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WORK ON ICE RINK PUSHES BACK START OF SKATING SEASON

The start of Cheektowaga's skating season has been pushed back another week so work can continue on the town's renovated ice rink at the Town Park Recreation Center off Harlem Road.

Laborers will finish setting up the dasher boards this week and then begin laying the ice surface, town officials said Tuesday.

Public skating, scheduled to start this Sunday, now will be delayed until Oct. 12.

There aren't any renovation problems, said Paul J. Marchewka, Cheektowaga's recreation-arena supervisor. The town needs time to make sure everything is up and running properly before opening the rink to the public, Marchewka said.

"We postponed everything for a week," Marchewka said Tuesday. "It's more of a precautionary thing."

William L. Wielinski, Cheektowaga's facilities director, who is overseeing the renovation project, could not be reached to comment Tuesday afternoon.

Cheektowaga decided to sink substantial money into the aging facility, after occasional breakdowns canceled hockey games and skating sessions last year.

Town officials in February authorized a $1 million bond resolution for rink restoration.

The renovation project started in April so the work could be finished in time for this skating season. A rink-installation company already has put in the new refrigeration system and new concrete surface.

The Department of Youth & Recreational Services Tuesday announced its revised skating schedule:

Public skating runs from 2:45 to 4:35 p.m. starting Oct. 12, the official start of Cheektowaga's skating season. "Sunday at the Rink" will continue at that time every week.

Regular public skating sessions are scheduled from 7 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1 to 2:40 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; and 3 to 4:50 p.m. Wednesdays.

Adult-child and senior skating sessions are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 16.

Holiday skating sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, Nov. 28, Dec. 26, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16.

General admission is $3. The cost is $2 for adults with a valid resident discount card. The cost is $1 for children aged 4 to 15 and senior citizens with discount cards. Admission is free for children 3 and younger.

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