YMCA trucking along despite winter weather

Despite increasing difficulty with staying physically active due to constraints associated with winter conditions, the Ridgway YMCA continues to make leaps and bounds."This time of the year it is hard to stay active due to our winter conditions," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "There is no better way than to come and swim in our 86-degree pool. For more than 100 years the YMCA has been teaching people to swim."Through YMCA swim lessons, area youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water while instilling responsibility and safety instruction.  "Learning to swim should be an essential part of every child’s life, no child should go through life having a fear of water," Bellotti said. "Being able to offer swim lessons is important to us. Every child should have the chance to learn to swim and there is no better place than the Y."A new session of swim lessons starts Feb. 5 and those interested may call for more information."We have been very busy at the Y," Bellotti said. "We are constantly trying to move forward and provide the best possible service for our members. At the Y, changing lives and strengthening community is important to us.  The Y has been listening and responding to the communities needs for over 100 years. We focus not only on fitness programs within the Y but on programs that will better us socially as well."