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Wendy Keefer, of Bloomsburg, catches daughter Kayla, 4, as she jumps into the pool at the Danville Area Community Center on Sunday afternoon.

DANVILLE — Early Sunday afternoon, Nicole Duncan was in the community center pool with her two sons, Donaven, 6, and Malcolm, 5.

It was something to do during the school break.

“It’s a good thing to do during any break,” she said. “It keeps them in shape and away from the TV.”

Duncan lives in Danville. Wendy Keefer came from Bloomsburg with her two children, Jacob, 6, and Kayla, 4.

The pool will be open from noon to 8:45 today through Wednesday and from noon to 5:45 Thursday.

And there’s more than just a pool at the Danville Area Community Center. Throughout various activity rooms Sunday, young people were filling the hours with exercise and fun.

Mason Moser, 15, was in the racquetball room challenging family friend Craig Muller, of Scranton. Moser’s stepdad, Lance Hemmen, was using an exercise bike. A Danville High sophomore, Moser said he comes to the center four or five times a week. “It’s fun,” he said.

In the gym, Blake Admire, 13, was having a good time shooting basketballs with a family member. He lives in Alabama, but discovered the center while visiting his grandmother, Joyce Admire, of Mahoning Township.

“A lot of people have lived in town forever and still don’t know we’re here,” said DACC Program Director Billie Ingraham.

At the Sunbury YMCA on Sunday, young children brought by their parents and teens on their own, or bused-in in groups, were making use of the pool and facilities.

Additionally, the YMCA offers a fully equipped gymnastics center and a teen center, where youngsters can use computers, play video games, board games and air hockey and socialize. They also can use the pool and basketball courts.

“It’s usually packed on a Sunday,” said Youth Supervisor Jim Ermert.

Teens Dylan Deivert, 15, Devan Eichner, 16, and John Santangelo, 15, were playing pingpong and billiards and just hanging out Sunday. “It’s a good place to relax and chill,” Deivert said.

“It’s awesome,” Santangelo said. “We shoot some basketball, play pingpong and go in the pool.”

Deivert said the YMCA is fun and lets them stay active even in bad weather. But Eichner said use has dropped off among their fellow Shikellamy High School students.

“It was a trend last year,” Eichner said. “Then prices went up.”

Deivert said he used to have an annual pass and come more often. “It costs a lot of money,” he said. “I just bought a temporary pass this time.”

Three-day passes are $15, Ermert said.

In November, YMCA Membership Director Katrina Mouery announced a hike in membership fees. Annual rates for 2010 range from $91 for youths to $672 per family.

There is a financial assistance program. “The YMCA does not deny participation to any of our programs due to an individual’s lack of funds,” she wrote.

At the Danville center, annual memberships range from $136 for a pre-kindergarten through elementary-age child and $144 for a sixth-grader through college student, to $648 for a family.

People can maintain memberships or come for just a day, Ingraham said. A family can come for $12 for one day, or adults pay $7 and children 12 and older $5. There’s also a special $35 school break rate through Feb. 28, she said.

For information on classes, programs and open hours, the Sunbury YMCA, 1150 N. Fourth St., can be reached at 286-5636

Ingraham can be reached at 275-3001, but not for the rest of this holiday break. There are other ideas for filling the time. Hers is Disney World.

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