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Berwick Curling Club honours 19 members during hall of fame night


BERWICK – During the second annual Berwick Curling Club Wall of Fame Night on Jan. 23, 19 new names were installed.

Among the Wall of Fame inductee were six women who the built the clubhouse kitchen and whose hard work helped pay for overall construction.

At 92, Marge Murphy remembers beginning with a sink and taps. The kitchen counters in the early 1960s were wooden apple boxes.

The group, which included Joyce Woodworth, Marnie Bethune, Mildred Seward, Joyce Stevens and Marion Dakin, set up a regular full breakfast on Saturday mornings, followed by baked beans and brown bread at supper.

Murphy, a lifetime Berwick resident, says those times were a lot of fun. She chuckled as she recalled one night, when a leak occurred. The women stayed post repairs, finished their game and went home as dawn broke.

“I loved curling. I was a sweeping fool. We had a ball,” said Murphy as she demonstrated her style with a corn broom.

Deaf athlete Andy Hopkins said, with assistance from interpreter Nicole Veinotte, that he always felt welcome and felt equal at the curling club.

In 2004, he was honoured with the Special Award of Dedication from the Nova Scotia Deaf Sports Association.

Other inductees included three teams: the 1943-1944 mens' curling team skip Howard Margeson, mate E.W. Margeson, second Waldo Lovelace and lead Wayne Early; the 1962 Berwick Legion mens' curling team skip George Adams, mate Rod Bethune, second Jim Barrett, lead Reg Stevens; and Doc Ron Thorpe mens' curling team skip Doc Thorpe, mate Bill Wilson, second Dave Miller, lead Tom Beattie as athletes.

Building a new club

Janice Lutz, representing the West Kings Memorial Health Society, presented the Berwick Curling Club with $25,000 on Jan. 23.

Almost two years ago, the club launched an ambitious campaign to "Raise the Rings" at the Kings Mutual Century Centre.

Lutz said the contribution supports the spirit of this town. Berwick Mayor Don Clarke said he hoped the ‘shovel-ready project’ will happen soon.

Various fundraisers will mean the current three-sheet curling club, in operation since the early 1960s and in need of costly upgrades, can relocate to a new, expanded facility in a future development phase of the town’s recreation complex.

The new facility will be named the Larsen Curling Centre for the Larsen family, which donated $100,000 toward the cost of construction. It's estimated the project will cost between between $1.7 million and  $2 million.

Among the Wall of Fame inductee were six women who the built the clubhouse kitchen and whose hard work helped pay for overall construction.

At 92, Marge Murphy remembers beginning with a sink and taps. The kitchen counters in the early 1960s were wooden apple boxes.

The group, which included Joyce Woodworth, Marnie Bethune, Mildred Seward, Joyce Stevens and Marion Dakin, set up a regular full breakfast on Saturday mornings, followed by baked beans and brown bread at supper.

Murphy, a lifetime Berwick resident, says those times were a lot of fun. She chuckled as she recalled one night, when a leak occurred. The women stayed post repairs, finished their game and went home as dawn broke.

“I loved curling. I was a sweeping fool. We had a ball,” said Murphy as she demonstrated her style with a corn broom.

Deaf athlete Andy Hopkins said, with assistance from interpreter Nicole Veinotte, that he always felt welcome and felt equal at the curling club.

In 2004, he was honoured with the Special Award of Dedication from the Nova Scotia Deaf Sports Association.

Other inductees included three teams: the 1943-1944 mens' curling team skip Howard Margeson, mate E.W. Margeson, second Waldo Lovelace and lead Wayne Early; the 1962 Berwick Legion mens' curling team skip George Adams, mate Rod Bethune, second Jim Barrett, lead Reg Stevens; and Doc Ron Thorpe mens' curling team skip Doc Thorpe, mate Bill Wilson, second Dave Miller, lead Tom Beattie as athletes.

Building a new club

Janice Lutz, representing the West Kings Memorial Health Society, presented the Berwick Curling Club with $25,000 on Jan. 23.

Almost two years ago, the club launched an ambitious campaign to "Raise the Rings" at the Kings Mutual Century Centre.

Lutz said the contribution supports the spirit of this town. Berwick Mayor Don Clarke said he hoped the ‘shovel-ready project’ will happen soon.

Various fundraisers will mean the current three-sheet curling club, in operation since the early 1960s and in need of costly upgrades, can relocate to a new, expanded facility in a future development phase of the town’s recreation complex.

The new facility will be named the Larsen Curling Centre for the Larsen family, which donated $100,000 toward the cost of construction. It's estimated the project will cost between between $1.7 million and  $2 million.

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