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‘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

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

“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!

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”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
25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

A group of waterskiers were towed behind a plane on Kalamalka Lake back in 1995

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake
This map released by Village Council shows the proposed sites of a new ball diamond, a theatre, tennis courts, and Habitat Park with protection of wetlands and walking areas. The plan has been approved in principle by Council. (Lake News, Aug. 23, 1995)

Lake Flashback: A new cop, a new recreation proposal, and maybe a new mill

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

This map released by Village Council shows the proposed sites of a new ball diamond, a theatre, tennis courts, and Habitat Park with protection of wetlands and walking areas. The plan has been approved in principle by Council. (Lake News, Aug. 23, 1995)
“The Winning Float: Darcy Gaudreau, Christopher Arthur, Johnny Clarke and Mike Hasanen decide to see if the Flinstrone float can live up to its name. The float was the overall winner of the Youbou Regatta Parade.” (It sunk) (Lake News/Aug. 16, 1995)

Flashback: Summertime fun: Youbou Regatta, toads, and shutdowns

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“The Winning Float: Darcy Gaudreau, Christopher Arthur, Johnny Clarke and Mike Hasanen decide to see if the Flinstrone float can live up to its name. The float was the overall winner of the Youbou Regatta Parade.” (It sunk) (Lake News/Aug. 16, 1995)
Lake Cowichan United Church was filled half an hour before the memorial service to the late Oscar Palsson was due to begin Monday. Nearly 400 people thronged the church. The vacant seats in front are reserved for family. 
(Lake News, August 9, 1995)
Lake Cowichan United Church was filled half an hour before the memorial service to the late Oscar Palsson was due to begin Monday. Nearly 400 people thronged the church. The vacant seats in front are reserved for family. 
(Lake News, August 9, 1995)
Tubers cross the street near Central Park, Sunday, July 25, on their way to the Cowichan river for some tubing fun. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/July, 28, 2010.)
Tubers cross the street near Central Park, Sunday, July 25, on their way to the Cowichan river for some tubing fun. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/July, 28, 2010.)
Finding nothing to smile about, three young beachcombers hold up unwelcome collection of glass gathered at Ashburnum Beach. Marguerite Alberts (left), her sister Michelle, and Samantha Coleman helped collect three bags full of dangerous glass. (The Lake News, July 16, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Missing man, thieves and seniors

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Finding nothing to smile about, three young beachcombers hold up unwelcome collection of glass gathered at Ashburnum Beach. Marguerite Alberts (left), her sister Michelle, and Samantha Coleman helped collect three bags full of dangerous glass. (The Lake News, July 16, 1980)
The Jaws of Life will benefit when Dr. Eric Olson has his hair cut off. For $5 you can be part of a draw which will take place July 15. Tickets are available at the Footwear Centre and 40th Main. The idea was Maureen Coulter’s. Olson is very tired of his long hair so here’s your chance to cut it off! Showing how it was to be done is Shannon. (Lake News/Wednesday, July 12, 1995).

Lake Flashback: Logging history, leaks, the EN and more

Do you remember these stories from back in the day?

The Jaws of Life will benefit when Dr. Eric Olson has his hair cut off. For $5 you can be part of a draw which will take place July 15. Tickets are available at the Footwear Centre and 40th Main. The idea was Maureen Coulter’s. Olson is very tired of his long hair so here’s your chance to cut it off! Showing how it was to be done is Shannon. (Lake News/Wednesday, July 12, 1995).
Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick