By Garry Bryant – Midland Mirror

The Penetanguishene Curling Club has been actively preparing for the 2009-10 season, with on-ice action scheduled to start Oct. and extend to April 10.
Preliminary preparations occurred on Sept. 1 with a well-attended multi-functional evening that included registration, a barbecue, our annual general meeting, and entertainment by Zac & Bing, a talented local duo.
The new board of directors includes Keith Robillard (president), Garry Bryant (vice-president), Peter Slykermann (treasurer), Charlene Lowes (secretary), Rob Huson (house, ice and bar), Rob Graham (membership), Marla Julian (leagues and Ontario Curling Association representative), Kristina Kostuk (website) and Pat Marion (Town of Penetanguishene representative).
Thanks are extended to retiring directors Terry Breckenridge, Jim Mitchell and Karen Matz for their significant efforts in support of the club and curling.

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Directors and past directors of the Penetanguishene Curling Club and the Midland Curling Club, together with the parks and recreation directors of the four local municipalities, recently culminated preliminary discussions to resolve deficiencies at our two aging facilities.
An application has been submitted to the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for development of an eight-sheet multi-use curling facility that could make Huronia the curling capital of Ontario.
If approved, provincial and federal funding would cover up to $4.7 million of the estimated $6-million project cost. We will continue to work hard to manage the near-term operations and plan to make the area a curling centre for Ontario.

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Beginners and novices are encouraged to attend the free, three-evening curling clinic held during the first week of the season.
More experienced curlers can also hone their skills during a one-evening clinic the same week.
All other ice time is open to league members to get back into shape and for impromptu games.

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We are building up our Little Rocks (ages seven to 11) and Junior Students (ages 11 to 18) after-school league, which plays Mondays. More competitive junior members and our senior students (18-25) can play free in any regular league.

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The popular Tag Draw Day League appeals to a wide variety of people with daytime flexibility, whether they are shift workers, at-home parents, or semi-retired or retired individuals.
Teams are drawn each Monday and Wednesday afternoon, so it is not a problem for those unable to attend on any particular day or week.

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Weekday evening league opportunities for individuals include the Monday Men’s League, Tuesday Ladies League and the Friday Mixed Social League.
Couples find the latter a very enjoyable way to end the work week and get a start on the weekend.
Pre-arranged teams and some made-up teams enjoy the mildly competitive aspects of the Wednesday Night Recreational League and the more competitive Thursday Night Competitive League.
On Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., the Atlas Block Major League plays the highest level of competitive games. World-calibre play can be observed when Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Sherry Middaugh, Tim Belcourt and local elite players compete. The lounge is always open, and spectators are welcome.

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Newly introduced this year is the opportunity for shared corporate memberships. Two or more individuals from a company can share a single membership, and five or more individuals can share four memberships to form a team.
It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the 21-week season without having to be there every week, particularly when people are on shift work, out of town on business or away on holidays for a period of time.

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Two additional registration times are scheduled in September to provide maximum flexibility to all current and prospective members.
The dates are Sept. 23 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.
We look forward to seeing you enjoy a wonderful, physically active and socially enjoyable curling season.

Garry Bryant is vice-president of the Penetanguishene Curling Club.
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