Saturday, July 13, will be Raymond Gibson Day at Waggener Community Pool in Rushville and everyone is invited to swim free.
Raymond was co-owner/operator of Gibson Grocery Store and served four terms as mayor of Rushville. Many who knew him describe him as a very colorful mayor who enjoyed handing out pool passes to the kids of Rushville.
Each year, Waggener Community Pool honors his memory by making swimming free for everyone for one day.
Raymond Gibson was born Jan. 5, 1906, and passed away Dec. 31, 1987. He married Dorothy Mae Dorsey Oct. 29, 1943. Raymond is buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.
Waggener Community Pool will also be offering swim lessons July 15 to 18 with July 19 as the make-up day and again July 22 to 25 with July 26 as the make-up day.
The last day to sign up for lessons is Friday, July 12. Call 932-7100 to sign up. The cost for lessons is $30 per week per child.
Swim lessons are available for beginner to intermediate and intermediate to advance levels.
Skills children will learn in beginning range from getting their faces in the water and blowing bubbles to retrieving weights from the bottom of the pool, kicking and the front crawl stroke. Intermediate/advance skills include treading water, learning different kicks, diving from the diving board and various strokes such as the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and the butterfly.
General pool admission is $3 for children and $4 for adults with the exception of July 13.
The pool offers a chair rental program this summer. Visitors will be able to rent a chair for $3 to sun bath on. Once they are done they return the chair and get $2 back, leaving the cost at $1 for the chair per day.
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