Monday, February 08, 2010
A major community icon, the PW Ice Arena (formerly SkateQuest) is no longer. On Saturday afternoon, after well over 2 feet of snow, the ice rink collapsed. Fortunately the owners heard noises and saw beams in the ceiling twisting and evacuated the building. It was almost an hour later before it came down, so there were no injuries. HAZMAT had to be called in and they were there for hours due to the risk of an ammonia leak. Ammonia is used in very large quantities to keep the ice fresh.
A view inside on the public skate side of the rink:
All 4 of my children grew up ice skating here every week. My oldest son was Hockey Director and was employed by SQ for over six years.
This was the office where he worked:
and this was part of the back offices:
This is the what was the lobby and front desk:
This is what were the bleachers for people to watch the hockey games on the NHL rink:
It was not only a place for kids to come and have fun skating, but it also had a NHL hockey ice arena where many hockey games were played. On Saturday, there were people from all over the country there for a speed skating competition, including the "cream of the crop" skaters that were looking to qualify for the next Olympics.
and this is another view from inside:
This used to be the front entrance. Note the wreath still hanging that says: "We Love Snow". How ironic for a place that loves ice and snow to have snow be it's downfall....
My thoughts are with the owners and employees who are now without jobs. They say they will rebuild. Hopefully a place for many of the community to come to, will be once again....
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Well, I love snow. Before this year, we haven't even had our normal amounts for a number of years. My youngest daughter who is 14, hadn't seen what her older brothers and sisters had because in the last 10 or so years we barely got more than 5-10 inches in a whole season.
This season, in December, we had a blizzard. It was the most snow ever recorded in December for our area.
This year, we've had a couple of smaller storms, 10 inches just last weekend. But just about 3 feet yesterday into today! This pic was much earlier today, when it wasn't nearly over yet!
Somewhere in here is my car. I don't know how long it will take to dig out!
Here's my daughter sitting on a snow bank
and here's the front of my house
and here's the beginning of a LONG time of digging out....
I shoveled yesterday evening every couple of hours until I went to bed, trying to avoid having to shovel 2-3 feet of snow today. Unfortunately a large amount of our accumulation happened while I slept. The above picture was this morning while it was still snowing, and we got a lot more all day long, so this afternoon and evening I basically started over!
I figure if I do an hour or so several times a day, I might be out by Tuesday, LOL.
Hope everyone else in the area is warm and safe. So many people are without power, but fortunately ours has stayed on.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I wanted to thank each and every one of you who sent well wishes, goodies and support my way during the illness and death of my dog, Cody. He will be missed, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a wonderful life with us. We have tons of good memories, starting with the day he was born (he was born in our house). His sister is already missing him too. This is a pic of him. May you RIP Cody, knowing how much you will be missed. I really loved you big guy :-)
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tonight was the night we went to visit Cody at the vet to see how he was doing and what tomorrow will bring. We took his sister, Prancer to visit and all of my kids were there.
When we went in, Cody was incredibly happy to see us. He scooted all over the entire animal hospital, every where we walked he followed by scooting. The vet says while he does have some feeling back, now he's in pain now (he was numb and feeling no pain) and he's been giving him narcotics all day. His hind legs are still unable to hold him up at all....although he did try to stand when he saw us. He said we could take him home tomorrow with steroids and pain killers, but he would need to be where he is on level ground only and isn't allowed to do steps (every entrance we have to our house has a lot of steps). He has no control of his bowels or bladder and just goes wherever he is at the moment. He's not sure if that would improve with time or if he would ever be able to walk. He said on the slight chance that he did improve with weeks of drugs and not being able to move anywhere, it would be highly likely (almost 100%) that the problem would recur again....in a day, week, month or a year or more. Soooo....I'm left with the decision. Everyone agrees that we should put him down tomorrow. In reality, I know this is best for Cody and for us, but a part of me keeps thinking maybe we could build him some sort of shelter on the deck and make him comfortable out there and let him go to the bathroom whenever he needed and just clean it and him up. I could put a gate up at the steps so he couldn't try to go down and hurt himself. What if he did get better? Then I stop and think how unfair that is to Cody. What kind of life would he have just laying around outside, unable to go down to the yard, unable to play, on pain killers and laying in his poop and pee until someone got home to clean him up? That's no way to live..... SO, I have to agree that putting him down is best for him. I can't allow my feelings to play into the decision because I don't want him gone. I need to remember all the good times with him and just let him go. I know it's always a hard decision as I've had to make it before, but the other times were different because the dogs were old had a lot wrong with them. Cody is only 5, still looks good, eats well, drinks well so that makes it much, much harder for me. I went to Petco a while ago and bought him a pig ear. Now I feel awful giving him a treat he loves right before he leaves us. I feel like I'm betraying him and not doing what's best, although I know in my heart it is the best thing.
Tomorrow is going to be awful.....thanks again for all of your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. Once it's over tomorrow, I'll be better as long as I keep telling myself this was best for him.
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