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‘Try the Y,’ say YMCA members; free Open House Week is Oct. 15-22

Posted 10/5/22

A YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley family membership includes childcare for youth ages birth to 12 while their parents and guardians work out in the Y.

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‘Try the Y,’ say YMCA members; free Open House Week is Oct. 15-22

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ROME/ONEIDA — “We are a YMCA family,” said Oneida branch member Tim Miosek. “When I walked through the door for the first time in 2019, I was looking for a place to workout and found so much more,” he explained.

“Senior Program Director Collin Meehan met us at the door, showed us all the Y had to offer, and even gave me fitness tips,” Miosek said. “I realized then I wanted to bring my whole family to the YMCA.”

Child Watch is part of the Miosek family’s evening routine. A YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley family membership includes childcare for youth ages birth to 12 while their parents and guardians work out in the Y. The Oneida Y is located at 701 Seneca St.. The Rome Y is at 308 W. Bloomfield St.

“My kids, ages 10, 8 and 5, brag about how much fun they have,” Miosek said. “There are planned age-appropriate activities. They particularly like the art classes. It’s much more than a babysitting service!”

He added, there are so many opportunities for families at the Y. “My boys are now old enough to play football and the Oneida Y has a place for them to help with their training and keep them active.”

Monthly “Fun Weeks” include art, reading, show and tell and crafting.

The Oneida branch’s Child Watch is available Monday through Friday 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 to 11:30 a.m. Child Watch hours for the Rome Family Y can be found on the website at www.ymcatrivalley.org.

While you are at the Rome branch of the YMCA, look for Jeff Gualandi in the pool. “When I was a kid, my grandmother signed me up at the Y,” Gualandi said. “That’s when I learned how to swim!”

Water exercise and swimming are now a daily routine for Gualandi, whose neuropathy keeps him from the treadmill or a gym fitness class. He attends two water fitness classes in the morning and another in the evening.

“ I am age 58 going on 21 when I am in the pool!” he said.

Gualandi has a special rapport with all the water fitness instructors and lifeguards, but gives credit to aquatics “Coach” Lauren Valente for inspiring him. “Coach Lauren encouraged me to join her water Zumba class and told me not to give up,” he continued.

Since then, Gualandi has increased his flexibility and strength and improved his cardiovascular fitness.

“We’re all a team and we inspire each other,” he added. “I tell my classmates, it’s what’s in your heart that counts.”

Being a Y member means a lot to Gualandi. “No other fitness facility in the area has a pool, and water exercise is a blessing for anyone with physical limitations or in rehabilitation after a surgery,” he noted.

The Rome aquatics department has been the grateful recipient of new pool exercise equipment thanks to a generous contribution from Gualandi.

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley offers group water exercise classes for all ages and levels including Aqua Motion, Water Tabata, Deep Water Jogging, Splash Fit, HydroSpin and Aqua Zumba. Lap swim, open/family swim, lessons and water therapy are also offered. Complete information and schedules are on the Y’s website at www.ymcatrivalley.org or on the YMCA mobile app.

Interested in learning more about the YMCA? Everyone can “try the Y’ for free in Rome and Oneida during the week of Oct. 15-22. Those interested are invited to come swim in the pool, learn about Child Watch, take a fitness class or try out the weight and cardio equipment, officials said.

More information is on www.ymcatrivalley.org or call the local branches in Rome at 315-336-3500 or Oneida at 315-363-7788.

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