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YMCA receives $2.2 million, plans building’s groundbreaking

September 5, 2013

The River Valley Regional YMCA has received a $2.2 million boost in funds for the construction of a new YMCA building in Williamsport. The monies are from a tax credit program administered by the U.S....

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Sep-09-13 9:18 AM

2.2 million ? plus hundreds of thousands more.

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Sep-05-13 10:30 PM

Looks like there is additional room where 139 houses sat to build a jail.

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Sep-05-13 7:38 PM

Hey Woolrich... What crime are you talking about? I am a working professional and live two blocks from the hospital. We raise our families in this neighborhood, are friendly with everyone, have never had a crime committed against us and feel perfectly safe. We could have bought a house anywhere in the county and have the resources to do so but we chose to live where we did because the people are great, the neighborhood is wonderful and we're a stone's throw from just about everything we need - walk to the Community Arts Center, the Bullfrog, the movie theater, the hospital, Brandon Park, Wegmans when we want to... What else could you ask for? Everyone is great and we're thankful that the YMCA is opening just down the street! What a great thing! I bet you live in a cookie cutter ranch in Avis, watch a lot of Fox News and when you drive through Williamsport you only take the highway and make sure your doors are locked. You're missing out on life and I feel sorry for you.

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Sep-05-13 5:43 PM

Secure? Lol over 3000 people who went to work on September 11 felt secure also you never know what is going to happen but with what's been going on in town one can only hope for the best

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Sep-05-13 4:09 PM

thats dot org at the end of my email

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Sep-05-13 4:04 PM

Hi All,

To answer some of your concerns/questions...

About security, during the day, with well over 1,000 people coming into the Y and all the thousands at the hospital, we don't feel security is going to be much of an issue. At night, the hospital stated that they'd be happy to include the YMCA facility on their regular security drive route.

The Y is looking int a salt system, so we may just be able to have that type of system instead of the traditional chlorine. Just last week the staff met and a salt system is at the top of the list. We are going to meet with the pool contractor next week, so wish us luck.

Also, yes the new Y will have a child care wing. Not sure where the comment from TheMoe is coming from, since preschool childcare is a community service that the Y provides, 60% of enrolled children from families that are "working class poor".

Please feel free to email me at the Y at ceo@rvrymca**** for answers

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Sep-05-13 11:05 AM

It's going to be the biggest day care center that you ever saw, because that's where the money is.

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Sep-05-13 10:48 AM

MS, ozone... is that what makes some pools feel smell and taste like youre swimming in salt water? wasnt sure.. but a lot of pools have been using this stuff thats like salt water... it really has a less negative effect on ones skin and hair. that would be nice. i like the smell of chlorinated pools but not the effect

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Sep-05-13 8:40 AM

I really hope the Y considers using something other than chlorine in their new facility. Ozone, while it may cost a bit more up front, has a far less chemical-ly smell, and it's like swimming in bath water. Doesn't hurt your eyes, doesn't destroy your clothes, etc.

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Sep-05-13 8:23 AM

I hope employees of the hospital uses the new Y. I have a bad feeling about its location and the security of the area regarding crime.

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Sep-05-13 7:03 AM

I'm actually really excited for the new YMCA. I feel like with all the other things that they've done in the city, this one gives back to the community and is for the community. I have no doubt that at least part of the reasoning for its location is to be better utlized by the staff in the hospital (also ideal land), but even if that is true, I haven't got a problem with it. It promotes good health and so, putting it next to the hospital makes sense.

The old YMCA has been so outdated for years, heck, since I was a kid.. It's about time we get a new one. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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