SANFORD-SPRINGVALE YMCA                         July 2016

By Thea Murphy, Trafton Center Director

Welcome back to The Seniors' Scene.

This is my favorite time of year. I am definitely a warm-weather person, and this past weekend was just perfect. The Mainers are back for another great season, and our local Altrusa Club was on hand to help out at the concession stand at Goodall Park on Friday night. It is fun to catch up with community folks and see so many of the same faces back at Goodall Park.

Saturday morning, the Farmer's Market was in full swing; again, seeing our community enjoying the great weather and fresh produce brings a sense of well-being.

I am proud of our community and especially proud of the place that the Trafton Senior Center has in the community. We have been on Elm Street for over 47 years. While our offerings at the center have changed, our mission has not: we are here to welcome and support our senior population.

As more and more people are learning what our center is about, I often hear that many communities don't have a place like ours, and that we are fortunate to have the senior center. I agree, and I want to share some stories that will hopefully give you a picture of the Trafton family.

My husband, Skip, had some health issues during the last two weeks, and I was able to be with him and not worry about being away from my "job," as the members of the center simply always step up and take care of things when I am not able to. They check in on how Skip is doing, and offer prayers and support on a daily basis. Skip and I stopped by the center when he was feeling better, and we were met with cheers!

We have a member who is battling the loss of her son, as well as advanced cancer, and her Trafton family is right there with her, helping her to cope. Members of the center are making sure that she has transportation to and from her treatments on a weekly basis.

Some of our members have had to give up driving, and they know they can count on a ride to the center from any of us with just a phone call.

This past Saturday evening, we had a get-together at the center. John Ferris, one of our members, was on hand to play music. We all had some light refreshments and caught up with each other. As I watched our members relax and enjoy the evening, I realized that while we all have things that challenge us, we also have the support of our family on Elm Street. I count that as one of my many blessings.

'Til next time . . .

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August 27

Bunganut Lake Park, Lyman
Tournament Raises Funds
for Expansion
92 golfers came out to the Sanford Country Club on Friday, June 24 in support of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA's expansion project.  The sun was shining, everyone was smiling and $27,000 was raised.
"The Y is truly owned by the community," said John Roux, YMCA board member, at the golfers' lunch and celebration.  "Because of the endless community support, the Y is able to provide programs and services that strengthen our community."
More than 10,000 individuals made the YMCA an important part of improving their lives, through academic achievement, advocacy, child care, exercise, social programs and teen development. But there is much more the Y could be doing if they have more space.
The YMCA is in the process of building a 22,000 square foot addition, which will allow for additional programming, increased enrollment in preschool and camp, a community center and youth & family center.
"It's been a slow process," said Andy Orazio, YMCA CEO.  "But we continue to move forward, because of the generosity of the families and businesses in our community." 
The funds raised from the tournament will afford the YMCA to finish sheet rocking and hanging the ceiling in the upper level.
Eight donors pledged a minimum of $500 to the expansion at the tournament.  Thank you to John Roux, Garnsey Brothers Insurance, Alden Thayer, Lance & Diane Hoenig, Andy Orazio, Dave Pepin, Forbes Family Foundation and Coca-Cola.
Thank you to the following major sponsors:
Sanford Kids Going to
Camp for Free

Through the generosity of community, kids in need are given the opportunity to explore all they can become at the YMCA Camp Marland.  1 in 3 kids receive some level of financial assistance through the YMCA's scholarship program.
This summer, two anonymous donors are providing a week of camp to 60 Sanford youth through the YMCA's Kid to Camp Campaign.  The YMCA and the Sanford School System collaborated to identify students and reach out to parents and guardians about this amazing opportunity to experience summer camp.
"The Y is fortunate to have benefactors who recognize the positive impact we have on the youth in our communities," said Matt Ouellette, Youth & Family Services Director.  "All kids should have the opportunity to experience camp life...swimming, hiking, canoeing, friendships, archery...the way summer should be."
Every summer, Camp Marland is home to hundreds of kids who participate in activities that teach core values, leadership skills and conflict resolution.  At camp kids connect with nature, build confidence and make friendships - most of all they have fun. Camp Marland is located at Bunganut Lake Park in Lyman. LEARN MORE  
Titans Just Keep Swimming

The YMCA Titans swim team competed in two meets in June.  We had 32 top 3 finishers against the Northern York County YMCA Manta Rays on June 17.  The following swimmers placed 1st in their respective event:
Felix Rothwell      Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Free
                          Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke
Ami Kane            Girls 8 & Under 50 Yard Free
Rory White          Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke
Amanda Dudley   Girls 15 & Over 100 Butterfly
Celia Perks          Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke
Edwin Pease        Boys 9-10 50 Yard Backstroke
                          Boys 9-10 50 Yard Breaststroke
Arriana Speranza Girls 9-10 50 Yard Breaststroke
Callie Bastianelli, Angel Gagne, Natalia Rothwell, Adeline Fiandaca              Girls 9-10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
Three swimmers, Julia Partidge, Erin Partridge and Lydia Pease, had their best times at the Long Reach Swim Club Summer Sprint Meet on 6/25.
The Titans summer season will wrap up in July and information about the Fall/Winter season will be available mid-August.