Pool’s gold Palkovic, Hower will be part of 50th anniversary ceremony

By on July 13, 2011

By: LAURIE KNOWLES CALLANAN Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

Photo by Preston Whitcraft
The 50th Anniversary Committee for the Lititz Springs Pool includes (left to right) Todd Fulginiti, Steve Palkovic, Sue Barry, Andy Amway and Scott Hain.Photo by Preston Whitcraft
The 50th Anniversary Committee for the Lititz Springs Pool includes (left to right) Todd Fulginiti, Steve Palkovic, Sue Barry, Andy Amway and Scott Hain.

This year marks 50 years of swimming at Lititz Springs Pool, and on Saturday, July 16, a commemorative ceremony will celebrate the occasion.

A brief recognition will be held at 2 p.m. at the pool, honoring the people who were instrumental in getting Lititz Borough Council to undertake the project more than a half century ago.

"Many of the people who played a significant role are no longer with us," noted Steve Palkovic. "We want to remember all the hard work that went into building the pool in Lititz."

Palkovic himself was one of those individuals. Back in 1959, he was among a handful of Lititz persons who pushed for Lititz to have its own community pool. It was an uphill battle, but in 1961 the pool was underway and opened in for the summer season in 1962. Later, Palkovic served as pool manager and is a member of the board.

According to the current pool manager, Andy Amway, the local Jaycees organization played a key role by providing financial assistance to get the project started. One man who was crucial to the movement was George Kalenich.

"He wanted to provide Lititz adults and children with a safe place to swim and enjoy the summer," Palkovic recalled, adding that back then the only places to swim were dangerous quarries and dirty streams.

At this Saturday’s event, representatives of those involved with starting the pool are expected to be on hand. Only Palkovic and Wendell Hower of the original committee are still alive. Both are expected to attend. Relatives of the others have indicated that they will be there to remember their loved ones.

Representing the late Ben Forrest, who was mayor of Lititz, will be his daughter Diane Zimmerman. Late committee member Bob Aument will be represented by his daughter Jane Alwine. The widow of Pat Mastromatteo, Jeanette, is expected to be there in honor of her husband, another committee member. And Floyd Heagy’s wife, Thelma, and his daughter, Chris Shepherd, are expected to be there as well.

Current borough council president Karen Weibel and state legislator John Bear will offer brief remarks. Other participants will include borough manager Sue Barry, pool manager Amway and assistant pool manager Craig Wagaman.

"The borough encourages all past employees to return and be recognized," said Amway.

Since the pool originally opened in 1962, it will be a special day for anyone born that year. Any resident of the Warwick School District born in 1962 is welcome to return and share in the 50th celebration.

At the conclusion of the ceremony three names will be drawn from this year’s pool membership list. Those picked will be granted a $50 rebate towards next year’s pool membership.

Following the ceremony special games for children between ages 4 and 10 will be held. In addition, an inflatable bouncing machine will be available for youngsters.

It will also be a step back in time, with musical entertainment from the 1960s. The snack bar will be selling hot dogs and soft drinks for 50 cents each.

"Residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy this special day at one of the nicest pools in the state of Pennsylvania," said Amway.

The weekend will be capped off with a moonlight swim and a family-oriented movie on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

In case of stormy weather, the rain date will be Sunday, July 17, at the same time. More 50TH ANNIVERSARY, page A16

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