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  • September 14, 2020 2:07 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Many of you know the significance that the battle of Gettysburg had on the outcome of the Civil War.  Without that win for the Union Army, the war could have turned majorly in favor of the South.  Some of you may know what Joshua Chamberlain’s role in the battle was too.   Historians have focused on the 2nd Maine Regiment in the battle and have determined that if the Maine Regiment had failed in its assignment to protect the left flank of the Union Line, then that battle could have gone to the Confederate Army.  Fortunately, they held, even as they were outnumbered, even though the ran out of ammunition, even though they charged the confederates with empty guns with fixed bayonets while they were being fired upon.  When things were down and out, the Maine 2nd Regiment commanded by 34-year old Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain and many other heroes dug in to face their greatest fears, then ran out of ammunition, then stood up, fixed their bayonets, and charged against all odds at the firing confederates.  This startled the enemy and they retreated.  At first, they held and then advanced their flank which allowed the rest of the battle to go in favor of the Union Army.  Without their efforts, history could have been quite different.

    The civil war was an ugly time for our country.  Stories like this gives us insight that even when all odds may be against you, heroic actions, some may call miracles, are possible and can occur.  No doubt there were heroes on both sides of the line that sacrificed all that they had for their families, comrades, and leaders.  We must never forget them, especially that 2nd Maine Regiment!

    Recently, we have found ourselves amidst tough times.  Today the enemy is much different, but it has certainly disrupted the lives of citizens all across our country and world.  Businesses, schools, sports, churches and beaches all are struggling in their own way.  It looks like it is going to affect even our conference and show for 2021 to the point that we believe a physical trade show will not be possible.  The foundation’s board has been contemplating what we could do as we approached the time to make this major decision.  Our analysis tells us that even though we cannot host the displays of products and machinery, that we could still partially service our industry by hosting a virtual conference.  

    What exactly is a virtual conference?  In our minds it will take the form of hosted education program on a webinar on a meeting software platform like Zoom.  Attendees could watch the presentations from their home or office.  The schedule would be practically the same as we have had in Providence.  Our plans are to do one day of seminars and only one day of education sessions.  Education sessions would include: Golf, Sports Turf/Grounds, Lawn Care/Landscape and Equipment Technicians.  We plan to hold it on the same dates we had scheduled for our show for 2021.  Seminars will be held on Tuesday, March 2, and education sessions on Wednesday, March 3.  We would offer pesticide credits for applicable seminars and sessions for those who attended.  This means you would get a passcode to get into the session or seminar.  The Foundation would be able to monitor your computer to know that you have logged in.  To receive credit, you must stay logged on until the end of the full session or seminar.  Only those registered will be permitted to enter the session or seminar.   It will be different, but we believe it will work.  It will allow attendees to learn, stay up to date and to also service their pesticide credit needs.  An important benefit, as you prepare for a new growing season, will be having new information that could be critical for your success.  As in other worldwide crisis’ major adjustments have had to be made during critical times.  World War II comes to mind as so many were affected by the challenges they faced.  We look forward to a time when we can get back to more normal times and activities.  We hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer and plan to attend even remotely.

    FYI, currently, the RI Convention Center is set up as a 600 Bed Corona Virus Hospital and is under contract to later this fall.  The state of Rhode Island has two of these facilities ready to service the community if virus numbers become worse and overload the regular hospitals.  We all hope these hospitals will stay empty.  It is most likely that one of these facilities will close by October 15th so long as the virus seems not to be furthering its advancement.  We don’t know which facility will return to normal activity.  The remaining one will be contracted until May 2021.  Once the convention center is returned to the convention authority, then it will take about 2 months to get it up and running again.  A second challenge includes our governor’s state restrictions.  Currently, we can only host a maximum of 25 people/room at one time.  This may change or it may not.  If this doesn’t change, our education program, not to mention our trade show would be a great challenge using multiple rooms and increased spacing.  These restrictions also affect the hotels and restaurants in the area, some are closed and others struggling to stay open.  A big question would be if attendees would be enthusiastic about gathering at this point.  There are many tough questions yet to be answered.  So, as you can see, the board members were faced with hard decisions.  They decided to act quickly and voted to cancel the trade show and avoid the issue of making people stay over in Providence. 

    We hope you’ll understand and move forward with us when we host the 24th annual, but our 1st, New England Regional Turfgrass Virtual Conference on March 2nd & 3rd.  More information will be soon to follow….stay tuned!

    Gary Sykes, Executive Director
    New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Inc.

  • September 03, 2020 3:12 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show will be a virtual event for 2021.  The dates of the event will be March 2 & 3, 2021.

    Please click here to read more about this virtual event.

  • August 19, 2020 11:26 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    We wanted to update you on the status of the GCSACC Scholarship & Research Tournament that was scheduled for October 21, 2020 at Woods Hole Golf Club.  Unfortunately, we are canceling the event for this year.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the uncertainty of running a successful tournament, we had to make this difficult decision.

    We will still be giving out scholarships to students.  The deadline to submit an application is November 2nd.  Click here for more information.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship & Research Fund, you can mail a check to GCSACC, c/o Julie Heston, PO Box 603, North Scituate, RI 02857.  If you would like to make a donation with a credit card, please contact Julie Heston (401) 934-7660 or

    You can also support the S&R Fund by participating in the Year-Long Raffle Sponsorship.  Click here for more details.

    Thank you,

    GCSACC Board of Directors
    Joe Felicetti, Scholarship & Research Chairman

  • June 10, 2020 9:29 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The GCSACC Scholarship applications are usually due on July 1st.  Since the Scholarship & Research Tournament has been rescheduled to October 21st, we have moved the deadline for scholarship applications to November 2nd.

    To find out more information on the scholarship application process, please click on the link below.

    Click here for scholarship information

  • May 25, 2020 3:20 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The FAQ page was updated late last night and now includes language on the single-rider carts (same household) as well as some clarifying language on F&B take-out services (no on premise consumption).  Listed under "Other."

    Click her for Updated FAQ

  • April 03, 2020 10:37 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Click here to find an informational bulletin and update on the treatment of Pesticide Examinations during the current COVID-19 State of Emergency.

    Please also note that the UMASS Pesticide Education Program (PEP) workshop are also postponed. To check on the status of UMass Extension workshops please visit the website at

  • March 30, 2020 2:31 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for our webinar series last week! Whether it was the golf, sports, or lawn and landscape session, we had great turn out and some valuable conversations.

    Each webinar last week was recorded, and we now have them posted on our YouTube channel:

    3/25 Golf Session: Click here
    3/26 Sports Session: Click here
    3/27 Lawn and Landscape Session:  Click here

    Because we had such a great turnout last week, we have decided to hold each one of these webinars WEEKLY (previously we had planned for the Sports, and Lawn and Landscape webinars to be held every other week).

    The links for each webinar this week will be the same, but are again listed below for your convenience. Additionally, we have even secured guests for each session this week.

    • Sports Turf – 10am Thurs, Apr 2 – Dr. Bill Kreuser joins us to discuss growth management on sports turf including plant growth regulators:
    • Lawn and Landscape – 10am Fri, Apr 3 – Dr. Matt Ellmore answers weed management questions like “what if I don’t apply a Pre-emergent this year?”:

    Carl Schimenti
    Cornell Turf Research Program Manager
    School of Integrative Plant Sciences
    Cornell University  |

  • March 26, 2020 11:34 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    One of our members had been contacted by the Centerville/Osterville/Marstons Mills Fire department on behalf of all Cape fire departments. They are looking for any safety equipment the golf course or anyone may have that can be donated to their local fire departments.

    They are in desperate need of:

    • N95 Dust masks
    • Surgical masks
    • Tyvek spray suits
    • Eye protection

    If you have any of these items, please call your local fire department to see where things can be dropped off. Any questions please email Lt. Gordon Williams,  

  • January 20, 2020 1:55 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Cape Cod met on Thursday, December 12, 2019 for the Annual Meeting at The Brookside Club.  Below is a recap of the meeting.

    GCSACC Board of Directors for 2020
    President:        David Stott
    Vice President:        Kurt Calderwood
    Secretary:        Ed Gianni, CGCS
    Treasurer:        Peter Lanman
    Director:        Scott Gilmore
    Director:        Rene Vadeboncoeur    
    Affiliate Director:     John Bresnahan
    Past President:        Brian Smoot

    We also gave out many awards at this meeting.  We had two 50 year members - Norman Mucciarone, Jack Nugnes, CGCS.  Our newly retired members were Jeff Carlson, CGCS; Steve Carr, Bucky Hall.

    We thanked our meeting hosts with a gift.

    January – Ben Whiting
    April - Kurt Calderwood
    May-S&R Tournament – Dana Hancock
    June – Scott Nickerson and Chris Tufts
    August – Will Stearns
    September – Scott Gilmore and Josh Lyon
    October – Joe Felicetti
    November – Dan Read
    December – Joe Deely

    GCSACC also awarded members with 15 and 25 year pins.

    15 year pins:
    Mike Cummings
    Jim Fitzroy
    Rodney Hine
    Dr. Nathaniel Mitkowski
    Sean Oberly
    Mark Pendergast
    Dr. W. Michael Sullivan
    Alden Tallman
    Alan Vadala
    Ryan Walsh
    Chuck Welch

    25 year pins:
    Mike Cornicelli
    Shawn Fernandez
    Paul Heher
    Joe Lazaro

    GCSACC would also like to thank everyone who donated towards the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse.  We were able to make a donation of $310.

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