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Over the past seven months the Greater Pittston YMCA has seen a facelift allowing it to reposition itself as a YMCA that is here for the community.

Under the direction of Craig Lukatch of Hazleton, over the past year the Y installed air conditioning throughout the first floor, began renovating all the locker rooms, a repainted multi-training and child watch rooms, and a Welcome Center that is comparable to what is offered and seen at a big city YMCA.

What we are doing here at the YMCA is something so remarkable that we wanted it to show, said Lukatch. The way the Y looks helps us convey who we are; a friendly, welcoming, family and community centered YMCA.

‘Where programs are FREE for families,' has become the new tagline for the Pittston Y. Those with family memberships enjoy the added benefit of free programs; such as soccer, gymnastics, basketball, baseball, art classes and more is always being added.

We want families to come to our Y. We are constantly adding new and exciting classes for kids and families to enjoy together, said Lukatch.

Our programming has become an integral part of attracting new members and allowing our current members to try things they wouldn't be exposed to at any other place.

Coming in 2013 the YMCA will be starting three new programs. SPLASH gives third graders the chance to learn how to swim for FREE!

The YMCA will also be holding a weekly special needs family swim time and offering family night six times per year.

SPLASH is an amazing program. By third grade is when kids should start learning how to swim, said Lukatch.

We want our kids to learn how to be safe in and around the water and we want them to learn that from us.

Along with Lukatch, 34, the Pittston YMCA is under new direction and a youthful one at that. Kory Chwasciewski, 39, of Olyphant is the Child Care Director; Robert Duliba, 24, of West Pittston is the Director of Membership, Marketing and Public Relations; Brian Fallon, 44, of Scranton is the Property Manager; and Michael Labagh, 22, is Senior Program and Aquatic Director hailing from Dallas.

The directors and staff of the Y are young, energetic and passionate about what they do and what the Y movement is all about. They put a lot of time into making their programs and departments the best that they can be, said Lukatch.

Membership is affordable: $45 for families, $26 for adults, $22 for active older adults and $15 for youth.

The YMCA also offers a scholarship program for those who are low income and/or may not be able to afford the YMCA.

The Y is more than just a fitness center, we are community centered. What we do here is more than making sure our members are physically fit. We make sure that everyone is impacted physically, mentally and spiritually. That is how we make a difference, developing the whole person and we want everyone to be able to enjoy that, said Lukatch.

To become part of the new Y movement and see what all the buzz is stop by the Y anytime. For more information please call the Y at 570-655-2255 or visit their website at www.greaterpittstonymca.org

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