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Twins Serve as Head Lifeguards at Bainbridge Aquatic Center

Caymon and Dillon FowlerIf you’ve visited the Aquatic Center this summer, you’ve likely thought you were seeing double! But don’t worry; it’s just twins Dillon and Caymon Fowler. The twins, 25, are back for their third summer working at the Aquatic Center and along with Noah Thorn, are this year’s head lifeguards.
The boys began their career with the City of Bainbridge at age 16. Then, they worked at the Bill Reynolds Tennis Center, where they worked until they graduated.
Three years ago, when they came home from Bainbridge for the summer, they began working at the Aquatic Center. When asked why they wanted to work there, the brothers commented that they enjoyed working with the city, that their older brother had worked at the Aquatic Center and they thought it was a good fit for them as well.
“We love the people and the environment here,” said Caymon.
Recently, when Adult Program Director Joanie Williams resigned and moved out of town, the brothers were given more responsibility at the Aquatic Center and have met those responsibilities with much enthusiasm. Some of their responsibilities include scheduling life guards, making sure the pools are clean and balanced properly and keeping track of concessions.
“We’ve had to learn about things in the pump house and more details about the day to day operations like keeping the pools in balance every day,” said Dillon.
When they assumed their new roles, they saw some much needed changes at the Aquatic Center. One of the positive changes they say that was made is that everyone that enters gets an armband. Formerly, only those who have said they were swimming received an armband, and that made it difficult to determine who paid and who had passed their swim tests. Now that everyone has an armband, it has helped ease confusion.
Dillon and Caymon have both received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Valdosta State University and have applied to be admitted into the teaching program at Albany State University for the Fall 2014 semester.

“Big Slide” at Bainbridge Aquatic Center Back in Service

Pool SlideCool off at Bainbridge Aquatic Center and our “Big Slide”! The slide, a favorite among our patrons, has been repaired after nearly three weeks of being turned off. We had to order a new motor that pumps the water through the slide. The motor, specially ordered from Wisconsin, took two weeks to be built and arrive in Bainbridge. In addition to the motor replacement, workers repaired the plumbing for the slide and removed extra concrete around the motor.   The work was complete on Monday and the slide is now back in service!

The Aquatic Center is open daily from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. thru Wednesday, July 30. It will remain open on weekends thru Labor Day, September 1. Admission is $4.00 for ages 6-49 and $2.00 for all other ages.

City of Bainbridge Restores Picnic Tables

Picnic TablesThe City of Bainbridge recently added 20 new picnic tables to local parks for the public to use.

The tables, which were bought in a government surplus auction, were restored by Bainbridge Leisure Services. The city often purchases items from the government surplus auction, as it is a cost effective way to purchase needed equipment and supplies.

The tops of the tables were sanded and covered with a varnish before they were placed at the Boat Basin.

“We want our citizens, as well as guests, to be able to utilize the tables,” said Assistant City Manager Roy Oliver. “Whether they are stopping for lunch along the river bank or taking a break from a tournament at the ball fields, we want people to enjoy them.”

The picnic tables have been placed at multiple locations inside the Boat Basin including along Hatcher Road, near the beach area and at the entrance to the nature trail.

City Employees Aid Elderly Citizen

Last week, two city employees helped an elderly citzen after he was swarmed by wasps and bitten all over his body. Youth Services Director, Joey Lee said he was leaving the ball fields heading towards the Boat Basin when a car stopped to tell him that she had just passed an elderly man was in his car possibly unconscious. Lee went to the man’s car, where he was met by another city employee, Paul Hicks.

“When I drove up, the man had gotten out of his car and laying down behind it,” said Lee. He and Hicks worked to assess the man’s condition, finding that he had been bitten all over his body by wasps. The man began to talk to the two employees, letting him know that he had called his wife and she was on the way. When his wife arrived, she took the man to the hospital for treatment.

Lee located the wasp nest and called Norris Akins, crew leader at the ball fields, to bring wasp spray and kill the wasps.

Thank you to Joey, Paul and Norris for a great job is assisting a member of our community that was in need!

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE ANIMALS AT THE BOAT BASIN ARE:

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE ANIMALS AT THE BOAT BASIN ARE:

• Fed a mixture of sweet feed and whole corn three times a week (300 pounds monthly).
• Fed two bales of hay per month, March through November.
• Fed three bales per month in December, January and February and are
• Wormed twice a year.

In addition, city crews plant approximately three acres of rye grass in October of each year to give the animals grazing land during the winter.

On weekends, a Park Services crew member works specifically to feed the animals and to take care of any litter that is carelessly left by park visitors along with other park assignments.

If you ever see a problem at one of the city parks, you can call 515-0090 to reach the on-call park employee.

It’s Time to Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detector

As daylight savings time approaches on March 9, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department has joined the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks to daylight savings time.

 

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

 

In addition, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department recommends residents use the “extra” hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning “two ways out” and practicing escape routes with the entire family.

 

Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.

Bainbridge Public Safety Arrests Juvenile Arsonist

On Sunday, January 19, Bainbridge Public Safety arrested a 14 year old Bainbridge resident in connection with a string of arsons.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, BPS responded to a call of a fire behind the old K-Mart building.  When they arrived, officers found numerous tires on fire.  They quickly put the fire out.  During the fire, a young black male approached officers telling them that he saw two boys dressed in black set the fire.

As officers were leaving the scene, they noticed another fire next on Broughton Street next to the radio tower.  There, they found card board boxes and a city rapid rail trash can on fire.

Officer Terry Pait got in his car to begin searching for the two males that the witness from earlier had identified, when he saw a fully involved fire in a dumpster next to Harvey’s. 

During the dumpster fire, while patrolling the area, Officer John Walker spotted a young black male dressed in all black behind Badcock furniture.  Walker stopped his car to talk to the boy, and noticed that it was the same one that had approached the officers earlier.  He told the young man that he wanted to talk to him, and the young man began running.  After a short foot chase, Walker arrested the young man.

The juvenile has been charged with one count of first degree arson and one count of third degree arson, both felonies. He was also charged with two counts of engaging in certain activities relating to the use of fires and ignited objects, a misdemeanor.  He is currently being held in an RYDC until his court date on February 7.

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