Lace up those skates.
The Borough of Tyrone is offering three free hockey clinics for boys and girls interested in playing.
The clinics will start this Saturday and feature three different age groups during the next two weekends.
The borough is asking those players who are interested in playing to bring their own equipment if they already own it. Players with roller blades, hockey sticks, knee/elbow pads, gloves or helmets (with a face cage) should bring such equipment with them. However, the borough also encourages those without equipment to participate since equipment will be available for those who need it. The borough has been gathering equipment during the last year.
Borough officials said in a recent flyer on the program that there is no fee to use the new roller hockey rink at Reservoir Park. The rink is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. The borough is also encouraging moms and dads to try their skills at the new rink. Borough officials are asking all participants to take care of the rink.
The program is in need of parent or other volunteer participation to assist in coaching, scorekeeping, equipment handling and other duties. Parents or young adults who want to help should contact Kim or Mayor Patricia Stoner at the Municipal Building by calling 684-1330.
The borough is also planning a game between the Tyrone Police Department and another police department. Details will be announced in the newspaper, according to borough officials.
The hockey clinics are scheduled as follows:
• Boys/girls: five to 10-years-old, Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.;
• Boys/girls: 11 to 14-years-old, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and
• Boys/girls: 15 to 17-years-old, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Daily Herald previously reported the roller hockey rink was completed in part by a grant received from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in April of 2001. The $145,000 grant was made available to refurbish the Park Avenue Playground and to build the rink.
The portion of the grant money used for the rink constituted half of the money for the project. The other funding came from Senator Robert Jubelirer and Representative Larry Sather. Community Development Block Grant money was also used along with $40,000 from the borough’s general fund.
Lace up those skates.