Stevens Supports Lifetime Health Opportunities

Sports and physical activity have played a big part in Lynnette Stevens’ life. The retired educator grew up in Iowa, where women’s sports were already in full swing. She competed in every sport she could in high school and then went onto play more sports at a small college. She later...

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Triplets & Their Moms Find Support at YMCA

When Trish Nitchie and Ashley Larson walk through the doors of the YMCA, twelve little eyes brighten. The two moms have found the YMCA to be a great place for their preschool-ages triplets to learn, socialize and create while they find time for stress relief, adult interaction and...

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Czochara Serves God, Families in YMCA Career

Julie Czochara has lived in major cities on both sides of the United States, and now she’s living in the middle of the country in a small rural town tackling the challenge of beginning programs and operations at the new YMCA at Gothenburg Health. She started her YMCA career six years...

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Eustis Friends Find Second Home at YMCA

Five days a week, Sherry Timm and Marcia Keller meet up on a corner in Eustis and drive 25 minutes together to exercise at the Orthman Community YMCA. The two self-described Y “gym rats” have discovered their second home at the Y, which they have found to be more than just a nice place...

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Leiningers Live Healthy In Golden Years

Becoming a Golden Member at the Orthman Community YMCA came just in time for Mitze Leininger of Lexington. Mitze celebrated her 80th birthday December 17, just as she was finishing her stay at Brookdale assisted living to recuperate from back surgery. Her doctor told her to walk a mile...

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YMCA Helps Ide Enjoy Retirement

After retiring from his long-time position as a county judge in 2015, Bob Ide wanted to enjoy his new freedom playing football with his young grandchildren and hunting and fishing. “I’d like to go to Alaska and fish halibut or salmon,” he said. “I like to go out and shoot a bull...

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Brown Survives Heart Scare

On May 29, 3013, Jim Brown felt a stabbing pain in his chest. “I woke up in the middle of the night, and I thought I had heart burn,” he said. He made a doctor’s appointment a few days later. His EKG heart test checked out normal, but he failed a stress test and was referred to a...

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