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Ice Availability And Public Skating Hours Announced

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 3, 2002

With the ice-skating season approaching, Hudson Valley Community College has announced the public skating hours for the Conway Ice Rink at the McDonough Sports Complex. Judy Austin-Rancourt, director of Special Events & College Facilities Utilization, also announced today that the college has several time slots available for rental by skating organizations.

"I'm pleased that we're able to offer the ice to the community," Austin-Rancourt said. "Our ice is among the most affordable in the Capital Region, and the Conway Ice Rink provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere with plenty of parking."

Prime ice time is available for rental; Saturday and Sunday morning slots are up for grabs, and there are late-night slots open for adult hockey leagues. The ice rental rate is $145 per hour, and interested parties should contact Austin-Rancourt at (518) 629-4829.

The ice rink will be open to the public from October 26 to March 9. Public skating hours will run from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be no public skating on November 28, December 24 and 25, and January 1.

There will be additional public skating hours on Thursday and Friday, December 26 and 27, from 4 to 6:15 p.m., and on Monday, December 30, from 4 to 6:15 p.m.

The cost for public skating is $3 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Hudson Valley students with a student ID will skate for free. Group discounts are available, as are skate and helmet rentals. Additionally, lessons for beginning and intermediate skaters are offered through Hudson Valley's Physical Education program. For more information about public skating or skating lessons, call (518) 629-4829.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.