Sarah Simpson

Parents, caregivers, and stakeholders can have their say in the annual budget survey released by the Cowichan Valley School District The deadline to respond is April 20. (Citizen file)
Parents, caregivers, and stakeholders can have their say in the annual budget survey released by the Cowichan Valley School District The deadline to respond is April 20. (Citizen file)
Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. Mayor Bob Day says the possible creation of a Town tourism committee is not a response to the closure. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Town of Lake Cowichan looking to form tourism and housing committees

Decision not related to the Lake Cowichan Visitor Information Centre closure

Brent Clancy, president of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce, takes down the signs at the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre, which closed its doors for good on Jan. 31. Mayor Bob Day says the possible creation of a Town tourism committee is not a response to the closure. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A police car at the scene of a child’s death Friday, April 9, at the Falcon Nest Motel in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP investigating child’s death at Duncan’s Falcon Nest Motel

First responders attended to a call about an unresponsive child at the…

A police car at the scene of a child’s death Friday, April 9, at the Falcon Nest Motel in Duncan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)

Lake Flashback: Soapboxes, woodshop split, taxes down

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“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)
If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Looking for a goat time on Good Friday

If you drive by the farm market a little slower you see the goat pen.

If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The Town of Lake Cowichan is eyeing a two per cent tax hike confirmed Mayor Bob Day. (File photo)

Town of Lake Cowichan taxes set to increase by less than expected

Surplus funds to help reduce hike from 3% to 2% this year

The Town of Lake Cowichan is eyeing a two per cent tax hike confirmed Mayor Bob Day. (File photo)
Cowichan Cat Rescue is taking over the work of Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society after the society announced it closed its doors for good in January. (Gazette file)

Cowichan Cat Rescue needs your empties and your time

After taking over from the Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society which, in…

Cowichan Cat Rescue is taking over the work of Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society after the society announced it closed its doors for good in January. (Gazette file)
From left: Kelly McLeod, Brandon Cairney, Desmond Peter,Ian Henry, Daniel MacDonnell have all gone missing on Vancouver Island. The five men are the subject of podcaster Laura Palmer’s Island Crime: ‘Gone Boys’ missing men series. (Submitted)

Island Crime’s ‘Gone Boys’ podcast features five missing Island men

When Laura Palmer was working on the first season of her podcast…

From left: Kelly McLeod, Brandon Cairney, Desmond Peter,Ian Henry, Daniel MacDonnell have all gone missing on Vancouver Island. The five men are the subject of podcaster Laura Palmer’s Island Crime: ‘Gone Boys’ missing men series. (Submitted)
“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)

Lake Flashback: Earthquake relief, pools, politics and Lady of the Lake news

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“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)
Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)

Sarah Simpson column: Dynamic duo make the world a tidier place

Gail Taylor calls them “street angels”.

Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)
Cowichan Valley parents are still waiting for an email from the school district warning them of increased exposure risk following Spring Break. Other Vancouver Island schools districts have received the letter from Island Health and the Vancouver Island COVID-19 Rapid Response Team. (Metro Creative photo)

Cowichan parents question sending kids to school after Island Health warning

Notice not distributed to Cowichan School District parents

Cowichan Valley parents are still waiting for an email from the school district warning them of increased exposure risk following Spring Break. Other Vancouver Island schools districts have received the letter from Island Health and the Vancouver Island COVID-19 Rapid Response Team. (Metro Creative photo)
The CVRD’s main office was closed Monday after flooding damaged multiple floors. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Burst pipe shutters Cowichan Valley Regional District headquarters

‘Significant’ water damage to at least two floors

The CVRD’s main office was closed Monday after flooding damaged multiple floors. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for a suspect who filled a shopping cart with several hundred dollars of items, then activated the smoke grenade and then fled the store. (RCMP handout)

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP ask for help identifying suspect in smoke grenade incident

Canadian Tire theft suspect fled in unique-looking car

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for a suspect who filled a shopping cart with several hundred dollars of items, then activated the smoke grenade and then fled the store. (RCMP handout)
“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)

Lake Flashback Police patrols, Pee Wees, and Saywell High?

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“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Is Spring Break breaking you, too?

The problem is that was only the first three days of the break .

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A problem house on North Shore Road was recently cleaned up by local authorities. (Bonnie Jones/Facebook)

Nuisance property cleaned up in Lake Cowichan

Neighbours notice flurry of activity at North Shore Road home

A problem house on North Shore Road was recently cleaned up by local authorities. (Bonnie Jones/Facebook)
As of April 1 transit provider First Canada will take over the Cowichan Valley handyDART and Youbou/Honeymoon Bay transit services on behalf of BC Transit. (File photo)

Loss of bus contract bad news for Cowichan Lake Community Services

As of April 1, transit provider First Canada will take over the…

As of April 1 transit provider First Canada will take over the Cowichan Valley handyDART and Youbou/Honeymoon Bay transit services on behalf of BC Transit. (File photo)
​The Movin’ On Up Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project aims to create a local Poverty Reduction Strategy based on community input. (Submitted)

Cowichan Lake group focused on poverty reduction

The Movin’ On Up, Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project

​The Movin’ On Up Cowichan Lake Poverty Reduction project aims to create a local Poverty Reduction Strategy based on community input. (Submitted)
From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)

Lake Flashback: Tax hikes, school squabbles and seal-coating

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From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)
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Sarah Simpson column: Quest for effiency yields mixed bag of results

Why was there a loose peach tea leaf in my cornbread muffin, you ask?

Sarah Simpson