Lexi Bainas

Kailli Pigott, co-owner of Dancing Dandelion Farm on Drinkwater Road, is enthusiastic about the future. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Future looks bright for Dancing Dandelion Farms in North Cowichan

Producing both flowers and veggies, this couple have plenty to keep them busy

Kailli Pigott, co-owner of Dancing Dandelion Farm on Drinkwater Road, is enthusiastic about the future. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Search continues for missing Colin Court at Cowichan Lake

Search continues for missing Colin Court at Cowichan Lake

RCMP still hoping someone will come forward with further information

Search continues for missing Colin Court at Cowichan Lake
Pigs are clean, intelligent animals and it’s a joy to raise them, says Julia Rylands of Muddy Feet Farm. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

VIDEO: Healthy, happy pigs come from Muddy Feet in Sahtlam

Happy Berkshires and heritage Tamworth pigs enjoy a pleasant environment at Muddy Feet Farm

Pigs are clean, intelligent animals and it’s a joy to raise them, says Julia Rylands of Muddy Feet Farm. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11.

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan remembers the fallen with impressive cenotaph ceremony

Remembrance Day attracts a big crowd of Cowichan Lake folks

Air cadets take a quiet moment at the Lake Cowichan cenotaph after laying their wreath Nov. 11.
The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra is now rehearsing for their winter show. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: Music is wonderful year round, as you’ll see this week

Strings or ukulele: there are so many chances in the community to share your love of music

The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra is now rehearsing for their winter show. (Submitted)
Top drawer country entertainment, with a tasty helping of Christmas cheer, is coming to town with the Louisiana Hayride Show. (Submitted)

Enjoy popular music of Christmas, country style, when Louisiana Hayride comes to Cowichan

You’ll be whistling these favourite tunes when you leave the theatre

Top drawer country entertainment, with a tasty helping of Christmas cheer, is coming to town with the Louisiana Hayride Show. (Submitted)
Protesters have regularly gathered outside the Duncan courthouse to express their concern about the treatment of Teddy. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Teddy the dog trial continues Monday and Thursday

Anderson Joe is in court Nov. 18, Melissa Tooshley on Nov. 21

Protesters have regularly gathered outside the Duncan courthouse to express their concern about the treatment of Teddy. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Pianist Jannie Sing-Yen Burdeti and guitarist Andrei Burdeti present a delightful concert in Chemainus Nov. 17. (Submitted)

Piano, guitar music wafts through St. Mike’s in ‘From Spanish to Pastiche’

Andrei and Jannie Burdeti combine their talents for a delightful afternoon of music in Chemainus

Pianist Jannie Sing-Yen Burdeti and guitarist Andrei Burdeti present a delightful concert in Chemainus Nov. 17. (Submitted)
Duncan Lions Club members are out early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, to work on their irrigation project in the kitchen garden at Providence Farm. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Duncan Lions and friends step up with irrigation system for Providence Farm kitchen garden

Duncan Lions Club members were busy out at Providence Farm, both having…

Duncan Lions Club members are out early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, to work on their irrigation project in the kitchen garden at Providence Farm. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Terence Tam, Concert Master of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, is the soloist in this concert. (Submitted)

Symphony heads first to Scandinavia then finishes up with Mozart in Cowichan

Intriguing works by Larsson and Lindberg are off the beaten path but well worth a hearing

Terence Tam, Concert Master of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, is the soloist in this concert. (Submitted)
Who can’t believe in Santa Claus with Kris Kringle (Hal Kerbes) around? Kerbes has played the red-suited fellow many times and enjoys it. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Hal Kerbes back in Chemainus for a favourite holiday blockbuster

Veteran actor comes out of retirement to play Kris Kringle and make us believe in Santa Claus

Who can’t believe in Santa Claus with Kris Kringle (Hal Kerbes) around? Kerbes has played the red-suited fellow many times and enjoys it. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A massive clamp is lowered from a Sikorsky helicopter to pull a stolen Mazda pickup from Harris Creek in November 2009. (Lake Cowichan Gazette)

Lake Flashback: Tragedy strikes the Lake, RCMP call in Sikorsky chopper, and thieves leave their tools behind

Three accidental deaths in one grim week, and air crane required to save fish from wrecked truck

A massive clamp is lowered from a Sikorsky helicopter to pull a stolen Mazda pickup from Harris Creek in November 2009. (Lake Cowichan Gazette)
Bill Robertson, right, presents his 40-year ribbon and bar to Lake Cowichan Fire Chief Doug Knott on Nov. 4, 2019. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan fire department celebrates long service

The annual event sees several earn awards as well as the retirement of Ray Bourassa after 30 years

Bill Robertson, right, presents his 40-year ribbon and bar to Lake Cowichan Fire Chief Doug Knott on Nov. 4, 2019. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Works superintendent Kam So suggests that Lake Cowichan council could investigate using a robot to clean the town’s water reservoir. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Robot proposed for cleaning of Town of Lake Cowichan reservoir

“It’s a low risk techonology that should be explored”

Works superintendent Kam So suggests that Lake Cowichan council could investigate using a robot to clean the town’s water reservoir. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Hear Brownman Ali featured when the Nick MacLean Quartet comes to Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton Nov. 24. (Steve Stober photo)

VIDEO: Pat’s House of Jazz declares November a blah-free zone

Capital City Syncopators, Edi Daponte, and the Nick Maclean Quartet with Brownman Ali bring the jazz

Hear Brownman Ali featured when the Nick MacLean Quartet comes to Pat’s House of Jazz in Crofton Nov. 24. (Steve Stober photo)
Fred ‘Borgy’ Borgerson, second from the top left, was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2018, at age 92, after a long and career sharing his infectious banjo music. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: Remembering 2 talented Valley entertainers this week, plus other events

There’s lots going on in the Valley now, including some ‘murder mystery mayhem’

Fred ‘Borgy’ Borgerson, second from the top left, was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2018, at age 92, after a long and career sharing his infectious banjo music. (Submitted)
Jacob Michael Waldner died in this trailer fire at Meade Creek in early November 2009. (Gazette file)

Lake Flashback: Fatal fire, lucky escape, my first story, and more this week

We’ve got thrills and spills as well: some week in history

Jacob Michael Waldner died in this trailer fire at Meade Creek in early November 2009. (Gazette file)
Lake Cowichan midget Lakers play Cowichan Valley midget Capitals in a penalty-filled game at Lake Cowichan Sports Arena Friday, Oct. 25. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan hosts midget hockey tournament

Teams come from as far away as Lower Mainland for midget event at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena

Lake Cowichan midget Lakers play Cowichan Valley midget Capitals in a penalty-filled game at Lake Cowichan Sports Arena Friday, Oct. 25. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Future of CLEC to be pondered by Lake Cowichan council

Future of CLEC to be pondered by Lake Cowichan council

Not to compete with local hospitality businesses, the CLEC focuses on larger groups: Dalton Smith

Future of CLEC to be pondered by Lake Cowichan council
Being on stage with dad makes it much easier during the Halloween costume contest at Youbou Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Youbou pulls out all the stops for a great Halloween night

VIDEO: From a creepy Haunted House to a chance to show off great costumes, there was lots to enjoy

Being on stage with dad makes it much easier during the Halloween costume contest at Youbou Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)