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Ice skating among activities offered during mid-winter break

PLATTSBURGH When school was out, having fun was in. The town of Plattsburgh recreation department hosted several activities for residents during the mid-winter break last week, with people turning out in large numbers. Among the programs with higher attendance was ice skating, offered at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Field House, said program coordinator Janet L. Sosnicki. Normally when ice skating is offered by the recreation department, a maximum of about 25 kids is what is recorded. Last week, 45-50 children were seen each day skating was offered. Weve been pleased with the numbers weve seen, said Ms. Sosnicki, who attributed the attendance in part to the free skate rentals that were offered. Theres so many computer games now that take priority with children, so this is good to see them getting out and having fun. They skate better than I can, Ms. Sosnicki said as she watched some younger children glide by on the ice. Heather Lambert from Morrisonville was one of several parents on the ice last week who enjoyed skating with her daughters Avery, 7, and Aiden, 4. While Ms. Lambert and Avery are more acclimated to this ice, Aiden was just learning the ropes. Avery and I come here every other week, but Aiden hasnt been. This is her first time, said Ms. Lambert. How did the younger one fair on the ice? She doesnt want to get off the chair, Ms. Lambert laughed. She fell as soon as she came out so that was enough for her. Aiden was taking advantage of a technique many other novice skaters were using, only in a different way. Those unsure of their skating abilities used folding chairs to keep their balance on the ice, while Aiden enjoyed being pushed around on one by her mother, who had Avery in tow. Plattsburgh resident Dave Holzer and his two children, daughter Becca, 9, and son Nick, 6, were also among those to enjoy their time on the ice. This is our second time here, but were still using chairs, said Becca with a smile. This is a great opportunity for kids to get out and get some exercise and learn something new, said Mr. Holzer. In addition to the indoor activities hosted by the town, the recreation department also provided cross country skiing and snoeshowing lessons at Cadyville Recreation Park, which were also well attended, said Ms. Sosnicki. Other programs were also offered in the area during mid-winter break, such as a winter outdoor adventure program hosted by the Clinton County Youth Bureau and city of Plattsburgh recreation department at Point Au Roche State Park.

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