2011-04-14 / Letters

Community Steps Up To Support GC Pool

To The Editor:

It is with great pleasure the Great Cove Golf & Recreation Club’s board of directors can now announce the community pool will be open to serve the general public and to provide swimming lessons once again in 2011. This is thanks to many generous contributions from throughout the community.

Like many small businesses struggling to survive in this economic climate, the Great Cove Golf & Recreation Club Inc. (GCGC) Board of Directors was recently faced with the drastic, yet financially necessary, decision to close its community pool. Over the years, the pool has never been a solvent operation, and, for many years, golf course revenues have financially supplemented its operation.

This decision was faced reluctantly because the pool is an extremely important asset to the community. It is the only lifeguarded swimming pool in Fulton County and is open to the entire community, not just to members of the golf course. It is also the only facility in Fulton County to offer Red Cross-certified swim lessons.

Because the board recognized the pool’s significance to the community, it decided to initiate a fundraising campaign designed to solicit $5,000 to help cover annual start-up expenses. Those expenses include sealing the pool’s concrete walls, and purchasing water and chemicals to refill it. If those funds could be acquired, the board would consider covering any remaining operating deficit.

Community response to the fundraising effort thus far can be considered a huge success, thanks to the generous contributions from many individuals, organizations and municipalities, including: McConnellsburg Boro, Fulton Post Home Association, American Legion Post 561, Todd Township, FCMC Foundation Wellness Program, Ayr Township, Brian Mellott, Stanley Kerlin, Ron Richards, and Bob Peck. We are still accepting additional contributions for the ongoing maintenance of the pool.

Additionally, a basket bingo fundraiser was recently held. The event was a success thanks to the efforts of Tawnie House and Bob Peck and especially the generous donations from the players and sponsors.

Also, Deb Toothman held a Longaberger bus trip to the Crayola factory on April 9. Proceeds from the trip will be donated to this fundraising campaign.

Great Cove Golf & Recreation hopes to pursue additional opportunities to partner with FCMC’s Wellness Program and the Fulton County Parks & Recreation Association to provide additional health, fitness and water safety programs to the public.

The overwhelming support received thus far has been phenomenal and is greatly appreciated by the golf course board of directors. Through the continued generosity and support from the community, Great Cove Golf & Recreation hopes to continue to provide opportunities for health, fitness, recreation and water safety to the entire community. The public is encouraged to take advantage of Great Cove’s recreational facilities this summer, and that it may continue to operate within your community for many years to come.

Paul Johnston

McConnellsburg, Pa.

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