The 2016 election has just wrapped up and the results have the world in shock. The message from the media and the current administration is that elections (even ones as historic as this one) are what democracy is all about and to never under estimate the power that comes with that. The freedom to vote is a privilege and an honor, one that we can thank men and women in uniform for protecting. Appropriately, this week rounds out with Veterans Day, so let’s not forgot whose time, efforts and sacrifice afford us the opportunity to vote for whom we chose and continue to live a life of freedom and prosperity. The Pool Scouts headquarters resides in Virginia Beach, VA is right down the street from the world’s largest naval bases. Team members from operations like our Chief Operating Officer, Brian Garrison, down to some of our Pool Technicians, Ralph and David, have all served in the Navy. Beyond those who have served themselves, we have many teammates whose family members are currently in the service, so many of the employees here understand the sacrifices service men and women make for our country. As Veterans Day approaches, I urge you to not only remember all veterans’ service, but also take a moment to ask them their story. Even the simple question of ‘why they chose to serve’ could be enlightening for you, and show your thanks by hearing their story. My mom is a veteran, and although I know it wasn’t always easy for her, I smile when I think about the stories she tells. The time she spent serving our country wasn’t without great stories we are all still telling! Upon completing nursing school in the middle of the Vietnam War, my mom enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Army. A nurse trained in acute, critical care, her first station was in Alaska. The first story I remember fondly is about her deployment. In typical military fashion, her deployment date was moved up which meant she also had to move up her wedding date with my dad. She shipped out two days after the wedding! The day she was to fly out, there was a terrible storm. While she was waiting to see if they were going to wait out the storm or take off, the pilot approached her and asked her for the orders. She was totally surprised and immediately told them they should ask someone else. Turns out, she was the ranking officer and the decision was hers. So they took off, typical of my mom to go for it! I’m immensely grateful for her service and dedication! My mom is just one example of how our service men and women commit and adjust during their time in the service. I am in awe of the tenacity she and so many others have and had to enlist in the midst of wartimes. There are so many amazing and interesting stories to glean from our veterans. So this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank those in your life who are serving or have served. Learn more about their experiences and be proud to know such strong individuals who represent our country!
Every year, summer is punctuated with our country celebrating Labor Day. It acts as a period on the end of our summer sentence. Labor Day, the “workingmen’s holiday” is celebrated the first Monday in September. According to the United State Labor Department, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” It’s a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. (source: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history) Modern Labor Day tradition includes backyard bbq’s, pool parties, road trips, and quality time spent with friends and family. However, each year we’ve seen that more and more spend a portion of the weekend sitting in traffic to getting from point A to point B. So why not stay home and spend that time in your own backyard, especially if you have a pool? This Labor Day, we suggest you put the keys back in the bowl, unpack your bags and spend some quality time at home. Here are some compelling reasons to do so:
- Avoid the inevitable aggravation of holiday traffic
- Save money on traveling and gas
- More time to spend relaxing instead of packing and traveling
- Be a star and host friends and family at your house
- Kick back and have fun in the pool for one last summer weekend
- One of my favorites, have more time to get some stuff done around the house
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 large just-ripe freestone peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 scoops low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until reduced by half and slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and black pepper. Cover with foil and set aside.
Heat a grill to medium. Brush cut side of the peaches with the canola oil and cook cut side down until nicely grill marked, 2 to 3 minutes. Give peaches a quarter turn and grill 1 to 2 minutes more for crosshatch marks. Flip over and brush tops with the melted butter. Grill cut side up until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Arrange a peach half in each of 6 serving dishes and top with a scoop of frozen yogurt. Drizzle syrup over the top.
Servings Per Recipe: 6 PER SERVING: 199 cal., 6 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 34 g carb. (2 g fiber), 5 g pro.As always, time spent by the pool means that you must keep safety top of mind. Please remember to have a designated person watching the pool at all times and that everyone knows the rules of the pool! We hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend and find time to relax with family and friends regardless of where you decide to spend it!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Brooks, and I am lucky to be working at Pool Scouts this summer as I prepare to enter my final year of college. I’ve been given the opportunity to share my thoughts with you, our blog readers, and I thought what better time to do that than Father’s Day! This year, Father’s Day marks the beginning of summer, the best time of year for outdoor social events! Kids are out of school, the weather is pleasant, and family and friends are ready to have some fun. If you have a pool as well, it’s vitally important to keep it safe and well-maintained so that it’s capable of hosting summer birthdays, holidays, or casual parties. Pool parties foster a unique sense of community and togetherness, so you want to be ready to roll! Recently, my family invested in a pool for our backyard, and it’s brought us endless summer fun already! Lounging by the pool, hosting a cookout, competing in a diving board contest, or playing water volleyball or basketball are all opportunities to enjoy summer by the pool. Father’s Day gives us even more reason to celebrate this time of year as we reflect on all that fathers do. My own father has been extremely influential for me and my two younger brothers. Our family grew up swimming competitively and spending a lot of time at the beach surfing, swimming, and relaxing. In other words, we’ve bonded in and around wat er. The recent installment of our family pool has given us another reason to spend more time together. I look forward to another great summer with my father and family, where we grow closer just by stepping outside. This Father’s Day, remove the burden of pool maintenance and say, “I love you” with a perfectly prepared pool to enjoy together. Pool Scouts will prepare your pool for a memorable summer with friends and family by providing a clean pool deck, crystal clear water, and regular maintenance. So when Pool Scouts takes care of your pool, Dad can sit back and relax. A few additional gift suggestions to use in the pool with Dad:
- Floating Table Tennis
- Floating Golf Green
- Floating Corn Hole
- Remote Control Snack and Drink Float
Welcome to our Pool Scouts blog. We’ve been busy the last few months with the launch of our new pool service business and as we enter this new year, we’re excited to use this forum to keep you in the loop on all things Pool Scouts. We’ll keep you up to date with what’s going on with the company, help you get to know some of our Scouts, keep you posted on key industry news and throw in some fun facts about pools and swimming! For instance, did you know that Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins? Or that an hour’s worth of swimming burns 650 calories? All the more reason to keep that pool clean! We’re looking forward to a year full of exciting moments and are thrilled you took the time to learn a bit more. Stick with us and we’ll have fun as we get you ready and pumped about your poolside summer. To learn more about Pool Scouts, explore our website and connect with us on Facebook. We hope you’ll stay tuned for much more news to come! If there’s anything in particular you want to see us post about, feel free to let us know via the comments below.