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Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>

Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied

The cat came back, with help from BC Ferries staff

After Dasher made a dash, staff in Comox found her and got her home safe

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)

B.C. man rescues dog that was trapped for 43 hours inside hidden well

At first, Wade Deisman thought his neighbour got a new puppy, but the barking didn’t stop.

Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley runs a program where seniors volunteer as mentors, among many other programs. (submitted)

United Way directs $400,000 to organizations helping people through the pandemic

$381,000 from federal government supplemented by $29,000 from United Way donors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley runs a program where seniors volunteer as mentors, among many other programs. (submitted)
Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 student Juliana Pool performs a mash-up of songs on the piano during the school’s talent show, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Pool both sang and played the piano on songs like ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Free Falling’, ‘With or Without You’, and others. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette)
Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 student Juliana Pool performs a mash-up of songs on the piano during the school’s talent show, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Pool both sang and played the piano on songs like ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Free Falling’, ‘With or Without You’, and others. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette)
BCCOS officer Steve Petrovcic, BC Parks Ranger Jamie Godfrey and RCMP Cpl. Dan Jinda near Mt. Washington on Jan. 24. Photo supplied by BCCOS.
BCCOS officer Steve Petrovcic, BC Parks Ranger Jamie Godfrey and RCMP Cpl. Dan Jinda near Mt. Washington on Jan. 24. Photo supplied by BCCOS.
Celebrate with BC Girl Guides in the community on Feb. 22, as they shine their Guiding lights in support of girl empowerment. (File photo)

Big Stick turns blue for Guiding Lights Across BC on Feb. 22

B.C. landmarks, including a trio in the Cowichan Valley will be lit…

Celebrate with BC Girl Guides in the community on Feb. 22, as they shine their Guiding lights in support of girl empowerment. (File photo)
Learn the signs of a heart attack. (Heart and Stroke Foundation infographic)

Heart Month: tips to prevent a heart attack

Every year, thousands of Canadians die from heart attacks

  • Feb 19, 2021
Learn the signs of a heart attack. (Heart and Stroke Foundation infographic)
Indigenous Cowichan students have won Irving K. Barber scholarships. (file)

Cowichan students earn Irving K. Barber scholarships

More than 600 Indigenous students in British Columbia will share more than $2.2 million

Indigenous Cowichan students have won Irving K. Barber scholarships. (file)
Grade 7 Students at Queen of Angels school walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem road picking up garbage to celebrate their annual Catholic Schools Week by doing something good for the community. (Submitted)

Q of A sudents clean up in Duncan to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem roads picking up garbage

Grade 7 Students at Queen of Angels school walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem road picking up garbage to celebrate their annual Catholic Schools Week by doing something good for the community. (Submitted)
“You put her over the top! Last week we appealed to you, our readers to put Nichole Stock, 14, over the top. Last year the Lake Cowichan News carrier who lives in Caycuse had raised $2,500 for the Variety Club Telethon. This year, up to last week, she had only $2,500. As usual Cowichan Lake answered the appeal and Nichole was able to top last year’s figure by an amazing $900. She appeared on air on CHEK 6 Sunday and gave the Variety Club a cheque for $3,430.96. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Stock.” (Lake News/Feb. 14, 1996)
“You put her over the top! Last week we appealed to you, our readers to put Nichole Stock, 14, over the top. Last year the Lake Cowichan News carrier who lives in Caycuse had raised $2,500 for the Variety Club Telethon. This year, up to last week, she had only $2,500. As usual Cowichan Lake answered the appeal and Nichole was able to top last year’s figure by an amazing $900. She appeared on air on CHEK 6 Sunday and gave the Variety Club a cheque for $3,430.96. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Stock.” (Lake News/Feb. 14, 1996)
“That’s a lot of hundreds, but it adds up to only $5,000 which really isn’t much in the world of debt. Rev. Dr. Cullene Bryant, Minister of the Lake Cowichan United Church needs to raise that money which would get the church out of debt. They need to raise a lot more for the church to run efficiently. (Lake News/Feb. 7, 1996)
“That’s a lot of hundreds, but it adds up to only $5,000 which really isn’t much in the world of debt. Rev. Dr. Cullene Bryant, Minister of the Lake Cowichan United Church needs to raise that money which would get the church out of debt. They need to raise a lot more for the church to run efficiently. (Lake News/Feb. 7, 1996)
Cowichan and Chemainus residents can learn more in the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s free webinar, “Family dynamics in dementia caregiving,” on Feb. 10, 2021. (Submitted)

Webinar addresses family dynamics in dementia caregiving

Family dynamics may be affected by these new changes and physical distancing protocols.

  • Feb 3, 2021
Cowichan and Chemainus residents can learn more in the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s free webinar, “Family dynamics in dementia caregiving,” on Feb. 10, 2021. (Submitted)
‘Grandma rolls over 30,000 pennies. Gloria Carnell, grandmother of Nicole Stock and member of Nicole’s penny crew, rolls pennies collected from Palsson Elementary school during the school’s first annual penny drive.’ (Rick Diakiw/Lake News, Jan. 31, 1996)

Flashback: Sawmill, bus stops, safe houses and garbage

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old…

‘Grandma rolls over 30,000 pennies. Gloria Carnell, grandmother of Nicole Stock and member of Nicole’s penny crew, rolls pennies collected from Palsson Elementary school during the school’s first annual penny drive.’ (Rick Diakiw/Lake News, Jan. 31, 1996)
Cobble Hill’s Malcolm Taylor was fitted with a new myoelectric arm earlier this year. (Submitted)

Cobble Hill teen marked 2020 with new myoelectric arm

New prosthetic can sense and respond to muscle impulses

Cobble Hill’s Malcolm Taylor was fitted with a new myoelectric arm earlier this year. (Submitted)
Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)
Providence Health Care has teamed up with partners, including Island Health, to launch the first remote cochlear implant (CI) mapping program for adults in British Columbia. Duncan’s Alan Holt was one of the first to test it out. (Submitted)
The Lake Cowichan Legion received federal funding in December, 2020 to help the organization weather the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan Legion receives federal COVID-19 assistance funding

Can be used for expenses such as insurance, utilities, rent or mortgages, property taxes, and wages.

  • Jan 24, 2021
The Lake Cowichan Legion received federal funding in December, 2020 to help the organization weather the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted)
’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)
’A Town of Lake Cowichan crew works at snow removal in downtown Lake Cowichan, last week.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette Jan. 19, 2011)