Fast Three: Back In The Swim, Searching for Tomorrow’s Nurses, and a Phoenixville Leader

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Still in the swim in Sanatoga, despite an Isaias flood

Sanatoga Swim Club, 2675 E. High St., has re-opened (at top) as a testimony to the power of volunteers. Two weeks ago, on Aug. 4 (2020), the club’s pools were overwhelmed by Tropical Storm Isaias rain and inches-deep mud from nearby Sanatoga Creek. The place was a flooded, sodden mess (below). “We all thought the summer was over,” club representatives admitted in a Facebook video post.

The floors of both the adult and children’s pools were lined with thick mud
Fencing surrounding the pools was caked with debris

Yet, at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 18), under a bright sun that raised local temperatures to just above 80 degrees, club members could be seen cooling off beneath canvas umbrellas that matched the azure color of the pools, or casually dipping their toes into the water itself. Adults were smiling and chatting. Kids splashed around without a care.

Volunteers made the difference, the club also explained on Facebook. “Volunteers who came to work, those who donated funds, and those who brought meals,” it said. “Dozens and dozens of people have worked together,” committed to bring the pool back. They cleaned, scoured, scrubbed, and vacuumed. They fixed pumps and replaced seals. “The teamwork has been amazing,” the club acknowledged in thanks.

Top photo from the Sanatoga Swim Club Facebook page
Flood photos by The Post

Scholarships await MCCC ‘nurses of tomorrow’

The nursing program at Montgomery County Community College is already looking for its “Nurses of Tomorrow,” and received new funding to support them.

The college reports it won a $38,247 Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. MCCC nursing students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in the program’s clinical component, and have not repeated a nursing program course, are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in scholarship money, according to college Nursing Program Director Linda Roy.

Eligible students must write an essay to the MCCC scholarship selection committee on how they intend to use the money for their education and related expenses. They’ll also write a second essay at the end of the semester about how the award helped them personally. For more information about the program visit its webpage here, or request more information here.

Phoenixville’s Heffron-Pero Leading Special Olympics Challenge

Say congratulations to 26-year-old Celine Heffron-Pero of Phoenixville. She’s a Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete who has been selected as one of nine captains for the 2020 Virtual UNcathlon. The uncathalon is both a physical challenge and a fund-raiser to support roughly 20,000 Special Olympics athletes.

Heffron-Pero will work with her co-captain, Michael Angelos of Goldman Sachs, to lead a team representing Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.The event continues through Sept. 26.