Posted on January 6, 2014
Posted on January 6, 2014
The funeral for Marley Rowe who was killed New Year’s morning outside a party on Sherman Avenue North.
A over flow crowd was on hand at Bay Gardens Funeral Home for the service.
Posted on December 28, 2013
Like any good Canadian grandfather, Cecil Kalyn built an outdoor skating rink in his yard for the grandkids. And like all those grandpas, he quickly realized that maintaining an outdoor rink, given the wild fluctuations in our winters nowadays, was difficult.
So Kalyn found a better solution: make a rink indoors.
Behind his Flamborough home was a shed. Once, it had been a hanger for his airplane. Now, it was filled with friends’ cars, and various other treasures accumulated during his life. He told his buddies to claim their toys, cleaned up the junk, and got to work on his newest project.
Eleven years later, The Shed, as it is known, has carved out a unique existence: it still is largely unknown, yet maintains a loyal following among its users. The most active of these, instructor Tommy Gilligan, runs multiple clinics, from Learn to Skate programs to ones for players who still dream of a future in the pros.
The rink, measuring roughly 30 by 12 metres, has refrigeration pipes, allowing Kalyn to maintain ice for six months, from October 1 through April 1. The floor is painted white, to give the milky white colour and markings that professional and city-run arenas boast. And just like a regular rink, the ice is flooded after every hour-long session, courtesy of a mini Olympia resurfacing machine.
The Shed has a dressing room, and another room where parents can wait, coffees in hand, while their youngsters are honing their skills, regardless of the conditions outside. -Barry Gray
Posted on December 13, 2013
The Hamilton Bulldogs lost to the Toronto Marlies Friday night at Copps Coliseum, by a score of 4-1. But that lone Dogs goal was important, for it signaled to the faithful in the stands to toss their toys over the glass onto the ice. Hundreds of stuffed animals littered the ice, destined to bring a smile to a youngster’s face this holiday season. It’s an annual event, repeated by many hockey teams, but it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Here’s a look at some pics from tonight’s game. – Barry Gray
Posted on November 8, 2013
Hamilton’s St. Thomas More Knights and local rival St. Mary’s Crusaders are not just cross town rivals. They are 2 of the best senior girls basketball teams in Ontario. So, it was only fitting that the two powerhouses clashed for the Catholic girls championship game Thursday night at the Burridge gym at McMaster. In the end, the girls from STM, led by star Kia Nurse, edged out a 52-44 win. Here’s a look at the action and celebration. – Barry Gray