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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.

  • 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.

  • Y to Host Annual Thanksgiving Community Breakfast

    November 10, 2011

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Nov. 10, 2011 – The New Castle Community YMCA will host a Thanksgiving Praise community breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 22. 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.

    Pastor Jarod Mills, of Clifton Flat Alliance Church, is the guest speaker. Mills is a lifelong resident of New Castle. A 2005 graduate of Union Area High School, he went to Geneva College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries, and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Mills feels his role at Clifton Flat  is unique in that the very people that he ministers to were the ones who used to teach and minister him when younger.

    Mills is a self-described people person and enjoys working with the public. He feels that God has called him to help people in whatever way he can. Besides his professional career, he also enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends. He also enjoys music of all kinds, and has a big sweet tooth.

    Special music will be provided by the fifth grade children’s choir from St. Vitus Catholic School.

    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.

  • Power Up at the Y with Free Guest Pass

    November 4, 2011

    No joiner fee for new members through Nov. 30

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., November 4, 2011 – Do you fight fatigue and look to energy drinks and coffee to give you a boost to get through your day? Forget caffeine and join the Y. From Nov. 1-30, the Y is giving complimentary guest passes to our neighbors so they can experience the benefits of a Y membership. And we’re waiving the joiner fee for all new members, a savings of $50-$124.

    “More than 90 percent of studies researching the benefits of regular exercise proves it increases energy. We empower our members to play, learn and grow by offering them a menu of activities for all ages. Our members learn to live healthy and make connections with others through sports and other shared interests,” Director of Membership Dorice Shover said.

    Did you know a Y membership fee includes the following at no extra cost?:

    • Access to all three of our facilities
    • Access to two wellness centers and free-weights room
    • Half off our Sports and Play programs for kids
    • Free Drop-in Child Watch for kids, 6 mos.-age 8
    • Free swim lessons for kids and adults, age 6+
    • Free fitness classes for adults (more than 50 a week including Spin and Zumba)
    • Free rec swim for kids and adults
    • Free lap swim for members, age 14+
    • Open courts for gym recreation and racquetball

    For as little as $39/month for an adult or $57/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 November for your complimentary tour and guest pass.  Go to www.ncymca.org 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.

  • Highmark and SilverSneakers® host flu and pneumonia vaccine clinic at the Y

    September 30, 2011

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Sept, 30, 2011 – Complications from seasonal influenza hospitalize more than 200,000 Americans each year and result in the deaths of more than 36,000 people. Older adults are particularly vulnerable, however only about 64 percent of those over age 65 get the annual seasonal flu vaccine according to the U.S. Department of Health.

    Since getting the seasonal flu vaccine each year is the single best way to avoid the flu, Highmark is making the vaccine available at no cost to its members in Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans at the New Castle Community YMCA, a local SilverSneakers location. The pneumonia vaccine is also available at this location at no cost to members.

    “Our goal is to keep members healthy, and programs like SilverSneakers and flu shots help to make that a reality,” said Judith Black, M.D., Highmark medical director for senior markets. “We advise our members to get the flu vaccine when it becomes available each year because it will protect against this year’s flu strains, and the protection from the vaccine will last throughout the flu season. It’s also incredibly important to be protected from pneumonia, which is why this vaccine is also available at the local sites.”

    Where: Y-Zone                     When: October 3, 2011 8-11 a.m.

    Where: YMCA Downtown    When: October 6, 2011 8 a.m.-noon

    Who: Highmark FreedomBlue PPO,SecurityBlue HMO and MedigapBlue members. Bring your ID card. All other Medicare-eligible individuals are also welcome to receive flu and pneumonia vaccines at this location, but will need to submit reimbursement to their insurance company.

    About Highmark Inc.

    Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Highmark serves 4.8 million members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia through the company’s health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue plans in the nation. Highmark has 19,500 employees across the country. For more than 70 years, Highmark’s commitment to the community has been among the company’s highest priorities as it strives to impact the communities where we do business. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

    About the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program

    The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care Support solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults, offering an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming. The unique program is available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to eligible Medicare members and group retirees at more than 9,400 participating fitness and wellness centers, YMCAs and Curves® locations in all 50 states. For more information on SilverSneakers, visit www.silversneakers.com or call 1.888.423.4632.

    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.

  • Develop, Build, Nurture Your Preschooler at the Y

    August 4, 2011

    Join us for Preschool/Pre-K Orientation Aug. 15

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., Aug. 4, 2011 – An orientation will be held on Aug. 15 for new enrollees of the New Castle Community YMCA preschool and pre-K programs. Come meet our certified and nurturing staff and learn more about our creative curriculum for children, age 2-5. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.; the first day of school is Aug. 22.

    Child Development Center Director, Dale Squicquero, said, “Research shows children learn through play and they construct their knowledge by touching, tasting, smelling, watching, listening, thinking and doing. Our child-centered curriculum encourages kids to explore music and movement, science and nature, families and culture, art and drama, and language arts and mathematics. Physical education and learn to swim classes are also included in the curriculum.”

    To register your child for the Y’s preschool, an application must be completed and a $35 registration fee and $20 supply fee will be collected. Applications are available at the Child Development Center from 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Forms must be returned to the Child Development Center before a child is officially enrolled. Preschool for two-year olds is Tue and Thur from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Preschool for 3, 4 and 5 year olds is Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call Child Development Center with questions, 724.658.4766, ext. 23.

    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.

  • YMCA Reaches Youth Campaign Goal for Six Years Straight

    June 30, 2011

    Community Responds to Neighbors’ Needs

    NEW CASTLE, Pa., June 30, 2011 – “It’s an exciting time at the New Castle Community YMCA,” said Board President and “Changing Lives” Youth Campaign chairman John Cournan. “We are pleased to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, we have exceeded our “Changing Lives” Youth Campaign goal, raising $253,017” he said.  The campaign goal was $250,000.

    The YMCA 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. Over 300 donors responded to our campaign call, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1,000 youth, adults and families in 2011-2012.

    Our mission is simple, “To put Christian principles into practice by providing youth, adult and family programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

    New Castle Community YMCA CEO, Bill Lutz said, “Our neighbors, because of lost jobs, serious medical issues or special family situations, find themselves in need of what the Y can offer.  The Y responds to our community’s critical needs by providing support to families in crisis.  Most often, our youth are referred to us by school teachers, counselors and principals, but anyone can apply for financial assistance.”

    According to Director of Membership Dorice Shover, “17 percent of the Y’s 6,200 members receive some type of financial assistance.” The Y continues to be one of the most ethnically diverse organizations in Lawrence County serving all age groups from infants through senior citizens.  We are proud to be a leader in strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

    The Y is grateful for the volunteers who helped support the campaign. Our volunteer board of directors set the pace in this year’s campaign by contributing $81,000. The campaign’s leadership team was comprised of Cournan, Louis Merryman, Steve Caldararo and Lynn Nichols. Lutz and other board and staff members served as campaign volunteers.

    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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