Sigrid Laird Needs Your Help to Renovate the Pool
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Posted by Hannah Nash (+2495) 9 years ago
For all of us who grew up swimming under the hot sun in Miles City...


Our swimming pool, also known as Scanlan Lake, the Oasis, is in serious trouble. It needs to be refurbished-- new piers, new diving board, new sand, new gravel and a complete makeover on the bath house.

To accomplish this task, several ideas have come up. Members of the pool renovation committee want it to be ready for the summer season.

In order to help raise funds for the Pool Project, Sigrid is asking members of the swim team since 1950, all former lifeguards, and ALL interested citizens and former Oasis Swimmers, to help out by donating $20 to the Fun2You Pool Fund, which is a tax deductible 501c3.

This project will be done in phases, with the first phase to be the replacement of the piers. The diagram below will give you some idea of what we have in mind.

The group would like to raise $10,000.

If you can help, please send your donation to:

Sigrid Laird
203 North Custer
Miles City, MT 59301

Please make checks payable to Fun2You Pool Fund. Thank you.

Pass this message on to any former Miles Citians, students of Sigrid and Bo Laird, and former swimmers! Let's make this happen for future generations!

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]



[This message has been edited by Hannah Nash (2/11/2012)]
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Posted by Christina Ostendorf (+21) 9 years ago
This is awesome - Siegred Laird and Fun2U in the same "boat" - so glad to see this happening!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
The girls encourage YOU to participate in this effort. You wouldn't want to disappoint them

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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
Raise your hand if Sigrid taught you to swim:


Glad to hear that Fun2U is still going. $10,000 seems like a very reasonable goal and they also appear to be making plans that can be expanded one piece at a time which is also a great idea.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
Ditto what Levi said about Fun2U involved and still going...Hurrah...
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 9 years ago
Where's Ashley to comment on this. Must have found something to distract her ... maybe a bird flew by her window???
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Posted by clm (+104) 9 years ago
Sigrid and her family have been inspiring future leaders, one kid at a time, one swim team at a time, since I can remember. My daugher's first job was as a life guard there and later taught swimming lessons after being coached by Sigrid on the swim team. Hopefully, a parnership between the Oasis and FUN2U will bring it all together...
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
Hand raised.

I've always thought improvements to the existing pool blow away the idea of a concrete square. This is the pool MC needs.
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 9 years ago
Combining efforts and resources, what a great idea. The effort will improve the here and now as it works towards a better future facility. Bringing two hard working groups together should quadruple the work that gets done. Who ever thought of this idea gets a big A+ in my book.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
Yay! Logical, workable, realistic way to deal with the issues of swimming pools in Miles City. Even though I can't swim, I am 100% in support.
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Posted by spacekace (+896) 9 years ago
Amazing idea!
Swimming lessons with Sigrid, ahhh the good old days... I can hear her now... "Take a breath.......blow bubbles...."
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
Shared on my facebook page as many former MC swimmers are on my friends list. I think it's great!
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9919) 9 years ago
Great plan!!!

Please see about setting up an online account for contributions (PayPal or something like that). That would make it much easier to raise money from the expat community.
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 9 years ago
Great idea, Hal!
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Posted by gypsykim (+1556) 9 years ago
Can someone from Fun2U confirm that she is working with them?
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Posted by Matt Smith (+794) 9 years ago
I no longer am with Fun2U, however I can confirm the partnership involving the City, Fun2U & Sigrid.

I will go on record publicly as supporting this project.

It is a worthwhile endeavor. I plan to support the effort.
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Posted by redmondroughneck (+73) 9 years ago
Miles City should be very proud of its pool. I spent many, many hours there as a kid and it was an wonderful environment to grow up in. Sigrid and her family should be very proud of their community accomplishments. They are Miles ahead.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Thank GOD someone got off their duff.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Hearing of any form of progress is better than nothing. Cheers!
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
Any chance of entering this in the Readers Digest current contest?
http://ReadersDigest.com/America
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Any chance of entering this in the Readers Digest current contest?


Not NO! but HELL NO!. It has taken a year to get unsubscribed from all the junk email those charlatans send out.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 9 years ago
Gee Richard, you sure are grumpy....haven't you heard that Laughter is the Best Medicine???
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Posted by Barb Highsmith(Martin) (+23) 9 years ago
Gee Ashley that was really rude. You really have no idea who Sigrid Laird is do you?
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
There's already too many threads about Ashley, why don't we stick to the pool in this one?
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Sigrid is a great lady! I wasn't really talking about her, Barb. It wasn't rude. It was just plain true.
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Posted by Barb Highsmith(Martin) (+23) 9 years ago
Ashley your response of "someone finally getting off their duff" was to me rude. Reread the first thread of this and maybe you will see what I see. I saw it as being rude to a very nice lady who has spent years teaching and coaching kids in Miles City.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Hello? I just said it wasn't directed at Sigrid. So, you should feel better now. Not sure why you're continuing.
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Posted by Jim B (+232) 9 years ago
Just a thought:
Instead of trying to get $20.00 donations to help do this project
let's make a real effort and try to raise enough to be able to
enclose the one section and solar heat it?
Perfect time to do it would be now why raising the money and while the construction takes place.
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Posted by Connie Muggli (+98) 9 years ago
While I agree with Levi said, I also have to support Barb in this. Ashley, your energy would be much appreciated, and better spent in a positive contribution of time and thought to any of the many, varied and wonderful projects folks in this town work on tirelessly.

The work is ongoing and just because the many service groups and individuals aren't posting their results on milescity.com or even in the newpaper regularly doesn't mean they are "sitting on their duffs". Whether you mean it as such or not, for you to say so, or even imply it, is likely to be taken as an insult to every person in this town that contribute freely of their time to make the community a better place to live. In this thread specifically, don't be surprised if folks circle the wagons around Sigrid -- she is an icon in the community and people are quick to defend her.

As an olive branch, I would urge you to just relax, accept the advice people have offered in this and other threads, and join the rest of the community in supporting the work being done. Celebrate and contribute to the effort, and most of all, treat each with respect.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1917) 9 years ago
The whole purpose of this project, Jimb, is to take small bites. Get a small project done. Then start another. We have learned over the decades that jumping into some multi-million project is fruitless. We can get where we are going taking baby steps a lot faster than leaping off a cliff.
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Posted by Connie Muggli (+98) 9 years ago
When telling my daughter about the project the other day she said, "I know, I know! Tell Sigrid to sell a grain of sand for a dollar to each kid that has or will swim there!" Well -- that's not a bad idea -- if it was modified a bit -- might want to get more than a grain for a dollar:
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Connie, your tune sure has changed a bit! Impressive!
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Posted by Barb Highsmith(Martin) (+23) 9 years ago
Thanks Connie
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Posted by redmondroughneck (+73) 9 years ago
Sigrid, the checks in the mail from Arizona. I just hope the people of Miles City realize what a gem they have for a swimming pool and support it as well. The pool was certainly one of my fondest memories as a kid growing up in Miles City, and it is the envy of every city.
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
Will there be fundraisers in MC? Perhaps at Bucking Horse Sale? Oasis t-shirts!!!
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Well, the Oasis is City property, so the Parks and Rec. Dept. Has already budgeted for many (if not all) of these changes to be made. What, specifically then, is this 10,000 for? And are any of the other 47,000 in previous pledgescomments to Fun2U being transferred to this new project? When did Fun2U join with Sigrid and the City to be involved in this? Was is maybe last Tuesday at the Miles City indoor pool committee meeting? Verification of these details would be very much appreciated!
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
SWEET JESUS LET IT GO.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
DITTO WHAT BRIDGIER SAID!!!!
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Posted by Barb Highsmith(Martin) (+23) 9 years ago
I agree with Bridgier and Howdy. Enough is enough
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
If you really care, next time the pool committee meets (NOT the indoor pool committee, just the pool committee) attend the meeting and ask your questions.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
I was just asking! Whoa guys- chill! I was honestly just trying to get the information. I didn't know if there were separate committees or not. That's another question- are there? And I would attend these meetings, but I work evenings, so its pretty hard to get time off to do so- especially when they are usually (from what I have seen) short notice.
I was just trying to get my questions answered, I had no intention of trying to start conflict. Hard to believe- im sure, but that is truth.
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Posted by MRH (+1500) 9 years ago
Well, the Oasis is City property, so the Parks and Rec. Dept. Has already budgeted for many (if not all) of these changes to be made.


Do you know for a 'fact' that this has been budgeted by this Department?
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
I don't know for sure that it's that department. But I do know for a fact that it has, at least in part, been budgeted for by the City of Miles City. I'm assuming that would be the Dept. that is in charge of implementing the changes and actually getting it done, because that is the City Dept. in charge of The Oasis. It only makes sense. But I may certainly be wrong. I just can't think of any other Department that it would be. Can you>?
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
I want to say "Ashley, give it up, this is NOT a swim club site, take it somewhere else."
But on the other hand, it's such wholesome entertainment and just good clean fun.
So I'll digress, "Ashley, please join Fun2U and contribute your energy and enthusiasm in a positive, productive manner and atmosphere, hopefully they'll appreciate it and keep you busy at fundraising, which is enjoyable too, I think."
Thank you Sigrid for all you've done for our sport! May you always easily remember every wet little smiling face you've persuaded to swim to the other end and back. Again, and again...
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
AD--you always sound as if you accusing someone of wrong-doing. This may not be your intent, but it is what is conveyed. Maybe if you could find a less accusatory way of asking questions, and not making assumptions about things you don't actually know anything about, you might find people more receptive to answering your questions. I know the answer to all the questions you asked but I was so put off by your approach that I took offense.

I have no idea what you are trying to accomplish, but you need to step back and re-evaluate why so many people are upset with you. If one person mis-interpreted your intent, it would one thing, but it seems as if everyone is interpreting your questions as attacks. Maybe it has something to do with the way YOU are behaving rather that how we are reacting.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Amorette,
I agree that the tone of some of my posts have been accusing in nature. I am aware of that, and those posts were accusing in nature because I meant for them to be. Many of my posts (not on this thread but in the 'Indoor Swimming Pool' thread I started), were intended that way in response to replies by others regarding the tone of the original post that started the thread, and to show my reason behind the tone of that original post.

Maybe because of the intensity and impact of the posts I made on that thread, people have automatically associated that tone with all of my posts since, regardless of the thread they are being posted on, or the topic. I can certainly understand how easily that can happen, as online boards do not have the same benefit of face to face conversation when trying to understand the tone of a person's thoughts. But I can assure you, that if I were trying to accuse someone of something- I would come right out and say it. I believe that my previous posts will fully reflect that.

My questions this afternoon regarding the City of Miles City and the others included in that post did not carry a harsh or accusotory tone. Amorette, after I read your post I reread it 3 times just to see if it somehow did, thinking I may have just missed it. As I said, I can see how it may have seemed that it did. But I cannot see it. I think the tone is one you are associating with me as a person on this forum versus the actual post itself. Very understandable, like I said. But I think online dialogue should really be viewed as objectively as possible because of the reasons I previously mentioned, as well as other information that correlates with that. I do understand that a person's comments on a community forum like this do combine in a way to create a sort of 'indentity' for each username, but instead of jumping to conclusions based on a username I think it would be more responsible to actually take each post of the author into account first, before stereotyping and assuming. Heck, maybe ask questions yourself just to clarify the intention of the post if you are unsure.

I don't appreciate you saying I am posting about things I know nothing about, especially when the post you are specifically criticizing is one in that I was trying to obtain information when I wrote it, not one that I was trying to act like a bossy, know-it-all in. In fact, if you were bored or curious enough you could compare some of my separate posts yourself and clearly see that even with only viewable text available to capture what you see as my 'tone', that there is clearly a difference between my bada** bit** ones, and my inquiry ones. But I know you are a busy lady and so since you don't have the time or desire to do that, I am more than happy to now clarify and inform you that the difference does exist, indeed.
Furthermore, I have said, more than once, that I was only looking for more information about this subject. Maybe I am wrong in thinking that this thread was started as a general information disclosure to the public about the project, and if this is not an appropriate place for me to try and obtain this information, I would again appreciate any information I can get on where a more appropriate and accessible place for me to find it would be.

Let me say that I am sorry if my 'question' post came off accusing and rude to you or anyone else, Amorette. I would hope that because you do know this information that after reading this, you might be willing to reconsider enlightening me and others on this forum with it. As I said in the original post with my questions, I, for one, would very much appreciate it!

Lastly, I would like to say that I really don't appreciate people deterring me from posting about the pool on Milescity.com. This forum was created with the very intention of discussing topics such as this, and whether or not some of you appreciate my comments or not really shouldn't matter. If my posts annoy you, don't read them. I am responding to another person's thread, so obviously I am not alone in the discussion. I didn't even freaking start this discussion. Those posts annoy ME and just come off like a person angry that a strangers dog sh** in their private yard. But this is a public yard, and anybody's allowed. That's the beauty of it. I love America.
(If anyone is confused, my last sentence was full of smugness and self-satisfaction, but in no way should affect the perception of the tone of the entire remaining content of this post.)

Goodnight, MC.COM. I kinda like you guys.
Ashley
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 9 years ago
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
Well, the Oasis is City property, so the Parks and Rec. Dept. Has already budgeted for many (if not all) of these changes to be made. What, specifically then, is this 10,000 for?


This is where you start assuming you know things you don't. Again, the tone is accusatory, as if the City or the pool supporters are somehow scamming you. They aren't. Nobody is. Not Fun2U and certainly not Sigrid Laird or the City. Assume the best and act from that basis and it may help.
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Posted by redmondroughneck (+73) 9 years ago
I don't know who in the heck AD is, but she needs to get a life and learn a little history about the swimming pool. What negative comments about a very possitive asset for Miles City and the community.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
As I said, Amorette- trying to obtain info!
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Posted by Mary B. (+201) 9 years ago
Amorette, for her to have been scammed, Ashley would have had to contribute funds to Fun2U. In the spirit of full disclosure, have you, Ashley, put your money where your mouth is and contributed financially to the cause? You have no problem criticizing everyone else's lack of effort. Please detail for us your contributions to making Miles City a better place, both financially and volunteering your time.

You said each post should be judged on its merits. Allowing us to see past your initial abrasive personality to see the real Ashley, who only has the kids' best interests at heart and who walks the walk, not just talks the talk, would be of great assistance to this cause.
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Posted by hat_3275 (+77) 9 years ago
Why don't you guys just build a "real" swimming pool? Not nessecarily an indoor pool but a just a simple swimming pool that would be more sanitary than a mud hole?!! What is wrong with some of the questions Ashley is asking? Why not just be civil and answer them?!! Some of you people need to get a life- seriously!!!

[This message has been edited by hat_3275 (2/18/2012)]
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Posted by Mary B. (+201) 9 years ago
hat, she knows where to go to get the real information, yet she continues to choose to come on here to ask her questions. There are no official statements here. A good portion of what you read here is gossip, rumor, innuendo, misleading or downright false. Some of what is said turns out to be true, but it is still based on what someone heard from someone else. If someone was truly serious about wanting answers, they should actually take the time to pursue their questions through proper channels.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
Being civil on that subject would not be possible at this website, thus it would behoove supporters to discuss it where it is welcome, like at a Fun2U board meeting. Meanwhile just hope that whatever pool they have available is safe and usable, anything is better than nothing. I remember how hot and miserable Miles City can be on an August afternoon, we took chances in ponds and canals and rivers and sloughs. Tired of reading about kids drowning. Everybody should have a chance to learn how to swim at least.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Thanks Mary B for your post. I can honestly say I liked what you said. I have donated money to Fun2U, by the way, on more than one occasion. Also, regardless of where 'true' information comes from, it's still true. Who cares if the person saying it heard it from someone else. If its true, why would the source affect anything.

I wouldn't be posting questions I already know the answers to. That would make zero sense.

I was posting questions for which I did not know the answers.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
I know I am putting many people off. In my defense this is my first time being active on a public forum. Im still getting a feel of it in many ways.
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Posted by Merry DeAnda (+1849) 9 years ago
Let's change the subject. This will give you something else to think about. Just a reminder. :-)

Just a quick list of what the Bars and Restaurants will be offering for the Miles City Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

There will prizes for best costume.

So pull out your Mardi Gras beads and your funkiest duds and come enjoy the party.

Bison - Red Beans and Rice & Drink Specials
Blue Moon - Drink specials
Bojangles - Drink specials
Cellar Casino - Drink specials
Club 519 - Cajun Fish & Drink Specials
Discovery Pond - Jambalaya, Sandwiches & Ice Cream
Elks - Sausage Gumbo & Drink specials
Gold Dust Casino - Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice & Drink specials
Hole In the Wall - Jambalaya & Drink Specials
Iron Horse Supper Club - Blacked Catfish & Drink Specials
Montana Bar - Crawfish and shrimp Gumbo & Drink Specials
Rib and Chop House - Alligator Ribs, Blackened Tiger Shrimp with Grits, Tempura Red Fish with Fried Okra & Drink Specials
Olive - Drink Specials
Silver Star - Drink Specials
Texas Club - Jambalaya & Drink Specials
Treasure Cove - Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice & Drink Specials
Trails Inn - Gumbo, Alligator Ribs, King Cake, Hurricanes & Drink Specials.

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Posted by Mary B. (+201) 9 years ago
Who cares if the person saying it heard it from someone else. If its true, why would the source affect anything.


Any responsible person should care, because, until it is corroborated by an official source, you have no idea of whether or not it is true.

I wouldn't be posting questions I already know the answers to. That would make zero sense.


Exactly. So go to the official sources, not to a public forum where you are unsure as to whether or not you are getting hearsay, lies or the truth.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
I remember how hot and miserable Miles City can be on an August afternoon, we took chances in ponds and canals and rivers and sloughs. Tired of reading about kids drowning.


Sigh. This kind of stupid hurts. Why would you take a chance in the river on drowning when you can swim under certified lifeguards? Why would you take a chance on contracting some truly unpleasant infections when you can swim in water that is treated? Do you really think some place like Spotted Eagle is safer than the city pool?

Cement ponds are nice. Indoor cement ponds are nicer. The Oasis is not a 'mud hole' by any stretch of the imagination and to call it so again turns any conversation about pool improvements into a name-calling argument.

This is an effort to improve things for swimmers without taking anything away from anybody. Why not just support it?
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1272) 9 years ago
I think the idea of a smaller concrete pool IN the Oasis is nifty. Kind of a neat idea to have a pool inside a lake! I'd like to see the paddle boats and some other things come back to the lake. Make it an even bigger recreational area!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
This idea was floated some years ago, along the liner for the main pool, but it died away. I am glad to see the idea back. We have a great site in Riverside Park. With improvements in Riverside, improvements in the pool will really add to the area.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Mary instead of spending so much time picking apart my posts, maybe you should spend a little more reading your own. You are constantly contradicting the things you just hours before posted.
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Posted by Mary B. (+201) 9 years ago
Constantly? Obviously you and I differ as to the term's definition. Mine tends to side with the actual definition. How about provide just one example?
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Posted by clm (+104) 9 years ago
Cory, I second your thought about seeing the paddleboats, and perhaps canoe rentals as well.

For another wonderful "mud" swimming hole, check out Green Meadow Lake next time you are in Helena. On any given day the grass and beach is full of families BQ'ing, sunning, swimming, rafting, canoeing and further out - fishing.

Early each summer there is a wonderful, hilarious Cardboard Boat race, and each winter the Polar Bear (Bare?) club dives in -- each raise a lot of money for local charities. Wonderful bathroom facilities, but sorry, no life guards or concrete - or gee - no roof! It is swim at your own risk and no chemicals that I am aware of.

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Posted by clm (+104) 9 years ago
Here is a picture of the beach area and facilities with Mt. Helena in the background. Maybe a Cardboard Boat race would be a fun way to raise part of the money...

It is not owned or managed by the city of Helena, it is a state park.

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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 9 years ago
I know I am putting many people off. In my defense this is my first time being active on a public forum. Im still getting a feel of it in many ways.


You're okay in my eyes, kiddo.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Thanks, Gunnar. That tickled me pink. (My Dad always says that).

Mary, everything you say is very strange and I don't really know how to respond to your posts anymore. It's semi-unfortunate, and may partially be to the whole reading comprehension thing Gunnar mentioned on the 'Indoor Pool' post that we discussed a little bit. I don't know. Regardless, I really can't explain myself to you in a way that you will understand, I'm afraid. Sorry. Maybe you should read the thread again or something and my comments might make more sense to you.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
Ashley, all you have to do is act a little more organized in thought and careful in (what gets perceived as) tone. This subject is and has been a battle for probably longer than anyone alive remembers. Two reasons, one, it isn't clearly understood what a real swimming pool(as part of a sports/fitness/recreation center) could do for the community, and second, lack of funding.
Quite obviously this cause needs serious,capable, knowledgeable help and there is an organization that has worked really hard to promote it. Having failed at getting the support to do it right, they now want to help improve the ol' swimmin' hole. Even I am all for it! It's better than nothing. It gets you by while you keep the dream alive. Proper attitude and tact, sharing beneficial information and acting professionally will help solve both problems.
Did you know there is a Fun2U Facebook page? There you will find lots of people who support the plan. You could always rev it up a little, its admins can moderate the negativity out of it, what they'd surely love to do here. Also it can reach people this site won't. People with money even, who remember how badly their little hometown needs help. They know why they had to move away, too. I hope you'll think about this, give mc.com a break, you aren't getting anywhere here. Now please excuse me while I go change out of my new Borat swimsuit, it's not as comfortable as it looked in the Swim Outlet.com catalog... try to have a nice day after that visual. LOL
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Posted by hat_3275 (+77) 9 years ago
Mary B, If this forum isn't for discussing issues affecting Miles City than what is it for?
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Thanks, Jeff. What advice specifically could you possibly give me for organizing my thoughts better? No bueno visual.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
I looked over the Fun2U facebook page. I was disappointed to see less than 200a people are following it. Although any fb user can see the content on the page, only people that follow, or 'like'the it are notified when new info or comments are put on the page. Milescity.com has a much more accessible audience for this, as anyone that looks it over will have it put right in front of them, nearly impossible to miss.

I think people forget that it is only a very small percentage of milescity.com users ever post at all. Almost all of them check it out, some more frequently and thoroughly than others. For the few regular posters to think that just because people aren't huddling around me and patting my back every time someone disagrees with me that I am alone in my opinion is just ignorant. I know im not.






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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
The important thing to remember AD, IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU.
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Posted by Fitchinallday (+512) 9 years ago
What a bunch of crap! I WAS excited to read this post. But all it has been is a Soap Opera. If you guys want to talk crap to each other give out your phone numbers and text all this junk back and forth. Or better yet, start a thread..."I wanna talk $#@t" and all of you that wish to participate can!
I am all for the Oasis being renovated but this is ridiculous! By the time I got through all the post I forgot what was going on.

Good luck to everyone in making this happen! I look forward to bringing my kids there. And I will be making a donation to this effort.

Oh, and another suggestion for improvements would be a roof over the locker room/bathroom areas. Last couple time there a few kids (boys) climbed up on the roof and were peering into the ladies area.

Now, lets get back to the TOPIC AT HAND!
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17321) 9 years ago
Amorette, I am pretty sure that Ashley knows it isn't about her own self.

I think she has been pretty clear from the start, that her issue is to get an indoor pool center started in MC. As an outsider, I can feel her frustration here on mc.com, that those who have long aspired for this goal, are attacking here now and on the previous thread.

Yes, there have been many, many, many debates about this....good people have worked long and hard towards Ashley's goal, and have yet to be successful....but the attacks from the establishment seems to be more spiteful than helpful.

A new voice in town is always refreshing. Why, I remember when a young cowpoke named Joe Whalen rode into town - oh, never mind.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
The truth is, in a town such as Miles City, sites such as the one we are communicating on right now most likely have a bigger impact on the innerworkings of the community than most would think, or care to admit.

As I have said before, the line between all things professional and personal is a mighty thin one 'round these parts. This town is small. Everyone knows everything, (or like to think they do), and even since I began posting on here and been on more frequently I have been surprised at how many issues brought up somehow find their way into our local paper, just following some serious action here on Milescity.com, to boot. (How's that for irony, Buck?)

Screw letters to the editor, im just fine right where I am.

Oh- and Amorette, im just finishing creating my blog site, that IS about me. ALL ME! That should help keep me from burdening you all with my unintentionally narccisstic tendencies that sometimes find their way into the comments I post on here.
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Posted by Fitchinallday (+512) 9 years ago
Hannah Nash, thank you for starting this thread. I myself am sorry for the ugly turn it has taken. Maybe we can Re-post the original again and lets see if we can keep the discussion on the Oasis. It started out good...AND THEN!
If there ever was a wealthy donator this would surely sour or change his opinion on WHICH community needs a helping hand. No one wants to go out of there way to donate to a good cause for a community that is in a constant bicker... Over helping make our town better for the youth and recreation. Come on....
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Jason I completely agree with the points you are making. I strongly encourage you to go into the 'Sports and Recreation ' section-thing on here and read a thread I started about 3 weeks ago titled 'Indoor pool. Yep, I said it.' Some stupid stuff but also some information you would greatly appreciate, I think.
Night.

[This message has been edited by AshleyDawn (2/20/2012)]
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
Ashley reminds me of the time I had tea with Sybil.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Eastern Montanans by by building a swimming pool and recreation center where persons of all ages can enjoy physical, recreational and educational activities.

That's the Fun2U mission statement. Now they realize they can't build anything and want to improve what they've got. So I'm guessing they still hope to enhance the quality of life for Eastern Montanans so persons of all ages can enjoy physical, recreational and educational activities.

What could be wrong with that?

Okay, I don't know how the Oasis could ever be what I would call a swimming pool, but it is what it is and it's gonna have to be good enough for now. I had fun getting wet and splashing and diving there, it was better than the canals and ponds.

If it's gonna be a venue for teaching kids to swim then you have to look at it as being a priceless deterrent to future tragedies. However, lets not confuse even say, twenty swimming lessons with being trained to swim long and hard, and fast. That's what just might be needed to survive a dare to race across that lake, and you know it will happen. The kid who says "well I took swimming lessons when I was ten" gets his name in the paper, the one who says "I took eighteenth in the 200 free at the Hardin Invitational last year" just gets to help carry the casket.

I doubt that helps many of you understand the need for a pool, have another argument about it, but please do support anything Fun2U is doing.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
Ashley's blog is going to be amazing, but I think Jeff's will be the one with lasting artistic merit.
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Posted by AshleyDawn (+346) 9 years ago
Anxious to hear of other people's thoughts on the recent swimming threads here on MilesCity.com for those who have been following that haven't yet made their voices heard. C'mon, people, speak up! Now is the time.
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Posted by hat_3275 (+77) 9 years ago
I had a link on here that didn't work. sorry

[This message has been edited by hat_3275 (2/20/2012)]
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 9 years ago
Hi Sigrid. Just sayin. anyway will this do anything to solve the duck mite problem my girls get every year? What do you have to say about that Amorette?
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 9 years ago
Hey Harry:

Way to revive not one, but two threads, in an attempt to bash Amorette.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
That's funny, Mr. Freedom has a problem with the municipal pool.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
and he wants the government to deal with a healthcare issue for his kids.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 9 years ago
Why not just WORK REALLY FREAKIN HARD and buy your own pool, "Harry"?
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1917) 9 years ago
That reminds me! I need to donate to the pool fund! Thanks for reminding me!
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3243) 9 years ago
Just a question. I read the mention of a "Duck mite problem" on this thread. Is that factual? Our grandson went into that water and ended up totally covered with little red bites all over his body. He loves water but, I hesitate to let him go in there again.
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Posted by Tom Masa (+2042) 9 years ago
What happened to Ashley Dawn?
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
Jeri, if you want to be technical they weren't really bites, more like attempting to use him as a host.

I imagine Ashley found a mirror and eventually succumbed to starvation.
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Posted by MRH (+1500) 9 years ago
What happened to Ashley Dawn?


Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3243) 9 years ago
Buck...whatever was happening...they were very itchy:-) Thanks for response.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
I found this helpful about the swimmers itch also known as Duck Mites
http://en.wikipedia.org/w..._treatment
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
That was the most detailed explanation of swimmer's itch I've ever read. I especially enjoyed all the various names for it in other countries, from now on I will be calling it "Beaver Lice".
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3243) 9 years ago
Whew! Howdy, I appreciate your reference and after reading I am thinking that my original plan to avoid the spot is the best one for us:-) Pretty interesting.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
Yep, urine and chlorine are really the only way to go.

[This message has been edited by Buck Showalter (4/6/2012)]
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
Actually Jeri, that article gives ways to avoid it like using Deet, etc that totally eliminates that stuff...any doc can also give helpful hints I would think...It isn't horrid, it is just a reaction like an allergy and obviously can be dealt with in several ways according to that article...but whatever way you deal with it for your family is totally your business...I, personally, would still go into it as Buck said a chlorine and urine pool isn't much better at all...
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1917) 9 years ago
The city used to make sure there were no cat tails and/or ducks in the swimming area. Then we had an administration that didn't like the pool, filled in part of the settling ponds, and skipped the spring clean of cat tails People started feeding the ducks and voila! Swimmer's itch.

Clean out the cat tails. Do not let ducks nest in the swimming area. Dry off thoroughly when you get out of the water.

Yes, chlorinated concrete pools do not have this problem but have some of their own.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+3243) 9 years ago
I appreciate the input. Always "stuff" to consider. Thank you.
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4461) 9 years ago
Ducks, geese, doesn't matter - I've managed to catch it in a nice trout stream, but you'll never see me avoid one because of it. I'd advise swimmers to stick to deeper water, it's at its worst in three feet or less. No concrete pool in this neck of the woods, either.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
your placing stuff in quotes reminded me of the old george carlin routine about stuff...warning bad language included...
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 9 years ago
I recall a couple issues with the Oasis pool, from the seventies. One was the walls would get all slimy with algea, if you could see the wall swimming up to it and do a flip turn your feet slipped and you couldn't get a good pushoff. Another was you couldn't see the bottom, no lines to follow. I wonder if these have been/could be addressed to make it more usable.
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 9 years ago
Mr. Bonine, I work frikin hard for the awesome health insurance I enjoy. Im not a left wing wacko who believes that government should care for my illness. I like segrid, my girls were also taught to swim and passed the swimming tests every year to go on to the deep end. I'm just wondering WTF everyone gets so dammed "vicious" and want to attack everyone with an opinion. Grow up people and lets not get personal in a ridiculous forum situation like milescity.com.
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 9 years ago
Also, Ashley Dawn has been raked over the coals for her opinion. If you disagree with her, be a reasonable adult and just say why. There is no room for the attitudes I am seeing here. Why the hell dont you grow up people? Aren't we all adults and living in the same community? I just noticed that Amorette was jumping on every chance to bash someone or prove that they are the idiots she thinks they are. If I meet any of you on the street, I would like one of you smart asses to respond to me in the above manner because I could talk you down In two seconds and you would feel like a poop!!!! just so you know. also Bonine, your snow bunny joke is sad and immature but you have included it in more than one of your posts. Poor kid, not much of an imagination. VERY SAD.
But I am dealing with true Miles City folks.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Mr. Bonine, I work frikin hard for the awesome health insurance I enjoy. Im not a left wing wacko who believes that government should care for my illness. I like segrid, my girls were also taught to swim and passed the swimming tests every year to go on to the deep end. I'm just wondering WTF everyone gets so dammed "vicious" and want to attack everyone with an opinion. Grow up people and lets not get personal in a ridiculous forum situation like milescity.com.


also Bonine, your snow bunny joke is sad and immature but you have included it in more than one of your posts. Poor kid, not much of an imagination.


As soon as I get the proper permits I'll have myself a new irony mine.
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Posted by Harry Calahan* (+63) 9 years ago
That was stupid.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
If it was stupid to you, perhaps you don't understand the irony?? Plus aren't you being as rude as you claim the others are ?? Two wrongs don't make a right (was taught that as a kid) Have to go now so any answers will have to be much later...everyone have a great day...:-)

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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1917) 9 years ago
Do you have to do an EIS to open an irony mine? Coz we are getting signs of a deep vein here.
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