EBENSBURG – The beginning of another season at Ebensburg Borough Pool brings the launch of a new competitive swim club.
Recreation Director Dirk Johnson told borough council members on Monday the Young Peoples Community Center swim team will not request any financial support from the borough.
“They want to be self-supporting,” Johnson said. “We want to be the cheerleaders for them.”
The traveling team is being formed through Kickboard Consulting LLC, Johnson said, explaining that the business was formed by Ebensburg resident and former St. Francis University swimming coach Rory Coleman.
Participants in the YPCC swim program range from preschool to high school ages, Johnson said. The team can help prepare swimmers for high school swim teams, which are limited to those in ninth grade or above, he said.
The first practices were held last week, and 27 team members are already signed up, Coleman said in a telephone interview after Monday’s meeting.
“I think, for the first year, that’s pretty awesome,” he said. “A lot of people love swimming and putting something together for children.”
Ebensburg will join the Mountain Swim League, which also has teams from Menoher Swim Club and Sunnehanna Country Club, along with teams from St. Marys, Bellefonte, Huntingdon, Tyrone, Cove, Hollidaysburg and DuBois.
Coleman said he’s working with Central Cambria High School to use the indoor pool there in the future.
“It’s certainly on the docket for us to turn the summer team into a year-round program,” Coleman said.
In other matters, council voted to endorse legislation that would allow Pennsylvania’s municipal police to use radar for speed enforcement.
“We are all for it,” police Chief Terry Wyland told council. “It can be used in any neighborhood, especially now that we have so much traffic and construction in town. Everybody is turning off and going through the neighborhoods.”
Monday’s meeting also featured a special guest. Councilwoman Cecilia Houser brought her 2-week-old daughter, Isabelle Claire Farabaugh, to the session.