Craig’s column – On the Ball – A look back

Semi-regular column from Gazette reporter and all around great guy Craig Lindsay.

It’s certainly been an interesting first few months here for me at the Gazette. I’ve covered plenty of diverse subjects, as one expects, working for a small town newspaper.I’ve enjoyed Back to the Wild West Day, where I got to see a real life, albeit fake, bank robbery. That was pretty exciting. Even if the robbery was staged, the horses were real and unpredictable as animals tend to be. But the robbers were real pros and clearly very experienced on horseback.Also, this summer I took in the airport fly-in, which saw some very cool looking aircraft coming in and out of the Grand Forks Airport. There was also a delicious pancake breakfast and helicopter rides.That same weekend, of course, was the Grand Forks Fall Fair. The parade featured many colourful floats while the fair grounds featured several arts and culture booths, a gymkhana and mini chuck wagon races. There were also several live acts, including local singer, Amanda Thate, and fiddle champ, Mike Sanyshyn.Also, in a busy August, I took in Fiestaval Spanish/Mexican celebration at the Christina Living Arts Centre, a rugby tournament in Greenwood and Park in the Park car show in City Park. All were well attended and featured a diverse group of participants and spectators.September was a little slower as we transitioned from summer to fall, although we said goodbye to editor, Karl Yu, who took a similar position in Nanaimo, and said hello to new editor, Timothy Schafer.At any rate, September saw the return to school for kids and the start up of fall teams. The Border Bruins returned to the ice and started the regular season with three straight wins, including an overtime thriller over defending league champion Castlegar Rebels.I’ve been out to lovely Christina Lake for several announcements such as the announcement of several community grants at the bowling green, and the raising of the flag designating the visitor centre as an official B.C. information centre.There’s been plenty of news, but none bigger than the fire at City Hall on Sept. 19.I’ve also covered several city council meetings in Grand Forks and a regional district meeting in Christina Lake. I covered Grand Forks court during the trial of Christopher Cusack, who is being charged with starting the fires at the Grand Forks and Winnipeg Hotel.All in all, there have been plenty of interesting events and news going on. I don’t know if the coming months can top the past few, but I wouldn’t bet against it.Craig Lindsay is a reporter with the Grand Forks Gazette.