Sarah Simpson

At the end of every rainbow is a child angry they had to be outside in the rain. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
At the end of every rainbow is a child angry they had to be outside in the rain. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Writer and star Mia Golden in a scene from ‘Fragile Seeds’ shot in Cobble Hill. (Submitted by Empress Avenue Media Inc.)

Cowichan region featured in Cobble Hill company’s first feature film

“From a filmmaker’s perspective the Cowichan Valley is a magical place”

Writer and star Mia Golden in a scene from ‘Fragile Seeds’ shot in Cobble Hill. (Submitted by Empress Avenue Media Inc.)
A bear gets into a garbage bin in the parking lot of the Wellington condos, across from the A&W on Oct. 13. (Al Lowe photo)

Bears hunting garbage in Lake Cowichan as bins not secured

It’s a beary busy bear season at the Lake

A bear gets into a garbage bin in the parking lot of the Wellington condos, across from the A&W on Oct. 13. (Al Lowe photo)
Drinkwater Elementary on Lane Road has been the target of vandals multiple times since school restarted in September, including most recently the night of Oct. 14 when four kindergarten room windows were among the five smashed. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Drinkwater Elementary on Lane Road has been the target of vandals multiple times since school restarted in September, including most recently the night of Oct. 14 when four kindergarten room windows were among the five smashed. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
“Juicy Fruit for Pete Semchuk is a two pound tomato the avid gardener harvested from his bountiful plot on Berar Road. Semchuk was ready to sample fruits of his labour right where the plot thickened — his garden. Prize tomato weighed two pounds with at least two others vying for honors in the Semchuk garden.” (Lake News, Oct. 14, 1981)
“Juicy Fruit for Pete Semchuk is a two pound tomato the avid gardener harvested from his bountiful plot on Berar Road. Semchuk was ready to sample fruits of his labour right where the plot thickened — his garden. Prize tomato weighed two pounds with at least two others vying for honors in the Semchuk garden.” (Lake News, Oct. 14, 1981)
Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson
Town council is applying to the federal government for permission to erect speed limit signs on the upper Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
Town council is applying to the federal government for permission to erect speed limit signs on the upper Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
Bear Hamilton will be missed by many within the community. (Submitted)
Bear Hamilton will be missed by many within the community. (Submitted)
The driver of a vehicle that plunged into Cowichan Bay Tuesday night is now subject to an impaired driving investigation. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)

Witnesses watch as pickup drives into Cowichan Bay

Police dive into the bay in rescue attempt

The driver of a vehicle that plunged into Cowichan Bay Tuesday night is now subject to an impaired driving investigation. (Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue - Station 34 - Cowichan photo)
Residents of Cowichan Bay, including Island Farmhouse Poultry’s Doug Prenevost, are unhappy with a series of power outages. (Photo courtesy farmhousepoultry.com)

Cowichan Bay residents powerless over ongoing mystery electricity outages

Prenevost and the rest of the community is fed up.

Residents of Cowichan Bay, including Island Farmhouse Poultry’s Doug Prenevost, are unhappy with a series of power outages. (Photo courtesy farmhousepoultry.com)
”Lost for past 14 years, Dick McQuinn presents the watch found in the Royal Bank. (Lake News, Oct. 9, 1996)

Flashback: Road safety, elk, long lost watch, and more

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

”Lost for past 14 years, Dick McQuinn presents the watch found in the Royal Bank. (Lake News, Oct. 9, 1996)
The Cowichan Search and Rescue team pose with Toby, the lucky dog. (Courtesy of Daniel Shu)
The Cowichan Search and Rescue team pose with Toby, the lucky dog. (Courtesy of Daniel Shu)
Carolyne Austin

Lake Cowichan council ponders plastic bag ban consequences

No motions have been made, only discussion around the idea

Carolyne Austin
“Last-minute details are discussed among members of the three clubs sponsoring the new senior’s home. Matz Johnson (left) and George Majer are Kiwanis club members, Ted Forrest (right) is a Lions Club member. Other club involved is the Kinsmen Club.” (Lake News, Sept. 30, 1981)

Flashback: Man shot, election coming, paper gets pricey, seniors home opens

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

“Last-minute details are discussed among members of the three clubs sponsoring the new senior’s home. Matz Johnson (left) and George Majer are Kiwanis club members, Ted Forrest (right) is a Lions Club member. Other club involved is the Kinsmen Club.” (Lake News, Sept. 30, 1981)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Never try to out Dad Joke a dad

Tired but trying, we gave them their dinner

Sarah Simpson
Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

COVID-19 Delta variant claims young Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor

A young Cowichan farmer, whose story has inspired others in the community…

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all, Cowichan farmer Josh Mellor has died after a battle with COVID-19. He was 39. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
“Lake Cowichan librarian Diana Hutton reads a rabbit-filled pirate story to children during the library’s first Story Time session of the season, Thursday, Sept. 22. Hutton came dressed as a pirate, in celebration of Dress Like a Pirate Week. The story times will continue every second Thursday until the end of the year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Next up for the library will be a Customer Appreciation Day, Thursday, Sept. 29, in celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary. There will be refreshments, trivia quizzes, and prizes for those in attendance.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 28, 2011)

Flashback: Daycare closes, Tour De Rock arrives, Terry Fox, FRBC policy, and crime

A look back into the history of Lake Cowichan and area

“Lake Cowichan librarian Diana Hutton reads a rabbit-filled pirate story to children during the library’s first Story Time session of the season, Thursday, Sept. 22. Hutton came dressed as a pirate, in celebration of Dress Like a Pirate Week. The story times will continue every second Thursday until the end of the year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Next up for the library will be a Customer Appreciation Day, Thursday, Sept. 29, in celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary. There will be refreshments, trivia quizzes, and prizes for those in attendance.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 28, 2011)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: That bittersweet day your youngest goes off to kindergarten

The following week my child cried like she was punched in the guts

Sarah Simpson
The Green Door Society and the Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society have joined forces to create a new purpose-built public art gallery in a portion of the historic Green Door building on Ingram Street. (Submitted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery)

State-of-the-art public art gallery plans revealed

Green Door Society and Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society joined forces to help further the goal

The Green Door Society and the Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society have joined forces to create a new purpose-built public art gallery in a portion of the historic Green Door building on Ingram Street. (Submitted by the Cowichan Public Art Gallery)
“Last weekend’s 10th Annual Great Lake Walk had over 300 people make the 56 kilometre journey around Cowichan Lake, from Youbou to Lake Cowichan. Although mainly out-of-town walkers took part in the ultra-marathon, a number of Cowichan Lake area residents also took up the challenge. Left – Lake Cowichan resident Connie Croteau, right, with Shawnigan Lake friend Noella Trotter, posing for a photo after crossing the finish line. Centre – Local Great Lake Walk celebrity Joan Henn, 75, with one of five bags of cans she collected along the way. Henn walked with daughter Barbara Henn-Pander, from Burnaby. This was her 10th time participating in the Great Lake Walk. Right – Local walker Cheriee Strany enjoys some tunes. She walked with a couple of friends, who as a group raised $826 for the Tour de Rock cancer fundraiser.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 21, 2011)

Flashback: Weir safety, forestry funds and bus service

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Last weekend’s 10th Annual Great Lake Walk had over 300 people make the 56 kilometre journey around Cowichan Lake, from Youbou to Lake Cowichan. Although mainly out-of-town walkers took part in the ultra-marathon, a number of Cowichan Lake area residents also took up the challenge. Left – Lake Cowichan resident Connie Croteau, right, with Shawnigan Lake friend Noella Trotter, posing for a photo after crossing the finish line. Centre – Local Great Lake Walk celebrity Joan Henn, 75, with one of five bags of cans she collected along the way. Henn walked with daughter Barbara Henn-Pander, from Burnaby. This was her 10th time participating in the Great Lake Walk. Right – Local walker Cheriee Strany enjoys some tunes. She walked with a couple of friends, who as a group raised $826 for the Tour de Rock cancer fundraiser.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 21, 2011)