Barriere Curling Club
The Barriere Curling Club will be re-opening our doors on Friday, March 14, after a successful fund raising campaign to repair part of the ice making plant for the rink.
In late December, the club experienced an unscheduled closure of our curling activities due to leaks in the chiller portion of the ice plant. Since then, the club executive have been scrambling to raise funds to replace the chiller and re-start the plant.
Presentations were made to the District of Barriere mayor and council, and with their involvement and support, the club was able to access the Federal Gas Rebate Fund through the District of Barriere and the Thompson Nicola Regional District. We were granted a total of $20,000, which has covered a good percentage of the repairs. The District of Barriere provided $10,000, while the Thompson Nicola Regional District Area O (Barriere) and Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) contributed $5,000 each.
We appreciates the specific efforts of Mayor Humphreys, CAO Colleen Hannigan, councillors Ward Stamer and Bill Kershaw, and the TNRD Area representatives Bill Kershaw and John Sternig.
As part of the ice plant repairs, upgrades in power consumption were gained by changing the freon to a more efficient and environmentally friendly product. The club has agreed to participate with the TNRD on monitoring those efficiencies in energy consumption as part of the Federal Gas Rebate.
A special thanks also goes to Gordie Zerr and Darcy Feller for their efforts to coordinate a second quote for repairs to the chiller. A second quote was required by the Regional District for the grant to proceed. Without the quote, which took considerable time and effort, our plant would not be up and running today. Thanks to Gordie and Darcy for your efforts and support.
For the remainder of the curling year, we have a number of upcoming activities.
First, all interested curlers and members are invited to a grand re-opening of the rink on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m., for an evening of curling and socializing.
This will also provide an opportunity to sign up for the Annual Loggers Bonspiel happening on March 21 and 22.
The Loggers Bonspiel is a skins format, and a team may be made up of any combination of men and women. You can call Brian Bondar at 250-672-5334 to register a team.
The Curling Club will also continue to sponsor the Jam Can Bonspiel for local youth. This event will be held on March 28 and 29. Notices about the event will be provided at Barriere Elementary School.
Please come out and support curling in your community. Join in and have fun!