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Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island next week. Hosted by multiple award winning humanitarian engineer and top mountain biking coach Anita Naidu of  Whistler (pictured). Photo supplied

Bike Fest Series coming to Cumberland, Cowichan Valley

Bike Fest Series returns to Vancouver Island next week. Hosted by award-winning…

  • Jun 9, 2021

 

Chelsea Mackinnon is giving a webinar on June 9 that looks at the effects of music on the brain and dementia. (Submitted)

Music and dementia featured in June webinar

“Music and the brain: Key considerations for dementia” takes place on Wednesday, June 9

  • May 31, 2021

 

Reunited and it feels so good, Stefan and Josh are back together again. (Photo by Cim MacDonald)

Snipe hunting brothers reunited in Chemainus (and it feels so good)

Ten long years of fundraising leads to replacement of bronze figure in signature downtown artpiece

 

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)

Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Community pride grows from volunteer group’s beautification efforts

All ages contribute to Crofton In Bloom’s objectives

Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Greyson Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)

Fundraising for gaga ball pit gates easily surpasses goal

People get on board with young student’s idea to make them accessible

Greyson Miller is loving the response to his campaign for gates to be installed on the gaga ball pits at Chemainus Elementary School and others across the school district. (Photo by Robyn Plumsteel)
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)

Cairnsmore Garden Club looking for new members

With the addition of new garden territory around Cowichan Hospice House, new blood needed

  • Apr 28, 2021
Garden Club volunteers with new gardening tools for use at Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House. (Submitted)
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)

Art group members celebrate a joyful spring in Chemainus with surprise mosaic

Each of 33 squares pushed together into one mural

  • Apr 19, 2021
Chemainus Art Group creates mural mosaic to celebrate a joyful spring. (Photo submitted)
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)

Hul’q’umi’num signs installed in downtown Duncan

Project a partnership between City of Duncan, DDBIA and Cowichan Tribes

  • Apr 14, 2021
City workers from Duncan were busy recently putting up street signs in both Hul’q’umi’num’ and English. (Submitted photo)
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)

COVID can’t stop Cowichan’s Plantaholics 2021 sale

More than 1,300 plants have been potted up ready for sale.

  • Mar 25, 2021
The Mill Bay Plantaholics are holding a COVID-safe version of their annual plant sale for 2021. (Submitted)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Vancouver Island walk to help homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)

Duncan woman wins $50K in Knights of Columbus charity draw

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 draw forced the Knights to sell tickets virtually

  • Mar 22, 2021
Lorne Thickett of the Duncan Knights of Columbus presents a cheque for $50,000 to second prize winner Jennifer Roszell of Duncan. (Submitted)
Duncan mayor Michelle Staples said the $30,000 grant from the province to create a community-based team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services for vulnerable people is much needed. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley gets $30,000 grant to help vulnerable people

Money used to create a team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services.

  • Mar 16, 2021
Duncan mayor Michelle Staples said the $30,000 grant from the province to create a community-based team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services for vulnerable people is much needed. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)
Cowichan Valley’s W. Jeff Leggat is an organizer of the Community Rally to Raise the Rates for Persons living with Permanent Disabilities in B.C. that will take place on the grounds of the legislature building in Victoria on March 18. (Submitted photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
Willow Street Cafe is going to be looking good as the central building in filming of a movie in Chemainus next week. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)

Hallmark movie crews moving into Chemainus for the week

Filming of The Baker’s Sons being conducted downtown

Willow Street Cafe is going to be looking good as the central building in filming of a movie in Chemainus next week. (Photo by Pete Cavanaugh)
Members of the 4-H Horse Club enjoy the annual horse camp at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds. (submitted)

Farm Credit Canada supports Cowichan 4-H club with cash

On the list of recipients is the Cowichan 4-H Horse Club out of Cobble Hill.

  • Mar 8, 2021
Members of the 4-H Horse Club enjoy the annual horse camp at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds. (submitted)
Sahtlam Volunteer Firefighters Association has stepped up, in spite of COVID, for a number of charities. (Submitted)

Sahtlam firefighters step up

Sahtlam Volunteer Firefighters Association has a long history of supporting charities

  • Mar 6, 2021
Sahtlam Volunteer Firefighters Association has stepped up, in spite of COVID, for a number of charities. (Submitted)
In years past in-person ceremonies have been held for International Women’s Day. This year the observance is going online on Monday, March 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (file photo)

Virtual ceremony for Women’s Day in Cowichan on Monday

Audrey George, manager of the Ts’i’ts’uwatul’ Lelum assisted living facility, will be keynote speaker.

  • Mar 5, 2021
In years past in-person ceremonies have been held for International Women’s Day. This year the observance is going online on Monday, March 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (file photo)