App gives up-to-date info about Greater Nashua Y

The YMCA of Greater Nashua has released a free mobile app that will allow members to access information about the club anytime. The new application includes information about schedules, programming and special events for the Nashua and Merrimack facilities, as well as Camp Sargent in Merrimack. It’s available for free on Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app allows users to search for classes by day, time or instructor. Users can also get updates on programs and other events and sync events happening at the YMCA with their calendar, or share events on Facebook and Twitter.

Merrimack school to be evacuated Thursday during emergency drill

MERRIMACK – Students at Thornton’s Ferry School will be evacuated from the school during an emergency management evacuation drill Thursday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Students and faculty will be evacuated to the YMCA Camp at Camp Sargent on Camp Sargent Road. Meanwhile, busses and parent pick-up will be staged along Tinker Rd. coming in from Continental Blvd. Parents and busses will be conducting pickups at Veteran’s Memorial Park as part of the drill.

First NH Running Festival set for October

For years the Santa Fund Run has been a successful way to kick off The Telegraph’s Christmas charity, annually attracting between 500 and 800 runners. This year it will be part of the New Hampshire Running Festival, a three-day event which could eventually make Nashua a weekend destination for runners throughout New England and beyond. This year’s inaugural festival is scheduled for Oct. 18-20 and will kick off with a one-mile run on Friday. The Santa Fund race, with runners given the choice of competing at five or 10 kilometers, will be held on Saturday, with a half marathon scheduled for Sunday.

A prescription for health: Prescribe the Y program helps overweight kids

NASHUA – The students shot their hands up in the air, waving their arms, calling out to be selected, sometimes standing on their chairs to be a little taller. “Celery and peanut butter!” one exclaimed when called on. “Yogurt and strawberries,” another said later. The students – boys and girls ages 6 to 13 – are members of the Greater Nashua YMCA’s Prescribe the Y program, which aims to promote healthy living, nutrition and fitness among overweight children. The 12-week program provides nutrition classes, exercise sessions and family events about healthy shopping and cooking.

Nashua YMCA Storm results

Swimming Nashua Storm at Maryland Winterfest Members of the Greater Nashua YMCA Storm recently traveled by invitation to the SPY Winterfest Swimming Regional at the Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. The Winterfest is one of the largest meet in the US, more than 1,700 swimmers participated from 46 different teams, hailing from Maine to Florida and as far away as Illinois. Three Storm swimmers broke team individual records, while Anastasiya Ausiannikava set a team record in female 13-14 200 butterfly; Kerry McCann also set a record for females 15 & over 100 backstroke. Bryan Laborera broke his own team record in male 13-14 200 breaststroke. “Sixteen swimmers from Nashua, Manchester, Bedford, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack and surrounding areas achieved personal bests.” head coach Christopher Pfaffenroth said “These swimmers not only represented their team and their YMCA but also their communities extremely well and we couldn’t be more proud of them.” Three relay teams broke long standing Storm team records in female 11-12 200 free relay (Mattea Dumdey, Emily Sweet, Lauren Brennan, and Nicole Gagnon); female 13-14 200 free relay (Anastasiya Ausiannikava, Mary Rego, Katie Szum, and Heather Luby); and male open 400 MR (Bryan Laborera, Nico Laborera, Josh Rines, and Tyler Howard).

Greater Nashua YMCA inducts first hall of fame class, celebrates 125 years of service

NASHUA – As the only living member of the first class of inductees into the YMCA of Greater Nashua Hall of Fame, Steve Rogers realizes no man is an island. The success of the YMCA was built upon teamwork by an army of “lay people, fellow professionals and volunteers,” whom Rogers thanked when he was presented the award – one he said he didn’t deserve – on Friday morning in a ballroom in the Crowne Plaza hotel. Rogers, who served the YMCA for 28 years in a variety of positions, also noted the teamwork of husbands and wives who worked and sacrificed together to make the organization what it is today. “I recently lost my wife, so this is dedicated to her,” Rogers said. Rogers became one of the initial five inductees in ceremonies during the Y’s annual meeting breakfast, which also celebrated the organization’s 125 years of service in Greater Nashua.

Occupy NH plans rights walk Jan. 7 in Manchester

MANCHESTER – Occupy New Hampshire is sponsoring an Operation Pride/Liberty Walk/Stand Up and March for Human Rights on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Veterans Memorial Park. The public walk will take off from the Elm Street location at noon and continue to Victory Park, at the corner of Chestnut and Concord streets, across from the YMCA, before marching back to Veterans Memorial Park, representatives said. The walk is scheduled for the same day as WMUR and ABC News’ Republican presidential debate leading up to the New Hampshire primary. It is intended to call attention “to attacks on the American family,” representatives said.

Occupy NH plans public walk in Manchester

MANCHESTER – Occupy New Hampshire is sponsoring an Operation Pride/Liberty Walk/Stand Up and March for Human Rights on Saturday, Jan. 7. at Veteran’s Park, Manchester. The public walk, to take off from the Elm Street location at noon, will continue to Victory Park located at the corner of Chestnut and Concord, across from the YMCA, before marching back to Veteran’s Park, representatives said. The walk, scheduled for the same day as WMUR and ABC News’ Republican presidential debate leading up to the New Hampshire primary, is intended to call attention “to attacks on the American family,” representatives said.

Halloween Spooktacular at Camp Sargent Saturday

MERRIMACK – A Halloween Spooktacular will be held at the YMCA Camp Sargent on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. The even is part of the 21st Century Learning Lights On After School initiative. There will be “ghoulish games, freaky fun and bloodcurdling crafts.” There will also be a haunted house and a hay ride, as well as a magician, a bouncy house, and more. Family members of the YMCA will be admitted free, while admittance for nonmembers is $15. Preregistration is highly recommended.