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FRIDAY JULY 22 2011 VOL. 38, NO. 23


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Economic signs

Do you know a top dog?

Pillow talk

Businesses in Snug Cove say they need their sandwich board signs

The call is out for nominations for the 2011 Dog of the Year

Powerful play at Tirn-na-nOg addresses the responsibilities of love

Trapped beaver provokes criticism

Council already facing possible cuts in next year’s budget MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR




he trapping of beavers at the Grafton Lake dam has come under fire from a Bowen citizen who says the municipality is doing it in an illegal manner. Long-time islander, Mike Braraten obtained a photo that he said was taken earlier this month of a dead beaver. He is convinced it was killed out of season and in a way that does not comply with the wildlife act. In the absence of Bob Robinson, the municipality’s superintendent of utilities, who is away for the week, the Undercurrent spoke with municipal CAO Brent Mahood about the photo. Mahood said beavers have not been trapped and killed there since the spring. He said the removal of the animals can be a necessary evil but that they are revisiting the manner in which it will be done. Braraten notes the photo shows the beaver ensnared on the path by the dam and believes the animal was killed recently. Regulations do not allow beavers to be killed outside between May 1 and September 30. It is not known how the trap got there. It seems unlikely anyone would set a trap there, endangering people who happened upon it. It is possible someone came upon the dead creature elsewhere and moved it there. Mahood said the trapper the municipality hired to remove the animals through a killing trap has died. continued, PAGE 2

Jan Furst, now living with cancer and being cared for in a hospice, came to his Bowen home on Windjammer Road for a special visit. Members of the former toastmasters club gathered with friends and The Chillbillies, to sing songs and share memories. Kailey Spear photo

he municipality should be setting aside another $260,000 over and above what it plans to put in reserves next year, says the municipality’s chief financial officer. If you were to simply add that $260,000 to the existing budget, that would mean an eight per cent increase in taxes, Karen Blow told council on Monday night. Knowing council’s stated resistance to that idea, she said there therefore needs to be a discussion about what services the municipality can continue to provide. She doesn’t think it’s possible to simply “shave” that much money off the existing budget by saving $200 here and $1,000 there. That would simply take too long to add up to $260,000. Nor would possible efficiencies, such as finding a way to save on telephone costs, make that much of a dent in spending. “It will get down to a more difficult discussion about what services the municipality wants to provide,” she said. Mayor Bob Turner agreed. Although there are plans to increase revenues through fees and cost recovery, if tax increases are going to be kept to a minimum, it may mean cutting services. “We need to confront our ghosts,” he said, asking Blow to come up with a report about what a $260,000 reduction in the current budget might look like. “Let’s see it and get it on the table. Tell us what a $260,000 cut to municipal operations would mean. Maybe it’s not as scary as it sounds but maybe it is.” continued, PAGE 2

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Man who set traps has died

Council responds to public comments on OCP

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Municipal staff had to locate and remove the traps themselves. Mahood believes this trap was inadvertently left behind. The CAO says that if the beaver was killed out of season it would be due to the trap sitting under water all this time. The municipality would not know it was there. Regulations require a trap to be two feet underwater and Braraten believes the animal was not killed in accordance with that regulation. Meanwhile, the B.C. hunting and trapping regulations state that “it is an offence to trap on private property without... written permission of the property owner.” Lee Rennison, whose family controls a company owning the property, said Wednesday that the ownership group “haven’t given permission and we wouldn’t give permission” for beavers to be killed on their property. Mahood and Rennison talked on the phone Wednesday and Mahood said he understands the wishes of owners. “We are revisiting the whole process and will be looking at ways of dealing with it”, such as live-trapping and removal. He said they would not do anything the owners do not want done upon their property. Beaver dams can interrupt the passage of salmon and trout, can cause overflows onto roads and beyond and could contaminate a water system, in this case the Cove Bay Water System. There are guidelines on how to deal with beavers and dam regulations that require their removal should they create problems. Braraten says there are relocations areas in B.C. for live-trapped beavers.



hat is development? According to several submissions from the public, the definition in the Official Community Update was far too encompassing. By saying that it included any changes you made to your property, development could potentially cover everything from building a new house to painting a kitchen wall. For several minutes on Monday night, council debated how, in the words of director of planning Hap Stelling, the definition could be “a little less zealous.” But in the end, council decided to take the definition out all together. The current OCP does not have a definition. As well, councillors agreed that any definition could best be added to the three proposed land-use bylaws. The decision pleased Stelling, who said “definitions best reside in a zoning bylaw, not an OCP. Your zoning bylaw is your implementation tool.” (Monday’s meeting was committee of the whole. All motions must be affirmed at the July 25 council meeting, when council plans for third reading of the bylaw.) In a 4-3 vote, council voted to maintain a reference to establishing public boat launches in the Snug Cove/Deep Bay areas. Several neighbours objected to the last-minute inclusion of Deep Bay. One reason is that they believe it’s inappropriate to encourage boat traffic at one of the island’s primary swim/beach areas, and another is they fear that a parking area created for the launch would be used by ferry commuters seeking free all-

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day parking. Stelling agreed that these were “reasonable concerns” and recommended that the words Deep Bay be removed. Mayor Bob Turner opposed taking out the reference. “Traffic and parking issues are management issues. How you manage a boat launch would be considered when they’re proposed. I think it’s imprudent for the municipality, given the limited number of boat launch locations, to not have it in the basket of choices. A boat launch is a strategic asset.” Agreeing with him were Councillors Peter Frinton, Doug Hooper and David Wrinch. Frinton said taking out Deep Bay as an option would be highly prejudicial against the people of Tunstall Bay, where council is investing in its public dock. While the OCP would identify Deep Bay as a potential site, “there’s nothing in here that says it would go ahead.” Wrinch said that while Deep Bay is an “awkward area” to have a boat launch, it is a strategic location, especially if development in Snug Cove eliminates the current boat launch there. Hooper said that if there’s a ferry accident or an earthquake, the municipality needs to have another area accessible by boat. The wording does not say there will be a full-scale boat launch there. He wondered if there was a way to reduce anxiety by removing the word public from “public boat launch” or interchanging it with the word municipal. Councillor Cro Lucas said he was “not aware of any crushing need for another boat launch in Snug Cove.” He didn’t think there was enough space in Deep Bay/Snug Point for a launch, nor was it

practical to put it there. Councillor Alison Morse said the reference wasn’t in the first reading of the OCP update. There is already a boat launch in Snug Cove and Deep Bay could be considered to be included in the “Snug Cove area” reference for a boat launch. Councillor Nerys Poole wanted it taken out given the “significant number” of residents who were opposed to it. Should a boat launch be proposed, there would be significant public process but that would not be enough to satisfy the expressed concerns. Council agreed with Stelling’s recommendation not to change the maps that indicate general areas of proposed parks. Two people expressed concern that there was no public consultation about the areas and that the designation would affect future land values. Stelling said the areas were identified as being conceptual and that actual locations would be determined after consultation with neighbouring property owners at the time of subdivision or rezoning. There are enough safeguards for local consultation before any new park was established, he said. When it came to a complaint about the labelling of maps, council agreed to add the line, suggested by the municipality’s lawyer, that “all boundaries and locations are approximate where they do not follow property lines and are subject to minor corrections at the time of specific development applications.” In an interview, Mayor Turner noted that council is not allowed to hear or receive any more comments from the public about the OCP update. The intent of the rule is to prevent private lobbying.

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Snug Cove retailers say they need sidewalk space

Help give the museum a facelift


t’s summer, believe it or not, and this means a time for things to shine. But right now the Bowen Island Museum is not shining as brightly as it could. An effort is underway to create an inviting, bright space where the history of this community can be explored. The museum is getting a fresh coat of paint, a face-lift of sorts, to enhance its presence in the community and to draw people to the museum and its wealth of stories. The inviting colours will transform the museum into a beacon, while highlighting the beautiful architectural details of the building. Our wonderful museum board members, especially Rob Forbes, are working hard on this project, and we want your help. We need more painting volunteers to help the community museum, and as a bonus add a little to your resume. It’s a great experience, great fun, and you may even get a tan and meet new people! contact info: You can reach us at (604) 947-2655. Help us illuminate Bowen history!


A T h e a t r e F e s t ival on Bow en Isla n d

Into The West




usiness hasn’t been booming this year as unseasonably cool temperatures have affected the number of visitors to Bowen Island. Snug Cove retailers say that, on top of that, the sandwich boards that advertise their shops and services had to be moved. “[The bylaw officer] came in and said that there had been a complaint that the sandwich boards were in everyone’s way,” says Connie Wright who owns a little store that is tucked away between the Summer House and Nature Encounters. She points to a spot right behind the telephone pole and says, “Normally this is where the sign is, because I wanted costumers to see it when they come up the street. Now they won’t notice it until they are walking down to the ferry or they are actually going to my place.” The sign is now leaning against a wall, facing the other direction. Wright said, “We’ve all been fairly conscious of not impeding the way and I think this complaint is kind of petty. It is hard enough doing business on Bowen without making it difficult to let people know about my shop. I do feel that it makes a difference having the sign out.” Wright has been in that location for over a year. She says, “Half of the locals, when they come in, they say, ‘I didn’t even know there was a store here.’ The tourists, they love to explore and they love coming up the stairs but Bowen Islanders, no. The sign is the only aid I have to alert people that I’m back here and now it has to be propped up against the side.” Chris Buchanan, the municipal bylaw services supervisor, said that the municipality acted in response to a couple of complaints. “The Bowen Island Municipality street traffic bylaw prohibits any signage on the road without a permit. Signage out on the sidewalk creates a safety hazard for people walking, or in a wheelchair or people with strollers. It prevents them from going down the sidewalk. The signs need to be placed clear of traffic - they need to be placed on private property.” Buchanan said that the complaints were about only one particular area


Although there’s been a complaint about only one sandwich board sign impeding pedestrian traffic, the municipality says it’s only fair to enforce the rule throughout Snug Cove. Susanne Martin photo but bylaw services enforced the rule along the whole stretch of Government Road. He says, “Even though the complaints were about signage up the street, we have to be fair.” Sometimes, the signs don’t have to be moved that far. Buchanan says, “[Business owners] can set the signs out on the edge of the property. In some cases, this is a matter of a distance of two feet. People pay rent and property taxes according to where they are located. In some cases, we had signs down by the ferry dock. It is a matter of businesses trying to attract as many customers as possible.” Russ Barker, co-owner of Candy in the Cove, had placed a sign in that area and said it had been effective. “The sign was in that grassy area where people can see it when they come off the ferry. We had a lot of customers that came into the store saying they spotted the sign there. It was behind the telephone pole so there was no obstruction to the sidewalk. But then all the signs were moved.” Barker was aware of the complaints. He said, “I know one person who has been complaining. He walks by often and he has kicked over one of our restaurant signs. I had to confront him one day to tell him to leave the signs alone.” Barker’s shop is also out of sight,


behind MikSa restaurant. About the sign in front of the building, he said, “What we are trying to do is to find a spot where the sign is visible. If it’s behind the planter, then it’s of no use. Where it is now, it’s probably three or four inches out into the sidewalk. [The bylaw officer] came in and asked me to move the sign and I told him that if one moves the sign, everybody has to move the signs and he ended up moving all the signs. I think it may all be based on that one person’s complaints. I am a taxpayer, I own a house on the island and I run a business. I think [the municipality has] to be careful what they are telling homeowners and shopkeepers to do because it just gets so restrictive.” Barker also thinks that businesses along that stretch of Government Road do not want to obstruct pedestrian traffic. “The shopkeepers are all making an effort to ensure that the sidewalk is clear. But our sandwich board is a valuable way to advertise. As long as the sidewalk is unobstructed and people can go by, I don’t see the problem.” If the sign cannot be placed on private property, there is always the option of obtaining a permit from the municipality. “If someone wants a permit, they can apply,” Buchanan says. “But there are some conditions attached to it.”


BIM budget talks continued, PAGE 1 When presented with what cuts may be necessary, it’s then time to look at the merit of tax increases versus service reduction. Councillor Doug Hooper disagreed with Blow’s initial budget premise that there be a built-in two per cent cost of living increase. Other jurisdictions have asked for overall cuts in the budget; he thinks Bowen should aim for a zero per cent increase. He also thinks the municipality shouldn’t grandfather existing services into the budget until the municipality determines whether they provide the best value for taxpayers’ dollars. As well, he wants the municipality to pursue development charges and fee increases as a way of increasing revenues. Councillor Peter Frinton agrees with a review of services to determine which ones should be continued. Blow wants to encourage more public participation in the budget process. Perhaps the municipality should consider a spot on the website where people could provide suggestions for efficiencies, cuts or revenue generators. There might also be a way to have people weigh in on which services are a priority. The $260,000 is needed to plan for future expenditures as infrastructure ages. Blow said that a staff report is needed on the impact - both in revenue and in terms of public reaction - of potential fee increases.




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viewpoint Advisory council thanks those who made BIRD fundraiser a success To the Editor:


he Parents Advisory Council at Bowen Island Community School has wrapped up another successful year at Bowen Island Recycling Depot, sorting all of the refundable beverage containers. As many of you know, this is our fourth year of having this wonderful fundraising opportunity and we are happy to report great financial success. We would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people instrumental in making this happen. First, our thanks must always go to the BIRD board of directors who offer BICS and many other organizations on the Island the fundraising opportunity. The BIRD volunteers are always generous and giving of their time and advice in helping make the sorting run smoothly and efficiently for everyone – sorters and recyclers alike. With the amazing quantity of refundable containers that come through BIRD each day this is not always an easy task with the various schedules of volunteers. Somehow it always works out and thank you BIRD for allowing it to happen! For the past four years there has been the amazing dedication of Mary Ann Zakreski, Toni Leverett, Diana Ray and Katherine Gish as team leaders in charge of a daily “sort”. New this year as team leaders are Kim Morales and Rebecca Salmon. Carmen Lane has been a team leader for three years and volunteered on numerous occasions this year too. Many thanks to each of you for your hard work... you’re the best! Special thanks to Andrea McKay and her Grade 4/5 students who created a bright and colourful poster, which was posted at the front of the refundable station! All of the team leaders had help from friends and family and we offer sincere thanks to them as well: Wendy Cellik, Charlie Welsh, Phil Kemp, Jasmine Gish, Kelsea Ross, Tara Cole, Richard Graham with Brett, Chai and Jay, Marnelli Bacbac, Anne Wilson, Deb Donnelly, Pam Matthews, Dixie Cowl, Jack Welsh, Kim Kassasian, Terri Dewar, Thomas Pedley, Debbie Ross, Jana Tubinshlak, Peter King with Riley, Kayla and Eliza, Deb Stringfellow, Chris and Ian Radley, Nancy Casalese and Esther McCutcheon. On a final note, thanks go to Toni Leverett who has offered to step in and be the lead organizer of this important fundraiser for next year. So...when you see Toni heading your way with a smile on her face, please consider saying “yes” to her request for help in sorting refundables for one or two hours! Your help makes all the difference. BICS PAC

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What to do about beavers?


t is always distressing to see any animal die. And when it comes to getting rid of what are deemed to be nuisance animals, it’s not easy when the discussion turns to the “best way” of killing them. There are arguments in favour of getting rid of problem beavers and when it comes to municipalities, there are legal imperatives as well. If the municipality knows that a beaver dam is presenting a risk, it could be liable should the beaver dam break and cause property damage. Burst dams release incredible amounts of water. They can wash out roads, flood basements and create rivers where none were before. The cost of repairs can be prohibitively expen-

sive for municipalities and private property owners. Beaver feces can also cause the intestinal illness commonly referred to as “beaver fever”. Protecting a water source such as Grafton Lake from contamination is therefore very important. Live trapping is possible but timeconsuming and expensive since you have to ensure the beaver doesn’t drown. Since beavers are territorial, moving them to another area doesn’t ensure the wellbeing of the trapped beaver either. Many don’t survive. That said, a beaver in itself does not necessarily present a risk. Killing beavers must be done judiciously and humanely. Martha Perkins

Development charges critical fiscal issue To the Editor:


hank you for your coverage of the very complex public hearing last Saturday and for capturing a few of my comments. Steep and hazardous slopes are important for inclusion in a bylaw, as is the protection of our natural environment on Bowen. On our small lot here in Deep Bay, we managed to preserve the remnants of a second-growth coastal Douglas fir woodlot, and the payoff is huge - today, two baby Flickers were learning to climb and feed in the deep fissures of a 40” diameter Douglas fir 10 feet from our living room window, and as I write, Rufous and Anna’s hummingbirds are feeding on insects in two arbutus trees outside the second-storey window. Many other avian and terrestrial species frequent here, and all are welcome. However, my key point was about the necessity for cash to the municipality to pay for new development servic-

ing. Development cost charges have been adopted in every municipality in Metro Vancouver (and far beyond), which require developers to contribute up to $35,000 per new dwelling unit to the municipality at the time of subdivision approval. The DCCs are then used to pay for new or expanded water, sewer, road improvements, parks and recreation, among other municipal undertakings related to the costs of new development. If the infrastructure has been installed before new development (water districts, sewers) then a latecomer bylaw fee is charged for new hook-ups. We have missed this opportunity for years, and unlike the applause-scope applied to the public hearing (we were asked by Mayor Turner, chair of the hearing, not to dis or applaud any of the presentations, and most of us complied), this is a critically important fiscal issue for council to address. Bill Granger

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he Bowen Island Golf Club is pleased to announce two worthy candidates submitted applications for a BIGC junior scholarship. The fund has been administered by the Bowen Island Community Foundation (donations to which are tax-deductible) since its inception which was well before construction of the course commenced. The scholarship committee is delighted to announce, both Harvey Hubball and Derek Puri will receive much deserved scholarships this year. In addition to traditional scholarship qualifications, our recipients must have been active in our Junior Development Program, which does not require an individual to be a member of the golf club itself. From the outset the directors strongly believed golf + education = a great combination! Our graduating juniors have proven that belief in spades as they are not only skilled golfers, they are good students and well-balanced individuals. For a small start-up golf club, we are particularly proud of our junior scholarship program, which has a capital balance of approximately $24,000, the interest from which is used for the scholarships. Most clubs do not have a dedicated, segregated, formalized program like ours which is another facet of the Bowen Island public golf course of which the community can be justifiably proud. Congratulations to Harvey and Derek. Harvey is entering third year university. He was on the UBC (Okanagan campus) “A” golf team during his first two years which confirms that our junior development program is working. As Derek is also a great golfer, maybe he too might play his way through college, on the course,w of course! Congratulations as well to all the other Bowen students who graduated this year from high school or junior high on their way to the seat of higher learning. We wish you every success in the future, whatever that may include. Go FORE it! Bruce Russell, President & Director, B.I. Golf Club

Time for action in Snug Cove To the Editor:


his is a request for action! Three phases of research, analysis and design by municipal staff and consultants have presented four scenarios for Snug Cove redevelopment and improved ferry marshalling. Two public meetings illustrated and explained the alternatives and solicited our input. The on-line survey provided additional opportunity for individual input. Now is the time for leadership. Any redevelopment of Snug Cove will not and cannot please everyone but not committing to something is no solution. Council was elected to make decisions so please work for consensus on a plan and commit now, before the next election. Bill Carr Publisher Aaron Van Pykstra 604.903.1022

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Stories of Bowen extends deadline to July 25 for submitting experiences of living on Bowen


tories of Bowen submissions have been pouring in, and I can’t wait to see what the e-book and video are going to look like! There are stories of slugs and deer, moving on and off the island, family history, humor, and mayhem Bowen-style. Thanks to the many student volunteers and community contributions, there will be a fantastic collection of stories collected on digital voice recorders and on video to share in video format as well individual video stories. A big thanks to the intrepid and enthusiastic BICS student Sara Herbsen who is our star interviewer. Sara collected 100 interviews! Everyone has a story and it is your last chance to contribute your story, whether it be about a notable historic Bowen Islander, such as Muriel Neilson and the Bowen artists’ colony, or something that happened recently, such as the new farmers’ markets, all stories are welcomed. Bowen Stories is a community learning project sponsored by the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group inviting Bowen residents to share their cultural, generational and

“As we rounded the corner from Horseshoe Bay on that fateful day, the view took my breath away. Little did I know then that the interview would lead to a job offer which would keep us on the island for years to come. All three of our children have been born here, and I can’t imagine a better place to raise them....” -excerpts from submissions environmental experiences of living on Bowen through the use of story telling (video, written or photograph). Islanders will be asked to reflect upon moments, memories, pets, people and places of meaning and importance to construct their Bowen story. Once completed stories will be collected through the development of a video documentary and online EBook that will be used to increase awareness about island living and raise funds for other community learning projects. We are still collecting written/recorded stories, and photos of Bowen. In order to reach as many people as possible, we are extending the deadline to July 25. After that, you’ll have missed on the chance to be part of this project! Please: 1) Send in your written story to Stories of Bowen RR1 U64 (no more than three pages or 1,500 words); 2) Go to our website enter the Share Your Story section and write your story there, or email Yvonne McSkimming: or Sarah Haxby: Sarah Haxby Stories of Bowen

Hats off to Underhill and Duntz To the Editor:


ichard Underhill and Wolfgang Duntz both deserve a vote of thanks for standing up for what they believe in. Their petitioning the Supreme

Court to stop council from updating the OCP without adequate public consultation, is a bold and courageous stand, and I thank them.

The Sporting Life: Slow Lane Goes to Brazil


he Boy and I are off to a football match the Whitecaps play Manchester City in a friendly so will use the word football for this missive - and at the ferry we meet these kids from Brazil. This is a coincidence as Brazil is one of the great football nations and a top Whitecaps scorer is Camilo, from Brazil. They are plentiful, these Brazilians, 13 years old, here to improve their English. We talk with a group of boys and to get a reaction I ask if they have football players in Brazil. “Oh yes, Brazil has great football players!” I am told. “We play great football in Brazil!” I reel off a half-dozen footballers’ names from their country and impress them. They do not know who Wayne Gretzky is but they understand it when I say that he is the Pele of hockey. “We do not play hockey in Brazil,” one tells me, earnestly. “Good,” I say, earnestly. “You’re already too good at football.” They do know another Canadian: Justin Bieber. “All of the Brazil girls with us here love Justin Bieber,” they tell me. I ask if boys in Brazil tease girls about loving Justin Bieber. “Oh yes,” they say. “All of the boys in Brazil tease the girls about loving Justin Bieber.” On the ferry I seek out young Bowen brothers Gabriel and Felipe, excellent fellows, great footballers, who are coming to the game. Burns Jennings and the Bowen Island Football Club have arranged for our kids to be part of the opening ceremonies; some, like the Willing One, Wilson Dives, will high-five the players as they run on the pitch. While Canuckleheads, too, Gabriel and Felipe are also Brazilian. I drag them over to some of the boys I spoke with and their teachers. I’m thrilled about this while Gabriel and Felipe are shy but do well. The Brazilians are pleased to meet Bowen Islanders from their country. Gabriel speaks in Portuguese. I take a photo of Gabriel and Felipe, and my Boy, with a gaggle of giggling Brazilian girls. The girls tell me that yes, they love Justin Bieber. I have them yell ‘Justin Bieber’ as I snap the photo. After we say goodbye, Felipe, eight, says to Keelan: “Well, that was awkward.” My turn to have a giggle. Now this Lane was to be entirely about the football match but the Brazilians have hijacked it. However, although most were going to the game we do not see them there so they are out of this column. But we’re grateful for their appearance and, to help with continuity, another Brazilian will soon enough be along. Our children do very well in the opening ceremonies. Those who are escorts are given

slow lane

Marcus Hondro

“I’m on the upper deck of the ferry now, watching one of my favourite views of Bowen unfold. I’ve seen it hundreds of times, but each time the ferry leaves Horseshoe Bay and turns toward Bowen, I am still in awe of the sheer majesty of the picture before me. I remember the first time I saw this. It was 1995...

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uniforms, some of the home side, others the visitors. They cheer when told they can keep them but later the Whitecaps take their shorts and socks back, while the kids with Man City uniforms keep the whole kit. It is likely that Bobby Lenarduzzi did not approve of this but it is a top-quality jersey they got, no question. Among those on the field are Ally Radley, Nathan Taylor, Molly Cole, Molly Q. Quarry, The Human Pal, Cole Jennings, May Gurney, Garnet Bugglesworth (aka Keelan Hondro), Gregory P. Nicholls-Pennington, Tobin and Emmett Sparling, Jack Wilson, Hannah Goodrich-Dua, the notorious Walker lads, Finn Corrigan-Frost, Sam ‘D. Man’ Jennings and Jenna. Keelan, a mini-Whitecap, is unfazed by not getting the shorts, something he might normally destroy the furniture over - he rather enjoys sporting clothes - but instead he’s busy being chuffed about escorting Joe Hart, the Man City goalie, onto the field. The Boy is a goalie in football and knows that Joe Hart is the English national team goalie; it’s who he was hoping he’d escort. “Just hold my hand tight,” Joe Hart told my son. “If you forget what to do, don’t worry, I’ll lead the way.” They do well together, though from our seats Keelan and Molly Q., the only two I can clearly make out, each with long hair, look like mops being held upside down by their players. The game is fun but not as much fun as meeting the Brazilians and hanging out with Islanders like Saffron, Roma, Don, Deb, Rick, Ian, Lauren, a spiffy Dave Taylor, Jill, Onya, Caitlin, Paula, Juliette, Tim, Stu, Mark, Kelly, Peter and more. Mind you the football was very good and while it does not really matter, for the record the FA Cup Champs Manchester City beat our side, 2-1. Can you guess who scored for the Whitecaps?

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he final play of Straydog Theatre Co.’s festival, Into the West, opened at Tir-na-nOg theatre on Wednesday, July 20. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow with Hamish Allan-Headley, and Jack Headley is centred around the responsibility of love and its call to honesty. During the run of Into the West Festival, our local and visiting actors have made us laugh and cry and have pulled the curtain back just an inch or two more than usual day to day life permits, allowing us to look at ourselves slightly more critically. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow takes that curtain and gives it a good yank, pulling it as far back as the viewer can withstand. On a stark and naked set with an intense and weighted script, this trio of actors offers the audience an opportunity to examine the concepts of love, marriage, commitment, art and the survival of intimacy against all odds. “Do I really know what’s going on in my life? Or am I just a complete molecule,” asks Donna, the woman connected and intertwined with dreamer, schemer and wanna be artist Tommy.

Allan-Headley plays Tommy with convincing disdain, fear, reluctance and odd glimpses of reverence for what he recognizes to be true romantic fusion. Scarlett Thiele, originally from New Orleans, is equally convincing as a frightened, discarded, yet emotionally intelligent woman who knows more about the state of being in love than she herself is aware of. Jack Headley as Donna’s father is heartbreaking as he shines a floodlight over his own emotional and romantic past. He is a truth-teller and a comic. A fine balance. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow is a piece of theatre requiring careful listening and a willingness to take stock of how we mange, sustain and create love in our lives. There is a definite King Lear similarity. A father grows up alienating his wife and daughter but is able to reconcile those relationships. A young man grows away from his love and his family but in this play, he finds his way back. It is definitely not for young children. Perhaps the criteria for seeing the play are that you must have been in and out of love and then back in again at least twice. Written by playwright John Patrick Shanley, author of the screenplay for the film Moonstruck





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Jack Headley, Hamish Allan-Headley and Scarlett Thiele bring life to the latest Straydog production. Lorraine Ashdown phot0 and the play Doubt: A Parable which Shanley went on to direct as a film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this is an intricate, detailed and demanding piece of theatre. It takes the audience to some uncomfortable places where self-examination is mandatory and squirming is encouraged. Straydog Theatre created a first annual festival of diverse and exciting theatre. Bowen Island would be wise to keep these stray dogs on a long leash, making sure they come around again next year to offer and receive more theatrical treats. The play runs July 22, 23 and 24 and again on July 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 at Phoenix.


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Ceramicists show range of medium passion and her love for the art is showcased in her work. Jeanne’s pieces are inspired by “the perfection of Sung clectic Elements is Dynasty Chinese ceramics, the new exhibit at the asymmetry of Momoyama the Gallery at Artisan Japanese ceramic objects and Square. The show, which runs the quiet beauty of the Koryo until August 7, focuses on the and Yi Dynasty Korean theme of diversity in form and work.” function. Russell Hackney works This wide-ranging exhibit in “slip casting”, an interestshowcases four Bowen cerami- ing method which facilitates cists - Bob Bates, Babette unique results. One of his Deggan, Russell Hackney, notable achievements recentand Jeanne Sarich - plus ly was modeling a replica of a three ceramic artists from the 19th Century clock that was Vancouver area - Suzy Birstein, presented to the Queen. Debra Sloan, and Suzanne Suzy Birstein’s work is Starr - and paintings by Aileen instantly recognizable. Her Marie Vantomme. exciting and colourful sculpThe works of these artists tures combine her passions are not only unique, but also for music and culture and incredibly different within the create a mosaic of colour and show, creating an exciting and shapes. varied atmosphere that aesthetDebra Sloan contributes ically will be full of surprises. clay sculptures that curve in Bob Bates, a well-known a way that create an organic local artist, delivered a large and natural aesthetic quality colourful (and very heavy) which makes her work spepiece to the gallery last Sunday, cial and mesmerizing. a piece that will have you lookSuzanne Starr works in ing for recognizable features in clay because she “loves the its abstract and textured shape. search for a beautiful shape Also well-established artists just the right curve, the overon the island, Babette Deggan all balance” which results in and Jeanne Sarrich have conan organic and graceful coltributed more traditional potlection. She also works with tery to the show. Babette says smoke-fired vessels, a firing that pottery has been a life-long technique where the pieces






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et your tails a-waggin! It’s time to nominate your best friend for Dog of the Year. The 19th annual Dog Days of Summer is Sunday, August 7 on the Union Steamship Marina lawn. All proceeds from this fun family event are donated to British Columbia Guide Dog Services. Please send a short biography and photo of your nominee to by Friday, July 29. Nominees will be profiled in the August 5 edition of the Undercurrent. If you would like to volunteer, exhibit , or make a donation, please contact Maria Steernberg at 604-9470707 or email

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Museum examines love on Bowen HEATHER MUIR A R C H I VA L A S S I S TA N T B . I . M U S E U M


he Bowen Island Museum and Archives is requesting participants for a research study on courting, dating, and marriage on Bowen Island. This project will focus on how these relationships were and are continuing to be a part of the formation of the community. Please contact the museum for further information, if you are interested in sharing your story, and if you have these qualifications: 1. You or your partner must be or have been a Bowen Island resident or settler this includes short-term partners. 2. You must be 19 years of age or older, or have written permission from a parent or

legal guardian 3. If you choose to volunteer information about a family member or friend, rather than yourself, please make sure you have written permission from them if they are still living. The research will cover 1890-2011. The stories that are given will be compiled in a book along with both general information about dating, courting, and marriage in Canada from academic sources, as well as general history of Bowen Island collected from the Bowen Island Museum & Archives. Please contact the Bowen island Museum between Tuesday and Saturday and ask for Heather Muir to volunteer for an interview, or if you have any questions. This is a time sensitive project; please respond as soon as possible or by August 13 at the very latest. Lets help keep the memories of love alive on Bowen.

Museum at the Sunday market KATE MASRI B. I. MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES


ith fingers crossed, the sun will shine on Sundays and the Bowen Island Museum and Archives will come to the summer market with a table of goodies. For those who are finding it difficult to remember what a hot summer day feels like, here is a photo from our photographic collection in the archives: here pose Mary Ellen Dorman and Carol McGregor on a Sannie, docked at the wharf in the 50’s. Don’t they look stylish? If you are interested

in seeing more priceless Bowen moments in history, our photographic database is available from our website At the Market we will have books for sale, including our newest publication, Bowen Island: Reflections, which recounts the history of Bowen through photographs from our archives. This year, for some affordable fun, we are also selling pins decorated with images from our archives. The pins will also be available at the archives if you miss us at the market. We will be at the market July 24, 31, and August 14th. Hope to see you there!

Run For Rwanda needs your hands and feet LORRAINE ASHDOWN CONTRIBUTING WRITER


n Saturday, August 27, the morning of Bowfest, an event previously known as Run for the Ferry will take place with a new cause as its thrust. un for Rwanda is being hosted and produced by the Butler Family of Bowen Island. Margaret Butler, now living in Boston, grew up on Bowen Island. The daughter of educators Hilary and Robin Butler, Margaret has developed a passion for the people of Rwanda and, as a result, she now runs the Komero Project, an organization formed

to help girls pursue secondary education when they have the desire to do so, but lack the resources. The word Komero means to “be strong and have courage.” In order to make the run flow, organizers are looking for volunteers. Help is particularly needed at the stations on the trails. Anyone interested in lending a hand, particularly those who have done the same job in the past, should call Heather Couthart at 9907 or Hilary Butler at 2315. Sponsors are organizing snacks, drinks and printed materials. Financial donation to augment RFR’s budget can be arranged by calling Hilary Butler.

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hen Said the Whale’s Ben Worcester introduced the song “BC Orienteering” on Bowen, he joked that he had created the song about the island. Was he really kidding? The song cautions listeners to take a map while hiking (while the area isn’t specified, it surely could be Mount Gardner) because cell reception is not always reliable (any local knows that the reception in some areas is sporadic at best), and that you might even meet a bear. Sounds familiar? This “little” Vancouver band is very well loved not only on Bowen, but all over BC and now even beyond, their music reaching places all over Canada and also internationally. Last month, they played a concert to benefit the sister school of IPS. Despite the unseasonable rain the show had a huge turn out. The secret to the band’s success is not only the impressive organizational skills of the people behind the events, but can also be credited to the lovable and good-natured spirit of the group who decided to do the show after IPS student Kai Tocher approached Worcester at his day job with a letter. Speaking of day jobs, Said the Whale band member Tyler Bancroft says in an interview that if anyone in the music industry wants to quit his or her day job and focus on music, making it in America is crucial (as demonstrated by Canadian artists such as Feist, Arcade Fire and Tokio Police Club).

Winning America, a documentary that follows Said the Whale on their first American tour, was created by two directors who each have a special Bowen connection. Both Brent Hodge and Thomas Buchan have family on Bowen and visit often. Hodge says that Bowen is the place he loves to visit to rejuvenate when he’s stressed - and the man has plenty to be stressed about. In addition to the debut of his first film, he also works at CBC Radio 3 and has many side projects. Hodge says that as he becomes more connected to the music scene and the communities, it inspires him to become active. This is part of the reason why he thinks Said the Whale was such a good choice as a subject for the film. He has nothing but praise, emphasizing that they “picked the right band” and how good they are with people. Hodge also talks about how well the band embodies Vancouver and the West Coast. Even their lyrics are specific to Vancouver - they refer to Howe Sound and English Bay. In his film, he highlights this by using shots from their home town - including a lot of footage of Bowen Island (he says to pay particular attention to the shot of the sunset which is used quite frequently and shows the views from his parents’ home on Windjammer). The specific Vancouver references, Said the Whale’s messages and sound were not lost in translation even when they played at the largest American live music festival. The film premieres July 23 on CBC at 7 p.m.


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Boston Terriers pups, ckc reg, vet checked, reputable breeder, excellent pedigree. (604)794-3786 BOXER PUPPIES, M/F, Brindles & Fawns, Vet checked 1st shots, family raised. $900. 604-826-0548 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CHIHUAHUA tiny tea cup puppies, readynow. $650. 4 yr old Chihuahua female, $400. (604)794-7347 DOGO Argentino mastiff PB, Rare breed. Born Apr. 20. Ready to go. 2F, 1M. $1500. 778-242-0862. English Springer Spaniels, ready June not reg., $700. (604)7984998.



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. We move - We ship - We recycle. Senior- Student Discount available. 604-721-4555 or 604-800-9488.

329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 7yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

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ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt shingles, flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters $80. 1-855-240-5362



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OVATION GUITAR, 12 string, excellent condition. $500. Call (604)863-0060



20 Acre Ranch Foreclosures Near Booming El Paso, Texas Was $16,900 Now $12,900 $0 Down, take over payments, $99/mo. Beautiful views, owner financing, FREE map/pictures 800-755-8953



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The Lemare Group is currently seeking the following positions: • Hoe Chucker/Loader Operator • boom man • A-Frame Dump Machine Operator • Grapple Yarder Operator • Hook Tender • Chaser • 2nd Loader/Buckerman • 980 Dryland Sort Operator for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Email resume to: or fax 250-956-4888.

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-7761660.

Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians


F/T Sr. Accountant A Chilliwack lumber manufacturer seeks a 4th year CGA/CMA Sr Accountant. Duties include A/R, A/P, unionized payroll, financial statements preparation and general office administration. Qualifications required are: 3 yrs related experience, competency with computerized information ( Preferably Adagio, Pay Dirt, Excel), self motivated.This position could lead to future advancement. Please submit your resume to: We thank all applicants but only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.




BUSY GM DEALERSHIP in Squamish has an immediate opening for a qualified GM Technician. Send resume to:



*REDUCED* GERMAN Shepherd female pups, large boned, CKC registered. Vet checked, tattooed. Excellent temperament. 604-819-1414 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS. 2 Male & 2 Fem. $550. 1st shots & dewormed. Call 778-863-6332. Long-haired Chihuahua pups, 3, full grown no bigger than 4lb, view parents. (604)392-3459 LOVEBIRD BABIES, orange face mutations, 12/wks old, buy 2/get 1 free. Moving on. 604-536-0288 MALTIPOO- Male 3 mos old, white, non-shedding. Trained. Good companion. 604-820-9469. MINI dachshund puppies, born May 30, 1 male, 1 female, black & tan, family raised, well socialized, potty training started, first shots & deworming, both parents registered but puppies are unregistered. $750. Abbotsford, 604-855-6176. MINI SCHNAUZER, salt & pepper, F, vac, vet ✓, micro chip, ready. $650. Cell. 604-318-0465. NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or P. B. PRESA only 2 in litter, both males, $1000. Born May 6, great temp. born on farm. 604-855-6929 PITT Bull pups Born June 19 7male $550ea: 3fem. -$500ea: Will be dewormed/vet chkd 604-825-1730 PRESA CANARIO X puppies, born May 8, on farm, great temp $550. 604-855-6929 or cell 604-217-1346 PUGS, fawn, 4 male, 2 females. family raised, vet chk’d, shots. $550. (604)796-2727/799-2911 SHELTIES BEAUTIFUL loveable, happy puppies, warm & cuddly, four months old (604)826-6311



SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: 1-800566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING SALE... SPECIALS from $5 to $12/sq. ft. Great pricing on absolutely every model, width and length. Example: 30’Wx50’Lx16’H. NOW$10,500.00. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1-800668-5422.



MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331

4 bdrm South Facing Waterfront Vacation Cottage On Shuswap Lake! Lakeshore living At it’s Best! LAKESHORE 101 ft frontage by 88 ft. VACATION COTTAGE 1-1/2 Story - 1200 sq. ft. Upper level - 3 bdrms Main level - 1 large bdrm Main bathrm, Open floor Plan - dining rm, kitchen and front room with dbl patio door access to Large deck - over 700 sq. ft. Large floating wharf - 660 sq. ft. 2 buoys, Firepit BACKYARD: Storage shed, grassy play area & fenced kennel.

Was $729,000:

NOW ONLY $679,900: 5052 Squilax Anglemont Rd. Celista, BC.

Call 604-542-0865 or 250-955-6398 Email: For more details

WEBSITE: Listing # 26628


On the Calendar for new show at Gallery at Artisan Square.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 • The dreamer examines his pillow: Straydog Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School.

• Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Practise with your band or listen to music. Free food.

• AA Meeting: Women’s: 9:15 a.m., Collins Hall.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 • The dreamer examines his pillow: Straydog Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School.

• Bowen Children’s Centre: Community Daycare, and B. I. Preschool, 947-9626.

• The dreamer examines his pillow: Straydog Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School.


• Bowen Summer Market: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the boardwalk, info 947-0640.

• Bowen Summer Market: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the boardwalk, info 947-0640.

• AA Meetings: Open Meetings, 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall/United Church. 604-434-3933.

• The dreamer examines his pillow: Straydog Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School.

• Rotary Club: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Snug Cafe. Rotary leadership trainer Karen Harrison and guests. Guests welcome.

• Bowen Island Library: Hours: Tues., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m. Closed Mondays.

• Drop-in Meditation Circle 7:15 p.m. in the yurt at 903 Windjammer. Call Lisa 947-2246.

• Strange Snow: Straydog Theatre Co. 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School. • Knick Knack Nook summer hours: Thurs. Sun. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 • Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Info: Angie 947-

• Eclectic elements: 2 - 4 p.m. artists reception REAL ESTATE




BCMOBILEHOMES.CA. New 16 wides from $69,900. Drywall and appliances included. 1-866-5731288. 250-573-2278.


WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 23 out of 27 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. Receive a $500 Gift Card. 1-888-593-6095.

2004 37C PACE ARROW, 15,800 m, Shaw auto satellite, 3 slides, W/D, custom cover, 10 yr paint protection, etc. Better than new. $79,900. Call (604)869-3313




Check out’s Real Estate section in the 600’s.


AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673


Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now,


1993 GMC VANDURA VAN, good tires & Rally wheels and other parts. $600. Call: 604-274-3834 1997 DODGE Grand Caravan. V6, fully loaded, 4 door, new tires, aircared, exc. cond. $2,000 obo. 604-308-9848 2002 CHEVY ASTRO VAN, white, A/C, 103K, interior like new, AirCared, $7400. Call 604-598-0405. 2005 FORD FREESTAR, 7 pass., 200,000km. Well maint., no accidents. $3,500. 604-539-2040 2009 TRAVERSE CHEV, 2 wheel dr., pl., pw., white, 8 pass., auto, 43,000 km $22,000. (604)832-9528


AUTO FINANCING 1.877.680.1231

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2011 TOYOTA Camry LE, grey, 11000 kms. auto, factory warranty. mint, $19,800. 778-895-7570. OKANAGAN’S Largest Used Car Super Store. Always open online at: 250-545-2206


82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. view/lonebutte/ann/

RETAIL or nice office. Busy Richmond Public Market, near skytrain. 600 s/f $1495 all inc. Jas 604-6163250

FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022



Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley



CA$H for CAR$ No Wheels -No Problem! Servicing the Fraser Valley 604-746-2855

The Scrapper

VEHICLES WANTED Scrap Vehicle & Equipment Removal.

Don 778.938.6277 836


GOLF carts/utility vehicles gas and electric,clearance priced at click Summer Sizzler Sale 1866-886-6893


ALUM. BOAT WANTED 10 12 or 14’ with our w/o motor or trailer. Will pay cash 604-319-5720.


FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery

On 15th July, 2011 Buddy lost his battle with prostate cancer and died peacefully at his home in West Vancouver with his family by his side. Born in Ermelo, Holland on 22nd November 1936 and moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 1937. After graduating from St. Georges School in Cape Town he attended Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne in Switzerland, where he met the love of his life, Chantal. After marrying in London, England at age 19, they returned to Cape Town where they raised four children. Buddy passionately pursued his interests in spear fishing, wreck diving, and ultimately sailing. With help from his many friends and family, he built his beloved Poudre D’or in the backyard in Clifton, launched at Royal Cape Yacht Club in 1976. In 1978 the family immigrated to Vancouver, where he rebuilt his successful life insurance advisor business and attained Five Star Master Builder status with Manulife Financial. With great foresight he brought his daughter, Brita, into his successful estate and retirement planning business, Buddy Hulscher & Associates as a partner in 2004. Poudre D’or was sailed to Vancouver to join the family. Buddy continued racing Poudre D’or in Vancouver and was well recognized and liked as a competitor in the Vancouver sailing community. He was a great influence on many new and upcoming sailors who crewed with him over the years. When not racing, Buddy and Chantal enjoyed cruising with the family and later enjoyed the West Vancouver Yacht club outstation at Centre Bay on Gambier Island with his many grandchildren and their friends. Buddy was a lovely, ethical, genuine, kind, positive, optimistic, hard working and generous man who always saw the good side of people and loved life. Buddy was the patriarch of a very close family who all reside in West Vancouver/Bowen Island. Loved and missed by his wife of 55 years, Chantal, his two sisters in Holland (Maryke and Ingrid), his sister in law in Cape Town (Odile), his extended family in France, his children, Sean (Gesa), Maurice (Diane), Brita (Stuart) and Dominique (Gian Carlo), his 10 grandchildren, Danielle, Nicholas, Gabrielle, Craig, Bronwyn, Tristan, Meghan, Tania, Christian and Isabella, and his dog, Mocha. The family would like thank all those involved in Buddy’s battle with cancer including Doctors Gleave, Tyldesley, Chi and Hofmeyr. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis in the Woods, West Vancouver, at 3pm on 28th July 2011 followed by a celebration of life at the West Vancouver Yacht Club at 4pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the BC Cancer Clinic or Vancouver Symphony Orchestra would be appreciated.

Bowen’s own: local U N CL A SS I F I E DS



1966 CHEV SURBURBAN 2 door, 283 auto, p/s, p/b, disc brakes on front mag wheels, blk interior. $14,500. 604-626-4799




2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, red, 160K, $8000 firm. Call: 604-538-9257




Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal



Buddy Hulscher

To place your unclassified ad on this page call 604.947.2442 email: Deadline: Monday 4p.m.

1992 PROWLER 5th wheel, 28.5’, new brake assem. on all 4 wheels, new tires & 2000 FORD 1 Ton 4x4 F350, blue, lariat, super duty, exc. shape, triton V10, 243,777 km. $18,000 complete or will sell separately. Call (604)316-2700


TEXAS LAND FORECLOSURES! 20/40 acre tracts. Near growing El Paso-Was $16,900 (USD) Now $12,900 (USD) $0 Down, take over payments,$99/mo. (USD) Beautiful views, owner financing, FREE map/pictures.866-484-0857 (US)


LANGLEY, 4 bdrm, park like yard w. trails. quiet,safe st. Pets OK, NS, Jamie 6042093702 $1950

LAKEFRONT Properties, For Sale 20 minutes from Qualicum




Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181


re you proud of your prowess in the kitchen? Do you or your kids have a thumb that’s turning green because of how much time you spend in your garden? Or have you taken a photo of Bowen’s water world that you think is a winner? Then it’s time to consider entering your best homemade item at this year’s Bowfest Country Fair. Contact us now to enter your item which will be submitted the day of Bowfest or call 604-947- 9747. Exhibit categories: • Largest zuchinni (by weight) • Pickles and relish • Kids grown vegetable • Cut flower bouquet • Fibre arts • Tomato • Fruit pie • Liquid honey • Unusually shaped fruit or vegetable • Rice Krispee Square Creation • Jams and Jellies • Bread • Best Bowen sea photograph Exhibition rules can be downloaded from There is no charge for entry. One entry form to be submitted per each entry. Entry forms to be in the hands of the Bowfest Country Fair at Bowfest Field no later than 12 noon on the day of Bowfest, August 27. No late entries will be accepted. You can contact the organizers now to let them know what you will be submitting by emailing or phoning 604-947-9747.





• Taketina open practice groups: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at yoga co-op at Artisan Sq. free. Call Shasta and Brian 9472283.

• Legion: Open from 4-7 p.m. Tues., Wed. and Thurs. Drop by for socializing, pool and darts.





Enter your treats for the Country Fair


• The dreamer examines his pillow: Straydog Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre School.

• B. I. Community Museum & Archives: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For appt. call 9479526 or 947-2440.

• Youth Centre: 6 -10:30 p.m. Free food, free movies. Drop in.

Canadian CSA Modular, Manufactured, and Park Model Homes @ US factory direct wholesale prices. Starting @ 39,824 better features + more options = best value. The Home Boys 877-976-3737 or 509481-9830 We will beat anyone’s price. Guaranteed!


Friday July 22 2011 11

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288


CLEANING SERVICE, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Special event & spring cleaning. Dependable, personal service with attention to detail. Call 947-2779 or email: Clerk required at Cates Pharmacy. Saturdays and possible relief shifts. Please apply in person with resume.

FOR RENT: Self-contained 1 Bedroom Suite in quiet home. Bright & New. Private entrance. In-suite w/d. No smoking/pets. $650/mos incl hydro, cable, wireless internet. 947-0507 Found: Copper,ivory, amber necklace. On back playground at BICS. Call 947-2442.

Island life at half the price: Gabriola Island home for sale, .43 acre, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, private, green, walk to shops. $257,000. Could be investment opp with your tenants in place.” Call Carol Martin Coast Realty Group (GV) Ltd. 1-866-528-9333


UNCLASSIFIED Lance’s Recycling I’ll pick up your recycling and deliver to BIRD for $20/load. Kindling - $20 a box Call 947-2430 Multi family yard sale. 1808 Emily Lane. King Edward Bay. Toys. Household. Books. Jams and baked goods. Sat. July 23. 10-1

Saturday, July 16 & 30 Car Boot Sale: Tir-na-nOg Theatre School fundraiser 10-1, Tir-na-nOg parking lot, 585 Rivendell. Sellers set up at 9, $10 per car or donate all proceeds to TNN. No drop-offs please, for more info call Laura at 2678.



12 • FRIDAY JULY 22 2011


Clockwise from top left: Saffron Gurney takes a journey with her daughters. Abigail Fisk seizes up the green for her next put. The deer is Jane Dough. She introduced herself some years ago by knocking the lid off a pot of bread dough Paul Tennant had rising outside in the warmth of the sun. The unnamed swallow is of the Violet Green persuasion and has taken up going for free rides on the clothes line. Cam Hayduk strums and The Chillbillies serenade Jan Furst. Lorraine Ashdown, Paul Tennant, Kailey Spear photos

Faster Internet Faster Internet speeds speeds are are now now available available on Bowen on Bowen Island. Island. It’ll It’ll be be like like strapping strapping aa rocket pack rocket pack to to your your computer. computer. At Shaw, we are constantly investing in our network to continue to deliver best-in-class services to you. A new Internet modem is now available on Bowen Island designed to deliver improved performance and enhanced services, this means you’ll have access to the fastest Internet speeds in town. Plus, if you’re a Shaw High-Speed Internet customer already, upgrading your modem means that you’ll now get Powerboost,™* an extra 5-20 second burst of download speed, for FREE!

To sign-up for Shaw High-Speed Internet or to exchange your current Shaw modem and take advantage of faster speeds, call 310.SHAW (7429) or visit SHAW.CA

Together is Together is Amazing. Amazing. *Many factors affect download speeds and actual speeds may vary.

Undrcurrent, July 22, 2011  

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