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Donation waives admission for kids at Rome Muncipal Pool

By ALLISON NORLIAN

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nicky Doodles owners Tim and Debbie Twomey and Rome Council Woman Ramona Smith have donated $2,000 to the Sgt. Michael A. Uvanni Municipal Pool in order to waive the $1 admission for children ages 2-18.

Smith and the Twomeys said they feel that the current $1 fee is unfair for the children and preventing many kids from enjoying the facility.

"In this area, I feel as the Twomey's do, that the dollar is extremely prohibitive to some people," Smith said. "It's their bread and butter. I had one lady approach me, she told me she had four children and she worked at one of our local stores here, single mother and said, you know, five days a week, that's a lot of money for me."

Their hope is to keep the pool open, draw in more children and help those families that can't afford the current $1 admission fee.

The Twomeys say they want Rome children to have the same experiences she and her husband had as children.

"We both swam there and learned how to swim when we were younger and it's just a great benefit to the community and kids," Debbie Twomey said. "On those hot summer days, they don't have pools and we'd like to be able to see them swim and enjoy the pool."

The donated $2,000 should be enough to last for the rest of the summer and into next year.

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