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Making Great Ice: Summer Maintenance

July 14, 2011

Now is the time to make sure your sand floor is ready for ice installation in the fall. If you noticed any dark patches coming through your paint during the season, you may have had a small brine leak.

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Youth Olympic Dreams: The journey begins!

June 28, 2011

When I was younger, my mom decided to sign me up for a March Break curling camp. Kids went for about two hours a day for one week to learn the basics of curling. Then, in 2001, I watched PEI’s Suzanne Gaudet win the Junior Worlds as Team Canada, and I told my mom that I wanted to do that someday. She signed me up for my first full winter of curling, and that’s where my Youth Olympics journey began.

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Around the House: The closing banquet means the party’s over

May 6, 2011

The lights were off over the ice when I walked into the club last week for the closing banquet. Actually, the lights were off over eight sheets of water. In the dark, I could see the reflection of the illuminated clock on the surface. Strange, and kind of sad.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Nipigon Shines a Bright Light

May 4, 2011

Northern Ontario communities have been struggling the last few years as major industries that once carried small towns are now leaving. All is not bad news for Nipigon, as their active Little Rock curling program does shine a bright light.

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Around the House: Sites and Sources

April 28, 2011

Curling clubs are wrapping up their seasons with closing banquets, Annual General Meetings and the crowning of new champions – in some clubs, followed by a skate on the ice before the compressor is turned off for the summer.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Transitioning, When Pebbles Become Boulders

April 28, 2011

Little Rockers do not stay Little Rockers forever. I know I know, they are so cute, but our kids grow up to become teenagers and bantam / junior curlers.

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House Call: Skipping to Victory

April 28, 2011

Skips are a rare breed. Not because a skip needs to be the best player on the team, you don’t, but because skipping can be lonely and stressful. You are alone at the far end with no company but the opposition.

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House Call: Third, Third, Third… Third is the Word!

April 21, 2011

The third is the heart of every team. The go-between the skip and the front end. A jack of all trades; the third needs to throw hits and draws with ease, understand the ice

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Around the House: Curlers give back

April 20, 2011

The recent win by Jeff Stoughton’s team at the Ford World Curling Championships in Regina hit all the right notes: a highly skilled team, with a long drought since their last world title, trying to erase the well-publicized disappointments along the Brier and Olympics trail. The victory was sweet – for Team Canada, and for Canadian curling fans.

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Pebbles to Boulders: End of Season, What Next?

April 19, 2011

No sooner has your program started, and now the end of the season is here. The Little Rockers have worked hard and just as they are showing improvement, the season comes to a close.

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Between the Sheets: Thanks Coach!

April 18, 2011

To our Coach, Dennis Balderston. Thank you for missing so many important family events for the team. Thank you to your family for letting us have so much

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House Call: Second to None

April 14, 2011

On many teams the second is the secret weapon. Take Jill Officer (team Jennifer Jones) for instance, without her amazing takeouts her team would be in big trouble. While the lead sets up the end the second is there to keep things on track and sometimes to put a derailed train back on the tracks!

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Around the House: Stick handling at the curling club

April 13, 2011

Not all curling championships take place on arena ice, with TV coverage and thousands of spectators ringing cowbells, buying 50-50 tickets and cheering every shot. Some of them take place at your local club.

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Business of Curling: Seven words you can never say in a curling club!

April 12, 2011

Resby Coutts is from Manitoba and a promoter of our great sport in almost every area of our business imaginable. He wrote this short piece on his web site and it set the bells ringing at my end.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Beyond Little Rocks Part 2 and Other Feeders

April 12, 2011

Carrying on from the last week, you’ll remember I spoke with several young curlers who were competing the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations provincial curling championships in Thunder Bay.

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