SABINA — On a light note from Sabina Village Council, Mayor Dean Hawk recounted how he was talked into promising to do a cannonball dive into the Sabina Municipal Swimming Pool on its opening night later this spring.
At the courthouse recently, Clinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed told the mayor he would donate $100 to the pool operations if the mayor made a splash into the pool by jumping into the water cannonball style — his arms tucked into the body to form a ball.
The 81-year-old Hawk agreed to the proposal, saying he will do a cannonball off the diving board.
“So that’s settled,” said the mayor, as laughter broke out in council chambers.
And there’s more. When Councilman Dan Osborne heard the story, he said he too would give $100 toward the pool, as have Councilman Bill Lewis and a Sabina resident, bringing the pledges to $400.
Now the mayor wants to see a sum of $1,000 raised, explaining, “Anybody who wants to donate to that cause, why it’d be fine.”
Hawk hopes to wear “an old-style kind of bathing suit” with a longish bottom and a top that has straps. The back of the shirt is expected to bear the expression “Make Sabina great again.”
“So, we’re going to have some fun,” said Hawk.
The mayor’s cannonball jump into the village pool will be about 6 p.m. Friday, May 26 — opening night when anyone can swim there free of charge.
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