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When dancers hit the floor and risk-takers buy a length of silent auction tickets in the Starbuck Community Club on Nov. 28, they’ll be doing so for a good cause.
Local residents are working to save their rink by raising the approximately $425,000 needed to buy a new ice plant. A social is being held to generate revenue for the purchase.
"We are actively pursuing our fundraising," Vona Guiler, one of the volunteers organizing the social, said.
She said the current ice plant that serves the community’s indoor hockey and curling rinks is approaching the end of its working life. Most plants are expected to last about 25 years and the current one was purchased used and installed 26 years ago.
While repairs have kept the plant going, Guiler said, like an old car, there comes a point when it doesn’t make sense to keep spending money on repairs when that money could be put towards the cost of a new plant.
"It’s been costing us a lot of money the last few years." she said.
Guiler strongly believes that it’s important for her community to have the rinks stay open, providing much-needed recreational opportunities for adults and children in the winter months.
"The rink is the heart of the community," she said. "It’s one of those traffic centres in a small town."
The Red River School Division rents space in the building that houses the two rinks for the Starbuck Hockey Academy’s classrooms. Guiler said, if the hockey rink closed, the community would miss out on the extra income generated by the academy’s students and parents, some of whom live in Winnipeg and other locations.
"It would be a shame to lose all that," she said.
As well as the local fundraising efforts, Guiler said, grants from the municipal and provincial governments will help to buy a new plant.
Tickets for the Save the Rink social are $10 and available at the rink canteen, Noventis Credit Union in Starbuck (16 Main St.) and Dawn til Dusk (10 Main St.).
For more information on the Save the Rink campaign, contact Guiler at 204-299-5218.
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Andrea Geary is the community journalist for The Headliner. Email her at email@example.com Call her at 204-697-7124
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