PYSTRONG Day set for May 14

John Christensen

May 14, 2015 will mark the first anniversary of the flood that devastated parts of downtown Penn Yan and surrounding parts of Yates County. At the urging of local businesses and residents Mayor Leigh MacKerchar issued a proclamation declaring May 14, PYSTRONG Day in the village of Penn Yan.

Organizer Nathan Baker says, “An annual PYSTRONG Day is a way to recognize the efforts of the community that rallied around the affected, provide information on the rebuilding efforts, and raise funds to assist those still in need of assistance. Residents and businesses suffered millions of dollars in damage and many were forced to move or close temporarily as massive cleaning efforts took place. Thankfully, volunteers from all over the area spent countless hours cleaning and rebuilding so these businesses could open their doors and residents could return to their homes.”

To provide a forum for the discussion, PYNYUSA will host a PYSTRONG Open House with the help of businesses along East Elm Street and throughout downtown Penn Yan. Area businesses will participate in the open house at their locations from 6-7:30 p.m. to meet with the public and share how they’ve recovered from the flood.

Continuing the open house after hours, FLE invites the community to their studio at 119 East Elm St. at 7:30. PYNYUSA and FLE will be hosting with music, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and a local beer and wine tasting. Businesses and residents are encouraged to share their before, during, and after photos of the flood to be displayed on a large video screen and televisions at the FLE Studio.

To submit your photos, visit and click on the Post Your PY link and then follow the instructions. You can also post your photos to the PYNYUSA Facebook page or @PennYanNY twitter account.

If you have print photos, please bring them to FLE during the open house at 6 p.m. “We also request that all PYSTRONG related photos shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are hash tagged with #PYSTRONG,” says Baker. Photos will be shared online after the event on FLE’s Website and Social Media.

Baker encourages everyone to recognize PYSTRONG Day by wearing Penn Yan related clothing and items to school, work and around the community May 14, especially Penn Yan orange and blue.

YCRR Open House

Continuing the spirit of the PYSTRONG week long events, the entire Yates County community is invited to attend the YCRR Open House Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at 467 North Main St., Penn Yan. This is a chance for families and individuals to come out and get an update on some of the muscle that helps to make PYSTRONG.There will be music, refreshments, raffles, prizes and lots of community fun! Part of all proceeds will go to the flood relief funds.

The new YCRR Community Fitness Center is almost complete, and this will be an opportunity to tour the building. The new fitness center will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It will be set up with state of the art fitness equipment, and will feature lockers and showers. The monthly individual rate is $25 and there are special rates for couples, families and corporations/organizations.

The Silver Sneakers (MVP) and Silver & Fit insurance programs are available as well. Plus, visitors will hear about the YCRR community programming, such as the Lose & Win Challenges, Boot Camps, personal training, small group fitness instruction and so much more, that will take place at the YCRR Community Center Complex.

The open house is also an occasion to return your water bottles from the YCRR Water Bottle Fund Raiser to support the community center. Each participant who either returns a YCRR water bottle filled with their spare change or makes a $20 donation is entered in a prize drawing. Several fitness center memberships, a Fit Bit and more will be given away as prizes for this drawing.

For additional information about the YCRR PYSTRONG Open House Event and more see