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  • October 12, 2010 10:45 AM UTC by Liz Claman

    Congress Could Learn a Thing or Two from Kansas Governor

    Governor Mark Parkinson (D-Kansas) has quite the claim to fame that many other Governors and members of Congress could stand to emulate: he’s got a balanced budget, he slashed spending at the nation’s first sign of economic trouble, his state has collected a tax surplus AND he’s fighting successfully to keep jobs in his state by offering businesses incentives.

    How did he do it? His primer is outlined in the clip below.

    It’s leaders like Parkinson who really show the rest of us how it’s done. He’s a former businessman who is returning to the private sector soon. 

    Too bad he’s not making a run for higher office. We could use more of Mark Parkinson.

    –Liz

    Gliding to good time at new Ashburn rink.(Family Times)(Events)(Field Trip)

    The Washington Times (Washington, DC) January 19, 1999 | Hunker, Paula Gray When an ice storm abruptly ended the area’s seemingly endless summer, children and parents alike headed outdoors to encounter slick, ice-encrusted surfaces. While children may enjoy the makeshift ice rinks glistening on sidewalks and driveways, the area’s newest and largest indoor ice rink – in Ashburn, Va. – provides a safe place for all ages to skate.

    Ashburn Ice House opened in early November, but Marketing Director Keri Mulvey says December’s winter weather brought in the crowds of recreational skaters.

    “People think of skating as a winter sport,” says Mrs. Mulvey, who works at the 75,000-square-foot facility with her husband, Paul.

    “Serious skaters and those in our skating or hockey programs will continue all year. But we see our capacity crowds on winter weekends,” she says, adding that attendance usually is capped at 400 people at each session. “We have two regulation-size National Hockey League rinks, but one is usually reserved for figure skaters or hockey players,” she says.

    Mr. Mulvey, formerly on the Washington Capitals hockey team, is a partner in the enterprise and a coach in the hockey program.

    Although the rink is open daily from early morning to late night to accommodate figure skaters’ long practice and lesson schedules, public skating is limited to daily morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Saturday is the most popular day, when wobbly parents skate alongside teetering toddlers and sure-footed middle schoolers.

    Families can avoid the crowds, Mrs. Mulvey says, by skating on Sunday. The one four-hour session – from 2 to 6 p.m. – gives families a chance to take a break at the snack bar or in the well-used video arcade.

    During a recent Thursday afternoon session, Katie Hatford has the east rink to herself. The 8-year-old Reston resident is practicing her competitive routine to “La Bamba.” The music echoes off the ice as Katie twirls and jumps.

    “She spends five hours a day on the ice,” Mrs. Mulvey says. “She’s home-schooled, so she often is alone on the ice. Later in the day, or on weekends, she’ll have to share the space with other figure skaters.” The west rink is almost as empty as the public session begins. Sherrie Anderson helps her daughter Lizzie, 2, lace up her Christmas skates. Her son Daniel, 5, is already on the ice, suited in hockey gear and skating confident laps around the chilly rink. this web site ashburn ice house

    “We moved here this fall from Chicago,” Mrs. Anderson says. “Daniel’s Uncle Craig is in the Ontario Hockey League, and Daniel was desperate to skate because his uncle is a huge mentor to him.

    “I put skates on for the first time when Daniel started to skate last year.” For less adventuresome parents, the facility has a spacious mezzanine where they can view the antics of their ambitious offspring while sitting on couches in front of large viewing windows. A media room with computer and Internet access also is available.

    “We wanted to create an atmosphere where coming to the rink is a good experience for the whole family, not just a chore,” Mrs. Mulvey says of the room, where siblings can do homework and parents can work. “We want this place to be a community meeting place.” A number of local schools, including Loudoun and Broad Run high schools, use the facility for their hockey teams. Fans pack the rink-side bleachers for Monday-night games. A light show and rock music by a disc jockey draw crowds of teen-agers on Friday nights.

    Various skating programs are offered for students from 3 years old to adults. Most are eight-week programs beginning at the end of this month. A few offer a two-week introduction, including a “Mommy, Daddy & Me” course in which toddlers and parents can learn to fall, get up and march on the ice together.

    ****BOX WHEN YOU GO:

    DIRECTIONS:

    Ashburn Ice House is at 21595 Smith Switch Road in Ashburn, Va. From the Beltway (Interstate 495): Take the Dulles Toll Road to Route 28 North. Proceed north 2.8 miles. Make a left onto Route 625 (Waxpool Road). Go two miles. Make a right onto Route 607 (Smith Switch Road). Ashburn Ice House is on the left.

    HOURS:

    (For public skating) * Saturday: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.

    * Sunday: 2 to 6 p.m.

    * Monday: 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

    * Tuesday: 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Cheapskates night when everyone skates for $3.) * Wednesday: 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. (Adult night for those 16 and older.) * Thursday: 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    * Friday: 9 to 11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight (Rock ‘n’ Skate with teen skating, a DJ and light show.) ADMISSION: go to web site ashburn ice house

    * Adults, $5; children younger than 13, $4.50; seniors, $4. Skate rental, $2.50. For groups of 10 or more, tickets cost $4 each when purchased in advance.

    INFORMATION:

    Phone: 703/858-0300 Web site: www.ashburnice.com REMEMBER TO BRING:

    All skaters are reminded to wear warm jackets, flexible clothes, gloves and warm socks.

    SPECIAL EVENTS:

    * Birthday parties can be arranged by calling the sales office. The parties include skate rental, admission to a public skating session as well as cake and refreshments in one of four party rooms.

    * Special events for church, school, Scouts or other groups can be arranged. This includes “night lock-ins” in which the rink is available from midnight until daylight.

    OTHER ATTRACTIONS:

    * Parents or siblings can use computers or plug in their own laptops in the media room while waiting as children play hockey or take skating lessons.

    * A dance studio is available for figure-skating students.

    * The snack bar offers drinks and light fare.

    * The pro shop provides skating and hockey equipment as well as skate repair and sharpening.

    ***** THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SKATING RINKS IN THE WASHINGTON AREA.

    MARYLAND – * ARC IceSports, Rockville.

    Information: 301/294-8101.

    * Benfield Pines Ice Rink, Severn.

    Information: 410/987-5100.

    * Bethesda Metro Ice Center, Bethesda.

    Information: 301/656-0588.

    * Bowie Ice Arena, Bowie.

    Information: 301/249-2088.

    * Cabin John Park Ice Rink, south of Rockville.

    Information: 301/365-0585.

    * The Gardens Ice House, Laurel.

    Information: 301/953-0100.

    * Columbia Ice Rink, Columbia.

    Information: 410/730-0321.

    * Herbert Wells Ice Rink, College Park.

    Information: 301/277-0654.

    * Tucker Road Ice Rink, Oxon Hill.

    Information: 301/248-2508.

    * Wheaton Ice Rink, Wheaton.

    Information: 301/649-2250.

    DISTRICT – * Pershing Park Ice Rink.

    202/737-6938.

    * Sculpture Garden Ice Rink.

    Information: 202/371-5342.

    VIRGINIA – * Fairfax Ice Arena, Fairfax.

    Information: 703/323-1131.

    * Fountain Square Ice Rink, Reston.

    Information: 703/318-7541.

    * Mount Vernon Ice Rink, south of Alexandria.

    Information: 768-3223.

    * SkateNation of Reston, Reston.

    Information: 703/709-1010.

    Hunker, Paula Gray

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  • Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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