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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

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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
Giving — for all its worth, Donna Rodenbush grins and bears it during blood donor clinic held here last Thursday while Red Cross nurse Dianne keeps tabs on flow and Denise Rodenbush offers moral support. Clinic fell way short of its 150-pint target, disappointing local Kinsmen organizers. (The Lake News, July 2, 1980)
Giving — for all its worth, Donna Rodenbush grins and bears it during blood donor clinic held here last Thursday while Red Cross nurse Dianne keeps tabs on flow and Denise Rodenbush offers moral support. Clinic fell way short of its 150-pint target, disappointing local Kinsmen organizers. (The Lake News, July 2, 1980)
First Princess Holly Hughes, Lady of the Lake Bryanne Kitagawa, and Second Princess Ally Earle pose for a photo in Saywell Park shortly after their crowning during 2010’s Lake Days events. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 16, 2010)

Lake Flashback: Lady of the Lake, a smack in the face and draft day

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

First Princess Holly Hughes, Lady of the Lake Bryanne Kitagawa, and Second Princess Ally Earle pose for a photo in Saywell Park shortly after their crowning during 2010’s Lake Days events. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 16, 2010)
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

B.C. museum releases more than 16,000 historical photos of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
T.W. Paterson has launched a website for his popular Chronicles. (Scott Johnson/Toadhollow Photography)

Columnist T.W. Paterson launches Chronicles website

“It’s the fulfillment of a career-long dream, to publish an historical magazine”

  • Jun 19, 2020
T.W. Paterson has launched a website for his popular Chronicles. (Scott Johnson/Toadhollow Photography)
“Whooping it up for Cowichan Lake Days, this colourful tribe of Kaatza Day Care children shows off costumes youngsters will wear on their float. This group is among dozens of organizations businesses and individuals who will be strutting their stuff in the parade, which will start from Greendale Road at 11 a.m. and wend its way to Centennial Park along South Shore Road.” (The Lake News, June 11, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Lake days, love for Lexi Bainas, and a lost boy

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

“Whooping it up for Cowichan Lake Days, this colourful tribe of Kaatza Day Care children shows off costumes youngsters will wear on their float. This group is among dozens of organizations businesses and individuals who will be strutting their stuff in the parade, which will start from Greendale Road at 11 a.m. and wend its way to Centennial Park along South Shore Road.” (The Lake News, June 11, 1980)
Honeymoon Bay high school student David Hind, who attends Cowichan Secondary in Duncan, works on his father Terry Hind’s 1967 Mustang. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 2, 2010.)

Lake Flashback: Camping, drinking, harassment and more

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Honeymoon Bay high school student David Hind, who attends Cowichan Secondary in Duncan, works on his father Terry Hind’s 1967 Mustang. (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 2, 2010.)
Chocolates for Brownies… Including guests like the one closing her eyes in anticipation of a delicious treat at the Cowichan Lake Brownies and Guides birthday party Saturday, May 24. The girls and their leaders celebrated 70 years of guiding with singing and games — and chocolate cake. Brownies all across Canada held parties to mark the day. Waiting for their turn at the cake are, from left, Wendy Bolton, Tara Hall, Lori Peterson and far right, Diedre Wilson. (Lexi Bainas/Lake News, May 28, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Museum preserves future, new hope for a pool, and a murder

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

Chocolates for Brownies… Including guests like the one closing her eyes in anticipation of a delicious treat at the Cowichan Lake Brownies and Guides birthday party Saturday, May 24. The girls and their leaders celebrated 70 years of guiding with singing and games — and chocolate cake. Brownies all across Canada held parties to mark the day. Waiting for their turn at the cake are, from left, Wendy Bolton, Tara Hall, Lori Peterson and far right, Diedre Wilson. (Lexi Bainas/Lake News, May 28, 1980)
Helicopters had been laid on for members of the new community forest co-operative but the weather closed in. Members toured the area in Ministry of Forest vehicles. Kelly Schellenberg, left, of the Duncan Forest District, points out various aspects of the timber. Behind her is Ron Reeves, district manager. Left to right are Lois Gage, Dennis LaForge and committee chairman, Jean Brown. (Lake News/May, 10, 1995)

Lake Flashback: Rayner case reopened, new forest co-op, golf course saved

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

Helicopters had been laid on for members of the new community forest co-operative but the weather closed in. Members toured the area in Ministry of Forest vehicles. Kelly Schellenberg, left, of the Duncan Forest District, points out various aspects of the timber. Behind her is Ron Reeves, district manager. Left to right are Lois Gage, Dennis LaForge and committee chairman, Jean Brown. (Lake News/May, 10, 1995)
A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)

VIDEO: Film historian finds rare footage from 1926, showcasing remote Northern Vancouver Island life

‘This photographer clearly knew what he was doing, suggesting he was taught’

A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)
Lake Flashback: Gold in Youbou, hard times with the hatchery, and March Meadows money

Lake Flashback: Gold in Youbou, hard times with the hatchery, and March Meadows money

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

Lake Flashback: Gold in Youbou, hard times with the hatchery, and March Meadows money
Retired Lake Cowichan Secondary School French teacher Harry Evans with his wife, Helen Evans, during his 90th birthday celebration, April 25, 2010 at the Youbou Fire Hall. (Tyler Clarke/Gazette)

Lake Flashback: A big birthday, a big anniversary, and money woes

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

Retired Lake Cowichan Secondary School French teacher Harry Evans with his wife, Helen Evans, during his 90th birthday celebration, April 25, 2010 at the Youbou Fire Hall. (Tyler Clarke/Gazette)
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
‘Gone fishin’. Two Lake Cowichan boys celebrate a day off in the good, old fashioned way. Freed from school by a teachers’ professional day, with an assist from the weather, the young fishermen were the envy of passers-by who crossed the bridge on their way to work. (Lexi Bainas/Lake News, April 23, 1980)

Lake Flashback: A big win, good-bye to a friend and a theme for Lake Days

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

‘Gone fishin’. Two Lake Cowichan boys celebrate a day off in the good, old fashioned way. Freed from school by a teachers’ professional day, with an assist from the weather, the young fishermen were the envy of passers-by who crossed the bridge on their way to work. (Lexi Bainas/Lake News, April 23, 1980)