• YMCA to offer Zumba and “Member Free Tennis”

     The next session of Zumba Classes being offered through the Montgomery County Family YMCA has started. 

    Classes this session are being held Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 5- 6 p.m. in the Washington Elementary School gymnasium. 

    Washington School is located southeast of the intersection of N. Broad St. and W. Coolbaugh St. in Red Oak. 

    This session of classes will run through Wednesday, Nov. 27.

  • YMCA captain coed volleyball meeting set for Oct. 20

    A captain’s meeting for the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s 2013-14 Coed Volleyball League will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. 

    The league will be played Thursday evenings at the YMCA at 6:15 p.m. 

    The tentative start date for the league is Nov. 7. 

    The YMCA league is open to any interested men and women players who are out of high school and interested in co-ed volleyball.

  • YMCA 2013 4-Person golf tourney results

     The Montgomery County Family YMCA sponsored its Fall Tee 2013 Benefit Four Person Golf Tournament at the Red Oak Country Club Sept. 28. 

    All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the YMCA’s 2013 Annual Campaign that helps honor the YMCA’s long lasting policy “No one is denied YMCA membership or programming opportunities due to financial limitations.” 

  • YMCA to host annual Run, Punt and Pass contest

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA has scheduled a Run, Punt and Pass Contest for Boys and Girls ages up through 13 years of age. 

    The contest will take place Oct. 6 at the Red Oak High School practice football field, located to the west of the High School building.

    Registration will take place from 1:30-2 p.m. the day of the event. The contest will start at 2 p.m. 

    Participants are divided into (three) ages groups: 8 years old and under, 9-11 year olds and 12-13 year olds for both boys and girls. 

  • Blazing His Own Path

    Nick Blay has always had the passion for football.

    As a child, he played with friends on an empty lot on near the Thomas D. Murphy Building.

    Rain, snow, blistering heat, it didn’t matter. Blay and his friends played.

    Blay’s love of football grew throughout middle school, high school and on to Simpson College.

    Shortly after his freshman season at Simpson, playing wide receiver, Blay re-aggravated a lingering foot injury. After surgery, Blay’s football and track career at Simpson ended.

  • Strong participation for ‘Dial’ Fall Festival run

    The 14th annual “Caleb Dial” Elliott Fall Festival 5K and 2-mile run took place in Elliott Saturday. Here are the winner results, listed by age division.

    Girls/Women 5K

    10-and-under: Hope Ogg (33:12);

    11-19: Anna Young of Elliott (32:26);

    20-29: Brittany Hartfield of Red Oak (43:14);

    30-39: Kristy Potts of Red Oak (43:14);

    40-49: Beth Young of Elliott (32:04);

    50-59: Kathie Madron of Oakland (23:57).

    Boys/Men 5K

  • YMCA Golf tournament set for Sept. 28

    The 2013 YMCA Fall Golf 18 Hole Four Person Best Ball Golf Tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Red Oak Country Club with a 9 a.m. shot gun start.

    Join the fun of great golf and amazing fellowship that will include a hole-in-one contest, which is new this year, to win a 2013 Dodge Dart sponsored by Red Oak Chrysler Dodge Jeep for tournament golfers.

    The first tournament golfer making a hole-in-one on hole # 4 would win the 2013 Dodge Dart.

  • Caleb Dial Run in Elliott scheduled for Aug. 24

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Family YMCA has coordinated with the Elliott Businessmen and Betterment Association and Elliott Fall Festival Committee for the 14th Annual “Caleb Dial” Elliott Fall Festival 5K Run and 2 Mile Run-Walk at 7:30 a.m. in Elliott, Saturday, Aug. 24. 

  • Outside Iowa: All good things must come to an end

    A little more than three years ago, I stopped in at the Guthrie Center Times offices with an idea, and Scott, a veteran editor liked what I had to say and gave me a shot at becoming a regular columnist. I was an aspiring outdoor writer with big dreams and lofty goals, but at that time I never expected this weekly column to become a mainstay for—at one time—more than 40 Iowa papers.

  • Outside Iowa: Having the competitive bone

    It’s far from “new news,” but I have a real competitive side. During the spring, summer and early fall I find the “scratch” for that “itch” competing in local bass tournaments.

    During a cool summer morning, not much can compare to the sound of oily outboards churning, accented with the musty smell of an Iowa lake mixed with aroma of 2-cycle exhaust.