YMCA to bring back teen programs this fall

Area students in Harrisburg as part of the Youth and Government program. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) will bring back key programs focused on teens and preteens this fall, helping young people to connect, engage and get involved in their communities. “We know that our youth are struggling, even if they’re unable to voice it. Adolescence is a challenging time in a person’s life, and...

YWMC to establish gymnastics training center at Oscar Lasko branch

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is expanding its gymnastics training center located in the Oscar Lasko YMCA branch in downtown West Chester. The expansion will support the rapidly growing program at the YMCA and will include a custom, full-sized spring floor, a 10-foot tumbling track with raised safety area, two full vault lanes, a permanent preschool set up, additional equipment such as...

YMCA to unveil new pickleball courts

The new pickleball courts at the YMCA of West Chester. WEST CHESTER — The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is set to unveil its new indoor pickleball courts at the West Chester Area YMCA, 605 Airport Road, West Chester, on Monday, April 26 at noon during its “First Serve Pickleball Court Opening Ceremony.”  Pickleball, which is currently the fastest growing sport in...

Chesco YMCA’s holding diaper drive this month

WEST CHESTER – The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW), a nonprofit association of eight YMCA branches (Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center, Upper Main Line YMCA, West Chester Area YMCA) in Chester County, is hosting a diaper drive this month in partnership with Chester County Women’s...

AT&T, YMCA team up to bring WiFi Internet to Avon Grove students

WEST GROVE — With schools closed in Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students in the Jennersville area without internet access have had to get resourceful when it comes to completing assignments. Volunteers from the Jennersville YMCA, along with other local Chester County organizations, will be delivering mobile hotspots – courtesy of AT&T – to these students on Tuesday,...

YMCA Gymcats wrap up successful season

The YMCA Gymcats at a recent championship The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s gymnastics team, the Gymcats, who train at the Oscar Lasko YMCA in West Chester, capped off a strong competitive year with a lot of success at the League, State and National Championships. “This has been one of the best seasons,” says Megan Hartman, Head Gymnastics Coach for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “All our...

WMCA offers support to government workers impacted by shutdown

WEST CHESTER — As the federal government shutdown continues, the seven branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine are extending support to those impacted. Any federal government employee who is not being paid due to the government shutdown is welcome to use the YMCA’s facilities free of charge during this time. If the individual is already a member of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, their next...

Family turns Girls On The Run into team effort

Hal Marshall, and his granddaughters Grace, Ellie and daughter Kimberly Howell. WEST CHESTER – At his age, Hal Marshall, a retired teacher from Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, figured there wasn’t much he hadn’t already seen. But next Saturday is expected to be like none other for him. That’s when his 49-year-old daughter, Kimberly, who has had learning disabilities since birth, and...

What To Do: Downingtown Parade, Kennett Solstice ring in holidays

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times The Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade. Downingtown has always been a neighborly town – so neighborly that it has an annual event schedule that includes Good Neighbor Day each summer and Good Neighbor Christmas (downtown Downingtown, http://www.dtownchristmas.com) every winter. On December 10, Downingtown will host its annual Good Neighbor Christmas...

More than 600 kids expected to celebrate with 5K run

The 2015 event was a big success and this year looks to be even better, YMCA officials say. DOWNINGTOWN — More than 600 girls and boys from the Girls on the Run and STRIDE after-school programs at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine will celebrate their achievements with a 5K run on Dec. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. These dedicated runners will take to the track at Downingtown West High School, 445 Manor...