Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Podunk Below the Masthead, January 4, 2010

A polar bear swim fit for a polar bear, a lucky scratch makes for a lucky holiday and an introduction to the New Year's baby, some of the items of note for the first Masthead of 2010.

Daily News, Front page, headline story
'POLAR BEARS' WERE SWIMMING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE-- The annual ritual of tossing yourself into the waters of Rushbrook Floats is chronicled by the Daily News, as the paper offers up a review of the 2010 Polar Bear Swim of New Year's Day.

A 10,000 dollar winfall makes the front page of the first edition of the paper for 2010, as the Daily News outlines the lucky scratch of Saraj Moudgill who claimed 10,000 dollars from a 2 dollar Gold Rush ticket that she purchased on Christmas Eve.

The Sports section wrapped up the local content of the rather light edition of the paper, with a review of the C-son Christmas Classic Basketball tournament held over the Christmas break at Charles Hays Secondary School.

(Archive for Daily News Articles for January, 4 2010 )

The Northern View
Meet Prince Rupert's New Year's baby -- An introduction to the first born baby for Prince Rupert in 2010, as the Northern View provides the details of Skylar, Prince Rupert's first citizen for 2010 who was born at 5:02 a.m. at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. (see article here)

The Northern View
A soldier remembered -- The Northern View reprints a Victoria News item about Monday's funeral of Lt. Andrew Nuttall, the Canadian soldier who lived briefly in Prince Rupert was killed in action in Afghanistan in late December, his military funeral took place in Victoria on Monday morning. (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Gamestown Contest Enters Final Stage -- CFTK News provides some background on the final day of voting in the province wide Gamestown competition. (see article here)

CBC News British Columbia, Daybreak North
While they may be back at work in the studios of Daybreak North, no new content has been posted to their website so far in 2010.

Daily News, front page, headline story
‘Polar Bears’ were swimming on New Year’s Eve
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Monday, January 4, 2009

Fresh snow had started to fall at 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, so the ground was cold.

Despite the chilly temperatures, spirits would were not dampened for the 2010 Polar Bear Swim hosted by Prince Rupert Rotary Club at Rushbrook Floats.

Many arrived in costume for the swim. Some fresh from the Resolution Run sponsored by Rupert Runners.

From Rotarians dressed as torchbearers, a family appearing as the four blind mice, some jail breakers and people willing to swim in underwear, it was apparent that people were having fun.
Before the swim began, two Garrys – Guidagni and Brunelle – cooled off in the snow, lying down to make snow angels and then preparing for the dunk.

And while most swimmers were in and out of the water within moments, three seasoned participants, Terry Garon, Brody Wilson and his daughter Denise, chose to dive off the dock, swim out to a marker and swim back into shore, spending at least five minutes in the water.

“I’ve done the swim for 30 years,” said Brody as his wife handed him a towel. “And it’s my daughter’s twelfth year. There is a big tide this year so it was a much longer swim.”

Non-swimming Rotarians were kept busy serving hotdogs and hot chocolate and once every one was out of the water, a resident otter swam up to the pilings to see what all the commotion had been, giving people on the shore a reason to linger a bit longer.

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