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Taylor Stopa of Oglesby (left) helps 7-year-old Joe Bima, also of Oglesby, make a S’more at the city’s ice skating rink on Saturday. A group of citizens came together and donated hot dogs, hot chocolate and S’mores supplies to draw community members out to use the rink, which is in its second year. NewsTribune photos/Amy Flanery
A group of Oglesby citizens took the initiative to organize a winter activity for the children of the community this past weekend.
The city turned a vacant lot into a skating rink last winter, but the mild weather meant it didn’t get much use. This year, weather permitting, some citizens wanted to make sure it saw a little more traffic.
It was certainly cold enough on Saturday as children moved from one “station” to the next, learning how to properly care for their skates, practice warm-up exercises, keep their balance, stop on their skates and finally, perform several skating maneuvers from volunteer instructor Kelly Legrenzi.
The last station was the favorite of 13-year-old Mary Argubright of Oglesby. “That’s where you actually learn to skate,” she said. “She (Legrenzi) said five terms, like ‘gliding,’ where you pick your feet up only a little bit.”
Saturday was only Argubright’s second time ice skating, the first being at Echo Bluff in Spring Valley.
“It’s fun so far,” she said.
Oglesby resident Kathy Koscielski, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event, said the city has so much going for it, with the swimming pool, library and schools. They wanted to keep the momentum going.
“This is something to get the kids out of the house, off the couch,” she said, “and give them something to do in the winter.”
Koscielski was delighted that parents came out and skated with their children as well.
Oglesby resident Kim Bima brought her 7-year-old son Joe to the skating rink on Saturday.
“We’re really happy with it,” Bima said. “We tried coming out last year, it just never got cold enough.”
This weekend, skaters warmed up at a fire in a barrel while drinking hot chocolate and eating hot dogs donated by the citizens group. Organizers also supplied materials for S’mores.
Oglesby Mayor Don Finley was happy with the winter activities.
“It’s really a pleasure being part of this and just having great citizens willing to do something for the kids,” Finley said. “Oglesby’s got great citizens and great kids. We’re glad we can keep doing stuff to keep them out of trouble.”
The skating rink, located about two blocks east of City Hall on Walnut Street in downtown Oglesby, is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. A box is available at City Hall to drop off donations of used skates for those who can’t afford new
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
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Did the Oglesby community event at the ice rink also condone the theft of a CVS shopping basket?
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