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March 8, 2014

When life hands you ice, grab skates

Ice conditions permitting, skating will continue this weekend at Hodges Pond, Oneonta Recreation Department officials said. On Friday, skating had to be ended because of “warmer” temperatures and ice melt.

The pond was open last weekend for skating for the first time this season and for the first time since January and February of 2010, David Coury, recreation department clerk, said.

Last weekend, 118 skaters put their blades to the ice, with 13 skaters showing up Friday, 64 on Saturday and 41 on Sunday, he said.

On Monday night, the Oneonta Fire Department flooded the pond, which helped smooth the surface as water filled in cracks, Coury said.

Hours, which are subject to change, are from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, officials said. Updates on hours and ice conditions are available by calling the city’s recreation info-line at 432-7997.  

Coury said recreation officials would be monitoring conditions in days ahead for next weekend.


Brendan Cahill, a 2012 Hartwick College graduate serving in Peace Corps, said he has made some sports connections through his living experiences in Ukraine.

He lived with a host family for 12 weeks —  Tolay and Mama Olena and their son, Dima, and sister, Olha. Cahill, who played football at Hartwick, said Olha is scheduled to compete in the Olympics in 2016 in Brazil for Ukrainian national team in shot put.

“I was very fortunate to live with such an athletic host family,” Cahill said in an email “ My host brother, Dima, and I were always playing soccer together and working out together. While I played football at Hartwick, Dima taught me a trick or two with soccer as he was on the Ukrainian National Junior Team for soccer. He is like my real brother.”

Cahill said he felt that his host family had adopted him.

“Mama Olena calls me all the time,” he said, “checking up on me and making sure I am eating well and staying warm like my real mom always does!”

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