Pat Shingleton: "Build A Rink-Pay A Fine..."
Rain ended overnight as we welcome the return of sunshine and a high of 55 degrees. Breezy today and early tonight with clear skies this evening and another freeze with lows dipping to 31 degrees. Ice skating at the River Center has been a holiday and winter time treat for many years. During our younger years, skating and hockey were limited to local limestone quarries and ponds. Norm Welsh constructed a mini-skating rink on his lawn on Windover Avenue. I believe his intention was to afford his two daughters an opportunity to skate and made the rink small enough to prevent boys from skating with his daughters, Norma and Sue. In 2012, skating enthusiasts did the same at Tinley Park, Illinois. A few aspiring engineers constructed a huge skating rink on vacant property and decided to use an adjacent fire hydrant to provide the water. Public officials fined the lads for placing 26,000 gallons of water on a rink at a charge of $130.