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Duncan to install water meters for all residences KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Connor Lachmanec earned a share of first place with his performances Friday. Here, he’s singing the satirical number, Be a Dentist, from the musical Little Shop of Horrors. For more photos and video from the Duncan’s Got Talent cover and showtunes event go to page 13. For video of Connor Lachmanec’s winning performance, scan this page using the Layar app on your smart phone or go to our website: www. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN]

Users of the City of Duncan’s water supply will want to be more mindful of their consumption in the near future. The city will be rolling out water meters to all of its residential customers, both within and outside city boundaries. In mid-2011, the city began installing water meters in all commercial and multi-family residential buildings, and that project is “substantially complete,” according to a report to council by Director of Public Works Abbas Farakhbash. The installation of meters in remaining residences was approved as part of the city’s corporate plan. No specific date was announced for the work, but it will take some time to finish. “It will likely happen in a phased-in approach,” said Chief Administrative Office Peter de Verteuil. The city currently provides water to approximately 2,990 single-family and duplex residences, including 1,350 in North Cowichan, 1,200 in the City of Duncan, 410 in the CVRD’s Eagle Heights area, and about 30 on Cowichan Tribes land. The city has promised a communication prog ram to let


people know more about the water meters as the program rolls out. At Monday’s meeting, city councillors approved the type of metering that will used. The “radio drive-by” system will be similar to that already employed by the town of Lake Cowichan, where a specially equipped truck will drive around, remotely collecting data. The remote reading system bears similarities to BC Hydro’s smart meters, but isn’t identical. “They are only activated when the vehicle is driving around,” de Verteuil explained. Commercial and existing residential meters will be adapted to fit the new system as well. The cost of the project, including the individual units and installation, will come out to $2,660,337.

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Lake looking for pro team for chronic illness support LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

‘Gun shy’ Cowichan Lake residents are watching to see what’s on offer to improve health care in the area following an initial meeting with the Vancouver Island Health Authority Wednesday, July 10. According to Carol Blatchford of Cowichan Lake Community Services, a member of the Cowichan Lake Integ rated Multidisciplinary Team Working Group, which includes area residents as well as VIHA reps, this first community engagement meeting attracted more than 40 people. “I think what was really strongly stated last night was that they wanted consistency,” she said July 11. “People are a little gun shy of promises about things that were going to happen and then didn’t happen. I think they want that trust that this committee is actually going to be able to fulfill what they want. And I think they will. I think we will have this up and run-

ning by November.” Another idea from the community was for a onestop shop. “People would be able to go there to see a doctor, get a nurse-practitioner — another high priority for the Cowichan Lake area. There’d be a public health nurse, a dietitian in there,” she said. At Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, organizers had about 10 tables set up, each with a facilitator, to explain about bringing an integrated health network to Lake Cowichan. T he explana tion was necessary, she said. “I think at first there was confusion about [the meeting] being about doctors. [Lake Cowichan is losing both its doctors this year.] And it wasn’t; it was not about recruiting doctors or any of that. It was about hearing what people would like to see in an integrated health network, a kind of network that is about treating chronic disease, something that lasts longer than three months. So, you’re

The Brookside Medical Clinic will soon have no doctors. Other health care options are being explored. [CITIZEN FILE] looking at diseases like asthma, cancer, arthritis, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, mental illness.” VIHA was asking the community what they thought and they then collected all the answers. “What people said is they want people that will be there, something they can trust, that will last. They want suppor t for that chronic illness and, of course, that will be different for everybody. “What they are probably looking at setting up, and this is still a ‘probably’

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although I think it’s really likely, would be something in the public health office. “They would have somebody come in and work with a patient that is afflicted by a chronic disease. There’d be a support system to help manage it. They would also have a behaviouralist for support, because, being suddenly afflicted by some disease is a life-altering event that happens in a person’s life. They will need that other support that would help them through that, so it’s not so scary.

“If my addiction is chocolate cake and all of a sudden I’m a diabetic and I can’t do that I need help to change those behaviours. I can get the knowledge from the dietitian about what I need to but then there would be the support of the behaviouralist to help with the tough stuff,” Blatchford said. She said that VIHA has practical reasons for looking at such a treatment network as well. “They’re hoping that they can take away the expensive treatments with doctors while helping us manage these conditions. A community health care coordinator would absolutely, 100 per cent, be working with the patient’s GP. They would be reporting to them any changes, any difficulties and then for the more medical attention they would need, they would go to their doctor.” Blatchford said the response was pretty positive after they assured people

the Choose Cowichan Lake committee is still working diligently to bring a new doctor to town as well. Building a health network at Cowichan Lake could even help attract a doctor, she said. “A doctor coming into our community might not feel so alone, so isolated. Because what we’re hearing from young doctors is that the way they train and do things now is very much in a team. And now, we’d be asking a doctor to come here when there isn’t even a clinic to join.” That is one push for setting up such a network, she said. There will be at least one more community engagement session. No date has yet been announced. VIHA will now produce a report on the findings of the first meeting, which will be emailed to everyone who attended the meeting as well as finding its way Choose Cowichan Lake’s Facebook page.

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Cow Bay OCP the gold standard SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Formally adopted in April, the Official Community Plan for Area D (Cowichan Bay) is already receiving accolades. The Cowichan Valley Regional District announced Monday the OCP has earned the Planning Institute of BC’s Gold Award for Excellence in Policy Planning. “I think we did the best we could,� said proud Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo. Though she admits they didn’t go into the process expecting awards. It was truly all hands on deck, from CVRD staff, to the steering committee, to the community at large for willing to put in the work to create such a comprehensive vision for the seaside village, Iannidinardo said. “This OCP was a big job. Very creative, very unique and different in many ways,� Iannidinardo

The Cowichan Bay OCP has won the Planning Institute of BC’s Gold Award. Firefighters worked quickly last week to douse a house fire in Duncan. The owner is grateful for everyone’s quick action. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN]


said. “We had a really good diverse group of people that took on the challenge.� The process took two years, many coffee shop chats and community meetings. Everybody who wanted to give input was welcomed. “It’s quite different than other community OCPs I think because of the topics that we challenged,�


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Iannidinardo said. Everything from float homes to parking to view protection and garbage collection was addressed. “We hope it will be a guide for the future of our area that encourages environment and industry and balances all the natural attributes our region possesses.� CVRD senior planner, Ann Kjerulf said the OCP represents the collective vision and goals of Cowichan Bay residents. “The OCP presents a blueprint to create socially and economically vibrant mixed-use village areas; provide housing alternatives and allow residents to age in place; support productive agriculture; enhance transportation alternatives; protect the environment; and preserve the community’s unique rural character,� she said. The new OCP replaces the 1986 Official Settlement Plan and presents a current policy framework to guide planning and land use decisions.

Duncan lawyer grateful for aid during fire SARAH SIMPSON CITIZEN

Difficult circumstances seem to have a way of bringing out the very best in people. From the sanitation worker who noticed smoke coming from Alix Reid’s garage last week, and who subsequently kicked in her dead-bolted front door, to the neighbour, retired firefighter Ken Stubbs, who burst inside and raced up the stairs to rescue Reid’s two beloved dogs, Davey and Brodie — the Duncan lawyer is trying to ensure anyone and everyone involved in any part with fighting the fire that destroyed her Molly Avenue


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home gets thanked. “Fire exposes your priorities and reminds you that lives are irreplaceable and stuff is just stuff,� she said in a letter to the Citizen. “My dogs were the two most precious things in my house that day. My two cats, who both must have been outside, also survived: one returned the night of the fire and the other on Saturday morning.� The partner with Ridgeway and Company thanked everyone for keeping an eye out for her pets — particularly the one cat that took a little longer to return home after the blaze was extinguished. “Once I had her back the fire that could have been a tragedy turned into just a major inconvenience,� Reid said. Just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, volunteer firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 3276 Molly Ave. The first wave of responders from the South End hall arrived to find a fully engulfed home. Shortly thereafter the request was made for a pumper truck and manpower from the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters had rushed to douse a pine tree between the fiery home and a neighbouring one to keep the flames from jumping. “Many, many thanks to all the volunteer firefighters who responded to the call, especially for protecting my neighbours’ houses when the fire threatened to spread beyond mine,� Reid said. And despite now facing the uphill battle of rebuilding her home, gratitude is oozing from a determined Reid’s every pore. “To all my neighbours, thank you for your kind words and support, and to the children of Molly Avenue, my apologies that you had to go through such a frightening afternoon,� she said. “Davey and Brodie are going to miss your pats and ear scratches while we are temporarily displaced, but we will be back.�


Cowichan Valley Citizen | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SRA backs call for auditor

Lake man gets jail, must forfeit $2.6M LOUISE DICKSONS TIMES COLONIST


CVRD area director Ian Morrison has the support of the Shawnigan Residents Association in his quest for an investigation into the regional district’s finances and operations. In a media release issued July 12, SRA President Garry Horwood said his group, too, questions the decisions being made within the CVRD. “As tax increases have reached astronomical levels, the SRA questions the CVRD’s position and justification for increases in staff salaries in a time where fiscal restraint is not only necessary but expected,” Horwood said. “Further, it is unclear to us the dollar for value we receive when it comes to area services which have not increased to any significant degree in Shawnigan Lake.” Horwood added that his group hopes the board “will take swift and decisive action on behalf of taxpayers and that this will be the first step in addressing spending accountability at all levels.” Morrison said the outpouring of support for his efforts confirms that people care about what their local elected officials stand for. “Many residents have taken time to approach thank me for standing up and shining a light into what is viewed to be a complex and mysterious world of the CVRD budget process, and in particular, management compensation,” he said. “The question I am asked most often is ‘Are there other directors willing to join you, to make the changes needed, to restore the public’s confidence in the CVRD’s administration of their hard earned tax dollars?’”

A Lake Cowichan man who tossed a suitcase stuffed with $2.6 million U.S. into the ocean in March 2011 has been sentenced to three years in prison and must forfeit the money. In May, Jeffrey Melchior, 46, was convicted of money laundering and possession of property obtained by crime. He had been arrested on his boat just after midnight on March 25, 2011, near the Canada-U.S. border. At Melchior’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, prosecutor Sharon Steele asked for an order forfeiting the money and for a prison sentence of five years. Defence lawyer Mark Jette took no position on the forfeiture order and suggested a sentence in the range of 18 to 30 months. Victoria provincial court Judge Ernie Quantz signed the forfeiture order for $2,625,280 US, noting that Melchior never provided specifics on how he was drawn into the situation and what his role was. “The reasonable inference is that the monies derived from, and were going to be used for, the purchase and importation of illegal drugs,” Quantz said. Melchior declined to address the

court himself. During the trial, court heard that the RCMP border integrity monitoring centre spotted Melchior’s small boat travelling south of Saltspring Island with no lights at high speed toward the U.S. border. Before leaving shore, Melchior had been talking to an unidentified person about the risks of getting caught, but eventually decided to head out, Quantz said. “Hey bro,” Melchior told his associate. “It should be okay if we do the usual. I’ll be watching for you.” The RCMP patrol boat almost collided with Melchior’s vessel as it tried to intercept it. Melchior’s boat crossed about 200 metres in front of the RCMP boat, about six minutes from the border. The RCMP pursued Melchior, who suddenly shut off his engine. The RCMP boat passed him. As it doubled back, one of four officers on board saw Melchior drop an object the size of a cooler overboard. Two officers spotted a suitcase in the water and lifted it into their boat. In the case, which weighed 200 pounds, they found U.S. cash in vacuum-sealed packages. The officers also discovered Melchior had a radar detection device on board.

Jeffrey Melchior, of Lake Cowichan, was arrested on his boat in March 2011. In May, he was convicted of money laundering, among other things. [ADRIAN LAM/TIMES COLONIST] The large amount of money could be used to buy 100 kilograms of cocaine or 34 kilograms of heroin in the U.S., Steele told the sentencing hearing. Jette told the court that Melchior had no related criminal record and that he grew up in a Langford family where he and his five siblings experienced physical and mental abuse at the

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Precious resource: water meters a good tool t’s not hard to get people talking about water use this time of year,” said one of the reporters in the Citizen newsroom as several of the news team responded to the City of Duncan’s plan to install water meters on all residential properties within their boundaries. Truer words were never spoken. We’re all for water meters under most circumstances. They have been proven to make people more conscious of their water use and therefore more conscious of conserving this precious resource.


They can also help to let municipal officials know where there is water leakage from pipes in our water systems. Again, this knowledge can help with conservation efforts, as local governments can then plan to fix the problems. This has proven true in places like Youbou. There are always going to be those few people who ignore any and every urging to conserve, however. You know the ones. Like the man who, last fall, while the Cowichan River was in danger of running dry because



we were so deep into a drought, inexplicably felt the need (and felt he had the right) to head out and power wash the sidewalk. The sidewalk, people! If you ever think there’s truly a need for this, how about doing it in the spring? Or when there’s not a drought? It’s a question of priorities. We can see the need for people to water their gardens when things get hot and dry, particularly if they are growing their own veggies and other edibles. But watering the lawn? We guarantee you, it will be fine if you let it go brown and

dry up. Once the rain starts up again you’ll be out cutting the new growth in no time flat. Many folks on wells have to take far more extreme measures in our drier months. For those who are worried they will end up using too much on their meters by just going about their ordinary lives, we would like to assure them that is unlikely, unless they have a tendency to leave various taps running for no particular purpose. Talk to anyone who lives in a metered area. They will tell you there’s plenty of leeway to do all the things you normally do such

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Regrettably I have to agree somewhat. Why spend all this money and then not act? Seems to me the previous council has to answer for that. The way council should proceed is approve the bylaw, lock down the 80 per cent of Echo Heights so future councils cannot play with it, sell off the 20 per cent, get out of the development business and be done with it. North Cowichan will make its money from the sale and development fees paid by those who develop it. Development is not the role of government. They will only screw it up.

It is so interesting to read the different viewpoints that your readers have expressed about how to describe the moment of death, following Mr. Openshaw’s original letter. What is right for one person may be felt differently for another. That’s what makes us unique as individuals. The words we choose to use, to express ourselves, always contain certain implications. For example: the words “she has died” implies that she is gone forever, that her disappearance is final, and that she does not live on any more. The words “she has been laid to rest” implies that we are only thinking about the body in the grave. The words “she has passed on” implies that there is another place to which she can go. The sentence “she fell asleep” implies that she is still present, but unconsciously present. Two thousand years ago, a very wise man named Apollonius of Tyana said that we are never born, and we never die. That is an impossibility to the modern mind if we think only about the body, because as we well know, the body returns to dust through burial or into the air through cremation. His statement therefore implies that there is something else that we possess, which does not die. One does not need to be of a religious frame of mind today to know that the soul is that part of us which does not perish at death. Certain local traditions have kept that spiritual awareness alive, even to this day, and each of the brief sentences that were mentioned earlier feels very different when this 2,000-year-old statement is borne in mind.

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as tooth brushing, dish washing, laundry, showers etc. Washing the car and letting the kids play in the sprinkler (though again, maybe not in the depths of drought) don’t need to be crossed off the list. But if knowing you’re on a meter causes you to begin turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, or in between rinsing the dishes, so much the better. Our water is not limitless, even here on the rainy west coast, though many of us still live as if it is. Meters can be a good reminder, and thus a conservation tool.

Previous council must answer for decision I found myself chuckling when I read John Koury’s letter on July 12 when he used the term “politically motivated” when it comes to yet another “decision” by council re: Echo Heights. In February 2011 it was the position of the previous council to draft a bylaw (3454) establishing Echo Heights as a 60:40 split of parkland and residential development. The July meeting schedule was cancelled because of an error in wording we were told but was that really true? The council of the day then opted to not proceed with a vote as it was too close to the election

i.e. a political decision. Now Councillor Koury is bemoaning the fact that the current council has opted to do something different. The current council is made up of 50 per cent of the previous council excluding the mayor but includes councillors Hartmann, Siebring and Mr. Koury. So I have to ask. If you are so adamant, John, that the 40 per cent answer was THE answer, why did you and your colleagues on the previous council not push this through? You had the votes and could have done it but as a group you opted not to for political reasons. Seems to me to be a tad late to be crying about what has been done.

Opinion Valley parks and hiking areas littered with trash I recently moved to the Shawnigan Lake area from Nelson, B.C. to be closer to my daughter who moved here for work. I was very excited to have new hiking and swimming areas to explore. However, I am sadly disappointed with the amount of garbage I see everywhere I’ve hiked. I have seen dump sites along the roads in the Koksilah Park area. We came to the realization these dumps alongside the road are from marijuana grow ops. At other local hiking areas we see doggy bags....with doggy waste inside?

Visitor Centre should get local pole Re: the recent news story “Totem pole shaped by three generations gifted to visitor centre” in July 10 Citizen I believe it is with ignorance and cultural disrespect that Duncan officials continue to support the erection of totem poles carved by outside First Nation groups. The City of Duncan and its surrounding valley lie within the traditional territory of the Cowichan First

Cowichan Valley Citizen | Wednesday, July 17, 2013 The one that makes me the saddest is the Cobble Hill quarry. We were thrilled as we walked down the drive towards this spectacular gem as our dogs ran freely off leash. We were fascinated with the history and the remains of the kilns. We met so many nice people and dogs on the walk down to the quarry. We quickly became disappointed and then angry at the beer cans, chip bags, diapers, Kotex pads, cigarette butts and more piles of garbage...we became even more upset to see floating in the water the plastic handles the beer cans come with and dozens of beer cans visible but beyond reach under water along the shore.

Nation. So why are we seeing the recent installation of totem poles carved by Kwaguilth and Nuu-chah-nulth artists? A totem pole is not a totem pole is not a totem pole. Totem poles contain a combination of family crests, symbols, and ancestor figures of the pole carver or owner. As such, the Kwaguilth and Nuu-chah-nulth poles do not represent “local history”. Have the Cowichan First Nation chief and council been consulted regarding the import and display of poles by


What a crying shame! We soon learned to avoid the area in the evenings and weekends after discovering dirt bikes and cars race around the property with drunk drivers at the wheel. We’ve walked by unconscious young women partially clothed that lay slobbering in parked cars. We watch as the young men chug-a-lug their liquor and throw the cans everywhere, then crazily hack at green trees to try and make a fire to eat their bags of chips around. Nuts! Just sayin! Shame on you Islanders! Clean up your act! Joanne Wallace Shawnigan Lake

Trash at the Cobble Hill quarry, a popular spot for dog walkers and hikers, has reached unacceptable levels, says Joanne Wallace. [JOANNE WALLACE PHOTO]

outsiders into their traditional territory? I believe that Duncan officials are doing a disservice to local First Nation carvers, and it should be their efforts and skills that are supported, funded, and displayed for all to enjoy. Perhaps, it should be a Cowichan “totem pole (that) welcome guests as they arrive” at the new Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre. Hugh Jass Mill Bay

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Islanders want ferry face-to-face LEXI BAINAS CITIZEN

The various ferry committees on the Gulf Islands are asking for a meeting with recently appointed Transportation Minister Todd Stone to talk turkey about some key issues. In a letter June 25, ferry advisory committee group spokesman Tony Law asked Stone for a “constructive discussion” soon because ferry service for islanders is reaching “a critical juncture”. There’s lots to talk about and the 13 committee chairs are ready, he said. “After years of continuous and cumulative fare increases, our coastal communities are hurting. The BC Ferry Commission’s report of January 2012 emphasized the importance of developing a long-term vision of coastal ferry services. While the province has since stated a vision to ‘connect coastal communities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable manner’, no goals, strategies and performance measures have been developed to support this vision as is the case with other key transportation services identified in the Ministry’s Service Plan.” Law urged Stone to reconsider the government’s attitude towards the place of ferries in the economic and social foundation of the B.C. coast, to re-examine fares, which are “past the tipping point” but not to be misled

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by the idea that service cuts can go on and on. “We applaud the efforts made by BC Ferries to reduce costs, and we value the role of the BC Ferry Commission in seeking further efficiencies. Our sense is that, while some additional efficiencies are still attainable, most low-hanging fruit will soon be picked. Major costs of ferry service are not so discretionary. These include fuel, capital replacement costs, and the costs to address safety, regulatory requirements and labour agreements,” he said. Real commitment to ferries will require some government expenditure on the fleet itself, according to Law. Right now, it’s all about hearing the new government’s plans for the future, he said.

Kids and teenagers could win an appearance on the TV show Spooksville just by showing up in a costume Friday evening, July 19 in Chemainus. It’s all part of Spooksville Night at ArtBeat, the weekly celebration on south Willow Street. Artbeat spokesperson Peggy Grigor said Tuesday, “It’s pretty exciting. We had decided to honour the fact that Spooksville was here, bringing lots of excitement and industry to the Cowichan Valley. If this thing takes off, it could be huge for all of us. So, I contacted one of the producers and we managed to get them to come this Friday. “We’re going to have a number of the cast members in costume, with their spooky Cadillac and some other props; they haven’t told us specifically what,” she said. “They are going to have a 15-minute question and answer period for the audience at eight o’clock, which will be great for anyone who wants to know more about it all.” But what about winning a place as an extra on the show? “They came up with the idea that we could have a costume contest. We’re going to have one prize for 16 and under and one prize for over

Spooksville cast members will be in mural town Friday night as the TV show inspires the weekly presentation of Artbeat in the community. Look for a Q&A, costume contest, and more. [SUBMITTED] 16. Those prizes will be to have an appearance on the TV series,” she said.” It won’t be in the costume they won in but whatever costume [Spooksville] selects.” Judging will be done by reps from Spooksville and ArtBeat. Grigor is hoping for a good turnout Friday because it’s a great opportunity. “The one block of south Wil-

low Street is closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so they just need to show up and parade around. They’ll be spotted. There’s no registration. There’s nothing formal at all, we’ll just be looking for their costumes,” she said. Cheryl Beaudin of Springville Productions, said, “Spooksville is delighted to be a part of Spooksville Night at ArtBeat. Come in your favourite costume as we celebrate a night on the town!” Everyone attending the event Friday will also be able to enjoy live entertainment by Dave Young and Friends, JoHannah Knight and the five-piece band, Joey & the Boomers. Spooksville is all about a teenager, Adam, who moves to the bucolic seaside town of Springville and embarks on unexpected adventures with his new friends Sally and Watch. As they try to rid their town of an age-old curse and battle the dark forces of evil, they encounter all kinds of supernatural phenomenon, including ghosts, witches, monsters and extraterrestrials. It’s a new live-action spooky comedy adventure series, inspired by Christopher Pike’s books, which are popular with young readers. It’s scheduled to air this fall on the Hub Network — a family-oriented American channel.








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It’s Flash Feed Mob 2.0 and based on the first event’s success, it’s bound to make a positive impact on the lives of Cowichan’s needy. Chef Fatima da Silva of Bistro 161 and Vinoteca at Zanatta will not rest until the region’s hungry are fed. “We live in a beautiful valley known for its wonderful food but our food banks are empty. It’s a little bit of a conundrum if you think of it,” da Silva said. “Helping to feed those in need is our civic duty as human beings. To have people, especially children going without a meal due to poverty in our country is morally offensive.” The first event held June 24 outside Thrifty Foods — and with very little notice — took advantage of Thrifty’s Big $1 Sale to help restock the Cowichan Valley Basket Society’s shelves. Da Silva and friends managed to fill three vans with food and cash. They hope to gather more support this next time, and to top up the food bank’s supplies yet again.

Flash Feed Mob 2.0 is a giant garage sale between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 20 at the Island Savings Centre. Between 4 and 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday this week, volunteers will be at the Island Savings Centre accepting donations of books, furniture, collectables, decor items, jewelry and other new or gently used items for the sale. The fun family activity will also feature music, games and everything from the main sale, to snow cones, popcorn, and a bake sale. “You cannot expect change if you don’t take a stand. That has been the rule in my family,” da Silva said in a press release. “I never walk in these situations with preset judgments about others’ needs. So my friends be present, live your lives with gratitude, awareness and love so when an opportunity to make a difference presents itself, recognize it and help make the change one little step at a time. To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’.” For more information, email or call 250-701-0043, or call 250-746-6466.

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Finally, a judge sounds off “If you want to hood for creatspend the rest of ing disturbances your adult life in in the middle jail because you of the night, can’t restrain mounds of the impulse to garbage, letting be a jerk, be my undesirables guest. I’ll be hang out at his happy to assist aged father’s CHRONICLES you in that conhouse and T.W. Paterson nection.” —Robin prompting more Baird, Victoria than 200 visits Magistrate. by Saanich police since nreal. A Victoria 2007 that led to cease-andjudge has not only desist orders, injunctions, found a defendant tickets and fines. guilty but he delivered a Said Judge Baird upon scathing and remarkable sentencing the unemrebuke that should resonployed Tkachuk to 30 days: ate with even the hard“You’ve been...making a shelled scofflaw standing nuisance of yourself for before him. a really long time. I don’t I mean, when did you last know what the problem hear of a criminal trial in is. I don’t know why you which the judge tore into consider yourself at liberty the convicted felon? Is this to act in this repetitive and because, today, our magisunhinged way. But unless trates are constrained you’re out of your mind, from speaking their minds then surely you’ll be able or just restrained? to understand why it is It’s nothing like in the that your neighbours are old days when magisat their wits’ end. trates would rub salt in “How would you like the wound by figuratively to have a neighbour like flaying a convicted felon you?” — or even a jury that went He wasn’t finished: “This against His Lordship’s has been an unremitting directions or perceived nightmare for the decent, verdict. law-abiding citizens who But before looking back, live in this neighbourhood. let’s revel in the words This is what you’ve foisted of B.C. Supreme Court on your neighbours for five Justice Robin Baird. His or six long years and it’s tirade, as reported in a utterly repulsive conduct front-page article in the about which you should Times Colonist, was aimed be completely ashamed. at David Tkachuk, 41, I’d love to see a forensic who’d been found guilty accounting of how much of being in contempt of a you’ve cost the District of court order. Tkachuk has Saanich over the years. been called the curse of his I bet it’s thousands and Harriet Road neighbourthousands of dollars.




“I am unable to come to any conclusion other than you just don’t give a damn about anybody except yourself. You will not be deterred except by the most emphatic of gestures. The time is long past when I’m interested in letting you out to show that you can be a good boy.” We’re getting to the best part: “You’re a nuisance and a curse to this neighbourhood. They’ve had enough and I don’t blame them and they are to be left in peace for ever more.” Should Tkachuk again appear before him, Baird warned, it would be “30 days in the basement. That’s where it starts. It will be 30. It will be 60, it will be 90, 120. If you want to spend the rest of your adult life in jail because you can’t restrain the impulse to be a jerk, be my guest. I’ll be happy to assist you in that connection. “I don’t want you anywhere near these people. I don’t want them to have to look at you. I don’t want them to have to deal with you. I don’t want to have them pass you in the street. I want you out of their hair.” Whew! Wow! Without for a moment comparing him to Magistrate Baird, the magistrate best known for his angry, ofttimes vicious, tirades was Matthew Baillie Begbie, B.C.’s first chief magistrate who’s somewhat erroneously remembered

During the 1958 Centennial Home Oil Co. had fun with a series of cartoons depicting historical B.C. events and characters, such as this look at ‘Hanging Judge’ Matthew Begbie. —TWP as the Hanging Judge. Begbie used his tongue as a laser and God help the accused or the lawyers or the jurors who ignited his wrath. Most of them, and their cases, have been forgotten but numerous historians including our own David Ricardo Williams have rejoiced in recording Begbie’s barbs for later audiences. Complained the Victoria Daily Times, in 1889: “The Chief Justice’s law may sometimes be bad, but his manners are always worse. Public opinion has been aroused during the last few days as never before, and it will be strange indeed if a determined line of

action be not decided upon to curb [Begbie’s] propensity...for promiscuous abuse.” But it was only wishful thinking on the Times’s part as Begbie continued to fill the bench until his death in 1894. Vicious tongue or no, he was knighted during that time, too. Here are some of Begbie’s most notorious quotes: “My idea is that, if a man insists upon behaving like a brute, after fair warning, and [he] won’t quit the Colony, beat him like a brute and flog him.” To a man acquitted of burglary against his advice, Begbie suggested




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With headline performers like Judy Collins and Shawn Phillips, the 29th annual Islands Folk Festival (July 1921 at Providence Farm) is moving into exciting territory this year. The event has simple, folkie roots and has never lost sight of them, keeping people coming back for the warm and friendly family atmosphere and laid back vibe by offering a fantastic variety of top quality acts from near and far. It’s not a simple choice, with organizers picking 45 performers from over 3,000 applications. Bringing in high-calibre acts involves a lot of negotiations and often swings on whether the performer is going to be in the general area at the right time. But engineering the entire weekend involves so much more than that, said Artistic Director Robert McCourty. “I try to pick people I think will help the flow of the festival. That’s very important to me that it all transpires smoothly over the course of the weekend. That’s one of the defining factors for me. “It’s a lot of work, to carefully filter all the music that comes in. I try to give each of them a fair shake at least once if not twice because you’re always in a different mood when you listen to music the next time, just to see what would be the best fit.” McCourty said the Islands Folk Festival likes its current size and doesn’t look to expand. “We don’t have any intention of get-

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ZOMBIES! The annual summer Zombie Walk, which has become a fixture of the Duncan-Cowichan Summer Festival is back at City Square, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Following the scary stroll with another take on the theme is a concert in the square by classic rockers, Cookie Monsters. Enjoy! [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN FILE]

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After a closely fought competition, Connor Lachmanec and the team of Hannah Seinen and Ellen Reimer shared first-place honours in last week’s Duncan’s Got Talent finals Friday, July 12 at Charles Hoey Park. It’s a good thing that Cathy Schmidt and Laura Cardriver are enthusiastic about their tasks as DGT judges because the competition is getting keener as each week of the event goes by. The duos of Taylor Perry and Amy Malin, and Ellen Reimer and Hannah Seinen were joined by soloists Emily Paton, Delaney Marat, Jaclyn Childs and Connor Lachmanec in the show tunes/ cover songs event Friday. Schmidt told the finalists that she and her colleague had, after four days of carefully evaluating the contestants, still not come to definite conclusions on why one might be better than another. “We talked about you while we were at theatre camp,” she said. “We were going back and forth all day, and that’s why we have to start from scratch tonight. Because we were at the same place, after being together for six hours today, as we were last night after we told you all to come back tonight. “Tonight’s choices were not based on what you might have done before. This has probably been one of the closest run things

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and Ellen [Reimer] and Hannah [Seinen].” After the applause for all the performers died down, she continued, addressing all the finalists on the stage. “It was very nice to have the musical theatre stuff here for a change. Congratulations to every-

one on your performances today. What a wonderful show you gave our audience,” she said. The judges are working with a new set of competitors this week: songwriters. The final of that event will be held at Charles Hoey Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 19.

The duo of Hannah Seinen, left, and Ellen Reimer sing their way to a first place tie with Connor Lachmanec at Duncan’s Got Talent. [LEXI BAINAS/CITIZEN] of all the ones we’ve ever done. We couldn’t just tie you all and leave it at that. At the end of the day, we have to make decisions. You are equally talented; you each bring such unique gifts, strength and growth. So, even though we were writing down notes tonight, it’s just to help us. Thank you so much for sharing with us,” she said before passing over the mic to let Cardriver make the momentous announcement. The crowd and the performers, who were all lingering as unexpected rain fell on the proceedings, quietened to hear the

judges’ final results. “I did a little point spread and the point spread between the top four was only about three points. It was really tight here,” Cardriver said. “In third place: Jaclyn Childs. Wonderful singing. I think you should do tons more a capella singing, you are so expressive with it. In second place, Emily Paton, such a wonderful, wonderful way of working with your audience and making your music shine. “And we decided there was nothing we could do but have a tie for first between Connor Lachmanec

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GENEREUX, Marion Lovina July 27, 1923 – June 22, 2013 Mom passed away peacefully at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan, BC on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Mom was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba July 27, 1923. Predeceased by her husband Paul in September of 1983 and her parents Frank and Isabelle Longstreet, siblings Ames, Grace, Jack, Everett, Frank, Kathleen, Daisy, Eleanor, Allan, Stewart, and Ray; also two baby brothers. She leaves behind her son, Eugene and her daughter Pauline (Gary) Jackson, grandchildren Tony (Belinda) Jackson, Cary Ann (Jason) Jordan, great-grandchildren: Aaron and William Calvert, Ryelee Simard, Jared and Jackson Jordan. A big thank you to Dr. Ibrahim and the staff at Cairnsmore Place who showed Mom such dignity and compassion in her final days. A memorial service was held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road in Duncan on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined, please make donations in memory of Marion to the Clements Centre Society.

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VALLEY Calendar Miscellaneous • Summer storytime at Kin Park Youth Urban Farm Tuesdays, July 2Aug. 13, 10-11 a.m. Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Farm team to host children’s storytime geared to three to five year olds (all ages welcome). Part of library Summer Reading Club. Stories followed by gardenthemed activity. Info: Kristen Rumohr 250-746-7661, or or www. • Chemainus Literary Festival Fridays, 5-9 p.m., July and August. Part of ArtBeat on Willow Street. Meet local authors and/or bring your own published books. Free. Info: Eliza Hemingway, days 250-324-2212, evenings 250-416-0363, email • Friendly Visitors wanted! Volunteer Cowichan program connects an isolated or lonely senior in the community with a Friendly Visitor. Interested? Call 250-748-2133. • ShoDai Peace Chant new location Nichiren Peace Centre, Johnny Bear and Cambrai Road. Meditation Thursdays, 7 p.m., Discovery Sunrise Sundays, 10 a.m. Website: www.viretreats. com. Info: 250-710-7594. Email: peace@

Seniors • Chemainus 55+ drop in centre dance with the Esquires, July 27, 7 p.m. Lunch $9. • Chemainus 55+ drop in centre muf-

fin mornings Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come and meet new friends. • Are you 55 or older and bored? Why not join the Valley Seniors Organization in Duncan? Located at 198 Government St., open 6 days a week, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Bus trips, carpet bowling, whist, bridge, cribbage, 3 bands, a choir. Info: 250-746-4433. • Weekly bingo, Tuesdays, 12 p.m., Valley Seniors Centre, Duncan. Info: 250-746-4433. Chemainus 55+ drop in centre bridge for beginners Thursdays, 1 p.m. Info: Al Taylor 250-246-4134. • Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre Bingo every Monday, doors open 4:45 p.m., starts 6:40 p.m. Loonie pot, GBall, bonanza, 50/50 draw. • Chemainus Seniors Centre bridge classes: Monday 1-4 p.m., Tuesday pairs 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday pairs 1-4 p.m. Duplicate bridge Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. Crib Classes 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

Recreation • New chess club at Duncan Library, Monday evenings 6-8 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. • Cowichan Valley Scottish Country Dancing Thursday evenings 6:30-8 p.m., singles, couples, beginners welcome, Chemainus Seniors Centre. Info: 250-748-9604. • Calling all chess players, every Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. All levels welcome. Info: 250-743-8740.

• Interested in rocks? The Cowichan Valley Rockhounds meet the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Duncan Airport. Info: 250-743-3769. • Duncan Badminton Club, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-10 p.m., Multipurpose Hall, Island Savings Centre. Recreational and ladder. All welcome. Info: 250-746-4380. • Beginners meditation, Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., regular meditation, 7-8 p.m. Info: email peace@viretreats. com or 250-710-7594.

Meetings • Cowichan Valley Prostate Cancer Group monthly meetings the last Thursday of every month (next, July 25). Canadian Cancer Society board room in Duncan, 7 p.m. Meet and talk with survivors and others. Info: Gord 250-743-6960. • Toastmasters adds new noon hour club. Duncan Travelodge, noon to 1 p.m. Learn and improve public speaking and communications skills. Info: • Cobble Hill Women’s Institute meets in the small room of the Cobble Hill hall, noon pot luck lunch, second Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. Info: Jessie Anderson 250-743-9040. • Spirit Drummers meet every Thursday at 6 p.m., locations subject to change. By donation, all welcome. Refreshments and snacks. Info: 250-746-5144. • Dads Make a Difference weekly

support group for Dads Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., West Coast Men office, 80 Station St., Ste 213. Info: 250-597-2801 or www. • Men’s Circle (West Coast Men’s Support Society) Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Cowichan Station Hub, East Annex. Directions: www.cowichanstation. org. Info: 250-597-2801 or • Multicultural Leadership Group. Drop in and volunteer on Thursdays after school until 5:30 p.m. Come when you can and leave when you have to. Heritage Hall, Duncan United Church. Info: Lori Austein • Living with Cancer Support Group meets the last Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Cancer Society Office, Unit 100, 394 Duncan St., Duncan. Anyone with cancer and their caregivers welcome. Info: 250-746-4134. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Cowichan Valley chapters meetings: BC 1376, Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Sundance Room, Duncan United Church; BC 4311, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., Kidz Co 2, 2739 James St.; BC 1395 Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Brunt Room, Somenos Hall, 3248 Cowichan Valley Hwy. Info: Dianne 250-743-1851 or connerly@ • Cowichan Valley Camera Club meets the second Tuesday and the third and fourth Wednesday from September through June at 7 p.m. at Mellor Hall, Cowichan Exhibition Center. • Cowichan Valley Camera Club

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Cowboys ride to rec lacrosse championship KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Cowichan’s midget A1 Thunder celebrate their Island title after beating Juan de Fuca 7-4 last Saturday morning. The team will head to provincials in Port Coquitlam next week. [SUBMITTED]

Midgets on to provincials DRAMATIC FINAL:

Thunder top Whalers to claim Island banner KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

After ending their dramatic Island final series with a 7-4 victory over the Juan de Fuca Whalers at Kerry Park Arena last Saturday morning, the midget A1 Cowichan Valley Thunder have booked their ticket to the provincial lacrosse championships. The teams were knotted at two goals apiece after the first period, but Cowichan pulled away in the second and never looked back. “The whole game went by as a blur,” said Thunder assistant coach Chris Claxton. “It was pretty intense. There was a lot on the line, really.” Colin Winship and Derek Hayes scored in the opening frame, Taylor Martin and Brandon Corby added to the total in the second, and captain Tyson Black potted one in the third before Braylon Lumb added two for good meas-

ure. Hayes chipped in with three assists, Martin and Black had two each, and Lumb and Mathieu Jung recorded one apiece. There wasn’t a secret to finally polishing off the Whalers, who forced the third game after a 9-7 win at the Island Savings Centre last Tuesday. All Cowichan needed to do was play their game. “We just stuck with the game plan we set out at the beginning of the season,” said Claxton, who gave full credit to the players for their hard work. Naturally, the players — many of whom were on the team that won the midget A2 provincial title last year and are now wrapping up their minor lacrosse careers — were thrilled to collect the Island banner. “They were pretty pumped,” said Claxton. “It’s something that a player tends to work toward. They start in minor lacrosse and come all the way through; they want to peak in their last year.” The team is hoping to match last year’s A2 result with an A1 title this year. “As always, we’ll shoot for the

“The whole game went by as a blur. It was pretty intense. There was a lot on the line, really.”

Bruce Klaassen scored his second goal of the night 23 seconds into overtime as the Cowboys prevailed 8-7 over the Thunder in arguably the most dramatic final in the seven-year history of the Cowichan Rec Lacrosse League. The Cowboys led 7-6 as time ticked down, but the Thunder opted to pull goalie Mark Fisherman, setting the stage for a goal by Pete VandenDungen with 9.8 seconds left on the clock, which led to cheers from the Thunder bench. The elation, however, would be short-lived. Besides Klaassen, the Cowboys got two goals and apiece from Neil Gailey and Blair Pigeon, and one each from Jamie Rigby and Brent Collett. Each of the goal-scorers also picked up two assists, as did Chris Punnett. In addition to Pete VandenDungen’s goal, the Thunder got a hat trick from Nick Prangley, two

goals and a helper from Ben VandenDungen, and a single from Gord Macdonald. Mark Cunnah recorded three assists, and Chuck Seymour had two. While he didn’t win the championship, Pete VandenDungen was named league MVP after compiling 49 points in 12 games, 20 more than the runner-up. Fisherman was named Most Dedicated Player, Cunnah received Most Improved honours, and Dan Cvitanovich took home the Rookie of the Year award.

CHRIS CLAXTON, midget A Thunder assistant coach

top,” said Claxton. There’s no doubt Cowichan can contend, having beat some top competition at the Trevor Wingrove Memorial tournament in Coquitlam earlier this season, but Claxton knows none of the teams in the tournament can be taken lightly. “I think among all the teams there on the Mainland, it will be pretty even in the top four,” he said. “They will be tough-fought games; every one will be a battle, but the kids are up for it.” Hosted by Port Coquitlam, the provincial tournament will begin next Wednesday. Joining Cowichan and the host PoCo team will be Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster and a wildcard team: either Juan de Fuca or another Lower Mainland squad.

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Big debuts at ’Rays Jamboree KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

Nearly half of the Duncan Stingrays’ 36 swimmers at their annual June Jamboree last month were first-time competitors, making their big debuts in the familiar atmosphere of their home pool. “This was a year-ending competition for our swimmers, where it gave our youngest members in the Sears I Can Swim developmental program an opportunity to compete in a familiar environment,” said Stingrays head coach Leanne Sirup. The Stingrays had 17 swimmers taking part in their first competitions: Allie Bell, Davin Campbell, Mila Ellis, Caitlin Ingram-Reid, Zoli Irvine, Dylan Kruger, Megan Kruger, Rahma Lossing, Elle Lucas, Heather Mackay, Alexander Rockson, Zachary Rockson, Cody Shewchuk, Tyler Shewchuk, Darcy Smith, Lilly Squire, and Shae Stewart. It wasn’t a meet to be taken lightly, however, as teams from across the Vancouver Island region attended, joined by the Richmond Rapids and Penticton Kisu swim squads. Of the veteran swimmers, 12 achieved personal best times in all their events:

Midget C Thunder bow out The midget C Cowichan Valley Thunder took their Island box lacrosse championship series to the limit before bowing out to the Nanaimo Timbermen on Sunday. The best-of-three Island final went to its third game after Cowichan won the opener and Nanaimo squared things up last Tuesday. The Thunder scored just twice against

Kaylee Adair, Mathias Bell, Oliver Castle, Lily Cochrane, Ty Dahlstrom, Emma Hender, Frederika Ionescu, Jaylene Olebar, Mya Smith, Melina Suelzle, Connor Wardrop, and Janey Woolls. Another five — Jessica Castle, Cate Cochrane, Heidi Doner, Savanah VanNieukerk, and Tess VanNieuwkerk — had PBs in all but one of their races, while Helena Ellis had two personal bests, and Olin Dahlstron had one. Five swimmers, including some of the first-time competitors, achieved their first ever regional or provincial standards. Megan Kruger earned a spot in the Island championships with a regional AA qualifying time in the 50m breaststroke; Dylan Kruger and Mya Smith both had regional single-A qualifying times in the 50m freestyle, and both missed AA times by the smallest fractions of a second. Mila Ellis also achieved a regional singleA time in the 50m free; and Jaylene Olebar recorded her first provincial single-A qualifier in the 100m free. Sirup expressed her thanks to the army of parents who ran the competition at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, led by meet manager Steve Ridenour.

Nanaimo in game two, and hit the same number on Sunday as they lost 6-2. Liam Kennedy scored both goals, one unassisted and the other set up by Clayton Vickers. The Timbermen will go on to the provincial tournament in Coquitlam. “It was not the result we wanted but that’s how it went,” said manager Tracey Johnson. “A disappointing end to a great season.”

The bantam B Cowichan Valley Thunder display their banner after a hard-fought victory over the Comox Valley Wild in the Island championship series. [SUBMITTED]

Island champion bantam Thunder bound for Delta KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

With just 10 seconds left in the final game of the bantam B Cowichan Valley Thunder’s best-of-three Island final against the Comox Valley Wild, Liam Joe fed Parker Teufel a perfect pass. Teufel buried the ball for his fifth goal of the game, and secured a 9-8 win for Cowichan, propelling the team to the provincial tournament. While Teufel ended up being the hero on the scoresheet, coach Dale Nordstrom made it clear that the win at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena last Saturday was the result of teamwork. “The boys definitely came to play, and as a coaching staff, we’ve told them the team who comes to play usually wins the game,” he related. Cowichan’s Clayton Raphael opened the scoring, but the Wild pulled ahead 4-1 by the end of the first period. Cowichan battled back early in the third, and the teams traded goals until Teufel ended it. Raphael and Gavin Spencer finished the game with two goals apiece. Teufel, Spencer, Joe, Brayden Grantham and Rhys Mazurenko each recorded assists. It was the culmination of a season’s worth

of work by the coaches and players. “We wanted the kids to believe in us as a coaching staff, and once they started to believe in us, they started to believe in themselves,” said Nordstrom. “They were really playing for each other out there. It was a complete team effort.” Nordstrom also gave credit to the parents of his players. “If it wasn’t for the great parents, getting them to practice and games and making our job easier, we wouldn’t be where we are,” he said. The Thunder will now contend for the provincial title. The battle will begin this Friday in Delta with a 7:30 a.m. game against the host team. Also in Cowichan’s pool are Langley and Vancouver. “Our goal is to get that gold medal,” said Nordstrom. Cowichan has already experienced success against some of the top bantam B teams in B.C., placing second at the Hyack tournament in New Westminster, so Nordstrom hopes they can build on that. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work and playing together as a team,” he said. “Playing together as a team, we usually win.”

Storm host one of England’s top teams KEVIN ROTHBAUER CITIZEN

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Cowichan Storm junior field lacrosse teams lost a pair of matches against a visiting school squad from England last Wednesday, but managed to leave an impression on the English coach. “The B team had a much harder game today,” read Moreton Hall School’s sports tour blog post about the game against Cowichan’s U15 team, an 11-5 victory for the visitors from North Shropshire. About the Moreton Hall A squad’s 19-8 win over the Cowichan U19s, the blog reported, “it was a much tougher game than the score line suggests.” Storm coach Tammy Knowles agreed. “Despite the score of the games I think the girls played really well,” she said. “We were very pleased with the girls’ play; they really made Moreton Hall work for their goals. “Tawney Geddes did a great job in goal, shutting down many of their attempts to find the back of the net. All in all it was a great experience for the girls and we look forward to hosting international teams again.” Jenna Howard scored twice for the U15 Cowichan team against the Moreton Hall B team, while Lauren Keller, Erin Ken-

Marissa Jordan out-races a Moreton Hall player during the second of last Wednesday’s two games between the local juniors and the English school. [KEVIN ROTHBAUER/CITIZEN] nedy and Chantal Arnold each had one goal. Taylor Knowles led the way with four goals against Moreton Hall’s A squad, while Kayla Liddle and Toni Angell had two apiece.

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The July 17, 2013 edition of the Cowichan Valley Citizen