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People came out in droves to last year’s Moonlight Madness, including at Amy Hughes’ Bound To Be Different store. (File photo)

Moonlight Madness stretched over 25 days with alternating specials and giveaways

Change in plans results from new provincial health orders

  • Nov 21, 2020
Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Central Cowichan community policing service seeking expressions of interest

Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Services Society dissolved

  • Nov 14, 2020
The Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn is one of only 60 hotels out of more than 2,200 Best Western-branded properties in North America to receive the M.K. Guertin award. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn receives special honour

One of only 60 hotels in the chain to earn award

The Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn is one of only 60 hotels out of more than 2,200 Best Western-branded properties in North America to receive the M.K. Guertin award. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Vehicles are making the rounds now on Chemainus Road into part of the new roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Road construction Oct. 29

Project continuing to develop, with part of the new River Road roundabout now in use

Vehicles are making the rounds now on Chemainus Road into part of the new roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Rupal Tanna behind the counter at the new Crofton Pharmacy. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Pharmacy open for business

Residents not able to travel happy for the convenience

Rupal Tanna behind the counter at the new Crofton Pharmacy. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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Kendra MacDonald. (Photo submitted)

CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster keynote speaker at Economic Summit

State of the Island Economic Summit taking place Oct. 27-29

  • Oct 25, 2020
Kendra MacDonald. (Photo submitted)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jimbo competed in Season One of Canada’s Drag Race and has support from a new brew at Riot Brewing in Chemainus. (Photo by Helene Cyr)

Riot unveils a colourful brew in honour of a drag queen

Variety the spice of life and with beverages for Island entertainer

Jimbo competed in Season One of Canada’s Drag Race and has support from a new brew at Riot Brewing in Chemainus. (Photo by Helene Cyr)
Stephanie Allesia has been hired as Gallery Manager by Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Craig Spence, Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society)

Rainforest Arts hires gallery manager

Theatre experience as Front of House coordinator welcomed

  • Sep 26, 2020
Stephanie Allesia has been hired as Gallery Manager by Rainforest Arts. (Photo by Craig Spence, Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society)
View of the Beachwood Estates site. (Photo by Don Bodger)

New Chemainus development offers prime building lots in a diverse neighbourhood

Beachwood Estates officially opens with interest already high due to its location

View of the Beachwood Estates site. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Heather Geddie named her Calypso Jewelry Design business after her granddaughter. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Where there’s a will, there’s a way for Geddie

Calypso Jewelry Design emerges on Chemainus Road since the pandemic

Heather Geddie named her Calypso Jewelry Design business after her granddaughter. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Brad Lesiuk is the new manager at Island Savings Credit Union in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)

New manager for Island Savings Credit Union’s Chemainus branch

Lesiuk back in a familiar position

  • Sep 11, 2020
Brad Lesiuk is the new manager at Island Savings Credit Union in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Russell Farm Market is open again at long last. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Market finally reopens more than seven months after extreme flood

COVID situation lengthened an already long renovation process

Russell Farm Market is open again at long last. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Two namesakes prepare tables in the Playbill Dining Room. That’s Mikhayla Knott, left, and Makayla Joe glad to be back at work. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Dining room bustling again after long COVID layoff

Spacious room at the Chemainus Theatre a delight for patrons

Two namesakes prepare tables in the Playbill Dining Room. That’s Mikhayla Knott, left, and Makayla Joe glad to be back at work. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Donna Middlemiss pours a little beer into the batter for the fish and chips at Captain Andy’s. But don’t worry, folks, it’s the non-alcoholic variety and adds a lot of flavour. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The skipper of Captain Andy’s cooks up a storm

Middlemiss putting her extensive experience to work in new Chemainus restaurant

Donna Middlemiss pours a little beer into the batter for the fish and chips at Captain Andy’s. But don’t worry, folks, it’s the non-alcoholic variety and adds a lot of flavour. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The garlic crop looks good, as Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging than usual right now due to the Feb. 1 flood that shut down the market. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crops ready, but Russell Farm Market still a month away from reopening

Garden Centre doing a blazing business with everyone taking up gardening

The garlic crop looks good, as Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging than usual right now due to the Feb. 1 flood that shut down the market. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Keirsten Tymko has set up her salon, spa and wellness centre shop known as Colour Wheel inside the Chemainus Public Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The splendor of vendors

Wide variety of businesses and services to fill out the Chemainus Public Market

Keirsten Tymko has set up her salon, spa and wellness centre shop known as Colour Wheel inside the Chemainus Public Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)