Wanting to make exercise more convenient for the 1,050 residents of Genesee, a mother of two with a full-time job has started a fitness center in the small town where she resides.

Genesee Fitness, at 141 W. Walnut St., gives its members 24-hour-a-day access with codes to exercise equipment such as elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles and weights, said Megan Williams, who owns the business with her husband, Tyler Williams.

“It’s designed for people to create their own workout system and learn new things based on what their needs are,” she said.

The gym is staffed 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Friday, 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Employees can enroll new members and answer questions about the machines during those hours.

Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 can use the gym with their parents. Teenagers who are 16 and 17 can have memberships of their own with their parents’ approval.

The cost is $55 a month per person and includes use of a tanning bed. Discounts are available for families, teenagers, seniors and those who commit to multi-month memberships.

Opening the fitness center comes less than a year after Williams gave up the membership she had to a Lewiston gym she loved when she moved to Genesee.

As much as she likes staying in shape, she realized she usually wouldn’t have time to drive 60 minutes roundtrip for a 30-minute workout in between juggling her other responsibilities. Williams is an appeals specialist with Regence BlueShield of Idaho, a senior in the business program at Lewis-Clark State College and the mother of two daughters. The youngest is in preschool, and the oldest is in high school.

So far, a number of town residents have joined the gym, including many who, like her, have busy schedules, she said. Among them are student athletes building strength or endurance for team sports, middle-aged adults maintaining fitness routines and seniors who are reinforcing skills they learned in physical therapy.

“It’s really important to me that our community feels at home when they are at the gym,” she said.

Additional information is available by emailing geneseefit@gmail.com.

Rural Latah County town losing bank in the fall

Umpqua Bank is closing its branch at 424 S. Main St. in Troy on Oct. 29.

Those who have accounts at the financial institution are being encouraged to do their banking through a cellphone app, which offers the same personal experience provided by local locations, according to a letter Umpqua sent to customers about the closure.

“A financial expert (can) help you manage your money in real time, wherever you are, through text,” according to the letter. “From lost cards to home loans to savings plans, your dedicated banker is just a simple click away.”

Umpqua’s Moscow branch will continue to operate at 609 S. Washington St.

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Elaine Williams

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