The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame is once again offering bursaries to junior curlers from PEI who will be attending college or university in the upcoming season. This academic year there are two $1000 bursaries, one for a female curler, one for a male, plus four $500 bursaries, two for female curlers, two for male, for a total of $4000. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need and passion for the game.
Application Deadline is September 30, 2020.
To be eligible to apply for a bursary, an applicant must be eligible to participate in provincial junior playdowns for the upcoming curling season. Also, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at the university or college they are attending. An applicant can only be awarded one bursary.
Please submit your application form to Jerry Muzika, Chair, Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame, 46 Eagles Path Lane, York, PE, C0A 1P0 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The information provided will be kept confidential.
The Cornwall Curling Club was delighted to receive a thank-you note from our World Champion member Lauren Lenentine!
As you know, Lauren won the World Junior Curling Championship in Russia in February as a member of Winnipeg’s Team Zacharias (she previously won the Worlds as an alternate on the Nova Scotia-based rink that won gold at the 2018 Worlds in Scotland).
Back here on PEI, she was recently among the presenters at the “Made in PEI” event organized by Sport PEI, which took place in Charlottetown.
Made in PEI presenters, including Lauren Lenentine (front left). Sport PEI photo
Lauren, who hails from New Dominion, retains a membership at our Club and recently sent us the following note of thanks for our support and encouragement, in which she mentions that she will be returning to Winnipeg this month to prepare for the 2020/2021 curling season.
We had planned to celebrate Lauren and her World Championship win at our year-end AGM in June, but had to delay the meeting until September due to public health gathering limits, but we will be holding a celebration with Lauren for members and community at a future date!
We wish Lauren continued success both in her curling endeavors and with her studies in Winnipeg!
As everyone is aware, all curling facilities on PEI shut down early this past season due to COVID-19 concerns. Don’t worry, though, the Cornwall Curling Club is working on a safe return to our favourite sport this fall, and curling already has the “go ahead” as a low-contact sport by the Chief Provincial Health Officer.
It has been decided to delay our Annual General Meeting (AGM) until sometime in September, so we can bring you up to date on our startup plans. One of the agenda items at each AGM is the nomination of new members for our Board of Directors (three-year term), and our Nominating Committee Chair Gary O’Sullivan is currently looking for prospective candidates for our volunteer Board. We are fortunate to have highly-qualified and engaged members, and would appreciate it if you could donate some of your time, passion, and skills to help us during these unique times, so we can continue to thrive as a friendly and fantastic curling club!
If you would like to put your name forward for the Board or would like more information, please get in touch with Gary at email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your service to our Club!
Sport PEI is proud to announce its second-annual “Made in PEI” event. The event will take place Thursday, July 30th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Royalty Centre, 40 Enman Cres in Charlottetown. High-performance athletes and experts from across the province will share and touch on their own experiences with sports. Amongst the presenters, a variety of topics will be discussed, including balancing school with sports, being a role model, leadership, rest & recovery, mental preparation, healthy eating practices, and more. Presenters include:
Ava Boutilier, Hockey
Bailey Smith, Athletics
Cole MacLaren, Baseball
Lauren Lenentine, Curling
Kristen Arsenault, Archery
Kameron Kielly, Hockey
Ryan MacKinnon, Hockey
Colin Moore, Physiotherapist
Meagan Ferguson, Mental Training
Nancy Fong, Registered Dietician
Kristin Noonan, Coaching Services
Kevin Elliot, Athletic Therapist
Sport PEI takes the health and safety of islanders very seriously. With that in mind, all presentations will follow the Chief Public Health Office’s guidelines. Participants will be separated into rooms to abide by social distancing. Masks are not mandatory, but they encourage those that feel they need one.
The $10 fee for this event will be donated to KidSport PEI.
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Lisa Ferguson, mother of Club member Lauren.
Peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Monday, July 13, 2020 of Lisa Dawn Ferguson of Spring Valley aged 51 years. Born in Summerside January 4, 1969, daughter of Alice (Pettigrew) Woodington and the late David Woodington. Survived by her loving husband Blair Ferguson. Mother of Jillian Ferguson and Lauren Ferguson. Sister of Nancy Woodington (Michel LeChasseur) and Rodney Woodington (Angela Cole). Daughter in law of Mary (MacKay) Ferguson and the late Waldon Ferguson. Sister-in-law of John (Edith) Ferguson, Gayle Johnson and Lisa Ferguson.
Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to doctors and nurses at the Cancer Treatment Centre, Charlottetown, Homecare nurses, Summerside and Dr. Peter MacKean.
Resting at the Davison Funeral Home Kensington. Due to Covid 19 restrictions no public visitation or funeral service will be held. A private family service will be held in the Davison Funeral Home Chapel. Interment in People’s Cemetery Kensington. If so desired, contributions may be made to the Jillian and Lauren Ferguson Education Fund or the Peoples Cemetery Kensington.
The return to play guidelines that will shape the upcoming 2020-21 curling season are now available, it was announced Monday by Curling Canada.
The documents, designed by Curling Canada and in consultation with Member Associations, curling centre managers and medical professionals, are designed to guide the Canadian curling community through the upcoming season as it relates to COVID-19 in Canada. The guidelines cover topics such as gameplay, building cleanliness, food & beverage, customer awareness, financial planning, insurance and national championships.
“Curling will look a bit different this upcoming season, but we’re pleased to announce there’s still a way to play while also ensuring that the safety of curlers remains a top priority,” said Danny Lamoureux, Curling Canada’s director of curling club development and championship services.
The most notable changes to play this season involve the use of one sweeper during games, no sweeping an opposition’s stone behind the tee-line and new markings on ice for the non-throwing team to be stationed.
The health and well-being of curlers, fans and high-performance athletes is Curling Canada’s top commitment and the guidelines can be customized in each jurisdiction in order to cooperate with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government health authorities that must be followed.
Curl PEI Executive Director Amy Duncan is working this summer, in consultation with the PEI government and Island curling facilities, to ensure that changes are in compliance with PEI’s requirements.
Provincial curling associations and local curling facilities will be following these guidelines and adapting them to their local circumstances and provincial requirements in order to ensure a safe return to play for the sport of curling.
Congrats to Cornwall Curling Club member Lauren Ferguson (left), recipient of the Town of Kensington Youth of the Year award at town Canada Day ceremonies! Also in the picture is Marlene Turner (right), Kensington Citizen of the Year award winner, and Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley.
Ferguson said it was an unexpected honour to receive the award while adding it feels great to be recognized.
“We have a great little spot that we live in here and it definitely means a lot,” said Ferguson.
Ferguson was the recipient of the Governor’s General academic medal with the 2020 graduating class at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School. She was praised for her athletic achievements, including winning eight provincial curling championships. She will begin studying engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September and will continue her competitive curling career as third stone with the Taylor Stevens-skipped rink in Nova Scotia.
“Overall, (Lauren is) a great example of a youth with good character and citizenship,” said Caseley.
The 17-year-old daughter of Blair and Lisa Ferguson of Spring Valley said she has nothing but fond memories of living in the Kensington area.
“The way the community is involved and the way it stands behind everything and its members is something really special,” said Ferguson.
On behalf of the Curl PEI executive and staff, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent Curl PEI Member Survey. The response rate was quite strong with 155 people completing the survey. We are excited to share the results with you; a copy of the report/data is located below.
We are planning to establish a 5 – 7 member working committee to study the survey results for the purpose of influencing the policy direction and approaches for the 2021-2022 curling season. Our rationale for this includes:
o Pandemic environment: With so much uncertainty due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are unsure of the policy changes and/or operational guidelines that will be required to operate during the 2020-2021 curling season. We will need to have the time and capacity to be able to address all requirements to help ensure the curling clubs and our own events operate as allowed next season.
o Lead time for change: While the survey results will be valuable as we plan for the future of curling in PEI, many plans, decisions and commitments are already in place for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. The approval process, for both policy and operations, can be time-consuming exercises.
o Thoughtful use of the survey results will require time: Input for some responses does not provide clear direction; therefore, the right change to make is not obvious. For example, 34.19% said Curl PEI should follow the same residency policy as Curling Canada; 34.84% said we should not follow Curling Canada; and 15.48% said no preference.
If you have an interest in being a part of the survey working committee, please let us know. We will be reaching out to those who provided their contact information and/or expressed an interest in further discussion on the residency policy.
Again, thank you for your time and thoughtful feedback; please feel free to contact us if you have any comments, questions or wish to become involved.
We look forward to working with you to help our sport grow and thrive in PEI.
Have a wonderful day.
President, Curl PEI
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Here are the approved dates and locations for Curl PEI Provincial Curling Championships and Events for the 2020-2021 season. Please note that start and end dates may vary slightly depending on signup numbers.
It’s great to see PEI restaurants, including sponsor New Glasgow Lobster Suppers who are starting up their 62nd season on the 24th, opening for the summer! Be sure to support them, as Island businesses will be missing many visitors from other provinces.
Here’s a story in today’s Guardian, featuring Club member Gerald Dykerman, co-owner of Brookfield Gardens. Be sure to support local Island businesses like his during the pandemic! You will find Brookfield Gardens products at PEI grocery stores.
Gerald Dykerman, out standing in his field!
Depending on the kind of crop, this year is anything but typical for Island vegetable growers.
Brookfield Gardens in central P.E.I. grows vegetables for the fresh market. Co-owner Gerald Dykerman said sales are up slightly as more people cook at home during the pandemic.
He’s already growing carrots, rutabaga and beets while cabbage transplants will go in the ground very soon.
“Our business is going well, as far as demand for our product,” said Dykerman.
“People are wanting to eat fresh vegetables.”
But for the P.E.I. potato industry, this year is anything but normal.
Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board said potato sales were brisk early in the pandemic as people stocked up on groceries. Warehouses and processors were working extra shifts to meet the need.
Sales have levelled out back to normal levels now, and prices are “under a lot of pressure” due to a surplus of spuds normally destined for the food service industry.
Passing of Silver Fox life member Bob Williams
The death occurred peacefully at Andrews of Summerside, PE, on Monday, May 4, 2020, of Robert “Bob” Williams, of Summerside, PE, aged 87 years. Bob was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy, having enlisted February 20, 1951, and honorably discharged April 17, 1976. Bob was a Korean War Veteran and was awarded the UNITED NATIONS KOREAN CANADIAN FORCES DECORATION IN 1954 while serving on HMCS HAIDA. Upon retirement from the Navy in Halifax, Bob pursued other careers which led him to be a repair technician for Hughes-Owens, a Commissionaire for Volvo in Halifax, and after settling on the Island, a Commissionaire for Summerside Royal Canadian Legion. Bob retired from the Commissionaires and settled in to life in Summerside.
One of his great pastimes was being a life member of The Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club where he spent many years volunteering on various events. His best Silver Fox memories though were of his grandchildren curling. “Poppy” spent many weekends sitting behind the glass watching tournament games and being quite vocal over shots, whether good or bad. But above all else, he was especially proud of being just “Poppy” to all. His grandchildren adored him and will forever cherish his handwritten little notes, his sage advice, and his unconditional love.
Predeceased by parents Henry and Ethyl (McDevitt) Williams of Saint John, NB; brothers Donnie, Ronnie, Georgie, Gerry; and by sisters Clara, Marie and Sandra. Left to mourn are his children Sheila (Gerry) vanOuwerkerk, Summerside, PE; Kimberly (Douglas) Beauregard, Kent Island, Chester Maryland, USA; Dale (Kimberly) Williams, Middle Sackville, NS; and Wayne Williams, Miramichi, NB; dearly loved grandchildren Steve, Nick, Jess, Amanda, Alicia, Samantha, Andy, Jillian, Alex, and Liam; beautiful great-grandchildren Layla, Evan, Colton, Bennett, Peyton, Ashton, and Rhett; dear lifelong friend of 65 years Blanche Williams, Dartmouth, NS; brothers Buddy, BC; Freddy, ON; and Johnny, NB; sister Theresa, NB; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was always so grateful for the care and compassion of PCH nurses, the Home Care nurses, and Dr. Moyse. The family would also like to thank the excellent care he received from Andrews of Summerside and Dr. Hal McRae. Resting at the Moase Funeral Home, Summerside, PE. Celebration of Life will be announced later. Memorial donations to the Poppy Fund at your local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion would be appreciated. http://www.moase.ca/obituaries/146189
(Curling Canada) As the curling world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, messages of hope and resilience are being sent by young athletes around the world.
And that will be one of the central themes of Curling Canada’s 2020 For the Love of Curling scholarship program, which began taking applications May 1st.
The program will award 10 $2,500 scholarships to male and female curlers in Canada who best demonstrate athletic and academic prowess as well as community leadership.
Ten players at the 2020 New Holland Canadian Juniors were past recipients of the For the Love of Curling Scholarship. From left, Ryan McNeil Lamswood, Desmond Young, Lauren Lenentine, Paige Papley, Karlee Burgess, Lindsay Dubue, Kira Brunton, Emily Zacharias, Mackenzie Zacharias, Ryan Jacques. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)
As part of the application, the young athletes are asked to write a two-page essay, and this year’s theme will focus on the COVID-19 outbreak. The essay should reflect “on how you, your teammates and your curling community were impacted by the 2020 Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. During these challenging times of social and physical distancing, event cancellations and the curling season suspending early, where are you finding inspiration, strength and positivity, and how are you role-modelling these same attributes for those around you?”
Emphasis will be placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial/territorial level or higher, who have maintained a good level of academic standing, while showing a strong commitment to their community through involvement in coaching, instructing and volunteer activities. Athletes must be under the age of 24 as of Dec. 31, 2020, and not have received the For the Love of Curling Scholarship previously.
“Young athletes can provide such inspiration and hope, and we’re extremely proud that our scholarship program plays a valuable role in helping these athletes,” said John Shea, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “We know curling will return, we know fans and athletes alike will embrace that return, and we also know this year’s scholarship recipients will be future leaders in our communities who will inspire others to be better.”
At the 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Langley, B.C., there were 10 former recipients of the For The Love of Curling Scholarship, including all four members of the 2020 Canadian and world junior women’s championship team: Mackenzie Zacharias, Emily Zacharias, Karlee Burgess and Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine.
The application process runs from May 1 to June 30, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded in August.
With events over for the season, Curl PEI is working on plans for next season and they want to hear from PEI curlers. If you are a member of a curling club on PEI, they would like to hear your views about our provincial championships. They have put together a survey that will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and will provide valuable input going forward.
The Cornwall Club has so many stellar volunteers that we could acknowledge for National Volunteer Week… and our gratitude runs so deep for all of these helping hands!! One of those wonderful volunteers is our very own webmaster, ’reporter’, and social media superstar, Derek MacEwen!
Derek covers all the club news from weather closures and league draws, to sharing wonderful stories about members (both past and present). He highlights our advertisers and shares all the current news on provincial and national curling events.
We are able to reach out to our membership regularly and stay in touch by way of Derek’s talented writing. To say that our members appreciate Derek’s time and commitment, would be an enormous understatement!
We know, without a doubt, we have a fully comprehensive webpage and that all of our important members‘ communication is due to his heartfelt dedication.
As if being our media guru not enough, Derek is also the Draw Master for our very successful Wednesday Evening Ladder League! He was also a member of our Board of Directors and served as President, at which time there were some wonderful club initiatives.
Derek is also often available to help in many other ways~ he has been a BBQ chef, lead tournament scoring, and many other offers of help. Recently Derek took on a project (presented by our Club President, Bryan Sutherland) relating to thousands of treasured club photographs from over the years. Derek volunteered to preserve our club photo history by hand scanning thousands of photos, and then uploading them our webpage for all to see!!
This was no small feat and so appreciated!
Thank you, Derek…. for your time and talent! You are a wonderful person and all of your roles at the Cornwall Curling Club have contributed to our thriving and special club!
It’s National Volunteer Week and we cannot emphasize enough how incredibly lucky we are to have such wonderfully dedicated, compassionate, and fun volunteers! They are the heart and soul of our thriving and beautiful community curling club right here in lovely Cornwall, Prince Edward Island!
Until April 25th we would like to highlight some of our fantastic volunteers…
We will need to start right here~ with our fantastic Board of Directors!
The current Cornwall Curling Club Board of Directors follows a legendary line up of executive members who have built and developed our club into one of the top sporting facilities on the island. The original Board of Directors of 1981 contributed personal financial guarantees to help with the start-up of the club, along with hours of volunteer time. Their passionate intentions were carried forward over the years by many ultraistic and committed volunteers. Today the Board of Directors also shares their time and talents to continue to ensure a thriving community recreation choice for our Island!
We extend our gratitude and thanks to all our Boards of Directors, both present and past!
Two Island curlers were recently recognized as athletic award winners at their respective Maritime universities.
Alex Gallant, a third-year UNB student from Summerside won the Red and Black award for the Reds’ men’s curling team, while Cornwall’s Donald Dewolfe, a third-year bachelor of science student at Mount St. Vincent, and a former PEI Under 18 championship-winning skip and Curling Canada Foundation “For the Love of Curling” scholarship recipient, shared the MSVU cross country coach’s award.
DeWolfe, a presidential scholar with a Grade Point Average of 4.3, was also one of three recipients of the Windsor Flash Trophy for highest GPA.
P.E.I.’s lobster supper restaurants say they’re unsure of what the season holds, as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches onward.
For those in the intersection of the seafood and tourism industries, two big questions loom: whether there will be a Spring lobster season for P.E.I. (Apr. 22 update: season now starting May 15) and whether restrictions will be lifted on the Confederation Bridge and airport to allow for tourism.
New Glasgow Lobster Suppers has been serving lobster in New Glasgow since 1958. (New Glasgow Lobster Suppers)
“We’re all kind of at a standstill as far as not knowing when things are going to be lifted,” said Carl Nicholson, general manager and part owner of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers.
Nicholson said their management team thinks the business will likely be closed for the entire month of May in order to maintain physical distancing and flatten the curve.
“Mother’s Day is one of our busiest days of the year, but one of the reasons it’s our busiest day of the year is it’s an opportunity for families to take the mothers out and treat them and have that interaction at the table,” he said.
“We tend not to be, you know, a place that people want to take out and dine in the car with a lobster supper.”
Nicholson said July and August are the restaurant’s busiest months, and they would need to be open then to salvage part of the season. Even if there isn’t a tourism season, he said they would open for Islanders if public health measures allowed for it.
“We’ve always had good support from Islanders over the years so we think, you know, they would continue to support us,” he said.
“We have two dining rooms, so we can take out tables, we can spread it out so that people are further apart.”
With events over for the season, Curl PEI is working on plans for next season and they want to hear from PEI curlers. If you are a member of a curling club on PEI, they would like to hear your views about our provincial championships. They have put together a survey that will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and will provide valuable input going forward.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Stephen Turner, a former Cornwall Curling Club member who passed away when his car left the road in New Brunswick. He was 27, and it was determined that he died of natural causes. At the time, he was Executive Assistant to Education Minister Doug Currie. A memorial fund/scholarship was set up in his honour to be awarded annually to a PEI post-secondary student who has shown interest within, and commitment to the political process and community organizations on the Island. Our sympathies to the Turner family on this anniversary.
We’ve finished scanning our photo albums from our early days, and are finishing up with pictures of our early Boards of Directors, along with some more photos from our first provincial championship team. Back in 1983 the club won its first of many provincial junior championships. Nancy Coffin, Sharon Cole, Pam Sherren, and Heather Worth, with coach Roy Coffin represented the Island in Calgary.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these photo trips back to our past! You can find out more about our Club’s history, as well as who was on those early Boards of Directors, on our website under the Info menu item, under History.
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Stick curling is much more than wins and losses for a decorated duo from Cornwall.
Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke have won eight of the 11 Maritime championships that have been played, but the sport’s impact on them goes much deeper. It has kept them active and having fun while building new relationships in retirement.
The Cornwall Curling Club team of Ruth Stavert, left, and Gloria Clarke won the women’s division of the recent Maritime Stick Curling Championships in Woodstock, N.B. – Contributed
“We all like to win, don’t get me wrong. None of us would ever go out on the ice and not try our best to win. But trying your best is different than always winning,” Clarke said. “Winning is great, but it’s kind of secondary.”
Clarke said the friendships stand out the most to her. She enjoys playing the sport with friends and taking trips to Maritime competitions to catch up with her peers.
“It’s just a wonderful fraternity of friends,” she said. “You only see them once a year, but you feel like you know them more than that.”
“There’s always a great hugging time when we meet one another,” Stavert added.
The duo’s path to stick curling is different, but the love of sport and friendship that sport has provided them is very similar.
Stavert, a 70-year-old Cornwall resident, began curling in 1970 in the old Montague club.
In 2013, she had hip replacement surgery and during her six-week checkup asked her orthopedic surgeon if she could return to curling. The surgeon said she could try it.
A few days after receiving the green light to try it, she went to the club with her husband, Ernie, to test it. The results weren’t positive.
Disappointed, she returned home.
Once there Ernie started working on something downstairs. He later appeared with her push broom with an apparatus attached to the top that Ruth could use on the ice as a crutch.
They went back to the club to test it and the apparatus passed with flying colours.
Clarke, 69, grew up on P.E.I., met her husband, Adrian, and moved to Newfoundland and Labrador for years to teach.
She learned to curl in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., in 1972 at the club on the Canadian Forces Base.
“Until that time, I had never thrown a rock in my life,” she said. “I joined the ladies league with three other great friends and great curlers. We jumped in off the deep end, and nobody wants to skip, so guess what, ‘Gloria was the skip’. And we had a ball of fun.”
The Clarkes returned to P.E.I. in 2009 after retiring.
Gloria had been away from the sport for about 20 years when she heard stick curling was an option in Cornwall.
Stavert asked Clarke if she was interested in curling together.
The sport was relatively new on P.E.I., so they played with men’s teams to gain experience. It took a while to catch on, Clarke said.
“It’s a wonderful sport,” Clarke added. “I don’t think many people realize how good a game the actual two-person stick curling game is.
“You’re always on – you’re either throwing the rock or skipping.”
Clarke said she is grateful to have stumbled across the sport and at such a fun, supportive club in Cornwall.
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, kitchens and living rooms across P.E.I. have been transformed into makeshift home offices.
To help Islanders working from home, UPEI’s Active Living Lab is offering free appointments to receive online ergonomic assessments. Islanders can schedule an appointment with the lab online for a virtual assessment, said Carrie Jones, a kinesiologist with the lab.
“You want to keep your shoulders relaxed,” she said. “Being uncomfortable is a sign that something’s not right.”
“You need your screen up at eye-height so you can keep your neck nice and straight and so that you’re looking straight ahead and you need your keyboard down where your elbows are.”
Jones said people will be asked to send a few pictures of their current home office setup before their assessment, to give the person conducting it a sense of the situation.
The Workers Compensation Board is helping fund the project with the aim of helping reduce injuries and help people return from work who have been injured.
New Dominion’s Lauren Lenentine and her teammates are staying together.
New Dominion’s Lauren Lenentine won her second world junior curling gold medal on Feb. 22 in Russia. Submitted
The world junior championship-winning squad of skip Mackenzie Zacharias, third Karlee Burgess, second Emily Zacharias and lead Lenentine will all move up to women’s competition next season. Lenentine and Emily Zacharias both had junior eligibility left.
“We knew that we had a really good season and we just kind of wanted to see what else we could do, so we made the decision to all move up,” Lenentine said Sunday. “We both thought it would be best if we just continued with our team because we did have really good chemistry and I think that we can keep pushing ourselves.”
“We’re definitely in the toughest curling province, so we are going to be in tough for a little while, but just being able to play those teams regularly, I think that’s going to be really beneficial because we can learn from that,” said Lenentine.
The PEI Guardian has always been good to us, running lots of great stories as well as our daily draw schedule over the years, plus incredible photos from recently-retired Guardian photographer Brian McInnis and others. Here’s an album of newspaper clippings that will keep you busy reading and seeing what some current club members looked like a few years back, and lots of former members, too! And did you know we once had a bonspiel-opening mascot named “Cubby”?
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The Maritime Stick Curling Championships were held March 13-15 in Woodstock NB, with seven Island duos in attendance. Cornwall’s Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke won the Women’s Division, their eighth win in the eleven times it has been held, while Victor Hogan and Alvin Hackett from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton bowed out in the semi-final round of the Open Division, where teams can be any combination of male and/or female.
Ruth Stavert (left) and Gloria Clarke, Women’s event winners
Three rinks — Gordon MacDonald and Floyd Stewart from Montague, Anne Barwise and Audrey Callaghan from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, and the Etta Reid and Elaine Hughes duo from the Cornwall Curling Club made it to the quarter-finals, while Walter Callaghan and Roger Gavin from Western Community, and reigning Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home PEI Stick Curling Champampionship Open Division winners Sherrill Barwise and Bill Smith, also from the Alberton club, didn’t advance to the playoff round.
This event concluded the PEI stick curling season, as an event scheduled for Western Community on March 23rd has been cancelled.
1984 was a very busy year at the Cornwall Curling Club, as we hosted the “Scott” provincial women’s championship and the Maritime Firefighters.
We also had to do a considerable amount of fundraising back then to get the club on a firm financial footing, and fundraising that season included a fall fashion show, a “roast”, and compiling and selling a club cookbook.
We found an album from the October fashion show, The photos are a little yellowed, but it’s great to know that our members didn’t just wear Lopi sweaters all the time!
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After Dr. Heather Morrison’s news conference Wednesday afternoon, in which it was recommended that only essential services remain open, it has now been decided to close the club for public access starting Thursday, March 19 at 12 noon. If you still need to get things at the Club, you can pick them up until 8 this evening, or by noon on Thursday. If you are unable to make it by then, leave a phone message at (902) 566-4427, and we will get back to you and arrange for you to pick it up.
We are doing our best to comply with changing recommendations, and apologize for the short notice!
2020 Canadian Masters Curling Championships
March 30 – April 5, 2020
Riverside Country Club, Rothesay, N.B. and TSA (Thistle St-Andrews) Curling Club, Saint John Website
PEI Representatives were to be the Sandy Hope women’s team and Bill Hope men’s team, both from the Cornwall Curling Club.
Regretfully we have had to cancel the 2020 Canadian Masters Curling Championship in Rothesay New Brunswick.
As the COVID-19 situation has unfolded provinces and national associations have published stronger guidelines and taken more decisive action in a number of areas, including sporting events. It has become apparent that the rapidly evolving situation will continue to disrupt regular life for an undetermined time.
(Cornwall’s Katie Shaw rink are the PEI U18 Girls representatives for this event)
Curling Canada’s final scheduled national curling championship, the 2020 Canadian Under-18 boys and girls championship, will be postponed indefinitely due to concerns of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it was announced by Curling Canada.
The event was scheduled for April 20-25 in Sudbury, Ont.
Last week, Curling Canada also indefinitely postponed the national mixed doubles and seniors championships, which were scheduled for this week in Portage la Prairie, Man., as well as the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, which was to be played in Boucherville, Que., from April 25-30.
“We’d like to thank the host committee and volunteers in Sudbury for all of the hard work they did in preparing to host the Under-18 championships,” said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. “We share their disappointment, and that of the athletes, but we are united in understanding the gravity of the current situation and the need to make decisions such as this to keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Play came to a halt after only four weeks of the seven-week final round of the Wednesday Evening Ladder League, but we have played more than half the games, and have clear winners, so we will be awarding the prizes to the winning team in each pool. We missed the chance to take the photos, though, and will be mailing out the prize certificates.
The Greg Groves rink won the “A” Pool, sponsored by Clow’s Red and White General Store in Hampshire, with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record. The Landon Warder team came second with a 3-1 record, with the Rob Gallant foursome also going 3-1, but lost to the Warder team in their game.
Other members of Greg’s rink are Donald Weeks, Marjorie Matthews, and Ken Monaghan.
The “B” Pool, sponsored by New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, was won by the Kellie-Lynn Younker team with a 3-1 win-loss record. The Josh McInnis rink had the same record, but lost 9-2 to Younker in their game on Feb. 26, and finish in second place. There were 3 teams at 2-2, skipped by Kim Nicholson, Clara Jack, and Peter Joostema.
Playing with Kellie-Lynn were Danika Venoit and Katelyn Burgoyne.
Amazingly, we’ve had no duplicate winners this year, with the Kim Nicholson and Clara Jack rinks winning Round One, the Mark MacDonald and Greg Robertson teams capturing Round Two, and the Greg Groves and Kellie-Lynn Younker rinks taking the final round.
Thanks to our sponsors this year – Charlottetown Bottle and Metal and Sam’s Restaurant (Round One), D.P. Murphy Inc./Wendy’s and Belvedere Golf Club (Round Two) and Clow’s Red and White and New Glasgow Lobster Suppers (Round Three)
Thanks also to the fourteen teams who took part in the league – hope to see everyone back in October!
(Does anybody recognize the skip in the yellow dress? She’s still winning trophies!)
We wind up the tour of our opening season (1981-82, although there was no curling until 1982), with, it appears, a better camera, and photos from the Montreal Trust bonspiel and our Club Championship which happened in April. Trophies were popular back then – looks like almost everybody got one!
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Before shutting the Club down for the season, we are now planning to do some cleaning and maintenance on our lockers later this week. Because of this, we are requesting that you come down and empty out your lockers as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!
In this album we go back to our opening bonspiel, which took place January 18-20 1982. A highlight of the event was the official ribbon-cutting ceremony with David Miles representing the Village (now town) of Cornwall, along with MLA Gordon Lank (who became a long-time member of the Club, serving in many roles including President and Manager), and Club President Robert Burns.
Front (L-R): David Miles, Gordon Lank, Robert Burns
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Team Zacharias, World Junior Women’s Curling Champions, have announced that their team will be sticking together for the next season. The team includes New Dominion PEI’s Lauren Lenentine, who is a member of the Cornwall Curling Club.
As our season has officially come to an end, we are super excited to announce that we be sticking together for next season! After a great season together, on and off the ice, we are so excited to see what the future holds for us. pic.twitter.com/89f6v791CJ
It’s back to the Lopi sweater days of the 1982-1983 season for this album!
Included are a few Bonspiels — the Cornwall Shell Opening Bonspiel, the Gulf Vending Mixed and the Schwartz Mixed (with a man in a sharp Schwartz Spices red blazer!) and a $5 per couple Christmas party where Dino Dunsford was singing, introduced by a guy in a turtleneck (see if you recognize him – he’s still around the Club!)
Astute viewers of the ice house photos will note that we used to have five rows of lights. Apparently they were causing glare problems, so they were replaced with the three rows that we have now,
Up next, we’ll be going back to the early days of the Club – the 1981-82 season (although we didn’t actually throw any rocks until January 1982).
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The Upstreet Craft Brewing Tuesday evening competitive league wrapped up last week, with the Kim Dolan rink (who are also PEI’s Senior Women’s champs!) winning the first place prize, while the Mark MacDonald foursome also finished in the winner’s circle. Both teams will receive gift certificates from Upstreet Craft Brewing (we will get the prizes to the teams when we can)!
(L-R): Kim Dolan, Susan McInnis, Kathy O’Rourke, Julie Scales
(L-R): Mark MacDonald, Brad Gardiner, Wayne Goodwin, Garth Cudmore,
Thanks to all the teams who participated this year, to drawmaster Bill Hope, and a special thanks to Upstreet! We are proud to have their Do-Good and Commons beer on tap, and by all reports, our members love it!
We are planning a reception, as a part of our AGM (afterwards), where we
will have a year-end celebration of the league winners (along with Provincial,
National, and World competitors from the club).
In addition to the Cornwall Curling Club’s announcement on Sunday that curling activities are now suspended for the season, our landlords, the Town of Cornwall, have made the following announcement:
COVID 19 Update: In the best interest of safety for our residents, participants and staff, the Town will be suspending all programs and March Break events as well as any bookings at Town facilities until further notice.
Now that we know that curling is over for the season, let’s continue our look back on “days of yore” here at the Club, moving the timeline ahead a bit to start in 1989, a year when we rented the ice out in the summer for a figure skating camp. In the mix is a junior closing, some club spiels, some provincial championship curling, including the famous sign from 2000 when we hosted the “Tankard Final Eights” Provincial Men’s Championship, becoming the first PEI curling ch’ship to charge admission, and also the first one to have a website and live scoring (website is still around at https://peicurling.com/tankard/2000/ with the Andrew Robinson rink winning the event).
We have three more albums from the first couple of years at the Club and will be posting them in the next day or two (there is still another unopened box at the Club, too).
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Over the past 48 hours, unprecedented steps have been taken by the Federal and Provincial Governments in response to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. Today your Executive has reviewed the current environment and made the cautious decision to end the curling season effectively immediately and to close the Club (except to access lockers).
This proactive measure is being taken in the best interest of our members, employees, guests, the general public, and our collective community health.
We understand that this is not how anyone wanted our season to end. We thank you for your understanding and for a great season of curling. The club will be open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th for those who would like to pick up their equipment and personal items from their lockers.
We ask you to stay tuned for information regarding our year-end Annual General Meeting. We hope to be able to celebrate a great curling season as a part of the AGM, and to acknowledge our league winners, along with our Club Provincial, National, and World competition representatives!
In this album, we’re skipping ahead to our 20th Anniversary celebrations in February 2002, along with some photos from the Scotties men’s tour visit to here in 2003, and a “skate on the ice” Junior closing party from back then, too. Stay tuned — our next album will return us to the early days!
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