Scott Chittle's backyard rink ignited the community spirit in his small Michigan town during a dark pandemic winter -- and now it has brought one of the top 10 nominations for the "Nicest Places in America" contest. Just before Christmas 2020, he went on the internet to learn how to build a rink, ordered a huge tarp, bought lumber for walls and got the fire department to bring 12 firetrucks of water. Parents helped him buy old skates and hockey sticks, and each Saturday till March, dozens of kids and parents held skate parties. “I want to show the rest of the world what a little effort, the best intentions and community can do not only for others but for the souls of all,” Chittle said.

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