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Business going swimmingly at pools

August 01, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's borough manager told the Recreation Board last week that the municipal pool could be in the midst of its best year ever.

Revenue from daily fees alone at Northside Pool are up nearly $8,000 from this time last year, said David Mackley, a member of the borough's Recreation Board.

"We've been pretty profitable the last few years since the renovations," he said.

Mackley acknowledged that the daily fees were increased this year to allow the Borough of Waynesboro to pay staff the new minimum wage.

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Profits from season memberships are about even with 2006, Mackley said.

June proved to be rather busy at Northside Pool, but July slacked off a bit, pool manager Brian McDowell said.

Chambersburg's Municipal Pool has been consistently patronized.

"This summer has been fairly busy because it's hot and dry," pool manager Jean Robinson said.

Chambersburg's Recreation Department reported that 162 families and 265 individuals purchased memberships for 2007. Robinson said the pool is staffed by 14 lifeguards and four cashiers in addition to the concession stand personnel.

"We rent the pool at nighttime from 8 to 10," she said. "It's booked pretty much every Friday and Saturday night."

"We rented the pool 27 times at night this year," McDowell said of the Waynesboro pool.

His staff of 31 includes 21 lifeguards.

Lisa Daywalt, who was at Northside Pool on Tuesday, said she has been to both Waynesboro's and Chambersburg's pools. Her preference is for Northside in Waynesboro.

"It's a nice place," she said. "It's got something for everybody."

The three children eating lunch with her were clear fans of Northside Pool.

"I wish I lived here" at the pool, said 8-year-old Jacob Noll.

"This pool is awesome," added Sabrina Noll, 7.

"I'd like to swim here day and night," said Trevor Joseph Lange, 8.

Trevor is proud that he can swim in the deep end, while Jacob most enjoys doing cannonballs.

The highlight at Greencastle's Moss Spring Swim Club, which has a limit of 300 memberships, tends to be the diving boards, pool manager Marc Fry said.

"It's been a good year for us," he said.

The Midkiff and Porteus girls at Northside Pool on Tuesday most enjoy the slides. Christina Midkiff, 14, also likes to "get a tan."

"It's a cool place to go, especially if it's a hot day," she said. "It's like a little vacation."

Haley Porteus, 13, arranged the day for Christina as well as 11-year-old Tiffany Midkiff and 8-year-old Riley Porteus. Haley typically visits Northside Pool two or three times a week.

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