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Fort selected as site of 'Skating Day' party

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Grab your skates and loved ones and head on down to the Memorial Sports Centre this Sunday (Dec. 10).

Fort Frances was selected as one of 200 communities across Canada to host a “Canada 150 Skating Day,” which is being run through the Canadian Heritage program.

Local figure skating coaches Ashley Cumming and Penny McComb applied for a micro grant through the program—and were successful.

“With the help of Leana Moffitt at the Memorial Sports Centre, we completed an application through the Canadian Heritage organization,” McComb said in an e-mailed response to the Times.

“We were required to meet specific requirements and provide a description of how we could implement a fun skating party with the availability of free skating instruction to all segments of our community,” she noted.

The “Canada 150 Skating Day,” which runs from 1-3 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena, will offer free instruction and a free skating session, along with cake, refreshments, and many prizes and other activities.

There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome.

“Skating is a large part of our community in many forms, including hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating,” Cumming noted via e-mail.

“This event offers an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate skating in general, and offers those who have not had the opportunity to learn to skate to come join the many community members involved in skating,” she added.

“For example, the Fort Frances Lakers [and] Border Skating Club—comprised of senior skaters and the Muskie girls' hockey team—will be joining us in celebration of skating and provide instruction to those interested,” Cumming said.

“Unfortunately, the Muskie boys are away at a tournament that weekend [but] we are looking forward to having everyone come together,” she enthused.

For more information on the event, visit the Canada 150 Skating Day-Fort Frances Facebook page.

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