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Ice returns to Union Arena

Every year for the past 10 years, the falling leaves also mark the return of ice inside Union Arena Community Center. This year, Tuesday, October 16 the rink will open for the season at 10 a.m. with the new Skate and Paint program for toddlers, followed by the first Public Skating and Open Stick sessions. The opening week continues with Senior Skate on Wednesday (free to all age 55 and over) and a free welcome back community public skate Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.

It has taken a great many individuals and business to help keep the Arena strong and growing. This fall the Arena will receiving a new Zamboni ice resurfacer. The Arena extends it sincere appreciation for its support.

The Arena welcomes back all the core organizations: The Union Arena Skating Club and the Woodstock Curling Club are both accepting new members. The Upper Valley Hockey League, and elite 'A' league, the Puckhogs and the largest group, Woodstock Youth Hockey, which is also accepting members on both the House Mites (age 6-8) and Squirts (age 9-10) and also in the Learn to Play Hockey program (Age 4-10) which is free to all residents of the District and area towns with high school choice.

New for this fall is an Evening Adult Learn To Play clinic that is outside of work and school hours. Another new program will be Broomball on Friday nights. Players can sign-up for the year, or just drop in over the Fall.

There will be many new special skates this fall as well. Some of the highlights include the Halloween Skate on Sunday, Oct. 28; the Arena's Tenth Birthday Party Sunday, Nov. 11, and the Turkey Day Skate Thanksgiving morning. For more info visit or