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Timmins history: Local skater who trained at the Mac coaches the U.S. national team

We’ve been talking the last few weeks about the history of arenas in Timmins.

Continuing with the story about the Mac and its summer skating school, the Timmins Museum’s Karen Bachmann tells us about local girl Clarice Dillon Power, who skated there.

In 1961, she was hired to help re-establish the U.S. national team, after all 18 members were killed in a plane crash, en route to the world championships in Prague.

“And she went on to do some coaching with that team,” says Bachmann. “She was part of the Ice Capades. She performed in Hollywood in the 50s and did a number of different acts there.”

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One more local arena we can’t overlook: the Carlo Cattarello in South Porcupine.

“Named for a gentleman who was really big in sports for years and years and years within the community,” Bachmann notes, “and helped a lot of people with their sports careers.”

It was originally called the South Porcupine Arena and is affectionately known as The Barn.

As always, we send big thanks to Karen Bachmann and the museum for being such an important part of our weekly history feature.

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