This year has been a challenge for most aquatics facilities due to staffing shortages. But nonetheless, the pools in the area opened in June and have been providing residents of Eastern Maine some much-needed relief from the heat, especially on those record-setting hot days, of which we've had plenty this summer.

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It's hard to believe, when you look at the forecast for this week--temps set to reach the high 70's and mid 80's, that the public pools in the greater Bangor area will be closed at the end of this week, and the start of school will be right around the corner.

In Bangor, the Dakin Pool is already closed, and the Pancoe Pool will close on Friday. Friday is also the last day the Orono Municipal Pool will be open. The Brewer Municipal Pool will also be closing after their last general swim session on the 20th.

For those who still want to get wet, the Bangor Parks and Rec Facebook Page did say that it had a number of discounted Funtown/Splashtown Combo tickets if you feel like taking a road trip.

But for those who want to stay put, our options are either a friend with a pool, a sprinkler or a cold bathtub, if we feel like beating the heat. Of course, you could head to the coast and try a nice refreshing dip in the ocean, or maybe one of our many lakes. There's a thought, too.

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