Summer goes swimmingly for guards, families at Hampstead Pool


FAMILY FUN NIGHT at Hampstead Pool is a neighborhood party with water games central to the fun.

Fun Night is planned from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 24, and lifeguards are brainstorming to find new games to play in the enlarged grassy enclosure.

For the night of lawn and pool games, admission is $1 for pool members and $2 for nonmembers.

Swim lessons begin next week, and four lifeguards will teach.

Cost for lessons has increased to $40 from $35 for nine lessons.

Lifeguards are central to the community tone of Hampstead Pool. Not only do they learn the names of every swimmer, they offer encouragement and advice to learning swimmers.

"This is such a quaint, small community pool. Everybody is so very friendly that they introduced themselves to me," said Amber Bosley, who is a new guard this summer.

She's a Hampstead native majoring in physical education at Towson University and will graduate as a teacher in December.

Guarding at the pool is a family thing for Becky, Holly and Kevin Carswell. Becky described why she returns every summer.

"The people give me a lot of joy. I love the kids, being outside, and it's always very pleasant," said Becky.

She's a sociology major, and Holly is a physical education major, both at Western Maryland College.

Kevin, a junior at North Carroll High, is guarding for his second summer.

He enjoys an unusual aspect of poolside duty.

"I love studying the weather" as a hobby, he said and, at the pool, he has learned if storms and lightning are pending.

Heather Semies returns for a fourth summer as pool manager.

This fall she begins teaching physical education and swimming at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Her high school-age students are severely emotionally disturbed, have autism or have traumatic brain injury.

"This will be high-intensity special education, in which the brains are intact and bodies are OK, so they can do a lot. But it's a challenge, it's working on a thin wire. Most are fearful of the water, and when they accomplish something, when they succeed, it makes them so happy," Semies said.

She has a psychology degree from Towson University and has worked in adaptive physical education for children with special needs.

At the pool's concession stand, Chuck Henn will recommend the cherry snowball.

High school students Melanie Slessinger, Shannon Gibbons and Stacy Elcik are concessionaires this summer and lifeguard as needed.

Memberships to Hampstead Pool are available at Hampstead Town Office.

Watercolor exhibit

"Oh Say Can You See," a watercolor by Suzanne Mancha of Manchester, received an honorable mention award at the annual Membership Show by the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, a national organization of about 600 artists.

The society presents two annual exhibitions in Pennsylvania. The membership exhibit runs until June 24 at Hanover Area Arts Guild, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the gallery is accessible to the handicapped. Artists Ron Schloyer and Lynn Yoncha are included. About 70 paintings are being shown.

Wasyl Palijczuk, art professor of Western Maryland College, juried the exhibition.

The painting shows a boy in Little League baseball cap raising the national flag.

"I was lucky, because when I finished painting it, the flag really looked like fabric. The boy's mouth is open, and you can just hear 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' If you've ever had a boy in baseball, you know what I mean," Mancha said.

Information: 717-632-2521 or visit the gallery Web site at

Community yard sale

A community yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 at Spring Garden Elementary School. The event is sponsored by members of Fields Homeowners Association. About 640 homes are in the association.

Homeowners who wish to participate should call Christy Rosenblatt, social committee chair, for a free table before tomorrow.

Tables will be set up on the school parking lot, and participants can bring additional tables.

The yard sale will be advertised locally.

Homeowners are responsible for removing unsold items.

Information: 410-239-1225.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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