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YWCA Westfield 04/25/13

May 1, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Cardio equipment

The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce new cardio equipment has been ordered for the fitness center.

"After talking with our members, we made the decision to replace several of the cardio pieces," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "Early in May we expect to install new treadmills, two recumbent bikes, a spin bike and a new elliptical stepper. These will be PreCor pieces, a well recognized line of fitness equipment. Several of our older models are for sale so anyone looking for home use pieces is encouraged to stop in and look them over. Once the new pieces are in place, there will be an a open house and free trial periods of machine use."

New front door

Visitors to the YWCA will notice a new storm door in place at the front entrance. Thanks to Seaway Window and Door Manufacturers of Erie and D and S Glass in Jamestown, a new door was recently installed.

"This was a much needed upgrade," board member Deb Higginbotham said. "Last year a donation from Laurie Ginnitti allowed us to install new windows throughout our building. With the addition of the storm door we have completed that portion of our energy efficiency project. 'Green' upgrades continue throughout the building, allowing us to make energy efficient choices and realize cost savings as well."

Babysitting class

Limited seating remains for the Saturday, April 27 babysitting class. This class is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 15 who are interested in learning more about child care. Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation there is no fee charged, but pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted. To inquire about the class, call 326-2011 by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Open gym

The YWCA gym is open to area middle and high schoolers, as well as adult members of the YWCA. There is no cost to members for the use of the gym, but individuals interested in reserving specific dates and times must call and make reservations. Other use is on a drop-in available basis Monday through Friday.

Like the YWCA on Facebook

The YWCA has created two Facebook pages to supplement its website material. In addition to finding the YWCA at it can be found at and, for specific details on the arts and crafts festival, at

"This allows us to communicate with a wider audience," administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warne said. "Our website is a great tool for information, and it allows people to get an overview of our services. The Facebook postings add another layer and let people check into class cancellations, current events and updates."

Membership updates

Work continues on the collection of email addresses for members.

"As we record the email addresses for our members we will begin sending membership renewal notices, fitness visit updates and other information out to them," director Katie Smith said. "This is a more efficient, easier and less costly way to communicate."

Members are asked to contact the office or use the sign up sheets posted in the building to provide the addresses to the agency.



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