in high gear, but we all know that's off for now. As guard and training opportunities arise, I'll post at, or email me.

Without swim pools, many turn to OPEN WATER SWIMMING. See my feature for the International Swim Coaches Association.

Primary election day and a peaceful protest merged this week. Its been 19 years since I was first on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. Short reflections on Facebook or at

Please stay safe this summer.

Call or email if you want help in getting us a recorded story.

Fwd: The First Friday | American Chestnut Trees • New Blooms • A Note from Your Gardener

Face plant. And I am not talking about summer bulb planting. 
Talk about a total lack of nuts, except chestnuts. 
These people take $20M of city taxpayers money each year. 
PS: My gardener do not write this crap. What about "your gardener?"

Mark R

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Subject: The First Friday | American Chestnut Trees • New Blooms • A Note from Your Gardener

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The American chestnut was once considered the largest, tallest and fastest-growing trees. The wood was rot-resistant, straight-grained, and suitable for furniture, fencing, and building. The nuts fed billions of wildlife, people, and their livestock. It was almost a perfect tree. That is, until a blight fungus killed it nearly a century ago. The chestnut blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world's forests in all of history.
Pittsburgh serves as the home to 30 American chestnuts, residing in Frick and Highland Park. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy continues planting this rare species for research and experimentation. 
"I am replicating breeding work that the American Chestnut Foundation is embracing by taking advanced genetic hybrids and planting them out with surviving chestnuts trees and letting open pollination occur," Phil Gruszka, Parks Conservancy director of horticulture and forestry said. "I will never see the benefits of this, but my grandchildren might." 
Parks Conservancy advocate and supporter, Kitty Brunkhorst, took a particular interest in this project. 
"I learned that Phil was working with (Parks Maintenance Manager) Dick Wilford to plant American chestnut tree seeds about two years ago. It was somewhat funny to me to think of these two men finding a secret place to plant and tend these seeds, planning to see what did and didn't work," Kitty said. 
"I've been concerned about trees in Frick Park for a long time, as I live nearby and spend many hours in the park. The fact that they were attempting to revive a native species seemed worthwhile," Kitty explained.
To learn more about the American Chestnut and how genetic engineering can potentially revive these trees, click here. If you'd like to explore the work that the American Chestnut Foundation is doing to restore this species, click here

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"So you do a lot of planting?" 
This is a question I receive often when people realize I'm a professional park gardener.
Fun fact – we spend most of our time pulling weeds! 
Yes, we plant trees, bulbs, and annual flowers, but this is a small fraction of what we spend our time doing within Pittsburgh's parks. The types of vegetation we plant in the parks have very specific windows in which they can be planted. 
Planting trees takes approximately five days in the spring and five days in the fall. We also spend approximately two days in the fall planting bulbs and spend four-to-six days in May planting annuals. However, we spend days - actually, weeks - pullings weeds!
The flower beds in the parks are planted with perennial plants that bloom year after year, so they don't require planting, but they do require regular weeding. We even pull weeds during the winter months.
In the park woodlands, pulling vines from trees and removing woody invasive shrubs is a form of weeding and this is how we spend our winter months in the parks. We don't use herbicides to control weeds, so it's up to our team of park gardeners and volunteers to remove them. 
Your Gardener,
Angela Yuele 

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A compilation of the Parks Conservancy's Horticulture and Forestry team's (also known as the 'Sassies') favorite plants. 
Let's talk about summer flowering bulbs! Plant these underground structures in the spring and enjoy colorful blooms through the summer! Learn about some of our favorite plants below.
Jaci Bruschi, Gardener | CANNA 
This cultivar is a 'South Pacific Scarlet.' It's a great cultivar of Canna from the South Pacific series; it will grow to about four-to-five feet it can be planted in a container and in a garden bed. Though it is not hardy to our zone, you can dig the bulbs up at the end of the season and save for next year's planting.
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Angela Yuele, Horticulturist | GLADIOLUS 
Gladiolus are an old-time favorite. I fondly remember my grandpa being very proud of his Gladiolus!  These are a tender summer bulb, which means they need to be dug up, or purchased, every year and replanted. The bloom time is brief on theses beauties. To prolong the bloom time you can stagger plantings in two-week intervals. This is a popular plant for flower arrangements as well! 
Robin Eng, Restoration Gardener | GRAPE-LEAF ANEMONE
Grape-leaf or Japanese anemone produce great mounding heaps of lush dark green foliage year-round. Then as the major blooms of summer appear to be dying back, they put out great cloud-like plumes of blossoms, raised above to foliage on graceful flower stalks. Although not native to the United States, these great perennials are well worth a spot in any sunny garden. Colors vary from white to shades of pink, and blooms can last for weeks on mature plants. If you're looking for a perennial addition to prolong the flowering season of your garden, this one comes highly recommended! 
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Maggie Herrick, Restoration Gardener | MONTEBRETIA 
A member of the iris family, Montebretia (Crocosmia spp.) is a late summer bloomer that will give your garden interest into the fall. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds will be especially happy with the flowers and the seedpods that follow and provide a food source. The strappy, sword-like foliage demonstrates the relation to irises and provide a texture contrast to other plants. These flowering corms come in a range of heights up to five feet and a variety of striking colors. They are salt and drought tolerant, prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and make great cut flowers. Mulch these plants heavily or bring them inside during the winter to help them survive. 
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P.S. Remember, parks and greenspaces have never been more vital. The time you spend outdoors during rejuvenates your body and mind. Honor that time and the essential role nature plays in your daily life by choosing to make a donation today to support the parks you know and love. 
Every little bit counts.

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