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North Fork Pool celebrates successful season

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Photo by Tamie Meck The staff of the North Fork Pool celebrated a successful season Friday. Pictured are (back row, from left) Darrin Young, Nolan Egging, Annie Stechert, Nick Cambria, Clayton Oxford, Echo Miller-Barnes, Katy Parsons, Mariah Young, Eddie

The staff of the North Fork Pool in Hotchkiss gathered Friday to celebrate a successful season, to honor their lifeguards and swim instructors, and to thank three long-time staff members who are retiring.

Swim classes were completely filled this year, according to Lenore Cambria, who replaces Esther Koontz as district administrator of the North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District. Koontz retired in June with 14 years of service.

Pool manager Ray Cranor also retired after 17 years of service, and Wendell "Butch" Widner, head of maintenance since 2000, also retired.

A plaque honoring Cranor, Widner and Koontz "for their dedication and years of service" will be permanently displayed at the pool, and each retiree was presented with a plaque.

The pool's 17 lifeguards were also honored, along with swim instructors Jessie Violett, Judy Coyle, Glenda Young, Echo Miller-Barnes, Nilam Hypio and Annie Stechert, and water safety supervisor Kathi White.

The pool is closed weekdays for the remainder of the season and is open weekends during regular hours through Sept. 6. The final day of operations is scheduled for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Family swim sessions are Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Visit www.northfork

recreation.com for details.

At the end of the season the facility will upgrade its equipment and paint the pool, said Cambria.

The NFPPR board consists of Ulrich Lange, chairman, vice chairman Kathryn Oxford, secretary Teresa Driscoll and treasurer Ken Butcher. The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the district office, 333 Bulldog Street, Hotchkiss.

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