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December 24, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec. 24, 2013


Mrs. Marian Ryan of Hartwick Seminary tells of a special Christmas party given Saturday by a group of children and parents, and honoring Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ryan.

Mrs. Ryan reported that about three years ago, the Ryans built a 50 by 60 feet concrete swimming pool on their property and gave permission to the neighborhood children to swim there.

She said that this is the only swimming pool in Hartwick Seminary and they had to restrict it to the neighborhood children.

“The rule was and is that children be accompanied by a qualified swimmer, otherwise we left them to enjoy the sport to their hearts’ content,” said Mrs. Ryan.

Mrs. Ryan is president of the woman’s auxiliary of the Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, and Clifford Ryan is the second assistant fire chief.

“When we received a call from the Fire House, to come down later that afternoon, both my husband and I thought that it was business, and you can imagine our surprise, when we were greeted by about 50 children and parents, who applauded, sang “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and offered us a Christmas gift … an electric blanket,” Mrs. Ryan said.

“This is the best Christmas … we are grateful to the children and their parents, but we are happy to let them use the pool,” Mrs. Ryan said.

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