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...

Golf tourney to aid county’s 7th graders

Chester County businesses will have the chance to present their best golfers to play for a great cause when the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s 7th Annual Chester County Corporate Championship tees off Oct. 3. Held at the Old Course at Stonewall, the 2016 two-person better ball challenge offers winners a championship trophy, bragging rights and visibility. Precor is the presenting sponsor for the...

YMCA caps youth running program with 5K, June 4

More than 1,500 girls and boys from throughout Chester County will show the teamwork and confidence they’ve learned as two important YMCA of Greater Brandywine after-school programs end their season with a 5K event set for 9 a.m. June 4.  The Y’s largest classes of participants ever for Girls on the Run and STRIDE will lace up their sneakers and put their lessons in action during the family...

YMCA celebrates national day of prayer

Tapping its historic roots, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine will join countless organizations across the country today in celebrating the National Day of Prayer. Founded to help Americans revive with their spiritual lives, the Y will host a variety of activities to kindle or rekindle the joy and power that can be found in prayer.    Send article as PDF    ...

Kennett Y hold blood registry drive March 12

KENNETT SQUARE — Every three minutes in the United States someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, according to Delete Blood Cancer, DKMS. A bone marrow transplant is the best chance of survival; however 70% of those diagnosed must look outside of their families for a donor. The Kennett YMCA, in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer – DKMS, is hosting a donor registry drive on March 12, from...

YMCA to host free screening of addiction film

WEST CHESTER — While the stats may be grim – with some 22 million Americans suffering from addiction and only 1 in 10 ever receiving treatment – the YMCA of Greater Brandywine is working to offer help and hope to those impacted by the grip of addiction. Partnering with Kacie’s Cause and the Chester County Chapter of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT),...