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10/25/2002
Free Skating, And It's Not On A Pond

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, October 25, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College will celebrate the opening of the Conway Ice Rink at the McDonough Sports Complex by offering free admission to the public on October 26 and 27. From 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the public will be invited to take to the ice for free.

Admission is typically $3 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.

"We're so excited that the ice is ready to go," said Judy Austin-Rancourt, Hudson Valley's director of Special Events & College Facilities Utilization. "We're thrilled that we can offer free public skating, and we really hope the community takes advantage of this opportunity."

Hudson Valley's McDonough Sports Complex, which houses the ice rink, also will host a Pop Warner cheerleading competition from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 27.

Austin-Rancourt said: "Since so many families are already going to be here for the cheerleading competition on Sunday, they should bring their skates and visit the Conway Ice Rink, too."

Skate rentals ($3 per pair) will be available.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.