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Farewell dinner for roller rink this Saturday

Most of Lake Roller Rink’s roof and walls collapsed March 6 due to  heavy winter snowfall.

Most of Lake Roller Rink’s roof and walls collapsed March 6 due to heavy winter snowfall.

Clare County will say goodbye to Lake Roller Rink with a “farewell” dinner on April 5th.

Clare County Roller Rink was closed in April 2013, but any hopes of rebuilding were removed when on March 6 of this year saw the hard winter cause the collapse of the roof and most of the surrounding walls.  Owner Diane Gyulveszi, who had already placed the business for sale, decided it was time to throw in the towel.

“Losing the rink was really awful, I watched my dreams crumble,” she said.

Diane, who had lost Tom last spring, her husband of 45 years and partner in the business, decided she couldn’t run it without him.  Still, she hoped someone would buy the rink to continue serving the area residents.  Once the building was ruled a total loss by the insurance company however, she knew that was the end.

To help celebrate the almost 70 years the Lake Roller Rink provided families with skating fun, Diane is holding a “Share Your Memories” dinner, to be held at Farwell High School’s cafetorium on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There will be oldies music, a slide show of the many decades of fun held there, and a “breakfast for dinner” meal, complete with pancakes, sausage and refreshments.

“I think this is a great way to show our appreciation to the community that we served,” said Diane, who with Tom bought the Lake Roller Rink in October of 1986, “We wanted to give back to our patrons and allow them a proper goodbye to the facility.

The building itself was condemned, and finally torn down on Saturday, March 29, but Diane still intends to live in the house that was attached, since it was not damaged during the rink damage.

“Lake is now my home and I will continue to live in the area and stay in touch with all the lovely people I’ve met over the years!”

Diane would like to ask that anyone attending bring in one non-perishable food item for donation to the Clare County food bank, to help others in need, although it is not necessary to donate to enjoy the lovely meal.  A collection box will be placed at the door, and all area residents of all ages are welcome to come and share their fond memories, saying goodbye to an era.

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