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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Freedom 55 Financial The freedom to choose The power to get there Rhonda Martin Kevin Martin 7294969 DO Als up on top of Argos Story on PageBl SUN Thursday July 4 2002 Story on PageAS What best prevents skeeters from biting Podjnns 535 Princess 726O382 COLIN SUN Bill Potter shows a smashed oar from his harrowing boating trip on Lake Wahtopanah last Phantom Boater endured scary experience on lake BY DEAN PRITCHARD Brandon Sun The Phantom Boater has been Five days after a ferocious squall on Lake Wahtopanah turned a relaxing fishing trip into a fight for Bill Porter says he doesnt know when he will get back in a boat This was by far the scariest moment of my said Potter I actually thought I was going to I havent prayed to God in I dont know how many years but I prayed to God a couple of times that I know Ill never go fish ing again if theres a cloud in the and soninlaw Jeremy were the subject of an inten sive search and rescue effort involving three fire departments and two police forces late Saturday after rain and 100 km winds touched down on Lake Wahtopanah near Potter and Johnston managed to struggle to shore before being detected by rescue The search was called off after four prompting rescue crews to dub the subject of their search The Phantom Potter said he and Johnston were fishing on the north end of the lake in Potters 14ft aluminum fishing boat when they noticed the sky grow dark at about The men were heading back to the boat launch on the east side of the lake when the sky blackened and high winds turned the lake into a churning By the time we got our lines in the wind was so high that it was just throwing our boat all over the said a Brandon We were still in the middle of the What followed was a threehour fight to reach land as the men were repeatedly thrown from their boat and pushed further from Their boat nearly and run ning aground on the men finally reached shore at after following the headlights of several Potter said he had no idea anybody had been searching for them until reading about the storm in the Brandon By the time we got out of there we were driving towards the highway from the boat launch and we saw a couple of RCMP and ambulances going down toward the boat Potter I said to I hope there isnt anybody else on that Search ends for boarders facility BY DEAN PRITCHARD Brandon Sun Often told to go Brandon skateboarders now have a The long search for a perma nent site for skateboarders is The Wheat City Skateboard Association has a fiveyear lease agreement with the city for a skateboard park east of 26th Street near the Canada Games soccer It has dragged on but hope fully now everybody will appreci ate there being a skateboard park in town and the kids wont be in the places that they were says skateboarder Jordan Its we are all looking forward to the development of The lease agreement allows for the construction and mainte nance of an asphalt slab and associated skateboarding struc says Brian city director of community Under the the skate board association agrees to pay for all development on the site and comply with all municipal bylaws and provincial regula The lease can be terminated with a years notice by either party or within 15 days if lease terms are Its a standard lease agree ment that we do with our other recreation Brownlie With a site finally the skateboard association can now concentrate on raising The association has from the city proceeds from the sale of a mobile skateboard park and plans to raise the projects remaining Most businesses dont want to give money unless they know there is something more perma says skateboard associa tion secretary treasurer Marc who is also a police offi Now that we have a location our fundraising will kick in big The skateboard park could be open as early as Areas fertility rate remains constant BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun The birth rate in southwest ern Manitoba appears to be holding steady as the overall fer tility rate in Canada Between and babies are born each year at the Brandon Regional Health a number that has remained consistent over a There really hasnt been much of a Weve been quite stable here in says Carol Manson patient care coordina tor at Brandon Regional Health Across the country the fertility rate is falling compared with that of the United Statistics Canada has In Canadian fertility hit a record low of children per compared with the American rate of a differ ence of more than half a child per according to the reports Only 20 years this gap was less than one third of that In the year ending 1045 babies were born at Brandon The year 1104 babies were born while in 1079 babies were born at the The average number of babies born to each woman in the region was not available but the area serves a population of about people across southwestern Only half of the births at Brandon hospital involve women from the David economics pro fessor at the University of Toronto and coauthor of the bestselling Bust and says Canadas fertility rate is still well above other devel oped If we are going to wring our hands over our low fertility why do we compare ourselves to the only other developed country in the world that has a higher fer tility rate Foot cited Germany and Japan as having lower rates than For a Canadas fertil ity rate was higher than that of the United but that has changed Canadas growth is now about threequarters of growth and projections indicate the American growth rate will continue to be Foot says that is largely due to the Hispanic population in the Most of the difference between the two countries is attributed to the declining birth rate of Canadian women aged 20 to says Statistics SEE MORE PAGE A2 INSIDE 4H club celebrates See Page A3 Classified FOR SALE Extra large Furrari dog kennel Details under LOCAL EDITORIAL THATS SPORTS 750 tax included 619156 Summer brings special hazard for truckers BY CURTIS BROWN Brandon Sun To some truck sum mer vacationers heading out on the highway arent but something far We call them Jeff a trucker from And it might be with good According to the Canada Safety a lethal cocktail of fatigue and bad dri ving means more Canadians die driving in the summer than dur ing the snowy winter Ron Brossart of the Brandon Police Service says that with extra enforcement in the summer city cops are trying to keep more drunk dri vers off the Jackson can understand Summer drivers are he says during breakfast at the Husky on Theyre they dont pay attention to the road because theyre too busy gawk ing They seem to figure with fair weather and dry they dont need to pay Mike another truck driver heading to Vancouver from says that generally summer drivers arent that COUN SUN Don Bedard tightens the tethers on a motor scooter secured to the back of his RV yesterday afternoon along the TransCanada But hes noticed that vaca tioners pulling campers can be a hazard on the Sometimes campers are kind of he They slow down when they shouldnt and I think many of them are inexperienced drivers when it comes to driving in a larger The local manager for the Canadian Automobile Association believes leadfooted drivers lead to more I think its because people speed Theres more acci dents in summer because people are driving says Sherri McNicol of Its because the roads are in better and because theres no snow or ice for people to worry Jackson says that when other drivers go too fast in the it makes his job much SEE PAGE A2 ;