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Best known as the Man of Many Voices. Traveling the world, he has played top venues in Canada, Australia, the US, the United Kingdom. Energetic, amusing, and at times inspiring his most popular impersonations include Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. A show not to be missed. Victoria’s own Man of Many Voices, Mr. Johnny Vallis!

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Seaside Times august 2011 First Word

Raincoast Update A Guiding Star

Footprints Conversations From the Past

Forbes & Marshall No Death? Still Taxes

Island Dish Five-Star Cookout

Smell The Coffee Barista Competition "Buzzes" Victoria

Skin Deep The Saanich Fair is a special place for kids, most of all for the members of our local South-Malahat 4-H Club. The principles that support the fair and 4-H go hand-inhand: both groups’ mandates include encouraging and celebrating agriculture.

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FIRST WO R D Well, it’s official. I’m hopelessly happy, again. It all started 22 years ago with my mentor at hand, Evelyn Butler. Three years ago, I had the opportunity to buy Boulevard Magazine from her, but the timing wasn’t ideal. Buying Seaside Times, on the other hand, felt right. Perfect, actually. How could I go wrong? I’m back working in the community that I love and I live here too. I’ve always been amazed at the diversity of the Saanich Peninsula, from small business entrepreneurs to large multi-million corporations. Look at the Victoria Airport: that’s a city all on its own! This issue will touch on the 144th Saanich Fair, a real fixture on the Peninsula. Tara Saracuse shares some highlights and history of the fair and introduces us to Marissa and Cailyn Campbell, two fascinating young ladies involved in 4H. Events

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such as the Saanich Fair are integral to the growth of our community. It provides a venue for our local 4H club to show off and sell their projects and farmers to share their wares. It’s a place where you can learn and explore, get to know your community better, and, most of all, have a grand old time. What’s better than a real good cup of java? In Smell the Coffee (p. 24), Steve Sheppard talks about the art of becoming a great barista. You can see some amazing talent at the upcoming Western Canadian Regional Barista Championship on August 28th and 29th at the Crystal Gardens. If you love coffee as much as I do, it’s a must! If coffee doesn't lift your spirits as much as your energy level, you'll get a great chuckle from Barry Mathias with his take on "Surviving Garage Sales (p. 46)," which he calls materialistic orgies. Finally, I'd like to say "thank you" to all who have sent endless accolades of congratulations and compliments on my purchase of Seaside Times. I’m so very humbled by it all, because I think I’m the lucky one.

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A Guiding Star by Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation


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Although an avid birder, carnivores are Doug’s specialty. When he is out in the field, those accompanying him are privilege to eyes that have grown up in a land still blessed with top carnivores. Doug remains the only one of our crew to have seen a cougar in the Great Bear Rainforest. If these contributions weren’t enough, as Raincoast’s staff photographer Doug also captures the Great Bear Rainforest in still life as he transcribes to the world what he sees on his coast. You can find his eye-catching images in various Raincoast publications, media articles and on our website. A member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, Doug was born and raised in Bella Bella, just across the water from Denny Island where the Raincoast field station is located. Outside of his Raincoast life, Doug also serves as mentor to youth in his community, helping to pass down the knowledge and wisdom of Heiltsuk elders to a new generation.

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Weekly Foodie Fest Every time I purchase locally grown food, I marvel at the taste. Why is local food so yummy? I have the opportunity each week to purchase fresh items at the Peninsula Country Market which is entering its 20th consecutive season. It truly is the premier open air “Foodie Market” in the southern Vancouver Island region, with an average of 50 local vendors weekly, most of which are local farm gate and specialty food producers. The Peninsula Country Market welcomes approximately 2,000 guests every Saturday morning through to the Thanksgiving weekend. Every week is truly a “Foodie Fest.” May I suggest you make your way down to the market and pick up some great local and fresh goodies? Starting Saturday, September 10th, the Sysco Celebrity Chef Series will be presented in the RCMP Barn at the Saanich Fairgrounds. The series will

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run until Thanksgiving weekend and each Saturday morning a new spin on local products will be sure to please. The Series will feature talented local chefs who will demonstrate the preparation of a seasonal dish inspired by fresh ingredients, many of which will be available at the market that day. To add to the excitement, customers can enter to win an exclusive seat at the chef’s table by completing an entry ballot printed twice weekly in the Times Colonist. The Sysco Celebrity Chef Series will benefit local foodies and gourmet enthusiasts by offering great cooking tips, recipes and wonderful local products available from all over the Greater Victoria area. So, back to my original question: why does local food taste so good? Molly Watson at About.com stated it best in “Eight Reasons to Eat Local Foods:” 1. Local Foods Are Fresher (and Taste Better). Local food is fresher and tastes better than food that has been trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away. Think you can’t taste the difference between lettuce picked yesterday and lettuce picked last week, factory-washed, and sealed in plastic? You can. And fresh food? It lasts longer too. Enjoy what our local producers have to offer, with a taste you will remember for years to come. The local food movement is growing across the country because we are looking for more sustainable ways to produce our food. With that, the Peninsula Country Market is the bestknown “Foodie Market” on Vancouver Island.

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Conversations From the Past – Hannah Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In a series of upcoming “interviews,” imaginary conversations will be conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Hannah Maynard was a woman far ahead of her time. Determined, smart and with an eye for business, she became famous as Victoria’s first female photographer. (Interview conducted in 1905).

Interviewer Mrs. Maynard, I can tell by your accent that you originally came from somewhere other than Canada? (Hannah had a very broad Cornish accent which she maintained all her life). Maynard Very perceptive of you, dearie. I was born in Cornwall in England in 1834. I married my childhood sweetheart, Richard Maynard, and in 1852 we emigrated to Ontario. I What did you do there? M Richard worked at his trade as a shoe and leather merchant and I raised our first four children. It was a busy life. I What made you come west to Victoria?

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M Richard became restless when he heard about fortunes being made on the Fraser River in British Columbia so, in 1859, he left the business in my hands and headed west to see for himself. I Did he like what he saw? M Oh yes, and in one of his letters to me he mentioned there might be a need for photographers to document everything in this new frontier. It made me think that perhaps I should study photography – which I did. By the time Richard returned, I had learned a great deal and when we were ready to head west again, we shipped a considerable number of cameras and photo plates in addition to our household belongings. I What were your first impressions of Victoria?

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M Everything was bustling. We soon opened a store on Johnson Street where Richard operated his shoe and leather business and I had a photography studio. I also taught Richard all I had learnt so he was able to occasionally take off in the field documenting life in the Cariboo, the Yukon, and even the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Both he and I also took numerous photographs of Barkerville before the fire of 1868 which destroyed most of the original town.


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I Ah … but you were not content to stay out of things, so what were you also doing? M (laughing) Apart from taking care of our four children, and with another on the way, I was still running my very prosperous photography business. It seemed that everyone wanted their image taken by me. Miners wanted to send a photograph back home to their loved ones and mothers craved one of my “gems” taken of their children.

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I What was it you did every Christmas? M I always made up a composite of all the children I had photographed during the year and presented these to the mothers. I Your techniques seemed very advanced at that time?

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M I was able to intrigue people with my trick photography. I Is it true you worked for the Victoria Police Department as their official photographer? M Yes indeed. I took many “mug shots” of all the criminals of the day! I Forgive me for saying so, but you were definitely an unusual woman at that time – even your appearance was and still is a little different.

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M I liked to stand out! Didn’t like long hair so I cut mine short and I always wear it in tight curls. All my self-portraits show that. I Do you think you will ever retire? M Perhaps – and I will then hand over to the next generation. Richard Maynard died in 1907 and Hannah finally retired in her late ’70s in 1912. One of their sons, Albert, continued in the photography business. Another son, George, was a well-known auctioneer. Hannah herself died in her 85th year in 1918. Today, a street in Cadboro Bay bears the Maynard name. It was there that the family once owned a summer cabin. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca.

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No Death? Still Taxes by Michael Forbes Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. The first person who will live to 150 has already been born. In fact, the first person to live 1,000 years is only 20 years younger. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist and has a foundation that is dedicated to longevity research. His belief is that doctors will start to be able to cure aging and banish disease within our lifetime. If people started living to 150 on a regular basis, when the heck would you retire? If you were that full of life for that long, at age 65 you would just be getting started. You’d even start hearing that you don’t have enough experience for some jobs: “He’s only 72, still wet behind the ears.” Everything would have to be slowed down … think about it: high school until your 40s, maybe some college and work at that fast food place until you’re 50 and settling down to get married and have family in your 60s. There are already six-and-a-half billion people on the planet. The old won’t be dying off to make room for the new anymore and men would be able to father children well into their hundreds … they could conceivably have dozens of kids. You would have to rent SaveOn-Foods Memorial Centre for family reunions!

Ancenstry.com would become obsolete too: if you wanted to find your great-great-great grandfather, you’d just have to look in the phone book! What about relationships? Think about the person you're with right now – you love them and they are a great life partner but really … can you imagine being with them for over 100 years? What the heck do you get someone for their 125th wedding anniversary anyway – matching canisters of oxygen? I really adore Lisa but I think that after about 75 years of wedded bliss, she’d start lacing my longevity pills with rat poison. The most interesting question would be about looks. If you started taking these pills when you were born there is a chance you could look 20 when you’re 50. It would kinda suck though, if you started the anti-aging process when you were 70 and looked like you were 70. Unless I could go back to looking 32 again, then count me out. Hollywood stars would continue to look great and not be driven out of the business because of age. Daniel Radcliffe would essentially never get older – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 37 anyone? This whole cure for aging debate really brings up more questions than it does answers. However, they do say there are only two things that we can be sure about in life: death and taxes. With no death, the only thing we can be certain of is paying tax on around 376 more hair cuts … .

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island dish

Five-Star Cookout by Jennifer Bowles Once the lobster is broken down, there’s a lot of meat tucked in the tail, the claws and main part of the body. This succulent creature is easy to pair with side dishes of corn, light salads or go straight for a juicy rib eye – that goes so beautifully!

Lobster is one of those dishes that you think is served in fancy restaurants with a ton of preparation requiring the cooking skills of an esteemed chef. Not so. What would you say if I told you one of the most decadent ways to prepare a whole lobster is on the barbecue? Having watched mouth-watering shows featuring outdoor clam bakes with juicy corn and the fresh flames of summer licking the shellfish for that backyard feel, lobster is a stunning dish and a show-stopper! The cost? Well, that’s something you can shop around for. I found a 2.5-pound lobster that could nicely feed three or four for under $30. 16

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Now, let’s get to preparing this dish. Once you have your whole live lobster I like to put it in the fridge at the back for storage. This is going to make it kind of sleepy. I have heard other people suggest putting it in the freezer but I’ve also spoken with many chefs who disagree, saying it changes the texture of the flesh. Let’s not risk that! Now, lobster is not a good “sit around” dish. Once it’s cooked,

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that’s when you eat it. If it sits, the flesh can go rubbery and dry … not nice. The key to this dish is to get all your side dishes prepared before you put the lobster on – it won’t take long at all! First: get a large, deep pot boiling with hot salted water. Be generous with your salt – it will make a difference. Next, remove Mr. Lobster from the fridge and remove the rubber bands on his claws. BE CAREFUL! That claw can have you reading back issues of People magazine in the emergency room for many hours. Next: place the lobster in the water head down. At this stage I put the lid on the pot and say: “thank you, I am certain this may not have been your retirement plan, but you are delicious and I will celebrate your life with many ounces of drawn butter and oaky chardonnay.” Too unkind?

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Lobsters go in the water for about five minutes a pound. ALWAYS go under that number by a smidge because you want “tender,” not “tire.” When he is out of the tub place him on the counter and

One of the most decadent ways to prepare a whole lobster is on the barbecue get your knife ready. You are going to hold very steady and strong – now take your knife and run it from the tip of the lobster’s head between his eyes down to the end of his tail, right in half and right down the centre. (We don’t need to talk about how that went, we just need to move along.) You will see that the flesh may be translucent in places and there will be a green-looking “mustard” which is perfectly normal and utterly glorious in taste. Now, head out to the barbecue, taking with you a pastry brush and lots of melted butter. Onto the grill the lobster goes, shell side down. Brush the butter on the flesh (a lot!), sprinkle with a little garlic salt and close the lid. When is it ready? CHECK OFTEN. When the meat has that beautiful texture that’s soft like the palm of your hand and gives when you touch it, take it off the grill. Pull the meat out very carefully onto your platter or right into your mouth! It’s really that simple. Delicious, decadent, sumptuous and, honestly, dead easy to do. You can do it! Enjoy.

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Beacon Beckons – New Exhibit at Sidney Museum and Archives Explores Beacon Avenue History progress at the time. The Sidney Museum by Brad R. Morrison, Sidney Archives Manager and Archives has just Consequently, the launched its 40th organizers of the town anniversary exhibit, developed plans to “Beacon Beckons.” promote the Victoria This new exhib& Sidney Railway it focuses on the Company, which was development of Beaincorporated on April con Avenue between 23rd, 1892. This was 1891 and 1920. all that was needed to Through an extensive get the ball rolling. assembly of photoThe Daily Colonist graphs, advertisereported the next ments, physical disDecember that “improvements carried out had been on plays and artifacts, “Beacon Beckons” opens the doors a wholesale scale. There is a good general store doing to an understanding of the pioneer life and business a fine business, a post office and an excellent hotel, development during Sidney’s first 30 years. besides a boat-building establishment and several Registered as a townsite in August 1891, fifty acres other infant, but flourishing industries. The principal of land owned by the Brethour brothers was subdivstreet, a mile long, is as straight as an arrow, and would ided into 21 blocks of 17 or 12 lots each. These blocks be a credit to any city. Of course Sydney [sic] has not stretched from the waterfront to Fifth Street from east yet got either electric lights or tramcars, but they, like to west, and from Mount Baker Avenue to Oakville the railway, are bound to come.” Six months later, the Avenue from north to south. Beacon Avenue quickly newspaper reported Sidney had “a commodious 300became the business centre of the town with 40 lots by 150-foot wharf with a large warehouse, butcher’s, along its length. blacksmith’s and carpenter’s shops, general store, and last, but not least, a new sawmill.” The new development produced mixed feelings. “Sidney promises to become of considerable importWithin 20 years, nearly every lot along Beacon ance,” reported the Daily Colonist. However, other Avenue was occupied by a building, including a small speculations suggested that while Sidney was a “fine Chinatown along the south side between Fourth and place for an outing … no one will ever live there.” Fifth Streets. The “Beacon Beckons” exhibit highlights the changes that Beacon Avenue, as the centre of SidThe town’s growth depended on the successful buildney, underwent. Why did some industries thrive, while ing of a railway traversing from Victoria to Sidney. When others failed? What might have happened to Sidney if the railway scheme collapsed after a financial disagreecircumstances during these formative years had been ment with the City of Victoria in October 1891, it seemed slightly different? These questions and more are raised unlikely that Sidney would be the success that the Brein displays at the Sidney Museum exhibit during the thour brothers had hoped. Few lots had been sold, and month of August between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. the construction of the “Sidney House” (aka Hotel SidPhoto courtesy Sidney Archives - P.975.36.1. ney) and three bachelor cottages were the only noticeable

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Future Farmers at the Saanich Fair by Tara Saracuse While some might lament the end of long, summer days spent on the beach, for others, the coming of autumn brings a different kind of bliss. I mean the bliss of warm baked apple pie or pears fresh off the tree. I mean honey on banana bread, giant pumpkins growing orange in the fields and that sweet wind that brings the scent of hay, horses and Halloween promises. It’s almost fall on the Saanich Peninsula, and if you’re looking to jumpstart the season, pack all these treats into a few days by planning a visit to the Saanich Fair.

The Saanich Fair has been running for so long that it’s truly become a fixture of the Peninsula community. It was founded in 1868 (making it 144 years old this coming September) by 10 local farmers who wanted to encourage and showcase all the activities of the farm, garden and home. This was during a time when the chief business of the Saanich Peninsula was farming, so it was a natural step for the farmers to form the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, with the annual fair as its primary focus.

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The early years were not that different from how we know the fair today: in the first fair, there were 45 entries to the agricultural competitions, with total prize money of $50 to be divided between the winners (this was a lot of money in those days). Today, the number of people participating in the competitions has grown significantly (check out the sidebar on the following page to see the numbers from 2010), as well as the number of categories available to compete in. In 1868, the competition categories were carefully handwritten in cursive on a single sheet of paper, but today, the category catalogue is 72 pages long! Drop by the fairgrounds any time during the week to get your copy of the catalogue and plan which competitions you’ll enter this year (deadline is August 17th). Each year at the Saanich Fair is unique for the performers in attendance, the special events and exhibits and, more recently, the exciting rides. The early years were special, too! In 1875, “three barrels of beer” were raffled on the fairgrounds, though nobody thought to record who donated the beer, and in 1903, when crows were considered a pest, a prize was offered at the Saanich Fair for the most crow heads collected. This year’s fair will be no less special than the others. For those of you who like tradition, the usual agricultural displays of livestock, vegetables, fruit and home crafts will still be there. For the adventurers out there, there will be a new ride called The Fireball, as well as last year’s star, Supershot,

returning. On the entertainment stage, The Timebenders, Rukus and Honeyloaf are some of the

Photo: First Agricultural Hall. Courtesy Saanich Pioneer Society. bigger names you’ll want to look out for, and if you’re strolling through the grounds with a cotton candy, keep an eye out for wandering clowns and magicians. The fair is a special place for kids, most of all for the members of our local South-Malahat 4-H Club. The Saanich Fair is the culmination of their year’s work. The principles that support the Saanich Fair and 4-H go

hand-in-hand: both groups’ mandates include encouraging and celebrating agriculture. Our local 4-H group (founded in 1948) works on multiple agricultural projects including Lamb, Beef and Swine, Rabbit and Cavy, Horses, Poultry, Small Engines and Goats. Most of the 4-H kids begin their yearly projects (whether it’s raising a steer for meat, chickens for eggs or lamb for wool) after the fair. Local 4-H clubbers Marissa (14) and Cailyn Campbell (at left, 11) obtained their projects in late November 2010. Marissa adopted an 800-pound Hereford X named Wilson, while Cailyn took on an Angus Hereford X named Bubba. With help from older 4-H members and their parents, the girls have raised their steer on lots of grain, so that each is ripe and round for the auction at the Saanich Fair. “I get some nerves when showing,” says Marissa about the fair. “I want to do well. But it’s always fun because you’re with your animal, showing it

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off, hanging out with your friends and telling people what you do.” Marissa and Cailyn (above right and left, respectively, along with fellow 4-H member Jarrett ChungSmith) have been in 4-H since they were six. The 4-H club was a natural step for each of them, since their mother, Erin Campbell, was a member when she was a child, too. “What I like about the Saanich Fair is that you get to see all your friends,” says Erin. “I have friends that I still see in 4-H because now their kids are involved.” All the 4-H clubs compete and present at the Saanich Fair. If you walk through the poultry barn, many of the ducks, chickens, geese, quail and pigeons will be the year-long project of a 4-H member. You’ll find more 4-H members in the swine barn, and if you wander over to the sheep, don’t miss the 4-H sheep shearing demonstrations. Last year, 548 of the total entries in the Saanich Fair were 4-H members. This is great news for the Saanich Peninsula, since all 4-H members are between the ages of six and 21.

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That means lots of young people are still learning how to care for livestock, grow vegetables and work hard in the agricultural industry—all carrying on the legacy that those first 10 farmers left through founding the Saanich Fair. “If it wasn’t for these young members, we might not have agriculture in our area in the future,” says Erin, emphasizing that it pays to stop by the 4-H displays at the fair and ask a few questions of our talented young people. Each 4-H member will be doing a “barn shift,” and their job is to answer your questions about agriculture. So, feel free to approach any 4-H member and talk livestock. The 4-H Beef, Swine and Lamb Auction will be held September 5th at 2 p.m. at the Saanich Fair Beef Show Ring. Events like the Saanich Fair are integral to the growth of our community. The Saanich

Fair provides a venue for our local 4-H club to show off and sell their projects, as well as farmers to share their wares. It’s a place where you can learn and explore, get to know your community better and, most of all, have a grand old time. Get a step up on fall for 2011, and don’t miss the 144th Annual Saanich Fair (see back cover for further details).

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Western Canadian Barista Competition “Buzzes” Victoria by Steve Sheppard

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ook around most mornings at your local coffee house and you’ll see coffee drinkers madly texting away while they wait for their morning caffeine jumpstart, oblivious to the cutting focus that some baristas use to make our favourite cuppa joe. There’s a lot more going on behind local espresso machines these days on Vancouver Island and throughout Western Canada – remember … not all specialty coffee drinks are created equal! Having been a barista in my past life, I was pleased to hear that Victoria will be host to this year’s Western Canadian Regional Barista Championships on August 27th and 28th at the Crystal Gardens. The regional event, appropriately named “For The Love of Coffee,” acts as a qualifier for the Canadian Barista Championships being held in Vancouver October 2nd and 3rd. Baristas competing, you say? Yes, there is an art to becoming a great barista and it’s harder than most people think. The art of great espresso making is very involved, with some baristas spending hundreds of hours honing their craft. A local group of fresh coffee advocates known as “The Western Canadian Coffee Collective” has stepped up to spearhead the event. The show is open to the public and, with the amazing and diverse coffee culture here on Vancouver Island, a few thousand curious caffeinated coffee consumers are expected to cheer on the baristas over the two days as they perform their routines in hopes of impressing the judges enough for a chance to move on to the finals.

This year’s show will also feature a pairs competition. This is where a couple of baristas work together as a team to prepare various drinks. In my opinion, the pairs competition represents more of what you would see day-to-day at your favourite local coffee house. Baristas often work together behind the espresso machine during peak times to make sure your favourite daily coffee comes out fast and correct. A number of the Island’s best local micro coffee roasters will be on hand to sell their beans to locals who want to sample various coffees. Discovery, Fernwood, Drumroaster, Level Ground, 2% Jazz and Fresh Cup will all have a booth at this year’s show. Local shop Fresh Cup plans to bring its revolutionary coffee roaster to perform demonstrations over the two-day show. This will allow coffee lovers to see how the dormant green seed transforms into an alive and fragrant roasted bean. The closed-loop design of Fresh Cup’s patented Roastaire™ makes it Canada’s most environmentally sustainable coffee roaster. The urban friendly design reclaims and scrubs the heated air during the roasting process, and is closed to the atmosphere 85% of the time which greatly reduces overall CO 2 emissions. So whether you seek fellow caffeinated coffee lovers, want some tasty samples or are looking to get into the world of coffee, this show will have it all for you. One thing’s for sure: it will be “The Buzz” of Victoria that weekend … Steve out.

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The Golden Duck by Linda M. Langwith

For the uninitiated, cricket may conjure up images of genteel ladies in flowery dresses sipping tea, nibbling on cucumber sandwiches and clapping discreetly while watching their menfolk, impeccably dressed in whites, running about a grassy field playing a game that looks vaguely like baseball. Somewhere between the mystery and the mystique falls the reality, and the perfect opportunity to discover this arose one recent balmy evening when the Wicket Maidens, a Victoria cricket club of confident and accomplished young women, planned a match against the Peninsula Players on the fields at Stelly’s school. The Wicket Maidens were eager to share their love of the game with me. I was soon initiated into a very basic version of the complex Laws of Cricket, a sort of “Cricket for Dummies.” There are two teams of between nine to 11 players each. One team covers the field and provides the bowlers and wicket keepers, while the other team provides the batters, two at a time. The pitch consists of a rectangular strip in the centre of a roughly circular field. At either end of the pitch are the mysterious wickets: three upright poles called “stumps,” on top of which rest two horizontal sticks or “bails.” The bowler’s job is to knock the wickets down, which can even be accomplished by hitting the batsman in the right spot (called “Leg Before Wicket”). This is probably why batters wear thick leg padding, heavy gloves and a helmet with a metal face protector. The sight of the bowler running furiously towards the pitch and chucking the ball

overhand so as to bounce perilously close to tender parts of the anatomy is enough to galvanize the batter into using his sturdy bat of English willow like a shield. Cricket is not for the faint of heart! Points or “runs” are accumulated according to the ball’s trajectory when hit and by the batters running between the wickets. If the wicket is struck, or if the batter’s ball is caught by a fielder before it bounces, the batsman is out. Should this happen on the batter’s first turn it is called a “Golden Duck,” which, unlike the Golden Globe award, is nothing to brag about. A “Wicket Maiden” is perfect bowling that ends in dismissing the batter. The teams switch roles once all the batters are seen off, so that everyone usually has a chance to bat, bowl and field, though the best bowlers and the best batters are first up. There was a nip in the wind and the sky was blushing sunset pink when the cricket match ended with Alice, the youngest Cricket Maiden, brilliantly bowling through the defenses of the last batter to knock the stumps over. Cheers went up, followed by enthusiastic high fives between the opposing teams and clapping from the stands. Somehow it didn’t matter about the score – everyone was a winner, everyone played the game. It’s good to know the Spirit of Cricket is very much alive on the Saanich Peninsula. Anyone for cucumber sandwiches and tea? Linda is the author of “The Golden Crusader,” a mystery/action novel published by Twilight Times Books. Check out her website at www.lindalangwith.com.

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’m a young, 73-year-old grandfather – still a spry young chicken by most standards. I have been lucky enough to be married to my beautiful wife Judy for 47 years. We’ve been blessed with two wonderful kids and four healthy and happy grandkids – two boys and two girls. Lately, the two youngest have garnered a great penchant for the game of tag. Chasing after them has left me with the funny side effect of quickly feeling my age. As I sit back and take a breather, I watch my family and reflect on the life I’ve led so far.

I’ve had a diverse career path. I’ve led the marketing department of a Fortune 500 company, I’ve helped develop the biggest fish farm in Canada, been part of a billion-dollar wind power business right here in Sidney, and did what I could to help elect Elizabeth May to the Green Party’s first ever seat in Parliament. As it happens, I’ve also been in the financial planning business for some 30 years now. In that time I’ve noticed most Canadians share a common preconception about financial planners. Most people think it's a numbers business. It isn’t – not for me. For me it’s a people business. The motivation for working into my '70s has been that I am in a position to continue to help people. I’ve been privileged to help thousands of families across Canada. In some cases, I’ve helped three generations of the same family. What has interested me the most during my time as a financial planner is that I’ve found the largest and most expensive purchase for all three generations has been the purchase of a home. This likely won’t change any time soon.

forced into mortgages in excess of half a million dollars. To understand the true burden of a $500,000 mortgage, we must look at how much that mortgage actually costs. A typical $500,000 mortgage amortized over 25 years at 4% interest will cost $789,030. That is made up of the $500,000 in principal and $289,030 of interest. However, that’s not all. Don’t forget we pay this $789,030 with after-tax dollars. For the average Canadian in the 30% tax bracket, that means an additional $338,155 paid in taxes. This brings the total cost of a $500,000 mortgage to $1,127,185. In other words, we have to earn well over one million dollars to pay off a half-million-dollar loan. You can see that interest and taxation combined exert a very heavy toll on us. Now think for a moment about the last time you applied for or renewed a mortgage. If you're like most Canadians, you spent a significant amount of time scouring for the best mortgage and negotiating with your banker for the lowest rate possible. You probably didn’t ask your banker for a break on your tax bill while you are paying off your mortgage, but you could have. You should have. Looking at the table below, we see that a $500,000 mortgage loan at 4% will cost $20,000 of interest for the year. Because this is a mortgage for a principal residence, the $20,000 interest expense is not tax deductible.

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Had you known that you were entitled to make your mortgage tax deductible, you could have turned that $20,000 into a large annual tax deduction that you receive each and every year. For a person in the 30% tax bracket, a $20,000 tax


deduction results in a $6,000 tax refund. Each year. Every year. For the rest of your life. Over 25 years, the income tax refund cheques received would total $150,000. What would you do with $150,000? If the $6,000 annual tax refund cheques were invested at the historical growth rate of Canadian equities, they would grow to almost $600,000 over the length of a 25-year

mortgage. What would you do with $600,000? It could be yours. The key to making your mortgage tax deductible and generating thousands of dollars in tax refunds is called The Smith Manoeuvre. Developed in the 1980s, the strategy is as simple as it is powerful. I have used this strategy to help thousands of families across Canada turn their expensive mortgage into a powerful tool to build wealth. My motivation for the last 30 years and the legacy I hope to leave is that I’ve made the lives of Canadians better by passing on the lessons I've learned. Today’s lesson: thousands of dollars in annual tax deductions are waiting for you. How large is your annual tax deduction?

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A Perfect Day on a Perfect Isle by Hans Tammemagi On a sweltering hot day last summer, heaven, quite unexpectedly, dropped a pearl in my palm. Heat waves are rare on Pender Island, for it is blessed with one of the mildest climates in the country, but for the third day in a row the temperature was inexorably climbing toward 30°, and it was only 10 a.m. My wife, Allyson, and I spent the morning moving slowly and listlessly, dressed in shorts, tank tops and flip flops, sticking to the shade whenever we ventured outside. “Let’s go kayaking,” suggested Ally. “It will be cooler on the water.” Soon we were paddling along the west side of the island, our heads shaded by wide-brimmed hats and our skin lathered in sun-block cream. Gentle breezes brought delightful coolness. An eagle soared above and landed near the top of a nearby Douglas fir. About a dozen seals were hauled out on a rock, balefully watching us, poised to plunge into the water at the slightest alarm. “Look, look!” shouted Ally, pointing at an enormous black dorsal fin that rose elegantly out of the water and then disappeared under the waves, only to reappear moments later. Then another appeared, and another. A pod of killer whales, or orcas, was passing by, only 60 metres away. Because the J, K and L pods make the Gulf Islands their summer home, I’d seen them before, usually from a cliff-top viewpoint or a ferry, but here, closer and down at water level, the orcas looked enormous, their dorsal fins towering

above us. Over the next 10 minutes whale after whale went past, accompanied by several whale-watching boats. The orcas were as smooth and graceful as ballet dancers, but they also looked lethal like menacing submarines, befitting their name as killer whales. It wasn’t frightening, however, instead I had a feeling of awe and of privilege to be sharing the water with these magnificent creatures. All abuzz, we returned home and retrieved a message: a friend wanted me to rush right over. Our friend’s home is on the water in a hidden cove. Smiling, he handed me four crabs, already cleaned, and said: “Here, this morning my crab pot brought up more than we can eat.” To make this bonanza even better, he walked onto his dock and hauled a bulging canvas bag out of the water. “How about some fresh oysters?” he asked, handing me half a dozen. Ally and I sat on our deck, savoured oysters the size of T-bone steaks, sipped a chilled sauvignon blanc and surveyed the beautiful vista of islands that stretched before us. Then we tackled the crabs, butter oozing from our fingers and dribbling down our chins. After dinner we carried our wine glasses to a nearby rise. We gazed at islands turning into ever mistier mauves, then the horizon transformed into vivid oranges and crimsons. We raised our glasses and toasted our perfect island home.

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Family Movie Night at Centennial Park The Central Saanich Firefighter’s Charitable Foundation is hosting a Family Movie Night in the Park sponsored by Thrifty Foods, Island Savings, KOOL FM and Peninsula CO-OP. This is the Foundation’s first fundraising event and will be held at Centennial Park on Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30 p.m. In addition to a showing of a children’s movie, there will be local growers selling their produce, food for the family and lots of activities for the kids including face painting, bouncy castles and slides (all fire truck themes). Mascots such as Penny the Owl, Slider the Penguin and Sparky will round out the fun!

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New Chapel at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

The new multi-faith chapel at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital is nearly complete. The SPH Chaplain and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation invite everyone to a celebration on August 11th, 2011 from 2 - 4 p.m. which will thank donors and the community for their support in building this million-dollar addition to the hospital. Years in development, former Chaplain Les Bonnell is credited with the idea of a chapel at the hospital. Ruth Cowan made the first donation of $1,000 in 2001, and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation completed fundraising in 2005, making this a chapel that has been funded entirely through the generosity of the community. www.seasidetimes.ca


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August Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama

I wish I could say we’ve had amazing weather this summer, but the best I can say is it’s been in the slow lane. June’s average temperature was, um, “average” (although we had about 50% less precipitation than normal). Based on long-range forecasts, expect August to be similar, with no strong warming tendency evident and a preference to continue drier-than-normal conditions. Thankfully, August starts with “B.C. Day,” so I’m hoping the weather will shift into high gear and give us warmth and fresh breezes. This day is dedicated to the pioneers who, even without seatbelts and airbags in their carriages, threw caution to the wind and built the colony of B.C. into the great place it is today. In celebration, I’m revisiting the dangerous days of my childhood by lying across the back window shelf of the car – of course nobody will drive me, but I’ll smile and wave at everybody going by. I hope you do too. ~ Weatherwit. Questions or comments? Email info@ seasidetimes.ca. For a humorous weekend weather forecast for Victoria, visit www.weatherwit.wordpress.com. august 2011

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Technology also helps create “safe” weather forecasts. Most people are interested in the forecast for their weekend planning, but there are many – such as airplane pilots and sea captains – that depend upon the forecasts for their lives as well as the lives of their passengers. With the help of technology better predictions are possible, thus avoiding potentially dangerous situations caused by bad weather. For example, Doppler radar provides the location and intensity of precipitation so meteorologists can pinpoint a storm’s intensity and movement and issue weather warnings. Satellites send us panoramic

images of the atmosphere from space, providing insights on the development, strength and direction of severe weather. It’s all amazing technology that can help save lives.

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Today thanks to technology, our cars are so much safer: child proof locks, three-point seat belts, head rests, airbags on all sides, back-up alarms … all these devices keep us safe – although it is the “nut behind the wheel” that is ultimately in control.

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I survived the car of my childhood. It was a huge black 1963 Chevy Impala with expansive bench seats (which doubled as a bed) and no seatbelts. I used to lie across the wide shelf of the back window and watch everything behind us. Lots of other kids did this, and as cars passed each other we would smile and wave to our fellow fraternity of rear-window passengers. “Hey mom, it’s Carl!” My dad loved that car and drove it fast. At around 90 mph (the speed limit in those days), we became weightless and floated in the air. Comedian Kevin Meany related how his dad would reach back with one arm to separate squabbling kids in the back seat while trying to control the car with the other. It must be in the driving handbook as my dad did this too. Sometimes, to stop the fighting, mom would turn around and pull my younger brother over headfirst onto the front seat, and in the process his flailing limbs would whack dad’s head and other sensitive areas. Yet dad drove bravely on.

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In Sierra Leone, Jane will build relationships with patients. As a dental assistant, she will see a range of dental issues from simple cavities to large, deformity-causing abscesses or other urgent problems such as children with cleft palates and lips. Thousands die annually from these easily-correctable birth defects. Those who survive become

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Across the world in Togo, a woman named Beatrice Stoeckli wondered how much longer she could stand the terrible pain in her mouth. She prayed for God’s mercy to somehow get her dental care. Then she heard about Mercy Ships and their dental clinic in Lomé where Mercy Ships volunteers had dedicated areas for screenings, reception, a waiting room and dental procedures. Beatrice joined some 250 potential patients – the average number who waited daily for a dental screening. In Togo most people have never seen a dentist and are willing to wait all day. While they wait, they’re taught how to properly brush and care for their teeth.


Smell the soft spicy fragrance of warm lavender as it wafts through the golden summer air. See fields of soft mauve glisten in the sun and gently move in a floral breeze. Feel skilled hands lovingly massage your tired hot summer legs and feet. Sip fine spirits and enjoy a play at a cool country winery on a sweet summer evening. The pure sensual joy of summer

is all around us – the living is easy and wonderful as the sun-sprinkled days stretch into mellow lazy nights. The good news is that many summer adventures can be enjoyed with any size wallet. Welcome to “paradise on a budget” on the Peninsula. Victoria Lavender farm is a little piece of low cost

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heaven nestled into the surrounding landscape. I totally enjoyed a “day at the farm” as I stood in the middle of a sunny field of lush lavender in an English country garden. A stroll through this splendour is free and a hand-picked bundle of fresh lavender is only $5. For an added bonus, they have the only white peacocks on Vancouver Island! They really give you the “Wills and Kate “ treatment at the Artistic Beauty College in Sidney. With their summer special, you can cool off with a sumptuous pedicure and foot and leg massage by either a student or professional for only $25. “I love it. This is ‘fall asleep’ pampering,” gushed Wendy Thomas as Cynthia Welder worked miracles on her tired feet and legs. It’s always fun to find those delicious diversions from the usual summer fare. Try a $10 ride in a beautiful train winding for a mile around sunfilled fields of corn at Galey Farms. For a very 36

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The vast cornucopia of aquatic creatures at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney will mystify and enchant all ages at a very reasonable cost, or a well-kept secret for a summer getaway is the Institute of Ocean Sciences on West Saanich Road. Anyone can visit and see fascinating artifacts from the ocean floor, corals, sponges, seismic graphs, ocean videos and even find out how the scientists can predict a tsunami.

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Know the differences among members of the same family. Sedums can be beautiful specimens or thugs depending on habitat. Russian sedum is disciplined in Calgary, but a Cossack here on the Peninsula. Some plants, like Japanese bamboo and St. John’s wort, should be shot on sight. Insurgents be damned.

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Fallen for an invader? Confine bullies that spread by underground root systems to containers, then place the pot on a saucer to curtail roving roots. Beats handcuffs, anyway. For its pretty greenand-white foliage, we forgive bishop’s goutweed an aggressive root system. Tame the thug by planting it in dry shade and never fertilizing.

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Finally, beware of gardeners bearing gifts. Remember, there’s gotta be a reason they have so much of that sweet little baby! Rob Bond (pictured; photo courtesy Carol Clemens) is an independent garden designer. Like a Pacific Northwest Johnny Appleseed, he spreads his knowledge and passion around the Saanich Peninsula. Contact him at rob.bond.design@gmail.com.

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n 1911, a young man arrived in Victoria 11 years after leaving his native Russia. Among his luggage was a tiny kettle and spirit burner he had fabricated while working at the Montreal CPR Argus works for the long trip across Canada. A testament to silversmithing skills he had learned in England, it speaks of the ingenuity and self-reliance that would make the name Peetz synonymous with salmon fishing in B.C. Shifting to jewelry, Boris Peetz (pictured) established himself quickly in Victoria. On weekends, his watchmaker friend William Hall took Boris to his cottage at Coles Bay and introduced him to salmon fishing, setting the stage for a very different enterprise: he became a tackle maker. The first Peetz reel was probably sold in 1924, the year Johnson Street Bridge was completed. The locally made reels were far better than imported products. They held enough cuttyhunk line to fish the deep waters of Saanich Inlet, they featured a drag strong enough to hold the largest salmon of the Inlet and they were tough enough for the hard knocks of boat fishing. The first Peetz reel was almost certainly of a backless Scarborough design, sold as “The Pacific Reel.” Over the next few years, Boris shifted to the Nottingham design, whose wooden back plate could support a check mechanism. It was still a simple reel, but its basic construction of mahogany and brass has remained unchanged to this day. Boris had a refinement in mind when he adopted the Nottingham design. A small advertisement in

by Doug Pollard the 1935 yearbook of the VictoriaSaanich Inlet Anglers Association mentions “The Pacific Recorder.” At 6.5 inches in diameter, it was to be the largest and most elegant reel ever produced on and for Canada’s West Coast. The “Y” configuration of its brass strap provided considerable strength around a device that made this “The only reel that registers the length of line being used.” Even at $10 it was an instant success. It probably didn’t survive WWII, but the iconic “Recorder” did, in simpler six-inch (and a few five-inch) reels familiar to anglers today. In 1935, Boris bought premises at 574 Johnston Street, where the factory would remain for almost four decades. He died in 1954, leaving the business to three of his children, Ivan, Judy and Bud (Ola, the eldest, was married and deemed to be selfsufficient)! Judy and Bud worked with Ivan, although Ivan and his wife Betty managed much of the family enterprise. They moved the factory to Rock Bay Avenue in 1973, and four years later sold the business to the current owner, Bill Hooson. Bill kept his promise to Ivan and Betty (both sadly since deceased, as are Ola, Judy and Bud) to continue their conservative approach www.seasidetimes.ca

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he put a clock into a five-inch reel; for a few years sales of the Screamin’ Reel Alarm Clock exceeded 30,000! Sadly, 2011 marks the end of the “Recorder.” Like its magnificent predecessor, the “Y-strap,” the reel has become too expensive to produce. But reel sales continue, with the traditional four-, five- and sixinch trollers in mahogany and brass, plus a splendid reel for the new millennium: happily, the five-inch stainless-steel “2000” bears many of the hallmarks of the early reels. It is unmistakably a Peetz. But if you want a “Recorder,” you will have to root around garage sales this summer. There’s no rush – Peetz reels can last a hundred years! Doug Pollard is author of “Peetz, A Reel For All Time.” august 2011

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See Like an Artist, Feel Like an Artist by Pene Beavan Horton Do you know that you are already an artist? That you are unique, talented and original even if you can’t draw or paint? You were born an artist. All children are natural artists. Look at the painting of Rob watching sand flow through his green plastic pot. Fascinated and enchanted by it, he gives it his whole attention. At this moment he is an artist, totally seeing what he is looking at. You were once like Rob, but somehow, according to Betty Edwards in her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, published by J.P. Tarcher, Inc., LA, 1979, you turned into a perfectionist around age 10, and when you couldn’t reproduce something perfectly, you told yourself you couldn’t draw. At age 40 you may still be saying: “I can’t even draw a straight line.” But you are an artist. You are an artist if you play the piano,

cut someone’s hair, make jam, sew drapes, grow a garden, sing, dance, write, cook, create a balance sheet or a database or build a website. You are an artist if you draw or paint or scribble in the sand. That’s the amazing and wonderful thing. What kind of artist? Whatever kind of artist you would like to be. You can transform the way you look at your world by learning to see what you are looking at and the seeing will bring you joy. Vincent van Gogh simply painted what he felt and saw. In his lifetime he only made the equivalent of $109 from the sale of his paintings, which now sell for millions of dollars. He was not commercially successful back then. Robert Bateman’s paintings are so realistic you can almost feel the fur and feathers. Jack Shadbolt’s abstracts are like shouts of colour on canvas. Then there are the rest of us.

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n summer, when the sun, our erstwhile friend, makes an appearance that lasts longer than a collect call, we Islanders feel the blood thundering in our veins and know the season for garage sales is upon us. These socioeconomic occasions always begin at least an hour before the “strictly no early birds” time posted on every available tree, board and disused automobile; if you arrive at the advertised time, you have missed out. At the start of every sale, there are some brief treasure seeking, body-shoving, get-to-know-your-neighbours’anatomy moments, then everyone vanishes and the hopeful vendors remain open for the next few hours, garnering as much activity as an undertaker’s parlor. What is it that attracts us to those materialistic orgies? Do

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the pessimist fears it is true.” As most of us are unable to resist the temptation of the garage sale, we need to be aware of the dangers and prepare for the worst. Physical fitness is a necessity: we must be able to rise at first light, stand for hours in all weathers, sprint like an Olympian, shoulder aside the opposition like a well-mannered rhino and have arms like the tentacles of an octopus. A loud voice which rumbles like Zeus is particularly useful, enabling the owner to dissuade those who, having arrived only moments before, might have the temerity to push in front. A forceful voice is also necessary when bargaining, coupled, of course, with a large dollop of tact. Statements like: “How much for this armful of old junk?” are unlikely to win any concessions. It is better to use compliments, tinged with regret: “What a wonderful vase. Pity about the hairline crack.” Garage sales tell us so much about the owners: children’s clothing reveals the last child in the family has finally grown out of them; children’s games indicate the adults have become bored with them. Television sets suggest the children find them too small. Computers indicate the children have left home


with more modern systems, and the parents don’t know how to use technology. Boating and house-building magazines are a sure sign spring cleaning has reached the man’s side of the house, while full paint pots and unopened rolls of wallpaper are often the result of a decorating disagreement. Book titles tell us a lot about the readers’ interests, fantasies, preoccupations … or lack of them. As Nancy Mitford wrote: “I have only read one book in my life and that is White Fang. It is so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another.” On the islands there is always a race for the boating jetsam, gardening paraphernalia and domestic detritus. Some enthusiasts buy so much that at the end of the summer they have to arrange a garage sale of their own to get rid of it all … in preparation for next year’s bargain crusade. Perhaps I’ll meet you at the next jumbo, multi-family, all-weather, pilesof-stuff sale (animals welcome) … I’ll be the one with the crash helmet and the iron-tipped boots.

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What’s Happening – August 2011 Thursdays Till September 2 Sidney Summer Market

Beacon Avenue between First & Fifth Streets Sidney, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. www.sidneybusiness.com Over 200 vendors sell gifts, fresh produce, hand-made crafts, great food, and so much more! Wonderful entertainment on every block! Parking is available on side streets and public lots, and in municipal lots after 5 p.m.

Saturdays till Oct. 8 Peninsula Country Market

Saanichton Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 250-216-0521, www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca Twenty years of everything fresh! This market offers everything from farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally made jams and jellies, honey and freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade bread, assorted meats and fish and arts and crafts. The new Celebrity Chef Series cooking demonstrations will feature one of 18 well-known local chefs each week who will walk the audience through the preparation of a delicious dish made with local ingredients. Free admission, free parking and live music.

Until Aug. 28 Bamberton Mystery History Tours

1451 Trowsse Rd., Mill Bay, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 250-743-9196 www.bambertonhistoricalsociety.org Bamberton is one of the province's most important historical industrial sites, but it's still a mystery to most. Clinging to the steep mountainside between Malahat Drive and the picturesque waterfront, this onceactive cement factory, port and company town site quietly waits to open its gates and reveal its past.

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Sidney Summer Sounds Beacon Park, Sidney, 2-4 p.m. www.peninsulacelebrations.ca Come and experience new music every Sunday in Beacon Park. Gather with other music lovers to enjoy the sunshine while being entertained by some of the most popular local musicians at the brand new Beacon Pavilion

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Ocean River Sports Sidney Coastal Kayak Tour Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-381-4233, adventure@oceanriver.com www.oceanriver.com Islets, islands, and scenic passes! On this interpretive tour, we leave from Tsehum Harbour to explore the scenic islands and picturesque passes along the coastline north of Sidney. We'll provide you with some basic kayak instruction, then we'll be off to manoeuvre our kayaks through intimate passes and around interesting islets, teeming with sea life. Bring a lunch, a water bottle and sport sandals. Tour cost is $125, ages 16 and up.

August 6

BC Aviation Museum Annual Open House 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-3300, www.bcam.net Hangar displays, fly-ins, kids' stuff, food and fun. Admission by donation.

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Sea-Shirt Sundays Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, 1-4 p.m. 250-665-7511, www.oceandiscovery.ca Visit us on the first Sunday in July and August and create your own fish fashion! Be sure to bring along your creativity, a pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (or purchase a T-shirt from the Centre) and a $2 donation for fabric paint.

August 13

What's That? Ask a Nat! (Drop-In Event – All Ages) Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich), 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 250-478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca www.crd.bc.ca/parks Come with your curiosity and explore the beach at low tide. Borrow some dip nets and get help from a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist to identify your discoveries. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for the white tent on the beach by the picnic shelter off Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

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"Gone With the Wine" Peninsula Players Production Muse Winery 11195 Chalet Rd., North Saanich @ 7:30 p.m. 250-656-2552 www.musewinery.ca Get ready for another great summer of outdoor theatre by The Peninsula Players at Muse Winery. This year's production, an original play by Sasha Moriarty-Schieven, is based on the theme of rum runners during Prohibition on Vancouver Island. Bistro Muse will be open from 5-7 p.m. on performance nights and is offering a special three-course fare for $25, or choose from a la carte menu items and enjoy dinner and theatre in a beautiful al fresco setting. Tickets $25 (matinee $20) and do not include food or wine. Available at Muse Winery and both Stonestreet Café locations.

August 14

Saanichton Village Association 3rd Annual Community Picnic Saanichton Green (East Saanich & Wallace) (beside Saanich Pioneer Museum) 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.saanichtonvillage.ca Fun, music and games for the whole family!

August 25 Commodores Big Band Peninsula Players Production Butchart Gardens, 7:30 p.m. 250-652-5256 www.butchartgardens.com Classic big band with dancing on stage.

August 28 Torque Masters Car Club 2011 Auto Extravaganza Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (gates open at 8 a.m.) www.torquemasters.ca Open event for classic and special interest vehicles. Registration $20 at the gate, pre-registration $15 (forms available on the website above). Dash plaques for the first 250 registrants. Trophies for the best vehicles; many prize draws for registrants.


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North Saanich is Back With Another Exciting Flavour Trail! August 20-21 by Councillor Anny Scoones: North Saanich

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ould you like to learn about fresh lavender soap and handmade paper? See the mobile hedgerow and learn how you can plant your own that will attract garden birds? Taste local wines and munch on local organic greens? Go on a seaside nature walk or a gentle bike ride to our roadside stands? Pick blackberries on our country lanes? Take a heritage tour at historic Holy Trinity Church or historic Dominion Brook Park? Tour the Federal Centre for Plant Health? Learn a tomato recipe or lie back and listen to music in a garden? How about checking out our (new) “dirty evening in North Saanich” and viewing the inspiring film DIRT (with an earthy reading by well-known author M.A.C. Farrant, a compost door prize and a special treat)? This is just a tiny bit of what you’ll find on our Flavour Trail this summer – there is so much more to discover as you join us in celebrating arts, culture, farming, nature and the rural life in beautiful North

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If you haven’t been to our Flavour Trail - VISIT US THIS YEAR - it is fun for all ages and interests. Along with our regular venues, we have a dash of new and an EARTHY Saturday evening event filled with the promised FLAVOUR of North Saanich! Danton Trail stroll, Country side bike ride, learn about heirloom tomatoes, mobile hedgerow, Lavender eats, forget-me-not blueberries! Sunday evening is wrap-up with the Mayor’s Country Hoe-down and corn boil. Come and find out why Eat Magazine chose us as this summer’s “Editor’s Pick”. You don’t want to miss our 2011 Flavour Trail!! Full details at www.northsaanich.ca www.seasidetimes.ca

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Zais Astrology – August 2011 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries (march 21 - april 19) Special memories are made together. Focus shifts to romance, fun and entertainment – age is not an issue. Have special company or socialize (it could get emotional). Look at relationships long term. If it's working, stay – if not, go.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Look at the past for guidance about your future. This includes people as well as events; they are still a source of benefit for you. Hopes and wishes are progressing in positive ways. Ride the tide forward – it's your turn now.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Home and family matters are a priority. Take care of what you must but save time for yourself as well; you like things to be right. Renovate or make constructive changes to your base of operations. Your future plans are developing.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) You position yourself to advantage; others did not see it coming. You have what it takes to be "there" no matter what the objections. Balance out your responsibilities between home and office to keep everyone happy.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) You find the right words to say what you mean – personal or business. It changes once it's written, but the definition will still be the same. Allow extra time for implementation. Relationships will be affected once it becomes real.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Maintain your optimism by doing the groundwork to support it. Decisions are influenced by matters over distance – compare notes. Emotions affect thinking, so let them settle down. Count on inner wisdom to help.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Your protective nature shifts to your finances. Look at long-term security alone or with others; assess which works best for you. Take control where you can – negotiate where you must. Settle outstanding matters. Buy or sell.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Your position is more secure with the support of others. This can be financial as well. Reach a balanced agreement. Expectations are not always in line with reality. Let things settle out in natural order or sequence.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Nebulous conditions require you to manoeuvre in a more precise manner. Hold back emotionally to give yourself time to shift gears. Others say what they don't really mean. Propositions need careful screening – read the fine print.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Relationships reach a turning point. It's an issue of who you are and where you want to be. If others are holding you back, changes will occur. Keep discussions calm so it does not escalate to a blaming situation.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Keep your own counsel. Give out information only on a need-to-know basis. Pay attention to health and behind-the-scenes matters. What you find out works for you in the long run. Rest up as your future dreams are unfolding.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) You feel for those who depend on you, but you can only go so far; you need to cover your own bases. Look at ways to increase income, business or status. Play like the winner that you are. Others will come onside later.


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The Yacht Park spans approximately four acres, including 200 feet of dedicated service dock, and boasts a 60-ton self-propelled submersible haul-out trailer, one of the first of its kind on the West Coast. Full-service yacht maintenance and repair will be conducted with personal attention to detail in a superbly maintained facility surrounded by landscaped grounds. The expansion will provide an additional 95 annual and monthly storage spaces, taking the overall marina capacity to 633 open and covered berths. Trailer and mast storage is also available. “We are excited that this long-awaited expansion has become a reality,” commented Mark Dickinson, Van Isle’s president and owner. “The addition of the Yacht Park enhances our ability to be a ‘one-stop shopping centre’ for boaters. The new facility has been constructed to the highest environmental standards and provides high security for yacht storage and maintenance.” Van Isle Marina, a third-generation family business, is one of the largest full-service marina operations in British Columbia. It’s located in Tsehum Harbour, just minutes from BC Ferries’ Swartz Bay terminal, Washington State Ferries’ Sidney terminal and Victoria International Airport. Other marina services include nightly, monthly and annual moorage, Canada Customs Port of Entry, fuel dock and yacht sales and a marine store, business centre, showers laundromat and waterfront dining at Dockside Grill. For more information call 250-656-1138 or visit www.vanislemarina.com.

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last word I am lucky enough to rent a house on a small farm. By renting, I'm able to enjoy all the beauty that life on a farm has to offer, without all the hard work that comes with it! Klee Wyck Farm has been here for 46 years, and is owned by Fran and John Kennedy. Their granddaughters, Marissa and Cailyn Campbell, are the two girls featured in Tara Saracuse's story on the Saanich Fair and 4-H Club on page 20. The article gives me hope for the future of farming in our community: "Last year, 548 of the total entries in the Saanich Fair were 4-H members. This is great news for the Saanich Peninsula, since all 4-H members are between the ages of six and 21. That means lots of young people are still learning how to care for livestock, grow vegetables and work hard in the agricultural industry."

rolling farmland surrounding us and access to fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Without someone to work the land and grow farm-fresh produce, we would quickly lose the essence of what makes our Peninsula a paradise. Unfortunately, an aging farming population and a decline in young farmers to take its place combine to spell trouble for the future of farming in our communities. "According to Statistics Canada’s Census of Agriculture, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 fell by 62% between 1991 and 2006." (Quote courtesy Young Farmers and the Future of Farming – www.ulink.ca.) These are worrying statistics; however, it's nice to know that, on the Peninsula at least, there is a large group of up-and-coming farmers like Marissa and Cailyn Campbell who will help to keep our farming community growing for years to come. Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Please send letters to the editor via editor@seasidetimes.ca.

Allison Smith, Editor-in-Chief

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NORTH & SOUTH SAANICH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

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September 3 - 5, 2011

“WHAT’S COOKING AT THE FAIR!” FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT! SATURDAY

5:00 pm Rainbow the Clown 6:00 pm Rukus 8:00 pm Honeyloaf

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SAT. & SUN. 8 am - 9 pm SAANICH FAIR HOURS! MON. 8 am - 6 pm Duct Tape Contest sponsored by JACK FM 103.1 COME & SEE! Telescope Viewing of the sun and stars 9 am - 9 pm

30 Added Attractions 28 Midway Rides 94 Corner Market Booths Over 400 Chickens in the Poultry Barn 5,000 + Exhibits Ethnic Food from around the World and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

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The Milking Parlour Island Savings Penny Smart Shows & Booth SUPERSHOT RIDE in the Midway – 90 feet of thrills! Horse Shows, Dog Shows & Eating Contests daily Roaming Magic & Clown Shows NEW! Fireball Ride

ADULTS: Sat. & Sun. $10, Mon. $9 SENIORS/YOUTH: Sat. & Sun. $7, Mon. $6 CHILDREN (6 and under): FREE RIDE ALL DAY MIDWAY WRISTBANDS: Sat. & Sun. $40, Mon. $35

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