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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)
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to bikepackers

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
Tour de Rock riders visited Sooke on Sept. 29. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Tour de Rock visit ‘pretty fantastic’

Thousands raised locally for pediatric cancer research

Tour de Rock riders visited Sooke on Sept. 29. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: B.C. Senior, 101, takes first flying lesson

It was a birthday present for ‘adventurous’ Walter Martens

Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)

VIDEO: Riders motivated by the cause as Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rolls down Island

RCMP constable gets head shaved at event hosted by Island Corridor Foundation

Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)
“Lake Cowichan librarian Diana Hutton reads a rabbit-filled pirate story to children during the library’s first Story Time session of the season, Thursday, Sept. 22. Hutton came dressed as a pirate, in celebration of Dress Like a Pirate Week. The story times will continue every second Thursday until the end of the year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Next up for the library will be a Customer Appreciation Day, Thursday, Sept. 29, in celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary. There will be refreshments, trivia quizzes, and prizes for those in attendance.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 28, 2011)
“Lake Cowichan librarian Diana Hutton reads a rabbit-filled pirate story to children during the library’s first Story Time session of the season, Thursday, Sept. 22. Hutton came dressed as a pirate, in celebration of Dress Like a Pirate Week. The story times will continue every second Thursday until the end of the year, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Next up for the library will be a Customer Appreciation Day, Thursday, Sept. 29, in celebration of the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s 75th anniversary. There will be refreshments, trivia quizzes, and prizes for those in attendance.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 28, 2011)
Deborah Banks and Dale Miller won $500,000 in the Aug. 20, 2021 Lotto Max draw. Photo supplied.

Vancouver Island co-workers share $500,000 lottery win

Comox Valley co-workers Deborah Banks and Dale Miller are sharing feelings of…

  • Sep 23, 2021
Deborah Banks and Dale Miller won $500,000 in the Aug. 20, 2021 Lotto Max draw. Photo supplied.
Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Organizers deem this year’s Cowichan Exhibition a success

Event curtailed again this year due to pandemic, but lots attended regardless

Goats cuddle in their pen at the 2021 Cowichan Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
“Last weekend’s 10th Annual Great Lake Walk had over 300 people make the 56 kilometre journey around Cowichan Lake, from Youbou to Lake Cowichan. Although mainly out-of-town walkers took part in the ultra-marathon, a number of Cowichan Lake area residents also took up the challenge. Left – Lake Cowichan resident Connie Croteau, right, with Shawnigan Lake friend Noella Trotter, posing for a photo after crossing the finish line. Centre – Local Great Lake Walk celebrity Joan Henn, 75, with one of five bags of cans she collected along the way. Henn walked with daughter Barbara Henn-Pander, from Burnaby. This was her 10th time participating in the Great Lake Walk. Right – Local walker Cheriee Strany enjoys some tunes. She walked with a couple of friends, who as a group raised $826 for the Tour de Rock cancer fundraiser.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 21, 2011)

Flashback: Weir safety, forestry funds and bus service

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Last weekend’s 10th Annual Great Lake Walk had over 300 people make the 56 kilometre journey around Cowichan Lake, from Youbou to Lake Cowichan. Although mainly out-of-town walkers took part in the ultra-marathon, a number of Cowichan Lake area residents also took up the challenge. Left – Lake Cowichan resident Connie Croteau, right, with Shawnigan Lake friend Noella Trotter, posing for a photo after crossing the finish line. Centre – Local Great Lake Walk celebrity Joan Henn, 75, with one of five bags of cans she collected along the way. Henn walked with daughter Barbara Henn-Pander, from Burnaby. This was her 10th time participating in the Great Lake Walk. Right – Local walker Cheriee Strany enjoys some tunes. She walked with a couple of friends, who as a group raised $826 for the Tour de Rock cancer fundraiser.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette/Sept. 21, 2011)
Climb for Alzheimer’s fundraiser is back on local trails this September. (Photo submitted by Alzheimer Society of B.C.)

Climb for Alzheimer’s in September

In many cases, these isolating conditions can contribute to cognitive decline

  • Sep 18, 2021
Climb for Alzheimer’s fundraiser is back on local trails this September. (Photo submitted by Alzheimer Society of B.C.)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch ready for play on Penelakut Island

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion for Indigenous youth

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
“And they’re off… At the starting signal, 150 runners begin Sunday’s Terry Fox marathon”. (Lake News/Sept. 16, 1981)
“And they’re off… At the starting signal, 150 runners begin Sunday’s Terry Fox marathon”. (Lake News/Sept. 16, 1981)
An otter family during the pandemic. (Cim MacDonald photo)

New display at Duncan museum looks at wildlife during the pandemic

In the summer of 2020, scientists coined the term “anthropause”

  • Sep 6, 2021
An otter family during the pandemic. (Cim MacDonald photo)
“United Church Worship and Education Team members Lilien Kerr, Mikki Welsh, and Audrey Towle, from left, with reverend Greg Darjes. Behind them is the cross from the old United Church, which was saved from fire in 1990.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 7, 2011)
“United Church Worship and Education Team members Lilien Kerr, Mikki Welsh, and Audrey Towle, from left, with reverend Greg Darjes. Behind them is the cross from the old United Church, which was saved from fire in 1990.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 7, 2011)
Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.

Counter-rally sends messages of thanks to Vancouver Island hospital workers

Residents hold support rally one day after COVID restrictions protest at Comox Valley hospital

Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.