Chaparral Prairie’s GRAND OPENING

The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System invites you to attend
Chaparral Prairie’s GRAND OPENING

For those that enjoy a nice walk in the woods, I recommend a visit to Adams County Ohio. With fall here, the leaves are beginning to change. It is a beautiful time of year and perhaps nowhere is the scenery more colorful than Adams County. In particular, I recommend the Edge of Appalachia and the Arc of Appalachia preserves, located in the West Union community. It is about 1 hour east of Cincinnati and is worth the drive. There are numerous Edge of Appalachia hiking trails that are maintained by the Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center. Arc of Appalachia preserves are overseen by the Ohio Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. To learn more about the trails and to get directions and maps of the trails, click on the links below. Terrain can be challenging but in general, most of these trails are easy walks. The newest is the Chaparral Prairie and again, you can learn more about it by clicking on the link. Good times…guaranteed.–Max

Fall is a GREAT Time to Grill!

I’ve never been a great griller, but since I got my Kamado Joe a couple years ago I’ve gotten adventurous and have experimented with some of my own recipes. If you like baked potatoes, here is a little variation that works nicely on a grill capably of providing indirect heat like my Kamado.

Pick up 2-4 of the biggest, fattest russet potatoes that you can find. (Jungle Jim’s has a special oversized potato bin in their produce area.)

Heat your grill to approximately 375 degree and use your heat deflector so that you do not have direct flame when cooking.IMG_0058 While the grill is getting to temperature, cut the potatoes in half, cutting lengthwise. Use a melon baller to hollow out the potato’s core, leaving just enough ‘meat’ on the skin to keep the halves firm. Now, stuff the potato with whatever you like. Pack it right in! I have used pepperoni, sausage crumbles, pepper cheese, halved Italian meatballs, sliced mushrooms, and diced ham. The more things I can jam in, the better! To make it easier to stuff the upper half, put a little melted butter or margarine in it so that everything doesn’t fall out when you turn it over to re-join the two halves.

So now you’ve got the potatoes back together. How do you keep them together? It’s simple and tasty. Bacon! Wrap the entire potato round and round, tightly, with strips of bacon. It holds the potato together quite nicely and hey—I like bacon.

Place the potatoes on the grill and cook for approximately one hour, using tongs to turn them after a half hour. Adjust your time accordingly based on the size of the potato but you’ll know they are done when the bacon looks done.

And don’t throw away the potato that you scooped out. Place that in a tin foil pan, add seasoning, butter, and anything else you might have left over. Cover and cook with the potatoes. I turn mine into potato pancakes and fry them up for breakfast. No waste and lots of taste.

If you like potatoes, you’ll like these. –Max

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Pool Fun Facts, Part 2.

  1. The oldest form of stroke used is the breaststroke.
  2. Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 BCE.
  3. Swim fins were invented by Benjamin Franklin.
  4. Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.
  5. Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896.
  6. Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only but women were able to participate starting in 1912.
  7. The Deep Eddy Swimming Pool, built in 1915, is the oldest known concrete swimming pool and was built in Texas.
  8. After World War I and the departure of “Long John” style swimming costumes, interest in competitive swimming grew. Standards improved and training became essential.
  9. The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.
  10. Home swimming pools became popular in the USA after World War II and the publicity given to swimming sports by Hollywood films like Esther Williams Million Dollar Mermaid made a home pool a desirable status symbol.
  11. Actress Esther Williams popularized synchronized swimming when she starred in movies known as “aqua musicals” produced by MGM in the forties and fifties. Aqua musicals were about synchronized swimming.
  12. In 1956, the US National Swimming Pool Institute was founded. It was later renamed to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, and now develops pool construction standards and provides training to pool builders and service technicians.
  13. President Gerald Ford had the outdoor swimming pool built at the White House in 1975. In 1976, a pool house was added — with a secret, underground passage that lets the First Family and their guests to get from the White House to the pool without going outside.
  14. Synchronized swimming first appeared in the Olympics during the 1984 games

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Pool Fun Facts, Part 1

  1. The first recorded swimming races were held in Japan in 36 B.C.
  2. The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.
  3. The first swimming pool to go to sea on an ocean liner was installed on the White Star Line’s Adriatic in 1907.
  4. In the USA, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse (1907) boasts one of the world’s first modern above-ground swimming pools.
  5. The oldest known concrete swimming pool — the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool — was built in Texas in 1915.
  6. The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool and a gym.
  7. Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.
  8. The largest swimming pool ever built was reputedly created in Moscow after the Palace of Soviets remained uncompleted. The foundations were converted into an open air swimming pool after the process of de-Stalinisation after the fall of communism, Christ the Savior Cathedral was re-built (it had originally been on the site) between 1995 and 2000.
  9. In the 21st century, there seem to be many contenders for “the largest swimming pool on earth”, reputedly at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; at Club Med Camarina, Sicily; Sunlite Pool, Coney Island, Cincinnati; and Garden City, Kansas with their 220 foot by 330 foot pool (67m x 100m) that holds 26,000,000 gallons (100 million liters) of water. A recent construction in Tokyo, Japan may top them all.
  10. The longest swimming pool is the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco. It is 480 meters (1,574 feet) long and 75 meters (246 feet) wide. It is filled with sea water and covers 8.9 acres (3.60 Ha).
  11. The recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium is home to the world’s deepest swimming pool. The pool has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft.) and 10m (32 ft.), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft.).
  12. The Fleishhacker Pool was the largest swimming pool in the United States. Opened on 23 April 1925, it measured 300 m by 45 m (1,000 ft. by 150 ft.) and was so large that the lifeguards required kayaks for patrol. It closed in 1971 due to low patronage.
  13. According to the Guinness World Records the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft.) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.
  14. The first filtration system for a swimming pool was introduced in 1910.
  15. The first photo finish for a swimming competition was done in 1939.
  16. The first swimmer to break the two minute barrier in the 200 meters was Don Schollander.

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Sizing your winter cover, part 2

So you built a deck all the way around your above-ground pool and now need to get a winter cover for it. Go the in-ground route and make it easy. Move up one size and use water tubes. For example, our 24’ pool cover will measure 28’ across. On your 24’ pool, that really doesn’t leave you much cover up on the deck. Calculating the cover laying on the water and then running to the wall, going straight up the wall, then covering the top rail to the deck, that will only leave you about a foot or less of cover on the deck. Move to a 28’ winter cover that measures 32’ across and the problem is solved. And please, I’m begging you, don’t try to secure the cover with concrete blocks, landscape timbers, oversize planters, or anything else that could—and will—damage the liner if it gets pulled into the pool. We see some of these things every year and it usually ends with a new liner or 150 pounds of planter dirt in the pool.

Lastly, don’t try and force the 24’ cover into working by driving nails through the grommets and into the deck. All you will do is dramatically increase the pressure on the cover at those grommets and open up spots for the wood to start splintering and rotting. The cover will rip and you’ll face lots of clean-up work in the spring when you have to deal with the mess inside your pool.

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Animals Love Hot Tubs

In my, what apparently is an ongoing series, Animals Love Hot Tubs. I
bring you Cuzzie, a cute little dog that can’t get enough of the
soothing therapy that only a hot tub can provide. This dog looks content!

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Sizing your winter cover, part 1

If you have an above-ground pool, figuring out what cover you need is pretty simple. You tell us the pool size and we pull the cover.

But an in-ground pool is a little more complicated. For example, let’s say you have an 18 x 36 pool with built-in steps.stdcvr We need to calculate your pool size based on overall dimensions, including the step. If the step is on the end, that effectively turns your pool into an 18 x 40 as far as winter cover requirements. Thus, we would recommend a 20 x 40 pool cover. Total cover dimensions are five feet larger than the pool size, making this a 25 x 45 foot total dimension. This leaves you plenty of room for those fun blue water bags that hold it down.

If your steps are on the side, your effective pool width now goes to 22 feet. This will usually get you a cover that is longer than you need but just fold any excess under the cover or cover more of the concrete on the ends. Either way—no problem.

Remember—if you have steps that add to the length or width, let us know or you will get a cover that simply doesn’t take cover the necessary area.

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You think you have problems

This year, we had a customer call and say that their goat had gotten loose goats in treeand got into their in-ground pool. The goat got out easily but they were concerned about sanitation. I explained that we weren’t used to dealing with goats in pools. Sure, we’ve dealt with ducks, geese, and the occasional deer, but no goats. I recommended a little super-chlorination, non-stop filtration, and a strong beverage of choice while waiting for the chlorine level to drop to swimmable levels.

As it turns out, a goat in the pool is nothing compared to what happens in Morocco. The Argania tree is admittedly one ugly tree but it bears a fruit that attracts goats. Farmers put fences around the trees until the fruit is ripe, then remove the fences so the goats can get to the trees and the fruit. It’s sort of a climb & dine. This photo is not photo-shopped. These goats really climb the trees!

Can you imagine walking out in your back yard, staring up at your apple tree, only to see a goat staring back at you! Personally, I’d rather see a goat than a snake.—Max

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My Pool is Green!

A customer told me that once and I told them “Congratulations! Your pool has character.” They didn’t find any humor in my comment.

Let’s see if we can help you avoid the August green-pool syndrome. It can happen for several reasons but here are the Big 3:

  1. pH is off. Low pH leads to hyperactive chlorine activity. In short, a low pH will have you burn through chlorine much quicker than if it is in range. Conversely, a high pH is just the opposite. You may test and see a lot of chlorine in your pool, but the chlorine isn’t ‘releasing’. Briefly, a proper pH will go a long way in keep algae away.
  2. Stabilizer is low. With all the rain we had this summer, there has been a lot of pumping water out of the pool. When you drain water, you take the stabilizer with it. On a traditional above ground pool, you probably drained as much as 15-20” of water out this summer. That’s nearly half your stabilizer too. Stabilizer adds life to chlorine and minimizes the chances of chlorine.
  3. Water temperature. As water temperature rises, you need more chlorine because it gets more active the hotter the water. Here’s the rule of thumb: For every 10 degrees of water temperature rise, you need 25% more chlorine. What worked at 70 degrees won’t work at 80…0r 90. You constantly need to adjust your chlorine input and if you combine this with points 1 & 2, it spells trouble.

Bring us a water sample and we’ll be grad to do a free water test and keep you on the straight and narrow. –Max

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Fun Swimming Pool Facts

What is the most popular way to jump into a pool?? That’s right it is the classic Cannonball
The average person swims in a pool at least 6 times a year
An hour of swimming can burn 650 calories
Do you know who invented swim fins????? This might surprise people but it was Ben Franklin
The deepest pool in the world is 113 feet deep and it is located in Brussels Belgium
The turbo pump on the Space Shuttle would drain an average size pool in 25 seconds!! Think about that!!

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4 on the 4th

July 4th is just around the corner, we will be open on July 4th from 10 am to 4pm. So if you need to get some last minute toys or chemicals to gear up for the holiday we will be hear. We will be back to normal business hours on Sunday July 5th.

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Check Out The NEW

After several months of planning, preparation, editing,Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 11.28.17 AM and whittling down of 250+ pages into a manageable format, the new improved is on-line!

There is an all new format and design and we hope you enjoy what we feel is a great new look that still contains tons of valuable information about our products and our services.

And if you find a little typo or error, please let us know as it is still a work-in-progress.

Thanks again to everyone out there that visits the site and our store. You make us run and keep our tanks full. –Max

In The Next Olympics…

Do you know what I want to see in the next Olympic swimming competition? Goggles. maskNot those little things they wear now that are about as big around as their eyeballs. I’m talking full face masks…with snorkels too! Now that would be interesting to watch.

Did I mention that we carry goggles? Both styles. So get in training for the next Olympics and go for the gold. –Max

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It’s summer!

We are a company that still answers 1914TelephoneOperatorsthe phone—no computer answering service. However…

…We have reached the time of year that if you call during business hours and get a recording, it just means that we are all with customers or are on the phone. Please call back or leave us a message on the main line. We will get back to you as quickly as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience but please know that we are working hard to take care of everyone. –Max

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Congratulations to…

…Wendell Thurber, MajorPrizeWinnerour 35th Anniversary Sale Grand Prize winner. Wendell is pictured with his $500 Eastgate Pools Shopping Spree Gift Card, presented to him by Max West, Vice President of Eastgate Pools & Spas. Wendell’s entry was drawn at random from our drawing box that contained hundreds of entries.

Congratulations Wendell! Have fun!!

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