It was a little too early for ice in Schenectady on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1982.
Glen Gibbs would have disagreed — he felt pretty frosty when he took a late autumn swim on Front Street.
The city of Schenectady dedicated its new swimming pool in the neighborhood that day and Glen, a member of the city’s Planning Department, either volunteered or was ordered to try out the brand new outdoor bathtub.
“Gibbs was the first in the new pool built with $500,000 in federal funds,” the Schenectady Gazette reported. Two other guys went into the frigid water, but they cheated. Both wore wet suits that seemed more appropriate for deep sea diving. And they were warmer than Gibbs, who wore a pair of short swimming trunks.
Another Schenectady employee had a more comfortable assignment in November. Sgt. Ray Wemple of the police department, who ran the city’s neighborhood watch program, was at City Hall as Mayor Frank J. Duci honored presidents of 10 neighborhood watch groups. “It really is working,” Wemple said of the program. “And I think bigger and better things are on the way.”
Community boosters, skiing fans, school personnel, local clergymen and a group of Elks were also in the news 30 years ago this month.