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“Truck and car meet on ‘new’ highway. Is there more danger now?” (Lake News, Nov. 12, 1980)

Flashback: A boy’s birthday food drive, Remembrance Day, and Highway 18 damages

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“Truck and car meet on ‘new’ highway. Is there more danger now?” (Lake News, Nov. 12, 1980)
The crew of the BK716 bomber recently recovered in the Netherlands. From left: Sgt. Ronald Kennedy (flight engineer), Sgt. Charles Bell (bomb aimer), F/O John Michael Campbell (radio operator), F/O John Harris (pilot), F/O Harry Farrington (navigator), F/Sgt. John McCaw (tail gunner), Sgt. Leonard Shrubsall (mid-upper gunner). (Historical photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Missing, presumed dead

As of 2016, 501 WWII crash locations in the Netherlands which have yet to be investigated.

  • Nov 11, 2020
The crew of the BK716 bomber recently recovered in the Netherlands. From left: Sgt. Ronald Kennedy (flight engineer), Sgt. Charles Bell (bomb aimer), F/O John Michael Campbell (radio operator), F/O John Harris (pilot), F/O Harry Farrington (navigator), F/Sgt. John McCaw (tail gunner), Sgt. Leonard Shrubsall (mid-upper gunner). (Historical photo)
The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Nanaimo residents took news of atomic bombs, war’s end in stride

The Japanese conceded 60 per cent of the city (four square miles) had been “turned to ashes”

  • Nov 11, 2020
The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Our Métis veterans are finally acknowledged

A formal apology from the federal government and the promise of compensation

  • Nov 11, 2020
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Honouring Canada’s greatest general is long overdue

General Sir Arthur William Currie, Canada’s first full general, was the Allies’ ablest corps commander

  • Nov 11, 2020
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: January 1, 1942: a low point for Canadian morale

Only two ‘miracles’ to date, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, had given any real cause for joy

  • Nov 11, 2020
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)
"Scientist from University of Victoria measures the approximate height of the meteorite from eye witness reports. [Geremy] Tatum Visited Lake Cowichan and Youbou to meet with witnesses on Saturday. He will log the data and will hope to make an educated guess as to where the meteorite would have landed." (Lake News, Nov. 8, 1995)

Lake Flashback: No to a community garden, a meteorite, and a fire chief retires

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

"Scientist from University of Victoria measures the approximate height of the meteorite from eye witness reports. [Geremy] Tatum Visited Lake Cowichan and Youbou to meet with witnesses on Saturday. He will log the data and will hope to make an educated guess as to where the meteorite would have landed." (Lake News, Nov. 8, 1995)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)

Flashback: Halloween night full of activities, crime

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

‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
Stella Ford. (Submitted)

100 years in Cowichan: Stella Fullerton’s story

Stella was 12 years old when their first telephone was installed in the home

  • Oct 17, 2020
Stella Ford. (Submitted)
Old Cemeteries Society member Sherry Deptuch helps clean Const. Daniel Mainguy’s gravestone at All Saints’ Cemetery for Police National Memorial Day. (Submitted photo)

Old Cemeteries Society members honour Police National Memorial Day in Cowichan

Mainguy’s 114-year-old white marble tablet had become blackened and encrusted with dirt

  • Oct 12, 2020
Old Cemeteries Society member Sherry Deptuch helps clean Const. Daniel Mainguy’s gravestone at All Saints’ Cemetery for Police National Memorial Day. (Submitted photo)
Look at former North Cowichan Mayor Tom Walker in this October, 1980 photo. Here he was the district manager for the B.C. minister of Forests and was on hand to watch the herbicide spraying near Mount Prevost. (Lake News/Oct. 8, 1980)

Flashback: Arena delays, pool meeting and bad news

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Look at former North Cowichan Mayor Tom Walker in this October, 1980 photo. Here he was the district manager for the B.C. minister of Forests and was on hand to watch the herbicide spraying near Mount Prevost. (Lake News/Oct. 8, 1980)
The Margaret Moss Health Centre on Canada Avenue turned 100 this year. It was named after Cowichan Station’s Margaret Moss. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)

Who was Cowichan’s Margaret Moss?

100 years after the centre named for her opened in Duncan, a look at Margaret Moss’s life

  • Oct 10, 2020
The Margaret Moss Health Centre on Canada Avenue turned 100 this year. It was named after Cowichan Station’s Margaret Moss. (Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives)
“Honeymoon Bay farmer Denice MacLean, with a 10-year-old Brahma chicken, one of 22 chickens she houses in a chicken coop in her backyard.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Oct. 6, 2010)
“Honeymoon Bay farmer Denice MacLean, with a 10-year-old Brahma chicken, one of 22 chickens she houses in a chicken coop in her backyard.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Oct. 6, 2010)
“Left: Local area runner Thomas Marrs, 19, nears the finish line, at a time of 4:37:24, during the 9th Annual Great Lake Walk, Saturday, Sept. 18. Middle: Victoria-based Pearson College instructor Seb Falk, 29, stands next to the bell, after finishing the 56-kilometre trip around Cowichan Lake 21 seconds after Marrs. Right: Coming in third is Honeymoon Bay’s John Quested, 64, pictured while exiting Honeymoon Bay. Quested’s final time was 5:32:36.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 22, 2010)

Flashback: Trips around the lake, to Japan, and on a dangerous highway

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“Left: Local area runner Thomas Marrs, 19, nears the finish line, at a time of 4:37:24, during the 9th Annual Great Lake Walk, Saturday, Sept. 18. Middle: Victoria-based Pearson College instructor Seb Falk, 29, stands next to the bell, after finishing the 56-kilometre trip around Cowichan Lake 21 seconds after Marrs. Right: Coming in third is Honeymoon Bay’s John Quested, 64, pictured while exiting Honeymoon Bay. Quested’s final time was 5:32:36.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 22, 2010)
”With a shriek and a growl!! Elder hostellers had a special treat when a jolly gorilla burst from his cage and entertained them. Who’s the gorilla? We’d never say but through all that hair you might see a Quinn (first name) the opposite of black. Got it?” (Lake News, Sept. 20, 1995)

Flashback: Teddy bears, dinosaurs, cougars, oh my!

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

”With a shriek and a growl!! Elder hostellers had a special treat when a jolly gorilla burst from his cage and entertained them. Who’s the gorilla? We’d never say but through all that hair you might see a Quinn (first name) the opposite of black. Got it?” (Lake News, Sept. 20, 1995)
Lake Flashback: Abandoned chickens, back to school, kite skier dies
Lake Flashback: Abandoned chickens, back to school, kite skier dies
Rod Mickleburgh. (Photo by Lucie McNeill)

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Rod Mickleburgh. (Photo by Lucie McNeill)
Flashback: Bad news all around for history’s early Septembers

Flashback: Bad news all around for history’s early Septembers

Do you remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

Flashback: Bad news all around for history’s early Septembers