United Community Partners P.O. BOX 545 Halfway, Oregon 97834 president@unitedcommunitypartners.org 541-742-4065

ICE RINK closed-please open this

Hello all,
The ICE RINK is closed for the season. The weather has turned too warm and wet.
Next year we might try forming a club. Then all members would have keys so they could skate at any time. We will look into the liability issues which are probably not an issue. We will also change our communication system to be more flexible.
The ice rink is possible because of the Lions Club event insurance and great volunteer efforts. Please consider supporting the club by volunteering to help for a few hours at the annual Lions crab feed on March 9th. It is a great way to help the community, meet some people, and cavort with the broad community. (call Karen Endersby to sign up-742-5763).
Also consider purchasing crab feed tickets. The crab feed provides the majority of the roughly $11,000 annually needed to maintain the hall (with good seating and tables for over 200 people), park and playground. The Lions importantly also provide a monthly food bank that many need, eye examines for all children, Easter egg hunt and scholarships.
We sure enjoyed seeing the kids out skating this year. They learn so fast and having something fun to do outside is needed. This year we had over 170 skaters up from 120 last year.
We also again thank the school for providing the grant money to buy the rink tarp and wood border and allowing us to use the green houses. Again Galen West provided the many good skates and snow machine. Jim Ferrell kept the rink open for two weeks around the holidays. Liz McLellan used the UCP web site and a big effort to post weekly updates to skaters via email and Facebook. Thank you all.
It also must be said that the rink could not have happened without the extensive leveling and repaving of the tennis courts. Big thanks go to Comco Construction of Richland, Gulick construction, and Idaho Power and Luke Hearn who provided the wiring and lights. What generosity.
We will be in touch.
Steve White

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