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Eagle honors stalwart ‘Zamboni Brother’

Eagle Town Manager Jon Stavney, left, and Eagle Town Board member Mikel "Pappy" Kerst dedicate the Tom Ehrenberg Eagle Town Park Ice prior to the Twelfth Night bonfire Monday.
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Tom Ehrenberg spent countless late evening or early morning hours out at Eagle Town Park working on the community’s outdoor ice rink.

Now future generations will know about his contributions.

Ehrenberg died Oct. 8 and in recognition of his many years of community service, the town has named its outdoor ice rink in his honor. During a dedication ceremony held during the Twelfth Night celebration Monday, Eagle Town Manager Jon Stavney noted the rink couldn’t really be called a “facility” because of its temporary, seasonal nature. But he noted that it is a special place and a special tradition in Eagle, in part because of Ehrenberg’s legacy.

Ehrenberg was instrumental in starting Eagle’s youth hockey programs and, for more than a decade, he volunteered as one of Eagle’s Zamboni Brothers — a group of dedicated hockey enthusiasts who laid down and then maintained the winter rink at town park. Along with this fellow “brothers,” Ehrenberg often could be spotted behind the wheel of the Downvalley Zamboni — a pickup truck with a 300-gallon water tank cobbled together with a spray bar and carpet remnant sweeper — during the predawn hours.

Mikel “Pappy” Kerst, a member of the Eagle Town Board, noted it was particularly fitting to unveil the new ice rink name during the town’s Twelfth Night celebration when the Greater Eagle Fire Department oversees the community’s Christmas tree bonfire. For many years, Ehrenberg was a member of the Greater Eagle Fire District Board of Directors. He also served two terms as a member of the Eagle Town Board.

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A special sign declaring that the space as “Tom Ehrenberg Eagle Town Park Ice” will be put up seasonally when the rink is operating. It outlines the basic rules governing the space and notes that the seasonal amenity is a community tradition. The sign also relates the Zamboni Brothers’ story and highlights Ehrenberg’s contributions.

The last line on the sign unites current and future Eagle residents with the rink’s history.

“Tom would be proud of this tradition continuing today.”

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