DANNEMORA - Though many cringe as the temperatures have been dropping, Kristina O'Neill has been smiling.
The colder weather has been good for creating the village's outdoor skating rink, which is something that didn't happen last year.
"Last year, we tried [to create the rink]," said O'Neill, "then we'd have a week of like 40 degree weather and it'd melt. Eventually we just gave up."
The rink, which is located on Cook Street near the Clinton County Correction Facility Annex, has been in operation for "a number of years," said O'Neill. And, when the rink wouldn't work out, it disappointed many who frequented it.
"We tried very hard, but the weather just wasn't consistent," said O'Neill.
This year, more favorable temperatures prevailed and, through the help of Mayor Michael Bennett and resident Pat Buckley, who personally handled flooding the rink, said O'Neill, the job got done.
"We definitely want to thank them for all they did," she said. "It really does take several weeks of solid cold weather to be able to get it open and operable."
The rink officially opened Jan. 16 and is anticipated to stay open through March. The hours of operation are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"We're also going to open from 12 to 8 on snow days if the weather isn't too bad," added O'Neill.
However, O'Neill stressed the rink will only be open when an attendant is on duty.
"That's for safety," she said.
Now that the rink is open, O'Neill said she wants village residents and out-of-towners alike to know there's a serene place to skate that's closer for some people than places like Plattsburgh and Lake Placid.
"I know we traveled there all last year just to skate," said O'Neill. "And, I field numerous calls when the rink's not open, so I think it's a service people appreciate. So, it's very important to us to continue with it."
For more information about the rink or to check if the rink is open in the event of a school snow day, call O'Neill at 492-2606 or the village office, 492-7000, during regular business hours Monday through Friday.