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Ladysmith and Stz’uminus renew commitment Renewed Community Accord signed Fri., May 25 The healing is not complete.” Both communities have completed framework for a workThe Stz’uminus First Nation and ing protocol and memorandum Town of Ladysmith have strength- of understanding and hope to ened their commitment to work- have them complete in the near ing together with the signing of a future. renewed Community Accord. “This accord is something that The signing took place during we take seriously, and we’re the opening ceremonies of the going to work together to make new Ladysmith Maritime Society sure we work together to make Community Marina Reception a difference in everybody’s lives, Centre Friday. on this side and Mayor Rob the other side Quoted in the Chronicle Hutchins said of the water,” the updated said Stz’uminus accord, titled “This accord is something Chief John Naut’sa Mawt Elliott. that we take seriously, [working Elliott said and we’re going to work together], conthe Ladysmith t a i n s a n e w together to make sure we M a r i t i m e article of impleSociety has work together to make mentation callbeen a big part a difference in ing for specific of building everybody’s lives ...” action. the relationIt outlines ships between specific steps Chief John Elliott, Stz’uminus First Nation Stz’uminus and for how to t h e To w n o f work together Ladysmith. on joint initiatives and formFollowing the signing, Coast ing economic partnerships that Salish Development Corporation will generate wealth and secure CEO Ray Gauthier presented ceremployment within both com- emonial paddles to Hutchins and munities. Elliott. “What is different about this Gauthier said the paddles were accord than the first one we symbolic of the two communities signed in 2007 is it is far less ten- paddling in the same direction to tative ... It speaks to a stronger achieve a common goal together. commitment to work together,” A paddle was also presented Hutchins said at the signing cere- to John Duncan, minister of mony Friday afternoon. “It speaks Aboriginal Affairs and Northern to a growing mutual respect and Development, who was in attena growing level of trust, and I dance for the grand opening of choose those words carefully, the LMS Community Marina because we’re not quite there yet. Reception Centre. Niomi Pearson



Six-year-old Callum Epp-Evans is entranced by a glamorous mermaid at the seventh annual Ladysmith Marine Festival held over the weekend at the Ladysmith Community Marina. The mermaid, played by Karina Strong, was one of three VestaFire Entertainers to roam the festival. For more photos, see page 12.

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Young families flood annual Maritime Fest Niomi Pearson

year’s festival], the beer garden for adult bouncy castle and slide, pirates to have a brew. the face painting booth Artisans set up camp There was plenty of and the dock, where a and showed off their swashbuckling fun to bullhead derby took wares, which included be had at the seventh place both days. everything from paintannual Ladysmith “There was a tremen- ings and silverware to Maritime Festival this dous number of people wood carvings. past weekend. with rods dressed as Approximately 35-40 Festival chair Cliff pirates,” Fisher said. volunteers kept things Fisher said while attenMusical acts and per- running on schedule dance didn’t appear formers were peppered each day. any higher this year, throughout the week- “I didn’t see a sad face; Saturday’s events saw a end and entertained everybody had a lot of great crowd of visitors the masses, including fun with the pirates and residents. a mini concert by Valdy and clowns, every kid “It’s really hard to that was attended by smiled, we had had know solid numbers more than 250 people. no major incidents because we don’t have C o s t u m e d c h a r - or problems. It was a a way of counting,” acters like Captain smooth, well-rounded he said. “One of the Jack Sparrow and his festival,” Fisher said. impressive things was crew milled about the While planning is we had about a 20-per- grounds making light- not yet in the works cent increase in young hearted trouble. for next year’s festival, families that came Food vendors like organizers are considerdown. It was quite the Ladysmith Lions ing changing the format noticeable.” p r o v i d e d g l o r i o u s to two mini festivals, or Hundreds of pirate- smells and tasty treats keeping the event as is. costumed kids flocked to satiate the pirates’ For more photos of to the petting zoo [a appetites, while the the Maritime Festival, new addition to this Kinsmen provided a see page 12. THE CHRONICLE

Fun Day at Ladysmith Primary School

Students at Ladysmith Primary School were treated to a Fun Day on Fri., May 25. Approximately 11 different activity stations were set up, each with a different theme relative to the history of Ladysmith. Some of those included copper mining, trolley time, logging and cinnamon buns. Above, a team of girls races to get the coal [black construction paper] picked up and dumped off during a race, while at left, a young boy participates in the oyster farming game. All students recieved a Fun Day ribbon at the end of the day. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE

The former Coast Guard Auxiliary has a new name — Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue [RCMSAR] — as of May 26. Seen here doing demonstrations during the Ladysmith Maritime Festival, Unit 29 LINDSAY CHUNG/CHRONICLE Ladysmith is currently fundraising for a new rescue vessel.

Marine rescuers have new name, now need new boat Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE

There’s a new name and a new look for marine search and rescue volunteers in Ladysmith and throughout B.C., but nothing will change when it comes to their dedicated service. As of noon on May 26, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary — Pacific, an all-volunteer organization with stations in 46 communities throughout B.C., has become Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue [RCM-SAR] “We work very closely with the Canadian Coast Guard, but we are a totally separate organization,” RCM-SAR president Randy Strandt said in a press release. “Our new name recognizes the distinct identity of our service and helps emphasize the strong links we have to the communities that depend on us and on which we depend for fundraising.” The name change affects more than a thousand members in British Columbia. RCM-SAR Unit 29 Ladysmith member Nick Epp-Evans says that when it comes to fundraising, people often confused the Coast Guard Auxiliary with the Coast Guard, and this name change will help clear up that confusion. The new name reflects the volunteer marine rescue service’s distinct identity. The service is not part of the Canadian Coast Guard or other federal agencies. The change will assist the public in understanding the community-based nature of the service and the importance of local support in maintaining rescue vessels, recruiting and training volunteers, and equipping them with the tools they need to save lives on the water, noted the press release.

“There is a long tradition of marine rescue service here on the West Coast, and our new name reflects a growing sophistication in the training we provide our crews, the professional skills they bring to the public and the amazing capability of the modern rescue vessels that they operate,” said Strandt. The title “Royal” was granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth this February in recognition of the organization’s long-standing service, broad geographic coverage and philanthropic mandate. While the name is changing, there is no change to the group’s operations. RCM-SAR volunteers are oncall around the clock and are often the first to respond to emergencies on the water. Crews are supported by local societies which raise funds for community-based rescue vessels. Funding comes from private donations, corporate donations, community grants, legacies, local fundraising and gaming grants. Locally, RCM-SAR will continue to provide 24/7 marine search and rescue service on the Ladysmith waterfront and beyond and will continue to be tasked by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and work side-by-side with the Canadian Coast Guard. The Ladysmith station maintains a 24-hour-a-day, 365-daysper-year search and rescue readiness along the Ladysmith waterfront and nearby municipalities and promotes boating safety, including programs designed to increase water safety awareness among children. RCM-SAR’s typical taskings include vessel fires, sinking or overturned watercraft, weather-related emergencies, lost or disoriented boat operators,

searches in the water or along shorelines, medical evacuations, environmental or navigational hazards and many others. Now that it has a new name and a new logo, RCM-SAR Unit 29 still needs a new boat. The unit is working hard to raise money for a new rescue vessel to replace its aging boat. The new boat costs $320,000. Epp-Evans says they have secured grants for the boat, and all they need for their share is to raise another $70,000. With a territory ranging from Nanaimo all down the coast and including the Gulf Islands, Ladysmith is one of the busiest units in the Pacific fleet and is credited with saving 15 lives and saving more than $1 million in marine property in the last calendar year. “That boat will greatly enhance our ability on the water, especially as a first responder,” said Epp-Evans. “This will greatly ensure that we continue. Fifteen people would have been dead this year alone if it wasn’t for us Ladysmith volunteers.” Epp-Evans says the Ladysmith RCM-SAR is looking for cash donations and fundraising ideas. “It would be great if we had small groups to take it on as a project to fund,” he said. “Any assistance we can get to fund this would be greatly appreciated.” RCM-SAR Unit 29 is even willing to sell the naming rights to the new boat, so someone could pay to put a loved one’s name on the vessel, or a company could sponsor it. Anyone wishing to help fund the new rescue boat can make a tax-deductible donation to the Small Vessel Account at Ladysmith and District Credit Union or contact Epp-Evans at 250-668-2993.

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NOTICES & NEWS JUNE 2012 Council Meeting Schedule Monday, June 4th and Monday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. Public Dialogue with Council Monday, June 4th , 6:30 - 6:55 p.m. Government Services Committee Monday, June 18th, at 5:30 p.m. Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Corner of Esplanade and Roberts St. except statutory holidays

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2012 PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE: TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 AT 4:00 P.M. 2012 Tax Notices are being mailed the week of May 28th. If you do not receive a notice (especially new owners), please contact City Hall at 250.245.6414 ext. 6206 immediately to avoid a penalty. Please note City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 2nd in lieu of the Canada Day Holiday. • Penalty: If the Property Taxes are not paid by 4:00 p.m., July 3rd, a late payment penalty of 10% is added to the current taxes. • Homeowner Grant: Complete, sign and return to City Hall by July 3rd; no payment is required to claim the Grant. The Homeowner Grant is subject to a penalty of 10% if not claimed by 4:00 p.m., July 3rd. Mortgage Holders: If your mortgage company pays your taxes, the company name should appear on your tax notice. If it does not, contact your mortgage company. The Homeowner Grant must be claimed by the owner by July 3rd to avoid the late payment penalty. Post marks are not accepted as date of payment. Payment Options: At City Hall - by cheque, debit card and post-dated cheque; at most financial institutions in Canada with your remittance slip (Home Owner Grant portion). *Please check your transaction maximum if paying by debit card.* Questions? Contact - City Hall, 410 Esplanade or call 250.245.6414 ext. 6206.

CLAIM YOUR HOMEOWNER GRANT ONLINE! Did you know you can claim your Home Owner Grant online? All you need is your roll number and personal access code. You will find these at the top portion of your tax notice. Then visit Print off a confirmation page and keep it for your records. Once you have completed your Home Owner Grant online there is no need to send in your form. This service is available any time of day and from anywhere there is internet access, even if you are on vacation. The Homeowner Grant must be claimed by July 3rd to avoid penalty. If you require assistance, please contact the Property Tax Department at 250.245.6414 ext. 6206 during regular office hours, or email bkirkland@ For more information about Homeowner Grants visit the Province of BC web site at Owner_Grant/hog.htm. If you have not received your tax notice by mid-June, please call 250.245.6414 ext. 6206.



They help shovel snow in the winter. They watch over houses when the owners are away. They help fix broken machinery. They are Good Neighbours, and they were recognized recently by Ladysmith council. Awards were presented to Ken

Hiebert, Vic Charlton, The next year, it Larry Leed, Jimmy b e c a m e t h e S n o w Patrick, and Phil and Angels award, and the Deanna Noonan. town recognized five About five or six people. years ago, the Town “We changed the name of Ladysmith took to Good Neighbours the idea from Vernon to recognize people of recognizing peo- who go out of their ple who helped their way to make life a neighbours in a snow- little better and easier storm and created the for their neighbours,” Snowbusters award, said Hutchins. explained Mayor Rob The town received Hutchins. many nominations

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held on MONDAY, June 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia to consider the following amendment to “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No. 1160”, as amended: BYLAW: “Town of Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw 1995, No. 1160, Amendment Bylaw (No.89) 2012, No. 1803” In general terms, the purpose of Bylaw 1803 is to amend the Zoning Bylaw by adding a new zone “Comprehensive Development Two (CD-2)” to permit a clustered development of 20 single family homes on the subject property, when the homes are built to an EnerGuide 80 energy standard. Bylaw 1803 also adds definitions to the Zoning Bylaw for: bio-swale, Certified Energy Advisor, and EnerGuide Energy Standard. Amenities that are proposed to be provided as part of the development include: a portion of land added to the Holland Creek Trail, five existing mature trees to be retained onsite, and a common area for the residents of the development. The land that is the subject of Bylaw 1803 is described and shown cross-hatched on the map below. SUBJECT PROPERTY: Lot 5, District Lot 56, Oyster District, Plan 965, except part in Plan 31211 (320 Fourth Avenue Extension)

from people who wanted to recognize their friends and neighbours this year, and the winners’ names were drawn from a hat. During last Monday’s council meeting, Hutchins read out two nomination letters. One letter that Hutchins read sang the praises of Vic Charlton. “He’s always willing to help, and he does everything with a smile and at no charge,” read Hutchins. Hutchins also read a letter from Jim and Lorraine Szasz, who nominated Jimmy Patrick. “He’s always there for us in every way, and he always goes that extra mile,” read Hutchins. “He is a great guy, and we feel very lucky to have him in our lives.”

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Utility bills, covering the period January to March, 2012, have been mailed. Payment is due by June 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. If you did not receive your bill, or have any questions about it, please call City Hall at 250.245.6414, extension 6206.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK & WHAT YOU WANT – PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURE SURVEY Tell us how we’re doing! We are conducting a Parks, Recreation & Culture survey to assess awareness of, participation in, and satisfaction with programs, services and facilities, and help us to identify needs, as well as determine current gaps in and barriers to participation. The results will enable us to develop programs, activities and strategies to better meet the needs of local residents. Please fill out the Parks, Recreation & Culture Strengths and Needs Assessment. You can get a copy at the Frank Jameson Community Centre, at City Hall, or online at You can also do the survey online at

HERITAGE BUILDING PLAQUES INSTALLED Six of Ladysmith’s historic buildings now boast plaques to commemorate their value in our community’s history. The plaques were created under the leadership of the Town’s Heritage Revitalization Advisory Commission. The plaques can be seen along the Town’s Heritage Route — pick up your copy of the route map at City Hall, the Visitor Information Centre, or online at

TROLLEY ROUTE CHANGES COMING SOON … A survey of passengers and members of the public has helped the Town revamp the trolley route. The new routes and schedule will be implemented this summer — check over the coming weeks for details.

All persons who deem their interest in property affected by the proposed bylaw will be offered a reasonable opportunity to be heard or present written submissions respecting matters contained within the bylaw at the Public Hearing. The above Bylaw may be inspected at City Hall, 410 Esplanade, Ladysmith, British Columbia from Monday through Friday May 17, 2012 – June 4, 2012, during normal office hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), excluding statutory holidays. Felicity Adams Director of Development Services

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LMS floating reception centre officially opens

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The Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron 257 Parallel Ladysmith held their 2012 Annual Review and Inspection program Sat., May 26 at Aggie Hall. Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder attended the event as reviewing officer [pictured above]. During the program, the cadets also received awards in several categories, including most improved cadet, leadership and the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE A special speech was also made by Cadet Mathers.

The grand opening of a brand new floating reception centre cast off the start of the Ladysmith Maritime Festival on Friday afternoon. The 3,000-square-foot building is the newest jewel in the Ladysmith Harbour and the highlight of the Ladysmith Maritime Society [LMS]’s $2-million facilities project. In addition to harbouring meeting rooms for both public and private functions, the LMS Community Marina Reception Centre also offers showers, washrooms and laundry facilities for maritime visitors. There is also improved accessibility and safety within the marina and a marine sewage pump out station for all boaters using the harbour. “We view it as a critical part of the project because of the impact on the environmental health of the harbour,” said LMS president Doug Bell. The reception centre also features two posts in its gathering area that were donated from the HMCS Oriole, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s sail training vessels. On the doors to the building are a special decal designed by Coast Salish artist John Marston. When funds become available, the design will be cast in aluminum and placed on the doors as handles, Bell explained. The project’s purpose is to attract large-scale marine tourism to the harbour and stimulate economic development for the region. “Today we’re celebrating, not the leaving of heavy industry, we’re celebrating the birth of a new industry — a vibrant, far more environmentally friendly marine tourism industry in our harbour,” said Mayor Rob Hutchins. “We hope to one day fill this inner basin with a marina that will rival Roche Harbour.” Approximately $1.2 million of the project funds came from the federal government, while $550,000 was donated by the Island Coastal Economic Trust [ICET], with the remainder provided by LMS and the

Town of Ladysmith. John Duncan, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, attended the grand opening, representing Lynne Yelich, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification. “I consider it money well spent for a very deserving community,” Duncan said. “We think the spinoffs from this project are going to be quite incredible.” According to Bell, approximately 75 per cent of the visiting boaters are from off-Island locations such as Vancouver and the Puget Sound area. He said the project has not only been about securing the infrastructure needed to attract visitors, but also to welcome the community and build the growing community of volunteers who also use and help improve Ladysmith Harbour. “When you combine the two, you can create an environment that is magic,” he said. “It’s our hope that over time, we’re going to see more and more activity.” In the last 12 months, LMS members have contributed in excess of 20,000 volunteer hours for activities like the Maritime Festival, the restoration of the Saravan, the LMS Museum and the purple martin program, Bell said. Bell gave credit to two volunteers in particular — Keith Gillanders and Cheryl Bancroft — for their volunteer contribution to the new facility. During Friday’s grand opening, a special joint event took place which saw the signing of a new community accord between the Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith. Pearl Harris and Buffy David performed a blessing and prayer with the assistance of their students. “They’ve been absolutely outstanding — both the Stz’uminus and the Town of Ladysmith,” Bell said. “When Chief Elliott asked me if we would consider doing that as part of our opening ceremony, I was absolutely delighted. It’s our hope that we’re going to see many more joint celebrations and functions.”

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Team [ECM], a committee of the Festival of Murals Society, has proposed to erect a monuChemainus residents are ment to artist Emily Carr at the being asked to share their south entrance to Old Town. thoughts about the new Emily The monument would be a 50-foot-tall “MuralSculpture” Carr Monument. A public information meet- incorporating 10 of Carr’s ing will be held this Thursday paintings. The ECM Team has request[May 31] from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Chemainus Legion to ed permission, as well as seed review the proposed location funding, to do this from North of the Emily Carr Monument Cowichan council, and council has asked the Chemainus in Chemainus. The Emily Carr Monument Advisory Committee to provide


it with “a sense of public support” for the project, according to a press release. To find out that sense of public support, the Chemainus Advisory Committee and the Festival of Murals Society are sponsoring Thursday’s public information meeting. The meeting will be a chance to see a presentation about the project, an opportunity to ask questions and a chance to voice your opinion about the latest mural initiative.


Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins, left, receives a special ceremonial paddle from Ray Gauthier, CEO of the Coast Salish Development Corporation, to symbolize the town’s harmonious partnership with the Stz’uminus First Nation.


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The Ladysmith Museum officially celebrated its public grand opening May 19. More than 100 visitors came by to check out the interesting and educational displays throughout the building. Above, Ladysmith and District Historical Society president Maureen Martin shows a display to Walter Adams. The museum is located at 721 First Ave. and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 250-245-0423 or e-mail

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Driver flown to hospital TIRED OF LOW RETURNS? 500 block of Jim Cram in the 400 block of The Ladysmith RCMP Ladysmith Drive. The resident’s Walker Avenue. There responded to 55 calls vehicle may also have are no suspects in the for service over the RCMP news been entered, but noth- theft. past seven days. May 17 to ing was taken. Thursday, May 17 } RCMP received a May 24 Monday, May 21 } The Ladysmith report that the comProvided by } Members of the RCMP responded to pound at Mayco Mix Ladysmith L a d y s m i t h R C M P on Watts Road had a report of a theft of RCMP responded to a rear- b e e n b r o k e n i n t o wire and other items end collision on the over the weekend. from the Yellow Point Trans-Canada Hwy and Unknown suspects Lodge. When the Edgelow Road. Ladysmith RCMP memstole fuel from the A red Camaro was vehicle in the comber responded, two males were located The trailer was parked travelling southbound pound, damaging the attempting to retrieve at a residence in the and slowing at the inter- vehicle in the prothe stolen items that 11000 block of Finch section in response to cess. the advance warning were located in the Place. The police are conlights indicating a light tinuing their investiwoods. Saturday, May 19 A 59-year-old male } O v e r n i g h t , a n change. A black Accent, gation, and a forensic was arrested at the unknown person broke also heading south- identification examiscene, and a foot pur- into the Vancouver bound, rear-ended the nation was conductsuit followed for the I s l a n d U n i v e r s i t y Camaro. ed. The driver of the second individual, with Centre at the end of a police service dog Ti m b e r l a n d s R o a d . Accent was airlifted assisting in the inves- Several buildings were to the Victoria Royal tigation. As a result entered and others Jubilee Hospital with of the investigation, damaged in an attempt serious but non-lifea 37-year-old female to gain entry. Nothing threatening injuries. was also located and was reported as stolen; The occupants of the arrested. however, several items Camaro were taken to Both the male and appeared to have been the Cowichan District female were subse- left behind by the sus- H o s p i t a l b y a m b u quently released from pects, who may have lance. The driver of the custody to appear in fled upon the arrival of court at a future date, the security personnel. Accent was charged facing charges of } T h e L a d y s m i t h under the Motor Vehicle possession of stolen R C M P r e c e i v e d a Act for speed relative to property. The female report of a stolen blue conditions and followis also facing an addi- 1993 Pontiac Sunbird ing too closely. } While the tional charge of identity from the underground theft. parking lot of the Ladysmith RCMP Friday, May 18 apartment building on were at an accident } Ladysmith RCMP Second Avenue. The on the Trans-Canada r e s p o n d e d t o a n matter remains under Highway and Edgelow Road, a second reara t t e m p t e d t h e f t . police investigation. end collision occurred. Overnight, an unknown Sunday, May 20 individual disabled a } T h e L a d y s m i t h Both vehicles were motion sensor light in RCMP received a report driving southbound, a carport in the 3900 that several windows and a grey Ford Focus block of Saltair Road. had been smashed at was stopped due to The passenger door the Frank Jameson the previous accident of a vehicle parked in Community Centre on when it was rear-endthe carport was subse- Sixth Avenue over the ed by a southbound quently found with the last few days. The Nissan Frontier. No door lock drilled out. It windows were approx- one was injured, and is unknown if the car imately 20 feet off the only minor damage was entered. ground, and it appears was sustained. The T h e v e h i c l e w a s an unknown individual d r i v e r s w e r e c a u examined for forensic was throwing rocks at tioned to remain attenidentification evidence, them. Anyone with any tive to their driving. and the police are con- information is asked to Wednesday, May 23 } The Ladysmith tinuing their investiga- contact the Ladysmith RCMP received a tion. RCMP. } The Ladysmith } T h e L a d y s m i t h report of the theft of R C M P r e c e i v e d a R C M P r e c e i v e d a two 50-foot yellow report of a fifth wheel report that three pairs extension cords and RV trailer having been of shoes were stolen a can of gas from an broken into over the overnight from out- open shed in the backprevious two weeks. side a residence in the yard of a residence


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YOUR WORDS “I used to say I re-invented myself at the age of 71 as a landscape artist.” Gillian Ames, Page 13


here’s an old adage that says we cannot know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve come from. Those might not be the exact words, and I wouldn’t be able to tell you who said that, but I sure agree with the sentiment. Lucky for us, we have a new opportunity to know exactly where Ladysmith comes from, and we can learn about our community’s rich and interesting history in a clear, easy-to-follow and interesting way now that the new Ladysmith Museum is open. The passionate volunteers with the Ladysmith and District Historical Society have dreamed of opening a community museum for many, many years, and they’ve poured their hearts and souls into making the new museum a fantastic resource and attraction for Ladysmith residents and visitors alike who want to know more about our town. The Ladysmith and District Credit Union offered the use of the former resources centre building at 721 First Ave. for a temporary home, and Historical Society volunteers have been hard at work renovating and cleaning the building, building shelves and display cases, sorting through artifacts and turning the building into a museum full of stories, facts, photographs and artifacts that showcase everything from the beginnings of Ladysmith, coal mining and logging to stores, trains and the “Ladies of Ladysmith.” One feature I especially like is the timeline, which highlights many events that shaped the town, such as strikes, disasters and the Depression, and shares stories from different periods, all organized along an easyto-follow timeline. Congratulations and thank you to everyone at the Ladysmith and District Historical Society for giving us the Ladysmith Museum. It’s a wonderful thing for our community. — Lindsay Chung

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Are you happy to hear there will be Family Day in B.C., starting in February 2013? Vote online at This web poll is informal, not scientific. It reflects opinions of website visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public as a whole. Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here. Results from last week’s question Do you or your family members dress up as pirates for the Ladysmith Maritime Festival? Yes 17% No 82% The Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, B.C., V9R-2R2. For information phone 1-888-687-2213 or go to

Cuts to Coast Guard concerning T his month, many constituents have e-mailed or called my office with their concerns about the many, many cuts to services that the Conservatives announced either in the budget or as part of their austerity package. Of particular concern for the many constituents who like to recreate or work on the water — and for those who live on the many islands in our area — are the cuts to the Coast Guard. The number of Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres that help direct distress calls, keep boaters informed of adverse weather and identify defects and deficiencies and vessels entering Canada waters are being cut right across the country. Here on the Island, we will lose the centres at Comox and at Tofino. All together, 184 staff

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will be lost, as well as the expertise they brought to their jobs in determining adverse weather, advising boaters on better routes to take to stay out of dangerous situations on our coast and in providing information about pilots to take large ships through challenging passages. This disregard for marine safety makes no sense. Unlike air traffic control, which can be managed from further away, knowledge of local currents, tides, hazards to navigation, geography and the regular users of a waterway are essential to marine safety. The Conservatives even plan to close the Coast Guard Centre in Canada’s busiest port, Vancouver.

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The Kitsilano centre provides navigations services and traffic direction for the hundreds of ships, float planes and water taxis that ply that harbour every day. N o w, t h a t d i r e c t i o n will be provided from Victoria. For the Comox and Tofino stations, the work will be directed from Prince Rupert. Staff in the affected centres point out that Comox is the only centre on the coast that isn’t in a tsunami flood zone. Prudent risk assessment would suggest the Comox centre should remain as a backup in case of a tsunami. Those are not the only cuts that concern people living near or on the

water. Another decision buried in the 425-page budget bill that changes more than 70 pieces of legislation is a plan to close the Pacific Oil Spill Response Centre. The staff at this centre provided responders with information about vulnerable habitats and species, techniques for dealing with different contaminants or the modeling of a spill plume. It is their specialized knowledge of tides, currents and local weather that made their help so valuable. The oil spill response will be provided from Quebec, and the local knowledge will be lost. I will continue to look for opportunities to bring my constituents’ concerns about these cuts to marine safety to the attention of the Conservatives that seem bent on cutting costs at the expense of us all.

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School District 79’s ‘restoration budget’ falls far short Editor: Re: Cowichan school board’s restoration budget I am writing to express concern about the Cowichan Valley school board’s restoration budget passed on May 16. The Ministry of Education is responsible for providing support services children need at school, and this includes occupational therapy. As this district’s only part-time occupational therapist [OT] for the past 19 years, I am in a good position to comment on the “deficit” budget school trustees passed on May 16. Funding for OT used to provide an average of about two hours of OT each month for students on the OT caseload, double that for children with more complex

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Voting taxpayer has the final say Editor: If after the voting polls close in B.C. on May 14, 2013, and the NDP forms government, this is the agenda of the NDP government: Bankrupt the province; lose the triple A credit rating; take B.C. once again to a “have-not province;” top off all funding to government ministries; give all government employees pay raises in return for a increase in taxes to the taxpayers; create unemployment because B.C. is a business province and businesses don’t invest in NDP territory; have all decisions approved by B.C.

Gord Barney sent us this cartoon about the gridlock every morning at the roundabout on Symonds Street and First Avenue in Ladysmith. ”The roundabout was meant to move traffic not stop it for coffee drinkers at Tim Horton’s,” he writes. Barney’s suggestion is to make a two-lane road [out of the single-lane road out of the parking lot that already exists now] to the drive-thru to clear the congestion at the round-a-bout for anyone wanting to access the highway when people are going to work or to school. Federation of Labour boss Jim Sinclair; call a provincial election in May 2017 and lose the election to once again a coalition government who will have to start all over again cleaning up a NDP mess, just as Bill Bennett of the Social Credit party had to do after a Dave Barrett NDP government and Gordon Campbell had to do after a Glen Clark, Dan Miller, Ujjal Dosanjh three-stooge NDP government. Before marking your voting ballot, ask yourself who pays you a paycheque every second Friday, B.C. business or a union, and who do you want to manage your taxpayer dollars. Governments are all the same in general, but some are better than others. The voting taxpayer has the final say. Joe Sawchuk Duncan

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Making dining out just a little bit easier It is now easier than ever to make healthy choices when dining out with the recent launch of the Province of British Columbia’s Informed Dining program. Featuring more than 300 restaurant outlets in British Columbia, the program publishes nutritional information and allows diners to view the information in a format similar to that of a nutritional guide on products at the grocery store. All you have to do is look for the Informed Dining logo at participating restaurants. “British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Mike de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Some of the participating restaurants include chains such as The Boathouse, De Dutch, A&W and Little Caesar’s, and stand-alone restaurants such as H.A.V.E. Cafe in Vancouver, Mountain Eagle Books in Smithers and Joseph’s Coffee House in Victoria. With people in British Columbia eating a meal in a restaurant approximately 10 per cent of the time, it’s never been more important to be able to source out healthy options. With the new program, calorie and sodium information is prominently highlighted for all regular menu items, while other nutrients, including carbohydrates and fat, are also noted. The program also gives advice on daily calorie and

British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Michael de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” sodium requirements. Excess weight can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and various cancers, so caloriecounting is an important part of a healthy diet. Eating too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease, making sodium another important piece of the healthy eating puzzle. “Healthy eating is a critical element in living a long and healthy life and avoiding cardiovascular disease,” says Gavin Arthur, vice-president of research and health promotion for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “The Informed Dining program takes a positive step forward in providing people with information they can use in making informed choices while dining out.” The program is voluntary, but the provincial government is

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Crowds gathered at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina this past weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds of the seventh annual Ladysmith Maritime Festival. Just some of the many scenes include: clockwise from above left, four-year-old Oliver Higginson-Trotter tells his dad, Kevin Trotter, about the one that got away during the Kinsmen bullhead fishing derby; passengers on the Maritimer are warned about pirates looking for gold; Emmalee Heinrichs, 4, grins from the bouncy castle; Stz’uminus First Nation Chief John Elliott accepts a plaque of appreciation from Lt. Matthew Clark of the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific during Friday night’s Stz’uminus Cultural Dinner; John Marston carves a canoe; and Valdy performs to a crowd of more than 250 Saturday evening at the main stage.

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Gardeners share passion About 200 people visit gardens during Rotary Garden Tour, Show and Sale Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE

Erica Clarke loves being in her garden. There are rhododendrons, azaleas, wisteria and even palm trees and banana trees in her Louise Crescent yard, but, more importantly, there is a sense of being close to her late mother. “I’ve always loved gardening, but not to this extent, and the reason why I think I really got into it is because my mom really loved gardening,” said Erica. “She passed away, and when I’m in here, I feel like she’s with me. She’s the one who really inspired me. I feel closer to her when I’m here.” Erica and her husband, Gerry, feel a lot of family and community connections when they walk around their beautiful backyard because many of their plants have come from friends and family. They have flowers from Erica’s parents’ garden, there’s a fragrant wisteria plant given to them by Tom Beames, a jacaranda tree that was a gift from Brian Childs and a little mauve azalea they call Nanny because neighbours gave it to them when Gerry’s grandmother passed away. The Clarkes shares some of these memories with visitors during the 15th annual Rotary Garden Tour, Show and Sale May 27. Gerry and Erica moved to the property in 1999 when Gerry built their house and detached garage, and they started gardening in 2000. “It’s been an evolution,” said Gerry, adding with a laugh, “A

lot of this is Erica, and all the heavy lifting is me.” Over on Delcourt Avenue, Gillian Ames was proud and excited to share her garden with others during the Garden Tour. Ames has worked very hard to transform her front lawn into a garden filled with native ferns, columbine, rhododendrons, pansies, a pink dogwood and more, along with winding pathways made with rocks Ames brought in from Holland Creek Heights. Ames also created a tiered pond in her backyard. After her husband John passed away in 2003, Ames started developing the yard, converting the front lawn by killing off the grass and turning the sod herself, and it has come along in stages. “It was almost entirely a do-ityourself project,” she said. “I had some help with the larger rocks. I take a certain amount of pride in the fact you can do something yourself. I used to say I re-invented myself at the age of 71 as a landscape artist.” Nine gardens from Yellow Point to south Ladysmith were included on this year’s Garden Tour. “We think this year looks like the best community response and the best-attended event,” Rotarian Andy Bohay said Sunday morning. The day included a Show and Sale inside Aggie Hall featuring 10 vendors, a video presentation about square foot gardening and a raffle draw, and a deluxe continental breakfast. Bohay believes about 200 people went to the gardens and even more took in the breakfast. “We’re feeling very positive

about the whole event,” he said Sunday evening. “We don’t know what the bottom line will be, but it will be in keeping with other years.” All the money raised by the breakfast, raffle and tour goes toward Rotary projects in the community and abroad. “Our motto is ‘service above self,’ and we like to feel we somehow contribute to the improvement of our community,” said Bohay. “We also support international projects.” These international projects include microfinance. Donated funds are turned into small loans and distributed to entrepreneurs in third-world countries, explained Rotarian Dan Spence, who is on Ladysmith Rotary’s international committee and is a board member of Disaster Aid Canada, another international project the local Rotary Club is connected to. “We’re talking usually $200, but these loans are life-changing,” said Spence. Disaster Aid Canada provides boxes filled with items such as a tent, blankets, small tools and toys for children whenever there is an earthquake or flood anywhere in the world, and Ladysmith Rotary has been involved in that international program as well. “This provides accommodations and emergency supplies for a family of 10 for up to three or four months,” said Spence. While supporting international programs, Ladysmith Rotary’s focus has always been the local community, and the club has completed countless projects over the years.

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About 200 people visited local gardens during the 15th annual Rotary Garden Tour, Show and Sale May 27. Pictured clockwise from left are: a life-sized heron overlooking the pond at a Colonia Drive garden; Erica and Gerry Clarke in their Louise Crescent garden; Sophie, 5, and Amelia, 3 Enwood of Ladysmith showing off the garden rocks they created during the open house at the Ladysmith Community Garden; Gillian Ames in front of a rhododendrum in her front garden on Delcourt Avenue; and Hollie Benoit of Ginger Glass creating a fused glass work of art in a McNiven Drive garden. Nine gardens from Cedar to Saltair were included on the tour, and this year, artists worked at each garden. PHOTOS BY LINDSAY CHUNG

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After collaborating for decades, Sid Johnson releases first solo CD Lindsay Chung THE CHRONICLE

He’s been part of a band and part of a duo. He’s toured the country playing guitar for Holly McNarland. But this June, Sid Johnson will do something he has never done before — release his own record. After working on his solo album for about a year and a half, Johnson is releasing Dirt Rose Up. “I’ve just been picking at it between jobs and kids,” he said. Dirt Rose Up was recorded at The Noise Floor Recording Studio in Ladysmith and the Woodshop Recording Studio in Duncan.

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solo album. “I still really enjoy being a collaborator,” said Johnson. “It’s a lot more free and obviously a lot less pressure. This [going solo] just requires so many more elements. You need to develop a lot more skills, just the marketing and how to build a website. It just requires a different skillset. I’m having to learn a lot — It’s fun. It’s a little tiring.” Releasing his own album has always PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN SHERSTONE been in the back of Sid Johnson is releasing his first solo CD, Dirt Rose Johnson’s mind. Up, Fri., June 15 at In the Beantime Café and also “I kind of always did Thurs., June 21 at the Duncan Garage Showroom. [want to release a solo album] but never knew The album features “Some of the songs h o w t o a n d n e v e r 11 songs written by were written, and I thought of myself as Johnson. m a y n o t n e c e s s a r- a singer until recent“Some of them were ily feel that way any- ly,” he said. “I always written as long as 12 more or believe what wrote songs, but I years ago, and some I believed at that time, never did much with were written in the but it’s interesting to them.” last six months,” said have a record of that.” Johnson says just Johnson. “To me, the T h e a l b u m f e a - being encouraged to whole thing kind of tures Booth White, sing his songs helped chronicles the last 10 Darcy Phillips, Briton changed his mind, as years. It’s a pretty var- Liakakos, Carl Cowley, well as “having all ied album — there’s Lena Birtwistle, Robin these songs that had to some kind of trippy Ramalho, Zak Cohen get out there — I realstoner rock on it and and Jordan Koop. ized no one else was Ron Sexsmith attempts Johnson has played going to sing them.” at songwriting on it.” o n o t h e r p e o p l e ’s Johnson will be play“I think it’s interest- albums before and ing a lot of local shows ing when I listen to released an EP with from now until July, it because it tells the B i r t w i s t l e a s t h e when he and his family story of a long period Adamantines, but Dirt move to Montreal. of time,” he added. Rose Up is his first Those upcoming

shows including a CD release show in Ladysmith June 15 at In the Beantime Café. Johnson is also performing nearby Thurs., June 21 at the Duncan Garage Showroom. “I’m mostly playing solo,” he said. “I just got a loop pedal, so I’m learning how to make a solo show more interesting with a lot of different elements, acoustic and electric, and that’s fun.” For his In the B e a n t i m e s h o w, Johnson plans to play the album in its entirety, and he expects there will be some guest musicians. “I think it’ll be a very different show from anything I’ve done previously,” he said. “There’ll be the hard and the soft, some kind of experimental guitar moments.” Johnson is happy to be sending his album out into the world. “It feels amazing because it’s been a year and a half in the works and been a really slow process,” he said. “I’m really happy with the way the songs turned out. I produced it myself, and that was a first. See Johnson Page 16

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A grand total of $6,250 was raised at the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life Spring Fashion Show Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s Hall. The event was a complete success, with more than 170 in attendance — a sold-out crowd. Many lucky winners left the event with their hands full, as there were 18 fantastic themed gift baskets and individual items raffled off during the event. Pictured, clockwise from left, are: a model showing off her new makeover after a trip to Chopstix Salon; model Jennifer Sears, community giving co-ordinator for the MidIsland, makes her way down the runway; and event emcees and fashion show co-ordinators Carol Wagenaar [with microphone] and Jillian Easterbrook.

Shake, Rattle and Roll for the Chemainus Theatre Chemainus Theatre hosting 1950s-themed sock hop fundraiser Sat., June 9, featuring auctions, live music and more Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

The Chemainus Theatre is hoping its annual fundraiser, a 1950s-themed sock hop, will Shake, Rattle and Roll residents through its doors on Sat., June 9. Based on the 2012 season show All Shook Up, Shake, Rattle and Roll is a fun and frivolous flash back in time to everything that was fun about the 1950s for a good cause, says Jennifer Yee Fairweather, fund development manager. “It’s a fun event for a party, and it’s a great way of supporting professional live theatre on the Island,” she said. “We’re hoping that people will dust off their jiving skills.” Live music by Virtual Elvis and Flashback Freddy will have participants doing just that, and there will be dancing and hula hoop contests to keep the

good times rolling, while outside, a 1950s- puffs,” “American Bandstand chocolate toward the greatest needs of the thethemed mini show and shine will add to fountain with strawberries” and “Little atre. the ambience. Eva’s profiteroles with devon cream.” Some of the money from Shake, Rattle “He’s absolutely wonderful,” Yee A live and silent auction full of amazing and Roll will go towards the theatre’s Fairweather said of Flashback Freddy. items will cap off the evening, which will Golden Neighbour program, which dis“His specialty is 1950s and 1960s music, so be hosted by emcee Bruce Williams of tributes donated theatre tickets to indihe’s definitely going to be starting off the CTV. Organizers are hoping the two auc- viduals, organizations or school groups to evening with some really upbeat tunes to tions will bring in approximately $20,000 those who would otherwise not be able get everyone grooving.” in bids. to afford to come to the theatre. Soda jerks will be serving up malt shop The auction items include a barbecue Tickets to Shake, Rattle and Roll are favourites with a twist to wash down the for 20 provided by Hewson, a weekend $80 per person and come with a $50 taxfabulous finger foods created by the the- theatre getaway in Kamloops, kayaks, a refundable receipt. Contact the box office atre’s executive chef Stephen Hewson. boat cruise and a “Wall of Wine” featuring at 1-800-565-7738 to reserve a ticket or “Our chef is trying to draw from what 100 bottles of B.C. wine. book online at www.chemainustheatre. was popular in the 1950s and trying to “It very much is a new take on 100 bottles ca. put a twist for the 21st century,” Yee of [beer] on the wall,” Yee Fairweather Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event Fairweather said. jested. to follow at 7 p.m. Fifties-themed cosThat will include “Some like it hot (or Last year, a sold-out crowd of 160 attend- tumes are encouraged but not required not) chicken wings,” “Little Darlin’s oys- ed the theatre’s Around the World in 80 to attend. ters in the half shell,” “Chubby Checkers Days-themed fundraiser and brought in a The Chemainus Theatre’s next provegetarian sliders,” “Brando’s seafood lot of new faces, Yee Fairweather said. duction, Joseph and the Technicolor cocktail cones,” “Big Bopper’s cheese Funds raised during the event are put Dreamcoat, hits the stage June 15.

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Embracing metamorphosis New art show opens at Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery this Sat., June 2 at 7 p.m. Are you searching for very early Ladysmith news? The Ladysmith archives, under Tim Horton’s have the following micro films available for the public to scan.

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be downright sobering! It can dow cause budding artists to put wa the watercolours, guitars and paintbrushes away forever. paintb mig take a few starts and It might Sherry Bezanson stops b before our own personal Ladysmith Arts Council way of expressing ourselves is I am a work in progress — discovered and released. are you? Most of us are. It doesn’t have to be tradiWhen a creative path is tional forms of art — it might chosen, or chooses us, we be tattooing, origami or an begin with the desire to take accordion musician. No matthe images we have in our ter what form your creative head and put them on canvas, endeavours show up in, there paper, fabric or whatever the are times — even for those medium might be. who have been on the creative Creative expression can be a path for years — when your profound tug for many of us, a learning or progress accelernear-compulsive urge to give ates or shifts. birth to new ideas. This is a metamorphosis. The creative journey is selOne way to tell if you’ve dom a straight, defined line found your own personal of successes — it can be a manner of expression is to twisted trajectory, sometimes notice whether time stands encountering cul-de-sacs or still while you are creating. dead ends. When this occurs, we are in Pulling the vision out in the the flow and are guided by manner that it appears in our our inner vision to places mind can be somewhat harder that might not be accessible than it looks. In fact, it can any other way, certainly not

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through our intellect. I call energy and vitality. this the spirit of art. It is that If you hit a plateau in your joyful place where a day can work, consider finding a muse pass and we are lost in the or a mentor to assist you in peacefulness of creating. In moving forward. It might be a this place worry, fears, com- real person, someone in your petitiveness and criticism can studio, in your neighbourhood, cease to exist — at least for a or an online source. while. Here, we might release Being inspired by another’s pieces of our inner selves up thoughts, work or sensibilities for others to see. Our art can can open us up to new expresbe self-revealing in this way — sions. it can expose a sense of darkHere are a couple of options, ness, lack, fear, joy, optimism but there are many more out or humour. there: www.creativethursday. Through this expression, art and www.blogs. can create a metamorphosis Begin a metamorphosis in our lives. Many of us are vitalized and in your life! Metamorphosis is also a energized by being creative. The sense of joy and connec- theme of the Arts Council’s tion with our inner lives is upcoming June art show. Join us June 2 at 7 p.m. at measurable. As humans, this may be our main purpose — the Ladysmith Waterfront to express and create, whether Gallery for the opening it’s by dance, painting, carving, night of Metamorphosis and knitting, or even the ultimate Notion of Motion. Musician Stephanie Humphreys will creative act, parenting. In fact, when we are not provide the musical enterbeing creative, we can lose tainment for the evening.

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New director and pony team for Mid-Isle soccer On May 23, the executive board of the Mid-Isle Soccer Association voted to formally appoint Bill Merriman as its official technical director. Additionally, Merriman’s Highlander Academy is also formally affiliated with Mid-Isle Soccer. “Bill has been a friend and supporter of Mid-Isle Soccer for years”, said Mid-Isle vice-president Mike Rankin.“We knew our first priority was to clarify our current relationship and come to a mutual understanding of what we want to accomplish together going forward.” As a paid employee of the association, Merriman’s official mandate is to “promote the ongoing development of Mid-Isle soccer players.” This means a continuation of the Monday night development sessions that have been so popular in the

last couple of years, but also a new list of responsibilities — the first of which is player assessments. “No one on this executive board has the credentials to decide whether or not a player should ‘play up’ an age group, or possibly try out for one of the competitive leagues,” said Rankin. “But Bill is a highly-respected coach with a lot of years in the game, and he has specific criteria to determine a player’s potential. So those decisions will be his responsibility.” Additionally, Merriman’s focus will be on the formation of competitive teams to play for Mid-Isle. Merriman is the head coach of the VIU soccer program and has led that team to provincial and national championships in recent years. Merriman himself has been

both a provincial and national Coach of the Year. The Mid-Isle Soccer Association is also pleased to announce the formation of girlsonly teams at the Pony “B” level (U8-U9) for the upcoming 2012-13 season. “Parents have been telling us that this is what they want — Nanaimo has been playing with gender-split teams for years, and it’s time Mid-Isle joined the party”, said Mid-Isle president Willow Hartig. Negotiations are underway with Nanaimo Soccer to have the U8-U9 MidIsle teams play against Nanaimo House League girls teams in the upcoming season. Alternately, the U8-9 girls and boys will continue to play within Ladysmith, and possibly Gabriola. — Submitted

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old Chantal Greenhalgh, levels and getting medals,” who made finals in 50 breast Toth-Szabo said. “It shows (bronze), 100 free, 50 back that there’s a good core and that there’s growth.” and 100 breast. Faith Knelson, 10, placed Darby Rae, 15, received a bronze in 100 free and swam first in 200 IM, 50 breast, 100 finals in 50 fly, 50 free and free, 50 back, 100 breast and 50 fly. 100 fly. Alexander Trimble, comKnelson also competed in peting in his second swim the 2012 Island Long Course meet ever, got into the final Invitational in Victoria May heat on 50 breast and placed 11-13 and competed in the 12 sixth. and under category, bringing Pamela Little, Kiley Ludlow home second place in 200 and Morgan McKenzie did breast and bronze in 100 not make finals, but all swam breast. 100 per cent best times durOf note is the fact that ing the preliminary races. Knelson shaved just over five “What makes me happy is seconds off her 100 breast not that I have one swimmer time, putting her at No. 1 in who wins all the time, but I Canada amongst swimmers have more that are making in the age 10 category. finals, qualifying for certain To t h - S z a b o s a i d h e i s

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Up Coming STUDENT ART AT THEIR ANNUAL "CREATIONS" SHOW - Chemainus Secondary School TuesThurs, June 4, 5, 6 and 7 from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm daily. Art will be in the hallways and the main show will be in the school library. Selected works will be available for purchase. MT. BRENTON GARDEN CLUB - "The Last Plant Sale of the Season", Sat, June 16th, 8:30 am-2 pm, Saltair Station House 10445 Chemainus Rd. Annuals and Perennials to fill in the gaps in your garden. MT. BRENTON GARDEN CLUB - meeting Tues, June 5, 1 pm, Calvary Baptist Church, River Road, Chemainus. Topic for discussion will be the upcoming Plant Sale on June 16th and member's summer show & tell of plants in their gardens. Guests welcome. $2.00 drop in fee. Info. 250-2452116. LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB - “Night Photography Insights” featuring the techniques and stunning results by noted Nanaimo photographer Brad Powell. Tues, June 26, 7 pm, Hardwick Hall, High St at 3rd Ave in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Nonmembers $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. www.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS - the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society is calling for musicians & artists in all media to participate in ArtBeat, the Friday evening arts & entertainment event in Chemainus. For more information, call Kathy Wachs 250-416-0382 or visit SINGLE LADIES: INTERESTED IN MAKING NEW FRIENDS? We are a small group of ladies, mostly over the age of 60 who meet once a week for coffee

and good conversation. We sometimes go on outings as well. If you think you might be interested, please call Sheila at 250-245-2985. LADYSMITH HEALTHCARE AUXILIARY GIFT SHOPS are in need of volunteer clerks for our 2 shops at the Healthcare Centre and the Lodge on 4th. We are also looking for knitters to contribute to our shops. For more information please call Cathy @ 250-245-2240. DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Kiwi Cove Community Garden is looking for volunteers to grow organic produce for the Ladysmith Food Bank. Please contact Bill Tilland 250-924-5269. KINSMEN/BROWN DR. PLAYGROUND PROJECT HAS SET UP A FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT at the Junction Bottle Depot, on Ludlow Rd. in Ladysmith. Take your empties to the bottle depot, funds credited to the Kin. Park Playground account.

On Going SING FOR PURE JOY! - meets on Saturdays, 7-8:30 pm in the 2nd floor lounge of The Lodge on 4th or (250) 285-3764 STROKE RECOVERY GROUP: Survivors and caregivers meet every Thursday at 11 am in the basement Activity Room of Bethel Tabernacle, 1149 Fourth Ave. Programs include exercises and tips for managing activities. Call Connie Parman 250-9247772. BINGO - LADYSMITH Every Wed - 6:45 pm, Doors 5 pm, St. Mary's Church Hall. Info call 250245-3079. Sponsored by Ladysmith Resources Centre Association CANCER SOCIETY The Ladysmith Branch needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation for Ladysmith cancer patients needing help to and from cancer-related appointments. Volunteers needed for all aspects of the society's work. Weekdays call 250-2450671, 10 am - 1 pm. HARVEST HOUSE FOOD BANK - Chemainus. Friday, Info call 250-246-3455. BINGO - Chemainus Senior Drop-in Centre. Mondays, 6:40 pm. Info: Murray 250246-9968. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Volunteers needed. 250-2451118.

MEALS ON WHEELS Ladysmith meals delivered Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Pearl: 250-2453844. LADYSMITH LEGION Mondays, crib, 7 p.m. Meat draws: Saturdays 2 - 5:15 pm, Fridays 4-6 pm, Sundays 3-5 pm, Darts: Wednesdays, 7 pm, Line dancing: Thursdays 9-11 am, Fridays: pool, 8 pm, 250-245-2273. CANADIAN FEDERATION of UNIVERSITY WOMEN Nanaimo branch. Meets 4th Monday of each month. St. Andrews Presbyterian. 7 pm. Karen: 250-756-9508. BINGO Every Fri, 6:45 p.m., Chemainus Legion branch #191. Doors open 5 p.m. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Organizers meet 3rd Thursday of each month at the FOL building at 4th & Strathcona Ave. 7 pm. 250245-5888 or 250-245-2263. LADYSMITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Parent/caregiver & children age 0-6 drop-in, Sept to June: Mon - Fri 9:30 am. noon at Aggie Hall. July to August: Tues to Thurs: 9:30 am - noon. Info: 250-2100870. LADYSMITH EAGLES AERIE #2101 Meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday. 8 p.m. Auxiliary meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 pm Eagles Hall. CHEMAINUS THEATRE COSTUME SHOP Needs volunteer seamstresses to help build for upcoming shows. Contact Crystal Hanson 250-2469800 ext. 7117. SPEEDWATCH/COPS Citizens on Patrol & SpeedWatch need volunteers. Contact the Community Policing Station at Coronation Mall. 250-2451118. LADIES GOLF Ladysmith Golf Course, Tuesdays, 10 am. Call 250245-7313. TOPS #4456 - Ladysmith Meets each Thurs 9-11 am in the Pentecostal Church on 4th Ave. Call Sheila 250722-2613. THE ORCAS SWIM CLUB Ongoing registration. Call Registrar Denise Rae at 250-245-7925. MOUNT BRENTON POWER & SAIL SQUADRON

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On Going Membership meeting. Ladysmith Legion hall. Every 3rd Tuesday except holidays & July & August, 7:30 pm. LODGE ON 4TH FAMILY COUNCIL - Family & friends advocating on behalf of the residents. Next meeting info contact Judy at 250-245-3438. LADYSMITH NEWCOMERS CLUB Welcoming new residents to the Ladysmith area. Couples & singles welcome. Sharon at 250-245-9334 or ladysmithnewcomers@ LADYSMITH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP Meets on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month 1:30 pm basement of Ladysmith Resource Centre. LADYSMITH CELEBRATIONS SOCIETY Ladysmith Days. Ladysmith city hall, on 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7 pm 250-245-2263. www.

SUPPORT GROUP Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Call Jane Hope, Alzheimer Society of BC at 250-7344170. COWICHAN VALLEY HOSPICE Emotional support for those facing a life threatening illness, family and friends and for those grieving the death of a loved one. 1-888-701-4242. Group, telephone & individual support available. NORTH OYSTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY Engraved bricks fundraiser. Info call Bob Handel at 250-245-0919. SINGLE LADIES: INTERESTED IN MAKING NEW FRIENDS? We are a small group of ladies, mostly over the age of 60 who meet once a week for coffee and good conversation. We sometimes go on outings as well. If you think you might be interested, please call Sheila at 250245-2985. LADYSMITH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY New members welcome. Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month. 2 p.m. at the archives. 250-245-0100.

DAD'S GROUP - Drop In Breakfast - Program of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. 630 - 2nd Ave., Upper Floor, Saturdays, 10 - noon. 250245-3079.

LADYSMITH SALTAIR GARDEN CLUB Every third Thur at 7:30 pm, First United Church Hall, (corner of High St & 3rd Ave) with in-garden meetings June, July, August. Come& grow with us! New members always welcome. $10 membership, $2 drop-in.



Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre. Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m. Jo Kelly: 250245-1185.

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AL-ANON Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 pm downstairs at Ladysmith Resource Centre Association. NARCOTICS ANONYOMOUS Meets Sundays, 7-8 pm Downstairs at Ladysmith Resource Centre Association. DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Meets Tuesdays weekly, 1 pm. Beginners welcome. Town and Country Mobile Home Park. 250-245-4522. LADYSMITH LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY Meets 2nd Wednesdays monthly, 7 pm. NANAIMO-CEDAR FARMER’S INSTITUTE Cedar United Church Hall. 2nd Thursdays Oct. to June. Visitors welcome. Info: 250-722-3397. PROBUS CLUB OF LADYSMITH (for information see www., meets every third Wed morning of the month at the new Seniors' Centre Hall, 2nd Ave. and Buller St. Doors 9.30. No mtg. in August. Call Vince Devries 245-0907 or Don Fisher 245-5965. LADYSMITH MEDITATION Drop in Wednesday nights, 7 pm., 281 Dogwood Drive. Meditation lessons, discussion & goodies. Free. 250-245-4102.

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1.92 Acres located close to all amenities only a few minutes to town. This well built home offers 4 bedrooms 3 baths a incredible masterbath and has vaulted ceilings throughout the main living area. Al the living area has views of the ocean from all sides. In addition there is a detached garage with storage/workshop area.


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Meticulously maintained, tastefully decorated & many upgrades. Designed to view the ocean from all of the living areas. The living space is an open concept, some of the amenities include beautiful wood floors, upgraded kitchen, heated bathroom floors. Located within walking distance to the ocean, at Cedar by the Sea.

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COUNTRY RANCHER 4 bdrms, 3 baths, large family room. Outdoor space has a large sundeck & large patio with stamped concrete. Also a separate 20’ x 40’ garage for all the extra tools and toys. All this is located on a quiet street on 1.76 acres.




Located in Nanaimo, this great revenue property has 5 bedrooms each side and 2 1/2 baths, and separate laundry. Located close to all amenities in Nanaimo.

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1/2 Acre of privacy in Sunny Saltair. 4 bdrms 3 baths, family room, rec room and an owners many updates. The yard has beautiful sitting and garden areas to enjoy the great yard. All this plus a great garage and shop area, with lots of space for parking.

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$349,900 Meticulously maintained and renovated to perfection. 3 bedroom 2 bath home on quiet cul de sac perfect for young family.

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PANORAMIC VIEW Ladysmith spectacular view lot, located at Davis Road area. This lot offers a panoramic view of the Gulf Islands and Mt Baker. Lot has been cleared and is ready to build.

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Located on a huge fenced lot with lots of fruit trees, this 3 bedroom 2 bath has been well maintained. Renos include new windows, flooring,deck, bathroom and more.

$259,900 Charming 4bdrm ocean view home on French Street with large fence level back yard completely remodeled.

Located in Seabird MHP has been completely redone, some upgrades include, New roof, windows, siding and skirting, built in air conditioning, new woodstove with authorized approvals. This home offers a private yard that is fully fenced and has additional sheds for storage. Also included are all appliances.

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Art Show Opening!



Top of the Sirloin to Ya! Fresh Blackwell Angus

Top Sirloin Grilling Steak or Premium Oven Roast Value pak steaks. $13.21 kg



lb. All Varieties

Knorr Sidekicks

Ladysmith and Cedar Stores

Summer is Coming! The Garden Shops are OPEN

Limit 4


It’s not too late to get your garden going! Island’s Finest Basket Potting Stuffers Soil 99 $ 15 litres



4/ 5

BC Hot House

Coloured Peppers 2 lb. bag



Puff ‘N’ Soft

Bathroom Tissue Double roll 12’s. Limit 2




100% Locally Owned & Operated We deliver! (See store for details) We reserve the right to limit quantities Pictures for illustrative purposes only Visit our Website:

Prices in effect Monday, May 28 to Sunday, June 3, 2012

Next to Cedar Plank Restaurant

Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm

The Old Bruce’s Store

DUNCAN Open Daily 250-722-7010 8:00 am to 9 pm 250-748-2412


550 Cairnsmore Street

CHEMAINUS Open Daily 8:00 am to 9 pm 250-246-3551 Next to the Ferry Dock


Beside the Liquor Depot Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm


Ladysmith Chronicle, May 29, 2012