Rotary Rink officially opens

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, to officially open Mount Carroll’s new ice skating rink at the athletic field next to the swimming pool. Rotary Rink, as it is known because planning and fundraising for the project was spearheaded by the Mount Carroll Rotary Club, is 40-feet by 80-feet. The city crew built the rink and filled it 16,500 gallons of water. It took 3 ½ hours to fill the rink, which has an ice depth of eight inches. The rink site includes lights for night skating, benches, a restroom and a shed with many pairs of skates to use at no cost. Participating in the ribbon-cutting are, from left, Rotarian Barb Brierton, Mayor Carl Bates, Tony Herrell of Herrell Electric, who donated the electrical work and lighting, and Molly McDonough of Molly’s Kitchen and Bar, who first suggested the rink idea to the city six years ago and provided hot chocolate and cookies for the event. Unable to attend the ceremony were Bob and Jill Hatheway of Shaw’s Marketplace and Shaw’s Express, who donated $2,300 to the new rink.