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Photo | YMCA of Frederick County Jan. 7 was Demolition Day for the South County Y.

Photo | YMCA of Frederick County
Jan. 7 was Demolition Day for the South County Y.

Demolition Day for South County Y

The YMCA of Frederick County held a Demolition Day to kick off construction of its new South County Y facility in Urbana. The site is located between Urbana Middle and Urbana High schools on Md. 80/Fingerboard Road.

Plans for the state-of-the-art, full-service facility have been in the works for the past few years and will serve the rapidly growing population of South County. Along with an aquatics complex, the new 62,000-square-foot facility will include a grand lobby, wellness center, large gymnasium, indoor walking/running track, inter-generational space for active older adults, kids’ family adventure center, group exercise studios, locker rooms, and multipurpose athletic fields, according to the Y’s  President/CEO Chris Colville.

“It’s meant to complement what we already do. It’s not meant to replace what’s happening here,” Colville said of the Urbana Y complex.

Soup-er Bowl Collection at Urbana Food Bank

The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank encourages everyone to participate in their Soup-er Bowl Soup Collection culminating the first weekend in February.

“Many of the 234 food bank families consider soup a meal,” stated Jo Ostby, food bank operations manager. The food bank will accept broths, wide and thin egg noodles, canned chicken and fresh onions, carrots, celery and potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as canned hearty, chunky soups. The food bank has eight refrigerators and freezers and is able to accept perishable items as well as non-perishable items throughout the year. “This soup collection will get our families through the winter and maybe beyond if we have great participation,” added Ostby.

If you would like to donate, please drop off soup items at the food bank soon after the Super Bowl. The food bank is located at 4328 Reels Mill Road but put 4310 Reels Mill Road into your GPS. The food bank is located behind this address.

Call Greater Urbana Area Food Bank Operations Manager Jo Ostby at 240.529.4815 for more information, and “like” the food bank on Facebook to stay abreast of urgent family needs.

Ausherman Family Foundation Supports BIAB

This month, the Ausherman Family Foundation donated enough money to feed 100 local children on weekends and school breaks for an entire school year. Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) is a volunteer organization that operates in local schools to make sure that food insecure students don’t go hungry. It costs $100 to feed one child on non-school days for an entire year.

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