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Curling season in Corner Brook delayed by ice-plant problem

Corner Brook’s Susan Curtis is seen here releasing a stone at the Corner Brook Curling Club during a game in this 2016 Star file photo. The curling season is delayed by three weeks right now as the City of Corner Brook tries to figure out an issue with the ice-making plant at the curling club.
Corner Brook’s Susan Curtis is seen here releasing a stone at the Corner Brook Curling Club during a game in this 2016 Star file photo. The curling season is delayed by three weeks right now as the City of Corner Brook tries to figure out an issue with the ice-making plant at the curling club.

Dennis Bruce wishes curlers were out in full force throwing stones, but he’s remaining patient in the wait for the green light to start making ice.

The curling season at the Corner Brook Curling Club is now three weeks behind schedule because of an issue with the ice-making plant.

Ice, traditionally, is put down in early October, but the City of Corner Brook is trying to find out why the volunteer ice-making team at the curling club haven’t been able to get the floor cold enough to freeze the water.

Bruce didn’t have any inside information on the technical side of things when it comes to the problem and suggested city engineer Mark Kennedy would be the best one ask. That being said, so far he said he’s been impressed with the way the City has been active in trying to fix the problem.

“It’s a bit frustrating, but that’s understandable. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s technology and it’s not working,” Bruce said.

Getting curlers back on the ice as soon as possible is the focus of all hands because lost time can put some of the competitive curlers at the club at a big disadvantage. Bruce has a junior team heading to the mainland for a major curling event in November and several junior teams could use ice-time to prepare for provincials taking place before Christmas so he has fingers crossed that the City will have some answers real soon.

“The city has been working hard to resolve it,” he said. “We’re very pleased with the work the City is doing on our behalf.”

“As soon as the issue is resolved they will work their butts off to get the ice going as soon as possible,” he said.

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