The peak of pool season in Maine

Posted Aug. 06, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Bella comes up for air as her friend Sade puts her hand in the pool, awaiting a swim suit before joining in the fun.
Bella comes up for air as her friend Sade puts her hand in the pool, awaiting a swim suit before joining in the fun.
A young girl dives to the bottom of a backyard pool in Glenburn as others splash about.
A young girl dives to the bottom of a backyard pool in Glenburn as others splash about.
Taylor Clark sits on the bottom of her family's pool watching her sister on the surface.
Taylor Clark sits on the bottom of her family's pool watching her sister on the surface.
Taylor Clark hangs her feet over the edge of her family's pool, suspended upside down, and watches air bubbles rise to the surface.
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Taylor Clark hangs her feet over the edge of her family's pool, suspended upside down, and watches air bubbles rise to the surface.
Water games abound, including one involving feet, in a backyard pool in Glenburn.
Water games abound, including one involving feet, in a backyard pool in Glenburn.
Air bubbles rise to the surface as Bella jumps into a pool recently.
Air bubbles rise to the surface as Bella jumps into a pool recently.
Nicolas Johnson climbs out of his family's backyard pool, as seen through a set of swimming goggles recently.
Nicolas Johnson climbs out of his family's backyard pool, as seen through a set of swimming goggles recently.
Nicolas Johnson (right) is splashed by his sister Olivia during a pool party in the family's backyard pool recently.
Nicolas Johnson (right) is splashed by his sister Olivia during a pool party in the family's backyard pool recently.
NicolasJohnson does a back flip into his family's backyard pool during a pool party.
NicolasJohnson does a back flip into his family's backyard pool during a pool party.
Olivia Johnson jumps into her family's backyard pool during a recent pool party.
Olivia Johnson jumps into her family's backyard pool during a recent pool party.
Emily's image is distorted by water as she swims in backyard pool in Levant recently.
Emily's image is distorted by water as she swims in backyard pool in Levant recently.
Olivia Johnson squirts her brother Nicolas during a water fight in the family's back yard pool during a pool party.
Olivia Johnson squirts her brother Nicolas during a water fight in the family's back yard pool during a pool party.
Olivia Clark struggles to see the bottom of her family's pool, stuck on the surface by her life preserver.
Olivia Clark struggles to see the bottom of her family's pool, stuck on the surface by her life preserver.
Air bubbles rise to the surface as Bella and Sade play in a pool during a recent  pool party.
Air bubbles rise to the surface as Bella and Sade play in a pool during a recent pool party.

Screams, shrieks and calls of “Marco!” “Polo!” heard around neighborhoods can mean only one thing: Summer has arrived in the backyard pools across the state.

Swimming pools are important to many of us. Maine, more known for ice fishing, snowmobiling and skiing, does have a short but stunning summer season. And those willing to invest some time, sweat and a bit of backbreaking labor can erect a small above-ground pool in a few weekends.

Add a hose, chemically balance the water, and let the fun begin.

Be sure to include an inflatable lounger to enjoy the more relaxing aspects of a backyard pool.

For those who are not inclined or don’t have the time to do the necessary ground work, but still want to slip into a refreshing pool of water just after waking on a hot summer morning, give one of several local pool companies a call to see if you can be in the swim by summer’s end.

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