Poenisch swim

The “world’s strongest swimmer,” Walter Poenisch, is seen towing his wife, Faye, Athens Heart Fund Chairman Richard Brooks, State Rep. Buzz Ball and Heart Branch President Dr. W. M. Baumgaertel.

From the Sunday, Aug. 18, 1974 edition of The Athens Messenger:

- The “world’s strongest swimmer,” Walter Poenisch, visited Athens to present awards to young swimmers during the Athens County Branch of the American Heart Association’s swim-a-thon. Poenisch, 61, could swim at Strouds Run State Park while pulling a boat with four people on it.

- The Swim-A-Thon raised $1,336 for the county’s heart fund. Top swimmers included Bruce Lacey, Kelly Schleicher and Peggy Kappes.

- In advertising, Robinson’s Old-Fashion Meat Market at 7 Pomeroy Road, Athens, offered custom cutting and free delivery within a 25 mile radius. Carpet One Floor & Moore is located there now.

- The employment office in Athens took a new name of the “Ohio Job Service” at 424 Richland Ave., with New Marshfield’s Kenneth Elliott serving as manager. Chase Bank is there now.

- A photo showed Harold Conrad, superintendent of Nelsonville’s water distribution system, on top of the Public Square fountain as he readied it for the Parade of the Hills festival.

- Parade of the Hills 1974 highlights included entertainment by “The Buckeye Express” and “Bob Cross & The Country Rovers.”

- Candidates for Miss Parade of the Hills 1974 included: Donna Teal, Gloria Woltz, Ruth Edens, Debbie Wolfe, Debbie Loveless and Nanette Wallace of Logan; Suzanne Ann Hall of Athens; Dana Juniper, Kathy Smart, Lu Ann Hubbard and Jackie Duffy of Nelsonville; Kathy Dixon of Glouster; Kathy McDaniel of New Plymouth; Theresa Robinson, Cheryl Hammer and Toni Barnett of New Lexington; Ginger Burch of Millfield; Connie Meek of Buchtel; Denise Shockley and Cindy Roush of Gallipolis; and Rochelle Logston of Belpre.

- Tina Marie Abdella of Chauncey was named to the Who’s Who Among American High School Students for the 1973-74 edition. She had recently graduated from Athens High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, president of Tri-Hi-Y and planned to attend Ohio University.

- In sports, a story by Messenger sports editor Bob Maney featured Athens insurance agent Bob Baur, a longtime NFL official. He began his career with the old American Football League and joined the NFL when the two leagues merged.

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