The New Year brought with it a number of changes to the Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster.  As of January 1st, the arena is now operating as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  The creation of a Board of Trustees, meanwhile, will allow the arena to seek donations and grant funding.  The arena has also hired a new director, while various renovations, which began last year, will continue through  both this year and next.