CVOI manager resigns

October 15, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Illness has forced Peter Downey, the first general manager of the new ice skating rink being built west of Waynesboro, to resign his post, said Carol Henicle, chairman of the board building the rink.

Henicle, who is also executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday that Downey's resignation is effective Oct. 31. He left Waynesboro this week to return to his native Connecticut to attend his daughter's wedding Saturday, Henicle said. He is not expected to return, she said, but will continue to serve as a consultant by telephone until the end of the month.

"Pete will be sadly missed. We wish him very well," Henicle said.

Downey was hired by the Cumberland Valley On Ice Board of Directors on Aug. 18 for a salary "in the $40,000 range," Henicle said.


The rink, named the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena after a deceased former Waynesboro area school teacher who left $500,000 in her will toward the project, is being built on Pa. 16 near Zullinger. The total cost will be about $3 million. Other funds will come from a state grant, donations and loans, Henicle said.

Under roof now, the rink is scheduled to open Dec. 15, Henicle said.

"That's still a good target date," she said.

Downey, 54, in his letter of resignation, said, "Unfortunately, due to recent health problems, I am unable to see this exciting project through to completion." He praised the CVOI board and the building contractor for doing "an excellent job."

Downey hired a skating director and an assistant manager before he left. Henicle identified the skating director as Margy Everett of White Hall, Md. She said Everett has coached and trained world-class skaters.

The name of the assistant manager is being withheld pending final negotiations, Henicle said.

She said the search committee will be reactivated to find a replacement for Downey. The applicant who came in second when Downey was hired has found another job, Henicle said.

She said the committee will review the remaining applications and "add a couple more."

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