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Longtime Five Oaks Swim Club manager recognized for 30 years

Longtime Five Oaks Swim Club manager recognized for 30 years

As Barbara Bates was preparing the Five Oaks Swim Club for another summer one day last month, the manager noticed a sign covered in a trash bag at its Frederick Road entrance within an hour after it was put into the ground.

She texted Patrick O'Toole, the pool's president, who quickly came up with a ruse. He told her the Catonsville Historical Socety was putting up mile markers along the road, one of which was to be at the site of the pool. He then shared his explanation with the pool's board of directors, as not to spoil the actual reason.

Normally, Bates said, she would dig a little deeper to get some more information. But she let it slide. It's her busy season, as she...

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