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Today, the modern building is gas heated. There is excellent rink lighting and a host of activities for youngsters. Minor hockey, figure skating and square dancing are part of the recreational program.
SPORTS - 1968
Mr. Larry Shepherd, who was hired as Recreation Director for Portage in 1968, submitted information re sporting activities of the year. It is regrettable that space and time does not allow the listing of all games played, along with the names of winners of each.
The main recreational events featured hockey, baseball, fastball, softball, football, curling and golf.
The Portage and District Terriers Junior Hockey Club, that participated in Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League, had Cliff Ko01 as President; John Vopni as Coach; Lin Bend as Assistant Coach; and Gord Pankhurst as Manager.
Portage and District Terriers Juvenile Hockey Club were not in the league but played numerous exhibition games. Cliff Lafreniere was the Coach of this team, and Ken ("Bing") Irwin the Manager.
Also playing exhibition games was the Portage and District Ban tam "A" Hockey team. We do not have the names of officials of this team.
Participating in tournaments during the hockey season were:
West End Community Club, Southside Paperweight "A" team, West End Community Club Pee Wees, and Northside Athletic Club.
Added to the names of teams should be the Southport team that won the championship in the Paperweight "A" division. (Southside won the Paperweight "B" division, also the Tom Thumb division.)
Under "Inter-Section Hockey" we note that the R.C.M.P. won the League pennant.
Baseball during the season took in Little League, Pony League, Midget League, Junior League, and Senior Men's League.
Girls' Softball and Linament League Softball provided much entertainment for players and spectators alike.
A major sporting activitity in Portage, as in other places, is curling. Here, Ladies', Men's and Mixed Curling are providing many hours of recreation for those who are interested in participating.