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Mrs. Marks’ Grade 1 class at Chemainus Elementary School in 1956. Top row - Dan Aitkin first on left, Dexter Mason eighth from left. Second row down - Helen (Lonsdale) Stephen first from left, Reidiun Eggen fifth from left, Joan (Milmore) Eggen sixth from left. Third row down - Gailene (Kerr) Benkhe second from left, Esther (Howe) Sharpe sixth from left, Linda (Kernachan) Shillito end of the row. Seated on ground - Norman Goodings, third from left. Mrs. Marks standing on right. (Photo submitted)

Pear tree stands as a legacy to a beloved teacher

Mrs. Tish Marks remembered fondly with dedication by students

Mrs. Marks’ Grade 1 class at Chemainus Elementary School in 1956. Top row - Dan Aitkin first on left, Dexter Mason eighth from left. Second row down - Helen (Lonsdale) Stephen first from left, Reidiun Eggen fifth from left, Joan (Milmore) Eggen sixth from left. Third row down - Gailene (Kerr) Benkhe second from left, Esther (Howe) Sharpe sixth from left, Linda (Kernachan) Shillito end of the row. Seated on ground - Norman Goodings, third from left. Mrs. Marks standing on right. (Photo submitted)
Members of the 2022 Tour de Rock team. (Tour de Rock photo)

Tour de Rock riders getting ready to hit the road for 25th-anniversary fundraiser

The team is in the final stretches of training before Sept. 24 start of annual cancer-fighting ride

  • Aug 19, 2022
Members of the 2022 Tour de Rock team. (Tour de Rock photo)
Sicamous residents Cathy and Ernie Baynes will celebrate their 72nd anniversary on September 2, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Could be we tolerate each other’: Shuswap couple to celebrate 72nd anniversary

Humour part of the glue that’s kept Cathy and Ernie Baynes together

  • Aug 18, 2022
Sicamous residents Cathy and Ernie Baynes will celebrate their 72nd anniversary on September 2, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Jason Heit. (photo submitted)

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Jason Heit. (photo submitted)
Workers place new solar panels on the roof of Duncan United Church (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan United Church going solar to save

Jubilee Street facility installing solar panels

Workers place new solar panels on the roof of Duncan United Church (Robert Barron/Citizen)
This iconic vintage British sports car, a Morgan, was a people’s choice contender at the 21st Annual Car Show at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Time to shine: Classic and antique automobiles converge at Shuswap event

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum hosts 21st Annual Car Show

This iconic vintage British sports car, a Morgan, was a people’s choice contender at the 21st Annual Car Show at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Big crowd enjoying the festivities. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Organizers, craft brewers and food vendors pour their hearts into festival

Sold-out crowd in Chemainus enjoys taste treats and camaraderie

Big crowd enjoying the festivities. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Donaldson family of Bradner Farms has received the Century Farm Award from the provincial government. Robert Donaldson (in the centre in the plaid shirt) passed away on Aug. 11. (Photo from Bradner Farms)

Abbotsford family honoured for more than 100 years of farming

Bradner Farms celebrates 4 generations of farming with provincial award

The Donaldson family of Bradner Farms has received the Century Farm Award from the provincial government. Robert Donaldson (in the centre in the plaid shirt) passed away on Aug. 11. (Photo from Bradner Farms)
“…Emilie Sefton of Victoria here for the summer, along with Grace Steven from Shop’n Save Store in Youbou won second prize in best individual costumes in this year’s Youbou Regatta held last Saturday.” (Lake News, Aug. 13, 1997)
“…Emilie Sefton of Victoria here for the summer, along with Grace Steven from Shop’n Save Store in Youbou won second prize in best individual costumes in this year’s Youbou Regatta held last Saturday.” (Lake News, Aug. 13, 1997)
Valdy performs at the 2019 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. Do you know which communitiy hosts this iconic B.C. music festival? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of summer fun

There are plenty of summertime activites to enjoy during the last weeks of August

Valdy performs at the 2019 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. Do you know which communitiy hosts this iconic B.C. music festival? (Black Press file photo)
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)

Pagan festival coming to Duncan

Entertainment, vendors and more in Charles Hoey Park

  • Aug 11, 2022
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will be hosting its annual festival in Duncan on Aug. 13, 2022. (William Jorgensen photo/courtesy of Pagan Pride)
There is a 60-year reunion on Aug. 27 for all classmates of Courtenay High School in 1962. Photos supplied

Courtenay High School celebrating a 60th anniversary reunion for 1962 classmates

The 60th Courtenay High School Reunion committee is inviting all classmates from…

  • Aug 10, 2022
There is a 60-year reunion on Aug. 27 for all classmates of Courtenay High School in 1962. Photos supplied
On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)

Youbou Regatta returns following hiatus

No lifeguard for quarter-mile swim

On Aug. 13, the Youbou Regatta is back! (Gazette file)
Marion Cumming offers bannock and jam with B.C. cherries for mid-morning tea in June 2021. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Vancouver Island artist, activist remembered for tangible reconciliation actions

Marion Cumming died at home Aug. 1 in Oak Bay, surrounded by friends, loved ones

Marion Cumming offers bannock and jam with B.C. cherries for mid-morning tea in June 2021. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
Michelle Williams with tickets to the Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival that are like liquid gold. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Abundant craft beer and food for consumption at Cowichan festival

Chemainus preparing for a large influx of people for popular event

Michelle Williams with tickets to the Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival that are like liquid gold. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Marking the grand opening of the Chemainus Community Policing office, back row from left, are: North Cowichan Councillor Rosalie Sawrie, Chemainus + District Chamber of Commerce president Stephanie Ballantyne, Sgt. Trevor Busch, Courtney Godolphin, North Cowichan acting Mayor Debra Toporowski, Sarah Davidge-Cardinal, Staff Sgt. Ken Beard, Nathan Carson. Front: Const. Vanessa Fields, Const. Bert Calvo. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

New Community Policing office opens in Chemainus

Volunteers still being sought to facilitate the organization’s programs

  • Aug 8, 2022
Marking the grand opening of the Chemainus Community Policing office, back row from left, are: North Cowichan Councillor Rosalie Sawrie, Chemainus + District Chamber of Commerce president Stephanie Ballantyne, Sgt. Trevor Busch, Courtney Godolphin, North Cowichan acting Mayor Debra Toporowski, Sarah Davidge-Cardinal, Staff Sgt. Ken Beard, Nathan Carson. Front: Const. Vanessa Fields, Const. Bert Calvo. (Photo by Art Carlyle)
“The passenger of an accident on Highway 18 on Saturday, July 21, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but released the same day. Above, Lake Cowichan RCMP and fire fighters lift her into a helicopter.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 1, 2012)

Flashback: Water, fire, land, and…golf

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“The passenger of an accident on Highway 18 on Saturday, July 21, was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but released the same day. Above, Lake Cowichan RCMP and fire fighters lift her into a helicopter.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 1, 2012)
The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

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Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)
Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)

Missing B.C. dog found after swimming 1 kilometre across Metro Vancouver river

The German shepherd rescue was discovered 10 days after going missing

Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)