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My Y Story: Ethan Matte

ETHAN MATTE: SELF-PROCLAIMED Y KID, SELECTS THE Y AS BENEFICIARY OF HIS EFFORTS When 18-year-old YMCA member Ethan Matte had to choose a meaningful project to earn his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout badge, he wanted to do something to benefit the YMCA, which his mother shares is a big part of his life…. Read more »

My Y Story: Jerry Carney

JERRY CARNEY: TEACHING SAFETY AROUND WATER FOR 23 YEARS HAPPY RETIREMENT, JERRY!  YMCA Swim Instructor and Lifeguard Jerry Carney is happiest when he’s in the swimming pool. He’s been a fixture at the YMCA of Greater Nashua for the past 23 years, teaching thousands of kids and adults to swim, where he is retiring from… Read more »

My Y Story: Emily Teller

EMILY TELLER: STAYING HEALTHY AND MAKING FRIENDS AT THE Y Meet Emily Teller, a Y member who plans a good part of her week around the Nashua Y’s water aerobics classes. “This is a real commitment to me every week. It’s keeping me mobile, healthy and engaged. At end of each class I dive in… Read more »

My Y Story: Janna Vartanian

JANNA VARTANIAN: I FOUND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AT THE Y AND THE Y GAVE ME A SPACE TO FOCUS ON MY MENTAL HEALTH. Janna Vartanian is happy to see that the Y is expanding its mental health programming and actively promoting the Y as a place to help everyone achieve balance, both physically and… Read more »

My Y Story: Anna Thomas

ANNA THOMAS: WHETHER IT IS FOR STRENGTH, RECOVERY OR CONNECTION THE Y IS LIKE A FAMILY WHO TAKES CARE OF AND HELPS PEOPLE GET HEALTHY When Anna Thomas moved from Massachusetts to Hudson in2017 to be closer to her daughter’s family, she was eager to connect with the community. Her daughter was a Y member… Read more »

My Y Story: Emily Richardson

EMILY RICHARDSON: FROM THE SWIMMING POOL TO SENIOR RECITALS THE STORM SWIM TEAM STANDS TOGETHER By Cindy LaCroix, Swim Team Parent and Swim Volunteer YMCA of Greater Nashua Storm swimmer, Emily Richardson, traded in her cap and goggles on a mid-April evening to perform in her senior recital at the Central Congregational Church in Chelmsford,… Read more »

Our Y Story: Iraida Munoz and Ruben De Jesus

IRAIDA MUNOZ AND RUBEN DE JESUS: MOTHER AND SON FIND A HOME WORKING TOGETHER AT THE Y Iraida Munoz and her husband moved from Puerto Rico to the United States with their two sons, Ruben Misael and Ruben Ernesto, in 2010. They first lived in Gardner, Massachusetts, where her husband’s job was located.  They relocated… Read more »

My Y Story: Steve Mason

STEVE MASON: CHALLENGING HIMSELF TO 50 MILE RUNS AND IRONMAN ASPIRATIONS BEGINS WITH WORKOUTS AT THE YMCA 45-year-old Steve Mason of Merrimack sets the bar high for himself. Very high. He has always been physically fit, but has upped his game with a recent indoor run at the Merrimack YMCA. On Saturday, February 26, he… Read more »