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The Times
  • New skating rink to open this week

  • When Chris Arduini realized his children and others throughout the village seemed to have the winter blues he decided an ice skating rink would give them something to do.

    “Both my wife and I have very deep roots in this community. We grew up here, raised our three daughters here and decided to do something generous and give back to the community,” he said.

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  • When Chris Arduini realized his children and others throughout the village seemed to have the winter blues he decided an ice skating rink would give them something to do.
    “Both my wife and I have very deep roots in this community. We grew up here, raised our three daughters here and decided to do something generous and give back to the community,” he said.
    Arduini and his wife, Shelley, originally came up with the idea two years ago. After presenting their idea to the St. Johnsville Village Board of Trustees in August 2012 for a second time, they were given approval to build the rink. Shortly after, the couple purchased a half a mile of waterfront property at the former St. Johnsville Industrial Park for the ice skating rink. Arduini said the family also plans to develop the waterfront area as a recreational vehicle resort in the spring.
    Last week, the Arduini family, village officials and several volunteers started constructing the rink.
    “It wasn’t just the two of us, we had a lot of help,” said Arduini.
    The village gave permission for water to be taken from nearby hydrants and the St. Johnsville Volunteer Fire Department used their hoses to fill the rink. Lottman Excavation, of Canajoharie, donated two outdoor construction lights as the rink was being built and Big Top Tents, of St. Johnsville, donated a tent to be used as a concession stand when the rink is complete. Arduini said hot chocolate, cookies and other refreshments will be served during open rink hours free of charge.
    Numerous people have also been kind enough to donate ice skates for the rink, said Arduini.
    St. Johnsville Mayor Bernard Barnes said there used to be an ice rink on the baseball field at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, but that was ten years ago and there has not been one in the village since.
    “On behalf of the village and the village board, I am excited for the public, children and adults to use the new skating rink,” he said. “It’ll be a great addition to our village.”
    The 95 feet by 95 feet skating rink was filled with water last week, and depending on if the temperature stays in the low 30s the rink could be open this week.
    According to Arduini, once the ice skating rink is open, children will be able to skate for free on weekends as well as weekdays when the school has a break.
    An official schedule will be posted once the rink is completely frozen, he said.
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