The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 16, 2014

4-H gives youngsters a taste of skating

EBENSBURG —  Some Cambria County 4-H members and their guests glided smoothly across North Central Recreation Center’s ice surface on Sunday.

Others took a few spills.

And several young skaters used orange cones to balance themselves as they participated in the activity for the first time.

Regardless of the skill level, the

4-H participants, along with their family members and friends, shared a festive time together during the annual skating party that begins the club’s year of activities. “It’s a great afternoon and a nice event where you have fun,” said Shelly Craft, program assistant for Cambria County 4-H, a youth development organization.

Madison Ringler, a club member from Sidman, added, “I think it’s really fun that we get to skate and spend time together.”

Four members of the Johns-town Tomahawks, a junior-level hockey team, attended.

“I just think it’s a blast, seeing everyone smile and everything, just meeting new kids,” said Tommy Hall, a Tomahawk from Minnesota. “Just seeing the smiles on their face is just inexplainable. It brings you back to the good old days when you first started playing hockey and everything, so it’s a good time.”

The players took time to pose for photos, sign autographs and even teach some children about skating.

“I think it’s great that they came out and skated with 4-H,” said Brandon Davis, a club member from Hastings. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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