Vermont pilot project to expand voter accessibility for elderly

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, along with Jason Karlawish, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania; and Charles Sabatino, Director of the American Bar Association s Commission on Law and Aging, released the results of a study of Vermont s mobile polling pilot project. During the 2008 general election, the Vermont Secretary of State s Office joined with the University of Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association to develop a pilot program where trained election workers brought ballots to residential care facilities prior to the election to permit eligible residents to register and vote.  Residents who were unable to vote independently were offered assistance from bipartisan pairs of election workers who had been trained to work with elderly voters, and in particular, voters who have cognitive impairment.Markowitz said, Vermont participated in this study of mobile polling because those of us who administer elections need to be prepared for the challenges of meeting the needs of an aging population. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of Americans who are 55 and older will nearly double between 2007 and 2030, from 20 percent of the population (60 million) to 31 percent (107.6 million).  Markowitz said, This means that as we plan for future elections we must consider the challenges presented by the aging of America and explore new ways to reach voters who are in residential care facilities to ensure that they are provided an opportunity to vote, and to prevent voter intimidation or fraud.  Mobile polling is a great way to accomplish this.The American Bar Association adopted a policy in 2007 urging states to improve access to voting by residents of long term care facilities by use of mobile polling.  Vermont is in the forefront of states in making this policy a reality and showing that it profoundly enhances the quality of participation in the election process, said Sabatino. About half the states have some policy that provides for limited outreach to nursing homes by election officials, but there has not been a serious study of mobile polling as a best practice.Karlawish said, The results of this study are compelling and convincing because we designed this project to compare mobile polling to usual voting using nursing homes that were well matched in terms of the number of residents and the severity of their cognitive disabilities. Working with Dr. Karlawish and Mr. Sabatino, the Secretary of State s Office trained local election workers and recruited residential care facilities to participate in the project.  Twenty-four facilities took part – 15 facilities voted as usual and nine facilities conducted mobile polling.  After the election, individual participants were surveyed to assess problems and challenges.The findings of the study discuss both the challenges and benefits of implementing mobile polling.  Key general findings include:Absentee balloting is very common in long term care facilities.  When mobile polling is not offered, residents who vote will do so using an absentee ballot. This confirms previous research and makes sense because residents of long term care facilities often are disabled so that going to the polling place to vote is difficult.Most residents of long term care facilities need assistance voting.  Typically, this means reading the ballot out loud to the voter and helping mark the ballot.  This confirms the fact that residents of long term care facilities may be uniquely vulnerable to undue influence and fraud, and confirms the value of having a bi-partisan pair of trained election workers assisting voters in long term care facilities.Voting in long term care facilities without the benefit of mobile polling opens the process up to arbitrary decision about who may vote and fraud and abuse.   Although the study was not designed to uncover fraud or abuse, the study found that without mobile polling nursing home residents are more susceptible to a greater opportunity for both staff and family members to unduly influence voting by residents.The overall findings of the study indicate that mobile polling is a beneficial alternative for reaching residents of long term care facilities.Residents of long term care facilities like mobile polling.  Nursing home staff and elections workers observed that residents liked the mobile polling experience because it respected their dignity; made them feel like full citizens because their experience is closer to the civic experience of going to a polling place; and it gives them additional contact with the community and fosters feelings of independence, pride, importance and that they are valued by the community.Mobile polling promotes increased accessibility to voting.  Residents of the long term care facilities did not have to worry about transportation to the polls or arranging for an absentee ballot.Mobile polling was beneficial to nursing home staff.  Nursing home staff reported that mobile polling made the registration and voting process easier.  It relieved their discomfort about assisting residents with cognitive impairment and it increased the legitimacy of the process, reducing the threat of fraud, undue influence and coercion.  They were also pleased because it reduced their workload by streamlining the voting process.Election officials saw benefits in mobile polling.  Election officials found that mobile polling was a good way to assist residents of long term care. They felt that having trained election workers assist voters in bipartisan pairs helps to minimize concerns of voter fraud and manipulation for residents of long term care facilities.  Some election workers noted that mobile polling could help reduce the workload on Election Day as it permits them to serve voters in advance.Implementing mobile polling presents challenges.  The principal challenge is the time it takes for election workers to conduct the mobile polling.  Although, on average the mobile polling itself took only an hour or two, setting up mobile polling, and finding and training election workers can be time consuming at a time when the clerks are already busy preparing for an election and serving early voters.The results of this study will be delivered to the United States Elections Assistance Commission, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Association of Election Administrators.Publication of the full report is expected in the coming year. To learn more about facilitating voting as people age and addressing the challenges of cognitive impairment, visit is external).********************************************************************************************FACT SHEETBringing voting to long term care facilities:Assessing the benefits of mobile pollingJason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Medicine and Medical EthicsDeborah Markowitz, Vermont Secretary of StateCharlie Sabatino, American Bar Association, Commission on Law and AgingThe research reported herein was supported by the Greenwall Foundation and the Borchard Foundation.BackgroundFailures to ensure proper access to voting and to protect against manipulation of the vote of disabled citizens compromise the integrity of elections.In 2008, Vermont enacted mobile polling. Mobile polling brings election officials into a long term care setting so they can assist residents to vote.ObjectiveTo assess the impact of mobile polling on voter turnout, voter rights, and voter fraud.Methods24 long term care facilities, matched according to size and residents cognitive status, were randomized to conduct mobile polling or voting as usual (absentee or polling booth).Because some sites were unable or unwilling to conduct mobile polling, 15 facilities voted as usual, and 9 facilities conducted mobile polling, resulting in 9 matched pairs and 6 additional control sites.Surveys of activities directors and election officials assessed problems or challenges with each voting method and voting outcomes.ResultsFacility staff and election officials reported that mobile polling made voting more convenient and accessible for residents, increased legitimacy, relieved staff discomfort in assisting cognitively impaired voters, reduced the threat of fraud and coercion, and decreased workload for residents and staff. By staff estimates, the overall proportion of residents who voted at matched sites was 30.1% ± 16.9%.Although there were significant qualitative differences in the voting experience, there were no significant differences between matched control and intervention sites in proportion of residents who voted (t = -1.7, p = .11) or between-site variance in voting rates (variance ratio test f = 0.33, p = .14).These findings were consistent when all sites were included in analysis.Advantages of Mobile PollingBeneficial for the residents feelings of self worth I think it s very good for the residents self-esteem; it makes them continue to feel like a worthy part of the community and in the political system. Less threat of fraud and coercion We felt there was less coercion, it would be the cleanest way of voting.  No one would influence them, because we know the justices of the peace wouldn t do that and it also gave a real feeling of participating in democracy.  Protects/ensures the residents right to vote They need to vote, they need to make their vote count.  Just because they are in a nursing home they shouldn t be cut off from doing things they want to do.  We have pretty good people here, people are very vocal and get into discussion groups.  They all felt good having to vote. Relieves discomfort of staff assisting the cognitively impaired We really cannot even read the ballot to them but you know in the past residents would say what do you think, who do you think I should vote for, so with these two officials there representing both parties it was, it took the load off us.  It took the uncomfortableness out of it for us.  As much as we want to help people do the right thing or what we think they would think is the right thing, this was not an area that we could get into.  So it took a lot of pressure off us. Made voting more accessible and convenient Mobile Polling was convenient, it assured more people would vote with no influence and they really enjoyed it! Most people here would be too scared to just go out and go to the polling place in the confusion. Reduced workload for election officials It really helps us on the day of elections because ¦it helps us with not having so many people with you know those kinds of problems coming through the day of elections.  I think it s a great idea and I think it s the wave of the future.SummaryAlthough mobile polling did not affect turnout, it does provide substantial benefits to maximize voter rights and minimize concerns of voter fraud and manipulation.Facilities where voting occurred as usual had difficulty judging capacity to vote; staff members worried about potential persuasion and fraud; and voting was time consuming for nursing home staff.last_img read more

Long Island Fourth of July 2015 Parades and Fireworks Shows

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York What better way to celebrate the Independence Day than by attending one of the many fireworks shows hosted across Long Island this weekend? Round up the friends and family and make some Fourth of July memories at one or more of these events:Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Festival 6164 Route 25A, Wading River. Free. 5-11 p.m. July 1-4.Annual Carnival and Fireworks Show Polo Grounds, Moores Lane Off Route 25, Greenport. Free. Carnival opens at 6 p.m. July 1-5. Fireworks at 10 p.m., July 4-5.Children’s Main Street 4th of July CelebrationBay Shore Bandshell, Main Street, Bay Shore. Free. 1 p.m. July 2.Fourth of July Holiday ConcertConnetquot Public Library, 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. Free. 7-8 p.m., July 2Go Fourth On The BayGreat South Bay/Connetquot River, Oakdale. Free. Sundown, July 2.Pyrotecnico Fireworks ExtravaganzaBethpage Ballpart, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. $12-$15. When game ends, July 2-4.Old Bethpage Independence Day CelebrationCirca 1865 Independence Day Celebration, parade and ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Fourth of July. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. $10 adults, $7 children, seniors and firefighters. Kids under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4, 5.Southhampton Fresh Air Home28th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks, 1030 Meadow Lane, Southhampton. Free. Sundown, July 3.33rd Annual Bellmore Striders Independence DayPettit Avenue, Bellmore.  $20 per adult. $10 per child. One-mile run for children at 8 a.m. 4-mile run at 8:30 a.m., July 4.Oakdale Firecracker 5K Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd., Oakdale.  9 a.m., July 4.South Hampton Arts Center Post-Parade PartySouthampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. Free. 12 p.m. July 4.Southold 18th Annual 4th of July ParadeMain Road, Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane, Southold. Free. 12 p.m., July 4.Valley Stream’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks ShowFiremen’s Memorial Field, East Fenimore Street and Albermarle Avenue, Valley Stream Park. $5. Pre-fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m., July 4.July 4th Fireworks and ConcertPennysaver Amphitheater, 55 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville. Free. 5 p.m. July 4.July 4th Fireworks CruiseCaptree State Park, Ocean Parkway, West Islip. $40-$50. 7 p.m. July 4.Stars Over MontaukUmbrella Beach, Montauk. Free. 9 p.m. July 4.Asharoken FireworksAsharoken Beach on Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken. Free. 9 p.m., July 4.July 4th Concert, Children’s Bicycle ParadeMorgan Park, 1 Landing Rd., Glen Cove. Free. Fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4.East Hills Village Firework ShowVillage of East Hills, 209 Harbor Hill Rd., East Hills. Free. 9:15 p.m. July 4.July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Jones BeachBack after a seven-year hiatus! Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.Sag Harbor Yacht Club FireworksMarine Park or Haven’s Beach, Sag Harbor. Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.Port Jefferson 4th of July Parade and Fireworks DisplayAnnual Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. followed by a fireworks show at sundown. West Beach, Port Jefferson. Free. 9:30 p.m. July 4.25th Annual Southampton Firecracker 8K Run and 3M Walk 25 Pond Ln, Southampton. Pre-registration fee: $25, $30 DOS. 8 a.m., July 5.Shelter Island Fireworks ShowCrescent Beach, Shelter Island.  Free. 9 p.m.  July 11.Rockville Centre Fireworks ShowMill River Park, Rockville Centre. Free. 9:15 p.m.  July 11.Salute to AmericaJohn J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. Free. 7:30 p.m., July 14.—Compiled by Kyla Stan and Daniela Weinsteinlast_img read more

N.Korea steps up coronavirus prevention after first possible infection

first_imgTopics : North Korea introduced tougher prevention measures against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, state media reported, after it locked down the border town of Kaesong to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed case of the respiratory disease.Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress, and test kits, protective clothing, and medical equipment were being rapidly supplied, the North’s KCNA state news agency said.The measures come after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency on Sunday after a person suspected of being infected with the virus returned from South Korea. North Korea said earlier this month it has started early clinical trial on a vaccine for the virus, but experts are skeptical.The country lacks the technology or laboratories to develop COVID-19 vaccines, said Choi Jung-hun, a former North Korean doctor who defected to the South in 2012.”North Korea wasn’t even capable of testing people just until three or four months ago,” said Choi, now a researcher at Korea University. “It is groundless for them to claim they are enrolling participants for human trials of COVID-19 vaccines.”center_img North Korea had reported testing 1,211 people for the virus as of July 16 with all returning negative results, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement sent to Reuters on Monday. The report said 696 nationals were under quarantine.Primers and probes for machines capable of facilitating 1,000 tests have arrived in North Korea, WHO said. There are 15 laboratories designated to test COVID-19 in the country.North Korea has a limited healthcare system with hospitals that lack adequate electricity, medicine, and water. It has long depended on the WHO to procure drugs as sanctions against the country made imports difficult.In the past months, it received test kits and protective gear from the WHO and countries including Russia, but some of these were held up at the border because of the country’s own restrictions.last_img read more

UK roundup: CovPress, PPF, de-risking, LGPS Framework Agreement

first_imgA UK pension scheme has for the first time been lifted out of an assessment period with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) in a deal that secures members’ benefits in full. CovPress, a UK manufacturer that went into administration last September and whose pension scheme has been in a PPF assessment period, has been acquired by industrial group Liberty House in a deal reached overnight.The CovPress pension scheme is being transferred as part of the sale.Joint administrator of the deal, Eddie Williams of Grant Thornton, said: “This has avoided the scheme’s passing into the Pension Protection Fund through an ongoing employer, which we understand has never been previously achieved for a business in administration. This has been pivotal to the outcome of the administration.” Lane Clark & Peacock advised Liberty, and Timothy Sharples, partner at the pension specialists, said “the members of the pension scheme can now look forward to receiving their benefits in full rather than reduced benefits from the Pension Protection Fund”.A spokeswoman for the PPF said: “In this instance, we were not needed, as the purchaser of the Covpress business voluntarily agreed to take on responsibility for the pension scheme. This has achieved a better result for the scheme members and the PPF.”The PPF acts as a rescue fund for pension schemes whose sponsoring employers have gone into administration and do not have sufficient assets to pay benefits matching or exceeded PPF levels of compensation.Schemes go through an assessment period before entering the fund.There have been instances of other deals being struck to prevent UK pension schemes from falling into the PPF, such as that of the Uniq scheme in 2011 and MIRA Retirement Benefits Scheme in 2015, but these have been buyout deals with insurers and involved a reduction in member benefits, while still exceeding PPF compensation levels.Alex Waite, partner at LCP, told IPE these deals were sometimes referred to as “PPF plus” deals but that the CovPress case was unique because it constituted a full rescue. “This is unique because it is as if the scheme had never gone into the PPF assessment in the first place,” he said. “It doesn’t reduce member benefits, which has never been done before.”In other news, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Pension Scheme has completed a £90m (€104m) buy-in deal with the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) in a second de-risking step.The CAA scheme provides defined benefits to the employees of the National Air Traffic Services and the CAA, and had assets of £2.2bn as at 31 March 2016.The deal with PIC, announced today, is the second de-risking transaction for the scheme, after it completed a £1.6bn bulk annuity with Rothesay Life in 2015.Aon Hewitt and Reed Smith advised the scheme.Paul Belok, partner in the former’s risk settlement group, highlighted the agreement of a price lock during an exclusivity period with PIC as a “particularly positive” feature of the transaction, as this meant the terms of the deal were not affected adversely by market movements during the relatively volatile period before the risk was transferred.Just Retirement today announced that it has completed a £36m medically underwritten bulk annuity deal covering the liabilities of fewer than 50 members of the defined benefit pension scheme of Aliaxis, an industrial company that makes products such as electrical ducts and conduits, and draining systems.Meanwhile, providers of stewardship advisory services have been selected for a new National Framework Agreement available for use by administering authorities of UK local authority pension schemes and other public sector pension bodies.Norfolk County Council ran an EU procurement process on behalf of several local government pension schemes (LGPS) for a multi-provider framework that covers services split into five “lots”, mainly covering voting and engagement but also “stewardship research and data services” and “stewardship-related project services”.The providers that made the cut for various services were: BMO Global Asset Management, FTSE Russell, GES International, Glass Lewis Europe, Hermes EOS, Manifest information Services, Mercer, MSCI ESG Research, oekom research, Pension & Investment Research Consultants, Robeco Institutional Asset Management, Sustainalytics UK and Vigeo Eiris.Only with respect to one service category, for combined voting and engagement services, was no cut made; five offers were received, and five providers awarded a contract.Depending on the type of service they require, pension scheme administering authorities will either have to run a further competition between the providers named to the National Framework Agreement, or they are free to choose from the list based on a “supplier catalogue”.last_img read more

Jessica Ennis-Hill retires from athletics

first_imgShe hinted at the possibility back in August after failing to defend her title at the Rio Olympics.The silver medal she won there followed her gold on ‘Super Saturday’ at the London Games.last_img

Italians consign England to fourth place in Scotland

first_img Despite having high hopes of winning the European Boys Team Championships for the first time in a decade, England’s youngsters lost their third-place match 4½ – 2½ to Italy at Murcar Links in Scotland. After losing both morning foursomes, the young England team had a hill to climb but only Jack Singh Brar and Marco Penge won their singles while Ashton Turner secured a half in the bottom game. Turner and Harry Ellis were always up against it against Federico Zucchetti and Lorenzo Scalise in the first foursomes and eventually went down 4 and 3 but Bradley Moore and Singh Brar took Renato Paratore and Guido Migliozzi to the final green before bowing out by 1 hole. Migliozzi added to England’s agony by taking the top single 2 and 1 against Adam Chapman, which meant Italy needed just one more win for overall victory. But England were not going down without a fight and Singh Brar got home 2 and 1 against Paratore while Penge edged home by 1 hole over Teodoro Soldati. However, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli secured Italy’s vital point when he beat Moore by 1 hole, while the bottom game between Zucchetti and Turner was halved. 13 Jul 2013 Italians consign England to fourth place in Scotland last_img read more

Norfleet makes historic NASCAR debut

first_imgNorfleet obtained her NASCAR license two years ago and made her first NASCAR debut on Aug. 4 at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Va. Norfleet, who is sponsored by Verizon, finished 23rd out of 25 drivers at the CMC Supply Twin 100s at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Va.With an early start at five years old racing her Barbie Corvette—replaced with two new car batteries to increase the speed by her father Bobby Norfleet—Norfleet stopped at nothing to make her racing dreams a reality.“It’s a blessing to do what you love to do,” Norfleet said.Bobby Norfleet, an inspiration to his daughter, has a long history of racing. Founder of Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., he began his career in motorcycle racing, then moved to drag before competing in NASCAR in 1992. His mentor was Wendell Scott, the legendary African-American racer who competed in NASCAR in the ’60s and ’70s and was the only African American to win a race.Bobby proudly wore Scott’s number “34,” which he then passed on to his eldest daughter, Norfleet, who wears the symbolic number with a long lineage. Bobby has always supported his daughter’s dreams and encouraged her to make the decision to race on her own.“I didn’t influence her at all—that was her decision,” he said. “She took an interest in racing whereas my boys didn’t. Whatever the kids wanted to do, if it was positive, we are behind them. I just told her she has to want to do it.”Norfleet was 14 when she realized she wanted to make racing a career. She knew hard work and dedication would be the key to success—despite what anyone else told her.“There were plenty of people, even recently, that would say they don’t get it or ‘it won’t work,’ trying to discourage me,” she said. “Misery loves company but I didn’t listen to them because had I listened to them I would be right there with them.”Off the track, Norfleet is engaged in a number of community efforts that include working with children and programs like the National African American Drug Policy Coalition and the Motorsports Institute, Inc.Norfleet keeps a busy schedule and routine to remain mentally and physically fit. Her racing career is “surreal,” as she describes it.“I’m just really a driver like everyone else, I just happen to be a Black female,” she said. “I didn’t set out to be the first African-American female—I just wanted to drive.”Norfleet plans to participate in more races this year. With a strong team behind her, she is enthused for what the future holds.“Now we’re just preparing to run a lot more races this year and getting ready for Daytona 2013,” Bobby Norfleet said.(Special to the Courier from the Philadelphia Tribune.) by Kimberley Richards For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Since Tia Norfleet was a young girl she knew she had a desire for racing cars. Her passion for racing led to her breaking barriers—becoming the first and only African-American female licensed by NASCAR. MOVE OVER DANICA—Tia Norfleet, the daughter of NASCAR pioneer Bobby Norfleet, races for her father’s team and debuted in NASCAR on Aug. 4 at the CMC Supply Twin 100s, finishing 23rd. (Courtesy Photo/Tia Norfleet) last_img read more

Port Of Olympia Answers Questions About Low Flying Aircraft

first_imgFacebook72Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Port of OlympiaThe Olympia Regional Airport, a Port of Olympia operation, is receiving questions about an increase in low flying aircraft and helicopters in the area. The Airport is in direct contact with Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) and is discussing ways to allow the military to accomplish their training needs while mitigating some of the impacts to surrounding communities. For more information and for telephone contacts, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or on the Port website, Airport section.1.  Who can I complain to about low flying aircraft or helicopters?The following numbers are for available for citizen contacts.For aircraft operating directly into and out of the Olympia Airport: Olympia Airport Office 360.528.8079.For flights not directly operating at the Airport: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standard District Office, Renton, 425.227.2813.For military aircraft: Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), 253.982.5637.For military helicopters: Fort Lewis, 253.967.0604.2.  Do pilots have to file a flight plan with the Airport?Aircraft flights and flight plans are regulated by the FAA Air Traffic Control Procedures Branch. Pilots do not have to file a flight plan with the Airport or the FAA. Aircraft can and do arrive or depart to and from the Airport with no prior notice. The Airport is open 24 hours daily.3.  Why do the military aircraft fly over Olympia at night and why do they fly so low?  Military aircraft have published training areas and training routes throughout the region. Often, military flights just seem lower because aircraft are larger and/or louder, and studies have shown that people react more strongly to noise at nighttime. For more information citizens can call the Fort Lewis information line, 253.967.0604.4.  There seem to be a lot more military helicopter flights in the Olympia area lately.  Is there a reason for that?Yes.  In the last year or so, JBLM has seen an increase in the number of helicopters based at the facility by about 25%. The units train both day and night. In addition to training at the regional airports, they train on routes and in areas not associated with a specific airport.  Additionally, the number of local area training flights has also increased with their inability to go to Yakima, for reasons associated with the congressional sequester and funding. The Fort Lewis information line is 253.967.0604.5.  Does the Airport have to allow the military helicopter flights at the Olympia Regional Airport?Yes, the Airport cannot restrict the military from training here. The Port of Olympia is required to operate the Airport in accordance with the deed obligations that accompany the transfer of federal surplus property (the Airport) and the Grant Assurances that accompany the acceptance of federal Airport Improvement Program funds.last_img read more

Hawks clinch Murdoch, now enter post season as early divisional favourite to capture playoff title

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe first round of the Murdoch playoffs have been set.And now Terry Jones and the Hawk players can sit back and watch the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels pound the daylights out of each other during the first round of the playoffs while Beaver Valley toys with the Spokane Braves.While nothing is set in stone come playoff time, during the past handful of seasons the team surviving the regular season test in the Murdoch Division usually wins the playoff title.“It’s really important to win the division and avoid that tough first round matchup,” Hawks’ head coach Terry Jones told The Nelson Daily earlier this season.“Last year we played Nelson in the first round and had nothing really left for Castlegar in the next round,” Jones added. “So it’s important to win the division.”Castlegar defeated Spokane in the first round of the playoffs last season, then dominated Beaver Valley in the next round en route to the KIJHL final under the guidance of head coach Steve Junker.The Hawks managed the feat during the weekend by taking three points from the Rebels in two very close overtime games between the two West Kootenay rivals.Christian Johnson was the hero Friday for Beaver Valley, scoring at 3:26 of the second overtime period to edge the Rebels 4-3.Saturday Castlegar returned the favour, winning 4-3 on a Scott Morriseau overtime marker.But the three-point weekend by the Hawks secured the Murdoch Division title as Beaver Valley leads by 11 points with only five games remaining for Castlegar. Beaver Valley now plays out the string before hosting Spokane Braves in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.The Hawks have owned the Braves this season.Meanwhile, Castlegar and Nelson continue their season rivalry this weekend with a home-and-home series before opening in the best-of-seven series in the Sunflower City.The Leafs, currently 7-1-0-2 in the last 10 games, have played the Rebels tough this season with the teams splitting the series each winning three times.Nelson survived a tough Super Bowl Sunday game against Spokane. Uriah Machuga had six points but Nelson still won 8-7.James Sorrey, who had not scored a goal since before Christmas, potted the winner in the last two minutes to send the fans home happy.Colton Schell led the Leafs with three points.Beaver Valley hosts Golden and Spokane Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Hawks Nest.Grand Forks travels to Castlegar Tuesday to meet the Rebels.Trio of Hawks chase Hubscher for the KIJHL leadThe three-headed Monster in Beaver Valley — Ryan Edwards, rookie Craig Martin and Chris Derochie — are currently chasing Nitro sniper Richard Hubscher for the KIJHL lead in scoring.The Kimberley player leads the league in scoring with 93 points, two in front of Derochie.Martin is one point in back of his Beaver Valley teammate at 90 and three in front of Edwards.Martin owns the goal scoring lead by a wide margin over Rylan Duley of Kimberley and Chase Edwards of Kamloops. Martin has 45 goals, five in front of Duley and [email protected]last_img read more

Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track stars shine on provincial stage

first_imgErickson and Faraguna, both 10 years of age, are part of the Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track and Field team and are coached by Alex Ulaszonek.”Matti Erickson was named the outstanding performer in his age division after winning the three events that he was entered in,” Ulaszonek explained.Ulaszonek said Erickson won the 60 meter, 300 meter and 600 meter events, all in record times.”His award for the top performance won him a Timex Harry Jerome wrist watch,” Ulaszonek said.Meanwhile, Faraguna won the silver medal in the 300 meter run and was the bronze medallist in the 60 meter sprint. Both boys, along with Adis and Semeng Atkinson will be competing in two weeks at an indoor meet in Kamloops. Two Hume School athletes are making more than a little noise on the provincial track and field circuit.Matti Erickson and Matteo Faraguna returned with a trunk load of medals at the prestigious Harry Jerome Indoor meet this past weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval.last_img read more