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A collection of senseless ramblings about finding love at a rabies clinic, student drivers, talking alarm clocks, coffee crystal werewolves and blended families. Life in a small town can be a little bit of hell and an awful lot of heaven, especially if you happen to be lucky enough to belong to a family who doesn't have a firm grasp on reality. Take a lighthearted journey from one life lesson to another with a family on the far side of normal.
Before the interstates, Main Street America was the small town's commercial spine and served as the linchpin for community social solidarity. Yet, during the past three decades, a series of economic downturns has left many of the great small cities barely viable. American Hometown Renewal is the first book to combine administrative, budgetary, and economic analysis to examine the economic and fiscal plight currently facing America's small towns. Featuring a blend of theory, applications, and case studies, it provides a comprehensive, single-source textbook covering the key issues facing small town officials in today's uncertain economy. Written by a former public manager, university professor, and consultant to numerous small towns in the Heartland, this book demonstrates the ways in which contemporary small towns throughout the nation are facing economic challenges brought about by the financial shocks that began in 2008. Each chapter explores a theme related to small town revival and provides a related tool or technique to enable small town officials to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Encouraging local small town officials to look at the economic orbit of communities in a similar manner as a town's budget or a family's personal wealth, examining its specific competitive advantages in terms of relative assets to those of competing communities, this book provides the reader with step-by-step instructions on how to conduct an asset inventory and apply key asset tools to devise a strategy for overcoming the challenges and constraints imposed upon spatially-fixed communities. American Hometown Renewal is an essential primer for students studying city management, economic community development, and city planning, and will be a trusted handbook for city managers, geographers, city planners, urban or rural sociologists, political scientists, and regional microeconomists.
Ponds and water features have been popular in gardens for thousands of years. This book is aimed at anyone who is thinking of building a pond, anyone who has bought some of the materials but doesn't know how to start or anyone who has a pond and needs to know how to keep it at its best.The book starts with the basics of assessing the garden, checking the site, planning and preparation, tools and materials and electrical wiring and safety. With the basics established the authors introduce the many different types of pond and how they can be created, maintained and enhanced.From split-level ponds to wildlife ponds, plant and fish and adding sculptures, bird houses, stones and bridges, each subject is presented in a clear way with box features, lists and questions and answers. The final chapter looks at water features - a rock pool or stream for a large garden or a small wall mask or trough for a tiny back garden.
This volume studies parametric and nonparametric estimation through the observation of diffusion-type processes. The properties of maximum likelihood, Bayes, and minimum distance estimators are considered in the context of the asymptotics of low noise. It is shown that, under certain conditions relating to regularity, these estimators are consistent and asymptotically normal. Their properties in nonregular cases are also discussed. Here, nonregularity means the absence of derivatives with respect to parameters, random initial value, incorrectly specified observations, nonidentifiable models, etc. The book has seven chapters. The first presents some auxiliary results needed in the subsequent work. Chapter 2 is devoted to the asymptotic properties of estimators in standard and nonstandard situations. Chapter 3 considers expansions of the maximum likelihood estimator and the distribution function. Chapters 4 and 5 cover nonparametric estimation and the disorder problem. Chapter 6 discusses problems of parameter estimator for linear and nonlinear partially observed models. The final chapter studies the properties of a wide range of minimum distance estimators. The book concludes with a remarks section, references and index. The volume will be of interest to statisticians, researchers in probability theory and stochastic processes, systems theory and communication theory.
The Sails Take-Home Library features two sets of stimulating texts to support take-home reading programs. The books are filled with amusing characters, humorous situations and colourful pictures, to engage students and encourage them to read outside the classroom. The inclusion of Parent Notes in each book enables parents to play an integral part in strengthening their child's reading skills.
The Sails Take-Home Library features an exciting mix of titles in both Set A and Set B. Covering a variety of genres and styles, the vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction titles will engage every student.
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