Navigating 2020

- Surely, you’ve seen the memes. The ones that show how misguided we were as we exclaimed, “2020 is going to be my year.” I’m a huge New Year’s Resolutions guy. I make detailed goals following the S.M.A.R.T. acronym (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based). I make them for work, writing, fitness and spiritual and personal growth. […]

Summer Camp Update

- Good Evening Families! Thank you for the trust that you put in the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Youth Programs each summer when you register your child for summer camp. Part of that trust is knowing we have plans and procedures in place to keep your children safe. We take this responsibility seriously by providing each child […]

YMCA Exercise Accountability Group

- The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA has created a Facebook page to help community members stay up, active and accountable. With exercise playing such a huge role in a person’s mental and emotional health, the YMCA wanted a way to create accountability and help people with ideas of creating new health habits. The page features exercise tips […]

The YMCA’s Smiling Supportive Sage

- If she was going to study English, Gabrielle Newby figured why not do it in England. While many students will continue their post high school education at an out-of-state college, Newby, the Staunton-Augusta Family’s positivity-infusing administrative assistant, chose to study outside of the United States altogether. She did her studies at the University of Roehampton […]

Keeping Aquatics Afloat

- Many people complete lifeguard training and never find themselves in a life-or-death situation. Beth Valentine got her first real life test a week after getting her lifeguard certification. One of six children, Beth’s father was in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She grew up in the water. “I probably swam before I walked,” said Beth, emphasizing […]

“Always Been There for Me …”

- Chris Lassiter does marketing and communications for the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA. He shares his YMCA story here. My older cousin’s house was in the perfect location. Technically, it wasn’t a literal stone’s throw from the old Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA on Tams Street, but it was so close. A two-story home with white paint and a […]

Local Y CEO’s Message: “Stick With the Y.”

- When I was young, I found a $20 bill on the ground at the local Ben Franklin store, just below the candy display near the checkout counter. I showed it to my mother, expecting her to share my joy in my good fortune. Instead, my mother instructed me to put the money back. I learned […]

Home Workouts can be a “LaBlast”

- Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA fitness director Wendy Shutty wants to inform YMCA members that they can access free LaBlast fitness classes online this week. Shutty has had LaBlast fitness Katie Arostegui (pictured) to the YMCA to lead special LaBlast group fitness classes at the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA on several occasions. Louis Van Amstel (CEO of LaBlast) […]

Wednesday Lunch Time Drawing Party

- Ashley Cole, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA youth and family director, will host a virtual drawing party at noon on Facebook Live Thursday. “We’ll watch an Art For Kids Hub video on how to draw a cute rain cloud,” Cole said. “See what my drawing ends up looking like and share your (drawing). All you need […]

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