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Ennismore hosting provincial senior curling championships

by Ben Clarke

The Ennismore Curling Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary and a $600,000 renovation in style as the Dominion Senior Men’s and Women’s Provincial Championships are underway.

The top eight senior men’s and senior women’s teams, aged 50 and over, qualified through zone and regional playdowns to make it to the Provincial Championship in Ennismore.

The event, which began Wednesday and runs through until Sunday, is the club’s largest since hosting a junior championship a decade ago.

The championship also serves as a fundraiser to help offset the $175,000 the Club has to come up with to cover its end of the renovation costs. The federal government and Township kicked in $425,000 in grants for the project.

Renovations included installation of an elevator, accessible washrooms, an overhaul of the kitchen and appliances, new glass in the downstairs viewing lounge, a new coat of paint, a new facade to the building’s exterior as well as work to be completed in the spring to piping under the rink.

“Getting the provincial event is a real feather in their cap,” said co-chair Susan Stafford.

“We’re really excited about it. We’re hoping we can get some spectators out to watch. The curling will certainly be a very good calibre.”

Participating teams will participate in a round-robin format before a play-off round with the Finals scheduled for Sunday.

For more information call the club at 705-292-5200 or visit www.ennismorecurlingclub.com.

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