Paintball game to honor wounded vets

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There are many ways people choose to honor military veterans.

The latest local idea appears to be a natural fit.

The Dead on Sight Paintball team will host a charity event to support the Wounded Warrior Project Saturday at its field at 6302 Hewitt Road in Jeddo.

“We did it last year and had a pretty good turnout,” said Paul Dixon, who is helping direct the event along with his wife. “This year we are trying to promote it a little more and we are getting a lot of stuff from companies that have donated that we can raffle off to help make money for the event.”

The scenario paintball games are scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The $15 entry fee is good for the day and includes food and drinks.

International Screen Printing and Paintball will be on hand to provide rental equipment for $20, unlimited HPA air for $10 and paintballs at an additional cost.

“I love this event,” Dixon said. “I can’t wait to get it going. I’ve already run into a couple of vets that were dropping their kids off to other games and they said they couldn’t wait to come down and play this one.”

Dixon said he also hopes the event will also positively affect the younger adolescents at the game.

“It’s definitely a learning experience for the younger kids coming up to see the support that we give to help each other out,” Dixon said.

As for the format of the games, Dixon is keeping it secret, other than offering this hint.

“It’s kind of a surprise, Dixon said with a chuckle. “But hopefully what I’m planning works out and we will run it most of the day. If either team wins we will jump down to our smaller scenarios.”

For more information on the event search for Dead on Sight Paintball on facebook.

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @jhayes1136.

Ontario Paintball Company Defeated in Court Again

Paintball is a popular sport. It reproduces some of the adrenaline rush and feeling of danger that are associated with war, but it leaves out the part that is actually dangerous. Many players play to win, regardless of what it takes. However, a paintball company in Ontario believes that its rules are the ones that should regulate the play for their facility. They have gone to court four times to argue their position and have lost the court case all four times.

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In April of 2013, after a long and drawn-out court battle, Marked Paintball and Laser Tag was evicted from their current space due to zoning issues. After much deliberation, it was found that their area had not been previously zoned for paintballing.

In December of 2014, after losing their first court battle, the owners of the controversial paintball company again got into zoning trouble. They wanted to move their company and create a private park, which they claimed would not create any zoning issues. This was strongly opposed by local residents and the court again ruled that the paintball company was in error. Their activity was deemed a commercial activity, which would require more zoning changes than simply opening a private park.

In June of 2015, after multiple defeats in court, the Ontario paintball company went to court a fourth time. This time, they attempted to challenge the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The court once again sided against the paintball company. It was ruled that the decision of the previous judge was without error and was therefore upheld.

Paintball venture faces obstacles

There have been more than 20 objections to the new proposed paintball arena in Devonport and they are mostly coming from residents in the area who are concerned about the noise and the impact that the facility may have on the community (such as increased traffic, property devaluation, pedestrian safety, increased anti-social behavior, and the impact the noise may have on wildlife). One of the main ones is the increase risk of injury. That’s why many residents are being asking to call 411 pain org.
The operators of the facility said that the noise will not be as bad as residents may think because the establishment will only be opened three days a week (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sundays).
Mandy Smith, a co-owner of the facility said that the kids that ride four wheelers and motorbikes are louder than paintball guns (which make a noise like an air gun). The courses will be built with portable containers and not on the property itself.
The site leased is currently zoned as “rural” and it needs to be rezoned as “sports and recreation” for this facility to be allowed to open to the public.
The guidelines to make paintballing legal in Tasmania is under review and the owners of the facility are awaiting approval.