Friday, August 21, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Friday, August 14, 2009

Civic Pride trumpets its successful planter program, Changes to rules of the Harbour at Atlin and the Rod and Gun club has its concerns over a proposed trail to Port Edward, a few of the items of note for Friday, August 14.

DAILY NEWS Headline story, Friday, August 14, 2009
CIVIC PRIDE PLANTER PROGRAM IS FLOURISHING THIS SEASON-- Civic Pride has made good use of a $2,000 dollar grant from the City of Prince Rupert and the proof is in the participation level of the groups planter program (see story here) Article is also provided at the bottom of this post.

The sinking of a charter vessel at Atlin Terminal last week upon the arrival of the Northern Star has made for a change in regulations on the Prince Rupert waterfront (see story here)

A proposal to create a bike and hiking trail from Butze Rapids to Port Edward is raising the concern of the local Rod and Gun club which fears that the proposed route may encroach to close on their shooting range along Highway 16 (see story here)

Friday's sports page features a look at the weekend racing action planned for the Bulkley Valley.

Daily News front page, headline story:

Civic Pride planter program is flourishing this season
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Prince Rupert Daily News
Friday, August 14, 2009
Page one

It has been a good year for Civic Pride.

For the first time in six years, the group received a grant from the City to the tune of $2,000 and volunteers had less of a scramble to find the funds to purchase supplies for the city's 40 planters.

And after been told the City couldn't afford the manpower to water the plants, the group was pleasantly surprised to see city workers come around and water the plants after all.

"Getting the money was really exciting," said Charlotte Rowse of the grant. "The project costs more than that, but we were able to get sponsors from the community to help as well."

Donations from the community were down from the past, and that makes Rowse concerned.

"Maybe people think the money was enough, but at $125 times 40 planters, we still need the support."

In addition to the planters, Civic Pride is planning another banner project with Tasha Parker at Prince Rupert Secondary School.

"We are saving money to make new banners for Prince Rupert's 100th next year," Rowse explained.

For the most part the planters have survived unscathed this season. There are a couple that have been vandalized, but the majority are looking good.

Rowse would like to remind people who committed to sponsoring the plants to follow through with making their monetary donations.

"I have to wrap up this year's Civic Pride program budget so we can see how much money we have to put toward next year's banner project."

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