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- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)8
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
Chaffee skate rink memories
I would like to take this time to lament the loss of an important landmark during the recent winter storm: the Willow Grove Skating Rink in Chaffee, Mo.
The skating rink has been a source of fun for generations of residents from not only Chaffee, but also the many surrounding communities.
To the unassuming, casual passer-by, the curious spectacle of the teal green and corrugated metal building sitting off Highway 77 may have gone unnoticed on a weekday afternoon. But on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the bulbous Christmas lights on the building were lit, children of all ages paid a nominal fee to enjoy the skating rink. How many firsts were experienced at the rink? How many birthdays celebrated, hands held, limbos limboed and "Four Corners" won?
The building may have succumbed to the heavy ice, but the memories will last a lifetime. Thank you to the members of the Grojean family for the pure joy that was the Willow Grove Skating Rink.
RICK VANDEVEN, Chaffee, Mo.