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Albany County keeps it cool

Residents seek relief during blistering heat wave

Children and adults cool off at the Colonie Town Pool after a heat wave during the week of Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July, 20.

Children and adults cool off at the Colonie Town Pool after a heat wave during the week of Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July, 20. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Pool frequenter Diana Macy said she goes to the Colonie Town Pool about three times a week for at least three hours. Oftentimes, she comes with a group of four adults and seven kids to help cool off in the pool’s refreshing water.

Breanna Odom found herself at the pool with some friends for the first time and said she’s spent most of her time inside during the intense heat.

“I go to the mall. Shop and be cool at the same time,” she said.

Jodi Nash took her two children to the pool to get away from her non-air conditioned home Wednesday.

“We just try to stay out of the house for the most part, keep the house shut up during the day,” Nash said.

While her kids attend swim lessons in the morning, they often find themselves back at the pool in the afternoon, whether it’s in Colonie, Delmar or Saratoga.

“It’s a great way to stay cool, see friends and it’s inexpensive,” she said.

And while Danyelle Gipson brought her children and friends to cool off at the pool, she said the best way to beat the heat can be the refreshing treats of the summer.

“We try to stay in some water … but we eat a lot of ice cream!” she said.

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