Hector Arena gets boost


PICTOU — It has been a good winter season for Hector Arena, and spring is promising, too.

Rink manager Ron Clarke said the arena is busy and able to meet its operating expenses.

The Hector Arena Commission recently received $5,000 from Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou that will go toward the rink’s ongoing expenses.

“It’s steady,” he said. “Minor hockey rentals are down but girls’ hockey is up more. We’re up two hours every week since last season.”

He said dates are being booked for events once the ice is removed at the end of March.

Darla MacKeil, who represents District 3 on Pictou County Municipal Council and chairs the arena commission, expressed appreciation for the funding.

“We’re very fortunate to have support from our community and from the Municipality of Pictou and the Town of Pictou,” she said.

Two archery tournaments have been scheduled for late April. The first is a 3-D Shoot for Dad on April 20. Registration is at 8 a.m. and shooting will start at 9 a.m. featuring two rounds of 20 targets. Fees are $20 for adults, $15 for students 12 to 18 and optional donations for those up to 12. Spectators can view the action for free.

Hector Arena is also the venue for the Atlantic championships the following weekend. The 3-D shoot is on April 27 and the target shoot is April 28. Registration is 8 a.m. with the shooting times at 9 a.m. for the first line and 11 a.m. for the second line. Archery Canada class sections apply. Registration is $50 for both events and $30 each for 3-D and target.

Branch 16 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Pictou presented the Hector Arena Commission with a cheque for $5,000, part of the proceeds from its Chase the Ace project last year. From left: Branch 16 member Richie Rae presents the cheque to commission chairperson and district municipal council member Darla MacKeil and commission member Ken Pettipas. The funds will be directed toward the arena’s ongoing operating expenses. (Goodwin photo)