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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.


    September 27, 2018

    Many thanks to those who attended the 2018 Salute to Courage Dinner which was held on September 27, 2018. Disctrict Attorney Joshua Lamancusa was honored with the Jack & Nancy Flannery Salute to Courage Award for his commitment to building a strong Lawrence County. Attendees enjoyed a video presentation highlighting the many positive developments Joshua has brought to the community through his efforts to broaden the reach of the District Attorney's Office. We salute Joshua and his team for the impact they have made on our community. 

    We also want to extend our gratitude to all the sponsors and donors who made this event possible:

    Preston Auto Group

    PNC & First Energy

    Mr. & Mrs. Scott & Amy Fehrs
    Bill Flannery
    Human Services Center
    IBEW Local Union #712
    Klafter’s, Inc.
    Lawrence Community Foundation
    Packer Thomas
    Precision Feedscrews
    Westminster College

    Arnett, Carbis, Toothman
    Aven Fire Systems
    Law Offices of Carmen F. Lamancusa
    Castle Builders Supply
    Classi-Co Foods
    Court Administration Office
    The Ellwood Group
    The Hoyt Foundation
    Lawrence County Elected Officials
    Neshannock Township Supervisors & Police Department
    Panella Family Foundation
    Carmen Shick
    Steelite International
    Attorney Daniel Soom & Attorney Larry Keith
    UPMC Horizon / UPMC Jameson

    Chuck Tanner's Restaurant
    Daystar Marketing
    Dimeo Olson Law Group
    Medure, Bonner, Bellissimo
    New Visions
    Pizza Joe's
    Alice & Carl Sacherich
    State Farm/Alyssa Harcar
    Union Township Police Association
    Venti-Sei Winery
    Young Professionals of Lawrence County

  • Welcome Maria McKee

    September 24, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that Maria McKee will be serving as our new CEO effective Monday, October 1. Maria succeeds Dick Lyons, who retired on August 24.

    Maria comes to this position well prepared having served in several leadership roles with our Y from 1998 to 2015. Her responsibilities during that time included CFO, Associate Executive Director, and COO. She spent the last 3 years of her career as the Director of Annual Giving and Special Events at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

    A New Castle native, Maria has a passion for serving our community. In addition to her long-term commitment to the YMCA’s mission, Maria is an active member of our community serving on the board at Arts & Education at the Hoyt. We are excited to have a leader with such a strong history with the Y and enthusiasm for serving our local community.

    "It is an honor to be chosen to lead the New Castle Community Y. This Y has a long history of positively impacting lives and I am excited about the opportunity to build upon that legacy,” said Maria. “ I envision the New Castle Y playing a growing role in forming collaborations with community partners to serve more people and expand our reach into Lawrence County. I am thrilled to be serving in this role in a community that is so near and dear to my heart."

    Please join us in welcoming her back to the New Castle Y family!

  • CEO Announces Retirement

    May 23, 2018

    New Castle Community YMCA CEO Dick Lyons announced that he will be retiring as of August 24, 2018. Lyons served as the organization’s CEO since July 1, 2014.

    “I have truly enjoyed serving this community,” said Lyons. “This is a great organization and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this Y family. I look forward to spending time with my wife and family.”

    “Dick has done a tremendous job improving our YMCA and its impact on our community,” said Randy Silverman, YMCA Board President. “Under Dick’s leadership, we were able to make significant improvements to both the downtown YMCA and the Y-Zone, as well as broaden our impact in Lawrence County by providing additional programs and services to children and families in need.”

    Lyons served the YMCA family for more than 35 years, with a career that spanned 5 YMCAs across the country. During his tenure in New Castle, Lyons oversaw two major facility renovations. A $2.4 million renovation of the downtown branch in 2015 which included new and remodeled locker rooms, an expanded youth center, a new community room and drop-in child watch center, upgraded equipment, and other improvements throughout the facility. As well as a $250,000 renovation of the Y-Zone branch in 2016 which included the creation of locker rooms, an aerobics studio, and a drop-in child watch center.

    In addition to capital improvements, Lyons was instrumental in growing the YMCA’s membership, strengthening the organization’s financial health, and leading its mission to serve the community.

    “The board is grateful for the unyielding effort Dick has put forth advancing our YMCA,” said Silverman. “Our community will benefit from the accomplishments made under his leadership for many years to come.”

    The YMCA Board of Directors has established a search committee to identify the organization’s next leader and develop a succession plan to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service for Y members and the community it serves.

  • Weather Closings

    January 12, 2018

    Please note, the downtown branch as well as the Y-Zone will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 due to forcasted weather conditions. There will be no evening classes.

    Also, all morning classes on Saturday, January 13, 2018 have been cancelled. The drop-in centers will be closed Saturday morning as well.

    Thank you for understanding. We hope everyone stays safe and warm.

  • New Sunday Hours

    January 4, 2018

    There’s never been a better time to join the New Castle Community YMCA. The Y kicks off the New Year with new extended hours.

    Beginning Sunday, January 7, the New Castle Y's operating hours will be extended to include Sunday mornings. Both the downtown YMCA and Y-Zone locations will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. 

    “Our members spoke and we listened,” said CEO Dick Lyons, “It is our mission and desire to be accessible to everyone, so with that in mind we are extending our hours to better accommodate the needs of our members and the community.”

    The updated hours at the downtown New Castle YMCA are Monday thru Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The updated hours at the Y-Zone are Monday thru Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The new extended hours have also allowed the Y to expand their already robust group fitness class schedule. The Y has added a new TRX Suspension Training class at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, as well as a new Gentle Yoga class at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Both classes will take place in the aerobics studio at the downtown branch. As always, group fitness classes are free to YMCA members!

  • Dallas Hartman Sponsors Learn to Swim Program for Local Children

    December 7, 2017

    Thanks to the generosity of Dallas W. Hartman, local school children are receiving free swim instruction and water safety classes at the New Castle Community YMCA. The Learn to Swim program is offered to students, grades second through fourth, in six different school districts, as well as local children who are home schooled.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. “The statistics on drowning are sobering. We want to help save lives by ensuring that children are knowledgeable about water safety and equipped with basic swimming skills,” said Dallas Hartman.

    Participating school districts include Laurel, New Castle Christian Academy, Union, Mohawk, Neshannock, and Shenango. The program includes a pre-assessment to evaluate each child’s skill level at the beginning of the session. Students are then grouped by skill level and receive small group instruction to help them progress to their personal potential. More than 600 local children are being served through the program, which will continue throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

    “We are grateful for Dallas Hartman’s support,” said Dick Lyons, CEO of the New Castle Y. “His dedication to our community through this program is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of local students.”

    To learn more about the how Dallas Hartman makes a difference in our community, visit his website.

  • New Castle YMCA Celebrates 150 Years

    September 30, 2017


    Many thanks to those who attended the YMCA Celebration Gala which was held on September 30, 2017. The evening looked back at 150 years of service to the community, honored the volunteer leadership that led the organization through those years, and celebrated the future of the Y.  

    Looking for last year's video? Find it here --> View 2016 Salute to Courage Video

  • Silver Sharks Swim to Victory

    February 6, 2017

    The New Castle Community YMCA is thrilled to announce that our Silver Sharks Swim Team won their 3rd sectional championship. This marks three years in a row for the team.

    Although winning the championship was a great achievement, we are most proud of the overall character of these kids. We love watching them push themselves to improve on their own personal times, and cheer on their teammates and other swimmers. They are truly a class act! 

    Congrats - and keep up the great work!

  • The Y Celebrates the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening

    January 6, 2017

    There’s never been a better time to join the New Castle Community YMCA. The Y kicks off the New Year with an Open House and Y-Zone Grand Reopening at their downtown and Y-Zone locations on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Everyone is welcome to these free events. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, class demonstrations, family swim time, discounts, and tours of the facilities, including the newly renovated Y-Zone.

    Y-Zone Grand Reopening
    428 Eleanor Drive, New Castle, PA 16105

    Be among the first to see and experience the newly renovated Y-Zone, which now offers Drop-In Child Watch, new locker rooms with showers, a fitness studio and a completely new program line-up. New programs include the Y-Zone Youth Wellness Academy, which offers sports and wellness activities for ages 3 to 13. In addition to the new youth programs, the Y-Zone now offers a complete schedule of fitness classes. The Child Watch center, which is open to children ages 6 months to 8 years old, will be available during the Grand Reopening so parents can participate in class demonstrations during the event.

    Downtown YMCA Open House
    20 West Washington Street, New Castle PA 16101

    Guests at the downtown location will also be treated to refreshments, fitness demonstrations, and tours of the facility, including the recently renovated locker rooms. Parents are welcome to drop-off their children, ages 6 months to 8 years, at the Child Watch center while they enjoy a class demonstration of the many fitness classes available with a membership. Family swimming will also be available in the aquatics center.

    All January the Y is offering rolling discounts off their Joiner Fee. During these events, all new members who join at either location will have their Joiner Fee completely waived.

  • YMCA Salutes Jack & Nancy Flannery at Annual Dinner

    September 28, 2016

    New Castle, PA – “We need more Jack & Nancy Flannerys. That’s what this community needs. Given that, we could go a long way.”

    YMCA Board Member Dale Perelman’s sentiments perfectly summed up the feelings of everyone in attendance at Monday night’s Salute to Jack & Nancy Flannery dinner at The Villa. The event, in the tradition of the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinners, honored the late pillars of the community. The Flannerys dedicated their lives to lifting up New Castle.

    Jack Flannery’s twin brother, Dick, said the two learned about community service from their parents, both of whom devoted their lives to serving the community and especially the YMCA.

    “We grew up with it at the dinner table,” said Dick Flannery. “We would hear from our parents about what they were doing in the community. It became ingrained that this is what we do.”

    As an adult, Jack Flannery served on the YMCA Board of Directors for more than 30 years, including several years as President of the Board. Board members past and present recall a colleague who cared deeply about the Y.

    “He was the perfect volunteer,” said Board member Amy Fehrs. “He had no agenda. His agenda was for the greater good and to make sure the Y mission was always upheld.”

    “When Jack & Nancy spoke, people listened because of the affection for them and the respect for their opinions,” said Dr. Dennis Nebel, a former Board member. “Jack didn’t often speak but when he did, it was important and we listened.”

    Nancy Flannery devoted many years to the YMCA’s Diamond Girls mentor program. She was a part of it from inception and spent time mentoring both the teenage girls as well as their adult mentors.

    “She was able to look at the girls and accept them as they were,” said Octavia Payne, a fellow Diamond Girls mentor. “She brought serenity, peace and love for all people to us.”

    “She was like a best friend, because I would talk to her about everything. She would always listen,” said Allyson Hood, a former mentee of Nancy’s. Hood appeared in several productions at the New Castle Playhouse. “After every musical, Nancy would be there. She came to every single night. She was my biggest fan.”

    It was the Flannerys’ lasting legacy to the community that led the YMCA to honor them with a special Salute. At the close of the evening, Y Board President Randy Silverman announced that the Y has rechristened its annual award as “The Jack & Nancy Flannery Salute to Courage.” In the future, the Y will consider not just nominees who have faced adversity, but also those with the confidence to act on their convictions in order to improve the community.

    Friends & colleagues say the Flannerys left a lasting mark on New Castle.

    “They’re fundamental building blocks of the community,” said Dr. Nebel. “No question, we are weaker without Jack & Nancy Flannery. The hope and prayer going forward is that others will step up and attempt to fill their shoes.”

    Rev. Richard Kinney, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church where the Flannerys were long time members, summed up:

    “If everyone would have that hope in New Castle and love and commitment to New Castle as Jack & Nancy Flannery, this would not be a struggling town. This would be a destination.”

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