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“He’ll be bowling for dollars — $30,000 to be exact. Matt Hancock, 15-years-old of Lake Cowichan won in the Coca-Cola B.C. championship finals and will now bowl in the international championship with a chance to win a $30,000 scholarship. Hancock will go to the international competition in Columbus July 10. He is coached by Karen Smith of Cowichan Lake and plays on the T.G.S. bowling team.” (Lake News/May 8, 1996)

Flashback: Taxes, school district amalgamation, logging licences and student news

A look back through the pages of Lake Cowichan’s history

Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 4, 2021
Barb de Groot. (Citizen file)

New Barb de Groot grant to forward the cause of literacy in Cowichan

De Groot a founding member of Literacy Now Cowichan

  • May 3, 2021
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)

Cairnsmore Garden Club looking for new members

With the addition of new garden territory around Cowichan Hospice House, new blood needed

  • Apr 28, 2021
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)
QMS Head of School, David Robertson, addresses students and staff during the school’s Centennial Founders’ Day event in 2021, a special day to honour the school’s 100th birthday. (Light Work Photography photo)

Queen Margaret’s School celebrates 100th birthday

On April 4, 1921 Queen Margaret’s School opened its doors in Duncan

  • Apr 28, 2021
QMS Head of School, David Robertson, addresses students and staff during the school’s Centennial Founders’ Day event in 2021, a special day to honour the school’s 100th birthday. (Light Work Photography photo)
Gerry Hof is thrilled to share his joy in the restored 1951 Mercury truck with his four grandsons, Nash, Nixon, Vann and Rivers Taylor. Maybe they will be lucky to do their driver’s test in it, just like their Opa did nearly 60 years ago. (Mary Hof photo)

Retired Cowichan dairy farmer brings truck back to life

“You’ve got to be kidding,” I remember saying in 1998

  • Apr 26, 2021
Gerry Hof is thrilled to share his joy in the restored 1951 Mercury truck with his four grandsons, Nash, Nixon, Vann and Rivers Taylor. Maybe they will be lucky to do their driver’s test in it, just like their Opa did nearly 60 years ago. (Mary Hof photo)
The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Collage” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Exhibition to host second annual ‘Un’Fair

COVID conditions prevent traditional fall fair

The Jubilee Community Garden’s first-place entry in the “Inspired by Dr. Bonnie Henry: Collage” category at the Cowichan Exhibition’s “UN”FAIR 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
“DOCKSIDE DUNKERS, these youngsters wet their lines during holiday weekend following opening of trout season Thursday. Warm weather greeted opening-day river fishermen in Lake Cowichan area but the trout were wary and, among those that were caught, mainly cutthroat, few were trophy sized. However, advent of the trout season for these young anglers means plenty of lazy days ahead, especially when school’s out.” (Lake News/April, 22, 1981)

Flashback: Hockey, beavers, trout oh my!

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

“DOCKSIDE DUNKERS, these youngsters wet their lines during holiday weekend following opening of trout season Thursday. Warm weather greeted opening-day river fishermen in Lake Cowichan area but the trout were wary and, among those that were caught, mainly cutthroat, few were trophy sized. However, advent of the trout season for these young anglers means plenty of lazy days ahead, especially when school’s out.” (Lake News/April, 22, 1981)
An otter takes some shelter under a car in the Royston area. Screenshot, Kate and Sarah Stromquist video

Island family surprised to see otter visitor under car

The Stromquists did not expect to see the animal so far from water

An otter takes some shelter under a car in the Royston area. Screenshot, Kate and Sarah Stromquist video
BCYP Minister for the Southern Interior, Aislinn Dressler of Fernie said the Youth Parliament being virtual was a great way to learn about how the BC Parliament was operating. (Photo contributed by Aislinn Dressler)

Applications open for Islands Youth Parliament

Applications must be received by April 23

  • Apr 21, 2021
BCYP Minister for the Southern Interior, Aislinn Dressler of Fernie said the Youth Parliament being virtual was a great way to learn about how the BC Parliament was operating. (Photo contributed by Aislinn Dressler)
”It was an angry welcome for Cowichan-Ladysmith MLA Jan Pullinger when she arrived in Lake Cowichan Monday to open her constituency office. She was greeted with some of her long time supporters calling her a ‘liar’. Left to right, Jan Pullinger, Director of Area I, Lois Gage, school trustee Rolli Gunderson, school trustee Pat Weaver, Save our School Committee Chairperson, Tara Daly.” (Lake News/April 17,1996)

Flashback: Garbage, geography and tragedy

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

”It was an angry welcome for Cowichan-Ladysmith MLA Jan Pullinger when she arrived in Lake Cowichan Monday to open her constituency office. She was greeted with some of her long time supporters calling her a ‘liar’. Left to right, Jan Pullinger, Director of Area I, Lois Gage, school trustee Rolli Gunderson, school trustee Pat Weaver, Save our School Committee Chairperson, Tara Daly.” (Lake News/April 17,1996)
Abby Dyer of Shawnigan Lake School. (Submitted)

Shawnigan Lake School poet wins top prize

Abby Dyer has won first place in the Senior Poem category in the Legion’s Youth Remembrance Contest

  • Apr 12, 2021
Abby Dyer of Shawnigan Lake School. (Submitted)
Building on the success of Black Press Media’s niche digital platforms, Today’s Home brings the same wealth of knowledge and local expertise to the search for a home, be it buying, selling, or even just daydreaming about what changes you can make in the future.
Building on the success of Black Press Media’s niche digital platforms, Today’s Home brings the same wealth of knowledge and local expertise to the search for a home, be it buying, selling, or even just daydreaming about what changes you can make in the future.
“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

Remember these stories from Lake Cowichan?

“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)
The Cairnsmore Gardening Group are holding their 10th annual plant sale online. Send an email to get the list of plants starting April 10, 2021. (File photo)

Get list of plants for Cairnsmore sale starting April 10

There are hundreds of plants available

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Cairnsmore Gardening Group are holding their 10th annual plant sale online. Send an email to get the list of plants starting April 10, 2021. (File photo)
Sign up to Walk Your Own Way in 2021 to fundraise to help those affected by dementia. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley residents asked to ‘Walk Your Own Way’ in support of people affected by dementia

Register in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

  • Apr 5, 2021
Sign up to Walk Your Own Way in 2021 to fundraise to help those affected by dementia. (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 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)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
“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)
“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)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)