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Last dip Lititz Springs Pool ends 50th year on Labor Day
By: STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer
Dark, threatening skies were not enough to keep a pair of Lititz El fifth graders from enjoying a final summer swim.
The 2011-12 school year officially opened this week, but not before Aaron Hocko and Marilyn Amand closed the Lititz Springs Pool for the season. The poor weather on Monday, the pool’s last day of the year, meant they had the facility all to themselves for much of the afternoon. Their parents waited patiently from a dry vantage point as pool managers Andy Amway and Craig Wagaman cleared out the last of the Cowtails from the refreshment stand.
"It was a good summer," said Amway, "especially for their 50th anniversary."
The community pool enjoyed a memorable birthday, with movie nights and recognition for the key players who made it all happen way back in ’62.
In all, 37,000 people swam at Lititz Springs this summer. Attendance cooled off in August, due to the weather, but the July heat wave kept the oasis busy.
In the waning hours of the last day, Aaron and Marilyn, both 10, were in no hurry to say good-bye to summer.
"They don’t seem to have any concept of it," said Greg Amand, Aaron’s father, commenting on the cold water under gray skies, "even when their lips are turning blue."
Bonny Hocko dropped her daughter off at the pool at 4 p.m. and watched as the lifeguards started removing ladders. The pool, which was empty except for the two most dedicated patrons, was open until 8, so mom was prepared for the long haul.
Tyler Steudel, 16, was the last lifeguard on duty for the season. Despite the light Labor Day turnout, he was at the ready.
Amway said the biggest attendance day of the year was July 9, when 2,255 people came through the door. That mass was in large part due to a swim meet.
He also said that some of the 50th anniversary events will carry over into 2012. Expect some more movie nights, which were a big hit, next summer. More LAST DAY, page A14