Monday, November 2, 2009

Howard wins Brooks

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Glenn Howard and his team. The boys took home $22,000 for winning the Brooks Cactus Pheasant for the second straight year, knocking off Kevin Martin in the final.
This has become – in a very short time – one of the most popular stops on the Asham World Curling Tour.
However, in the release sent out last night to announce the Howard win, I noted this paragraph at the end:

For organizers, they now have to start looking at next year. It wasn’t easy getting this one off, considering the downturn in the economy. The City of Brooks, County of Newell and Alberta Government came through with grants to give the event a kick start. The success of the event also takes a strong commitment from the many local sponsors, along with a board of directors, headed up this year by Chairman Lawrence Block, and over 100 volunteers which make the Cactus Pheasant Classic a major event for the City of Brooks and the County of Newell. For the curling fraternity in Brooks, it is an important event locally , and for the curlers across Canada, they have put their names on a waiting list to get in.

I have no problem with government grants going to help an event like this, since it probably results in a great deal of money flowing back into the community through hotels, meals, drinks, etc., from the curlers. That's not to mention the excitement int he community. And since governments seem to be giving money to anyone with a hat out these days, why not an event that can help the community.
Your tax dollars at work? Sure, why not? (As long as there’s no Conservative logo on the cheque!)

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