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Ben Baker died of an accidental overdose on Jan. 23, 2023. The family is fundraising for two memorial benches to make a monetary donation in Ben’s name to The Last Door in New Westminster. (Ben Baker’s Legacy/GoFundMe)

Benches in West Kelowna, Lower Mainland help keep man’s legacy alive

All additional donations will be donated to the treatment facility Ben stayed at

There’s always a baseball tournament in early June at Chemainus that bears Hopwo’s name. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Volunteering goes way beyond the norm for Hopwo

More than 50 years of commitment to Chemainus baseball as president

Emily Holmes carts a load of food into the Chemainus United Church Hall from the Harvest House Food Bank next door. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Food bank meeting needs despite rising costs

Thursday afternoons added to accommodate people from working families

From left: Keirah Giles, Ashley Loeffen and Brooklyn Stobbe receive their senior awards in the Legion poster and literary contest. (Photo submitted)

Students master the art of capturing Remembrance Day

Best entries honoured in Legion’s poster and literary contest

From left: Keirah Giles, Ashley Loeffen and Brooklyn Stobbe receive their senior awards in the Legion poster and literary contest. (Photo submitted)
Communities In Bloom’s commitment to the beautification of the area can be seen everywhere around town. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Time to start hoeing and pulling weeds to avoid overload later

Chemainus Communities In Bloom offers seasonal gardening tips each month

  • Jan 27, 2023
Communities In Bloom’s commitment to the beautification of the area can be seen everywhere around town. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dale Jensen at the steps of the historic Westholme School. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community groups benefit from council grant-in-aid funding

Several Chemainus and area organizations on the list for 2023

Dale Jensen at the steps of the historic Westholme School. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Outdoor art hangs in a unique setting where Pika Blades, left, and Chelsea Trousdell conduct some of their outdoor classes at their farm and forest school in Westholme. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Up Top elevating its profile as a farm and forest school

Westholme site coming up to the end of its first year fosters early child development

Outdoor art hangs in a unique setting where Pika Blades, left, and Chelsea Trousdell conduct some of their outdoor classes at their farm and forest school in Westholme. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kayla Castellarin of the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot Branch feeds Herby the cat some treats on his first birthday, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Staff decorated Herby’s living quarters for the occasion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Herby the black cat seeks fur-ever home on Vancouver Island

Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA staff throw party for one-year old cat who has spent 70-plus days in care

Kayla Castellarin of the BC SPCA Alberni-Clayoquot Branch feeds Herby the cat some treats on his first birthday, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. Staff decorated Herby’s living quarters for the occasion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alex Meyer presenting the $3,000 he raised at the cancer treatment centre at Cowichan District Hospital. (Photo submitted)

Meyer stares down a challenge and overcomes it convincingly

Fundraiser for chemotherapy unit involves a gruelling stair climb in full firefighter gear

Alex Meyer presenting the $3,000 he raised at the cancer treatment centre at Cowichan District Hospital. (Photo submitted)
Crofton street signs have an interesting history. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Where the streets have a name there’s an interesting history

Crofton’s core features connections to Henry Croft’s family and the BCFP pulp mill

  • Jan 20, 2023
Crofton street signs have an interesting history. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Celebrations for Lunar New Year feature a lion dance, which is a way to cleanse spaces of bad vibes and bring in good luck for the new year. This lion and drum are used to by the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club to practice for performances. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

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Lunar New Year celebrations will include lion dancing, music, lucky red envelopes and lots of food

Celebrations for Lunar New Year feature a lion dance, which is a way to cleanse spaces of bad vibes and bring in good luck for the new year. This lion and drum are used to by the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club to practice for performances. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Cake was served at the retirement celebration for the BC Ferries’ vessel M.V. Powell River Queen at the Quathiaski Cove ferry terminal on Quadra Island Tuesday, Jan. 17. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

58-year-old Quadra Island ferry unable to complete last day as retirement party gets underway

Powell River Queen taken out of service due to mechanical failure while being celebrated by community

Cake was served at the retirement celebration for the BC Ferries’ vessel M.V. Powell River Queen at the Quathiaski Cove ferry terminal on Quadra Island Tuesday, Jan. 17. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Crime Stoppers in Nanaimo has reorganized to improve the safety of tipsters and now receives information from across the central Island and Gulf Islands. (File photo)

Police and volunteers on the mid-Island recognize National Crime Stoppers Month

Restructured chapter to receive tips from across the central Vancouver Island region

Crime Stoppers in Nanaimo has reorganized to improve the safety of tipsters and now receives information from across the central Island and Gulf Islands. (File photo)
First Chemainus Scouts members and leaders are presented with a cheque for $1,001 from Rotary Club of Chemainus’ Derek Hardacker for their efforts in November. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

Scouts honour their commitment to raise bottle drop funds

Organization receives $1,001 for its efforts during November

First Chemainus Scouts members and leaders are presented with a cheque for $1,001 from Rotary Club of Chemainus’ Derek Hardacker for their efforts in November. (Photo by Art Carlyle)
Left to right: Penticton Vees Bradly Nadeau, Ryan Hopkins, Aydar Suniev and Josh Nadeau will be participating in BCHL’s 60th Anniversary Prospects game at the SOEC Friday night. The weekend All Star and Alumni games continue Saturday at the outdoor rink. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

Expect large crowds, road closure near Penticton’s outdoor rink for BCHL all-star games

Martin Street partially closed Saturday while alumni, skills and all star games take place

Left to right: Penticton Vees Bradly Nadeau, Ryan Hopkins, Aydar Suniev and Josh Nadeau will be participating in BCHL’s 60th Anniversary Prospects game at the SOEC Friday night. The weekend All Star and Alumni games continue Saturday at the outdoor rink. (Logan Lockhart Western News)
Donation boxes were set up at Queen Margaret’s School for Tom Andrews, left, and Danny Dares to take shoes to San Antonio Palopo on their Rotarian aid trip. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Rotarian service in Guatemala reaches a milestone

It’s now been 10 years since the first trip to provide support in San Antonio Palopo

Donation boxes were set up at Queen Margaret’s School for Tom Andrews, left, and Danny Dares to take shoes to San Antonio Palopo on their Rotarian aid trip. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Paper Excellence Catalyst Crofton mill is the company’s local operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence makes $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross

Company earmarks funds in the three provinces where it has operations

  • Jan 17, 2023
The Paper Excellence Catalyst Crofton mill is the company’s local operation. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Prince Harry’s book, Spare, has been attracting plenty of attention

Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The 40-acre Maris Estates oceanfront property has been gifted to the Comox Valley Regional District through the federal Ecological Gifts Program. Photo supplied

40 acres of oceanfront property donated to Comox Valley Regional District to create a park

The Comox Valley Regional District has received a donation of 40 acres…

The 40-acre Maris Estates oceanfront property has been gifted to the Comox Valley Regional District through the federal Ecological Gifts Program. Photo supplied
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  • Jan 9, 2023
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