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Tristan Ma (Credit: Paul Squire)
Tristan Mangham tests the boards at Greenport’s ice rink Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A tried-and-true sign of a North Fork winter is being set up this week: Greenport’s ice skating rink.

Workers have spent the past three days working on the rink, laying down piping and setting up the boards. On Friday, the crews will install the glass.

At that point, the rink will be ready to go, said village staffer Tristan Mangham, who was tightening bolts Thursday afternoon. He said three straight nights of freezing temperatures will be enough for the village to fill up the rink with ice.

“We just need some cold weather now,” he said.

That might not be for some time, considering the forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s and 60s the next few days.

But once the mercury drops, it will be great fun for people like Mangham, who lives in Greenport a few blocks from the rink and works there during the winter months.

“You get to skate around all day and ride the Zamboni,” he said. “It doesn’t get much better than that … I can’t wait!”

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