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“…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)

Flashback: Fatal accident, no playground please, ‘gauntlet thrown’

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)

Flashback: Water, fire, land, and…golf

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

 

“Walkers, runners, and cyclists for the Walk for Cindy Kruk pose in the parking lot at Saywell Park before their 9:15 a.m. start on Saturday, July 21. The group raised money to support Kruk who was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in March of this year.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 25, 2012)

Flashback: An award of merit, an interesting donation and a crosswalk debate

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

 

Reid Graham (left to right) of the Manitoba Historic Resources Management Branch, Todd Kristensen of the Archaeological Survey of Alberta and Robin Woywitka of MacEwan University excavate an archeological dig in the Fort McMurray, Alta., area in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Brittany Romano **MANDATORY CREDIT**

‘Very early’: Scientists date when humans first came to Alberta’s oilsands region

First signs of people around Fort McMurray appear to be 11,000 to 13,000 years ago

Reid Graham (left to right) of the Manitoba Historic Resources Management Branch, Todd Kristensen of the Archaeological Survey of Alberta and Robin Woywitka of MacEwan University excavate an archeological dig in the Fort McMurray, Alta., area in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Brittany Romano **MANDATORY CREDIT**
“From left: Jordyn Wear, Guy Patten, and Linzie Lauscher at the dinner and scholarship presentation for the Doug Goddard Memorial Golf Tournament. Here, Lauscher presents Wear with this year’s scholarship for $500.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 11, 2012)

Flashback: School board fired, surgeries cut, brother’s guilty plea

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“From left: Jordyn Wear, Guy Patten, and Linzie Lauscher at the dinner and scholarship presentation for the Doug Goddard Memorial Golf Tournament. Here, Lauscher presents Wear with this year’s scholarship for $500.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 11, 2012)
Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)

Mummified baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon was likely weeks old when she died

Nun cho ga being preserved in freezer storage while next steps are determined

Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)
“Fire Chief Doug Knott talks to the stranded man and coordinates rescue teams, while the inset photo shows Preston and Tyler Knott suiting up the victim with a lifejacket and tether to bring him back to safety.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 4, 2012)

Flashback: Tough river lessons, grow-op bust and a guilty plea

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Fire Chief Doug Knott talks to the stranded man and coordinates rescue teams, while the inset photo shows Preston and Tyler Knott suiting up the victim with a lifejacket and tether to bring him back to safety.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, July 4, 2012)
The best of friends — and great competitors — Lindsay Brooks, left, will be heading off to the B.C. Summer Games. The same summer games, Mom, Marisa (right) qualified for twice during her competitive days with CVACS. (Lake News, July 2, 1997)

Flashback: Loads of school stuff and some earthquakes, too

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

The best of friends — and great competitors — Lindsay Brooks, left, will be heading off to the B.C. Summer Games. The same summer games, Mom, Marisa (right) qualified for twice during her competitive days with CVACS. (Lake News, July 2, 1997)
Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)

Nearly complete, 30,000-year-old mummified baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon

Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin elders named the mummified mammoth Nun cho ga meaning “big baby animal.”

Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)
(Vancouver archives)

Bowser plans birthday celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

(Vancouver archives)
”This picture went for $1,400 bought by the Lake Cowichan Fire Department. Fire Chief Dick Newman, left, presents the painting to Youbou fire chief John Winnett. The Lake Cowichan department donated the painting to the Youbou Fire Department for their new fire hall. The painting was part of the Muscular Dystrophy auction, held in Mesachie Lake last Sunday.” (Lake News, June 25, 1997)

Flashback: Vandals, a bike race, crashes, and muddy water

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

”This picture went for $1,400 bought by the Lake Cowichan Fire Department. Fire Chief Dick Newman, left, presents the painting to Youbou fire chief John Winnett. The Lake Cowichan department donated the painting to the Youbou Fire Department for their new fire hall. The painting was part of the Muscular Dystrophy auction, held in Mesachie Lake last Sunday.” (Lake News, June 25, 1997)
The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)

‘To Margaret from Johnny’: Aldergrove man finds mystery photo in his attic

Local mystery adds to uptick in unsolved documents, says museum president

The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)
People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
“Ohdin Rowe was with his family at the Kid’s Fishing Derby at Mayo Lake hosted by the Valley Fish and Game Club on Saturday June 16. Rowe won second place in the derby after catching a nine ounce trout. This was the family’s fi rst time attending, and though they had to brave the drizzly weather, they did have fun.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/June 20, 2012)

Flashback: Real estate, Lake Days, population, and more

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Ohdin Rowe was with his family at the Kid’s Fishing Derby at Mayo Lake hosted by the Valley Fish and Game Club on Saturday June 16. Rowe won second place in the derby after catching a nine ounce trout. This was the family’s fi rst time attending, and though they had to brave the drizzly weather, they did have fun.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/June 20, 2012)
Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)

Victoria man surprised to learn he authored 1966 note in B.C. beach time capsule

Letter found 56 years later by Rathtrevor Beach tourists

Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)
Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)

B.C. family discovers 56-year-old message in bottle on Vancouver Island beach

Buried treasure inadvertently dug out of 4-foot deep hole in sand

Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)
“From left: Coun. Bob Day, Coun. Jayne Ingram, Mayor Ross Forrest, Ida Chong B.C.’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Coun. Tim McGonigle, and Coun. Franklin Hornbrook stand for a picture with a plaque commemorating the town’s water metering program.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, May 30, 2012)
“From left: Coun. Bob Day, Coun. Jayne Ingram, Mayor Ross Forrest, Ida Chong B.C.’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Coun. Tim McGonigle, and Coun. Franklin Hornbrook stand for a picture with a plaque commemorating the town’s water metering program.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, May 30, 2012)
A photo from the City of Victoria Archives shows the destruction caused on May 26, 1896, after the Point Ellice Bridge collapsed with a streetcar on it. (City of Victoria Archives M07434)

Looking Back: 126 years since 55 killed in catastrophic Victoria bridge collapse

On the afternoon of May 26, 1896, the mid-span of the Point Ellice Bridge collapsed

A photo from the City of Victoria Archives shows the destruction caused on May 26, 1896, after the Point Ellice Bridge collapsed with a streetcar on it. (City of Victoria Archives M07434)
Ann Marie Burns started researching her family tree and then broadened to Vancouver Island’s history. (Courtesy of Ann Marie Burns)

Author urges travel to Papertown Station for forgotten tales of Vancouver Island

Ann Marie Burns hopes to write books about some of the tales she’s written for Papertown Station

Ann Marie Burns started researching her family tree and then broadened to Vancouver Island’s history. (Courtesy of Ann Marie Burns)
“Kevin Hewer being assisted out of the Cowichan River at Little Beach by Lake Cowichan Fire Dept. Firefighters. Inset: Hewer is grateful to be out of the cold water and dressed in warm firefighter’s pants and coat.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/May 16, 2012)
“Kevin Hewer being assisted out of the Cowichan River at Little Beach by Lake Cowichan Fire Dept. Firefighters. Inset: Hewer is grateful to be out of the cold water and dressed in warm firefighter’s pants and coat.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/May 16, 2012)