New year brings a renewed focus in Chemainus

It promises to be an interesting time with so much already on the agenda ahead

A new year always brings changes, partly out of necessity, and a fresh outlook.

But what will it mean for the Chemainus, Crofton, Saltair and surrounding community in 2018?

For one thing, it promises to be a very busy year.

Athletes from around the province will be partly visible in this area, as the Cowichan Valley plays host to the B.C. Summer Games in July.

Fuller Lake Arena celebrates its 50th anniversary in the coming year, which promises to include many special events, celebrations and reflection. Yes, it was way back in 1968 when the community went mad for hockey, figure skating and skating, in general, with our very own arena.

And a lifestyle for many growing up here at the time revolved around the rink for many years.

The latter part of 2018 will, of course, be election time for municipal governments. There’s sure to be no shortage of candidates and all sorts of public debate on the issues.

For us here at the Courier, the last six months of producing a weekly paper has been an interesting time.

We have an obvious change in direction with a paper that reflects so many of the dynamic personalities and organizations in the community. Many of these stories have never been written because the definition of ‘news’ did not incorporate these people or groups.

There are some who think we should still be writing every single item discussed at a North Cowichan meeting. Not anymore.

There are important issues to the region, of course, from those meetings but we won’t be dwelling on every little matter and fanatics can always check it all out on-line. There’s too many other pertinent stories to be generated that you won’t read anywhere else.

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