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  • Ottawa, IL
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Despite Temps in the Teens, My Rink Won't Freeze!
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We have had temps in the low 20's and teens for 4 days, and yet my rink doesn't freeze solid.I am just south of Chicago and we had 6 inches of snow (which fell when the rink was all water) and it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Jan 29, 2012.

After the Blizzard, My Rink Is Trashed....
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Well folks, I officially give up on the rink for this year! The blizzard ruined my rink and I just can't seem to get it back to a good smooth surface anymore. They are forecasting temps in the upper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Feb 11, 2011.

How To Prepare The Rink For a Blizzard
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I have been watching the weather very carefully the last 24 hours or so and it seems very obvious that we are about to get hit with the biggest blizzard in 5 years. I have been preparing my home,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Feb 5, 2011.

Laid lines and it is sunny and a lot warmer.

Well, I should have kept my big mouth shut. I was telling a friend that we haven't had any bright sunshine in over 2 weeks.I got up early and resurfaced the rink before daylight, it was 17F. Once the…Continue

Started Jan 28, 2011


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Ottawa Mom Sets Up Hockey Heaven For Son

An article printed in the Times Newspaper by Dan Churney


Karen Noto is a mother whose thinking is stuck in the Ice Age.

But her 11-year-old son Travis wouldn't want it any other way.

The Ottawa woman developed the goal of building an ice skating rink this winter in her backyard for Travis, who has been a hockey buff three years and dreams of turning pro. The project, which was not without its tribulations, came to life during the heat of last…


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 2:24pm

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At 8:38am on February 5, 2011, mike sander said…
Karen, just wanted to thank you for the advice. I left the rink alone and it froze up again and i flooded it twice since the ice storm. We were back on the rink last nite and it was smooth as ever.  Thanks again, Mike     p.s getting more rain, ice and snow today, here we go again !
At 11:38pm on January 17, 2011, Jim Boisvert said…


Thanks for the compliments about my rink. It's been a labor of Love. Yeah, Bobby sure has gotten older, but he still is cool. He was amazing at my place. I'll tell you more about his visit the next time we chat, OK?


Jim B.

At 11:34pm on January 17, 2011, Jim Boisvert said…


Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. I gladly accept.


Jim B.

At 11:22pm on January 17, 2011, mybackyardicerink said…

Welcome Karen to the community! 

Hope we can help you make it better next season!


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