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1 Friday, July 15, 2011 $ Observer The Ag assiz Y Harr ison 604.793.9766 45921 Wellington, Chilliwack News Headline Subdeck Copy here office: 604.796.4300 125 YEARS OF SCIENCE PARC-Agassiz opens doors for celebration | classifieds: 604.796.4300 | & NOTARIES PUBLIC Real Estate Transfers 604.796.2925 newsline: 604.796.4302 The Obser Ag assiz Y H HAPPY CANADA DAY Mustang collide Cruiser and Two airlifted to hospital after late-night crash 8 Jessica Peters THE OBSERVER HARRISON FESTIVAL More acts to come this weekend on the beach 12 INSIDE Two people were in hospital at press time Wednesday, following a collision between a police cruiser and a Ford Mustang. The incident happened just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, on Hwy. 7 near Bodnar Road in Agassiz. The Abbotsford Police Department, which was called in on Wednesday to investigate the incident, said it was a Chilliwack RCMP member involved. The Mustang was driven by a 20-year-old male, with a 19-year-old male passenger. The pair was airlifted to a hospital and the driver was in critical condition on Wednesday morning. The passenger was in serious condition. The RCMP member was treated in hospital and has since been released. The accident resulted in a closure of the highway, so collision reconstructionists could assess the scene. The highway remained closed until about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. "Our objective is to complete a thorough and comprehensive investigation which includes all available facts and evidence," APD Const. Ian MacDonald said. Watch for updated information on this story online at SUBMITTED PHOTO A police cruiser and a Mustang collided near Bodnar Road Tuesday night. News . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community . . . . . . . . 8 Lions bingo night folds Classifieds . . . . . . . . 17 Numbers called for final time last night Mailbag. . . . . . . . . . . 7 Jessica Peters MARCO D. CEDRONE 3(5621$/,1-85< /$:<(5 7070 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz BC  ZZZFDVFDGHODZFRP THE OBSERVER You've got to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them. And after 40 years of local Lions bingo nights, it's finally time to fold. Last night, players were given a letter explaining the reasoning behind ending the long-running event. They were also told it would be the last night bingo would be operating. It won't come as much of a surprise to many, Lion Mel Jorgensen said. "Twice we've had to cancel bingo in the last few months," he said, due to a dramatic drop in attendance. It takes at least 20 people to run a proper bingo night, and more still to earn a profit. In its heyday, the AgassizHarrison Lions Club bingo would attract 350 to 400 people. One night, a major fundraising effort drew in 750 people. Lately, the number has hovered anywhere from 13 to 24. And some nights, they were losing money. And that's just not enough to keep the doors open, Jorgensen said. Lion Zenon Sabat has been volunteering at Thursday bingo for the past 30 years, and has seen the decline in attendance firsthand. "It used to be, at one point when the crowds were big, a million dollar business," he said. All the money that was generated from bingo has gone toward Lions projects, including local scholarships for students. With bingo no longer making revenue, that meant the volunteer time that Lions like Jorgensen and Sabat were putting in, weren't translating into dollars for the community. Recently, it was taking about six or seven people a night to run the bingo. In the past, it took at least 10. Jorgensen told the Observer Tuesday that "it's going to be a sad day on Thursday," for those who use the weekly bingo night as their social CONTINUED ON 3 *Price plus tax. 79 $2 * ® /NLY © 2010 A&W Trade Marks Limited Partnership Limited time offer.

July 15, 2011

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