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Lake County will soon have an amazing resource available to all who live here — if we all get behind it. It's a large, indoor aquatics center on the hill across from Safeway in Polson. Have you noticed the future home sign? I did. I called the number on the sign and joined the group of locals who are working to make this a reality for us.

Why is an aquatic center important? Look at a map of our county and you'll see it is chock full of blue lines and blue circles denoting water — lots of it. Full of plenty of water for anyone to drown in who doesn't know how to save him or herself.

That's the number one reason for an indoor pool in an area where the lake is mighty chilly most of the year. Secondly, anyone with a joint or muscle injury will heal far better with water exercise and those still in good shape can remain so with regular exercise done in water. Not to mention how healing warm waters can be to our psychics in all seasons, but especially the long grey.

Autistic children and others with disabilities thrive with water therapy. And lastly, those future Olympians reside among us and they just don't know it yet because there is no pool in the county to grab their imagination of what they could become with focus and work.

I urge you to get involved. You'll be impressed with how much has already been accomplished towards bringing us Mission Valley Aquatics. Please visit or call 883-4567.

Karen Ryan


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