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    Friday, August 30, 2019 | Seaside Signal | • A5
How to keep a public pool safe and clean
t’s a likely scene, immortal-
ized in pools throughout the
world and, infamously, in the
1980 fi lm, “Caddyshack.” Kids,
adults swimming. Enjoying them-
selves on a beautiful summer day.
Then, a scream. A gasp. A look of
The pool clears in a rush of
fear, disgust and pandemonium
after someone spots the dreaded
“fl oater”.
Before you go any further, I
should warn you that you may
want to come back to this after
you fi nished your breakfast. I’m
here to talk about something that
doesn’t get talked about often, but
we all know pretty much stinks:
The Center for Disease Control
classifi es these incidents as F.A.C.
(Fecal Accidental Contamination)
and we’re talking about them here
because we can’t seem to avoid
them this summer at the Sunset
Pool. A normal summer, we might
have to deal with two or three
contaminations and that’s plenty
for our staff to deal with.
This summer however, we’ve
been challenged with eight sepa-
rate incidents over a seven-week
period. It’s an astonishing number
and the situation has been treated
with less and less humor each
Each time this incident occurs
several steps occur internally
within our organization. Life-
guards clear the pool area. We are
fortunate to have three bodies of
water so occasionally the contami-
nation only occurs in one of those,
but often there is a need to clear
and sanitize each of the pools.
The matter must be collected
and disposed of, if possible. Obvi-
ously different consistency can
make that part diffi cult and more
to come on that. The closure
effects the patrons at that time,
but also those that will be coming
later that day and into future days,
depending on the length of closure
If the consistency of the con-
tamination requires it, each drop
of water in the pool must pass
through the fi ltration devices,
regardless of how much chlo-
rine is deposited to make it right.
Extra chemicals, staff costs and an
immense amount of pressure on
the fi ltration systems make these
situations more challenging.
Perhaps the worst part of these
experiences though, is the closures
that follow. Each of the eight inci-
dents mentioned previously were
accompanied by a 24-hour clo-
sure, impacting our swimming
patrons, swim lessons, classes,
etc.… We work hard to distribute
the message of the closure to our
patrons and guests, but we often
miss a few individuals, for what-
ever reason, and inconvenience
them in the process. It seems to be
that there are not a lot of rays of
sunshine in this mess.
The Sunset Empire Park and
Recreation District is fortunate
to have a number of staff who
are certifi ed with a pool opera-
tor license and thus, are trained to
respond to these incidents. Gone
are the days when we could just
fi sh the “Baby Ruth” out and
reopen. We know more about
the different germs and viruses
that could be in the contamina-
tion and understand the dangers
of not treating the potential of
E. coli, hepatitis A, giardia and
So, what’s causing all of this?
Who knows! We are fortunate
to serve approximately 500 res-
idents and guests each day and
the summer months cause for an
increase in open swim opportu-
nities. It’s possible that there’s
a bacteria or illness that’s going
around our community and affect-
ing children and adults in a pow-
erful and uncontrollable fashion.
Our colleagues in nearby commu-
nities have also noticed an uptick
in F.A.C. incidents this summer,
so perhaps it is a virus or an ado-
lescent with a very troubling and
smelly sense of humor.
Whatever the cause, we’ll con-
tinue to work to provide safe,
clean and wonderful recreation
facilities for all of you to enjoy.
Please come visit us soon and
make sure that you use the appro-
priate restroom facilities before
you jump in the water.
Skyler Archibald is the execu-
tive director for the Sunset Empire
Park and Recreation District.
Giving credit where credit due New editor named at The Astorian
Seaside Signal
Seaside Signal
Late for the Sky based
in Cincinnati debuted
“Seaside-Opoly,” a
licensed collegiate
board games with
theme with locations
based in Seaside. The
game is available at
But Leila Vernor,
a longtime Seaside
resident, alerted us to
a much earlier Sea-
side monopoly-style
game long before
“Seaside-Opoly” was
released this year.
Vernor’s husband
Oliver, mayor of Sea-
side from 1995-1998,
side-opoly” through
Hometown Games in
Chatsworth, Califor-
nia, during his term.
“It really shocked
me when I saw it,”
she said this week
of the new game
released this summer.
The Astorian has a new
Derrick DePledge, a
veteran journalist who has
held editing and reporting
roles at the newspaper for
the past 4½ years, will lead
the newsroom.
He replaces Jim Van
Nostrand, the editor for
the past two years, who
has accepted a job as Mis-
souri state editor for Gate-
house Media, leading 22
“There was no question
who would be our next edi-
tor,” said Kari Borgen, The
Astorian’s publisher. “We
are fortunate to have the
combination of leadership,
experience and knowledge
of our community that Der-
Leila Vernor displays the game her husband created in the 1990s.
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are taught by subject mat-
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business including lead-
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The 90-minute class
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Cost is $695 and includes
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Send money in the
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together with
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Contact Clatsop Com-
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Center, 1455 North Roos-
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ing a decade as a Washing-
rick brings to the role.”
DePledge, 53, has ton, D.C., correspondent
and a decade as a
served as manag-
ing editor, dep-
and politics reporter
uty managing edi-
in Hawaii. He also
tor and reporter at
spent four years
The Astorian. He
as the top elected
has written about
leader in Hawaii for
the gaps in Clatsop
the Pacifi c Media
County’s mental
Workers Guild, a
health safety net
labor union that rep-
and policy changes
resented 200 news-
intended to make
the criminal justice system paper workers.
DePledge and Van Nos-
more equitable. He has also
covered city government in trand both worked at the
Washington Bureau for
Astoria and Warrenton.
“At our best, we hold up Knight Ridder Newspapers,
a mirror to our community,” though at different times.
“In 35 years in the news
he said. “Our staff recog-
nizes we live in a unique, business, I’ve seen few edi-
historic place that deserves tors better than Derrick
at leading and mentoring
a newspaper to match.”
DePledge has more young reporters,” Van Nos-
than 30 years of experi- trand said. “I’m leaving the
ence as a journalist, includ- newsroom in good hands.”