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Beaverbrook to host outdoor bonspiel in February curling rocks and will provide coaching for beginners. Kanata Scouts will prepare the ice surface for curling. The bonspiel is set for Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with Sunday, Feb. 9 as a backup day in the event of bad weather. To provide opportunity for all to play, community associa-


Community - The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association will offer an outdoor curling bonspiel at Stephen Leacock rink on Leacock Drive the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9. Cindy Carroll of the City View Club will be bringing

tion president Gary Sealey said there will be some adjustment to curling rules. Each cluster in Beaverbrook is invited to enter a five-person team that must include one man, one woman and one child. Games will have a maximum of four ends or 30 minutes. Membership director Jim

Shearon said curlers must supply their own brooms, which may be standard straw or push brooms. Electric brooms are not allowed. Experienced curlers and other volunteers who would like to help with the bonspiel are asked to contact Jim at 613592-4453.

Clean furnace system is the heart of a healthy home Community - When cleaning your home this year, why stop at the surface? A home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system – the ‘heart and lungs’ of a house – is often left forgotten. Keeping the system clean and well-functioning is essential to ensuring the air in your home is healthy and safe. CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

• A dirty furnace is a breeding ground for bacteria. Furnaces are easy to neglect. Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate in your home’s ducts or air filters, and these dirty filters can become ‘ground zero’ for airborne germs. • Poor ventilation can lead to moisture and the growth of mold. When the air in your home is too humid, fungus

and bacteria can start growing and releasing spores into the air. This can have health consequences for your family – sensitive family members may begin to experience headaches, itchy eyes and irritated skin. • A dirty HVAC system costs more money. If you use a ‘forced-air’ heating system, dirty filters will force the fan to work harder than it needs to. This can put strain on the system, leading to bigger energy bills and more wear and tear. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada maintains a list of qualified contractors who can inspect your home and recommend repairs, maintenance, or custom-built solutions to any problems. To find a qualified contractor, visit or call 1-877-467-4724.

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