Bill Rose is back, Ceplo wins award

By |  June 10, 2011

Ahh, computer problems! Love it! My internet went down, limiting the work I could accomplish, but just because the computer is down that doesn’t mean the turf news stops!

Here are two interesting bits:

Bill Rose, Crystal Rose-Fricker and Ed Rose, principals in Rose Agri-Seed, Inc and Pure-Seed Testing, Inc., announced that after a five-year hiatus they will re-enter the professional turfgrass business.

The announcement comes after Rose Agri-Seed reached an amicable agreement that allows the company to market professional turfgrasses while continuing to provide custom seed coating and packaging services. The recent agreement will allow Rose Agri-Seed to acquire select Pure-Seed Testing turfgrass varieties and inventories, which will help realign Rose Agri-Seed’s position on the professional turfgrass market.

Rose Agri-Seed Founder Bill Rose says, “We were an industry leader for over 35 years and we are very pleased to be back marketing turfgrass!”

And from New York:

The New York Team of the Global Sports Alliance (GSA) presented its 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award to Matthew J. Ceplo (pictured, left), superintendent at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill, NY. Ceplo is the third recipient of this award, “given to an individual who exemplifies the role of environmental steward in the management of a recreational or sports venue in New York.”

Rockland Country Club is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and Ceplo is also working with other Rockland County, NY golf facilities to earn this certification as well. Ceplo and his staff have built more than 50 bird boxes for purple martins, osprey, wood duck, bluebirds and bats. He has guided several other environmental projects at Rockland, including the conversion of more than 15 acres of out-of-play rough to wildflowers and tall grass areas and the construction of a strategically located wetland that has enhanced many elements of the environment. In addition, he has involved local Boy and Girls Scout groups to assist with some of the planting projects, including increased shoreline vegetation to establish buffer areas and protect surface water.

“Through his progressive management of the golf course, Matt has distinguished himself as a leader. He points the way to the future of the game by maintaining the social and economic integrity of the golf course while resolutely defending environmental quality,” said GSA New York Team Captain Kevin Trotta. “His many years of involvement and promotion of Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program and his pursuit of sustainable practices have earned him the respect of his industry and the respect of GSA New York.”

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