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Town ramps up beach supervision

Town employees will be patrolling Hay River’s public beach seven days a week starting later this month, but people involved in the initiative caution that the new beach attendants are not equal to fully trained lifeguards. “Their main job is to promote safe use of the beach,” said Heather Tybring, the lifeguard supervisor at the […]

Public weighs in on rec centre choices

The architects have come and gone and, after much debate and discussion, will be putting forward two options for council’s consideration for the future of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. “Lots of people see it as just a rink,” said director of recreation Ian Frankton at the consultations held early last week in the lobby […]

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Eight wheels better than none

Now that the ice surface at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre has been removed for the season, a whole new set of skaters have strapped on their wheels for the summer. “Roller derby is pretty great,” said Heather Tybring, de facto leader of Hay River’s contingent of derby girls. “It’s a lot of fun, great […]

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Council moves forward with rec centre renos despite dissent

Not all councillors are in favour of moving forward with the current plan to renovate Hay River’s recreation centre. “In all, this is a huge decision for our town. The town has stated it is building for the future when we were building the fire hall,” Coun. Brad Mapes told The Hub. “Why would we […]

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Recruiting referees

  There are not enough referees to run a smooth hockey season in Hay River, according to Larry Dragon, a long-time hockey official and referee instructor. “We only have three guys with experience here,” he told The Hub. “We’re really in trouble and the rec league is really in trouble if more people don’t start […]

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Public meeting to discuss agriculture policy

  The municipal administration of Hay River is looking to connect with stakeholders in the agriculture sector after hiring a consultant to study the state of and potential for sustainable farming in the town. “The opportunity for agriculture in the area is totally unexploited,” said Jordan Stackhouse, the economic co-ordinator for the Town of Hay […]

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Hockey season starts for year

  The Hay River hockey season is well underway, with the parking lot of the Don Stewart Recreation Centre full to capacity and spilling onto Woodland Drive every night last week. While there is no doubt hockey has always been a popular sport in the community, rec league organizer Stephane Millette told The Hub there […]

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Jigging a source of pride

  Hay River played host to an old tradition over the weekend when the Biggest Fiddling and Jigging Championship North of 60 touched down at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. “We used to run this event every year,” said Ron Auger, president of the board of directors for the […]

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Water Smart program coming to Hay River

  The Alberta and Northwest Territories branch of the Lifesaving Society will be in Hay River on July 26 for the NWT Water Smart program. “Last year, we had 73 participants,” said Heather Tybring, the aquatic supervisor at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. “It was a big success. Hopefully, we’ll have even more this year.” […]

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Rec centre in dire need of renovations

  Town of Hay River officials are exploring various renovation options for the Don Stewart Recreation Centre, which is on its last legs. The issue was discussed at length during a Hay River council meeting on March 25. Lyle Hannan, the town’s director of recreation and community services, proposed a few options for the 45-year-old […]

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