Seed money

Hockeyville money used to lever­age big­ger bucks

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Har­bour Grace is us­ing its prize money from Kraft Hockeyville 2009 to lever­age even big­ger bucks from gov­ern­ment. The money will be used to make some big im­prove­ments around the S. W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Twenty five thou­sand dol­lars may sound like a lot of money, but it wouldn’t go very far in a place the size of the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium.

It can how­ever go a lot far­ther when used as lever­age fund­ing to se­cure more gov­ern­ment money.

The town coun­cil has al­ready matched the con­so­la­tion prize with an­other $25,000 in town funds and has ap­plied to the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, for an­other $200,000 un­der the 80/ 20-pro­vin­cial/ mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram.

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the $25,000 cheque from Jeff Ke­hoe of Kraft Canada last Mon­day, May 25, Mayor Don Coombs told The Com­pass, they plan to use the $250,000 (to­tal fund­ing) to in­stall new rink boards and higher glass around the ice sur­face.

The sta­dium has been draw­ing in­creas­ing num­bers to hockey games, es­pe­cially when the CBN Cee Bee Stars are host­ing other teams from the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League on home ice. There were some in­ci­dents at the sta­dium last year in­volv­ing fans be­ing hit by fly­ing pucks, and the new glass will be de­signed to help pro­tect fans from such oc­cur­rences.

Coombs noted they also plan to ren­o­vate the dress­ing rooms and bring them up to stan­dard.

Aside from that, the mayor said they are work­ing with Avalon MP Scott An­drews in an ef­fort to se­cure some fed­eral arena retro­fit funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The town hopes the work will be un­der­way this sum­mer and com­pleted in time for the 200910 hockey sea­son.

Har­bour Grace first be­gan its drive last fall to have the town named Hockeyville Canada 2009.

The cam­paign for the $100,000 grand prize was kicked off dur­ing an of­fi­cial launch at the sta­dium Jan. 3.

By Jan. 31 Har­bour Grace had moved into the fi­nal stages of the na­tional con­test when it be­came the sec­ond Cana­dian town to be named among five fi­nal­ists for the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 ti­tle.

The town hosted a Top Five Tour visit and broad­cast Feb 7.

Af­ter months of plan­ning and five weeks of vot­ing, which got un­der­way Feb. 28, the an­nounce­ment was made on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada March 8 that the Kraft Hockeyville 2009 ti­tle had gone to Ter­race, Bri­tish Columbia.

Har­bour Grace ended up with 754,936 votes, putting it in fourth place, while the winning B.C. town had gar­nered over 1.9 mil­lion votes.

The winning com­mu­nity for Kraft Hockeyville 2009 will host an NHL pre-sea­son game at their lo­cal arena; re­ceive $100,000 in arena up­grade money from Kraft and a one-hour broad­cast show­cas­ing their com­mu­nity on CBC Tele­vi­sion.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

LEVER­AGE FUND­ING - Jeff Ke­hoe rep­re­sent­ing Kraft Canada presents a $25,000 cheque to Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs. Hockeyville Har­bour Grace steer­ing com­mit­tee and town coun­cil mem­bers turned out at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium last Mon­day, May 25 for the pre­sen­ta­tion. From left: David Mur­phy, Joanne Barnes-Tay­lor, Bud Chafe, Paul Hamil­ton, Jeff Ke­hoe, Mayor Coombs; Zoe An­der­son, com­mit­tee chair­woman; Suzanne Chafe, Donna Comb­den, Tom Short and Lorne Tucker, sta­dium man­ager.

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