|This plaque from
the original Welch Pool, which dedicates the pool in memory of Wm. L. Welch
Sr., will be displayed at the new Welch Pool with a new companion plaque
about the renewal.
|In preparing for
the Welch Pool Ceremony on Labor Day, Mayor Welch (who was Dr. Welch’s son)
wrote to Todd Roth on August 12, 2009, two days before he entered the
stick out for me when it comes to the pool:
|- While my Dad
enjoyed swimming, his reason for wanting a community pool had more to do with
safety than with recreation. He said that every summer he had to patch up
kids with bad cuts, broken bones, concussions, that they got jumping into
whatever "old swimming hole" might be available. He saw the pool as
a healthy, safe place for kids to enjoy the water.
|- When I was in
high school, I spent many an evening at the old borough building on S. Fraser
St. stuffing envelopes for the fund drive for the pool. Maybe that
predisposed me to running for mayor....
|I am having
surgery (leg-artery bypass) at Hershey on Friday, but should be back at the
computer within about 10 days, if you have any questions.
|Mayor Welch passed
away on Friday, Sept. 4, three days before the ceremony at Welch Pool – so it
was fitting that this message was read during that ceremony.