Posts Tagged ‘ YMCA ’

Go jump in a lake: The 2016 Polar Plunge sets records

January 20, 2016
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Members of the ‘Leaping Ladies’ survive the chilly waters at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16 during the annual Polar Plunge. Scores of brave locals leapt into the lake during the event that raises money for camp scholarships. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As five women in pink shirts and brightly colored tutus stood shivering on a dock at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16, YMCA Executive Director John Meyers shouted the encouraging words, “Remember, it’s all for the kids.” Hundreds of brave volunteers participated in the 11th annual Polar Plunge last weekend, fundraising…

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Looking for good leaders: YMCA Leaders Club needs middle schoolers

December 18, 2015
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Do you know a good leader? The YMCA Leadership Club, above, is searching for middle school members.

The YMCA Leaders Club is seeking new members for their 2015-2016 season. Welcoming all Southington residents in sixth to eighth grade, the Leaders Club is a program for students who hope to make a difference in their community. Meeting weekly to plan volunteer events and organize fundraisers, the club teaches teens leadership skills, planning strategies,…

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Tickets on sale for Forever in Blue Jeans on Nov. 20

November 6, 2015
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Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual Forever in Blue Jeans dinner at the Aqua Turf  on Friday, Nov. 20. The event, sponsored by the Southington Community YMCA, draws more than 700 people annually for a gala evening where guest wear jeans. This year’s event will feature an “Americana” theme, and guests can expect…

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YMCA offers luncheon for vets on Veterans Day

November 4, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In honor of Veterans Day and Military Family Month, the Southington Community YMCA will be offering recognition to local veterans. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the YMCA will host a Veterans Day luncheon from noon to 1 p.m., where all veterans and their family members are welcome to dine for free. It is…

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YMCA unveils their new Fryer Family Natatorium

October 22, 2015
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The YMCA opened their new pool on Oct. 14, renaming it to the Fryer Family Natatorium.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Seven members of the YMCA took a plunge into the newly renovated pool on Wednesday morning, cutting the ribbon on the updated facility. The lengthy construction project included improvements to the pool, deck and shower areas, new lighting and roof installations, more storage space, and an office for the aquatics director, among…

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Commentary: May was National Water Safety Month

May 30, 2015
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YMCA Aquatics Director Barbara Glaude.

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death for children between the ages of 1 and 14? Children under the age of one most often drown in home pools and were out of sight from one or both parents according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Adults…

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Letter: YMCA celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 18, 2015
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To the editor: In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 12-April 18), we’d like to thank all of the countless number of volunteers that help to make Southington so special. Time after time, when our community is called to action, there is never a hesitation to serve. We would like to give a special ‘shout…

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YMCA annual meeting celebrates local ‘Super Heroes’

February 5, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA honored local “super heroes” for their numerous positive contributions to the community at the YMCA’s 86th Annual Meeting at the Aqua Turf Club on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Three Southington High School (SHS) students who have been Advisory Board Members for the STEPS Coalition were recognized by…

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Lifeguard classes at the YMCA

January 5, 2015
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The Southington Community YMCA will be offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class beginning on Monday, Jan. 5. The class will run on Mondays through Feb. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants must be at least  15 years old to participate, and attendance at all sessions is mandatory to receive certification. The YMCA…

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Southington YMCA receives donations for renovation

December 18, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER This month, the Southington YMCA received two anonymous donations toward the “EXTEND THE LEGACY” capital campaign, which benefits a series of renovation and expansion projects at the facility. The anonymous donor has given $250,000 toward the campaign and also pledged to match further donations coming in to the YMCA up…

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