Amherst voting underway for Hockeyville title

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AMHERST – The time is now.

Beth Hargreaves-Dobson and Jordan Hunter are on location at the Town of Amherst cranking out the votes in favour of the community in the Kraft Hockeyville competition.

Amherst secured itself in the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville legacy Saturday, earning itself $25,000 in upgrades for its stadium. Now the community moves forward into the semi-finals and another chance at an additional $25,000 and another step towards a grand total of $100,000 in upgrades, the rights to host a pre-season NHL hockey game and a Stanley Cup parade in the community. But fans of Amherst only have until midnight tonight to place their votes online.

“I’ve been voting off and on every hour since the weekend,” Beth Hargreaves-Dobson said at a dedicated kiosk for voting at the Town of Amherst. “It would be more, but I have kids, too. But my husband’s been voting.”

Besides the Town of Amherst, the Cumberland YMCA has a kiosk for voting and will stay open into the night to accommodate anyone looking to vote and vote often.

Jordan Hunter, to got the ball rolling for Amherst’s submission as Kraft Hockeyville 2014, said if the community is successful, it will find out its moved into the finals this coming Saturday during Hockey Night in Canada.

Amherst joins Kingston and Central Bedeque, P.E.I. as the three Maritime finalists - three of the eight eastern communities competing in the contest.

Voting continues until tonight, Monday, at 12:59 a.m. Atlantic Time when the list will be reduced to four - two from the east and two from the west. To vote, go to KraftHockeyville.ca.

Organizations: NHL

Geographic location: Amherst, Canada, Central Bedeque

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