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Catherine Cranston, far left, has been teaching children how to skate since 1997. She is pictured above with a group of skaters from last year's Learn to Skate program. Cranston is teaming up with the Somerset Lions again this year to offer free skating lessons at the Somerset Youth Civic Center Sept. 27 & 29 and Oct. 3 & 4.

Former figure skater continues teaching kids to skate for free in Somerset

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Catherine Cranston has always had a love of skating.

Originally from Fergus Falls, Minn., Cranston began figure skating at an early age. By the time she was 20 years old, she was teaching figure skating. She then branched out into "power skating."

"That's basically teaching hockey players how to skate," she explained. "My mentor taught me in the 1980s how to teach hockey players how to hold their hips, etc. Now power skating instruction is big time."

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