Community keeps it cool

CNJ staff photo: Keely McDowell The Dubose sisters Mindi, 10, at left, and Kandice, 7, cool each other down at the O.G. Potter Memorial Park Pool on Saturday.

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer

With the temperature rising to 95 degrees Saturday, Clovis residents are finding ways to stay cool.

Sonic Drive In on Prince Street more than doubled its typical Saturday sales due to the rising heat this summer season, according to Shift Manager Ricardo Silva. Silva estimated normal Saturdays bring in around 700 order tickets, but the heat and weekend sports helped boost Saturday’s ticket total to 1,500 as of 5 p.m.

“We sell less caffeinated beverages during the hot days,” Silva said. “People puchase the drinks with Sprite or our slushes, because they can speed through them.”

People are also cooling down by going to the local pools. Sheila Holley, an aquatic specialist for the City of Clovis, said the O.G. Potter Memorial Park Pool entertained 177 swimmers on Saturday, and has seen more than 160 swimmers each day since it opened two weekends ago.

The swimmers ages range from newborns to the elderly, according to Holley.

“We are a family-oriented pool,” Holley said, “and that is what we have been getting, lots of families.”

Two of the swimmers, sisters Mindi and Kandice Dubose, said they swim because of the heat.

“It’s like 100 degrees!” said Mindi, 10.

Kandice, 7, concurred.

“Yeah, it’s hot!”

The forecast calls for more of the same, with a high of 99 for today and highs of 98 through Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel.