Planning for Ontario Scotts well underway

It could be 25 years before Fort Frances is given another opportunity to host the qualifying round for the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts.
That’s why organization and decision-making already is well underway for the event, which will take place Jan. 29-Feb. 4 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
Ten teams from across the province will compete for a spot at the Scott Tournament of Hearts, which is being held in London, Ont. later this winter.
Two teams from Northwestern Ontario, two more from Northern Ontario, and six teams from southern Ontario all will be looking for a berth in the provincial showdown here.
A Fort Frances rink won’t be given an automatic berth as the host town, but local curlers Angela and Andrea Lee, as well as Kathie Jackson, all have a good shot at making it to the provincials.
All of the qualifying is expected to be completed by Jan. 15.
Holding the event in Fort Frances will cost $40,000. While most of that will come from sponsors such as Scott Paper, West End Motors, MacDonald Motors, Wilson’s Business Solutions, and B•93 FM, fundraising will be ongoing based on a recognized need.
There are many things needed in order to make this event a success.
“We have some holes opening up for volunteers,” organizing committee chairman Rob Sinclair said Monday. “We are happy to have non-curlers help out, as well.
“Anyone in the community who has the time and who is interested is welcome,” he stressed.
People interested in volunteering are asked to contact Rick Grenda at the curling club (274-6667) for more information.
Tickets for the provincials go on sale today, with a variety of package options to choose from. A weekly pass is $50 while full-day passes from Monday-Thursday are $10 each and $15 each for Friday/Saturday playoff packages.
Monday-Wednesday evening draw packages cost just $5 each.
Tickets are available at the Fort Frances Curling Club, Northwoods Gallery and Gifts, and Sight & Sound.
Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts merchandise also will be available. Sweatshirts, T-shirts, vests, and golf shirts all make for great Christmas gifts for the fast-approaching holiday season.
“With help from the district, it’s going to be a great week,” said co-chair Tom Fry. “I’m anticipating this will be the most successful curling event this town has ever seen.”