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YWCA Westfield 08/09/12

August 15, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

United Way volunteers

"These representatives from Welch's donated their time to help clean out some basement items and straighten our storage shed," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "They are part of the Northern Chautauqua County United Way Community Caring Week. In addition to the time and energy Welch's provided to the Y, they also donated the juice we sold during the Arts and Crafts Festival. Our Welch's neighbors are truly appreciated."

Paranormal activity

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The volunteer crew from Welch’s which worked at the YWCA as part of the Northern Chautauqua County United Way Community Caring Week are, from left to right: Amy Patmore; Sue Reed; Sue Yokum; Sue Barresi; and Rose Spicer.

"There's always been talk and speculation about unusual activity, sightings and other spirits at the YWCA," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "The YWCA is pleased to announce a special partnership with Fredonia Ghost Hunters and to offer a special tour of the YWCA building. This will give us some accurate information and some unbiased opinions on any spirits in our building."

Interested individuals are invited to a building tour on Saturday, Aug. 18. A limited number of $20 tickets will be available. After touring the building, guests will participate in small group meetings with the Fredonia Ghost Hunters to discuss any sightings or findings which may occur during the evening. Tickets are pre-sale only at the YWCA and limited overnight accommodations are available as well. More details at, through the Fredonia Ghost Hunters Facebook page or by contacting the YWCA at 326-2011.

Class instructors needed

The fall semester of classes will begin soon at the YWCA and instructors are needed in several areas.

"We have had calls regarding the tumbling classes and we'd like to resume a Zumba class," Administrative Assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. "We're looking for someone to teach beginning tumbling for students from 3 years old through age 8. The hours and days are flexible. Plus we need a certified Zumba instructor to lead those classes. Again the hours and days can be flexible."

Other classes will be offered during the fall and winter months, depending on instructor availability and interest levels. Individuals interested in teaching a class, those with suggestions on classes or those who would like to be on a call list for classes are encouraged to call the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details.

Pre-school and pre-school daycare center

Registration is continuing for the YWCA pre-school and pre-school daycare center fall semester. Pre-school classes begin the week of Monday, Sept. 17. Classes for children turning 2 years old by Dec. 1 will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and classes for children turning 3 and 4 will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The daycare center offers full day and wrap around care for children 33 months through school age. Contact Brenda Backus, YWCA Child Services Director, at 326-4012 for registration forms or more information.

Before school program

Again this year, the YWCA Westfield will provide before school care at Westfield Academy and Central School each morning. This program is open each school day morning as well as half days and most days school is not in session. This program operates on a scholarship scale and participates with the Department of Social Services for childcare assistance. Morning games and activities are offered as well as use of the gymnasium and outdoor activities. More information on before school care and other childcare services offered by the YWCA Westfield are available by calling 326-4012.

Summer hour

"While the YWCA makes every effort to be available and in the building at 58 S. Portage during business hours Monday through Friday each week, we are a small staff and often pulled in different directions," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We encourage people to call and make appointments or check ahead to make sure staff is available to serve them. In addition to day time hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there is staff available on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m." The YWCA offices can be reached at 326-2011 and there is an answering machine for messages.

About the YWCA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1300 locations across the U.S. worldwide, YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.

Locally the YWCA Westfield is a member of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Region of YWCA and the national YWCA organization.



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