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Broomball in Carleton Place – April Edition – Hometown News

Ask most people about the sport of Broomball and they will answer in one of three ways – “Never heard of it”, “People still play that?” or “Three generations of my family have played and still play the sport”. It’s an odd phenomenon for a sport in which players from the Ottawa Valley (Carleton Place included) continue to make their mark on the provincial, national and global stage of the sport. Pair that with the fact that Carleton Place co-hosted the 2012 World Broomball Championships and that Carleton Place resident George Brown is the president of the Eastern Ontario Broomball Association (EOBA), an Executive Board Member of Broomball Ontario and a Broomball Hall of Famer and you have to wonder why it isn’t centre stage in town sports?

George and his wife, Ruth (also a Hall of Fame inductee) tireless work for the sport of Broomball and are focused on keeping the sport alive in our area. George travels to area schools promoting the sport, coaches and plays and along with Ruth, organizes some of the largest Broomball tournaments in the country. The very heart of Broomball lives right here in Carleton Place.

It’s clear that all the work is starting to pay off and the youth of this area are starting to get involved. At the 2016 Federations of Broomball Association of Ontario (FBAO) Junior Provincial Championships in Barrie, Eastern Ontario teams won Gold (The Eastern Rebels ) and Bronze (Eastern Storm) in the mixed peewee (players aged 9-12) division, on teams made up of players from Finch, Russell and Carleton Place.

The exact origins of the sport are a bit uncertain. It is believed that the First Nations passed the sport onto settlers in the Barrie area. It has been traced back to the early 1900s when rail workers played it as a way to pass the time in the winter months on outdoor lakes and ponds. In 1976 the Canadian Broomball Federation was formed as the governing body for the sport. The philosophy of the CBF places the athlete at the heart of the organization. Today there are approximately 19,000 registered players in Canada (and an additional 15000 who participate recreationally from age 6-65).

At this year’s 39th FBAO Senior Provincial Broomball Championships (held on March 18-20th in Cornwall), the Ottawa Nationals won their division and will be heading to Owen Sound for the Senior Men’s and Mixed Nationals (April 6th-9th). Also, the Valley Gamblers Master’s team (George included) won their division with an exciting double overtime finish and will also be appearing at the Nationals.

“A number of local players & coaches will be inducted into the CBF (Canadian Broomball Federation) Hall of Fame & winning Awards of Merit- so it’s pretty exciting for all of us.” – Ruth Brown

The Barn – April issue – Hometown News

Ask Julia Foley what it means to “Love” local and she’ll tell you it’s about “Community over competition”. It’s about businesses working together to support each other for the betterment of the client. With her new event company Love: Local Ottawa Valley Events and event space The Barn (7109 Cty Rd 29 South), she hopes to highlight the products and talents of local vendors. “Everyone knows it as The Barn, it’s what it’s always been” Foley said when asked about the name. The “Old” Barn as she refers to it is a local landmark and one that has seen many incarnations. She recounted that she had a history with the space, having previously worked as a waitress at the establishment when it was opened in 2000/2001. The current owner purchased the venue in 2011 and is embracing Foley’s vision for a full service event space. Whether you are booking a spot for a wedding, Stag & Doe, Seminar, Fundraiser or Anniversary, Foley’s team can bring it to life within any budget.  Inclusive packages allow clients to have a one stop shop turnkey event. The Barn offers a capacity of 135 upstairs and 95 downstairs, as well as an outdoor patio and soon to come outdoor wedding ceremony space. It offers four season comfort with air conditioning and two working fireplaces which also have the benefit of providing a breathtaking backdrop for photos. Clients must choose from a list of local vendors for everything from photography, linens, entertainment, sound and lighting, catering to make your event a memorable one. Rather than being prohibitive, Foley stresses that this offers the client the very best in tried and trusted service versus using an unfamiliar vendor. An easy drive to Kanata, in the heart of the Ottawa Valley it’s an easy drive for guests coming from all over the area. Check out the space first hand on March 27th for Easter Brunch or save the date for Mother’s Day Brunch. They will also be hosting monthly networking nights for small businesses and local vendors. These are free 2 hour brainstorming sessions about various topics designed to help support businesses and encourage growth. The next session is April 17th from 6-8pm, RSVP on The Barn: Weddings + Events Facebook page. For information about booking an event contact A website is set to be launched in the coming weeks.