>>I LIKE SKATING HERE.>>ON THE WEEKENDS, OR AFTER SCHOOL WITH YOUR FRIENDS, OR FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES.>>YEAH, IT’S GIVEN ME A LOT OF CONFIDENCE LATELY. REPORTER: SKATELAND MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE HERE IN ESSEX JUNCTION, VERMONT. BUT IN A MONTH THIS ROLLER SKATING RINK WILL BE CLOSED TO EVERYONE.>>WE’RE BEEN TELLING OUR FRIENDS THAT IT’S CLOSING, AND TO TRY TO COME MORE, TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE TO SKATE BEFORE IT SHUTS DOWN FOR GOOD. REPORTER: SKATELAND VERMONT IS THE STATE’S ONLY ROLLER RINK.>>I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING HERE IS THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE LOSING A SAFE PLACE. REPORTER: DONALD HELTON ECHOES A WORRY OF MANY PARENTS HERE THAT THEIR KIDS WILL MISS OUT ON MUCH MORE THAN JUST SKATING.>>THEY’RE NOT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, THEY’RE NOT WATCHING TV, THEY’RE GETTING OUT, THEY’RE GETTING EXERCISE – THEY’RE SOCALIZING, AND NOT THROUGH CELL PHONES, THEY’RE SOCAILIZING ONE-ON-ONE. REPORTER: OWNER DAN AUDETTE POSTED THIS STATEMENT ON THE RINK’S WEBSITE. IT READS, IN PART, WE ARE SORRY TO HAVE TO TELL EVERYONE THIS, WE DID THE BEST WE COULD DURING THE TIME WE WERE OPEN. FINANCIALLY, IT JUST ISN’T GOING TO WORK IN OUR AREA.>>NOBODY MAKES FUN OF YOU HERE, SO YOU CAN BE YOURSELF HERE. LIKE IF YOU FALL, PEOPLE DON’T LAUGH. SKATELAND VERMONT FIRST OPENED IN 1977 IN WILLISTON, BUT WAS CLOSED IN 2000 AFTER THE ORIGINAL OWNER PASSED AWAY. THE ESSEX JUNCTION LOCATION OPENED IN DECEMBER 2014. THE LAST DAY FOR THE SKATING RINK WILL BE APRIL 30. IN ESSEX JUNCTION, RENEE

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  • April 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    Let me guess. It will become an opium den so the druggies and their pushers have a "safe space" to break the law.

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