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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Valley Streamers lace up and hit the ice
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Matt Manza laces up at Grant Park

Both Tyler and Brendan said this was their first time skating this winter, and they enjoyed it thoroughly. “This is fun,” said Brendan, who attends South High. “They should do it more often during the winter. To see all the people come out, it’s really nice.”

The event was organized by Village Clerk Bob Barra, who certainly can hold his own on a pair of skates. The first skating night was supposed to be held last year but it was rained out. A rain out in the winter, go figure.

This year, it was clear and in the low 30s. “Perfect night,” Barra said “Ice was good, temperature was good. Ideal for skating.”

Barra said an ice skating night was the ultimate winter event. He noted that everyone seemed to be having a good time, even those who fell down.

I concurred. There were smiles on everyone’s faces. People of all ages had a good time and skated at all different skill levels. I didn’t fall during the dozen of so laps I made throughout the night, so at least I could say I wasn’t the worst one out there.

Inside, where skaters warmed up around the fire, I spoke with Vanessa John and her daughter, Emilie, 8, who were skating for the first time. “It sounded like fun,” Vanessa said, noting that she got a call from the village about the event. She even critiqued herself for me, giving herself an “A” for effort. “I’d do it again,” she said.

I took a few final laps around the ice talking with Jenna DeGrace before heading in and taking off my skates. The ice was staring to get a little choppy on the sides. I figured I would leave on a high note — having stayed on my two feet the whole time.

The experience was fun, but it was nice to get back into my sneakers. Like Jessica Gallagher said, “My ankles hurt.” But like Vanessa John told me, “I’d do it again.”


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