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Surf scooter at Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Sylvie Newey photo)

Surf’s up!

Surf scoter scours the waters off Chemainus for food

  • Jan 25, 2021
HISTORICAL MOMENT
The Chemainus Red Cross ladies received many orders during the Second World War years to create dressings, sterilize them and ship them overseas. The Victoria Lumber & Manufacturing Co. offered the use of a building to the Red Cross where dressings were made. This is from the Red Cross’ appeal in 1939. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

Historical Moment Jan. 21

Red Cross appeal 1939

  • Jan 20, 2021
The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.

Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

Neurologist and medical educator Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava, seen here speaking at the 2020 Breakfast to Remember in Victoria, will delve into the latest in dementia research during an interactive research event exclusively for attendees of this year’s virtual Breakfast. Access to the March 10 research event is included with the purchase of a Breakfast to Remember ticket. (Kevin Light Photography)

Blast off with Chris Hadfield at Alzheimer Society’s Breakfast to Remember in March

The Society hopes people in all corners of the province will make the most of this opportunity

  • Dec 27, 2020
Neurologist and medical educator Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava, seen here speaking at the 2020 Breakfast to Remember in Victoria, will delve into the latest in dementia research during an interactive research event exclusively for attendees of this year’s virtual Breakfast. Access to the March 10 research event is included with the purchase of a Breakfast to Remember ticket. (Kevin Light Photography)
Members of Directiva. From left: Petrona, Sandra, Sarah and Brenda. They met to plan the sustainable food project in San Antonio Palopo. ({Photo submitted)

Rotarians’ relationship with Guatemalan town continues from afar

Club supplies chickens, cages and feed for a nutrition program

Members of Directiva. From left: Petrona, Sandra, Sarah and Brenda. They met to plan the sustainable food project in San Antonio Palopo. ({Photo submitted)
Chemainus Residents Association chairperson Lia Versaevel. (Photo submitted)

Zoom in on Chemainus Residents Association annual general meeting Wednesday

Rob Conway from the Municipality of North Cowichan will be the guest speaker

Chemainus Residents Association chairperson Lia Versaevel. (Photo submitted)
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The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)

10,000 old Nanaimo-area garbage bins repurposed elsewhere on the Island

Used containers donated to school districts, communities to be reused

The Regional District of Nanaimo collected approximately 10,000 old waste and garbage bins to be repurposed or reused. (PQB News file photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion, Chemainus Branch 191 has received financial assistance from the Federal Government to help cope with pandemic challenges. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Legion receives financial boost from federal government

Aid package provides relief for lost revenues from the pandemic

The Royal Canadian Legion, Chemainus Branch 191 has received financial assistance from the Federal Government to help cope with pandemic challenges. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Richard Carey took his bike into the water at the Crofton wharf on New Year’s Day and was joined by five other diehards for a chilly dip into the water. (Photo by Wendy Carey)

Six diehards brave the chilly waters at Crofton

Normal polar bear swim doesn’t happen, but a few still take the plunge

Richard Carey took his bike into the water at the Crofton wharf on New Year’s Day and was joined by five other diehards for a chilly dip into the water. (Photo by Wendy Carey)
Huge haul of cards came into the Chemainus Health Care Centre. (Photo submitted)

Community shows it cares with cards

Health Care Centre among the places inundated with best wishes for its residents

Huge haul of cards came into the Chemainus Health Care Centre. (Photo submitted)
Rainforest Arts in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great response from the community to Rainforest Arts fundraising drive

Six large boxes of items collected for Cowichan Women Against Violence Society

Rainforest Arts in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Monolith appears in Vancouver Island yard

Item in Courtenay showed up on Wikipedia list for a little while

The monolith showed up in the Courtenay yard just before Christmas. Photo by Mike Chouinard
TURNING 60 IN 2020
Large gatherings are supposed to be against COVID restrictions, but this one was overlooked. It was decided Steve Smith of Chemainus celebrating his 60th birthday with 60 of his buzzard friends on Dec. 22 was OK. We hope you had a great birthday celebration Steve. (Photo by Wanda Smith)

Born in 1960 and turning 60

Steve Smith celebrates with some old buzzards

  • Dec 31, 2020
TURNING 60 IN 2020
Large gatherings are supposed to be against COVID restrictions, but this one was overlooked. It was decided Steve Smith of Chemainus celebrating his 60th birthday with 60 of his buzzard friends on Dec. 22 was OK. We hope you had a great birthday celebration Steve. (Photo by Wanda Smith)
With a wave of her magic wand, Crofton’s Danaya Brown, 12, is about to make 2020 disappear. Most people won’t be feeling too sad about the end of the year after all that’s happened. Brown uses her special touch to get it over with and on the path toward a new start in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Good riddance 2020

Looking on the bright side for 2021

With a wave of her magic wand, Crofton’s Danaya Brown, 12, is about to make 2020 disappear. Most people won’t be feeling too sad about the end of the year after all that’s happened. Brown uses her special touch to get it over with and on the path toward a new start in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Helping hand is provided to Casey by Chemainus Public Market patrons. (Photo submitted)

Contributions help to cover some of the considerable recovery costs for Casey

Krazy Kritter Kookies donations provided to December’s Pet of the Month

Helping hand is provided to Casey by Chemainus Public Market patrons. (Photo submitted)
The gang at Cherry Tree wants to thank generous View Street neighbors who supported them in collecting donations for the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank this year. The children, who also brought goods from home, happily loaded up the boxes with hopes of bringing many happy smiles at Christmas. Pictured from left: Liam, Theo, Piper, Eris, Lana, Kai, Bode, Easton and Enma (teacher). (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Cherry Tree Early Learning Centre kids do their part for others

Collections for the Chemainus Harvest House result in an impressive haul

The gang at Cherry Tree wants to thank generous View Street neighbors who supported them in collecting donations for the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank this year. The children, who also brought goods from home, happily loaded up the boxes with hopes of bringing many happy smiles at Christmas. Pictured from left: Liam, Theo, Piper, Eris, Lana, Kai, Bode, Easton and Enma (teacher). (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
Trumpeter swans on Adshead Road behind the Nanaimo Airport, Dec. 17 (Photo submitted)

First bird count brings fine weather and enthusiastic participants

Preliminary data totals 84 species on the count day, and a rare yellow-billed loon counted

  • Dec 28, 2020
Trumpeter swans on Adshead Road behind the Nanaimo Airport, Dec. 17 (Photo submitted)
Cowichan Valley Regional District Director Lynne Smith gathers up abundant food donations in Saltair. (Photo submitted)

Saltair residents Stuff the Truck for food banks

Drive-by event gathers abundant cash and food donations

  • Dec 25, 2020
Cowichan Valley Regional District Director Lynne Smith gathers up abundant food donations in Saltair. (Photo submitted)
Don Bodger column.

Christmas classics in the age of coronavirus

A famous song and reading reworked for COVID-19

Don Bodger column.
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake’s Kim Barnard displays “Happy Campers,” her entry in the 2020 Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase. (Submitted)