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The Gardens Ice House skating instructors stay true to their cool

The Gardens Ice House skating instructors stay true to their cool

Susan Mead's daughter, Tiffany, was in high school in September 1996 when The Gardens Ice House opened in West Laurel. At the time, Tiffany was an aspiring figure skater from Oakland Mills High training at a rink in Virginia, but she switched to The Gardens once her mother began to work there.

"I got pulled into figure skating," said Susan Mead, of Columbia, with a laugh. "I had to pay for ice time. I began working at the front desk and moved up."

Nearly 20 years later, Mead is administrating the Learn To Skate program at The Gardens and is one of several front office employees and instructors who have remained at the 150,000-square-foot facility for its...

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