Posts Tagged ‘ YMCA ’

DJ Caspar slides kids into fitness at Sloper

August 1, 2014
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By ED HARRIS Editor Campers at Southington YMCA Camp Sloper recently “Cha Cha” slid there way into exercise. DJ Casper (also known as Willie Perry), the creator of “The Cha Cha Slide,” visited Sloper as part of week long tour of Connecticut camps aimed at getting kids moving and to reduce childhood obesity. Casper made…

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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Southington YMCA holds campaign kick-off breakfast

March 26, 2014
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Southington YMCA holds campaign kick-off breakfast

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA held its Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast last week, with speakers highlighting the good that the YMCA has done in their lives. Albert Stavidlo shared his story on how YMCA staff helped save his life earlier this year. Stavidlo, 39, went to the YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 14 expecting…

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YMCA to offer adult dodgeball tourney

March 6, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA is hosting an adult dodgeball tournament early next month. Spurred on by the success of the annual teen tournament, event organizer Steve Silva decided to create an adult tournament. “I’ve kicked around the idea to host an adult tournament for the past two years,” Silva said. “With the…

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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2014
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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the community jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond during Southington YMCA’s ninth annual Polar Plunge—all for a good cause. Transforming into one of Southington’s most popular fundraisers, the Polar Plunge event featured nine different teams made up of local politicians, school staff and officials, YMCA employees,…

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Annual youth dodgeball tournament returns to YMCA

January 22, 2014
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Annual youth dodgeball tournament returns to YMCA

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw this weekend. The tournament, now in its fourth year, is broken up into two divisions, sixth and seventh grade and eighth and ninth grade. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “We had it fill every year” said…

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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

January 5, 2014
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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

By Ed Harris Editor Southington YMCA officials are planning a Storm Sloper Trails Challenge for early next year. The race is billed as being part run, part obstacle course and part scavenger hunt. “It is very much like a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, but at the same time it is its own unique event,”…

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Woman takes on new year with new lifestyle and inspires others

January 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Human Resources Director Sue Tanner of the Southington YMCA, the start of a new year means the continuation of a journey to a healthy lifestyle, which she started two days before Thanksgiving. Battling with her weight since the age of six, Tanner made a promise to lose weight, and…

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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

December 20, 2013
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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A crowd of families gathered together at the Southington YMCA’s 29th annual Giving Tree ceremony last week, celebrating the spirit of the holiday season while remembering loved ones who have passed on. This year the ceremony at featured a large tree in front of the entrance, which also lit up…

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