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2008-08-06 12:00:26

By Jonathan Brunt, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Aug. 6--County leaders on Tuesday delayed a decision on the possible purchase of the downtown YMCA. City Park Board members have requested that the county buy the YMCA using property taxes collected through the Conservation Futures program. In 2006, the Park Board agreed to pay $5.3 million for the land and building, using a right-of-first-refusal option to stop a developer from buying the site, which overlooks Spokane Falls and is...

2008-08-06 09:01:04

ADA, Mich., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Amway Global and YMCA of the USA announced today that they will work together to expand the reach and impact of the YMCA's efforts to build healthier communities across America. As part of the collaboration, Amway Global is making a significant financial contribution to support Activate America(R), the YMCA's response to our nation's health crisis. "Through Activate America, YMCAs are engaging their communities to better support people of all ages who are...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

By Leigh Coleman, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 3--GULFPORT -- Residents of the Gaston Point community said they are reclaiming their neighborhood from the social ills of the area. Hundreds gathered for a Village is Back Block Party on Saturday at the Gaston Point Community Park to celebrate an awakening. The event is only the beginning, organizers said, as the Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church and representatives from the Gulfport YMCA are taking steps to get their kids off...

2008-07-30 15:00:50

By Kimberly Bellamy, The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C. Jul. 30--The Down East Performing Arts of Rocky Mount will sponsor the first annual Teen Summit with actor Bill Cobb as a special guest speaker. The event will be held in the Keihin Auditorium of Edgecombe Community College (ECC) from 8 to 3 p.m. Friday. ECC was chosen as the site because it provides a neutral location for everyone from rural areas. The event will give youth the opportunity to learn about the performing arts...

2008-07-23 12:01:24

CHICAGO, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Reader's Digest has awarded YMCA of the USA a grant of $272,000 to support family-centered reading programs in 2008. Ten YMCAs from across the country will be selected to receive a $1,000 Reader's Digest grant to host a community-wide "We Love Reading" event in September. In addition, Reader's Digest will provide each participating YMCA with up to 300 books for child care, afterschool and camp programs. Reader's Digest's total gift to the YMCA -- including...

2008-07-18 15:00:19

Triathlon training clinics: The Bayside Family YMCA is hosting a series of training clinics prior to the Bayside Family YMCA annual Triathlon, which will be held on Aug. 16. These clinics are free to all. Seminars will be held at the Barrington Beach at the end of Bay Road. Each seminar will start promptly at 9 a.m. The first clinic will be the swim seminar July 26. Following a short discussion related to open water swimming, the group will swim the actual course. Swimmers are asked to...

2008-07-18 09:00:20

By CARY ASPINWALL Get your kids off the couch and exercising Some kids spend all summer outdoors, playing tag or baseball, riding bikes and swimming. Others become summer slugs, watching junk on TV, surfing the afternoon away on the Internet or playing hours of video games -- and in Oklahoma's uphill battle against childhood obesity, that's bad news. Health experts say childhood obesity rates in Oklahoma have more than doubled in the past 20 years. The Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition...

2008-07-08 00:00:07

By CHARLOTTE FERRELL SMITH DAILY MAIL STAFF The swimming pool at the YWCA in downtown Charleston that closed in March will not re-open until September, weeks beyond the projected construction completion date. And the YMCA on Hillcrest will close its pool for the month of August. "We have to repair a piece of the roof," said John Giroir, YMCA president. "There is rust on the roof and a 10-by-10-foot section needs repaired." The pool at the YMCA is generally emptied for a week each...

2008-07-06 15:00:28

By Sergy Odiduro, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 6--Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital YMCA Aquatic Center, a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool with a family lagoon, was recently unveiled. The center at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center is designed to help reduce the incidence of child drownings. Through a partnership with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and SWIM Central, basic water safety and swimming lessons will be offered to children as young as a year old, along with water polo,...

2008-07-03 18:00:07

Kids learn that staying in shape is fun at the Millington Family YMCA Fit Kids Summer Camp. The kids get wet, get dirty and have fun while taking advantage of all the amenities at the YMCA. Instead of just running laps or doing push-ups, kids participate in games like tug-of-war, volleyball, dance, swim and more. Local community volunteers also donated their time to teach the kids sports such as martial arts and roller skating. "My favorite part was the rock climbing," said 11-year-old...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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