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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Our historical feature for the week is the Fisherman’s Resort on the Chemainus River. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

A River Runs Through It

Historical Moment Sept. 16

 

George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)

Newspaper executive left large mark on Vancouver Island journalism

George Manning dies at 81, was key figure in the growth of Black Press on Vancouver Island

 

HISTORICAL MOMENT
Chemainus Gun Club members in 1908. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

Chemainus Gun Club

Historical moment August 19

  • Aug 28, 2021

 

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)

100 metre dash – on all fours: Vernon woman breaks unofficial Guinness record

Vernon resident Julie McCann sets unofficial Guinness mark as fastest woman to cover 100 metres on all fours

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
The Crofton Old School Museum sits near the Crofton waterfront. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Old School Museum a treasure on the waterfront

Newcomers and long-time residents alike will find lots to explore

The Crofton Old School Museum sits near the Crofton waterfront. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Captain James Cook statue splashes into Victoria’s Inner Harbour, after being removed from its upper causeway pedestal on July 1. (@CJusticeVic/Twitter)

Cast in bronze, then into Victoria’s Inner Harbour: So who was James Cook?

Likeness of British maritime explorer commissioned in 1976, forcibly removed on July 1

Captain James Cook statue splashes into Victoria’s Inner Harbour, after being removed from its upper causeway pedestal on July 1. (@CJusticeVic/Twitter)
Yak Flight is a group of six Greater Victoria vintage plane pilots best known for their Remembrance Day flyover. (Courtesy of Chris Walker)

‘It’s just magic’: Vancouver Island flying group thankful for one-of-a-kind hobby

Yak Flight is best known for its formation fly on Remembrance Day

Yak Flight is a group of six Greater Victoria vintage plane pilots best known for their Remembrance Day flyover. (Courtesy of Chris Walker)
Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)

‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

Beaver secretion found as part of ancient throwing dart in Yukon

Researchers saying it’s earliest known evidence of Indigenous peoples using the substance

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)
A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system

A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
THE OLD BALL GAME
The 1939-40 Empire Stevedores baseball team in Chemainus. Back row, from left, are: Bob Cadwallader, Bill Jackson, Joe Horton, Harold (Shorty) Berkey, Danny Wylie, George Syrotuck, George Robinson, Tom Garner, Bill Horton. Front row, from left: Jimmie Syme Sr. (manager), Joe Garner, Ernie Jackson, Jimmie Syme Jr. (bat boy), Fred Somerville, Jack Gill, Pete Hawryluk. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus baseball history

Empire Stevedores 1939-40 baseball team

  • Apr 2, 2021
THE OLD BALL GAME
The 1939-40 Empire Stevedores baseball team in Chemainus. Back row, from left, are: Bob Cadwallader, Bill Jackson, Joe Horton, Harold (Shorty) Berkey, Danny Wylie, George Syrotuck, George Robinson, Tom Garner, Bill Horton. Front row, from left: Jimmie Syme Sr. (manager), Joe Garner, Ernie Jackson, Jimmie Syme Jr. (bat boy), Fred Somerville, Jack Gill, Pete Hawryluk. (Photo submitted)
BAKING In THE MAKING
George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak and Croft Streets, 1946. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

Historical Moment March 18

BAKING In THE MAKING George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak…

  • Mar 24, 2021
BAKING In THE MAKING
George Price’s Bakery at the corner of Oak and Croft Streets, 1946. (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)
A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)

B.C. students lobby to get racist official’s name off Victoria street

University of Victoria students say Trutch Street puts racist history on a pedestal

A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)
The booklet roots present day activism in the history of racist policies, arguing the history must be acknowledged in order to change. (CCPA)

New resource dives into 150 years of racist policy in B.C.

Racist history must be acknowledged in order to change, authors say

The booklet roots present day activism in the history of racist policies, arguing the history must be acknowledged in order to change. (CCPA)
Rob Rondeau, PhD candidate at SFU, is embarking on a mission to find definitive evidence of human migration to the continent. (SFU supplied image)

VIDEO: Marine archaeologist looking for clues of ancient migration in B.C. waters

SFU researcher hoping to find 15,000 year-old archaeological sites underwater

Rob Rondeau, PhD candidate at SFU, is embarking on a mission to find definitive evidence of human migration to the continent. (SFU supplied image)
Filing room crew at the Chemainus sawmill marks 2,668 working days without a compensable accident. Anyone recognize some of the men in this photo to identify the year this might have been taken? (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)

File it under ‘accident free’

Filing room crew at the Chemainus sawmill celebrates a milestone in this historical photo

  • Feb 18, 2021
Filing room crew at the Chemainus sawmill marks 2,668 working days without a compensable accident. Anyone recognize some of the men in this photo to identify the year this might have been taken? (Photo courtesy Chemainus Valley Museum)
Foresters at the first Recreation Hall in Chemainus in the early 1900s. Situated across and just above the tracks, halfway up the hill to St. Joseph’s, was the Employees Recreation Hall, built in 1896, with the land and material given by the mill. Jan. 1, 1897 was the grand opening ball with sleighs arriving with guests from Duncan, Maple Bay and Westholme. It was used for sports, had a bowling alley, concerts, card games and dances. Next to it was a dining room and eventually the town movie theatre. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society)

Historical Moment Jan. 28

Foresters and Recreation Hall served many purposes in the early days of Chemainus

Foresters at the first Recreation Hall in Chemainus in the early 1900s. Situated across and just above the tracks, halfway up the hill to St. Joseph’s, was the Employees Recreation Hall, built in 1896, with the land and material given by the mill. Jan. 1, 1897 was the grand opening ball with sleighs arriving with guests from Duncan, Maple Bay and Westholme. It was used for sports, had a bowling alley, concerts, card games and dances. Next to it was a dining room and eventually the town movie theatre. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society)