Last year, the Pep Bro Divas—a group of six women all living in the north end—set out to build a community rink near the George Dixon Centre just off of Gottingen Street. Although it was their first attempt at such a project, and some of the Divas had never skated before in their lives, the rink was a frozen success.
This Saturday, starting at 10am, the Divas will be at the George Dixon Centre to re-build the rink for 2007. They’re looking for volunteers to help construct the wooden boards that will frame the skating surface.
“Anyone can just come and help out on Saturday,” says Diva Donna Nelligan, “whether it’s serving hot chocolate or helping with actual building of the rink—it’s a community rink, and the more community the better.”
Last year, the rink gave many their first experience on skates, and they’re eager for more—people have been asking Nelligan when the rink would return.
“There were some that got on there last year and were just…whoosh, gone,” she says. “This one boy, he’d never been on skates before in his life, but he was going up and down that rink like he was playing hockey for years. He was that good.”
The rink will be flooded as it gets cold enough to freeze—Nelligan says that the temperature still needs to drop a few degrees before they’ll be able to flood the ice surface. She also says they’re looking for skate donations, which can be made to the George Dixon Centre (any donations are appreciated, but there’s a particular shortage in both men’s and women’s skates, sizes seven through 10).
Extreme makeover, bus edition
It’s 2007—high time that your trips on Metro Transit got a bit more sexier.
This week, the city unveiled 25 brand new buses that will be added to the Metro Transit fleet, starting this month—they’re new, they’re air conditioned and they’re trying very hard to be less ugly. The new models come in white, blue and gold, and feature a spiffy new Metro Transit logo.
“With the purchase of all these new buses, it was a good time to update our look,” says Lori Patterson, spokesperson for Metro Transit. There are also plans to retrofit old buses to conform with the new style—“In the next three years, we would plan to have the entire fleet redone.”
Fifteen of the new vehicles will replace old buses, while the other 10 will expand the fleet. All will run on biodiesel and come equipped with bike racks.
“Right now, we can’t guarantee that if a biker goes out to a stop they’re going to get a bike rack,” she says. “You might run into an old bus…but, eventually, that’s the goal. Every new bus we purchase have will have a bike rack on it.”
Many Haligonians are still reeling over the death of Helen Hill, who was shot and killed last week in New Orleans (see Jane Kansas’s feature,). A service will be held for Helen and her husband Paul Gailiunas on Saturday, January 13. Starting at noon, a jazz funeral procession will begin at the corner of Falkland and Gottingen, moving along Gottingen and eventually ending at the North Street Church. At the church, there will be speeches, music and potluck vegan food. Feel free to bring signs or ribbons, dress-up or dress down. Everyone is welcome.
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