the Y

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY YMCA

DOVER, OH

NEWS

For Release: May 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Steph Wills
Senior Program Director
Tuscarawas County YMCA
330-364-5511
www.tuscymca.org

May is Older Americans Month

The Tuscarawas County YMCA encourages older adults in our community to eat healthy, get active and social

[Dover, Tuesday, May 09, 2017] – May is Older Americans Month and the Tuscarawas County YMCA encourages all adults 50 years and older to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. Here in Tuscarawas County adults 50 and older make over 30 percent1 of the population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.

“The image of an older adult sitting on the porch in a rocking chair is long gone—today’s older adult is more active, engaged and in control of their health,” said Steph Wills, Senior Program Director, Tuscarawas County YMCA. Community-based organizations like the Y provide the needed guidance to help them reach health goals, particularly when it comes to chronic disease prevention.”

The Y offers many ways for older adults to live healthier including fitness classes on land and in the water, Diabetes Prevention Programs, and Fitness Lectures.

The Y offers options to improve mobility and help with daily life movement. “Warm Water Twinges Programs, provided by the Y through a United Way Grant, are the staple for adults with arthritis. This class helps improve their mobility so they can continue to be active throughout the day” says Stacy Harlan, Y Aquatics Director. Willis adds, “I am so happy to help facilitate an active lifestyle by combining music and movements for our seniors through the SilverSneakers® programs. We have a blast and they get the benefits of fellowship, laughter and physical activity.”


Additionally, the Y offers the following tips on how to jump-start your healthy-living routine:

1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.

2. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium.

3. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.

4. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.

5. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!

For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit www.tuscymca.org.
1https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk

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About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

For Release: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Information Provided by
Event Coordinator
Steph Wills
Tuscarawas County YMCA
Senior Program Director
600 Monroe Street
Dover Ohio 44622
330-364-5511 Ext 306
steph@tuscymca.org

Free Community Event at the Y Promotes Healthy Kids

For over 25 years Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.
Nearly 1.2 million children and their families across the country are expected to participate in YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at more than 1,600 locations.

Locally, the Tuscarawas County YMCA will participate in the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Healthy Kids Day will be held on Saturday, April 29 from noon to 3 PM and include fun active play plus educational activities to keep kids moving and learning. “Y’s across the country will be coordinating similar events focusing on health, education, and safety to ensure fewer children are at an increased risk of obesity, being injured, or fall behind academically during the summer months,” said Steph Wills, Senior Program Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

“Kids face many hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential” added Wills. “As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education.”

Research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year. They are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months.

This year the local McDonalds will be sponsoring the event at Tuscarawas County YMCA and providing their Care Mobile Dental Unit, with free dental checkups and tooth brushes and Ronald McDonald will lead his “GO ACTIVE” live show at 1:00 pm.

For Release: Thursday, April 13, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS DREW SEXTON!
Sexton Achieves New Team Record for YMCA Silver Streaks

Representing the Tuscarawas County YMCA Silver Streaks Swim Team, Drew Sexton of Dover competed with a total of 1,421 swimmers on a total of 199 teams from across the United States at the 2017 YMCA Short Course Nationals Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, April 3 - 7.

Sexton entered the swimming championships seeded 161st in the 100 backstroke and finished with a new team record time of :53.60 which places him in 95th place overall. Swimmers must swim a qualifying time to be able to compete at this swim meet.

"Competing at Nationals was a fun experience and a goal of mine to achieve in my swimming career." Said Sexton.

“Drew was determined to make the National cut this season. His drive and work ethic were commendable, and I could not be more proud of him reaching his goals!" said, Silver Streaks Coach Brenda Wherley.

Drew Sexton is the son of Beth and Shane Sexton. He has been swimming with the Silver Streaks for 12 years.

For Release: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Y Teens Serve In Government

On March 30-April 1, 2017, Tuscarawas County YMCA teens Tyler Nathan, Taylor Young, Theron Edie, Blake Nathan, Austin Cochrun, and Tyson Lurie attended the 66th Annual Ohio Youth In Government State Assembly, in Columbus Ohio. Advisor Steph Wills along with 300 teens and staff had the opportunity to take over the Ohio capital building, house and senate floors, Supreme Court, and became part of a fully functional media, press, and lobbyist corps.
The teens served as senators, representatives, justices, lobbyists and press corps members. Some student participants served as governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, president of the Senate, speaker of the House, clerks, and chaplains of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Students were immersed in all aspects of state government as they participated in mock House, Senate and Supreme Court hearings.
The Ohio YMCA's Youth in Government Program enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.
Prior to the State Assembly, the students learned about the legislative process, how to write and research a bill, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminated when they were able to serve as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens that have had their bills pass the State Assembly actually had their bills incorporated into Ohio law!

Picture: left to right
Blake Nathan (Dover), Austin Cochrun (Dover), Taylor Young (New Philadelphia), Steph Wills (YMCA), Tyler Nathan (Dover), Tyson Lurie (Dover), Theron Edie (Dover)

For Release: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Silver Streaks Compete at Zone Meet

Five swimmers represented the Tuscarawas County YMCA Silver Streaks Swim Team this past weekend competing at the Great Lakes Zone Championship Swim Meet held at Bowling Green State University March 17 – 19. Over 1,219 swimmers from the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Michigan competed in the meet. In the 15-18 age group, Drew Sexton set a new team record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of :54.25. Lucas Lane, 11-12, set new team records in the 100 Individual Medley, 1:04.16; the 200 Freestyle, 2:01.32; and the 100 Freestyle, :56.46. The Silver Streaks finished the meet as follows:

15 – 18 BOYS – Drew Sexton
200 Backstroke, 1:59.16, 14th place
50 Backstroke, :25.34, 4th place
100 Backstroke, :54.25, 9th place
50 Freestyle, :22.97, 30th place

13 – 14 GIRLS – Sydney Selinsky
50 Freestyle, :26.46, 38th place

13 – 14 BOYS – Blake Sexton
100 Backstroke, :59.76, 20th place

11 – 12 BOYS – Lucas Lane
500 Freestyle, 5:26.06, 5th place
200 Freestyle, 2:01.32, 6th place
100 Individual Medley, 1:04.16, 8th place
100 Butterfly, 1:04.73, 7th place
200 Individual Medley, 2:17.28, 4th place
100 Freestyle, :56.46, 13th place
50 Butterfly, :28.98, 8th place

9 – 10 GIRLS – Elizabeth Lane
50 Freestyle, :29.88, 18th place

Press Release: March 21, 2017

YMCA ANNUAL MEETING

http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20170322/tuscarawas-county-ymca-holds-annual-meeting

The Tuscarawas County YMCA held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Monday March 20 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover with 145 in attendance. YMCA volunteers were recognized for their leadership in programs, special events, activities, and service on boards and committees. All volunteers in attendance were presented a YMCA coffee mug in appreciation of their service.

The meeting was led by the Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors Jim Boose. Retiring board members Jodi Hillyer, Becky Mastin, and Joe McCartney were recognized and thanked for their service on the board over the past years. Jane Gingrich was also recognized and thanked for her service to the YMCA Board of Trustees. Newly elected members to the Board of Directors were introduced. They include Brian Proctor, Brent Baumberger, Mark DeVault, Mike Welsh, Lily Goa, and Scott Heil. Newly elected Trustees were also recognized; they are Jane Gingrich, Becky Mastin, Randy Longacher and Steve Stocker. Bill Singhaus was recognized and thanked for his 2-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Nathan Vaughan was recognized thanked for his service as Chairman of the Board of Trustees this past year.

Also recognized at the dinner for outstanding support of the 2016 Strong Kids Campaign were the YMCA Chairman’s Roundtable sponsors: Aleris Rolled Products, Gopal & Sally Agarwal, Black McCuskey, Dwain & Connie Colvin, First National Bank of Dennison, Healthways Inc., Mark & Irene Heil, Helen Brach Foundation, Hugh Fraser Fund, Jack Marsh Golf Outing, Eric Kimble, Keith & Kathy Kimble, Keith & Becky Lands, Ann Marsh, Brian & Pam Marsh, Steve & Becky Mastin, Wanda Miller, Moore & Neidenthal, Park Village Health Center, Craig & Melody Rader, Sarah Miller Fund, Steve & Ginny Stocker, Walter Zimmerman Memorial Fund, and Wendy’s. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is an annual fundraiser that insures that no child is ever denied YMCA services or programs because of an inability to pay. In 2016, the Annual Strong Kids Campaign raised over $76,000 to provide direct assistance to more than 350 kids and family members and over $90,000 to help subsidize youth programs for children.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dover was recognized and received the Youth Christian Spirt Award for their youth group’s outstanding work and service to the Christian community through their mission trip, Easter Egg Hunt, Advent workshop participation, and leading activities for their church and area nursing homes.

Receiving the YMCA Family of the Year award was the Joe and Sarah Sciarretti Family of Dover. The family members include Joe, Sarah, Vincent, Patrick, Mary Clare, and Michael. They are a shining example of a YMCA family.

Rose Beitzel of New Philadelphia was recognized as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Rose is an active members of the Silver Sneakers program and volunteers are and instructor in the fitness program as well as in numerous other areas of the Y including teen dances, Healthy Kids Day, filling envelopes and just about any other way they can help. Her enthusiastic support for senior fitness and YMCA kids a blessing to everyone that she meets.

Receiving the Leo Poland Award for outstanding long time service to the YMCA was Kathleen Sanders of Dover. Kathleen has been an active member of the YMCA for 20 years and has served as a YMCA volunteer in Twinges program, a water exercise class for people with arthritis for the past 17 years. She had made a dramatic impact on the lives of hundreds of participants she has taught and encouraged. Her commitment to the YMCA and improving the lives of those she teaches in amazing and so beneficial.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA, located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. YMCA membership totals more than 5,000 members and has over 12,000 annual participants. The YMCA is a United Way agency.

Press Release: March 13, 2017

You Can’t Afford to Ignore Prediabetes

Tuesday, March 28, is American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day®, and the Tuscarawas County YMCA wants residents of Tuscarawas County to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.

In the United States alone, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people; another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 10 percent are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care (in 2012 alone, the ADA estimates that diabetes cost the health care system $245 billion) makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise but the number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue, especially when so few people realize they have the condition. Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Often preventable, people with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also cardiovascular disease, stroke and other conditions.

As the leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health the Tuscarawas County YMCA encourages all adults to take a diabetes risk test at www.ymca.net/diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight and activity level, among others.

“Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity,” said Brandi Hibbs, Healthy Living Director, Tuscarawas Count YMCA. “Steps taken now to prevent developing diabetes not only makes good health sense; it makes good economic sense.”

The Tuscarawas County Y is helping people make healthier choices that can help reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by a United Way funded Diabetes prevention program. Our next class will begin April 5 at 9:30 AM and is free and open to the community. Please contact the Y for more info or email Brandi @ brandi@tuscymca.org.

Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

• Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.
• Keep a food diary to increase awareness of eating patterns and behaviors.
• Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
• Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
• Incorporate more activity in your day, like taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.
• Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.

To learn more about the Tuscarawas County YMCA’s Healthy Living Programs, please visit www.tuscymca.org or contact a Y Member Service Associate at 330-364-5511.


February 28, 2017

Contact: Steph Wills 330-364-5511

Tuscarawas County YMCA Invites Families to the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, April 29, 2017.
On Saturday, April 29, from 12 Noon to 3:00pm, the Tuscarawas County YMCA will celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event to get kids moving and learning and families living healthier.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, featuring fun active play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential. Bounce Houses, Obstacle Course, Games, Healthy Activities, Clowns, Face Painting, and Free T-Shirts to the first 100 kids who sign in are just a few of the activities planned, along with YMCA Summer Day Camp Information.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Tuscarawas County YMCA at 600 Monroe St, Dover. For more information, call 330-364-5511 or visit www.tuscymca.org.

Times Reporter Article: June 29, 2016

Jack Marsh Golf Outing 2016
http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20160628/tuscarawas-county-ymca-jack-marsh-golf-outing-to-be-hosted

February 20, 2017

YMCA EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA recently held it’s Annual Staff recognition dinner at the Dutch Valley Restaurant Sugarcreek. YMCA Board President Jim Boose thanked the staff being recognized for the dedication to the work of the YMCA, its mission and commitment of service to everyone in our community.

Those being recognized and pins for 5-years of continuous service included Jason Eick – fitness instructor and personal trainer, Omar Garcia – lifeguard and swim instructor, Aubrey Gealsha – fitness instructor, John Kelly – fitness instructor, Nicole Sears – fitness instructor, and Brandon Tylka – wellness center trainer.

Receiving recognition for 10 years of continuous service were Terry Keith – building supervisor and Cinda Orr – Business Manager.

Receiving her 25-year recognition was Sue Hummel. Hummel started her YMCA career working at the Members Service Center and for the past 10 years has been the Membership Coordinator. Sue has announced her intention to semi-retire in June and move to North Carolina.

The YMCA is entering its 98th year of service to the youth and families of Tuscarawas County providing programs and activities designed to strength the spirit, mind, and body. Currently the YMCA has over 125 employees that work with members, program participants, and over 80 community partners to provide YMCA services that strengthen and build people of all ages. The YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover.

For Release: Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tuscarawas County YMCA offers Diabetes Prevention Program, a United Way Funded program.

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment, and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes can benefit their health.
How it Works:
• The 12-month group-based program consists of 7 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions, led by a coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.
• Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
• Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals, with monthly maintenance sessions.
Program Goals:
• Lose 7% of your body weight
• Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
You will do this by learning strategies for:
Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet, and discovering healthier food options have been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes1.
Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol, and prevent blood flow problems2.
Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes3.
Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.
This is a United Way funded program and we strive to make it affordable to everyone. If you are not a Y member the cost is minimal and includes access to the Y and a personal trainer.
Classes begin Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 PM or Saturday, February 11 at 10:00. If you have questions please contact Brandi Hibbs at brandi@tuscymca.org.
1 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/eatright.htm
2 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/beactive.htm
3http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/R2P_life_change.pdf

January 2, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


YMCA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP

The Tuscarawas County YMCA elected 7 members to the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2017, according to YMCA Executive Director Keith Lands.

Those elected to serve second three-year term was Lily Gao of New Philadelphia. Elected to first time terms were Dr. Jeff Cameron, Jay Dummermuth, Mike Welsh, and Brent Baumberger of Dover, Mark DeVault and Brian Proctor of new Philadelphia. Appointed to fill an unexpired term was Scott Heil of New Philadelphia.

Becky Mastin of Dover, stepped down after serving 6 years on the Board of Directors including being Vice-Chair for the Board in 2015 and 2016. Also leaving the board were Jodi Hillyer of Dennison and Joe McCartney of New Philadelphia after serving a 3-year term.

Elected as the chairman of the board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term was Jim Boose of New Philadelphia. Ashley Wagner was elected to a fourth term as Secretary and Scott Heil was elected to serve a fourth term as Board Treasurer, both are from New Philadelphia.

The YMCA Board of Directors is made up of 18 YMCA members who volunteer to serve in this leadership capacity for a three-year terms. The YMCA is now in entering its 98th year of service to the young people and families of Tuscarawas County. The YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover.

The YMCA is committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community through programs and services that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The YMCA is committed to serving everyone in our community by providing financial assistance for those financially are unable to afford YMCA memberships and services.

December 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

YMCA Winter Programs

Registration is underway for YMCA Winter classes which begin on Monday January 2, 2017. Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolution of a healthier 2017 by registering for Yoga, Zumba, Fitness Belly Dancing, Turbo Kick, Shred, Boot Camp, Cardio Training, Step Fusion, Shred Weight Training, and Spinning just to name a few. The YMCA offers a fitness classes for every level, from beginner to top level athlete. Y has a class that will challenge you and be fun. For the active senior, the SilverSneakers® classes offers a great workout and is free for SilverSneakers participants. Activities are open to anyone in the community.

Water exercise has long been recognized as one of the best ways to work out for people of any age. YMCA water exercise classes include Aqua Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, Hydro-Fit Deep Water Exercise, Aqua Fit, and Joy of Living. The Twinges program is an exercise program specifically designed for those individuals suffering from arthritis that takes place in the YMCA’s warm water pool. You need not be a swimmer to participate in water exercise classes.

Youth indoor soccer begins January 7th and Judo for beginner through competitive team for youth and adults is also available. Women’s and Co-ed volleyball leagues are now forming too. Other unique classes include CPR, First Aid and lifeguarding certification, private swim lessons, private gymnastics lessons, and personal trainers for any age. Gymnastics classes are also available for youth beginning at age 18 months through school age with varying levers and skills. YMCA Family nights and youth nights are great fun with activities varying each month.

For a complete listing of YMCA programs and classes go the Y’s webpage at www.tuscycma.org and click on the program guide button or call the YMCA at 330-364-5511, or stop by the Y at 600 Monroe Street in Dover for a program guide. The YMCA has been promoting Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility for 97 years and still going strong. The Y for a better us.

December 2, 2016

Make Resolutions Stick in 2017

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!
This year, the Tuscarawas County YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. “’Getting healthy’ is not a goal—it’s too broad,” explains Brandi Hibbs, Healthy Living Director. “You can re-frame that broad resolution into multiple, more manageable and measurable goals. If you aren’t active at all right now, try to incorporate activity into your routine three days a week, before telling yourself that you’ll work out every single day.”
The Tuscarawas County YMCA also explains that reframing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2017, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Hibbs.
The Tuscarawas County YMCA also explains that it’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. “Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either!” explains Brandi Hibbs. Change is a process and bad days are part of that process. Progress not perfection.
Below are four tips the Tuscarawas County YMCA recommends to help 2017 New Year’s resolutions stick.
1. Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.
2. Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.
3. Choose a facility that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility that keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.
4. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2015 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.
For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the Tuscarawas County YMCA, contact 330-364-5511 or visit www.tuscymca.org.

December 16, 2016

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Tuscarawas County YMCA Celebrates 97 Years of Serving Community

Dover, Ohio — In 1919, World War I had ended, Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, dial telephones were introduced, the 18th Amendment (prohibition) went into effect, and Edsel Ford replaced his father Henry, as the CEO of the Ford Motor Company.

Here in Tuscarawas County, news was being made as well. Though it wouldn’t make national headlines the opening of Dover YMCA (now Tuscarawas County YMCA) in 1919 certainly made headlines here. The Tuscarawas County YMCA is celebrating its 97th anniversary in December 19, 2016 and is inviting the community to take part in the celebration. On Thursday December 29th, the YMCA will be waiving all joiners fees (a savings of up to $80) for new members and offering a 2 for 1 on all Personal Training sessions for new and existing members.

“In Tuscarawas County, the Y is more than a gym, it’s a place of community,” said Keith Lands Executive Director/CEO. “As the needs of the community have shifted, our mission has shifted as well. Today we work to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their full potential—whether that’s through a swimming lesson, a Diabetes Prevention Program class, or our high school swim meet—we’re here for you and your family.”

When the Tuscarawas County YMCA opened in 1919, they welcomed men and boys giving them the opportunity to grow in sprit, mind, and body. Since then, women and girls have joined the Y and now make up over 52% of its membership. Today, the Y welcomes everyone, and offers financial assistance for those unable to afford to participate. Over the years, the Y has seen its membership grow significantly and has increased its programming to include a Diabetes Prevention Program which helps adults in the community reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes; a Summer Day Camp programs, afterschool child care, individual and team sports, group exercise, swimming, family programs and many more.

LANDS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE Y

[Dover/Ohio, November 1, 2016] – The Tuscarawas County YMCA Chairman of the Board, William Singhaus and Nathan Vaughan, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Trustees announced jointly today the upcoming retirement of its Executive Director slated for the summer of 2017. Executive Director Keith Lands has served the Tuscarawas County YMCA since 1995 and has had an outstanding YMCA career of 40 years.

“There was not a YMCA in my home town of Circleville, Ohio when I grew up. But while in college I learned about the YMCA, it’s Christian Mission, and the work that they were doing in so many communities around the world. It was then that I decided not to pursue a career in teaching but rather seek work with in the YMCA.” Says Lands. “I truly felt called to do it.

Lands began his career as a Youth Director at the Pickaway County YMCA of Central Ohio in 1977 overseeing Gra-Y, Indian Guides, Youth Sports and the Aquatics Department. He continued to serve at many other Y’s including the Ransburg Branch of the Indianapolis YMCA, the Monroe, Michigan YMCA, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. This experience led him to the Tuscarawas County YMCA where he would spend the next 22 years growing the Y.

Since April 1, 1995 Lands has been instrumental development of programs, growing membership substantially and management of a budget that now exceeds two million dollars. Five capital campaigns and 3 major building renovation and expansions occurred during his tenure, including the Patton Center Gym in 1995, Phase III Campaign in 1999 which made possible the expansion of the YMCA Wellness Center, indoor track and Hanhart Chapel, and the Renew the “Y” Campaign and project in 2007 which added a new multipurpose room, youth room, and new entrances, and remodeled much of the original building at a cost of $3,000,000.

Lands has served on a number of Y-USA committees and was recognized as the YMCA CEO of the Year in 2007 by the Association of YMCA Professionals. The Tuscarawas County YMCA currently has over 125 employees and more than 300 program and policy making volunteers providing membership services, programs, and activities for youth, families, adults and seniors in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

“The YMCA has been more than a job to me, it has been my life. I met my wife Becky through the Y and both of my children have played, competed on sports and swim teams, and worked for the Y. My family literally “grew up” in the hallways of the Y. And now my grandchildren are benefiting from participating in YMCA programs” says Lands. “I will always feel it was my calling to work for the YMCA where everyone can help make a difference every day in the lives of young people and families.” Lands connection to the Tuscarawas County community reached more than Y members. He has served as part of the Dover Rotary for over 21 years, serving as President and Assistant District Governor. He served on the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Board and their Membership and Ambassador’s Committees. He was an active member of the Tuscarawas Football Officials Association as a high school football official for 26 years both in Ohio and Michigan, as board president, and the instructor for new officials. He was inducted into the Tuscarawas Football Officials Hall of Fame this year.

A transition committee has been formed by the Board of Directors of the Tuscarawas County YMCA to seek a replacement for Lands. The committee is led by Committee Chairman Nathan Vaughan, with Becky Mastin, Bob Gerber, Jim Boose and Jay Deeds serving as committee members. The committee is being assisted by Kathy Finney, South Central Ohio Resource Director YMCA of the USA and Francine Gill, Senior Director CEO Search Department YMCA of the USA. “After two decades of service, filling Mr. Lands’ shoes will be a tall order, however our committee is committed to finding the best candidate to serve the Tuscarawas County YMCA and its members for many years to come. We are also in great hands with the YMCA of the USA transition team.” said Vaughan.

October 25, 2016 The Y’s Zoe for President Campaign Aims to Get Parents to the Polls
The Y Organizes Nationwide Child Care Initiative, Zoe for President: Election Day Play Date, on Election Day to Support Busy Parents
Dover, Ohio— Today the Tuscarawas County YMCA announced Zoe for President: Kids Day Out; an initiative to host child care services on Election Day, providing busy parents and guardians the opportunity to make it easier to get to the polls on November 8. Acknowledging the challenges for many to balance personal life with civic duty, the Y wants to e make sure all Americans are able to exercise their right to vote.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA’s Election Day Play Date is November 8 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. This free event is for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. Parents are asked to stop at the Member Service Center to register their children.

Zoe for President: Kids Day Out is a component of Zoe for President, the Y’s effort to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. It highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.

“Our hope is that Zoe for President: Kids Day Out helps parents and care givers make sure their voices are heard, and the very children we care for are given every opportunity to reach their future potential, said Etta Hilfinger, Childcare Director. “As the largest provider of child care in the country, the Y sees the potential in all kids and understands if given the opportunity to succeed, children can grow up to be anything they want—including president.”

This initiative marks the second phase of the Y’s For a better us™ campaign, a multi-year, multi-faceted effort to engage more people with the Y and its mission as a nonprofit. Earlier this year, the Y launched two powerful television commercials, Places, and Idle Hands, each spotlighting a different problem that communities in America face today. Both spots showcased the Y’s nonprofit work on the ground, engaging and enriching kids and families through safe spaces, mentorship, education, meal programs and more.

Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street, Dover. For more information about the “Zoe for President” campaign or for other YMCA initiatives please visit www.tuscymca.org.

Times Reporter Article: June 28, 2016

Marsh Foundation awards grants totaling $40,497. (Read article for more details recipients including the Y.) Thank you Marsh Foundation for your support of our cause.

http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20160627/marsh-foundation-awards-grants-totaling-40497

October 25, 2016 Election Day Play Date at the Y

With the election just around the corner, many communities are preparing for what could be record turnout at the polls. While voting may seem easy for some people, many don’t realize it’s a struggle for others—especially parents and caregivers of small children—to get to the polls. To encourage all potential voters to visit their polling locations this November 8, the Tuscarawas County YMCA is announcing a Zoe for President: Kids Day Out initiative as part of “Zoe for President” campaign.

On November 8, Tuscarawas County YMCA will offer an Election Day Play Date for any individual that needs support to get to their polling site and vote. As the largest provider of child care in the U.S., the Y understands the need to provide the best possible services to growing, learning children and their families.

“Zoe for President” is a mock presidential campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as President of the United States…in 2064. The goal is to help people realize the potential in all of us from the very start, and the Y’s ability to help us nurture and realize our potential throughout life—Zoe for President: Kids Day Out is a direct extension of that concept. The campaign aims to educate consumers on the Y’s ability to take care of individuals and communities from birth through retirement, like no other organization in America.

Election Day Play Date is November 8 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. This free event is for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. Parents are asked to stop at the Member Service Center to register their children.
Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street, Dover. For more information about the “Zoe for President” campaign or for other YMCA initiatives please visit www.tuscymca.org.

October 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Fall 2 Programs Registration Begins

Open registration for YMCA Fall II classes begins Wednesday October 26 and is open to anyone in the community both in person at the YMCA on online at www.tuscymca.org. Swim lessons for all ages, gymnastics, youth basketball, judo, and sports of all sorts for preschoolers and school age are a few of the programs that are available.

Fitness programs include Spinning, Belly Dancing, Boot Camp, Zumba, Yoga, Chair Yoga, Interval Training, Turbo Kick, and more. Water exercise is a great alternative for those who want a good workout but enjoy the benefits of water. Classes include shallow and deep water aerobics and strength endurance training plus an adult advanced swim class for people wanting to challenge their lap swim abilities. The Twinges program is an exercise program specifically designed for those individuals suffering from arthritis that takes place in the YMCA’s warm water pool. It is always great to follow your workout with a relaxing dip in the Y’s whirlpool or in the steam room or sauna.

Friday Family nights will be held on October 28th (Monster Marsh), November 4 (thanksgiving Celebration), and December 16 (Christmas Party). Fifth and Sixth Grade dances are held on Saturday November 12, January 14, and March 18 from 7 – 10 PM. Saturday Night Middle School Blast will be held November 5 and December 3 and Friday Night Blats for 2nd & 3rd Graders is November 18 and for 4th graders on December 16.

Be a part of a great growing family tradition, the Annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. It is a great way for the entire family to get a head start on burning off those Thanksgiving Day calories. The event begins at 9 AM. Register online at www.runsignup.com or stop by the YMCA.

A complete listing of YMCA programs, classes, and activities is available at www.tuscycma.org and click on the program guide button or call the Y at 330-364-5511.

The YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. The YMCA is more than a gym, it’s where families grow.

October 19, 2016 November is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Are You One of the 86 Million Americans with Prediabetes?

As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Tuscarawas County residents know they are at risk

Dover, November 1, 2016 – During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Tuscarawas County YMCA is encouraging residents of Tuscarawas County to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (86 million people) have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Only 10 percent of those with prediabetes know they have it but with awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.

“As one of the leading community-based charities committed to building a community of integrated health across the country, the Y wants residents of Tuscarawas County to understand their risk for prediabetes and steps they can take to prevent developing Type 2 diabetes,” said Brandi Hibbs, Healthy Living Director. “Rising diabetes rates cost the nation $245 billion annually for a disease that is preventable with simple lifestyle changes like eating better and getting more physical activity.”

Individuals can assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by taking a simple test at YMCA.net/diabetes. Through this assessment, visitors can also learn how lifestyle choices and family history help determine the ultimate risk for developing the disease. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include race, age, weight, and activity level. If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a physician can confirm a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis.

Tuscarawas County YMCA is helping to improve health through Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the United Way, countless fitness classes both on land in the water, and a fully equipped Wellness Center.


Making some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
• Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
• Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.
• Aim for whole grains with every meal.
• Be moderately active, getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
• Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
• Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.

To learn more about the Tuscarawas County YMCA’s HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAMS, please contact Brandi Hibbs at 330-364-5511 or brandi@tuscymca.org. To register for the next United Way funded Diabetes Prevention Class beginning November 12, 2016, visit our website or stop by the Y to register.

October 12, 2016

Y Arts Week Success for Family Fun

Dedication to family fun took another step up during Arts Week at the Y. “It has always been my dream to encourage everyone to find their inner artists” said Kathleen Johnson, Marketing and Fitness Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. “So when YUSA sent out a call to the Y’s do develop a plan for Arts Week, I jumped at the opportunity to develop a few fun nights for families.”

Y Members and especially Yoga participants were encourage to bring in Art for a display in the Hanhart Chapel to enhance the artful flow of yoga throughout the month of October. Eight artists are featured in the display.

Chalk night brought out the creative energy in the Y After-School students and the multiple families who came to join the evening drawing experience. “What’s great about sidewalk chalk is that it brings out the artists in everyone, from the doodler to the fine artist, from preschooler to parent.” said Johnson.

The Y also took part in the ODOT Paint-a-Plow project. Staff and members painted for about 14 hours throughout the week to complete the project. The theme: The Y – for all seasons, featured 4 trees representing all 4 seasons and of course a snowman.

The third project for Arts Week was craft night. Three crafts were presented to inspire families to be creative and to experience painting on pallet wood and glass. Projects were designed for fall décor and were simple enough for all ages. “It was great to see families working together and seeing all the different variation that came from the same example. Plans for next year are already being prepared and the Y will be adding a creative night each month starting in November to continue the creative flow.

For more information about Y programs and special activities can be found at www.tuscymca.org.
The Y.™ For a better us.™

September 16, 2016

Harlan Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Stacy Harlan, Aquatic Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA, was recently recognized for her outstanding competitive swimming career by being inducted into the Great Kanawha Valley Swimming Hall of Fame in Charleston, West Virginia. Growing up in the Charleston area, Harlan was an outstanding competitive swimmer, swimming for the Sun Aquatics Team, the University of Charleston Aquatics Team, and the Charleston YMCA Aquatic Team. She set over 15 team records while swimming for these teams. She qualified for the Junior Nationals Swim Meet four times and was a YMCA National qualifier 3 times.

Harlan continued her competitive career at West Virginia Wesleyan College a NCAA Division 2 school. While at WV Wesleyan, she was an all-Conference swimmer for all four years. She was a seven time All-American in backstroke, freestyle, and butterfly. She set five team records and was the 1997-1998 WVWC Most Valuable Swimmer and the 1999 WVIAC Women’s Swimmer of the year.

After graduation from West Virginia Wesleyan, Stacy served as Head Women’s Swim Coach for 3 years at Massillon Perry High School and was the Aquatic Director at the Downtown Canton YMCA for 2 years. In 2003, she became the Aquatic Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. While at the YMCA, Stacy has been recognized as the YMCA “Rookie of the Year” in 2005, an award for Program Directors given by the Association of YMCA Professionals and has served as the Secretary of the Northeast Ohio YMCA Swim League.

Stacy and her husband Jamey Harlan live in Uhrichsville and have two children, Connor and Cadence.

August 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

YMCA Conducts Needs Assessment

The Tuscarawas County YMCA Board of Directors is seeking the support and input of the entire community by conducting an online community needs assessment to help the YMCA better address the critical issues in the areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
The community survey is a brief 5 minute online survey and is open to everyone age 18 and older. To access the survey, so to the Tuscarawas County YMCA’s website www.tuscymca.org and click on the popup link to the needs assessment.

The assessment is being conducted by the YMCA of the USA and is completely confidential. The survey will be open for comment through August 30. “The input of everyone in our community is important to the YMCA, whether you are a member of the YMCA or not,” says Keith Lands, Executive Director of the YMCA. “The information we gather will help the YMCA boards in the determination of programs, activities, and facilities that will be needed to serve the youth, teens, families, adults, and seniors of our community for years to come. For more information contact the YMCA at 330-364-551 or go to the YMCA website.

August 24, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


YMCA Fall I Classes


Registration for fall classes and programs at the Tuscarawas County YMCA are underway now both online and in person at the YMCA Members Service Center. YMCA classes and programs are open to everyone in the community. The Member Service Center is open and accepting registrations from 5:00 AM till 9:30 PM Monday through Friday, from 5:00 – 5:30 on Saturday, and 1:00 – 3:30 PM on Sundays, or register anytime online at www.tuscycma.org.

Fall classes included Swimming lessons for children ages 6 months through adult, Silver Streaks age group swim team, Swim Camps and a variety of water exercise programs including the Twinges program for person suffering from Arthritis.

Looking for something for your kids to do after school? The YMCA After School Club picks up kids at the elementary schools in Dover and New Philadelphia and transports them to the YMCA for a snack, homework help, and fun activities till parents pick them up after work. In the Claymont District, children are transported to the Claymont Intermediate School for afterschool activities and care. The YMCA also offers a licensed preschool program for children ages 3 – 5 years of age with both morning and afternoon classes.

Ready to start training to be the next USA gymnast? The YMCA gymnastics program is open to boys and girls and includes preschool and school age lessons. Other youth sports include sports of all sorts for 3 – 7 year olds, flag football, volleyball, judo, and the YMCA home school program.

Adults can participate in a variety of exercise classes including yoga, boot camp, pump, shred, fusion, turbo kick, Saturday sweat, interval training, everybody fitness class, SilverSneakers chair class, and many more. Personal training is available for both adults and youth who are interested in individualized workouts to achieve their maximum results. Adult co-ed volleyball leagues will be starting in September.

The YMCA have been serving youth, adults, families, and seniors in our community for over 97 years and is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. For a complete listing of YMCA programs and activities go to www.tuscymca.org or stop by the YMCA. At the YMCA, we’re more than a gym, we’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

August 16, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


YMCA-Marsh Outing

The 15th Annual Jack Marsh Memorial - YMCA Golf Outing sponsored by Black McCuskey, First National Bank of Dennison, and Wendy’s was held on Wednesday August 11th at Oak Shadows Golf Club. The Annual event helps raise money for the YMCA Annual campaign which provided kids and families memberships and program assistance who otherwise would not be able to participate in YMCA activities.

After 18 holes of golf two teams were tied with a score of 53, 19 shots below par. The Marsh Group consisting of Ed Marsh, Bill Ferris, Tim Miller, and Brian Klopfer and the FHSS Team of Glen Swartz, Dwight Foutz, George Herbert, and Aaron Shanklin shared the low score honors. For the first time in 15 years, no team won the orange ball game. The longest drive for men went to Matt Stein and Connie Colvin won the longest drive for women. Closet to the pin for men went to Bert Marzley, and 2nd shot closet to the pin award went to Steve Stocker. The longest putt was won by Glen Swartz and the straightest drive was made by Matt Litty. Two skins were awarded one each of the to the teams of FHSS with an eagle of hole 11 and the second to the March Group with an eagle on 18.

The golf outing is held each year as a memorial to Jack Marsh, a celebrated community leader, who was also a lifetime member and supporter of the Tuscarawas County YMCA. He has served as President of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. He was Chairman of the YMCA Endowment Committee, and chaired the successful YMCA Phase III Capital Campaign in 1999, which expanded the Wellness Center.

All proceeds from the YMCA-Jack Marsh outing are used to provide financial assistance for youth and families who are unable to afford YMCA memberships and youth programs. In 2015 the YMCA provided over $100,000 in direct membership assistance and youth program subsidies. The Jack Marsh Golf Outing and the YMCA’s Annual Campaign help insure that no child is ever turned away from YMCA programs and services because of a financial inability.

Press Release: June 24, 2016

PATTON/YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA announced today that 4 local students have received scholarships totaling $8,000 from the Thomas J. Patton/YMCA Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 1992 by Robert (Fizz) Miller to honor Tom Patton for his more than 40 years of service to the people of Tuscarawas County through his work with the YMCA.

Daniel VanGilder is the recipient of a first-year award from the Patton Scholarship Fund. Daniel is the son of Tom and Debbie Van Gilder of New Philadelphia and is a 2016 graduate of Dover High School. Daniel has been an active member of the YMCA Leaders club where he has helped with youth sports and numerous other special events. He was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He received his Eagle Scout Award in 2016 for a project he completed at the YMCA. He plans to attend Kent State University Tuscarawas and major in Business Management.

Tyler Baker is also a first-year recipient of the Tom Patton Scholarship. He is the son of Sherri and Terry Baker of New Philadelphia and a 2016 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. Tyler is employed by the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past two years and as a lifeguard at Tuscora Park. Ty plans to attend Kent State University and major in nursing.

Daniel Johnson is a second-year recipient of the Patton Scholarship. He is the son of Jerry and Kathleen Johnson of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Daniel will be a sophomore at Kent State University Stark majoring in Music Technology. Daniel has been a volunteer at the YMCA for many years helping with fun runs, soccer leagues and numerous other activities.

Jacob Armstrong is son of Edie and Ryan Armstrong of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Jake will is a second-year recipient of the Patton Scholarship and will be sophomore at West Virginia University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to his studies, Jake is a member of the Mountaineers Swim Team and competed in the Big Twelve Championships. Jake was a long time active member of the YMCA Silver Streaks Swim Team, Dover High School Swim Team, and a volunteer at the YMCA.

Recipients of the Tom Patton/YMCA scholarship are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Tuscarawas County YMCA through volunteer leadership and service as well as their academic achievement and community involvement.

Press Release: June 24, 2016

Twin City YMCA to Close

Keith Lands, Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County YMCA announced today that the Twin City YMCA Satellite will be closing effective Friday, July 29, 2016. This decision is a result of the Claymont City Schools announcement to close their Northside School building located on 215 North Third Street, Dennison where the Twin City YMCA has been located for the past 13 years. The Y received notice from Claymont City Schools on Monday, June 13 that the building will be closed on August 19, 2016.
“We came to the Twin City community with a plan to provide after school child care for the community,” said Keith Lands, Executive Director/CEO of the Tuscarawas County YMCA, “and to promote healthy living. We have maintained a great relationship with the Claymont Schools and understand completely their decision to close the facility in which we have been renting. We know that we have made a difference here."
A decision by the Y was made Monday, June 20, at the Tuscarawas County YMCA Executive Committee to close the Twin City YMCA satellite location. The Y has been searching for other alternative sites to relocate the YMCA that would be both affordable and provide adequate space for programs and member activities. The Y has been operating an after school program, fitness classes, gymnastics programs and wellness center. The Twin City YMCA has about 90 members and 9 part time program staff.
"This decision was difficult,” said Lands. “We have served many families in the Twin City Community and built some great relationships. Our mission, throughout the years, has been to focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We know we have provided a service that was needed and our Y mission will continue to make impact from the work we have established here. We want to thank the community for their support and look forward to staying connected through outreach programs."
The Y is working to develop relationship with other organizations in the community to continue to offer programs and activities at other locations in the Twin City community. The Y Silver Sneakers program that is currently being held at the Twin City Senior Center will be moving July 12 to the Presbyterian Church in Uhrichsville. The Y is currently working with the school district for a new location for the youth afterschool program. Members of the Twin City YMCA Satellite have been notified and will be given a one year membership at the Tuscarawas County YMCA facility in Dover.

Press Release May 25, 2016

YMCA ADULT BASKETBALL REUNION

The Tuscarawas County YMCA will host its 1st Annual Adult Basketball Reunion on April 2 at 10:00 AM. Event will include a special guest speaker at 11:00 AM.

"One of the major purposes of this reunion is to acknowledge the diversity of the participants", says Colby Byrom, long-time Y basketball player. "This diversity is overshadowed by one common denominator, the participants love and passion for the game of basketball."

The YMCA has hosted an adult basketball program for over half a century. Participants range from early morning players, to the lunch bunch and the evening round ball play. All Y players are invited to come and share their experiences regardless of when they play past or present.

This reunion is sponsored by Buehlers of New Philadelphia, Ferris Chevrolet, McInturf Realty, Wendy's, Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Staley Technology.

For more information contact Colby Byrom at 330-819-1742. No RSVP needed. Reunion will be held in the multipurpose room at the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe Street, Dover.

June 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PATTON/YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA announced today that 4 local students have received scholarships totaling $8,000 from the Thomas J. Patton/YMCA Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 1992 by Robert (Fizz) Miller to honor Tom Patton for his more than 40 years of service to the people of Tuscarawas County through his work with the YMCA.

Daniel VanGilder is the recipient of a first-year award from the Patton Scholarship Fund. Daniel is the son of Tom and Debbie Van Gilder of New Philadelphia and is a 2016 graduate of Dover High School. Daniel has been an active member of the YMCA Leaders club where he has helped with youth sports and numerous other special events. He was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He received his Eagle Scout Award in 2016 for a project he completed at the YMCA. He plans to attend Kent State University Tuscarawas and major in Business Management.

Tyler Baker is also a first-year recipient of the Tom Patton Scholarship. He is the son of Sherri and Terry Baker of New Philadelphia and a 2016 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. Tyler is employed by the YMCA as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past two years and as a lifeguard at Tuscora Park. Ty plans to attend Kent State University and major in nursing.

Daniel Johnson is a second-year recipient of the Patton Scholarship. He is the son of Jerry and Kathleen Johnson of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Daniel will be a sophomore at Kent State University Stark majoring in Music Technology. Daniel has been a volunteer at the YMCA for many years helping with fun runs, soccer leagues and numerous other activities.

Jacob Armstrong is son of Edie and Ryan Armstrong of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Jake will is a second-year recipient of the Patton Scholarship and will be sophomore at West Virginia University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to his studies, Jake is a member of the Mountaineers Swim Team and competed in the Big Twelve Championships. Jake was a long time active member of the YMCA Silver Streaks Swim Team, Dover High School Swim Team, and a volunteer at the YMCA.

Recipients of the Tom Patton/YMCA scholarship are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Tuscarawas County YMCA through volunteer leadership and service as well as their academic achievement and community involvement.

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June 17, 2016 For Immediate Release:

Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie
Recognizing the important role fathers play in their children’s lives
Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.
On Sunday, June 19, the Tuscarawas County YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.
Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.
“We celebrate dads on Father’s Day and we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved,” said Keith Lands Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County YMCA. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of our role to continue to give the support that all parents need.”

The Tuscarawas County YMCA offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers such as Parent/Child Swim Classes, Youth Sports Programs, and Family Events. In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. To learn more about programs and activities available at the Tuscarawas County YMCA visit www.tuscymca.org or call 330-364-5511.

April 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Rader and Hammonds Receive Special Recognition
At the monthly board meeting of the Tuscarawas County YMCA in April, Bob Kalish, Regional Liaison for Secretary of State John Husted, presented special recognition to Craig Rader and Mary & John Hammond for the volunteer services to the YMCA.

Rader a 40 year member of the YMCA and former Board member of the YMCA Board of Trustees received the Leo Poland Award for outstanding service to the YMCA. Craig had served has Treasurer of the Trustees for the past 10 years.

May and John Hammond were recognized for receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding work with the YMCA Silver Sneakers program, Healthy Kids, and numerous other volunteer activities.

The YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover and has over 350 volunteers on an annual basis providing leadership for boards and committees, programs, special events, and administrative activities. Persons interested in volunteering at the YMCA should call the Y at 330-364-5511.

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2016


Tuscarawas County YMCA Invites Families to the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, April 30, 2016.
On Saturday, April 30, from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm, the Tuscarawas County YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event to get kids moving and learning and families living healthier.
The Tuscarawas County YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families, featuring fun active play and educational activities to help kids be healthy and reach their full potential.

Bounce Houses, Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Games, Healthy Activities, Clowns, face painting and Free T-Shirts to the first 100 kids, are just a few of the activities planned, YMCA Summer Day Camp information and other camp opportunity will be highlighted at the event.

Ys across the national are celebrating 25 years of Healthy Kids Days. Events are hosted in nearly 1,400 YMCA’s across the United States and Canada, reaching more than 1.2 million children and parents.

The YMCA Healthy Kids Day® takes place at the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St, Dover. For more information, contact Steph Wills at 330-364-5511 or steph@tuscymca.org.

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 11, 2016

Superheroes Unite at the Y

Grab your cape, lace up your shoes, and join the Tuscarawas County YMCA on May 6, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM for our 2nd Annual 1 Mile Superhero Bolt to raise funds for the Tuscarawas County YMCA Annual Campaign. This is event in conjunction with the Y’s Family Night Programs.

The Superhero 1 mile bolt raises money for the Annual Campaign that began over 40 years ago, with the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to those people who were financially unable to participate in Y programs and activities. Today, the need for assistance continues to grow and we would greatly appreciate your help in supporting the youth and their families in our community.

The Y encourage everyone involved to come dressed as their favorite superhero from the comics or imagination. Registration forms are available at the Y or online at www.tuscymca.org. Registration fee $8 for Y Members or $10 for others. Fee includes a Y shirt, goodie bag and snack.

Race sponsors or volunteers are needed, if interested contact Brandi Hibbs at the Y, 330-364-5511 or brandi@tuscymca.org.

Press Release: March 22, 2016

YMCA ANNUAL MEETING AND VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER

The Tuscarawas County YMCA held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Monday, March 21 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover with 120 in attendance. YMCA volunteers were recognized for their leadership in programs, special events, activities, and service on boards and committees. All volunteers in attendance were presented with a special gift in appreciation of their service.

The meeting was led by the Chairman of the Y Board of Directors Bill Singhaus. Retiring board members Jeff Bok and Jason Baker were recognized and thanked for their service on the board over the past years. Dan Hershberger was also recognized and thanked for his service to the YMCA Board of Trustees. Newly elected members to the Board of Directors were introduced. They include Matt Judy, Brian Marsh II, Sue Ferbrache, Jim Wherley Jr., and Ashley Wagner. Newly elected Trustees were recognized they are Andy Chapman, Bob Gerber, and Mark Heil. Ken Engstrom was recognized thanked for his service as Chairman of the Board of Trustees this past year.

Also recognized at the dinner for outstanding support of the 2015 Strong Kids Campaign were the Y Chairman’s Roundtable sponsors: Black McCuskey, Boxcar Properties, Dwain & Connie Colvin, Jack & Sally Dooling, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, First National Bank of Dennison, Haman Family Foundation, Healthways Inc., Mark & Irene Heil, Helen Brach Foundation, Hugh Fraser Fund, Jack Marsh Golf Outing, JD Byrider, Keith & Becky Lands, Kiwanis Club of New Philadelphia, Robert Klopfer Family, Ann Marsh, Brian & Pam Marsh, Steve & Becky Mastin, Ellen Matics Trust, Sara Miller Fund, Wanda Miller, Brent & Stacy Mullet, Matt & Melanie Neidenthal, Park Village Health Center, Pioneer 360, Craig & Melody Rader, Joe & Sarah Sciarretti, William Singhaus, Steve & Ginny Stocker, Wendy’s, YMCA Wreath Auction, and Zimmer Surgical. The Y Strong Kids Campaign is an annual fundraiser that insures that no child is ever denied YMCA services or programs because of an inability to pay. In 2015, the Annual Strong Kids Campaign raised over $84,000 to provide direct assistance to more than 500 kids and family members and over $90,000 to help subsidize youth programs for children. Jay Dummermuth was recognized and thanked for his service as Chairman for the 2015 Campaign.

Rush Community Church of the Nazarene was recognized and received the Youth Christian Spirit Award for their youth group’s outstanding work and service to the Christian community through their work in the District Building Leaders and Sharing Talents program, the annual Easter Sunrise Service, the 30 hours of famine to raise awareness for world hunger, and working and teaching other youth.

Receiving the Y Family of the Year award was the Billman family of New Philadelphia. The family members include R. Gregory, Amanda, Braydan, and Brenton. The entire family is very active in YMCA programs and activities including swimming, fitness, and family nights. They are a shining example of a YMCA family.

John & Mary Hammond of Dennison were recognized as the 2015 Volunteers of the Year. John and Mary are both active members of the Silver Sneakers program and volunteer in numerous areas of the Y including helping with Healthy Kids Day, filling envelopes, and just about any other way they can help. Their enthusiasm and support for the Y, Y kids and all members is catching.

Receiving the Leo Poland Award for outstanding long time service to the Y was Craig Rader of Dover. Craig has been an active member of the Y for over 40 years and has served as a Y volunteer in a variety of ways. He has served on both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and for the past 10 years as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He has taken active roles in all the capital campaigns that the Y has undertaken over the past 20 years and served as Chairman of the last Executive Search Committee in 1995. His leadership and support of the Y has been unwavering and instrumental in its overall success.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA, located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. It has a program satellite located at 215 North 3rd Street in Dennison. YMCA membership totals more than 5,000 members and has over 12,000 annual participants. The YMCA is a United Way agency.

March 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

YMCA ANNUAL CAMPAIGN FOR KIDS

The Tuscarawas County YMCA Annual Campaign for kids is nearing it goal for 2016 and seeking year end support from the community to help us reach the goal of at least $75,000, according to Bill Singhaus, YMCA Board of Directors Chairman. “The YMCA has conducted an annual campaign for over 50 years with the proceeds being used to provide financial assistance for youth and family memberships and subsidies for youth programs,” according to Singhaus.

The Annual Campaign provides over $50,000 in direct financial assistance for area youth and families that cannot afford memberships as well as $80,000 in support and offset the cost of youth programs including swim teams, gym team, preschool, child watch, lifeguarding classes, family and youth nights, Youth Leaders Club, and YMCA Youth-In–Government. Request for membership assistance alone are up by 30% over 2015 levels.

Donations to the Y Annual Campaign can be made online at www.tuscymca.org and clicking on the Give button. Or by mailing your donation to the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St., Dover, Ohio 44622 or stopping by the Y. All donations are tax deductible and are used for youth and kids in Tuscarawas County.

Singhaus stated, “It is ultimately the community support of the YMCA Annual Campaign that will "Make a Difference in the Life of a Child." Any gift, large or small will make a difference!” For more information about the Y’s Annual Campaign or to request assistance contact the YMCA at 330-364-5511. The Tuscarawas County YMCA has been committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for 97 years.


Press Release: February 4, 2016

YMCA EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA had 49 employees who achieved milestones in service to the community and the members of the Y this past year. Each year the Y recognizes staff for their service achievement and this past year 49 staff had a combined 314 years of service to the Y in a variety of positions and responsibilities. Twenty-nine received recognition for completion of their first year of service, leadership, and commitment to the Y’s mission of service and support.

Receiving recognition for 5 years of continuous service were Emma Burk and Katy Jarvis in gymnastics and Dan Lanzer and Sally Warner in fitness.

Receiving recognition for 10 years of continuous service were Karol Jones in administration, Jennifer Stewart in Twin City fitness, Polly Brogan in wellness, and Jeff Davis in fitness and building services.

15 Year recipients include Stacy Harlan Aquatic Director, Kathleen Johnson Marketing & Fitness Director, Michele Moore in child watch, and Ashley Swiger in membership services.

20 Year recipients were Rachel Bolek in fitness, Ryan Hursey in fitness & aquatics, Marci Jaap in Preschool & child care, James Law in judo, and Anne Riggs Gymnastics Director.

Being recognized for 25 years of service was Brenda Wherley, swim team coach.

Receiving her 40-year recognition was Nancy Smith. Nancy has worked in all areas of the gymnastics program including coaching the team and class instruction for all ages. Her service to the YMCA began as a youth volunteer in the YMCA Leaders Club over 40 years ago.

Press Release: Thursday, Jan 14, 2016

Diabetes Prevention Program, a United Way Funded program.

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment, and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes can benefit their health.

How it Works:

  • The 12-month group-based program consists of 7 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions, led by a coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.
  • Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.
  • Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals, with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals:

  • Lose 7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:

  • Healthy Eating - Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet, and discovering healthier food options have been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes (Source: CDC).
  • Increasing Physical Activity - Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol, and prevent blood flow problems (Source: CDC).
  • Losing Weight - It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes (CDC).

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

This is a United Way funded program and we strive to make it affordable to everyone. If you are not a Y member the cost is minimal and includes access to the Y and a personal trainer.

Classes begin Saturday, January 27 at 10:00 AM. If you have questions please contact Brandi Hibbs at brandi@tuscymca.org.


Press Release: Thursday, August 20, 2015

Information Provided by: Etta Hilfinger, Child Care Director Tuscarawas County YMCA 330-364-5511 Ext 309

YMCA Preschool and Afterschool Programs Provide Learning Enrichment Activities

[Dover,Ohio August 5, 2015] – Providing preschool children a creative environment and school-age youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the Tuscarawas County YMCA is offering a Certified Preschool program and an After-School programs.. The Y’s afterschool program, for children attending Dover and New Philadelphia schools, combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In Ohio 23 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the Y encourages parents/caregivers to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Etta Hilfinger, Child Care Director, Tuscarawas County YMCA. “YMCA preschool and afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children.

In the Y’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework, a healthy snack and time for play. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Y is also providing a Day Off program for holidays or snow days when both Dover and New Philadelphia schools are off. “Providing peace of mind for parents during the expected day off and the unexpected is our goal. Says Hilfinger. The Y is a family place and as family we are here to help.”

The Y’s preschool program offers children 3-5 years old a safe and fun environment where they can develop early academic skills, social skills and independence. Three day and five day programs are offered in both morning and afternoons. The 5 day PM program includes a swim lesson.

For more information about the Y’s afterschool program or Preschool program, please contact Etta Hilfinger at 330-364-5511 or visit www.tuscymca.org

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About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net


Posted: July 21, 2015 Press Release

Turkey Trot 5K

Unleash a preemptive strike on those Thanksgiving calories and run or walk the Tuscarawas County YMCA Turkey Trot 5K held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Packet Pick-Up is Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM and Race Day at 7:00 AM.

“This event attracts serious runners to recreational walkers, families, and pets, annually bringing community spirit to the Y.” says Race Coordinator Brandi Hibbs. “This year’s annual event is becoming one of the largest running events in the area.” “The Turkey Trot has grown to be more than a race. It’s become a holiday tradition that brings our community and their family together to celebrate the season.”

Awards presented to top three men and top three women in each category: 14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over.

Early bird rates end August 31, so act fast! The cost is $15 for youth 14 and under and $25 for participants 15 and up. Currently we are only accepting online registrations at rsracingsystems.com. We will accept paper entries beginning November 16 through race day.


Posted: July 17, 2015

Information From: Brandi Hibbs, Wellness Director – Tuscarawas County YMCA 330-364-5511 ext 320

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 17, 2015

Bring the pooch for a swim! The Tuscarawas County YMCA will have a Puppy Paddle again this year to benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign. “The last swim before we drain and clean our pool goes to the dogs!” says Brandi Hibbs, Wellness Director and huge dog lover. “This event gives our members and the community a chance to show-off their furry canine friends and raise support for our financial assistance program.”

The Tuscarawas County YMCA has been making a difference in the lives of young people and families in our community for over 95 years. During that time thousands of kids have benefited from the generosity of people just like you to ensure that they are able to attend summer day camp, learn to swim, play sports, and build good sportsmanship, get ready for kindergarten, and so much more. This special event is among many unique events that the Y holds to help bring the community together.

“In order for the Y to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth, we need your support. It is only with the generosity and support of a caring community that the Y continues to impact the youth and families every day.” Hibbs adds.

Scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. The cost for the Puppy Paddle is $10 per friendly dog, no more than 2 dogs per handler, and dog handlers must be at least 18 years old. While handlers are welcome to get in the pool with their dogs, other guests and children are asked to remain on deck or at the water’s edge for the safety of everyone. No female dogs in heat or puppies under 3 months old. Any dog who exhibits any sign of aggression must immediately leave the premises. No refunds will be issued. All dogs attending must be friendly with dogs and people, sociable and well-mannered.

Register in person at the Y or through our website, www.tuscymca.org. For more information contact Brandi Hibbs, 330-364-5511 or brandi@tuscymca.org.


Posted: July 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Johnson & Stanford Join YMCA Staff Team

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The Tuscarawas County YMCA is pleased to announce that two new staff have joined the YMCA Program Leadership Team. Kathleen Johnson is returning to the YMCA as the Marketing and Fitness Director and Isaiah Stanford is the new Youth and Family Director.

Johnson will be responsible for marketing and promotion of all areas of the YMCA as well as the coordination of the Brand compliance which she has done prior to her leaving the YMCA in 2014 for a position in the for profit world. In addition to marketing she will also be responsible for all fitness and group exercise, a position she held prior to 2008. In this capacity she will be overseeing all fitness classes, program offerings, scheduling and staff supervision related to fitness.

Stanford takes over as Youth & Family Director for the Tuscarawas County YMCA after having worked 3 years with the YMCA of Western Stark County as Youth Sports Director. He is responsible for all youth sports, adult sports, family activities, and special summer camps at the YMCA. Isaiah is a 2014 graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Communications.


Posted: June 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PATTON/YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA announced today that 4 local students have received scholarships totaling $8,000 from the Thomas J. Patton/YMCA Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 1992 by Robert (Fizz) Miller to honor Tom Patton for his more than 40 years of service to the people of Tuscarawas County through his work with the YMCA.

Daniel Johnson is the recipient of a first-year award from Patton Scholarship. He is the son of Jerry and Kathleen Johnson of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Daniel will be attending the University of Akron majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Daniel has been a volunteer at the YMCA for many years helping with summer day camp programs, fun runs, soccer leagues and numerous other activities.

Jacob Armstrong is son of Edie and Ryan Armstrong of Dover and a 2015 graduate of Dover High School. Jake is a first-year recipient of the award and will be West Virginia University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Jake has been a long time active member of the YMCA Silver Streaks Swim Team, Dover High School Swim Team, and a volunteer at the YMCA.

Receiving a second-year award Brittany Orr. A 2014 graduate of Dover High School, she is the daughter of Robert and Cinda Orr and Michelle & Steve Class of

Dover. She will be a sophomore at Kent State University this fall majoring in Teaching English as a Second language. Brittany has been a longtime YMCA volunteer and serves the YMCA as a Member Service Center Associate and in the Child Watch department.

Morgan Woodhall is a second-year recipient of the Patton Scholarship. She is the daughter of Joe and Nadine Woodhall of Dover and a 2014 Graduate of Dover High School. Morgan will be a sophomore at Kent State University – Tuscarawas majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is a member of the YMCA aquatics staff where she lifeguards and teaches swim lessons.

Recipients of the Tom Patton/YMCA scholarship are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Tuscarawas County YMCA through volunteer leadership and service as well as their academic achievement and community involvement.


Sent: June 9, 2015

The Y hosting 50’s and 60’s Dance Party

The Y encourages active lifestyles through dancing.

June 9, 2015 – Dover, Ohio: For 95 years the Tuscarawas County YMCA has been bringing great programs to the community for all ages. Dances have always been a crowd favorite and so in the spirit of encouraging active lifestyles the Y is hosting a 50’s and 60’s Dance Party at Ricardo’s Party Center.

Get out your pedal pushers and beach combers and enjoy the sounds of the Platters, Supremes, Bill Haley and the Comets, Frankie Valli, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis, and many other greats of that era.

This event is open to the public and will be held on June 20, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Ricardo’s Party Center, 115 Front St SW in New Philadelphia. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St, Dover, for $6 per person. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. All proceeds go to the Tuscarawas County YMCA Annual Giving Campaign to help youth and families become members of the Y.

DJ’s and special guest entertainment will provide the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s. Fun contests that will take you back in time. Come to listen, jitterbug, and bring back memories of years gone by.

Contact Steph Wills, Senior Program Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 330-364-5511 for more information.

About the Tuscarawas County YMCA

Tuscarawas County YMCA has been active in the community for 95 years providing programs for all ages. Programs are based on the Christian values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. For more information regarding Tuscarawas County YMCA call 330-364-5511 or visit www.tuscymca.org

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net


Sent: May 1, 2015

OHIO YMCA’S YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT

Tuscarawas County YMCA youth leaders, Tyler Nathan, from Dover High School, and Taylor Young from New Philadelphia High School attended the 64th Ohio YMCA Youth in Government (YIG) State Assembly in Columbus. They were part of five hundred, Ohio high school students that got a direct view in terms of how democracy and state government work at the Ohio Statehouse from April 16 to 18. Students were immersed in all aspects of state government as they participated in mock House, Senate and Supreme Court hearings.

The students were selected to serve as senators, representatives, justices, lobbyists and press corps members. Some students also were selected to serve as governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, president of the Senate, speaker of the House, and clerks and chaplains of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate.

The Ohio YMCA’s Youth in Government Program is a National YMCA Program that enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.

Teens in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens have actually made bills into laws!

“The YIG program seeks to build, encourage and strengthen life assets and character traits that will help teens become involved and responsible adults,” says Steph Wills

YMCA Sr. Program Director. All YIG activities are designed with the following goals in mind: Providing leadership training and preparation to meet the needs of a democratic society. Stimulating interest and awareness of US and state government’s function.

Creating opportunities for civic engagement and awareness of prominent social issues. Developing self-confidence and self-expression while fostering tolerance and understanding of others’ point of view. Cultivating the application of moral and ethical valuing processes to public policy making.


Sent: April 10, 2015

2015 YMCA JOE DRAGOVICH 5K RUN/WALK

Join the Tuscarawas County YMCA on May 1, 2015 beginning at 7:00 PM for our first annual 1 mile Superhero run/walk to remember Joe Dragovich, and to raise funds for our Annual Campaign that provides memberships and programs for deserving youth. Joe Dragovich organized the Y’s Road Runner Club and participated in the Boston Marathon five times. His volunteerism and leadership benefited our Y and the community in many ways.

Registration forms are available at the Y or online at www.tuscymca.org. The cost is $12/shirt and $5/without. This is a fun event in conjunction with our First Friday Family Night, and we encourage everyone to come dressed as their favorite superhero from the comics or imagination. Stay after the run for refreshments, music, and family activities.

The Joe Dragovich Superhero 1 mile run/walk raises money for the Annual Campaign that began over 40 years ago, with the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to those people who were financially unable to participate in Y programs and activities. Today, the need for assistance continues to grow and we would greatly appreciate your help in supporting the youth and their families in our community. If you are interested in being a T-shirt sponsor or volunteering please contact Brandi Hibbs at the Y, 330-364-5511 or brandi@tuscymca.org.


Sent: March 25, 2015

YMCA ANNUAL MEETING

The Tuscarawas County YMCA held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Monday March 23 at the Bistro 131 in New Philadelphia. With 165 in attendance, the YMCA volunteers were recognized for their leadership in programs, special events, activities, and service on boards and committees. All volunteers in attendance were presented with gifts of appreciation.

The meeting was led by the Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors, Bill Singhaus. Retiring board member Dr. Scott Lawrence was recognized and thanked for his 6 years of service on the board including Chairing the board in 2011. Craig Rader was also recognized and thanked for his service to the YMCA Board of Trustees. Newly elected members to the Board of Directors were introduced; they include Anjum Azhar, Jim Boose, Mike Fredericks, Teri Mayle, Bill Singhaus, and Dr. Nathan Springer. Newly elected Trustees were recognized; they are Ken Engstrom, Brian Marsh, and Nathan Vaughan. Jay Dummermuth received a plaque for his service as Chairma of the Board of Directors for the past 2 years and Dan Hershberger was recognized as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 2014.

Also recognized at the dinner for outstanding support of the 2014 Annual Campaign (Strong Kids Campaign) were the YMCA Chairman’s Round Table sponsors: Barnes Advertising, Black McCuskey, Helen Brach Foundation, J.D. Byrider, Dwain & Connie Colvin, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Mike & Laura Fenger, The First National Bank of Dennison, Healthways Inc., Mark & Irene Heil, The Hugh Fraser Fund, Keith Kimble, Jack Marsh Golf Outing, Keith & Becky Lands, Dr. Scott & Jessica Lawrence, Ann Marsh, Brian Marsh, Steve & Becky Mastin, Sara E. Miller Fund, Wanda Miller, Moore Neidenthal, Pioneer 360, Craig & Melody Rader, William Singhaus, Steve & Ginny Stocker, Wendy’s, YMCA Wreath Auction, and Zimmer

Surgical. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is an annual fundraiser that ensures that no child is ever denied Y services or programs because of an inability to pay. In 2014, the Annual Campaign (Strong Kids Campaign) raised over $71,000 to provide direct assistance to more than 500 kids and family members and over $60,000 to help subsidize youth programs for children. Dr. Nathan Springer was recognized and thanked for his service as Chairman of the 2014 Campaign. Jay Dummermuth was introduced as the Chairman of the 2015 Campaign.

Receiving the YMCA Family of the Year award was the Hendershot family of New Philadelphia. The family members include Rob, Kim, Kaitlyn, and Kelsey Hendershot. The entire family is very active in Y programs and activities including youth sports, fitness, homeschool, and gymnastics. Their participation and support of the Y exemplifies their commitment to good values, family support, active involvement, and leadership.

Emily Lane of Dover was recognized as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Emily serves as an Assistant Swim Coach for the YMCA Silver Streaks Swim team, where she coaches those 8 and under. Her leadership and support of the entire team is a testament to her dedication of service to youth and her commitment to the mission of the Y.

Receiving the Leo Poland Award for outstanding long time service to the Y was Brian Marsh of New Philadelphia. Brian has been an active member of the Y for 48 years and has served the Y in a variety of ways. He has served on both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and as chairman of both boards. He has served on the past 3 strategic planning committees and will be chairing the strategic task force that will begin work this summer. Brian has served on or chaired each of the six expansion and/or renovation committees over the past 25 years. He was a key member of the Board Governance Task Force that met in 2013 and 2014 and re-organized the board structure for the Y. Brian’s service to the Y was learned young as both his mother, Ann, and father, Jack, served on the YMCA Boards, and Jack was the Chairman of the Fundraiser in 1999 to expand the YMCA Wellness Center. His Grandfather John Marsh Sr. was Chairman of the campaign to build the YMCA at its present location and was honorary Chairman of the Future 2000 Campaign in 1995.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. It has a program satellite located at 215 North 3rd Street in Dennison. YMCA membership totals more than 7,000 members and has over 15,000 annual participants. The YMCA is a United Way agency.


Sent: March 24, 2015

DIABETES ALERT DAY

Working Together to Help One Million More Americans Know Their Risk for Type 2 Diabetes on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Tuesday, March 24, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the Tuscarawas County YMCA wants residents of Tuscarawas County to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.

The Y knows that the best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes is to prevent them and awareness is the first step to prevention. With only 10 percent of the 86 million Americans aware of their condition, Tuscarawas County YMCA understands that it will take everyone working together to increase this number. The Tuscarawas County Y is joining Ys across the country, and other national organizations committed to addressing the diabetes epidemic, in an effort to help one million more Americans learn their risk for type 2 diabetes.

In the United States alone, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 9 million are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care and overall well-being of our communities makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the number of people with prediabetes is a growing issue, especially when only 10 percent realize they have the condition. Prediabetes is an often preventable condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes can reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease, stroke and other conditions.

As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Y and Tuscarawas County YMCA encourage all adults to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking a risk test at www.ymca.net/diabetes. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight, and activity level, among others.

Chances are each of us has a friend or family member with diabetes, but it’s even more likely that we know someone with prediabetes who doesn’t even know he or she is at risk,” said Brandi Hibbs, Healthy Living Director at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. “Diabetes Alert Day is the perfect time to not only determine our own risk, but to also encourage our family and friends to determine their chance of developing the disease. Studies show that people with prediabetes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating healthier and increasing physical activity.”

The Tuscarawas County YMCA is helping people make healthier choices that can help reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes by offering Diabetes Prevention programs, Personal Training, and group exercise classes for all levels.

Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living, can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:

Eat fruits and vegetables every day.

Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without skin.

Aim for whole grains with every meal.

Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.

Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.

Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are overweight.

To learn more about the Tuscarawas County YMCA’s DIABETES and HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAMS, please visit www.tuscymca.org or contact Brandi Hibbs at brandi@tuscymca.org.


Sent: February 17, 2015

YMCA Spring Classes

Registration for YMCA Spring I classes are underway and open to anyone in the community. Youth and adult swimming lessons, fitness classes, gymnastics, and sports classes are being offered with new classes beginning Monday February 23, 2015.

Get a head start on summer with swim lessons or a water exercise program. Swim lesson for kids begins at age 6 months and lessons are available for all ages. The new adult advanced swim group is a great way to refine your strokes and get a great workout. It meets on Thursdays evenings and Saturday mornings.

Fitness classes including Zumba, Boot Camp, Tai Chi, and Pound are great and safe way to get and stay in shape. Spinning classes as well as Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Fitness Yoga area available and open to all levels. For the active seniors, the Silver Sneakers classes offer a great workout and a great opportunity for social interaction. Classes are held in Dover on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and in Dennison on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are looking for a more individualized workout, a YMCA personal trainer can help you get ready for swim suit season.

The first YMCA indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday March 21st. It includes a 16 lap swim, 7 mile stationary bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. For more information contact Brandi Hibbs at the Y.

Youth basketball registration runs now through February 27th with the skills clinic on February 28th and games beginning March 7th. Teams for 3 year olds through 8th grade are being formed.

More a complete listing of YMCA programs and classes go the Y’s webpage at www.tuscycma.org and click on the program guide button or call the YMCA at 330-364-5511 or the Twin City Satellite at 740-922-1863.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover and the Twin City YMCA in Dennison at 215 North Third Street. The YMCA promotes Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.


Sent: February 17, 2015

YMCA OFFER DIABETES PROGRAM

Tuscarawas County YMCA offers Diabetes Prevention Program, a United Way Funded program. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y believes that all people should be able to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential. In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a trained lifestyle coach will introduce topics in a supportive, small group environment, and encourage participants as they explore how healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior changes can benefit their health.

How it Works:

The 12-month group-based program consists of 7 one-hour, weekly sessions, followed by monthly sessions, led by a coach who facilitates a small group of people with similar goals.

Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

Stay motivated to maintain progress towards program goals, with monthly maintenance sessions.

Program Goals:

Lose 7% of your body weight

Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

You will do this by learning strategies for:

Healthy Eating—Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet, and discovering healthier food options have been proven to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes1.

Increasing Physical Activity—Studies have repeatedly shown that moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol, and prevent blood flow problems2.

Losing Weight—It has been shown that reducing your body weight by even a small amount (as little as 7%) can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes3.

Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program has been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%. The reduction was even greater, 71%, among adults aged 60 years or older.

This is a United Way funded program and we strive to make it affordable to everyone. If you are not a Y member the cost is minimal and includes access to the Y and a personal trainer.

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, please have your physician fill out the Physician Referral Form which is found at the Y or on our website. Classes begin Wednesday, February 25 at 5:45 PM. If you have questions please contact Brandi Hibbs at brandi@tuscymca.org.

1 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/eatright.htm 2 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/beactive.htm 3 http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/R2P_life_change.pdf


Sent: February 10, 2015

DUMMERMUTH TO HEAD YMCA ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Jay Dummermuth has been selected to be the Chairman of the 2015 YMCA Annual Campaign by the YMCA Board of Directors according to Keith Lands, Executive Director/CEO. “Jay brings a belief and commitment that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to participate and benefit from YMCA services and programs,” stated Lands.

The goal of the 2015 campaign is $75,000 to help will provide direct financial assistance to youth and families for membership and many youth and family program subsidies. According to Dummermuth, “The Annual Campaign raises money to subsidize many youth programs at the Y, and is also used to provide direct financial assistance to low income youth and families. The total amount of assistance and subsidies in 2014 was over $110,000.” In 2014, the YMCA provided $40,000 in direct financial assistance for membership and an additional $70,000 to offset the cost of youth programs including Child Watch, swim team, gymnastics team, lifeguarding, youth fitness, preschool, Divorce Care 4 Kids, and afterschool child care.

The community phase of the campaign will kick-off at the YMCA board meeting in on Monday February 16th and will conclude on April 20th. Annual Campaign brochures and pledge cards have been mailed to local businesses and individuals and they are asked that to review the material and to consider making a pledge for the 2015 campaign. Dummermuth said, “For as little as $20 per month, you can help provide a YMCA membership for a deserving area child for the year. Persons that contribute $1,000 per year become members of the ‘Chairman’s Roundtable Sponsor’ and will receive special recognition in the YMCA facility.”

In addition to the annual giving campaign, a variety of special events will be a part of this year’s fund raising efforts. The annual Joe Dragovich 5K Run will be held in May, the 14th annual Jack Marsh Memorial Golf Outing On Wednesday August 12th at Oak Shadows Golf Club in New Philadelphia, and a Christmas wreath auction in November.

Dummermuth stated, “It is honor to Chair the 2015 YMCA Annual Campaign. Please join me in making a generous donation to the Annual Giving Campaign.”

For more information about the 2015 YMCA Annual Campaign or to request assistance contact the YMCA at 330-364-5511. The Tuscarawas County YMCA has been committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for over 95 years.


Sent: December 11, 2014

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY YMCA CELEBRATES 95 YEARS OF SERVICE

The Tuscarawas County YMCA will celebrate its 95th anniversary on December 29, 2014. What started as an idea of a few forward thinking volunteers, turned into an organization that has served and helped develop thousands of community youth and has been a valuable resource for families. Today, the Y continues its commitment and dedication to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Three essential items are needed for a community organization to remain viable, significant, and relevant. They are community support, outstanding leadership, and quality services and programs. The Tuscarawas County YMCA has been blessed with all three over its entire 95 year history.

Community support has been extraordinary since its inception. The founding volunteers set the stage for acceptance by the community. This is best exemplified by the thousands of individuals who have been Y members and program participants. Each year over 12,000 people are active in Y programs, activities, and events, with a total attendance of over 600,000. Community support for facilities over the past 44 years has been outstanding since the construction of the original YMCA building on Tuscarawas Avenue in 1928, the building of the “new” YMCA on Monroe Street in 1971, and the many additions and expansions to the present facility. The Tuscarawas County community has donated over $6,000,000 for facility construction, upgrades, and improvements.

The Y has been blessed with outstanding leadership over these past 95 years as well. It is only through visionary and dedicated volunteers that the Y has been able to grow and meet the challenges of the changing community. Community leaders such as Andrew Deis, John Marsh Sr., Paul Redinger, John Marsh Jr., Walter Zimmerman, Brenton Kirk Jr., Robert Kappler, W. Richard Werner, Ann Marsh, Richard Hanhart, Brian Marsh, Craig Rader, and Mark Heil are just a few that have served in leadership roles. That outstanding leadership continues today with Jay Dummermuth, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors and Dan Hershberger, Chairman of the YMCA Board of Trustees. A total of 63 individuals have served as Board Chairmen of the YMCA since it was charted in 1919.

The Y has also been blessed with outstanding professional leadership during its history. A total of 13 people have served as Executive Director/CEO of our county Y. Three have made up the majority of that tenure. They include Miles Durr, Executive Director from 1944-1967; Tom Patton from 1967-1989 and again from 1994-1995; and Keith Lands, current Executive Director/CEO since 1995. They have combined to lead the organization for 66 of its 95 years.

Finally, the Y has been committed to providing quality programs, services, and activities for its entire existence. Without a commitment to excellence, the Y would not have survived to be such an outstanding provider of the needed programs and services for our community today. This has been made possible by having outstanding program directors and staff, and a tremendous corps of volunteer program leaders.

The Y has had over 20 program directors who have provided the necessary vision and commitment to program excellence. It addition, thousands of part-time staff have served as class instructors, lifeguards, coaches, supervisors, trainers, referees, counselors, desk attendants, maintenance, and custodial staff.

The involvement of Y volunteers since 1919 has made a significant impact on the quality of program offerings. Thousands of individuals have volunteered their services as class leaders, coaches, meet and game officials, concession stand workers, campaign volunteers, and board and committee members. Last year alone, over 300 people gave of their time and talents to help ensure the Y met its mission of service to our community.

It is that mission of service that has made the Y an organization that has lasted the test of time and has enabled the Y to reach its 95th anniversary celebration. A mission of character development for all people, regardless of their abilities or resources, has been the focus of the Y since its beginning in 1919. Ninety-five years of leadership, support, and quality programs have been based on the Christian belief that the development of the spirit, mind, and body can make a difference in people, our community, and the world. The Tuscarawas County YMCA celebrates its past 95 years of achievement and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that will impact our community as we continue to move forward.

The Y will be celebrating its 95th anniversary on Monday, December 29 with anniversary cake, drawings for 95 special prizes, reducing of our joiner’s fee to $.95 for the day, and recognizing our 95 most continuous members.

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Sent: January 15, 2014
Name of Silver & Fit Facility Representative Lisa Freeman Phone Number of Facility Representative 800.848.3555 Email of Facility Representative lisaf@ashn.com

Tuscarawas County YMCA Launches New Silver&Fit® Exercise Classes

Targeted to Older Adults

New Program Offers No-Cost or Low-Cost Exercise Options for Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

Dover, Ohio (January 15, 2014) – Tuscarawas County YMCA is pleased to announce that it is now offering the Silver&Fit Exercise and Healthy Aging program at its locations in Dover and Dennison to help older adults achieve improved health through regular exercise. The Silver&Fit program was designed to provide Medicare beneficiaries with opportunities to improve their fitness by offering no-cost or low-cost access to fitness facility memberships and exercise classes through arrangements with certain health plans. The Silver&Fit program is available from national health services company American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).

“We are thrilled to become part of the Silver&Fit national facility network,” said Keith Lands, Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County YMCA, we’re dedicated to helping people of all ages and health levels improve their fitness. By offering classes through the Silver&Fit program that are specially designed for older adults, we can better help our maturing members maintain a regular schedule of exercise that can improve their overall quality of life.”

The Silver&Fit classes offered by Tuscarawas County YMCA include a warm water fitness class-Twinges and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Please call the facility for a Silver&Fit class schedule at 330-364-5511

According to a survey from ASH, as compared to national benchmark data of similarly aged older adults studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations*, the Silver&Fit population was both healthier and more physically active and fit. In the survey of nearly 2,000 randomly selected Silver&Fit members, respondents reported that they were in better health than they had been one year earlier, and they also reported increased activity levels and reduced health care utilization.

The survey also indicates that:

A higher percentage of Silver&Fit members report very good to excellent health.

A lower percentage of Silver&Fit members smoke cigarettes.

The degree of physical activity among Silver&Fit members is much higher at all levels and parameters.

A lower percentage of Silver&Fit members have significant physical limitations or have difficulties with activities of daily living.

Based on available data, Silver&Fit members appear to utilize health care providers less frequently.

The Silver&Fit program is available to people who are Medicare-eligible and have purchased Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement coverage that includes the Silver&Fit program as an added benefit.

How to Join the Silver&Fit Exercise Classes

For more information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, please contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE.

About the Silver&Fit Program and American Specialty Health

The Silver&Fit program is provided through American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of ASH. As part of the Silver&Fit program, members have access to: no-cost or low-cost memberships at a comprehensive network of contracted fitness clubs and exercise centers; the Silver&Fit Home Exercise Program for those unable to participate at a fitness facility or who prefer to work out at home; SilverandFit.com, a website with a variety of health tools and resources specifically designed for older adults; The Silver Slate®, a quarterly newsletter; and a toll-free customer service hotline.

ASH is a national health services company that provides prevention and wellness services, specialty health care management, and fitness and exercise services to health plans, insurance carriers, employer groups and trust funds. Based in San Diego, ASH has more than 1,000 employees and covers 32 million members.

For more information about ASH and its subsidiaries, visit www.ASHCompanies.com or call (800) 848-3555. Follow us at Twitter.com/ASHCompanies or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/silverandfit.

*Results were compared to national benchmark data points from the 2009 National Health Information Survey (NHIS) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the State of Aging and Health in America (SAHA) report, and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), as well as baseline data from the same 2009 survey. As compared to the national benchmark populations, the Silver&Fit population is slightly older, averaging 72 years.


Sent: December 20, 2013

Start Off ‘Small’ When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. While it’s tempting to make big goals, it’s essential to start small. Set goals that are attainable, easy to sustain and lead to big benefits over time. As a community-serving organization here in Tuscarawas County, we see how things such as getting involved in with the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Tuscarawas County YMCA recommends for 2014:

Eat Healthy: Make water your drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep it interesting and create some variety by mixing and matching fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.

Commit to Community Service: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as cleaning the neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.

Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home with family or friends.

Be Physically Active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.

Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.
“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening communities and believe this begins with strengthening the people within the community,” said Brandi Hibbs, Healthy Living Director, Tuscarawas County YMCA. “Setting a goal to achieve any one of the Y’s recommended five New Year’s Resolutions can help improve one’s health and well-being.”

For additional tips or to learn more about how to get involved with the Tuscarawas County YMCA, contact 330-364-5511 or visit www.tuscymca.org.


Sent: December 30, 2013

YMCA ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP

The Tuscarawas County YMCA elected 6 members to the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014, according to YMCA Executive Director Keith Lands.
Those elected to second three years terms were Brian Bleininger and Becky Mastin of Dover and Scott Heil of New Philadelphia. Elected to first terms were Lilly Gao and Joe McCartney of New Philadelphia and Jodi Hillyer of Dennison.

Pat Ferris and Jim Crandall of New Philadelphia and Bill Morgan of Dover, stepped down after serving 6 years each. Jim Crandall served as Treasurer of the board from 2008 – 2013 and Bill Morgan as Board Chairman in 2012.

Elected to a second term as Board Chair (CVO) for 2014 was Jay Dummermuth of Dover. Elected as 1st Vice-Chair was Bill Singhaus of Mineral City and Becky Mastin as 2nd Vice-Chair. Serving as Secretary of the YMCA Board for next year will be Ashley Wagner of New Philadelphia and Scott Heil was selected to serve as Treasurer.

The YMCA Board of Directors is made up of 18 YMCA members who volunteer to serve in this leadership capacity for a three-year terms. The YMCA is beginning its 94th year of service to the young people and families of Tuscarawas County. The YMCA is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover and has a program satellite at 215 North Third Street in Dennison. The YMCA is committed to enriching the lives of everyone in our community through programs and services that promote Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.


Sent: Dec 24, 2013 Information provided by Sally Warner/Brandi Hibbs Tuscarawas County YMCA 330-364-5511

Y Presents Annual Yoga for Charity Event

The community is invited to attend a Yoga for Charity event at the Tuscarawas County YMCA on New Year’s Eve Morning, Tuesday, December 31 from 9:00am-11:00am, the fee is a $10.00 donation to our scholarship program which helps to provide Y memberships to families in need. It will be a Gentle Yoga class, all levels and ages welcome. Yoga Instructor Sally Warner and many other Y yoga instructors will be on hand to help guide the movements and provide meditation.

For a full list of Yoga classes visit the Y on the web at www.tuscymca.org or call 330-364-5511. The Tuscarawas County YMCA in a non-profit organization, committed to enriching the lives of everyone in the community by the development of healthy spirit, mind, and body through membership services and programs based on Christian principles and values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Y is located at 600 Monroe Street in Dover. Keith Lands, Executive Director, Brandi Hibbs, Wellness Director.


Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 11:40 AM Subject:

Yoga for Charity press release

The community is invited to attend a Yoga for Charity event at the Tusc. Cty. YMCA on Tuesday, December 31st from 9:00am-11:00am, the fee is a $10.00 donation to our scholarship program which helps to provide Y memberships to families in need. It will be a gentle Yoga class, all levels and ages welcome. We look forward to meeting you as we reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one.


Dec 19, 2013 Brandi Hibbs Tuscarawas County YMCA 330-364-5511

New Year’s Resolutions for High Risk Diabetes

We are just a week away from the annual tradition of making a New Year’s resolution. This year, when you make your resolution to lose weight, consider the Tuscarawas County Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program. This is a United Way funded program that runs for an entire year starting January 8 at 7:30 PM. The cost is $35 for non-members and gives you access to the Y. The first seven weeks the group meets to discuss diet, exercise, diabetes, and how it affects the body. Dieticians and Wellness Coaches will help you develop a plan to reach a healthy balance through diet and exercise. After the initial seven core sessions, you will meet monthly for added support to help maintain your progress. In order to qualify, you must be overweight, and at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or have type 2 diabetes. In addition, you must be willing and able to exercise a minimum of 150 minutes per week, maintain a food/exercise journal, and meet with a wellness coach for weekly workouts.

What are Diabetes and Pre-diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

A person with pre-diabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke.

The vast majority of people living with pre-diabetes, though, do not even know they have it.

Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in up to 58% in people with pre-diabetes.

Let the Y help you reach your wellness goals. Contact Brandi at brandi@tuscymca.org for more information.


Nov 4 Information provided by Brandi Hibbs / Tuscarawas County YMCA / 330-364-5511

Turkey Trot 5K

Unleash a preemptive strike on those Thanksgiving calories and run or walk the Tuscarawas County YMCA Turkey Trot 5K held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM. Race day packet pick-up will start at 7:00 AM.

Registration forms can be found at tuscymca.org, ohiochallengeseries.com, rsracingsystems.com, or in the Y’s main lobby. The cost is $20, day of race $25. Awards presented to top three men and three women in each category: 14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over. New this year, family awards: Oldest Family (average age), Biggest Family, and Best Dressed Family.

This event attracts serious runners to recreational walkers, families, and pets, annually bringing community spirit to the Y. This year’s 13th annual event is becoming one of the largest running events in the area. The Turkey Trot has grown to be more than a race. It’s become a holiday tradition that brings our community and their family together to celebrate the season.


Oct 23, 2013: Healthy Tusc announces Riggle as Advocate 23st of October 2013 CONTACT: Healthy Tusc Chairperson Kim Nathan,Union Hospital, Director or Work Well and First Care 330-602-0750

Healthy Tusc is happy to announce the recent hire of Gabriel Riggle as the Healthy Tusc Advocate for Tuscarawas County, courtesy of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Gabriel was born and raised on a farm outside the village of Tuscarawas. He attended law school and is licensed to practice law in New York State. After a year of teaching English in Korea, Gabriel returned to the area as the Mud Run Watershed AmeriCorps Volunteer. As Advocate, he will work with policy makers and community leaders to continue Healthy Tusc’s work addressing the obesity epidemic in the community. Gabriel will help residents take personal responsibility for their health by making it safe for them to do so.

For the past 60 years, public infrastructure has focused almost exclusively on the automobile. This has resulted in communities that are often unpleasant or unsafe to travel around on foot, bicycle, or wheelchair. Loss of the ability to carry out day-to-day activities on foot have had an extremely negative effect on public health. Further, auto-exclusive design isolates populations that do not have access to motor vehicles. The “Complete Streets” concept was designed to return American communities to the vibrancy of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

“Complete Streets” are those that are designed for all users: walkers, cyclists, young people, older Americans, the physically challenged, and automobiles. Common elements include frequent, safe crosswalks, tree-lined buffers along ubiquitous sidewalks, and well marked bike lanes. These elements, to paraphrase Mark Fenton, engineer physical activity back into everyday life.

As a means to sustain its efforts, Healthy Tusc aims to address Regulatory and Rule-making as the primary goal of its taskforce. Participation in the rule-making process can ensure action compliments the goals of the state level Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative, as well as within Healthy Tusc objectives; both of which align with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation priorities.

Gabriel will work with the community to establish infrastructure policies that meet the needs of all residents, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Be sure to “Like” Healthy Tusc on Facebook to hear about exciting outdoor activities, meetings on community needs, and progress on returning Tuscarawas County to a safe place for all residents. Information on “Complete Streets” is available at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets. Gabriel may be reached at healthytusc@tuscymca.org, or at 330-364-5511,X312.


Oct 21, 2013 Subject: Y Announces New Head Gymnastics Coach

The Tuscarawas County YMCA is proud to announce the promotion of Adam Pierce to Head Gymnastic Coach. Pierce has been an assistant coach for the Y for the past seven years.

Pierce brings a lifetime of experience with him. He has been active in gymnastics since the age six and has competed at elementary, middle, and high school levels.

“He has a true passion for this sport.” Says Anne Riggs, Tuscarawas County YMCA Gymnastics Director. “He loves watching others succeed and when they stick that landing or when they are struggling to get a skill and they finally do… that’s what makes coaching for him so satisfying. He brings to the mat more than just gymnastics experience. He has the heart and spirit of a true competitor.”

Pierce has also competed in Allstar Cheerleader Competitions. “Gymnastics and Cheerleading are always a good mix” adds Riggs. “We look forward to great things to come from his leadership.”

Pierce leads a very active lifestyle. In his spare time he likes to roller skate, hike, workout, and tumble (of course that’s his favorite). “I is very excited to be the new Head Coach of the YMCA Gymnastics Team and I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for us.” Says Pierce. “Whatever it may be we will be ready.”

For more information on the Tuscarawas County YMCA Gymnastics Team go to www.tuscymca.org or call 330-364-5511.


September 3, 2013 Brandi Hibbs Tuscarawas County YMCA Health & Fitness Director 330-364-5511

An Unbeatable Lineup to Keep You In The Game

The Tuscarawas County YMCA and the United Way are once again teaming up to help residents in Tuscarawas County defend themselves from weight gain that leads to diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

If you are overweight, feeling tired, tried other weight loss programs but cannot seem to make them stick, or you have barriers that you have not been able to overcome we have the perfect program for you. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides such a plan to help those with pre-diabetes adopt and maintain healthy habits to improve their overall health and well-being while reducing their risk.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 79 million people are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which is defined as “blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes,” yet only 7percent of those individuals know they have it.

If you are overweight, have high cholesterol, inactive, or over the age of 45 you qualify for this is the program. The program is a year-long program with 7-one –hour classroom sessions, then monthly maintenance where you will have access to the Y and be matched with a personal trainer. The goal is for participants to lose 7 percent of their body weight and increase their physically activity to 150 minutes per week.

Classes begin Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM. Stop by the Y to register. If you have further questions, please email brandi@tuscymca.org


August 15, 2013 Ace highlights YMCA-Marsh Outing
The 12th Annual YMCA – Jack Marsh Memorial Golf Outing sponsored by Black McCuskey and First National Bank of Dennison was held on Wednesday August 14th at Oak Shadows Golf Club and was highlighted with a Hole-In-One on the 157 yard #15 par 3 by Pat Warther, winning a 5 day Caribbean cruise. Eighty golfers participated in the event to raise money for the YMCA Kids that cannot afford memberships and program fees.

The Ferris Chevrolet team of Bill Ferris, Tim Miller, Brian Klopfer, and Brenton Contini shot an 18 under par 54 for the low score of the day. The West Virginia Chix team of Marianne Edwards, Joanne Greene, Susan Kahl, and Mary Ellen Eddy won the women’s division again this year. The orange ball game was won by the Investment Partners team consisting of Steve Stocker, Craig Rader, Bill Klopfer, and Don Quicksal. The men’s longest drive for men went to Brian Klopfer and Marianne Edwards won the long drive for women. Closet to the pin for men went to Bill Shryock. The 2nd shot closet to the pin awards went to Craig Rader and Marianne Edwards. The longest putt was won by Marianne Edwards and the straightest drive by Kurt Peterson. Skins were won by the teams of Ferris Chevrolet (2), First Federal (2), Wendy’s (1), and Lands End (1).

Jack Marsh, a celebrated community leader, was also a lifetime member and supporter of the Tuscarawas County YMCA. He has served as President of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. He was Chairman of the YMCA Endowment Committee, and chaired the successful YMCA Phase III Capital Campaign in 1999, which expanded the Wellness Center.

All proceeds from the YMCA outing are used to provide financial assistance for youth and families who are unable to afford YMCA memberships and programs. In 2012 the YMCA provided $60,000 to 618 deserving area youth and family members in our community. The Jack Marsh Golf Outing and the Strong Kids Campaign help insure that no one is ever turned away from YMCA programs and services because of a financial inability.


July 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PATTON/YMCA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The Tuscarawas County YMCA announced today that 4 local students have received scholarships totaling $6,500 from the Thomas J. Patton/YMCA Scholarship Fund. This fund was established in 1992 by Robert (Fizz) Miller to honor Tom Patton for his more than 40 years of service to the people of Tuscarawas County through his work with the YMCA.

Zebadiah Misko received the award for the second year. He is a 2012 graduate of Garaway High School and is the son of Bradley and Cathleen Misko of Sugarcreek. He has been an active member of the YMCA participating in competitive swimming. Zebadiah attends Kent State University where he is majoring in Civil Engineering.

Samantha Thomas is a first-year recipient of the award and is a 2013 graduate of New Philadelphia High School where she was active in QT’s, National Honor Society, Student Council, and art club. Samantha is the daughter of Tommy and Missy Thomas of New Philadelphia. She worked in the gymnastics department at the YMCA as an employee and volunteer where she worked with preschool movement programs and dance. She will be attending Kent State University.

Megan Frantz is also a first time recipient of the award and is a 2013 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. She is the daughter of Dave and Christa Frantz of New Philadelphia. Megan was active in cheerleading, Student Council, National Honor Society, and honors Choir at school and was a gymnastics instructor with the YMCA for the past 2 years. She will be attending the University of Akron where she will be majoring nursing.

Marissa Henninge is a 2013 graduate of Dover High School and a first –time recipient of the Patton Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mike and Jennifer Henninge of Dover. Marissa was involved with the YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard and was active with Dover orchestra, 4-H and the Dover High School swim team. She will be attending Kent State University -Tuscarawas majoring in special education.

Recipients of the Tom Patton/YMCA scholarship are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Tuscarawas County YMCA through volunteer leadership and service as well as their academic achievement and community involvement.

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