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Pool Committee members sworn in, swimming lessons very popular

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SHIRLEY — Town Clerk Amy MacDougall swore in members of the Benjamin Hill Pool Committee during a brief ceremony held prior to the group’s regular business.

MacDougall asked members to stand and raise their right hands when they read into record the oath to hold a town-appointed office at the June 23 meeting.

“This is a reminder of your duties,” she said.

Members sworn in included Lisa Marino and Armand “Andy” Deveau, who also recited oaths for their positions on the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. Fellow member Donald “Butch” Farrar spoke the oath for his seat on the Sewer Commission and as the town’s zoning officer. Former Town Clerk Sylvia Shipton and the committee’s newest member, Neal Guthrie, were also sworn in.

Pool activities Director Ruth Maxant-Shulz gave members an update on swimming lessons, which the pool offers for various age levels, as well as lifeguard training.

The 32-hour lifeguard training course includes basic CPR instruction, she said.

Maxant-Shulz said she is a certified lifeguard and instructor. She recommended the course to students, especially those heading to college.

“It’s a great skill for kids to have,” she said.

Shipton added that students signing up for the course should also be aware that lifeguard jobs are available this summer.

The first week of swimming lessons, which started the week of June 26, was booked, she said. The second week was almost full, and lessons are not being scheduled for the week of July 4. Registration forms can be found at www.shirley-ma.gov.

Day passes are available for the pool, as are summer memberships, which do not include lessons.

In other matters, members discussed what type of vines should be planted on the embankment on the property.

The conclusion was that Vinca would be best suited for the location, since it grows in the shade well and is non-invasive.

Marino said she would provide the plants from her own stock.

Also, “No Smoking” signs were purchased to be displayed in the pool area.

It is town property, Farrar said, so there is no smoking allowed on the grounds.

A new flagpole will be erected shortly, he said. The American Legion Post 183 is donating the flag.

In the near future, a small ceremony will be held at which members of the Legion will raise the first flag, said Farrar.

In the driveway outside of Town Hall, before members adjourned into executive session to discuss salaries, Deveau showed off a new sign lettered in red and gold that will mark the property.

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