Monthly Archives: May 2015

From the manager

Today is the first day of the rest of your swim season…

We’ve already had our first pool contamination closure this season and I did mention last week that I would be touching base on the 5 B’s, perhaps I’m just a tad late but my guess is we’ll run into these again at some time this summer.

“B” Aware!
Help us to keep the pool clean and safe to swim in by following the pool rules and by being specifically aware of the following:

  • Bowel Movements

Small children will occasionally use the pool as a bathroom.  You can help by having your child use the bathroom prior to entering the pool and encouraging periodic bathroom breaks/diaper checks.  Also if your child is on a regular schedule so to speak, like mine were, I knew that being in the pool around that particular time was not a good idea. Children who are not yet toilet trained must wear a swim diaper that will contain potential contaminants.  Cloth and disposable diapers just don’t work in the water.  People with diarrhea must not go into the water.  Up comes the next “B”,

  • Barf

This “B” can also have a large impact on water quality and is the second most common reason for closing the pool.
Young children will sometimes swallow large amounts of pool water, occasionally resulting in spontaneous regurgitation.  Please watch your children – especially the young ones – very carefully, and take the time to educate them about not drinking while in the pool.

  • Blood

Though rare, incidents involving blood have the potential to close some part of the facility until the affected area has been cleaned up and sanitized.  If you or your children sustain an injury that is bleeding and/or requires first aid please come to the office for assistance.  That leads nicely into the next “B”,

  • Band-Aids

For many years now we have mounted a hard fought campaign against Band-Aids in the pool.  One reason is that if the wound underneath really warrants a Band-Aid, the swimmer should probably not be in the pool anyway.  Additionally, Band-Aids inevitably come off and end up in the pool and or lying on the deck.  Please remember to remove Band-Aids before getting into the pool and if you find yourself already in the water peeling one off, please just slip it into one of the slots in the gutter where it will be gone for good.  Finally our fifth “B”

  • Body Lotion

Sunscreen and water don’t mix.  When applying sunscreens remember to really be effective, most sunscreens need to be applied on dry skin at least 15 minutes prior to getting in the pool.  Please do not goop yourself or your children up and jump right into the pool.  This will be a tremendous help in preventing our filtration system from becoming prematurely clogged and a ring from forming around the pool.  Yes this really does happen.

Wrapping this up, besides being a health department requirement, it goes without saying that taking a shower goes a long way to keeping the quality of our Wedgwood water as clean as possible.  The pool staff is working on tightening up compliance with showering and your efforts toward taking a cleansing shower before entering the pool are appreciated by all those using the pool.  Thank you!

I also did want to touch base briefly on parties and rentals.  Having and hosting a party is a privilege of membership.  Basically that means you must be a pool member in order to have a party at the pool and the member(s) hosting the party must be in attendance at the party as well.   Parties are for 6 to 12 people and must be arranged through the pool office.  Held during regular open hours, the cost is $3.50 per guest, and does not count against the family’s 20-guest allotment.  We encourage you to make your party reservation in advance and only book one party at a time so planning ahead is always a good idea. If prior arrangements are not made, party-goers will be counted as regular pool guests.

If you have a larger group or were thinking you would like the entire facility to your group a would be the best option.  The pool is also available for rent when not regularly open on Friday and Saturday nights and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We are also able to accommodate groups at the beginning of the season on weekdays before the pool opens during the day.  Pool rentals are only available to members and we can accommodate groups up to 75 people.  Rates and times vary; contact the office if you are interested in finding out more.


I’m still working on the internet thing.  We hit a bit of a snag with our existing conduit to the building and now are exploring other options for bringing the line to the building.  I will keep you posted.

See you poolside…


Jump In!

Saturday, May 16th

Please remember to take that shower first!

*The forecast is calling for 66 degrees and partly sunny!  And…
Hot Dogs & Chips will be served from 12:30PM until…they’re gone! 


From the Manager:Well hello there!  Things are coming together nicely down at the swimming hole.  The shakedown up to this point has been uneventful and other than a weather delay for some painting, things are coming together and we should be ready to go.   The water will be a comfortable 84 degrees on Saturday, and being opening day it really doesn’t matter what the weather is like, does it?12,896.  That’s the total number of sign-ins last season.  And this is a friendly reminder that all members should sign in when entering the facility.  The only time we don’t need you to sign in is for things that you are charged additional fees for like, aerobics, lessons, and swim team practice and meets.  However, if you do plan on staying at the pool after these activities, then please do sign in.  Got it?  Adult team members, please also sign in.

Now if you have difficulty signing in because you’ve forgotten how your name has been entered into the data base, or perhaps your name has changed, please ask the staff for assistance.  We keep a hard copy on file and can check.  If you need something tweaked, I can usually get that done pretty quickly as well.  During first part of the season there are always a few to figure out and figure it out we will.

Speaking of figuring out things, for well over a decade now this club has been doing a fantastic job of recycling and more recently we’ve been keeping a good portion of our food/yard waste from heading to the landfill as well.  Last season I would estimate 50% of our waste was recycled/redirected, and that’s pretty darn good.  As you are all probably well aware, the city is starting to tighten up the rules on food waste though and eventually we are going to have to be even better at the task of putting things in their correct receptacles.  You can help by taking an extra couple of seconds breaking down those pizza boxes, carefully disassembling and disposing of your Starbuck’s cups and lids.  As for the glass…  glass containers are not allowed at the pool so please remember to leave them at home.

That leads me into reminding all of you to please peruse the pool rules and guest policy online or at the pool.  I encourage you to do this especially if you have children in the family or if it has been a while since you familiarized yourself with them.

A note about wifi.   The pool is really lacking in this area and our options have honestly been extremely limited.  It’s something that I’ve been aware of for a very long time and have actually been actively working on since August 1st last season. I hit wall after wall with Comcast during the 9 months I was working with them.  In fact, I got to the point last month where I had to give up.  The long story is just absolutely unbelievable!  Not all is lost though, many of you have probably seen, or perhaps even signed up for the Centurylink fiber service that is rolling out in the neighborhood.  Well I just met with them yesterday!  Stay tuned!

Also along the lines of interent, I have been working on a new version of the pool website with wordpress.  I’ve gotten a little bit ahead of myself with it and need a hand with redirecting our domain name to point to the new page. I think I know how to do it but just want to make sure it gets done correctly.  If you think you could lend a hand, please let me know.

Well we have a busy swim season ahead of us. I am looking forward to another summer at Wedgwood Pool and I trust you are all anxious and eager to jump in and start swimming. So get out that suit and dig up those goggles and perhaps I will see you Saturday the 16th!

Reminder – it’s a members only weekend and we won’t be scheduling any parties for the first week of operations.


P.S.  Next week, it’s the return of the 4, or is it 5 B’s?


Saturday 5/16
pool hours 12-7pm
new member orientation @ noon
members only – no guests

Sunday 5/17
pool hours 12-7pm
members only – no guests
swim team suit fitting 12-3pm

Monday 5/18

pool hours 3:30-7pm
no parties
first evening practice/team parent meetings (meetings will take place during swimmer workouts):
  • 8 and u swimmers-7:00 to 7:30 PM
  • 9-11 swimmers-7:30 to 8:00 PM
  • 12-14 swimmers-8:00 to 8:45 PM
  • 15 and up swimmers-8:45 to 9:30 PM
Tuesday 5/19
pool hours 3:30-7pm
no parties
evening practice
Wednesday 5/20
pool hours 3:30-7pm
no parties
evening practice
Thursday 5/21
pool hours 3:30-7pm
no parties
evening practice
Friday 5/22
pool hours 3:30-7pm
no parties
Saturday 5/23
pool hours 12-7pm
Sunday 5/24
pool hours 12-7pm
Monday (Memorial Day) 5/25
pool hours 12-7pm

Early Morning Lap Swim
Starts June 1st and will run 6-7am.  Please remember that lane etiquette!

Swim Team Reminders:

Swim Team starts on Monday, May 18!
Registration deadline for returning swimmers is May 17, this coming Sunday. If you haven’t registered, that’s the last time to do so to avoid the $25 late registration fee. Late fees do not apply to first-time swim team members who are still considering whether swim team is for you.
Swimsuit and Apparel Fitting and Parent Meeting:
Our season starts with the swimsuit fitting, on Sunday May 17th, from 12-3.
Sylvia’s will be there with suits and clothing to try on for size. At NOON there will be a brief parent meeting, where you can meet other parents, your coaches, and the swim team committee. You can find out about volunteering and have many of your questions answered. We are looking forward to seeing you all, old friends and new!
Practices start this coming Monday, May18, in the evening. The evening practices will run through Tuesday, June 16. Evening practices are a great way to get into swimming shape. Evening practice times are as follows (please pay special attention to the age groups, as they have been redistributed for evening practices only):
8 and under swimmers 7:00 7:30pm
9-11 swimmers 7:30 – 8:00pm
12-13 swimmers 8:00 – 8:45 pm
14 and up swimmers 8:45 – 9:30 pm
Schedule Change:
Morning practices start on Wednesday, June 17. This is a change from the original schedule.

Adult Team

Who: Adults 18-99 (or over!)
What: Swim workouts for the beginning to advanced swimmer
When: Mondays and Wednesdays June 17 – July 29, 8:00-9:00pm
Cost: FREE!
Join coaches Karin and Mary for this fun, social and healthy activity!  Our first workout is Wednesday, June 17.  The season will end with the Northern Division Adult Swim Meet on Saturday morning, Aug. 1 at Blue Ridge Swim Club.  Participation is optional, but loads of fun!  We have many team members who participate in the meet but work out on their own – so even if you can’t join us for workouts, please feel free to sign up for the meet! Information about the meet will be posted in the pool lobby later in the summer.  We will end our season with the annual family potluck on August1.
Check the Adult Team area on the bulletin board in the pool lobby for the latest team information.
Questions?  E-mail Karin Fosberg ( or Mary Lippold (

A BIG Thank You
To all of the members who worked at the recent Landscape Party.  The grounds look beautiful and we’re ready for a new season.

2015 Board Members

Lyndsey Downs Stewart- President
Theresa Miller- Vice President
Julie Wilcox – Secretary
Gail Herman – Treasurer
Raab Parker –  Manager
Carolyn D’Albora- Membership
Stephen Ramaley – Landscaping
Brenda Tomtan-Brayman – Swim Team
Jennifer Demitruk – Swim Team
Mee Moen – Swim Team
Shira Zucker – Special Events
Jeff Haven –  Maintenance
Barbara Brandt – Communications

See you poolside…