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Ladysmith Days is just around the corner Lindsay Chung The Chronicle
Twelve-year-old Isaac Rowland was spending some of his summer out in the sun with his realistic-looking Niomi Pearson/Chronicle eagle kite on Thursday afternoon (July 26) at Transfer Beach.
Ladysmith has it all — and the organizers behind Ladysmith Days are ready to prove it Aug. 11-12 with a weekend filled with games, food, music and fun for the whole family. Ladysmith Days is set for Aug. 11 and 12 downtown and at Transfer B e a c h . T h i s y e a r ’s t h e m e i s Ladysmith Has It All. “We’re a small committee that puts this together, and we try our best to include lots of fun things for everybody because it’s a family thing,” said Melody Smythies, a director with the Ladysmith Celebrations Society. “Ladysmith Days is a real family event.” The weekend of celebration kicks off Aug. 10 when Coronation Mall celebrates Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a bouncy castle, roaming entertainment, children’s activities, live music, clowns, balloons, fundraisers for Tour de Rock, giveaways, draws and in-store specials. Activities on Aug. 11 take place mostly downtown and at Aggie Field. It all starts with the Rotary Club pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Ladysmith Credit Union parking lot. The First Avenue Street Market runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Buller Street to Warren Street.
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Hosted by the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce the Street Market features a huge variety of vendors offering everything from jewelry, crafts and glass to carving, tupperware and knives. “We’re hoping for a good turnout,” said Smythies. “A lot of vendors were really pleased last year. We had a lot of happy people. I think having the parade and the people already in town to go past the market is definitely a good draw and a big benefit.” Judging of the Kinsmen Parade entries begins at 8:30 a.m., and the parade starts at 10 a.m., then travels along First Avenue. Before the parade begins, though, one dedicated community member will be honoured as Ladysmith’s 2012 Citizen of the Year. The award presentation will take place at 10 a.m. at the Ladysmith and District Credit Union parking lot. New this year is Ladysmith Has Royalty, which will take place right before Ladysmith Has Talent in the library parking lot at 11:45 a.m. Participants will be chosen at random from the audience, and they will have to perform certain tasks — which will be revealed at www. ladysmithdays.com on Aug. 1. The person who receives the most cheers from the audience for performing the four simple tasks will be declared the winner. See Ladysmith Page 1
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If you live in Ladysmith, chances are you’ve heard one of Jim (James) Williams’s famous stories or jokes, or perhaps even been handed one of his Werther’s Original candies. But the bright-eyed, quick-minded local icon, best known for his conversations, confections and ocean catches will wander First Avenue no more after passing away on July 22 at the age of 80. Williams was born and raised in Vanderhoof until leaving school to relocate to Revelstoke to work for the CPR. There, he met the love of his life, Dolly, and together they married and had four children. In 1961, Williams moved his family back to Revelstoke to farm, and two more children completed their family of eight. The Williams family came to Ladysmith in 1971 and wouldn’t relocate again. “He moved down to the Island and he just loved it here,” said his son, Raymond. “He loved his grandkids, and he was a good dad.” Many residents may remember Williams from his 40 years as a commercial fisherman, a job he held onto until his retirement at age 78. “People would always be waiting at the dock when he came in,” Raymond said. “He was pretty generous with his weights.” Ingrid James, owner of the Printingdun Beanery, said Williams’s kindness was one of the main reasons she moved to Ladysmith years ago. James was with her mother, who was buying prawns from Williams’s boat, when he asked her why she was not buying any. “I couldn’t afford them because I was a single mom with three little kids,” she explained. But Williams would not take no for an answer, and he introduced her to what he called the “single mother discount.” “I remember him opening up the [hatch] and you’d go down and there was all these five-gallon buckets,” James said. “He’d reach down and pull one out, and it was just teaming with prawns and he’d say ‘yup, that one looks to be about $10.’” Williams also sold his prawns and fresh lingcod to Bouma’s Meats on First Avenue. Store owner Paul Bouma and Owen Borgerson said
Jim Williams and his stories will be missed by many. A Celebration of Life is planned for Thurs., Aug. 2 from 1-4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. neither the fish nor his stories were ever in short supply. “Where do you start with someone like Jim,” Bouma said. “I’m going to miss him poking his head in [the store] every morning.” Borgerson recalled showing Williams a special quarter he found, which resulted in a tale about how Williams found a valuable purse at 16 years old while out hunting. The police couldn’t identify the owner and signed over the funds to Williams, who purchased a plot of land with it. Bouma remembers a story he would tell about a massive sturgeon he caught at 14 years old. Williams said they had to get a tractor to help pull it out of the water. “Any subject or story you ever came up with, he’d have one better to tell you,” Borgerson said. “Whether or not they were true is a different story. He was boundless.” Melody Smythies from the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce concurred. “He was such a nice guy,” she said. “He’d come in and say hi and shoot the breeze about anything.” A celebration of Williams’s life is planned for Thurs., Aug. 2 from 1-4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to children’s charities, which had a special place in Williams’s heart. “Ladysmith is going to miss him, for sure,” James said.
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Ladysmith will have it all Aug. 11-12 From Page 1 The winner and his or her family will be declared the Royal Family for the rest of Ladysmith Days and will receive front of the line for everything on Saturday and Sunday, the best seat in the house for Ladysmith Has Talent, dinner on Saturday night for the whole family and the best seats in the house for the fireworks. The Royal Family of Ladysmith prize will be given for a maximum of six people. “It’s a family-oriented thing,” said Smythies. “We want to get families in and bring their friends in to cheer for them.” Starting at noon, the second annual Ladysmith Has Talent contest will be held at the library parking lot. Application forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 411B First Ave. The application deadline is Aug. 3. Smythies says there were 12-15 applicants last year who show-
cased talents ranging from singThere will be a huge variety of ing and dancing to painting to events at Transfer Beach, startmusic and playing guitar. ing at 10 a.m. and ending with “It was fun last year,” she said. the fireworks sponsored by “We had a good crowd.” Ladysmith and District Credit The contest is open to per- Union at 9:30 p.m. formers of all ages, and there are There will be food and craft various age categories for prizes. vendors, free kids’ kayaking, a The winners in each age group kids’ zone, the Tiger Lily Farm will perform at the Transfer petting zoo and pony rides, chilBeach Amphitheatre on Aug. 12. dren’s games and activities and Over at Aggie Field, 49th the annual Sealegs Kayaking Parallel Family Fun Day from sand volleyball tournament 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. features fun for from 1-3 p.m. everyone. There will be lifeguards at There will be face painting, a Transfer Beach from 1-5 p.m. balloon artist, hot dogs, bouncThis year, the entertainment is ers and much more. moving to the Transfer Beach There will be an ice cream Amphitheatre. There will be live eating contest at noon and live music from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., music by Evan Miller from noon featuring Bethel Bands Together, to 3 p.m. Kendall Patrick, Skellig, the From 4-6 p.m., Transfer Beach Odds and many others. will be the site of many old-fashFor more information and full ioned family games. schedules for each day, visit On Aug. 12, the Eagles pan- www.ladysmithdays.com and cake breakfast at Eagles Hall watch for our Ladysmith Days will get everything started from program in the Aug. 7 edition of 8-11 a.m. the Chronicle.
Correction We apologize for providing the wrong phone number in the article Galbraith fundraising for rugby national tournament in the July 24 Chronicle. The correct number to help Kara Galbraith is 250-739-4182.
Garage sale for Jaedyn raises $3,100
Plenty of local residents came out to Bethel Tabernacle Saturday for a garage sale for the family of Jaedyn Amann, the five-year-old girl killed by a falling soccer net on July 4. In addition to the $3,100 raised at the garage sale, a tattoo fundraiser raised $750 and an Epicure fundraiser raised more than $1,000. A petition is now circulating to propose Jaedyn’s Law, which mandates that sporting nets across Canada be sufficiently anchored, banning collapsible nets on government (provincial and municipal) operated play fields and be routinely inspected and maintained. A copy of the petition will be at tonight’s beer and burger fundraiser at the Eagles Hall, and people Niomi Pearson/Chronicle can sign the petition online at www.jaedynslaw.com.
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NOTICES & NEWS AUGUST 2012 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE Council Meetings Government Services Committee Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Corner of Trans Canada Hwy. and Roberts St.
Tuesday, August 7th and Monday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 20th, at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. except statutory holidays
STATUTORY HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE City Hall, Development Services, Public Works and the Frank Jameson Community Centre will be closed on Monday, August 6th for the BC Day Holiday.
SECOND QUARTER UTILITY BILLS – HAVE BEEN MAILED Utility bills covering the period April to June, 2012 have been mailed. Payment is due by September 5th, 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.
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GARBAGE / RECYCLING - YOUR COLLECTION DAY IS CHANGING! Following the BC Day statutory holiday on August 6 your pick-up day will be moving forward by 1 (ONE) day.
TROLLEY ROUTE CHANGES EFFECTIVE JULY 1 New routes and schedule were implemented July 1 — schedules and maps are available at www.ladysmith.ca, FJCC, City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and on the Trolley.
BOULEVARDS Reminder to property owners that it is your responsibility to maintain the boulevards adjacent to your properties. This includes mowing and keeping them tidy. For more information please call Glen Britton, Parks Supervisor 250.245.6448.
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Sang and Mary Kim, owners of Ladysmith’s Junction Bottle Depot, with some of the electronic products accepted at their recycling location under ElectroReNIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE cycle’s expanded program. fees charged on all new getting tons of elecelectronic merchan- tronics — every day, dise purchased. For we get TVs.” Junction Bottle Depot example, a new microwave bigger than one owner Sang Kim said cubic foot will come the response from the with a $10 recycling fee, public since the prowhile the fee for a hair gram expansion has dryer, iron or handheld been overwhelmingly positive, but there may vacuum will run $1. Once an electrical be residents out there product is dropped that aren’t aware of it. “Everybody’s happy off to a designated ElectroRecycle loca- because everybody tion, it is then taken wins,” he said. ElectroRecycle, to processors within Canada and separated formerly known as into different materials Unplugged, was first launched across to be recycled. The separated prod- B.C. on Oct. 1, 2011, ucts are sold as com- a n d i t i s m a n a g e d modities and used b y t h e C a n a d i a n to manufacture new Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA). products. “We are very pleased to In Ladysmith, the designated drop-off expand ElectroRecycle for such items is at and provide British t h e P e e r l e s s R o a d Columbians with a Recycling Depot and at comprehensive and Junction Bottle Depot. convenient recycling “Before, we were tak- program,” said Darrell ing microwaves; now Clarke, president of we’re taking tools and C E S A . “ N o w w i t h sewing stuff and small an expanded list of appliances,” said bottle accepted product catdepot manager Sharon egories and a provChomeckzo. “We’re ince-wide network of
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World-renown potter is Filberg’s guest artist
Ladysmith potter Mary Fox is the guest artist at the 30th annual Filberg Festival in Comox this weekend. Fox fell into pottery in junior high and hasn’t looked back. Caitlin McKay The Chronicle
Renown potter Mary Fox will be taking clay creations to Comox for the 30th annual Filberg Festival this weekend. Fox is the festival’s guest artist, and she will showcase her work alongside 120 other artists from all over Canada. Even though she is the guest artist, this is Fox’s first time at the festival. “It’s an honour to be asked and I’m really looking forward to it,” Fox said in an interview with the Chronicle. “The Filberg has a great reputation among crafts people, and crafts people are always saying to me ‘why don’t you do the Filberg?’ and, I don’t know, I just never have.” Fox says making show-worthy pieces is a long and difficult road, but she has been saving her best pieces for Filberg. For any art lovers, the trip to Comox will be well worth it. “There’s definitely, you know, a lot of exhilaration when you’ve worked really hard on a piece and it’s a beautiful piece of magic,” said Fox. “For Filberg,
I’ve been saving all my grade As; I’ll be I’m always full of new ideas and taking all the pieces that I consider to thoughts … traffic jam in my head already!” she explains. “I work all be my very best.” Fox says she is looking forward to the time. I’m in the rare position that meeting new artists and the beauty of I do what I do for a living, and I don’t have to teach or supplement.” Comox. Fox, whose art is sold all over the “The people are the most fun, and I will meet a lot of people and talk to world, is full of advice for both estabthem about my work. It’s outdoors in lished and new artists. “I think the main mistake most a beautiful, sunny location right on the ocean, so you couldn’t ask for a nicer beginners make is that they don’t spot,” she said. “But I don’t like setting treat it like a business. You know, treat it like a job,” she said. “You up and taking down.” On a fluke, Fox fell into pottery. need to learn how to make the art Her junior high guidance counsellor work and how to market the work.” Fox sells her work mainly through informed the young Fox that she had to take pottery as an elective because galleries, but she also has her own studio and gallery in her Ladysmith it was the last class with space. “I was like ‘I’m no good at art,’ and home. “If you can have your studio and galthen it was love at first touch,” she said. “When I was a kid, people always lery where you live, that will make said ‘oh you can’t do that for a living; a big difference to making a living you’ll never make a living,’ and I was because then you’re not paying two overheads and you’re making full like, ‘well, I’ll give it a go.’” Fox began selling her work in price out your front door rather than Grade 10 and by Grade 11 was teach- just half,” she said. ing pottery at night. Since then, it’s If you want to meet Fox and see her been all about the clay. pieces, the Filberg Festival runs Aug. “I’m never bored with my work, and 3-6 in Comox.
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Opinion Parade call for entries
Your Words “I’m going to miss him poking his head in [the store] every morning.” Paul Bouma, Page 3
his year, the theme for Ladysmith Days is Ladysmith Has It All. There’s no better way to showcase that than the Kinsmen Parade, which takes place Aug. 11 along First Avenue and is sure to feature a variety of fun, colourful entries. Ladysmith Kinsmen Club member Duck Paterson says response for this year’s parade has been very low so far, and he is hoping more individuals, families, groups, businesses, organizations and clubs will come up with entries. “Normally, the summer parade isn’t as big as the winter one, and we realize a lot of people are on holidays and a lot of groups don’t meet in the summer,” said Paterson. However, the Ladysmith Days parade normally has 35 to 40 entries, and there are only 18 so far this year. Besides knowing when to show up (8:30 a.m. on Aug. 11), Paterson says the only thing people who want to enter the parade need to know is how to have fun. “It really is all about Ladysmith and about enjoying the sun and enjoying the weekend,” he said. The Ladysmith Has It All theme for the weekend is very general, but Paterson says parade participants don’t even have to follow the theme. “As long as you are in the parade and having fun and enjoying the crowd, fill your boots and be what you want to be,” he said. “Everybody’s welcome, and we want them to have fun.” Prizes will be given out in 11 different categories. At the end of the parade, participants can gather at Aggie Hall for refreshments served by Ladysmith Family and Friends (LAFF) and provided through a donation by the Kinsmen. If you’re interested in entering the parade, you can find the entry form online at www.ladysmithdays.com, at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce office at 411B First Ave. or by contacting Duck Paterson at 250-245-2263. It’s just one more way to show your community spirit and enjoy a weekend of fun and celebration. — The Chronicle
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Food security an important issue O ne of my great pleasures in the summer is to visit the many farmers’ markets in our communities and see the great bounty that our Valley produces. And I hear from many people I meet at these markets that food security is an important issue for them, one they want their elected officials to make a priority. While many people focus on the availability of fresh, local produce at reasonable prices, for most Canadians, food security also means the safety of the food found in supermarkets. The Conservative record on food safety took another hit last month when the Minister of Health announced she was ending the trans fats surveillance program that monitored the food industry’s voluntary compliance with reducing trans fats in the foods they produce for sale.
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T h e Conservative government refused to take that step and instead offered a chance for food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce trans fats in their products over the next two years. At that time, the Health Minister promised regulations if the voluntary reductions were not adequate. Six years later, and after many dollars spent on a monitoring program, there are no regulations and soon Canadians won’t even know how much trans fats are in the food they buy at the supermarket. Canadian families want
to make healthy and nutritious food choices. By axing any proposed regulations and ignoring departmental advice, the Health Minister makes it harder and harder for families to make these healthy choices. And this is part of a worrying trend with this minister. Well before it was done its job, she cut the Sodium Wo r k i n g G r o u p t h a t was trying to reduce the amount of sodium in food and also cut a program to work with provinces on reducing sodium. And many Canadians are disappointed that there is still no action on improving food labels so Canadians know exactly what is in their food, especially genetically modified organisms. New Democrats believe the Health Minister should be working to improve and protect Canadians’ health. Not the interests of industry.
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Letters In-camera meetings can too easily become an addiction
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Editor: In the “Guest View” of the Nanaimo Daily News, the writer brought to light the amount of “incamera” or “closed-door” meetings that are being held by many city councils. In my opinion, like that of the writer, too much business is being conducted behind closed doors. As a past member of Ladysmith’s city council, I appreciate that many things have to be done behind closed doors, especially when dealing with land, legal and labour issues. The writer, like my previous letter, refers to the fact in Victoria, 75 per cent of the council meetings had all or part of their council meetings conducted in secret. This compares to 35 per cent in Saanich and 25 per cent in Nanaimo. Ladysmith had 100 per cent of regular council meetings for the first half of this year with part of the regular council meetings behind closed doors. The author said “in-camera meetings lead to mistrust.” In my opinion, this is a valid statement. He is also correct when he says, “Too many in-camera meetings raise the suspicion that someone is hiding something” and when he says, “Information is the oxygen that lets democracy breath. Without access to information, people cannot fully participate in the public process.” Our elected officials have to determine what truly needs to be kept confidential for legal reasons and separate that from items that should be public. Often, in my opinion, only a small portion of an item or topic needs to be in camera, but too often the whole topic will be conducted behind closed doors. In-camera meetings should be used sparingly and only in the most narrow of definitions of purpose as defined in the Community Charter, and not for the matter of dealing with controversial or unpopular items. Like the author said, in-camera
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What would make a cat run this fast? Our cartoonist, Rob Kernachan of Chemainus, sent us this photo of a fast feline. If you have any photos you would like to share with the Chronicle, please send them to editor@ ladysmithchronicle.com. identified.” He also said the desire amongst council members was to create some new energy at Waterwheel Park. New energy! There isn’t anything more quiet and unassuming than a library. I sure hope they have second thoughts before this is pushed through. Theresa Kowall Ladysmith
meetings can too easily become an addiction. Robert Johnson Ladysmith
Chemainus library shouldn’t be at Waterwheel Park Editor: I don’t live in Chemainus, but I can’t believe the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Municipality of North Cowichan want to put the library in Waterwheel Park. They must have rocks in their heads. Have they never been to any of the wonderful events that take place in or around the park area? North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure said council voted in favour of the the parking lot because the firehall had previously been identified as a potential site for a multi-use building. Note the words ”previously been
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Editor: Re: An imagined City Hall conversation (July 24) I read with great amusement Mr. Garth Gilroy’s letter to the editor in the July 24 issue. Mr. Gilroy’s letter is very accurate even though he records it as imaginary. Unfortunately for the Ladysmith taxpayers, we are once again sad-
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dled with a town governing body completely devoid of entrepreneurial ability — experience or even interest. Mr. Gilroy accurately describes within his imaginary account the confusion and inability to recognize that Ladysmith is suffering very badly from leadership that has no interest in anything progressive. We have a town wallowing in opportunities to develop into an exciting and wonderful place to visit; however, if we are lucky enough to have a visitor, where does he or she sleep? Where can a visiting recreational vehicle park and spend a few days exploring Ladysmith? We see the vacationers passing our town every day for greener, friendlier locations north of us. The sad thing about this is they are spending their money elsewhere, not in Ladysmith. It’s almost like watching a poor blind dog in a well-stocked butcher shop.
Editor: The picture on the front page of the July 24 edition provides the opportunity to remind us of the rewards and risks of water-related activities. This letter is not a criticism of the Stz’uminus event organizers, as competitive events provide safety supervision for the competitors and volunteers. In fact, the organizers should be commended for promoting physical activity for children and youth. However, it is interesting that the event occurs during the Lifesaving Society’s National Drowning Prevention Week, which, historically, is the worst week for drowning in Canada. According to the Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Drowning Report — 2012 Edition, the highest cause of boating deaths is not wearing a lifejacket during recreational boating. Do have fun enjoying the wonderful amenities where we live, but be safe. Len Manuel Past president of the BC/Yukon branch of the Lifesaving Society
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Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary gift shops offer unique, handmade items
the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary Gift Shop are handmade Looking for some- by local residents, thing unique to cele- including knitted onebrate a new arrival, a of-a-kind items and birthday or any other woodworking. special occasion? “People will come in T h e L a d y s m i t h and knit things like Health Care Auxiliary slippers, blankets, is encouraging people lots of baby things,” to look no further than said Claire Chisholm, its two gift shops on assistant manager Fourth Avenue. with the auxiliary’s gift Volunteer auxiliary shops. “A lot of people members operate two really like those things gift shops in Ladysmith because they are very — one at the Ladysmith unique and something Community Health you can’t find someCare Centre and one where else.” at the Lodge on 4th. The auxiliary is A variety of new gift always looking for items are stocked people who are interfor sale, and many ested in knitting items of the items found at for the gift shops and
can provide the yarn. One hundred per cent of the net proceeds of sales in the two gift shops are directed to health care-related projects sponsored by the auxiliary. Chisholm says the unique thing about the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary’s gift shops is the handmade items that are available. “You can see the little baby clothes, and you can see they’re made w i t h q u a l i t y, a n d they’re made with care,” she said. “It’s a good place to go if you are looking for little gifts.”
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Everyone who works at the gift shops is a volunteer, so all the profits from the two shops go toward the health care centre in Ladysmith. The gift shop at the Lodge on 4th is a bit smaller, and Chisholm says it is mainly meant to give Lodge residents and their visi-
tors a place to shop. unteers, and they are “A lot of people at the always looking for Lodge like it because new volunteers. If it’s their social inter- anyone is interested in action,” she said. “We volunteering, they can really like it because pick up an application we can be there for form at the gift shop them, and it’s more or visit the website for than just giving a information. donation to the Lodge.” Chisholm started T h e L a d y s m i t h volunteering with the Health Care Auxiliary auxiliary because her has roughly 200 vol- mother is a member,
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Rotary donates cabinets to LRCA Lindsay Chung The Chronicle
Staff and program participants at the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association now have more space for storing everything they need, thanks to the generosity of Ladysmith Rotary volunteers. The Rotary Club of Ladysmith recently built cabinets, cupboards and benches for the kitchen and children’s room at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA). Club members volunteered their time to build, stain and install fastenings for the cabinets, cupboards and benches, and they installed the finished products at the end of June. The cabinets, cupboards and benches were custom-made by Bill Hutchinson on behalf of Rotary. LRCA executive director Dennis Lait approached Ladysmith Rotary asking if the club could donate any money for the project when he found out the LRCA could not afford the millwork. “We didn’t have sufficient funds to com-
plete it, but taking a look at it, we thought we could do it,” explained Hutchinson. Hutchinson was going to team up with Loyd Fair for the project, but Fair passed away quite suddenly. “Loyd was the builder of our club for years and years,” said Hutchinson. “We’re going to miss him.” Hutchinson started building the cabinets in February. “I quite enjoyed doing it,” he said. Rotary volunteers installed the cabinets, benches and cupboards at the end of June. “The staff and even the participants in the programs are very grateful to Rotary for doing this, as it allows them to have a place to store toys and books,” said Lait. “It also makes it more accessible for kids and parents to see what there is. This is another example of Rotary’s commitment to the community and giving back. “We’re very grateful. By them doing this and us not having to go out and pay for the millwork, it allows us to put more into our programs.”
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The Western Purple Martin Foundation hosted its eighth annual Purple Martin Open House July 29 at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina. Clockwise from top left, adult female (top) and male Purple Martins perch on one of the nest boxes at the marina; biologist Bruce Cousens gathers nestlings to be banded; Charlene Lee, project co-ordinator for the Purple Photos by Lindsay Chung Martin Recovery Program, provides information about the birds and the recovery program; and a 16-day-old nestling is banded.
Sharing the good news at the eighth annual Purple Martin Open House at Cowichan Bay Estuary,and the program is now called the B.C. Purple Martin The Chronicle Stewardship and Recovery Program. The Purple Martin colony at the Ladysmith In the last 20 years, about 1,500 nest boxes Harbour is one of the largest active colonies have been distributed among 90 marine in B.C. and freshwater sites throughout the Purple There were 65 active nests In 2011, and so Martins’ historical breeding range, which far this year, the Georgia Basin Ecological includes southern and eastern Vancouver Assessment and Restoration Society Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower (GBEARS) has found close to 60 pairs of Mainland and the Gulf Islands, and more birds in the harbour and hasn’t even com- than half of those nest boxes have been pleted a full nest check. distributed since 2000. This good news was shared during the According to GBEARS, there were only 510 Western Purple Martin Foundation’s Purple breeding pairs of Purple Martins in B.C. in Martin Open House July 29 at the Ladysmith 1985. In 2011, there were about 750 breeding Maritime Society Community Marina. pairs across the province. The Purple Martin is the largest swallow The long-term challenge as the population in North America, and the bird’s population grows is to re-introduce the species to its in B.C. has been in decline for a century historic nesting habitat in the wild so that or more due to habitat loss from logging, the birds are less dependent on humans. agricultural land clearing, fire suppression, “In the wild, martins used to nest in woodurban development and competition for nest pecker cavities, so there might only be three cavities with European Starlings and House to six cavities in an area, so nesting areas Sparrows. would be very small in the natural habitat, Their population has increased steadily but we don’t have as many old trees and with the use of nest boxes. The B.C. nest snags in the forest anymore, so we don’t see box program started in the mid-1980s martins in the wild anymore,” said Charlene Lindsay Chung
Lee, project co-ordinator for the recovery program. An important part of the B.C. Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program is banding nestlings. Coloured bands represent different year classes and locations, and each band has a unique number that can be read through a spotting scope. By reading bands, program staff and volunteers can get an idea of how birds move between colonies, which age groups show up when, and how many birds are surviving each year. Birds banded in Ladysmith have dispersed as far as Campbell River, Sooke and the San Juan Islands, explained Lee. Lee says the purpose of the Purple Martin Open House is mainly education for young and old. “It’s nice to have children come so they can see baby birds being banded and get an appreciation for nature, and it’s a goodnews story, and we’d like to spread the good news,” she said. “People can find out some of the reasons behind why the nest boxes are here. Without nest boxes, purple martins would likely not exist in B.C. anymore.”
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Chronicles From the Past - Sonja Henie impressed movie-goers July 1912 In mid-July of 1912, Ladysmith was experiencing a heat wave, which made for long, hot and “testy” city council meetings. A review of the council meetings for the month reveals lengthy discussions on such key issues as: the purchase of a Remington versus a Royal typewriter for City Hall; discussion over the removal of a “dangerous” metal sign placed on a city electrical pole by the Victoria Auto Club; a heated argument over the rewording of the city’s “noxious weeds” bylaw; debate on whether the city or local merchants should pay for stump removal on Methuen Street; and the use of obscene language by young boys in public places in town. However, residents considered themselves fortunate when the news reached Ladysmith that Saskatchewan had been hit by a tornado on the last day of June. It slashed through six city blocks in Regina, killing 40 people, injuring 300 others, destroying 500 buildings and leaving a quarter of the population homeless. (The “Regina Cyclone” lasted only three minutes, but it took 46 years to pay for the damages. It remains the deadliest tornado in Canadian history.) July 1937 Twenty-five years later, the city was experiencing another hot July. Ladysmith could hardly complain. On July 5, 1937, the highest temperature recorded in Canada was reached at Yellowgrass, Sask., when the mercury
Sonja Henie impressed movie-goers when One in a Million came to the Rialto Theatre. soared to 45°C (113° F). To help cool down Ladysmith, the Rialto Theatre featured a film called One in a Million, starring Sonja Henie, three-time Olympic women’s figure skating champion, who had studied with the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia and successfully introduced the art of dance (and the short skirt) into ice skating competition. This was Henie’s first film and featured a “breathtaking winter ballet on ice.” The enthralled Ladysmith film audience was unable to take its eyes off “the pert, five-feettwo-inches-tall, 110pound blonde and very attractive” Miss Henie. An article in the July 23 Chronicle reported that Mr. R. C. Henderson had been successful in introducing the boysenberry to Vancouver I s l a n d . T h e b e r r y, original developed in California, adapted well to the local climate and proved to be very popular on Vancouver Island. Rudolph Boysen, who originally developed the hybrid by crossing several varieties of raspberry, loganberry and blackberry vines,
had given some of the in Saltair at Blainey’s berries to Walter Knott Corner for many years. of Buena Vista, Calif. She passed away later Knott then shipped that year in November.) some to Henderson to Mrs. M. Loos, who test “their northern win- o p e r a t e d D u n n ’ s ter hardiness.” (Note: Grocery at the corner Walter Knott used the of White Street and berry to make a popular Second Avenue, faced jam. The success of this some tough compepreserve marked the tition. Her two sons, beginning of the world Michael and Bobby, set famous Knott’s Berry up a cardboard store Farm in California.) in front of the grocery. July 1962 The enthusiastic young Longtime Ladysmith entrepreneurs offered resident Mrs. Margaret shoe shines and bags Walker received con- of cherries for sale at a gratulatory telegrams very reasonable price. from Queen Elizabeth It is tough to compete and Prime Minister in the produce market John Diefenbaker com- — especially when your memorating her 100th competitors are sellbirthday on July 25. ing cherries from your (Note: Mrs. Walker lived backyard, packaged in
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