New owners to take over The Skatery
MANDATA - A local skating rink will be under new ownership Monday.
According to a press release from current owners, Donald and Roberta Molaro, The Skatery will be sold to brothers Todd and Troy Laudenslager.
The Laudenslager brothers, of Pillow, will become the third operators of the local landmark, which was built by Reynold Feger and Richard Baumert in 1981 and operated by them as Double R Skate Ranch. The Molaros bought the roller rink in 1988.
The brothers also own Mahantongo Game Farms in Dalmatia.
Troy Laudenslager, who is president of Line Mountain School Board and a silent partner of 3T Sports Gear, which sells a variety of athletic equipment, said Wednesday he prefers not to comment ahead of the official sales date. He said he and his brother plan to keep the roller skating rink and add other activities to the complex.
The Molaros, who live in Dornsife, originally planned to turn the keys over to their son, Donald Jr.; however, the young man died at age 19 in 1995.
The Molaros said letting go of the rink is one of the most difficult decisions they have ever made.
In the last quarter of a century, the Molaros hosted hundreds of school, church, Scout, business and birthday parties and taught thousands of young people and adults to skate.
The Molaros established the School of Roller Skating at the Skatery and taught the "Roller Skating FUNdamentals." Roberta Molaro said dozens of their students were state champions and a few others earned regional titles. She said several students qualified for national competition and placed well, but not well enough to reach the podium.
"As long as they don't place last, I'm thrilled, and none of them have ever placed last," she said.
The Skatery also offered a Special Olympics Roller Skating program since 1990.