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September 9, 2016 - 12:00pm

Fall back into savings at the Batavia YMCA! Stop into the Y to get your joining fee waived during our fall membership campaign. The campaign runs now through Sept. 18th and we will waive the joining fee for any new or returning member. As an extra incentive, anyone who stops in during our campaign and signs up will receive a $10 off program coupon and a free family guest pass for a family friend to try the Y. For our current members, bring someone into the Y with you and if they sign up for a new membership* and complete the member referral form, you can receive a $50 credit toward future YMCA membership dues or program registrations. Stop in soon before these great deals are blown away! *Excludes membership upgrades. Click here for more information.

August 31, 2016 - 12:32pm
posted by Steve Ognibene in pickleball, sports, YMCA, batavia, steve ognibene's blog, news.

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(Photos by Steve Ognibene. Story by Phil Coburn.)

Pickleball you say? If you’re wondering what this is, it’s a relatively new sport activity in Batavia! It’s lots of fun, easy to learn, and is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. 

The game is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong, and is played over a net that is 2 inches lower than a tennis net. The court is 20 feet x 44 feet, about half the size of a tennis court. The ball is a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball, and the paddles are wood or composite material.

The game is adaptable to all ages from youth to seniors, and both male and female. Due to the smaller court and lighter ball, it requires much less running and has less impact on the knees, arms and shoulders than tennis.

Locally, it all started after Batavia residents Phil and Bonnie Coburn decided to travel in an RV across the United States in 2007. They had often said “What will we do if we can’t play tennis anymore?" Well, very quickly they saw some pickleball being played, and they became hooked! Upon returning to Batavia, they located a group in Ogden and played there for a couple years.

Then, after getting tired of driving 25 miles each way, they spoke to the people at the YMCA in Batavia in 2012, and they agreed to let them tape two courts in the gym. They got help from Dave Thomas in Rochester to do the layout, and he also gave them a portable net to use. They obtained grant money from the USAPA, and bought another portable net.

Thus, pickleball was born in Batavia with about six players participating.

About two years later, the gym floor was refinished, and the lines were painted on for a more permanent facility. At about the same time, Eric Volk lent a hand, and they worked with the Town of Batavia to have pickleball lines painted on the tennis courts at Kiwanis Park (replacing the tape which didn’t do too well in the elements), adding the first outside courts in the area.

This year, again with encouragement from Eric, the city, as part of the court renewal at Kibbe Park and Farrall Park, painted pickleball lines on the tennis courts, giving participants an additional five outdoor courts to play on in the area.

(At one of the newest lined courts at Kibbe Park, pictured below are some members of the Batavia Pickleball Club, from left are: Joann McCabe, Chloe Budenhagen, Becky Swanson, and founding members Bonnie and Phil Coburn.)

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The YMCA has been very supportive of this activity, and currently there is play scheduled in the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 p.m.. Currently, every Saturday from 9:30-noon, players are welcome at Kibbe Park. Partners are not assigned, but use the "open" system of rotation for players waiting to play.

From the original six players, it has grown to around 30 fairly active players, and the ability level has definitely increased since those early days. There has been some discussion about holding a tournament next year for our local players, but there are no details available yet.

The club is always looking for additional players to try the sport, and to continue to help this activity gain momentum in Genesee County. Pickleball has become part of Physical Education in many schools, and is played in many parks and recreational facilities across the country. The Batavia YMCA has set the cost for non-Y members at $30 for a 10-play pass, $49 for a 7-week unlimited pass, or a $5 "drop-in" pass. No fee for Saturday play.

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July 20, 2016 - 3:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fitness, YMCA, news.

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Today, the YMCA replaced all of its treadmills as part of a plan that rotates in new machines every year.

Since the treadmills tend to wear faster, its more cost effective to lease, rather than own, the treadmills, explained CEO Rob Walker.  

The Y will make approximately $100,000 in lease payments on the machines over the next three years.

July 9, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, YMCA, help wanted, batavia, ny.

YMCA Help Wanted – The Genesee County YMCA is currently seeking dedicated part­-time employees in the following areas: 

Experienced Gymnastics Instructors: “Gymnastics Instructors” to teach progressive lessons for children ages 4 and up. Minimum age of 16, competitive pay and a free YMCA membership included. We are also seeking a “Gym Supervisor” to coordinate lessons, supervise instructors and oversee the gym. Minimum age of 18, competitive pay and a free YMCA membership included. For more information, contact Cady Hume, Gymnastics Coordinator. 

Welcome Center Staff (MSR): Essential Duties: Build relationships with members and guests, receipt transactions, answer phones, handle questions with excellent customer service. Part­-time, evenings and weekends necessary. Minimum age of 18, competitive pay and a free YMCA membership included. For more information, contact Josh Bender, Director of Membership and Wellness. 

Lifeguards: Essential Duties: Supervise swimmers, ensure safety, and monitor pool areas. Requires American Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguard certification. Minimum age of 18, competitive pay and a free YMCA membership included. For more information, contact Megan Boring, Aquatics Coordinator. 

To apply, complete an application from the Y’s website at www.glowymca.org and turn it into the YMCA. For more information contact 585­-344­-1664. 

March 8, 2016 - 4:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in YMCA, UMMC, batavia, business, news.

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Last fall, the folks at the YMCA were looking at remodeling their aging facility on East Main Street. Time has taken its toll and what started out as a project that might need a few hundred thousand dollars soon ballooned into a $3 million estimate.

At that price, Executive Director Rob Walker said, maybe it was time for the Y to look for a partner. 

YMCAs in other communities found ready partners in local hospitals, so Walker, in his job for a little over a year, called Dan Ireland, CEO of United Memorial Medical Center, also in his job for a little over a year, and asked for a meeting.

It was a meeting of the minds.

Ireland was already thinking it would make a lot of sense for the hospital to partner in the Y. The missions align and the two nonprofit organizations share property lines.

The logical conclusion, build a new building that would meet the needs of both the Y and UMMC.  

The hospital owns property on three sides of the way, including the location of Cary Hall and the vacant lot (formerly the Elks Lodge) next to it. It would make a lot of sense, Walker and Ireland surmised, to build something new on that land and take the current Y building down.

A task force was formed, chaired by Mark Schoell, the retired CEO of UMMC, and including people such as City Manager Jason Molino, County Manager Jay Gsell, economic development coordinator Julie Pacatte and business leaders such as John Riter, of Merrill Lynch.

The planning process took another step forward today with a community forum, consisting of about 80 invited community leaders from throughout Genesee County, at City Church's Generation Center on Center Street.

Walker is quick to point out that the Y and UMMC are in the very early stages of the process, just pre-planning, but he and Ireland are pretty clearly enthusiastic about the idea.

"The level of cooperation and spirit of collaboration between the Y and the hospital has been fun, enjoyable and something that is going to be transformative," Walker said.

It's a great opportunity improve the level of health and well-being services for the people of Genesee County, Ireland said.

"Cary Hall is aging and needs work," Ireland said. "The Y is aged and needs work. We have a tremendous plot of land with parking and those buildings; we could really do a lot if we collectively come out with the right thing. The benefit to the hospital is new space so we can offer greater service.

This morning's forum was facilitated by Mary Ellen and Rick Peterson, both from the national YMCA office.  

The 80 or so participants were assigned groups of five or six people with a facilitator who helped guide the discussion and wrote group thoughts and ideas on white sheets of paper. The groups were asked to take about 12 minutes on each of five questions, such as what challenges the community faces, how those challenges can best be met, what can be done locally to help families, and how can personal well-being issues be addressed.

All of those sheets of paper -- dozens and dozens of them -- were gathered up after the meeting and the task force will now review them and use them to produce a report by May or June on how the Y and UMMC can best meet community needs and what should go into a joint facility to meet those needs.

"We can't just take the Y in Rochester or the Y in Buffalo and take a cookie cutter and drop it in Batavia," Walker said. "All the stuff that is in this room right now, on the walls, this is what we're going to take and make spaces to meet those needs. We don't know what it's going to look like, but it's going to be pretty."

Walker said the task force will also be able to draw on needs assessments completed by other area agencies over the past few years, such as the Office for the Aging, Health Department, school district and United Way.

The applause line of the morning came from one gentleman sitting at the back of the room who pointed out the participants were all white, and mostly close in age. He suggested there needs to be some needs assessments from a group with greater diversity and representing a broader range of community members.

Both Walker and Ireland said the gentleman's comment was right on target and that there were people invited who could bring greater diversity, but they didn't show, so there will be some follow up with them.  

"We recognize the need to strengthen the task force so there is an equal representation," Ireland said.

Walker was clearly energized by the morning's discussion and believes if all of these plans come together into a real project, it will transform Downtown, transform Batavia and, in fact, all of Genesee County.

"Today was pretty inspirational for me," Walker said. "The minds, the passion here for Batavia; it's a proud community. We have tremendous potential to make this projection transformational and make Batavia a destination city."

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February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm

YMCA PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR FALL 2016! Fall registration for the Batavia YMCA Preschool will begin March 1st. The YMCA offers educational programs for children ages 2-5, focusing on social, emotion and cognitive development. Smartboards, swim lessons, the kids' gym and our very rich curriculum are all sure to prepare your child for the early stages of learning. The YMCA is also partnered with Batavia City Schools, following NYS standards and classes are taught by NYS Certified Teachers. Stop by the YMCA to register as these classes fill quickly! Click here to visit our site.

January 28, 2016 - 6:00pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, YMCA, batavia, ny.

YMCA Waives half its joining fee to jump start your January! Are you ready to shed those extra holiday pounds? Looking for a fresh start in 2016? Has cabin fever already started setting in? Join the Y during our membership campaign and save! Between 1/11/16 and 1/31/16 we will waive HALF the joining fee on any membership category. Up to $37.50 in savings!

YMCA Membership entitles you and your loved ones the chance to become part of an organization that believes in and promotes active and healthy lifestyles, progressive skill development, fair play, family, and character development. The YMCA is not just another gym. When you join the Y, you join a family and what’s more you join a place where people are looking for changes to their overall health. The Genesee County YMCA offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the interests and needs of the entire family from memberships for youth, college students, families and seniors. From swimming lessons and sports, to childcare and summer camping, there is truly something for everyone at the Genesee County YMCA. 

If you feel like you cannot afford a YMCA membership, it is the policy of the YMCA that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance for membership and programs is available through the annual Strong Communities Campaign. The application process is easy and confidential. Please call or visit our member service desk to obtain an application. For more information on membership or programs offered at the Genesee County YMCA, please call (585)344­-1664 or log on to our Web site at www.glowymca.org

January 27, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, YMCA, batavia, ny.


YMCA Waives half its joining fee to jump start your January! Are you ready to shed those extra holiday pounds? Looking for a fresh start in 2016? Has cabin fever already started setting in? Join the Y during our membership campaign and save! Between 1/11/16 and 1/31/16 we will waive HALF the joining fee on any membership category. Up to $37.50 in savings!

YMCA Membership entitles you and your loved ones the chance to become part of an organization that believes in and promotes active and healthy lifestyles, progressive skill development, fair play, family, and character development. The YMCA is not just another gym. When you join the Y, you join a family and what’s more you join a place where people are looking for changes to their overall health. The Genesee County YMCA offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the interests and needs of the entire family from memberships for youth, college students, families and seniors. From swimming lessons and sports, to childcare and summer camping, there is truly something for everyone at the Genesee County YMCA. 

If you feel like you cannot afford a YMCA membership, it is the policy of the YMCA that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance for membership and programs is available through the annual Strong Communities Campaign. The application process is easy and confidential. Please call or visit our member service desk to obtain an application. For more information on membership or programs offered at the Genesee County YMCA, please call (585)344­-1664 or log on to our Web site at www.glowymca.org

January 11, 2016 - 6:00pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, YMCA, batavia, ny.

YMCA Waives half its joining fee to jump start your January! Are you ready to shed those extra holiday pounds? Looking for a fresh start in 2016? Has cabin fever already started setting in? Join the Y during our membership campaign and save! Between 1/11/16 and 1/31/16 we will waive HALF the joining fee on any membership category. Up to $37.50 in savings!

YMCA Membership entitles you and your loved ones the chance to become part of an organization that believes in and promotes active and healthy lifestyles, progressive skill development, fair play, family, and character development. The YMCA is not just another gym. When you join the Y, you join a family and what’s more you join a place where people are looking for changes to their overall health. The Genesee County YMCA offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the interests and needs of the entire family from memberships for youth, college students, families and seniors. From swimming lessons and sports, to childcare and summer camping, there is truly something for everyone at the Genesee County YMCA. 

If you feel like you cannot afford a YMCA membership, it is the policy of the YMCA that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance for membership and programs is available through the annual Strong Communities Campaign. The application process is easy and confidential. Please call or visit our member service desk to obtain an application. For more information on membership or programs offered at the Genesee County YMCA, please call (585)344­-1664 or log on to our Web site at www.glowymca.org

January 5, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, YMCA, membership, batavia, ny.

YMCA Waives Join Fee to Jump Start your January! Are you ready to shed those extra holiday pounds? Looking for a fresh start in 2016? Has cabin fever already started setting in? Join the Y during our membership campaign and save! Between 12/26/15 and 1/9/16 we will waive the full joining fee on any membership category.

New to the Y and not sure if you are ready to commit? Try the Y 5 times between 12/26 and 1/9/16 for just $15. If you decide to join during that same time frame we will take the $15 you paid off of your first month’s membership dues.

YMCA Membership entitles you and your loved ones the chance to become part of an organization that believes in and promotes active and healthy lifestyles, progressive skill development, fair play, family, and character development. The YMCA is not just another gym. When you join the Y, you join a family and what’s more you join a place where people are looking for changes to their overall health. The Genesee County YMCA offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the interests and needs of the entire family from memberships for youth, college students, families and seniors. From swimming lessons and sports, to childcare and summer camping, there is truly something for everyone at the Genesee County YMCA.

If you feel like you cannot afford a YMCA membership, it is the policy of the YMCA that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Financial assistance for membership and programs is available through the annual Strong Communities Campaign. The application process is easy and confidential. Please call or visit our member service desk to obtain an application.

For more information on membership or programs offered at the Genesee County YMCA, please call (585)344­-1664 or log on to our Web site at www.glowymca.org.

April 27, 2015 - 7:55pm
posted by Valerie Brey in YMCA, Camp, girl scouts.

This past weekend YMCA Camp Hough kicked off the 2015 camping season with a visit from over 100 girls from the East Genesee Girl Scout Service Unit. The girls and their leaders enjoyed many activities at the camp’s location on Silver Lake. With a survivor theme Girl Scout Leaders and volunteers planned many great activities such as Relay Races, Scavenger Hunts, Knife Safety, and Arts and Crafts. Girls also joined YMCA Camp Hough staff for Archery and Rock Climbing. YMCA Camp Hough Director Valerie Brey said, “I love working with the Girl Scouts because they always have so many great ideas and positive energy. I just had a child run half-way across lower camp to thank me for encouraging her to keep climbing on the rock wall. That is why we do what we do.” For more information on YMCA Camp Hough Rentals or Resident Summer Camp visit www.camphough.org or call (585) 344-1664.

April 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

You and your family will receive:
  • 8 week program 
  • Fun ways to exercise
  • 
Nutrition Education

  • Guidelines and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Resources to encourage family physical activity

  • Weekly incentives and a chance to win a grand prize 
Take advantage of the YMCA while you are enrolled in the Get Fit Program. Health and Wellness Center, fun fitness classes, swimming, etc... 
Give us a call today 585-344-5420 OR visit our Web site: www.getfitwny.org 
 
Sponsored by: Batavia Rotary Club, UMMC, United Way of Genesee County, YMCA, Batavia City Schools, Genesee County Health Department, City of Batavia Youth Bureau.
April 1, 2015 - 2:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, weather, YMCA.

Children outside playing under bright blue skies, surely this is a sign of spring?

Ah, alas, a cruel April 1 joke, as the weatherman says there's still some freezing temps in our near future.

But today is nice enough for children from the YMCA's preschool program to practice a little chalk art. Above, Teegan, 5, draws a house.

March 17, 2015 - 2:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, YMCA, McMahon School of Irish Dance.

The McMahon Irish Dancers are in the midst of a full St. Patrick's Day schedule, with appearances at nine locations in Genesee County, including this session for preschoolers at the YMCA.

Keeping with tradition, the dancers perform at 6 p.m. at Center Street Smoke House.

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