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Sherry Deptuch and Mike Bieling lay out crosses at the gravesites of vets at the Westholme All Saints’ Churchyard. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Additions made to veterans’ Remembrance cross placements at Westholme

Research continually turns up more names for ceremonies around the valley

Sherry Deptuch and Mike Bieling lay out crosses at the gravesites of vets at the Westholme All Saints’ Churchyard. (Photo by Don Bodger)
“Legion member Lola Sinclair was busy selling poppies around Lake Cowichan last week. Here she helps Lois Atchison purchase her poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. The mission of The Royal Canadian Legion is ‘to serve veterans and their dependents, to promote Remembrance, and to act in the service of Canada and its communities.’ The major source of funding for the Legion to accomplish this work is the annual Poppy Campaign, the foundation of the Remembrance Program. It is the generosity of Canadians through this program that enables the Legion to ensure that veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance and now every November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 7, 2012)
“Legion member Lola Sinclair was busy selling poppies around Lake Cowichan last week. Here she helps Lois Atchison purchase her poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. The mission of The Royal Canadian Legion is ‘to serve veterans and their dependents, to promote Remembrance, and to act in the service of Canada and its communities.’ The major source of funding for the Legion to accomplish this work is the annual Poppy Campaign, the foundation of the Remembrance Program. It is the generosity of Canadians through this program that enables the Legion to ensure that veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance and now every November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Nov. 7, 2012)
Alayna Ross has won a bursary/scholarship from the Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (Submitted)
Alayna Ross has won a bursary/scholarship from the Cowichan Valley branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (Submitted)
The Clements Centre is holding its 15th annual sock drive. (Submitted photo)

Cowichan’s Clements Centre hosts annual sock drive

Campaign in its 15th year

  • Nov 4, 2022
The Clements Centre is holding its 15th annual sock drive. (Submitted photo)
The first Christmas craft fair of the season is on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall. (Submitted by Nadine Reeves)
The first Christmas craft fair of the season is on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall. (Submitted by Nadine Reeves)
The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied

Accessible travel guides launched for the Vancouver Island region

The Vancouver Island Region now has a series of accessible travel guides…

The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
After some cloak-and-dagger proceedings, the province of British Columbia puchased Canada’s first two submarines, CC1 (on the left) and CC2, as added protection for its coastal cities of Vancouver and Victoria at the start of the Great War. (Library and Archives Canada photo)

Special First World War exhibit at museum in Duncan

World War I: Remembering What We Lost and What We Achieved

  • Oct 31, 2022
After some cloak-and-dagger proceedings, the province of British Columbia puchased Canada’s first two submarines, CC1 (on the left) and CC2, as added protection for its coastal cities of Vancouver and Victoria at the start of the Great War. (Library and Archives Canada photo)
The after-school hours can be difficult for the thousands of kids younger than age 12 who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need. Photo courtesy United Way

United Way BC helps families thrive through after-school programming

Imagine you’re 6 years old. Grade one! You love your teacher and…

  • Oct 31, 2022
The after-school hours can be difficult for the thousands of kids younger than age 12 who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need. Photo courtesy United Way
Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct 31 is a time for candy, costumes and scary movies

Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)
Flt Corp Hayden Hart, Flt Corp Trevin Buckland, Flt Cpl Alex Carnegie, and Flt Sgt Fraser Willmott of the 744 Cowichan Squadron Air Cadets salute after placing a cross at a veteran’s grave at Mountain View Cemetery several years ago. (Citizen file)

Crosses to be placed at Cowichan Valley cemeteries to remember veterans

A Cowichan Valley tradition since the early 1950s

  • Oct 26, 2022
Flt Corp Hayden Hart, Flt Corp Trevin Buckland, Flt Cpl Alex Carnegie, and Flt Sgt Fraser Willmott of the 744 Cowichan Squadron Air Cadets salute after placing a cross at a veteran’s grave at Mountain View Cemetery several years ago. (Citizen file)
Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)

VIDEO: Camera captures pumpkin-stealing bear in Abbotsford

Thief rolls its find through townhouse complex and then abandons it

Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)
Bruce Cameron. (File photo)

PODCAST.: Turnout for B.C. 2022 municipal elections down from 2018

TODAY IN B.C.: Voting online, campaign issues and mayoralty races discussed

Bruce Cameron. (File photo)
“Mariah Segee waits as Con. Jim Preston engraves her name in her bike at the Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s bike rally on Oct. 13. Approximately 12 kids participated in the event, with younger kids learning skills and older kids participating in a race through Friendship Park behind Palsson Elementary.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 17, 2012)

Flashback: Paving, byelection, drugs and booze, and one lucky dog

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“Mariah Segee waits as Con. Jim Preston engraves her name in her bike at the Lake Cowichan Fire Department’s bike rally on Oct. 13. Approximately 12 kids participated in the event, with younger kids learning skills and older kids participating in a race through Friendship Park behind Palsson Elementary.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 17, 2012)
Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys

VIDEO: A sucker for a friendly face; octopus gloms onto diver for once-in-a-lifetime encounter

Diver off Campbell River spends amazing 40-minute session with a friendly octopus

Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys
Youbou is renowned for it’s spooky haunted house, but it doesn’t happen without the can-do spirit of volunteers. (Courtesy of the Youbou Community Association)

Haunted house, spooky skate sessions and more coming for Halloween at Cowichan Lake

Witches Paddle available for those who’d prefer to celebrate on the lake; Saywell Park extravaganza

Youbou is renowned for it’s spooky haunted house, but it doesn’t happen without the can-do spirit of volunteers. (Courtesy of the Youbou Community Association)
Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography

Orca pod crashes Quadra Island wedding

‘That’s a pretty good good way to start your marriage off’ — wedding videographer

Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography
Gay Wise (right), president of the South Cowichan Rotary Club, receives a cheque for $17,168 from Bill Yearwood, president of the BC Masters Cycling Association. (Submitted photo)

South Cowichan Rotary Club receives $17,000 from biking group

Contribition recognizes community work of Tony Hoar

Gay Wise (right), president of the South Cowichan Rotary Club, receives a cheque for $17,168 from Bill Yearwood, president of the BC Masters Cycling Association. (Submitted photo)
Campbell River’s Vancouver Island Regional Library branch. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Vancouver Island Regional Library looking for ‘big dream ideas’ in planning process

Meetings to be held in Vancouver Island communities throughout October

Campbell River’s Vancouver Island Regional Library branch. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities. Now they can now easily capture and share these impact stories through the unique tech-for-good platform, Do Some Good.

Pharmasave chooses Do Some Good to amplify local community giving and storytelling

Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities –…

  • Oct 12, 2022
Pharmasave stores across Western Canada are known for supporting local communities. Now they can now easily capture and share these impact stories through the unique tech-for-good platform, Do Some Good.