Inspire Confidence through a Healthy Lifestyle

June 19th, 2013

“I stepped on the scale and saw 344 pounds. I told myself, ‘I will not hit 350!’ I never did.”

Four years ago, Manuel Parks weighed 344 pounds. Deskbound at work, he lived a sedentary life. He struggled with depression and self-confidence. Every day, Manuel felt old and tired despite only being forty.

Manuel had decided to make some changes in his life. He started by coming to the Chambersburg Y. He started getting active by playing racquetball with Y member Dr. Dean Smith. “Dean got me to love the sport, which was just a stepping stone to leading a healthier life,” Manuel explained.

Over the next four years, Manuel developed good habits in exercising, healthy eating and portion control. Now, he dropped 12 inches from his waist and one-hundred twenty-eight pounds. Manuel is unrecognizable to old acquaintances.

Manuel comes to the Y’s fitness center at least four times a week. On the side, he goes rock climbing or takes hikes with his toy fox terrier. To curb his sweet tooth, he instead snacks on tropical fruits. His diet has moved from refined, processed foods to whole grains and plant-based meals with fresh fruits and vegetables and oatmeal.

The hardest part was not giving up bread or pasta but was overcoming the mindset of “I can’t.” Manuel did not trust himself.

“I had to get past that in-between stage where I could either completely commit or give up. It was hard; I’m not gonna lie. However, I stopped comparing myself to others. That helped me change my mindset to be as healthy and active as I can be.”

Manuel feels and looks like a completely new man. “I feel younger and happier, better-looking and more fun than at any other point in my life.”

Today, Manuel finds solace in his results knowing he has pushed himself this far. Whether he is stepping on a scale or on a treadmill; whether he is lifting weights or going on a hike, his encouragement repeats itself in his head: “You can do this.”

The Chambersburg YMCA promotes programs and activities to encourage healthy living, and Manuel took advantage of what the Y offers. Manuel is but one of many Y members whose personal accomplishments can inspire confidence in others. If you would like your story to be heard, email

Posted in Fitness, Wellness


Golf League Week 5

June 4th, 2013

League play resumed after the Memorial Day break with the teams of Kurt Hoffeditz/Gary Rife and Dustin Hinkle/Kyle Moore tying for low gross honors with a one under par 35.  Low net honors also ended in a tie with Hinkle/Moore tying Matt Anderson/Chuck Miotla with 31’s.  High point honors went to the teams of Ed Meyers/Bill Horst and to Steve Briggs/Michael Briggs with 7.5 points.

Earning 7.5 points returned Steve and Michael Briggs to first place by a half a point over Bill Snowberger and Denny Domer.  The season’s first Eagle was recorded by Hinkle and Moore on the Eighth Hole.

Least putts were 12 with the teams of Dave Bradley/Frank Boyle and Josh Davis/Dave Matthews tying for first place honors.

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Golf League Week 4

May 23rd, 2013

Monday’s play resulted with a re-arrangement to the league’s Team Leader Board. Bill Snowberger and Denny Domer moved into a tie with Daryl and Crystal Yoder for first place honors with 25.5 points. Team Briggs is in second place with 25 points.

Crystal and Daryl recorded low gross with a 34, while Adam Hudson and Michael Ballard recorded low net for the second week in a row with a 31.

Closest to the Pin honors on Hole 15 went to Gary Rife, while Doctor Long Ball, Dustin Hinkle, won the long drive honors on Hole 16 with a 336 yard bomb.

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Golf League Week 3

May 14th, 2013

Chambersburg YMCA Golf League Update

On the cold windy Monday night, Daryl and Crystal Yoder were able to shoot even par 36 to capture low gross honors on May 13th at the Greencastle Golf Club.  Michael Ballard and Adam Hudson won low net honors with a 34 and captured 7.5 points in the process to earn the most team points for the evening’s play.

Team Briggs earned six points and increased their lead over Ed Myers and Bill Horst by 2.5 points.

Dustin Hinkle won the Men’s Long Drive with a 309 yard drive. Crystal Yoder won the Women’s long Drive, while Team Ten was closest to the pin on hole 6.

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Wanted: Teachers

May 2nd, 2013

The Chambersburg YMCA’s ARK Child Development Center is seeking a substitute assistant teacher to work May 7th through May 24th from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The Ark is also looking for a permanent part-time assistant teacher to work Monday through Friday 12:30 to 5:30 PM and two additional mornings each week. A high school diploma and either experience working with children or education in early childhood (or related field) is required.

Successful candidates must obtain all 3 clearances (Child Abuse, Criminal Background and FBI), two written references, and a current physical with TB test. Submit a YMCA job application and resume to Melanie Cook, who is also available to contact at or 717-446-0533 for more information.

The ideal candidates will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with parents and children, maintain high teaching standards, and believe that the care they provide is invaluable.  In this extremely rewarding position, teachers will assume ultimate responsibility for creating and maintaining a nurturing and stimulating environment for the families we serve.  These positions require excellent leadership, organization, and communication, as well as the ability to provide exceptional customer service.  Teachers will be required to utilize classroom technology and incorporate Christian values into the curriculum. The Ark Child Development Center will use an educationally-based curriculum and various scholastic resources.

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Meet The Counselor

April 24th, 2013

On May 23rd the Chambersburg YMCA will be having a “Meet the Counselor” evening for Summer Camp. We would like to invite all campers to attend this event. It should be fun and will give the parent a little bit of insight into what their child will be doing this summer. The event will start at 6:00, with an informative discussion. After the discussion each camper will have opportunity to meet his/her Lead counselor for the summer. If you are not yet register for camp, feel free to attend this evening to learn more about the YMCA Summer Camp.

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Ultimate League Kick-off

April 24th, 2013

The Chambersburg YMCA Spring Ultimate League will be starting back up on Saturday May 4th with a Hat Tournament.   The following week, May 11th, the league will officially start.  If you are interested in playing please register at the front desk by May 4th. If you would like to play but do not have a team to play on please come on May 4th and we will try to get a team for you to play on.

For questions or concerns, feel free to contact Chris Misner at 717-263-8508 or email me at .

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Chambersburg Y Volleyball League Comes to a Close

April 24th, 2013

Co-Ed A Volleyball:

Six Teams participated in the Chambersburg YMCA Co-Ed A Volleyball League for the 2012-2013 season. The league consisted of Criders Water Service, Beverage City, Kenmar Motel, Martin’s Potato Rolls, New Life Painting, and Vicki Ritchey. The league was played on Thursday evenings, during the 21 week season Crider’s Water Service came out on top with a record of 35 wins and 25 loses. Crider’s Water Service team consisted of, captain Daryl Crider and teammates Lindsay Betz, Laban Betz, Matt Walker, Jessica Leedy, with subs Kent Myers, Nakita Gearhart, Heather McGarvey, and Adam Hart. All teams advanced to a Double Elimination round of playoffs. Winning the championship during playoffs was Kenmar Motel, who was captained by Travis Toms with teammates Kirk Crouse, Jake Picard, Marta Hodge, Erin Garns, and Natasha Gibble and subbed for the team was Steven Chapman. We would like to Congratulate Crider’s Water Service for winning the season and Kenmar Motel for winning the playoffs of the Co-Ed A division.

Men’s Volleyball:

On Monday nights at the Chambersburg YMCA, eight teams competed in the Men’s Volleyball League for the 2012-2013 season. The eight teams were Frazer’s Construction, EJ Grill, Shawn Ocker, Net Tenders, Randstad, Kathy’s Deli, JF Enterprises, and The Cottage. During the season each team had the chance to play each of the other teams a total of three times. Frazer’s Constructions took the top seat in the league with a record of 55 wins and 8 loss’s.  Frazer’s Construction was comprised of, captain Bo Frazer, and teammates Chad Rosenberry, Kent Myers, Chad Fluent, Kyle Benevit, and Scott Misal with sub of Trent Montgomery, and Randy Ritchey. All teams advanced to a Double Elimination round of playoffs with Frazer’s Construction holding on to the top seat the whole way through the playoffs and coming out on top. We would like to Congratulate Frazer’s Construction for their win over the season as well as the playoffs.

Co-Ed B Volleyball:

The Chambersburg YMCA had twelve teams competing in the Co-ed B Volleyball league on Tuesday evenings during the 2012-2013 season. The twelve teams were: Big Red Machine, Ellsworth Electric, Earthnet Energy, Friends, Let it Rip, Madeira Chiropractic, PC Systems Help, Priority 1 Ministries, Royal Flush, Smith’s BBQ Chicken, Sports Inn, and Teknical Knockout. Throughout the season teams competed against one another a total of two times. Coming in First place for the season with a win/loss record of 52 wins and 14 losses is Sports Inn. Sports Inn was captain by Frank Thomas with teammates Charlie Strock, Scott Ackerman, Kevin Heffelfinger, Chelsea Weaver, and Christina McAllister. After taking the wins and losses from the season all teams were seeded in a Double Elimination Playoff Bracket. Winning the playoff bracket was Smith BBQ Chicken captained by Jason Mellott with teammates Randi Lee Weist, Selena Diller, Keri Lynn, Craig Johnson, Steve Chapman, Greg Gayman, and Carol Rosenberry. We would like to Congratulate Sports Inn for winning the season and Smith BBQ Chicken for winning the playoffs of the Co-Ed B division.

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Chargers Go to Nationals

April 19th, 2013

April 3rd to 6th the YMCA’s Chambersburg Chargers took six swimmers, five of whom were first-timers, to compete at the YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. The six competitors were Daniel Callis, Chandler Johnson, Andrew Leeper, Marget Shelly, Abby Stauffer, and Bryton Zook.

Sophomore Daniel Callis from Martinsburg, WV, lead the way. On the first day of competition, Callis destroyed the record of former Charger All-American Mike Harmon’s 200 breastroke by four seconds. The next day, Callis posted the ninth fastest Charger time in history at 48.68 in the 100 freestyle.  Both swims qualified Callis for future YMCA National competitions in those events.

However, Callis’ best performance came in the preliminary trials, where he became the first Charger ever to break the one-minute barrier in the Men’s 100-meter Breaststroke.  On the last day of competition, Callis moved into 8th all-time on the Charger’s Top 10 board. Overall, Callis placed 64th out of 153 swimmers at Nationals and finished a little over a second out of the finals competition.

“Daniel made a very tough decision at the beginning of this season to not swim for his high school team,” said Head Coach Anthony Addlesberger. “Daniel’s number one priority is to get a college scholarship, and by focusing his practice on going to Nationals, I believe that he is moving in a very good direction with the times he posted this season.”

Addlesberger complemented high school senior Bryton Zook as having had a “fantastic meet.” Zook posted several personal best times at Nationals to end a stellar Charger career in the top 10 fastest performers in team history in five events.

Abby Stauffer finished 50th in the 200 IM , 91st in the 100 breast, and set a Chargers Open Girls record in the 400 IM. Thirteen-year-old Marget Shelly had five national cuts, but did not break any best times at the event. Addlesberger commented that the experience served [Shelly] well and will have more opportunities to excel in the future.

The Chargers will take a week break and resume training April 15 to prepare for YMCA Long Course Nationals at Georgia Tech in Atlanta Georgia, July 29th to August 2nd.

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56th Annual Membership Meeting

April 19th, 2013

On April 15, 2013, the Young Men’s Christian Association of Chambersburg held their 56th Annual Membership Meeting. Ninety individuals were in attendance at the Orchard’s Restaurant for the meeting.

David W. Matthews, Jr., Executive Director of the Chambersburg YMCA reviewed the following milestones for 2012:

· With the generous gift from William and Diane Nitterhouse in 2011 the YMCA purchased and renovated the Coldbrook Elementary School 2011-2012. The new property allowed expansion of wellness programs, outdoor activities and the opening of the Ark Child Development Center in June of 2012.  The all day, year round Child Development Center has four state-of-the-art class room and enrollments are just five away from the eighty student capacity.

· The “On Board for Our Children’s Future” fund-raising campaign, ended the year with cash and pledge gifts amounting to $1,134,186.  This represents 91% of the $1,250,000 goal.

· Revenues exceeded two million, five hundred thousand. The Y’s membership and program income continued to be very strong in 2012.  Membership grew by 462, and the largest percent of program growth was in our youth program areas. School Aged Childcare had over 410 students enrolled, Summer Fun Club 308, Biddy ½ Day Camps 200 and all 8 weeks of Sam’s Camp was at full capacity - 50 youth each.

· Non-operating income which includes endowments income and various gifts decreased in 2012.

· The YMCA’s sponsored membership program demand continued to be very strong in 2012. The Y sponsored 793 youth to fully memberships and another 197 families, 76 adults and 61 special needs individuals also received financial assistance with their membership fees in 2012. The value of these 1,127 sponsored memberships to deserving families and individuals totaled over $155,292.

· Additionally, the YMCA sponsored over $5,000 in program fees.

Over three hundred volunteers gave freely of their time and services to the Y in 2012. Without the help of these individuals, the Y would not be able to sponsor special events and meet the growing need for fitness and recreational activities in our community.

The following employees were recognized for their outstanding and dedicated service to the YMCA:

5 Years Service- Anthony Addlesberger, William Bennett, Jennifer Gossert, Heather Hartman, Sandra Heckman,    Marvin Humphrey Adam Lynch and Mary Ann Miller

10 Years Service- Carla Christian

25 Years Service- Carla Haller

35 Years Service- Walter “Tommy” Thompson

40 Years Service- David W. Matthews, Jr.

Other awards were given to the following individuals for their continuous service to the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA:

· John S. Boozer was presented a plaque for his dedication and leadership during his 2011-2013 term as the President of the YMCA Board of Directors

· Red Triangle Awards were presented Hannah G. Cherry and Devin E. Goodhart for their outstanding and dedicated service to the Chambersburg YMCA’s youth.

· Service to Youth Awards went to Debra Ann Reid and Catherine M. Shivers for their many years of service to the YMCA’s youth programs.

· Rev. Dr. Dianne B. Salter received the Dwight M. Edwards Youth Builder Award for her meritorious service to the YMCA during their numerous youth expansion programs.

· Marguerite Newkirk Lifetime Leadership Award was given to Carole L. Connor for her distinctive long-term volunteer leadership by a female in Franklin Country.

· The Strickler Agency, Inc. received the William K. Nitterhouse Community Partnership Award for long-term distinctive service to the Chambersburg YMCA and to the greater Chambersburg Community.

For the foreseeable future, the YMCA will focus on balancing their mission and operational expenses within the current economic and competitive environment within Chambersburg. The Y will endeavor to maintain the infra-structure and adjust their programing to meet the community needs. Focus will be on developing new wellness programs and expanding our biddy, youth, family and adult programs at the William K. Nitterhouse Family YMCA Program Center.

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