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OUR NEWS

Here’s what’s been happening at your neighborhood Y. Many people have no idea how hard we work in our community. Please view some of our stories to learn more about us.

  • YMCA TO SALUTE JIM WHERRY AT ANNUAL DINNER

    August 19, 2013

    James Wherry, a stroke survivor and community servant, will be honored on Oct. 3 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center. A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank. Other sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Bill Lutz, 724.658.4766, for information.

    About the Award

    The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

    Event planner, Lynise Massella, said, “One might expect Jim to be bitter for the things he has lost: control of his right side, independence, and to some degree his active lifestyle. On the contrary, he laughs, loves, dreams and continues to inspire his family and community. He is living proof that you can’t keep a good man down.”

    About the Recipient

    James “Jim” Wherry suffered a major stroke in July 2005 just three years into his retirement. His son Jeffrey recalls the attending psychiatrist telling the family that Jim had suffered the most damaging type of stroke and the least likely to be rehabilitated. His family was hopeful yet discouraged about the outcome that may follow, but Jim surprised them with his resoluteness to get better and desire to live a full, active life.

    Prior to retirement, Wherry worked as controller at Pecor Manufacturing, Vice President for Finance at Lockley Manufacturing in New Castle and as a payroll administrator for Interstate Chemical Company in Hermitage. He was an active biker, golfer and tennis player and had plans of traveling the world with his wife Elaine before the stroke.

    With his attention to detail and financial background, he spent over 30 years of his life volunteering as “the money man” and supporter for many local charities, including: The Lions Club, The Blind Association, The Red Cross, The Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Lawrence County, and Neshannock High School Boosters clubs.

    Wherry counts his blessings instead of his limitations and continues to travel locally, enjoys cruises and travels across the country in support of his grandchildren who are college athletes. He is active in the Lawrence Club and his church, First Presbyterian, and plays bridge weekly with friends. You can learn more about our courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Oct. 3.

    We help families learn, grow and thrive

    Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2012-2013. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

     

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  • March into the Y for Easter Fun

    March 5, 2013

    Savings, Games, Good Food and Easter-themed fun await you this month

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., March 5, 2013 – March blew in like a lion at the New Castle Community YMCA, bringing with it lots of Easter savings and ways to support our youth and neighbors in need. If you haven’t been by the Y lately, hop in this month because there’s much to see and do!

    Stuff Your Basket: From March 4-8, the Scholastic Book Fair is on display in the Y’s Child Development Center. Books make a great Easter gift and you can stuff your basket full of ’em. A portion of every book sold helps provide books for our child care and preschool children. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a Summer Day Camp brochure and register before April 15 to save 50 percent off your children’s registration fee.

    Zumbathon (Shake it for Scholarships): Get your groove on at a Zumbathon to support the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund on Sat, March 9. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a DJ will play Latin-inspired dance beats for you to enjoy and techno lights will provide a fun atmosphere. Zumbathon tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone.

    Pick your Savings: Through March 31, new members can save $10-$50 instantly when they play our “Pick Your Savings” game. When signing up for a membership, guests will have the opportunity to pick an Easter egg from our basket which will reveal their savings off the join fee.

    To sweeten the deal for members, a $50 gift certificate to Chuck Tanner’s Restaurant, is up for grabs. Members may enter the gift certificate raffle every time they bring a guest through March 28.  The winner of the drawing will be announced on the 28 and may be claimed in time to use at Tanner’s on Easter Sunday.

    March Madness (members only): Are you mad for NCAA basketball? Play March Madness at the Y and you’ll win something every time your team wins. To play, just contribute $10 or more to the Youth Scholarship Fund at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone. You will be assigned a team to follow throughout the tournament. Prizes for winning:

    Each Game: A guest pass to share with a friend

    Final Four Qualifiers: A 30-day extension on your membership

    National Champion: Free, one year youth or adult membership

    You must register to play March Madness before St. Patrick’s Day. The bracket is limited to 64 participants and you may only purchase one assigned team. Look for other ways to get involved in March Madness on our Facebook page or call Membership Director Erik Raney, 724.658.4766, for information.

    It’s a Good Friday: Join us March 29 at 8 a.m. for our annual Good Friday Breakfast to include a full, complimentary breakfast. The United Way’s Executive Director, Gayle Young, will share an inspirational message and the children’s choir from Bible Way Church of God will provide special music.

    Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in March to take advantage of all the savings, games, good food and Easter-themed fun. Go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA for news, schedules and events.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • PHIL FITTS FORD PRESENTS THE Y's THANKSGIVING DAY 5K

    October 22, 2012

    Phil Fitts Ford presents the Y’s Thanksgiving 5K Run & Walk & American Idol® contest

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 22, 2012 –The New Castle Community YMCA’s youth scholarship fund will be supported by two events in November. Go Further with Ford Night on Nov. 15 features an opportunity for American Idol® fans to win prizes like tickets to the show and a 2013 Ford Fusion. The Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk on Nov. 22 gives families a chance to fellowship and compete together before they gather at their tables to give thanks. Both events are presented by Phil Fitts Ford & Lincoln.

    GO FURTHER WITH FORD NIGHT FEATURES AMERICAN IDOL® CONTEST

    On Nov. 15, you can enter to win American Idol® tickets, a VIP experience or 2013 Ford Fusion and support the Y all by participating in the nation-wide Go Further with Ford night. Phil Fitts Ford is unveiling its 2013 Fusion during the City of New Castle’s Light Up night. Drop by the YMCA Downtown or the dealership to put your Idol judging skills to the test.

    Bill Fitts said, “Ford will donate $10 for each participant up to $500, when they test their judging skills with American Idol®. You’ll help a great charity, our local Y, and get a chance to win a new 2013 Ford Fusion and VIP American Idol prize package.”

    Contest participants will be asked to critique a music video starring the 2013 Fusion as the performer and their critique will be recorded. The winning video entry will be invited to an American Idol® taping as a VIP guest.

    THE THANKSGIVING DAY RACE

    “The Y invites runners, walkers and their families to participate in our 4th annual 5K Run & Walk Thanksgiving morning,” Wellness Director and race coordinator Chrissy Neff said. “Wheelchairs, strollers and pets on leashes are welcome.”

    Fitts said, “As a business owner here in New Castle, I find it very important to support our community. By sponsoring the Y’s annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run & Walk, it’s a great way to give back to the community that supports Phil Fitts Ford, as well as bringing people together on the holidays for a fun, health-minded event.”

    The race features a live DJ, refreshments and an awards ceremony after the race. The top male and female overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal. Age groups are: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+.

    “We hope to see at least 350 participants with their families on that morning,” Neff said.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Race packets will be distributed and t-shirts will be available while supplies last. The gym will also be open for participants to warm up before the race.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. in front of the YMCA Downtown and the course winds through downtown New Castle. Registration forms and course maps are available at www.ncymca.org. The race entry fee is $20/person if it’s postmarked by Nov. 10 and $25/person after Nov. 10 and on race day. Only those who pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt.

    Jason Kmick, Y-Zone Branch Executive and race committee member said, “The race supports the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to neighbors in crisis. We don’t turn anyone away from the Y because of inability to pay for membership or programs. Most often youth and families are referred to us by teachers, counselors and principals but anyone can apply for financial assistance.”

    The race is also sponsored by Center Stage Academy of Dance, R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., R.W. Cox Garage Doors, PABCOR, Inc., Neshannock Lions Club, Gallo’s Italian Villa, Mister B’s, Graziani Construction, Inc. and MedExpress Urgent Care. Sponsorships are still available and interested businesses should contact Neff or Kmick at 724.658.4766 for information.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • TRANSFORM YOUR LIFESTYLE

    October 17, 2012

     

    Free trials and no join fee for new members through Oct 31

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 17, 2012 – New Castle Community YMCA members Heather Headley, Rick Gay and Paul Gilboy have experienced transformations in body, mind and spirit at the Y. Through Oct 31, the Y is inviting you to begin your transformation by giving 1-week guest passes and waiving the joiner fee for all new members, a savings of $50-$124, during its annual wellness campaign. The Y is also giving away a 3-month family membership and a free youth swim, sports and play program on its Facebook page.

    Marketing Director Lynise Massella said, “Every person who comes to the Y comes for different reasons, but they all return because the Y is meeting a need for them. They continue to come because of the impact our staff and programs have had on them. Because each of our members has a unique story to tell, we wanted to focus our energy in showcasing a few ‘Storytellers’ in our annual wellness campaign. These members are telling in their own words how the Y has helped them transform their lifestyles.” 

    Meet Heather

    Heather Headley lost 60 pounds this year. A busy mom of three kids, ranging from ages 3-15, the Y made it easier for her to make positive changes and meet her wellness goals. She said, “Everyone fits in at the Y and the Y fits my family.” Now she has made an intentional effort to inspire others to do the same. To hear more of her story, find “Meet Heather” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Meet Rick

    Rick Gay was in need of guidance and support in his wellness journey. A caring staff member began to mentor him. He said, “I needed help and she cares.” They discovered a similar interest: running. Now he trains at the Y for 5ks and marathons and has a better understanding of health and wellness. To hear more of his story, find “Meet Rick” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Meet Paul

    Paul Gilboy suffered a mild stroke in December 2011 and credits the Y’s SilverSneakers® program with his successful recovery. “It [SilverSneakers®] is perfectly programmed for seniors and [the Y’s] much more than an exercise facility. Paul said the Y keeps his body agile, his mind active and gives him opportunities to make new friends. To hear more of his story, find “Meet Paul” on youtube.com/ncymca1

    Giveaways & Contests

    Everyone likes free stuff and the Y likes to give free stuff. The Y is holding two giveaways on Facebook this month for a 3-month family membership and a free youth swim, sports, or play program. Anyone who has liked our Facebook page through Oct 31 will be entered to win the family membership and kids can join in the storytelling by participating in the “Draw Your Story” coloring contest. For information on these giveaways and other events, go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA

    For as little as $40/month for an adult or $59/month for a family you can become empowered to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in October for your tour and 1-week guest pass.  Go to facebook.com/NewCastleYMCA to download a guest pass for you and a friend.

     About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Y to Honor Neighbor at Salute to Courage event

    July 24, 2012

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., July 24, 2012 – Chris Niles, a Hickory Twp. man who is recovering from a spinal cord injury, will be honored on Sept.27 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center.  A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown.  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Bill Lutz, 724.658.4766, for information.

     About the Award

    The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

    Salute to Courage event coordinator, Lynise Massella, said, “The event committee feels Chris Niles has shown great courage throughout his accident and rehabilitation. We are happy to honor him in this way and hope others will be inspired by contagious zest for life.”

    About the Recipient

    About 16 months ago, Chris Niles did what any dad would do. In an attempt to keep his sons safe from a dead tree limb, Chris found himself trapped under it while cutting it down. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    According to friend and former co-worker Melissa Colaluca, who nominated him for the award, “Chris is so positive in many ways. At work, he was always making everyone smile and his humor was unlike anyone’s. He never put anyone down or did anything to hurt the feelings of people, yet he always had us laughing basically at ourselves.”

    Colaluca said, “I can’t think of anyone who has had a life-changing accident and remained the same personality wise.” Colaluca recalls Chris joking with her about his accident just three weeks after and she is inspired by his determination to regain his life back.

    Chris’s mother, Kathy Howley, explains “Chris has been an active participant in his recovery. He has been to Panama three times for stem cell therapy, receiving injections from his own stem cells harvested from his bone marrow. He participates in intensive physical therapy three times a week. He continues to try and live life as normal as possible.”

    Chris returns to Panama this week for another round of stem cell therapy. You can learn more about this courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Sept. 27. 

    We help families learn, grow and thrive

    Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2012-2013. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Healthy Kids Day®

    May 3, 2012

     Play and Learn at the Y’s Healthy Kids Day®, May 12

    New Castle, Pa., May 3, 2012 – On May 12, the New Castle Community YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families in Lawrence County. “Take on Summer” with us at the Y-Zone, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids.

    Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

     “At the New Castle Community YMCA, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Erica Tallo, Youth & Family Director. “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”

    We’ll encourage you to “Take on Summer” with these activities: a fun run, youth sports challenges, a homerun derby, group dancing, family obstacle course, weird science and healthy cooking demonstrations, crafts, and field games. Eye and chiropractic screenings will also be available throughout the day. Kids will earn tickets for each activity they try for chances on Y prizes: free YMCA memberships, a free week at summer or sports camp, 50% off a birthday party rental and Y bucks to cash in on any YMCA program or service. Free Y t-shirts will be distributed to kids while they last.

     The Y is committed to strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and offers these ideas to combat brain drain and weight gain this summer:

    1. Give your kids a jump rope. It’s an awesome way to have fun and keep moving. They can go solo or get others in on the fun.
    2. Visit your local library. Explore new books you and your kids may have missed to keep your mind sharp during summer.
    3. Have a family outing at your local park to get your heart pumping before evening meals. Play ball, run or create an obstacle course by using equipment in the park. Take turns letting everyone in your family make up something and have fun!
    4. Take a walking staycation. Map out a new neighborhood or hiking trail in your area and get your family to explore on foot. It's a great way to make Saturday a healthy, active start to the weekend.
    5. Start a book series and read together each night as a family. Reading at night keeps the brain buzzing and young minds active!

     Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Dr. David Spokane, D.M.D., M.S. Orthodontics. For more information, contact the Y at 724.658.4766 or visit www.ncymca.org.

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    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

  • Good Friday Breakfast

    March 29, 2012

    Y to Host Annual Community Good Friday breakfast

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., March 29, 2012 – The New Castle Community YMCA will host a Good Friday community breakfast at 8 a.m. April 6. The event, which is open to the public, includes a full, complimentary breakfast, courtesy of Medure’s Catering, as well as an inspirational message and special music.

    The Rev. Nathan J. Loudon, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, is the guest speaker and his message is titled, “Why Endings are just the Beginning…”

    Born in Ellwood City, Loudon grew up in Lincoln, Neb. and has served churches in Florida, New Jersey and Kansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Theater from Bethany College of Lindsborg, Kan. and a Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.

    His vocational motivations include congregational revitalization, intentional leadership and making one’s faith relational and authentic.

    Loudon said, his desire “is for churches of all denominations to see themselves as motivated for mission over and against the maintenance of unhelpful methodologies which often create busy work where spiritual growth is intended to take place.”

    He feels disciple-making, shared leadership and accountability are timeless philosophies which speak to all generations of believers.

    He said, “Being connected to the least and lost among us—right in the middle of it all—is where persons should find faith-filled churches.”   

    Locally, he is involved in the Distribution Committee for the Caroline Knox Memorial Trust Fund.

    Loudon and his wife of ten years, Stephanie, have four children: William (7), Claire (5), Emma (3) and Maggie (1).

    Special music will be provided by duo violinists Jim and Betty Stephenson.

    Reservations are requested but are not required. Call 724.658.4766 to RSVP.

    About the Y
    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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  • Give A Heart; Help a Heart

    January 30, 2012

    YMCA Offers 30-Day Trial to Prevent Heart Disease

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan. 30, 2012 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and according to statehealthfacts.org, 200 deaths per 100,000 people, are attributed to diseases of the heart in Pennsylvania. With a local population of 91,108, we could lose nearly 200 friends and family members to heart disease in 2012. Heart disease is preventable, and to help spread the word, the Y is participating in American Heart Month in February.

    From Feb. 1-29, you can join the YMCA in our “Give a Heart; Help a Heart” campaign to prevent heart disease. Through Feb. 29, adults can purchase or give a Valentine, a 30-day trial membership, for just $40. At the end of the trial period, the Y will waive the joiner fee, a savings of up to $50, for those who continue their membership.

    According to the American Heart Association, controlling your risks for developing heart disease is as easy as A,B,C:

    • Avoid tobacco
    • Become more active
    • Choose good nutrition

    Chrissy Neff, director of wellness, said, “At the Y, we believe one death is too many! We’re here to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep you and your family fit and healthy. We can help you jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and help you avoid risky behaviors.”

    Neff said, “Another way to prevent heart disease is by maintaining a healthy weight. We are offering a Use It; Lose It weight-loss challenge to members beginning Feb 2. You can begin your trial membership and participate in this 7-week program. Every week, you can weigh-in privately with our certified nutritionist and get work out tips from our certified personal trainers.”

    The Y will be sharing educational resources, exercise tips, recipes, and more all month long. You can help motivate others to live heart-healthy by wearing red on Feb. 3. Use National Wear Red Day to express your love and concern for the hearts of others and invite your loved ones to join you at the Y to get their hearts pumping.

    To learn more about fitness classes, personal training, and recreational programs for you and your family, go to www.ncymca.org.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

     

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  • Splash into the New Year

    December 23, 2011

    YMCA Offers Free Water Safety Course

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., DEC. 23, 2010 – We invite families to SPLASH into the New Year at the New Castle Community YMCA, Jan. 3 to 7. Join us for a free, week-long course designed to teach children and their families to be safer in and around water. You and your family will learn basic swimming skills, backyard and public pool safety, beach safety, boating safety and more through games and other activities.

    Russ Hopkins, director of aquatics, said, “Over 3,000 fatal, unintentional drownings occur every year in the U.S. and of those, one in four are children age 14 and younger. At the Y, we believe one death is too many! We’re here to provide the tools and resources necessary to keep you and your family safe in the water.”

    The SPLASH safety course will meet Jan. 3 to 7 at 4 p.m. at the YMCA Downtown Pool. The Y recommends children be at least preschool age to benefit most from the course. Class size is limited so please call 724.658.4766 or email rhopkins@ncymca.org to register today. To learn more about swim lessons, water fitness and recreational programs for your family, go to www.ncymca.org.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

  • Y to Host Annual Thanksgiving 5K Run & Walk

    November 17, 2011

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Nov 17, 2011 –Before you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving family dinner, join the New Castle Community YMCA for its third annual “Run for Your Life” Thanksgiving 5K Run & Walk on Nov. 24. This family-friendly event supports the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund, helping our neighbors in need by giving them opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

    Director of Wellness, Chrissy Neff, said, “Runners and walkers, along with their families, are invited to participate. Wheelchairs, strollers and pets on leashes are also welcome.”

    Organizer Sam Migliano said, “Join us for a morning of fellowship, fitness and fun. The event features a live DJ, refreshments and an awards ceremony after the race. We hope to see at least 300 participants with their families on that morning.”

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Race packets will be distributed and t-shirts will be available while supplies last. The gym will also be open for participants to warm up before the race.

    The race starts at 9 a.m. in front of the YMCA Downtown. The course winds through downtown New Castle and a course map is available at www.ncymca.org. The race entry fee is $20/single and $12/person for families.

    An awards ceremony follows the race at 10:15 a.m. in front of the Y. The top male and female overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal, Neff said.

    The event is sponsored by Wish Development, Graziani Construction, Inc., Blackhawk Neff, Castle Hills Golf Course, CAZZCO, Center Stage Academy of Dance, Farragher Chiropractic LLC, Faraone Brothers , Giant Eagle, Joseph’s Market Place, PABCOR, Inc., R.W. Cox Garage Doors, Specialty Orthopedics, Shop ’n Save, Washington Center Physical Therapy, V2 Wine Bar Trattoria, New Castle Regional Ballet, Avalon Nursing, Giordano Construction , Don Joy Bracing, Phoenix Building Cleaning Services and The Hometown Pharmacy.

    About the Y

    At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.

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