Sarah Simpson

Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)
Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)
Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Highway 18 flooding and mudslides result from torrential rains

Lake Cowichan not immune from heavy rains

Mud ran down the side of the hill and onto Highway 18 near Skutz Falls on Monday morning as heavy rain pounded the Cowichan Valley region including Lake Cowichan. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
The old Stanley Gordon school. (Gazette file)

Still waiting: provincial funding request holds up Cowichan Lake school demolitions

A.B. Greenwell and Stanley Gordon Elementary Schools are slated for removal

The old Stanley Gordon school. (Gazette file)
A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads earlier in the Day on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

Duncan’s Riverside Campground evacuated due to flood

Residents are asked to register online with Emergency Social Services

A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads earlier in the Day on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
Tzouhalem Road on Cowichan Tribes land was still flooded Monday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Evacuation order issued by Cowichan Tribes

‘We are doing this to keep community members safe’

Tzouhalem Road on Cowichan Tribes land was still flooded Monday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley Regional District declares state of local emergency due to rain

Cowichan Valley residents asked to restrict travel if possible

Roads throughout the Cowichan Valley, including the Trans-Canada were closed at various points as a result of heavy rain and subsequent flooding. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

VIDEO: Evacuation underway for Duncan apartment residents as floodwaters rise

Residents told to leave, at least one upset with North Cowichan for the late notice

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
“The placing of the wreaths, was one of Mayor Earle Darling’s last official duties last Monday during the Remembrance Day ceremonies. With him is Mayor-elect, Jean Brown.” (Lake News, Nov. 13, 1996)

Flashback: Christmas craft fair, telephone expansion, and school board budget increase

A look back into the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“The placing of the wreaths, was one of Mayor Earle Darling’s last official duties last Monday during the Remembrance Day ceremonies. With him is Mayor-elect, Jean Brown.” (Lake News, Nov. 13, 1996)
The quote board remains! (Instagram #palmerquoteboard)
The quote board remains! (Instagram #palmerquoteboard)
Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)

RCMP search for man who broke into Shawnigan Lake Legion on Remembrance Day

Break-in to Legion reported on Remembrance Day

Police are looking for this man, and a mid-1990’s black Nissan pickup with a white stripe down the passenger side that does not extend to the box. (RCMP handout)
Fairy Creek. (Roger Wiles photo)

Exploding bear spray leads to chemical burns at Fairy Creek

Five people, including children, injured and treated at the scene

Fairy Creek. (Roger Wiles photo)
Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. Construction is set to begin soon. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)

Builder selected for new Cowichan Secondary

Indigenous culture, heritage and design key aspects of state-of-the-art facility

Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. Construction is set to begin soon. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)
“Treat for Tot at Kinsmen Halloween party was the opportunity to be centre stage for judging of Halloween costumes. This raggedy ann tyke was obviously enjoying her turn in the spotlight, but mom had her hands full keeping child from taking a dive off stage at community hall.” (The Lake News, Nov. 4, 1981)

Flashback: Council news, boundary expansion and a mystery buyer…

A look back at the goings on around Cowichan Lake in years past

“Treat for Tot at Kinsmen Halloween party was the opportunity to be centre stage for judging of Halloween costumes. This raggedy ann tyke was obviously enjoying her turn in the spotlight, but mom had her hands full keeping child from taking a dive off stage at community hall.” (The Lake News, Nov. 4, 1981)
A rainbow crosswalk at Bench Elementary School in Cowichan Bay is a warm welcome to LGBTQ2+ students and school community. (Mike Russell photo)

Lake Cowichan leads the way: rainbow crosswalks now brighten all Cowichan schools

Lakers lead the way; Initiative started with the teachers union and grew through student advocacy

A rainbow crosswalk at Bench Elementary School in Cowichan Bay is a warm welcome to LGBTQ2+ students and school community. (Mike Russell photo)
While my son likes to build things, my daughter likes Minecraft so she can take care of all the animals. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
While my son likes to build things, my daughter likes Minecraft so she can take care of all the animals. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The former Lake Cowichan fire hall adjacent to the town hall is demolished Thursday, Aug. 26, with plans to rebuild a structure which will add to the available space in the present building. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Lake Cowichan Town Hall tenders issued, project on track so far

The entire project is tentatively scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

The former Lake Cowichan fire hall adjacent to the town hall is demolished Thursday, Aug. 26, with plans to rebuild a structure which will add to the available space in the present building. (Kathryn Swan photo)
“Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.” (Submitted by Terry McRae)

Canadian greats bring ‘Lunch At Allen’s’ to Duncan

Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan, Ian Thomas play Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Nov. 7

“Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas.” (Submitted by Terry McRae)
The first craft fair of the season is set for Nov. 13 at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall. All are welcomed but be prepared to follow COVID-19 protocols. (Lake Cowichan Gazette file photo)

Lake Cowichan craft fair kicks off the season on Nov. 13

Mark your calendars for Nov. 13. That’s the day of the big…

The first craft fair of the season is set for Nov. 13 at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall. All are welcomed but be prepared to follow COVID-19 protocols. (Lake Cowichan Gazette file photo)
‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)

Cowichan group’s song remembering lost friend to benefit Crisis Centre BC

Local musicians to release ‘In My Head’ Nov. 16 WARNING: This story contains references to suicide

‘In My Head’ was written by Riley Ingham (Rylis), Christofer Lampson (Young Negrensé), Tristan Renaud, produced by Renaud, mixed by Elijah Merrett-Hitch, and mastered by Colin Leonard. (Courtesy of Yuzzynet)
“Matt Heyne from the Cow Cafe and Cookhouse serves Rita Dustow (l) and Carolyne Austin (r) during the Friday night Salmon and Mushroom Festival Gala Dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 2, 2011)

Flashback: Mushrooms, rhodonite, robbery and dramatic escape from fire

A look back at the goings on around Cowichan Lake in years past

“Matt Heyne from the Cow Cafe and Cookhouse serves Rita Dustow (l) and Carolyne Austin (r) during the Friday night Salmon and Mushroom Festival Gala Dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 2, 2011)