The 2016 Election Reminds Us What Veterans Serve and Fight For

Veterans Day 2016 Pool Scouts

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 Veterans Pool Scoutscompleting 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!

Dive Into Fall Fun in Raleigh, NC!

Dive Into Fall Fun in Raleigh, NC

  Over the last couple months of summer, we’ve been so excited to watch Pool Scouts begin to expand across the nation, offering quality pool cleaning services to customers across multiple states. ferriswheelOne of our first franchise locations to open this year is in Raleigh, North Carolina so we thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about Raleigh in this month’s blog post. For example, did you know there are approximately 7,000 pools in Raleigh?  And as you expand across the Greater Triangle Area that number jumps up to almost 15,000 pools!  Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and also known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees – which means a lot of leaves making their way into all those pools across the city!  Guess it’s a good thing we’ve made our way into town. Tiffiny Consoli, Pool Scouts of the Greater Triangle Area owner and operator, has been running the business for a couple months and is proud to be servicing a community she’s been a part of for over a decade. Tiffiny brings one of a kind energy, smarts and kindness to the business and we’re thrilled to have her as part of the team! Another interesting fact about Raleigh is that folks from all over the country converge in the city this time of year. While the fall season is marked with visits to small town pumpkin patches and rural apple orchards, Raleigh hosts one of the largest and longest running fairs in the country! The annual North Carolina State Fair, held the second week in October, is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. Having in lived in North Carolina myself, I can attest that it is fun event worth the visit! If you need more of an incentive to check it out, here are some interesting facts about the NC State Fair that might peak your interest:
  1. The NC Fair has been running since 1853, giving it a long legacy of 163 years! It has only failed to take place six times in its history for reasons surrounding the Civil War and World War II – understandable. During the 1870s and 1880s, the mills in the area would close their doors so the workers could attend the fair. It has been held in its current location since 1928.
  2. The fair runs for eleven days straight. Exhibits include:
    • Antique Farm Machinery: displays of vintage farming tools including traditional spinning wheel and antique trackers.goat
    • Field of Dreams: This gives grown-ups and kids the chance to experience what it’s like to be a farmer, offering them the opportunity to take part in the “farm to table” experience.
    • Heritage Circle: Always been fascinated by wood carving or blacksmithing? The Circles offers fairgoers a chance to step back in time and see these activities in action.
    • The State Fair Ark: Just as it sounds, the Ark has all sorts of championship animals on display: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.
    • Village of Yesteryear: One of the more popular sights at the fair, the Village features artists and crafters from all over selling their wears.
  3. In addition to the various exhibits that offer you a taste of history, there are numerous competitions and loads of fun entertainment. There are horse shows, baking contests, concerts, fireworks, carnival rides, and more.
  The description above provides an overview of the fair, but doesn’t really do it justice. There is so much to see and do, you won’t be disappointed! My favorite part by far is the fried dough! So hopefully you know a little more about Raleigh than you did before today’s read, and if you live nearby you may be lucky enough to check out the fair. Just remember to keep an eye out for our bold, red and blue Pool Scouts van driving through the neighborhoods of Raleigh as well. You can find out more about the new Pool Scouts location serving the Triangle Area as well special offers on cleaning services and pool closing services by visiting