March 2016 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

It's hard to believe that the month of February is already over and that we only have five weeks of curling left this year. The club has been extremely busy with bonspiels, rentals, school groups, and our February 12th steak night. February also contained the Scottie Tournament of Hearts where Team Carey led Team Alberta to the Scotties Title and will represent Canada at the Ford World Championship in Swift Current, SK later this month (March 19 - 27). February was a special month with Valentine's Day, Wiarton Willie, Canada's most celebrated groundhog, and this year, also a Leap Year.

Leap years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds to circle once around the sun. This is called a tropical year, and is measured from the March equinox. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a leap day on February 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days! Enough about February, let's get started with this months' newsletter.

March marks the start of the Tim Hortons Brier, which is being held in our Nations' Capital of Ottawa this year. Some of our members are making the short trip to watch, in person, the provincial champions battle to earn the right to represent Canada at the Ford World Championships in Basel, Switzerland from April 2 - 10.

Daytime parking at the curling club has become a much talked about item. After having conversations with LCC members, the parking authority, town councilors and members of the BIA and it seems as if we are not going to have any amendments to the current parking bylaws. I just want to make sure that everyone knows about our day time parking so we are not issued any more parking tickets. There are two options with regard to "Day Time Parking" at the curling club between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Option One: Two Hours Free Parking On The Street, Option Two: Four Hours Free Parking In The Public Parking Lots (across from the Club or west from the Salvation Army.). To avoid ticketing you must move your car prior to the expiration of the 2 and 4 hour limits or purchase a daily parking permit ($3.00) from the city (Municipal Law Enforcement Office 180 Kent St. W.)

When we have Bonspiels that run through the day, for example the two-day ladies Frost Bonspiel, I will go and pre-purchase daily permits and when curlers come in to register for the day they can purchase a dated pass from the LCC office and display it on the dash of their car. Hopefully this will work as it appears, as it is the only option for us.

One last very important detail with regard to the daytime parking to remember is..."Please, Do Not Shoot The Messenger".

Another item that has been brought to the attention of the Board is that many members would like the Lindsay Curling Club to become a "Scent Free Environment". Many years ago the club decided to become smoke free and the members agreed that this was a sign of the future and a positive change to the club. At our last Board meeting, this topic was discussed and it was decided that the club will begin this year to becoming scent free. There have been notices posted in both sets of washrooms and we will work towards becoming not only a smoke free environment but scent free as well.

Check out the Bookshelf:

Check out the recent selection of books on the Bookshelf in the lounge upstairs. You can buy a book for a dollar, read it and then bring it back for someone else to buy and enjoy. The Tuesday Evening Women's section has been coordinating the ongoing Book Sale with all the proceeds going to the Lindsay Curling Club. So check it out!!!


Senior Men's Open Bonspiel:

On February 3rd we had 24 Senior Men's teams visit our Club to play in this well known spiel. The men played two games and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Diane Ireland Country Cooking. The early draw winner and the eventual overall winner of the bonspiel was a Peterborough team skipped by Bill Gordanier. On the second draw Jim Robinson, also of Peterborough, took the top spot. A good time was had by all and we hope that we can fill this bonspiel again next year. We need to thank Lorne Carr, Jack DeBois, Bev Flemming, Ron Fevang, Doug Scott, and Dan Reynolds, the organizing committee, for their efforts. As well, I would like to thank Arol Fairbairn for being the Drawmaster for the day.

Frost Whetter Oaklin Ladies Bonspiel:

On February 17th and 18th Lindsay Curling Club hosted 20 ladies teams who participated in the 39th FWO Bonspiel. Of the twenty teams, 14 of them were from out of town. The eventual winner was a rink skipped by Janet Lewis from the Newmarket/York Curling Club.

There are many, many people who worked extremely hard to make this bonspiel a tremendous success and there are several who need to be thanked. Shirley Richardson and her helpers coordinated the breakfast over the two mornings, Lynn Kimmett, Shirley Toombs and others organized Wednesday's lunch and Pat Clarke and her committee organized the dinner. Judy MacLean and Nancy Graham organized one of the highlights of the bonspiel the "Home Luncheon" on the second day. We must thank the several hostesses and other volunteers who were at members' homes catering to the curlers every need. Thank you also to Sharron Robertson, Gail Pillsworth and Sandy Widdis who organized all of the snacks the curlers enjoyed between their games.

Thank you to Audrey Johnston, Nancy Graham and their house committee who decorated the club so beautifully for the event. Barb Fairbairn and Heather Sisson are to be thanked for purchasing all of the prizes for the curlers to take home.

Thank you to Nancy Graham, Mary Auld and the many volunteers who provided the evening black light performance that was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Arol Fairbairn, our Drawmaster; Doug Morris of the Lindsay Pipes and Drums for piping our ladies onto the ice for the final games; and of course we thank Mark West and his son, Nathan, for the wonderful ice conditions over the two days. Mary Auld, the Bonspiel Convenor, spent many hours planning and organizing the two day event and should be thanked for her efforts.

Last but certainly not least, we need to thank the daytime ladies for their help and support which enables us to have one of the premier bonspiels in our area!!!

Fund Raising Bonspiel:

On February 20th, the Humane Society held their fundraising bonspiel at the Lindsay Curling Club. The bonspiel was well attended and Isaac Breadner would like to thank all that came out and supported the Humane Society Spiel and Organization. This spiel helped to raise funds for the Humane Society and our club was happy to provide a location for them to curl. All had a terrific time and Isaac looks forward to coming back again next season.

On Saturday, March 5th the United Way Spiel is being held here at the Lindsay Curling Club. In the past, there has been three full draws (36 teams) playing two six end games. It is an extremely busy day with 144 curlers taking part in the spiel. Lunch & Dinner are included with the entry of $220.00/team or $55.00/person. Also, there is a Loonie Auction, 50/50 Draw, Raffles, and Prizes for all! For more information please contact Audrey Quibel 705-324-6717 or at 705-887-2842.

As well, coming up later in March are the Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel (March 11 - 13) and also the Women's Open Spiel (March 19). This will bring us to the end of the month when we will be having our final steak night of the year that has traditionally been run in conjunction with Championship Night on Friday, April 1st. Keep your eye open for sign up sheets!!!

Pancake Breakfast:

On Sunday, March 13th the Tuesday Evening Women are planning to run a Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 am to 1;00 pm. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under the age of twelve. There is also a Family Deal offered where 2 Adults and 2 Children can enjoy pancakes/sausage for $20.00. Since the breakfast is being held at the same time as the Men's Bonspiel come on out for breakfast and then enjoy watching a game of curling. Tickets are available at the LCC office or contact Mary Keenan or Deb Hatch. Hope to see you there!!!

Little Caesar and the Consuls:

Our committee has been busy preparing for the Little Caesar Dance on Saturday, May 28th. We have booked the fairgrounds as the location for the dance as we are expecting quite a crowd. Posters have been printed and the tickets are being printed as we speak. Tickets will available at many locations throughout the town and surrounding area as indicated on the poster posted at the club. You can also purchase tickets at the LCC office for $20.00/ticket. Several members have already signed up to help with this fundraiser, however, we will still need more to help set up, to assist at the bar and also to help to clean up afterwards. If you think you may be available please see me and I'll add your name to the list. Walter Taylor of the band has been up to the club and appears to be quite excited about the event, which celebrates 60 years of music and memories. Mark May 28th on your calendar and plan to either attend the event or to volunteer to help out.

OCA Events:

On February 27th and 28th we had three teams travel to West Northumberland Curling Club in Cobourg to take part in the Tim Hortons Colts and Trophy. Team Bolton (John Bolton, Tyler Jones, Dave Farr and Owen Duhaime) participated on the Men's side and in the Trophy competition we had Team Joyce (Emma Joyce, Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell and Lynn Joyce) and Team Findlay (Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson) battle it out on the Women's side for the right to take place in the Provincials at the Peterborough Curling Club from March 9th - March 12th. Congratulations to Team Bolton as they qualified to compete in the Colts Provincial, as mentioned, at the Peterborough Curling Club.

Just recently the "Two Team Tankard" for both the ladies and men took place in Fenelon Falls. We have several teams taking part in this event and we were able to qualify for the Regionals of this event at the Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club on April 9th. Congratulations to Cheryl Saunders, Kathy Simpson, Sue Ledoux, Gayle Golden, Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson who will be representing Zone 5 on the ladies' side. As well, Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Scott Worsley, Mark West, Jim Scott, Tim Raven, Dave Geelen and yours truly will be competing on the men's side at the same venue. We wish them the best of luck and good curling!

From Wednesday, March 2nd to Saturday March 5th we have a LCC member participating in the Intermediate Men's Provincial at the Acton Curling Club. Dave Farr (LCC Member) will be joining Gary Grant, Barry Acton and Randy Grant of Uxbridge Curling Club at the Provincials and we wish him and his team all the best!!!

On March 19th and 20th we have two teams competing in the Regionals at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club for the BrokerLink Mixed and Senior Mixed Events. Again, we wish each team all the best! Playing in the BrokerLink Mixed Event is the team of Mark West, Tara Stephen, Terry Jenkins and Diane Jenkins who are playing for one of the two spots that are available to advance to the Ontario Provincials. In the OCA Senior Mixed we have Dave Nigh, Wendy Findlay, Jim Scott and Susan Cully representing Zone 5 with hopes to advance to the Provincials at the Granite Curling Club in early April. Again, good luck to both teams and play well.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Tuesday, March 1 - Senior InterClub - Ennismore
  • Saturday, March 5 - United Way Bonspiel
  • Friday March 11 -13 - Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel
  • Sunday, March 13 - Pancake Breakfast 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 17 - Senior InterClub - Campbellford
  • Friday, March 18 - Friday Night Mixed Pizza and Wings
  • Saturday, March 19 - Women's Open Bonspiel
  • Wednesday, March 23 - Senior Mini Spiel
  • Wednesday, March 23 - Flex League Wind Up
  • Friday, March 25 - Good Friday - No Curling
  • Monday, March 28 - Easter Monday - No Curling
  • Thursday, March 31 - Day Ladies Spring Meeting
  • Friday, March 27 - Mixed League Pizza/Wing Night
  • Friday, April 1 - Championship Steak Night
  • Saturday, April 2 - Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet
  • Monday, April 4 - Year End Banquet
  • Wednesday, April 6 - Women's Banquet

Hang on tight as the final weeks of the 2015/16 curling season are quickly coming to an end. Be sure to watch for information regarding your year-end banquets around the Club. That's all for now!

Dave Nigh