Don Bodger

It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre Festival cancels remainder of 2020 season

COVID-19 restrictions likely to linger longer for the theatre industry, leaving no other alternative

It looked like it was going to be a great last half of the year at the Chemainus Theatre, as artistic director Mark DuMex rolled out the lineup during last October’s show unveiling celebration. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Police are warning drivers to be aware of branches from trees during high winds after several incidents in the Chemainus area April 25. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Numerous incidents during high winds prompt police to make safe driving recommendations

Incidents in the Chemainus area particularly dangerous on April 25

Police are warning drivers to be aware of branches from trees during high winds after several incidents in the Chemainus area April 25. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Westholme home of Jolie Jamison and Jason McEwan raised after Feb. 1 floods, with disposal unit in the yard that’s constantly been at the ready for more trash. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rapid Westholme flood back on Feb. 1 leaves long-term scars

Waters subsided in short order, but painstaking rebuilding continues for one couple and neighbours

Westholme home of Jolie Jamison and Jason McEwan raised after Feb. 1 floods, with disposal unit in the yard that’s constantly been at the ready for more trash. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Music in the Park series always draws packed crowds, particularly for the famed Naden Band. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

COVID-19 results in cancellation of entire Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society summer program

All major festivals and Music in the Park series events affected through the end of August

The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Music in the Park series always draws packed crowds, particularly for the famed Naden Band. (Photo by Art Carlyle)
Work on the east side of Chemainus Road for the upgrade project has progressed well. (Photo by Don Bodger)

First phase of the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade nearing completion

Project has continued with alterations for social distancing during construction

Work on the east side of Chemainus Road for the upgrade project has progressed well. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence Canada announces further temporary curtailment at Crofton mill

Heavy impacts from triple threat of fibre shortages, Malware attack and COVID-19

A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)

Cuban baseball journey takes a different twist for Island players

Touring team prevented from any game action at the start of COVID-19 restrictions

Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)
Jacquie McLeod with a balloon broom for Ryan Cheema and Holly Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Drive-through bridal shower a way to improvise during COVID-19

Family and friends share the love socially distanced in a Chemainus parking lot

Jacquie McLeod with a balloon broom for Ryan Cheema and Holly Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mount Brenton opts to resume play on Friday for members

Golf courses opening up again amid COVID-19 safety measures

Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Firemen at the back entrance during the first of two fires at Chemainus Secondary School in late February that remain under investigation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Investigation into two February Chemainus Secondary School fires remains open

Police working in collaboration with the school and school district

Firemen at the back entrance during the first of two fires at Chemainus Secondary School in late February that remain under investigation. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)

Not to become bored the game plan for Crofton family during COVID-19

Board game developed by Crofton family just the remedy for filling time at home

The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)
Chemainus Girl Guide member Ishiah Thornhill-Dares provided a special treat for Chemainus Health Care Centre workers that was greatly appreciated. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sweet treat helps make Chemainus Health Care Centre workers feel complete

Girl Guide cookies always in good taste when showing appreciation

Chemainus Girl Guide member Ishiah Thornhill-Dares provided a special treat for Chemainus Health Care Centre workers that was greatly appreciated. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Minister and Halalt First Nation chief consult on effects of recent flooding

Community heavily impacted with many damaged and uninhabitable homes

The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Geo-Tech logo was stripped off both vehicles stolen from the company’s yard in Crofton that have since been recovered. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Second vehicle from Crofton Geo-Tech theft recovered

Supervisor at Crofton operation finds it parked at Chemainus campground

Geo-Tech logo was stripped off both vehicles stolen from the company’s yard in Crofton that have since been recovered. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Theatre has postponed the next two shows on its 2020 schedule. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre temporarily suspends operations, postpones next two shows

It’s hoped The 39 Steps and Beauty And The Beast can be staged at another time

Chemainus Theatre has postponed the next two shows on its 2020 schedule. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop brought in more than $532,000 during the last fiscal year that ended Nov. 30. (Photo by Don Bodger)

One of Island’s most popular thrift shops shuts its doors due to COVID-19

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary worries a long closure will mean a dramatic drop in donations

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop brought in more than $532,000 during the last fiscal year that ended Nov. 30. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kristen Arnold displays the tournament hoodie and new tuques that would have been unveiled this year. (Don Bodger/Black Press)

Midget hockey tournament cancellation comes with a silver lining

Cowichan Valley Memorial event moving to Thanksgiving weekend 2020

Kristen Arnold displays the tournament hoodie and new tuques that would have been unveiled this year. (Don Bodger/Black Press)
The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre Festival cancels remaining dates of The Marvelous Wonderettes due to COVID-19

Situation to be reevaluated soon regarding upcoming production of The 39 Steps

The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton lives up to its destination as the Cowichan Valley’s live music destination, with another fabulous lineup of shows in March. (Photo by Don Bodger)

No shortage of crowd-pleasing shows during March in Crofton

Osborne Bay Pub lineup features tribute acts, high-energy shows and Sunday jazz

The Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton lives up to its destination as the Cowichan Valley’s live music destination, with another fabulous lineup of shows in March. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Grand opening day at the Chemainus Library Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Official opening puts importance of new Chemainus library into perspective

Large crowd packs into the space to celebrate the remarkable addition to downtown

Grand opening day at the Chemainus Library Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)