Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Monday, November 9, 2009

Thoughts of old friends as the Toy Run gets ready to roll, the quest for business support for the BC Northern Winter Games is outlined for the Rotary Club and the (on) lines are now open for next weeks Rotary Auction, some of the items of note for Monday's news developments.

Daily News, Front page, headline story
ANNUAL TOY RUN READY TO ROCKET-- They're dedicating this years Toy Run to those that have passed away in the last year and when the participants in this years run take to the roads this Saturday in the annual charity run, the three won't be far from their minds. Saturday's toy run starts from the Salvation Army Citadel at 1 pm and wraps up in the evening with the always popular dance at the Fisherman's Hall.

The push is on to get more community involvement lined up for the Northern B. C. winter games , which will take place in the city from February 4 to 7. Glenn Hauptman who is organizing the games in Rupert spoke at the Hecate Strait Rotary Club's breakfast meeting last week and outlined the impact the games will have on the local economy and how the local business community can get behind them.

A front page pictorial provided a snap shot of Friday night's Mz Judged show at the Lester Centre for the Arts, the fundraiser for the North Coast Transition Society raised $18,000 dollars for the local society. For the record and posterity, Mz Terious, better known to his friends as John Mair was declared the overall winner, a controversial decision as is the norm in the world of pageantry.

The Sports section featured a review of the Prince Rupert Rampage game of Saturday night, which saw the home side suffer more troubles in the shootout, dropping the contest to Kitimat.

(Daily News Archive Articles for November 9 )

The Northern View
Pre-bidding now open for Prince Rupert Rotary Auction-- The annual Prince Rupert Rotary Auction will celebrate it's 45th Anniversary next week, with bids set to open in the evening of November 15th and carrying on until the Auction wraps up on November 18. The Northern View outlined the revised bidding system in place for this years auction, including the introduction of on line bidding, with pre auction bidding now open. One other change this year will see that the process of audience bidding for those viewing the auction live at the Lester Centre is changing, those now at the Centre live will now have to register their bids by cel phone (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Stakeholders Meeting In Kitimat Ponders Life After Eurocan -- In the wake of the surprising announcement of the closure of the Eurocan pulp mill in Kitimat, local residents gathered this weekend to begin the process of charting a new course for the future for their community. (see article here)

CFTK TV 7 News
Fundraiser Bingo Money Stolen In Kispiox-- It was B for bandits in Kispiox over the weekend as two local residents robbed the Kispiox Community Hall Bingo of over 5,000 dollars in a brazen theft of money that was destined for Christmas gifts for local children. (see article here)

CBC News Northern BC, Daybreak North
(No items updated on their website due to technical difficulties)

Daily News, Front page, headline story
Annual toy run ready to rocket
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
The Daily News
Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas is coming and it’s that time of year when local Harley riders gear up for their annual
toy run.

With the sudden death of Marc (“Dezi”) Desautels in September - who had previously been one of the main drivers of this charitable event - the planning was stalled a few weeks, but now things are coming together.

“We lost three of our active members in the last year,” said rider Chris Rose. “Ed Skalapsky, Lil Sinclair and Dezi. Dezi’s the one that started up the toy run and was president of the riders.”

In fact, this year’s Toy Run T-shirt has a crest on the left sleeve that pays tribute to those three fallen friends.

Designed and donated by local fire fighter and artist, Marvin Kristoff, the logo incorporates the names “Popster, Lil and Dezi, R.I.P. 2009”.

As part of the organizing committee, Rose said Skalapsky’s son Norm has stepped up to take his father’s spot.

The Toy Run will begin at the Salvation Army Citadel at 1 p.m. with a send off by Captain Gary Sheils. From there the riders will proceed to five bar stops for a poker run, finishing at the Belmont for a steak dinner.

Three local bands have donated their talents for the dance at the Fishermen’s Hall. In addition to the price of a ticket, people are asked to donate non-perishable food items and an educational toy, which Rose said can include books, basketballs and pedal bikes as examples.

Over the years, the run has donated $166,000 and more than 6,000 toys to the Salvation Army.
This year’s run is expected to draw riders from Kitimat and Terrace and Rose is hoping it raises anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

“It all depends on the turn out,” he added.

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