A resident standing in a section of the river that needs desilting to demonstrate how shallow it has becomeSand build-up at a section of the river…say farmlands, livelihoods affectedResidents of the Speightland and Karakara communities in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are appealing for sections of the creeks and the Demerara River area to be desilted. According to the residents, sections of the waterways in the communities are severely blocked due to bauxite overburden sediments caused by mining activities.They noted that this is an issue which has been affecting them for a number of years as farmers explained that many farmlands are under water.Residents further explained to this publication that some sections of the river and creeks which they utilise as modes of transportation have been rendered impassible.Speaking with this publication, affected resident Eddy Edwards noted that the situation gets even worse when there is low tide.“The issue is the sand that comes from the mines area – the tail end that draws to the creek…we’re looking for assistance…” he indicated.The resident added that there is a severe blockage which has caused a section of the community’s creek to disappear.“We had to cut a small channel to pass and it’s very hard to pass sometimes. It’s worse now,” he said.Edwards said he has made requests to the mining company in the area in the past but no assistance has since been granted.The issue, he noted, has had major effects on the livelihood of residents.“People need to use their land to farm, but right now it is under water, for ‘umpteen’ years…people does work up here, I mean for themselves, like lumber; Amerindians accustomed to farming, fishing. Now it’s become a even more bigger issue because it not only blocking the creek but the river too,” Edwards pointed out.Farmers of the predominantly Amerindian community, Speightland, utilise the creeks and rivers to transport their produce and according to Shouldel Persaud, a resident, it is difficult to traverse with paddles or speedboats due to the shallowness of the creeks and river.He noted too that this often results in damages to the boats.“Sometimes you come out here [to a section of the creek] and you can’t pass. It’s pure sand, no water. Every day you carrying out your greens you got to come out and push in your boat when you meet out at the creek mouth. If is high tide you could drive in but time like now [low tide] you got to come in and push in your boat. Otherwise to that, you got to wait til the water rise to come in back. That is the problem”, he noted.At a particular section of the river, one can actually walk to the middle without any hassle as was demonstrated by a resident.Persaud pointed out that years ago, residents got some relief after the affected areas were dug by an excavator but he said the issue has since returned.According to Edwards, there is need for proper maintenance of the areas to prevent the issue from recurring.“The Government should desilt this creek, get some sort of dredge operation. They need to build back the depth and they have to keep servicing it all the time because more the depth goes more sand will go. So they have to keep clearing it all the time. The other thing is, they got to do a diversion, re-channel the creek. That will serve a lot of the problems here – get all the lands that under water dry”, he said.Edwards said he is even willing to secure a dredge to undertake the works if he is given a contract to do so. But he noted that he is still sceptical that anyone will look into the issue since residents have been making this request for years.“This is a really big issue and nobody is paying attention,” he noted. (Utamu Belle)
“At the meetings, we talk about music and our CD, whatever it takes to promote ourselves,” he said. “There’s nothing else like this on campus, nothing so dedicated to our art. We’re trying to increase the attention that music gets instead of it all being about football or basketball. “We’re trying to make another compilation CD and do a college radio push, get into more stores and sell our CDs at shows. It’s hard to get into the big-box stores like Best Buy, but they’re going to sell our CD at World Music in a few weeks.” Battaglia, 17, said the new CD will have a bigger variety of musical styles. “Deejay Mike over there does some electronic dance music, so we’ll have some of that, some acoustic and less rock,” he said. Along with his deejaying expertise, Michael Badal, 16, is the drummer for The Uprising, a Christian rock group also featured on the DIA CD. “This is the only outlet in school that lets me express myself artistically,” he said. Not all of the members wield axes or wail into microphones. Brian Napoli, 16, is involved with the band because he enjoys the activity. “I like the thought of supporting musicians and experiencing how diverse the world can be with music and sports,” he said. “There are so many things out there. DIA can open up the minds of people to accept what others want to accomplish.” Chelsea Spirto, 15, “messes around” on guitar and piano in a loosely formed ska band with her friend Alex Herrington. “We’re not officially a band, but we have a friend who plays trumpet,” she said. “We have a name (Stark Naked and the Car Thieves), a trumpet and a dream.” “I play guitar, bass and piano,” Herrington said. “I’m a triple threat.” She also writes concert reviews on her MySpace blog. “There are so many good local bands and not many outlets,” Spirto said. “I love DIA as a club. Everybody’s different, but they’re not individual.” The teamwork is what Koroshec is working on. Having a room full of aspiring musicians is fun, but getting them to take the music world seriously and work together to be heard is his goal. “The students do everything, from writing the releases to the cover art,” he said. “I’m lucky to have faithful, committed students. Everybody does what they’re good at.” A 1993 graduate of Hart High, Koroshec formed his band with friends at school and they took their act on the road. “We all grew up here and have stayed friends,” he said. “That’s what I try to teach the kids: I don’t care how you play, but can we get along?” With The Autumns, he has enjoyed success in Europe and has had tunes featured on such TV shows as “Dawson’s Creek” and “Party of Five.” The group recently scored the film “Searching for Angela Sheldon,” but the mortgage still gets paid by his teaching gig, something Koroshec is trying to drill into the young musician’s heads. “My band has an international fan base on the Internet,” he said. “But I still teach to make a living. I try to impress on my students that success is measured by being able to make art and have people appreciate it. The music industry is no place to go to make a lot of money.” To purchase a copy of DIA Volume I, e-mail [email protected] or call (661) 297-3900. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The first mission of the club was creating a compilation CD, which was financed by a campus concert in February and mastered at Capitol Records in the spring. Eleven Saugus High bands of the punk rock genre are featured on the CD, which was released in May. Now, DIA’s task is marketing the CD and working on the next one. If there is a chord Koroshec is trying to strike, it’s harmony. “I tell them that, in the (music) industry, you might make a blip on the map, but you’ll still be dirt poor,” he said. “It’s important to push yourself and learn how to network. That’s how I see this group: working together, a microcosm of how you can do it in the bigger world. Life can’t all be rock and roll. It has to be more diverse.” His formula seems to be working, as new DIA groups have sprung up at West Ranch High and Bowman high schools. Guitarist Matt Battaglia of the band Bringing Back Valentine, which was featured on the debut CD, is the current president. SAUGUS – In a future Grammy Awards ceremony, don’t be surprised if some of the winners thank DIA – and they won’t be talking about any spiritual being. Developing Independent Artists is a club started by Saugus High English teacher Frank Koroshec to help musicians promote their art and give them an insider’s perspective on the industry. Koroshec plays with the group The Autumns, touring Europe and enjoying some club success domestically “so I’m familiar with the instability and lack of money in the rock world. “I’m trying to get them to build a social network to market themselves,” he said.