Hobbs Pond Swim

The Hope Triathlon may have moved out of town, but we still have the Hobbs Pond Swim. Sunday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. rain or shine, the whistle will blow at the town beach on Barnestown Road. Swimmers of all ages and skills will head across the shallow water at the head pond to the buoy marking the sunken truck axle that used to secure the Hatchet Mountain Camp swimming and diving float, then back to the beach. Really fast competitive swimmers will do this in about 8 minutes, but it isn't a race for everyone. Some swimmers will chitchat. Parents will swim with their young kids.

This swim, now in its 23rd year, may beĀ  the last really informal swim around. There are no entry fees, no T-shirts, no prizes. People are really on their own. You just show up by 9:30 a.m. or so to sign in and figure out where the course is and then swim. Records are kept for those who care whether they are getting faster or slower. Everything is volunteer. Volunteer "spotters" are needed to help any swimmer who might get nervous, although the water is shallow enough you can stand up during most of the swim.

Afterward swimmers, volunteers and others, significant or otherwise, have an after-swim potluck party at Hope Volunteer Library at the Town Office.

Hope Swimmers Train

The first week in August, Montreal, Canada, is going to host the world FINA championship in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. This is held every two years.

They expect of 17,000 competitors — two for Hope — Linda Moran is a breaststroke specialist, and Bill Jones, a butterfly and individual medley specialist. Moran and Jones are part of the six-person Midcoast contingent. Others are from Lincolnville, Warren, Montville and Bremen.

Moran and Jones do not expect to win this swim but they are going to see where they stand in the big pool of 17,000.

Construction

You may have been wondering why all the Hope Historical Society meetings lately are at the new Hope Corner Fire Station. It's because of the construction at the Hope Historical Home. Paul Hart has been working away, redoing the wiring for the coming changes: the building of the Faith Ludwig Hart Memorial Room and the handicapped-compliant bathroom on the ground floor. He is to the point where he has to wait for the stud work to be completed. Dick Brodis, with anti-rot-stain help from Joe Berry and Bill Jones, has made ready to install the wheelchair ramp donated by William and Francina Pearse and family. That's as soon as we finish the blueberry harvest.

During construction, the home, which some of you will know it as David and Katherine Brown's, is still open Mondays from 9 a.m. until noon, when Donovan Bowley and Gwen Brodis are completing cataloging the collection.

The Society really needs volunteers to take over care of the memory garden from Herb Hart.

Hobbs-Fish Ponds Meeting

July 15 at the Hope Library in the Town Office the Hobbs-Fish Ponds association held its annual meeting. The large gathering heard and saw an illustrated talk on the great blue herons by Daniele D'Auria from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

The officers reported on water testing. Water quality is good. Last year's one reading must have stemmed from a wild animal carcas.

Association officers discussed ponds' issues with the Select Board. The association will henceforth be represented on the Town Recreation Committee.

The new buoy at the town beach on Pond Road is the property of the state of Maine. (Bill Jones wrote these items to help me out. Most of them I just copied from his notes as I did the following) It would be a good idea not to mess with it.

Officers are the same as last year, Dr. David Hall, president; Jeff Connon, vice president; Julie Jones, treasurer; and Julie Jones, secretary, Justin Twitchell is pond warden.