(Hayden Prince expects to have a lot of fun this weekend shooting zombies, while doing something for a good cause. We thought we'd invite him to talk about it over a cup of coffee: he had lemonade.)
So, Hayden, you're back again with your airsoft zombie shoot. Give me the details. It takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.?
Yes, registration's at 9 a.m. if you haven't pre-registered online. People can register at: www.shooting4food.com
And if people don't have guns, they can purchase them onsite?
Yes, we have a 15 per-cent discount from Canadian Tire.
You did very well when you did this last year. What are you hoping for this year?
Well, it was a huge success last year. We were aiming for 100 people, 1,000 non-perishable food items and $1,000 and we achieved 98 people plus two dogs, so we got our goal of 100 mammals, and we got 700 non-perishable food items and we got $2,010. I was blown away by all the support from the community.
The $2,000 that you raised, did that also go to the food bank?
Oh, yes. Everything went to the food bank.
And what are your goals for this year's event?
We're trying to get 250 people. Last year it rained and people thought it was rained out. SO, 250 people, 2,500 non-perishable food items and $5,000. When me and my friend, Tom, went to classes to tell them about it - we went to Grade 4 classes up to Grade 8 - we asked how many would like to go to this and everyone put their hands up. And it's not just boys, it's boys and girls.
There's no profit in this for you, is there?
No, none whatsoever. The food bank really is fabulous and important in our community, even though many people don't even know about it. The Loaves and Fishes food bank opened in 1989 and it serves clients of all ages, 30 per cent men and 70 per cent women. It serves, on average, 80 local families a month. They have served over 3,000 families since they opened. They actually go through 60,000 pounds of food a year, which equals 30 pickup trucks full. People have to go there because they've lost their job or have long-term disabilities or where they're spending money on, like, care for injured family members. So I really believe that is a really big cause, because food is something that we all need.
How old are you now, Hayden?
Thirteen. When I was 11, me and my nephew raised $182 for the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter and when I was 12 I started this event and now I'm 13 we're going bigger and better this year.
I can't imagine what you'll be doing when you're 15. How did you find out about the food bank?
It all actually started off watching YouTube. I was watching airsoft videos and then this one video looked like a cool idea, but they were charging people, like, $60 just to get in to the event and everything else you had to pay for. It was crazy. They wanted all this money. One of my major interests was airsoft and I thought: "What if I took airsoft and combined it with the food bank." I did research with my dad on the food bank. My dad's been with me all the way and my mom too. They're really supportive. They're the best parents in the world.
So, is there a charge for people entering your event?
Yes, there's a charge. To get in, it's $10 and five food items, so we're trying to keep it cheap but raise money for the food bank.
But you have costs, don't you?
Some stuff our family has to pay for.
So it costs you money to put this on?
Yes, it does, but it's for a good cause.
Okay, Hayden, talk to me about airsoft. You use spring-loaded guns?
Okay, take Nerf and combine it with paintball and it's in between. Nerf, you're running and get shot, you don't even know. Paintball, you're running and get shot, you drop to the ground. Airsoft, you get shot and you know it and say: "Darnn, I'm hit." (At this point Hayden showed some of the small bio-degradable pellets used in airsoft, about the size of a small hailstone.)
Do they hurt when they hit you?
The one thing you always wear is eye protection, but in the fall you're already wearing sweaters and stuff, because it's chilly, and so when you get hit you feel it but it's not painful. On the guns, I'll give you a quick basic. There are spring guns, which are for kids and then there's electric guns and gas guns.
What is the lowest age allowed to take part in this?
There's really no limit. If you're 12, you can come by yourself but you have to print off a waiver from the website and get your guardian to sign in, but if you're under 12 you can come with a parent or guardian. We actually had some six-year-olds at the first one.
Now, you have parents, guardians, adults playing the parts of zombies . . .
Yes, bring your moms and dads.
. . . but as far as the adults are concerned, do they get into the shooting part?
The kids really get involved in that, but one of our sponsors, Toronto Airsoft, a professional airsoft place who's been really supportive . . .
There are professionals?
There are professional airsoft players. It's a huge, growing thing. In the U.S., they have huge events where they have over 2,000 players participating and one of the biggest events is Project Nightfall in Canada in an abandoned medical facility. They sell tickets online and within two minutes the tickets are sold out. People fly in from California and everywhere to go to these events.
How long have you been playing airsoft?
My mom bought me an airsoft gun when I was 10. We still play in my friend's backyard.
Are there many kids in town who do this?
Well, there are already lots, but the thing is I think we're getting a lot of kids into it. You can play it your entire life. You'll enjoy it.
For this event last year, some said: "Oh, can't we just play an airsoft war?", because we split the kids into two groups: one would be Survivors with the guns and the others would be zombies. And then you'd switch for the next round. But this year it's really cool, because we've combined both ideas. There's going to be two groups of Survivors and they're going to be shooting at each other and the dads are going to come in and attack everybody as zombies.
And this is going to take place at Uxbridge Shooting Sports?
Yes. Uxbridge Shooting Sports saved the event. Without them, it wouldn't be happening.
And how many of those pellets would you go through at an event like this?
It depends how long you play.
Good answer, Hayden. Now, just to be sure, this event will take place even if it is raining?
Yes, in fact everyone calls me crazy but I love stormy weather. It really adds a really cool aspect if it's really stormy, because it makes it very apocalyptic.
But raising money for causes isn't all there is to you, Hayden. I understand you're on the leadership team at Joseph Gould. What's that involve?
It involves doing charitable events. We did a bake sale for a family in need and stuff like that.
But that's not all you do in school. You're a reading buddy?
Yes, that's a program they run where the older students go and do different activities together with Grade 2 students and we're going to be teaching reading and how to enjoy reading.
I get the feeling you like helping people.
Yes, I always find it's better to give than to get. The joy of getting something doesn't compare to the joy of giving something. I'd rather put a smile on someone else's face than have one on my face.
Where does this come from, Hayden? Mom and Dad, or is this just the way you are naturally?
It's the way my whole family is naturally. My dad always gives his time off to help others and my mom is also that way. One of my older brothers was in Africa helping set up medical stations for malaria and in Rio to help a sick kids school, my oldest brother has helped with the library and mental health in Barrie and my other brother (who was with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan) is heavily involved in his community.
But, of course, you do some things for yourself. Karate?
Yes, I'm working on my brown belt with Okami Kai. I've been doing it three years now.
You also write for Uxbridge Town Talk?
Yes, every four months I put an article in. They contacted me. I'd already written about Shooting4Food. I've just started, I wrote about how to enjoy the little things in life and try to be happy. I also really enjoy photography. Me and my dad both entered into the Uxbridge Fair photo contest. I didn't want to enter into the kids' contest, I entered mine in the adults and I came out with five awards in different categories. My dad came out with six and he actually won the People's Choice award.
Didn't you arrange for your school to send a banner to an Afghanistan school a few years ago?
I can't take any credit for that. That was my dad and my brother. I was just the messenger. I'm pretty sure the whole school signed it and sent it to a school in Afghanistan
That answer tells me more about you than all your other answers, Hayden. Now, I know you're only 13, but do you have long-range goals?
Well, it sounds really silly, but I'd actually like to go into commercial real estate. The reason is your income potential is limitless and you're your own boss. My end goal, after I've made tons of money, I will become a philanthropist. That's what I would like to do.
You are a remarkable young man, Hayden. Thank you.
Bruins shine with three straight wins
by Roger Varley
It was hard to imagine the Uxbridge Bruins exceeding their Friday efforts, when they posted a 5-2 win over Clarington Eagles in what was probably their best game of the young season. It was also their first home win of the season. But in Port Perry on Sunday afternoon, in a classic match-up, the Bruins downed their arch-rivals, the MoJacks, 4-3 in a shoot-out to take the lead in the seven-team OHA Junior C Central Division.
On Tuesday night they confirmed their first-place standing with a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Georgina Ice.
Uxbridge opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period when an Ice defenceman tried to shoot the puck past Jarrett Smith in the neutral zone only to hit him in the midriff. Smith picked up the puck and carried it in for the unassisted marker.
In the second period, the Bruins seemed to lose their spark, allowing the Ice to tie the game at the midway point when they caught the Bruins on a line change. They scored again 25 seconds later with a hard, high shot. The Bruins had a chance to even the score late in the period when Georgina's Justin Wain took the only penalty of the period with a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind. However, in what was truly a terrible power play, the Bruins failed to advance their cause.
The third period saw the Bruins come out on all cylinders, firing 20 shots at the Georgina net while the Ice managed only three on Uxbridge goalie Jake Joosten. Alex Siblock evened the score when he took a beautiful pass from Aiden Reilly as he stood in front of the net. Carter Vahey also received an assist. Daryl Thomson scored what proved to be the winning goal at the 8:00 mark, assisted by Alex Williamson, followed two minutes later by Smith's second of the night, assisted by Korey Brand and Marco Mastrangelo. Thomson combined with Williamson again for the fifth goal with less than two minutes remaining.
In Port Perry, the game went back and forth all afternoon. Dylan Locke opened the scoring with just over five minutes left in the first period, assisted by Thomson. The MoJacks came back with a power-play goal to end the period.
In the second, Port Perry took the lead at the 16:23 mark, only to see the Bruins tie the game again with a power-play coal by Jarrett Smith, assisted by Brand and Connor Evans. The MoJacks took the lead again eight minutes later, but as the period dwindled down, Vahey re-established the tie on a power play, assisted by Smith and Mastrangelo.
The scoreless third period showed how evenly matched the two teams were, although the Bruins missed an opportunity when two MoJacks were sent to the penalty box at the same time.
In the exciting overtime period, MoJacks fans thought their team had won after 26 seconds, but the referee ruled it no goal.
In the shootout, Locke scored first with a nothing-fancy straight shot along the ice, while Port Perry's Cole Murray was stopped by goalie Brandon Francey. Smith and the next MoJacks player both failed to score, leaving it to Mastrangelo to put the game away with a shot high into the corner of then net.
Against the Eagles, the Bruins were strong in all phases of play, with several players giving great examples of second effort. Smith gave the Bruins a two-goal lead in the first period with a goal at 12:30, assisted by Vahey and Mastrangelo, followed by another six minutes later just as a Clarington penalty ended. Mastrangelo had another assist. Thirty seconds later, Francey made a brilliant save on a well-executed Clarington two-on-one rush. The Eagles made the scoreboard in the closing minutes with a power-play goal as the Bruins penalty-killers, unable to make a line change during the penalty, were visibly flagging.
Early in the second, Mastrangelo scored a power-play goal when his attempted cross-ice pass hit a Clarington player's leg, changed direction and went into the net. Evans received an assist. Thompson regained the two-goal lead when Clarington's Ben Pitchforth fell while taking the puck behind his net and Thomson picked it up for the score.
In the third, the Eagles notched another power-play goal when a shot from the corner hit a leg in front of the net and bounced in. Finally, with a Bruins player in the sin bin at 1:30, the Eagles goalie pulled for an extra attacker, Alex Williamson chased a Clarington player into his own end, harassed him and stole the puck and scored an empty-netter.
After Tuesday's game, coach Geoff Hodgkinson said the team is starting to come together.
"They're gelling," he said. "The lines are finding energy together and we've been moving them around to find some chemistry."
Commenting on the five-minute power play in the second period, Hodkinson said it comes down to the opponent.
"That's something we're not happy about," he said. "Some teams are going to give you a little bit more room and our guys took that for granted tonight and stayed on the outside instead of going to the net."
The Bruins are at home again tomorrow, hosting the Little Britain Merchants at 7:45 p.m.
with Bev Northeast
Indian summer has come and gone and the gardens have been put to bed. Bird feeders are out in the garden ready for the first snow fall. And in a couple of weeks the ghosts and goblins will be knocking on the door for their treats (and hopefully no tricks). The days are shorter and much colder, but with every season there is a beauty we can't deny, and this year with the fall colors Mother Nature has worked overtime.
The Pearls & Lace Craft show is November 1 at the Goodwood community centre, and it’s a great place to do Christmas shopping for those who are hard to buy for, and an opportunity to find a one of kind gift. No admission and free parking!
Zumba is busy in the hall; if you want to join in the fun go to the hall on Tuesday evening and check it out.
Does anyone know if the ladies walking group is still happening on Thursday mornings? Please give me a call at 905-640-3966 or email email@example.com
A big thank you to the “adopt a road” crew, as Front street looks fantastic. Now, if we can encourage a few youth who need their 40 hours of volunteer work to take a walk in the parks both South and North and a do a litter pick up we will have an almost litter free hamlet.
The Baptist Church holds their Sunday service at 11 a.m. with everyone welcome to attend. Music on Oct. 26 with Freedom Bound; Nov. 2 with Aaron Clubine; Nov. 9 with Janice Buerling; Nov. 16 with The Fishers, and all are welcome to come out and enjoy. Every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. there’s Kids Club, and Youth Fellowship, and at 7 p.m. Church Bible study and Prayer Meeting. Sunday School is every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for all ages. For more info go to www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com
The Gospel Hall Sunday service is 11 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible reading. Everyone is welcome to attend; for more info visit www.goodwoodgospelhall.com.
Please drive carefully on Oct. 31 and thank you to those who drive at the speed limit through the hamlet.