EDITORIAL: Help Hassen win Kraft cash

All it takes is 15 minutes of our time Monday and the community of Armstrong wins, but the entire North Okanagan region benefits.

All it takes is 15 minutes of our time Monday and the community of Armstrong wins, but the entire North Okanagan region benefits.

Armstrong is a finalist, along with the Kootenay community of Creston, to host the B.C. leg of the Kraft Celebration Tour. With that comes a chance to host TSN’s Sportscentre live in the community and $25,000 in upgrades for the aging Hassen Arena.

Coun. Ryan Nitchie and the organizing committee should be commended for the efforts put in thus far in getting Armstrong to the point where it was voted a finalist. More than 700 people showed their support for upgrading Hassen Arena during the nomination process. Creston, looking for $25,000 to upgrade its community, had only one supporter that we could find.

Still, in order for Armstrong to win, the community has to garner the most online votes from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Nitchie and the organizing crew are asking North Okanagan citizens to spend 15 minutes on Monday clicking on Armstrong’s bid at www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca.

You can vote as many times as you want.

It may be old, but the Hassen Arena still serves a useful purpose for many organizations.

Lacrosse is still played there, and has been since it opened 60 years ago. Roller derby draws sell-out crowds to the Hassen and is used for practice. And, of course, the old arena is a fixture and staple of the annual Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Hassen definitely needs upgrades and here’s a chance for all citizens to lend a hand – mouse finger, actually – and get Armstrong a victory in the Kraft contest.

—Vernon Morning Star


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