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Lake Cowichan RCMP last 2012 call-out: vehicle in ditch

A 2003 Nissan Frontier pick-up ended up on its roof in the ditch just west of Lake Cowichan on South Shore Road on Dec. 31. RCMP were called to the scene and had to stop traffic in both directions while a tow truck pulled the overturned vehicle out of the ditch. The driver and owner of the vehicle was unharmed. ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

Although there were slippery road conditions on Dec. 31, it doesn’t appear to have been the cause of the vehicle collision on South Shore Road say Lake Cowichan RCMP. Approximately 300 metres west of Cowichan Lake Sports

Arena, RCMP received a report of a vehicle on its roof in the ditch. According to the report filed on the incident, the driver and owner of the vehicle was already out of his vehicle by the time the RCMP and the tow truck arrived at the scene of the accident.

The driver reported hitting a rut in the road, which caused him to not be able to negotiate a corner, and the vehicle skidded off the road. There were no passengers, and the driver did not sustain injuries from the accident. Lake Cowichan drivers appeared to be acting

responsibly this New Year’s Eve, said Cpl. Warren Potter of the Lake Cowichan precinct, who worked that night. “We conducted two separate road checks during the night and early morning at various locations,” Potter said. “It went well, several vehicles were checked, and nobody was impaired.” Looking back at some of the major incidents RCMP have been called in to investigate in 2012: The structure fire at the Meades Creek Trailer Park on July 18 is still under investigation, reports Potter. “Further inquiries were made on Jan. 5,” confirmed Potter, “but we still haven’t identified the persons responsible.” While the unit that caught fire was unoccupied, the adjacent unit which subsequently caught fire was occupied. The RCMP report states that the residents escaped with no injuries; however, both modular homes were heavily damaged by the fire which is being considered suspicious in nature. An investigation into the ATV crash which injured one person and killed the passenger in August of 2012 is still ongoing, RCMP reports. On the evening of August 27, emergency crews responded to a report of an overturned

ATV on the Malachan Reserve. RCMP say they believe the ATV overturned when the driver made a sharp right-hand turn from a gravel road onto a paved road. The ATV operator, a 52-yearold Nitinat Lake man, and his 45-year-old female passenger from Port Alberni both sustained injuries in the crash. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. “A search warrant is being prepared to obtain blood samples from the driver,” stated Potter. “The samples will determine if alcohol was a factor in the accident.” In November, a motorist on Hwy. 18 succumbed to injuries sustained when a rock crashed through the windshield of the truck he was driving. RCMP established that the rock was debris that fell off a logging truck travelling eastbound on Hwy. 18. The driver of the truck had been travelling westbound. Potter confirmed that a statement had been obtained by the driver who was travelling behind the vehicle that was hit, who says he saw the debris fall off the oncoming logging truck’s trailer, bounce off the road and hit the vehicle in front of him. South Island Traffic Services is still working on the file, and the driver of the logging truck has not been identified yet.

Is property assessment a reflection of its value? ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

For some, being a property appraiser for B.C. Assessment must be a difficult job. When that governmentbrown envelope addressed to homeowners arrives in the mail in January, reactions generally are mixed. Some property owners are elated to see that their property value has escalated, others are disappointed if it has devalued, and still others are in strong disagreement if the spike in the assessed value is too high. Every year, this results in a flurry of complaints from homeowners who fear that the assessment is a reflection of what they will have to pay in property taxes that year. According to its’ website, B.C. Assessment estimates the value of most properties as of July 1 each year, based on market values. The description of how an appraiser estimates the value of a home reads as follows: “An appraiser considers factors such as size, age, shape, quality, condition and location. Views, local services, supply and demand and current sales in the area may also influence your property’s value.” Local Lake Cowichan realtors

Wendy Klyne of Re-Max and Sharon Kelly of Countrywide Village Realty both disagree with that fact based on some of the current listings in the Cowichan Lake area. “The tax assessment is not a good indicator of the market value,” Klyne told the Gazette. “It should be, but it isn’t. That’s what (realtors) think.” Klyne indicated several properties currently on the Multiple Listing Services in the Cowichan Lake area where the assessed value doesn’t reflect the market value. “If we look at the most expensive piece of property on the market in this area right now,” she added, “it is an acreage on Marble Bay Road listed for $2.2 million (188 acres), and the tax assessment on it is $1.469 million.” Usually out here Klyne says the listing price is higher than the tax assessment. Kelly says she feels there is no reason for concern regarding the assessment, as ultimately it doesn’t impact what price a home will sell for. “As realtors we don’t consider an adjustment of assessed value to be significant in terms of the real estate industry,” commented Kelly. “There will always be

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At $1.3 million, this waterfront property on Creekside Road near Youbou is one of the most expensive properties listed in the Cowichan Lake area. Its assessed value is $1.1 million.

adjustments based upon market trends, and it doesn’t reflect what the home is really like.” B.C. Assessment gives property owners ample opportunity to register an appeal if they believe their home or land or business has been unfairly valued. But before doing so, they recommend that owners first compare their property with

others in the area. This can be done by checking e-valueBC on the web. Owners can also contact B.C. Assessment appraisers to discuss how their property’s value was determined. If the owners and appraiser agree there was an error, the assessment can be altered. Anyone who decides to go

ahead with an appeal must file a complaint including your reason for seeking a review by Jan. 31 at midnight. The complaint form is available on their website and can be mailed, faxed, hand delivered, or emailed to the local office. Find the B.C. Assessment appeal guide at www.bcassessment.ca/ public/Pages/AppealGuide.asp.


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Youbou twin girls are Cowichan Lake’s first babies in 2013 ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

On Dec. 31, 2012, Justin Close and his partner Jessica Oyo, both of Youbou, welcomed in the New Year together. At that time, Oyo was a few weeks away from the anticipated birth date of her first baby. Then, three days later and with scarcely a word of warning, Oyo was holding twin girls whom she gave birth to at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. “It was a total surprise,” confirmed the new father, Close. “I mean we knew it would be twins, but we thought it would be later in January.” Alexis and Isabelle Close-Oyo, or “twin A and twin B” as Close jokingly referred to them in a phone interview from the hospital in Nanaimo, arrived on Jan. 3 at 11:33 and 11:34 a.m., premature to the due date by a couple

of weeks, Close said. Alexus Sandra weighed in at 5lb. 3oz. and Isabel Julia was nearly one pound lighter, at 4lb. 6 oz. The couples’ twin girls are the first babies among residents in the Cowichan Lake area for 2013. “Everything went fine,” he said reassuringly. “It was a C-section. They were out within an hour, and they’re perfectly healthy — they’re just a little bit premature.” Close says the babies’ mother is doing fine. It was Oyo’s first pregnancy and the first offspring for the young couple. They are looking forward to bringing the twins back to Youbou in a few more days. “Jessica is good,” Close said. “She’s handling it. They’re healthy and they’re breastfeeding now. Everything is going well.”

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Michelle Dubois (left) and Larissa Nelson found that keeping a smile on their faces while sorting empty bottles together was one of the best ways of tackling the mound of empties.

Annual Dry Grad Bottle Drive returns more than just funds ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

It has become an annual fundraising event for the grads at Lake Cowichan Secondary School.

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Dressed in parkas and toques to keep warm, and with a big urn of hot chocolate brewing and homemade cookies to keep the energy level up, they gather together on a Saturday morning in January under the gazebo at Saywell Park to sort empties. The LCSS Bottle Drive is one of the biggest events toward raising money for the students for their dry grad, bringing in an estimated $2,000 - $2,500. “It’s the best fundraiser ever,” said one of the parents who were there as well, pitching in to help with the sorting. “The Duncan Bottle Depot provides us with these bags, then they come and pick everything up when we’re done and give us a cheque!” The volume of empties — beer cans, wine, beer and liquor bottles — is mindboggling. Some people save empties for months to donate to the Dry Grad bottle drive. And the truckloads kept arriving to drop off more bags so full they are nearly bursting . In all, the grads spent about six hours handling empties to earn that money. They worked diligently, but still kept their spirits up with laughter and camaraderie in the air and the feeling of getting a little closer to their ultimate goal.

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Online reservations strong start to 2013 season for Lakeview Campground ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

As one year comes to an end and a new year begins, anticipation grows for spring and summer activities. Interest in summer bookings for campsites is evidence of that according to our town’s website, which just opened its online reservations for Lakeview Campsite Jan. 1. “As of yesterday morning (Jan.

2), we’ve had 76 reservations,” said Judy Caplette, an employee at the town hall. Lakeview Campsite with its protected foreshore adjacent to the Cowichan Lake Education Centre a few kilometres west of the town centre, has become an increasingly popular spot for vacationers who enjoy camping. It comprises 72 campsites, of which

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about half are power-supplied, and half without power. “At the beginning of the year, the long weekends usually tend to book up,” Caplette said, speaking about the online reservations for the campgrounds. “And there’s always those couple of weeks in August when they have the hockey school at the arena that are popular, too.”

The online reservation system seems to be the way to go these days, for people who like to plan ahead and not be left without a spot for the night. Site rates have raised ever so slightly this year by about three per cent, with a $1 increase over the 2012 rates. It now costs $33 per night per campsite, while the other rates, such as moorage per night, or

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Taking a look at New Year’s traditions around the globe No sooner have we finished the last scrap of leftover turkey (or tofurkey, for vegans and vegetarians) than it’s time to celebrate the new year. Celebrating the new year means different things for different people and can mean different things in different countries or cultures. As we celebrate our New Year on the evening of December 31, other cultures and countries celebrate a new year at different times of the year and with different traditions and feasts. For the Chinese, their New Year celebration is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar and usually falls in February, or the first day of the first month in the traditional

Chinese calendar, and ends with a Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day after. In Japan, they prepare traditional food at New Year’s known as osechi, which originally referred to a season or significant period. In Japanese custom, during the first three days of the New Year it was taboo to use a hearth and cook meals, except when cooking zoni. Osechi was made by the close of the previous year, as women did not cook in the New Year. All right, I like that! In the Jewish holiday calendar, Rosh Hashanah is their official New Year, and usually falls in the month of September according to Hebrew calendar dates. Their feast will usually include apples

and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year, a nice touch. Russian Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar celebrate New Year’s Eve Jan. 13-14. Public celebrations, fireworks, drinking vodka and champagne, are their traditions, according to Wikipedia. On New Year’s Day, a sumptuous meal of roast duck, caviar, fish in aspic, mushrooms in cream, nut cookies, and a New Year Clock Cake are consumed. Bring it all on, I say. In Greece it is the custom to exchange gifts on the New Year (Dec. 31) instead of at Christmas, so children impatiently await the New Year because that’s when St. Basil delivers their gifts.

The Greeks also celebrate New Year’s with a special cake that contains a coin. The person who receives the piece of cake is said to be the lucky one for the year. The French have a similar tradition, and it is linked to Epiphany in the church calendar, which signifies the coming of the three kings. “Galettes des Rois” (Kings’ Cakes) are found in all the pastry shops and bakeries. Instead of a coin, special favours, called ‘feves,’ are hidden inside a (delicious) almond filling. The galette is sold with a little crown, and the lucky person who gets the piece with the favour becomes the king (or queen) for the day. Do you have any traditions you would like to write to us about? — editor@lakecowichangazette.com

Property assessments form the basis for municipal tax rates BC Bureau By Tom Fletcher

Property assessment statements are in the mail this week, showing slight drops in estimated property values for most regions of the B.C. Despite the decreases, Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced Wednesday that the threshold for the B.C. homeowners’ grant is increasing by $10,000 to $1.295 million. The grant is set to make 95.5 per cent of homeowners eligible for the full amount, which is $570 in the Capital, Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley regional districts. The northern and rural benefit adds an extra $200 for homeowners outside those districts, an amount added to compensate rural people for extra costs of the carbon tax on fossil fuels. An additional grant of $275 is available to homeowners who are aged 65 and up, permanently disabled or qualified war veterans. Assessments are consid-

ered a snapshot of the property value as of July 1, 2012, which predates some of the recent decline in real estate markets. In Greater Victoria, most homeowners will see reductions in the range of two to six per cent. “A significant number of properties in the region are actually decreasing in value,” said Reuben Dankody, assessor for the Capital Region. “Since our valuation date of July 1, 2012, the overall property market shows signs of further decline in sales volume, while prices have generally been stable.” In the Kootenays, total assessment roll value decreased slightly in Nelson, Salmo and Slocan, while rural property values held steady. Cranbrook also saw a small average decline, with assessed value of a typical single-family home going from $256,000 to $250,000 as of last summer. Property values generally remained stable in the Okanagan, with changes from five per cent up to five per cent down depending on location and type of property. In the Northwest, Terrace bucked the trend with a slight

average increase in assessed values. In Smithers and surrounding communities, residential values generally held steady while commercial and industrial properties saw decreases between five and 20 per cent. Property owners can check their assessments online at bcassessment.ca (click on eValueBC) and compare with others in their neighbourhood to decide if they wish to file an appeal by Jan. 31. Appeal requests go to independent property assessment review panels that convene in February. Changes in the property tax payable depends on the actual tax rates to be set by each local municipality, so a home that’s assessed five per cent higher might not pay any more in tax if the average assessment in the city rose 10 per cent and the local council sets its rate to generate a smaller tax revenue increase. The total assessed value of real estate in B.C. rose 2.3 per cent from a year ago. Most cities are seeing gains of around 1.5 per cent in their assessment rolls from new construction, expanding their tax base.

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Letters to the editor are welcome, but writers are requested to keep their submissions to 350 words or less. All letters must contain the name, address and signature of the writer, and a phone number where they may be reached during business hours. Thank you letters will not normally be considered for publication. editor@lakecowichangazette.com

Community pride shines Dear Editor We appreciate those responsible for the Christmas lights display throughout the town this year. The results are well worth the time and effort of those responsible. It is great to see pride in the community at work. All the very best in 2013. Jennifer and Dave Wall Lake Cowichan Two of the workers who have been employed by the Job Creation Partnership grant to work on the upgrades to Lake Cowichan’s Saywell Park began by taking some measurements in the space, under the gazebo, where the new public washrooms will be built.

Saywell Park upgrades and enhancement project begins this week ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

This week marks the beginning of a new community project in Lake Cowichan. Thanks to a grant obtained by the Cowichan Lake Centre for Education (CLEC), six workers have been hired and will work on upgrades to Saywell Park that will improve and enhance public facilities for the community. It’s called the Job Creation Partnership and it is made possible through the Employment Program of B.C., with funding from both the federal and provincial governments. “It’s really about how the centre performs a role in the community,” said Jennifer Bendell, program coordinator at the centre. “For these individuals its a win-win situation, They know that they are creating pubic facilities that the town will use for years to come.” Four of the six men who have been hired for the job began last week at CLEC, where they were given the opportunity to obtain the certification necessary these days to be hired for the kind of construction work they will be doing. “Before they start working at Saywell Park, they are here at CLEC getting their WHMIS (Workplace

Hazardous Materials Information System) certificate,” explained Dalton Smith, manager at CLEC. “They also have done their OFA - Occupation First Aid certificate.” In all through the program, there will be six people hired plus one supervisor, for 36 weeks.

projects.” So what changes will the public be seeing at Saywell Park? The project objective is to upgrade and enhance the Saywell Park green space to attract and increase recreational tourism for the community. The projects include the construction of new

This 1918 CNR Box Car will be restored as part of the upgrades in Saywell Park.

Both Smith and Bendell can’t help showing great enthusiasm for the projects they have been able to collaborate on through CLEC over the years. “Through these grants, partner-ships and special programs our community has benefited greatly,” said Smith, who is proud of their success rate in being able to create jobs for people in the area. “Probably 300 people, part time or full time, have been employed by the Town of Lake Cowichan through us and have gone on to find other work through these

public washrooms, a viewing platform, a swimming dock, picnic tables and the restoration of the 1918 CNR Box Car, adjacent to the Kaatza Historical Museum. “We got a $250,000 grant,” Smith confirmed. “But that includes contributions as well from the Town of Lake Cowichan, Catalyst Paper, Youbou Lands and the Kaatza Historical Society.” Smith says these contributions are worth about $80,000 and include materials that will be used in the construction of the different projects.

“These companies have contributed materials and supplies for the box car, the swimming dock and platform, and the public washrooms,” he noted. Residents of Lake Cowichan can expect to see work commencing in Saywell Park the week of Jan. 7, beginning with the public washrooms. As well as the crew of six and a superviser, hired as part of the program, Smith says they have hired a local builder, Triosh Contracting, as the general contractor for the project. The first phase of the upgrades will be finished by March 22. The crew will have no sooner completed the first project, and they will be on to the second phase of the upgrades, the restoration of the CNR box car. The Kaatza Museum and Historical Society will be instrumental in providing guidance for the restoration of the boxcar. Their contribution to this project includes supplying all the wood that will be used to restore it, and for which the completion date is set for June 7. The third phase will be the construction of a viewing platform and public swimming dock. For this project, Smith says they have hired local contractor Cliff Gibson, who builds and installs floats for a living, as

a consultant. Completion date for phase three is August 23. The last phase of the project is the construction of 10 picnic tables, at which time the 36 weeks will have elapsed and the public will already have been enjoying some of the upgrades to Saywell Park over the summer.

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Town of Lake Cowichan Commission Membership Vacancies The Town of Lake Cowichan is seeking one additional member for the following Commission:

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Members of the Commission advise Council on all matters respecting land use, community planning or proposed bylaws and permits that are referred to it by Council. Membership is restricted to residents of the Town of Lake Cowichan and two members may be non-residents. Membership term is for a two year period, commencing January 1st, 2013. Further information regarding the above Commission is available by contacting the undersigned at 250.749.6681 during regular office hours, Monday through Friday. A brief letter outlining your interest in serving on the above should be directed to reach the Town by 3:00 p.m., January 25th, 2013 and submitted to the undersigned:

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Community Consultation Sessions School District 79 invites the public to attend one of two Community Consultation Sessions to discuss options being considered in an era of declining enrolment and increased costs. Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at George Bonner Middle School Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Quamichan Middle School To allow us to prepare for the session, you are encouraged to preregister at communityconsultation@sd79.bc.ca. Please don’t forget to tell us which session you plan to attend. Participants who preregister will receive a copy of presentation material in advance of the session.

Several cast members of one of the many plays performed by the Lake Cowichan Drama Club, (which operated from 1952-1983) shown in costume, for this group photo taken sometime after 1956. Seen in the photo are Len Plater No.1, Adrian Pecknold No.2, Addie Pecknold No.3. A few others who may be recognized by readers of this column include Trevor Green, Eva and Fred Wilson, Goldie Money, Elsie Kirby and Trudie Allan.

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In 1968, almost 20 years after moving to Lake Cowichan where he spent a year teaching at the high school and the next 18 as principal of Stanley Gordon Elementary School, Len Plater (and family) left Lake Cowichan for greener pastures. His new position as associate of the Educational Foundation Centre at Simon Fraser University, North Burnaby, was defined as one that “assisted new teachers through their early teaching experience,” (Lake News May 8, 1968). It was with some regret that the Platers left the Lake where they had raised their three children, Ted, Marion and Roy. Leading an active community life, the Platers were founding members of the local square dance club and also belonged to the Lake Cowichan Drama Club, with Len taking part in amateur theatre productions. He had a keen interest in gardening

and found the Cowichan River “a constant source of pleasure,” (May 8, 1968 Lake News). Born in Lloydminster, Alberta in 1915, Len passed away in Richmond, B.C. in December of 2003, two years after his wife Mary. Adrian Pecknold The first eating establishment in the 1940s era in the Smith Block building here in town was called Adrian’s Fountain Lunch. Owner Adrian Pecknold, who sold the business a year later, served coffee, tea, sandwiches and light meals at the small café. The same location today, although eight times larger, has for several years been the home of the Shaker Mill Restaurant. Addie Pecknold, wife of Adrian, taught for many years at Stanley Gordon Elementary School in Lake Cowichan, most often sharing a class with principal, Len Plater. The Pecknold children, David, Adrian and Susan attended local schools and went on to have children of their own. Adrian’s greatest interest was the local amateur theatre group, then the Lake Cowichan Drama Club, where he and Addie were active. An accomplished actor, over the years he took part in numerous plays and drama festival events. In 1961 he was awarded an apprenticeship to the Stratford, Ontario

Shakespearean Festival. The prestigious award was the result of his performance as Arlecchino in the local drama club’s Italian comedy production, The Three Cuckolds. The highly acclaimed play, directed by Yvonne Green, was selected as British Columbia’s entry to the 1962 Dominion Drama Festival held back east. Eventually the family moved to Ontario where Adrian gained fame and a great degree of accomplishment in his chosen field of mime. He studied the art of mime in Paris, then later joined a mime company as actor and instructor. He founded a professional mime company and the first Canadian Mime School. In 1982 he authored a book entitled Mime, The Step Beyond Words and also taught at Ryerson (university) Theatre School. Of all his accomplishments, he was probably most well known for his creation and depiction of the mime character, Poco the Clown which, for many years appeared on the children’s Canadian television show, Mr. Dressup. After a long and illustrious career where he had “long (been) considered one of Canada’s leading mime artists and teacher,” (Canadian Theatre Review, No. 96, Fall 1988), Pecknold, born in 1920, succumbed to cancer. A service in his memory was held on Sept. 3, 1999 in Fonthill, Ontario (source Yvonne Green papers).


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Courtesy of John Veale

At left: Veale piloting the Bushby Mustang II aircraft he built himself with much blood, sweat and tears. Above: Veale enjoys the panoramic view from the cockpit of his airplane.

Pilot flies into retirement with home-built aircraft ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

A retiree living in Mill Bay, John Veale recently posted a 19-minute video on the web of his flight in a small aircraft, one beautiful summer’s day, around the southern tip of Vancouver Island and up and across Cowichan Lake. What made that trip all the more unique is that Veale was flying in an aircraft he built himself, a Bushby Mustang II. Although he grew up on the west coast, the former CBC radio announcer never dreamed he would one day be flying around Vancouver Island in an airplane he spent eleven years building. Veale and his wife Pat spent a number of their working years living in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and finally Saskatchewan before they came back to British Columbia, retiring in Mill Bay in 1995. But Veale’s history of flying and his fondness for small aircraft dates back to the 60s, when he was still trying to get his pilot’s licence. “I had taken some of my instruction in Edmonton,” Veale said, “and in those days, it was about $13/hour, and I could hardly afford it. So I only did

about three hours, and then we moved to Yellowknife, and I continued my instruction up there.” Eventually, Veale had the required number of flying hours to obtain his licence, and this is where the story about building his own aircraft really begins. “After I had my licence, I answered a tiny little print ad in a Popular Mechanics magazine,” Veale explained. “It was only about four lines, and it grabbed my attention. It said — very optimistically, I eventually learned — that it was a 300 mph airplane. So I sent away $3 for some information on the plane.” But, he adds, they had also included a brochure in with the information for the plane on the Experimental Aircraft Association, an association that has since become an international organization and which every year hosts the world’s largest air show and convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. “Originally (the convention) was all aimed at home-built airplanes,” clarified Veale. “It was through joining that organization that I really got interested in building one myself.” The Bushby Mustang II is a home-built design, modelled

after a single-seat aircraft originally built by a Piper engineer, Veale explains. The rights for the airplane he designed were sold to Bob Bushby, who in 1960 came out with a two-seater — the Mustang II — which he got a lot of requests for. “That’s where I came into the picture,” Veale said, “because when I saw the design I thought that’s exactly what I’m after.” He recalls going down to Illinois to see the prototype of the aircraft, and then buying the blueprints, numbering 120 pages, and laying the pages out on the bed in the hotel room he and his wife were staying in. “ I remember thinking I’ve just wasted $125, because it just didn’t make any sense to me,” Veale recalled with a laugh. “It just looked horribly complicated. But the more I studied them, the more it began to make sense, and eventually I thought I can do this, and I started out one piece at a time, and that’s how I did it.” Eleven years and within 50 hours of 4,000 hours of actual construction time, is how Veale calculates how long it took him to build the aircraft. “I was learning as I went

along, because I had no background in metal work,” he added. “It was a fascinating project.” The Veales were living in Saskatchewan during the years he built his aircraft, and they had already decided they wanted to retire back on Vancouver Island. So when the time came for the move, Veale — who had done most of his flying in the prairies and was used to open, flat spaces — had one of the most exhilarating flying experiences of his life when he flew out solo from Regina to Duncan. “I left Regina at about 7:30 a.m., and I reached Duncan within a little over 6 hours of flying. “I had clear skies almost all the way, and to be flying up at peak height over Roger’s Pass for example, and see the miles of snow fields stretching out, it was pretty amazing. “And I was flying into retirement, so to speak, so it was pretty exciting,” he added with a chuckle. Now, Veale is a member of the Nanaimo Flying Club and bases his airplane at Nanaimo Airport. He says he never tires of the beauty of the sights flying

around the island and coastline afford him. The day he filmed his onehour and forty minute circuit, now nearly two years ago, was a perfect day for flying. “Coming over Cowichan Lake, it was magnificent,” he recalled. “ It was pretty calm when I flew down the lake at a fairly low altitude. I’ve flown up and down Lake Cowichan many times, but this was one of the prettier. The sun was just right, and the shadows on the lake. “I think the whole valley is so pretty, but Cowichan Lake makes for a great place to fly. It’s such a different perspective from the air. It looks so different from the ground.” Veale says he‘d like to do more on the coastline, down the inlet and out over the Broken Group islands, near Barkley Sound. “I have had such interesting mail from people who expressed how they have enjoyed the memories seeing the clip brought back,” he said modestly, but with satisfaction. He’s sharing the beauty of some of his flights at https:// vimeo.com/user4994439/videos/ sort:newest/format:detail

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Bowling night in Youbou

Chris Hoskins ( in red hoodie) had his family out skating over the holidays at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Hoskins was teaching son Lyndon a few skating techniques while his wife Karen (inset) was keeping their youngest, Dylan, up on his two feet. Above, Lyndon shows his dad how he can skate on one leg.

The 1994 biographical film of 17th century Italian castrato Carlo Broschi, better known as Farinelli, will kick off a series of bi-weekly movie nights at Studio 361 on Jan. 11 in Lake Cowichan. Farinelli is the story about a young singer in Handel’s time who was one of the last singers to be castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. Gerard Corbiau directed the film. “The movies I will be showing will always have something to do with music,” said coordinator Judith Quinlan. “And because of copyright acts, I can’t charge an admission fee, so they will be free movie nights for the public.” Movie time is 7 p.m. at Studio 361, on South Shore Road.

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1 at midnight ndall be on January Where will Beverly Ke under cascading balloons,” said g all wishes of any year? “Standin t’s my birthday!” Kend ! Kendall, “because tha ily. for friends and fam health and happiness

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Karen Kozak, who works at the Legion in Lake Cowichan says her new year’s resolution is to keep her home cleaner. “I don’t smoke,” said Karen, “so I can’t give up cigarettes!”

David and Beth Kidd had fun in Youbou on new year’s resolutio n is to keep walking New Year’s Eve. David’s with the Retreads gro while Beth says she intends to stay posit up, ive and to enjoy life.

celebrating New Year’s at the lake photos by Elodie Adams

The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim challenge was on in Honeymoon Bay. Six Honeymoon Bayers took the plunge, from left: Dave Jenkin, Debbie Kerr, Jan Heard, Sylvia Roach, Pat Peters and the youngest of them all, Jayden Poncracz.

Jeremy Jenkins and Brooke Johnson gave each other a big hug at midnight. Johnson’s new year’s resolution for 2013 is to get herself over to the mainland and finish her schooling.

Looking for ideas for your New Year’s resolutions? Think safety first ... ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

These three ladies were checking out the goodies brought by members of the Lake Cowichan Legion, who celebrated the last hours of 2012 together.

Once the clock chimes midnight on Dec. 31, personal resolutions for the new year are a hot topic — for about two weeks. Then the novelty wears off, we shed some of those extra pounds gained over the holiday season, or just the regular routine of back-to-work, back-toschool resumes. Yet there are goals we can undertake that wouldn’t be difficult to achieve, and they concern safety. Here are two suggestions from B.C. Ambulance Services that can make the world a safer place for individuals, their families, and their communities. Learn CPR — Ambulance workers across the province attend 2,400 to 2,800 cardiac arrest calls each year, according to BCAS, and the majority of incidents occur at home. BCAS believes that Bystander CPR saves lives, and the more people who

can be trained in CPR, the greater the chance of saving lives and ensuring a happy ending to what could be a devastating event. Cowichan Lake Recreation Centre offers courses in the fall and spring, and the Cowichan Aquatic Centre has a weekend course for Standard First Aid and CPR coming up Jan. 18-19 in Duncan. Teach your children to call 9-1-1 — BCAS believes teaching young people, and even small children, the importance of knowing how to make that call can make all the difference in an at-home emergency situation. The CLRC will again be offering a threeweek Babysitter’s Training Course beginning February 19 for young people 11 years of age and up. Among the topics covered in the course are teaching young teens how to handle emergencies, as well as child safety and basic first aid. — with files from B.C. Ambulance Services


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Outrageous views! Open concept Brand new 3 bed 2 bath rancher in living. Lightly used & well maintained desirable Slopes subdivision. Hurry and you can still pick your colors with 4 bedrooms & 3 baths.

$319,000

Stunning waterfront home. Almost 4000 sq. ft living space. Huge open concept kitchen. 2nd kitchen could easily be in-law suite. 3 decks open to the prized lake front views.

$339,900 plus H.S.T.

7020 Cowichan Lake Road 12 acres of flat land with a lovely character home and multiple out buildings. Set up for a couple of horses. Possibility of extensive peat extraction.

$950,000

$215,000

$194,000

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$89,900 $95,000

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9674 Creekside Rd New Creekside Listing Elegant Waterfront Home

$1,299,000

$529,000

#24 - $22,900 MOTIVATED

#33 - $59,000

11445 North Shore Road

Lot 22 Kestrel Dr.

100 Cottonwood

Lakeview lot w/boat slip & beach access.

Huge lot in town. Big family home.

$69,000

$345,000

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67 South Shore Rd. • Riverfront +/ residential+/ +business too! • Location, location,location • Established since 1960 • 1960 sq’ building • 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom • 62x104 riverfront lot

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Log Home. Ever thought you would like to live off the grid?

$375,000

147 Sahtlam Ave

$265,000

$189,000

$797,000

Coon Creek Road

SL 4 Meades Creek Road

82 Beech

5990 Stoltz Rd.

Cute, Cute, Cute Waterfront Cabin, Great Beach.

High end Small scale Waterfront Development. Several lovely homes newly built.

• Home at the Slopes • Rancher with a basement

5.1 acres, Inlaw suite, potential B&B apartment over the garage.

$399,000

$349,000

$419,000

$569,000

10408 Arbutus Street

7780 Parkinson Rd.

Cozy home with country kitchen, bonus partially finished basement. Central location.

Youbou Mini Mart

102 Cowichan Ave. Lovely rancher, 3 bdrm, private landscaped backyard.

Priced to sell. Great Opportunity

$259,000

8724 North Shore Road

100 Elk Road

10484 Youbou Rd. Lake view from kitchen, landscaped, .52 of an acre.

Marvelous lakefront. 250ft of beach, .84 acre. Great Home.

26,000 sq ft of Gardening Paradise. Huge Shop.

$399,900

204-138 South Shore The Wellington.

$145,000

• Modular on quiet street • Wood decks • 3 miles to Lake Cowichan

2 Homes.

$150,000

$198,888

7797 Cowichan Lake Road

9590 Creekside Road

Penny Lane Cottage

• Waterview • Low maintenance yard • Recreation nearby

• 2.87 acres • Lovely 4 bedroom cabin • Year round creek

Waterfront Dock.

• 1 bdrm & den • Riverfront strata • Commercial zoned • Close to town

$495,000

$250,000

$675,000

$212,500

The Coffee Mill

Penny Lane-1 Bdrm

9981 Swordfern

Coffee Shop & Cafe 10063 South Shore Commercial Lot.

• Water development • Ideal for retirees or snowbirds • 1 BDRM + DEN $249,000 CAN BE RENTED

$278,000

$239,000

SWORDFERN ESTATE, moments to a beautiful beach. Lovely home with great master suite.RV garage plus big garage with a huge executive office above. Fitness centre, covered porch, hot tub, heat pump.

$249,000 10549 Coon Creek Road

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Cute waterside home & three business storefronts & storage.

#26 - $94,500

SOLD 96 Johel Road

103 South Shore Road

#210 second floor, #306 east exposure One bedroom

Waterfront Mobile Home Park – 9041 Meades Creek

$438,000

276 South Shore Rd.

T wo 2 bdrm apartments! #109 first flr, w. exposure No Down Payment, Vendor Financing at 4%

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The ESSO This going concern could be a gold mine! House, pumps, carwash, convenience store & take out counter.

$1,550,000 10432 Youbou Road Excellent canvas, big lot water access.

$269,000

$479,000 SLOPES Beautiful upscale development has attracted a lovely mixture of mostly retired professionals.

7405 Neva Road .45 of a sunny acre $189, 000

Duplex on Coronation 481 Mountain View Rd. Great Investment

$279,000 266 Hillside Road 3 bedroom A-frame with separate shop.

$269,900

$599,900

ATTENTION DEVELOPERS & Investors – here is a great opportunity to purchase a multifamily site within city limits with full community servicing. “The Slopes”, a new Lake Cowichan subdivision showcasing a variety of beautiful new homes. Close to town & minutes to the Lake with easy hwy. access.

470 Mountain View NEW DEV 489 Mountain View NEW DEV The SLOPES BIG LOTS

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Female artists headline the billing for Music in the Lake original song-writing with old time roots music to create a sound that is unique and timeless. The Sweet Lowdown were awarded Victoria’s 2011 M Award as the city’s favourite roots/world music group. Performance times are at 7 p.m. and ticket prices are unbeatable at $5 per person. March-May acts are still to be confirmed.

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Girls show skill in hockey jamboree ELODIE ADAMS, GAZETTE EDITOR

Tip #14 – Potential Buyers Expect Perfection • With all the many home improvement and real estate television shows these days, the buyers expect the home to be staged • Stiff competition makes it important that your home stands out from the crowd – in a good way • Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so it is important to stage but also to clean. • It is interesting the number of buyers who open the appliances and when they see a dirty oven feel the house has been neglected as well.

By the way… I am never too busy for your referrals Elodie Adams First-year Bantam player Lindsay Elzinga skates away, elated, after scoring a breakaway goal and the first goal of the Lakers’ game against Cowichan Valley Capitals, Jan. 5 in Lake Cowichan.

Greetings from Disneyland! Connie Vaughan Elise Nelson ,in the Lakers’ white jersy, chases down the puck with Brooke Desmond in the background, left, moving up for support.

Darcie Herrmann Darcie Herrmann from Lake Cowichan took her hometown newspaper with her on holidays to Disneyland to celebrate her graduation from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Way to go Darcie! Just by booking her holiday with Sherri at Whittomes Travel, Darcie is now eligible to win $500 off the next trip she books with Whittomes Travel. AROU ND

Connie Vaughan Janae Weir (r) takes the face-off against visiting team — in Lakers blue jersies — while team mate Kailie Friesen, who is playing her first game, readies for play.

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Ponytails were flying and sticks were gliding along the ice at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5. It was all about girls, and they played and skated as hard as their male counterparts in a Girls’ Hockey Jamboree hosted by Lake Cowichan District Minor Hockey Association.. It was a great opportunity for the all-girl teams to test out their skills on ice. LCDMH vicepresident and coach Greg Clayton says the feedback at the end of the day was very encouraging. “I was able to talk to a lot of the coaches and the parents and the players,” Clayton told the Gazette. “One thing that everybody said was let’s do it again next year. So I expect bigger and better things for next year.” It was the first time the league had hosted such event, and the league’s new Female Development Coordinator, Sheryl Major, organized the one-day event. An exhausted, but happy, Major said she thought the girls had a lot of fun. Major recently took over from Clayton, who was the former Female Development Coordinator, but the two of them have been working hand in hand with that area of hockey development this year. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., six games of one hour and a quarter each were played by teams that were divided into two divisions for the occasion. Division One comprised the younger players: Initiation, Atom, and Novice, while Division Two was formed by PeeWee, Bantam and Midget players. Playing against the Lake Cowichan Lakers were the Cowichan Valley Capitals, as well as teams from the Alberni Valley, Victoria, Saanich and the Peninsula. —editor@lakecowichangazette.com

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More hockey is in the line-up at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena this weekend when the Bantam Lakers play host to three other teams Jan. 11-13. The invitational tournament will be between four Bantam

teams: our own Lake Cowichan Lakers, and teams from Comox, Surrey, and Triport (Port McNeill). “This tournament is to raise some money for our team and also to play teams we normally don’t play in our league,” commented Indra Johel, one of the organizers of the event. “It is a fun tourney even though they do get medals.” Bantams players are aged 13 and 14-years old. Although it is a mixed league, Johel says the team is all boys this year. The opening game is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and the Gold Medal Game will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Friday, Jan. 11 5:30-7 p.m. Lake Cowichan vs Comox Saturday, Jan 12 9-10:30 a.m. Triport vs Lake Cowichan 1:30 – 3 p.m. Lake Cowichan vs Surrey Sunday Jan 13 10 – 11:30 a.m. Bronze Medal Game

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Mackenzie Callihoo raises her stick in the air in a cheer as she skates away from the net after her breakaway goal in Nanaimo. Courtesy C. and T. Vaughan

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Novice C2s win three out of four on the road Cowichan Lake’s Novice C2 Professional Electric Lakers worked off some Christmas calories when they spent the weekend playing hockey in Nanaimo. This was the furthest road trip of the season so far for this young developing team. Over three days, Dec. 28-30, they played four games on three different sheets of ice in a noncompetitive tournament. Their first game was Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Cliff McNabb arena against the Nanaimo Stars. Eager parents, siblings and grandparents watched as the Lakers took to the ice. Lakers were pumped to play, after the team talk in the dressing room and before stepping onto the ice, coach Vaughan asked the players what they were suppose to do, to which one player responded, “have fun!” The Nanaimo Stars led the game 3-0 in the first period. At the end of the first period,

the Lakers had a quick pep talk and came out strong during the second period with goals scored by Richard Bergman and Jorden Nicholson while the Stars managed to get two another goals for a 5-4 led over the Lakers. The Lakers kept pressure on with lots of shots on net, yet great goaltending by the Stars kept the puck out. The Stars finished the game 7-4, however, the Lakers had fun and won the Donut Shoot-Out at the end of the game. Bergman had a hat-trick and received MVP, and Mason Callihoo played a solid game on defence and received the Digger Award. The Lakers took to the ice for the second time Friday at 5:30pm, this time at the Nanaimo Ice Centre No.1 vs. the Nanaimo Panthers. The Panthers scored the first goal of the game early in the first period, however there was no stopping the Lakers: Bergman put the

first goal on the board for the Lakers with an assist by Jake Walters, followed by a pair from Nahirnick, and Taylor Svendsen, assisted by Nahirnick. The Lakers led the first period 4-2, only to continue on fire during the second period. Line mates Andrew St. James, MacKenzie Callihoo and Nahirnick worked together to get the first goal of the second period, followed by goals by Bergman and Walters. Strong defence played by Devon Clayton, Jackson Lee, Nicholson, Brenton Harris, and Tyler Freisen held the lead over the Panthers, 8-4, at the end of the second period. During the third period, Walters put a pair in the net to give him a hat trick along with Nahirnick and Bergman. The Lakers won the game 10-5 and the Donut shoot out with goalie Elijah Vaughan. MVP for the game was Nahirnick, with strong offensive

and defensive play. Digger was awarded to Svendsen for a solid game played. The team played its third game Dec. 29 at 1:15 p.m. at NIC No. 2 vs. Kerry Park Islanders B1 team. This was the third match up of the season for these two teams. Friesen took to the net for the Lakers and was a brick wall for the Islanders, stopping all but two shots on net. An awesome game was played by the entire team: forwards were chipping the puck up the boards, passing, and dumping and chasing the puck, while the defence were holding the blue line, dumping it deep, clearing the puck to the side boards and back checking. For the first time this season, the Lakers won 8-2 over the Islanders. MVP of the Game went to Friesen, the Digger Award went to Devon Clayton. For their fourth and final game, the Lakers took to the ice Dec. 30 at the NIC 2, this time matched up against the Nanaimo Ducks. Once again, Laker fans gathered to watch, bringing horns and noise makers along in anticipation of an exciting game, which was just what the Lakers provided. With less then two minutes off the clock in the first period, Nicholson scored the first goal

of the game, only for the Ducks to put one in the net two minutes later. These two teams were evenly matched and never had more than a two goal spread the entire game. With each goal scored or shot on net, fans roared in excitement, cheering on the team. Friesen tended goal. The final score was 7-5 for the Lakers. MVP was given to MacKenzie Callihoo who, with a great breakaway, gave the team its insurance goal in the third period. Digger was awarded to Walters, who worked at faceoffs and in front of the net, tying up players and creating opportunities for line mates St. James and Callihoo. All players put in great team effort during this game and over the entire weekend, and should be proud of the sportsmanship, dedication and accomplishments they showed. The next road trip for the Lake Cowichan Novice C2 Professional Electric Lakers is Jan. 13, when they will be spending the day team-building and watching the Cowichan Valley Capitals game and playing a short mini game during the first intermission. — Submitted C.and T. Vaughan


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Human Resource Department Facsimile: 1.866.840.9611 Email: resumes@westernforest.com

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PERSONAL SERVICES SALES PROFESSIONAL SALES Consultants. Central Alberta’s leading Ford dealer requires two professional sales associates to join our award winning team. Denham Ford is Canada’s most highly awarded Ford dealer. We maintain a large inventory of new and used vehicles, and friendly country atmosphere with big city sales volume. We are closed Sundays and all Statutory holidays. We offer a competitive pay plan with an aggressive bonus structure, salary guarantee and moving allowance. Attention: Dean Brackenbury, GSM. Email: dbrackenbury@denhamford.com

Fax 780-352-0986. Toll free 1-800-232-7255.

TRADES, TECHNICAL JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician. Hanna Chrysler Ltd in Hanna, Alberta needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25-$31/hour + bonus, beneďŹ ts. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-8542845; Email Chrysler@telusplanet.net PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: hr@pyramidcorporation.com or fax 780-955-HIRE.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

REAL ESTATE

ELECTRICAL

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

HOUSES FOR SALE

1A ELECTRICIAN, licenced, bonded, Small Jobs Specialist, panel upgrades and renos. All work guaranteed since 1989. Rob at 250-732-PLUG (7584).

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HAULING AND SALVAGE

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PLUMBING A SERVICE PLUMBER. Licence, Insured. Drains, HWT, Reno’s, Repairs. Senior Discounts. After Hour Service. Call Coval Plumbing, 250709-5103.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal Buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100. Sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

HOME CARE SUPPORT

PERSONAL SERVICES

ELDERLY & CHILD CAREGIVERS AVAIL. Live-In / Live Out Full-time / Part-time Care Aides avail. 250-667-0565 Julie’s Home Care Services

HEALTH PRODUCTS

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REAL ESTATE HOUSES FOR SALE

Incredible 5 acre treed PARK-LIKE PROPERTY with Well-Maintained Furnished Home 1500 sq.ft, 3-bdrm, 2 bath. Extremely close to Pristine Cowichan Lake, in the town of Caycuse. Perfect for recreational property or full time living. Motivated seller $378,800. Exceptionally low yearly cost. Not leased land. Call 250-745-3387 smartytwo@hotmail.com

WE BUY HOUSES Damaged House? Pretty House? Moving? Divorcing? Estate Sale? We will Buy your House Quick Cash & Private. Mortgage Too High and House won’t sell? Can’t make payments? We will Lease Your House, Make your Payments and Buy it Later!

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GARAGE SALES MOVING SALE- Everything must go! Including everything in the kitchen! sm & large appls, furniture, older stereo, books, nic-knacks & more. 10286 Tamea Rd, Honeymoon Bay, Sat, Jan 12, 9am-2pm.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

BIG BUILDING Sale... This is a clearance sale you don’t want to miss! 20x20 $3,985. 25x24 $4,595. 30x36 $6,859. 35x48 $11,200. 40x52 $13,100 47x76 $18,265. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422 www.pioneersteel.ca

AUTO FINANCING

SUITES, LOWER LAKE COWICHAN: 2 bdrm bsmt suite, spacious, clean, renovated, near town/bus, W/D, quiet tenants only. $750 iclds utils. Small pet cons, N/S. Avail now. (250)642-3707.

TOWNHOUSES LK COW. 2-bdrm townhouse. $700./mo. NS/NP. Avail immediately. (250)886-2720.

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LAKE COWICHAN- 2 storey house on large lot, 3 bdrms up, studio & family rm downstairs, 2100sq ft, W/D, 1.5 bath, NS/NP. Available now. $1100. (604)715-3535. jimkarmann@shaw.ca LK COW. 2640 sq.ft. 3-bdrm (2 up, 1 down). 3-pc main bath, 3-pc ensuite off master 2-pc ensuite off bdrm 2, 2-pc bath in utility room next to lower level bdrm. Ultra heavy insulation, EnerGuide certiďŹ ed & new heat pump/ A/C system (lowest heating costs). Large yard, covered concrete patio area off rear of house, new roof, new paint in & out, new ooring, 5 appl’s, $1200.+ utils or $1100./mo with 1 yr lease. N/S, approved pets, ref’s req’d & veriďŹ ed. Call (250)749-3555.

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$550 1 bedroom suite 285 Lake Park Rd. Clean & quiet basement suite. Hydro included, shared washer & dryer, N/Smoking, N/Pets. $775 2 bdrm + den suite 110-18 King George Very clean suite in adult strata bldg. Covered parking, washer & dryer, small pet upon approval. $925 3 bedroom condo #27-215 Madill Rd. Completely refurbished unit in quiet popular strata. All new appliances, N/Smoking, N/Pets. $1,000 3 bedroom home 112 Johel Rd. Ground level comfy home. Fully fenced yard, washer & dryer, N/Smoking, small pet upon approval.

YOUBOU, 5 bdrms, nice deck, great lake view, $900 mo + utils. Call (250)418-5779.

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SUDOKU

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10. Actor Wagner’s initials 11. Native to Latin America 14. Silent 15. All the best (texting) 16. Protective cushions 18. Path (Chinese) 19. Thrust horse power, abbr. 20. 10 = 1 dong 21. Stray 22. Military mailbox 23. Copy of a periodical 25. Glides high 26. Spanish “be� 27. Draws near in time 29. In a way, receded 32. Rocks formed from magma 34. Integrated circuit 35. Skip across a surface

36. Central mail bureau 37. Snakelike fish 38. __ Aviv, Israel 39. Swiss river 40. Nickname for Margaret 43. Electrocardiogram 44. Cotton seeding machine 45. 50010 IA 49. Electric rail car 51. 29th state 52. “Law & Order: ___� 53. Special interest group 54. Blue grass genus 55. Rt. angle building extension 57. New Hampshire 58. Military policeman

Remember no number can occur more than once in any row, column or box.

To solve a Sudoku puzzle, every number 1 to 9 must appear in: • Each of the nine vertical columns • Each of the nine horizontal rows • Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes

Today’s Solution

Today’s Answers

HOMES FOR RENT YOUBOU, House for Rent, $900 month, plus utilities, 5 bedrooms, nice deck, great lake view, call 250-418-5779.

Crossword

DOWN 1. Landscaped road (abbr.) 2. Fasten with a cord 3. Black tropical American cuckoo 4. Specific gravity 5. Metric ton 6. Shaft horsepower (abbr.) 7. The cry made by sheep 8. Actor Gould

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ACROSS 1. Pesetas (abbr.) 5. Mutual savings bank 8. Supplementing with difficulty 9. Dancer Twyla 12. 100 = 1 kwanza 13. Sleep gear 16. Travel a route regularly 17. Sever the edges 18. A people of Myanmar 19. Titan mother of Helios 23. 2 syllable metrical foot 24. Rapid bustling movement 25. Makes more precise 28. Brittle bone disease 30. Don’t know when yet 31. Graphical user interface 33. Make the connection 41. Uncaptured prisoners 42. No (Scottish) 43. Oh, God!

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The inside back: A little of this and that ☞ What’s happening at Lake

☞ How to merge safely on a

The Cowichan Lake branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library has services like public access computers with internet access, word processing and printing. There is also free wireless internet access, local art displays and a photocopier (25.¢ per copy) Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. is Tuesday Talk Night — an open evening where you can share your original song or poem, play your guitar, read a special short story and there is always coffee and tea on. Thursday, Jan.10 at 9:30 a.m. the library will host a family story time. Friday, Jan.11from 10:30 a.m. until noon, there will be an E-reader tutorial. Sit down one-on-one with a customer service librarian and learn how to get the most from your E-reader. Tuesday, Jan.15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be an information session on fall proofing: balance and aging. As we age our bodies’ balance systems tend to deteriorate. Join local physiotherapist Judith Quinlan and learn what these systems are, how they change with age, and what we can do to slow down these changes. There will also be discussion on everyday strategies to make your home, yourself and your loved ones safer — fall-proofing. For more information on these events or for services the library provides, go to their website, http://virl.bc.ca/branches/cowichan-lake

On the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s website we are reminded of safe highway merging. It requires the proper mix of cooperation and courtesy between drivers. On Highway 18 at Hill 60 there is a spot where there is often a race to jockey for position. If you take a glance at your clothing you’ll likely see the best analogy for merging — the zipper (it’s also one of the greatest Canadian inventions, too.) For the zipper to work properly, opposing teeth must alternate smoothly. In high traffic scenarios in which two lanes reduce to one lane, for example, merging works much the same. Just like depicted in the image below, the merging cars and those continuing straight ahead take turns moving into the single lane. A “lane ends” sign marks the spot where this dance should happen. The ministry recommends breaking the process down by following these five steps for safe highway merging: Step 1: Accelerate to match the speed of highway traffic as you travel on ramp.

Cowichan branch of VIRL

highway

Step 2: Be aware of your surroundings by checking mirrors and blind spots. Step 3: Flick your blinker signal on to let other drivers know you plan to shift lanes. Step 4: Speed up or slow down slightly if a vehicle is right beside you, positioning your vehicle to enter an open space. Step 5: Merge gradually into the neighbouring lane by following the path of the merging ramp. Bonus Step (optional): Give a friendly “thank you” wave to the driver who gave you space to help you merge safely.

☞ Gazette’s online calendar great

and

way to post and follow events

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Maybe you have noticed our online calendar at lakecowichangazette.com. The web version of the community calendar has undergone upgrades designed to make it the go-to location for local events. You can also request where you wish the calendar item to appear within the Black Press B.C. family of websites and instantly spread the word about your event to Facebook and Twitter — best of all, it’s free. We do monitor to check each item before it posts just to make sure it complies with our simple guidelines, which lead off the submission form. Please use full, proper and polite English and stick to community events. The calendar is located on the home page of lakecowichangazette.com, halfway down on the right hand side of the page. Did we mention it’s easy?

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