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Community meeting scheduled to address dwindling doctor count Tuesday,Dec.11 First there were three, now there are two, and in a year there will be only one doctor in Lake Cowichan if the town is unsuccessful in recruiting new doctors to the community.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012

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Along with the mayor and town council members, representatives from VIHA and the B.C. Physicians’ Recruitment Services will be in attendance to discuss ways to fill the need for doctors in our community.

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It is a public meeting, and residents from all communities around the lake are encouraged to attend. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m. at Upper Centennial Hall, South Shore Street, in Lake Cowichan.

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Twelve round tables were full with community members who came out to take part in the Community Consultation session held by members of Cowichan Valley School District #79 on Dec. 8 at Lake Cowichan Secondary School.

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It was a real demonstration of community commitment. In spite of the graphs, figures and statistics destined to justify School District #79’s underlying message about impending closures and cuts, the 100-plus concerned parents and citizens who attended the Dec. 8 Community Consultation meeting didn’t go away without getting their own message across. “Keep our kids at the lake,” “we won’t let go of anything in order to keep programs, services or facilities,” and “charge for busing” were some of the replies to questions put out for discussion. There was an agenda for the public meeting organized by School District #79 and held in the gymnasium of Lake Cowichan Secondary School, but before the Cowichan Valley School District #79 representatives could launch into their presentation, Lake Cowichan resident and businessman Ron Peters

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stood up and asked to speak on behalf of the community. “I am very concerned about what’s happening in our community with the schools and with the doctors,” Peters began, “I would like to request that we present a list of questions before we move into the round table phase.” Bob Harper, the district’s SecretaryTreasure was running the meeting and was somewhat taken aback by Peters’ question. He made an attempt to put off hearing the questions until the end of the meeting, but seeing the persistence of Peters and the community, reluctantly but gracefully acquiesced. Up went the five questions, each one written on a large sheet of paper and taped to the wall of the gymnasium. Harper read each question out over the microphone, and, amidst catcalls and comments from around the room, attempted to deal with them so that the meeting could be resumed. Here are the five questions the community wanted answers to, along with Harper’s response: Question #1: How have school closures created educational opportunities and resources for our community? A: We’ll certainly add that to our list. Question #2: What are you doing to advocate for more public funding? A: Districts around the province and BCTFA are continually advocating for additional funding. Question #3: How much of our small community supplement is being spent on our Community Schools? A: We’ll certainly add that to our list (of concerns to be looked into). Question #4: When are we getting the Lake’s new elementary school? A: That is not our position to (answer unclear). Question #5: Why aren’t senior administrators carrying their share of the cuts? A: We’ll certainly add that to our list. Once he had addressed the commmunity’s questions and concerns, Harper was able to resume the agenda originally set for the meeting. He then used a power-point presentation with graphs, figures and statistics

Lake Cowichan resident and businessman Ron Peters intervened on behalf of the community to request specific questions be addressed during the meeting.

to give some background information on the evolution of education and demographics in British Columbia. For example, one graph illustrated the growth in numbers of the over-65 age group in comparison to the decline of 4-19 year olds, or the school-aged population, over the past 40 years. “If you go back to 1971, we had a little less than 10 per cent of our population under the age of 65,” Harper said. “At that same time, the schoolaged individuals number up toward 30 per cent. The crossover between the proportion of that population is right about now.” These figures represent school-aged children right across the province, Harper says, and in looking ahead and assuming the graph continues to evolve in the same way, there will be a complete reversal of the numbers that we have today. “So that puts some tremendous implications on the allocation of resources by the province,” Harper continued. Then he presented the public with another graph and the figures that pertain to the Cowichan Valley district. “We started out in about 1997 at a peak with about 11,000 students in our system,” Harper stated. “Today, we are at 7,725. It looks like the decline is coming to an end and flattening out over the next decade or so. “One of the key things to keep in mind,” he added, “is that our revenue is applied directly to the number of students that we have.”


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After Harper finished his presentation, time was allotted for community members to have roundtable discussions about the facts and figures presented by the school district, and to come up with suggestions or answers to five key questions. Those questions were: 1. What unique or special issues do you think are facing Lake Cowichan and surrounding communities with respect to delivering education programs and services and facilities? 2. We understand the community’s priorities are to keep the high school viable and to get a new elementary school. How do we accomplish this within the reality of diminishing revenue, declining enrolment and unused space? 3. What matters most to you as the district tries to balance providing programs and services with facilities? 4. What would you let go of in order to keep the most important programs, services or facilities? 5. Do you see other changes we can make throughout the School District to increase revenues and/or reduce expenditures? While many of the answers from the different groups focused on the subject of keeping the schools at the lake viable,

CVSD’s Bob Harper discusses projected revenues and expenditures in the district for 2013 to 2018.

there were many other ideas and thoughts that, when expressed, received applause from those attending. Each table had a spokes-person from the community who was given the opportunity to voice the conclusions that group had come up with during the round table discussion period. Following are some of the ideas that the different groups came up with: Opportunities for remote learning between schools, as long as there is a schoolbased teacher working with the local learners; the idea of maybe sharing some resources between the schools in the communities, like libraries, etc., and the importance of what it is that meets the community’s needs. “We feel the school needs to be part of the entire community model, and that way more is needed than what is being provided by our district.” From another table, the

“They’ve known about this declining population for years,” said Peter Barger, right, whose children are at school in Lake Cowichan. “This is something we could have dealt with years ago.”

participants identified five key things: “The first is, keep kids here,” the spokesperson for that table said. “Don’t provide district support for busing out of town, or else charge for it. “(We need) a new elementary school with an incentive for increased revenues. And keep the school grant here for our uses. That group also suggested using excess space for community functions, adult education and an international program. “Get rid of our dilapidated buildings that are an eyesore,” they continued, “but keep the land for future sites for our new schools. “And there’s nothing left to cut here, cut admin costs instead, and lobby for more provincial funding.” When it was table #9s turn to speak, they agreed that much of what had been said around the room had been said there. They wanted to ask, however, what kind of

Brenda Montgomery and Erika Blume were chatting after the meeting. “At least it’s discussion. They can’t say they didn’t have community input,” Montgomery said.

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message are they sending to their kids when the community ships them out, and what message are they sending to the community? “We’d like you to send Duncan kids up here,” the spokesperson for that table suggested. “We are all in this together, and when you don’t support our schools at the lake, you aren’t supporting our communities,” Many viable ideas, thoughts and suggestions were put forth from the round table discussions before the meeting was brought to a conclusion, first by Harper, then by the interim appointed school board trustee, Mike McKay. The bottom line, Harper told the public, was that there was the district’s $3.8 million deficit had to be dealt with by next year’s budget, in 2013. One resident asked if there was any bridge of time that could be implemented while some of their suggestions and ideas were put into place? Harper replied that, no, they had to have a solution to the deficit by the 2013 deadline. “So was this meeting all for naught,” another resident queried. This time it was McKay who replied. “If there is a plan in place, to sustain the schools and attract tourism and families to the lake as part of the overall enrolment in the school district,” he said, “then that puts us on a firm footing. “What I do know, he added, “is that if we went back to that slide that showed a red bar, and a bigger red bar (in deficit), we cannot go forward and continue to try to trim around the edges, because in places that have done that what we end up with is a school that’s open and no one is there.”

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Observing the changing face of the days of the week In my new job as editor, I work Saturdays and Sundays. It doesn’t mean I don’t get any days off, it just means they are during the week. So I have now joined the increasing number of citizens who can no longer observe the “sabbath” on a Sunday. The sabbath originated in the Jewish religion, and literally means the seventh day of the week, a day which is meant to be set aside as a day of rest. For Christians, it has always been Sunday. So now my Sunday is on Wednesdays, and my Friday is on Mondays.

In the Jewish faith, the sabbath or shabbat, begins on Friday evening at sunset and ends on Saturday evening. In some cities where there is a large Jewish population, many of the Jewish-owned businesses close during that time. I remember visiting Paris, and on a Sunday, wandering along the Rue des Francs Bourgeois in the fourth arronidissement, where there are many Jewish establishments, especially restaurants and delis. Hardly a car can pass in the narrow, twisty street it is so crowded with pedestrians. Since the city observes the Christian tradition of Sunday being

the sabbath, these people are probably enjoying a day off from work, although for those of the Jewish faith, their Friday night is really Thursday, their Sunday is Saturday, and their Monday is Sunday. Confused yet? Then there is the Islamic observation of their weekly holy day, which actually is not a day of rest, but one of obligatory public worship held at noon on Fridays. Now I’m not sure whether that means that for them, Friday is their Sunday, Saturday is their Monday, and Wednesday is their Friday. I’ll have to ask the next time I get the chance.

Even the pagans observe sabbath days, not the least of which will be the Winter Solstice on Friday, December 21. Does that mean that Friday will be a Sunday for all pagans who observe these rituals? We never adjust the calendar days of Christmas Eve or Christmas Day so that they will fall on a weekend. Every year it changes according to our Roman-based calendar. This year, Christmas Day falls on my days off, and I haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or not!

added. And as more LNG producers rush into B.C., reserves that would have lasted 75 to 100 years could be depleted in 30. And when the gas is gone? “These big, hulking plants that are going to be in Kitimat are just going to be sitting there, rotting,” Sterritt said. “It happens all over the world.” B.C.’s clean energy plan envisions

extending the BC Hydro grid, developing run-of-river and wind farms such as the big offshore proposal off Haida Gwaii, and ultimately a future beyond oil and gas. Now, in their rush to develop LNG, Clark and Energy Minister Rich Coleman seem poised to abandon that strategy.

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On Friday, as the federal government was giving the green light to a Malaysian investment of By Tom Fletcher billions more into northern B.C.’s liquefied natural gas megaproject, Coastal First Nations chiefs held their quarterly board meeting in Vancouver. These are now the most powerful aboriginal leaders in North America, bankrolled by U.S. environmental groups and their wealthy charity foundation backers as guardians of the Great Bear Rainforest. A major topic was the Haisla Nation, the Kitimat partner that abruptly quit its voluntary association with the Haida, Gitga’at and other communities over its plans to develop LNG exports. This discord comes at a bad time. Premier Christy Clark has bet heavily on LNG, not just for her government’s future, but the industrial and economic direction of the province for decades to come. Initial press reports were misleading. One had it that Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, the B.C. government’s key ally on LNG, was “buddying up” with the Harper government on the Enbridge oil pipeline proposed to go to Kitimat, in the heart of Coastal First Nations territory. Not so. Both Ross and Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt confirmed to me that they remain solidly against the Enbridge proposal. The disagreement is over how to power the processing of LNG, which the Haisla are

pioneering with provincial assistance. Sterritt said the Haisla and the rest of the group were in agreement until a few weeks ago. The plan was to follow Clark’s solemn vow to make B.C. LNG the “greenest” in the world. All parties acknowledge that some of B.C.’s shale gas will have to be burned to process and ship LNG to Asia. The initial idea was that one or two natural gas-fired power plants would be built, eventually backing up wind, small hydro and other renewable supplies. BC Hydro has 600 megawatts available from its dams, which would require new transmission capacity up to Kitimat to help run the first two LNG plants proposed in partnership with the Haisla. Then the play got bigger. The B.C. government transferred Crown land on Douglas Channel to the Haisla for an LNG project planned by Shell, PetroChina and Korea Gas. And Sterritt said he started getting signals from Victoria that the industry doesn’t want to buy power from outside producers to drive LNG cooling and compression. Instead they wanted to power it directly with gas, using equipment called “mechanical drives” rather than electrical drives. In a letter to Haisla members explaining why he quit the Coastal First Nations, Ross said he was insulted by Sterritt’s comments that the Haisla were choosing “the dirtiest way possible” to ship LNG. Ross noted that emissions would be about the same if gas is burned in the LNG plant or in a power plant nearby. That’s true, but Sterritt points out a critical difference. If LNG producers are allowed to use single-purpose mechanical drives, no renewable energy can ever be

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PAGES OF HISTORY As shown in this 1945 photo, Youbou was a thriving community with an everexpanding lumber mill Industrial Timber Mill (ITM) and large logging operation. The photo shows just a small segment of the entire community where over half of the homes were privately owned by ITM employees. Over time, this view had changed dramatically from no development at all to a large industrial complex and community. Over the past decade, the mill and its many buildings have all but disappeared after the mill closed down in 2000 then dismantled in 2001. What began as a small settlement called Cottonwood — also known as Railway — eventually took on the name of Youbou. By 1925, steel (the railway) had reached the Youbou mill, Mile 83 on the Canadian National Railway line. According to the late Lucille Smith of Youbou, the little mill — owned by Empire Lumber Company — was shipping a railcar load of logs a day. There was also rail gas car service from Victoria, which continued on until 1931, when a road (more like a lane) from Lake Cowichan to Youbou was cut through the timber.

By the same year, ITM had taken over the mill and had begun to develop the community further. ITM donated land and building materials for a school (Yount), a church, community hall and many other community essentials. The townsfolk pitched in volunteering their time to build many of the community buildings, which included a fire hall. The community church was well used, and was the site of “five or more regularly worshipping congregations.” The community hall was recognized as one of the largest on Vancouver Island and was the perfect spot to hold large gala events such as the annual Snowball Frolic Ball. Featuring fantastic decorations and mountains of food, the ball often attracted over 300 people. There were many ballparks throughout the community including one in Yap Alley. According to Smith, Yap Alley (a part of Youbou) was the name given to a small settlement at the mouth of Cottonwood Creek. When the mill yard began expanding in that direction the company discouraged people from living there. As the houses were gradually vacated over the years they were burned down until nothing was left but the remains of gardens. There are several stories as to how Yap Alley got it’s name. One story was attributed to then tugboat operator Pepper Martin, who said that it got its name “Because that was all those women (who lived there) did.” According to former Yap

Alley resident, Verle Leakey (nee Perkins), after settling into a little house in Yap Alley with her family they learned a little of the history of the “Alley” and how it got it’s name. It being because “of the habit of wives (of company employees) calling to each other from their float houses and chatting (also known as yapping) away the afternoons over coffee.” Present day local residents, Eileen Engstrom (nee Ledingham), Verle Leakey (nee Perkins) and Ed Pepin are just three of the many people who once lived at Yap Alley. Over the years, many sport and community events took place in the community of Youbou. There was basketball, bowling, badminton and even a boxing club. There were card parties, choirs and Christmas concerts. One could join a First Aid team involving children, men and women, Brownies, Cubs and Boy Scout groups. Sports and Junior Forest Wardens were popular. There was even a Ground Observer Corps (plane spotting during the Korean War) sponsored by the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as a motorcycle club called the Cowichan Fly by Knights. The mill had a hockey team; there was a Red Cross group, the soccer league and a Teen Town Club that sponsored dances. A wrestling club, swimming lessons, tennis and model airplane clubs were just a few of the many groups and organizations active in the little town of Youbou many years ago.


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Residents of Lake Cowichan and area came out in support of the United Way’s annual fundraising breakfast, Dec. 7, at the Shaker Mill Restaurant. The restaurant was humming with chatter between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., some arriving early for breakfast on their way to work, while others who had a more leisurely schedule for the day ahead taking their time and lingering.

Pat Foster, United Way coordinator for the Cowichan Lake area, reported a total of 76 breakfasts were served, and $1,600 raised by the event that will go to help fund community operations. “It might have been down a little in numbers compared with last year,” Foster said, “but the total raised is about the same as for last year.” As well, the Shaker Mill donated $380 to the United Way campaign, an amount representing the cost of the food provided by the restaurant.


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Elodie Adams Photos A crowd of Santa fans, young and old, came out to Lake Cowichan’s Visitor Information Centre for the official town light-up and for a chance - for the young ones, at least, to sit on Santa’s knee in the run-up to festivities over the next two weeks before Christmas.

Tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow in town’s light-up ELODIE ADAMS GAZETTE EDITOR

At a few minutes before 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, Lake Cowichan’s fire truck came barrelling down South Shore Street with its siren and lights going full tilt just in time to drop Santa off for the official “town light-up.” The children, who had been waiting inside the Gingerbread House (officially the Visitor Information Centre) singing Christmas songs and watching out the window in anticipation, poured out into the parking lot to see him arrive for the big moment. It took only a few minutes to find the right spot to set up the magic light switch that would illuminate the Christmas Tree. Then, the town’s mayor, Ross Forrest, and his willing helpers — Santa, Pat Weaver (CVRD area I), Ian Morrison (CVRD

area F) and Ron McKenzie, the genius behind the light switch — flipped the switch. And presto! the town was lit for another festive Christmas season in Lake Cowichan. Once done with the formalities, Santa took the time to talk to each and every little girl and boy who had come to see him, offering them a pre-Christmas stuffie to help them endure the long wait until the big day. The town’s Christmas light-up also signalled the official kick-off to December Christmas Madness. From Dec. 8-15, all participating businesses in town will be giving customers a stamp for their December Madness shopping passport. Once a passport holder gets five stamps, he or she can drop it off in the box at the VIC to be eligible to win one of seven $50 gift certificates. The draw for the prizes will Here he is! The moment all the children have been waiting for has finally arrived, as Santa pulls up in Lake Cowichan’s fire truck driven by firefighter Stephen Johnson, after completing his Fire Truck Relay around the be held Dec. 16. lake before the town light-up.

It was little Dane Taradi’s special day, and he looks pretty pleased. Not only was it his fifth birthday, but the little boy got to have a visit and his picture taken with Santa at the Lake Cowichan Country Grocer, December 8.

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Students at Palsson Elementary School surround Lucille Palsson in the library during the Grade 4 class’s project, “The Elders of Lake Cowichan,” on Dec. 6 in Lake Cowichan.

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Last year, eight-year-old Chloe Bergman found a booklet tucked away in the library at the school she attends that sparked her curiosity. It was a homemade booklet, bound with twine, dating from 1992 that had been made by the Grade 4 class at Palsson Elementary School, called “The Elders of Lake Cowichan.” She took that booklet and showed it to her teacher, Michelle Davis, and asked if her class

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could do it too. “She kept asking me, ‘can we do this, please?’ but they were only in Grade 3,” Davis recalled. “This year, now that they’re in Grade 4, I thought we could do it.” Using the first book as a model, the students invited 13 Lake Cowichan residents to their classroom on Dec. 7, and asked them questions about what life was like in Lake Cowichan in years gone by. It was a project that inspired all the students, Davis says, and also one that her student teacher, Jason Hopwell, was able to help her with during his practicum at the school. “He was really helpful, actually, because I got him to teach them what to do,” Davis explained. “He went over the book and what we were going to do, what questions they were going to ask the elders. “We talked about what the criteria is for respectful interviewing, and then we practised interviewing on each other, so that they would be prepared.” The sight of the older generation sitting together with the young Grade 4 students, some poring over old photographs, some helping a child with words or names they didn’t know how to spell, was heartwarming. Some of the questions the children asked were simple ones, such as “What was the road to Duncan like?” “Windy and twisty,” was the reply that came from the two men who were being interviewed by young Keegan McKinlay. McKinlay, Davis explained, was interviewing his grandfather – Rod Tipton – and his grand-uncle, Wayne Tipton. “It’s better now than it was.,” one of them remarked. “It was a paved road,” the other said, “but it was narrow, windy and twisty.” As the children filled in the answers to the list of questions they had prepared for their interviews, a picture of what Lake Cowichan was like and of how things had changed since the days of their grandparents began to form in their minds. “Did you ever go out to restaurants?” was another one of the questions on the list. “Never,” was the reply that came back. Davis remarked that some of the elders present that day were also in the book that was done 20 years ago. Perhaps the doyenne on the list was Lucille Palsson, for whom, along with her late husband, Oscar Palsson, the school was named. “He taught here for 29 years,” she said, “and I taught here for 18.” After the interview process, all the children and the invited guests moved into the school’s library, where a sumptuous tea was laying in wait, and more conversation ensued. The end result of the Grade 4’s project will be another book containing pictures of the children and the elders, and the information the children found out in their interviews with them. “It will be slightly more modernized,” added Davis with a smile. “But it will follow the same format.”


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DECEMBER EVENTS AT STUDIO 261 ARTS SPACE Friday Dec 14: Christmas Karaoke 7:00 PM Not just Christmas songs Monday Dec 17: Rivernotes Choir 6:00- 8:00 PM Women’s open choir Friday Dec 21: Free Movie 7:00 PM “The Buddy Holly Story” Pop and popcorn

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After seeing scenes from his unhappy life pass before his eyes on Christmas Eve, Edward Lentz (left) as Ebenezer Scrooge turns over a new leaf, and spends a joyous moment with actors Ashley Vomacka and Bailey Callihoo at the end of the Kaatza Lakeside Players radio-play adaptation of A Christmas Carol, in the Dec. 6 performance in Lake Cowichan.

Age-old story of Scrooge a listener’s delight ELODIE ADAMS Gazette Editor

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Bah, humbug! is how the play started out in the Kaatza Lakeside Players’ 2012 telling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. In just a little over an hour, the Lake Cowichan theatre group presented A Christmas Carol, a radio play adapted and scored for the stage by Anthony E. Palermo, and directed by Dena McPhee. With a darkened stage, no backdrop or sets, and the actors dressed in black, the production wasn’t aiming at stimulating the visual senses of the audience. Rather, McPhee said in an earlier interview, she wanted the audience to let their imaginations do the work, going so far as to have audience members close their eyes and listen, as they might do for a real radio play. Between the on-stage sound effects and Edward Lentz’s interpretation of Scrooge, it was hard to take her advice. It took three sound effects operators to create all the sounds that helped bring the play to life. There were slamming doors, rattling chains (which could have been louder), the sound of curtains being opened and shut, and the

clip-clop of horses’ hooves on cobbled streets in 19th century London, to name a few. A spirit machine — operated by Alain Boucher-Hamilton — was intriguing, and with the darkness of the set, it was difficult to see exactly how he was making those eerie sounds. McKenzie Paterson and Lillian Laird were the other two pair of hands that kept the sound props going. As for Lentz, he really carried the play as far as acting goes. In all fairness, he often had the stage to himself so he had to carry the load, which he did, and the production wouldn’t have been as successful if he hadn’t. Lentz added just the right amount of physical movement and facial expression to his lines, so that we saw a Scrooge who reacted both vocally and visually to events throughout the play: his initial reaction to having to give his long-suffering employee Bob Cratchit a day off, Jacob Marley’s visit and warning on Christmas Eve, each of the three ghosts that visit him that same night, and the final revelation on Christmas Day when his attitude finally changes to that of a giving nature. Although a newcomer to the

Lakeside Players, Lentz has been involved in amateur theatre for many years with the Shawnigan Lake Players. In many ways, Lentz says his final collaboration with them — he did a monologue play written by his wife — prepared him for taking on this role. Also to be remarked for his stage presence throughout the play was young Bailey Callihoo, who seems to have a natural flair for acting. Because this production was done as a radio play, the narrator was instrumental in carrying the story, and Dale Winters’ articulate voice worked well for that. Even though he was on stage, Winters’ voice was miked, which was probably a good move, because it was sometimes difficult to hear other cast members whose voices didn’t project, and it would have been a shame to miss the narration which tied the segments of the story together. The radio-play experience was a new venture for the Lakeside Players, and one that brought in new elements and challenges for the cast and crew. McPhee and all the volunteers and board members put a lot of effort into making it work for everybody involved, both on stage and for the audience.

Your Veterinarian... your other Family Doctor Overweight Pets Dear Doctor: My pet is overweight – what can I do?

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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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FRIDAY, Dec. 14 5pm - 8pm SATURDAY, Dec. 15 10am - 5pm

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Bring the family with some NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS FOR KIDS 0-18 YRS and NON-PERISHABLE FOOD. If you can’t make it down a ďŹ reďŹ ghter can pick up Hot Dog your donation. BBQ by Call Steve at 250.749.4192 or donatio n Ray at 250.749.3955

Grads sell hot dogs for dollars

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Saturday, Dec. 8 was a great opportunity for the LCSS graduating class of 2013 to raise funds for their dry grad in the spring. They set up a stand outside the Country Grocer, serving shoppers and hungry parents who were bringing their children to have their picture taken with Santa.

Lake Cowichan girl helps animal shelter

Shopper’s Special

Elodie Adams Photos Jada Lee (right) of Lake Cowichan, sits proudly holding her cat, Bean, among the many packages and cans of cat food her friends brought to her birthday party recently. This is the sixth year the twelve-year-old Lee has been asking for donations in lieu of presents that she then gives to the area’s animal shelter.

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Elodie Adams Cowichan Transit is offering to take you Christmas shopping for free next weekend, Dec. 14-16.

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Holiday shoppers in the valley are being presented with the nice gift of a transportation alternative. The Cowichan Valley Regional District and B.C. Transit are offering free local transit service, including HandyDART, to all riders Dec. 14 through 16. The free service is available on all routes in the Cowichan Valley Regional Transit system. The Cowichan Valley commuter to Victoria is

excluded. The Shopper’s Special is intended to get valley residents in the holiday spirit and beneďŹ t local business while reducing trafďŹ c congestion during one of the busiest times of the year. It’s expected to be pandemonium for parking at popular shopping spots so close to Christmas. B.C. Transit and the CVRD hope people will take advantage of the free service and encourage everyone to have a safe and environmentally green holiday season. For more information, call 250-746-9899.

The Natural Resource Professional (or NRP) designation is new and recent grads from natural resources conservation programs at the University of BC, Thompson Rivers University and the University of Northern BC can apply today. The NRP designation will allow you to practise aspects of professional forestry in every corner of the province. You might find yourself working for government, consultants, industry, Aboriginal groups and more! For more information and to see which programs qualify, visit our website at www.abcfp.ca.

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CURLING RESULTS Monday Doubles League Coulter/Monti 10 Ray/Repstock 8 Nott/Mccormick 7 Gott/Stroulger 7

Peters/Taylor Dalziel/Coulter Svendsen/Lacasse Wilcox/Geneveau

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“ Marg Beldessi is the WINNER ” Sam and Marg Beldessi display their prizes as the winners of our 2012 Reader’s Survey. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. They won a $200 gift certificate from Country Grocer, a wallet and gift certificate from the Footwear Centre and 4 tickets to the Kaatza Lakeside Players presentation of A Christmas Carol. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your input will assist us in providing our readers with the content they want to see in their local paper. We are committed to keeping you informed and connected with your community. Again, thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON.

Courtesy Jane Martin

PeeWee Lakers play hard, win gold ELODIE ADAMS GAZETTE EDITOR

Three wins, one tie and a gold were the final results for the Johel Group Pee Wee Lakers last weekend. The hockey team hosted a Pee Wee tournament at the Lake Cowichan Sports Arena, Dec. 7-9. Visiting teams came from Powell River, Campbell River and the Alberni Valley to play against the 11-, 12-, and 13year old players. The Lakers opened the tournament Friday, Dec. 7, in a well-matched game against Port Alberni’s team. The game was well into the second period before either team managed a goal and ended with a 3-3 tie. MVP for that game was Amber Clayton and Max Baird received the Digger Award. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Lakers played opposite Powell River in their first game of the day, and as coach Greg Clayton said, it was a blow out. “We played well,” Clayton said. “The whole team produced in that game.” The Lakers trounced Powell River 16-2. MVP for that game was Shalyn Jones, and the Digger Award went to Erin Croteau. Their second game on Saturday, he said, was a closer game, but a good one, with the Lakers again taking the lead with a 8-2 win over Campbell River. This propelled them into the finals, where they would be once again facing Port Alberni’s team on Sunday, Dec. 9. MVP for the second game on Saturday was Jayden Coulsen, and the Digger Award went to Nathan Anderson. In the final game, it was neckin-neck until the final, tiebreaking goal was scored by Joey Janz. “It was really exciting,”

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A Laker takes a slap shot on goal on Friday night.

Lakers face-off at opening game Friday night.

Clayton said. “The fans in the arena were on their feet for almost the whole game.” Kevin Stewart captured the MVP title in the final game, and Joey Janz took the Digger

Award. Overall, Clayton said the tournament was a lot of fun, not the least of which was claiming the trophy and the gold title.


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PUGH, Darrel Allen

October 25, 1967 – November, 22 2012

Al left us very suddenly and quietly. He was a very loved man and will be sadly missed by his many, many friends and his family. He is survived by his loving mother Vicky Fortin, sister Lynn Pugh, nieces Ashley Boughey and Christen Brooks and nephew B.J. Pugh, great niece Mia Palmiere and long time companion Denise Jory. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cowichan Valley Exhibition Fairgrounds on December 15th, 2012 at 1p.m. In lieu of owers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Al’s name. Rest in Peace until we meet again On line condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com H.W. Wallace (250) 701-0001

VOLKERS, Lou (Loekie) September 18, 1922 – December 1, 2012

Lou was born in Batavia, Indonesia. She lived on the island of Sumatra for twelve years where her father managed rubber plantations. In 1934, she moved with her family to Dauphin, Manitoba just in time for winter which was quite a shock after the tropics. After completing high school in Dauphin, she attended university in Brandon, Manitoba for a couple of years before going to Winnipeg where she worked for both Ducks Unlimited and Blue Cross. She met Barry (her husband to be) while on a trip to Europe. Lou and Barry were married in June 1952 in Manitoba. She moved with him to Lake Cowichan where she has resided ever since. Their only child, Tom, was born in October 1953. Over the years, Lou was active in Lake Cowichan with many volunteer and community groups including the Kaatza Art Group, the United Church, the music club, Canadian Mental Health Association, the Hospital Auxiliary, and much more. She was a tireless and faithful supporter of Barry in the work that he did with the Kaatza Historical Society and on many other initiatives. Lou was predeceased by her husband Barry in January 2011. She will be missed by her family and many friends. Lou was known for her support of many charities. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A memorial service was held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the United Church in Duncan.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS LOST AND FOUND FOUND CAT- female, long hair, grey, Old Lake Cowichan Road area. If this is your cat please call Mick 250-749-4040

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SOMMERVILLE, JAMES DOBIE March 23 1929 – November 26 2012 James Dobie Somerville passed away peacefully on November 26, 2012. Born on March 23, 1929 in Cumberland BC to James Dobie and Gertrude Somerville. Dobie moved to Lake Cowichan with his bride in 1962 where he worked in the logging industry for over 30 years. Dobie is predeceased by his parents James Dobie and Gertrude and his siblings Alex, Mabel, Jean, Ellen, Tom, Artie and Gertrude. Dobie is survived by his two brothers Terry and Ducky; his daughter Tracy, her daughter Krystle (Luke) their daughter Peyton, and her son Peter; his daughter Kristine (Jas), and their three children Amanda, Jessica and Adam; his daughter Kim (Erik) and their two children Nathan and Kaylen. He will always be remembered by his friends and family for making his daily rounds of visits and lending a helping hand. His family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Theresa Elliot, the home care nurses, and all the nurses at CDH on 2South for providing great comfort and care of our father, grandfather and great grandfather. The family held a Celebration of Life on December 9th at 11am at the Lake Cowichan Legion. Online condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com H.W. Wallace (250) 701-0001

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. ELECTRICIAN JOURNEYMAN position, Port Hardy. Residential, commercial, industrial installations & maintenance. Require valid driver’s licence, electrician trade certiďŹ cate & BCTQ. Fax or email resume: 250-949-9230 or: kkelec@cablerocket.com.

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TRADES, TECHNICAL NORTHERN ALBERTA clearing contractor seeks experienced Buncher and Skidder Operators for work in Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided; email jobs@commandequipment.com Fax 780-488-3002.

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NELSON, Kathaleen Elva June 8, 1923 - Nov.19, 2012

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It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our wonderful mother on Monday the 19th of November. She passed away at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan, B.C. Kathaleen was born on the 8th of June, 1923, in Bengough, Saskatchewan; the first born child of Orval Hicks and his wife Hazel McDonald. She was raised on a farm very near the Montana border in a small hamlet called Buffalo Gap. Kathaleen was the eldest of a large family of 12 and her siblings grew up during the Tosiblings. solveShe a Sudoku puzzle, “dirty thirties” and she1told every number tous9of being lucky to live on a farmappear where they must in:always had lots to eat, but not always the other necessities of life. She loved • Each nine school, but of as athe young teenvertical she had tocolumns quit school • Each of the nine horizontal rows to help out at home. married her childhood Auby •She Each of the nine 3 sweetheart x 3 boxes when they were both very young, and not long afterward in the spring of 1944 boarded a train with their three little girls and headed for the West Coast. They arrived in Chemainus in May and lived with Remember relatives for anoshort time before moving to Duncan number canfound occurwork as a mechanic at the where Auby Duncan Ford Garage. more than once in they bought a piece of property on anySoon row,after column Cowichan or box. Lake Road and built a house, which was her home for many, many years. She was the wife of a very hardworking ‘business’ man when Dad bought a truck and hauled everything from sawdust to railroad ties, and any thing else that he could haul in that truck. They made many friends thru Dad’s business connections. Mom was a busy lady, raising so many children and entertaining many friends. She was happiest when all the chairs were full at her big kitchen table. Christmas at her house was the original Christmas Chaos. She loved to sing along with Dad when he played his guitar, Prairie picnics of long ago, watching her grandchildren play the sports of their choice, camping, watching the birds feed outside her window, and Daniel O’Donnell songs. She had her sad and bad times like most, but she always had a wonderful smile for all. When Auby died, it became a very sad time for her, but she tried her best to cope with a lot of change, but cope she did and we admired and loved her for her resilience. She is survived by sisters Velda Mortenson of Govan, Sask., Shirley Holbrook of Coronach, Sask., brothers Dean Hicks of Big Beaver, Sask., Doug Hicks of Coronach, Sask., and Ian “Butch” Hicks of Medicine Hat, Alta. ; their spouses and offspring, as well as many other nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her husband Auby, daughter Luanne Palmer, son Milo, and son-in-law Roger Ketch, Lana’s husband. She leaves to mourn her passing, children Gailene (Herb) Branting, son- in- law Don Palmer (Luanne), Audrey (John) Svetich, Bob (Carol) Nelson, Jackie (Dennis) MacGregor, Kirk (Chris) Nelson, Wendy (Jim) Holden, Judy (Rennis) Ketch, Lana Ketch, Brenda (Wally) Tomporowski, Denise (Glen) Ramsey, Kim (David) Gunn. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren and 3 great-great, grandchildren. She cherished every one of them and they loved her unconditionally. The family would like to thank the staff at Cairnsmore Place and Dr. Susan Barr for all the care and support they gave our Mom. There will be a tea to celebrate Mom’s life from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, December 9th at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, 486 Jubilee St., Duncan, B.C.

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The Lions Christmas House still sparkles this year until Dec.20. You can view it, by appointment, by calling Brenda to make arrangements for availability of time and day. Call 250-709-5493 or 250-749-3345. Tea, coffee & Christmas treats will be available to those that have booked in advance. The Lake Cowichan Shopping Passports are available until Saturday, Dec. 15 at participating businesses and from the Cowichan Lake Visitor Centre. Make a purchase of $10 or more to collect a stamp. Once you have collected five stamps you can place your passport in the draw box at the CLVC for your chance to win one of seven $50 gift certificates from local stores: Cow Café & Cookhouse, Dollars and Sense, Fit for a Princess, Galloping Moon, Penny’s Hair Care at Link Salon, Scarlett’s Secondhand and South Shore

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