Innovator Geremia heats and cools homes with swimming pools

Sacramento is an ideal place for geothermal energy, even though you may not hear about it much. The fact that the temperature of heat absorbed into the ground stays consistent throughout the year around 68 degrees creates excellent conditions. Geothermal energy works with the ground similar to how solar panels absorb the sun’s energy. There are industrial businesses that use this form of clean renewable energy because of its huge energy cost savings. On a consumer level, however, it doesn’t get talked about much partly because there aren’t that many companies offering it in Sacramento. Geremia Pools, though, stands out as the lone company in town offering an innovative idea that recycles energy from the ground and swimming pools to heat and cool residential homes. The company is based here in Sacramento near Power Inn and 14th Avenue. Geremia is a family business that’s been around for nearly a century, although it has only been in the geothermal energy business for the past three years. Geremia Pools was originally founded by Frank Geremia as a concrete company in 1922. After his son Gene and brothers Bob, Tony and Frank took over in the late forties, the business began to install swimming pools. The torch shifted to third generation owner Mike Geremia in 2000. Mike had run the commercial pool construction and service departments. He earned his civil engineering degree in 1976 from Sac […]

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Tahoe Park community steps up for their pool, opens it for summer swimming

Tahoe Park pool didn’t make the list for the Save Mart “Save Our Pools” campaign, so, faced with the possibility of a dry pool during a hot summer, neighborhood leaders joined forces with a city councilman, a county supervisor and the Sierra Health Foundation to plan their own rescue effort – and succeeded. “The neighborhood just wouldn’t take no for an answer,” City Councilman Kevin McCarty said. “I’m proud of everyone for that.” While Save Mart grocery stores were working with the city of Sacramento to raise $1 million to save six city pools from closure this spring, a contingent of Tahoe Park volunteers and neighborhood association leaders were diligently stuffing envelopes and knocking on doors to raise the money needed to keep their pool open. Eric Guerra, president of the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, took the lead in the fundraising campaign, which he said was initially only intended to raise enough to keep the kiddie pool open at Tahoe Park. “The cost of getting the large pool open full time would be over $80,000 and we knew that wasn’t possible,” Guerra said. “But we thought maybe we could do more than just the wading pool.” Guerra and fellow neighborhood association members Ryan Murphy and Kimberly Pell decided to shoot for a middle ground: $42,000 to open the pool part-time. Pell, a high school teacher […]

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Glenn Hall Pool neighbors, Q-Balls give big for more swim time this summer

For the third year in a row, budget cuts reduced programs and swim hours at local pools, but donations from generous neighbors – and a local rock ’n roll band – pulled together to give water-lovers in East Sacramento additional splash time at Glenn Hall Pool this summer. “It’s going to mean a lot to many people to have the pool to splash around in this summer,” Steve Harriman, River Park Neighborhood Association board member said Wednesday. “For some kids in the city, going to a pool is all they have.” The fundraising campaign will allow the pool to open for recreational swimming from 1 to 5 p.m. on on Fridays and Sundays, June 29 through Aug. 19. Open recreation swim times are also offered at Doyle Park Pool, Clunie Pool in McKinley Park and the wading pool at Bertha Henschel Park. According to a press release from City Councilman Steve Cohn’s office, the River Park Neighborhood Association’s fundraising effort, together with a grant from the concert series Pops in the Park and a $1,000 contribution from local rock band Q-Balls will allow residents more than 66 additional hours of swim time this summer. “I’m really excited about this because the people in River Park have done a lot to make this happen,” Cohn said Wednesday. “They’ve raised money three or four years in a […]

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Southside Park Pool is OPEN! (Photos)

With a bit of fanfare, Catherine O’Brien thanked the people and businesses for making the opening of Southside Park Pool happen. Among them were Southside Park Neighborhood Assn (SPNA), City Park and Recreation Director Jim Combs, City Councilmember Rob Fong, City Manager John Shirey, YMCA CEO Jay Lowrey and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Jay Hansen. She said "Thank You" to sponsors Southside Motors, Inc, Thomas Advocacy Group, Inc, Southside Park Co-Housing and Geremia Pools, Inc. After the thanks and congratulations concluded many took the plunge into the pristine-looking pool. Here’s those in Michael Phelps mode:   To read Melissa Corker’s preview of the pool opening – <<<CLICK HERE>>>

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Party at the pool: Southside Park Pool opening celebration Friday

Cool blue water will be ready and waiting for swimmers at the Southside Park Pool grand opening party Friday – and one lucky swimmer will win the privilege of taking the first plunge in the pool since 2010. “The pool has just been filled, so it’ll be nice and cool for everyone,” Southside Park Neighborhood Association member Catherine O’Brien said Thursday. O’Brien and a group of her neighbors banded together in March to get the Southside Park Pool opened because it was not included in the recent Save Mart Save Our Pools Campaign, which raised $1 million to keep six other city pools open for the summer. In May, an agreement was reached between the city of Sacramento and the YMCA of Superior California allowing the YMCA to operate the pool from June 16 through Labor Day. The pool will be available for swim lessons, open swim times and event rentals through the summer, according to the YMCA website. “This is a great example of community partners working toward a common goal that benefits our most important citizens: our kids,” City Councilman Rob Fong said in his district newsletter for June. The event starts at 6 p.m., and O’Brien said party organizers aren’t sure how many people will attend, but they expect to be hosting a full house – especially with temperatures expected to hit […]

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Neighbors, YMCA work on bold plan to reopen Southside Park Pool, but will it work?

Southside Park swimmers should know in the next week whether a bold new plan to reopen the Southside Park Pool succeeds – if it does, it will make for a cool summer for thousands of central city swimmers. The plan hinges on a new partnership between the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento YMCA where the YMCA will operate the pool and provide staff and maintenance all year. “If we can accomplish this, the Southside (Park) Pool will be open for business seven days a week,” City Councilman Rob Fong said. “It would be an amazing asset for the community again.” The new plan includes swim lessons, an aquatics program and open swim times at the pool for families and kids who are out of school on summer break. Denise Wunibald, a resident of Southside Park since 2001, said she used the Southside Park Pool regularly for lap swimming when it was open, and she misses those opportunities. “It’s not just for me, though,” Wunibald said. “When I first heard about the pool closing, I started thinking about the neighborhood kids and how much they use the pool.” Jay Lowden, executive director of the Sacramento YMCA, said the nonprofit organization will operate the pool, staff all programs and maintain the pool systems and water. Major mechanical issues will be cared for by the city. Although […]

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Trained by Arden Hills, Seven Local Swimmers are Going for the Gold!

Known for incredibly fast, exciting and suspense-filled competitions, a number of local swim athletes have their eye on competing in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska, in hopes of representing the United States at the upcoming London Olympic Games.    In fact, four local swimmers who have trained at Arden Hills are already qualified to attend the USA Swimming Olympic Trials and three others are headed soon to qualifying meets.  The community at large is encouraged to keep watch and cheer on a number of talented local swimmers, including: Randall Bal – a graduate of Stanford University in 2003, Bal qualified for the Olympics trials cut a couple of years ago and recently began training with USA Swim Team Head Coach & Director of Aquatics Brian Nabeta at Arden Hills in preparation for competing in the upcoming Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle. Katie Edwards — currently a junior at UC Davis, Edwards has trained extensively for a number of years at Arden Hills and the talented athlete is working toward making the Olympic Trials cut in the Santa Clara International Grand Prix in the 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter individual medley.  Kevin Ferguson — currently a senior at UC Santa Barbara, Ferguson qualified for the Olympics trials cut in July 2011 in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.  […]

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Ask the County Law Librarian: Space for Our Pool

Q: I wanted to find out how close to our property line we can place a pool or spa. We live in East Sacramento, Sacramento County. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you for your time, Noreen A: There are a number of state laws, regulations, and local ordinances affecting pools, but the ones regulating distance from property lines appear to be set by the local city or county. Since you are in the city of Sacramento, the City Code applies. This code provides that “no swimming pool or similar pool shall be located within a distance less than or equal to the depth of the deepest excavation for such pool from any property line, building or structure (one to one slope).” Sacramento City Code 15.64.030 (Limitation on location of pool). The pool may be located closer if the pool’s design is specifically calculated tailored to support the possible additional load (weight or pressure from the construction). There are also general requirements for setbacks (space left between structures and the boundaries of your property), including specific requirements for pools set out in Sacramento City code 17.80.060 (Other accessory structures and uses). These requirements vary depending on the layout of the property and its neighbors, so it is not something that is easy to answer. So unfortunately it sounds like there is […]

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Arden Hills Athlete & USC Swimmer Nick Johnson Makes the Olympic Trials Cut in the 2012 Columbus Grand Prix

During the recent 2012 Columbus Grand Prix competition — the fourth stop on the 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series — Arden Hills swim athlete and University of Southern California (USC) sophomore Nick Johnson successfully made his 400-meter free Olympic trials cut on Saturday, March 10.   The 2012 Columbus Grand Prix took place March 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio. Trained by Arden Hills USA Swim Team Head Coach & Director of Aquatics Brian Nabeta since 2005, the talented Jesuit High School alumni had previously achieved a number of prestigious swimming accomplishments that include the following:  High School Swimming All American, USA National Junior Team 2010, USA National Team to Barcelona, Spain in 2010, USA Junior National Finalist and USA Swimming Academic All American.  “It is incredibly exciting and satisfying to watch Nick compete so well at this level,” explained Coach Nabeta. “I’m thrilled he is now reaping the rewards of years of training, hard-work and dedication.  I look forward to watching him continue to reach his potential, the sky’s the limit for this talented young athlete.”   Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

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Arden Hills Swim Coach Chris Oshiro Named “Coach of the Year”!

Arden Hills Head Age Group Swim Coach Chris Oshiro was recently named as “Coach of the Year” by Sierra Nevada Swimming for 2010-2011.  Oshiro has worked for Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa since 2005 and this is the second time he has been honored with this prestigious award (he was also recognized in 2008-2009). Oshiro was officially presented with the reputable “Coach of the Year” award at a banquet held in January at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. With time standards overseen by USA Swimming and Sierra Nevada Swimming, the coveted award is based on speed performance of the young athletes he trains.  In fact, swimmers in his groups attained the greatest number of AAAA and AAA times for their respective age groups as compared to swimmers from competing teams.  Oshiro currently coaches approximately 50 young athletes in the Senior Group (grades 9-12) and the Pre-Senior Group (grades 7-8) who train year-round at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.  Above and beyond hard work and year-round dedication, Oshiro credits his success to focusing on and reinforcing proper swimming techniques — starting at the basic level — that provide a foundation for young swimmers to swim as efficiently and, ultimately, as fast as possible.   Oshiro goes on to recognize the efforts of his outstanding Arden Hills coaching staff who work diligently to train, guide […]

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