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PULLING UP THEIR SOX 
The 1954 Chemainus Red Sox baseball team was loaded with talent. Back row, from left: Zip Jackson, Doug English, Earl Patterson, Joe Copp, Doug Williams, Neil Kelly, Doug Brinham, Alan Goldie and Red Naylor. Front row, from left: Cub Wolf, Ken Thompson, Ron Gibbons, Bob Jansch Sr., Gerry Brooks, Don Brooks and Jimmy Webster (manager). (Photo submitted)

This team loaded with talented

The 1954 Chemainus Red Sox

At the site of the new book box, from left: Kristi Hagen, Diana Durrand and Doug Fitzpatrick. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Decorative box for books adds flair to another neighbourhood

Builder and artist combine talents for project at Humbird and Cook Streets

Christmas party for the Chemainus Writers at Ma Maison in Saltair in December 2019 was the last before COVID. The group normally does both a Christmas and a summer party. From left: Bernice Ramsdin-Firth, Lois Peterson, Liz Forbes, Tom Masters, Mary Anne Hajer, Mary Nelson, Sylvia Holt. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus Writers – the group, that is – turning 20 years old

New chapter being written after more than a dozen published books and numerous gatherings

  • Apr 8, 2021
Christmas party for the Chemainus Writers at Ma Maison in Saltair in December 2019 was the last before COVID. The group normally does both a Christmas and a summer party. From left: Bernice Ramsdin-Firth, Lois Peterson, Liz Forbes, Tom Masters, Mary Anne Hajer, Mary Nelson, Sylvia Holt. (Photo submitted)
The Easter bunny and all the gang are there at the finish, Hop Stop No. 10. (Photo submitted)

A great day for a drive-by Easter bunny hop in Crofton

Community turns out en masse and the kids love it

The Easter bunny and all the gang are there at the finish, Hop Stop No. 10. (Photo submitted)
Blake Sam applies paint to his building to cover up the bright blue colour. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Blue building being converted to Oxford grey

Colour change being marked favourably by the public

Blake Sam applies paint to his building to cover up the bright blue colour. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
THE OLD BALL GAME
The 1939-40 Empire Stevedores baseball team in Chemainus. Back row, from left, are: Bob Cadwallader, Bill Jackson, Joe Horton, Harold (Shorty) Berkey, Danny Wylie, George Syrotuck, George Robinson, Tom Garner, Bill Horton. Front row, from left: Jimmie Syme Sr. (manager), Joe Garner, Ernie Jackson, Jimmie Syme Jr. (bat boy), Fred Somerville, Jack Gill, Pete Hawryluk. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus baseball history

Empire Stevedores 1939-40 baseball team

  • Apr 2, 2021
THE OLD BALL GAME
The 1939-40 Empire Stevedores baseball team in Chemainus. Back row, from left, are: Bob Cadwallader, Bill Jackson, Joe Horton, Harold (Shorty) Berkey, Danny Wylie, George Syrotuck, George Robinson, Tom Garner, Bill Horton. Front row, from left: Jimmie Syme Sr. (manager), Joe Garner, Ernie Jackson, Jimmie Syme Jr. (bat boy), Fred Somerville, Jack Gill, Pete Hawryluk. (Photo submitted)
The Easter Bunny was seen last week outside the Warmland Church in Crofton getting ready for the Crofton kids’ Easter drive-by bunny hop on Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton kids look forward to being At The Hop

Cars will be pulling up to hop signs for Easter treats

The Easter Bunny was seen last week outside the Warmland Church in Crofton getting ready for the Crofton kids’ Easter drive-by bunny hop on Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Senior pastor Scott Carruthers sits among the “congregation” that now assembles at the Warmland Church in Crofton in place of the regulars during COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Spot the Pastor

Carruthers speaks to a different group at Warmland Church

Senior pastor Scott Carruthers sits among the “congregation” that now assembles at the Warmland Church in Crofton in place of the regulars during COVID. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Improved lighting is on tap for Waterwheel Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding will help provide better lighting in Waterwheel Park

Project cited as part of a boost for tourist-dependent communities

Improved lighting is on tap for Waterwheel Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The area surrounding the Chemainus Rotary Club’s bunker door is one of the new surfaces that will feature a mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Council gives its approval for mural on bunker building

Project will be coordinated between the Rotary Club and Festival of Murals Society

The area surrounding the Chemainus Rotary Club’s bunker door is one of the new surfaces that will feature a mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)
Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bounty of treasures being found along Crofton beach

Kids on a mission to search for wares left behind by generous pirates

Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Communities In Bloom.

March showers bringing April flowers

Feed fast-growing lawns a little but often

  • Mar 26, 2021
Chemainus Communities In Bloom.
BAKING In THE MAKING
George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak and Croft Streets, 1946. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

Historical Moment March 18

BAKING In THE MAKING George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak…

  • Mar 24, 2021
BAKING In THE MAKING
George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak and Croft Streets, 1946. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Vancouver Island walk to help homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 22, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop is staying closed at least until the end of March. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Saga continues for Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop

Decision on reopening still dependent on COVID-19 cases and vaccinations

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop is staying closed at least until the end of March. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society President Bev Knight and member Bob Johns are looking forward to bringing another season of arts to the community in 2021, the society’s 20th anniversary year. (Photo illustration by Craig Spence)

Arts society selects new board by acclamation at AGM

COVID curve ball requires inventive means for shows

  • Mar 12, 2021
Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society President Bev Knight and member Bob Johns are looking forward to bringing another season of arts to the community in 2021, the society’s 20th anniversary year. (Photo illustration by Craig Spence)