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Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied

VIDEO: Boaters encounter pod of humpbacks in Georgia Strait

Pod spotted between Comox and Texada Island

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

HISTORICAL MOMENT
Frank Crucil with the Green Lantern Hotel Baseball Team 1936: Frank Crucil and his wife Mary bought the Lewisville Hotel from executors of the Lewis estate circa 1924. Both of the Crucils were committed to sports in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Museum)

Historical moment Oct. 22

Green Lantern Hotel baseball team 1936

  • Oct 23, 2020
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
The clock outside the Chemainus Public Market is the clever creation of Morgan Bristol. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New Public Market clock reflective of town’s history

Bristol’s creativity makes a timely addition to building

The clock outside the Chemainus Public Market is the clever creation of Morgan Bristol. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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The cover of the 2021 RASTA calendar. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for RASTA Sanctuary animals

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

The cover of the 2021 RASTA calendar. (Photo submitted)
J.H. Whittome’s office: Mr. James Henry Whittome, real estate, insurance etc., was well known in the Cowichan Valley and expanded into Chemainus from the Duncan office in the 1960s at the 9806 Willow street location. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Museum)

Historical moment Oct. 15

J.H. Whittome office

  • Oct 16, 2020
J.H. Whittome’s office: Mr. James Henry Whittome, real estate, insurance etc., was well known in the Cowichan Valley and expanded into Chemainus from the Duncan office in the 1960s at the 9806 Willow street location. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Museum)
Dick Zuyderduyn brought new life to this friendly cougar, now displayed at the front of the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Woodworker restores cougar to prime condition

A lot of TLC goes a long way with cleaning and touch-ups

Dick Zuyderduyn brought new life to this friendly cougar, now displayed at the front of the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dick Zuyderduyn beside the cougar sculpture, now located at the front of the Chemainus Valley Museum, that he spent considerable time on refurbishing. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Raising a cougar sculpture to a Museum perch requires many hands

Collaborative effort brings new life to historic carving

Dick Zuyderduyn beside the cougar sculpture, now located at the front of the Chemainus Valley Museum, that he spent considerable time on refurbishing. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chris Istace calls out instructions to participants in the first-ever CBIA Pumpkin Spice Run in November of 2018. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Altered plans for fall and winter events

Creative thinking required in COVID days and safety of the utmost importance

  • Oct 13, 2020
Chris Istace calls out instructions to participants in the first-ever CBIA Pumpkin Spice Run in November of 2018. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Old Cemeteries Society members honour Police National Memorial Day in Cowichan

Mainguy’s 114-year-old white marble tablet had become blackened and encrusted with dirt

  • Oct 10, 2020

Historical moment Oct. 8

Chemainus Golf Club

  • Oct 8, 2020

Fire department role quite different on Thetis Island

Expanded duties include road rescue and medical emergencies

Salute to firefighters during National Fire Prevention Week

Dedicated volunteers serve and protect the community

QUIZ: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The week of Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Have you made your will?

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Historical moment Oct. 1

Original telephone office in Chemainus.

  • Oct 2, 2020

Printed product proves popular with seniors’ directory

Chemainus’ Summerhayes making sure everyone has access to valuable information

United Church benefits from goodwill of Magpies business owners

Considerable donation of items made after move from former Willow Street shop