Rotary Rink dedication

Mount Carroll Rotary Club President Julie Katzenberger, center right, presents a $6,350 check from the Rotary to Mayor Carl Bates as a donation to the city to support the construction of a new ice skating rink adjacent to the swimming pool and gave the community an opportunity to contribute to the Rotary project. “The response was incredible,” said Katzengerber. “All cash donations amounted to $6,350 plus the new lighting of the area donated by Herrell Electric. The money will be used to pay for all ice rink construction materials, benches, a snow blower, heaters, port-a potty and more. A grand opening for Rotary Rink is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, with refreshments provided by Molly’s Kitchen. Also pictured are Street Supt. Eric Dauphin, left, whose department filled the rink Monday, Jan. 10, with water, and Ald. Joe Grim.

With cold weather descending on northern Illinois, the City of Mount Carroll and the Mount Carroll Rotary Club will host a grand opening of the newly relocated ice rink at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

The new rink is located to the southeast of the swimming pool at 505 E. Seminary St. Refreshments for the event will be provided by Molly's Kitchen.

Due to the popularity of the previous rink on the large ball diamond at Point Rock Park, which was destroyed by flooding several years ago, the Rotary Club pledged to raise the funds necessary to provide a new rink.

Through generous donations from citizens in the community, the Rotary raised $6,350, which the city has used for rink construction along with snow clearing and smoothing equipment. Lighting for the rink was donated by Tony Herrell.

The new rink — to be officially known as Rotary Rink — will also feature benches and mats for skaters, covered spectator seating with heaters, porta-potty, and loaner skates and hockey equipment. Additional events, such as an ice skating clinic, are in the planning stages as well.

Everyone is encouraged to join with the City and Rotary to celebrate the opening of this exciting new addition to Mount Carroll.