Van­dal­ism at Re­gatta boathouse con­cerns row­ing as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

For the sec­ond time in just a few days Harold Clarke, pres­i­dent of the Labrador West Row­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, has ar­rived at the boathouse on Jean Lake to dis­cover van­dal­ism at the sight.

“It’s not a good feel­ing,” Clarke told the Aurora. “A lot of peo­ple work hard and vol­un­teer to keep the fa­cil­ity in good shape, so we have a top notch fa­cil­ity.”

The boathouse is the nerve cen­ter for the Labrador West Re­gatta, where row­ers gather when they prac­tice, and on race day. As well, it’s the stor­age space for the row­ing shells and re­lated equip­ment.

Clarke says in the first act of van­dal­ism some­body took a num­ber of bar­rels, and five very heavy an­chors and threw them into the wa­ter. They were able to re­trieve the equip­ment. The most re­cent in­ci­dent in­cluded the side of the build­ing sprayed with graf­fiti.

“It wasn’t a lot, but it’s still un­sightly, and some­one will prob­a­bly have to re­move it some­how,” he told the Aurora.

What wor­ries Clarke is what lies ahead.

“Could there be more, and even more se­ri­ous, van­dal­ism?” he ques­tions, and he is also con­cerned that there is an­other fa­cil­ity close by.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s float­ing dock was re­cently re­moved for the win­ter and Clarke says they took ex­tra pre­cau­tions to pro­tect it.

As the as­so­ci­a­tion pre­pares for the clos­ing of the build­ing for win­ter Clarke says they are now con­sid­er­ing video se­cu­rity and other mea­sures.

He says the area is used by hik­ers and oth­ers, sum­mer and win­ter, and he’s ask­ing any­one who sees any­thing sus­pi­cious to con­tact po­lice.

“I re­al­ize it’s a small few peo­ple who make it bad for every­body,” he told the Aurora, “but peo­ple should be aware that what they are do­ing is dam­ag­ing things that a lot of peo­ple have worked hard for in or­der to make our com­mu­ni­ties a bet­ter place to live.”

Clarke also said any­one found re­spon­si­ble would be charged.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Some drums and an­chors sur­round­ing the float­ing dock were thrown into the lake.

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