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Scotia Pool in Bible Hill.

Thursday is the third annual fundraising dance, being held at The Pond Classic Grill from 6 to 10 p.m.

"This year, we have almost doubled the value of our auction items," said Carolyn Boyd, who looks after fundraising. "We have in excess of $5,000 worth of products."

The event last year raised almost $6,000 for the society. Between the increase in auction items and the help from employees from Scotiabank, which matches funds raised up to $5,000, Boyd hopes to easily surpass last year's total.

The money from the event will go toward the purchase of a new pool cover and roller system, both of which will help reduce heating costs. Any money remaining will go to other areas, such as the installation of a lift enabling physically challenged people to enter and exit the pool.

The society is in the process of upgrading its heating system from oil to propane and a heat recovery system, which is estimated to cost around $450,000, including cosmetic work. The society had been looking at solar panels as one of the different ideas of energy savings.

"We have our engineering done and we're ready to go. We're just waiting on approval from the departments of Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal," she said. The departments own the land and building, while the society maintains operations and upkeep.

Since signing a 10-year lease with the province for the building a year ago, Boyd said support has increased.

"All of our programs are very popular, such as aquafit, aqua Zumba, the arthritis class, lessons and family swims. They're all up in numbers. We've actually been having to turn people away at the family swims because we are at capacity. It's very encouraging."

Admission to Thursday's fundraiser is by donations. The Flashbacks and Over the Influence will provide entertainment, and there will also be a 50/50 draw.

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