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Renovation complete on front lobby of Tyrone Area YMCA

If anyone has walked into the Tyrone Area YMCA lately, they might have noticed something a little bit different.
Well, maybe something a lot different. The front lobby at the YMCA has undergone renovations which include a new floor, new counter system, new seating areas and new paint on the walls.
The project started early in the spring and is now complete. Numerous individuals donated time and money to make the renovations a success.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Tyrone donated their time to help paint the walls in the lobby. The previous wall coloring was a mint green that darkened the lobby. Members of Kiwanis brightened the walls by painting them a light beige.
Area residents and businesses donated money for the new counter and floor to be installed, some including: Annis Bonsell, Chicago Rivet Foundation, Jay Jones, John Eichelberger, Bill Bell, Kiwanis Club of Tyrone, Lions Club of Bellwood, Adeline Wilson and Elizabeth Traxler.
Complete Floors of State College refurbished the floor in the lobby and made it lighter also. The tile had been dark in the past, and now it is a light beige tile to make the lobby more bright and inviting.
The new counter system was constructed by Vinnie Fontana as his Eagle Scout Project. Dale Busche designed the counter system, and Fontana built the base of the counter system from wood and used Formica for the countertops.
When the old counter system was removed, and the new counter system was installed, it expanded the size of the lobby. This allowed for two seating areas to be added to the lobby as well.
“The main purpose for the renovations was the floor was very old, and it was so dark in here. We wanted to lighten it up,” said Director of the YMCA Amy Hampton. “Aesthetically, it’s more appealing, and it’s more functional because we have seating areas. We wanted to put our time and effort back into the building and the community.”
Besides the front lobby, the dance studio has also gone under minor renovations as well. The studio has been repainted to a lighter color. Also, some new pictures have been hung on the walls.
The renovation to the main lobby is just in time for the Halloween Dance that is scheduled to be held at the YMCA this Saturday from 7-10 p.m., for kids in grades five through eight. Admission is $3, and Chew Dog and Hammy will be the guest DJs for the evening.