Thursday, October 15, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Raising money for track and field at CHSS, exploring budget options at SD 52 and the H1N1 vaccines will soon be in the northwest, some of the items of note for Wednesday.

Daily News, Front page headline story
MAKING TRACKS AT CHSS-- High school track and field team members spent the weekend filling sandbags, items that will be sold through 7-11 to raise money for track and field events coming to Prince Rupert next spring. (Daily News Archive Article )

We're not sure if it will be a horror thriller, mystery chiller or comedy, but local residents can sign up to view next years provincial budget proceedings through video conference. (Daily News Archive Article)

The Sports section featured a review of the minor hockey action of the weekend past.

The Northern View
Property sales, school closure discussed in Prince Rupert as budget shortfall looms--School District 52 explores its options to combat the looming budget shortfall, including the prospect of selling off of property if allowed by the province. They also announced the timetable for the discussions on the potential closure of PRSS (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Northern Health Swine Flu Update-- Details on the anticipated arrival of the H1N1 vaccine in the northwest (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Social Housing Refits-- Local social housing complexes in Prince Rupert are on the list of those in the Northwest if for a refit (see article here)

CBC News Northern British Columbia
Daybreak North
Training the lens on elder abuse-- an increase of seniors attacking seniors in a Terrace care facility has officials exploring security issues at the complex (listen to the report here)

Daily News, Front page, Headline story
Making tracks at CHSS
By George T. Baker

The Prince Rupert Daily News
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A group of hearty track and field team members spent the weekend working together to raise money for equipment.

Members of the new Prince Rupert track and field team moved 31,000 pounds of sand, raising $1,600 over the weekend to sell and raise money for the new team as they prepare for track meets in the spring.

"My hopes are that both high schools have properly trained athletes to represent their schools that they can recruit from our newly formed club for the Zones and Panhandle meets which will be held in Rupert next spring," said coach Brian Johnson.

Johnson said that the equipment is much needed and that with upcoming events to be hosted in Prince Rupert, the track and field team needed to make sure it upgraded the available equipment as quickly as possible.

So the goal is to raise $12,400 by the spring. A lofty goal, but necessary said Johnson.

"Our starting blocks are in a state of disrepair," explained Johnson. "We are in need of hurdles and new javelins and equipment does not come cheap."

Johnson said that the Prince Rupert team was looking for quality equipment that would stand the test of time.

"We are looking at $2,400 for six starting blocks, $6,000 for hurdle and $4,000 for javelins," stated Johnson.

The initiative to acquire more equipment came after strong performances by Charles Hays students last spring.

The Charles Hays Grade 8 squad brought home the Northwest zone banner in the spring earlier this year.

The junior and senior athletes produced exceptionally well but fell short of taking home the banners in their age groups due to lack of numbers.

Johnson came to believe that the team was in need of new equipment after good results

With finances tough in the school district, Johnson and his team decided the best way to raise the money that was needed was to get shoveling.

The team filled over 600 bags for winter drivers in this community, which will be available at the local 7-11 gas bar/convenience store. Johnson wanted to thank corporate support for their help.

"I would like to thank Gene Storey, McDonalds Restaurant, Fred Chandler from Sky High Fishing, Charles Hays Senior Secondary, the City of Prince Rupert and our local 7-11 Store for making this fundraiser so successful," thanked Johnson.

And the fundraising continues.

Johnson left yesterday morning on a ship headed for Hecate Strait where he will be catching crab. The crab will be sold on October 24 when Sky High fishing arrives in port. Orders can be placed by calling Kristina Williams at 250-600-3600.

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