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Penelakut Island. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding provided for Halalt, Penelakut clean-energy projects

Total of 10 Island and Gulf Island communities supported by the Province

Penelakut Island. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Prices at the gas bumps are steep and likely to climb higher in the next few months. (Black Press file photo)

Mounting concern about rising costs

Out-of-control house prices setting an unrealistic standard

Prices at the gas bumps are steep and likely to climb higher in the next few months. (Black Press file photo)
Electric is the way to go for Dave Haberman, son James Haberman and kids Foster Haberman, 2, and Jagger Haberman, 3. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus man making inroads on electric vehicles

Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles considered hot commodity for the future

Electric is the way to go for Dave Haberman, son James Haberman and kids Foster Haberman, 2, and Jagger Haberman, 3. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace holds the puck at the blueline during a Bulldogs powerplay opportunity against the Victoria Grizzlies on Dec. 15, 2021. (Photo by Elena Rardon, Alberni Valley News)

Determination makes Blace the ultimate Bulldog

Adjustments made prior to junior paying off for defensive stalwart

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace holds the puck at the blueline during a Bulldogs powerplay opportunity against the Victoria Grizzlies on Dec. 15, 2021. (Photo by Elena Rardon, Alberni Valley News)
The MV Quinitsa docking at the Crofton terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Petition for improved Crofton-Vesuvius ferry service approaching 1,800 signatures

Organizer David Courtney still hoping to reach 2,000 by Monday’s deadline

The MV Quinitsa docking at the Crofton terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Chemainus on the Still Standing show schedule for Jan. 26

Season 7 shooting provided many challenges due to COVID

Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Snowy conditions in Crofton trailer park. (Photo by Angela Seguin)

Considerable reminders remain from last week’s heavy snowfall

Nearly a foot of snow taking a while to melt down

Snowy conditions in Crofton trailer park. (Photo by Angela Seguin)
Jessica Lewinski, community engagement and development manager for Cowichan Women Against Violence, makes one of the two winning prize draws in front of the fundraising display at Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Rainforest Arts)

Rainforest Arts fundraiser benefits Cowichan Women Against Violence

A total of $667 in cash donations, plus items, collected

Jessica Lewinski, community engagement and development manager for Cowichan Women Against Violence, makes one of the two winning prize draws in front of the fundraising display at Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Rainforest Arts)
Male varied thrush in Cassidy, taken after the count. (Photo by Bob Hay)

More species seen in second annual bird count

Wilson’s warbler spotted in Ladysmith a rarity in the winter; this is a male varied thrush

Male varied thrush in Cassidy, taken after the count. (Photo by Bob Hay)
This is Merle up and about in the snow on Thetis Island at 5 a.m. Thursday, January 6, ready for a snow day. (Photo by Nicole Chiasson)

Winter wallop continues the region’s weather extremes

Clearing the snow a heavy task for residents, municipal crews

This is Merle up and about in the snow on Thetis Island at 5 a.m. Thursday, January 6, ready for a snow day. (Photo by Nicole Chiasson)
The MV Quinitsa docked at the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Petition offers ferry solution

Eliminating Crofton and Vesuvius backlogs the main concern

The MV Quinitsa docked at the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jen Newman lives on the edge of Westholme Road where the water suddenly went from ground level to up to five feet deep. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Weather extremes dominate the headlines in 2021

Heat domes, atmospheric rivers, snowfall – we had it all

Jen Newman lives on the edge of Westholme Road where the water suddenly went from ground level to up to five feet deep. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Author Teresa Schapansky, left, and illustrator Elly Mossman at the B.C. book launch of the Along The Way children’s book series at the Public Market in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Along The Way, children’s book series author met the ideal illustrator

B.C. launch in Chemainus for educational exploration of Canada

Author Teresa Schapansky, left, and illustrator Elly Mossman at the B.C. book launch of the Along The Way children’s book series at the Public Market in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Drone view of Chemainus looking toward Beach Drive, Chemainus Secondary School and Daniel Street during a December dusting of snow. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

La Nina a force in December weather pattern

Snowfall far surpasses the normal for the month, but precipitation balances out with less rain

Drone view of Chemainus looking toward Beach Drive, Chemainus Secondary School and Daniel Street during a December dusting of snow. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
The last thing you’d expected to see is a piece of pizza carved out of the snow. (Photo by Richard Craig)

Slice of pizza a unique yard display

You’d have to say it’s quite unusual to see something like this

The last thing you’d expected to see is a piece of pizza carved out of the snow. (Photo by Richard Craig)
Saint Michael and All Angels Anglican Church is the venue for Chemainus Classical Concerts. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sunday’s Chemainus Classical Concerts performance cancelled

An attempt will be made to book the KeyWinds Trio again later

Saint Michael and All Angels Anglican Church is the venue for Chemainus Classical Concerts. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The MV Quinitsa coming into the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ferry petition for improved Crofton-Vesuvius service surpasses 1,500 signatures

Limiting backlogs in each community seen as the benefit to a two-ferry system

The MV Quinitsa coming into the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The nine participants in the Crofton New Year’s Day polar bear swim, led by Aidan Carey, head for the water at the Crofton boat launch. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chilly dip

Nine make a fine start to the new year at Crofton polar bear swim

The nine participants in the Crofton New Year’s Day polar bear swim, led by Aidan Carey, head for the water at the Crofton boat launch. (Photo by Don Bodger)
When you see a face like Murphy's, you'd like to think it's going to be a Happy New Year. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New Year doubts already surfacing

People feeling rather overwhelmed after the last two years

When you see a face like Murphy's, you'd like to think it's going to be a Happy New Year. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Filming in Chemainus for the Hallmark movie, The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Forgettable year did have some prominent highlights

Looking back at some of the top stories of 2021 in the Chemainus area

Filming in Chemainus for the Hallmark movie, The Baker’s Son. (Photo by Don Bodger)