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Q & A: Curling club 'Ice Man' does a nice job on the surface

Jim Ridenour, the Schenectady Curling Club's "Ice Man," uses a nipper to prepare the sheets for play.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Jim Ridenour, the Schenectady Curling Club's "Ice Man," uses a nipper to prepare the sheets for play.
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At the Schenectady Curling Club, they call him “The Ice Man,” and for Jim Ridenour, it really is a cool job. For 12 years, Ridenour has flooded, pebbled, nipped and scraped the ice for the game of curling at the clubhouse on Balltown Road. If you’ve forgotten about curling since last winter’s Olympics in Vancouver, here’s how it goes: Players, in teams of four, slide polished granite stones weighing about 40 pounds across the ice ...

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