by Tom Martin
On June 13, Stanley Langford, project manager for Connemara Corporation, gave a tour of the Monroe Family Aquatic Center of the Northern Neck Family YMCA (MFAC) construction site to Susan and Emory Simmons and YMCA director Mark Favazza.
“Emory has been taking swimming lessons at the Y for three of her six years,” said her mother, Susan Simmons. “To Emory the lessons are just fun but, as a mom, it gives me great comfort that she has a place to learn to swim.”
Although Emory was initially afraid of being in the pool, now she is very excited about her classes and enjoys her time in the water.
“Because the area is surrounded by water and we’re always on the boat or at the beach, it’s important for her to know how to swim,” said Susan.
“The aquatic center will be a great asset to the community.” she said. “Not only will it provide a year-round exercise and learning facility but the center will allow local schools to have swim teams and sponsor meets for the first time.”
Langford believes the aquatic center will serve the community by helping children learn to swim and by expanding all of the YMCA’s water-related exercise programs. He is proud that Connemara’s participation in the project will help make the community stronger…