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Podunk Below the Masthead Thursday, July 30, 2009

The artistic holdings of one of the city's residents, a cancelled health survey and a brief review of some of the issues from Monday's council meeting highlight the Thursday edition of the Daily News.

ARTWORK THAT LETS THE SUN SHINE THROUGH-- The front page, headline story of the day features a look at Doug Moore's stained glass windows. A commisioned piece, recently installed in his Prince Rupert home (see story below)

Elsewhere in the Thursday paper, a local health survey is cancelled after a government grant for 5,000 dollars was cancelled. The survey to be conducted by the British Columbia Recreation and Participation Association was to examine the state of diabetes in the North, a part of the province where the disease is a serious problem.

Council's meeting of Monday was also reviewed in short in the Thursday edition, with Council coming out in favour of flexibility for the Skeena fishery this summer, with council sending a letter of support to Ottawa, outlining their conern for local commercial fishermen. In addition council examined a motion to send a delegation led by Councillor Thorkelson to Ottawa to seek out Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.

The Economic Development Officer will make her first report in September.

The Rod and Gun Club continues to express its concerns over a proposed hiking and biking trail to Port Edward, the Gun Club outlined its thoughts on the project which could intrude on their current location on Highway 16 across from Oliver Lake.

The Sports section featured the Terrace racing scene as the featured story.

Total pages in the Thursday edition (14)

Front page, headline story:

By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Page one

A set of stained glass windows Doug Moore commissioned over a decade ago has been installed in his home on Fourth Avenue East.

One of his nieces was visiting recently and when she picked colours to have the living room and front hall painted, Moore decided it was time to put the windows in their rightful place.

The windows - all five of them - were created by Ontario based artist Susan Obata.

Susan's father, Roger Obata, Member of the Order of Canada, grew up in Prince Rupert, attended Borden Street School and King Edward High School and was good friends with Moore's father.

After Roger graduated, he went to UBC to study electrical engineering and eventually moved to Toronto for work. During WWII he worked in the Canadian army's Intelligence Corp in Washington, DC, translating Japanese documents.

He met his Japanese wife, Mary, working there in Washington. She was doing similar work. After the war he returned to Canada and became the founding president of the National Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association.

About fifteen years ago, when the Anglican Cathedral was getting a new tower, the Moores were asked if they would consider providing a stained glass window for the church. -

Moore's father suggested that Susan be asked to create the window and because her dad had always wanted to bring her to see Prince Rupert. The two came out to have a look at the church and see his old hometown.

The window she created features St. David and St. George and has been dedicated to Moore's grandparents.

While they were here, Moore asked Susan if she would be interested in creating some windows for his home too.

"I told her to be inspired by the mountains and sea and to come up with something," Moore recalled.

After she returned to Toronto, Susan sent him some samples of colours and began creating the windows in her studio in Toronto.

Moore went to Toronto to take over the delivery of the windows and learned Susan's husband had made-a special crate-to carry the windows in.

"He had gone to the airport to measure the X-ray machines. He wanted the crate to be able to fit and lay flat so it didn't need to be opened," Moore explained.

Susan also provided a channel for installing the windows so they could be removed easily if Moore were ever to move.

"My painter, Peter Dawson, figured out how to put them up," Moore said.

Looking at the sun shining through the windows Tuesday evening, Moore said some people say they see whales and other things in the designs.

"To me it's just a beautiful piece of art," he added.

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