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Wind fails to extinguish the lights Stormy weather scares away some, but Festival of Lights proceeds as planned

er on the numbers, but not on the spirit of those who came out for the 24th annual Light Up. Vancouver Island was hit with heavy wind and rain on event day last Thursday. A number of floats missed the parade due to the weather, and ferries were cancelled to and from the Christopher Sun Island. THE CHRONICLE A possible cancellation of the fireworks was averted The weather put a damp-

“Considering everything, Simard, 6, about the fireat the last minute as the sored by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union it was probably one of the works and parade. “It wind died down briefly. “I think we did very, very at a cost of more than most successful,” he said. was cold and I had to put well,” said festival emcee $10,000. He estimated “Considering how the day on mitts and I used the a n d m a j o r o r g a n i z e r the turnout to be about shaped up and the weath- umbrella.” Duck Paterson, who had 13,000 people, down from er being doom and gloom. Her mother, Aleasha to change three times the usual 20,000. About “And the volunteers, they agreed. because he kept getting 61 floats made it into the were amazing for showing “It was good, we thought it soaked by the rain. “It was parade. up.” was better than last year’s,” amazing.” Even with the lower turnThe lights and fireworks she said. “It was too loud Paterson said it would out and constant stress of were a hit for the kids, though, I prefer fireworks have been a shame to the weather, Paterson had even with cold and damp that’s not too loud.” have cancelled the fire- nothing negative to say weather. works, which are spon- about this year’s event. “I liked it,” said Ryelee See Warm fuzzies Page 14

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Huge leaf has boy bidding for record book Christopher Sun THE CHRONICLE


Joshua Persson, 9, with a giant maple leaf he believes may be the biggest leaf in the world.

An interesting find during a Sunday walk at grandma’s insistence may land a Ladysmith boy a spot in Guinness World Records. Joshua Persson, 9, along with his brother Jordan, 5, and their grandmother Virginia were at Gourlay-Janes Park on November 13. It wasn’t something the boys wanted to do initially. “I told them it’s a no computer day,” Virginia said. “They had to go out with grandma.” The three walked along the beach near Virginia’s house and then headed to the park when the tide started coming in. The boys then noticed all the leaves that had fallen during a windstorm the previous day. That is when a huge maple leaf caught Joshua’s eye. “I saw it on a branch and then it fell off,” Joshua said. “I thought it was pretty big and decided to keep it.”

That leaf measured 23 inches across and 19 inches long, not including the stem. The largest maple leaf currently recorded by Guinness World Records is 20.86 inches wide and 20.55 inches long. It was found by a family in Richmond, B.C., in December 2010. “Joshua’s is wider, but theirs is longer,” Persson said. “I’m not sure if they included the stem or not and if Guinness would measure by surface size.” To a p p l y f o r a n entry into Guinness, Virginia needs to supply a picture of the leaf and have a declaration signed by two people of “high standing” in the community. Virginia is pressing the leaf to preserve it and plans to go through the application process. “Even if they send a rejection letter, it will still be an experience for Joshua,” Virginia added. By coincidence, G u i n n e s s Wo r l d records day was Nov. 17.

Town considers bond to protect business from film crews Council expected to revamp entire policy in response to concerns most recent crews disrupted downtown shops Christopher Sun THE CHRONICLE

Requiring filmmakers to put up a $20,000 bond will help minimize impact on local businesses, says the mayor. Town council is planning to update its 11-year-old film production policy after local business complained of being negatively impacted during a two-day film shoot in August on First Avenue and High Street. Complaints of customer access to businesses being limited and

workers having difficulty getting to work business because they had no prior warning,” said Coun. Steve Arnett, describing were lodged. “Our policy right now is what’s in the best one of the problems that happened during interest for the town, but it doesn’t speak the production in Ladysmith. “I would supto businesses,” said Mayor Rob Hutchins, port a small surety.” “The surety has potential,” said Coun. during last Monday’s council meeting. “We Jillian Dashwood. need to provide protection to them.” However, Coun. Lori Evans was conThe $20,000 amount was something Hutchins said he was just “throwing out cerned that such a high amount would there.” He said having some kind of bond discourage smaller film productions. “Setting a $20,000 bond limits access,” is needed to ensure production crews don’t abuse their authority after getting a Evans said, citing independent producers would not be able to afford such an filming permit. The money would either be refunded amount. “You’re missing out on a market or distributed to businesses negatively which kind of defeats the artisan commuaffected, who were not consulted with. nity that we are trying to uphold.” Ladysmith Downtown Business This bond idea received support from Association president Jenna Forster said most councillors. “My understanding was that they (film- during the last production, some businessmakers) had actually gone and set up es had their doors blocked, were forced to their backdrop without consultation to a remove their sandwich boards and there particular business, and that business lost was lack of communication and consulta-

tion. “I believe the businesses would be in support of this,” Forster said about having a bond. “There are businesses that don’t approve of films coming to Ladysmith, but in general, businesses are in support of it. “There just needs to be a respect of those businesses and remuneration for any income loss.” The town asked the LDBA to come forward with recommendations to mitigate problems in the future. Council passed a motion to invite Film Cowichan, which promotes film production in the Cowichan Valley, next year for a presentation about filming. It is expected council will then direct staff to work on updating the current film production policy. Film production in Ladysmith has occurred every two years since 2005.

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Ladysmith poised to start collecting used cooking oil to feed biodiesel plant in Duncan Christopher Sun THE CHRONICLE

19TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 7:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre 630 Second Avenue Upper Meeting Room We cordially invite any and all interested persons to attend. Refreshments provided. For further information please call 250-245-3079 Memberships will be available at the door and will be required for voting on Association Business.

You can soon add used cooking oil to what can be recycled in Ladysmith. Town council has approved the spending of $2,900 to set up a residential vegetable oil collection kiosk in Ladysmith. A location has not been confirmed yet, but when it opens, used cooking oil and grease will be collected at the local facility and then trucked to Bings Creek, where it will be processed into biodiesel. “This is a new thing in the Cowichan Valley,” said Mayor Rob Hutchins. “A fair amount goes to waste and we are going to start collecting it to make better use of that.” Duncan-based Cowichan Energy Alternatives opened their biodiesel plant this past

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The Improv Team at Ladysmith Secondary School held its annual show last weekend to raise money for upcoming competitions. Here, one of the teams creates a scene explaining the history of the Snuggie blanket while their peers react to their on-the-fly performance. NIOMI PEARSON/CHRONICLE

Trolley rides take dramatic drop in wake of new fees Christopher Sun

released the October trolley schedule be tweaked, to betbus report during last Monday’s ter serve residents. THE CHRONICLE government services commit- “The map needs to be revisIf you charge them, they will tee meeting. For the month, ited,” said Coun. Lori Evans. not come. $665.28 was collected in fares “Some individuals can’t make That seems to be the reason and $267.26 was collected from heads and tails of the colour why ridership on Ladysmith’s the sale of monthly passes. co-ordinating.” trolley has gone down 45 Hutchins wondered if the Coun. Jillian Dashwood sugper cent from September to change in season, weather and gested that the bus run to October. Riding the local bus the current routes may have Coronation Square every hour was free until a new fare struc- also played a factor to the drop, instead of the current every ture started on Oct. 1. Adult in addition to the new fares. two hours. fare is $2 and students’ and Last month, Ladysmith Trolley Hutchins added the town seniors’ fare is $1. carried 1,024 passengers, down gets advice from B.C. Transit “I am disappointed with the from 1,861 in September. In in improving and running the drop of users since we intro- August, the monthly passen- bus service. He also said that duced a fee structure,” said ger count was 2,216, and 2,017 the provincial transit authority Mayor Rob Hutchins. “We’re in July. has said there is no budget for taking a long hard look at it.” Other councillors suggested them to add new bus routes The Town of Ladysmith that the current routes and until 2013.

There were a total of Ladysmith 55 calls for service over this period of time. To RCMP news date, 3,696 incidents Dec. 28 to have been reported to Jan. 3 the detachment (3,920 Provided by for the same period in Ladysmith 2010). RCMP Wednesday, Nov. 16 ❱ A local business reported a fraudulent use of a credit card. On Nov. 14, a male called a n d o r d e r e d s o m e Someone cut the copparts. He stated that he per tubing from their lived at another loca- propane tanks that tion and would be in to feed the heaters for the pick them up. He called buildings. back a short while later, Thursday, Nov. 17 once the card purchase ❱ With the drop in temhad gone through, and peratures, a number of advised that he could traffic accidents were not pick up the parts reported on Cedar Road, and would have a cou- Ye l l o w P o i n t R o a d rier pick them up. This and the Trans-Canada male then arranged for Highway. Fortunately, an express company to no one was seriously pick up the parts, COD, injured. and drop them at their ❱ A report of a residenstore in Coquitlam for tial alarm was received him to pick up. A male in the 4900 block of attended the location, Brenton Page Road. A picked up the parts B&E was confirmed by and left. On Nov. 16, the owner. A Sony 42” the male called again flat screen television, and ordered the same Acer laptop computer parts again. As a result and jewellery such as of good work of an silver rings were stolen. employee, it was deter- Point of entry was the mined that it was a front door panel, which fraudulent use of a card. was kicked. The culprit The process contin- then reached inside to ued, and when the two unlock the door. The males attended to pick offence was between up the items, they were 9:30 and 10:55. met and arrested by the Friday, Nov. 18 Coquitlam RCMP. ❱ An individual was ❱ An employee of traveling southbound Va n c o u v e r I s l a n d on Hwy #1 near Grouhel University called to Road in the slow lane. report that sometime A second driver drove overnight someone their vehicle in front stole copper tubing of the vehicle in an from their site at the attempt to make a lefte n d o f N i n a t t i R d . hand turn on Highway

#1 northbound from Grouhel Road. This resulted in a collision. A Motor Vehicle Act charge is being contemplated. Sunday, Nov. 20 ❱ An individual reported that a prowler had climbed a ladder against the bedroom window and looked inside the house. The incident occurred in the 3000 block of Hallberg Road. A family member yelled out, and the prowler jumped off the ladder and took off running towards Hallberg Road. Monday, Nov. 21 ❱ A B&E was reported into Frank Laird Automotive on Rocky Creek Road. A vehicle was stolen from the premises and recovered shortly after in the community and had not been damaged. ❱ Sometime between Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m., a mobile park home that houses employees was broken into. Entry was gained by breaking a side window to the unit. The culprit(s) then climbed into the trailer where three Toshiba laptops were stolen. The business will now be removing all laptops at the conclusion of the work day to prevent similar incidents. ❱ A vehicle was damaged on Malone Rd. A male was later located and arrested, and several charges have been recommended. The male was held for court.

Hall rejection leaves North Oyster firefighters in limbo CVRD has no backup plan and director not interested in pushing fresh vote on tired area voters

fire halls. “We added. “I am pretty sure this project will Marcotte Quoted in the Chronicle have studies not get cheaper.” said she that say so and interpreted Meanwhile, the final figure for the Doing nothing about the current there is a huge defeated North Oyster fire halls referenthe results as building is not really an option. s e r v i c e g a p dum is 348 to 251. meaning the between the majority does A review conducted by Cowichan Valley I am pretty sure this project will not not want to areas (North Regional District chief election officer get cheaper pay for a new O y s t e r a n d Kathleen Harrison last Tuesday found fire hall, even Coffin Point).” eight of the 607 ballots cast were in violaNorth Oyster fire chief Jason De Jong though they De Jong also tion of a section in the Local Government Christopher Sun know the curheard voters Act and had to be rejected. THE CHRONICLE rent one needs rejected the “They were rejected because they were There is no plan B to replace North to be replaced. She plans to discuss with referendum because of the taxation identifiable,” said Harrison, explaining method. Instead of charging a tax based chief election officers must preform a Oyster’s decrepit fire hall anytime soon. CVRD staff about other options. However, with fire hall and referendum on assessment, property owners were determination of election results before On Nov. 19, a proposal to borrow up to $3.03 million to replace North Oyster’s fatigue now setting in the community, going to be charged a $248.96 annual voting figures are finalized. “I have to uphold this section of the fire hall and build a second one at Coffin she won’t be rushing for a solution. Her parcel tax over 20 years. Nonetheless, the fire chief said the act.” Point was defeated 348-251. This was the biggest concern after the results came in community remains stuck with a fire hall Things likewriting yes or no in addition second rejection by local residents, as a was for the volunteer firefighters. “It was devastating for them,” Marcotte that does not meet any current building to, or instead of, just filling in the box on proposal using the alternative approval explained. “There is going to be a morale code or safety standards and has no a ballot is grounds for rejection. So are process was defeated in 2008. space for training or amenities such as careless marks outside the circle, where “I don’t see anything in the near future,” problem.” North Oyster fire chief Jason De Jong showers. voters mark their preference. said Cowichan Valley Regional District He said something still needs to be The figure released right after the Nov. Area H director Mary Marcotte. “It took and his firefighters were disappointed done, and inflation will just increase the 19 referendum was 354 to 253. a long time to get to where we were. All with the results. “There is a need for both,” De Jong said, price tag in the future. The cost of the referendum has not of it has to be passed through the CVRD “Doing nothing about the current build- been determined yet, but is estimated board and the board has to be convinced explaining that he heard from voters who were against the cost of building two ing is really not an option,” De Jong to be between $5,000 and $10,000. of a positive answer.”

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NOTICES & NEWS Council Meeting Schedule Council Meetings Public Dialogue with Council Government Services Committee Mayor’s Open Door – City Hall City Hall (410 Esplanade) Business Hours Corner of Esplanade and Roberts St.

Monday, December 5th , at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, December 19th, at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 5th Cancelled Monday, December 19th at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Except statutory holidays

STATUTORY HOLIDAY / OFFICE CLOSURES City Hall and Public Works will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23rd and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The Frank Jameson Community Centre Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1. Please call the FUNN line at 250.245.6425 during the Holidays for the Holiday Schedule.

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Dog Licences Dog owners are reminded that 2012 dog tags will be available starting December 1st. The Town offers a discount for early purchase. Fees are as follows: Price Prior to February 1st Price as of February 1st Neutered / Spayed $20 $30 Not Neutered or Spayed $30 $40 Licences (tags) are available at City Hall, 410 Esplanade during regular office hours, at Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 6th Avenue and Little Rascals Pet Store – 416 First Avenue.

SNOW REMOVAL In the event of a snowfall, the Town of Ladysmith will be responsible for clearing “heavily traveled” sidewalks along First Avenue and Dogwood Drive. For all other areas, property owners and residents are reminded that a Town Bylaw requires you to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your premises. Removal should take place no later than 10 a.m. on each day of a snowfall. This will greatly assist and ensure the safety of the elderly and those with limited mobility. The Town will make every effort to keep major arterial and collector streets open and clear snow from as many residential streets as possible. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our streets safe.

GARBAGE / RECYCLING COLLECTION Garbage / Recycling pick up days will move forward two days following the Christmas and Boxing Day statutory holidays (observed on December 26th and 27th). 2012 Garbage schedules are on the sheet you got for 2011 and were delivered at the end of last year. If you need a new schedule you can pick one up at City Hall or Frank Jameson Community Centre. You can also find your schedule on the Town’s NEW website at: our-services/garbage-recycling

THIRD QUARTER UTILITY BILLS- DUE DECEMBER 14TH AT 4:00 P.M. Utility bills for July to September have been mailed. If you haven’t received your bill, or have any questions about your bill, please call 250.245.6414, ext. 6206. Any amounts outstanding after December 14th will be charged a penalty of 10%. Please ensure you pay prior to the due date to avoid the penalty. *Note* As per statutory requirement, outstanding utility fees not paid by December 31, 2011 will be transferred to property tax arrears.

HOMEOWNER GRANT If you have not already done so, December 31st is the deadline to claim your homeowner grants for 2010 (retroactive) and 2011. Please email for more information.

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Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture – December 2011 Registered Wet: Aqua Adult Swim Lessons (beginner or skills improvement) Watch your mailbox for the Winter 2012 Active Living Guide! (if you do not receive it, let the Canada Post clerks know you would like to!) Drop-In Dry: Cardio Circuit; Strength Plus; Abs Express; Retro Robics; Saturday Spin; Fitness Lite; Yoga Fitness; Drop-In Spin; Co-ed Sports: Breakfast with Santa at the Aggie Hall, Saturday December 3 – Tickets $5, Indoor Soccer; Pickleball; space permitting, you may pay a drop in fee for children under 2 free. Rotary pancake breakfast, crafts, Santa sing-along and registered fitness programs (phone to check at 250.245.6424) pictures with Santa. Registered Dry: Spin; Bootcamp and Morning Bootcamp; TRX Bosu Christmas Dive In Cinema at the pool Friday, December 16, 6:30 – 9:00 Combo; Classical Yoga p.m.; showing “Deck The Halls” bring your favourite float toy, relax, and enjoy the show! PRESCHOOL

Public works passes torch Christopher Sun THE CHRONICLE

The Town of Ladysmith will have a new director of infrastructure in the new year as the current director is retiring. John Manson will will be taking over for Joe Friesenhan, who has held the position for 13 years. Manson comes to Ladysmith after working five years as the city engineer in Langford. His first day will be January 3. “We want to thank Joe and wish him a long and happy retirement,” said city manager Ruth Malli. Friesenhan, 64, has worked in engineering for 37 years. At one time he thought about working past 65, but a life-changing event finalized his decision. “I had a stroke last year and that was an eye-opener,” Friesenhan said, adding that he has recovered and is fine. “I’ve seen guys retire late and then a couple of weeks later, they were gone.” Friesenhan started his career working in Lloydminster, Alberta in 1981. He went on to Camrose, Parkland and Fort Nelson in northeast B.C. before making his final move to Ladysmith. “The first time I came to the Island was in 1972 and I thought that at some point in my life I will want to come back, to move here,” Friesenhan recalled. “The Island is my life. I will be staying in Ladysmith.” He said he stuck with small towns because it allowed him to wear many hats, which meant he had something different to do each day. The director of infrastructure position in Ladysmith manages a staff of 20 people and oversees public works, engineering, utilities, parks maintenance, garbage collection, building permits, inspections and the cemetery. Friesenhan officially retires in May, which is when he turns 65. However, his last day in the office will be in December due to the amount of banked vacation and overtime he is owed. He plans to spend his retirement travelling and kayaking with his wife, Laura, and visiting Alberta more where his four sons, one granddaughter and one grandson all live. “I may still do some irregular contract work,” Friesenhan said. “Not because I have to, but because it keeps you involved and I may do some volunteering.” “My brother and sister are both retired and they said they are busier now than before they retired,” he added. “Those are the ones who make it (into old age).”


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the spending of up to $14,500 to redo the Ladysmith website. THE CHRONICLE The contract was put to tender, Ladysmith has a new website, and and the winning bid came from feedback has been positive so far. Vancouver’s Graphically Speaking. The new site “What we really liked was the was launched Nov. 17. content management,” Winter said, It has the town’s new logo, which adding that there was a local bidder was approved at council’s Nov. 7 who wasn’t successful. meeting, and Heritage by the Sea “It gives us so much more control. moniker predominately We can add and delete displayed on the top left pages, add content, Quoted in the Chronicle there’s a search feature, corner. The permanent backthings we didn’t have ground picture on each before.” page is a view of the “It looks great Ladysmith staff have water from the city. and it makes our spent months rewrit“It looks great and it copy and uploadcommunity look ing makes our community ing reports from the old beautiful.” look beautiful,” said site to this newer one. a d m i n i s t r a t i o n s e rThe goal was to have vices manager Joanna it launched before elecJoanna Winter, Winter. tion day on Nov. 19. Town of Ladysmith “So far, the people in Winter said she is the town are really likinterested in hearing ing it.” feedback from the City hall staff will be testing the community, as this website is the site, and a focus group will be con- official representation of Ladysmith ducted this week to get community in the online world. feedback. “We are anxious to have feedback,” New for this site is a section on Winter added. “We hope people sustainability and green living, enjoy it and we hope it meets the and business development. In the people’s needs.” near future, links to Facebook and City hall plans to officially YouTube will be added. announce the site once testing is Earlier this year, council approved completed.

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Changes are coming to the way people comment on our articles. Like our fellow Black Press newspapers, the LadysmithChemainus Chronicle is switching to Facebook’s commenting platform. Beginning Dec. 1, we will move away from anonymous commenting at and focus on Facebook. For the last few years, as our website and others have garnered more attention, some readers have raised concerns about one issue in particular — the fact we allow visitors to post anonymous comments. Our community newspapers don’t print anonymous letters, yet we’ve allowed our websites to become a place where people can hide their identity while occasionally taking shots at one another. Starting Dec. 1, that policy will change. People will only be able to comment by using their Facebook account, which means their name — and often even their photograph — will be linked to the statements they post. This new approach won’t be perfect. People without a Facebook account won’t be able to participate in online discussions. For those of you who choose not to create a Facebook account, remember we will continue to run Letters to the Editor in print — e-mail them to or fax 250-245-2260. Letters can also be mailed to the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle at 341-1st Ave., PO Box 400, Ladysmith, B.C., V9G 1A3. So, please continue to be a part of the discussion. Your comments are part of an important dialogue that enlivens and enriches civic life in our communities. If you have any questions about commenting, visit

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Have the new fees discouraged you from riding the Ladysmith Trolley? Vote online at This web poll is informal, not scientific. It reflects opinions of website visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public as a whole. Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here. Results from last week’s question Are you planning on being involved in this year’s Festival of Lights, either as a spectator or participant? Yes 47% No 52%

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YOUR WORDS “The exhaust smells like barbecue. It makes me hungry.” Brian Roberts, Page 4

Seniors’ health care an aging concern Over 70,000 people and their families in British Columbia are living with dementia and its effects. This has special resonance in our communities in NanaimoCowichan because we have a higher percentage of seniors living here than other parts of British Columbia. There are many challenges that go along with having a large seniors population: getting the right mix of services and finding strategies to help them age in their homes are two that we deal with regularly. But it is the health care needs of seniors that most people are starting to realize will dominate health care planning in the coming decades. And we can either have a reactive or a proactive plan. That is why New Democrats unveiled a bill for a National Dementia Strategy on Nov. 24. Over 500,000 Canadians are already affected by dementia and that number will double over the next decade. It was introduced by Claude


Gravelle, whose own mother, Leona, died from dementia-related causes. He said, “Long before her death at 83 in 2003, she first started forgetting appointments and things on the stove. It deteriorated to forgetting to take medication, to language loss, and changes in mood and behaviour. We were helpless watching a mild-mannered woman at times turn aggressive and seeing part of her true self slip away. My dad also suffered, learning to sleep with one eye open.” The Alzheimer Society of Canada warns that existing federal programs, research funding and supports are inadequate. They warn that the health, economic and social impacts of dementia will rapidly escalate as the baby boomer generation enters retirement. The New Democrat bill calls for immediate action to provide comprehensive long-term and commu-

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nity care options to support those living with chronic illness. Too often family members become isolated as they care for a loved one with dementia, so options for respite and support are necessary too. There will be 9.8 million Canadian seniors by 2036. That is why investments into programs and research on seniors’ health are needed now. According to the Alzheimer Society’s landmark report Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, released in 2010, without government action, dementia costs to the Canadian economy will increase tenfold – from $15 billion a year to $153 billion a year – over the next 30 years. The local chapter of the Alzheimer Society of BC will hold its annual Walk for Memories on Sun., Jan. 29, 2012 at Bowen Park in Nanaimo. For more information you can call 250-729-0904. This year’s walk is dedicated to caregivers.

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Editor: I am writing to express my disappointment in the failure of this much needed funding requirement to maintain our volunteer fire service facilities functuality. My family members have been property owners in North Oyster for 73 years, contributing to our community through property taxation and working on contentious issues on behalf of our friends and neighbours no matter what their political persuasion. The process leading up to the referendum had been fair, open and accessible to all residents, I partook in that process and although I had reservations in regard to costs, I took it upon myself to understand the consequences if naught were done, I bit the bullet, agreed to the plan and voted yes. Democracy took its course! The required upgrade goes unfunded. Now I have serious concerns. Does Worksafe BC force the fire hall replacement/upgrade through the regional district with minimal input from our community? The cost, whatever it should be, would be imposed on us. Do we possibly lose valued volunteer firefighters/ first responders over this due to loss of morale? They are at your door within minutes — the ambulance will be half an hour behind. I trust that in the forthcoming discussions on this matter the ‘no’ side will be able to appoint someone who will not only represent them but also be able to contribute meaningfully to the process instead of the past negativity. I also hope that the current volunteers will ‘stay the course’, not resign and help our community resolve the issue — you are valued and revered! It will be resolved.

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Moyra Dobson North Oyster resident Editor: Here are several reasons I actively opposed the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department Referendum. The CVRD paid for a study by a competent consulting firm and ignored their advice that stated a ‘new proposed building would just barely meet the existing needs of the North Oyster Volunteer Fire department’. And for this, the referendum wanted a commitment of $240 annually for 20 years. You do not plan a building that ‘just barely’ meets current needs and will need more money long before the twenty years are up. This does not represent medium or longterm planning or vision. The North Oyster fire district has six trucks and only three bays proposed. The present fire hall has, with several upgrades, lasted 60 years. The new fire hall, with only three truck bays, will not meet even present needs for the firefighters or the community. I have confidence that there are more additional alternatives that will succeed in new fire halls being built but it will require co-operation, openness and transparency by both the Fire Department and the CVRD board Area “H” Director and staff.

Bill Rathlef Ladysmith

Keith Wyndlow Ladysmith

Editor: The North Oyster Fire Hall referendum was defeated. Now what happens? Angry politics prevailed, and our volunteer firefighters will respond to fires and emergencies under very difficult conditions,

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conditions that will continue to deteriorate. Misinformation was spread, meetings were de-railed, and a most nasty assault on a democratic process: signs erected by our firemen were repeatedly torn down and destroyed. North Oyster can, as always, be proud of its firefighters. Those who subverted the process should be ashamed of themselves, and each one of us should ask what part we played in this unfortunate conclusion.

Remembrance Day remembered well Editor: Another Remembrance Day


Chemainus Secondary recently received a $1000 grant from B.C. Hydro for their commitment to energy conservation. The school will be using the money to install sensor lighting. Standing with the award is student Daniella Loscerbo and sponsor teacher Nancy Henry. has passed, with the citizens of Ladysmith again outdoing themselves by attending the Cenotaph to honour the Veterans of all the wars, and to remember the fallen. After an early morning rain, the sun came out, and just before 11 a.m., a rainbow appeared. On behalf of all the members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171, I would like to thank all the organizations and people who contributed to this year’s success. A special thank you goes to Salamander Books for their artful display of Korean war memorabilia. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for the use of the façade, and Blooms Florists for their display. Thank you to the branch members who assisted with laying wreaths and preparing poppy trays. We could not manage without the help of the cadets in the days prior to and during the remembrance service. To the colour party and the band, thank you for your participation at the cenotaph, at the Lodge on 4th, and at LaRosa Gardens. The donation of your time is greatly appreciated. Heartfelt thanks goes to the Ladysmith Rotary who once again sponsored the Veteran’s Dinner – for King and Country. A huge amount of thought, research and effort goes into preparing the program.

Lastly, thank you to all those, who by purchasing a poppy or wreath, or making a donation help support this very worthwhile cause. Karen Graczyk and Roy Empey Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 Editor: I would like to thank Tricia Pinkerton and the good folks at Salamander Books for the Korean War Memorial window. I know it would bring light to Canada’s forgotten war, and the 516 men who paid the ultimate price. As a Korean war veteran, it did for me. Thank you. C. H. Dockstader Ladysmith

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Daring to say no to drugs DARE program teaching local students consequences of substance abuse Niomi Pearson THE CHRONICLE

It’s a subject that some parents don’t like to broach with their children, but the Ladysmith RCMP is taking a proactive approach to educating kids about drugs and alcohol. Students in Grade 5 are currently participating in the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, a 10-week curriculum that will teach them facts about marijuana, alcohol and inhalants. They’ll learn about self esteem, the value of friendships, and making good choices by using the Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate decision making model. In the coming weeks, Grade 7 students will receive an advanced curriculum that focuses on social pressures, targeted marketing and refusal strategies such as ‘Keeping it REAL’ (Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave). “Ladysmith is one of the few communities in B.C. that’s going to get both curriculums,” said Cpl. Dave Cusson

RCMP drug and organized crime awareness co-ordinator, Central Island. “We’re very happy about that.” Ladysmith RCMP Const. Jo Anne Ruppenthal is a trained DARE officer and spends one hour a week with each class administering the program on top of her other duties with the detachment. “In a small town like this, a lot of kids feel like they’re bored and they don’t have anything to do so they get into bad or risky behaviour,” she said. “Giving them the tools at this early stage so they can practice it at a low level risk before they enter high school is a great opportunity.” While she doesn’t think drugs are an issue with youth in Ladysmith, it is an unavoidable fact that they are everywhere, Ruppenthal said. “It could be inside the home, it could be outside the home at a corner store with friends,” she said. She added a lot of kids are not aware of the consequences that come along with substance use.



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There are not many who have the privilege of serving on their local municipal council. I have had that honour for three years, and want to express my thanks to those of you who put your confidence in me in 2008 and again in 2011. I regret that I cannot return to the council table with your vision. I also want to thank a marvellous council and a staff that is second to none, every one of whom is utterly committed to Ladysmith. It has been immensely rewarding. I wish the incoming council continued success as it leads our town forward.

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The warm fuzzies keep the crowd coming back for more Festival from Page 1 Carson Mullin drove in from Chemainus. He said this was the first time he’s been to Light Up in about five years. “Coming back really gave me that warm feeling of Vancouver Island pride,” Mullin said. “It costs quite a bit of money to do all that and it was great.” Cole Battie is from Ladysmith, but drove up from Victoria, where he is studying. He said the driving condition was horrible because of the weather, but that wasn’t going to stop him. “I try hard to get here for this every year,” Battie said, adding that he had a great time. “I’m glad I made the trip.” RCMP Cpl. Doug Brayley said the crowd was well-behaved overall. Two young girls were arrested for shoplifting, one was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Lower Mainland and two people, who were under the influence, were arrested for causing a disturbance. “Other than that, everything went fairly well,” Brayley said, adding that there usually aren’t problems at this annual family event. “The liquor store closed early, which lost them business, but in turn it quelled a lot of potential problems from happening.” Paterson said the Festival of Lights committee and local businesses are well aware that next year is the silver anniversary for Light Up and there has already been talks that next year needs to be best. “We are very cognizant of it because of it being 25 years and the sponsors are aware of it,” Paterson said. “It’s something we are already talking about, that it has to be that much better and that much more special.” The lights illuminating downtown Ladysmith will continue shining every night until January 15.





Above, a lucky pair of kids snuggles with Santa during the Festival of Lights celebrations. Above right, a young girl tucks into some pasta and sauce during the Eagles Hall Spaghetti Dinner. Right, there was plenty of entertainment for spectators along First Avenue during Light Up.

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Light Up bonus puts a sparkle in her eyes Six-year courtship ends with a yes under the twinkling glow of a Festival of Lights audience Christopher Sun THE CHRONICLE

Usually it’s the lights and fireworks that light up people’s faces at Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights, but this year a marriage proposal did it first. Mike Morgan proposed to his girlfriend of almost six years, Avegail Walker, on the main stage at about 5:30 p.m. in front of friends, family and a whole bunch of strangers. “I had been thinking about it for a week,” said Morgan, who was nervous about coming up on stage and letting the entire town watch and listen to his proposal. “It seemed that it went off really well.” Walker had suspected a marriage proposal was going to happen at Light Up, but that suspicion was shot down. “I knew he had a ring,” Walker said. “But he had thrown me off by saying not to expect anything at Light Up because ‘I don’t have your ring.’” With all the people around, Walker figured Morgan wouldn’t have the guts to propose to her in such a public place anyway. She ran into a lot of people she knew and it wasn’t until festival emcee Don “Duck” Paterson called Morgan up to the stage that she became suspicious again. He then called her up and on bended knees, made the proposal.

“I had complete strangers come up to us, giving us a hug, it was so overwhelming,” Walker said, explaining what happened after she said yes and came off the stage. “It was so great to get that support from citizens who didn’t know who we were.” Both of Walker’s kids witnessed what happened. Dion Isaac, 12, got on his phone and started texting family and friends right away. His sister Arianne, 11, told her mother that this would be a story at share day at her school. The big day is set for 2013 in Ladysmith. Walker said she wants to enjoy being engaged and wants to take time planning her perfect day. Setting it that far in the future will hopefully guarantee that her family and friends from Prince Rupert will then make it. Morgan and Walker met at a work Christmas party almost six years ago. Walker brought a couple of girlfriends to her work party and Morgan was invited by his best friend who worked with Walker. “When he walked in, I thought ‘oh, who is that cute guy with Chad,’” Walker laughed. “I didn’t even really know he was interested or even liked me. It wasn’t until New Year’s Day 2006 when he got the guts to call me and it went from there.” This is the first public marriage proposal in the 24 years of Light Mike Morgan gets down on one knee to propose to Avegail Walker, his girlfriend of almost six years, during last Thursday’s Light Up. Up, according to Paterson.


Clockwise from top, a group of happy elves entertains the crowds. Centre, a couple dances in the streets during the Light Up Parade. Right, the fireworks were a fabulous end to the night, and held a little earlier this year due to weather.

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Arts opportunities await you TIDES Community art showcase Sherry Bezanson Ladysmith Arts Council

As the crisp days lead us timidly into the depths of winter, the pleasures of gifting and giving unfold. Looking for a way to escape all the commercialization of Christmas? Perhaps taking a loved one out to a play or a choir show is more in line with your giving philosophy. This year, there are so many prime opportunities in the arts, to not only part with your cash, but also to enjoy doing so! Other events for appreciators of the season are less likely to involve spending and equally pos-

t have fun. sible to Theatre, the Ladysmith Avenue, Ladysmith; to satThe Ladysmith Festival of Players are performing isfy your ears, take in the Lights Light Up last week Hickory Dickory Dock, a 35th Annual Ladysmith festive sparked the local traditional Christmas pan- C h r i s t m a s F e s t i v a l o f festively t life. area to tomime, Dec. 15-31, with Choirs on Sunday Dec. 11 Youn Youngsters and elders the last show a New Years at St. Mary’s Church, 1135 lik were captivated by Eve Gala. There are also Fourth Ave, Ladysmith; and alike the brilliance of the dis- two matinees. the Yellow Point Christmas play. To further experience The First Annual Festival of Spectacular from Dec. 7-18, that spirit, come down to Trees is happening from Dec. at the Cedar Community the Ladysmith Waterfront 1-4 at Mount Breton Centre, Hall. Gallery for the Magical 3850 South Oyster School Winter Market will sparkle Giftshop on display Dec. Road. Locals are invited your senses on Dec. 2 and 2-24. One-of-a-kind gifts are to decorate a Christmas 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at smartly priced to entice the tree or Gingerbread House the Nanaimo Art Gallery giving glee: art cards, jewel- that will be sold through a and will also be attended by ry, framed prints, up-cycled silent auction, with funds some Ladysmith and area fabric creations, sculpture, donated to the Chemainus artisans. glasswork, and pottery by and Ladysmith Food Bank. With all the choices this local artists such as Dennis Other seasonal opportu- season, there is no excuse Brown, Michael Dean, Jack nities include: the excep- for being a grinch when it Fisher, Dan Ostler, Gail tional marine artwork of comes to the arts. Get off Ralphs, Leona Petrak, and Michael Dean will be on the couch and see what your more. display in his studio sale artsy neighbours are up to! At the Ladysmith Little on Dec. 3 and 4 at 830 Fifth A smile might just appear.


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From Chronicles past - Movies in Ladysmith November, 1911 On Nov. 1, plans for a new theatre in Ladysmith were announced. The new building was constructed on Roberts Street between Esplanade and First Avenue, opposite the “Opera House,” which occupied the first floor of the Oddfellows’ Hall. This gave Ladysmith two competing movie houses that often changed films three times a week! The new theatre had a seating capacity of 600, and the stage was large enough to accommodate any scenery used by travelling companies. On the nights not taken up by dramatic productions, the building was used for “moving pictures” and vaudeville. Originally known as the Gem Theatre, it was later called the Rialto. The Opera House and the Oddfellows Hall burned down in 1932. November, 1936 The Chronicle for the first week of November reported a quiet Halloween concluding that “the great fire on Market Square kept most of the young people happy during the eve. The old ambulance was taken from Comley’s Barn and run down to the end of the Government Wharf, and a cow was tied up to one of the stores on First Avenue.” An editorial penned by R.S. Wood called for Vancouver Island to secede from B.C. Mr. Wood argued that the B.C. Provincial debt at $180 million placed an unfair burden on the 100,000 people who dwelt on Vancouver Island. He pointed out that the Island contributed 30 per cent of the

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A group of local young swimmers made some waves at a swim meet earlier this month. Conrad Carlson, 15, Faith Knelson, 10 and Darby Rae, 14, represented the Ladysmith

Orcas at the Island Placing second in the P a c i f i c C u p a n d Female 12 & Under 50 Jamboree Nov. 11-13. Breast category, and According to Orcas fourth in the Female 12 c o a c h D u s a n To t h - & Under 100 Breast catSzabo, Carlson per- egory and improving her formed his best time of times by 1.21 and 5.87 the season in all three seconds respectively, heats during the meet, Knelson is ranked No. 1 in 50 Fly, 50 Back and for her age, Toth-Szabo 50 Breast. said. A fourth-place finish in the Female 13-14 50 Free competition, with a time of 28.56S, qualified Rae for the AAA provincials.

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cross the finish line. As is the fun run tradition, winners are determined not by finFor Cassandra Taylor, the ish time but by predicted time. “I love this event because reward of completing the 5km Cinnamon Bun Fun Run Sunday you never know who will win morning was almost as sweet and this year was no excepas the delectable treat waiting tion,” said run co-director John Mountain. “We had famifor her at the finish line. “I gained all the calories I lost, lies of four five and six, there but it was for a good cause,” were even extended families with grandma and gramps, and she said. Taylor and hundreds of oth- moms and dads and the kids... ers braved light rain to partici- some walking and some runpate in the annual event, which ning, but all participating and raised a record 2,900 lbs. of all in the running equally for the food (600 lbs. more than last top prize.” Predicting her 57:23 time year) for the Ladysmith Food Bank, and saw 408 runners within 66 hundreths of a sec-


ond was Midge Smith for first place. Taking second place was Tracey Welch, with a difference of 1.3 seconds off her actual time of 28:54:03. Young Carson Craven ran away with third prize after predicting a time 1.14 seconds under actual time of 48:36:86. The Ladysmith Striders has organized the event, which takes place at Frank Jameson Community Centre, for the last seven years. Mountain said it would not be possible without support from local businesses, and the volunteers. This year’s event was manned by 50 dedicated volunteers.

Above, five-year-old Scarlette Anderson takes a bite out of a bun with mom Amanda after a five-km run.

Coming ming in at only six participants less than the record 2009 total of 414, the 2011 Cinnamon Bun Fun Run was a success, bringing in 2,900 lbs. of food for the Ladysmith Food Bank. The run involved residents and visitors of all ages and shapes, and volunteers cheered them on throughout the five- and 10-km courses along Ladysmith streets. Back at Frank Jameson Community Centre, runners/walkers were treated to a Cinnamon Bun and their choice of hot chocolate or coffee.


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GALLAGHER February 10, 1919 ~ November 15, 2011 Lilian Dorothy Gallagher passed away November 15, 2011 in Ladysmith. She was born in Nanaimo, February 10, 1919, lived on Gabriola Island for many years, and moved to L d Ladysmith ith in i 1937. 1937 Predeceased by her parents, John & Annie (Rollo) Gallagher; brothers: George, Stanley and Jack; and niece Rosalie Rodway. She is survived by her older sister, Verna Wargo, Extension; ďŹ ve nieces: Dorothy Rodway, Nanaimo; Lorraine Viala, Ladysmith; Randy Graczyk- Ladysmith; Dawn Noye, Tahsis; Kathy Gallagher, Nanaimo; also numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, greatgreat nieces and great-great nephews. Lil served as a WREN from 1942-47. She returned to Ladysmith after completing her service and resumed working with the Comox Logging Company (now known as Timberwest) until she retired. Lil joined the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #171 in Ladysmith in 1947 and was an active member until her health failed. Service will be at the RCL Branch #171 in Ladysmith on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 1p.m. In lieu of owers, the family would appreciate donations to the RCL Branch #171 in Ladysmith. The family wishes to express our sincere thanks to Margie and the Staff at Arbour House for their devoted care and attention to Lil.

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Fred Stanislaus LaFleur 75, of Ladysmith BC, passed away on November 24, 2011. Fred was born on May 21, 1936, to Charles and Alice LaFleur in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. His mother Alice died on June 24, 1937, and Fred was brought to Vancouver Island by his father and his sister Florence, along with her one-yearold son Claude. Fred remained on Vancouver Island for the majority of his life and maintained a special brotherly relationship with his nephew Claude. As a child, Fred moved frequently and lived with different family members and in residential schools, and longed for a family of his own. He began working in logging camps “punking whistles on a jerk lineâ€? in 1951, but spent most of his career as a longshoreman and was a proud member of ILWU Local 508. In 1958, Fred married Patricia Brown and together they fulďŹ lled his dream of having a family, with their three children Michael, Cindy, and Victoria. Fred thrived as a husband, father, and provider for his family. Fred was also very active in giving back to the community as a volunteer for youth sports. He was a classic car enthusiast and an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed the company of his pals playing billiards and crib. Fred was MĂŠtis and was intensely proud of and interested in his heritage, and the history of Native people in Canada. He was a loving and caring family man who was thrilled to have grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved nothing more than when his family was together. During his recent hospital stays, he commented on how he’d love to see those “little punks,â€? his great grandkids. Fred was predeceased by his mother Alice (June 24, 1937), father Charles (July 20, 1975), and siblings Florence, Rose, Florine, Carl, Raymond, Elie and Antoinette. Fred is survived by his wife Patricia; sister-in-law Laurie; siblings Auguste, Marie, twins Irene and Lorraine; nephew Claude; children Michael (Donna), Cindy (Scott), Vicky (Terry); grandchildren; Marni (Ron), Shane (Mandy), and Casey (Daniel); also great-grandchildren Caileen, Jesse, Hunter and Betty and many nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all. Special thanks to Dr. C. Igbinosa for her excellent care. At Fred’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice. Fred’s family would appreciate if you would spend a day with your loved ones, in his memory.

CLARK – William Leonard (Bill) Died on November 19th, 2011 at the Lodge of 4th, Ladysmith, BC., age 77 years. Born October 14th, 1924 in Victoria, BC. Predeceased by his granddaughter, Sarah on June 13th, 2011. Survived by his loving family wife Edith; son, Ken; daughters, Sharon and Darlene (Henry Wheat); grandchildren, Becky, Austyn, Richard, Emily, Lindsey, Aaron and Martin; great grandchildren, Ember and Kyson; sisters, Pat and Ann (Arnie); brothers, Bob (Sharon) and Dan (Dorothy), nieces and nephews. Bill worked for BCFP in Victoria for 32 years and in 1986 moved to Ladysmith where he has resided ever since. Bill was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. His memory will be cherished in the hearts of all those lives he touched. Private family remembrance. Telford’s of Ladysmith 250-245-5553





Joyce Pruden (nĂŠe Wade) Born: April 27, 1928 Died: November 23, 2011 Longtime Ladysmith resident Joyce Pruden (nĂŠe Wade) died at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. She was widowed earlier this year, as her husband of nearly ďŹ fty years, Larry Pruden, died in January 2011. The youngest daughter of Mary and Milton Wade, she is preceeded in death by her sisters Sheila Ruttle (Saskatoon, Sask), Joan Doidge (Meadow Lake, Sask) and Alice Law (Smith Falls, Ont.) A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Joyce came to BC in 1966; where she and Larry raised their two children, Shaan and Shayne, and Ladysmith remained her home until her death. While raising her family on the island, Joyce worked at a number of local businesses including the Cowichan Valley News and Lait Bloomers orist. On most days she could be found tending to her garden and offering sage advice to friends and neighbours. She also was an avid hockey fan, especially of her beloved Vancouver Canucks. During the holidays, she would bake a variety of seasonal treats for friends and family. She will be missed by her family, friends and community. She is survived by her children, daugther Shaan Pruden (Stefan Schaefer), of San Jose, California, son Shayne Pruden (Mary Aguirre) of Whiterock BC, grandchildren Tia and Damien Pruden, nieces Jan McIntryre of Nanaimo, BC, Myrna Law-West of Ottawa, Ont and nephew Blake Law of Peterborough, Ont. In lieu of owers, the family requests that donations be made in Joyce’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. There will be a private family service.

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LADYSMITH CAMERA CLUB - Annual potluck social night & gear exchange, Tues, Dec 13, 7 pm, Hardwick Hall, High St at 3rd Ave, Ladysmith. Public welcome. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro. For info, www. LadysmithCameraClub. com MT. BRENTON GARDEN CLUB - Christmas Party, Tues, Dec 6, 1:30 pm, Calvary Baptist Church, River Road. Prizes for best homemade Christmas craft. A group Christmas mosaic will be crafted from materials brought in by members. Goodies needed for the party, also items for Harvest House. Guests welcome. $2 drop-in fee. Info: 250-246-5351 35TH ANNUAL LADYSMITH FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS Sunday, December 11, 2011. 6:30 pm. St. Mary's Church, 1135 Fourth Ave. Freewill offering for the Ladysmith Christmas Cheer Fund KINSMEN/BROWN DR. PLAYGROUND PROJECT HAS SET UP A FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT at the Junction Bottle Depot, on Ludlow Rd. in Ladysmith. Take your empties to the bottle depot, funds credited to the Kin. Park Playground account. SHARON CHAPTER #4 OES VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TEA - Sat, Dec 3, 1:30-4 pm. 26 Gatacre St, Ladysmith. Bake table, silent auction, $7 pp. Tickets Elenor 250753-1283 or Laurel 250422-2755

Monday evening of every month at 7 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre, 630 Second Ave., Upper Floor Info: Wendy at 250-2453079. BINGO - LADYSMITH Every Wed - 6:45 pm, Doors 5 pm, St. Mary's Church Hall. Info call 250245-3079. Sponsored by Ladysmith Resources Centre Association CANCER SOCIETY The Ladysmith Branch needs volunteer drivers to provide transportation for Ladysmith cancer patients needing help to and from cancer-related appointments. Volunteers needed for all aspects of the society's work. Weekdays call 250-2450671, 10 am - 1 pm. LADYSMITH WOMEN'S BUSINESS NETWORK Every 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Info at or call Debby Baker 250-2455259 or Nikki McCallum 250-245-4238. HARVEST HOUSE FOOD BANK - Chemainus. Friday, Info call Lynn Morrison. 250-246-9060. BINGO - Chemainus Senior Drop-in Centre. Mondays, 6:40 pm. Info: Murray 250-246-9968. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Volunteers needed. 250-245-1118. MEALS ON WHEELS Ladysmith meals delivered Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Pearl: 250245-3844. LADYSMITH LEGION Mondays, crib, 7 p.m. Meat draws: Saturdays 2 5:15 pm, Fridays 4-6 pm, Sundays 3-5 pm, Darts: Wednesdays, 7 pm, Line dancing: Thursdays 9-11 am, Fridays: pool, 8 pm, 250-245-2273. CANADIAN FEDERATION of UNIVERSITY WOMEN Nanaimo branch. Meets 4th Monday of each month. St. Andrews Presbyterian. 7 pm. Karen: 250-756-9508.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Head coverings 5. Most eaten avocado 9. Harry: the boy who lived 11. Traveled on water 13. Revolves 15. Spanish saloon 16. Popular nail lacquer 17. Conditions of balance 19. Pharaohs’ cobra 20. Being dried & withered 22. Seamen 23. Distress signal 24. 1st state (abbr.) 25. Female sheep 26. Dutch colonist 28. Dress belts 31. Autos 32. Paper-thin tin plate 33. Husk of wheat 34. Airplanes 35. Campaigns 37. Manufactured 38. An association of criminals 39. Radioactivity unit 41. Big London clock 42. Indian dress 43. Original cosmogony matter 45. A single unit 46. Picture taker 49. In the past 50. Marks of shame 53. Tall cactus 55. Someone from Seoul 56. Exaggerated a role 57. College army 58. Scrape or shave

BINGO - Every Fri, 6:45 pm, Chemainus Legion Br #191. Doors open 5 p.m.

On Going

LADYSMITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Parent/caregiver & children age 0-6 drop-in, Sept to June: Mon - Fri 9:30 am. - noon at Aggie Hall. July to August: Tues to Thurs: 9:30 am - noon. Info: 250-210-0870.

MUTUAL FUND INVESTMENT CLUB – for women interested in learning investment strategies; meets 2nd

THE ORCAS SWIM CLUB Ongoing registration. Call Registrar Denise Rae at 250-245-7925.


CLUES DOWN 1. Enclosed 2. Dresses up 3. School organization 4. Units of tennis play 5. Principle Chinese ethnic group 6. Little island (British) 7. AKA’s 8. Detector 9. Paid athletes 10. A way to soak 11. Impudence 12. Dips lightly 14. Satiny cotton fabric 15. Fleshy covering on a birds’ beak 18. Wood cutting tools 21. Full of high-spirited delight 26. Bleats 27. Cantankerous 29. Satiate 30. Not hers 31. Superior grade wine 33. Young children 34. Rio de ___ 35. Crocus bulb 36. Eastern greetings 37. Teacher & guide 38. Dutch name for Meuse 40. Temperature measure 41. Small wooded area 42. Glance over 44. A prevailing attitude 47. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 48. Used as a gelling agent in foods 51. Obtain 52. A waterproof raincoat 54. Actress Thurman

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real estate

1 Acre walk-on waterfront in beautiful Saltair

Gorgeous 3644 sq. ft. home with main level entry & walk-out basement. Enjoy luxury living in this peaceful and private rural setting as well as the convenience of being minutes from local amenities! Call for more information or visit

Ladysmith 250-245-2252



Owners have bought and want this home sold! Reduced almost $20,000! 407 Walker NOW $369,900


Aw es om e 2nd

Opening M us Ke ic Nov by yn ot Le eb na Bir yD tw ou istl gR e ou tle y, M LA Na na im o-N ort hC owi chan

Annual The Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle

The Ladysmith Chronicle has been collecting pennies fr fro m the community since 1997. In total, you have from d t d over $38 000 W ill be b collecting ll ti pennies, i donated $38,000. We will nickles, dimes, quarters, loonies, twoonies, bills, cheques -- you get the idea -- again this year and every penny goes to the Ladysmith Christmas Cheer Fund at the Resources Centre for the local Christmas Hamper Program. Black Press, across the Island, has collected more than $617,900! Please give generously. Now is the time to dig out your penny savings and get them down to your local newspaper!

341 First Ave. Ladysmith


Photo Expo

Located in the most desirable area of Ladysmith, this 3 bdrm, ocean view rancher is only 15 years old with great open plan, large deck and separate shop for the handyman. What more could you want?

9165 Chemainus Road REDUCED to $274,900 3 bedroom rancher on just under 1/2 an acre just south of Chemainus. New heat pump, kitchen and bathroom.

Don’t delay! Call Cyndi today 250-245-2252!

November 2–30, 2011 Ladysmith Water front Ar t Galler y Arts Council

Gala Opening & Awards Ceremony Nov. 5, 7–9 pm


Bayview Framing & Art

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Annual Pennies for Presents Campaign



Devin Hawes 250.246.7833

Im ag es


Val Irwin 250.268.4701


Get all the details at


Greg Buchanan 250-245-8914 See All My Listing on the Internet! $240,000 Affordable 3 bdrm, 2 bath, updated rancher with a new fenced yard. Relax by the gas fire place or enjoy a comforting soak in the hot tub all at a unbelievable price.

New level entry home $474,900 Gorgeous views of the ocean, gulf Islands and the mainland mountains. With hardwood floors, 2 sided gas Fireplace, heat pump this is a must see.

Reduced to $259,900 Beautiful 1683 sq ft open floor plan home on it’s own lot with vaulted ceilings, 3 bedrooms 2 baths, gas fireplace and a very private back yard early possession is possible.


Save time, save money.

Visit our other Black Press sites

$299,900 Great Family Home Located on a huge fenced lot with lots of fruit trees, this 3 bedroom 2 bath has been well maintained. Renos include new windows, flooring,deck, bathroom and more.

$469,900 Spectacular Ocean View 3 bedroom (each with an ensuite) 2169 sq ft home. With hardwood floors, 9 ft ceilings, gas fireplace and a wrap around deck all sitting on a beautiful private yard.

Beyond Your Expectations

640 Trans Canada Hwy Box 970, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A7

P. 250-245-3700 C. 250-667-7653 E.

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250-753-5372 Fax 250-753-5368 410A First Ave., Ladysmith

My First Diamond

This Week’s


Sterling Silver & Diamond Children’s Jewellery

Book your Christmas Parties & Catering now 341 First Avenue



of the draws! $25 Gift Certificates


432 - 1st Ave., Ladysmith | 250-245-3251

• Pharmasave Cheryl Mottishaw

Bouma Meats Time to order your Christmas free

• 49th Parallel Erik James

range turkey, and local smoked hams.

Cinnamon Sweets | Gingerbread | Cookies | Hot Fresh Bread

510 First Avenue 250-245-2531

412 First Ave., Ladysmith


Open Sundays 11 am-4 pm




• Ladysmith Little Theatre Sandra Cooper Discounts Door Prizes Appetizers

inn relax

(Accommodation & Marina) 1-877-860-6866 (Bistro) 250-924-1110 49* 00.615 N, 123*49.389 W Ladysmith, BC

Thurs. Dec. 1st 7 pm to 9 pm

Home Hardware 1110 Ludlow Rd.



Ask for a pint sample A and other Featuring

★ Light Up Hours ★

November 29 - 9:30 am until late Mon. - Wed. - 9:30 - 5:30 Thurs. & Fri 9:30 - 8:00 Saturday - 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday - 11:00 - 5:00

of Books11 forto Christmas Mon – Sat: 9:30 to 5:30 Sunday: 4:00


535 First Ave., Ladysmith


$50 Prizes Nola Eastman Deb McKerns Krista Betts


Meet New Owner Friede O Mary Fox Pottery SUPER SHOPPING SATURDAY HOURS: Great Selection

441 - 1st Ave., Ladysmith

• Page Point Bistro Diana Hickey

Champion Juicers

British Delights B Mr Popper’s M

Sweet Shoppe S 1-32 High Street 250-924-8486

Ladysmith Health Food Store

531 First Avenue


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‘It’s nice to be 49th Cafe & Tiger’s Sushi appreciated’ The ‘Talk of the Town’ for over one year now at the 49th in Ladysmith Try “Tigers” Fresh Made

Sushi Made fresh EVERYDAY!

Thursday, December 1 Your Total Grocery Off Bill



Minimum $20 order, excluding Tobacco, Lotto, Gift Certificates, Phone Cards, Stamps

Blackwell Angus

Prime Rib Premium Oven Roast 15.41 kg


e in Com heck C and Out! us

99 lb.

Faith Farms

Visit us at our WEBSITE

Bloooms Direct Line


• Gourmet Gift Baskets • Custom Designs & Weddings • Corporate Gifts • Large Selection of Giftware • Largest Selection of Fresh Arrangements & Plants in Ladysmith • Beautiful Festive Christmas Bouquets

Cheddarr Cheese Approx. 420 grams



All Varieties, Ground

Nabob Coffee 311-326 g, limit 2 assorted



100% Locally Owned & Operated We deliver! (See store for details) We reserve the right to limit quantities Pictures for illustrative purposes only Visit our Website:

Prices in effect Monday, November 28 to Sunday, December 4, 2011


Next to Cedarbrook Restaurant

Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm


The Old Bruce’s Store

DUNCAN 250-748-2412

550 Cairnsmore Street

Open Daily 8:00 am to 9 pm

CHEMAINUS Open Daily 8:00 am to 9 pm 250-246-3551 Next to the Ferry Dock


Beside the Liquor Depot Open Daily 7:30 am to 9 pm


November 29, 2011 Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle  

Your local newspaper in the Ladysmith-Chemainus-Saltair-Cedar-Crofton areas on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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