Curling vs. gold medal hockey game, new library officers, rally well attended

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By June Norvila

Twenty-four teams participated in the three-event Bentley Ladies Bonspiel that ran February 26-28, up from the 16 teams of the past many years.

The Bentley Minor Hockey arena concession was open and was appreciated and well supported by the curlers. Snacks were also provided upstairs each day.

While playing on the ice in the finals, some curlers were glancing upstairs through the lounge windows trying to keep track of the Canadian and American hockey teams playing the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal match up. Spectators too split their attention between watching both sporting events.

Easily winning the A event was the Calgary team of skip Tanilla Doyle, third Lindsay Amundsen, second Sarah Horne, and lead Janice Bailey. They defeated the Lacombe team of Natalie Broderson in six ends. The Calgary team has now won the bonspiel four years straight.

The B Event winner was the rink of skip Wanda Fischer, third Ida Murray, second Sue Hcken, and lead Bonnie Brown from Red Deer. Fischer was runner up in the A event last year. They ran Rimbey’s Bonnie Muzylouski rink out of rocks in the eighth end.

In the C Event final the winners were skip Jacquie Lapointe, third Teresa Idland, second Jody Muth and lead Anne Frey from Sylvan Lake. They beat Bentley’s Linda Liner after seven ends. It was the third game of the day for these two teams.

There was a banquet, door prizes, entertainment and karaoke on Saturday night. Presentations took place on Sunday late afternoon and winners chose their prizes.

For pictures of the event winners, please see Page 22 of today’s edition.

Bentley Library elects officers

At the Bentley Municipal Library Board annual meeting Sandy Doherty accepted the position of chairperson. Mark Vander Laan’s term had expired.

Nicki Doll accepted the position as deputy chairperson. Treasurer remains Sandra Smyth.

Tina Whitfield remains the recording secretary. Arlene Tanasiuk was asked to audit the books again. Other board members include Leanne Vig and Edna Woltjer with Rick Cookson-Hills added as a new director.

The library has a new color photocopier that they are much enjoying thanks to the Bentley Library Society. The public is invited to make use of it for their photocopying and scanning needs.

Used book sales are ongoing for a donation.

The Bentley School donated tables and chairs that were cut down for better use at the library and for an audio cart.

A toy lending library is being considered.

Ongoing programs include Mother Goose on Tuesday mornings for up to three-year-olds with caregiver, Little Sprouts for three- to five-year-olds on Wednesdays, BLAST for grades 1 to 6, and free movies four times a month.

For more information about the library and any of its programs, contact the library at 403-748-4626.

Regular hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays 11 to 7:30, Fridays 1 to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 11 to 4, and closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Bentley sled rally well attended

With the support of many businesses and the help of about 20 volunteers and some staff, the 9th annual Valentine Sled/Quad Fun Poker Rally was staged on Feb. 13.

There were 277 registered. Entrants came from as far away as Ft. McMurray, Cold Lake, Calgary, Lethbridge and Hinton, with the bulk from the local central Alberta area.

Entrants departed from the Bentley Monkey Top Saloon at noon and ended there with a meal, presentations and live entertainment by Cadillac Deville.

Speed was not important. Collecting poker hands was. The high hand winner was Don Reitsma and the holder of the low hand was Mike Block.

Seven mystery winners included Jason Bernard, Steve Martin, Stacey Dawe, Joyce Paul, Greg Geoss, Jamie Dawe and Dan Simpson.

Lots of door prizes were given away and proceeds from a diamond ring raffle went to Bentley Minor Hockey.