KEYSER - Last year the Save the Keyser Pool Committee enlisted the help of some feathered friends and raised money for the operation of the pool with a Flamingo Flocking.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Last year the Save the Keyser Pool Committee enlisted the help of some feathered friends and raised money for the operation of the pool with a Flamingo Flocking.
This year, the committee will be soliciting a little help from some similar, but squeakier, friends for their next fund raiser.
The committee has scheduled its first rubber duck race for April 27 on New Creek.
Committee members Lynn Robinson and Missy Cummings spoke to the Keyser City Council this week about the race, and were given permission to go ahead with the idea.
In the event, people will be able to “buy” a duck for $10, and if their duck places first, second or third in the race, they will receive a prize.
The ducks will be put in New Creek at a spot across from Keyser Middle School, and the finish line will be downstream, somewhere in the vicinity of the school bus garage.
Robinson said the committee is looking for volunteers to help with the ducks, and also asked that the Keyser Police Department help with traffic control on Harley O. Staggers Drive.
On a motion made by finance commissioner Mike Ryan and seconded by parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot, the council approved the request.
The duck race is the first of several fund raisers which the committee has planned for the year.
Proceeds are used to help defray expenses of keeping the John R. Shelton Pool open for a portion of the summer.
“Last year, we paid all the lifeguards’ training and half of the lifeguards’ salary,” Robinson said.