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Ladysmith Chemainus

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Advertizer Directory ANTIQUES


Antique Addict 12 Roberts Street, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-6533

Ladysmith & District Credit Union 330 1st Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2247


Citrus Cycles Ltd. 502 Ballou Place, Ladysmith B.C. Toll Free (888) 342-0102

Frank Laird Automotive 1260 Rocky Creek Rd Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-5758


Little Valley Restoration 13070 Thomas Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245 3022 APPLIANCE SERVICES

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P.O. Box 400, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1A3 Phone: 250-245-2277 Fax: 250-245-2260 If you are interested in next years issue call The Chronicle at 250245-2277. The Chronicle does its best to ensure content accuracy. The Chronicle is not endorsing any product or business contained within. THE

Chronicle Serving Ladysmith, Chemainus and area since 1908


Cassidy Automotive 13391 Cedar Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2795

Hawley Place Bed & Breakfast 302 Hawley Place, Ladysmith B.C. (off Gill Road) 250-245-4431 or 1-866-430-4982 Oyster Bay Beach House 5118 Brenton Page Road Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-8526

Salamander Books 535 1st Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-4726 BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce 33 Roberts Street, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2112 CHILDREN’S WEAR & TOYS Little Otters Den 436 1st Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2042 CONSTRUCTION Brian Childs and Co 132 Roberts St, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-5090 Dave Stalker Excavating Unit 18 1156 Rocky Creek Road Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-2250

4 CLOTHING SHOES & ACCESSORIES Forget Me Not 539 First Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-5452 High Road Clothing COUNSELING & THERAPY Break Through Counselling Chemainus and the Cowichan Valley 250-324-3040 DÉCOR & ACCESSORIES Black Door Decor 2-740 1st Ave, Ladysmith BC 250-245-2248 Nikki Designs 117 Clarke Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-5679 FITNESS Curves 21 High St, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-4460 SLK Fitness Studio 618 Oakwood Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-740-5185 Town of Ladysmith Frank Jameson Centre 810 6th Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-6424 GARDEN & LANDSCAPING Ahl Island Landscaping 3546 Yellow Point Road Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-9251 Sand Piper Gardens and Glass 2891 Laurel St, Chemainus B.C. 250-246-2421 GALLERIES Barry Strasbourg-Thompson 9839 Fir Street P.O. Box 142, Chemainus BC GROCERY STORE Save-On-Foods 370 Trans-Canada Hwy Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-8147

HOME INSPECTIONS Home Safe Inspections Ltd. 641 Walkem Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-802-1440

MARINE SERVICES Arbutus Coast Yachts 410 1st Avenue Unit C Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-1269 Ladysmith Marina 901 Gladden Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-4521 Ladysmith Marina Services 901 Ludlow Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-714-6206 Ladysmith Maritime Society 610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-1146 NEWSPAPER The Chronicle/Black Press 940 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2277 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Festival of Lights P.O. Box 98, Ladysmith B.C. 1-250-245-5888 Ladysmith Downtown Business Association P.O. Box 2462, Ladysmith B.C. Ladysmith Historical Society Museum - 721 1st Avenue & Archives - 1115 1st Avenue Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-0423 Ladysmith Kinsmen 1163 4th Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2912 Ladysmith Legion 621 1st Ave, Ladysmith, BC 250-245-2273 Ladysmith Legion Auxiliary 21 First Ave - PO Box 219 Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2273 or the Lounge 250- 245-3031

Ladysmith Lion’s Club 639-2nd Avenue Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-4049 Ladysmith Little Theatre 4985 Christie Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-0658 Ladysmith Museum 721 1st Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-0423 museum/ Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 630 2nd Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-3079 Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery 610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-1252 Newcomers Club NOTARY PUBLIC Jennifer Ostle Notary Corporation 379 Davis Road, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-7127 PAINTING Brady’s Powder Coating 1607 Woobank Rd, Nanaimo, BC 250-722-3348 Chroma Paint & Design Inc. B - 132 Roberts St, Ladysmith, BC 250-533-9028 PHARMACY Pharmasave 441 1st Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-3113 PICTURE FRAMING Bayview Framing 421 1st Ave, Ladysmith, B.C. 250-245-0011 PRINTING SERVICES 49th Parallel Printers 940 1st Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-1200

REAL ESTATE John Surtees #1-5140 Metral Dr, Nanaimo B.C. 250-751-1223 Office or 877-304-8721 Toll Free Pemberton Holmes 516 1st Ave, Ladysmith B.C. 250-924-0113 Royal LePage 410A 1st Avenue, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2252 SENIOR LIVING Arbour Cottage 17 Baden Powell St, Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2700 La Rosa Gardens 211 Cloke Rd Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-1016 STORAGE Junction Mini Storage 13136 Thomas Road Ladysmith B.C. 250-245-2760 TAXI SERVICES Go Taxi! Go Shuttle Bus! Chemainus B.C. 250-324-2236 WEBSITE GRAPHICS & SIGNS Aquarius Design 609-336.0114 or 917-687-4764 Paul Mycroft Design 410A 1st Avenue, Ladysmith BC 250-245-8777 Spyder Graphix 4-1158 Rocky Creek Road Ladysmith B.C. 778-322-3867 Straightline Graphics 2440 Arroyo Rd, Ladysmith B.C. 250-618-7677

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At the doorstep of the world-famous Gulf Islands archipelago, Ladysmith Marina will get you closer to inspired sailing, cruising, wildlife viewing and West Coast adventures. Plus, our Reciprocal Moorage Program gives our customers free access to all four of our Vancouver Island marinas: Oak Bay Marina, Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina, North Saanich Marina as well as Ladysmith.

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Ladysmith harbour is situated on the 49th Parallel and on the traditional territory of the Stz’uminus First Nation. The harbour is known for having some of the warmest waters on the west coast. Transfer Beach Park is at the head of the harbour. Visitors can sit and daydream while gazing at the water, watch seals, eagles, gulls and other wildlife, or listen to a Sunday night concert at the amphitheater, grab a bite to eat during the summer and

rent a kayak. Ladysmith harbour is still a working harbour although the emphasis has changed. Once tons of coal and the logs were shipped by boat from Slag Point but no longer. Now log sorts and sawmills dot the shore. Marinas, and oyster processing plants have replaced the coal industry. There are four lively marinas providing moorage, maintenance and servicing, yacht sales, charters and barge services.

Safe moorage in this protected harbour sees over 1,000 boats docked year round with thousands more visiting during the summer months to enjoy a stay in the harbour. Many visitors plan trips to our docks to enjoy events like Ladysmith Days and Arts on the Avenue or to travel downtown for pizza or a jaw stretching cinnamon bun, or to purchase groceries and to shop and stroll our friendly downtown.

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- Oyster Bay Café now open 7 days/week 8am - 3pm - Events: Heritage Boat Festival, Kids Pirate Day, Dine On The Dock - Harbour Tours - Wine, Craft Beer, Forest Tours - Heritage Vessels, Sea Life Viewing - Harbour Heritage Centre - Maritime Museum - Full Marina Services Clean Marine BC ! Certified! - Paddling Centre NEW T: 250 245 1146



We have the tools and know-how to keep you on the road! Full Service Mechanical Shop

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9 easy tips for keeping your vehicle maintained 1. Breathe Easier:

2. Keep Cool: Maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system and the proper coolant level is important and can potentially save you thousands in repairs. A cooling system failure can result in your engine literally melting down.

hicle, the tires, fuel economy can be affected and more importantly it is a major safety issue. Check tire pressure regularly.

Change a vehicle’s oil and filter on a regular basis. Other fluids and filters also need 4. Fully regular mainteEn-Gauged: nance. Changing your air filter helps If there is a probyour car breathe lem with your oil easier and the enpressure, cooling gine lasts longer. system or even If your air filter tire pressure on is clogged, your the latest vehicles, 3. Pressure engine will not your car’s gauges perform properly. Check: will tell you – pay An air filter clog Not keeping your attention to them will hurt your fuel economy and can tires at the right and see your meimmediharm the engine inflation pressure chanic over the long term. is hard on the ve- ately.

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Strategies for a happier and healthier you Get Enough Sleep:

The study shows that that you consume, the better fants usually need an average of 8-10 hours of sleep women who exercised for you will look and feel,” (Sa45 minutes a day (over a mantha Heller, MS, RD, cliniBelieve it or not getting per night. three day period) had cells cal nutritionist at NYU Medienough sleep can make a big that showed reduced signs cal Center). Exercise: difference in staying healthy. A good way to think about of aging in comparison to The medical profession eating is the more food in We all know that we are women who were inactive. has noted that not getting Exercise also allows in- your body over time equals enough sleep can increase supposed to exercise but the chances of heart attacks many of us may not know creased blood circulation weight gain and the more and is a major factor in in- food out than in essentially and high blood pressure. why. Exercising 30 minutes a creased vitality, avoiding equals weight loss. Lack of sleep can significantTry and balance your food ly lower you immune system day increases brain chemi- heart attacks and strokes. intake daily to keep at a and cause a number of other cals such as dopamine, serohealthy weight. Eat lots of Eat the Right Foods: tonin and norepinephrine. serious health problems. vegetables, fruit and try to All these brain chemicals If that is not enough – sleep As the old saying goes – we stay away from junk foods deprivation can also slow are associated with stress are what we eat. But what such as soda drinks potato an individual’s mental pro- reduction. In other words, exercise is exactly does that old cliché chips. cesses making he/she more Avoid foods with dyes, satlikely to make mistakes at a great way to manage your mean? Everything you eat tasks such as operating a daily stresses. An interest- becomes a part of not only urated fats and high fructose ing 2010 study out of the Uni- your inner being, but the sugars. Research concludes motor vehicle. The average adult needs at versity of California focused outer fabric of your body as that 70 per cent of your immune system resides within least 8 – 8 1/2 hours of sleep on women who exercised well. The healthier the foods are the gastrointestinal tract. per night. Children and in- regularly every day.

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Regular Doctor & Dental Visits:

ing your dentist on regular examinations is he/she can detect oral cancer or gum Regular doctor exami- disease. According to the Canadian nations can help identify Academy of Periodontola problem before it can ogy there is a definite link pose as a significant health between gum disease and threat. diabetes. With modern medical science advancements, your Hand Washing and Doctor has a good chance Hygiene: of diagnosing a disease at the infant stages. One of the most imporThe benefits of finding tant things to help keep you an anomaly in the body at healthy and prevents the its early stages are your chances for a successful spread of germs is washing treatment or a cure is con- your hands. Many viruses such as the siderable increased. By taking the initiative for rhinovirus (common cold) regular health exams, you can survive on most surhave started to take steps faces for up to 48 hours or to possibly living longer even longer. Washing your hands takes and a happier healthy life. Regular dental checkups approximately 20 seconds are vital in keeping healthy. or singing Happy Birthday One of the benefits in see- twice.

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The ultimate Ladysmith history quiz

In what year did the Candy Bar War take place? 1947

Where was the first office of the Ladysmith Board of Trade? On 28A Roberts Street. It was built by Dan Nicholson in 1903 for the first manager of the Bank of Commerce, John Stewart. Stewart was for many years the Secretary for the Board of Trade. It is almost directly across the street from today’s office for the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. Who was Ladysmith’s first mayor? John Coburn (June 16 1904) He had also been an E&N train conductor and opened Ladysmith’s first lumber yard.

Who came up with the name “Saltaire” for South Oyster? Eleanor Southin, Postmistress, submitted this suggestion in a contest sponsored by the E&N Railway in 1910 to replace the name ‘South Oyster. “Saltaire” was her family home in England. No one is quite sure why the E&N dropped the ‘e’.

Nation traditional lands. hockey. In 2007 Ladysmith was inWhat was the name of cluded in the Guinness Book unofficial of World Records because it Ladysmith’s sponsored the largest street “Main Street” in 1911? Esplanade Avenue which hockey tournament in the is the area in front of world. Ladysmith Town Hall. This Where is “Shell Beach”? was Ladymith’s busiest Northeast of Transfer street in the early part of Beach in the Yellow Point the 20th century with many area. It is now the site of El- hotels and businesses on the liott’s Beach Park. At least west side and the E&N RailWhy is the Bayview Road six Coast Salish longhouses way on the waterfront side of the Island Highway. area known as “Mush Al- were once located here. ley”? What hotel in Ladysmith What is the At one time many Scottish families lived on or near this Hul’qumi’num name for was moved so that the back door is now the main road. Scots like oatmeal for Shell Beach? Thuq’mi’n was the name entrance? breakfast and even fried oatThe Ladysmith Hotel (now given to a major village in meal for lunch or dinner. the Kuleet Bay area which unoccupied) was moved “Harrington’s Pond” is includes Shell Beach. This from the East side of the is still a major cultural and street and placed with the now the site of ? Save-On-Foods (Corona- administrative centre for the main entrance facing the tion Mall). This was where SFN. This is an important harbour. locals skated or played part of the Stz’uminus First Continued on Page 24

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There is always something going on :

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New show each month

Art classes

Art Critiques

Speakers each month

Art magazine

Gift shop

Art events and tours

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250-924-0658 LADYSMITH LEGION #171 AUXILIARY We are looking for women and men to become new members of the Ladysmith Legion Auxiliary. Membership is OPEN TO ALL PERSONS eighteen or older. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. upstairs at the Legion. The Ladysmith Legion Auxiliary is an integral facet of the Legion and provides support to many local organizations. See our website:



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LADYSMITH NEWCOMERS CLUB Newcomers is an activities-based social club designed to welcome new residents to the area. The club offers fun opportunities to share common interests and learn about Ladysmith and the Island with the goal of having fun and making new friendships. Visit our website:

Ladysmith Lions Club Since 1941

Everybody welcome the Lions Open House Ladysmith Seniors Centre, 639 – 2nd Ave, Ladysmith March 18, 2017; 1-3 pm Learn about our past; Be part of our Future Contact Jim Masyk 250-245-4049

Ladysmith & District Historical Society Ladysmith is rich in the historical contributions of a diverse and changing population. Whether you have lived here your whole life or are a newcomer, the Historical Society has something for you.

Contact us: Tel: (250) 245-0100

Our History Our Legacy Your Legion

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Anyone can Join Become a member today Phone 250 245 2273

630 - 2nd Ave, Ladysmith 250-245-3079

We L❤ve Ladysmith Working and contributing to kids, families and everyone in the community is what we do best!... and having fun while we do it is our reward!

... we want you to as well.

Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month. Call 250-245-2263 or 250-245-2912 for information.


Entering our sixth year of operation at 721 First Avenue, the museum will be open from May to October. Our hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from noon till 4pm. Ladysmith Museum emphasizes women’s roles and their participation in local history. We provide Private Tours to residents, businesses and non-profit organizations year around by request. The museum is volunteer-run and we are always looking for new volunteers as hosts, to assist with projects, and other jobs. Contact us at our website: or contact Shanon at 250-924-8809.


Children’s Toys & Clothing

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Provides Assisted Living and Supportive Services within a safe, secure, comfortable and welcoming accommodation.

For more information call Dawn Phone: 250-245-1016 Email: Web: 1211 Cloke Rd, Ladysmith V9G 2B6 La Rosa is situated in a lovely setting, and is conveniently located within beautiful Ladysmith British Columbia on the East Coast of Vancouver Island - with many professional, financial, social and other community services and amenities. La Rosa Gardens recognizes the individuality and independence of its residents; we have designed services and programs that cater to the diverse interests of our residents; they can relax, entertain friends and family, stay fit, socialize, pursue interests and hobbies.

We offer exceptional value, spacious Bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Call today for availability and special offers. Management and staff support residents to maintain their independence but do not provide care.

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If you are a local or a visi- warmest customer ser- the end of the road. Busi- ting, Ladysmith is a great tor, Ladysmith has some- vice on Vancouver Is- nesses are very happy to place for great deals. You thing special to offer in land, Ladysmith offers an make things right with the usually can get a better shopping and amenities. unique shopping experi- customer. deal if you are talking to Here are some of the rea- ence. Retailers are more With the Town of the decision maker (busisons why it makes sense to than happy to spend the Ladysmith being primarily ness owner). The business shop in Ladysmith. extra time to go over im- comprised of small busi- owner can also take the portant product informa- nesses, a person can al- time to guide you through Unique Shopping Ex- tion. If you have any prob- ways find something truly different product selecperience: lems with anything there different in Ladysmith. A tions and help find the one Offering some of the is always a friendly face at lot of the products are lo- that fits your needs. cally made and are not found in any of the big box Money Helps Support stores. Ladysmith offers Community Initiatives: the consumer a choice to Every dollar spent stays find products that are dis- in Ladysmith. A lot of tinctive and exclusive. local businesses in the community donate money One Shop Stop: to charity and the many Ladysmith offers all ma- non-profit organizations. jor amenities making it The money that stays in a great place to do a one Ladysmith also benefits stop shop. Not only does it children in sports and after offer a numerous choice of school activities. Finally shops, but Ladysmith also the money initially spent offers a ton of non-profit in Ladysmith has a kind services. This unique of “pay it forward effect.” town also has some very The Ladysmith Chamber talented artists and work of Commerce estimates can usually be purchased that every dollar spent in directly from the artist. Ladysmith comes back three fold. In other words, Great Comparable every dollar spent has the Prices: potential to be a three dolWith the small town set- lar benefit to Ladysmith.

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Cowichan’s only community gallery right here in town

The Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery is located on the upper floor of an old machine shop on Oyster Bay Drive and draws upwards of 10,000 people annually. It is also the only community gallery in the Cowichan Valley. SUBMITTED PHOTO Art is Here! This is your a portion of the building The Arts Council is run by Check out their website at Gallery. The Arts Council to the Art Gallery in turn volunteers dedicated to de- www.ladysmithwaterfrontof Ladysmith and District for $1.00/year. The art- liver and support art to the for more inforis located at 610 Oyster Bay ists scrubbed years of dirt community through exhibi- mation or drop by open 12 Drive. from the windows, painted tions, and education. noon – 4 p.m. Eleven years ago, the Town walls, and created a space of Ladysmith handed over to hang art. a portion of the upper floor With just a handful of of the old machine shop on members and 22 stairs to Oyster Bay Drive. the second floor gallery Originally built by Dun- was born. Fast forward 11 Framing Local Original Art Unique Gifts smuir for the coal industry, years the gallery boosts, Expert advice, 1000’s of frames, huge old growth timbers what it is now the only helping you frame the things you value. logged from the Ladysmith community gallery in the hills are the framework for Cowichan Valley. 421 - First Ave. the building. There is always something Ladysmith Railway tracks remain going on here. Hosting 12 250-245-0011 on the lower level of the member show a year and building. If you are a his- up to 11 private member tory buff, love the railway shows a year visitors will or the logging industry, and not be disappointed. art, you need to visit the Emerging artists display Looking for Art Lessons? Let you imagination Soar. Machine Shop. It is unique beside talented career on Vancouver Island. With artists. This provides inBarry Strasbourg-Thompson BFA the end of the coal mining teresting and free visual industry the building was entertainment for our comBarry Strasbourg-Thompson is a used for the logging indus- munity. Vancouver Island Artist. Art teacher try and when that failed the Open almost every day, Art coach. CEO who creates building was used for busi- up to 10,000 people visited "Paradise" artworks. ness start-ups. But that too the gallery last year to view failed and the building lay and buy art. If you are an fallow for many years. art collector this is a place 250.246.4093 A group of dedicated art- to add to your collection. ists convinced the Town What to buy? What you 9839 Fir Street, PO 142, Chemainus, of Ladysmith to turn over like, of course.

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Stable interest rates good for the economy Interest rates remain at historic lows which is the ideal situation for growing the Canadian economy, says Ladysmith & District Credit Union (LDCU) CEO John de Leeuw. “While rates have remained at historic lows for several years now, they’ve been stable,” de Leeuw said. “Stable rates are the best thing for our economy. Quickly rising or quickly declining rates play havoc on our economic system.” The rates have also meant historically low margins for financial institutions, with only a recent bump in mortgage rates. De Leeuw said the domestic economy continues to have the most influence on the Bank of Canada. The Bank’s key interest rate remains at 0.5 per cent and the latest report projects Canada’s GDP growth in 2017 and 2018 will be 2.1 per cent. South of the border, the U.S. economy has been booming in more recent months leading to a quarter per cent interest rate hike to 0.75 per cent late

last year. The Canadian economy, by comparison, is not operating at the same capacity as the U.S. “There is room for it to continue to grow... we’re a raw material economy so exports is what drives us,” de Leeuw said. The Bank of Canada would instead like to see the value of the Canadian dollar drop in order to make domestic exports more attractive, he added. “When the interest rate in the U.S. goes up their dollar gets stronger,” he said. As a result, the Canadian dollar is weakened and the Bank would look to cut interest rates, if at all. “They would make that move reluctantly, I believe, but all of the talk now is that there’s not going to be a rate increase before 2018,” de Leeuw noted. “The best possible outcome we could have for a situation that our country has never seen is for rates to up slowly, giving people, businesses and financial institutions times to adjust.”

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Renovation Blues: Choosing the right contractor Renovations can be a daunting task. Do you try and complete the renovation yourself or go through the process of choosing a contractor. Facing the renovation yourself usually ends up costing you twice the amount of money. Once to buy all the materials to try and attempt the renovation yourself and then hiring a contractor to actually complete the job. Choose Someone Who You Can Work With: A good way to find a contractor you can trust is your circle of friends. Renovations are a common thing and certainly there is usually someone within your circle that can guide you to a reputable contractor. Once you have your suggestions from your friends go and meet the contractor face to face. The contractor will be in your home and, in a sense, part of your family for the next little while. Most importantly, make sure it is someone that you can work with and has the same vision.

Always Choose a Contractor who is Licensed, Bondable and Insured: A contractor’s license is a big deal. Contractors are licensed through an examination based on building processes and codes. Having a contractor with a license also ensures that if anything goes wrong with the renovation ---- he/ or she will make it right. Make sure you get the contractor’s license upon hiring. If the contractor does not possess insurance any potential accident with potentially be on you. That’s right, if the contractor for example falls and hurts themselves without insurance --- you would be liable. Also, if the contractor royally messes up and causes damage to your house or even your neighbour’s house. Make sure that you ask before hiring if the contractor is bonded and insured. Choose a contractor who is specialized: With all the different building codes it is important to consider hiring a contractor who is specialized in the renova-

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Who was in town on Nov. 21, 1900? Continued from Page 12 What is the significance of the street clock near the Royal Bank on First Avenue? This was the clock from longtime Ladysmith business Knight’s Hardware. The store burned down in 1981. Only the clock is left to mark the location. Who was Danny Kulai and why was he famous? [The answer is not “He was John’s son” or “for owning the Dairy Queen!”] Dan Kulai was a National class soccer player from Ladysmith who went on to become the first football (soccer) referee in Canada to receive his International accreditation with FIFA.

Who recently wrote a book on the Who stayed at the Horseshoe Bay history of the Ladysmith Credit Hotel on November 21, 1900? John Union? Dr. Patrick Dunae from the Uni- D. Rockefeller, visiting in connection versity of Victoria with his timber rights behind Ladysmith. What is the street address of the Ladysmith Museum? 721 First Avenue. What is the name of the street between Roberts and White Streets in Ladysmith? Baden Powell Street What is the number on the locomotive being restored in town? #11 Many homes and businesses in Ladysmith originally came from what two communities? Wellington and Extension

What location in Ladysmith was originally the site of the Grand Hotel, but later served as a police station, jail, public library and a baby clinic? 410 Esplanade - the location of our present day Town Hall. The following quiz was provided by the Ladysmith & District Historical Society. Special thanks to Rob Johnson, Bonnie Weicz, Shanon McKibbin and Ed Nicholson for the suggestions and input.

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