When David came to Louisiana Hockeyplex in 2001, the rink only had hockey and public ice skating. "I've been working hard building the school and figure skating in Louisiana," she says. She began skating at the age of 4 while growing up in New Orleans and met Patricia Cook, current president of the Figure Skating Club of New Orleans. In those days, New Orleans had several ice rinks and a hockey team, which is necessary to generate money to pay for the ice ' and skating. Cook says when the New Orleans Brass left, the ice left with it, and she had to move the club to Carencro. "You have to have a home rink to remain a member [of U.S. Figure Skating], so after Carencro opened we would skate in Carencro even though the club is from New Orleans," she says. "New Orleans hasn't had any ice for several years."
Before Hurricane Katrina, Cook traveled the country from her home in New Orleans to skate and visited her coach once a month in Jackson, Miss., for private lessons. Her evacuation from New Orleans to her sister's home in Maurice was bittersweet. "I haven't skated at all since I'm here because of trying to move," she says. "But I'm closer now to the rink than I ever was."
Ice skating starts heating up in Carenco and across the country each January, which is National Skating Month. "When you start getting into winter, people start thinking about it. It's also an Olympic year," explains David.
Adds Cook, "It's recreational but it's a goal-oriented activity, and students can progress up the ranks just like Olympic competitors."
For more information on "I Learn to Skate" school, call 896-2040, ext. 105.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
Coton de tulear joins Westminster; Paypal splitting from Ebay; first US Ebola diagnosis and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
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Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
Four bedroom cottage or four bedroom traditional
Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
Statement pieces for the season
The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.