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Shawville’s curling bonspiel kicks off

The Shawville Community Bonspiel volunteers pose for the traditional pre-tournament photo to kick off the annual event. From left: Sonia Campbell (bartender), Scott Campbell (scorekeeper), Mary Ann Abrams (treasurer), Ian MacKechnie (chairman), Phyllis Wilson (prizes), Jeff Russell (club president) and Rick Younge (co-committee chairman).

Chris Lowrey
SHAWVILLE Jan. 25, 2018
For the 43rd year in a row, the Shawville Community Bonspiel will pit teams from around the Pontiac against one another to see who will raise the vaunted winner’s trophy: a shiny toilet seat.
This year’s 11-day event is being staged in the memory of the late longtime Shawville Curling Club ice technician Rick Allen.
Allen passed away Jan. 18.
Last year’s bonspiel brought Allen out of semi-retirement for his last time to make sure the ice was in tip-top shape for the more than 200 players. Allen had been on the ice at the curling club for so long, nobody could put a hard number on his years of service. Suffice it to say, he was a lifer.

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