By ELAINE EZERINS

Messenger Staff Writer

HIGHGATE — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch laced up a pair of hockey skates, grabbed a stick and joined elementary school students on the ice at the Highgate Arena Wednesday morning.

Welch made a few laps around the rink, skating beside selectboard member and co-chair of Missisquoi Amateur Hockey Association’s facility board Joshua LaRocque before posing with students for a photo.

“I think the last time I wore skates was the last time I was here,” Welch said, referring to his visit back in 2008. In February of that year, he dropped off $190,000 in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant money for the long-planned Highgate Arena upgrade project.

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