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Celebrating River Hebert’s curling accomplishments

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A curling match at Eglinton castle, Ayrshire, Scotland on February 2, 1860. People have been curling in River Hebert, Nova Scotia since the early 1900s when the Brookside Curling Club was first founded. A new Brookside Curling Club facility was constructed in 1985.

Greetings. In keeping with the sporting spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, no sport, winter or summer, can rival curling in terms of the longevity and success enjoyed by those curlers connected to River Hebert and its Brookside Curling club.

Over a century ago, the first Brookside Curling club was constructed in River Hebert. In 1985, a new Brookside Curling club was built for curlers to curl in.

A pictorial tour of the Brookside Curling club reveals that Betty Anne Scopie, Nancy Beardsley, Debbie Jackson and Barbara Jane Terrio won a provincial curling championship in 1973, one of several titles won by female teams. In 1969, a men’s team from the Brookside Curling club won the McLellan Cup.

One of our area’s most prolific curlers is Ron Hoeg (Betty Anne’s husband). In a career spanning four decades, Hoeg has won multiple provincial legion curling titles with his twin brother Bob Hoeg at both the open and senior level since 1984.

In January, Brookside Curling club alumnus Peter Beaton, Brandon McLellan and David Quinn, three-fourths of the St. Francis Xavier men’s curling team, continued to defy the odds by competing at Atlantic University play-downs in Fredericton.

In addition, River Hebert’s Reg and Marion Daborn’s 15-year-old granddaughter Janique LeBlanc is part of an accomplished junior girls’ rink that curls out of Chester, Nova Scotia. Most recently, LeBlanc’s team won bronze curling medals.

The aforesaid represents only a sampling of the curling accomplishments that can be attributed to River Hebert curlers and its century-old Brookside Curling club that held their annual Old Souls Bonspiel and silent auction this past weekend.

New Horizons card party results for February 10-Ladies’ first place and door prize winner: Emmie Porter; ladies’ second place: Edith Purdy. Men’s first place: Ray Fagan; men’s second place: Bill McAloney; Consolation prize: Mildred Brown.

What’s on at the River Hebert branch library?

February 20: River Hebert Book Miners.  Meetings held third Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Topic: discuss the book(s) you read for February;

March 6: Lego Robotics, ages 9-13, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Phone 251-2324 to register;

March 12: Shrivelling Shamrock stories crafts and fun for P-6.11:00 am-12:00 pm;

March 18: Social Media 101, 3:00-5:00 pm. Call 251-2324 or drop in to register;

March 20: Book Miners: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak;

March 26: One-on-one bookable times with Rachel from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. Topics  include tablets, E-Readers, laptops and phones. Call 251-2324 for more details.

What’s on in River Hebert and Joggins?

February 19: Wednesday night bingo at the Joggins fire hall at 7:00 pm;

February 21: River Hebert seniors’ card party at 7:00 pm at the community hall;

February 21:  Friday night darts at the Joggins legion starting at 7:30 pm;

February 22: Saturday night washer-toss at the River Hebert legion at 7:00 pm;

February 23: Joggins Improvement Committee bingo.7:00 pm at Joggins fire hall;

February 24: New Horizons card party at Joggins log building at 1:00 pm;

February 25: Tuesday night men’s darts at the River Hebert legion at 7:00 pm;

February 25: Tuesday night bingo at the Joggins legion starting at 7:00 pm.

What’s on this March break at the Joggins Fossil Centre?

March 10: Maggie's Place baby-sitting course from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Free lunch included. Participants must be over 12 years old;

March 11-13: Various activities from 10:00 am-2:30 pm-Mad Science workshops, Mr. J the Magician, zumba, art class, organic gardening, crafts, games and more. Five dollars per day. Please bring own lunch. Snacks provided.

Pre-registration by March 5. Phone 251-2727, extension 221 or email

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