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Local traditions continue at Markle Pool

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right, SLIDE: A group of children prepare to go down the kid slide. Visitors havea number of attractions to choose from at Markle Pool. Daredevils can jump from the cliff dive or take a dip down the infamous waterslide that is nearly 20 feet tall.
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PLAY: Theresa Lazoff has been coming to the Markle Pool since she was 5 years old. Now she enjoys playing at the same pool with her grandaughter, Camilla.
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Above, SNACK: Sophia Glosson enjoys her popsicle alongside her mother and sisters.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@h-ponline.com

Kids, parents and grandparents are filling the Markle Pool and enjoying sweet treats from the concession stand to beat the heat for yet another summer.

The tradition of relaxing at the outdoor pool and watching kids slide down tall water slides and build sand castles has been around Markle for decades.

Many who frequent the pool have been coming since they were kids and now bring their own kids and grandkids.

Michelle Glosson, a Roanoke resident, said she used to go to the pool when she was a teenager, and now brings her five daughters a couple of times a year.

“It’s a nice small place, easy to keep track of the kids. It’s a good way to relax and enjoy a day in the sun,” she said, while her daughters enjoyed a round of popsicles.

Jarrica Thornsberry, a Huntington resident, also frequents the pool with her two daughters, Emma and Olivia.

Thornsberry said she likes that the pool has sand and it’s not too deep for her young daughters, making it easy and safe for them to play. They even had their own duck and flamingo inner tubes to help keep them afloat in style.

Lori Lothamer, a Fort Wayne resident, has been going to the pool since she was 5 years old, and now it’s a tradition to still make the trip out to Markle with her husband Ken to bring some of their 11 grandchildren and their friends.

“I hope they bring their children here. I know they love coming here, they ask me to come every year,” she said.

Theresa Lazoff, another Fort Wayne resident also grew up going to the pool. She said her grandparents who are from Roanoke, started bringing her when she was 5 years old.

“I came here as a child and then we brought our kids here and now we’re bringing our grandkids here,” she said.

Lazoff adds that she enjoys continuing the tradition of coming to the pool because it’s peaceful, clean and the prices never seem to change. She also said a place like Markle Pool is something the town should be proud of.

“This is just a little gem and I always mention Markle to other people and everybody knows Markle,” she said. “It’s really something to be proud of.”