By Arlene Jongbloets – 100 Mile House Free Press

Curling season is a mere two weeks away and members of the 100 Mile House Club can’t wait.

The rink doors open on Oct. 13 and greeting them

will be a refurbished lounge area, complete with a new beverage cooler.

Club president Mel Dodge says the cooler had recently packed it in and the new one came as a stroke of luck on their part and through generosity on the part of the 70 Mile Store. Store owners donated the used piece of equipment when they recently did their own renovations.

“It would have been very expensive for us to replace it otherwise, and we don’t have a lot of spare cash”

The lounge gets heavy regular use from members, Dodge says, adding it’s even heavier when the club hosts several bonspiels throughout the season.

Registrations for the new season take place on Oct. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the curling rink.

Programs offered this year include $5 drop-in sessions on Monday nights for players at any level of experience. Dodge says there will be people on hand to help newcomers.

Tuesdays, after school, will feature the juniors program. Dodge says it has seen a lot of growth during the last couple of years.

Tuesday evenings will be set aside for mixed league and on Wednesdays, the ice will be used by the men’s league.

Thursdays are ladies’ night.

“If curlers want to put together a fun league or start

something else up, Fridays and Saturdays are open. We’d like to see the rink kept busy.”

Curling is a great winter social and physical activity, Dodge says, adding walking up and down the ice during

one game is the equivalent of doing a two-mile hike.

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