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Homer-Center pool top contender for renovation

by on June 29, 2014 1:54 AM

Homer-Center’s community pool has the opportunity for a renovation through a social media contest.

As of Saturday, the Homer-Center pool had gathered 1,150 votes in the Guaranteed Rate Ultimate Give Back Challenge, putting them in the top five out of 50 semi-finalists on the contest page.

The grand prize winner of the contest not only wins $100,000, but gets a visit from Ty Pennington, of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who will help with the renovations. Even if they don’t make the finals, though, they’ll see some profit from the contest as long as they remain in the top six.

“We definitely are a top contender,” said Jennifer Jaworski, of Homer-Center Parks and Recreation.

The semi-finals continue through July 8, when voting will end. The finalists will be announced July 15.

“They money would help the pool,” said Jaworski. “It’s on a very limited budget.”

She said that being able to make some improvements would benefit the community. Improvements planned are a cement pad to replace the pool’s deck and a new pavilion crafted partly with stone.

“This is a cause near and dear to (the community) because (the adults) grew up with the pool.”

And the popularity of the community pool is showing through the contest. Jaworski said that because of the contest, she’s gotten to hear about just how much the pool means to the Homer City community.

“What (the contest) has done in terms of drawing the community together has been very surprising to me,” Jaworski said. “Even if we don’t win the money I think (the contest) is a really good thing for us … it’s pulled everyone together.”

The pool is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. for a daily admission of $6.

You can cast a vote for the pool by clicking here.

Ellen Matis is the digital media coordinator and a staff writer at The Indiana Gazette. She is the person behind the Gazette's social media. A 2012 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ellen has a degree in journalism and public relations. Follow her on Twitter, @EllenMatis, or email her at
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