By Utamu BelleWith the sole purpose of keeping the culture of the Indigenous peoples alive, the Rupertee and Surama Culture Groups of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have, over the years, been on a mission to ensure that this is not lost or forgotten. The groups have been travelling to several destinations, entertaining many with their rich arts and culture, portrayed mainly through traditional Indigenous music and dance.Forty-eight-year-old Gloria Duarte, of the Macushi tribe, manages the Rupertee Culture Group, which boasts 16 members, while 54-year-old Glendon Allicock, who is the brother of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, manages the Surama Culture Group. This group was founded by him and his wife approximately 20 years ago.The Sunday Times Magazine recently had the privilege of interacting with the groups in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), where they performed at the Speightland community Heritage Day celebrations. There, they shared the joys of being able to share these talents with the rest of the world.Duarte’s group hails from the Rupertee Village in Annai, Region Nine. She explained that it initially started as the Wildlife Club with younger members in the form of a school club, of which she was Coordinator at the time.“Then, like a year after I started to sing…they dance — they are the performers in dancing. And now we are in the fourth year of the culture songs and dances,” she explained.Duarte also composes her own songs which she sings in the Macushi language. The culmination of Duarte’s traditional songs and the group’s traditional dances creates a cultural masterpiece. The Rupertee Culture Group performs both at the national and village levels at various forums across the country such as music and arts festivals.Duarte is also a tutor at the Bina Hill Institute Youth Learning Centre (YLC), where she teaches Culture, Song and Dance. She also manages a YLC School Culture Group. For her, it is more than just performing art but keeping the Indigenous culture alive.“I try to keep my culture alive by getting the young people involved and making them understand that it is very important not to stray away from your culture. Even though the education or whatever is there, they must still have their culture in them. By showing my talent and skills to them, I would like them to carry on too, because I am getting older and I will soon be retiring from all of this. I have composed a lot of songs and I hope that they would keep them. Wherever I am I would like them to use it as guidance. As an Indigenous person from the Macushi nation, I would like the young people to keep their culture alive. They must be proud, they must not be shy of their culture,” she emphasised.Duarte noted that before the dancers perform at a national level, it was important for them to firstly be trained and to showcase their skills at the village level. Her 21-year-old son also performs with the group, and as she explained, he designed the boys’ costumes for the performance at Linden.Enjoying a dish of wild meat pepperpot and cassava bread, which are Indigenous dishes, Duarte noted that she was enjoying her first visit to the Region 10 community.Duarte, who has also had the privilege of performing in neighbouring Brazil, says she pays keen attention to the performers from that country, as she notes that all cultures are unique and should be embraced.She said as a Guyanese, she is proud of her culture and what she does. Duarte also shared her passion for keeping the Macushi culture alive. As she is part of the Macushi tribe of North Rupununi, she related that the tribe’s population has been increasing with over 400 inhabitants in her village alone.“We are unique,” she said, as she described the beauty of the savannah surrounding the village.Meanwhile, the Surama Culture Group, which is managed by Allicock, has 28 performers, with new members added each year. Likewise, he noted the importance of keeping Indigenous traditions alive.“We don’t do only dances, but we compose our own songs,;we do the costumes for our dances, poems and these things. So it’s not only a dance group but generally all the customs and traditions…Our traditions, our languages, all these things are going, so we come together and we make it like a routine that it’s compulsory that every Sunday we meet,” Allicock explained as he pointed out that the group also does drama.He teaches children as young as three years old, a pastime which he admits that he enjoys.“If you start them off from very young, they got you as a role model and they look up to you. So it’s just for you to encourage them now to take up the challenge,” Allicock said.He related that travelling motivated him to get involved with teaching the younger generation as he observed too that customs and traditions appeared to be dying.“I had the privilege of travelling to places like Germany, China, Kenya, England, and Brazil. And what I have observed is traditions are all going and the only way to keep our tradition is to practise it and be proud of who you are and stand for it. That’s my philosophy, that’s what motivates me and my wife to carry on the culture. We don’t ask for money, we do it from our heart, because we feel as if our traditions are dying. A lot of people say that ‘well you have to pay me for my knowledge’. We don’t feel so, it was given to us by our ancestors and we must pass it on by sharing it to people,”Allicock noted.In this light, he said the groups also share knowledge and learn from each other. The Surama Culture Group has performed at Carifesta and other recognisable events. Both groups also performed at the Heritage celebrations at River’s View in Region 10 recently.
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EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is seeking expressions of interest in building a new refinery.Notley says a new refinery makes sense for Alberta where oil is being sold at bargain basement prices due to a glut and lack of pipeline capacity to get it to market.While the rest of the world sells its oil at about $50 per barrel, Notley has said Alberta fetches only $10.- Advertisement -She says the successful refinery proposal will create jobs and will include consultation with the Indigenous community.Notley says any proposal must also show a strong return on investment for Alberta.Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 8.Advertisement “We’ll be careful, we’ll be cautious, we’ll make sure it makes good business sense,” Notley said Tuesday. “New and more refining capacity is part of the solution. I’ll be excited to hear what companies have in mind.”Notley has already ordered a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 per cent of output to reduce the glut forcing the steep discounts. The cuts are scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2019.Alberta is also planning on buying as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets and address the pipeline bottleneck.The Trans Mountain expansion project, which would triple capacity to the B.C. coast, is in legal limbo despite being approved two years ago as Ottawa revisits the impacts on First Nations and B.C.’s marine environment.Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSchwarzenegger’s chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, said Mendelsohn helped the governor stay on course during his 2006 re-election campaign, when he trounced his Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides. “Adam is one of the best communications strategists I’ve ever worked with,” she said. But Mendelsohn had a querulous relationship with the capital press corps. “He is a relentless and aggressive promoter of the governor’s agenda and adept at pushing the broom behind the elephant when things have gone wrong for Schwarzenegger,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. “He brought to sleepy Sacramento the Bush-style, take-no- prisoners approach to dealing with the media that has by and large served Schwarzenegger well.” Next year, Schwarzenegger is expected to be pushing at least two ballot measures, including health reform and redistricting. He also may seek to play some sort of role in the presidential campaign, although an earlier idea to put on a bipartisan presidential forum on climate change in New Hampshire with Al Gore fizzled. SACRAMENTO – An aide who helped engineer Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to popularity last year is leaving the administration to do outside political work. Adam Mendelsohn, the governor’s communications director and deputy chief of staff, plans to work on the governor’s political endeavors, including a likely health reform ballot measure, and spend more time with his family. He and his wife have a 2-year-old daughter and a baby due in May. Mendelsohn, 33, joined the administration at its low point, not long after the 2005 special election when the governor saw his popularity plunge following a disastrous confrontation with the state’s public employee unions. Mendelsohn was a key member of the team that helped Schwarzenegger refashion his image as a political moderate, largely through his signing of a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Although the bill was written by Democrats, Schwarzenegger got credit for being a Republican who was willing to sign it. Mendelsohn plans to leave his state post in February and will be replaced by Matt David, who worked on Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign. David also worked briefly for John McCain’s presidential bid until the Arizona senator ran low on money and had to slash his staff. More recently, David has been a spokesman for Freedom’s Watch, a conservative advocacy group run by former White House officials that spent $15 million defending the president’s troop increase in Iraq. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PALMDALE – Souped-up racing diesels and ordinary cargo haulers will drag-race this weekend in a charity event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Antelope Valley. The 25th annual Big Rigs 4 Kids is expected to draw more than 125 diesel trucks, and will also feature a car show, bands, a stunt show and a barbecue. “We have some of the fastest trucks in the world,” said Tim Shpall, Los Angeles County Raceway director of marketing. “Big-rig truck drag racing started here 25 years ago at LACR.” The 2005 Big Rigs 4 Kids raised $13,500 for the Boys and Girls Clubs, and organizers are hoping to double that amount this weekend, Shpall said. Music will be performed both days by Edd Freeman of The Drifters, Danny Dean & the Homewreckers, Rocksville and The Resistors, with a barbecue both days as well. For information, go to www.bigrigs4kids.com or call (661) 533-2225.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the raceway, 6850 E. Ave. T. General admission is $10. Vehicle entry for Saturday’s show and drag racing is $20. Truck entry Sunday is $35. Vehicles can enter starting at 7 a.m. both days. Saturday’s activities include a car show and drag racing open to custom and classic cars, hot rods, dragsters, muscle cars, motorcycles and sports compacts. Also scheduled Saturday are tow-truck drag racing sponsored by the Official Police Garage, a stunt show sponsored by The Motion Picture Driving Clinic and a “flamethrower” contest to see which vehicle can blow the largest flame from its exhaust pipes. Sunday activities include big-rig drag racing, a big-rig show, a backing contest, and an exhibition by the jet-powered Pick-Your-Part dually pickup truck.
Liverpool say they are ‘disappointed’ by the claims made by Bobby Duncan’s agent.Duncan’s representative, Saif Rubie, accused the Reds of ‘destroying’ his client’s life in an explosive statement on Wednesday after the club rejected a loan offer from Fiorentina. Getty But Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the starlet to sack his agent to avoid getting the boot from Liverpool.Carragher and Rubie had a back and forth argument on social media following the latter’s statement.He tweeted: “I think @bobbyduncan999 should leave this guy before he gets sacked by the club.” Bobby Duncan wants to quit Liverpool 1 Saif Rubie’s statement in full deals LATEST The Serie A club and FC Nordsjaelland are both keen on the 18-year-old forward, but their advances were rebuffed by Liverpool.Rubie also slammed the Reds for allegedly affecting Duncan’s mental health. ‘There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool.‘And today [Wednesday] is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.‘A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.‘It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan.‘For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.‘With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.‘The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.‘So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.‘Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under 23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.‘Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.‘Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.‘Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.‘The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January and beyond to teach him a lesson.‘This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.‘It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.‘I know one thing for sure, and that is he is never going back there again and he’s on such a small salary that no amount of fines will even make a difference.‘In this situation all that matters is the players health and in this case Michael Edwards has totally ignored that because of his own stubbornness and I really pray that his experience doesn’t happen to any young players again.’ rookie error “We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved.”Duncan, who joined Liverpool from Manchester City last summer, could still seal a move away from Anfield before the European transfer window’s September 2 deadline. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target latest targets Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement OFF Newcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman I think @bobbyduncan999 should leave this guy before he gets sacked by the club. https://t.co/4nmKH7ZHTb— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 28, 2019 LIVE on talkSPORT Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship A statement from the Premier League club read: “Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.“As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.
The inclusion of European powerhouses PSG and Bayern Munich in their group meant any hopes for Celtic to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League had to be weighed against a heavy dose of reality.Brendan Rodgers’ stated ambition is to be in European competition after Christmas. The elite competition would be the preferred destination but nobody at Celtic would turn their nose up at a place in the Europa League if PSG and Bayern make their money count in the group games.The most likely scenario is that Anderlecht and Celtic fight it out for third place and the consolation Europa League place. The head-to-head games between the two are crucial but how big a test do the Belgian champions pose to Scott Brown and his teammates?Home: The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium SNS GroupLast season was one that would have satisfied most Anderlecht supporters. After seeing Gent and then Club Brugge win the league in successive seasons, Anderlecht took the title back in style, winning the regular season and then finishing the play-off group to finish seven points ahead of Brugge in Belgium’s convoluted league system.European football was also a relative success with the team reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League, knocking out APOEL and Zenit along the way and taking Manchester United to extra time at Old Trafford before going out of the competition. The future looked bright under Rene Weiler after a successful first season in charge.A Belgian Super Cup win against Zulte Waregem in July looked like heralding another run of success but when the league got under way the wheels came off. Just two wins from seven games was enough for Anderlecht to sack Weiler and put in place a temporary management team made up of coaches Nicolas Frutos, David Sesa and Thomas Binggeli.That trio have been in charge for two matches now, winning 1-0 away to Westerlo in the cup before their players came back from being a goal down to record a late 2-1 win at Waasland-Beveren.With Belgium’s league winners being granted direct entry to the group stage of the Champions League, they have only played one game so far in Europe. Bayern Munich ran out 3-0 winners against the Belgians on match day one.Deal: Teodorczyk made a permanent move. PAA successful season always draws admirers and Anderlecht lost three key members of their title-winning side in the summer.The most high-profile was young attacker Youri Tielemans, scorer of 18 goals and provider of 15 last season. He left for Monaco with more than €20m arriving in return.Centre-back Bram Nuytinck left after five years to join Udinese and left-sided midfielder moved to China on a lucrative season-long loan deal. The trio may have brought in cash for reinvestment but Anderlecht said goodbye to to players who had made 144 appearances combined last season.On the plus side, Polish striker Lucasz Teodorczyk signed on a permanent deal from Dinamo Kiev after scoring 30 goals on loan the previous season. Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru, linked with Celtic in the summer, was loaned to Anderlecht from Everton not long after the English Premier League side signed him from Eupen. The duo have six goals between them this season.Serbian centre-back Uros Spajic also signed on a permanent deal after being a regular performer on loan from Toulouse last season. Belgian midfielder Sven Kums also signed for a large outlay but will miss the match against Celtic after being sent off just 11 minutes into the match against Bayern.Teodorczyk would be the main goal threat but a thigh injury ruled him out of Saturday’s win and could see him miss the Celtic match. Veteran forward Hamdi Harbaoui could continue in attack or Onyekuru may be given stage for his undoubted talent.Further danger lies beyond the striker with Romanian Nicolae Stanciu and Algerian Sofiane Hanni both creative influences who can also find the net.Defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker could be another major influence. The 22-year old has already broken into the star-studded Belgian national team during World Cup qualifying.
Over two hundred people gathered in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday (November 20) to receive a wide range of awards from Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training Services. Donegal ETB presented certificates to 200 learners who achieved certification in a range of programmes both on a full-time and a part-time basis over the last year.Many of these learners completed their courses in Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Centres in Letterkenny (Ballyraine and Ard O Donnell) and Milford, as well as a range of other venues around these areas. Certificates were presented in a wide range of programmes and subject areas including Catering, Construction Ground Work, Creative Styling, Barbering, Hairdressing, Early Childhood Care and Education, ECDL, Healthcare Support, Horticulture, Literacy, Manicure and Pedicure, Make-Up, Nail Technology and Welding (Coded, Mig, Manual Arc and Intermediate).A number of former learners including Biljana Durakovska Velichkovska and Inge Stiller (Learning for Living), Christopher Lindsay (Coded Welding), Lisa Geraghty (Make-Up) and Kate O’Callaghan (Horticulture), spoke at the awards about their experience of completing FET courses with Donegal ETB.This was echoed by Donegal ETB Chairperson, Councillor Martin Hanley, who, speaking before he presented the awards.He said: “It’s an honour to be here tonight to present these awards. I returned to education myself as an adult and I understand how daunting it is so I appreciate all the hard work you have put in. I would like to congratulate all of you on your achievements.” Many of the FET awards were co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Youthreach is also additionally co-funded by the Youth Employment Initiative.Cróna Gallagher, Director of FET, Donegal ETB, stated, “It’s fantastic to see so many learners receiving awards here tonight. They have put in so much work to get their certification and I’m delighted to be able to share in their achievements. The certification they have received here tonight will now open up many more progression options to them within further education and training or the world of work.”In 2017, over 11,000 learners completed courses in more than 120 venues across the county, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county.Learning for Living group with Aidan McCloskey, Adult Literacy Coordinator, Martina Needham, Adult Education Officer, Colm Richardson, Assistant Manager Training Services, Martin Harley, Chairperson Donegal ETB, Cróna Gallagher, Director of FET, Charles Gurney, Adult Education Officer and Emilia Puszczynska, Adult Literacy Organiser. Photo Clive WassonWelding Course with seated Martina Needham, Adult Education Officer, Colm Richardson, Assistant Manager Training Services, Martin Harley, Chairperson Donegal ETB, Cróna Gallagher, Director of FET and Charles Gurney, Adult Education Officer Donegal ETB. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Childcare Group -Aine McDaid, Aine Doherty, Susan McCarron, Marie Comiske, Bridie McDaid and Breege Sweeney. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Childcare Group -Aine McDaid, Aine Doherty, Susan McCarron, Marie Comiske, Bridie McDaid and Breege Sweeney. Photo Clive WassonIts wide range of courses can be found on the course finder section of its website. Further updates on the awards event can be found on Donegal ETB’s website, Twitter or Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB). Presentation Awards for Donegal ETB in Letterkenny was last modified: November 21st, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal ETBletterkennyRadisson Hotel
With racing, camping, a bar, and plans for an expanded playground, the Marshfield Motor Speedway offers extensive options for fun By Adam HockingEditorMARSHFIELD — Those that have not visited Marshfield Motor Speedway might not believe what would unfold before them should they enter its gates. The Speedway houses a massive half-mile track with an expansive grandstand, a full indoor bar, and space for camping.A variety of different race cars compete on the track, including Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, X-Treme 4’s, and Bandits with races every Saturday.General Manager Wayne Brevik has been running the speedway for the last six years, and he said despite a solid audience—an average of 300 to 500 people attend every Saturday—it has been a challenge to continually attract people to come out to the track. Brevik attributes some of that struggle to a generational shift. Children just are not as interested in racing as they once were.“It’s just a whole different generation. Saturday mornings you don’t see kids getting out there working on their cars,” Brevik said. “You just don’t see that anymore.”Brevik does not think increased concern about safety is responsible for the dip in interest.“We haven’t had to call an ambulance here in years,” Brevik said. “We have the No. 1 tech guy probably in the United States that actually works here, and it’s Mike Lemke. He’s from the Green Bay area, and he comes over on Saturdays, and he’s very strict.”Brevik also referenced the recent death of driver Kevin Ward involving racing star Tony Stewart. At a race in upstate N.Y., Ward left his car while on the track, and Stewart hit him. Brevik said that if a driver leaves their car before medical personnel reaches them, the driver loses points and payment for the night.When people do come to the track they are often surprised by what the facility has to offer. A church group recently visited the speedway and told Brevik, “We’re impressed. We never knew this was in our own community.”Unlike other regional tracks, the Marshfield Motor Speedway showcases two and three lane-wide racing. Others in the area feature single-file racing, according to Brevik.“There’ll always be a good show, always be a lot of cars racing, and we start—we like to have our show done within three hours,” Brevik said.Fans can also watch the race from a reserved parking area outside the track where they can bring their own food and drink.In order to attract more families, Brevik is expanding the on-site playground for next year. The playground will be supervised so parents can attend the race while their children play in a safe environment. The speedway also has closed circuit television so that if patrons want, they can visit the bar without missing the race.In addition, next year the speedway will begin hosting truck and tractor pulls as well as monster truck shows. Brevik hopes next year the speedway will go from almost all race events to half and half with equal parts racing and monster truck events.During the speedway’s offseason Brevik referees Division II and III NCAA basketball, though he says racing is still his first passion. Brevik regularly puts in 100-hour weeks to run and maintain the speedway.“I love it. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of work,” Brevik said.Though the track is closing for the season after the Sept. 27 “Eve of Destruction” event, Brevik will keep the bar open during the winter. The speedway lies directly next to snowmobile paths, and the bar will offer food and drinks to those passing through.The Eve of Destruction, Brevik said, will cater to an entirely new demographic than the speedway’s usual races.“That’s a whole different breed of people,” Brevik said. The events include daredevil competitions, a demolition derby, and a special event where trailers are raced around the track in reverse.Costs may vary for special events, but typically entry to the Speedway costs $12 for people age 15 and older, $8 for ages 9-14, and children age 8 or younger are admitted for free. Special family packages are also available.For more information on Marshfield Motor Speedway, visit http://www.marshfieldspeedway.com/. The speedway is located at 10853 County Road H in Marshfield.(Photos from the speedway available here)
Tigers fall to 0-2 in Wisconsin Valley ConferenceBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Stevens Point outshot Marshfield by 26 and scored three goals in each of the first two periods to beat the Tigers 6-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys hockey game Thursday night at the Marshfield Youth Ice Center.Brock Caufield scored twice in the first period, and Cole Caufield scored two goals in the second for the Panthers (5-1, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference).Hayden Roy-Peterson made 31 saves for Marshfield, which falls to 1-4 and 0-2 in the WVC.Marshfield’s next game is Tuesday at Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 6, Tigers 0Stevens Point 3 3 0 – 6Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0First period: 1. SP, Brock Caufield (Cole Caufield), pp., 2:05; 2. SP, Grant Czaikowski (Max Bancker), 3:39; 3. SP, B. Caufield (C. Caufield), pp., 9:31.Second period: 4. SP, Zane Fisher (Chase Miller, Treyton Zinda), pp., 8:48; 5. SP, C. Caufield, 10:13; 6. SP, C. Caufield (Jarrett Jones), 15:00.Saves: SP, Colin Schuh 4-5-2-11; M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 17-8-6-31.Records: Stevens Point 4-1, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 1-4, 0-2 WVC.