Lookin’ cool at the pool
LAURIE KNOWLES CALLANAN Record Express Correspondent
, Staff Writer
After a sizzling hot week, a cool afternoon at the pool seemed in order.
More than 750 Warwick School District residents beat the summer heat during a free day of ice pops and greased watermelons at the Lititz Springs Pool.
"It’s all a part of being named the Coolest Small Town in America," said Andy Amway, pool manager, Saturday.
The event, which ran from 1 to 7 p.m., was planned by Lititz Borough Council as part of a year-long celebration. Last month, Lititz held a downtown street party and went for the world record for the most people wearing sunglasses. Two thousand pairs of sunglasses given out, and many people wore their own.
"Everybody knows that Lititz is the coolest town in America," said Amway. "What better way to show it than at the pool?"
And they came.
From teens to parents and their young children to seniors, the cool crowd covered all ages. Some were members, others were not. All had to be residents of the local school district.
"It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t offer a free day to everyone, but we had to limit the number of people to just Warwick area residents," said assistant pool manager Craig Wagaman.
Wagaman, well-known teacher and coach, helped to organize several of the day’s activities, such as basketball contests and swimming races.
Everyone who came to the pool on Saturday enjoyed some cool treats, like colorful ice pops in flavors that included orange, grape and blue. They also got a ticket for a free soft drink and snack, such as a pretzel or popcorn. And then there were raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes, donated by Lititz merchants – games, artwork, books and other keepsakes.
Warwick High School freshmen Kathleen Musser and Abby Minnich were among the first to get their cool pops. They agreed on the coolness factor of the event… and Lititz as a whole.
In the large pool, kids and their parents were having fun using the two slides. Younger children were scrambling up the ladder to go down the kiddie slide and into their parents’ arms. At the other end of the pool, older children were having fun using the big slide and diving in the deep end.
"I’ve been practicing my diving last summer and this summer," said fourth grader Hannah Martin, just after she cut a perfect swan dive into the deep end.
In the adult pool, grownups were swimming laps and chatting with friends.
"We are lucky to have a pool like this in Lititz," said Richard Weitzel, who has been a member with his wife Sylvia for more than 35 years.
Nearby, a group of adults were keeping a low profile (very cool).
"We are all members, but this is a special day," said Nancy Leed, who was spending the afternoon with Sue Blow, Warren Blow, Joan Steer and Nancy Weaber.
Other activities for the day included a foul shooting contest, a water balloon toss, a water treading contest, swim races with noodles, a penny toss and a greased watermelon competition.
And the rain held off for most of the day, which was very, very cool.
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