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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pool with generator reaches out to pool without power

Dolphins and Piranhas practice together
As Annandale/Mason residents cleaned up after Friday’s rare derecho storm—removing tree branches, clearing out and restocking refrigerators—we suspect there were plenty of examples of neighbors helping one another get through the long, hot days without power. If you’ve got a good story to share, please let us know.

Here’s one example, from Parklawn resident Stephanie Liller about one swim team in the  highly competitive Northern Virginia Swim League reaching out to another:

Both the Parklawn Pool, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, and the nearby Dowden Terrace Pool, in the City of Alexandria, had been without power since the storm. Members of the Parklawn pool were able to secure a generator, so they invited the Dowden Terrace Dolphins swim team (Division 8) to practice there on the morning of July 4 with the Parklawn Piranhas (Division 15).  

The generator was essential to ensure that the Parklawn pool was able to hold its traditional Fourth of July festivities, including a children’s parade and poolside bingo.


  1. Right on Stephanie

  2. Those of us who live in the Lake Barcroft region are very grateful for the free ice from Harris Teeter in this emergency.