Sarah Simpson

The Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society is hosting a family fun arts and nature festival at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square on Sept. 4.

Arts and Nature Festival set for Sept. 4 in Lake Cowichan

Music, dancing, crafts, arts, vendors, and food… ‘everything you need to have a great day’

The Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society is hosting a family fun arts and nature festival at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square on Sept. 4.
Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late ednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)

UPDATE: Six sent to hospital as fire tears through Duncan housing complex

Emergency Services helps residents find alternate beds for the night

Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late ednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)
The Beaver is just one of the derelict boats that has plagued Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)

Derelict boat hunters scour Cowichan shores

It will take years to remove the boats

The Beaver is just one of the derelict boats that has plagued Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)
“Left – Celebrating his 71st birthday the day after the race, Spaniard Bernard Hewitt beat out a group of much younger competitors during the annual Youbou Regatta 1/4 mile swim race, Saturday, Aug. 13. ‘This is the third time I’ve entered. It gives me something to aim for,’ Hewitt said. Spending winters in Spain and summers with a friend at Marble Bay, Hewitt has taken to swimming Cowichan Lake on a daily basis. While in Spain, he stays in shape by swimming in a pool. Hewitt was the oldest participant to complete the swim, while local youngster Emily Vaughan was the youngest. Middle – Local athlete Grace Fox placed second, followed shortly thereafter by fellow local swimmer Alyssa Porter, right.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 17, 2011)

Flashback: Garden gnome games, ambulance blackout, strike end nears

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

“Left – Celebrating his 71st birthday the day after the race, Spaniard Bernard Hewitt beat out a group of much younger competitors during the annual Youbou Regatta 1/4 mile swim race, Saturday, Aug. 13. ‘This is the third time I’ve entered. It gives me something to aim for,’ Hewitt said. Spending winters in Spain and summers with a friend at Marble Bay, Hewitt has taken to swimming Cowichan Lake on a daily basis. While in Spain, he stays in shape by swimming in a pool. Hewitt was the oldest participant to complete the swim, while local youngster Emily Vaughan was the youngest. Middle – Local athlete Grace Fox placed second, followed shortly thereafter by fellow local swimmer Alyssa Porter, right.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 17, 2011)
‘Pacific Doorway’ shot by Cowichan fine art landscape photographer Lucas Morton. 
(lucasmorton.com)

Young Cowichan artist taking his time finding his way

No rush to turn his passion into a career for Lucas Morton

‘Pacific Doorway’ shot by Cowichan fine art landscape photographer Lucas Morton. 
(lucasmorton.com)
He did try to pull it out with a tissue, but claims the tooth, hanging on by sheer gravity and saliva, wouldn’t budge. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Taking your time with a loose tooth

My son had a loose tooth for months. Literally months. It was…

He did try to pull it out with a tissue, but claims the tooth, hanging on by sheer gravity and saliva, wouldn’t budge. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A grass fire on Somenos Road behind the Cowichan Exhibition grounds has fire crews racing to the scene. (Google Maps)

Grass fire near Cowichan Exhbition has fire crews racing

Fire reported just after 10 a.m. Friday

A grass fire on Somenos Road behind the Cowichan Exhibition grounds has fire crews racing to the scene. (Google Maps)
Flooding is one of the issues being addressed by the emergency management plan. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is exploring ways to better prepare for major emergencies. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

CVRD looks to fill emergency management program gaps

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is exploring ways to better prepare for…

Flooding is one of the issues being addressed by the emergency management plan. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is exploring ways to better prepare for major emergencies. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Roughly four dozen residents attended a meeting of the Save Our Holmes Society Sunday at Yount School Sunday on afternoon. The goal: to raise awareness and mobilize to let Mosaic Forest Management know the community wants them not to disturb the 28 watersheds, the fish and wildlife habitats and the steep slopes of Mounts Homes and Good. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Youbou residents unit against logging on the slope

Roughly four dozen residents attended a meeting of the Save Our Holmes…

Roughly four dozen residents attended a meeting of the Save Our Holmes Society Sunday at Yount School Sunday on afternoon. The goal: to raise awareness and mobilize to let Mosaic Forest Management know the community wants them not to disturb the 28 watersheds, the fish and wildlife habitats and the steep slopes of Mounts Homes and Good. (Kathryn Swan photo)
The Kaatza Historical Society and Ts’uubaa-asatx First Nation are working on a display for outside the museum. (Rendering)
The Kaatza Historical Society and Ts’uubaa-asatx First Nation are working on a display for outside the museum. (Rendering)
“In happier times, Brittany Dycke is a frequent visitor to Community Services. Now that she is in hospital, her friends are trying to help her family by setting up a fund for her mother as she visits her daughter in Vancouver”. (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 14, 1996.)

Flashback: Alcohol-swigging rowdies, Youbou Regatta and a heat wave

Take a look at what was making headlines this week in Lake Cowichan history

“In happier times, Brittany Dycke is a frequent visitor to Community Services. Now that she is in hospital, her friends are trying to help her family by setting up a fund for her mother as she visits her daughter in Vancouver”. (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 14, 1996.)
Skateboarding, basketball, or something else altogether? As long as she's happy and active, it doesn't matter to me. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson column: Inspiration comes from where you least expect it

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Skateboarding, basketball, or something else altogether? As long as she's happy and active, it doesn't matter to me. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
“One way was the wrong decision according to many people who have complained about the new traffic flow on Coronation Street by the post office in Lake Cowichan. Village crew were busy last week setting up concrete medians and traffic signs warning drivers that Coronation has become a one way street. All traffic is now forced onto South Shore Road off Coronation.” (Lake News, Aug. 7, 1996)
“One way was the wrong decision according to many people who have complained about the new traffic flow on Coronation Street by the post office in Lake Cowichan. Village crew were busy last week setting up concrete medians and traffic signs warning drivers that Coronation has become a one way street. All traffic is now forced onto South Shore Road off Coronation.” (Lake News, Aug. 7, 1996)
Purple hay bales are the colour of choice for many area farmers. When you see them you know that the farmer has paid extra to support of BC Children’s Hospital. (Sidney Venier photo)

Sarah Simpson column: Cowichan farmers making hay for charity

Have you ever noticed the coloured hay bales?

Purple hay bales are the colour of choice for many area farmers. When you see them you know that the farmer has paid extra to support of BC Children’s Hospital. (Sidney Venier photo)
Jeffrey Purych (RCMP handout)

RCMP ask for help to locate missing Cowichan man

Jeffrey Purych was last seen in June

Jeffrey Purych (RCMP handout)
While the RCMP Air services helicopter quickly spotted the hikers, there wasn’t a good spot to land so the Mounties utilized teams from both Cowichan and North Shore Search and Rescue. (Citizen file)

Dehydrated hikers rescued from Lake Cowichan’s Bald Mountain

“These hikers were very fortunate that the RCMP had air resources in the area”

While the RCMP Air services helicopter quickly spotted the hikers, there wasn’t a good spot to land so the Mounties utilized teams from both Cowichan and North Shore Search and Rescue. (Citizen file)
Alan Drinkwater of the Canada National Decibel Coalition asked council for support for the reduction of excessive boat motor noise, while noting that it’s not a large number of boats making the nose, but the outliers that create the havoc. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Coalition asks Lake Cowichan council to help curb excessive boat noise

Canada National Decibel Coalition wants support from town council

Alan Drinkwater of the Canada National Decibel Coalition asked council for support for the reduction of excessive boat motor noise, while noting that it’s not a large number of boats making the nose, but the outliers that create the havoc. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gregg Perry, president of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation presents a cheque for a musical instrument library to Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District. (Submitted)
Gregg Perry, president of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation presents a cheque for a musical instrument library to Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District. (Submitted)
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)