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”It was an angry welcome for Cowichan-Ladysmith MLA Jan Pullinger when she arrived in Lake Cowichan Monday to open her constituency office. She was greeted with some of her long time supporters calling her a ‘liar’. Left to right, Jan Pullinger, Director of Area I, Lois Gage, school trustee Rolli Gunderson, school trustee Pat Weaver, Save our School Committee Chairperson, Tara Daly.” (Lake News/April 17,1996)

Flashback: Garbage, geography and tragedy

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The Cairnsmore Gardening Group are holding their 10th annual plant sale online. Send an email to get the list of plants starting April 10, 2021. (File photo)

Get list of plants for Cairnsmore sale starting April 10

There are hundreds of plants available

  • Apr 8, 2021
Abby Dyer of Shawnigan Lake School. (Submitted)

Shawnigan Lake School poet wins top prize

Abby Dyer has won first place in the Senior Poem category in the Legion’s Youth Remembrance Contest

  • Apr 12, 2021
Abby Dyer of Shawnigan Lake School. (Submitted)
“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)

Lake Flashback: Soapboxes, woodshop split, taxes down

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“Representing the school district, legion, and Kaatza Station Museum left to right are Georgie Clark of the museum, Wilma Rowbottom of School District #66 and Ernie Spencer, representing the Legion. The museum and Legion, along with the Village will each take a piece of the old wood shop.” (The Lake News)
Sign up to Walk Your Own Way in 2021 to fundraise to help those affected by dementia. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley residents asked to ‘Walk Your Own Way’ in support of people affected by dementia

Register in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

  • Apr 5, 2021
Sign up to Walk Your Own Way in 2021 to fundraise to help those affected by dementia. (Submitted)
“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)
“Lake Cowichan Secondary School students Justine Carlow and Sara Ferguson direct people to Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer, Sunday, April 3, during a hot dog fundraiser for earthquake/tsunami-ravaged Japan.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette April 6, 2011)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)
“Motorcycle is propped up, but driver is on pavement surrounded by curious onlookers in background as ambulance attendants give treatment following accident Friday. Motorcyclist Rudy Servatius was in collision with a car driven by a juvenile, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Impact tore seat off Yamaha and Servatius suffered broken leg when crash hurdled him over auto.” (Lake News March 25, 1981)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)
Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bounty of treasures being found along Crofton beach

Kids on a mission to search for wares left behind by generous pirates

Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)

COVID can’t stop Cowichan’s Plantaholics 2021 sale

More than 1,300 plants have been potted up ready for sale.

  • Mar 25, 2021
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Vancouver Island walk to help homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 22, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)

Duncan woman wins $50K in Knights of Columbus charity draw

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 draw forced the Knights to sell tickets virtually

  • Mar 22, 2021
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)
From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)
From left, Town of Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest, CVRD Area I director Klaus Kuhn, CVRD Area F director Ian Morrison, and Cowichan Lake Recreation Commission chair Sheila McFarlane, cut the ribbon to the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s upgrades during a grand opening celebration, Saturday, March 12. (Tyler Clarke photo)
Linda Derksen, Universal Access Committee chair, next to one of the signs made possible by a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU making buildings more accessible

Power door openers, wayfinding signage, grab bars in washrooms and plus-size chairs…

  • Mar 20, 2021
Linda Derksen, Universal Access Committee chair, next to one of the signs made possible by a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation. (Vancouver Island University photo)
“It was written all over her face, Ashley Fothergill was among those who worked at last weekend’s Island Championship playoff games in Lake Cowichan. She sold 50/50 draw tickets but still enjoyed the game, which brought out the area’s hockey fans and community spirit. The Pee Wee A Lakers didn’t take the Island Championship but they do have one shot at the finals.“ (Lake News, March 13, 1996)
“It was written all over her face, Ashley Fothergill was among those who worked at last weekend’s Island Championship playoff games in Lake Cowichan. She sold 50/50 draw tickets but still enjoyed the game, which brought out the area’s hockey fans and community spirit. The Pee Wee A Lakers didn’t take the Island Championship but they do have one shot at the finals.“ (Lake News, March 13, 1996)
Two transient orcas were spotted near the shores of Esquimalt Monday afternoon. (Miller Fernandez/Facebook video)

VIDEO: Orcas spotted close to shore in Esquimalt

Transient brothers give Greater Victoria residents a show

Two transient orcas were spotted near the shores of Esquimalt Monday afternoon. (Miller Fernandez/Facebook video)
Members of the 4-H Horse Club enjoy the annual horse camp at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds. (submitted)

Farm Credit Canada supports Cowichan 4-H club with cash

On the list of recipients is the Cowichan 4-H Horse Club out of Cobble Hill.

  • Mar 8, 2021
Members of the 4-H Horse Club enjoy the annual horse camp at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds. (submitted)