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Two-year-old Charlie Snider of Brentwood Bay gazes out the window while riding on the train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre during Kids Day events on the 2021 BC Day long weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Families pack Duncan’s BC Forest Discovery Centre for Kids Days

Lots of activities to try during BC Day long weekend

Two-year-old Charlie Snider of Brentwood Bay gazes out the window while riding on the train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre during Kids Day events on the 2021 BC Day long weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)

Theft of cherished kayak led to several acts of giving, says Abbotsford mother

Woman sponsoring birthday party for a child in Nunavut after overwhelming community support

A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)
Jesse Barnes plays the drums from a logging road near Kelsey Bay, backed by Hardwicke Island and Yorke Island. Photo courtesy Jesse Barnes.

Island musician rocks out on drums from rocky heights

Jesse Barnes plays while surrounded by splendor in north Vancouver Island and records for Youtube

Jesse Barnes plays the drums from a logging road near Kelsey Bay, backed by Hardwicke Island and Yorke Island. Photo courtesy Jesse Barnes.
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
Cim MacDonald plots where some ducks in flight might be added to her mural at the Mount Brenton Golf Club. (Photo by Don Bodger)

MacDonald’s artistry par for the course on Chemainus mural

Green scene the latest addition to the mural project at Mount Brenton Golf Club

Cim MacDonald plots where some ducks in flight might be added to her mural at the Mount Brenton Golf Club. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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)
Kevin Hossack of Team Good People adds to his pile as Jennifer Lawson and Bruce Cates look on during a clean-up of Japanese sargassum at Maple Bay on Sunday, July 25. Lawson organized the event to help prevent the spread of the invasive species in the bay. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kevin Hossack of Team Good People adds to his pile as Jennifer Lawson and Bruce Cates look on during a clean-up of Japanese sargassum at Maple Bay on Sunday, July 25. Lawson organized the event to help prevent the spread of the invasive species in the bay. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Graham Cannon is the first winner of the Barb de Groot grant, which has been presented for the first time this year. (Submitted)

First winner of de Groot grant in Cowichan is former student

Cannon is the lead instructor for a class of four boys

  • Jul 30, 2021
Graham Cannon is the first winner of the Barb de Groot grant, which has been presented for the first time this year. (Submitted)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
Shawnigan Rotary EcoClub members celebrate receiving their charter from Rotary International. (Submitted)

Shawnigan Lake has Canada’s first Rotary EcoClub

Focused on environmental sustainability, club received charter in June

Shawnigan Rotary EcoClub members celebrate receiving their charter from Rotary International. (Submitted)
The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)

Smoke from B.C. wildfires creating issues for those with respiratory illnesses

The wildfire smoke has made it difficult to be outside for some

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)
Goat hobbyist Robert de Haas won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the June 15, 2021 draw. Photo supplied

Vancouver Island man wins a $1-million Maxmillions prize

A Courtenay man is a million dollars richer, after buying a lottery…

  • Jul 27, 2021
Goat hobbyist Robert de Haas won a $1-million Maxmillions prize in the June 15, 2021 draw. Photo supplied
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
“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)
“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)
Warmland Women’s Support Services Society is offering a free program called ‘Transformation Through Movement’, for self-identified women and genderqueer survivors of intimate partner abuse and/or sexualized violence. (Submitted graphic)

Cowichan program aims to help abuse survivors transform through movement

For self-identified women and genderqueer survivors of intimate partner abuse or sexualized violence

  • Jul 23, 2021
Warmland Women’s Support Services Society is offering a free program called ‘Transformation Through Movement’, for self-identified women and genderqueer survivors of intimate partner abuse and/or sexualized violence. (Submitted graphic)
The Cowichan School District is offering a new program in the fall for students needing full-time mental health and emotional support. (File photo)

New program for Cowichan students needing mental health, emotional support

The district is partnering with the Take a Hike Foundation

  • Jul 20, 2021
The Cowichan School District is offering a new program in the fall for students needing full-time mental health and emotional support. (File photo)
“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)
A display panel at the Cowichan Valley Museum’s new Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School exhibit features images of children setting off from Britain to travel to Canada in what was a promotion for the school. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum)

Cowichan Valley Museum now open four days a week

New display features Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School

A display panel at the Cowichan Valley Museum’s new Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School exhibit features images of children setting off from Britain to travel to Canada in what was a promotion for the school. (Courtesy of Cowichan Valley Museum)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)

Almost $10,000 raised from annual poppy campaign in Cowichan

The local Legion’s poppy campaign was one of the most successful across Canada

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #53 has donated $1,500 to Providence Farms with proceeds from its annual poppy campaign. Pictured is Legion president Betty James (centre) handing the cheque to the Providence Farms’ Leah Boisvert (left) and Tracey Parrow (right). (Submitted photo)