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Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)

B.C. woman who survived Spanish Flu turns 105

Helen Watson has packed a lot into life – including being in two pandemics

Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)
Cumberland resident Lorna Clark says she's going to treat herself to a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, after winning $50,000 on a Bingo Blast scratch ticket. Photo supplied
Cumberland resident Lorna Clark says she's going to treat herself to a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, after winning $50,000 on a Bingo Blast scratch ticket. Photo supplied
Duncan’s Knights of Columbus hand out cheques to a slew of deserving organizations in an online event Nov. 8, 2020. (Submitted)

Duncan Knights of Columbus hand cheques to lucky 13 in virtual event

Another historic first for the Knights was to have two area mayors join the presentation

  • Nov 23, 2020
Duncan’s Knights of Columbus hand out cheques to a slew of deserving organizations in an online event Nov. 8, 2020. (Submitted)
Changes to the holidays due to COVID-19 will be a challenge for people with dementia. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Webinars aim to help those with dementia approach holidays

“The holidays can present difficulties for people living with dementia for a multitude of reasons”

  • Nov 23, 2020
Changes to the holidays due to COVID-19 will be a challenge for people with dementia. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Theresa Bodger at the Duncan Curling Club, displaying the championship trophy and a photo of her mom, Georgina Falt. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cowichan Alzheimer’s fundraiser surpasses $65,000 since inception

Courier editor and his wife overwhelmed by continued support

Theresa Bodger at the Duncan Curling Club, displaying the championship trophy and a photo of her mom, Georgina Falt. (Photo by Don Bodger)
“Jeff Abbott sinks in a mass of mud where a tributary to Coon Creek earlier ran. The creek supplies 60 families in Youbou with drinking water.” (Lake News, Nov. 19, 1980)
“Jeff Abbott sinks in a mass of mud where a tributary to Coon Creek earlier ran. The creek supplies 60 families in Youbou with drinking water.” (Lake News, Nov. 19, 1980)
Dwight Ballantyne started #WeSeeYou day to draw more attention to the plight of remote indigenous communities. (Special to The News)

B.C. man aims to bridge gap between remote communities and rest of Canada

Schools across country to send activity kits to isolated towns for Dwight Ballantyne’s #WeSeeYou Day

Dwight Ballantyne started #WeSeeYou day to draw more attention to the plight of remote indigenous communities. (Special to The News)
Renegade Prospectors co-founders Rick Curiston and Tina Francis pose near Cayoosh Creek. Former Agassiz resident Curiston recently celebrated one year sober from alcohol and eight years drug-free, loving his new lease on life, family and their love for treasure hunting. (Contributed Photo/Tina Francis)

Former Agassiz DJ turned prospector finds treasure, renewed life in Lillooet

Eight years drug-free, Rick Curiston reflects on his passion for agate, gold hunting

Renegade Prospectors co-founders Rick Curiston and Tina Francis pose near Cayoosh Creek. Former Agassiz resident Curiston recently celebrated one year sober from alcohol and eight years drug-free, loving his new lease on life, family and their love for treasure hunting. (Contributed Photo/Tina Francis)
MARS volunteer John shows ambassador owl Otis to visitors. Photo supplied

Merville avian rescue shelter seeing spike in victims of rat poisoning ingestion

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society cautions against use of rodent poisons

MARS volunteer John shows ambassador owl Otis to visitors. Photo supplied
Area residents can access information about dementia and memory loss by contacting the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s toll-free First Link Dementia Helpline. (Submitted)

Helpline extends hours to support caregivers during pandemic

“Most callers are caregivers who need to know who to call or where to turn.”

  • Nov 16, 2020
Area residents can access information about dementia and memory loss by contacting the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s toll-free First Link Dementia Helpline. (Submitted)
“Truck and car meet on ‘new’ highway. Is there more danger now?” (Lake News, Nov. 12, 1980)

Flashback: A boy’s birthday food drive, Remembrance Day, and Highway 18 damages

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

“Truck and car meet on ‘new’ highway. Is there more danger now?” (Lake News, Nov. 12, 1980)
The crew of the BK716 bomber recently recovered in the Netherlands. From left: Sgt. Ronald Kennedy (flight engineer), Sgt. Charles Bell (bomb aimer), F/O John Michael Campbell (radio operator), F/O John Harris (pilot), F/O Harry Farrington (navigator), F/Sgt. John McCaw (tail gunner), Sgt. Leonard Shrubsall (mid-upper gunner). (Historical photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Missing, presumed dead

As of 2016, 501 WWII crash locations in the Netherlands which have yet to be investigated.

  • Nov 11, 2020
The crew of the BK716 bomber recently recovered in the Netherlands. From left: Sgt. Ronald Kennedy (flight engineer), Sgt. Charles Bell (bomb aimer), F/O John Michael Campbell (radio operator), F/O John Harris (pilot), F/O Harry Farrington (navigator), F/Sgt. John McCaw (tail gunner), Sgt. Leonard Shrubsall (mid-upper gunner). (Historical photo)
The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Nanaimo residents took news of atomic bombs, war’s end in stride

The Japanese conceded 60 per cent of the city (four square miles) had been “turned to ashes”

  • Nov 11, 2020
The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Our Métis veterans are finally acknowledged

A formal apology from the federal government and the promise of compensation

  • Nov 11, 2020
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)
Shawnigan Lake School students write letters to local veterans during their kindness campaign in 2020. (Arden Gill photo)

Shawnigan Lake School kindness campaign reaching out to veterans

“I realized that most kids just don’t understand the importance of the day”

  • Nov 11, 2020
Shawnigan Lake School students write letters to local veterans during their kindness campaign in 2020. (Arden Gill photo)
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Honouring Canada’s greatest general is long overdue

General Sir Arthur William Currie, Canada’s first full general, was the Allies’ ablest corps commander

  • Nov 11, 2020
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: January 1, 1942: a low point for Canadian morale

Only two ‘miracles’ to date, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, had given any real cause for joy

  • Nov 11, 2020
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)
Pamela Anderson at the RASTA Sanctuary. (Photo submitted)

Pamela Anderson pledges to help build barn for RASTA Sanctuary in Chemainus

Construction on the barn is expected to take just two months

Pamela Anderson at the RASTA Sanctuary. (Photo submitted)
Veterans of the Korean War were awarded the Korean Peace Medal at a ceremony in December of 2019. (Submitted)

70th anniversary of Korean War marked with Peace Medal

My mother accepted the Korean Peace Medal on behalf of my dad.

  • Nov 9, 2020
Veterans of the Korean War were awarded the Korean Peace Medal at a ceremony in December of 2019. (Submitted)
"Scientist from University of Victoria measures the approximate height of the meteorite from eye witness reports. [Geremy] Tatum Visited Lake Cowichan and Youbou to meet with witnesses on Saturday. He will log the data and will hope to make an educated guess as to where the meteorite would have landed." (Lake News, Nov. 8, 1995)

Lake Flashback: No to a community garden, a meteorite, and a fire chief retires

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

"Scientist from University of Victoria measures the approximate height of the meteorite from eye witness reports. [Geremy] Tatum Visited Lake Cowichan and Youbou to meet with witnesses on Saturday. He will log the data and will hope to make an educated guess as to where the meteorite would have landed." (Lake News, Nov. 8, 1995)