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Goodbye August; hello September! Just after Labor Day students across Broome County will trade their summer flipflops and sun-faded tee-shirts for brand new backpacks and outfits. YMCA member and retired school psychologist, Maggie Nugent, offered some simple thoughts before the yellow buses arrive. Her observations and wisdom gained over 25 years presents practical ideas to

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I say “walk”; she runs. I say “stop”; she goes. As a mother of a strong-willed, fearless 2 year old, I worried about opening our pool this year. I put child-proof door knobs on each door, gated the porch on the way to the deck, gated the deck on the way to the pool, and

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Six archers lined up at mid court the fourth Monday evening to take aim at the six targets set up on the right half of the West Family YMCA gym. Though only the second week for the YMCA archery participants, when they drew their bows, most of the arrows flew with such precision they sunk

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On May 7th, the YMCA Summer Youth Baseball teams held their first week inside the West Family Gym due to wet fields. The Coach Pitch group of 7-10 year olds enthusiastically practiced running to first base and touching the bag before being tagged by the coach’s glove. The season ended Saturday and provided a fun

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On Saturday, March 19th 2 teams of 6-8 year olds dribbled up and down the basketball court of the West YMCA gym with ball skills beyond their years. They handled each turn-over, block, pass and shot as if they played together for three months, not just three games. James Naismith, the father of basketball, surely

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10 year old, Kessiah, an aspiring NBA player, loves basketball and plays for the Homer Brink M.E. Hoops. When his older brother’s Pinnacle Travel Basketball coach announced the Elks Hoop Shoot  being held at the West Family YMCA on Saturday December 12th, both boys practiced extra hard on their free throws to prep for their

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Last April, Jen approached me about starting private swim lessons with her two-and-half-year-old son, Rocco, and her three-and-a-half year old nephew, Timmy. I always asked each family what goals they would like to see accomplished within the lessons. The goals for these boys, being so young, were simple: confidence and safety. They arrived the first

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