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New director has big goals for Billow Ice Arena

April 12, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Terri Rosenwald's goal is to take the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena into the future.

For Rosenwald, who starts full time April 20 as the rink's new general manager, that means getting so many programs and leagues in place that the community will have to add a second ice-skating rink next to the Billow arena which opened officially in January.

A second rink is also the goal of Cumberland Valley On Ice, the non-profit board that raised the money to build the $3 million Billow rink on Pa. 16 west of Waynesboro in Zullinger village.

The rink is named after Doris I. Billow, a Waynesboro school teacher who died in 1992 and left $500,000 in her will as seed money for an Olympic-size skating rink. The CVOI board raised nearly $600,000 in cash. The state put up $250,000 and the board borrowed about $1.2 million from a local bank.

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Carol Henicle, executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce and a leader in the fund-raising effort, said the board's first goal is to reduce or retire its debt. She, too, thinks a second rink is possible.

Henicle said the design of the Billow rink allows for expansion. Rosenwald said the same concession stand, sports shop and rest rooms could serve a second rink with moderate changes.

Henicle said six applicants were interviewed for the manager's job. She said Rosenwald's experience, plus her ability to work with non-profit agencies, impressed the board. "We liked her enthusiasm. We think she'll mesh well with the community," Henicle said.

Rosenwald, 41, came to Waynesboro from Youngstown, Ohio, where she ran a two-rink arena since May 1997.

Before that, she worked for a group trying to build a rink in Missoula, Mont., and before that, she managed a rink in the winter and a summer recreation program in Bowie, Md., where she grew up.

She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from West Virginia University and taught in the Raleigh County, W.Va., school system for five years.

Rosenwald said she is a recreational skater and did not get interested in the ice-rink business until her job in Bowie.

"I've always been interested in recreation even in the days before girls sports became prominent. I guess I was pioneer. When I first started, the only girl sports in school were intramurals. The boys always had more avenues than the girls," she said.

Her goal for the Billow rink is to develop programs for all ages including youth and adult hockey leagues, figure skating programs and clubs and learn-to-skate programs.

She will also develop non-skating programs like curling and broomball leagues, she said.

The rink has about 30 employees, with all but two - Rosenwald and an assistant manager - part time.

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