Island Health and Fitness closing; meeting Tuesday to discuss continuing under new ownership

Monday, May 12, 2014
In 2009, Carolyn Gentry had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Island Health and Fitness, which she will be closing as of May 20. In the photo, from left, are longtime staff members Mary and Ed Leavell, Gentry, Gentry's son and grandson Drew and Jarrett Gentry, daughter-in-law Mindy Gentry and Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Going, who is looking at reopening the fitness center with instructor Cathy Jackson. Kathryn Lucariello / Carroll County News

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Island Health and Fitness in the Park Shopping Center is definitely closing, said owner Carolyn Gentry, but staff member Lynn Going said Friday she and instructor Cathy Jackson are looking at reopening a fitness center there under new ownership.

Gentry, who has owned the business since 2009, is leaving as of May 20, she said. A registered nurse, she freelances on an as-needed basis for Mercy Hospital-Berryville.

Gentry said she is looking at traveling and possibly moving from the area.

"I've been here [at the center] for five years; that's long enough, and I've been at the hospital since 1990."

She said she will take some time to relax and figure out what she wants to do.

Going said she, fitness center coach and instructor Jackson and several interested members will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss reopening the fitness center under new ownership.

The center has been in existence for around 20 years, Gentry said. It was owned by the Berryville hospital until she took it over. Under Gentry's ownership, the center expanded to space across the street, called "Studio B," which featured yoga and Zumba classes. Gentry later moved out of that space and continued classes in the main center, closing down access to some of the exercise equipment for several hours during the day for classes.

"We're looking at going back to the old hours and having all the equipment available," Going said Friday.

Everyone with an interest in seeing the center continue and who would like to give their input is invited to Tuesday's meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. across the street from the center at 3 Parkcliff Drive.

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  • when first announced of the closing, several of the seniors inquired about using the ballroom one hour, twice a week for there exercising, but were informed the charge would be $150.00 for the 2 hours a week needed, as told to me. Regardless of the amount, we can't offer the use without a charge? Too many advantages for the golfing community, to little for the other citizens. And I might add, your water rates are going to increase while the golf facilities pay nothing. That's right all the watering on the courses isn't charged. (keeps the deficit lower) So charge for the courses to be watered, instead of digging deeper in to everyone's pocket. Of course this is hearsay, but you can go to a meeting and ask, or check it out yourself. Time to become incorporated!

    -- Posted by Concerned Person on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 9:20 AM
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