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James Hamilton is performing on his sitar every at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

39 Days of July a wild success despite COVID-19 hurdles

Done and dusted for another year, the organizers of the 39 Days…

James Hamilton is performing on his sitar every at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The Cowichan Valley Integrated Response Team’s goal is to identify and address those at risk and match them with the required services before they become problems within the community. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Valley Integrated Response Team is up and running

New team to help front-line workers rapidly connect with people in crisis

The Cowichan Valley Integrated Response Team’s goal is to identify and address those at risk and match them with the required services before they become problems within the community. (Citizen file)
Dawn Coe-Jones awards Leila Chastrand of Cordova Bay with the title of B.C. Junior Girls’ Championship. (July 31, 1996)

Flashback: Surprise $10K, golf honours, no scrounging law

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

Dawn Coe-Jones awards Leila Chastrand of Cordova Bay with the title of B.C. Junior Girls’ Championship. (July 31, 1996)
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First Mayo Public school in Paldi, built in 1921. Teacher Margaret Evans. Paldi’s history will be featured in an upcoming National Film Board documentary called ‘Unarchived’. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)

Cowichan Valley history part of National Film Board documentary

National Film Board of Canada will be shooting in the Duncan and Paldi area Aug. 1 and Aug. 2

First Mayo Public school in Paldi, built in 1921. Teacher Margaret Evans. Paldi’s history will be featured in an upcoming National Film Board documentary called ‘Unarchived’. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)
Two hour parking in the Town of Lake Cowichan’s popular spots is designed to help increase turnover and help businesses. (File photo)

Lake Cowichan Chamber president questions two-hour parking decision

Tourists require more than two hours to explore, says Brent Clancy

Two hour parking in the Town of Lake Cowichan’s popular spots is designed to help increase turnover and help businesses. (File photo)
“These are the ones you want, not me,” mayor Ross Forrest, second from right, told photographers during the unveiling of the first four inductees for the Cowichan Lake Sports Wall of Fame at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Friday, July 22. From left is skiier Gord Tuck, golfer Dawn Coe-Jones, mayor Ross Forrest, and hockey player Brad Palmer. Baseball player Charlie Stroulger, who died in 2005, was represented by his wife Trudy and son John. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 27, 2011)

Flashback: Sports icons, river tragedy, the summer of strikes

A look back into Cowichan Lake area history

“These are the ones you want, not me,” mayor Ross Forrest, second from right, told photographers during the unveiling of the first four inductees for the Cowichan Lake Sports Wall of Fame at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Friday, July 22. From left is skiier Gord Tuck, golfer Dawn Coe-Jones, mayor Ross Forrest, and hockey player Brad Palmer. Baseball player Charlie Stroulger, who died in 2005, was represented by his wife Trudy and son John. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 27, 2011)
My two nieces and my son exploring the Cowichan River at Vimy just before the leech incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
My two nieces and my son exploring the Cowichan River at Vimy just before the leech incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP safely removed a man from the Silver Bridge in Duncan on July 22. (RCMP handout)

RCMP lead distraught man away from Silver Bridge in Duncan

A call for help resulted in a a safe resolution

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP safely removed a man from the Silver Bridge in Duncan on July 22. (RCMP handout)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)

RCMP looking to identify woman linked to missing Cameron Blake Beaven

Cameron Blake Beaven was last spotted July 2

Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
The Lake Cowichan RCMP confirm missing persons Nadia Elkouni and Helmy Sherif have been safely located. (RCMP handout)

Missing elderly couple last seen near Honeymoon Bay found safe

Victoria residents had been heading from Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew

The Lake Cowichan RCMP confirm missing persons Nadia Elkouni and Helmy Sherif have been safely located. (RCMP handout)
All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

North Cowichan fire crews race to Hall Road house fire

South End and Maple Bay halls responding

All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

North Cowichan fire crews race to Hall Road house fire

South End and Maple Bay halls responding

All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIDEO: North Cowichan man dies in house fire

GoFundMe campaign launched to support family of Nate Haslam

All four North Cowichan fire departments responded to a blaze on Hall Road Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
“Her first-ever time at the Honeymoon Bay Farmer’s Market, nine-year old Olivia Skinner braved the rain and sold pin and fridge magnets fashioned from bottle caps during the Saturday, July 16, market. The youngster has lived in Honeymoon Bay for the past year, and began her unique art form a few years ago when she lived in Whistler. The bottle caps were from recycling and from donations from a Whistler bar, with Skinner filling them in with images and clear sealants, attaching a magnet or pushpin onto the back. Her grandfather helped with the display boards that held up the pins and magnets during the Farmer’s Market. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 20, 2011)
“Her first-ever time at the Honeymoon Bay Farmer’s Market, nine-year old Olivia Skinner braved the rain and sold pin and fridge magnets fashioned from bottle caps during the Saturday, July 16, market. The youngster has lived in Honeymoon Bay for the past year, and began her unique art form a few years ago when she lived in Whistler. The bottle caps were from recycling and from donations from a Whistler bar, with Skinner filling them in with images and clear sealants, attaching a magnet or pushpin onto the back. Her grandfather helped with the display boards that held up the pins and magnets during the Farmer’s Market. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 20, 2011)
The aftermath of a devastating house fire on Maple Bay Road July 7. (Jakob Buttner-Danyliw photo)

Sarah Simpson Column: Firefighters extinguish blaze, ignite community’s gratitude

The firefighters were working their tails off to save everything else

The aftermath of a devastating house fire on Maple Bay Road July 7. (Jakob Buttner-Danyliw photo)
The new weir features both replacement and new elements. (Submitted)

Design for new weir at Cowichan Lake unveiled

Construction may begin by 2024

The new weir features both replacement and new elements. (Submitted)
Mill Bay Fire Department. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)

Mill Bay first responders see three calls in two hours

It all began around 4:20 p.m. when they were called out to a motor vehicle incident

Mill Bay Fire Department. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
"Mayor Ken Douglas throws first pitch to open upper Island Little League tournament here on Saturday while Barry Wilson, president of Cowichan Lake Little League offers smiling encouragement. The throw was a strike, the Ump said." (Lake News, July 22, 1981)

Lake Cowichan Flashback: Water safety, the blame game, an MLA dies

A dive into the history of the Cowichan Lake area

"Mayor Ken Douglas throws first pitch to open upper Island Little League tournament here on Saturday while Barry Wilson, president of Cowichan Lake Little League offers smiling encouragement. The throw was a strike, the Ump said." (Lake News, July 22, 1981)
James Hamilton is performing on his sitar at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
James Hamilton is performing on his sitar every at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
James Hamilton is performing on his sitar at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
James Hamilton is performing on his sitar every at 4 p.m. every Thursday of the festival. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)