An Incredible Year!
We have turned off the ice plant for another season,
and are watching the ice slowly melt as spring arrives in Lawrencetown.
Although we are a little sad to see the ice, skating and hockey stop for
the spring and summer, we are always glad to see the arrival of spring!
Our fun moves outdoors now, although the women’s hockey
team will be extending their season with practices at Greenwood Gardens as
we prepare for the invitational hockey tournament in Liverpool May 23rd
– 25th! Our Kid’s Shinney Tournament at year-end was a
wonderful day of hockey, with kids and parents, both!! Check out our
photos from that wonderful day.
We think back over many memories of the year gone by –
it has been a very busy year! The arena has undergone major work under
the ice, with new post supports, new drainage paths and materials, a new
electrical room and new front half of the canteen.
The Learn-to-Skate program enjoyed another successful
year with a large slate of skaters, once again. Thrive! programming
underwrote the costs of 8 weeks of three levels of youth shinney hockey, 8
weeks of after-school skating with LCS, and a full winter of pre-school
skating, so participants could play for FREE! In addition, we introduced
the new healthy eating menu from the Valley Thrive! initiative!
Broomballers, COG students, Guys and Gals hockey, the
4-on-4 men’s hockey league, the women’s hockey group, two Guys and Gals
tournaments, the women’s tournament, the EMS-hosted Barn Tournament, the
Kids’ Shinney tournament, an Ice Show, and two Lawrencetown Cups kept us
busy all winter!
A big thank you to our staff, the wonderful trio of
Rickey Beals, Linda Wood and John Bath, for their dedication to making
beautiful ice and especially, for making everyone who comes through the
door feel welcome in our community rink! We think the world of our staff.
A big thank you goes out to all our tournament
organizers and program coordinators, for bringing life to the arena
programs. We really appreciated the leadership of Linda Wood, Adam
Illsley, Troy Emmett, Denise Naugler, Meghann Moore, Shyloe Emmett, and
Jeff des Fosses for organizing the programs and tournaments this year! A
special thank you to Troy Emmett for his work in organizing the men’s
4-on-4 hockey league this year, to Angie Cress and the Learn-to-Skate
coaches for another great year of Learn-to-Skate, to Darryl Bowlby for
stepping up to coach the teen shinney hockey, to the Beals’ family for our
new adventures in Breakfast-at-the-Rink, and to Steve Baskwill for keeping
our website updated with news and photos! We are blessed to work with such
Thanks to the directors for giving their time and
making the commitment to maintaining and improving the arena. The 2013
year saw incredible strides forward in improvements, from the building
reconstruction to upgrades in energy efficiency to changes for safety.
The arena continues to change every month!
A very big THANK YOU goes out to all our volunteers who
help with maintenance, pipe rolling, canteen, coaching, materials,
services and wherever a hand is needed. Thanks for making this the special
place it is….we could never do it without YOU!
The ice is indeed melting, and the arena is looking
ahead to renovations this spring and summer. With wise use of our capital
funds and the support of so many helpers, this summer we are preparing for
that final stage of the major renovations – the concrete floor with the
in-floor piping!! Watch for news as this exciting stage begins
development – as soon as the ice melts!
Congratulations to our region’s own Kingston Credit
Union Centre, top Eastern winner in the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville contest!!
Renovations are already underway at their arena, with the $100,000 prize
money and the hard work of Kingston area citizens paving their way to a
new concrete floor. We wish to thank the Kingston Arena for their
donation of glass partitions and board vinyl coverings to our arena – we
are so appreciative of their support and cannot wait to see it installed
Stay active, enjoy the outdoors, and we’ll see you on
the ice this fall!!