Ice rink in Pickering Square reopens

Posted Jan. 07, 2009, at 4:43 p.m.

Three cheers for representatives of Epic Sports and Lane Construction Corp., who joined forces with staff of Bangor Center Corp. and the city of Bangor’s Engineering, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments, for finally getting the ice rink in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor up and running again.

According to a release from BCC, for the first time in more than 10 years, the rink now is open and is free to the public.

Sally Bilancia of BCC reports that the rink “will remain open, throughout the winter season, weather permitting.”

And, of course, there are some recommended rules that should be followed.

Bilancia requests that skaters “please use proper skating footwear”; that you do not engage in any “athletic activity including, but not limited to, ice hockey”; that you “be courteous to your fellow skaters”; that you “only use the rink when the ice is completely frozen”; and you remember that “all skating is at your own risk.”

Although it’s not quite Rockefeller Plaza, skating downtown is something we all can appreciate, and I certainly appreciate the cooperative effort it took to bring skating back to Pickering Square.

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As each new year begins, many people look for ways to “get back in shape,” and Suzanne Kelly of Bangor has one you might not have thought about.

She invites you to “dance your winter blues away” by participating in Jump for Joy, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, starting Jan. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St. in Bangor.

Jump for Joy is a six-week program, offered with a donation requested, that continues on successive Mondays after a break on Jan. 19 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For more information about this program, call Kelly, days at 945-6147, or evenings at 942-0897.

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Here’s a heads-up for people who plan to attend the Eastern Maine AIDS Network, or EMAN, third annual Red Ribbon Ball on Feb. 7.

Suze Howe e-mailed that people who purchase their tickets before Friday, Jan. 23, will save $10 on each ticket since tickets will be $40 per person before that date.

After Jan. 23, the cost of individual tickets is $50.

Howe reports that tickets for the event, which is 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 7, at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road in Bangor, may be purchased online at www.maineaidsnetwork.com, by calling EMAN at 990-3626 or by e-mailing rrb@maineaidsnetwork.com.

The biggest fundraiser of the year for EMAN, this event will feature Brian Catell and the Jump City Jazz Band, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress is black tie optional.

EMAN is a nonprofit agency providing services to people in eastern and northern Maine living with and affected by HIV-AIDS.

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Elena Scotti, executive director of Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor, wants area residents to take note of several new programs the center is offering this year.

On Jan. 5 the Harbor House Children’s Center launched “a new and affordable toddler program at its Herrick Road facility,” Scotti wrote of the program open to little ones 18 months and older.

Serving “families of Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert Island since 1986,” Scotti wrote, this is “the longest-running licensed child care center on Mount Desert Island.”

That same date, the center introduced its health and fitness program titled “New Year. New You,” with six new classes ranging from water fitness “for adults and tiny tots” to “cardio kickboxing, indoor cycling, jazzercise, dance classes and three styles of yoga.”

You might also check out a beginner’s tennis program for children that is islandwide, Scotti wrote of the program that “will build on the successful golf and tennis champ which Harbor House introduced” last summer.

Scotti also reports its Harbor House Youth Center Underground program, working with Tremont Elementary School, initiated, and received, a transportation project seed grant from Maine Community Foundation to make it “easier for young people from Tremont” to participate that program’s afterschool and weekend activities.

Harbor House Pictures, a new biweekly movie series, will be shown at 6 p.m. Fridays January through April, starting Friday, Jan. 16, and Harbor House also will be participating in a Community Reads program in association with Southwest Harbor Library.

For more information about any of the programs offered by the center, call 244-3713, or write or visit 329 Main St., P.O. Box 836, Southwest Harbor 04679.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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