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14 Magnificent Men and 16 Those Their Flying Machines at
Romancing the Grape: The Harvest Focus on Peninsula Wineries
"Victoria's Largest Little Airshow!"
Spotlight 30 Restaurant This August Temperatures Dip
Below Zero: RC Grillhouse n' Lounge Golden Age of Flying Boats: 32 The The Legend Lives on at Victoria Airport
Turgoose to Saanichton: 44 From The Village at the Crossroads
First Word............................................ 8 Smell the Coffee............................. 18 Island Dish........................................ 20 Forbes & Marshall........................... 35 Weatherwit...................................... 43 Last Word......................................... 53
9................................................. Letters 10................................... Can We Talk? 23.............................. Common Cents 24......... Young Readers Book Review 27............................. Veterinary Voice 36......................................... Footprints 40.................... West Coast Gardener 47................................... Seaside News 50..........................What's Happening 52.................................. Entertainment
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Victoria's Largest Little Airshow, August 11-12 at Michell Airpark in Central Saanich (see story pg.16)
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"Forbes & Marshall" monthly columnist Michael Forbes When I was first invited by Seaside Times to offer my quirky sense of the world, I must admit I was intimidated. What the heck would I write about? Then it dawned on me to pen articles on the people and life events we experience everyday. In radio, we call it “slice of life.” My latest slice focuses on those “Out of Towners.” Tourists are the lifeblood of our economy, but they’re also good for a laugh! It makes you wonder what the locals think of us when we go on holiday. In this month's column, find out why Hawaiians don’t like me. "Seaside News" bimonthly columnist Tina Kelly As the Visitor Experience Director at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, I am extremely fortunate to be able to share my passion for marine science. What better location for me to advocate for ocean conservation than overlooking the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands and the proposed site for a new National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA)? To see my childhood playground of Cordova Bay included in the southern NMCA boundary makes me extremely happy. Also included is an area home to critically important glass sponge reefs – a topic I'm excited to share with Seaside Times readers this month. Freelance writer Carole Pearson Local history has always interested me, and any road trip I take involves stopping at any museums along the way. Doing research for my article in this month's Seaside Times allowed me to learn more about Saanichton's history. I have been a frequent contributor to Seaside Times, and its predecessor Peninsula Times, since June 2008. As a freelance writer, I have written for numerous publications including the Globe and Mail and Canadian Living magazine. Since moving here 12 years ago, I have concluded I live in the best part of Canada. Regular contributor Jim Townley My passion for writing comes from the entrepreneurial spirit within me. Starting in business at the age of 22 on the Peninsula has given me over 20 years to formulate a unique perspective of what it means to be a younger person trying to make a go of it in business. Operating a business on the Peninsula is complicated. On the one hand, you have to sustain profitability to survive and balance the social aspects of a small town, while at the same time respecting the ambiance of what we love about the area. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the community shine through in the stories I write.
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first w o rd Take a look at this picture of these three kids. In many ways, it took my breath away because, in that split second in which I took the picture, the kids have no idea of their journey in life yet, and no cares in the world. In this split second (up high in the air), they're enjoying just "being:" just enjoying life as it is, this second. This issue brims with people who believe, without hesitation, that their work, paid or not, is worth the effort in life, worth that moment, for their community. Take, for example, Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow, in its 11th year on the Peninsula, where many volunteers come together to raise money for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and CFAX Santas Anonymous. The event has raised over $140,000 in the past 10 years. On page 38, a must read is The Finity Project, a foundation that raises money for seven charities: Help Fill a Dream, for children with life-threatening illnesses; the MS Society; Cystic Fibrosis Trust (UK); the Simon Keith Foundation, for youth who have undergone organ transplants; Livestrong, for people with cancer; Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson's); and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Finity Project was founded by two young women, both diagnosed with MS, who asked: "What if we did a whole bunch of challenges and raised money championing other diseases, not just our own? Made people realize there’s power in numbers? Not necessarily to find a cure or just survive the disease, but to LIVE well with it.”
According to Merriam-Webster, life is defined as a sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual. There is also a saying in life: "In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away." For me, my life journey to get here, to get to Seaside Times, took almost 45 years, but I can remember almost every moment. Well, maybe not every moment … There are some moments in my life that, whether easy or not, have helped make me who I am today, and there are other moments in my life that have just seized that one second, that one breath.
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Spices … thanks for the tip. You continue to do a wonderful job … it’s such a visually pretty magazine as well as an interesting one. Take care, Pene Horton
✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ I always look forward to receiving your magazine at the start of every new month: great articles and always informative. I ALSO enjoy the sudoku puzzles in each issue. I noticed there were none in the July issue. Are they now a thing of the past? Jaci Ross Editor's note: It was hard to tell whether our readers valued the Sudoku so, when we ran out of our backlog of syndicated puzzles, we left it out for July to test what kind of a response we’d receive. This is just one of the emails we’ve had from readers who missed it, so you'll be happy to know it's back! (pg. 52)
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ca n we ta lk? . ......... Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Dennis Paulson, Straitline Precision is your family business, which specializes in designing and manufacturing high precision parts for the aerospace, marine, recreation and medical industry. You started the company out of your basement back in 1996, and 16 years later you produce more machined parts than I can name, with extensive Canadian and European distribution. Where did this vision originate? The company started with my dad (Mike Paulson) and I (Dennis Paulson). My brother D.J. joined shortly afterwards. Originally our vision was to make whatever a customer asked for. This included any number of machined or fabricated components, and later evolved into a desire to produce strictly high precision components for various industries using state-of-the-art CNC equipment. Our father passed away recently. Although my brother and I are now the driving force behind the company, we still share his ideals and forward thinking. We are also surrounded by a great group of employees that makes what we do possible! Over the years you have diversified the products that you build so as not to not rely on one source of direct revenue. Can you tell us what parts you manufactured at the beginning and what variety you work with now? In the quest for diversity, we have designed and produced a number of products in-house. The first big one for us was equipment for the diamond cutting industry. The next was the SeaSaber, a line-cutting product for marine shafts to prevent net or rope entanglement in a boat's propeller. We continue to manufacture this product line with the intention of growing it over the next few years as that industry revives. The latest line of products is by far our most successful: Straitline Components, our brand name for a high-end line of aftermarket mountain bike components. All along, we have continued doing contract work in the aerospace, oil and gas and security industries. You were quite involved in the conception of Jumpship, a mountain biking and outdoor lifestyle festival that was held in Victoria in June. For this event, you were asked to produce a prototype gyro hydraulic brake system for one of the high caliber riders. What was the outcome? A show called EdgeFactor caught wind of our story. Next thing you know, we were on the phone with them planning the shoot and Jumpship made so much sense. For our episode they wanted to capture how a small firm like us 10
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is reliant on robotics and automation to stay competitive and we made a hydraulic line detangler that was to be tested in live circumstances at Jumpship. I helped Jumpship get off the ground with great help: Rob Fawcett, Jordie Lunn, Geoff Pendrel and the City of Victoria. This was a great win/win: the city now has an annual world-class venue, and we got to film a show to grow our business. You were also very involved in the completion of the North Saanich Bike park, a huge endeavor by a number of local community partners. Can you expand on how this moved forward, and who was involved in the final development? This was a massive project and a blast to do and by no means a one-man show. The late Mike Paulson threw a newspaper on my desk one day and said “Do It!” I read the article: Denis Paquette was asking for help to save the local bike park before it was reclaimed by the city. I met with Dennis that day and we hit it off. He has a big sense of community involvement as a local businessman and knew everyone imaginable and I knew everyone in the biking world, so we moved forward. Luckily we have all the talent necessary locally so I asked Andrew Mitchell, four-time Canadian downhill champion, and Kyle Michell, who builds UCI and Olympic tracks worldwide. Together we hashed out a pretty slick concept and layout. We brought in the Rotary club to help fundraise and erect their Family Fitness zone in the park. That is the coolest part by far: a massive, professionallybuilt pump track that will tire out any pro rider and allow any family to just play. Denis supplied everything from G&E excavators, bulldozers and rocks from Allyards to free
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Straitline Precision Industries is a small but highly-automated CNC machining firm located in Sidney, B.C. Started by the Paulson Family 16 years ago, it has quickly flourished into a reputable firm with a diverse clientele list and strong international trade connections. Exporting its own internal bike brand worldwide from Russia to Singapore, Straitline is proud to keep everything local and in-house, proving that manufacturing is still a viable business in B.C.
D.J. Paulson and Greg Parish, Straitline Precision light systems for nighttime work. The City of North Saanich backed it 100% and Cliff Halliday from the Parks Division oversaw everything, lending out tools and manpower when needed. This was truly a community approach. We encourage more businesses to think local and invest marketing dollars into fun projects. Your company seems to be able to turn any concept into reality, and you have exemplified the importance of local manufacturing. In your experience, do you think our local government is doing what it should to promote local manufacturing? I am not sure that they do everything that they could; manufacturing seems to be very overlooked generally, even though it employs people in great jobs with above average wages. I don’t think that politicians find manufacturing to be especially “sexy,” but they are usually blown away when they enter our facility. I understand you're doing some educational promotions through a number of schools to encourage the “real life” manufacturing story to youth, which puts a positive spin on technology, making manufacturing a hero and a real viable career. What successes have you had thus far? When we filmed Jumpship with the EdgeFactor crew we dreamt up an idea with the Producer, Jeremy Bout, to do an ongoing reality show where we simply ask students what they think is needed in biking. We invited two other competitors to get in on it as well, making it a true real life situation where the student had to catch our eye with an intelligent design. We recently refilmed at Jumpship using the winning design. The student designed a part that bridged two existing products into one requiring minimal investment to take it to market. Next year the show goes worldwide
into the school systems as a free curriculum package for teachers. You gave me a tour of the operations on Galaran and I’m astounded by the investment your company has made in some of the machinery you have. What is more amazing is that you can physically close the facility at 5 p.m. and the machines keep working. Can you expand on this? When you are competing with China, you're not going to win with minimum wage manpower. Our philosophy is buy the best, most automated equipment we can get, and use highly skilled people to run many machines, effectively minimizing the labor cost as much as possible. We use the latest CNC technology to run at least two shifts a day. I’m a huge advocate for more affordable housing for the Saanich Peninsula, so that companies such as yourself and many others in your area can continue to employ our local community. What obstacles do you see in our community that will make it difficult for you to continue to do business here? The hardest part is growing your business and as we all know that comes with a cost. If we were to expand, we'd be able to make more of our components, but there is no one experienced enough to run the new machines. With fewer people telling youth to get into manufacturing, we are not going to see an influx of trained machine operators anytime soon. Cost of living keeps a lot of the talent in the East and the need for affordable housing is a must if we want to lure the right people. I would like to think that filming our EdgeFactor episode and creating a reality design competition for the schools is helping get the youth motivated for a unique career. For more information, visit www.straitlinecomponents.com.
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Learning Together, Growing Together by Doreen Marion Gee “This government has a vision for education in B.C. – one where schools and community organizations can create Neighbourhoods of Learning where people can access educational and community services under one roof.” (2008 News Release, Gordon Campbell.) The former premier’s $30-million dream has become a reality here on the Island. Panorama Recreation Centre is happily jumping on board with a local school partner to make sure that every person in Saanich has access to educational opportunities and a good quality of life. Dustin Ray-Wilks, Panorama’s Community Recreation Coordinator, is very excited about their new partnership with North Saanich Middle School. The school is opening its doors to Panorama in its off-hours for the immense benefit of every learner of every age in this community. Panorama
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will have exclusive public use of facilities within the school such as the gymnasium, fitness room, drama room and science, food and textiles classrooms. During this summer, Panorama will have regular badminton and yoga programs at the school plus
"The idea is to have … all different age groups coming in to enjoy the programs at the same time" children’s camps. In the fall, the treasure chest opens wide with these gold nuggets: Mad Science, Exploring the Impressionists with Acrylic, Swordsmanship, Whole Foods for Wellness – and much more. These will be offered on weekends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during the week from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. This new partnership is a way to get people together in accessible learning and personal development, where no one is left out. The school provides more space to offer activities for all age groups. Dustin reflects: “The idea is to have intergenerational facilities with all different age groups coming in to enjoy the programs at the same time.” Dustin reveals a primal concept at Panorama of “active aging, where both the mind and body are exercised and challenged.” Dustin is proud of the program: “It has also allowed Panorama to expand into areas not traditionally accessible.” Now they have access to a large gym for the first time, which means they can accommodate sports leagues and extended clinics. Cooking classes are possible with access to large kitchen facilities. “Kids are going to get that great theatre experience!” with the school’s theatre stages, technology and lighting. The community benefits most in the end. Nobody has a corner on education and learning. The new Neighbourhood of Learning paradigm adopted by Panorama and its school partner will ensure that every Peninsula resident, both young and young-at-heart, can access opportunities for self-fulfillment and self-development. September 8th is Panorama’s “Grand Opening” of the new partnership. Come one, come all to North Saanich Middle School for refreshments and tours around the facility from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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by Linda M. Langwith As summer mellows into autumn, the grapes turn plump and golden while the apples in the cider orchard redden in the sun’s warmth. All the hard work that has gone before, the pruning, thinning, weeding and fertilizing, is about to literally bear fruit and in amazing abundance. At Sea Cider, harvest begins in August, extending into early November, for 60 different varieties of apples don’t all ripen at the same time. With some 20,000 pounds hanging on the trees or sourced from local growers and LifeCycles, no wonder family, friends and staff are a vital part of the harvest. Once the apples are picked, they rest for a week or two (called "sweating the apples"), concentrating the juice and the flavour. Some are put into cold storage for later use. Pressing begins in early September and carries through to
the winter. Apples are hand selected, with the emphasis Farm Winery & Roost on quality,Afor as Kristen Jordan says: “IfBistro you’re not willing to eat it, it doesn’t go into the grinder.” The resulting lovely mess, called "pomace," the consistency of frozen hash browns, is shovelled onto the rack and cloth press which squeezes the juice out of the apples through layers of heavy canvas cloth termed "cheeses." It’s a rather messy process, so no wonder there’s a shower in the ciderhouse! Meanwhile, in the vineyard, our busy vintners know that the longer the harvest can be delayed, the higher the sugar content in the grapes, for our cool coastal springs and fickle weather are a challenge. Pocket-sized refractor at the ready, Peter Ellmann at Muse tests individual grapes from the back and middle of a cluster to get an accurate reading of the sugar level, or Brix. Foliage is trimmed back, exposing the clusters to more sun and heat. Of the grape bunches, called shoulder, tap and main, the shoulders come off, and the clusters are generally reduced down to one so that the vines can put more energy into what remains. Around the end of September, out comes the hygrometer. Gathering grapes from all four corners of
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Aug. 11th & 12th: Peninsula Players presents “Suddenly Sasquatch.” Special dinner and lunch seating available in the Bistro Muse – www.musewinery.ca for further info. Aug. 24th: Flavour Trail Kick-Off 7 p.m. Music with Farrell Boyce and Patrick Godfrey, wine and cheese, literary reading and art show on the themes of agriculture and nature. Flavour Trail continues Aug. 25th & 26th, tours and tastings 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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The weekend will be full of high-flyin’ family fun. The little ones can even cheer on Snoopy as he tries to out-fly the Red Baron!
Good guess, but forget London – these manoeuvres can be seen right here at “Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow,” being held August 11th and 12th at the Michell Airpark in Central Saanich. Look up … way up! You’ll see a World War I Sopwith pup, eindecker and tiger moth, World War II mustangs and corsairs, and planes and helicopters performing aerobatic tricks in the skies overhead. These radio-controlled
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Coffee, Sex and Politics – Part 2 by Steve Sheppard Picking up where we left off last month, with a little less sex involved. In 1683, a man goes on a secret mission and coffee is never the same. The unstoppable Turkish Army of 300,000 lays siege and surrounds the Austrian city of Vienna for the second time. Franz Georg Kolschitzky, who had lived in Istanbul for 10 years and speaks Turkish, offers up his service to the beleaguered Viennese. Dressed in disguise, in the uniform of the Turkish Army, he slips through enemy lines and gathers vital and strategic information. With this, the Prince of Lorraine and the Austrians attack. The Turks flee, running so fast they leave a tremendous bounty of gold behind, yet to Franz, the true treasure abandoned was 500 sacks of green coffee beans (worth about $350,000 today). The spoils are distributed, but no one wants these odd little beans or knows what to do with them – except Franz, that is. In 1686, the Italian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli opens the Café Procope in Paris, known as the first literary coffee shop in the City of Lights. Patrons include Voltaire, whose table is still there to this day, and even
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Napoleon Bonaparte leaves his hat behind to settle his bill (Interac was down). Then, in 1698, the earliest evidence of organized trading in marketable securities in London occurs. Men gather not only for their morning fix: they trade information and end up dealing in commodities. Alas, the London Stock Exchange is born. The year 1710 sees those clever French create a new way to make coffee by submersing ground coffee, enclosed in a linen bag, in hot water and letting it steep until the desired strength of brew is achieved. Even Berlin jumps into the coffee business: in 1721 the first coffee house springs up – now they have something to go with their legendary strudel! In 1732, Johann Sebastian Bach gets caught up in the coffee culture movement, composing Coffee Cantata, the story of a befuddled father trying to get his headstrong, rebellious teenage daughter to kick the coffee habit and get married. Some things about kids never change. We all know about the Boston Tea Party of 1773, where the locals seek to reject King George and the English, but what many don’t know is … the plan was hatched at the Green Dragon coffee house (still open today). The rebellious colonists sneak on board ships in Boston Harbor and throw the tea overboard. The Boston Tea Party makes drinking coffee a patriotic duty, perhaps the reason we see lineups in coffee houses today. In 1818 coffee is really starting to perk along … a Parisian metal smith invents the first coffee percolator, which is one of my favourite ways to enjoy coffee … Steve out.
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Heavenly Halibut by Jennifer Bowles
This month, hang on halibut! You’re set to be paired with a gorgeous heirloom tomato and asparagus salad and drizzled with warm vanilla brown butter that will bring out your natural sweetness! As your partner, we’ve brought in the venerable potato, which may sound plain, but is a wonderful vehicle for of the all the flavours and textures involved. This recipe is incredibly simple and really showcases local August offerings! Sunwing Tomatoes in Central Saanich offers some of the most stunning heirloom tomatoes this island has to offer, and fresh, firm halibut is available through your local fish monger or grocery store. When selecting the right piece of fish, look for white, glossy flesh, avoiding any cuts that look dull, yellowish or dried out. Halibut also retains moisture well when frozen, if you like to shop ahead. Let’s bring these simple flavours and local, nutritious ingredients together for a spectacular result! Perfect for patio nights, an intimate dinner or just something on your own, this dish can play a casual role, or, with the right plating, can shine as a gourmet triumph. This recipe will suit dinner for two: 2 fresh halibut fillets. Remove the skin, or have your fish monger take it off. Unlike salmon, the skin can be pretty unpalatable. Season fish with salt and pepper and set aside. 3 ripe tomatoes. Score a cross in the base, remove the core and place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Steep for about 30-40 seconds, remove the tomatoes and place into an ice bath. Once they have cooled, take them out of the water and peel the skins away with your hands. Roughly chop and place into a bowl. Season with a little salt. 1 bunch of asparagus. Blanch for 3 minutes in salted, boiling water. Like the tomatoes, take them out of the boiling water and drop them into an ice bath. Once they are cooled, trim down to the tips and add to the tomatoes. 6-8 fingerling potatoes (or some other dense spud). Simply cut in half lengthwise and boil in salted water for about 6-7 minutes or until just tender. Remove from heat and drain. Set aside. These are perfect warm and not piping hot. Time to cook the fish. Heat a non-stick pan over mediumhigh heat and add a few tablespoons of light oil (grapeseed 20
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works best). Once the oil is shimmering, gently add the fillets to the pan. Don’t move the fish until it is golden on the edges and releases from the pan, about 4-5 minutes. Be sure to watch the heat so it doesn’t scorch. Gingerly turn the fish and swirl the pan to get the oil coating the bottom of the fish. Cook for another minute. Now it’s time to add the butter. Drop in 3-4 tablespoons of butter and gently but continuously swirl the pan on the heat. Quickly add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (but better is a teaspoon of fresh vanilla seeds). The butter will foam and, once it begins to subside, its colour will change. As soon as it becomes medium brown and begins to smell nutty, take it off the heat.
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Just to Reiterate by Susan Dafoe In the March issue of Seaside Times, some of you may recall I wrote about the importance of having dividend-paying stocks in a portfolio, and specifically Canadian Banks as those stocks to own. The annual banking report put out by Bloomberg came out in May and once again our Canadian Susan Dafoe Banks made the Top Investment Advisor 10 Global list, but it wasn’t two this year: it was four. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was number three, Toronto Dominion was number four, National Bank was number five and Royal Bank was number six. Only banks with $100 billion in assets are considered for this report.
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No other country dominated the list as did Canada: The nation of 34.7 million people has only eight publicly traded banks, two of which are regional lenders.**
"The Canadian banks are stronger than they were before the crisis in 2008 because they have kept capital requirements high," says Julie Dickson, who is the head of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. She goes on to say that she "hasn’t noticed any signs of diminished credit worthiness in spite of the problems in the Euro Zone or the weakening of the U.S. economy." It seems that almost daily a new crisis unfolds in Europe, and it is important to try and tune out the "noise" that we read or hear about. Your financial advisor has positioned you on a long-term path and it’s important not to panic and stray from that path. Working with your advisor will help keep your emotions in check. I believe once again that our Canadian Banks are an important part of our long-term goals. Where else can you get anywhere from 3.6% to 5% (at the time of writing) on an annual basis, paid quarterly, from a globally sound financial institution? ** Source: Bloomberg Markets Magazine.
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My favourite parts of this book are all the unexpected things that happen, like when Sprig’s dad goes to Afghanistan to build schools, when Dakota is found under the table crying, and also when the neighbour has a stroke and Sprig saves her! Even though the book starts with Sprig hating Dakota, by the end I knew that she really loves her, even though they have their ups and downs. This book was so amazing that when I was writing this review I couldn’t think of a single thing I didn’t like, but there is one thing I would like to change. The author uses use boring words – like mad, sad and happy – over and over. (No offense to the author!) It would make it more interesting for me if there were words like angry, joyful or depressed instead of happy, sad or mad. I know other people would like this book because I described it and read a few pages to my cousin Jenaya and my friend Nika and they both really liked it! Also, this might sound weird but even my younger BROTHER Reuben said he liked it so lots of people like this book and I bet you would too. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: All About Grandmas, by Roni Schotter Fungus the Bogeyman, by Raymond Briggs Legacy of Tril, by Heather Brewer Let's Do Nothing, by Tony Fucile Me and My Dragon, by David Biedrzycki One Direction: Dare to Dream, by One Direction Tiddler, by Julia Donaldson The Very Fairy Princess, by Julie Andrews 13 Gifts, by Wendy Mass Wings of Fire, by Tui T. Sutherland
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Yoga on the Water: Living in the Moment by Linda M. Langwith Pacifica Paddle Sports, perched by the warm and sheltered waters of Brentwood Bay at Portside Marina, is making history as the first place on Vancouver Island to offer yoga on the water, and you don’t even have to get wet! According to Pacifica’s Peter Harris and his partner Sandra Baron, paddleboard yoga provides a full body workout while relaxing the mind and connecting with the natural world. Suze Willgren, from Black Cube Body and Mind, one of two professional instructors who teach board yoga at Pacifica, promises “you’ll leave everything going on in your life behind,” including that intrusive cell phone! Suze’s connection with Pacifica began with kayak lessons last autumn. When Peter learned of her yoga background he realized this was a serendipitous moment to introduce a unique sport to Vancouver Island. Paddle boarding goes back to ancient Polynesia, while yoga has its roots in India, and it is with this happy confluence of cultures and practices that board yoga evolved in Hawaii. Stand up paddleboards, or SUPs, are wider, thicker and longer than conventional surf boards, offering a very stable surface on which to do yoga. The learning curve is easy: “Anyone can pick up a board and go somewhere,” enthuses Peter. With a 15- to 20-minute training session on the paddleboard prior to the yoga session, you’ll discover
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The Purr-fect Ambush! It’s Sunday, 6 a.m. The covers pulled up snug, and the morning still a long way away. Suddenly, in the distance … a rhythmic drum roll, getting louder, lifting you up and out of dreamland. You have become the target of your friendly family feline. Purring meant just for you. Or is it? Cats purr for many reasons. This particular situation can be interpreted as that of “caresolicitation.” This means that your cat wants some type of care from you, and has come by to solicit your attention. She has definitely achieved that. All week long you have been getting up at 6 a.m. and today? What’s wrong with you? Where’s the fresh serving of cat food? Purr-purr, Purr-purr. Respond to my demand for care and attention, please. Purring is a unique oscillation of the cat’s vocal cords that generates four harmonic frequencies. Some are audible, with others being of a low inaudible frequency. Some cats have a much louder audible component than others. However, we can always feel the vibration of our cats when purring. Purring continues through both inspiration and expiration, which is endlessly fascinating! Queens in labour purr between contractions, and continue all through nursing their kittens. Kittens do not develop their hearing fully until they are four to five weeks of age, and need some form of non-auditory communication with their mom. Vibrations allow tactile communication while avoiding detection by would-be predators. Purring meets these criteria perfectly. Unweaned kittens generally
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“It Takes a Community to Take Care of a Patient:" Dr. George Wray Talks About Mount Newton Centre by Robin J. Miller “It takes a community to take care of a patient,” says local family physician George Wray. “Mount Newton Centre is an integral part of that. What Mount Newton does is amazing. It helps to keep people at home, with fewer visits to doctors’ offices, fewer visits to hospital.”
valuable service,” says Dr. Wray. “They saw that there was no respite for caregivers, no simple but effective services that really help seniors stay independent, and they found a way to provide them. I think it should
be expanded, that every community should have something like this.” To find out more about Mount Newton Centre, call 250-652-3432 or visit www.mountnewtoncentre.org.
Located just west of the entrance to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Mount Newton Centre has been providing health care services to Saanich Peninsula residents for more than 30 years. These services include a day-long Adult Day Program operated six days a week for registered seniors that includes transportation, a hot lunch, medical monitoring, bathing and personal care, exercise, games and social activities. Most important, says Dr. Wray: “people actually enjoy going to the day program. They don’t feel they are being dumped there because the staff and volunteers engage them in really innovative ways. And it provides very important respite to their caregivers. The food’s pretty good, too.” Dr. Wray is also a big fan of the other services Mount Newton provides – all at no or low cost – for people of all ages, including free blood pressure, bathing and podiatry clinics and a Medical Equipment Loan Service. “Anyone can go there to get a walker, a wheelchair, a hospital bed – whatever they need to recover from an illness or an injury, surgery, etc.” The majority of the Centre’s services are funded by donations from clients, families, friends and local community organizations. It receives funding from the Vancouver Island Health Authority toward the Adult Day Program only. “The people who created Mount Newton Centre 30 years ago were visionary in thinking this would be a
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Summer has finally arrived, and RC Grillhouse n’ Lounge is ready. Co-owner Rick Peters tweaked the draft lines to ensure that every beer is served below zero degrees.
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“They’re really quite good. It’s my favourite way of doing them.”
“I’m working on getting ghost peppers. They’re the hottest peppers in the world, and they’re 10 times hotter than habaneros,” says Glass. “So if I can get a hold of those that will be the main source of heat.”
If hot wings aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other items on the menu that will make your mouth water, including fresh pastas that are on special every Tuesday.
But before tossing the wings in the sizzling sauce, Glass batters the wings in cornstarch and deep fries them. “They’re really crispy and they’re large,” says Glass.
“I have to come up with different fresh pasta ideas,” says Glass. “I have a few favourites that I do every third week or so, like the seafood ravioli and pesto chicken fettuccine.”
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“The atmosphere is nice; everyone is really friendly here,” says Jacques, who admires the kitchen staff’s work: “They take a lot of pride in what they do. They take a lot of pride in plating the food and the presentation; they really care about it.” But it’s not just her coworkers who make it a nice place to work. “I love the customers, I really do,” says Jacques. “There are a lot of regulars that come in, and you start to build a relationship with them so you can really be yourself and joke around.” RC Grillhouse n’ Lounge’s regular customers range from local construction workers to families. “We pride it on being the kind of establishment you can walk into and still wear jeans but feel comfortable,”
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Glass says he likes working at the grillhouse because he can be creative in the kitchen while still having fun. Eileen Jacques, a server who has been at the grillhouse for four years, agrees that it’s a great place to work.
The Golden Age of Flying Boats by Doreen Marion Gee
The glorious heyday of the "Flying Boat" is dead and gone, but the legend lives on. It soared like an eagle, floated like a ship and watched over our coast like a hawk. Bob Dyck of Saanich is resurrecting the antique plane to preserve a glorious piece of aviation history. His labour of love reminds us that, even as technology advances into the new millennium, some very progressive ideas are covered in a thick layer of dust from a distant time.
aircraft is an airplane on top and a boat on the bottom. After coming off the production line at Cartierville, Quebec, in 1943, it joined the squadron here for active duty during the war years. In the post-war era, it was a search and rescue aircraft with the RCAF; a freighter, carrying freight to remote communities; a water-bomber in 1966, helping to control fires; and a regular aircraft for a number of years. In 2002, its commercial use came to an end.
The elegant behemoth dominates Victoria Airport. From a distance, a flash of bright yellow glistens under the relentless Sidney sun. Bob Dyck is super proud of his legendary plane: a "Consolidated PBY-5A," known as a catalina, canso or simply a flying boat. The eccentric
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The only drawback of the 3,400 flying boats worldwide was very slow speeds. With the advent of modern aircraft and runways, the flying boat went the way of the dinosaur in Canada (only four left). But T-Rex was a formidable predator, and the flying boat definitely had a practical innovative edge over any Boeing 747. Flying boats were once lords of the skies, gliding into a retro sunset. Bob Dyck is a fan: "It is really important to me that as many people as possible rejoice in this aircraft, whether taking pictures of it, sitting in it or whatever – it is here for them to enjoy. I want to keep the memory alive!" Photo courtesy Doreen Gee.
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The Out of Towners Standing above the causeway around the Inner Harbour on a gorgeous August afternoon, I couldn’t help thinking that whoever planned this city must have had the post card photo already branded into their grey matter. I mean really: a stoic ivy-embraced hotel, bookended by a stunning seat of government that lights up at night. God himself scooped out a portion of shoreline to create a harbour where billionaires can park their yachts. In Victoria, we do like to share this city with all who will come. It's tourist season! If you've ever been startled at the oddest hour and involuntarily went stiff like a board, only to tear a hole in your linen because of the blast of a cruise ship horn, than you know what I'm talking about. How about being caught on a sidewalk behind a family of five from Texas walking side by side, shoulder to shoulder, as they abruptly halt every four steps to snap pictures of lamp posts? Having been born and raised in Victoria, my mom always gave me a sense of appreciation for these visitors. After all, she would say, they have spent thousands of dollars to come here; we can at least be nice to them. As much as they are a curiosity sometimes, these out of towners can also be the source of much amusement. Just get them to try and pronounce Saanich. They also seem to love renting those downtown scooters and buzzing around like a gang from hipster hell. I witnessed a swarm of about 10 of them screaming down Dallas Road recently. It wasn't long before they were crossing the threshold into Ross Bay Cemetery, and I actually heard their self-appointed leader yell the words: "Onward into the park of death!" Seriously, it's difficult to sound badass when you are riding a moped. One can imagine that they ended up at the Keg afterwards, high-fiving each other while pounding back a few Bacardi Breezers.
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Conversations from the Past – Harry Guillod by Valerie Green 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.
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A manuscript edited by Dorothy Blakey Smith exists today in the Royal BC Museum Archives. It is a priceless journal of a virtually unknown Englishman, Harry Guillod. He was one of many thousands bitten by the gold “bug” in 1862, and his journal is an incredible record of the hardships endured by all gold-seekers during a time in history that today we can only imagine. Interviewer: Mr. Guillod, what made you come to Canada in 1862? Guillod: The usual desire for adventure and being bitten by the “gold bug.” I sailed from Southampton, England, in May of that year with my younger brother, George, and shared many adventures with our friend Philip Johnston who we met on the way. We all arrived in Esquimalt on July 2nd, 1862. I: A long journey! G: And that was only the beginning. Six days later we boarded the Enterprise for New Westminster and waited there for the next boat to take us up the Fraser. I: I believe you kept a diary of all the hazards of that journey? G: Indeed. Then we had to take the old HarrisonLillooet trail from Fort Douglas. What an adventure! Deep swamps, mud, fallen trees, endless streams to cross and slippery trails fraught with danger. We were very young and totally inexperienced. I: But you survived it all.
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G: (Laughing) It was either survive or let the mosquitoes eat us alive! We lived on a diet of bacon and beans. Then we lost our faithful horse, “Old Moke,” who wandered away from camp one day so we had to carry all our own supplies!
We finally reached Lightning Creek, which was supposed to be a rich gold producer. We naively signed an agreement to purchase two half-interests in a claim for $500. We feverishly worked the claim but realized there was not a grain of gold left – it had already been worked out. By September we gave up on our dream and eventually headed back to Victoria.
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I: How disappointing. G: Ah well – it was all meant to be. I worked at various jobs in Victoria before buying a one-third interest in a sawmill and some land in Chemainus which I later sold. In 1866, I was offered a position as catechist for the Anglican Church in Victoria under Bishop Hills and I realized I had found my calling. I: What happened?
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I: Tell me about your own family. G: In 1885 I married Kate Monro of Victoria and we moved to Ucluelet. Kate was the first white woman in the area. We worked together and later moved to Alberni and lived on the Somass Farm. We then purchased some land of our own where we raised our three daughters, Beatrice, Kate and Edna. I: An exciting and well-worth life, Mr. Guillod. In 1903, Harry Guillod retired as Indian Agent (in today’s world we would say First Nations Agent) and three years later, at age 68, he died. In 1913, the first West Coast General Hospital was opened in Alberni. Guillod’s daughter, Kate, was one of its first nurses. Harry’s wife died in 1949 at age 88, survived by her three daughters. Guillod’s journal and letters were sent to his mother in England and, upon her death, were forwarded to his brother George, then in South Africa. In 1953, the journal came back to Harry’s daughters and was brought to the attention of the Provincial Archivist. It is now a national record of an incredible adventure. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Finity Project “Finity” is living life to the max because life is finite. Finity is also the name of a foundation that raises money for seven charities: Help Fill a Dream for children with life-threatening illnesses; MS Society; Cystic Fibrosis Trust (UK); Simon Keith Foundation for youth who have undergone organ transplants; Livestrong for people with cancer; Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson's) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Starting September 9th and ending December 2nd, Lee-Ann Fava, 25, and Kara Byrne, 26, founders of The Finity Project, intend to cycle in Kamloops, B.C., take part in the MS Bike Ride, walk the Great Wall of China, skydive over London, England, trek the Sahara Desert, run the New York City Marathon and hike a Costa Rica Cloud Forest. What's extraordinary about these two women is they both have multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the MS Society of Canada, the disease is complex and unpredictable. It can affect vision, hearing,
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Kara's symptoms came at age 20 after waking up one morning without sight. Her opthamologist observed a lesion on her optic nerve – a prime indicator of MS – and sent her to a neurologist. He ordered an MRI. By the time Kara got in for the test the lesion had healed. After losing sensation from her ribs down on one side of her body a year later, a second MRI confirmed the diagnosis. The vision is gone permanently in one eye. “It'd be nice if I kept the vision in the other eye,” she laughs. “Or we'll have trouble on this adventure of ours.” Lee-Ann's diagnosis came the same year, although the two women had yet to meet. She, too, lost her sight. “My doctor said: 'Well, you either have a blood clot in your brain or you have multiple sclerosis.' She told me to go to the hospital Emergency.” There doctors prescribed intravenous steroids and most of Lee-Ann's vision returned. For the next 18 months she injected herself once a week – at $1,200 a pop. She's been off all medication for four years now following a rare allergic reaction.
Over Christmas, 2011, they talked about how they'd like to work part-time, or full-time at their own business. Their jobs at Bell were more than either could handle. In January they attended the Disabilities Fair in Vancouver where they got talking with a friend. “It'd be really cool, two MS-ers travelling the world,” recalls Kara. “What if we did a whole bunch of challenges and raised money championing other diseases, not just our own? Made people realize there's power in numbers? Not necessarily to find a cure or just to survive the disease, but to live well with it.”
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Meanwhile, both women continued their university studies, graduated and found work – at Bell Mobility, Victoria. One day they lunched together and LeeAnn talked about Dragon Boating. Kara said: “I'd like to do that. Can anyone be on your team?” to which Lee-Ann replied that she volunteered with the MS Society “as kind of a member.” Kara said: “You have MS? I have MS.” “Join the club – I'm in the club!” said Lee-Ann. They high-fived.
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Ukulapha Community Outreach Project Carolyn Burns, a former Victoria resident, returned to her homeland of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in 2007 and began a community outreach project – Ukulapha – which means "healing" in Zulu. Carolyn, along with volunteers from Victoria, wanted to help bring healing and hope to the township of Slangspruit, near Pietermaritzburg. The project began with simple humanitarian support – food hampers for seven families which encompassed 44 children. Now, in partnership with the school, Carolyn is able to reach out to 950 children and their families. She has organized physical repairs for the school, enhanced the school lunch program, found donors and sponsors and is providing free counselling, skills workshops, literacy programs and more. She has worked with the Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club to have a functioning kitchen built in the school, with a sink! Carolyn’s next vision is a community centre for the school and community to share. A fundraiser for Ukulapha will take place at Muse Winery on September 15th at 6:30 p.m. There will be live and silent auctions hosted by Sidney-by-the-Sea Town Crier Kenny Podmore. Please help bring hope and a community centre to Slangspruit. For more information visit www.ukulapha.org.za.
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Gardening With Stone by Gwenda Waterhouse Are you looking for a new feature for your garden? Sometimes a little something out of the ordinary spices things up! You might want to consider natural stone. Stone is used for a variety of different uses around the garden. Flagstone for patios, stepping stones for pathways, wallstone for walls and borders, or boulders and columns for feature pieces. There Gwenda Waterhouse are even stone columns Twin Peaks Nursery & with holes drilled Landscaping Supplies through them for water and lights. These drilled columns are called “gurglers,” and bring a whole new dimension to your garden. Stone comes in random shapes and thicknesses, allowing for a very natural look in your garden. Tumbled stone is available for more rounded edges. If you're looking for a more formal look, some stone is dimensionally cut into square or rectangular pieces. Pavers, like the conventional concrete pavers, are now available in basalt natural stone. Some of the different types of stone available are assorted sandstones, micas, basalt and granite. It’s amazing how a natural blasted boulder from right here in Victoria adds flavour, character and interest to your garden. It can be a great centre piece … and conversation piece! Don’t let the installation of stone intimidate you: it can be quite easy to handle and lay depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. It can be as simple as just placing a couple of “One Man Boulders” within your garden area or creating a stepping stone pathway to the water tap. Just dig your pathway area, add sand, compact the sand to create a firm and level bed, lay the stepping stones in, backfill with sand around those stones to maintain that even surface, then stand back and admire! Some installations, however, need concrete and mortar. I do recommend, depending on your level of expertise, that you talk with a professional. Most stone suppliers can give you two referrals so you can get all the information you need. There are also a few good “Landscaping with Stone” books available if you'd like to learn more and tackle the job yourself. Gwenda Waterhouse is the owner of Twin Peaks Nursery & Landscaping Supplies at 1780 Mills Road in Sidney.
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International Dining Series at Bear Mountain Award-winning Executive Chef Iain Rennie invites guests to travel with him this summer as he launches the International Dining Series in the fine dining room of Panache at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria. Drawing inspiration from exquisite cuisines from around the world, Chef Rennie will take guests on a culinary tour of Canada, Portugal, the U.S., Australia and Germany. Each three-course meal features an exquisite wine pairing for $69 per person (not including taxes and gratuity). "We've designed The International Dining Series to offer guests an authentic and rich global food experiences in their own backyard. I've often heard guests express a special appreciation for the captivating vistas at Bear Mountain. With the International Dining Series, I plan to offer guests a culinary adventure to
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August Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama “Well Game Show Bob, I’ll pick door number … ummm …”
… after all, they are free.
Shopping these days is like guessing the door number in a game show. There are so many choices – even shopping for bread involves an exciting selection process. While at a supermarket I counted over 40 different breads, and if you shop online the website has 153 different kinds and forms to choose from. Just the grain breads alone include 20, 12, seven, three, multi, ancient, century, whole, cracked and justsprouted grain types, along with variants on one kind like European rye, Russian rye, German rye, Canadian rye … .
Well, one thing we can’t choose is our weather, and there are a wide variety of conditions that we can experience here on the South Island. It can be cool and rainy one moment, and warm and dry the next - which is why “dress of all seasons” is wise advice for these parts. Although the changes and variety can be dramatic (and perhaps even annoying), an Environment Canada study showed that Victoria and Nanaimo were tied for the top cities in Canada for weather comfort. This was based on an examination of 23 different “comfortable“ weather factors including the mildest winter, spring and fall; the most sunshine; the lightest winds and the lowest humidity. Yes, sweet home Victoria, where the weather is great and the eggs run free.
Confronted with all this exhilarating choice, my higher order functions shut down and I freeze. This soon results in the issuance of an all-supermarket staff alert: “Code 53, code 53 in Aisle 5 – yep, another poor guy staring at the breads – he’s been there a couple of hours in a choice-induced, catatonic state. Yeah, the classic symptoms … you know the drill – approach with caution and lead him gently to the fresh rutabagas – he’ll snap out of it.” Even shopping for eggs, which used to be in my comfort zone, now offers many interesting mystery choices. Should I be adventurous and pick something like “Free Range Eggs?" What are these anyway? I picture thousands of eggs with tiny legs scurrying around the wild ranges of Wyoming – thunderous herds of them disappearing into the dust with the song “Rawhide” playing in the background. Rolling, rolling, rolling, Though the yolks are swollen Keep them Grade A’s rolling Rawhide … (Yee haw!) Perhaps should I get a dozen (or maybe catch and release)
So will our August weather keep us at the top? Although June was stuck in the cold air aisle, July loaded the shopping cart with sun and warmth. For August, it will likely be drier than normal and temperature-wise there is no bias to cooler or warmer conditions, so I’ll say expect normal conditions. Since August is a month filled with celebrations across the province, my sentimental forecast is for a perfect combination of all 23 comfortable weather factors. So come on out and join me and my fresh rutabagas in the festivities. Yee Haw! If you have Free Range Eggs or questions about the weather, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them at on my blog at: weatherwit.wordpress.com.
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From Turgoose to Saanichton: The Village at the Crossroads by Carole Pearson “One of the most important connections to the beginning of Saanich is the Prairie Tavern, established by pioneer victualer Henry Simpson at the corner of East Saanich road and Mount Newton Cross road,” writes Sidney archives manager Brad R. Morrison in the October 1st, 1997 The Beachcomber. Built in 1859, the Prairie Tavern was on a trail connecting Victoria and the Peninsula, and travellers would arrive by horseback or wagon, grateful for a place to rest and obtain food and beverages. When Julius Brethour and Robert Irving created the Victoria and Sidney Railway Company in April 1892, the prospect of improved transportation out to the Peninsula opened the area to greater development. When Simpson discovered the train would have a stop near the Prairie Tavern, he saw a great opportunity and expanded his business. “Realizing the V&S railway would be completed by spring of 1894,” Morrison says, “Simpson contracted S. Martin to construct the new edifice which would be named the Prairie Inn, in 1893,
beside the old tavern structure.” The Rural Inn, the Saanichton General Store, blacksmiths and other businesses and houses were soon built and occupied. The small village developing at the crossroads became known as 'Turgoose" because the local post office was in the house of William Turgoose; in those days, an area was often identified by its post office location. The village was officially named Saanichton (Saanich Town) on December 15th, 1922, according to the Saanich archives. Big crowds descended on Saanichton every autumn to attend the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society’s fair. The fairgrounds were on five acres (now occupied by Polo Park and Saanichton Green) that Simpson sold to the Society in 1871. The Saanich Pioneer Society’s “Log Cabin” museum, built in 1933, is the last remaining building from the old fairground. Gordon “Skip” Crawford’s grandparents owned the Saanichton General Store on East Saanich road, south of the Prairie Inn. It was built around 1900, says Crawford. “It had everything from hardware to groceries and cigarettes. Butter came in by truck.” His dad’s family
lived at the back of the store and four bedrooms were upstairs. “My dad had a horse barn where the CIBC building is now, and just south of there was a blacksmith’s shop and a tin barn. It was made of tin,” Crawford explains, “because when the train went by, it would shoot off sparks.” When Central Saanich was incorporated as a municipality on December 12th, 1950, a new fire hall, police station and city hall were built on the corner where Spelt’s Shell station stands today (see picture). Ron Spelt moved to the area with his parents in 1971. He remembers every Monday evening, at 7 p.m., the siren at the fire station would sound, calling volunteers to the weekly training session. “The siren was so
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loud, you could hear it in Brentwood Bay,” Ron says. Saanichton was still a quiet village when Spelt was growing up. “We’d go over and pick rocks on George Doney’s farm, just for something to do,” he remembers, pointing at land across Wallace Drive that is now covered by houses. Back then, Spelt says, “You looked up when you heard a car drive by. You’d look to see who it was and it would probably be someone you know.” In recent years, Saanichton's population has increased through more residential housing, but it remains a surprisingly small, close-knit community. People might not look up when a car goes by but, chances are, when you go to buy groceries in Saanichton, you will see someone you know. Photo: aerial view of Saanichton, ca. 1955. Spelt's now stands where the firehouse is pictured. Courtesy John Newman.
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A Plethora of Diamond Jubilees A certain lady in England has recently celebrated her diamond jubilee to great fanfare. A little less well-known are two diamond jubilees to be celebrated this year on the Saanich Peninsula. With a somewhat lower level of festivities, the Town of Sidney is also celebrating the 60 years of its existence. The official party is to be held on September 23rd in Beacon Park and will include music, fun, ice cream and cake.
and will be performed at the Charlie White Theatre (Mary Winspear Centre) on August 25th and 26th. The first Peninsula Players show was held on March 7th, 1953 at North Saanich High School and consisted of three short plays. The group has now produced approximately 150 shows.
Peninsula Players' long-term goal is to have a completely selfcontained facility where they can not only rehearse, build sets and store costumes but also perform. Your local community theatre They are always on the lookout for group, Peninsula Players, is the third suitable premises or some land where diamond jubilee to take place this year they could develop such a facility. and they will be helping Her Majesty If there’s a generous patron or to celebrate with a review of historical indeed anyone hiding out there who events. The show will contain might be able to help them further readings from some of the great this goal (at a fairly nominal cost), writers of the last thousand years, please let them know! More details 103-2537 Beacon Avenue (in the Cannery building) Sidney Pier Spa • Seaside Times Aug 2012 Ad • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Final File July 11/12 some sketches, plenty of comedy and about the•Players can be found at Sidney 250.656.5606 firstname.lastname@example.org music. It is entitled “Crown Jewels” www.peninsulaplayers.bc.ca.
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Sponge Bob, They're Not If I received a nickel for every Sponge Bob Square Pants reference I overheard at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, I’d be able to fund summer camps for all of the kids on Southern Vancouver Island. Sponges in the Salish Sea aren’t sporting shorts and neckties but they are here, living a quiet stationary existence and forming important habitat for many other species. The plan to create a National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) in the southern Strait of Georgia will help protect sponges in our waters and all of the animals that call them home. Sponges are filter-feeding invertebrates found in both fresh and marine waters. Worldwide, 7,000 species of sponges have been described, and one of the characteristics that help distinguish one sponge from the other is their structural make-up – some have skeletons made of protein fibres, some are carbonate and others are constructed of silica. Scientists refer to the last type as glass sponges, and seven species of these sponges form reefs along the seabed in British Columbia. Reef-forming glass sponges date back to the late Jurassic period and until the late 1980s, scientists believed they were extinct. All that existed was fossil evidence until 1989, when glass sponge reefs covering an area of 700 square kilometres were discovered off Gwaii Haanas (Queen Charlotte Islands). Closer to home, here in the Salish Sea, smaller sponge reefs have been discovered off Mayne and Galiano Islands. Now often referred to as living fossils, sponge reefs form a critical habitat for many other species. Crabs, shrimp and lingcod are a few species associated with this habitat. One of the most important species to use the three dimensional reef structure for protection and reproduction is the rockfish. Diminishing rockfish populations struggle for two reasons – these long-lived species (more than 50 years)
don’t reproduce until at least 10 years of age and they rarely survive catch-and-release fishing. When the deep swimming rockfish are brought to the surface, their gas bladders expand, either expelling out their mouths, bursting or causing infection. These scenarios often result in death. Having a safe place to hide as juveniles is vital and glass sponge reefs provide just that. Their fragility, inability to relocate and slow rate of growth make sponge reefs extremely vulnerable to damage by human activity. The greatest threats are bottom trawling, ocean dumping and oil and gas exploration. These are two activities that will be prohibited in the proposed NMCA. Conserving the biodiversity of a region is not about targeting individual species, but about protecting animal homes and habitats. By including sponge reefs in the NMCA, all reef-associated species will benefit. Local Jewel – National Treasure; the Making of a National Marine Conservation Area, an exhibit partnering with Parks Canada, is on now at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Learn about special habitats and special species within the NMCA proposed boundary. PET FOOD PLUS
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Heritage Acres Drive-In Movie Night Popular Heritage Acres in Central Saanich is hosting a drive-in movie night featuring the classic family film ET on Saturday, August 17th. The movie will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) but the fun will begin at 5 p.m. when the Vancouver Island Model Engineers will be offering train rides around the property at no charge.
Drive location since 1974 when the late Willard Michell saw the historical significance of the old tools, farm and household equipment and their historical value and donated his own collection. Today, working steam engines, tractors, agricultural machinery and several restored buildings are on the site.
Heritage Acres, operated by the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, is the perfect spot for an outdoor drive-in movie. It has space for 450 cars and a giant inflatable screen will enable easy viewing for all. Admission is by donation ($20 per carload suggested). Enjoy a true old-fashioned drive-in as snacks and drinks concessions will be available.
The Vancouver Island Model Engineers (VIME) operates a miniature railway at the site. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, steam and diesel locomotives pull trains for the public at various events throughout the year.
Peninsula Co-op is the lead sponsor of the event, with further assistance from many local businesses and media sponsors. To get to Heritage Acres, turn off the Pat Bay Highway at Island View Road (Michell Bros. Farm) and then turn left on Lochside Drive, following the signs. The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society (SHAS) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts from the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural past. Founded in 1967, it has operated at its Lochside
All proceeds from this event will go towards further development of Heritage Acres and its work in preservation and education. To better showcase the many collections in a more cohesive way, the Society plans to expand the indoor street format of the main museum. The museum village will include store fronts and window displays with antique vehicles parked in front. Local businesses and private sponsors are supporting the project and have an opportunity to adopt a store or section within a street. The Society is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible. For information, contact Jacquie Johl at 250-652-5522.
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The Raptors at Church & State
Sidney Plein Air Paintout
Learn to make shell rattles for a healing tool, followed by grounding and energy clearing. By donation. View website for further details.
Chuch & State Wines, 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m. 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich 250-652-2671, www.churchandstatewines.com
Beacon Park, Sidney Artists will be painting 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Fine art exhibition/sale until 4 p.m. 250-655-8278, www.odettelarochegallery.com
At the Raptors at Church & State, you’ll get close to some truly impressive birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures as they demonstrate their natural flying and hunting abilities. Adults $14; seniors $12; students (1216) $10; children (3-11) $7. Schedule subject to change, call for daily updates.
Saturdays til Oct. 27 North Saanich Farm Market St. John's United Church Annex 10990 West Saanich Road, 9:30-12:30 www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca Find seasonal veggies, eggs, mushrooms, baked goods, meat and crafts, and of course seeds for the home gardener. Meet your neighbours and support our local farmers.
Saturdays til Oct. 13 Peninsula Country Market Saanich Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca 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. Free admission, free parking and live music!
Sundays till Aug. 26 Sidney Summer Sounds Beacon Park, Sidney, 2-4 p.m. www.peninsulacelebrations.ca Come and experience new music every Sunday in Beacon Park. Be entertained by some of the most popular local musicians at Beacon Pavilion (Sidney's Outdoor Opera House!) Full itinerary available on the website above.
Sidney Plein Air Paintout celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A call out to artists and art lovers to come to this event and appreciate art!
August 11 - 12
Peninsula Players Present "Suddenly Sasquatch" Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Road, N. Saanich, Aug. 11 @ 7:30 p.m; Aug. 12 @ 4 p.m. 250-656-2552, www.musewinery.ca Special seating at Bistro Muse at 5 p.m., or have lunch before the Sunday afternoon show. $25 for evening performance; $20 for matinée.
August 11 - 12
Victoria's Largest Little Airshow Michell Airpark, Central Saanich, 10-5 http://vrcms.org/airshow12.html Radio-controlled airshow hosted by the Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society (VRCMS). The only show of its kind in B.C.! High flying family fun. Entry is by donation. All proceeds to charity.
An event to raise money for desperately impoverished families in Tanzania. Live band Shaky Ground; silent and live auction; beef BBQ; corn on the cob; cash bar, jewelry, art and much more! $50 per person. All money raised goes directly to support the charity's projects.
Giant Used Book Sale Beacon Plaza, Sidney (by Shopper's Drug Mart) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women. Proceeds will fund scholarships, bursaries and awards for Peninsula students.
August 25 - 26 Peninsula Players Present "Crown Jewels"
Eagle Beach, Elk Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Town of Sidney and The Peninsula Players. The Peninsula Players will be performing a theatre show detailing the history and present day life of the British Monarchy. Tickets $12 + hst; group rate (10+) $10 + hst.
Liberal Party of Canada Great South Island Family BBQ Food, refreshments and fun!
Snowdon House Farms Papardelle's Pasta Night 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 250-658-3419 • www.snowdonhouse.ca Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen and enjoy the flavours. Pasta nero delle seppie venetian calamari with scallops. $20 per night, limited seating for ten. Must book ahead.
Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (corner of Clarke and West Saanich Roads) 250-652-1758, www.brentwoodbay.info
Bring a picnic, or buy from the local vendors. Bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the live music! Artists will be The Pony Club, Ridley Bent & Chris Dunn, Shaky Ground (respectively).
Island Arabians Farm 11200 West Saanich Rd, 4-9 p.m. 250-655-4131 • www.africanbookbox.org
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Aug. 25th @ 7:30 p.m., Aug. 26th @ 2 p.m. 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca
August 1, 8, 15 Brentwood Bay's 2012 Music in the Park Series
African Children's Book Box Society Corn Roast Fundraiser
A Journey With Your Spirit Shell Rattle Workshop Victoria, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 250-652-5849 www.ajourneywithyourspirit.com
Aug. 26, Sept. 30 Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Sessions
Gartley Station, 1931 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 250-652-6939, www.gartleystation.com $20 per person, credited toward your purchase. Call for details and to reserve a seat!
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Saanichton Community BBQ – A Family Affair The 3rd Annual "Saanichton Community BBQ" just got bigger, and a lot more fun with help of the local Central Saanich Lions. The Saanichton Village Association and the Central Saanich Lions have now teamed up to provide local residents with a fun-filled event on Saturday, August 18th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, on Wallace Drive in Central Saanich. “The SVA is a group of local residents and businesses who are committed to promoting a deeper sense of community whenever possible, and the Central Saanich Lions Club is a perfect partner for this event,” said Jan Carroll, president of the SVA. Summertime barbecues are full of great food, fun and frolic and this event is sure to please. There will be two live local bands performing at the event: The Tuneshuckers and Chick Wagon Band. A "bouncy castle" for kids, ladder golf, a water balloon toss and a host of other fun games for kids (big and small) will also be happening. Ken Marriette, PR representative for the Central Saanich Lions club, says: "I am pleased to announce that the food at the picnic will be by donation, and proceeds received will then be redistributed to local charities." The event will also include a variety of local artists who want to show off some of their work, with local First Nations carvers Doug LaFortune and his son Bear on hand to showcase their upcoming totem that is destined for the Saanichton Village. Volunteers, donations from local businesses and artist inquiries are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at Anchor Insurance (across from Spelt's) on East Saanich Road, call 250-652-5157; or from the Central Saanich Lions Club. For more information on the event, check out the SVA website at www.saanichtonvillage.ca.
flipping pancakes for a cause! Come out and enjoy a pancake breakfast at Flader Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants. Funds raised will support Sidney Lions Food Bank. The Food Bank helps to feed individuals and families of all ages throughout the Saanich Peninsula. Due to increased demand and decreased contributions, they are currently facing a serious shortage. All funds raised from the breakfast will go towards this worthy local cause. Collection bins will also be available for non-perishable food item donations.
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Zais Astrology – August 2012 by Heather Zais (email@example.com) Aries (march 21 - april 19) Two full moons this month stimulate important areas. The first one highlights your connections, hopes and wishes. Social interaction gives you relationship opportunities beyond expectations, while the second one enhances subconscious.
Libra (september 23 - october 22) The first full moon of the month increases your need for fun activities or romance. An aspect from Jupiter could see you looking at travel or locations. The second full moon adds favorable influences to health and duties etc.
Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Ambitions or career goals are highlighted by the first full moon this month. Influence from the sun puts some focus on home matters or base of operations; decisions are likely. The second one adds emotional influence. Take time.
Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Special events connected to home or family are highlighted under the first full moon this month. The influence of Jupiter adds security. The second full moon gives you mixed emotions about others or their commitment.
Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Jupiter in your sign combined with a trine aspect from the first full moon of the month adds a positive note to communications. It also increases your luck. Put forth grand plans as the second full moon supports your goals.
Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Communications under the first full moon of the month involves news or events. Influence from Jupiter enhances relationships – personal or business. Take care of home or family matters under the second full moon.
Cancer (june 21 - july 22) You get more emotional about joint finances or shared items as the first full moon of the month shines on these matters. A turning point is reached. The second full moon enhances intuition and guides your choices now.
Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Maintain forward motion with work or financial matters. A positive Jupiter influence coupled with the first full moon adds strength. Keep privileged info to yourself. Unusual "vibes" are felt in the glow or the second moon.
Leo (july 23 - august 22) Relationships – business or personal – are in focus under the first full moon this month, adding intensity. Keep positive ones and let the negative ones go. This would involve accounts, estates or debt by the second moon's influence.
Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) The first full moon of the month puts you in the spotlight, adding luck from Jupiter; expand your horizons. The second full moon of the month can make you a winner. Let your intuition guide your finances or investments.
Virgo (august 23 - september 22) An increased concern for health or well-being is in focus under the first full moon this month – pace yourself. Handle important matters confidently as the interference of others is amplified by the second full moon's energy.
Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Your imagination or dream life increases under the first full moon of the month. Hidden things or secrets are revealed. The second full moon influence gives you the ability to spin this. Navigate circumstances or escape.
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