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First Mayo Public school in Paldi, built in 1921. Teacher Margaret Evans. Paldi’s history is featured in a National Film Board documentary called ‘Unarchived’ which is premiering in Duncan on Feb. 15 at Vancouver Island University. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)

A&E column: Documentary premiere, ‘Mamma Mia!’, 500 million years of plants

A look at what’s coming up in arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley

The event’s lone Cowichan player, Carley Hardie played second on Skip Keelie Duncan’s team at the B.C. U21 curling championships at North Cowichan’s Glen Harper Curling Centre last week. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

U21 curling provincials go off without a hitch in Duncan

Ice plant failure fails to derail B.C. championship competition

A Cedar Is Life will be screened at the Chemainus Theatre Festival Feb. 11. (Photo submitted)

Cedar’s prominence in Indigenous lives featured in documentary

Screening of A Cedar Is Life at Chemainus Theatre’s mini film festival

Defender Eric Stinson had a stellar effort in the Kerry Park Islander’s 6-5 victory over the Port Alberni Bombers over the weekend. (Todd Blumel photo)

Another win for streaking Kerry Park Islanders

The Isles had just one game last week

Defender Eric Stinson had a stellar effort in the Kerry Park Islander’s 6-5 victory over the Port Alberni Bombers over the weekend. (Todd Blumel photo)
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor talk to the press after holding a round-table discussion with local health-care workers about the ongoing crisis in health care at the Cowichan Community Centre on Jan. 26. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

NDP leader says health-care crisis getting worse during Duncan stop

Jagmeet Singh visits Duncan to talk to health-care workers

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor talk to the press after holding a round-table discussion with local health-care workers about the ongoing crisis in health care at the Cowichan Community Centre on Jan. 26. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
The lead runners break away from the pack early in the Cobble Hill 10k race Jan. 22. (Joseph Camilleri photo)

Course record broken at Cobble Hill 10k

The record set by Nanaimo’s Steve Osaduik in 2008 has been bested

The lead runners break away from the pack early in the Cobble Hill 10k race Jan. 22. (Joseph Camilleri photo)
An artist's depiction of the new Cowichan District Hospital. (Island Health)
An artist's depiction of the new Cowichan District Hospital. (Island Health)
Princess Fiona (Brenna Bazinet) with Shrek (Graham Brockley) in the Cowichan Musical Society’s ‘Shrek The Musical’, Jan. 27, 2023. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Review: Excellent cast key to success of Cowichan Musical Society’s Shrek

They also bring a lot of heart and warmth to this show that will entertain the entire family

Princess Fiona (Brenna Bazinet) with Shrek (Graham Brockley) in the Cowichan Musical Society’s ‘Shrek The Musical’, Jan. 27, 2023. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Tournament MVP Michaela Wall breaks through a crowd during play against QMS Friday morning, Jan. 20. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tournament MVP Michaela Wall breaks through a crowd during play against QMS Friday morning, Jan. 20. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A creative bike rack from another part of the world. (Submitted by Shawnigan Residents Association)

Functional bike rack beauty to grace Shawnigan waterfront trail

Submission window for the community art project is now closed.

A creative bike rack from another part of the world. (Submitted by Shawnigan Residents Association)
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: Vision for public transportation on Vancouver Island

On Thursday morning, I commuted to the Legislature from Shawnigan Lake using public transit

  • Jan 29, 2023
Sonia Furstenau
“The sheets of ice were busy in a men’s curling cashspiel on Jan. 19 at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Two Lakers’ teams played each other in one of the draws, from left: Larry Olson, Grant Desmet, and Rick Nott vie against Mike Waller and Orest Smycniuk, who watch as their opponent’s rock approaches.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Jan. 23, 2013)
“The sheets of ice were busy in a men’s curling cashspiel on Jan. 19 at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Two Lakers’ teams played each other in one of the draws, from left: Larry Olson, Grant Desmet, and Rick Nott vie against Mike Waller and Orest Smycniuk, who watch as their opponent’s rock approaches.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Jan. 23, 2013)
The town’s committee of the whole has recommend that the Town of Lake Cowichan apply for funding for the removal and reconstruction of the walking bridge from Ohtaki Park to the Riverside Park (Duck Pond). (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan town council pushing proactive projects

Water system and walking bridge improvements eyed for improvement

The town’s committee of the whole has recommend that the Town of Lake Cowichan apply for funding for the removal and reconstruction of the walking bridge from Ohtaki Park to the Riverside Park (Duck Pond). (Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Those bike racks could get you a fine

When 4 bikes loaded they obstruct the view of the rear licence plate, brake lights and turn signals

  • Jan 29, 2023
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Movie theatres suffering after pandemic

It struck me that there were only about 12 people in the whole theatre

Robert’s column
Gardener Mary Lowther is on the lookout for a wooden box to turn into a worm composter. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting wormy with the composting

By all accounts, a worm composter should solve my problem

  • Jan 28, 2023
Gardener Mary Lowther is on the lookout for a wooden box to turn into a worm composter. (Metro Creative Services photo)
(Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
(Sarah Simpson/Gazette)
Rotarians Terry Shepherd, Mike Taylor, Gregg Perry and Andrew Dowsett clean the Duncan train station three years ago. The 3,000-square-foot building needs much more than a good clean these days. (Citizen file)

Sarah Simpson column: Vote for the Duncan Train Station TLC project in “Next Great Save” competition

The Duncan Train Station is a super old building as well and it needs a little (OK, a LOT) of TLC

Rotarians Terry Shepherd, Mike Taylor, Gregg Perry and Andrew Dowsett clean the Duncan train station three years ago. The 3,000-square-foot building needs much more than a good clean these days. (Citizen file)
Joeleen Achurch clears the ball from Cowichan’s end during play against Castaway United Sunday afternoon at the Sherman Road turf. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Third place Cowichan Cougars fall to league’s best

Over-30 squad is 3-6-0 on the season through nine games

Joeleen Achurch clears the ball from Cowichan’s end during play against Castaway United Sunday afternoon at the Sherman Road turf. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roby Clement, co-owner of Duncan’s Goldstone Consignment Boutique, said she feels disappointed and violated after the store was broken into twice on consecutive nights this week. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Duncan shop broken into twice on consecutive nights

Thousands of dollars in merchandise stolen from Goldstone Consignment Boutique

Roby Clement, co-owner of Duncan’s Goldstone Consignment Boutique, said she feels disappointed and violated after the store was broken into twice on consecutive nights this week. (Robert Barron/Citizen)