I was driving by the YMCA Youth Development Center under construction on State Street Thursday and crews were going great guns. The $4.3 million project is really taking shape.
Steve Graf, the executive director of the Y, told me that construction is on schedule with a planned opening date of mid-July. That is one month away. The facility will be open before the new school year begins.
The center will nearly double the Y's capacity to provide day care for preschool children and after-school care for school-aged children. The occupancy on the state license will increase from 104 to 190 for children up 4 years old and from 90 to 160 children for school-aged children.
The new center offers many advantages, Graf said. It allows the Y to consolidate its Learning Tree and After the Bell programs under one roof, moves kids closer to the YMCA's main building for programing and expands capacity to care for more children.
I sometimes take this addition to our community for granted, but really it is a very big deal.
Graf asked that I mention there is still $400,000 remaining to be raised. Contributions are being accepted. The community has already raised $3.9 million.
The financial contributions so far have really been a testament to our community and its support for children, Graf said.
R&K Computer to move
R&K Computer at 205 S. Main St. will move to the former Jewett Drug Building at 217 Railroad Ave. S.E., on Oct. 1. It will occupy Suite 1.
I talked to Tony Rousseau, who works at R&K, who said that business has been good and R&K needs more space. The business shares its Main Street store with Dakota Ink and Toner. The toner business will take over the whole store after the computer business leaves.
R&K is owned by Gene Kopetsky. Dakota Ink and Toner is owned by Matt Deilke.
Hot yoga II
About a month ago, I wrote about hot yoga coming to Aberdeen. I checked in with Candace Briscoe, who will be opening the yoga studio at 224 First Ave. S.E.
The hot yoga room, which will be heated to 104 degrees, is not quite ready, she said. It requires special heaters and ventilation. The class, which she will teach, is still on its way.
After I wrote the first story, I received an email asking me for Briscoe's contact information from a woman who wanted to take hot yoga. I emailed her the phone number for Briscoe's business, Profiling Beauty. She replied that it didn't work. I checked the number and emailed it again. She replied it didn't work and should she put a 0024 in front of it.
Mildly annoyed, I emailed back, "I don't know what you are talking about, but our area code is 605."
Then came her reply — "Oh, you are in America. I am in Aberdeen, Scotland!"
She must have read the story online. Small world.
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