It is through the care and hard work of all of Deloraine’s volunteers that the the town continues to move forward, and it was because of their efforts, along with Boundary Co-op who supplied the free beverages, and RBC who supplied the free meal, that the BBQ lunch and tour of the new community complex on Tuesday, July 24th was possible. The Salute to Volunteers, sponsored by the RBC coincided with the complex tour, so it only made sense to unite these events. The RBC truck used in disaster situations was on hand as well. Should a community experience a disaster, RBC will send the truck which houses a mobile banking unit, allowing people to do their day-to-day banking.
The atmosphere resonated with the spirit of community and camaraderie, and that is what Deloraine is all about. It was the forerunner of what will undoubtedly be many more events at the new facility, with the anticipated completion date of only a few more weeks. According to Gord Weidenhamer, reeve of the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester, who announced in the speech he made regarding the new complex, “we are quite confident it will be open in September.”
The town’s previous community hall and curling club were eventually demolished because of irreparable structural issues. Residents can be rest assured that the new facility is designed specifically with durability in mind. “There is hardly a 2x4 in the place” said Gord, “it is mostly all steel and aluminum, and it is built to last.”
One of the main features of the building is a spacious main hall made to be able to accommodate up to 350 guests. Both of the washrooms, each over 50 feet in length, are also designed with that capacity of people in mind. There is a large central commercial kitchen that will eventually have large sliding doors giving access to the curling club kitchen. The curling club will also have its own bar area, lounge with a viewing area of the rink, and locker rooms. The rink will have high definition cameras connected to flat screens in the lounge so everyone in the curling club will be able to see the game from where they are sitting.
Some finishing touches include: insulated boards in the main bar to prevent the sound from the rink and the music from the bar interfering with each other, barn board in some areas to give the impression of a relaxed, homey atmosphere, and tiled floors, suspended ceilings, and LED lighting which all have yet to be installed.
The new community complex is impressive to say the least, Excel-7 is the contractor of the complex and they have been great to work with, as well as all the subcontractors. Everything has been carefully and thoughtfully designed, and it is all, as Gord pointed out, “on time and under budget.”