Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Daily News expands on the local news angle with an interesting twist, by featuring not one but two stories about former Rupertites on the front page of the Tuesday paper.

When not recounting the adventures of the exiled, the paper also featured a review of the Chamber of Commerce's weekend celebrations at the Chances convention centre as well as the awards night success of the Prince Rupert Skating Club.

REAL LIFE DRAMA PLAYS OUT FOR FORMER RUPERTITE-- Tuesday's front page headline story sounds like it was ripped from the script writer's hands at Law and Order, the Daily recounting the real life adventure of former resident James Bourgeois who played good Samaritan in a rather frightening situation in Nanaimo. With tales of a pistol flashing in the morning light and a getaway made for television, Bourgeois recounts for the Daily how he managed to help a Nanaimo woman escape the potentially evil intent of her common law husband. The Canadian Press featured the story on its wire services on March 28.

Another former resident shared the front page Tuesday, as the Daily outlined the quest of James Chow to try and find some information on a sister, Suzan Chow, whom he has been separated from since 1948. He is in town for the next few days to try and track down some leads or learn more information about her and to try and discover more about his family history. He has plans to leave town on the Wednesday bus, so time is short for his quest but if anyone has anything to offer he does provide an email address of Joechow07@hotmail.com

A pair of weekend events also filled the pages up for the Tuesday edition, a review of the annual Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, AGM and Rising Stars celebration, this years installation featured the announcement that Deb Stava would be staying on for a second term as President, only the fourth time in the Chamber's 100 year history that someone has agreed to serve consecutive terms. The Rising star program was also saluted on Saturday night, where students and their mentors took their bows, highlighting the success of the program now in its fourth year.

Across town at the Civic Centre, success on the ice was being recognized as the Prince Rupert Skating Club held it's awards night, the paper's entire sports page was dedicated to items from the celebration. From a look back at the year of former Rupertite Francesca Amante who now skates in Penticton, to a review of the Rupert program this season and the news that Skating club coach Sheri Pringle was stepping down after ten years of service to the Club.

Total pages in Tuesday's paper (12)

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