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Editorial: Get set to vote

Editorial comment aims to refocus attention on Castlegar's Kraft Hockeyville ambitions

The local Kraft Hockeyville fervor took a little bit of a break this past week. Certain media concerns, at least, appear to have eased up on the promotional push to see to it Castlegar is rightly identified as the community most worthy of the catchy title. Maybe it was a form of deferrence, a conscious effort not to be seen as trying to upstage the more established Olympic Winter Games. Well, if that was the idea... it worked!

Now the Olympics are over it’s back to Hockeyville hysteria, in a big way.

Castlegarians and related supporters have turned in a tremendous effort in the first phase of this gruelling odyssey. We are IN THE GAME and the game is about to get cranked up in terms of intensity.

You can be part of the unfolding drama by watching CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, March 8. At 8:59:59 Eastern, 6 p.m. local time the announcement of the 16 communities will be made. When they call our name it will start a 48-hour rush for votes.

But, being the masters of suspense they are, organizers are not revealing the rules until Thursday, March 6 – after this publication has been sent to press.

Overall, a number of locations will be set up for public voting, for now it’s safe to say you’ll be welcome to be counted at the Community Complex, Selkirk College, Stanley Humphries Secondary School. There is also the robustly-brewed suggestion of a well-known 24-hour outlet volunteering its premises (and possibly, staff) to help with the effort. Others will likely get on board by the time time rules are announced. To keep up to date check our website, Facebook page, or