Out­door rink a wor­thy project

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

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- yearold friend and I visit the rink to watch the many kids and old- sters 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 sev­enyear-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.

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.

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.

E. Fred Cram writes from Old Per­li­can

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