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Backyard ice rinks beckon central Maine children to play in

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:45 am

Backyard ice rinks beckon central Maine children to play in the cold
Clinton and Vassalboro families find children are always on their rinks.

...Wilbur and his family are people whom other Maine residents would describe as a hardy bunch. Wilbur’s son, Devon, is 11. Erica Palmer, Wilbur’s girlfriend, has a son, Tyler Harris, who is 14. The boys are not shy about the cold and prefer to get outside to sitting inside getting cabin fever, providing Wilbur with at least some of the rational for creating the rink.

“When you have boys all cooped up and bored, they want to go outside,” he said. “They’re on the rink constantly.”

This is the second winter in which Wilbur has built an ice rink. He admits it’s a trial-by-error learning experience. With about $300 worth of supplies, such as plywood and plastic, he logged roughly a hundred hours of labor over the course of a month and a half to add an impressive hockey rink to his backyard. The 20-foot-by-50-foot rink is surrounded by lights and features painted lines similar to a real hockey rink.

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