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A couple is keen to learn about Tony Walker’s company Walker E-Bike tours at the Cowichan Valley Fall Home Show at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall Friday, Oct. 22. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Home show draws good crowd at the Ex

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A couple is keen to learn about Tony Walker’s company Walker E-Bike tours at the Cowichan Valley Fall Home Show at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall Friday, Oct. 22. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roughly six weeks ago when we were last on this trail, this creek was dry as a bone. Now the gurgling water and little waterfalls provide the perfect background sound for a hike. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roughly six weeks ago when we were last on this trail, this creek was dry as a bone. Now the gurgling water and little waterfalls provide the perfect background sound for a hike. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
“Local mushroom enthusiast Ingeborg Woodsworth with her mushroom-loving cat Tiger, a basket of chanterelle mushrooms, and a brand-new mushroom-centred cookbook she’s written. This year’s 11th Annual Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival is set to take place this weekend, from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 26, 2011)

Flashback: Salmon, mushrooms, smart meters, murder and a big mill closure

A look back into the history of the Cowichan Lake area.

“Local mushroom enthusiast Ingeborg Woodsworth with her mushroom-loving cat Tiger, a basket of chanterelle mushrooms, and a brand-new mushroom-centred cookbook she’s written. This year’s 11th Annual Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival is set to take place this weekend, from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 26, 2011)
Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)

Weekend workshop in Lake Cowichan teaches volunteers to build trails

Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society adding value to Lake Cowichan’s outdoor recreation offerings

Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)
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)