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Community rinks open for skating enthusiasts

Frigid temperatures the past few weeks have allowed local outdoor skating rinks to make ice and some already have opened their doors. The warm spell and rain may force some to temporarily shut down to preserve the good ice, but skaters can look ahead to good ice once the cold temperatures return.

The Frenchville Recreation Department plans to open the community’s outdoor skating rink this weekend, weather permitting. The rink is located behind the Community Center.

Hailey Bard, 12, (from left) Sierra Haggenmiller, 12 and Karissa Bard, 13, enjoy an outing in January last year at the community ice rink in Eagle Lake. (SJVT/FhF photo | Don Eno)

General open rink hours will be Fridays 6-8 p.m., Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Sundays 1-3 p.m. For more information call 436-0127.

In Van Buren, recreation staffers are planning to also open this weekend, after heavy snow caused a delay last week.

The rink on Champlain Street will be open 5-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m. on Fridays, 3-9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Further information about the rink may be obtained by calling 868-3395.

The St. John Valley’s only covered skating rink, at Madawaska’s Multi Purpose Building, is open for general skating 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-3 p.m. Sundays.

For information about hockey and other skating programs call 728-3605.

This ice cleaner and smoother which was fabricated at the Van Buren Public Works garage makes a pass on the surface at the community rink in January 2016. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

The Fort Kent outdoor rink, located at Jalbert Park, is open 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call 834-5773.

Eagle Lake’s rink on Devoe Brook Road is open 6-8 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 444-5511 for more information about the Eagle lake facility

Each skating rink charges its own fees, which mary vary for non-residents. Most also offer skate rentals and concessions. All of these local rinks offer extended hours during school vacations, which will vary from town to town.

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