LACONIA — Ken Yorston, owner of A Cut Above Landscaping in Meredith recently helped the Laconia Ice Arena beautify its entrance with a generous donation of a new walkway design and installation.
Yorston said the donation was his company's "thank-you to the ice arena for providing such a positive environment for his daughter, and all the other youth that participate in programs at the arena". In addition he said "I wasn't really in a position to contribute financially, but after talking with arena manager Will Fay, I found out there absolutely was a way to support the arena. It was my honor, and I would encourage fellow business people in our area to find similar ways to give back to our community, and to support this undertaking at the arena."
Other local businesses who supported the project were Brian Gilbert at Gilbert Block, who donated the block and other materials, as well as Dave Rotonnelli at Appletree Nursery, who donated the plants. A Cut Above's crew was Rob Powell, Josh Latulippe, and Cam Decormier
The landscaping project is part of a larger capital campaign project that has been underway since the spring of 2012. "We're about half way to our goal of $250,000. Our hope is to reach that by about this time next year'' said Fay. He said the campaign is still in need of financial donations, pledges, and sponsorships as well as donations of materials for improvements and volunteers willing to give their time.
"There are always ways people can help," Fay added. "The utility bills here are astronomical to say the least," added Fay, who also pointed out that the refrigeration equipment at the rink is roughly 20 years old. "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am confident we will get things done. Just as we did when we built the arena, we will work hard to get the community involved in this next phase. We are continuing to reach out to community leaders, banks, and grant programs to help us accomplish our goals".
The Laconia Ice Arena "think rink for kids" Plan provides for improved energy efficiency upgrades, updated refrigeration equipment, as well as reduced fees for the youth & community.