March 21st, 2012
While the Ridgway YMCA offers 27 classes each week that are completely free to the facility's members, executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti said it is an even better feeling to see the members going outside the facility and making a difference.
"We have seen our class sizes stay pretty consistent and some even have a waiting list, and while it's great to see the Y so busy, it is a better feeling to see where our members are going outside our YMCA," Bellotti said. "A mother-daughter pair, Amy Matha and Breiana McKnight recently registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon.
Many people look at the Ridgway YMCA as just a health and fitness facility but according to executive director Mary Lynne Bellotti, the popular location is so much more.
"I have heard many times during my directorship at the Ridgway YMCA that our gym just isnâ€™t big enough," Bellotti said. "We do not have a full-size court but there has been a lot of basketball played in our gym. We have been the extra gym to several area basketball programs over the years."
With limited gym space at area schools, the YMCA has always opened up the gym to the teams that needed an extra practice or two.
The Ridgway YMCA has been a promoter of recreational gymnastics for over 17 years and despite being a small program, they "get results."
"Our facility isn't large enough to offer a competition gymnastics program but we are able to offer a recreational program that focuses mainly on tumbling," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA.
Bellotti has been teaching the program for at least 17 years.
LOCK HAVEN â€“ Clarion senior shortstop Jerico Weitzel is the PSAC West Player of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles to four straight conference wins over Lock Haven over the weekend in Due West, S.C.
Weitzel hit .607 (17 of 28) in seven games during the week with three doubles, seven RBI, four runs scored and four stolen bases. He also walked five times out of the leadoff spot and had an on-base percentage of .667, a slugging percentage of .714 and an OPS of 1.381.
Area YMCA patrons competed March 10 in the Beast of the Northeast powerlifting competition at the Fitness Connection in Warren and came away with an impressive haul of awards.
"Many times at the Ridgway YMCA, we turn to volunteers who can help us make our YMCA a little extra special," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "I am very thankful to have Greg 'Lumpy' Scarnati as one of those volunteers. Lumpy has been promoting weightlifting in our YMCA free weight room for several years.
CLARION â€“ Ridgway boys basketball had its best season in school history end Tuesday night.
But for the Elkers and the area, what a ride it was.
Ridgway lost 65-46 to Lincoln Park Charter in the PIAA Class A State Semifinal Tuesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway finishes with a 29-2 record and the team will have the distinction of its farthest advancement in the state playoffs. It's a long way from a 3-18 record in the 2008-2009 season when Eric Matheson and Jordan Lundin were freshmen on the team.
Elk County Commissioners were immersed in a 35-minute conversation Tuesday morning with township supervisors and county officials over Marcellus Shale issues, specifically land issues and the fallout from an ordinance passed two weeks ago regarding impact fees on the wells.
"Land use and zoning issues have always been something that comes with much controversy," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg during the lengthy discussion. "Until there is a consensus made by the public, it's a hard thing to make a blatant statement on.
Fran Gustafson, a Jay Township supervisor, shared concerns about the growing elk herd Tuesday morning during an Elk County Commissioners meeting.
"It's getting bad-- they're eating the grass, people can't have gardens, they can't do anything," Gustafson said. "I don't know where this is going to lead. It's now becoming a county thing, not a township thing, and it has spread and spread."
According to Gustafson, there have been at least three vehicle accidents in the past month, with three vehicles being totaled, due to the elk presence.
Kimberly Frey, director of Elk County's elections office, spoke Tuesday morning at an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the recent enactment of a Pennsylvania voter identification bill (H.B. 934, Act 18 of 2012).
In an effort to make the Ridgway YMCA more available and feasible to the community, the YMCA will begin their capital campaign to raise $1.5 million to expand the aquatic and fitness center.
â€śThe state is making it a requirement to have to meet ADA standards,â€ť said Michelle Bogacki, a YMCA board member. â€śThe pool itself is $800,000 so we decided to expand to whole wing because the YMCA is at full capacity now.â€ť
The capital campaign will kick off in April to help raise funds to restore the pool and add on to the fitness wing.