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CVOI manager named

August 20, 1997

By ELLEN LYON

Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Cumberland Valley on Ice skating rink under construction outside Zullinger, Pa., hired its first general manager Monday, according to board president Carol Henicle.

Peter Downey, 53, of South Windsor, Conn., was selected from a pool of about 10 applicants, Henicle said.

"We were real impressed with his qualifications," she said. "Basically, he wanted one big challenge before he retired from the industry."

Downey's experience includes stints as an assistant hockey coach at Yale University, head hockey coach at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conn., director and general manager of several skating arenas in New England, and executive director of the nonprofit International Hockey Training Center in Connecticut, Henicle said.

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While Henicle declined to give an exact figure, she said Downey's salary is in the mid-$40,000 range.

Ground was broken for the approximately $3 million Olympic-size ice skating rink on an eight-acre site on Pa. 16 in early August. It is scheduled to open in mid-December, Henicle said.

The community rink is being funded with a $500,000 bequest from the late Waynesboro area teacher Doris Billow, after whom it will be named, about $500,000 in donations from the public, a $250,000 economic development grant from the state and a $1.4 million mortgage borrowed from F&M Trust, she said.

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