Proctor Hockey Arena suffers large repair expense
When the Proctor Amateur Hockey Association (PAHA) opened the hockey arena on Mon., Oct. 14 it was far more costly than past years.
One of the three compressors on the ice plant failed and needed to be replaced at an estimated cost of $9,000. "Unfortunately, we could not risk running the ice plant on just 2 compressors. If one of them were to go, during the season, the labor costs and repairs costs would have been too much for our association to handle,” stated Kris Bryant, PAHA President.
“The compressors are from 1989 and like the arena, they are costly to maintain. Last year one of the disconnect boxes on the ice plant started on fire, but quick thinking by rink employees contained the fire and kept everyone safe", Bryant, added.
The Proctor Arena supports 3 hockey programs, PAHA, the high school and Mirage.
The compressor repair is one of many repair costs throughout the year. Amy Pocrnich, Treasurer, states, "Normally, we can expect a few thousand dollars in repairs to keep the arena running, but this repair depleted our funds for additional repairs. With the age of the arena and equipment, I expect to see more repair costs as the season gets rolling."
And like many businesses, during these economic times, PAHA has looked at ways to reduce costs to help keep the registration fees for hockey lower. These efforts have allowed them to pay for the compressor repair immediately and not hinder the opening of the arena. "We are able to pay for the repair up front, which demonstrates the awesome work done by the board to reduce costs. However, the repair also dips into our associations funds for the seasonal operating costs. Therefore, we need to find ways to generate dollars to cover part of this expense."
Proctor Amateur Hockey Association, is a 501c3, tax exempt, incorporation. Therefore with any cash donation given to the association, a receipt will be given for your tax return purposes. If you are unable to donate cash or prefer supporting PAHA in other ways, below is a list of business willing to help us fundraise money to cover this repair bill.
• Boundary Mobil - 130 S Boundary Avenue in Duluth
Sundays, October 20th and October 27th - both from 10am - 2pm
Full Service with all tips and $3.00 per purchased car wash going to PAHA.
• Midway Café - 5691 US Hwy 2 in Hermantown
Tuesdays - October 22 and 29 - ALL DAY 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
15% of all purchased meals will be donated to PAHA
• Play It Again Sports (Kenwood Only) - 1256 W Arrowhead Rd Duluth
Sunday, October 27 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Mention PAHA and receive 10% off your total purchase. Play It Again will match the discount amount and donate to PAHA. Example: Spend $100 dollars, you receive $10 off you purchase and Play It Again will donate $10 to PAHA.
• Also, the $10 Boundary Avenue Mobil Car Wash Cards are available for purchase at Boundary Mobil Mart, 1st National Bank of Proctor and Proctor Builders. Or try your luck with are cash raffle drawing, 1st prize is $2,500, 2nd prize is $1,000, 3rd prize is $500 and 4th-10th prizes are $100. Raffle tickets available at the concession stand or by contacting Brenda Shouts at 390-4594 or Amy Pocrnich at 940-7884.
If you prefer to donate a cash or check, please send it PAHA, PO Box 1025, Proctor, Minnesota 55810.