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LETTER: Old Perlican's outdoor rink a worthy project

The outdoor skating rink in Old Perlican opened in January.
The outdoor skating rink in Old Perlican opened in January.

I want to say "hats off" and congratulations to the Old Perlican Town Council, the Old Perlican Recreation Commission and all others who contributed in the fund raising and construction of the new Old Perlican outdoor rink and multi-purpose project.

I have always admired people who are dedicated to giving back to the community that we love to call home. As one who has dedicated a life time of service to Old Perlican, I pride myself for the contribution I have made to the Old Perlican playground, construction of the gymnasium, and the acquisition of the John Hoskins School so generously given to the Town by the Eastern District School Board. All of which became a reality when I was involved and/or under my watch as chair of the Old Perlican Recreation Commission for over 25 years.

It now gives me great pride to see a new generation of young parents who are diligently working to improve on the recreation facilities of our town, many of whom are new residents of our area. I sincerely congratulate each one of you for your tremendous efforts, as I have observed you making.

Every afternoon my 90-year-old friend and I visit the rink to watch the many kids and oldsters from our town and other nearby communities enjoy a skate in the cold clean outdoor weather. Last week we were delighted to see Tricon School use the new rink for a school skating party. 

We observed with pleasure our new friends from Africa lace up their skates for the first time ever. Our little seven-year-old friend Rejoice with her pretty face beaming, skated to the centre of the rink with her sister’s help and her two arms flailing to maintain balance was an enjoyable experience.

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We came home to supper with good news to tell our wives, although feeling somewhat nostalgic as we reflected back to our youthful days skating on Becketts Ditch, now so many years ago.

— E. Fred Cram writes from Old Perlican

I have always admired people who are dedicated to giving back to the community that we love to call home. As one who has dedicated a life time of service to Old Perlican, I pride myself for the contribution I have made to the Old Perlican playground, construction of the gymnasium, and the acquisition of the John Hoskins School so generously given to the Town by the Eastern District School Board. All of which became a reality when I was involved and/or under my watch as chair of the Old Perlican Recreation Commission for over 25 years.

It now gives me great pride to see a new generation of young parents who are diligently working to improve on the recreation facilities of our town, many of whom are new residents of our area. I sincerely congratulate each one of you for your tremendous efforts, as I have observed you making.

Every afternoon my 90-year-old friend and I visit the rink to watch the many kids and oldsters from our town and other nearby communities enjoy a skate in the cold clean outdoor weather. Last week we were delighted to see Tricon School use the new rink for a school skating party. 

We observed with pleasure our new friends from Africa lace up their skates for the first time ever. Our little seven-year-old friend Rejoice with her pretty face beaming, skated to the centre of the rink with her sister’s help and her two arms flailing to maintain balance was an enjoyable experience.

SEE RELATED:

‘Old Perlican ready for new rink’

We came home to supper with good news to tell our wives, although feeling somewhat nostalgic as we reflected back to our youthful days skating on Becketts Ditch, now so many years ago.

— E. Fred Cram writes from Old Perlican

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