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Highgate a step closer to renovating arena

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HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) - The town of Highgate, Vt., sees a solution to replacing its 40-year-old cooling system at the local ice arena.

A town in Maine is installing a larger rink and has placed its current, 5-year-old system on auction.

The St. Albans Messenger reports the Highgate Selectboard plans to use a Housing and Urban Development grant it received several years ago to bid on the cooling system. The grant is for $196,000 and must be used by 2015.

Highgate has worked on the renovation of the arena for several years. The town sought the assistance of neighboring communities Franklin and Swanton, crafting a plan that would have made the arena a jointly owned and managed endeavor following a $4.3 million renovation. However, Swanton voters rejected the proposal.

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