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Letter to the Editor,
As a Newport youth I began swimming at the Toledo Pool in the 1950s when it was the only pool in Lincoln County. The Natorium in Nye Beach had closed and the Newport Pool would not open until 1965. People from around the county began migrating to the Toledo Pool during the summers and I swam on the Toledo Swim Team for many summers as a Newport teenager.
The Toledo Pool has been an integral part of my life. It provided me employment when I taught swimming lessons; kept me fit over the years as a lap swimmer; helped me stay mentally sharp while being an educator dealing with students; kept me active during three pregnancies until the day of my deliveries; and provided physical therapy opportunities for injuries I sustained in car accidents.
The Toledo Pool is the site where I took lessons to become a licensed scuba diver; where Siletz pre-school students and grades K-3 are bused for lessons each year; the facility where the adaptive P.E. program provides swimming opportunities for disabled students; where P.E. credits can be earned towards high school graduation for public, church and home school students and where my children and grandchildren learned to swim.
Not everyone will have access to transportation or the financial means to swim at Newport’s Aquatic Center. I urge all eligible Toledo voters to retain and celebrate the oldest pool in Lincoln County by passing Measure 21-179.
Sandy Lemmon Blackman
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