One of the changes that we are dealing with here at the Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG) is that the ventilation system in this 40-plus year old facility needed replacement. The vents used blow air out of the floor alcoves that surround the pool. They were definitely showing their age and the solution was to replace them with a maze of duct work that is now suspended high above the pool floor.

The work took place mainly during the month of June with workers on lifts, securing the piping near the ceiling and working their way around the entire perimeter. Several times certain deck areas were cordoned off so as to maintain safety of the people who were using the pool. We were very grateful that we had full access to Lineberry Natatorium during this operation with no interruptions in our summer routines. Along with the new ductwork came a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the pool and with a slight color change the place is even brighter than before.

Since the construction has been completed we have noticed a few wrinkles that have changed the CWEG experience. The blowers that circulate the air are rather loud which makes communication during classes a bit of a challenge. Being heard is important to our program. The other issue is that the air blows directly down onto the pool, especially in the shallow end and it makes for a rather chilly experience. One needs to keep things moving to stay warm!

The other day the whole system shut off for some reason and the whole pool exclaimed that all of a sudden they could hear each other again and that the wind machine had been shut down. Here’s to hoping that this is a regular occasion.

April Cady, administrator of the Chenango Water Exercise Group, can be reached at 315-228-7621 or