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Signs are being placed this July around Lake Cowichan and the region asking tourists to follow the rules around COVID-19 while visiting local businesses and other attractions and facilities this summer. (Submitted graphic)

Year in Review: Top headlines from Lake Cowichan in 2020, part II

May Tubing the Cowichan River has been banned for the summer of…

 

“An angel tells part of the Christmas story while shepherds and angels keep watch during the Yount School Christmas nativity pageant.” (Lake News, Dec. 22, 1980)

Lake Flashback: Workers cleared, Jaws used, payment sought

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‘Santa at the Co-op was a big success with not only small children, but even his helpers had a big kiss for him, for the job he does so well. Sitting on Santa’s knee is Kimberly Knott (left) and Nina Padjen (right).” (Lake News, Dec. 20, 1995)

Flashback: Vandals, a new pub, and development delays

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‘Santa at the Co-op was a big success with not only small children, but even his helpers had a big kiss for him, for the job he does so well. Sitting on Santa’s knee is Kimberly Knott (left) and Nina Padjen (right).” (Lake News, Dec. 20, 1995)
“Lake Cowichan Fire Department members, outside Country Grocer during their third annual Christmas Hamper Toy Drive event, Saturday, Dec. 11 [2010], wherein they collect non-perishable foods, monetary donations, and toys, for Cowichan Lake Community Services’ Christmas Hamper program. Throughout Friday evening and Saturday, the firefighters collected $1,419 and four truck loads of toys and food. The Christmas hampers will be put together by volunteers at the Centennial Hall, throughout the day, Wednesday, December 15, and distributed to recipients the following day.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 15, 2010)
“Lake Cowichan Fire Department members, outside Country Grocer during their third annual Christmas Hamper Toy Drive event, Saturday, Dec. 11 [2010], wherein they collect non-perishable foods, monetary donations, and toys, for Cowichan Lake Community Services’ Christmas Hamper program. Throughout Friday evening and Saturday, the firefighters collected $1,419 and four truck loads of toys and food. The Christmas hampers will be put together by volunteers at the Centennial Hall, throughout the day, Wednesday, December 15, and distributed to recipients the following day.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette/Dec. 15, 2010)
‘Eileen Pilkington, right, and her daughter Brenda, in an entranceway to their Lions Christmas House yard, which is sprinkled with decorations. Every room in their house is covered with Christmas decorations, and Santa Claus may even pay them a visit. The house will open to the public Dec. 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through to Dec. 12.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 1, 2010)

Flashback: Christmas, ICBC relents, and a BCFP fine

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‘Eileen Pilkington, right, and her daughter Brenda, in an entranceway to their Lions Christmas House yard, which is sprinkled with decorations. Every room in their house is covered with Christmas decorations, and Santa Claus may even pay them a visit. The house will open to the public Dec. 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through to Dec. 12.’ (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 1, 2010)
“Say cheese, uh, apple… nine-year-old Jason Moran and mum Bonnie are all smiles over a number of sales made during “apple day” of local cubs and beavers. Jason, a wolf cub, was one of 22 boys who, with the ready assistance of mothers, sold several boxes of apples in money-raising scheme for various projects.” (<em>The Lake News</em> Nov. 26, 1980)

Flashback: Crime wave, canoe misfortune and a highway lawsuit

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

“Say cheese, uh, apple… nine-year-old Jason Moran and mum Bonnie are all smiles over a number of sales made during “apple day” of local cubs and beavers. Jason, a wolf cub, was one of 22 boys who, with the ready assistance of mothers, sold several boxes of apples in money-raising scheme for various projects.” (<em>The Lake News</em> Nov. 26, 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)

Flashback: Winter tires, winter weather, watershed watch

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“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)
“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)
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)
"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)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
“Thousands of Canadians did all they could to persuade Quebec to stay in Canada. They marched, sang, signed petitions, even went personally to Montreal for Friday’s giant rally. But artist Trudy Amman, of Lake Cowichan, did better than most. Not having a Quebec flag, she made her own and being an artist, it was great. She’s the proprietor of the Hen House Art Gallery on Greendale Road.” (Lake News, Nov. 1, 1980)
‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)

Flashback: Halloween night full of activities, crime

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

‘Gran’pa grew it, says young Stephen Nahirnick as he maintains a tight grip on one of Steve Nahirnick’s Hallowe’en pumpkins. Stephen is son of Jack and Joan Nahirnick and he took the opportunity last week to enjoy splendid autumn weather while perched on grandfather’s knee while the elder Nahirnick was harvesting luxuriant and large garden.’ (Lake News/Oct. 22, 1980)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
“The area’s youth Scouting commissioner Brian Crockett, at the campground on the Bald Mountain Peninsula’s Camp Woodlands Scout/Guide Camp, which saw overnight campers and international radio communication, Saturday, Oct. 16.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Oct. 20, 2010/Tyler Clarke photo)
Stella Ford. (Submitted)

100 years in Cowichan: Stella Fullerton’s story

Stella was 12 years old when their first telephone was installed in the home

  • Oct 17, 2020
Stella Ford. (Submitted)
Old Cemeteries Society member Sherry Deptuch helps clean Const. Daniel Mainguy’s gravestone at All Saints’ Cemetery for Police National Memorial Day. (Submitted photo)

Old Cemeteries Society members honour Police National Memorial Day in Cowichan

Mainguy’s 114-year-old white marble tablet had become blackened and encrusted with dirt

  • Oct 12, 2020
Old Cemeteries Society member Sherry Deptuch helps clean Const. Daniel Mainguy’s gravestone at All Saints’ Cemetery for Police National Memorial Day. (Submitted photo)