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Learn to safely ride your new bike park Join us for our NEW mountain bike program where awesome instructors will teach kids ages nine through 13 how to take their riding to the next level. This program is intended to give an introduction to the amazing new bike park located beside the Recreation Complex. Build confidence and get stoked to ride and play in our incredible playground! 9 to 15 yrs Wed, Jun 3 5:30 – 7 pm 16 yrs & older Wed, Jun 17 5:30–7pm Fee $20 (1 class) Instructor Andrew Shostak

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CONTRIBUTORS

WHAT WOULD LIKE TO RENOVATE IN YOUR HOME? “I would desperately like to renovate our kitchen and our windows. Oh, and add about 5,000 square feet to the shop. “

ERIK BLANEY is owner of I’Hos Cultural Tours, The Tla’amin Convenience Store and I’Hos Environmental Solutions, Erik is the current President for the Sliammon Development Corporation and has been living back in Powell River since 2009.

“Harvest your early crop of rhubarb and your asparagus. Continue this for the next six weeks or so. “ - Jonathan Van Wiltenberg, page 23 CONTENTS APRIL 2015 This magazine is 100% locally owned and operated Powell River Living is supported entirely by our advertisers. We encourage you to choose the businesses that you see in these pages. We do. Member of:

Bike Park Paparazzi

Volunteers made it happen

Emergency fair

And the new fire truck

I Made the Move

Are you this cool?

Hello, Powell River

Twin Kennedy comes home

Eagle Rescue

Gargantuan talons

Customer complaint

And a surprise birthday cake!

Eco fashion show

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For Earth Week, naturally

Ground breaking

For Governance House

An Angel of a House To keep or to ditch?

Leukemia diagnosis Can you help?

Seeking O Negative donor Kidney needed

Ages & Stages Annual fair!

A Growing Concern

Boxleaf Azala

What’s Up? ON THE COVER Tyson Dagneau gets air off one of the jumps at the Powell River Bike Park. photo by Sean Percy

April round-up

Take a Break

Horoscope and Crossword!

Business Connections Who’s the boss?

Community Calendar

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“Because a happy wife makes a happy life, I’m going to say kitchen. Gutting it to studs to accommodate a complete reconfiguration is the plan. Changing out windows, new cupboards and countertops, appliances, flooring, new pantry and a kick butt wine chiller!”

TERRY PETERS is now the Deputy Fire Chief for Powell River Fire Rescue. Terry and his wife have three kids, and a crazy dog. Terry loves to travel and attend rock concerts. “Hunting and fishing is my game but my passion is classic cars, motorcycles and hot rods. “Where to start? Bathroom? Kitchen? Fireplace? Basement? Backyard? I know that once started, it will take on a life of its own, and be a force impossible to stop.”

LAURA KEW is the early childhood educator and supported child development coordinator with Inclusion Powell River keeps Laura busy. She’s the owner of Squatters Creek Wines, and is also a marriage commissioner. She is the mother to two accomplished adults; a dog lover, a stained glass artist, quilter, and sailor.

“I’d like to renovate some floors.”

HERB DAUM loves to take and share photographs that express his deep appreciation of the natural beauty in the world around him. The beauty is there for everyone, but sometimes people don’t notice, so one of his objectives is to capture an uncommon or unique perspective of the subject .


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Volume 10, Number 4

ISSN 1718-8601

Powell River Living is published by Southcott Communications.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK

Powell River: breaking new ground for spring

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ast year I did the Marathon Shuffle for the first time. Not the whole 29 kilometres; instead I opted for the half shuffle with a couple of friends. We didn’t set any world records for the fastest times or wearing the sexiest spandex. Instead we got some exercise and enjoyed a wonderful April day beneath sunny skies on the Sunshine Coast Trail. And really, it doesn’t get much better than that. This year’s shuffle – the 22nd annual – is coming up on April 26. Organizers note that it’s grown substantially each year, and many out-of-towners are expected for this popular, and free, event. Trying something for the very first time is good. There’s something to be said about doing new things and here in Powell River, lots is new. The new $540,000

bike park is a smashing success. It’s been packed more than once during spring break with riders who are digging the challenging jumps and trails. Educators know that new is good. They know that students who stretch themselves often discover talents and abilities they didn’t even realize they had. The school district has some fabulous programs this summer for students interested in developing their leadership skills, or improving their academics. Students aren’t the only ones breaking new ground. Last month, Tla’Amin Chief Clint Williams and other dignitaries broke ground for Tla’Amin’s new Governance House which will be completed by the time their final treaty is signed next April. It will be built where Klahanie meets the highway, in the forest. While Powell River celebrates all the newness and promise that comes with spring, some members of our community need help. Twelve-year-old Madison White, who was just di-

agnosed with advanced stage leukemia, is fighting for her life. Madison and her family desperately need our prayers and financial support so she can focus on getting better. And Kayla Crouse Morris, 24, who is reaching end stage kidney disease needs a new kidney. Because she has a rare blood type, O Negative, finding a new kidney isn’t easy. Life is always challenging us and those we love. But through it all, we need to keep the faith. Faith, hope and love. But of the three, the greatest of these is love. Remember this as you go about your day. With love we can do so much. With love, the impossible becomes possible.

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WALL RIDE: Kyle English takes the high road on a trip down the advanced run at the Powell River Bike Park. He’s one of the dedicated riders volunteering to keep the track in top shape.

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broke it, so I’m fixing it,” said Chase Krompocker, as he smacked the mound of dirt firmly with a shovel. A particularly spectacular wipeout on top of one of the most difficult parts of Powell River’s new Bike Park had Chase wielding the shovel to repair where his bike had torn off a chunk of the top of the hill. He said he and his friends had been building bike jumps and trails for years. “I’ve been around jumps all my life.” But nothing like this. The new park has jumps and trails designed for the most tentative of riders, and the most daring. Every day since its opening last month, crowds of kids, as well as more than a few young adults, have been sailing over

the bumps, jumps and curved walls of the park. The $540,000 park was carefully designed to drain well, and sustain the wear and tear of thousands of riders. But even good design can’t maintain a dirt track forever. Fortunately, riders are stepping up. “You gotta dig to ride,” said fellow rider Kyle English. To ensure the inevitable repairs are done to bike park standards, the City’s recreation department is planning a course on bike park maintenance. In the meantime, bike park proponent Andrew Shostak, who first presented the idea to City Council four years ago and has been tirelessly volunteering to make it happen ever since, is thrilled that riders are taking responsibility for the park.

“There’s an understanding that if they want it, you have to take care of it,” said Shostak, as he followed his five-year-old daughter around the park. “You can’t expect city crews to maintain it. They’re not riders. Riders know best how to take care of it and they’re super dedicated.” It’s not just any city bike park. The builder, Alpine Bike Parks, installed North America’s only concrete pump track, and is a leader in dirt track design. The local riders know they have a good thing, says Shostak. “They’re proud of that.” “Everyone’s excited it’s here now,” agreed Chase. So excited, in fact, they’re still willing to shovel a bit of dirt to prove it. National Volunteer Week is April 12-18.

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Driving into T&R Contracting’s property on Padgett Road used to be like driving into, well, a gravel pit. “It was intimidating for some (residential gardeners) to come up here,” says Bonnie Robinson, one of the new owners of the company. Now, the front end of the operation looks more like a nursery or garden centre than a gravel pit, minus the plants. It’s a gardener’s or landscaper’s paradise. Various kinds of soil, sand, gravel, crushed rock, decorative rock are piled in organized concrete bins. They’re clearly labelled and prices per tonne or yard or pail are listed on easy-to-read signs. The signs show that it’s substantially cheaper to buy in bulk, compared to getting a bag of the same material from a retail store. A friendly worker helps you find what you’re looking for, offers advice for your project, and then helps you load up a bucket or a truck, or arrange for delivery. While commercial and industrial work remains at the core of T&R Contracting’s business, it’s clear that residential gardening and landscaping is getting a lot of attention from the new owners. That will be particularly evident at T&R’s booth in the Powell River Home + Garden Show April 24 & 25, and during the company’s grand opening on Mother’s Day May 10, with free coffee, doughnuts and a draw for two yards of soil delivered inside the city limits. It’s also evident in many of the new products being carried at T&R. Soil Amender, made by Harvest Power, is a certified organic compost-based soil amendment made using high and low temperature composting phases. Rich in organic matter and nutrients, it’s weed-free and great for growing gardens and flowers, says Bonnie. The amender increases the water-holding capacity of soil, and gives it good texture and aeration, stimulating healthy root development. By mixing Soil Amender with sand from Cranberry pit, T&R also creates two other soil blends. Turf Blend, a free-draining compost-based soil meant for lawns. It’s ideal for new sod or seed installations, and for topdressing existing lawns. Garden Blend keeps soil fertile and porous. It’s ready to use on outdoor plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, giving bigger yields, massive blooms and rapid growth. Both meet the standards of Harvest Power so are co-branded. They also use Soil Amender in their aged mulch. Gardeners are also excited to find that T&R has loads of mushroom manure and fresh organic com-

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posted fish mulch. The dark black fish compost is made from fir, cedar and hemlock hogged and mixedwith equal amount of fish compost. It adds nutrients with each watering to lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens. Since this is the time of year to build up soil, both are bound to go fast. T&R brings in sand, gravel and drain rock from the Cranberry Pit, and creates a variety of crushed rock products at its West Lake Quarry. Combined products make road mulch for everything from resource roads to driveways to garden paths. They can also provide rip rap for wall building, and even handpicked boulders several feet across. In addition to the rock crusher, excavators, dump trucks and compactor one might expect to find at a sand and gravel company, T&R has also purchased a stone slinger, a truck that can throw dirt and gravel across a yard with accuracy, eliminating many hours of shoveling and raking, and often getting where a Above, the rock crusher at work in the quarry. Below, standard dump truck couldn’t reach. the newly cemented storage areas for the garden centre products.

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RUCKUS FOR A TRUCKUS: Yes, it was St. Patrick’s Day, but no, the champagne the firefighters toasted Powell River’s newest truck (above) was not alcoholic. On March 17, about 50 people gathered at the firehall on Courtenay St. to welcome the new $540,000 machine (see story, next page). Right, the newest career firefighter Kyle Vasseur – clearly a good sport – strikes a pose. And to the far right, City Counsellor Maggie Hathaway is pleased after she successfully smashed the bottle of “champagne” on a fire axe, over the truck... on her third try.

Powell River is prepared.

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mergency! Emergency! Everyone get down right now!” Are you ready for an emergency? Most of us aren’t, according to Connie Keiver, branch director, Powell River Regional Emergency Social Services. That’s why they’re putting on an emergency preparedness fair (see box). This free, fun, family education event is all about community safety and how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster. The RCMP, BC Ambulance, at least three local fire departments, BC Conservation Officer Service, Coast Guard, ham radio operators, Powell River Search and Rescue, Red Cross, Salvation Army, ESS, the Regional District, and St. John Ambulance are just a few of the emergency service providers who will attend, offering demonstrations and mini lectures. “The Red Cross will give a lecture about preparing for when, not if,” said Connie.

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Earthquake preparedness tips on how to make your home safer will be shared. “Putting a big mirror above your bed is a no-no!” she said, noting that most earthquake injuries are head injuries due to falling objects. “That’s why people are supposed to crouch beneath desks or tables during an earthquake.” Connie runs emergency preparedness demonstrations and she’s always surprised at how many people aren’t prepared for any kind of disaster at all. “Statistics say that 95 percent of Canadians don’t have a grab-and-go kit,” she says. In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. You should be prepared to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours. Grab-and-go kits are the best way to be prepared for an emergency. These emergency kits contain a variety of supplies and need to be kept up to date. “You can buy these kits or make them yourself,” says Connie. “If you buy one you need to make sure it has

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR What: The public is invited to get ready for earthquakes and other disasters, with the help of professionals. When: May 2, 10 am til 5 pm Where: Recreation Complex Why: If for no other reason, to get a chance to put together a “grab-and-go” kit – an essential for when the big one hits. special things that you will need in an emergency such as medications, extra glasses and pet food.” Fortis BC will demonstrate how to turn off a gas metre and Powell River Fire Rescue will bring in the childfriendly education tool, the fire safety house. The Coast Guard will talk about boating safety and will display their Zodiac at the fair. “I really wanted a venue where our volunteers could put a professional foot forward and let people know what they are doing,” said Connie.

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grab and go kit can make a big difference in the event of a disaster. Many items already exist in your own home but remember you should have enough supplies to last for 72 hours. For a full list of suggested items, come to the Emergency Preparedness Fair, or visit embc.gov. bc.ca.

Don’t forget to:

• Pack healthy foods with a long shelf life. • Pack supplies for your pet. • Include a few personal photos. • Identify someone who will act as your family’s out of area contact person. That person should have an answering machine to record calls when away and should routinely check for messages. • Keep an out of area contact card in your wallet,

grab and go kit and other key locations. •Pack lightly. Each person will have to carry his own bag. • Replace items that may expire on a regular basis.

Basics you should pack:

• Clothing • Personal hygiene items. • First aid kit. • Copies of ID. • Food and water • Tools and equipment such as a flashlight, radio, lighter, folding knife, can opener, garbage bags. • Medical aids: spare glasses or contacts and prescription medication. • Extras such as toilet paper, duct tape, scissors, string, pet food and spare blankets.

A lot of hard work went in to this new truck from all our staff and we are more than confident it will serve our City well for its life span over the next 20 years! We have five ‘fire suppression apparatus’ or ‘Fire Trucks.’ They are 23, 17, 16, 14 and eight years old. We are replacing the 23-year-old truck. We now have an equipment replacement plan, so we can spread out all future replacements - as you will notice a few were only a year or two apart. These trucks are all from different companies that all have some Canadian content. The truck we just commissioned is a "Smeal" Fire Apparatus that was built in Schneider Nebraska through Canadian company "Safetek" located in Abbotsford B.C. It is one of Canada's largest fire truck companies and is very well known for its excellent reputation and service. One of the great features on this truck is a Waterous 2,000 imperial gallon-per-minute pump, back-lit flow minder gauges and dual-primer to pump and draft at the same time. It is powered by a Cummins ISL 450 hp motor and Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It has a 27,000-pound rear axle, ergonomic side speedlays, advanced ocupant protection system, a 500-gallon poly water tank and 40-gallon foam cell, advanced computer and multiplex system, Elkhart 1250 gpm cobra remote monitor, Onan 10 Kw hydraulic generator, 45,000-watt command light with a Whelen LED warning light package that will turn night into day! Then of course it's finished with Smeal's best-in-theindustry subframe and paint with decals from Langley B.C.-based company Nurndy Graphics – which by the way, is a Powell River Fire Rescue design and cost no more than standard white stripping. This adds a modern flare to an old industry! Saying that, a lot of this equipment is standard in the industry now and nothing is more important than the firefighters that respond in it. As a Chief, it is certainly comforting to me that when our crews are responding, I know that the best and latest safety features are responding with them. Unfortunately our other rigs are not quite up to those standards. The truck was chosen through the City’s purchasing process, and happened to be the lowest bid at just over $540,000. Kyle Vasseur (posing with the truck) is our newest career firefighter. We are very happy to bring him on to this new profession and who knows – maybe both he and the truck will retire together!

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I MADE THE MOVE

Beyond books Create art with the Library

The Nature of Powell River Photo Competition

As if Powell River could be any cooler

Get out and capture the natural beauty of Powell River. Digital submissions accepted until noon on Saturday, May 9th, details on our website.

Watercolour Portholes Kids will paint what they imagine on their very own porthole! April 11, 10:30-noon at the United Church on Crofton St.

A Taste of Art Join the Rotary Club of Powell River for the gala of the year, a fundraiser for art at the new library. April 18, from 7-10 in Brooks Great Hall. ATasteofArt.ca

ESCAPE TO POWELL RIVER: Danielle, Peter, Landon and Tristan Bordignon left New Westminster for the greener, less-hectic Sunshine Coast. Everyone says it’s “a great place to raise kids.” Yeah... it is.  photo by Isabelle Southcott

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ow cool is Powell River’s newest ex-Vancouver family, the Bordignons? So cool, that Peter is a HVAC and refrigeration technician. That means he’s so cool, he makes other things cool. Peter is the newest team member at 21 Degrees and Danielle is a stay-at-home mom. Their two kids, Landon (nearly three) and Tristan (one) will likely be joined by more brothers and sisters. “Originally when we talked about moving here we were joking,” they wrote in an email. “But the more we thought about it, the more we couldn’t think of a reason why we shouldn’t.”

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P&D • We want our kids to grow up outside the busy Lower Mainland – where we both grew up. We enjoy being outdoors and there is so much to offer so close to home. P • Plus everyone looks so young for their age, I want to find out that secret.

When? Where from? P&D • January 2015, New Westminster, BC. What surprised you about Powell River once you moved here? P • How quiet it is at night; it took me a while to be able to sleep without any noise.

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D • How people think it’s a big trip to drive north or south of town! Haha...in the city we used to cross a bridge just to go to the grocery store!

What made you decide to move to Powell River? P • Get away from the city, and it doesn’t hurt being a couple boats away from my in-laws, haha, just kidding of course. D • Peter’s commute to work is only minutes here, so moving has allowed us to spend more time together as a family. Where is your favourite place in Powell River? P • Anywhere with my wife and kids. But the second best place is on a boat, out on the water looking back at Powell River, reeling in a fish or pulling up a pot of spot prawns. (my new favorite meal). D • So far I love the sea walk; we can be down there for hours. How did you first hear about Powell River? P+D • Peter’s brother (Matt) and sister-inlaw (Nicole) live here, and we came out to visit. What would make Powell River a nicer community? P • Winning the lottery so I could do more fishing. D • It would be nice to have a kids’ clothing store, unless there already is one I don’t know about?

If you were mayor of Powell River what would you do? P • It’s impossible to make everybody happy, so being mayor is probably pretty stressful. So as mayor I would most likely take a lot of vacation days. D • I don’t think Peter is running for mayor any time soon so we don’t need to worry.

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What are Powell River’s best assets? P • I heard about this company called 21 Degrees, it sounds like a great place to get a new furnace, heat pump or fireplace. D • Everything about the ocean. The views, the sunsets, and the stars. Stunning. What is your greatest extravagance? P • Our kids, I guess, until I get a nice boat. Yes, they can come too. D • Our kids. Which talent or superpower would you most like to have? P • To keep my wife happy at all times. And changing diapers without the experience of changing a diaper. D • If I could be more “talented” in the kitchen, that would be nice. :) If you know someone we should feature in I Made the Move, please email isabelle@prliving.ca with your idea.

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HELLO, POWELL RIVER “Powell River is so amazing. It’s a huge musical centre on the national music scene. Iceland, Sweden, the Yukon, everyone has heard of Powell River.” “We’ve always known we wanted to be on stage and being together is the most fun.” “It’s always a reunion for us when we come home and get to see everyone.”

Julie and Carli Kennedy Passion: Country and classical music Position: Musicians, Twin Kennedy Other interests: Teaching, travel

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Identical twins, unique success

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dentical twins Carli and Julie Kennedy grew up in Lang Bay, listening to old country tunes. They cut their teeth on the likes of Hank Williams and the Judds. “CMT (Country Music Television) was always on. We always had country music playing in our house,” says Julie. The twins performed in the Kennedy family band with little sister Katelyn and their dad Bruce. They played at Sea Fair and at the RCMP Musical Ride half time show. They’d hop on cruise ships as they passed

by Powell River to perform for an hour or two. All the while they dreamed that some day they’d be making their living as professional musicians. That dream is now a reality. Twin Kennedy as they call themselves, have been nominated seven times for the BC Country Music Awards since 2012. On April 7, they release their debut album, It’s a Love Thing. To celebrate, they’ll perform at home in Powell River on April 15. It’s a Love Thing is more than a song. “It’s our mom and dad’s story,” says Julie. “What makes a man get up every day? What makes a woman get up? Love.

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“It’s a love thing and it was built from our family roots in Powell River and the love our parents have for each other and the love our whole family has for each other,” says Julie. Carli and Julie went to Kelly Creek Community School. “Dad worked at the mill and mom at the hospital. We were always in school bands and choirs and took lessons at the Academy of Music for years,” says Carli. Although they always loved country, they focused on classical music while taking lessons. “It was always a mixture of stuff,” says Julie. The twins began teaching violin and guitar at Kelly Creek School while attending high school at Brooks.

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DID BACH OR BEETHOVEN EVER LOSE IT LIKE THIS?: The Kennedy Twins started out playing classical at Powell River Academy of Music. Then this happened. “We did Bachelor of Fine Arts in music performance at UVic,” said Julie. “Carli did classical guitar and I did classical violin. We both had full scholarships.” Julie came back to Powell River for two summers to attend PRISMA. After they graduated from university they knew they would return to country music. Today they describe their sound as classical to country. Carli and Julie took their time writing and producing It’s a Love Thing. “We’ve been writing songs for it for a couple of years now,” says Carli. The biggest challenge making the album, they said, was deciding which of the 100 songs they wrote for it would stay - and which would go. “We were travelling to Nashville, writing for the album and looking for the right producer match,” said Carli. The twins found that match with award-winning Canadian country music superstar George Canyon and producer

TWIN KENNEDY CONCERT What: Hometown girls play here, on tour When: April 15. 7:30 Where: Max Cameron Graham Sharkey. Just off a cross-Canada tour that took them from Sooke (where they now live) to Cape Breton, the twins look forward to making more music. “We visited 47 radio stations in two months,” said Carli. At the same time they did 17 shows and took in two snowstorms. While in Powell River, Carli and Julie will reconnect with musical mentors such as Paul Cummings and Peter Taylor. They’ll also be performing at schools and offering master classes with the music students at Brooks. “We will have a celebration in Powell River!” says Carli.

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Dreamcatchers When: July 20 to 25 For whom? Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth aged 16 to 24 Promotes holistic leadership, pluralism and cross-cultural understanding. Activities include paddling, kayaking, hiking, swimming, music, workshops and storytelling. Part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program; Students interested in completing their Gold Residential Project will be particularly interested in Dreamcatchers.

Summer School When: July and early August. How to register: School counselors will have info in June. To ensure successful completion of Grades 8 and 9 and specific courses will be run for Grades 10-12. Students will also have the opportunity to write Provincial Exams.

Brooks Link Program How to register: Call Rod Perrault, Vice Principal Brooks Secondary School, at 604 483-3171. Partnered with Vancouver Island University for learners who have not yet completed high school and are currently out of school. Students can start any time and continue many courses throughout the summer. Please note: SD47 summer programs for younger students will be announced soon.

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The Arts Council... Powell River Council for Arts, Culture and Heritage invites applications for its Spring 2015 grant program. Any organization involved in arts, culture or heritage in the Powell River community may apply for support for a local project. Applications and funding criteria are available online at: www.PowellRiverArtsCouncil.com or may be picked up at the Patricia Theatre.

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EAGLE EYES: This eagle was spotted hopping around Homalco Drive last month. After being flagged down, Erik Blaney contacted the Avian Rescue Centre and then local bird lady Merrilee Prior to rescue the injured bird. It’s suspected the bird gorged on herring, since it was coated in fish oil. A sprained wing is expected to heal, and the eagle is scheduled to be released later this month. photo by Erik Blaney


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it would be nice to surprise her with the cake. Her address was on the customer comment card so he decided to deliver it to her house. When he told assistant store manager Matt Hexter what he was doing and invited him along, Matt said: “we should take her some flowers too.” Ulli was very surprised to have a cake and tulips delivered to her home by the manager and assistant manager. “They really made me happy,” she said. “Really happy.” And the cake? “It was very good. Very creamy. We shared it with friends.” Husband Mike is happy too. “They went above and beyond.” As for Steve? “It seemed like such an easy thing to do to make a customer happy. A lot of time businesses lose track of what they can do for customer service. It was fun for me to do this.”

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aking environmentally conscious choices is something that many people are doing on a daily basis. Eating local, buying organic and using reusable shopping bags is a daily practice for many Powell River residents, but it is easy to forget the impact the clothes we put on every morning can have on our environment. Powell River Earth Week (April 22 to 28) and the Malaspina Art Society have partnered to put on a unique eCouture wearable art fashion show as part of this year’s Earth Week events. “This fashion show is important to help raise awareness of the real cost of clothing,” says Shaunalee Yates, Powell River artist and fashion show organizer. “It also reminds us of the impact clothes can have on our global society and the environment. The fashion show also helps educate people about sustainable clothing and presents funky, fashionable outfits that are made locally and have minimal impact on the environment.” For Yates, Wendy Drummond and Amber Friedman, who are organizing the wearable art fashion show, making sustainable choices is important when it comes to clothing. Yates says she always buys second hand clothing, and has found that eco-friendly clothing is a great way to combine her passion for art with creating functional and beautiful pieces to wear. “Clothing is a great place to combine aesthetics and functionality and we don’t need more stuff,” she says. “I recombine, revision, renew, redo, recreate, recon-

POWELL RIVER FASHION WEEK: Earth Week takes on couture April 24, with an eco-conscious fashion show organized by volunteer artist Shaunalee Yates. figure and when buying something new, I think of the greater good global impact than just my own purchase.” More than ever, consumers are recognizing the power they have when it comes directing industries. The growth of the organic market is an example of how

“Look for the story behind how the fabric or item of clothing was made, and by who. Consumers have a lot of power in directing the fashion industry.” – Shaunalee Yates customers have driven what companies provide, and Drummond says people could make the same impact when it comes to the fashion industry. “When buying or making, I try to stick to the classic styles that allow me the greatest mileage from an article of clothing,” she says. “I like to stick to natural, and sustainable fibres, and

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KISS ME GOODBYE: Cherubs as exterior decor? One thing is for sure. When we move out in 2045 and someone else inherits our decor circa 2015, they’ll leave our knickknacks on this trail, too.

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“You should paint them purple and make their eyes shoot red lasers!” – An East Van friend Right. We pondered these suggestions for months, in no hurry to un-do the former owner’s passion project. This Arts & Crafts style original is the first home we’ve ever bought. We’re

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In our rentals, we had to live with someone else’s taste in shag carpets and chandeliers. In our own home, we can make our own style faux pas.

GRIM, BUT SO. MUCH. BETTER: Tearing up the wall-to-wall in the living room and dining room revealed three-inch-thick Douglas-fir floors. Eureka.  began flooding out for renovations. Some changes were obvious. Beige wall-to-wall carpets covered the usual places, such as the livingroom and bedrooms – and creative places, such as the entryways and bathroom. We ripped those out, and hired Jamie Sheritt to restore the intact, old-growth Douglas-fir floors. In the bathroom, our contractor Norbert Detlow ripped out the aged cabinets and 1970s-era bathtub. He laid tiny black and white tile from Custom Carpet – an ode to my grandmother’s Kitsilano bathroom (though hers was lavender and cream… and I’m not cool enough to pull that off). For Mother’s Day several years ago, my husband bought me an old cast-iron bath tub. We’ve stored it outside, as we’ve moved from rental to rental. Fix Auto re-enameled the inside, painted the outside, and had the feet sent out for nickelplating. Surprisingly to me (as it’s an auto shop), bathtubs are part of their regular business. Pete’s Plumbing sold us the roy-

alty-worthy tap kit to add a shower and curtain ring, plus the hanging sink. The house’s appliances mostly still worked. So what do you do with that? As an environmentally-responsible citizen, I know that keeping an old dryer – no matter how inefficient – is probably greener than replacing it – no matter how efficient. But high on a line of credit (or was it the primer fumes?) we went to Sears. Like that famous shopping sequence in Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts arrives at Rodeo Drive’s Boulmiche Boutique a destitute hooker and leaves as a sophisticated-looking socialite, so we transformed our home through shopping. Let me step back for a moment, so you’ll appreciate the full picture of how revelatory buying appliances – and renovating a home – can be. As a couple, we’ve lived in 12 rentals over the past 14 years. We’ve “enjoyed” every colour of shag carpet manufactured. We’ve washed our clothes in washers that cost $4 a load; washers that

smelled like rotting dishwater; washers that we shared with multiple (dirty) roommates; and washers that simply did not get our clothes any cleaner than they were before. We’ve lived with kitchens with no storage. We’ve lived with trickster ovens on which the temperature varied significantly from the dial. We’ve lived with mice, raccoons and relatives. We’ve lived with apartment-sized fridges and dishwashers, the two most useless appliances ever invented. Sears supplied us with a new washer, dryer, fridge, gas stove, and dishwasher. Norbert installed all of them, with new wood countertops and tile in our butler’s pantry from Rona. We felt like the winners from Extreme Home Makeover – but with less Ty Pennington and more neighbours with beer. Six days before Christmas, we moved in, feeling pretty proud. Our roof, which we hoped would last for the winter, did not. Water leaked down the chimney. So we called in the roofer. The heating ducts, we discovered, did not heat the upstairs. So we plugged in space heaters. And then someone – I cannot recall who – gave us a stellar piece of advice. “At some point, you have to decide when you’re done, because when you buy a house, there will always be more to do.” And that’s what we did. In Vancouver, from which we escaped, there’s an emerging idea that renting for-

ever is okay. That’s just the way it’ll be for many city residents. That could have been our fate, too. But as new homeowners, we’re converts to buying, and evangelical about the benefits. For the first time in 14 years, we’ve truly unpacked. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Our monthly costs have plummeted. In Powell River, renting nearly anything is more expensive than paying a mortgage - at the lower end of the market. All of my appliances work. I love my bathroom. And my pantry. And my weird view of churches and the mill. And, I love that I can make decisions about aesthetics. In our rentals, we had to live with someone else’s taste in shag carpets and chandeliers. In our own home, we can make our own style faux pas. Which brings me back to the cherubs. Two have made their way to Trinket Trail (we didn’t pick up other trail knickknacks to replace them.) At least 13 remain on the house. The part of me that craves Quaker-like simplicity and appreciates the inherent beauty of the stately Arts & Crafts style wants to chip each of their chubby little bodies off the walls and pitch them in the nearest bin. The part of me that appreciates the quirky, the funny and the sentimental wants to retain them, in honour of the home’s true history. What will become of the cherubs? Well, because we own the house, that is our decision. And that is a feeling worth $142,000, plus renos.

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Leukemia strikes Henderson student

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welve-year-old Madison White is fighting for her life in BC Children’s Hospital while family members take turns making sure she’s never alone. The Henderson Elementary School student didn’t feel well on March 16. “She went to sleep but when her mom tried to wake her she was unresponsive,” said Aunt Elisa Jardine who lives in Gibsons. “Her mother (Jamie Summers) rushed her to hospital where doctors discovered that she’d had a brain hemorrhage. She was flown to Vancouver with her mother and Aunt, April White, where she underwent brain surgery to relieve the pressure that was building due to a hemorrhage. Following the surgery, the family was given the diagnosis that Madison has acute myelogenous leukemia in an advanced stage. Chemotherapy was started the next day to try and get Madison into remission as soon as possible. The doctors are hoping to see a remission by the end of March and the family has been told that Madison’s chemotherapy treatments will require her to be in the hospital for the next six months. “It will be a long, hard battle for this beautiful little girl but we are hopeful that with the love of her family, friends and God’s healing hands, she will go into remission soon. The family has been told that there is a 60 percent chance of eradicating the leukemia and Madison has been placed in a study group which allows doctors to use new medications from around the world on her that are not readily available for patients in Canada. This gives Madison a better chance at survival if she needs to be given another form of medication other than what she is receiving at present to treat the leukemia,” says her great Aunt Susan Blanchard who lives in Welland, Ontario. Susan has opened a GoFundMe page called Madison’s Healing Prayers Fund where she is raising money for Madison’s needs and to help the family with their expenses of traveling back and forth from Powell River to Vancouver’s Children Hospital where Madison is staying. Madison’s page is updated daily so those who are donating money or want to leave a comment or a prayer can see how Madison is progressing.

“It will be a long, hard battle for this beautiful little girl” – Great Aunt Susan Blanchard There is also a Facebook page called Healing Prayers for Madison White where the family posts updates about Madison as well as pictures, comments and prayers. On March 23, Madison had a lumbar puncture done (a treatment given through the spine) so medicine could be directed into her brain and spinal fluid where they have found cancer cells. She came through that procedure well and was actually chatting with the family for a few minutes at a time when she was awake. “She was often using the thumbs up gesture to let everyone know

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ford all the expenses associated with travel and spending so much time in Vancouver while Maddie receives treatment so friends are asking the community to help if they can. Besides the gofundme page (Madison’s Healing Prayers Fund) donations are being accepted at BMO under her Uncle Christopher MacGregor’s name with memo saying ‘In trust for Madison White.’ Transit number is 07810; account is 3982-189. Madison is the oldest of eight children in a blended family. She lives in the Townsite and is in grade seven at Henderson School. “She’s just one of those kids who seems to be able to find joy in everything she does, says

WAYS TO HELP MADISON Prayers, of course. And there’s a financial reality for her family to be with her as she goes through treatment for the next six months. . If you can donate money, here’s how: • At press time, Madison’s page at gofundme.com had raised $3,850 of the estimated $25,000 that will be needed. • Donations are being accepted at BMO under her Un-

cle Christopher MacGregor’s name with memo saying ‘In trust for Madison White.’ Transit number is 07810; account is 3982-189. • Keep up to date on Facebook at Healing Prayers for Madison White.

LIFE BEFORE LEUKEMIA: Madison White, the oldest of eight sisters and brothers, is in hospital in Vancouver fighting cancer. Her friends have promised to buy her a turquoise wig after she loses her hair, because she’s always wanted turquoise hair.  she was hanging in there. Speaking was difficult as her mouth was swollen from the intubation tube that had been down her throat to help her breathe,” said Susan. The following day Madison showed some signs of deterioration and was taken back into surgery to relieve pressure that was building on her brain again due to continual bleeding. With Madison’s platelet level so low, the blood was not clotting to stop the bleeding. Her spleen was enlarged and was destroying the platelets so her surgeon decided to remove her spleen. The platelet level immediately began to increase and was two fold by the time they began the brain surgery. Madison’s Uncle Chris MacGregor of Gibsons says “She’s a fighter, they removed her spleen, another blood clot from her brain and drained her brain of fluids.” Madison continues to astonish her family and doctors with her will to survive and comes through such procedures so well and with a “thumbs up.” The family doesn’t know how they will be able to af-

Doug Skinner who coached her at volleyball. Henderson Principal Kristin Brach says Madison’s Henderson family sends her lots of love and strength. “Maddie’s family is such a key factor in her life and recovery and although they are able to make ends meet, they are not a wealthy family,” said family friend Amanda Bye. “Her mother, father (Jason), stepmother, grandma, grandpa and aunt have been by her side since the day this all happened and have been taking shifts in her room so she never has to be alone. Maddie’s brother Hunter, 2 and sister Heather, 3 are also in Vancouver. “Maddie is surrounded by so many people that love and care about her. There are hundreds of people who have never met her who continue to pray for her and her family including her family in Ontario.” Maddie’s school friends made her volleyball uniform into a giant pillow, said Elisa. “There were three kids from Powell River who were in Vancouver on spring break and they went to the hospital to visit her.” Thirteen-year-old Isabelle Nivens visited Maddie with her sister Chayana and friend Dakota Budgell during spring break. “She could hear us talking to her, but she couldn’t respond,” said Isabelle, adding that they wanted Maddie to know they were thinking about her and they care. Madison will soon lose all her waist length blonde hair, said Chris. “Her friends told her they will buy her a turquoise wig, because she always said she wanted turquoise hair.” Save On Foods held a barbecue and Powell River Living has heard that other fundraisers are in the works. “Your prayers are definitely reigning triumphant for Madison so please keep them coming,” said a family post on social media. “I have witnessed so many miracles this week as Madison keeps coming through such critical ordeals with flying colors.”


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Five years ago, Kayla Crouse Morris was a healthy 19-year-old. She was living alone finishing her schooling online and doing what 19-year-olds do, says ‘grammee’ Carol Regnier. “She was hanging out with friends and listening to music,” she recalls. But then, something happened and overnight her life changed. “Kayla contracted a bad virus that caused a high fever. She was not treated as early as she should have been.” By the time her aunt Meisha Harper went to visit Kayla, she was retaining fluid in her lower limbs. “Meisha took her to see a doctor and she was sent straight to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver,” says Carol. While at St. Paul’s, Kayla was put on dialysis and the fluids were drained. But the damage had already been done to Kayla’s kidneys. “Doctors recommended that she relocate to Vancouver or Vancouver Island so she could see a kidney specialist on a regular basis,” said Meisha.

FIVE YEARS ON: Diagnosed at 19 and now 24, Kayla is reaching end-stage kidney disease. She and her family are seeking a donor.

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Got a team? Coaches meeting April 9, 7 pm, at the Complex. No team yet? Or just stoked for slopitch? Come to Sunset Park for a fun “play-day” on Easter Sunday, April 5th, at 2pm. Find a team and warm up your arm for the season.

Kayla left Powell River so she could receive the care she needed and is now living in the Lower Mainland. “Kayla has been on hemodialysis for five years,” says Meisha. “She’s on it three times a week for four hours a day and has recently been advised that it is no longer helping. She’s been told that she is reaching end stage kidney disease.” Kayla’s only hope is a new kidney, says her aunt. “But because she has a rare blood type, O Negative, she needs a donor who is also O Negative.” Kayla’s family is finding it hard to watch this beautiful young woman struggle with so many health issues. “She’s now depressed, too,” says Carol. “She just stays at home except for her many medical appointments and dialysis.” “There is no match for Kayla’s blood type in her immediate family,” says Meisha. “So we’re appealing to Powell River, hoping that someone will be able to help.” The family created a Facebook page called Kidney for Kayla Crouse (Morris) that has information about kidney donation. “Kayla is a vibrant, young woman who has yet to fulfil her life’s dreams;­to have a career, become a mother, and enjoy life’s beauty. She deserves a chance to enjoy simple, everyday life that most of us take for granted,” says Carol. If you can help, email westviewhotel@shaw.ca

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Ages and Stages

Free books, toothbrushes, and advice BY LAURA KEW | ECE Coordinator of Supported Child Development, IPR

“Is my child eating as much as she should?” “When will he talk?” “When will she lose her first tooth?” “I don’t think he plays like other kids.” “She stumbles when she runs.” Ages and Stages Children’s Fair is a fun, family event – and a great opportunity for parents and children to spend some time together, while meeting some of the local experts in childhood development. This year, we’re celebrating our

Drop-in welcome Ages 3-10

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12th annual event. Parents can pick the professionals’ brains with common questions such as the ones listed above, or your own unique queries. Chances are, the professionals have heard it all before! Last year, dad Lee Illing attended the event with his son. He said it was “amazing having all of the community professionals in the same place. We have great resources here, it was like a one-stopshop for children’s health and wellness. “I had some questions about my son’s sleep habits, and we spoke with the Infant Development Program and the Occupational Therapist. They both gave me some great ideas, and other resources, like books and videos. My son loved the story time and the gross motor activities. I thought there was great energy, it was fun for the kids and a fun day out for me and my son.” As Lee found out, a few answers from a knowledgeable expert can relieve fears and if needed, put you on the right path to find some extra help.

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Celebrate the release of CD # 9 Stirring Up Ghosts Volumes 1&2

April 16, 2015 @ Max Cameron Theatre 7 pm doors 7:30 show

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AGES & STAGES FAIR What: The 12th annual Ages and Stages Fair, a fun and educational day for children 2 to 5, their siblings and their parents. When: Friday May 8, 9:30am to 3 pm. Please register by 2pm. Where: Recreation Complex. Why: Parents may choose to screen their children for dental, hearing, vision and speech health, and get help finding local resources to support. Laura Kew 604-485-6077x226.

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All children who attend will be given a reusable bag with a free book chosen for their age. This is a gift for parent and child, to encourage one to one reading time at home, which we know is valuable for language development. Families make their way through a number of centres, fun health activities, speech and language games, dental (free toothbrushes!), fun colouring and cutting activities, balance beam and bike riding area, brain and

body games, storytelling, and ends with a wonderful healthy snack. There will be lots of tips and tricks for parents to make easy healthy food, for even the pickiest eater. To add fun and excitement to the event, the Orca Bus, and the fire department will be there. So gather up your kids and your questions, and join us!

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QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE BEAR?: The 12th annual Ages and Stages Fair connects parents of with the region’s early childhood professionals. 

ACADEMY CABARET A Night in New Orleans

Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm James Hall • $25

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Academy Chamber, Chor Musica Men’s & Powell River Youth Choirs Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm James Hall • $18

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Gardening for aromas

The sweet, candy scent of Boxleaf Azara A growing concern JONATHAN VAN WILTENBURG | jonathan@edenhort.ca

Over the past few years, my affection for a tree called a Boxleaf Azara (azara microphylla) has grown immensely. Its main interest for me is the powerful fragrance it launches into the garden. Often compared to vanilla, cocoa, or milk chocolate, the sweet scent moves on the warm spring winds and will stop you in your tracks every time. Native to Chile and Argentina, azara microphylla is an evergreen tree (or large shrub) with a lanky yet graceful character. The branches have a layered habit and sport small shiny dark green leaves similar to that of boxwood. The flowers are yellow, small and inconspicuous (you will smell them before you see them), tucked away underneath the leaves. Apart from the scent, Azara is extremely versatile in the garden. They can perform in shade, sun, on drier ground, on moist ground, in acidic or alkaline soil as long as they are well drained. They have a reputation to even do

quite well on windy coastal sites. Azaras can be planted as a specimen, or used to create an interesting backdrop for plants. Some have even used them as an informal hedging material. This darling reaches a height of around 20 feet tall by 10 feet wide after about 10 years, and it truly is a specimen. A variegated cultivar also exists, which flaunts a dainty creamy white in the leaves. If you’re in the market for a small evergreen tree, I would definitely recommend this handsome tree in the garden. It will not disappoint. Cultivation

Azara trees are quite easy to grow, and if care is taken when planting, it should do well. As mentioned above, Azaras are extremely adaptable and will perform in most areas. They prefer to grow in full sun, however they will do quite well (still producing flowers) in partial shade. The site must be well-drained. Azaras prefer rich soil and will grow more quickly in a fertile, sunny location. Pruning

Due to the gangly and feathery growth habit, a light pruning can be used to tighten up the growth when young.

Top Priorities in the garden for April. 1. Get out there and deal with the weeds. If you don’t deal with them now you will have a large chore on your hands in the coming months. 2. It has been a relatively mild winter so keep water usage at the forefront of your mind. Think about ideas that will minimize your water usage and maximize your efficiency (ie: an irrigation system, plant choices, design, soil and mulch). 3. April is the optimal period for lawn maintenance. Take advantage of the moist spring weather and get all the seeding, aerating, or topdressing finished before the hot weather arrives. 4. Spilt up and/or move your perennials that have outgrown their homes or are just not working in a particular spot. 5. Apply compost or mulch to enrich and create better soil structure. 6. Prune back your early spring flowering plants such as winter jasmine, forsythia, witch-hazel, kerria, heather, daphne, edgeworthia, and sweetbox. 7. Harvest your early crop of rhubarb and your asparagus. Continue this for the next six weeks or so. 8. Keep sowing your vegetable and flower seed. 9. Design your summer annual planter boxes and pots. It is always a good idea to come up with a design prior to heading to the nursery so you can ensure your pots will have well balanced growth, colour, texture, and interest throughout the summer. 10. Resist the temptation of planting everything outside. Don’t plant out the beans, tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, and most of the flowering summer annuals. Unless you have sufficient insulation such as cold frames or cloches, keep them sheltered until May. Pest and disease

However ,it is not a necessity. If Azara is going to be used to create an informal hedge, heavier pruning will be needed to maintain shape. Other than that, Azara’s require little maintenance.

Azaras tend to be disease and pest free. Remember a happy plant is a healthy plant, so take the time to plant it right. If your plant finds itself in optimal conditions no issues are likely to arise.

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PETALS ON A WET BLACK BOUGH: Herb Daum captured the soggy, sweet first blooms of spring in March, with a tribute to the shades and hues of pink.

WHAT’S UP

Stirring up Ghosts

Pacific-based roots music ensemble Tiller’s Folly will release their ninth album, Stirring Up Ghosts, April 16 at the Max Cameron Theatre. Songs of triumph, and adventures of heroes and villains will take centre stage when the show gets underway at 7:30 pm. Drawn from recordings that span the band’s 18-year-history, Stirring Up Ghosts is a collection of original music by the band’s Bruce Coughlan. The twoalbum CD includes 21 historically-based ballads. Tickets at Breakwater Books and Fudge and at the door. For more info 604-483-3900 or www.maxcamerontheatre.ca or www.tillersfolly.com

funds and awareness for hospice. All the money raised in Powell River will stay in the community to help the Hospice Society provide active support and education for end-of-life and bereavement to all residents in Powell River and the Regional District.

Art for the library

Looking for some amazing art and some fine wine? Don’t miss A Taste of Art on April 18 from 7 to 10 pm at The Great Hall at Brooks Secondary School. Presented by the Rotary Club of Powell River, this fundraising gala features wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and min-

Wild Art Show

Artist Katrina Marie Craig’s show “Wilding Things” opens at 7 pm April 2 at VIU’s gallery. The show, which runs to May 5th, was inspired by the gorgeous coastal Islands that are alongside Powell River. “They are portrayed as if in a dream rather than as a photographic documentation of this physical plane,” said Katrina. Along with many abstractions and dreamscapes from the World of Wildling, Katrina’s exhibition is an alternate reality peopled by animals, fairies, elves and many more Wildlings of all kinds.

New hospice society hike

The newly-formed Powell River Hospice Society will hold a Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, on Sunday, May 3rd at Willingdon Beach, from 1 to 4 pm. The family-friendly hike is a local and national event as thousands of participants across Canada will hike to raise

Pollen Sweaters’ Fourth Annual

We Love Our Locals April 11th, 10am until April 25th, 4pm, featuring

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gling amongst beautiful works of art. Art from more than 30 local artists will be auctioned off during the evening with proceeds shared by the artists and art at the new library. Tickets available at Breakwater Books and from Rotary members. For more info visit atasteofart.ca

Run to slo-pitch!

Powell River Slo-Pitch wants you! The new season starts May 4. Got a team? Coaches meeting April 9 at 7 pm at the complex. No team yet? Come to Sunset Park for a fun play day on Easter Sunday, April 5, at 2 pm. Find a team and warm up your arm for the season. Tammy Lessard at 604 483 1286 or 604 485-0232 blue_smurf83@hotmail.com

Special O wins more

Powell River’s Special Olympic floor hockey team won a gold medal at the BC games in February. Coached by Powell River’s Tarra Tipton, the team was made up of Tanya Norman, Andrew Swindlehurst and Robert Lang plus the Comox athletes and coaches. In the floor hockey skills competition, Jordyn McGregor also came home with a gold medal.

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Shuffle for a new hut, or just ‘cause In the midst of the Sunshine Coast Trail, there‘s a 35-kilometre “death march” between two widely-spaced huts. Only the hardiest, most driven hikers would tackle the gap in a day. It’s a problem that a crew of Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society trail volunteers are fixing by building the trail’s 11th cabin in the middle of the gap, near Lois Lake. They’re hoping Marathon Shufflers will help raise money for the shelter – which will cost roughly $10,000. “We’re naming the hut Stanley Hut, after Golden Stanley [a Stillwater pioneer and Powell River’s first archivist],” said Scott Glaspey, who founded the trail with Eagle Walz and is currently the society’s treasurer. “We’ve been clearing the site since January, and we’ll start building in May. It’s got a great view of the Smith Range.” Construction begins a week after hundreds of runners and hikers take to the trail for the 22nd annual Marathon Shuffle April 26. What started as a loosey-goosey gathering of about a dozen runners – Scott included – now attracts more than 150 out-of-town participants, plus about another 150 locals. Some “shuffle” the entire 29-kilometre route starting near Lund; others shuffle 12 kilometres. Both

MARATHON SHUFFLE What: The 22nd annual Marathon Shuffle is a hike or a run down 29 kilomatres of the Sunshine Coast Trail... or 12 kilometres, for those who prefer to do the ‘half.’ When: Sunday, April 26, plus pre-events April 25 More info: sunshinecoasttrail.com Why: Hosted by PRPAWS, Club Fat Ass, the Powell River Hikers and the BOMB Squad to promote the beauty of the Sunshine Coast Trail groups finish at the Shinglemill. It’s still free, though donations towards the hut are, of course, welcome. The past four years, Scott says, the shuffle has become a ‘thing.’ “If we keep going like this,” he said, “it’s going to mushroom big time.” On CBC radio last year, he mentioned, host and Powell Riverite Willow Yamauchi promoted the shuffle – giving it more air time than the 45,000-particiant Sun Run, happening on the same weekend. This year, CBC’s Sheryl MacKay will promote it on North by Northwest, the morning of the event. “We could be in the 500-participant range in a year or two,” said Scott. In the meantime, Scott is focusing on the new hut, the Golden Stanley Shelter, at Lois Lake, masterminded by Jim Stutt. The site is surrounded by towering 150foot trees, which will require a helicopter to lower prebuilt materials down a 200-foot rope. The hut and the shuffle: – not a bad couple of projects, for a man in the middle of two hip replacements.

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You rule baby! Energized and fresh! Speak. Act. Create your brave truth Aries! Stretch those svelte muscles and liberate the pure spirit of achievement at the April 26th ‘Marathon Shuffle’ hike, run, shuffle of the Sunshine Coast Trail.

Taurus (Apr 20/21-May 20/21)

A message through the ether guides you to discover a treasure that may be the key to your next big thing. Experience Mary Gavin, Celtic storyteller April 10th at the Evergreen.

Gemini (May 21/22-June 20/22)

Imagination and friendship, music and dress up, ‘should I stay or should I go now’ to the Space Prom CJMP Apr. 4th Cranberry Senior centre. Have fun with your mechanical side by building a Soapbox for the derby May 30th.

Tanning season! Spray Tans • New Swimwear Arriving Daily

tic healing with Blue Lotus Massage is your friend.

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New perspective is everything dear Cancer, friends have the power to change the future, be brave. Conductor Arthur Arnold will play cello at the Texada TACT Center in Van Anda to promote PRISMA.

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Cancer

(July 23/24-Aug 22/23) Travel time Tiger! Blend business with pleasure as freedom and culture crystallize your inner sense of purpose!

Virgo (Aug 23/24-Sept 22/23)

Sudden attraction and personal honesty shed light on your own undiscovered emotional terrain. “Live the Change” Urban Homesteading School Cranberry Hall April 27th.

Libra (Sept 23/24-Oct 22/24)

It’s your half birthday – rethink! Remember your superpower is to bring things together that appear separate, starting with your self.

Scorpio

(Oct 23/24-Nov 21/22) What strength you have! Nurture your power. Your vitality, either way, propels you forward, as body is the temple, work is the sweet incense of success. Holis-

BBQ Season is here!

Sagittarius (Nov 22/23-Dec 21/22)

Are you having fun yet? Life is a standup routine where humour is salvation. Roll with the Rotary Club Taste of Art auction at Brooks Great Hall Apr. 18th

Capricorn (Dec 22/23-Jan 19/20)

Feel that fire! Is it heartburn or love, from the past or for the future, and how much will it cost me? A rendezvous with a Cancer friend will help you process the emotions.

Aquarius (Jan 20/21-Feb 18/19)

Meet up with Gemini at the CJMP Space Prom April 4th there is so much to talk about! Then get busy at home with that garden project. Revel in a performance of the Academy Cabaret “A Night in New Orleans” at James Hall, April 10th.

Pisces (Feb 19/20-Mar 20/21)

Pump those intellectual and emotional biceps Pisces by attending a special appearance of the uncompromising iconoclast author Eden Robinson creator of Monkey Beach, (Trap lines and Son of a Trickster) April 24th United Church.

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experiencing why we’re so excited to bring this to Powell River,” said Telus rep Bruce Meli. For the eighth straight year, grocer Quality Foods has been selected from thousands of applicants as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and retains its prestigious accreditation as a Best Managed Platinum member in 2014. “It was a crucial year for us; we expanded to WestShore area in Victoria at last,” Ken Schley, QF’s Director of Operations and founding partner, said through a news release. Quality Foods is an independent grocer operating 12 stores on Vancouver Island and Powell River.

Derek and Danielle Lane have purchased the retail operations of Sunshine Coast Outfitters and Activities, renamed it Project 5 Outdoor Adventures, and moved it to 4741 Marine Avenue, near the corner of Alberni Street, and within kayak-hauling distance of Willingdon Beach, and a tiny ride to the extensive network of mountain bike trails in and around Powell River. Dani says the new shop offers a little more showroom space for the kayaking, SUP, canoeing, camping and climbing gear carried at the old store, as well as their expanded offerings of mountain bikes, BMX bikes, jump bikes, longboards and skateboards. Visit the website at p5outdooradventures.wix.com/project5, on Facebook at fb.com/p5outdooradventures, or call 604-485-4222. Sunshine Coast Aventures will continue to operate its guiding company out of Pebble Beach B&B. Kathy Rebane of Creekside Farm has joined the Top Shelf Feed team and is comanaging the farm, feed, pet and garden store on Duncan Street with Dillon Clarke. The Telus fibre optic network in Powell River is now live in some areas. The company has been installing the fibre network throughout the community since January, In case you’ve been out of town, or hiding under a rock and haven’t seen their vehicles, crews and contractors working everywhere. “Making an investment of this size into the  infrastructure  of Powell River, we’re eager to get everyone on the network and

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Each year, the average Canadian produces 14.7 tonnes of CO2e – carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. That number includes our personal cars, flights and cruises, and food imported from far away. It also includes carbon produced by Canadian industry. We depend on forests to absorb that carbon dioxide. Surprisingly, managed forests accumulate more carbon dioxide than wild ones do. Here in Powell River, the forests managed by WFP absorbed about 53,920 tonnes of CO2e in 2014 alone. That’s enough to offset the emissions of 3,668 average Canadians.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, April 2 Fundraiser for Madison White 7:30 pm in the Pow Wow room at the Beach Gardens. Live music, silent auction, to help the family. Admission by donation. Staff are donating their time.

Saturday, April 4

Arthur Arnold Concert

at Texada Island TACT Centre from 7 to 9 pm to promote PRISMA. By donation.

A Night in New Orleans Concert at James Hall, Academy of Music. 7:30.

The Big Mess The Rainbow Room at The Rodmay, 6:30pm.

Easter Egg Hunt City of Powell River’s annual event, 10:30am at Willingdon Beach.

Space Prom CJMP’s fourth annual people’s prom. 8pm, Cranberry Seniors Centre.

Sunday, April 5 Easter Put on your old grey bonnet with a blue ribbon on it.

Slo-pitch fun day 2pm at Sunset Park. Got a team? No team yet? Come on out!

Thursday, April 9 Board games by Night At the Powell River Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your own games or try one of ours. Free and open to all ages. Games are for all skill levels ages ten plus. Call 604 485-8663 for more info..

Friday, April 10 Celtic storyteller Mary Gavin

Will perform her one-woman show, A Road Oft Travelled, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Powell River Public Library. No registration necessary.

Saturday, April 11 Watercolour Portholes 10:30 to noon. Kids 7 to 13 are invited to Watercolour Portholes with illustrator, Deb Turney Zagwyn at the United Church. Materials provided. Wear an old shirt and leave with your own circular window. No registration necessary.

BCSPCA Beer & Burger Night Carlson Club from 5 to 9 pm.

RCMP Community Police office open house In the Town Centre Mall from 10 am to 2 pm. RCMP officers and volunteers will answer questions. Stop by and enter to win a prize.

Breeding Ground Singer-songwriter series at the CRC. 7:30pm.

Thursday, April 16 Tiller’s Folly CD release concert. 7:30pm at Max Cameron.

Saturday, April 18 James Thomson Spring Carnival 11 am at the Recreation Complex.

Alt Rock Down the Block

Trash Bash

starts at 7:30 pm at the Community Resource Centre. This is a fundraiser for the music revolution with one North Island and two Powell River rock bands.

From 9:30 am to 3 pm. Meet at Willingdon Beach and help clean up our community from illegally dumped trash. For more info email trashbash@powellriverrd. bc.ca or call 604 485-0020.

Cops for Cancer beer and burger night from 5 to 9 pm at TC’s pub with this year’s rider RCMP Cst. Jennifer Crossman. Tickets $15 available at the RCMP detachment or at Town Centre Hotel.

A Taste of Art

Powell River Open Air Market Opens for the season. April 25 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and April 26 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Rotary fundraiser. www.atasteofart.ca.

Sunday, April 26

April 22 to 28 Earth Week

Marathon Shuffle

Includes the eco-fashion show, flag raising, workshops, restaurant specials, and much more. earthweekpr.ca.

Hike or run 12 or 29 kilometres of the Sunshine Coast Trail. sunshinecoast-trail.com.

Friday, April 24

Monday, April 27

Author Eden Robinson reading

Live the Change

BC author Eden Robinson will read from her awardwinning novel Monkey Beach and her new work Son of a Trickster from 7 to 8 pm at the United Church. Contact the library for more info.

Powell River Urban Homesteading School presents Live the Change from 7 to 9 pm at the Cranberry Community Hall. By donation.

April 24 & 25 Powell River Home and Garden Show April 24 from 4 to 8 pm and April 25 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Powell River Recreation Complex.

Saturday, April 25 Friends of the Library fundraiser for the new library from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Cranberry Seniors Centre. Support the growth of the library’s collection. Buy a book and get your name put on a book plate in the new collection. Explore new authors and ideas. Support Trash Bash and bring your own bag or box.

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Friday, May 1 Roots round-up Carolyn Mark and Clay George play McKinney’s at The Rodmay, 9pm.

Saturday, May 2 Emergency Preparedness Fair

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Join us at the Home + Garden Show April 24 + 25 For our biggest sale of the year on blinds!

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