MASON CITY — The Mason City Salvation Army will be taking applications for those needing assistance obtaining school supplies on Thursday in Mason City. Captain Kenyon Sivels says it’s important to them to make sure kids have what they need going into the school year.“When they have what they need, going into the school year, it sets them up to do better. But when you go in and you’re missing things, you’re lacking things…kids by all means they still can do well, but it’s an uphill battle. We’re wanting it to be an easy road, especially at the beginning. Difficulties come, ya know when you get through the school year, different things come. But, we want to remove all of the obstacles possible for the parents and those students.”Last year, Sivels says The Salvation Army was able to help almost 500 children with back to school supplies. This year, he says there are a few items they are still in need of before Thursday’s distribution time period.“Wide ruled notebooks. You have the regular ones and then there’s some on the notebooks that say wide ruled. Wide ruled notebooks, wide ruled paper, school boxes and then folders. We’re in need of tons of folders I was told.”Applications will be taken and supplies distributed to those who qualify on the same day from 9am to 3pm at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, which is located at 747 Village Green Drive SW in Mason City. This is the 24th year The Salvation Army has distributed backpacks and supplies to kids in need.
SOME changes have been made to the Rising Sun Turf Club’s (RSTC) seven-race `Photo Finish’ seven-race card that is billed for Sunday at the club’s facility, Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.According to information received, because of the response from racehorse owners and sponsors, the organisers – Jumbo Auto Sales and Stables, in conjunction with the RSTC, decided to increase the prize moneys for some of the races.The feature event remains the 1400m race horses classified D3 and Lower with $1M up for the winner.Among the top Guyana and West Indian-bred horses that have already been registered for this event are Golden Blue Echo, Lady Budapest, Just Call Me Boss and Spite Fire.An 1100m race is also on the cards and this will be for horses classified H3 and Lower and four-year-old non-earners for 2017 and carries a first-place prize of $350 000.The other five races on the day’s card are all over 1400 metres and they are all open to horses classified G1 and Lower and E3 non-winners over the past six months; a race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses; a J2 and Lower race; a race for `I’ maiden horses and a race for Cow horses.The winner of the E3 and Lower non-earners will receive $400 000, while the winner of the three-year-old Guyana bred horses will earn $250 000.The winner of the J2 and Lower event will take home $175 000, while the winner of the Cow horses event will earn $100 000.Among the other 46 horses already registered for the day’s activity are: Brave Sky, Jack in My Style, Release the Beast, Goodwill Boy, Red and Lovely, Honey Flow, Climate Change, Big Man Boss, Puppy Tail, Mischevious Marker and Firing Line.The top jockey, trainer and stable will be rewarded.