Community

It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Citizenship the icing on the Canadian cake for Syrian refugee family

New life for Crofton residents continues to emerge with each experience

It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Bon Ga is a Korean restaurant located in the Glenmore neighbourhood in Kelowna. (Bon Ga/Facebook)

Kelowna residents rally behind Korean restaurant targeted with racist graffiti

Bon Ga was vandalized with racist graffiti on Saturday morning, Oct. 30

Bon Ga is a Korean restaurant located in the Glenmore neighbourhood in Kelowna. (Bon Ga/Facebook)
The first craft fair of the season is set for Nov. 13 at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall. All are welcomed but be prepared to follow COVID-19 protocols. (Lake Cowichan Gazette file photo)

Lake Cowichan craft fair kicks off the season on Nov. 13

Mark your calendars for Nov. 13. That’s the day of the big…

The first craft fair of the season is set for Nov. 13 at Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall. All are welcomed but be prepared to follow COVID-19 protocols. (Lake Cowichan Gazette file photo)
“Matt Heyne from the Cow Cafe and Cookhouse serves Rita Dustow (l) and Carolyne Austin (r) during the Friday night Salmon and Mushroom Festival Gala Dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 2, 2011)

Flashback: Mushrooms, rhodonite, robbery and dramatic escape from fire

A look back at the goings on around Cowichan Lake in years past

“Matt Heyne from the Cow Cafe and Cookhouse serves Rita Dustow (l) and Carolyne Austin (r) during the Friday night Salmon and Mushroom Festival Gala Dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 2, 2011)
A couple is keen to learn about Tony Walker’s company Walker E-Bike tours at the Cowichan Valley Fall Home Show at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall Friday, Oct. 22. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A couple is keen to learn about Tony Walker’s company Walker E-Bike tours at the Cowichan Valley Fall Home Show at Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall Friday, Oct. 22. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The Big Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre is lighting up red on Oct. 30, 2021 to bring awareness to dyslexia. (Submitted photo)
The Big Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre is lighting up red on Oct. 30, 2021 to bring awareness to dyslexia. (Submitted photo)
The Adams family kids are embracing fall. That’s Landon, 7, and twins Isla and Mason, 3. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fall Festival incorporates activities, a familiar race and fundraising

Former Pumpkin Spice Run part of the plan in first major event since COVID

The Adams family kids are embracing fall. That’s Landon, 7, and twins Isla and Mason, 3. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Janice McMullen visited the Kaatza Station Museum in Lake Cowichan to take in a new exhibit about her father’s plane crash at Caycuse during the Second World War. (Photo courtesy Kaatza Station Museum)

Kaatza Museum in Lake Cowichan highlights dramatic tale of survival for Remembrance Day

Against all odds, Gainforth survived the crash

  • Oct 25, 2021
Janice McMullen visited the Kaatza Station Museum in Lake Cowichan to take in a new exhibit about her father’s plane crash at Caycuse during the Second World War. (Photo courtesy Kaatza Station Museum)
The Cowichan Hospice Society is hosting an advance care workshop. (Metro photo)

Cowichan Hospice hosting advance care planning workshop

Take the guess work out of future health care wishes

  • Oct 24, 2021
The Cowichan Hospice Society is hosting an advance care workshop. (Metro photo)
“Local mushroom enthusiast Ingeborg Woodsworth with her mushroom-loving cat Tiger, a basket of chanterelle mushrooms, and a brand-new mushroom-centred cookbook she’s written. This year’s 11th Annual Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival is set to take place this weekend, from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 26, 2011)
“Local mushroom enthusiast Ingeborg Woodsworth with her mushroom-loving cat Tiger, a basket of chanterelle mushrooms, and a brand-new mushroom-centred cookbook she’s written. This year’s 11th Annual Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival is set to take place this weekend, from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 26, 2011)
Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)

Weekend workshop in Lake Cowichan teaches volunteers to build trails

Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society adding value to Lake Cowichan’s outdoor recreation offerings

Members of the Level 1 Trail-Building Workshop hard at work building their first sanctioned trail. (Courtesy of Julia Martinusen)
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Cowichan Naturalists present WildWings talk on geology

“Bruce will give an overview of the Valley geology-glaciology”

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More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
Kathryn Gagnon has been the curator/manager at the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives for 17 years. (Submitted photo)

Kathryn Gagnon recalls happy and fulfilling memories at the museum

Gagnon served as manager/curator at Cowichan Valley Museum for 17 years

Kathryn Gagnon has been the curator/manager at the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives for 17 years. (Submitted photo)
“Juicy Fruit for Pete Semchuk is a two pound tomato the avid gardener harvested from his bountiful plot on Berar Road. Semchuk was ready to sample fruits of his labour right where the plot thickened — his garden. Prize tomato weighed two pounds with at least two others vying for honors in the Semchuk garden.” (Lake News, Oct. 14, 1981)
“Juicy Fruit for Pete Semchuk is a two pound tomato the avid gardener harvested from his bountiful plot on Berar Road. Semchuk was ready to sample fruits of his labour right where the plot thickened — his garden. Prize tomato weighed two pounds with at least two others vying for honors in the Semchuk garden.” (Lake News, Oct. 14, 1981)
The Clements Centre is encouraging people to donate new socks to help disadvantaged people keep their feet warm during the upcoming cold season. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Clements Centre hosts annual sock drive

Centre hopes to collect 2021 pairs of socks for those in need

  • Oct 11, 2021
The Clements Centre is encouraging people to donate new socks to help disadvantaged people keep their feet warm during the upcoming cold season. (Submitted)
”Lost for past 14 years, Dick McQuinn presents the watch found in the Royal Bank. (Lake News, Oct. 9, 1996)
”Lost for past 14 years, Dick McQuinn presents the watch found in the Royal Bank. (Lake News, Oct. 9, 1996)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Caycuse Fire Department: John Pereira (co-chief), Carol Pereira, Kim Erhart, Laura Couch (co-chief), Ron Couch, Bryce Williams, Andrew Lawrence, Clyde Fogh. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Caycuse Fire Department: John Pereira (co-chief), Carol Pereira, Kim Erhart, Laura Couch (co-chief), Ron Couch, Bryce Williams, Andrew Lawrence, Clyde Fogh. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
“Last-minute details are discussed among members of the three clubs sponsoring the new senior’s home. Matz Johnson (left) and George Majer are Kiwanis club members, Ted Forrest (right) is a Lions Club member. Other club involved is the Kinsmen Club.” (Lake News, Sept. 30, 1981)
“Last-minute details are discussed among members of the three clubs sponsoring the new senior’s home. Matz Johnson (left) and George Majer are Kiwanis club members, Ted Forrest (right) is a Lions Club member. Other club involved is the Kinsmen Club.” (Lake News, Sept. 30, 1981)