By Joel van der Veen
STRONGFIELD — Once again, prairie winds appear to be conspiring against Strongfield’s curlers.
A July 20 wind storm flattened the village’s curling rink, a popular gathering place for more than 50 years.
Before long, plans were underway to build a new rink, a simplified structure that would allow curling to continue.
Inclement weather has delayed construction, but organizers are hopeful that the rink will be ready in time for curling season.
Amanda Glubis, who serves on the recreation board, said she has her fingers crossed that curling will be able to start the first Monday in January, as per tradition.
“If the wind would co-operate, they’d have been done a long time ago,” she said last week. “It’s getting into a busy time of year for everything and everyone . . . The crunch is on.”
Construction on the rink began in early fall. The wooden frame was finished in mid-November, and crews installed tin on the roof last week.
Strongfield’s mayor, Jeff Vollmer, said they hoped to have tin siding in place this week.
“Every time it gets nice out it gets windy,” he said Wednesday. “Hopefully in the next few weeks they can get a lot done.”
Wind is especially problematic when workers are handling large sheets of tin, Glubis said, adding, “It’s not a fun job.”
The new rink will measure 52 feet wide by 154 feet long and stand 16 feet high.
It will look significantly different from the old rink, which featured a curved wooden roof, but it will serve the intended purpose.
“We’ll be able to use it for suppers and curling, and that’s what we wanted,” said administrator Brandy Losie.
Contractors had to adjust the size slightly when they came up against the concrete pilings from the old rink, which had been installed at an angle.
An insurance payout from the old rink is expected to cover the cost of the basic structure, at around $120,000.
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