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Celebrating curling: Berwick club holds Wall of Fame celebration


BERWICK - The Berwick Curling Club hosted a Wall of Fame celebration recently to honour individuals and teammates who, as members, promoted the sport of curling in Berwick and beyond.

“It is about recognizing the people that have contributed so much to the club,” said club president Sandy MacDonald.

She explained the idea for the wall of fame began to come together a few years back as a project of the seniors club and with the assistance of senior curler Ken Parker, who passed away at the age of 93 in late 2013. Parker, who became an avid curler after taking up the sport in his 80s and curled into his 92nd year, was the first member to be inducted into the group and was recognized at the Nov. 28 event.

Five long-time club members and one team were also inducted for their contribution to the sport of curling on the local, provincial and national level.

They included Howard Margeson, one of the BCC’s original members. He served as a past-president and a member of the board of directors and provided the heavy equipment used to build the current club. Margeson was best known as an exceptional curler both in Valley curling circles and at the provincial level.

As past club president and former member of the board of directors, the late Roland Woodworth designed and helped build the current curling club. The story is told of his take out weight being so strong that the rock would vibrate on its path down the ice.

Rod Bethune was honoured posthumously for his role in the construction of the current club. He initiated the process and served in a supervisory role throughout the build. He also served as club president in 1964 and later as icemaker for several years.

His son, Brian Bethune, was also recognized for serving as president of the club on more than one occasion and for being an enthusiastic instructor and coach for the club’s junior program.

Carol Hampsey has been an active member of the BCC for over 50 years, serving as president and a member of the executive. She curled as mate with Yvonne Martin and won the Nova Scotia Seniors event in 2002 and 2003. This team also won the Nova Scotia Masters in 2003 and 2004 and competed at the national level between 2002 and 2004.

Skip Mildred Stewart and her teammates Mildred Woodworth, Vivian Bezanson and Helen Kervin were inducted in the team category. All were long-time members of the Berwick Ladies Curling Club and well-known local and provincial level curlers. Bezanson and Kervin - who, along with their late teammates, won the first senior Ladies Bonspiel in 1973, competed in Ottawa for the National Championship and won the first Ladies Masters in curling - were on hand for the ceremony.

“It is about recognizing the people that have contributed so much to the club,” said club president Sandy MacDonald.

She explained the idea for the wall of fame began to come together a few years back as a project of the seniors club and with the assistance of senior curler Ken Parker, who passed away at the age of 93 in late 2013. Parker, who became an avid curler after taking up the sport in his 80s and curled into his 92nd year, was the first member to be inducted into the group and was recognized at the Nov. 28 event.

Five long-time club members and one team were also inducted for their contribution to the sport of curling on the local, provincial and national level.

They included Howard Margeson, one of the BCC’s original members. He served as a past-president and a member of the board of directors and provided the heavy equipment used to build the current club. Margeson was best known as an exceptional curler both in Valley curling circles and at the provincial level.

As past club president and former member of the board of directors, the late Roland Woodworth designed and helped build the current curling club. The story is told of his take out weight being so strong that the rock would vibrate on its path down the ice.

Rod Bethune was honoured posthumously for his role in the construction of the current club. He initiated the process and served in a supervisory role throughout the build. He also served as club president in 1964 and later as icemaker for several years.

His son, Brian Bethune, was also recognized for serving as president of the club on more than one occasion and for being an enthusiastic instructor and coach for the club’s junior program.

Carol Hampsey has been an active member of the BCC for over 50 years, serving as president and a member of the executive. She curled as mate with Yvonne Martin and won the Nova Scotia Seniors event in 2002 and 2003. This team also won the Nova Scotia Masters in 2003 and 2004 and competed at the national level between 2002 and 2004.

Skip Mildred Stewart and her teammates Mildred Woodworth, Vivian Bezanson and Helen Kervin were inducted in the team category. All were long-time members of the Berwick Ladies Curling Club and well-known local and provincial level curlers. Bezanson and Kervin - who, along with their late teammates, won the first senior Ladies Bonspiel in 1973, competed in Ottawa for the National Championship and won the first Ladies Masters in curling - were on hand for the ceremony.

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