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Holiday on ice

December 19, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Watching her daughter and her two friends warm up on the skating rink Saturday for the Holiday Ice Show reminded Deborah Subetto of childhood afternoons skating on frozen ponds.

"I love watching my daughter skate," she said. "It's so fun to watch her learn new things."

Her daughter, 11-year-old Catherine Marx, played a role in a couple of the nearly 30 performances to Christmas tunes for Saturday afternoon's annual show at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

Catherine influenced her two Springfield Middle School friends to take up skating, she said. The three girls huddled doing circles in front of the Plexiglas when Subetto pointed them out. One of the girls plopped on the ice.

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"Ours is the one that just fell," said Kent Lewis, 13, of his little sister, Kari, 11, who had just happily dusted herself off from the fall.

"He's here to applaud his sister when she falls," his mother, Kristy Lewis, 44, said and laughed.

She said Kari was pretty nervous leading up to her part in the Theatre On Ice class performance. Kari, who's been skating for about six weeks, didn't fall during the number, in which she waved wreaths and circled around a thin Christmas tree.

Deanna Hudson, 12, said she took a break from skating for a year, but takes lessons. She said her coach helped her pick out the song, "Where Are You Christmas," and helped her put moves to the music.

She said she hasn't made official Olympic plans.

But Michelle Bender, 37, said her daughter, Brittany Bender, 14, has her eye on the gold.

Bender, of Waynesboro, Pa., said Brittany was not nervous prior to the show.

"She lives for this," she said.

Olivia Leggett, 14, said she practiced for about three weeks before the show and has taken skating lessons for four years.

"I wanna become a coach," she said. "I'm working as hard as I can to get there."

Olivia said that watching younger children skate "makes me want to skate even more."

Rachel Kaszubski, 11, said she started skating when she was 3 years old.

She said before the show that her Christmas spirit probably would help her perform better to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "What Christmas Means to Me."

"If emotions are high, sometimes it can make you skate stronger," Rachel said.

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