Don Bodger

Socially distanced for now, but they’ve maintained a long connection through Fuller Lake Arena. Ernie Mansueti retired Friday, Laurel Whyte is right behind and Fred Kilner retired in May. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community pride always showed in Mansueti’s work

Retirement reflections revolve around so many projects and successes

Socially distanced for now, but they’ve maintained a long connection through Fuller Lake Arena. Ernie Mansueti retired Friday, Laurel Whyte is right behind and Fred Kilner retired in May. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The exceptionally popular Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be reopening July 2. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop reopening July 2

Customers need to be aware of many stipulations in place

The exceptionally popular Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop will be reopening July 2. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Finishing touches to the Chemainus Road Corridor Project will be provided by Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Contract awarded for second stage of Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade

Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. of Nanaimo will be providing the finishing touches

Finishing touches to the Chemainus Road Corridor Project will be provided by Milestone Equipment Contracting Inc. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Artist’s rendering of proposed new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP building. (Photo submitted)

Group forms in opposition to spending on new RCMP building

Flaws in the voting process identified by North Cowichan residents

Artist’s rendering of proposed new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP building. (Photo submitted)
The garlic crop looks good, as Russell Farm Market’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging. (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’s France Bournazel points out. It’s just getting it to market that’s a bit more challenging. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Arcade games in the Chemainus Public Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Arcade games a bright light to Chemainus public market space

Pinball being enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages

Arcade games in the Chemainus Public Market. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project will continue once a successful bidder is determined for the next phase. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Phase Two of Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade to start in mid-July

Mid-November the target date for the completion of the remaining work

Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project will continue once a successful bidder is determined for the next phase. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Theresa Bodger presents soccer coach Glen Martin with the Albin & Georgina Falt Memorial Coaches’ Recognition Award, named after her parents, for 2019-20. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Martin the recipient of coaches’ recognition award

Remarkable soccer success during a 28-year run

Theresa Bodger presents soccer coach Glen Martin with the Albin & Georgina Falt Memorial Coaches’ Recognition Award, named after her parents, for 2019-20. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot homeless tenting enclosure. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Man found dead in his tent at Chemainus homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

The Fuller Lake Arena parking lot homeless tenting enclosure. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Commemorative T-shirts have been keepsakes for Crofton residents celebrating a birthday during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Gina Fairbairn)

Considerations made to keep Crofton drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

Commemorative T-shirts have been keepsakes for Crofton residents celebrating a birthday during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Gina Fairbairn)
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has provided an explanation of the situation in Crofton. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

North Cowichan Mayor assesses drive-by celebration situation in Crofton

Siebring says bylaw officer’s response to a complaint routinely done all the time

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring has provided an explanation of the situation in Crofton. (Photo by Robert Barron/Cowichan Valley Citizen)
Kathie Nimmo received a lot of honks from this sign in her front yard on Queen Street in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

COVID-19 birthday drive-by celebrations snuffed out in Crofton

Bylaw officer visit with threats of a fine mean parade trucks taken off the road

Kathie Nimmo received a lot of honks from this sign in her front yard on Queen Street in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The opening of the Chemainus Public Market, even on a limited basis, has been a long time coming. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Long-awaited opening for Chemainus Public Market

All components not up and running just yet, but will be soon

The opening of the Chemainus Public Market, even on a limited basis, has been a long time coming. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Void of summer events going to be felt in Chemainus

Void of summer events going to be felt in Chemainus

CBIA cancels Classics Car Show and Canada Day celebrations

Void of summer events going to be felt in Chemainus
Halalt First Nation benefits from agreement. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Land purchase brings early treaty benefit to Halalt First Nation

Ownership taken of Crofton Corners and Chemainus River Storage

Halalt First Nation benefits from agreement. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Derek Descoteau, the victim of a senseless murder four years ago, with his dad Paul Descoteau. (Photo submitted)

Heartfelt memories of Derek Descoteau four years later

Victim of Chemainus murder and his brother leave a huge impact on a large group of friends

Derek Descoteau, the victim of a senseless murder four years ago, with his dad Paul Descoteau. (Photo submitted)
Tents erected side-by-side in the Fuller Lake site enclosure for the homeless. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Resident concerns abundant over Fuller Lake Arena parking lot homeless tent site

Theft, nearby trails only the beginning of alarm bells for those who live in the area

Tents erected side-by-side in the Fuller Lake site enclosure for the homeless. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Municipality of North Cowichan worked quickly to put in a new bench at the Crofton Seawalk. (Photo submitted)

Torched Crofton Seawalk bench quickly repaired

Quick action by fire crew and civilians prevents gazebo from potentially burning down

The Municipality of North Cowichan worked quickly to put in a new bench at the Crofton Seawalk. (Photo submitted)
The famous Chemainus Health Care Auxiiary Thrift Shop will start taking donations again on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop accepting donations again, starting Friday

Actual store being renovated during the pandemic and not likely to reopen for at least a month

The famous Chemainus Health Care Auxiiary Thrift Shop will start taking donations again on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mark Hird-Rutter wears one of the face shields he’s produced and displays one of the colourful head bands that go with it. Hird-Rutter and his wife have both tried wearing them during a meeting and say it’s very comfortable. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s clear face shields are an important piece of personal protective equipment

Chemainus’ Hird-Rutter found a design and decided to produce them using a 3D printer

Mark Hird-Rutter wears one of the face shields he’s produced and displays one of the colourful head bands that go with it. Hird-Rutter and his wife have both tried wearing them during a meeting and say it’s very comfortable. (Photo by Don Bodger)