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Susan de Bree (poster/literary chair) presents a plaque to Peter Terpstra of Duncan Christian School with an award in recognition of Emily Ann Aylward winning first place at the national level in senior black and white poster contest. (Submitted)

A&E column: Podcast, poster contest winner, art on display

A taste of what’s going on in the Cowichan Valley

 

Vetch cover crop beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Vetch and crimson clover to the rescue of soil fertility

I add dry organic fertilizer as plants use up what is in the soil.

 

Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: A shift in perspective can sometimes change everything

Have you even been forced to wake up at 5:30 on a Saturday

 

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by…

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)

Sarah Simpson Column: Healthcare workers saluted daily by Duncan neighbours

This is a bit of a milestone column for me. It’s the…

This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: You can learn a lot about life during a five minute drive

The kids went into all sorts of detail about what that might have looked like and sounded like

Sarah Simpson
Robert Barron

Robert Barron column: Know what to do when confronted by a cougar

They have four paws decked out in sharp claws to add to the damage that they can do with their teeth

Robert Barron
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Let them eat cake…sometimes

Even the little things in life are cause for celebration

Sarah Simpson
An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: This mother is grinning and bearing it

News broke the other day that, after months in hibernation, Grouse Mountain’s…

An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Timber has joined the family. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Timber has joined the family. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Building runs in the family

Even as a prospective home buyer more than six years ago now,…

Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Pandemic hitting restaurants and bars hard

I grew up in the restaurant business; my family operated a number of them over the years

Robert’s column
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: Smurfettes to Simon Fraser: let’s play ball

My next memory of my early days as a softball player was when we were the Pirates.

Sarah Simpson
Robert Barron's column
Robert Barron's column
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Newton’s first law of motion

I could have sworn I told them to help each other get unbuckled and to come inside.

Sarah Simpson
If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Looking for a goat time on Good Friday

If you drive by the farm market a little slower you see the goat pen.

If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Robert’s column
Robert’s column
Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)
Cheryl and Patty Bennett are ‘street angels’ who regularly pick up garbage in their Cowichan Valley neighbourhood. (Gail Taylor photo)
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Will the world ever be the same again?

I’ve heard many people say that they can’t ever see themselves in a crowded room

Robert’s column
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Is Spring Break breaking you, too?

The problem is that was only the first three days of the break .

Sarah Simpson