Doug Kitchen of Wee Chip Cowichan has been cleaning up around trees between Duncan Street and the railway tracks. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Business notes: Tree trimming aims to curb illegal activity on Duncan Street

Doug Kitchen, owner of Wee Chip Cowichan, has been contracted to clean up and trim trees along Duncan Street.

In recent weeks, homeless people and drug users have descended on the area, camping out and doing drugs. The idea is to clean up around the base of the large trees, leaving them open and less appealing for people who may want to hide themselves or what they’re up to.

“We’re finding lots of drug paraphernalia and other things,” Kitchen said as he put the final cuts to the base of one of the trees near the railway tracks.

Island Corridor Foundation is paying for the work being done by Wee Chip Cowichan and it’s expected five of the trees along the track will be dealt with this week.

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The world’s largest hockey stick is in for an upgrade.

On Aug. 12, Josh Lust of Cogent Green Solutions, a Duncan-based electrical contracting firm, will begin installing new lighting on the stick in front of the Cowichan Community Centre.

The LED lighting will cover more than 400 feet of the stick that measures 205 feet.

“The lighting will be on top and bottom of the stick and the puck,” explains Lust who first proposed the project to Terri Askham of the CVRD.

“I’ve always wanted to see the stick lit up,” adds Lust who presented an idea to do more than just light up the famous stick.

“There will be various colours that can be lit for different events and they can be turned on and off whenever you like.”

The job will take about a week to complete and the cost will be relatively minor, particularly since the CVRD will have a lift on-site that week anyway.

Cowichan folks are proud owners of the stick that was originally commissioned by the Government of Canada as part of Expo ‘86 in Vancouver.

Following the fair, the artifact was donated to the Province of British Columbia, which held a Canada-wide competition to determine its final destination. The Cowichan Community Centre site in the Cowichan Valley was selected from more than 30 community and private organizations.

The 61,000 pound stick was moved to its current location in front of the arena after Expo. Built from Douglas Fir wooden beams reinforced with steel, the stick is a popular tourist attraction with many people enjoying getting their picture taken in front of the huge Canadian icon.

The Guinness Book of World Records officially bestowed the title of the world’s largest hockey stick on July 14, 2008 after a 20-year battle for recognition.

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If you’re looking to promote a particular product or service, the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce’s Member to Member Deals and Hot Deals are a great way to get the word out. This is one of the many benefits included in your annual membership investment. The best part is that there’s no charge to post a Deal on the Chamber’s website!

Whether it’s a sale of the week, an introductory offer for an ongoing service or a standing discount for fellow Chamber members, posting a Member to Member Deal or Hot Deal is a great way to attract new customers and clients. Like the Banner Ads, Deal impressions can be tracked in your MIC.

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Member to Member Deals (exclusively for Chamber Members) and Hot Deals (available to the general public) can be submitted and edited at any time, through your MIC.

If you would like more information or assistance in submitting a Deal, call the Chamber at 250-748-1111.

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