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Liverpool Curling Club will open this year

Liverpool Curling Club President John Armstrong says the club will be opening its doors this season, despite earlier fears it would be financially unable to.
Liverpool Curling Club President John Armstrong says the club will be opening its doors this season, despite earlier fears it would be financially unable to.

LIVERPOOL - The executive of the Liverpool Curling Club has decided the 2015-16 season is a go.

 The club had been faced with the difficult decision of closing its doors earlier this summer due to lack of membership, high power bills, and an inability to generate revenue for the building.

 But John Armstrong, president of the curling club, says the club’s executive met last week and decided to go ahead with the winter season.

 The club had been faced with the difficult decision of closing its doors earlier this summer due to lack of membership, high power bills, and an inability to generate revenue for the building.

 But John Armstrong, president of the curling club, says the club’s executive met last week and decided to go ahead with the winter season.

 “We got together, we’ve formed a new executive, we’ve divided it up into a membership committee, a fundraising committee, all kinds of different committees.”

 Armstrong said the executive has found new uses for the club. A business will be conducting dog training in the building, the club has opened its doors for weddings, and the region will be using it for floor hockey for local youth.

 One of the major problems facing the club was high electrical costs, says Armstrong. The executive met with Nova Scotia Power to try to come up with ways to cut those costs.

 “With Nova Scotia power we’ve figured out a way to try to run the plant,” he says. “We predict we will have a drop of one third of our costs just because of more efficient ways of running our equipment.”

 The executive is also going to meet with the Region of Queens Municipality next month to ask for some help, not financial help but perhaps free snow plowing or a break on the water bill.

 Armstrong was also planning to meet with the Executive Director of Curl Nova Scotia.

 As for membership, the club is still trying to attract new members to the club. There were only about 30 members remaining, and the club wants to have 60 to 100.

 The Liverpool Curling Club will be celebrating its 80th season this year.

 

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