Greater Bangor skaters hitting the ice

Posted Feb. 05, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
Margaret Thurlow, 15, of Hampden, learns how to skate with the help of her friend Mary Priesing of Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014, at the outdoor ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor.
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Margaret Thurlow, 15, of Hampden, learns how to skate with the help of her friend Mary Priesing of Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014, at the outdoor ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor. Buy Photo
Amy Jones, 18, of Bangor, skates on the ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014. Skating, she said, is one of her favorite winter activities.
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Amy Jones, 18, of Bangor, skates on the ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014. Skating, she said, is one of her favorite winter activities. Buy Photo
Amy Jones, 18, of Bangor, skates around the perimeter of the ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014.
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Amy Jones, 18, of Bangor, skates around the perimeter of the ice rink at Broadway Park in Bangor on Jan. 30, 2014. Buy Photo
People enjoy the sunny weather at the ice rink at Broadway Park on Jan. 30, 2014, in Bangor.
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People enjoy the sunny weather at the ice rink at Broadway Park on Jan. 30, 2014, in Bangor. Buy Photo
Ryan Tesseo, 21, of Orrington (far left) and his friend Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor, practice ice hockey skills on Feb. 4, 2014, at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer.
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Ryan Tesseo, 21, of Orrington (far left) and his friend Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor, practice ice hockey skills on Feb. 4, 2014, at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer. Buy Photo
Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor (far left) and his friend Ryan Tesseo, 21, of Orrington, practice ice hockey skills on Feb. 4, 2014, at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer.
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Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor (far left) and his friend Ryan Tesseo, 21, of Orrington, practice ice hockey skills on Feb. 4, 2014, at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer. Buy Photo
Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor, shoots a puck into the net at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer on Feb. 4, 2014, while skating with a friend.
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Jacob Cyr, 20, of Bangor, shoots a puck into the net at the Caldwell Ice Rink in Brewer on Feb. 4, 2014, while skating with a friend. Buy Photo

Sometimes, I just have to get out of the office. Fortunately, I’m an “outdoor reporter,” so I can usually come up with some reason to do just that.

Recently, as a break from staring at my computer screen, I grabbed my camera and headed out to capture candid images of people enjoying the outdoors in Bangor and its sister city, Brewer. And since we haven’t had a whole lot of snow to play in, I headed to the ice rinks.

In my research — which entailed using my phone to do a Google search — I learned there are a lot of outdoor ice skating spots throughout Maine. Almost every community has some sort of man-made rink or pond for the public to enjoy.

Locally, I found ice at Bangor’s Broadway Park, the Brewer Auditorium Complex and Brewer’s Caldwell Ice Rink, and I know there are several other great skating spots in the area. While snapping photos — and blissfully breathing some fresh air — I met a variety of skaters: a teen learning the art of gliding from a friend, a young woman who skates almost every day at the rink near her house, and a group of young men practicing their hockey skills in between texting and chugging Gatorade.

 

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