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Curling club seeks funds

  The Hay River Curling Club has launched a multipronged fundraising effort. The goal is to collect funds to create a new environment for the club as part of the proposed renovations to the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. “We estimate we need to raise about $75,000 to complete the leasehold improvements. That’s what I’ve been […]

Homegrown programmer seeks active lifestyle for town

  Dale Loutit may be new to recreation programming with the Town of Hay River but she has experience and education in the field. And that background has given her an appreciation of how important recreation is for a community. Recreation means an improved quality of life for people, she said. “Just to be happy […]

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Town workers on strike

Municipal workers took to the picket lines on Monday morning following a week of false starts and confusion. “As you can see, we have full support,” said Todd Parsons, president of the Union of Northern Workers Monday morning on the picket line. “Everyone has decided to come out.” About a dozen people at a time […]

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Atoms go home happy

The Don Stewart Recreation Centre welcomed seven atom hockey teams over the weekend for their annual tournament, sponsored by the Hay River Elks Club. “We got lots of positive feedback,” tournament organizer Pennie Pokiak told The Hub. “Everyone seemed to have a good time, and everything went off without a hitch.” Teams came from Yellowknife, […]

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Bike Day

Growing Together’s weekly bike day took place as usual in the arena at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre last week, safe away from the rain pouring down outside. “It’s just a great activity for the kids,” said Brenda Hall, the play group’s longtime organizer. “They love rocketing around, learning to bike, and the bigger kids […]

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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 […]

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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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