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Cobequid team captures provincial lawn bowls title

Donnachie to represent NS at national triples championship next summer

TRURO DAILY NEWS – August 11, 2014

TRURO – Chris Donnachie added further proof to the adage it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  After dropping their first game at the Nova Scotia triples lawn bowls championship during the weekend, Donnachie and Cobequid teammates Jim Granville (lead) and Dale Kidd (second) rhymed off four straight wins to capture the provincial title in Dartmouth. “It feels good,” Donnachie, of Hilden, said of winning the provincial crown. After losing their first game on Saturday, Donnachie and his mates won their final two games of the day to advance to Sunday’s final against previously unbeaten Ed Yeazel of Dartmouth.

Needing to beat Yeazel twice, Donnachie took the first game 23-9 to set up a one-game showdown, which the Cobequid bowlers took 18-9. In both games, Donnachie rallied from a 9-2 deficit en route to victory.

“The main reason we won is that it was a strong team effort,” said Donnachie. “The three of us, we played as a unit and we get along good together, so I think that was a key thing.”

Making Donnachie’s feat even more special is the fact that members of the team are relative newbies to the game. Donnachie started playing just last year, while Granville, of Truro, and Kidd, of Halifax, each have a couple of years experience under the belts.

Donnachie said his team entered the five-team provincial tournament for the experience of competing against top-level bowlers.

“There was nobody more surprised than us down there that we won, I’ll tell you that,” laughed Donnachie.

The Donnachie team will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian championship next summer in Ontario.

“We’re looking forward to that – going to the nationals,” said Donnachie.

 

Chris Donnachie’s team from the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club nabbed the provincial

triples title during the  weekend in Dartmouth. Members of the team are,

from left, Jim Granville (lead), Chris Donnachie (skip)

and Dale Kidd (second) with Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia president Keith Finck.

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Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club Rolls Out 2014 Awards

Truro Daily News – October 25, 2014

TRURO – Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club held their 3rd Annual Closing Banquet and Awards evening on Wednesday October 22, 2014. The club, which opened in the spring of 2011, is located around the back of Douglas Street Recreation Centre. Although the Club is winding down for this season, President Karen Hennigar encourages newcomers to check their website (www.cobequidlawnbowls.com) for Open House and free bowling opportunities in May 2015.

 

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Merit Award

Truro Daily News – March 07, 2014

Truro Sport Heritage Society 30th Annual Sport Awards Dinner

The Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club captured one of the merit awards for its outstanding contribution to sport for a number of years. Accepting the award were Karen Hennigar, club president, and past president Ted Lohnes, middle. Myles Johnson of Johnson Saunders Inc. presented the award.   © Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

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Easy Living in Truro

Truro Daily News – March 01, 2014

 

Ted Lohnes, Past President of the Cobequid  Lawn Bowls Club, gives Barb Gorman some tips on using the UBI_Launcher. © Lynn Curwin

 

The Easy Living Expo provided visitors with an opportunity to discover some of the fabulous goods and services available in downtown Truro.

More than 30 participants set up displays at the Best Western Glengarry on Saturday for the expo, providing information and food samples and answering questions.

“This is a cross section of what the downtown has to offer,” said Grace Murray, the promotions and marketing coordinator with the Downtown Truro Partnership. “There are a lot of businesses and community groups taking part and there are new things to see each year. The expo is a fun day where people can stay as long as they like, look at what’s here and enjoy live entertainment and food sampling.”

This is the fourth year for the expo and Murray said that 450-550 people attend each year. As people looked over displays and chatted Harry Bentham provided music on the piano, adding a special touch to the event.

One organization with a table at the expo was the Arthritis Society. Volunteers with the society were providing information and determining whether there is enough local interest for the arthritis self management course to be run again in the local area. “A lot of people tell me that the course really helped them,” said Greta Mathewson, who has served as an instructor for the program. “Some groups may be interested in having a speaker talk about arthritis, and we can help with that too. We want people to know that we haven’t forgotten Truro.”
Another group that participated in the expo was the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club. They had not only information on their sport, but gave visitors a chance to try it out. The Ubi_launcher, a new bowls delivery aid, was also being introduced.More information on arthritis can be found online at http://www.arthritis.ca/NS and anyone interested in contacting the society about the self-management course can contact the organization at 1-800-321-1433 or info@ns.arthritis.ca or call Greta Mathewson at 895-0708.

“With this, if you have bad knees or a bad back you can still play,” said club president Karen Hennigar. “It will help an aging population stay active.

“We have a membership of about 80 now. Once people try it they realize how much fun it is.” The sport is for all ages and with outdoor lighting at the clubhouse and green activity can continue into the evening. More information on the club can be found online at http://www.cobequidlawnbowls.com.

Food, clothing, jewelry, music, health care, cosmetics, books, and other recreational activities were also part of the expo.

 

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2013 Closing Banquet

Truro Daily News – October 30, 2013

 

TOP: The Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club recently held its annual closing banquet and awards ceremony. It was the second such ceremony for the club, which opened in the spring of 2011 at the Douglas Street Rec Centre. Ray Shillington, left, and Ted Lohnes, right, presented the Ted Lohnes Rookie of the Year Award to Gail Donnachie and Bob Standing.

BOTTOM LEFT: Ray Shillington, left, and Ted Lohnes, right, handed the Bill Dickson Cup to Jane Bermingham, second from left, and Donna West.

BOTTOM RIGHT: Ray Shillington, left, presented the All-Star Award to, from left, Dorothy Harries, Dave Mitchell and Donna West. Missing is Alice Feeley.

 

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Champions

Truro Daily News – October 1, 2013

 

The Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club held its inaugural Singles Club Championship during the weekend and Romaine Piers and Ray Shillington were crowned champions. Piers defeated Anne Feeley-Legere in the women’s final, while Ray Shillington defeated George Richards in the men’s final. Ten women and 10 men competed at the two-day event.

 

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Lawn bowling club offers free tryouts

Truro Daily News – July 19, 2013

 

Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club Members Anne Feeley-Legere, Bill Dickson, Dave Mitchell and Romaine Piers

The Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club is allowing anyone to try the sport for free next week as part of its open house week.

On Monday and Friday, those interested can show up at 9 a.m. for some instruction on how to play before taking part in a game. Another session will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The club is located in the Douglas Street Recreation Centre.

Participants will be entered into a draw for a free club membership. The club is also offering memberships for the remainder of the season for $75 and those who purchase one will be entered into a draw for a free 2014 membership.

 

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Happy Anniversary

Lawn bowling club celebrates its first birthday

Truro Daily News – June 10, 2013

TRURO – With a round of applause and a sheet pulled from the wall, the final touches were recently added to the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club clubhouse, getting the ball rolling on what should be a great summer of bowling.

In the form of a commemorative banner, the people who donated time and money to realize the club’s dream were honoured with an everlasting thank you, permanently placed on the wall for all future visitors to see.

In a celebration where everyone from members, to the executive, to the mayor of Truro attended, everyone present was happy to see the progress the club has made.

“Three years ago it was a dream,” said Ted Lohnes, the club’s president, in his speech.

Truro mayor Bill Mills added “We couldn’t be more pleased with the organization.”

Carla Lohnes, left, and Ray Shillington, members of  Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club’s Board of Directors, cut a cake during the club’s first anniversary celebrations recently.

Justin Burns, Truro Daily News

The club, which is located behind the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, has seen significant growth in membership over the last year and now regularly hosts Redcliff middle school and South Colchester Academy students as part of a physical education program where the students come to the club during their gym time and learn how to play the sport

“The kids just have a ball,” said George Richards, a member of the club.

Lawn bowling, which is very similar to curling without brooms or ice, has also drawn seniors to the sport.Richards said he enjoys “the bowling, the people especially, competition is secondary.”

He also said that he likes playing and staying active, while socializing with other players.

With Truro hosting the Nova Scotia 55+ Games this summer, the duty of hosting the lawn bowling element will fall on the clubs shoulders, but they couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity, while also hoping to get bigger and bigger tournaments, normally reserved for the HRM area.

The club also offers many non-competitive time slots, with a coffee league on Monday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday evenings, as well as an organized recreation league. The club offers a pair of sessions free to anyone looking to try the sport. For further information, visit www.cobequidlawnbowls.com.

 

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Scotiabank supports lawn bowling fundraiser

Jeff Gill, Hub Now – July 2012


Scotiabank employees presented members of the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club with a cheque for $2,487 after they helped out at a fundraiser held at The Engine Room. Pictured from left is Randy Jollie, Marissa Fong, CLBC President TedLohnes, CLBC Publicity Karen Hennigar, Heather Hagen, Judy Camm, Darryl Pike and CLBC top canvassers AnneFeeley-Legere and Ben Legere.

 

The Engine Room played host to a very successful fundraising effort by the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club on July 7.

More than 80 people showed up to give their support and raise money for the club. Approximately 100 items and packages donated for the event were either sold in a silent auction format or auctioned off live by Colchester County Councillor Earl McKenna.

The event also had two very successful 50/50 draws. The highlight of the afternoon was drawing the winner of the Gift Tree which club members had been selling tickets on for over a month. The winner of the $500 Gift Tree was Adele Kinley – she was the lucky winner out of 1,520 tickets sold.

A huge supporter of this event was Scotiabank. The company had some great volunteers to help through the day. They also matched dollars that were raised that day through door tickets, donations and Gift Tree sales. Their contribution to the fundraiser was $2,487, bringing the Grand Total of the fundraising project to $13,631.50.

Craig Burgess, of the Fundraising Committee, noted that the event would not have been possible without the almost 200 businesses and individuals who generously donated items and cash to the fundraiser. He also sends a big thank you to all the club volunteers who helped canvas the town for those donations and the volunteers who helped put this event together.

“Our membership has reached the 70 mark and daily participation has been great,” says Ted Lohnes, President of the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club. “The weekly three Coffee Leagues are fast becoming a highlight of club participation. This week, the weekly Mixed Pairs League and the Open Triples League commenced play, and on August 18 we will host our very first Invitational Tournament. Drop-in bowling is getting busier by the day.”

Many renovations have already taken place including new windows, doors and a 60 foot deck. Looking ahead, more renovations are planned for the inside of the clubhouse, including the addition of a kitchen and washroom. Exterior lights around the playing area are also part of the renovations.

Anyone looking for more information can visit the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Website at www.cobequidlawnbowls.com

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Lawn bowlers finally take their game to the green

Jeff Gill, Hub Now – July 11, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

County Councillor Earl McKenna throws
out one of the ceremonial first balls,
while President Ted Lohnes watches.
 

 

If you think you have an arm for lawn bowling, there’s now a place to test that throw.

The Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club officially opened its brand new facility on June 16. It features eight lanes, which allow participants to play in any direction.

“Prior to our facility, it was a playground for the old Douglas Street School and three-quarters of it was asphalt,” said Ted Lohnes, President of the Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club. “We’ve been bowling at the Agridome for the past two winters in the off-season twice a week and it was going really well. As a result of that, we were able to grow our membership. Presently, we have close to 60 members already and our goal is to be at the 100-mark before the end of summer.”

The tender on the green including the four light poles was $325,000. The next step will be to install lights and build a clubhouse.

“As soon as the clubhouse is finished, we’re going to start having different events and welcome different clubs. We’re currently fundraising for our clubhouse and we’re attempting to reach $30,000. Once we reach that, it means we could finish the clubhouse this year and that means we will be able to host some events next year. We will definitely have some provincial play here, but we would love to see some national play as well,” Lohnes said.

The opening of Cobequid Lawn Bowls Club means there are now six lawn bowling clubs in the province. Four are located in Metro, while one operates in Bridgetown.

“We are in central Nova Scotia so we believe we have a good drawing card here,” said Lohnes. “We can draw people in from all over the province. This game is catching on and we believe it’s going to definitely catch on here in Truro.”

According to Lohnes, local lawn bowlers are looking forward to playing all year round. The association has an agreement with the Agridome to continue using that facility in the winter.

He encourages anyone who is interested in the sport to give it a try.

“Lawn bowling can be played by anyone. One of our members is 88 years old. He loves it. It’s not a strenuous sport, yet it’s fun,” said Lohnes. “There is a lot of camaraderie and it brings seniors and youth together. It’s not a hard game to learn, it’s pretty straight forward and people are usually hooked once they’ve tried it once.”

For those who really get into the game, he adds Bill Dickson is on hand as a qualified instructor.
“It’s a lot of fun. People get together and they genuinely want to see this place succeed. Our members are going above and beyond to help raise money for the completion of our clubhouse. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a dream come true,” said Lohnes.

A number of local dignitaries were involved in the opening celebrations and even threw out the honorary first ball. They included Mayor Bill Mills, County Councillor Earl McKenna and MLAs Lenore Zann and Gary Burrill.

Guests, members and visiting members then had the opportunity to witness a demonstration game before having the opportunity to try the game for themselves.

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