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hen most people think of herbs, they think about that dried out shaker bottle that has been in the cupboard for the last ten years. Here at Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles, when we think about herbs, we are thinking fresh, green, aromatic and full of life! Herbs are a large part of what we do at Outrageous, and we take pride in them. An herb garden is one of the simplest ways to get you started in the gardening world and a huge step in amplifying your culinary prowess. Impress dinner party guests by stepping out into your herb garden or onto your patio and picking fresh sprigs of herbs to garnish a meal or class up a cocktail. The keys to success in the herb garden are: 1) well-drained soil. Many herbs will overwinter in our climate and even colder climates as long as they don’t sit in a puddle of water all year. 2) Ignore them! Keep your herbs on the dry side and only water when absolutely necessary. This will concentrate the flavours and give you more kick! 3) Use them! Heavy pruning of herbs will promote bushiness. At Outrageous we regularly prune our herbs to

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Jesse Jacobs, owner, Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles


maintain shape and to promote branching (more branches equals more leaves equals more herbs.) I also highly recommend trying something new! At Outrageous we are always looking for new varieties of herbs that will grow and thrive in our local climate, ever broadening the culinary and gardening experience. You will find a full selection of Outrageous herbs at your local Quality Foods store and if you look inside where its warm, you will find Outrageous Basil ready-to-eat! All of the herbs from Outrageous herbs are of the highest quality, freshness and vigor. And nothing beats locally grown! For a complete list of our products check our website or Like us on Facebook (Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles) where you will find our feature “Herb of the Week” plus pictures, recipes and growing tips for all your favourite herbs.

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17 The Gen “Next” Farmer 28 Dr. Typewriter


The Gen “Next” Farmer


9 Travellin’ with Carolyn: On the Trail of the Golden Spruce 15 Thru the Seasons: Be Your Own Weatherman 22 Tide Table


15 Be Your Own Weatherman

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Playing Together - Staying Together My Mother’s Song 20th Annual Fire & Ice Festival ECHO: Office Hours

COMMUNITY LIFE 6 From the Desk of the Regional Director 7 Letter to the Editor 22 The Art of Conscious Living 32 Inspired by Community


18 Images & Voices: Brian Boyes 26 Kwalikum Secondary School Honour Students


12 To Detox or Not to Detox 24 Health & Wellness Matters: Hepatitis B

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he 36th Annual Qualicum Beach Family Day on Sunday May 27th is a day for everyone to enjoy and the invitation is out for everyone to join in this very special day. “Playing Together-Staying Together” is the theme and interactive participation is the goal at this year’s event as we encourage you to come out and play together. The Family Day committee along with the Town of Qualicum Beach has been planning this celebration for months and is confident that another successful event will be enjoyed by all. There are many ways for families, individuals and groups to participate including: joining in the parade, hosting an activity on the field, operating a food concession, volunteering to help run various activities or just showing up and enjoying the day. Family Day will start with the traditional Shriner’s breakfast starting at 8:30 at the Civic Centre, Building Learning Together (BLT) is offering activities at Story Book Village on the grounds of Qualicum Elementary School from 9:30 to11:30am and the QB Royal Bank is sponsoring a Free Swim from 10am till 12:00 at Ravensong. The parade moves through the streets of Qualicum at noon and ends up at the

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QUALICUM BEACH FAMILY DAY Civic Centre. From 1 till 4pm the Civic Centre fields will be filled with interactive games, climbing wall, bouncy castles, food, music and dancing, pony rides and many fascinating activities and informational booths. Everyone is invited to be part of the parade. Dress up, decorate your cars, bikes or wagons or simply walk with others along the parade route. Please visit the Family Day website to register and describe your parade entry along with the number of participants which we hope will include children, parents, uncles, aunts and grand-parents. A number of activities are being planned for youth on the top field near the skate board park including music, volley ball and other games or play road hockey in the parking lot. Family Day is a “Free” event with the exception of food which is sold by our local non-profit groups. Please visit our website and register by filling out the appropriate forms or phone 250 752-2300 for information. ~ submitted

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From the Desk of the Director BILL VEENHOF Regional Director, Area H  ph: 778-424-2810

Changes to Area H Bus Service

Hello to all the residents of Area H:


his past month has been very interesting and I have been involved in some positive changes for Area H that I will summarize below. But, first I will spend a little time on outreach. There has been a long tradition of Area H Directors using this magazine to communicate with Area residents. This I will continue to do, however, I am also getting a lot of advice that I should build an email list to contact our residents. I have started and if you want to be on the list, let me know.

RDN Strategic Planning Session


n the beginning of April, I attended the RDN Strategic Planning Session. This symposium was designed to allow the Directors the opportunity to define the RDN direction for the next 3-4 years. A Strategic Plan will come out of these and future discussions which I will share in due course. I was pleased that my concerns were valued and that they became part of the dialogue. The most noteworthy was that, this was the first time that the Directors had the opportunity to interact in an informal environment. I learned that we share common goals and values and I left the meeting confident that, as a Board, we have the right Directors to form an effective organization.

We have had Monday bus service in Area H since 5 Mar 12 and we have learned a few things and more importantly, we have had some great advice from Area H residents.   The current route and timings; Deep Bay to Qualicum Beach and Qualicum Beach to Deep Bay, will remain almost exactly the same.  People can still wave the bus down and, if called ahead of time, it will stop at homes requiring handicapped assistance.  At Qualicum Beach you can transfer to different local routes.  The big change; all the runs that the bus normally went from Nanaimo to get to and from the route, (e.g. dead head runs) are now passenger carrying express runs that start and end at Woodgrove Mall.  At the Mall you can transfer to other Nanaimo busses.  This is a huge improvement in access for Area H residents. With this change you can get on the bus in Deep Bay at 10am, spend 3 hours at Woodgrove Mall and be back in Deep Bay by 4pm! It should be noted that this service increase is at no additional cost, and nearly triples our annual passenger carrying hours from 110 to 300. 

Henry Morgan Park In last month’s article, I encouraged you to contact Ida Chong and express support for

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rea Henry Morgan Park. Many thanks to those of you who did. Although the program was 4X over-subscribed, Area H was awarded an $85,000 grant in support of the park. In all of this we owe thanks to our MLA Scott Fraser, who provided letters of support and championed our park at the Sport and Community Development Estimates process.   Roughly, $75,000 will be transferred from the Area H Parks Reserve to support this Park, (think of this as your tax dollars coming back).  I expect that tenders for the Park construction will go out in May/June and we should be in a position to break ground in late summer.   This is designed to be a local community park with activities for all ages.  Its NorthEast corner is at the intersection of Henry Morgan Dr and Thompson Clark Dr where parking will be available for those who drive.  Esary Rd runs along the park edge and the railway into 19A in Bowser.  Esary Rd will be developed enough to permit foot traffic, strollers etc to use this as trail from the park to the town center.  There will no longer be a need to walk along the highway to get to the Bowser Town centre from the homes east of 19A.   Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or comments at bill. You can access my web page at ~

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Wacky Woods Preservation Society


y name is David Netterville and I have had the good fortune to visit the Wacky Woods on numerous occasions since retiring to the Comox valley in 2008. When we first wandered around the Ships Point peninsula and came to the trail where we saw the bicycle on the path we wanted to get a closer look. Walking into the woods we soon discovered other items of interest and proceeded on – admiring each object that we saw and noticing other objects further along the way. Eventually we came near enough to hear the music which seemed to beckon to us to explore further, finally we came into a clearing where we saw a lady out working in her extensive garden. This turned out to be Pat and she welcomed us and spoke to us about the art objects and her husband’s work. We were very proud to meet with George Sawchuk and hear his stories, particularly about the shooting of a Telus commercial. I now attend painting classes at the OAP hall in Fanny Bay each Wednesday afternoon and last week I stopped in to visit with Pat and her son Kevin who was up doing some work on the house and garden for his mum.

I asked Pat about the future of the Wacky Woods because the article in the paper said that it might just go back to the wilderness. This disturbed me as I have taken all the visitors that we get to see the majesty of what one person with a view to peace and equality for all can create without a large dollar investment, although indeed George and his family have certainly invested a great deal of time and energy to create this part of our local paradise. I would like to see created a Wacky Woods Preservation Society and I hope that with enough volunteers we can keep this area alive so that it can be enjoyed by many generations to come. Other people that I have spoken to, have voiced the same desire; and I believe that it is time to take action. Pat said that this has been thought of before but that there might be liability issues. I intend to investigate that aspect and hopefully any difficulties can be overcome. Anyone interested in helping out can get in touch with me at the address or phone below or by email. David Netterville 2899 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay BC Tel : 250 338-0002 • Cell : 250 650-0032

ualicum Beach should be abuzz with visitors on Saturday May 5, as spring is definitely in the air. At the Community Hall on Memorial, Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society (MARS) is back again with its Spring Fling; outside on Veteran’s Way the Farmers’ Market is in full swing, both events starting at 8:30 am. And uptown at 10am the popular Fire & Ice Festival gets underway. MARS Spring Fling is a gardenrelated event: besides the gigantic plant sale other vendors will be selling their wares, items that range from biscotti and special spice mixes to gifty things from the artistic gardener. There will also be advice for the grower: Master Gardeners will be there to help, as will Harry Sumner ready with his gardening tips. “We’re hoping to put some zing into spring, and heaven knows we need it this year with the long, dreary weather we’ve had” said Barbara Kulla, co-chair of the event with Marilyn Dawson. With a relatively benign winter, plants should be in good shape for the sale. The MARS sale is focused on perennials and plants divided from members’ gardens, but there will be rhododendrons available, some propagated from cuttings. Sale hours are the same as the Farmers’ Market, 8:30am to 12:30. For more information, call Marilyn at 250-752-3694.

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My Mother’s Song In my eyes you have always been my true hero always there for me no matter where or why without a question not seeking an answer you are the loyalty instinctive to me


ay, the month of when the anticipation of long summer days to come brush up along side you as if a long lost friend! May, the month that brings us our first long week-end of the Summer trilogy: Victoria Day and of course Mothers Day. Did you know that Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for many restaurants and the busiest in the world for telephone and flower services?

she lost while I was a young teen! I never got a chance to truly know my Mother, something that I regret every single day of my life. So it is indeed with envy and raison d’etre that I prompt anyone who can to go up to and give your Mother a hug or simply call on the telephone to do so while you can! Not just on Mother’s Day but on any given Tuesday or Wednesday, just because!

Mother’s Day…….I would have loved to have known my Mother better, much better! But being a young war bride quickly responsible for raising 5 kids while my Father was off fighting for Queen and country ( not only in the big one but Korea as well) whisked away much of her time. I’m sure she would have loved to make cookies and dress up for dinner like the moms of 50’s era TV did. But my Mom was there for us in so many countless ways that mattered in the real world!

I inherited my mother’s gentleness and humor in my DNA, of this I am sure! That inner comfort that lets me shed a tear when I watch ‘Old Yeller’! The urge to dance under the ‘Poets Moon’ from time to time and when I write a piece of poetry that comes from my heart…I feel her romantic soul inked within each word and hope that my pen pleases her.

While my Father fought wars that would garner a bevy of medals on his chest my Mother fought a war bravely too…against cancer. A battle that

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Some of us are lucky enough to truly feel the presence of our Guardian Angel watching over us and I know she is always close by!

In my life you have always challenged me as the mentor of my truths teaching me to stand tall against the wind… at times alone to believe in myself and to never surrender…ever you are the strength within me In my world your gentleness touches me every day protecting me from all of harm’s way with unwavering and eternal courage teaching me to implicitly know that true love is unconditional asking only belief in return you are the truth about me In my soul you are the gift of a thousand rainbows my best friend unto infinity the one who truly watches over me please know…that I forever know I am the true reflection of you in this we will always be two as one…one as two I am truly the very best of you Irish

So ‘Mom’ this one’s for you! Qualicum Bay resident Michael B Poyntz is “Irish” Look for his greeting card series at Island Exposures Gallery, 183 W. Island Hwy., Parksville

On the trail of the golden spruce By Carolyn Walton


e’re the lone walkers on this short forested trail along the Yakoun River where once hundreds hiked in to marvel at the majestic grandeur of Kiidk’yaas, the vibrant Golden Spruce. This evergreen had a rare genetic mutation causing its needles to be golden in colour. Once venerated by the first nations people of Haida Gwaii, it is but a cherished memory, its story told in John Valiant’s best-selling book, “The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed.” My husband, Ross, had actually photographed the still-standing Sitka spruce before its tragic demise in 1997, so I wanted to follow this trail along the Yakoun River near Port Clements on Graham Island, to see if we could find any remains of this 200-year-old mighty giant that towered sixteen stories high, measured twenty feet around and could have lived another 600 years. Sadly, it was cut down by a 48-year old unemployed forest engineer, Grant Hadwin, as a political statement against industrial logging companies. He was later arrested, but disappeared on his way to trial. According to John Valiant’s book, what is believed might be Hadwin’s broken kayak and effects were found on a remote island some time after he went missing in a rough sea. Whether he had been killed, accidentally drowned, or left his belongings behind on purpose is not known. Alas, although we gaze across the river at the spot where Ross had photographed the tree, the underbrush has completely taken over and not even the stump can be seen. The only wood harvested from the tree was used by Nova Scotia luthier George Rizsanyi and broadcaster Jowi Taylor to make a guitar dedicated to Canadian history. Also included in the guitar were pieces of wood from Pierre Trudeau’s canoe paddle, Paul Henderson’s hockey stick and fabric from one of Karen Kain’s ballet costumes. Haida Gwaii proved to be most serendipitous indeed! Our hosts at Dorothy and Mike’s Guesthouse in Queen Charlotte City, knew Leslie Geddie, who ran a café and dress shop

A sad sign-post commemorating the demise of the much-revered Golden Spruce • Carolyn Walton photo

in Tlell and is now the Les behind Coombs’ and Bowser’s Dress for Les shops. Leslie’s sister Dawn Geddie along with partner, Morgan Bristol operated the town’s eclectic On the Rock boutique now called Funk It! But strangest was an encounter of another kind! When friends heard we were heading for Haida Gwaii, they suggested we look up potter John Davies, whose brother Dave Davies has a water colour studio in Qualicum Beach’s TOSH. On the island I entirely forgot the potter’s name so figured we wouldn’t meet. On our last day there, we were to return our rental vehicle by noon although our ferry to the mainland wasn’t leaving until evening. It was a gorgeous sunny warm day, we had lunch fixings with us so I suggested we pay the extra rental and enjoy our time left. We had driven north to visit the Crystal Cabin Gallery at Tlell to buy some of the island argillite carvings. Looking for a picnic site we passed an unmarked laneway leading to the ocean, turned around and drove in, only to come upon a private home. However, a sign marked Potter intrigued us so we parked and found a little shop behind the house. A couple came out and introduced themselves as John and Jennifer Davies, at which point, still not recalling the name, I asked if he could possibly have an artist brother in Qualicum Beach? According to brother Dave, ill health has since forced John to cut back on his pottery production, but their Bottle & Jug Works Studio still has items for sale. It also turned out that well-known carver Jeremy Humpherville, owner of the prestigious Coastal Carvings gallery in Coombs, grew up nearby and as a boy would come over to the Davies’ to work with clay! A fitting finale to our serendipitous adventures on Haida Gwaii. ~ Travel questions? Contact me at

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To detox or not to detox Full body cleanse? wise or not? by Linda Watts, Registered Dietitian


n a world where environmental pollutants and food additives are an everyday threat to our health, the idea of body detoxification seems extremely enticing. Like scouring the nooks and crannies in our homes, wouldn’t flushing out harmful substances from our bodies restore some sense of internal order?  Proponents of detox diets and cleanses think so. For centuries, they’ve practiced the art of detoxification in an attempt to achieve optimal health. Expelling “poisons” from the body can cure maladies ranging from chronic fatigue to cancer. The process of de-poisoning ourselves is neither pretty nor fun. Serious toxin removal usually involves fasting or at least following a strict diet void of items like sugar, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.  But no matter what a regime advocates, the premise of all detox diets and cleanses is deeply flawed; it flies in the face of what we know about human biochemistry and physiology. Extensive study of both fields has taught us that we’re well equipped with a sophisticated and versatile detoxification system. Our liver and kidneys do just fine removing most ingested toxins. We don’t need to mess with nature. Internal cleansing is not only physiologically unwarranted, it’s scientifically unfounded. No research data support the claim that detoxification successfully expels toxins. For most detox and cleanse marketers, this isn’t damning news. It’s not research that sells their wares, positive personal testimonies and anecdotal evidence do the trick.   Many of us report feeling invigorated after following a regime. We’re more alert and less grumpy. I won’t argue about how a cleanse makes us feel but my hunch is it’s not the regime, per se, that creates these health effects.  I’d bet money we feel better because we expect to; we believe we’re doing something good for our bodies - a phenomenon known as the placebo effect.  It’s also possible that a regime triggers a healthy shakeup in our lifestyle. If we eat 12 May 2012 | www | EyesOnBC Magazine

more vegetables, drink more water and less alcohol we’re bound to feel a heightened sense of well-being. Some regimes can be a springboard for healthier eating behaviors but others can yield disastrous consequences. Detoxes or cleanses that advocate fasting make us vulnerable to developing nutrient deficiencies, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.  Fasting or strict dieting also means our daily caloric needs go unmet and when that happens our bodies break down muscle tissue along with other vital proteins to give us energy. The process creates two toxic by-products: ammonia and urea. Ironically, under-eating may cause an accumulation, not an exodus, of harmful substances. However, the biggest drawback to these regimes is that we often perceive them as a form of dietary redemption; we can eat and drink our way into oblivion as long as we occasionally purify our bodies.  This attitude gets us into trouble because instead of practicing healthy eating on a daily basis, we believe we have a quick-fix remedy for almost any health problem that comes along. Linda Watts is a registered dietitian. Send questions to 

Scholarships Pass the Torch of Learning CFUW P/Q Funds Local Scholarships submitted by Linda Fullalove


anadian Federation of University Women Parksville/Qualicum (CFUW P/Q) members are retired and practicing professional women who bring a wealth of experience to the community. Two major goals of CFUW are the pursuit of knowledge and the promotion of education. Members strongly believe that education leads to personal fulfillment and a life that makes valuable contributions to society. For this reason CFUW members fundraise to provide scholarships to enable local students to continue their education beyond high school. In this way they can pass the torch of learning to the next generation. Each year members actively participate in an annual used-book sale, hold a silent auction, make individual financial contributions and use Thrifty Smile Cards to raise funds. Chelsey Slack thanks CFUW for her Chelsey Slack, Melanie Geiger post-graduate scholarship and Holly Claremont are all highly motivated women who are were among winners of CFUW awards last year. Chelsey, a former outstanding student of KSS, was the proud recipient of the CFUWP/Q 2010-2011 postgraduate scholarship. She is presently studying towards a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at Cambridge University (England). With the belief that it is never too late to return to school CFUW has two bursaries available to women returning to school. Melanie Geiger and Holly Clermont were last years’ recipients of this award. Melanie’s previous occupations included medic for a heli-logging operation, firefighting, and work in Parksville as a nursing assistant in Community Home Care. She is now studying at Discovery College in Campbell River to become a licensed practical nurse. Holly is passionate about preserving our environment. She worked on conservation for the Englishman River and Little Qualicum River estuaries and more recently as a Director for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve. Aided by the CFUW bursary she is presently studying towards her Ph.D. at Royal Roads University. This year CFUW is pleased to offer a total of eight scholarships in School District 69. Eligible candidates are female High School graduates, university students, and women returning to school to upgrade their education. In addition CFUW administers the James Craig Reid Scholarship for either a male of female student entering fourth year of university. From now until the end of May a committee will meet to carefully consider applications. If you, or someone you know might qualify, we encourage you to check the CFUW website for eligibility and application details. - Application deadline: June 1, 2012.

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n Saturday May 5th from 11 ‘til 3pm the Town of Qualicum Beach will host the 20th annual Fire and Ice Street Festival on the streets of the village. Ice Carvers will turn blocks of ice into beautiful works of art in a competition that will be judged for prize money and the title of Grand Champion. At the same time Chili Teams with their secret recipes and decorated kiosks will compete for the coveted “People’s Choice Award”. The “Fire” promises to be especially hot this year with many local restaurants, banks, stores, as well as some of our premium resorts serving samplings of their chili to thousands of visitors on the streets. Chefs from Chateau Victoria and The Union Club will be tasting and judging the samples with the winners receiving awards donated by Island Exposures. The winner of this year’s ice carving competition will be challenged by the calibre of carvers, including Peter Vogelaar from Winlaw BC, Chan Kitburi from Washington USA, Steve Buzak from Sun Peaks, Heinz Zadler from Alberta and many more from the mainland and Vancouver Island.

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Watch the ice carving demonstration starting at 10:30 in front of QF Foods offered by our very own talented carver - Stewart McTavish and make sure you visit the VIU students carving for their first time. On the streets as the chili is being sampled and the ice sculptures are created you will experience marimba bands providing a festive sound and an opportunity to dance. The calibre of musicians this year include Juno nominated bluesman Bill Johnstone and his band as well as the Braedan Marshall Band from Nanaimo, playing classic rock and roll. This group includes a

father and his 2 sons which will ensure the commitment to a family based celebration. The Popular Kids Zone will be a place for children to have fun including a petting zoo, interactive games, face painting, creative balloons and much, much more. The support from the community and its volunteers for the Fire and Ice Street Festival has been overwhelming and the committee is confident that the months of planning and preparation for this event will result in a very successful, entertaining and enjoyable festival for all. ~ submitted 14 May 2012 | www | EyesOnBC Magazine

be your own weatherman ... er ... person by Nancy Whelan


efore the days of barometers, thermometers, isobars, and weather satellites, how did one know whether or not to tote an umbrella (if, indeed, the brolly had even made its appearance yet)? More than likely people relied on an oftheard proverb, or in even earlier days were responsible for making them up from their own consistent observations. A proverb … or maxim, adage, old saw, or cliché … is said to be “the flower of popular wit and the treasure of popular wisdom” or “a well known saying that gives good advice or expresses a supposed truth”. Many proverbs, to keep their particular wisdom in mind, were expressed in rhyming form, to give the brain a nudge in the memory department. So before science and technology, and maybe even literacy, entered the realm of weather forecasting, the forces of nature sent out signals of her future plans to those who were concerned about their own plans … for planting, for sailing, or perhaps just for a good old revel in the woods or fields. When agriculture started in the Fertile Crescent, no Farmers’ Almanac or gardening clubs helped these tentative farmers with their crops, but living in the lap of the

????? - Nancy Whelan photo outdoors as they did, they soon picked up tips and made connections about what worked best to provide them with food. Eventually, the phases of the moon, that force pulling at Earth’s land and water, led them to the conclusion that a waxing new to half-full moon indicated the best time to plant the leafy stuff, while the full to waning half-full orb got those root vegetables off to a good start. Apparently the moon’s last quarter was only suited to

garden maintenance – pulling weeds and killing pests! I remember my mother’s two main weather predictors: One was this common bird’s special, distinctive song as, “That robin is calling for rain” - probably because it knew that a good rain would bring the worms closer to the ground’s surface for easy pickings. The other was that when the leaves of deciduous trees turned to continued next page

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through the seasons - CONTINUED show their undersides in a gentle breeze, rain was on the way. This, apparently because the leaves and their stems grow limp as they react to a sudden increase in humidity. Rain seems to be the most constant subject of natural weather forecasting; it can wreck havoc on your cousin’s summer outdoor wedding or alternately, it’s desperately needed to prevent the year’s crops from failing. Rain can forestall your plans to build a new fence or it can relieve you from guilt as you curl up by the fire with a book. Often a seemingly perfect, clear morning, presents a prediction for rain: “When grass is dry at morning light, look for rain before the night.” During the summer months, when I let the dog out on a sunny morning, I stoop to run my hand over the grass, hoping to find it wet with dew. Our own bodies and the homes we live in often give accurate clues to the coming weather, too. We may have once laughed at the old folks when they forecast rain by the aches in their joints, but they knew more than we did. “When the chairs squeak, it’s of rain they speak.” along with “Catchy drawer and sticky door - coming rain will pour and pour” are indications of increasing humidity in the air. When man travelled on the sea without benefit of long range radio and internet forecasts, he learned, no doubt by experience, that the weather signals were out there if he took the care to read them. Is there anyone who doesn’t know “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” The setting sun’s light


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picks up the red from the high concentration of dust particles in the air which indicate a system of usually stable, high pressure while the red of the rising sun shows a high water content in the air. The birds get into the weather business again along the coast as “When seagulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.” Animals and birds have been credited, too, with anticipating earthquakes as well as other major phenomena. Their ultraresponsive senses can pick up signals unnoticed by humans and they become either agitated or very, very quiet for no apparent reason. Whether or not we’re familiar with the dry cold of the prairies or the north, there are sights and sounds to indicate the weather and temperatures. “The squeak of the snow will the temperature show” and one even we west-coasters can relate to is “Cold is the night when the stars shine bright.” Unless it’s midsummer we’ll hasten to cover or bring in our tender plants for the night. And for the fisherman (if, indeed, the fish are out there) “When the wind blows from the west, fish bite best; when it blows from the east, fish bite least.” And when the rains come, if you want to confound your friends with your umbrella, take along your “bumbershoot , your “bumbersal”, your “bumberbell”, or on the streets of Paris, your “parapluie”! ~

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Young Food Activists Use business savvy to bring more food to your table by Lisa Verbicky


ohn and Nicole Faires are at first glance fairly typical thirty-somethings in 2012. A young, hip, working couple juggling three kids. They are educated, wired, entrepreneurial and each with convictions seemingly as sharp as their matching darkframed eye-glasses. He has a background in marketing, including a stint with Apple Computers, and she is an experienced web administrator. However, you won’t find either tied to an ergonomically correct computer “work-station” in a dog-friendly cubical. At least, not yet. Instead, you’ll find them up to their knees in manure, chasing their crimson-headed two-year-old out of a bucket of alfalfa. In fact, the Faires are equally adept at throwing a hoe as they are at wielding a successful branding strategy. They are part of a new ‘breed’ of farmers, one part gritty food-activist and one-part savvy business professional. The couple started Faires Farms in 2011 and have already pre-sold 100 weekly veggieboxes from Nanoose to Campbell River, the majority to busy families like themselves looking for fresh, healthy, local food for their children. Actually, they’ve already sold out of the family-sized boxes to be delivered up and down the island and have a substantial waiting list. This during a time when high land prices, increased regulation, and competition from global food giants and mass distribution systems have made the occupation of farming look about as palatable as a rotten spud, especially for young people.


Even the youngest Faires agrees that this new SPIN on gardening is a great idea. But, none of this has deterred the Faires. For Nicole, who grew up on a hobby farm in rural Montana, farming is a passion she has put into print, writing The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading and The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture (Skyhorse Publishing). Her third, on food activism and urban sustainability, is currently being drafted at 6:30 every morning before she hits the farm. “When I first started writing my third book, I wanted to call it “Everything Sucks”, she laughs, “because it is frankly depressing what is happening to our food supply. If we lose continued on page 25


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he store is a great meeting place; it has a soul,” says Brian Boyes, owner of Lighthouse Feed and Garden in Bowser. “People are generally in a good frame of mind when they’re shopping for their pets or their gardens—things they love—and they’re open to sharing about their lives.” There is probably another factor bringing that smile to people’s faces. Brian, with his deep roots in the community, life experiences and genuine belief that each and every person counts, just has a knack for doing that.

BRIAN BOYES’ deep roots

“My grandparents, Bill and Olga Napper, lived in Deep Bay. Grandpa worked in the cannery and Grandma commercially fished salmon and cod. My mother Joy fished with her mom and on her own. My dad Elmer was a great guy. He worked on the booms in Port Alberni. As a kid, I had lots of opportunities to get into trouble. I avoided it because I didn’t want to disappoint my parents.” Although Brian was born in Burnaby, his parents had a waterfront summer home in Qualicum. “We spent all our summers there, and moved here when I was fifteen.” After high school, Brian went to Douglas College, returned with a journalism diploma and worked as a news reporter and darkroom technician for the Arrowsmith Star, today’s PQ News. Now we know where his ever-active antennae and awareness of what is going on around him comes from! “The newspaper hours were long, the pay was meager, and all my friends were out having fun. One day I met a street peddler who looked like he was having fun. It turned out I was good at it, and I did that for five years, mostly in California and Florida.” So what do street peddlers sell, and where? “Pots and pans, knife sets, pool cues, luggage, handbags, electronics--and everywhere— office buildings, parking lots, street corners-- wherever there are people. It’s all about the theatre and the presentation, becoming engaged in the process and having fun with the customers. You’d hear a lot of “No’s” in a day, but when you found a buyer, then you had to persuade that person to buy as much as possible. ‘Would you like the one set, or all three?’” After five years, although Brian was then national trainer for the electronics division, this gig had run its course, and he was ready to return to Canada, off the street but continuing with sales. “I started working for Hunters Trailer and Marine, out of North Battleford. That job led to other jobs, my own sales agency, and then doing the Western Canada bidding for Polaris.” (Note Brian’s cap the next time you are in the store.) Brian moved back home over eight years ago to look after his mom. “It seemed the natural thing to do. I know it’s not for everybody, but I didn’t think twice about it.” Not everyone can give the depth of care that is needed, nor the time, to an aging parent. “You do everything you have to in order to keep the boat afloat.” 18 May 2012 | www | EyesOnBC Magazine

Brian with his grand-children, Kayden, Lucas and Halynn • submitted photo “Once I arrived back here, I needed to sink my teeth into something and re-establish some roots. I found Bowser’s Animal House for sale while I was sitting at a computer here at the Bean Counter. I walked outside, looked across the street, and there it was. Luckily, I’ve been able to count on Wenda, Randy, Val and Tom the Cat to keep the store running smoothly.” “One of the great things about the store is how many people you get to know, of all ages and in all circumstances. Having the store has made me realize the importance of supporting the Legion, the Lions, Bowser School, the Community Club—all the aspects that make up our community. Local businesses lend so much support to those vital groups. When people shop locally they’re supporting the community on another level too. And really, what can’t you get here in Bowser?” As we sat enjoying our goodies at the Bean Counter, Brian helped a customer with his cane, answered a question about the new bus service in Bowser, and reminded the owner about the bolt missing from his license plate. He knew everyone’s name; people had shared their stories with him. “You have to have a purpose in life—for six years, my purpose was mom, and now she’s gone. As deep as my roots are here, I have three grandkids and a daughter in Saskatchewan. We go through different stages in our lives and in my case, one stage has just ended.” Brian shows me pictures of his grandchildren; the pull in that direction is palpable. “So I wonder what’s next…” ~


ECHO Players end the season with hilarious comedy by Alistair McVey ECHO Players presents the comedy Office Hours by Norm Foster from May 29 – June 15 at the Village Theatre, Qualicum Beach. With a cast of actors possessing a wealth of experience and directed by Gerri Hemphill, this play will keep audiences laughing from beginning to end.

the riot act to an employee and Sharon takes a suicidal athlete into therapy. Norm Foster’s depiction of the entertainment industry in Canada hits a new high as his hilarious characters struggle desperately to make an impact in a field fraught with disillusion, sexism, discrimination, fraud, infidelity and deceit. From TV studio to race track, to the offices of seedy producers to a psychiatric window ledge, the people involved in entertainment take a beating. Foster neatly ties all these threads together with novels, date-books and horse-races. Secrets, seductions and surprises are presented with his trade-mark sharply funny and witty dialogue.

One hears many stories about the mores and morals of the modern office, some humorous, others savage and a few, well, let’s say bizarre. Norm Foster, one of Canada’s best-known humourists, satirizes modern office life by giving us the best and the worst of these situations in six scenes. It is late Friday in the City and, in six different offices, lives are tested and found wanting. Warren strives to retain his career as a TV reporter, Gordon and Francine await the arrival of a “famous American director” and Mark’s world as a writer’s agent comes crashing down to his lying feet. Meanwhile, Richard, a lawyer, and his mother heatedly discuss the more negative aspects of motherhood as racetrack owner Stan reads

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The great Free Will Question By Joanne Sales

How many are we? Seven billion or One? Science, through the discoveries of Quantum Physics, is starting to acknowledge what many of poets, philosophers and religions have been saying for thousands of years. We appear to be separate, independent agents, but somewhere, somehow, some place, deep below our concepts and apparent separation, we are One. That statement can be comforting or uncomfortable depending on the context and the conclusions that follow. I was perturbed recently when a teacher at a workshop argued that because we are all One, that everything is as it has to be, and we really don’t have any free will at all. That was a huge leap. Now, I’m willing to entertain the probability that we are One, and the possibility that free will is an illusion, but I don’t think one necessarily results from the other. The subject of free will has been debated since humans first became conscious of a thing called will, and a thing called freedom. Great minds and cultures in history have found other ways to bring together Unity and free will. We’ll take a superficial look at a few. Back to the workshop. I had to scratch my head and wonder, where have I heard his philosophy before? Oh yes! In the early 1700s, German writer Gottfried Leibniz was struggling with the presence of evil, and came up with a philosophy now known as the “The Best of All Possible Worlds.” To sum it up: Things just can’t get any better. Sorry. If that beggar is dying in the gutter, that’s the way it has to be. God tried, and this was the best He could do. It was a philosophy that relieved the rich of the responsibility to share the new wealth of the Industrial Revolution, or for society to strive for justice, equality, and simple goodness. No free will here – or personal responsibility. The beggar in the street was also often ignored in India as well, the home of Hinduism and later Buddhism. But the Eastern religions had quite continued next page


a different philosophy. As an over simplification, in most Eastern Religions, you and I are lost in dreams of separation, like drops of water momentarily splashing away from the Ocean. For eons and eons, in our dreams, we weave webs of good choices and bad, and in our dreams, we must unravel what we have spun. We must pay off our bad karma, while living on the grace of our good karma. Ultimately we see through the dream and return to the One. Leibniz’s beggar in the gutter in Europe was there because God couldn’t do any better. The Untouchable in the gutter in India was there because he made some big mistakes in a past life. But ultimately, the Eastern philosophy embodied immense free will and personal responsibility. You have to pay off your bad karma - no freedom there. But you are free to create new and better karma. There is ultimate freedom in everyone’s future.


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The Navaho Indians believed that there was an innate Harmony to the universe, and when that harmony was disturbed, it was the job of humans to reestablish it. The Beauty Way Dance was an effort to reestablish Harmony in the Universe. That was a high and powerful use of free will. This hints at possibilities at the opposite extreme from no free will that we are co-creators of the universe. Rather than being essential ineffectual, perhaps we are actually extremely powerful, and our thoughts, attitudes and actions are constantly influencing and shaping the whole of creation. Quantum physics affirms the power of our thoughts, explaining that the observer of a scientific experiment influences the outcome of the experiment. At least on the level of very, very tiny particles, when an observer “observes”, the act of observing clamps down on one of many possibilities – making that possibility the outcome of the experiment. Before our observing mind makes its observation, there is a wide range of possibilities. But once we observe or expect something, then there is only one outcome. No question that our brains limit what we see, but is there the possibility that our “capacity to limit the infinite” also gives shape to what we call reality? Possibly we only have realms of free will. We are individuals, but in a complex social web. Internally, we have been programmed by our culture and times. Externally, we are confined as well. For example, it was easy to get a good permanent job in the 50’s that supported a family and offered a pension. Wow. Now it’s hard to imagine such a job - much less get one. It’s the times, not our failure as individuals. What to make all of this? At the moment, the most useful response is to admit we don’t know for sure. It appears that we can make good things happen - and bad things happen. It appears that sometimes people make my life better, and to them I am grateful. But sometimes we make life miserable for ourselves and others. It appears that we have free will, so we may as well act as though we do – and make good choices – just in case. There is another possible way of relating Unity and free will. We don’t return to awareness of the One by becoming will-free victims of the fickle wind, but by gaining control of the wild monkey of our minds, and offering it in service to the One – however we conceive the One to be. Wise teachers have told us that our highest mission is to gain control of our minds, actions and lives, and to realign ourselves with the “The Way” (Taoism), the Will of God (Western religions), or Dharma (the Way of Harmony & Truth from Hinduism and Buddhism.)


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continued from page 17 our farmers we have no ability to grow our own food. If you look at history, this is how ancient civilizations collapsed. I have three kids and I want them to have a future with access to fresh, healthy food. Food is a right.” “The worry over ‘peak oil’ is nothing compared to a major food crisis,” says John. Improving local food security, he says, means farmers have to find a way to make a living out of producing, something he says can be done both responsibly and even lucratively with the right model.

acres. How? They borrow the land from carefully selected property owners who would rather see their property farmed than sit unused and who like the idea of reveling in a continuous supply of fresh veggies. The Faires also subscribe to the labour intensive, high-yield method of growing called SPIN farming which is typically geared towards backyard gardeners.

Firstly, their approach is designed to cut costs and increase production of a highquality, product with growing demand. For example, they will be feeding those hundred plus veggie box subscribers from a simple 1/2 acre of debt and lease-free land off Highway 19A on the south end of Parksville, rather than tens or hundreds of

They are planning peas, brussel sprouts, beets, radishes, carrots, cukes, zucchini, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, greens and herbs, for the 2012 season. Despite the labour intensive nature of this type of farming the couple is not ‘toiling in the fields’ from dawn to dusk, he says. The smaller size of the property means that it is easier to manage by themselves, and a tight crew of interns and part-time workers. “I’d say we all work less than a traditional farmer or even someone in an office these days.”

“When I first looked at traditional farming and even community supported agriculture, I thought, ‘This is too complicated. It could be done better.’” Today, the couple approaches farming much differently than others, he says, looking at it not as a romanticized lifestyle or grueling struggle, but as a business.

“We grow food that goes in and comes out quick,” says Nicole.

The Nanaimo residents chose to farm the Parksville property because it was a good size and because Parksville is in “Zone 8” which means it has a favorable microclimate for year-round growing.

“SPIN, or “Small Plot Intensive”, farming is more efficient and cost effective than other types of farming because there is no need to make room for big machinery or use chemicals when everything is hand-tended,” says Nicole. “You’re basically working to maximize your yield per square foot by micro-managing everything,” says John.

Faires Farm is one of two “Certified Naturally Grown” farms on the island, a certification that they say is a grass roots alternative to ‘certified organic’ but with much the same standards around GMO’s, chemicals, soil, compost, and water. The main difference is that they are subject to strict inspections by other farmers, a transparent and ethical system of peerreview. Secondly, the Faires sell directly to customers. “The Middle Man is Dead” says their professional, user-friendly website. Yes, they are farmers with a website, as well as a Facebook page. continued on page 27

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Meet the Honour Students of Kwalikum Secondary School

Over the next several months, we will introduce the Grade 12 Kwalikum Secondary students who are currently completing their achievement requirements for induction into the Qualicum Beach Honours Society. “The Directors of the Society believe that our community benefits when our youth strive for excellence.” To find out how you can support their endeavours, please contact KSS Principal, Jesse Witte at (250) 752-5651. Clayton Twa Graduation is one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever been faced with. I plan on taking things a little slow next year. I want to attend Vancouver Island University to study criminology. Maybe the next year I will go to University of Manitoba or Simon Fraser University to further my studies. I want to ease into adulthood with caution.

Mackenzie Parlow I’m Mackenzie Parlow, a grade 12 student at KSS. I look forward to attending university next year with high hopes of playing college baseball. Either way I’m am thinking about a degree in Kinesiology or Law.

Kirsten Hogg I have always been very interested in the sciences. I would like to continue my education by going to university for either Environmental Studies or Nutrition. I also have a passion to travel and see what the world has to offer, I would love to do an international exchange through the university that I attend.

Jenna Gibbs My last four year at KSS have been ones of growth. Not only the growth of knowledge, but of experiences; through working with the school and with our community, I have grown to become prepared for the future. I would like to thank KSS for its gift of friendships, knowledge, and memories that will last a lifetime. Next year, I plan to pursue a degree in International Development either here in B.C., or Ontario.

Molly-Rae Walker My name is Molly-Rae Walker and I am currently a grade twelve student at KSS. I like to ride horses, swim laps, play guitar, and surf. All of my life, I have loved to be around animals, and I currently have a job at Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital in Qualicum. After I graduate, I plan to attend Vancouver Island University to obtain a Bachelor Degree of Science. Following those four years, I envision myself continuing on to graduate from Vet School and ultimately becoming a successful veterinarian. Jacob Gair I am an ambitious young man with deeply rooted opinions and ideals which I have a great desire to share when given the opportunity. I have a love for history and politics; as such I hope to find a career where I can express my ideology and my affection for history. I hope to go to VIU to take History and Political Science with the hope that I will one day go to law school. I attempt to involve myself in aspects of society that I think I can benefit and to encourage my peers to take an interest in topics I believe important. I play the piano and quite enjoy public speaking. Emily Becker High School is almost over, and deciding what to do after, is the hardest decision. I’ve changed my mind countless times, and I’m certain I will again, but for now here is what I’m battling. My contest is between the prosperous life of a Corporate Lawyer, or the life long adventure of being an Archaeologist, and discovering our incredible world and all the entities it has to offer. All I’m sure of is I want to see the world; I’ll see where it takes me from there. Sara Williams I had a great 4 years at K.S.S. but I am glad to be finishing. I plan to go to Germany for a year to be an au pair after I graduate. Then I plan to come home and take Education at either Vancouver Island University or Thomson River University to become an Elementary School teacher.  

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Moving with the trend towards online shopping, they have broadened their customer base beyond the select few local retailers and farmers markets, immediately accessing end n customers across the entire mid- and north island, where they deliver direct to the doorstep. With a goal of harvesting four times per week, subscribers will get either same day or next day deliveries of right-out-of-the-ground, vitamin-rich, local produce, something that even efficient grocery store distribution would find hard to compete with. With lower overhead and distribution costs they can do this all at prices on par with conventional grocery store products. A weekly delivery of a family-sized basket for example, including 8 to 10 varieties of vegetables runs for about $31 including a $3.50 delivery charge. Thirdly, the Faires offer value-added products and services into their mix, with an option to include other locally sourced items such as chocolate, organic meats, trout, and jam in their order. The weekly boxes/bags also include recipes and a newsletter. Also, the couple is looking at offering a composting program where they will take away excess vegetable compost when they deliver your veggie box, for a discount on your weekly orders. Their weekly box program is also low risk for customers who only have to commit to a minimum eight week subscription versus an entire season. The Faires also guarantee half your money back in the event of crop loss, or a 100% credit for the following growing season. Fourth, the Faires are philanthropists. Their Food Scholarship Program is working with local organizations to provide one half of a seasonal veggie box subscription for five families in need, raising the other half from the community. Finally, they don’t just know how to grow, they know how to market themselves. Maintaining high standards in housecleaning since 2007!

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“When we go to the farmers market, we have a banner that sits above our stall where everyone can see it. We’re even looking at branded uniforms. We have consistent branding on our site, we take a photo of one of our greenhouses and post it to Facebook, we make it easier for the customer to try our product.” “Food security on the island is bad,” says Nicole. “We felt we had to do this, so we have to be successful.” For more information on Faires Farms visit ~





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n a recent issue, Vancouver Island University’s student newspaper The Navigator ran an article entitled The Final, Sad Death of the Typewriter. Lamenting the closure of Godrej & Boyce in Mumbai, India – the world’s last manufacturers of manual typewriters (Brother® still produces electric models) – the piece opened thus: “Regardless of whatever small amount of life force it had previously clung to, the typewriter is now dead.” The report went on to deem the typewriter as now “nothing but an antique - something you might have crammed away in a basement or attic, which your kids will wonder about if you ever decide to drag it out again.” Well, try telling this to 15year old Nanaimo resident, Dirk Plante. Around three years ago, shortly after they had immigrated here from the Netherlands, my wife and I befriended an extraordinary, highly creative family. Both parents and their three sons fascinate us individually but Dirk, the eldest son, is particularly interesting to me. He seems atypical of his age, in many ways a boy out of time. There is much about the modern world that leaves him cold, his opinions on various matters frequently echoing my own. Dirk is not on Facebook or Twitter. He does not own a cell phone. He claims no need of an iPad, iPod or i-Whatever. “I might be interested if they weren’t so much of an addiction,” he says. “This is such a beautiful place, with the mountains and forests, but I see so many people staring at their little screens all the time, obsessed by them, missing so much great stuff around them.”

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What does interest this young man, however, is the beauty found in contraptions of yesteryear. He likes Bakelite telephones, 8-Track cartridge players and so forth, but above all he is utterly in thrall to old typewriters. So much so, that in his short time here he has already amassed a collection of some fifty-five, the earliest model from 1909. (Three of these were acquired on the day I interviewed him for this profile, so it is reasonable to expect that figure has since risen.) Dirk’s love of typewriters developed in Holland, when in possession of his grandfather’s 1936 Olympia Elite. “It’s a beautiful machine, and I was obsessed with it,” he admits. When starting a new life in Canada, it was not long before his interest was rekindled. “I went to the recycling shop and saw this old Underwood sitting on the shelf. It was totally destroyed! The keys were stuck, it was dusty; I couldn’t even tell the real colour. I left it there, but had this feeling I wanted to repair something, to make something look nice, so I thought about that typewriter. I couldn’t get to the shop because of school, but mom went and said it wasn’t there anymore. Later, at the SOS Thrift Store in Parksville, I found a typewriter and got very excited, so bought it for $2.99! A few weeks later I went to the recycling store again and found an electric machine and a small portable one, then just got into the rhythm of buying typewriters when I found good ones at good prices.” Why typewriters? What is it about this kind of machine that so captivates Dirk? Does it stem from a mechanical perspective, or somewhere else entirely? Knowing Dirk continued next page

and his artistic family as I do, I was not surprised to learn that the physical aesthetics of the creative process lie at the heart of his attraction to typewriters. “First, I like the sound of the keys,” he explains. “Every person I talk to about typewriters, they compare it to a computer, because they are both used to type. But with a typewriter you must put so much effort into writing, and I appreciate that. You are using your strength to type; you can feel the key hitting the paper, and the energy of the spring tension. You have to handle the machine, but with a computer you move the mouse a bit and click the buttons, and that’s it. It’s more fun and more rewarding, as you see the mechanism move and hear the bell of the return carriage. You see where the letters come from, how they are made.”

Dirk owns a wardrobe full of typewriters, stored for convenience – “We need a bigger house!” he quips - and a rack where a selection of his favourites are displayed. But they are not there simply to be admired. “I like to use them, but I also like to keep them in good shape, so maybe only write a page or two a week on some,” says the young curator of his personal typewriter museum. “I would rather see them being used than getting dusty on my shelf, as it was what they were made for!” To this end, thinking it sad that so few people seem to exchange letters anymore, Dirk types, on average, around forty letters a month, every month, to friends and relatives in Holland and Canada. He also produces lengthy, highly detailed stories, particularly detective/crime thrillers inspired by such as Hercules Poirot, the Midsomer Murders and his hero, Columbo. Tellingly, Dirk enjoys this genre of movie because in them, “people are thinking, piecing together puzzles in their heads to make it all fit.” The attention to detail in Dirk’s letters and stories is indicative of the level of patience he exhibits when cleaning, as he terms them, ‘junked up’ typewriters. “I’m not an expert in repairing them,” he states, “but I can clean them pretty good, to be honest. Sometimes I can do it in hours, but sometimes I’m busy for a week on them.” And considering the age and condition of some typewriters he picks up, sometimes he has to be, but then his hobby/ passion has also led him to unearth some real beauties, true antiques. “Not that the model is rare,” he continues, “but my No. 3 Underwood is in really good condition, which makes it rare because some machines are in such a mess.” While Dirk fully expects to find decades-old typewriters in poor shape, one thing that does upset him is when the keys have been removed. “I’m very disturbed by the fact that people chop off the keys of typewriters for jewellery, like bracelets and rings,” he says, frowning. Despite Dirk’s distaste for the negative aspects of social networking and the like, he does run a YouTube channel under the moniker Dr. Typewriter. (“The name isn’t perfect, as I’m not a doctor,” he informs me, dryly.) Here, alongside fun clips and collected typewriter-related footage, he posts homemade film ‘tours’ of his typewriters. They are fascinating, especially because real skills in storyboarding and scripting are clearly evident. Filmmaking is something that interests Dirk a great deal and is already being entertained as a potential career path.

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So, that’s my young friend Dirk for you, but you can call him Dr. Typewriter if you wish. He won’t mind. And all he asks is that the next time you tippity-tap on a computer keyboard, you spare a thought for its ‘dead’ predecessor. “I want to make sure they are not forgotten,” appeals Dirk. “They are still useful, you know?” For more information, please visit


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ooking to “freshen up”? Well, that’s what we’re planning on doing with this year’s Fall Fair which in no time at all will be upon us. (Think sun, sun, and lots of sun between now and then.) Our theme this year is going to be “Freshen Yourself in Lighthouse Country”. Our new Fall Fair Guide is well underway so if you’d like to advertise in it please contact Lois Currie at lcurry36@hotmail. com or 250-757-8088. The deadline for advertising is April 30, 2012. It’s a great way to get your business name out into the community. In the meantime, plantings need to be done, crafts need to be made, food entries need to be decided (a bit early to make them now!!!) so we can have another wonderful, successful and very much a fun family affair at this year’s Fall Fair. Mark your calendar for Sept 1, 2012 for

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the Fall Fair with entries being received the day before. Volunteers are what make this event such a success so please consider volunteering. Another amazing raffle is in the works and tickets will start being sold at our table at the June 10th Pancake Breakfast. More information can be found on our website: We’ve also another great community fundraiser coming up again. Our very popular Mothers Day Basket Sale is on Sunday, May 13. Pre-made baskets will be sold for $22. If you bring your own 12” baskets to the sale, we’ll fill them for $18. Smaller ones we’ll fill for $15. Please contact Taffy @ 250-757-9981 if you’d like to reserve one or more baskets.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) This month you want to boost your earnings, get a better job or make money on the side. Plus, you’re considering a major purchase. Specifically, you want to feel what you own helps you in your life, not hinders you. (Do you own your stuff or does it own you?) If you buy something, you’ll want to show it off. All this just prompts you to think more deeply about your value system. In other words --what really matters in life? Hmmm?

. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Now the Sun is back in your sign for the first time in a year. It’s all about you! This is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. It’s totally appropriate to put yourself first. This is not selfishness. It simply means it’s time to focus on you. Furthermore, you have a strong need to express yourself to others. It’s the one time of year when your first duty is to yourself. (Yes! Seconds on dessert!)

Gemini (May 21-June 20) We all send out two signals to the world: one is what we consciously say and do and the other one is what unconsciously propels us. Although we might not be aware of it, others see both. This month, your unconscious self will grab you by the throat. Childhood behaviour patterns that are no longer appropriate might manifest in an embarrassing way. Grab this chance to identify them and let them go! (“Be gone!”) It’s also a y good time to look back and see how well you’re doing at the art of living. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You’re going to be very popular this month! Not only will you enjoy involvement with groups and friends, others will love to see you as well. Get out and schmooze. Team efforts will be productive. (In fact, it’s a good time to form working relationships.) Speak freely about your hopes and dreams for the future because others might be able to help you (almost a certainty). Plus you’re excited about your ideals.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) The Sun is at the top of your chart acting like a spotlight, and this lighting is flattering! Everyone think you’re hot! Naturally, you can use this to your advantage. Go after what you want. You’ll be surprised how easily doors will open for you. This is also the perfect time to think about your life direction. Where are you headed? Where do you want to go? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, many of you are involved with parents more than usual. (Don’t know about you, but my parents turned out pretty well.) Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You want to travel, see new places, meet new faces and learn new facts. You want adventure, fresh knowledge and the feeling that life is stimulating! You’re Gene Kelly strutting across the stage singing “Got-ta dance!” This is a fabulous time to take a course or enroll in any kind of study or take up a new hobby. By all means, travel anywhere if you can. You’ll love discussions that are metaphysical, philosophical, spiritual, religious and political because you’re intrigued by big ideas. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your love of restaurants, social fun, chic clothes and a beautiful home is tough on your pocketbook. Because you’ve enjoyed recent travels and splurges, now your financial reality is coming home to roost. This is why you’ll be focused on debt, taxes, inheritances, insurance matters and shared property in the next month. You want to reduce your debt so you can have more fun in the future! Along with this desire, you want to improve your life at many levels. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The Sun is your source of energy, and this is the only time all year when the Sun is opposite your sign. This means you need to get more rest. (The Sun is far away!) Do yourself a favour and acknowledge this. Furthermore, the Sun opposite your sign makes you focus keenly on partnerships and close friendships. Clean up messy situations and examine your relationships with others. Do these relationships benefit you? After all, it’s a two-way street.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re making To Do lists because you’re keen to get better organized. You want to establish a better sense of order; in part, because you’re also keen to improve your health and you know that cluttered surroundings contribute to a cluttered mind. Vigorous, daily outdoor exercise is probably on your list along with getting rid of whatever you don’t need. You love to lighten your load because it means greater freedom in the future, which of course, means freedom to travel. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Oh joy! You’re entering one of the most fun-filled months of the year! Because it’s your turn to party, you’re motivated to get out and have a good time. You also want the freedom to be able to express who you are. Everything around you feels lighter, prankish and social. Your involvement in sports, the Arts and children will be increasingly rewarding. Your passion to have a good time encourages love affairs and romance to flourish. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This month your attention swings to home and family. Some will cocoon; some will tackle special projects. Because you’re doing lots of personal self-evaluation and evaluating your surroundings, you’ll think a lot about your lifestyle. This focus will manifest externally (as you check out where you live and relations with family members) and internally (as you acquire a deeper, psychological self-awareness. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Strap on your sneakers because you hit the pavement running! You’ve got places to go, things to do, people to see. You’ll love the pace because you feel excited. You’re stimulated talking to everyone, running around doing errands and taking short trips. You’ll also be increasingly aware of the need for clear communications with others because this month is the perfect time to tell others exactly what you think.

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LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS GROUP needs your help. FMI Call: Val Weismiller: 250-757-9667.

LIGHTHOUSE SENIORS #152 – Next meeting, Monday, May 7th at noon – Soup/tea/coffee - $1. FMI Call: Shirley at 250-757-2384.


MOTHER’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Sun. May 13 - 8am to Noon, a huge line up of great stuff for you and the mom in your life. Pancake Breakfast, Community Club Hanging Basket Sale, Poultry Swap, Flea Market, Live Music on the Hall Stage, Island Gospel Singers, Pete and Jamie, Peter Mason & Friends and Bluegrass. Don’t forget to check out the new “Corner Café” and the Qualicum Bay Lions will be cooking up breakfast this morning.

Watch out for the Fall Fair guide and start planning now! This years Fall Fair is September 1st and we’re looking for volunteers!  Why not get involved?  www.  Also, check out our facebook page (BowHorneBay Community Club) to keep up to date on all the current news!


BABYSITTERS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM 11-14 yrs - Learn valuable, practical information and 2ND ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE BLUEGRASS become a certified babysitter. Be more confident and FESTIVAL - June 29, 30 & July 1. 280 Lions Way in knowledgeable so you can go out and get your next Qualicum Bay. For more information on Performers, job. Price includes manual and certificate. Bowser Workshops, Camping, Facilities, Volunteering or Elementary School, Saturday May 26. 9am - 4pm. venue, visit Please pre-register by calling Chrissie in the Bowser Recreation Office, on-line at, or by LIGHTHOUSE FLOOR CURLERS – Curling Sept – calling 250-248-3252. May, Mondays and Fridays 1pm at the Lions Rec Hall, Qualicum Bay. Drop in $2. FMI Call: Dennis HATHA YOGA - Use principles of breath, alignment and Leach 250-757-8218 or Tillie Murray 250-757-9218. space to balance softness and strength in this gently guided class. This program is suitable for beginners LIGHTHOUSE SPINNERS – Tuesdays 10:30-2:30pm and beyond. Tuesday morning class cancelled due to in the Community Centre Board Room. New low registration, but registration is still available and members welcome. FMI Jo 250-757-8402. there is some drop-in space in the following classes: Instructor: Brandy Kosiancic Bowser Elementary School FANNY BAY PARENTS & TOTS runs every Tues Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm until June 11th (no class May from 10-11:30, Fanny Bay Hall. For children 0-5 21st due to holiday) Thurs 6:00-7:30pm until June 7th. years old and a caregiver. Join us for songs, stories, early literacy activities, games, gym time, parent * ALL PROGRAMS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO resources and a snack. Free event, supported by AVOID THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF BEING CANCELLED!* the Comox Valley Family Services Association & Please contact Area H RDN programmer, Chrissie Finnie the Fanny Bay Community Association. FMI: Evelyn at 250-757-8118 or for detailed 250-335-9022. program and registration information. CARPET BOWLING at LCC: Closed for the Summer. Commencing again first Tuesday of October. FMI Call Layne 250-757-8217. AA LIGHTKEEPERS: Fridays at 8pm at the Lighthouse Community Centre, 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. FMI Call: 250-937-7182 or 250-7578347. BRIDGE at LCC Nordin Room – 1:00 – 4:00pm Fri afternoons. FMI Call: Sheila Steele 250-757-8307.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS & CLUBS RCL BRANCH # 211 LADIES AUXILIARY – Meets at 2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month (except July/ August). We serve our Veterans, Branch and the greater community. FMI Contact Joyce at joyce.bartram@shaw. ca or 250-954-9787 or Evelyn OCEANSIDE PHOTOGRAPHERS – Meets the first Wednesday of the month at the QB Civic Centre at 7 pm. FMI to go

DANCE TO THE TIMBERLINE BAND. Free, live oldLIGHTHOUSE COUNTRY SCRAPBOOKERS – meet time Country & Rock ‘n Roll music. Every Wednesday third Saturday monthly at the Lions Den,Qualicum 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Parksville Legion. 146 W. Hirst St., Bay, 9:30am - 4:30pm, $10. Door prizes. FMI: Jorgie Parksville. All adults welcome. 250-757-8358 or Shirley 250-757-8384. TAOIST TAI CHI Society Classes at LCC and Fanny Bay OAP Hall. FMI Call: Susan 250-757-2097.

BETA SIGMA PHI – An international women’s group promoting Life, Learning and Friendship. In the Oceanside, area there are 7 Chapters holding bimonthly, day or evening meetings. Inquiries can be made to: Margie Healey, 250-757-9125.

Thursday, May 3 & 24 THE ARROWSMITH NEEDLE ARTS GUILD - will meet Thursday, May 3rd and May 24th from 9:30 – 2:00 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones St. Please note that these are the last regular meetings until September. FMI Call Jeri at 250-752-9230.


Saturday, May 5 SPRING FLING GARDEN EVENT - Sat. May 5, Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society presents its annual perennial plant sale at Qualicum Beach Community Hall, plus vendors of bulbs, crafts and gifty things 8:30 am-12:30. Info: Marilyn, 250-752-3694. May 3 • LA General Meeting May 15 • Branch 211 Executive Meeting May 22 • Branch 211 General Meeting May 31 • LA Executive Meeting Hall Rentals 250-757-9222 • Tue to Fri 9:00 am - 12 noon

Sunday, May 6 RCL BRANCH # 211 LADIES AUXILIARY “Spring Fling Fashion Show and Tea”Sun., May 6 at 1 p.m. Adults $8. Children $4 (6 yrs and younger). Fashion show, cake walk, balloon pop, bake sale and more! Advance tickets only – contact Kathleen 250-757-8282.

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Tuesday, May 8 QUALICUM BEACH GARDEN CLUB - meeting May 8th, 7:00 pm at QB Civic Center, Diana Walker will talk on The ABC’s of Clematis buying, planting, pruning, and general care of all types of clematis. www. for more info.

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Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 MARS GARDEN TOUR Saturday May 12-13 Tickets $15, nurseries Milner, Mulberry Bush 10-4 Info: 250-752-3694 Sunday. May 13 MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL BREAKFAST - Union Bay Community Hall – Sun., May 13, 8:00 - 11:00am, “20 MEN PREPARE YOUR TREATS”, “LET US SERVE YOU”, FMI Call Dave at 250-335-2317.

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Wednesday, May 15 THE QUALICUM BEACH FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY will hold it’s monthly meeting on Wed, May 16, 2012 at the Qualicum Beach Legion. Brenda Smith returns to speak on the topic, Killing Them Softly: End Of Life Documents Are The Place To Start. Consider how the information compiled at the end of one’s life can provide a summary, guiding your family research deep into the past. All guests are welcome. Wednesday, May 16 EAGLECREST, OCEANSIDE’S GARDEN CLUB - meets 7.30pm in Q.B. Civic Centre. Featured speaker Tony Fuller offers tips on “Landscaping Techniques and Designs”. All welcome. FMI Call 250-752-5315. Wednesday, May 23 – Saturday, June 9 BETTER LIVING - at the Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Road, Nanaimo, May 23June 9, FMI: Sunday, May 27 FRIENDS OF NIKOLAI CHAMBER QUARTET - presents “Beethoven Fest” Soprano: Aaike Biglow Tenor: Hugh Sinnott May 27 – 3 pm – McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville. Tickets at the door: $20. FMI Call 250248-7296. Sunday, May 27 36TH ANNUAL QUALICUM BEACH FAMILY DAY - Sunday May 27th is a day for everyone to enjoy and the invitation is out for everyone to join in this very special day. “Playing Together-Staying Together” is the theme and interactive participation is the goal at this year’s event. Free admission with the exception of food which is sold by our local non-profit groups. FMI visit www.qbfamilyday. com and register by filling out the appropriate forms or phone 250 752-2300 for information.

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Saturdays in May COMOX VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET - Saturdays 9-12 @ the CV Exhibition Grounds on Headquarters Road. This month’s entertainment: May 5 Sue Medley, May 12 Dave Kilbank & Paul Bezooyen, May 19 Helen Austin, May 26th Black Swan Fiddlers. Come for the freshness, stay for the fun! FMI: Mkt. Mgr. Vickey 250.218-0321 or & keep in touch on Facebook.

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GROUPS/SOCIETIES/CLUBS BOWSER TENNIS CLUB - Notice of annual general meeting. Monday, May 14 - 7pm at the Bowser Legion. Everyone welcome. info ph. (250) 7578307 SPRING FLING GARDEN EVENT: On Sat May 5, Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society presents its annual perennial plant sale at Qualicum Beach Community Hall, plus vendors of bulbs, crafts and gifty things 8:30 am-12:30. FMI Call: Marilyn, 250752-3694.

MARS Garden Tour Saturday MAY 12-13, 10am-4pm. Tickets $15 at Nurseries, Milner Gardens and Mulberry Bush Books. FMI: 250-752-3694

The CANADIAN SOCIETY OF QUESTERS – Next meeting will be Mon. May 28. Guest Speaker Joe Friede (Detlef) – hypnotist. LighthouseCommunity Centre (Nordine Room) 240 Lions Way, Qualicum Bay. FMI Call Chris (250) 7521419.

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EyesOnBC Magazine | | May 2012


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for Fire & Ice 2012 Come see us on Saturday May 5TH for our traditional “Brats on a Bun” with sauerkraut and “the works”, German Pretzels and the best Fritters and Donuts around!


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Bring your empty chili cup in for a free tomato or sunflower plant WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

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169 West 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach

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11am to 3pm


n Saturday May 5th from 11 ‘til 3pm, the Town of Qualicum Beach will host the 20th annual Fire and Ice Street Festival on the streets of the downtown Village. Ice Carvers from near and far will turn blocks of ice into beautiful works of art in a competition that will be judged for prize money and the title of Grand Champion. At the same time Chili Teams with their secret recipes and decorated kiosks will compete for the coveted “People’s Choice Award”. The “Fire” promises to be especially hot this year with many local restaurants, banks, stores, as well as some of our premium resorts serving samplings of their chili to thousands of visitors on the streets. Chefs from Chateau Victoria and The Union Club will be tasting and judging the samples with the winners receiving awards. Watch the ice carving demonstration starting at 10:30 in front of Quality Foods offered by our

QUALICUM BEACH very own talented carver Stewart McTavish, and make sure you visit the Vancouver Island University students carving for their first time. On the streets as the chili is being sampled and the ice sculptures are created you will experience marimba bands providing a festive sound and an opportunity to dance. The Popular Kids Zone includes a petting zoo, interactive games, face painting, creative balloons and much, much more. Months of planning and preparation for this event promises a very successful, entertaining and enjoyable festival for all. ~ See you there!


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Fire & Icebreaker! One Day Icebreaker Sale #1 - 707 Primrose St. , Qualicum Beach

May 5, 2012 Buy One at Regular Price Get One at Half Price


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(250) 752-4565


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May 2012 - EyesOnBC Magazine  

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