Legion Auxiliary to hand out poppies this weekend

Veterans organizations in Webb City will be distributing poppies and flags Memorial Day weekend.

Look for American Legion Auxiliary members handing out poppies Friday and Saturday at Atwoods and Junkerville and at the Webb City Farmers Market on Saturday. Donations are accepted to benefit disabled veterans.

Legion and VFW members will be handing out flags and poppies at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Free summer meals start next Friday

Thru June 30 at five Webb City schools – enrollment not necessary

School’s not out until Wednesday afternoon, which only leaves one and a half days before the start of summer school on Friday, June 3, in the Webb City R-7 School District.

The summer free meal program will be held in conjunction with summer school, which will run from June 3 to June 30.

Anyone 18 years old and younger – whether enrolled in summer school or not – is eligible to eat breakfast and lunch at any of the five summer school sites: Madge T. James Kindergarten Center, Webster Primary Center, middle school, junior high and high school.

For more information about summer school, visit www.wcr7.org/summerschool.

Swim season begins at area pools

Joplin only opening Schifferdecker pool again

The splash pad in Webb City’s King Jack Park has been open for some time, but if you want to go deep, three area swimming pools are opening for the season starting Saturday, May 28.

Schifferdecker Aquatic Center in Joplin will be open seven days a week from 1 to 6 p.m. It will stay open until 8 on Fridays. Admission is $5.50 for those 15 and under, and $6.50 for those 16 and older.

Bulldog Beach in Carl Junction will be open from noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week starting Saturday. It continues to be operated by the Joplin Family YMCA. Day passes cost $3.50.

Carthage Municipal Pool will be open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Fair Acres Family YMCA operates the pool and its members get in for free, along with children under 4. Otherwise, admission is $2 for ages 4 to 15, and $3 for ages 16 and above.

The kiddie pool in Carthage’s Central Park will open for the season on Tuesday, May 31.

Joplin has two aquatic centers but is only opening Schifferdecker because only 42 lifeguards have been hired so far, while it takes 100 lifeguards to operate both centers. There aren’t even enough lifeguards to open all of Schifferdecker. The section with the lazy river and two slides will be closed for now.

Click here to apply for a lifeguard position, which pays $10.30 per hour.

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