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"Putting them on Ice..."

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Posted: Dec 30, 2011 10:58 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Jan 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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Topics: ice skating, river center, wbrz, louisiana

Ice skating at the River Center has been a 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. A couple of skating enthusiasts did the same recently in Tinley Park, Illinois. A few aspiring engineers constructed a huge rink on vacant property and decided to use the local fire hydrant to provide the water. Public officials fined the lads for placing 26,000 gallons of water on the rink at a charge of $130.

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