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CRTC approval means long-range planning is possible for local radio Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
“Little radio station goes big time,” reads the headline of the press release sent out by CICV, 98.7 FM, the Lake. On August 9, at 9 a.m., the Cowichan Lake not-forproﬁt radio station received notice from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission that it has been approved to begin transmitting at 50 watts instead of 5. “This will deﬁnitely improve signal strength and reception to our present listeners,” said Mike Bishop, chair of the Cowichan Valley Radio Society. But it also means a much broader broadcasting area once the station’s transmission tower is relocated. “Our testing has shown that from the new transmitter site we can be heard as far to the east as Tansor and westward to the Youbou lands and beyond,” said Bishop. A location has been identiﬁed, but not released as the station is in the process of attaining the rights to the property. The announcement also means security for the radio station. “It’s good for seven years,” said Bishop. “We don’t have to go back and ask them for anything until 2019. It gives us a chance to do some long-range planning because we’ve got a long range future.” The biggest adjustment, says Bishop, will be that as of September 1, listeners will have to set their dials at 97.5 FM to tune in to CICV’s programming. On August 10, Area F Director, Ian Morrison used the announcement as an opportunity to present Bishop with a cheque for $1,000, half of which is in support of the Summer Nights program happening Saturday evenings all through August. “We’re using the radio station because they’re an established organization that can receive funding. There wasn’t an umbrella group that could have represented the loosely knit people that were putting that together,” said Morrison. The other half of the funds goes towards the station directly as a grant-in-aid. “It was in a sense partially in pursuit of the license and various expenses and upgrades. Now, I realize that this is sort of a small part . . . [they] will have to do some serious fundraising for the next stage,” said Morrison. “The radio station’s announcement is just huge in my book,” added Morrison. Morrison sees the radio station as a unifying force, tying together all those who live around the lake regardless of local government divisions. He also commented on the stability this provides local
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Once again the Clarence Whittingham tugboat made its annual appearance at this year’s Youbou Regatta on Saturday, August 11. Whittingham’s family brings the tugboat to Arbutus Park every year for the Clarence Whittingham 1/4 mile swim and the canoe race. For more pictures of all the fun, go to page 9.
students when looking to participate in radio station programming as part of their curriculum through Lake Cowichan Secondary and middle school. “You know, there’s kids that go into the school and help with techie stuff, but not knowing what the long range future of the radio station is, is somebody that is in Grade 7 or 8 going to want to invest time and energy into something like this if they don’t know if it’s going to be there,” said Morrison. Another thing that excites both Morrison and Bishop is the fact that the new transmission range will allow the station to become part of the emergency brodcast system, keeping Cowichan Lake residents up to date in the case of an emergency. To this end, Bishop has been speaking with Protective Services at the CVRD. “This is our main underlying goal,” said Bishop. “We’ve got standby power right now so that we can run the whole station in the event of a power failure.” The station has also recently acquired gear that allows them to broadcast back to the station from anywhere in
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Proposed funding service for Cowichan Sportsplex could mean an end to continued grant-in-aid Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is looking for support from its municipalities and electoral areas for a new funding formula that would provide some stability in the ongoing funding of the Chesterﬁeld Sport Society, the non-proﬁt society that runs the Sportsplex in Duncan. For the past several years, the Sportsplex has relied on continued grant-in-aid from these municipalities and electoral areas, meaning a residential tax rate for all jurisdictions of .64 cents on every $100,000 for property owners. A new ﬁnancial contribution service would eliminate the need for this continued grant-in-aid each year, and would provide the extra $46,000 being sought for 2013. In order to make this happen, the CVRD is looking to poll the municipalities and electoral areas to see which are willing to participate in the service, and as a result draft a bylaw which would deﬁne the partners and how the annual requisition would be allotted between them. If all 13 agree to the service, it would mean that residents would be paying a capped (using 2012 assessment data) .94 cents per $100,000 assessment. “Creating this service creates some permanence for the Sportsplex, at least more concrete than a regional grant-inaid,” said Joe Barry, manager, legislative services for the CVRD. This has been an ongoing issue for the CVRD and the Sportsplex, and the last time a poll was conducted was in 2010 with ﬁve municipalities/electoral areas voting for the service, four voting against (or choosing not to participate), Lake Cowichan and Areas F and I being among them, and four saying their participation was conditional. At the last Lake Cowichan council meeting on Tuesday, August 7, Coun. Tim McGonigle, who sits on the CVRD board, clearly outlined the proposal for mayor and council, and reiterated that in the last vote, the town did not support the service. “I don’t think it’s fair to the Sportsplex to continually come back year after year seeking a regional grant in aid . . . I think it’s fair for the people who want to ﬁnance this function be afforded that opportunity and those that do not wish to be afforded the opportunity to back away,” said McGonigle.
“I don’t think the answer lies in the elected ofﬁcials at that table. I think it’s time to get this subject off the political realm and into the public’s hands,” he added. Currently, per area usage of the Sportsplex sits at 1.9 per cent for Lake Cowichan, .6 per cent for Area I, and .8 per cent for Area F. McGonigle would like to see taxation based on these numbers as opposed to a ﬂat rate spread across all electoral areas and municipalities. Barry says that this formula is deﬁnitely an option, “but it has to be the political direction,” he said and added that the issue will go to the public after it is determined which municipalities and electoral areas are willing to participate and which funding formula will be used in order to draft a bylaw which will then be given three readings and be sent back to the municipalities and areas for review. The type of public input depends on the public process requested by the board; either an alternative approval process which would need 10 per cent no vote to see the service defeated, and would see a minimal cost to the public, or a referendum, which could cost the public $65,000 region wide, according to Barry. Catherine Brandon, the executive director of the Sportsplex says that as a not-for-proﬁt, the facility does not just generate funding through municipalities and electoral areas, but also through fundraising, donations, and sponsorships, but these are becoming harder to come by. “In the beginning it was easier to generate these funds to build the facility,” said Brandon. “But now we need operating money,” for things like washrooms, maintenance, and staff wages. “The only way we can continue operating [in 2013 without a new funding service] is by tapping into reserves that are ﬁnite. We don’t have enough to continue,” she said. She states that without continued funding the facility would have to be turned back over to the Municipality of North Cowichan which would erode the tradition of the Sportsplex and end up costing tax payers more. Her plea to the public is for them to make their voices heard by their elected ofﬁcials. “There are a lot of events here and a lot of Lake Cowichan people participate [in these events]. Give your director a call and let them know you are in favour,” concluded Brandon.
New agreement meant to provide better medical care for rural area patients Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
On July 24, the Ministry of Health released a statement saying that a new agreement has been reached with B.C. doctors that will support the recruitment and retention of physicians and will also improve access to specialists and medical care for those in remote communities. Part of this plan includes strategies in a new Physician Master Agreement. And while Lake Cowichan is not considered remote (though it is rural) or a community in need, many of the incentives in this agreement are meant to help communities such as this one. Dr. Jonathan Grifﬁn of the Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice says that the biggest issue doctors face is the delivery of health care, and that the new agreement works to try and solve many problems with delivery in B.C., and in the Valley. Though these initiatives were only started two years ago, Grifﬁn says they are a “large change in how health care is currently delivered,” and that the Division of Family Practices is one way that this is being accomplished. “For example, the Cowichan Valley Health Network is a community body made up of 50 organizations,” said Grifﬁn. Everything from church groups to politicians are involved and have input into what the community sees as the most prominent health care needs. “The group sits and determines these issues and then rethinks how to deliver appropriate solutions,” said Grifﬁn. Other initiatives in the Master Agreement that are meant to help communities such as Lake Cowichan are things like the Practice Support Program. This program provides learning modules for doctors and
their medical ofﬁce assistants. These modules provide them with information on how to better manage patient wait lists and scheduling, increase efﬁciency, and improve care for patients with chronic diseases. “When booking, this allows doctors to leave spots available for urgent visits,” said B.C. Medical Association president, Shelly Ross. It also provides information on things like creating group visits. “For example, doctors can set a morning aside for a group of 30 people with diabetes to come in and be given common information and learn from each other,” said Ross. This program also allows physicians to work directly with specialists to provide direct care for patients and reduce the need to set up separate appointments with these specialists. “In the past GPs were hesitant to talk to specialists, but now specialists are paid for these calls,” said Ross. Grifﬁn states that though the Division of Family Practices is aware that there has been a loss of physicians in the Lake Cowichan area, “we have started work there both for immediate needs of patients and for the longer term. The clinic [Brookside Medical Clinic] offers services to assure needs are met immediately and will manage these needs while ﬁnding someone for long term care.” None of the doctors at Brookside Medical Clinic were available for comment at press time. However, we at the Gazette are interested to hear whether these incentives are making a difference at the clinic and with patient care in Lake Cowichan. Email us with your feedback to editor@ lakecowichangazette.com, or post to our Facebook page.
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At its annual Giant Garage Sale, the Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society grossed approximately $2,700, according to Marg
Lake Cowichan mayor and council would like to remind local residents that there are sprinkling/watering restrictions in effect all year round, and it is especially important to abide by these restrictions now that summer has hit with full force. “Odd-numbered premises may water on odd-numbered days and even-numbered premises on even-numbered days. Sprinkling may occur between 6 and 9 a.m. and 7 and 10 p.m. on the appropriate day,” reads a memo from the Tuesday, August 7 meeting. Failure to comply with the restrictions could result in a ﬁne, although hand watering of trees and shrubs, ﬂowers or vegetable gardens may occur on any day of the week. Coun. Frank Hornbrook did note that he was surprised at the time frame for the restrictions, as he thought that they were only in effect from June 9 to September 30. This comment started a discussion at the table about the hours given for watering, and what works best for local residents and for Public Works town employees. “We used to have water regulations that restricted watering to six and ten-oclock,” commented Joseph Fernadez, the town’s chief administrative ofﬁcer. “That was for the mornings and the evenings, and council changed it to three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening.” He went on to say that the problem with the current hours is that they cause a bit of confusion for residents because hours are not consistent for morning and evening. It also causes some difﬁculties for town employees who don’t start work until 7 a.m. on weekdays. “So it doesn’t work for Public Works,” said Fernandez. “You have them watering past nine at times, and as a result you have the public coming and saying, look you have them watering at all hours of the day. If the town doesn’t have to comply, why should we?” The table then discussed the possibility of either changing the hours to be more consistent, ie. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., or going back to the four hour morning and evening watering hours. Coun. Tim McGonigle did point out that the reduction in hours was an effort to ensure water conservation. “I think by evening the time-lines that we would negate the confusion, but I don’t think I would be in favour of adding an hour to that,” said McGonigle. He pointed out that people can still hand water if they need to. “What I would like to see in the water restriction is something along the lines of: should the [ﬁre department] alarms go off that sprinklers are turned off to ensure water pressure for the ﬁre department services,” added McGonigle. All at the table agreed that they would like to send a friendly reminder to town residents to turn off sprinkler systems in the event of a ﬁre alarm. They also discussed how to deal with the Public Works watering hours issue, and whether or not these hours need to be separate from residential hours – though not more – and decided that town staff would look into alternatives and investigate what other municipalities are doing and come back to council with recommendations for the next Public Works meeting.
Livingstone, one of the society’s members. Even though attendance was a little spotty, and it was hard to gauge just how many people attended, Livingstone says it went well overall. “The auction alone generated just under $300,” said Livingstone. There was a tie for the kids contest to guess how many Lego candies were in a water bottle, so Livingstone ﬁlled another bottle with the candy to ensure that both received a prize. The basket from Country Grocer, one of the prizes in the rafﬂe, went to Lorraine Oliver. The second rafﬂe item was a pet portrait by artist Trudy Kungold Ammann. Livingstone says the portrait will not be drawn for until October 15, but she says that ticket sales for this rafﬂe item did well. Two unexpected contributors to the event were Megan and Kyle McKechnie. The two local youth raised $19.36 through lemonade sales in one afternoon. The two informed their patrons the proceeds would be donated to the Animal Rescue Society. Both plan to volunteer with LCARS. Leftover items from the event will be sold at smaller garage sale events throughout the year. The next one will take place sometime in October.
being covered by the Ministry of Social Development, and Atkinson is starting to feel like he is, “feeling better now” and is getting “back to the grind.” Small crowds of concerned neighbours gathered on both sides of Youbou Highway on the night of the incident as Lake Cowichan RCMP, Fire Department, and B.C Ambulance responded to the scene. Paramedics tried to resuscitate the driver of the motorcycle and his passenger. Both were taken to Cowichan District Hospital and the passenger was released with non life-threatening injuries. The Youbou Highway was blocked off from Indian Road to the intersection with Highway 18 for several hours, and police along with the collision analyst were on the scene until approximately 3 a.m., according to Lake Cowichan RCMP Const. Preston. Residents trying to return home to the north side of Neva Road were asked to leave their vehicles on the south side and walk home. Const. Preston took the names and phone numbers of many so he could inform them of when they could retrieve their vehicles. —firstname.lastname@example.org
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Victims formally identiﬁed in motorcycle tragedy on Aug. 4 Regional coroner, Matt Brown, has released the names of the victims involved in the deadly crash on Saturday, August 4, on the Youbou Highway at the Neva Road intersection at approximately 8:40 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle was 60-year-old Arthur Randy Bernard of Chemainus. Bernard’s motorcycle struck and killed 48-year-old Sandra Dempsey, also known as Sandra Engstrom, as she crossed the Youbou Highway with a friend’s dog at Neva Road. According to Brown, both died of multiple trauma. Speed and alcohol are not ruled out as factors, but toxicology tests are yet to be performed and it could take as long as six weeks before results are known. Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday says that a collision analyst is still working on the details of how the incident occurred, “but none of that information is available to us at this time.” A make-shift memorial has be set up along the side of the road at the site of the incident, and support continues to pour into Wayne Atkinson’s (common law spouse to Dempsey) Facebook page as he deals with the tragedy. According to this same page, funeral costs are
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On Saturday, Aug 4, at Saywell Park, Megan (left) and Kyle McKechnie presented Marg Livingstone, of the Lake Cowichan Animal Rescue Society, with their lemonade stand sales.
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What merits a bylaw revision At last week’s council meeting, mayor and council reviewed a letter sent in by John and Dianna Bell, of Lake Cowichan, stating that because of medical issues the couple are having difﬁculty keeping up with the growth of broom on their section of the boulevard on the roundabout at the top of King George Road. Though council did take some time to consider what this meant for the couple, and some did suggest that perhaps the bylaw stating that boulevards be maintained might could be revised, the decision was ultimately reached to send the couple a letter saying that they must maintain it or risk facing a ﬁne. It was decided that any revising of the bylaw would open a “can of worms” because in doing so everyone in town might decide they are too sick to maintain their own boulevards. While this is understandable to a certain extent — not every bylaw can be re-written because someone has an issue with it — the couple in question are by no means law-breakers with no regard for the esthetic beauty of their community. The central question they asked was also not addressed by council: where did the soil come from to ﬁll in the roundabout? They claim that there was no issue with broom in the area until after the roundabout was built. Instead, the discussion around this couple’s concerns seemed dismissive and lacking any real compassion. I don’t think this was council’s intent, and I’m sure that not every request or complaint along these lines can be addressed with in-depth care, but it left me wondering how this couple is supposed to deal with their problem? It seemed that a lot of assumptions were made: council suggested the two could ask friends to help them or use a ride on mower. However, I’m sure council is not aware of the full scope of the Bell’s daily situation. —firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s High Five goes out to the Lake Cowichan Fire Department, RCMP, and B.C. Ambulance paramedics, all of whom have been extremely busy over the last couple of weeks. Calls have included motorvehicle accidents, tubing and river related incidents, heat and sunstroke related calls and even a brush ﬁre. Give these men and women a much deserved break by playing safe on the roads and waterways of Cowichan Lake.
Pipeline won’t be imposed, Harper says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has rejected suggestions his government is considering pushing through the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline across northern B.C. Harper was asked about By Tom Fletcher Enbridge Inc.’s pipeline project at a stop in Vancouver Tuesday, and the frequent accusation that he has already decided it is in the national interest for it to proceed. “I’ve been very clear that decisions on these kinds of projects are made through an independent evaluation conducted by scientists into the economic costs and risks that are associated with the project,” Harper said. “I think that’s the only way governments can handle controversial projects of this manner, to ensure that things are evaluated on an independent basis, scientiﬁcally, and not simply on political criteria.” Harper told reporters he has spoken with B.C. Premier Christy Clark and other premiers about pipelines, but those conversations are private. It’s his ﬁrst public comment since a dispute erupted between Clark and
Alberta Premier Alison Redford in July over Clark’s demand for more revenues. “I’m not going to get into an argument or discussion about how we divide hypothetical revenues,” Harper said. He did emphasize that in general, it is important for Canada to diversify its trade and open up new markets in Asia. The federal government is planning “huge investments” to improve environmental protection for shipping resource material, but it won’t favour any individual project, he said. Kinder Morgan hopes to twin its existing oil pipeline from Alberta to port and reﬁnery facilities in Burnaby, to transport more heavy oil from the Athabasca oil sands. But the company has not yet formally applied for federal environment assessment. Clark initially said her government would wait until the federal assessment of Enbridge is concluded in 2013 before deciding whether to support it. Then in late July, the B.C. government presented a list of ﬁve preconditions, including a positive recommendation from the federal review. The others are “world-leading” oil spill prevention
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Trafﬁc Jam The improvements to South Shore road have created a potential trafﬁc delay. Previously, when turning left from South Shore Road onto King George Street, there was sufﬁcient room for vehicles to pass on the right of the vehicle waiting to turn. Thanks to the new sidewalk this is no longer possible, and instead creates the possibility of a trafﬁc back-up. Hubert Crevels Lake Cowichan
Contempt for democracy The disregard and contempt for democracy shown by members of the Liberal party (ﬁrst, the Education Minister, and now, by the president of the Cowichan Valley Constituency Association of the B.C. Liberals) concerning public education in this school district is alarming! On July 1, Mr. Abbott dismissed our elected board, to inﬂict political damage on them as he did not consider them friendly. On July 23, Patrick Hrushowy, president of the Cowichan Valley constituency association of the B.C. Liberal Party, told us that we should rethink allowing the community and public
education stakeholders to elect “people” to be trustees. By the way, those people who explore the issues and value the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote feel your opinion doesn’t count for much. And, all those trustee candidates who put forth the effort to campaign across the district (working hard and not spending a lot of money) and were elected: step aside! We should, instead, have our capable staff expertly guided by a widely respected Liberal appointee and keep democracy out of the process. The capable staff found a $300,000 budget surplus on the day after the budget submission deadline. Had the elected board been advised of this surplus, before June 30, there could well have been budget adjustments and a more positive result. I wonder if other information has, or will, come to light that the board would have found useful? An extensive budget process determined that there are many supports and services that our students need and that should be addressed when funds were available. The respected appointee ignored these needs and expertly directed the surplus elsewhere. I have little doubt that this is exactly how the present Liberal Ministry of Education would like to manage the delivery of education at the local level.
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Appreciate volunteer ﬁre ﬁghters With all that went on in Lake Cowichan on the August long weekend, I do feel our local volunteer ﬁre department must be given acknowledgement for all they did. It must have been a weekend of the most call-outs. What would we do if we did not have them? We appreciate you guys so much. Marie Bergstrom Lake Cowichan
Inspired by nature I have watched jets swoop over Abbotsford, model aircraft stunting in Victoria, but nothing can compare with the aerial display nature put on during a perfect, windless evening last week over Lake Cowichan. As dusk approached, they appeared. At ﬁrst they were just dots in the sky, too high to identify. Were they swallows? We didn’t think so. The ﬂight was very fast and the sudden change in direction was not swallow like. They came a bit lower and we could make out the shape of
their wings, which were beautifully tapered and swept back. The birds were hunting insects and as the light dimmed their prey came closer to earth. Close enough to see the white stripes on the hunters’ wings. Nighthawks — that most secretive of birds came out to demonstrate their complete dominance of the air. Like all true performers they left the best to last. They swooped down over our heads at dizzying speed as if to say, “Beat that, humans!” and disappeared; back to the woods where they hide their wing epaulettes and lie in the forest looking like piles of dead leaves. Perhaps they will return again this summer, perhaps not, but the memory of their show will stay with us as one of life’s spectacular events. David Ridley Lake Cowichan
After-thought boundary changes The residents of the Cowichan Lake communities should be aware of the proposed changes in our federal riding boundaries. We are currently part of the riding called Nanaimo-Cowichan which puts us in the same riding as the Duncan area. Proposed changes — suggested by the
B.C. Federal Re-distribution Commission — would have our area as part of the new NanaimoCowichan riding which would put us in with Ladysmith north. This means our member of Parliament would represent this up-island area with us as an afterthought. We would be separated from the area we have traditionally been a part of, namely the Duncan area. To visit your MP’s new ofﬁce you would drive out Hwy.18, turn left and drive through Chemainus (which would be part of the Duncan area riding) to Ladysmith, or possibly Nanaimo. Currently, our MP has a Duncan ofﬁce which can access with a short drive. The commission which drafted this report seems to have no concept of the Cowichan lake ties with the Duncan area. When I ﬁrst saw the new riding proposal I presumed that an error was made and would be corrected. However, I now believe that if we do not make our voices heard to the commission we may ﬁnd ourselves stuck as an isolated pocket of this new riding. Check out the website at federal-redistribution.ca or phone them at 1-855-747-7236 and let them know your feelings. Don Gordon Lake Cowichan
Ooblecks and other oddities at VIRL It was a sunny July 28, ﬁlled with green slime, outlandish creatures, and tall tales at the Cowichan Lake branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The second event of this year’s Strange, but True Summer Reading Club celebrated Ooblecks and other Oddities with the familar Dr. Suess story (complete with a sample of green, gooey Oobleck to take home). Thanks to Lake Cowichan Country Grocer, kids could take their pick from a variety of fruits and vegetables to create creatures that truly were strange (but true!) SRC’s event on Thursday, Aug. 9
Daina Hutton From left: Caleb Spooner is startled by his creation, Mr. Silly. Alex Rudzik has a laugh at his yellow-ﬁnned, umbrella puffer ﬁsh, and Helena Barger proudly shows her blue-eyed dinosaur.
was Are You Magic? The ﬁnal wrap-up for the Summer Reading Club will take place on September 8, at 11 a.m. The Summer Reading Club was started as a way to keep kids engaged with literature throughout the summer. Salt Spring Island artist Mike Deas, got kids’ imaginations on the path to exploration with his poster designs and wild and wacky creatures. For more information, head down to the Cowichan Lake branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library, or go to virl.bc.ca or kidssrc. ca. — email@example.com
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Gillian Wiley Veterinarian
First, take heart – this is possible! You control the food – most animals can’t get into a locked container and feed themselves. Firstly add up all the food your pet consumes in a day – don’t forget cookies, snacks and table scraps. For free feeders (especially cats) you can provide a
measured amount at the beginning of the day and measure what is left the next morning to see how much was eaten. You will probably get a good idea of the true amount if you average several days. Now you know how much you are feeding. Next cut back on that daily amount by about one ﬁfth to one quarter overall. Eliminate the items with less nutritional value ﬁrst (rich dog treats, bacon, etc). Or consider switching to a lower calorie food so that you can feed the same number of cups daily
but your pet is getting fewer calories. There are many diet choices and when in doubt your veterinarian can help you to choose an appropriate one. Finally don’t forget the many beneﬁts of increasing exercise - a raised metabolic rate can persist for a lot longer than just that hour’s run in the country. For cats and small dogs, a fun game with a favourite toy counts too. Good luck, and don’t forget to weigh in occasionally.
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Built on the former site of Scholey Brothers General Store, the Rails End Pub as it looked when it opened in 1992. It later became the Trails End restaurant, which featured an extensive (and expensive) model train collection that circled the restaurant much to the amusement of the customers. After standing empty for a period of time, it opened recently under the name Jake’s at the Lake.
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PAGES OF HISTORY When the Rails End restaurant opened its doors in 1992, it was a welcome addition to the community. Located near Saywell Park, its uniquely designed building is situated on a prime piece of riverfront property on the Upper Pool (mouth of the Cowichan River). After a series of different owners, different menus and name changes over the years, the building sat empty for a time until the newly opened restaurant, Jake’s at the Lake, made its recent debut. Over the past century the property that Jake’s now occupies has been home to several different buildings and businesses, residences, as well as the mooring place for ﬂoat houses that clustered near the shoreline. The ﬁrst known building, built in 1913, occupied the approximate location of where Jake’s is now. Brothers Ted and Sidney Scholey purchased two riverside lots on the land on which to build a general store. (The brothers had previously operated a store near the Lakeside Hotel, which was
situated a mile or two past the Riverside Inn on North Shore Road.) By late 1913, the new Scholey’s store, set in the midst of the community, was the only supplier of just about everything necessary for the residents of the small village and outlying area. The new store carried everything from food to kerosene, tools to dry goods, clothing and buckets to fence wire and hardware as well as everything in between. With the new railway and terminus (built in 1912) just across the way (near present day Kaatza Station Museum) the location was considered to be the ideal site. In 1919 the brothers bought a “motor truck to assist them in their business” The same year Sidney Scholey married Dorothy Jaynes “who became closely associated with the store and postal activities until Sid retired in 1950.” (KaatzaThe Chronicles of Cowichan Lake). The brothers dissolved their partnership in 1924 after which Sid built a house and new store (selling dry goods) across the road taking the post ofﬁce with him. Ted, the elder of the brothers, carried on in the old store selling groceries until he married and moved his store across the road beside his brother. About 1936, Ted Scholey
up and sold his business then moved with his family to Victoria. Brother Sid carried on until 1945 when he sold his store but kept the post ofﬁce of which he was the ﬁrst ofﬁcial postmaster. In time, a larger post ofﬁce was needed so across the road again he went, moving the post ofﬁce to a space nearby. Several years later, another new post ofﬁce was built further down South Shore Road. The building (between the auto parts store and the pharmacy/apartment building) now sits empty. When Sid Scholey retired in 1950 he moved to Victoria where he died in 1972. Several of his descendants remain in Lake Cowichan. Fast forward to present day. Almost everyday, during summer months, lots of activity takes place in the area near Saywell Park and the new restaurant (and tube rentals) not unlike the activity of yesteryear when Scholey’s Store was the busiest place in town. Although, one hundred years of change has occurred since then, there are some things that didn’t change. Mainly the constant activity that once took place at Scholey’s General Store of yesteryear and the present ongoing activity found near the new restaurant called Jake’s at the Lake.
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Fireﬁghters called to brush ﬁre
On Friday, August 10, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department responded to a brush ﬁre on Heger Crescent off Riverbottom Road. The alarm sounded at approximately 1:30 p.m. The ﬁre was located next to a residence, but was soon brought under control. Because this ﬁre was 5 kilometres past the last ﬁre underwriters certiﬁed hydrant, and 8 km past the ﬁre hall, the department had to utilize its tanker truck in order to put out the blaze. On the left, crews work to douse the blaze while a B.C. Forest Service helicopter monitors from above. In the top photo, crews reﬁll the tanker truck from the hydrant on Neva Road.
Great Lake Walk Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
Gazette File Photos
From left: The use of a jet ski is creatively used at the big pool area of the river, off of the Town of Lake Cowichan’s Central Park. Nanaimo diver Sasha Buidick holds up a glass bottle of Boylan Cane Cola she found at the “big pool” area of the Cowichan River – next to Lake Cowichan’s Central Park – during the Third Annual Cowichan River Clean-up. Although the bottle was still full of cola, the well-worn nature of the bottle’s labeling implied that it is quite old and very likely expired.
4th Annual Cowichan River clean-up: Two-day event from weir to the bay Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
There is no time like the present to help keep the Cowichan River clean and pristine for all to enjoy. The Cowichan Lake and River Stewards Fourth Annual Cowichan River Cleanup is fast approaching. Starting on Saturday, August 25, CLRSS members will be accepting the help of volunteers (that means you) to clean all of the garbage from in and around the Cowichan River, starting at the weir and going right to Cowichan Bay, where the river dumps into the ocean. “I’m actually ﬁred up about this year,” said CLRSS president Gerald Thom. “We’re doing from the weir all the way down to the bay, over two days. The Saturday event here at Lake Cowichan, which will get us down to as far as Sandy Pools [in Sahtlam] and then the next day we’re cooperating with Cowichan Tribes and the Cowichan Water Board to do from Sandy Pools to the estuary, which is really cool because it’s never been done before.” Registration to volunteer for the cleanup begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Lake Cowichan Town Hall and will include a free continental breakfast. Organizers have also arranged for prizes for all volunteers, with items donated by local businesses, and the
day will wrap up at 2 p.m. with a free barbeque. Mountain Man Services is once again providing trucks to haul away the collected garbage, but CLRSS treasurer, Lois Atchison, who is also one of the event organizers, says that those who bring along extra trucks and/or boats to help out will not be turned away. “And CVRD provides us with free tipping at Meades Creek,” said Thom. “So we usually pull out in excess of a ton, believe it or not. It’s sad, but it’s getting way better than it was when we ﬁrst started.” Volunteers are divided into teams and given designated sections of the river to clean up. “We have team leaders who have speciﬁc sections of the river, and they register the people and take them out and make sure that they’re safe and equipped,” said Thom. Organizers provide all equipment other than footwear and swimwear. “It’s not just for swimmers,” said Thom. “There’s jobs for people on the shore too. But if people do have a tube, or mask and snorkel, bring it along. It’s always difﬁcult to gear up everybody.” Thom says that the problem has shufﬂed from the section between the weir and Little Beach to the Skutz Falls area. “The garbage down there, it’s so hard to get out,” said Thom. “Because it’s
canyon, so we’re going to have a hell of a time trying to get it out.” Don Barrie from Warm Rapids Inn will be helping out with this section of the river. Barrie has swift water training and will be working with a small group of volunteers. “Without him we couldn’t even do that section,” said Thom. “It’s too dangerous.” The Nanaimo dive club is also a key part of the cleanup, says Thom. “They send divers up every year to do the bottom of the big pool, because no word of a lie, there is feet thick of glass bottles down there.” Thom says these bottles are still around from when boat houses existed in the area. “Every year we bring up boat loads of antique glass bottles. And now we’re ﬁshing them back out 100 years later.” There is no pre-registration required to be part of the cleanup, all you have to do is show up at 9 a.m. on the Saturday and be ready to participate in whatever way you feel comfortable. All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, but all age groups are encouraged to participate. Gloves and appropriate footwear are a must and are not provided. For more information go to cowichan-lake-stewards.ca, or phone Atchison at 250-749-3055, or Thom at 250-749-7203.
When participants of the Great Lake Walk reach their goal at the end of the day, they are looking for some relief for their sore, and often very hot, feet. There’s nothing like a good foot soak and a massage to help restore those tired feet, and it’s up to up to volunteers organized by Chris Haslam to provide that service. This is Haslam’s fourth year organizing the volunteers for the foot care aspect of the walk, and she has been on the Great Lake Walk board of directors for the past three years. “My area, the downstairs of Centennial Hall, is the toughest area to ﬁll,” said Haslam. She says that over the last few years it has been harder and harder to secure volunteers for this service as those who have volunteered in the past are getting older and they ﬁnd it harder and harder to carry the tubs of water. This means that Haslam is looking for between eight and 12 people, each of which will be asked to ﬁll two hour slots so that no-one is burned out by being on shift for too long. The foot care service runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the walk, with the busy time being between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers are responsible for providing a foot soak and drying off of feet with a paper towel. If it’s wanted, volunteers will also apply lotion. Beyond this, eight members of St. John’s Ambulance are on hand to deal with things like blisters, and often there are massage therapists who choose to help out, including Rita Dustow, giving the added beneﬁt and relief of massage. Dustow says she has participated almost every year and ﬁnds the event to be a great way to give back to the community. Haslam, added that those who offer massage in the area could bring along their card or information and pass it along as a way of promoting their business. Anyone wishing to volunteer for this aspect of the walk can contact Haslam by calling 250-749-4483, or by sending her an email email@example.com.
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Regatta Results Swim races – Front crawl Girls 7 & 8 – Maude Karlsson, followed by Reyna Mackey and Mackenzie Sherren Girls 9 & 10 – Victoria Speman, followed by Casey Tadla and Christiana Clark Boys 9 & 10 – Josiah Nolan, followed by Colby Pongracz and Gus Boehme Girls 11 & 12 – Lily Barner, followed by Emily Vaguhan and Jessie Porter Boys 11 & 12 – Keegan Mackay, followed by Dreyton Lawrence and Jonathon Hughes Girls 13 & 14 – Aislinn Ferns, followed by Alyssa Porter and Darian Wagner Boys 13 & 14 – Connor Mullin, followed by Jaden Pongracz and Gus Boehme Girls 15 & up – Angela Morrow Boys 15 & up – Roger Stuart, followed by Alex Mizak and Dana Tadla Swim races – Back crawl Girls 7 & 8 – Maude Karlsson, followed by Ginger Boehme-Vertfeville Girls 9 & 10 – Victoria Speman, followed by Casey Tadla and Kaiah Pratt Boys 9 & 10 – Gus Boehme, followed by Colby Pongracs and Dayton Mackay Girls 11 & 12 – Lily Barner, followed by Emily Vaughn and Jessie Porter Boys 11 & 12 – Drayton Lawrence, followed by Keegan Mackay and Jayden Pongracz Boys 13 & 14 – Connor Mullin Boys 15 & up – Tyler Falk-Chalmers
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Mike and Jordy Snider coming into the ﬁnish line for the ﬁrst heat of the canoe races. The two brothers won the ﬁnal heat and the trophy.
Tyler Falk-Chalmers and Alex Mizak win the third heat of the canoe races after an upset of their canoe in the ﬁrst heat.
Swim races – Breast stroke Girls 9 & 10 – Victoria Speman, followed by Keegan Mullin and Caity Day Girls 11 & 12 – Hannah Guiney, followed by Emily Vaughn and Jessie Porter Boys 11 & 12 – Gus Boehme, followed by Dreyten Lawrence and Dayton Mackey Girls 13 & 14 – Alyssa Porter, followed by Darian Wagner Mixed boys and girls 15 & up – Lara Mullin, followed by Lyle Mullin and Lily Barner Swim races – Elementary backstroke Girls 9 & 10 – Victoria BrictStedman, followed by Maddison Vaughan Boys 9 & 10 – Eli Caine, followed by Gus Boehme and Jacob Mcalesky, Girls 11 & 12 – Lily Barker, followed by Jesse Porter and Emily Vaughn Boys 11 & 12 – Jonathon Hughes, followed by Dreyton Lawrence and Jaden Pongracz Boys 13 & 14 – Connor Mullen Boys 15 & up – Tyler Falk-Chalmers
Hunter Rowe digs into a large slice of watermelon during the watermelon eating contest. Lennon Court enjoys the sandy beach and poses for a picture before rinsing himself off in the lake.
George (dog on the left) and Bella wait patiently with dog sitters as their owner, Rob Turner, a Youbou volunteer ﬁre ﬁghter, participates in some of the competitive games.
Kaiah Pratt carefully ﬂips a pancake as she makes her way to the ﬁnish line in the “Whistle, Splash, Flip” triathalon.
Alyssa Porter braces for impact then generates a large splash as she participates in the belly ﬂop contest. There were two categories, 13 and under, and 14 and up, for the contest.
Other contests Bellyﬂop contest – up to 13 years – Alyssa Porter, followed by Josiah Nolan and Steven Finch. In the 14-plus category, winners were Alex Mizak, followed by Tyler Huskins and James Cummings. Cannonball contest – up to 13 years – Dreyton Lawrence, followed by Steven Finch and Jacob Mcklenskie. In the 14-plus category, winners were Nick Boehme, followed by James Porter and Alex Mizak. Whistle, splash, and ﬂip triathlon – In ﬁrst place was Alex Werk, Aislinn McKeown Ferris, and Bella. Canoe Race – Mike Snider and Jordy Snider Volleyball – in ﬁrst place was Ricky’s Rockin Rollers Chalk art – in ﬁrst was Tyler in the senior category and Alex M in the junior category. 1/4 Mile Swim – Best overall went to Bernard Hewitt. First from swim program went to Alex Werk, youngest to ﬁnish was Nathan, and oldest to ﬁnish was Bernard Hewitt. Parade – Best homemade ﬂoat, the Fearons; best commercial ﬂoat, Lady of the Lake; best pet, Bizzy Beez; best group, Ginger, Gus, and Rhonda Boehme-Vertfeville; best couple, Natalie and Violet Luchtmeyer; best individual; Tyler Falk -Chalmers. Names as provided by Cowichan Lake Rec
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Lake Bloomers spend afternoon in lovely lakeside paradise Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
On August 8, members of the Lake Cowichan Lake Bloomers headed out to Susanne Thom’s home in Youbou for an afternoon barbecue, potluck, and garden tour. Thom is a Bloomers member and an avid gardener who has transformed her property from a rocky, dry section of land to a ﬂourishing lakeside oasis. Thom has owned the property since 1992, but her and her husband have only lived there for the past few years, and in that time they have managed to make substantial changes. While the other members of the club enjoyed the outdoor ﬁreplace, gardens, and view of Cowichan Lake, Thom took me on a tour of the property and explained the process of bringing it to where it is now and showed me the gardens. “When we ﬁrst bought the property there was building material everywhere and gravel everywhere,” said Thom. “And we were trying to landscape it so I had some people come in at ﬁrst and I thought, oh I’ll get the landscapers to do it, but they wanted $100,000 so I thought, oh I don’t think so.” She explained that all the perennials, shrubs, and landscaping features are still young and she is taking the endeavour on in baby steps. The garden beds are spread out with sections of lawns in between. Many of the mature trees that existed when the
couple moved onto the property are still there and have become, in some cases, central features. A rock wall, built by Thom and her husband, retains the slope that runs down to the water’s edge. Here, Thom has planted grasses, succulents, and a few shrubs such as Lavatera and Cotton Easter. “We have mostly native plants here,” said Thom. “Anything that doesn’t need watering very much because it gets really hot and dry.” Behind this are perennial beds and lawns spaced intermittently, reaching back towards the main house, a badminton area, and beyond that more ﬂower beds and ﬁnally a vegetable garden. “In the back we get more sun,” she explained. “It’s two different climates between here [the waterfront] and the back. It can be windy and stormy here and quite warm and lovely in the back.” “I’m a bit of a plantaholic,” she confessed. “I see a plant in the store and I think, I’ve got to have that, then I come home and, oh, where am I going to put that?” She says that in this way, her gardens are not planned and are a bit on the experimental side (though you would never know that by looking at them). One of these beds is created below a large cedar tree and Thom says that she deals with the issue of acidity by trying to pick plants that are natural to the area and that can tolerate higher acidity.
Lake Bloomers members enjoy a late afternoon barbecue and potluck on Susanne Thom’s patio at her lake front property in Youbou.
“I’ve had a lot of this and that; things that work and things that don’t, but these seem to have settled in,” said Thom. “I put a little bit of lime on the lawn in the spring otherwise it is too acid for the grass.” Plants she has chosen for under this tree are things like Oregon Grape, grasses, and a few ﬂowers. Other tree features on the property are a black walnut and an ash tree. There is also an old holly tree that Thom says
a group of doves come and clean the berries off every spring. “They start at the top and they clean it right out,” she said. Thom makes much of her own compost for her garden, and has a special area on the back of the property where she processes it. Thom’s gardens are a lovely example of what can be done in a relatively short time with some dedication and hard work.
Local artist feels her art has its own function in the world Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
Karola Schabernak has worked since she was 16 in the forest industry. She grew up in Youbou and says that though she has tried other forms of employment over the years, such as working in retail management when she lived in Vancouver, she could not make as much money as she could planting trees. Schabernak has also worked in the forest industry as a forestry technician, industry newspaper editor, and ﬁrst aid attendant, but ever since she was a child, she has always been interested in art. After joining the Kaatza Art Group, Schabernak decided to renovate her basement and open RainFlower Studio, where she has on display the many forms of art she both works and experiments with. “The art I’ve been doing on and off since 1974,” said Schabernak. “[Though] not selling it up until about eight years ago.” On the walls of her studio hang examples of Japanese Sumi-e, Chinese brush painting, traditional landscapes and ﬂorals, logging cartoons from her days editing a logging industry newspaper, and much more. Over the last few years Schabernak has been delving into jewelry as well. She hand knots pearls using silk thread. “The reason for knotting them is that it protects one pearl from the other,” said Schabernak. This allows the strands to drape in a fashion that it does not using jewelry wire. Schabernak has also been learning how to create chain mail jewelry. “What I do is hand coil sterling silver wire on a mandril and then I cut it with a coil cutter [an electric saw]. Then, I take the little rings and I have these jewelry pliers.” She then takes the rings and links them together. It’s a complicated process that involves math calculations in order to get the pattern right or the chain will not drape properly. Schabernak is well read and very interested in history, and this shows in much of her art. Though she says she is a Christian, she states that she has read so much about
the many different religions out there in the world that she has come to her own conclusion about a common thread between them all. “All the good ones say the same thing, and I live by those tenants myself, but at the same time I have my own ideas about stuff.” Schabernak was raised a Catholic until the age of four, but the priest at the church her family attended didn’t
Karola Schabernak demonstrating how she links her chain mail jewelry.
like the fact that her parents came from Germany and Austria, and so they no longer attended. This experience taught Schabernak a lesson about the world. “So I thought, well there you go, that’s how contempt is bred, you know, by people not wanting me in that church, for example.” Years later she painted a tree of life that she had hanging behind her desk in one of the ofﬁces she worked in. The image triggered a conversation between a gentleman and herself. The gentleman wanted to know if Schabernak knew the difference between a tree of
life and a tree of knowledge, and he had many other questions. “This triggered a three hour conversation,” she explained. “And I know I learned something, but I would like to think that he learned something too.” She used this story as an example to illustrate how people can take their own meanings from art, but also how art can trigger conversations and learning circumstances between people. She also feels that even though each of her pieces has an emotional value to her, it has to be shared with the world. “For people to appreciate and view,” explains Schabernak. “When I wasn’t very good at it, I kept them because I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t want to send something out there that I wasn’t pleased with. Although, if someone insisted they wanted it, despite the fact that I wasn’t very pleased with it, I would sell it to them because they saw something in it that I didn’t see. I’m perfectly willing to send them out into the world because that’s where they belong.” She takes this a step further though, too. Her art is not just passive in her eyes, it has a function in the world. “I try to imbue everything I do with positive vibration as well, and to send that positive vibration out there.” Generally, Schabernak says that when she begins creating a piece an idea will germinate within her imagination, and that one idea will feed off of subsequent ideas as the piece is being worked. “Then what happens is, you’re directing the piece and the piece is directing you,” said Schabernak. This symbiotic relationship helps to bring about the naming of her pieces, says Schabernak. “People often ask me, how did you get the names for your paintings? The thing about it is, by the time the painting is ﬁnished, it has told me its name.” Schabernak’s art is plentiful and varied in its forms, and it is well worth going to her studio to view. She is open to visitors, but only by appointment as she also has a day job at the Community Forest Co-op. You can reach Schabernak by phone at 250-749-3650.
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This short hike (2km round trip) takes you from the parking area off Marble Bay Road up a pretty, fairly steep trail to the top of locally known “Little Bald Mountain”. From the top you will enjoy views of both the North and South Arms of Cowichan Lake. – excerpt from Our Favourite Hikes in the Cowichan Lake Area, available at The Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce. Drop by the Cowichan Lake District Visitors’ Centre for a list of local studios open to the public. Anything from violin maker to mixed media and more. Located at Lakeview Park a couple of minutes west of Lake Cowichan on South Shore Road. The boardwalk is linked to a beautiful forest trail. Pick-up some picnic supplies in town first and find your favorite spot for lunch.
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B.C. Hockey Ofﬁciating camp is just where these kids want to spend a week of their summer holiday Three Lake Cowichan kids took part in the B.C. Hockey Ofﬁciating School at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena this past week. The camp began on Monday and ended Friday afternoon. Tanner Cummings, Parker Bergstrom, and Nelson Wagner play baseball, but say that hockey is the sport they truly love. Each year B.C. Hockey offers summer ofﬁciating camps in August in both Lake Cowichan and Osoyoos. “Kids come from all over the province to attend these camps, choosing the one that is closest/easiest for them,” said Stacie Couch, B.C. Hockey assistant, communications. Students between the age of 12 and 18-years-old are welcome to participate. “However, in many cases the students have been selected because of their outstanding commitment last season and awarded attendance at the Summer Ofﬁciating School by their Minor Hockey Association,” said Couch. This year, 50 hockey loving kids converged on the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena to learn all about the art of refereeing hockey.
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Barrel of Fun: Aug. 7 men’s golf report John Leach pitched a perfect iron shot into the prize barrel from 60 yards out. John is the only barrel winner so far this year and collected a substantial prize. Earl Laforge was low-gross winner for the day and Dave Melnick had a great round for a low-net winner. Dave had a KP on the Seventh and two birdies in his round. Brian Crossan was KP on the First. Rocky Wise, Frank Fraser and Tom Clarkson also had Birds. Jug Kalar, Glen Richardson, Lance Lingren and Frank Magrin all had chip-ins. Sandy Pars were holed by Rick Nott, Tom Clarkson, and Jug Kalar. One of Duffer O’Doul’s golf opponents complains that when the Duffer can’t remember whether he had 6 or a 7, he probably had an 8. —Submitted by Rick Nott
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Bottom from left: Matt Ellford, Alyssa Morris, Darcy Mayo, Matt Dunnae, Ross Forrest, and Rick Brubaker wait to select their team members through a random draw as Dustin Mayo, standing on stage, lets players know the rules of the tournament for the weekend.
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An emotional moment for Ashley Chadwick as the ﬁrst lock of her hair is cut by Ayslin Veitch at the 1/2 Cutz Slo-pitch Tournament at Mesachie Lake Skydome over the weekend. Chadwick managed to raise just over $6,000 towards the Cody Classic Tournament happening in September, a fundriaser for families dealing with the expenses related to childhood cancer treatment.
Volunteers prepare burgers, hot dogs, and serve cold non-alcoholic beverages the ﬁrst day of the 1/2 Cutz Tournament this past weekend.
Eric Wilkinson feels the burn after auctioning off ﬁsts full of his chest hair on Sunday.
1/2 Cutz Tournament helps strike out expenses for cancer afﬂicted families in the Cowichan Valley Tamu Miles Gazette Editor
Six teams were formed for the annual 1/2 Cutz tournament, a two day event to raise funds for Cowichan Valley families who are struggling to make ends meet while dealing with a child who has been struck by cancer. The event started on Friday evening, August 10, at the Mesachie Lake Community Hall where coaches picked their teams through a random draw. Coaches this year were, Matt Ellford for the grey team, Ross Forrest for the red team, Darcy Mayo for the orange team, Matt Dunnae for the green team, Rick Brubaker for the yellow team, and Alyssa Morris for the blue team. The Cody Classic tournament began 14 years ago when Cowichan Valley resident Wes Swain and his family found out that their four-year-old son Cody had cancer, says Dustin Mayo, one of the organizers for the 1/2 Cutz Tournament. “This started as a family thing,” said Mayo as he addressed the players, volunteers, and family members near the end of the tournament on Sunday. He explained that the Swain family decided they would carry it on for other families that are facing the same hardships. All funds raised in the Cody Classic go towards paying for transportation and
other costs for families who are having to travel for cancer treatment for a child. The 1/2 Cutz tournament began a few years ago out in Mesachie Lake, and all funds raised from this local tournament are combined with funds from the Cody Classic. “Last year we managed to raise $40,000 between both tournaments,” said Mayo. Much of the funds are raised through the $50 per player fee charged to anyone entering the tournament, however there is also a silent auction, rafﬂes, a beer gardens, food concession, T-shirts and much more. Each year a brave soul steps forward to raise funds through having their hair cut or shaved. This year that brave soul was Ashley Chadwick from Duncan. “I’m nervous, really nervous,” said Chadwick on Saturday. “I’ve always had my hair long. My mom says the last time it was cut I was probably four-years-old.”
“It’s going to be weird. I won’t have to buy shampoo and conditioner every two weeks.” Chadwick has been raising funds since December through activities like beer gardens, and bottle collections from events like Lake Days. “I’ve played with the 1/2 Cutz for the past few years,” said Chadwick. Though sections of Chadwick’s hair were auctioned off for cutting to the highest bidder, with Ayslin Veitch Dustin Mayo stepping up ﬁrst, Jennina Russell from Heads or Nails in Lake Cowichan once again stepped up to do the actual cutting. Russell has participated in this aspect of the tournament since its inception, and Mayo took a moment to thank her for time and continued support. In total, Chadwick raised $6,015, including monies donated at the tournament while her long locks were being snipped off. Mayo and his wife Kristal also brought
Last year we managed to raise $40,000 between both tournaments.
down a quilt that was started for the kids who have been helped and Mayo talked about how it shows the names of nine children in the valley who have been helped through the tournament. “It hangs in our bedroom,” said Mayo. “It means a lot to us.” The ﬁnal fundraiser for this year was something new. Eric Wilkinson decided he would brave the pain and auction off ﬁst fulls of his chest hair to those who thought they could rip it out. Though he didn’t seem too excited about the idea when it came time to actually do it, he still saw it through and for $20 each, Johnny Stinson and Drew Forrest tried to grab as much hair as they could. Mason Wall was also talked into allowing a couple of people try to pull out some of his back hair, much to the delight of the crowd. It is not yet known how much has been raised in total for this year’s 1/2 Cutz Tournament, but Mayo says that information should be available in the next week or so. In the meantime, stay tuned for the Cody Classic coming up in September in Duncan.
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NELSON, Leo September 7, 1937 â€“ July 13, 2012 Leo Nelson passed away peacefully at St Josephâ€™s Hospital in Comox, surrounded by his loving family. Leo will be missed by his wife Gaylia; children Cheryl (Cliff), Richard (Laura), Cory (Kirsten) and Leonard (Liz); his brother Tom; many grandchildren; one great grandchild, one joyfully anticipated great grandchild due in November; and many extended family and friends. Leo is now with his son Gordon, and his brother Carl in the next world. After being born and raised on Gabriola Island, Leo spent many years in Victoria and Lake Cowichan raising his family with his wife Gaylia. In 1981 he founded the Lake Cowichan Salmonid Enhancement Society and remained president for many years. Leo worked with many dedicated members of the society, to build the ďŹ rst hatchery at the Lake. This project also led to the twinning of Lake Cowichan and Ohtaki, Japan. Leo was an avid ďŹ sherman, outdoorsman and handyman. He was always busy doing something and could be found in the shop, garden or greenhouse puttering on some project any day of the year. Leo spent his retirement years in the Cowichan, then Comox Valley living ďŹ nally in Cumberland. A private memorial for immediate family will take place in August. Our dear husband, father and grandfather and friend will remain in our hearts and prayers forever and is dearly missed by family, extended family and friends. May the ďŹ sh be even bigger where you are.
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Selkirk Paving, part of the Interoute Construction Ltd. group of companies, located in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, is looking for a F/T Shop Supervisor to manage a ďŹ‚eet of over 300 pieces of construction equipment. Some travel will be required. Duties / Tasks; ÂˇManage shop activities ÂˇDispatch mechanics ÂˇMaintain maintenance records ÂˇManage ďŹ‚eet licences ÂˇHelp purchaser w/ parts orders Knowledge / Skills; ÂˇKnowledge of asphalt, crushing, and ready mix equipment would be an asset ÂˇAble to create repair budgets ÂˇFamiliar with safety codes / regulations ÂˇFluent with Microsoft Word and Excel Experience/Education; ÂˇPost secondary education with Heavy Duty Mechanic training Competitive Compensation Package w/ a Comprehensive BeneďŹ t & Pension Plan. The Company Offers Development Opportunities Through Tailored Training Programs. For more information visit www.terusconstruction.ca Please send your resume stating position to the Human Resources department at: email@example.com or by fax at: (1)604-575-3691
HELP WANTED An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilďŹ eld road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. PARTS & Services Representatives at Jacobson Ford Salmon Arm BC- We are looking for exciting, customer friendly, dynamic individuals capable of working in a fast paced work environment. Parts and service experience an asset but not necessary, email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE
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$600 1 bedroom suite #2-68 Stanley Rd. Very clean suite in six-plex. Close to everything. Coin laundry room, small pet upon approval. $650 2 bedroom suite #39-211 Madill Rd. Very nice suite in popular strata. Washer & dryer, N/S, N/Pets. $750 3 bedroom condo #30-215 Madill Very nice unit in popular strata. Washer/dryer, N/S, N/Pets. $850 2 bedroom suite 462 Pt. Ideal Rd. Lower, furnished suite in newer home. Great location, washer & dryer, garage. N/S, N/Pets. $900 2 bedroom suite 150 Cowichan Ave. Charming older home with large garage, washer & dryer, wood heat, N/S, pet upon approval. $1,000 Huge 1bdrm + Loft 10461 Youbou Rd. Lovely 2 bathroom house, deck with great view, fruit tree & wood heat. Pet upon approval. $1,050 3 bedroom home 112 Johel Rd. Ground level comfy home. Fully fenced yard, washer & dryer, N/S, small pet upon approval. Check out rentals online www.lkc.ca To View Call:
2004 VW TOUAREG. Only 135,000 km, economical, spirited V6 engine, all wheel drive and tow hitch with electric brakes. Unique 6 speed Tiptronic auto transmission. Well equipped interior, rear mounted CD changer. Beautiful, well maintained. $14,900 obo, 250658-1123 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAHTLAM- Riverside studio bachelor cottage. N/P, inclds satellite TV+ internet. $650. Avail now. (250)748-2031.
A SERVICE PLUMBER. Licence, Insured. Drains, HWT, Reno’s, Repairs. Senior Discounts. After Hour Service. Call Coval Plumbing, 250709-5103.
1992, 26 ft TRAVELAIRE, Class C Motorhome. Bright, clean, sleeps 4. Twin beds in back and fold down double bed. Excellent and clean condition. Full shower with skylight, gas generator, air conditioning, second owner, new internal batteries (worth $600), new water pump, only 91,300 km. Reliable, clean and functional. REDUCED to $13,000. (250) 748-3539
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SUITES, LOWER YOUBOU: 1 bdrm, furn/unfurn, garden, N/S. $600 incld hydro. Call 250-217-1173. LAKE COWICHAN- 2 bdrm bsmt suite, spacious, clean, renovated, near town/bus, W/D, quiet tenants only. $775 iclds utils. Small pet cons, N/S. Avail Sept 1. (250)642-3707.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Inside Back: A little of this and that -Air conditioners and ceiling fans. Make sure to turn these off. To minimize heat entering your home, draw blinds and close other window coverings. -Other electronic devices. Unplug all non-essential devices like phone chrgers. An average Canadian household wastes $43 a year due to standby power.
dance music and hosting a â€œBig Hunkâ€? watermelon sale. All proceeds from this $1 per slice of watermellon goes to support community-wide work of the CVAC. Other performers will include the Medford Choir and the co-winner of the 2012 Duncan has talent, Carlson School of Dance student, â€œVance the Dance.â€? The CVAC is also inviting event goers to dress in the area, â€œso dig out those 70s clothes,â€? said Judy Brayden, CVAC president.
â˜ž SuperWalk for Parkinsonâ€™s
Lake Cowichan RCMP have had an Epiphone Guitar turned into the detachment. The guitar was found at the end of Johel Road and was turned into the detachement on July 10. The owner may claim the guitar by going into the detachment or phoning 250-749-6668. Police say a cougar was sighted at approximately 2 a.m., on Aug. 13, near A.B. Greenwell Elementary School. At the same time three males were in close proximity. The males were watching the meteor shower that night and made a hasty retreat to their vehicle once advised of the animal. Police caution the public to be aware of wildlife in the area and to report any further cougar sightings to the RCMP or the B.C. Conservation Service at 1-877-9527277.
Saturday, September 15 is the annual SuperWalk to raise funds for Parkinsonâ€™s research. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk is taking place at the Duncan Curling Arena, 3191 Sherman Road. For more information visit parkinson.bc.ca.
â˜ž Power down while youâ€™re away BC Hydro suggests the following way to save energy while you are away: - Turn lights off, and set up energy efficient lamps on timers for security. Use photo sensors or motion detectors for outdoor lights. - Fridge and freezer. For an extended period trip, consider emptying fridge and freezer and turning them off. For short trips try filling old containers with water to improve your fridges efficiency. - Water heater. Set electric heaters to the lowest temperature.
â˜ž Summer Nights The Cowichan Valley Arts Council will be hosting the next Summer Nights evening on Saturday, August 18. Featured performers will be Jan Matthews and a â€œBig Hunkâ€? affair. Matthews will be playing 1960s and 70s
â˜ž Cowichan Valley Cruisers Cowichan Valley Cruisers president Corky Adams and his wife Korrin show off their 1931 Model A Coupe when the cruisers came into town on Thursday, August 2.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
THE LAKE COWICHAN GAZETTE
Back to School Sale! Te l u s r e u s a b l e b a g w i t h e v e r y p u r c h a s e
ACCESSORIES SALE! BY DONATION OF CASH OR A BAG OF GROCERIES TO FOOD BANK Sat. Aug. 18 10am â€“ 2pm Sun FM at Canada Avenue location & Rotary Club of Duncan BBQ. Support the Food Bank!
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