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Fire chief David Hiscock accepted a fire axe from former fire truck driver Wilfred
Hicks last week. The painted and decorated axe was hung by the Fire Hall entrance.
Fire chief David Hiscock accepted a fire axe from former fire truck driver Wilfred Hicks last week. The painted and decorated axe was hung by the Fire Hall entrance. - FILE

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10 years ago
From the Nov. 5, 2009 edition
H1N1 kills tournaments
Volleyfest may go in early January
Concern over the H1N1 influenza virus has forced the postponement of provincial school sports tournaments, including the popular Volleyfest event.
Education Minister Darin King last week ordered school officials to cancel all tournaments and other events scheduled for the next two weeks that would take kids out of their communities.
The Newfoundland and Labrador volleyball Association (NLVA), in a statement Thursday, confirmed that due to a high number of teams opting not to attend the volleyfest due to H1N1, the NLVA executive has decided to postpone the competition.
NLVA will be looking to early January for rescheduling the Volleyfest, said provincial volleyball executive director Russell Jackson.
A large number of teams have been consulting doctors and health officials in their regions and they have made the decision not to attend due to the risk of H1N1,” said Jackson.
“There are also a number of teams that have sick athletes and do not have enough athletes to attend,” he said.
Volleyfest 2009, which was scheduled for last weekend, initially had a record number of teams registered.
With over 2,500 athletes, coaches and officials, Volleyfest is the largest school based event in Canada. There were 159 teams in 11 divisions set to go this year.
20 years ago
From the Nov. 8, 2009 edition
Fire truck driver donates axe to fire department
An axe with quite a bit of history was accepted by Bonavista fire chief, David Hiscock last week from a resident who once drove the department's first fire truck.
The town of Bonavista was incorporated in 1965 and the following year a firetruck was purchased. Wilfred Hicks was the town’s first works foreman and, when a fire department was organized under fire chief Gordon Bradley, one of Mr. Hicks' responsibilities as a town employee was to drive the firetruck.
Having very little equipment, the fire department was happy to accept fire axes from the US Coast Guard LORAN Station at Elliston Heights. Mr. Bradley remembers the Coast Guard station was clearing out old equipment and, when he received the offer of axes, he was glad to accept them.
There were quite a few axes and not all of them were required at the fire station.
One of them ended up with Mr. Hicks and it remained in his possession for the next 34 years. Recently he had the axe cleaned up and painted and last week presented it to Fire Chief David Hiscock.
The axe now hangs inside entrance of the fire hall as a reminder of the early days of the town's first fire department.

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