Free swim day named in memory of Sandy Haines

The first annual Sandy Haines Free Swim Day is July 1. Pictured: Mason Pugh, Joey Pugh, Claudia Spooner, Karen Sindt, Judy Zook, Reesor Pugh. The Pugh children are the great nephews of Ms. Haines.

Yes – it is the same event.

But this year it is more than just a day to swim.

Next Wednesday three women will honor a lifelong friend.

Longtime residents Claudia Spooner, Judy Zook and Karen Sindt are again organizing a day to swim free at the City Pool, but this year will mark the first annual in honor of the late Sandy Haines.

The First Annual Sandy Haines Free Swim Day is July 1 at noon. The pool will stay open until 8 p.m.

Ms. Spooner said after the passing of their close friend, Ms. Haines last month, the group decided that the event they organized together for nearly 10 years would continue under a new name.

“We’ve been lifelong friends,” Ms. Spooner said. “There was a group of us that would swim every morning, and when we couldn’t swim we would walk together. We thought it would be good to do this in her memory.”

Ms. Haines was a longtime area resident, who worked at PotlatchDeltic as an executive assistant for 44 years, and at the Harrison Trading Post for 16 years. She enjoyed walking, and participated in 33 consecutive Bloomsday races, including a number of fun runs in local and surrounding communities.

All are welcome to swim for free July 1. The event will offer its usual assortment of free food as well, including hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda and water. There will also be games put on by the lifeguards with prizes awarded throughout the day.

In lue of flowers, the group has set up an account in Ms. Haines’ name at P1FCU where those interested can donate. Proceeds will go toward the free swim day, as well as pay for swimming this season for those unable.

For more information, contact Claudia Spooner at 208-582-0643.

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