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December 22, 2013

Y.M.C.A. Gallia Street submitted by Ken Kozee


Donnie Eubank wrote: The building is still there, occupied by the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union.


Paige Harmon Maston wrote: Mr. Fuget taught my swim class. I was in 3rd grade. He was a great swim teacher. I’ve loved to swim ever since!


Tara Watkins wrote: Yep, I remember the YMCA and I can still smell the chlorine from the pool as I would swim. Great memory!


Anita Jones-Strickler wrote: It had big rooms with over stuffed chairs, and beautiful wood work inside. Really nice place to relax.


Lou Tylee wrote: Played many a game of ping pong there.


Pat Bartlett wrote: They had a great indoor pool. During one winter we took a diving class and got our certifications.


Sharon Ward Coburn wrote: I remember going there on Saturdays for my son to play in the Biddy Basketball League.


Norma Miller wrote: If you like the water, then you really otter, learn how to swim at the Y. Anyone remember that?


Barbara J. Pratt wrote: Worked for Mr. Hickman and Marvin Whiteside one summer while in college. Wonderful memories!!!!


Mary Lou Duplain Church wrote: I used to meet up with Sally Spencer around 7am to “doggie paddle” across that pool for exercise. Then one day the lifeguard took pity on me and asked me if I wanted to really learn to swim. I was in my 30’s! I jumped at the chance and he showed me how then and there. Thanks to that guy I can hold my own now doing many different strokes.