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Building A Dream ...


A full-service YMCA in Northeastern Connecticut is coming close to becoming a reality. It will be filled with people who live by the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Their positive example, will make an enormous difference in the lives of others.

The current proposal, spear-headed by the Hale Family of Pomfret, is an idea that was conceived many years ago. Initial discussions were generated by the late Newell D. Hale, a philanthropist in the truest sense of the word, and his wife, Betty.

It was Newell's love of swimming and his strong intention to give back to the people and communities of Northeastern Connecticut that kept his dream of a "community swimming pool" alive. Although he didn't live to see his dream become more than an idea, the mantra has been taken up by his wife, Betty, and his son, Laurence.

In collaboration with the YMCA of Greater Hartford (GHYMCA), the Town of Putnam, Wheelabrator-Putnam, Inc., and the family's multitude of friends, the dream of Newell D. Hale is steadily advancing toward reality.