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CO N T E N TS MAY 2009 Publisher, Advertising............................Tim Flater 250-686-1144 sales@peninsulatimes.ca publisher@peninsulatimes.ca

West Coast Culture


Editor-in-Chief ..........................................Allison Smith 250-544-4022 info@peninsulatimes.ca editor@peninsulatimes.ca Contributors Arlene Antonik • Jennifer Bowles David Bremner • Shannon Cater Joseph Fasciani • Anne Fearon-Wood Linda Funk • Wendy Hacking Linda M. Langwith • Edward Lentz Lisa Makar • Sandy McElroy Carole Pearson • John Philion Sarah Stratton • Elaine Strong Jeff Wonnenberg • Heather Zais Website............................................................Tige Johnson Mosaic Internet Designs tige@mosaicdesigns.ca Distribution ..................................................Sonya Jones Gail Rooney Randy White

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FEATURES 6-7 Springtime in West Coast Waters, by Jeff Wonnenberg 10-11 Second Birthday for Sidney Pier Hotel, by Lisa Makar 20-21 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, photos by Arlene Antonik 23 The Great Shirt (You Know the One), by David Bremner 26 2009 Crystal Awards 28 Mother’s Day Bliss,

The First Word ........................................4 Local Celebrations ...................8-9 31 My Friend Mary, Footprints ..........................................12-13 by Sandy McElroy New Voices.............................................17 34-35 Failed Communications, Peninsula Palate ...............................18 What’s Happening .....................22 by Joseph Fasciani Sudoku ...........................................................25 36-37 A Diamond in the Snapshot ....................................................30 Fluff, by Wendy Hacking Zais Astrology....................................32 And Many More… The Last Word ...................................38 by Linda M. Langwith

Cover by Anne Fearon-Wood



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Sea Change by Tim Flater Secondly, I want to expand the magazine’s reach. Now before you think this all about leaving the Peninsula, it’s not, it’s about including more of what we all love of this great area and island. The magazine’s roots are here on the Peninsula, I’m just letting them grow out a bit. So when we go to the Gulf Islands, and all the other seaside communities in the area, the name reflects what is common to all of us: the sea…and so the new name, Seaside Times, West Coast Culture, was born. Someone asked me the other day what the magazine is about, and I replied: “It’s about the people, the businesses and events in the community. It’s about you, it’s about us, it’s about seaside living.” As the magazine continues to develop we will always have that beacon to guide us. From the entire editorial team, writers and our firstclass distribution crew, thank you for letting us into your life each month. Sea change: a poetic or informal term meaning a gradual transformation in which the form is retained but the substance is replaced. (Wikipedia) Since purchasing the magazine over four months ago we have been doing exactly that; transforming the magazine by upgrading the paper and increasing the font for easier readability. New writers and better graphics have contributed a wider range of articles for you to feast on and every page is in colour, giving the magazine a much richer texture and visual appeal. Finally, this month we’ve reached the last (and probably the hardest) phase of our transformation: changing the name of the magazine to Seaside Times.

I hope you enjoy the new look and name.

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So why change the name? For me there are two reasons: first, there is another publication in the area with a very similar name, the Peninsula News Review. For the past year or so I’ve received many calls from people trying to contact them and customers dropping off checks at their office, so it was, to say the least, troublesome for both publications to have the confusion in the customer’s/readers’ minds.


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Peninsula Country Market – Snowdon House Designs Seaside Times has long been a sponsor of the Peninsula Country Market, and each month we will be featuring one of the many gifted vendors for you. The market was started in 1991 and focuses on local entrepreneurs with unique products. It takes place on the Saanich Fairgrounds every Saturday starting June 6th. And now, we are pleased to introduce you to Snowdon House Designs.

and are tied with a ribbon. The addition of journals, totes for notes, calendars, boxed notes and gift cards has followed naturally. I also design and develop specialty packaging for museums and individual companies. I have always strived to be different and develop products that stand out. My latest wave of excitement has been in the development of a brand new product line named fibre fusion. Starting with recycled paper I fuse a combination of recycled aluminum cans, recycled polyester, soya silk (a byproduct of tofu production), seaweed, bamboo, silk fibres and gold leaf.

Once unleashed, creativity streams forward and spawns new ideas! I’m Laura Waters of Snowdon House Designs and I’ve lived with this creativity for some 20-plus years. Every place I visit or thing I touch brings new ideas and develops possibilities in my imagination. New product lines are always in the works and being developed – I need to create!

A heat process is used to develop these fibres into sheets which are then cut to make specialty boxes and our stationery products. Every inch of the paper is unique!

My line of handmade cards is my signature product. They are all created individually and then mounted on unique envelopes that act as easels when the cards are opened up. My cards are treasured and kept as memory keepsakes – many people even frame them.

I have been at the Peninsula Country Market for approximately six years. I enjoy the open air and the wonderful people that I meet on Saturday mornings. Their feedback, inspiration and friendship has led me to create some new and wonderful things!

Each card uses a select palette of colors, textures, beads and embellishments. The cards have inspirational verses, special thoughts or just wild designs

For information on where to find my products, I can be reached at 250-658-3419 or please visit my website at www.snowdonhouse.ca.

Make A Splash! Join The Panorama Aquatics Team Fall 2009. It’s not too late to start your training for our fall opening! Become an Aquafit instructor or an Aquatic Worker (Lifeguard/Swim Instructor). We offer competitive wages as well as flexible hours and offer amazing benefits including free facility drop-in access and paid staff training. All ages welcome! Check out our website June 1st for the aquatic job postings! www.panoramarecreation.ca Want More Information?

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Springtime in West Coast Waters by Jeff Wonnenberg, Emerald Sea Adventures Our local waters are teeming with life this spring. Our resident Orca pods have three new babies this year! Another new calf in J pod has been confirmed, making it two for this year so far! Calf J-44 was identified last month with mother J-17, and recently J-45 was identified with J-14. We also confirmed a new baby in

L-Pod, L-112, currently swimming north off California. Transient Orca (mammal eaters) have been spotted on a daily basis cruising our islands in stealth mode for prey. We watched some amazing shows as they hunted seals and porpoises right off Sidney’s local islands. We were in Satellite Channel one day


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watching T14 and the T94 pod hunting and eating harbour seals midchannel. We were also lucky enough to watch and photograph the T26 pod which has never been spotted in the southern Vancouver Island region.

Grey Whales Grey whales have been graz-

ing the seafloor to the east, feeding on the mounds of copepods found on the sandy seafloor. Their 10,000- to 12,000-mile round trip migration makes stops in our local waters and off the west coast of British Columbia up to the Bering Sea. It’s amazing how a 35-ton animal can fast a whole winter long.

Sea Lions Stellar sea lions were in the area to feed on the large herring spawn from March through May. They also dive to the seafloor and we witnessed a bull feeding on a skate on the surface, thrashing it around like a Frisbee. You can see them at lower tides hauled out onto certain rocks to thermo-regulate (using radiant heat from the sun to maintain their body core temperature). We had quite an experience this month with a large bull seeking shelter next to our hull as a pod of transient Orcas circled around trying to locate him…but don’t worry, he did get away!

Elephant Seals We’ve watched three 6,000-pound Elephant seal bulls making monster dives in the deep canyons of Boundary Pass in search of squid, ratfish, cusk eel and even shark (dogfish).

Third Annual Water Garden Tour Water Gardening has become an extremely popular form of gardening, fulfilling our desires for environmental responsibility, easy care and extraordinary beauty. This year the tour takes place on July 11 from 10 am to 5:30 pm and will feature the gardens of eight professional landscape designers. The designers will also be on site to answer gardening questions. What makes this distinct from other tours is that the whole day is enhanced by having live harp music playing at most sites and a closing reception is offered at the last garden to thank the tour-goers and show them how their ticket money ($20 per person) has been put to use. The tour is sponsored by the For the Love of Africa Society, a registered non-profit volunteer society working in Tanzania, Africa building schools, medical clinics and orphan centres. As it is a completely volunteer organization, 95 percent of all funds raised goes to the society’s projects. Water gardening was chosen as a fundraiser to draw attention to the beauty of our water and how fortunate we are to have access to such clean water while others in the world struggle with this access. For more information call 250-544-2177 or visit www. fortheloveofafrica.org.

These animals have been recorded diving to 2,600 feet for 45 minutes. Usually you see them vertical on the surface taking big breaths for their next dive.

Bald Eagles Bald eagle chicks can be heard near several of our local nests situated on the islands. These mate-for-life creatures use the same nests for their entire life! Several local webcams give us the ‘bird’s eye’ view of young chicks and their parents bringing food to care for their young. For more information on the different webcams set up along BC’s west coast, visit the Hancock Wildlife Foundation website at www.hancockwildlifechannel.org.

Porpoises Dall’s porpoises, which look like tiny Orca, are coming back in great numbers in Swanson Channel. The fastest Cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in the world love to take advantage of a boat’s bow wake and can put on an amazing show for onlookers.


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Top Dog Dines on Brentwood Bites by Arlene Antonik Want a cookie? Move over Rover – when you hear what’s in these dog treats, you might want a nibble yourself. Three years ago, Troy and Leah Hawboldt decided their Black Lab, Diesel, deserved a better quality dog treat. So began six months of trial and error in their kitchen to come up with recipes meeting their high standards and those of on-the-spot taste tester, Diesel. The result was three flavours of all-natural gourmet dog treats:  Peanut Butter, Cheddar Cheese and Wild Pacific Salmon. They are now baked in the Want A Cookie Co.’s own bakery and contain no wheat, no corn, no sugar and definitely no animal by-products. Should you have any doubt that these delectable dog treats are good enough for your own four-legged friend, consider this: these treats

were the only dog cookies included in the First Puppy gift basket which was ready and waiting when Bo, the six-month-old Portuguese Water

Want A Cookie cookies. How did this Brentwood Bay company achieve such an honour? “We displayed our treats at a dog product launch in Beverly Hills several months ago,” owner Troy Hawboldt explains. “A public relations company spotted our cookies and asked if we would like to compete to have them included in the First Presidential Puppy Gift Basket. We sent in samples and in February the PR company emailed us to say we made it. We were one of 15 companies to be chosen over hundreds of applicants. 

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many fundraising and charity events. One of these was the SPCA’s ‘Just Desserts Gala’ held on March 14 at the ‘A’ Channel news station in Victoria. Proudly displayed there was the Want a Cookie mascot, a life-size Barack Obama cut-out with a sign announcing the #1 status of the company as the official supplier of First Puppy cookies. During the evening, the ‘President’ made an appearance on the dance floor and shortly afterwards it was noticed that he had gone missing.  Where was the Secret Service?  When the staff at Graphic FX Signworks heard the ‘President’ was MIA (Missing In Action), they quickly presented them with a duplicate. The famous grin once again beams at customers as they enter the store, called

As soon as we received the good news, we sent a year’s supply of our cookies down there right away ~ Troy Hawboldt

the Dog and Bark Boutique, located at the corner of West Saanich Road and Wallace Drive in Brentwood Bay. The company has distributors in the United States and Japan as well as in Canada. The owners expand the company’s reach by attending product shows such as the Seattle Dog Winter Fest and the Luxury Pet Pavilion in Los Angeles where they recently showcased their dog cookies to local LA distributors, pet boutiques and celebrities. Closer to home, Leah and Troy participate in many fundraising events by donating dog treats, prizes and gift baskets loaded up with cookies, toys and the latest doggie fashions from their store. Besides SPCA fundraisers, these include Santa Paws in the House with proceeds to Victoria Adoptables Pet Rescue, the Central Saanich

Want a Cookie Co. co-owner Troy Hawboldt with the President Obama cut-out that greets customers at his store. Lions Club’s Easter Bunny in the Park in Centennial Park, and June’s Dog Lovers Gala Fundraiser organized by the Big Heart Rescue Society. The Hawboldts often team up with photographer Melissa McCabe to offer pet portraits at these events for a donation to the cause. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce celebrates Business Excellence annually at their Crystal Awards ceremony. This year, Want A Cookie Co. was nominated for an award in the New Business category. A local business success story?  Pawsitively!

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MAY 2009


Sidney Pier Hotel Celebrates Second Birthday by Lisa Makar, General Manager, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa Well it’s hard to believe that two years have passed since The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Haro’s, CafÊ Georgia and Haven Spa all opened on May 1st, 2007. So much has happened over the past couple of years; most importantly the relationships we have made with so many fantastic local partners and the amazing support that we have seen from the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. We at The Pier are so fortunate that we work on the Saanich Peninsula and many of us are lucky to live here as well. There is a strong sense of community, a commitment to supporting local businesses and a desire to see this area continue to grow and thrive.


the Peninsula’s agro tourism, shop the unique retailers in Sidney and then choose from a fantastic array of experiences and providers to get you out in the marine environment? What’s more, every one of these experiences is within 15 minutes of each other! That makes us a truly unrivalled destination, and if I ever catch myself taking it for granted, I merely need to eavesdrop on a hotel guest raving about a day on the Peninsula and I remember that what everyone we have here is world class.

I encourage to be a tourist on your own Peninsula! ~ Lisa Makar

So on that note‌ I encourage everyone to ‘be a tourist on your own Peninsula!’ Take a drive and explore, wander the streets of Sidney or Brentwood and get out there on that fantastic ocean. May couldn’t be a better month with the pleasant weather, the flowers in bloom and the whales spotted. By the way, The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is offering our Locals Rate for the month of May so come, stay and make a weekend of it!


For our industry, Tourism & Hospitality, that growth is dependent on the continued promotion of the Saanich Peninsula as a destination unto itself. And what a destination it is! I often say that what differentiates us from other getaways is the diversity and proximity of what we have to offer. In what other place can you experience a world renowned attraction like the Butchart Gardens, explore

There’s no way I can list all of the amazing businesses on the Peninsula but below are just a few that offer some fantastic experiences. Please check out the Tourist Info Centres on the Pat Bay, Beacon and Lochside for a complete list of everything you can do.

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What I love: Seacider: What a unique experience. So much to learn while tantalizing your taste buds with not only their exceptional cider but also some awesome charcuterie! Emerald Sea Whale Watching: You can’t help but turn into an excited kid again when you go out with Jeff. He is not only incredibly knowledgeable about our marine life but he has so much fun it’s contagious. Eco Cruising: I couldn’t have been more blown away than the first time I went out with Brian. I had no idea that there was so much to learn about our marine environment, our coastline and our history. I sat, rapt, for the entire time. It’s an incredible way to experience the local waters. Butterfly Gardens: I went to the Butterfly Gardens for the first time with my son – thinking it was more for his enjoyment than my own. Boy was I wrong! It’s beautiful, like stepping into a tropical rainforest. I took pictures with abandon and read every word!

What I Can’t Wait to Do Next: Victoria Spirits: Yes – on top of it all we make gin on the Peninsula. And not just any gin… Victoria Gin is the first artisan gin distillery in British Columbia and has already won gold at the Northwest Wine Summit. Can’t wait to check out where it’s made. BC Aviation Museum: I hear only great things about this snapshot into The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa staff celebrate their BC’s aviation history. two-year anniversary in May. Babe’s Honey Farm: The honey is fantastic and apparently a tour of the facilities is an incredible learning experience. Rosemeade Farms: Pick your own fruit for the week – what a great experience for the family to learn about where their food comes from. Coles Bay Regional Park: Good trails, bird watching and beach exploring. Gulf Island National Parks: So close and ready for us to explore the parks and marine environment. Again, I can list more but these are just at the top of my mind. Get out there, have fun and explore!

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Butchart Gardens: Most of us think that the Gardens are just for tourists. If you haven’t been recently, I encourage you to go. I was there recently and was floored by the beauty, the smells and serenity that you feel when you walk through the gate. To have this in our back yard and not take advantage of it is a crime. Mineral World & The Scratch Patch: Another one that I mistakenly thought was just for my son. I confess to being knee deep in the scratch patch picking rocks and fighting with a four-year-old over which one was better. I have also participated in Cindy’s adult jewelry making classes. So much fun, so creative and I was still fighting over which was better!

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Origins of Local Street Names: Central Saanich by Carole Pearson Long ago, a burning torch by the Sidney seashore served as a marker for passing ships. The pathway down to this spot became today’s Beacon Avenue, but what about the origins of other familiar street names? Stelly’s Cross Road in Central Saanich is named after George Stelly, an early settler who left Switzerland in 1851 for the long, adventure-filled voyage to California’s ‘gold rush.’ After four years in California, Stelly traveled up the West Coast, lured by stories of gold discoveries in the BC Cariboo. Within a year, though, he was on his way back to California but couldn’t afford to go beyond Victoria. Stelly bought 200 acres of land on the Peninsula in the late 1870s. His property stretched from the current Saanich Fairgrounds down to Saanich Inlet. Stelly is regarded as instrumental in the construction of an important east-to-west road that cut through his property, a road which bears his name today and permitted wider travel across the Peninsula. Stelly’s Secondary School and Stelly Street, a Fernwood cul-de-sac, are also named after him. Despite his land holdings, however, Stelly was more involved in his business enterprises so Etienne Verdier was hired to manage the Stelly ‘ranch.’ Originally from France, Etienne

Saanich Pioneers’ Society Collection, Saanich Archives 1985006-051 Butler’s Store and V & S Railway station at Keating. Verdier and his brother, Alphonse, arrived on Vancouver Island in the early 1850s. Verdier Avenue in Brentwood Bay was formerly a ‘skid road’ constructed by the Verdiers and used to convey logs down to Saanich Inlet. Etienne Verdier’s son, Frank, who was noted for blazing trails into Strathcona Park and through the Malahat, later purchased the Stelly property and was elected to Saanich Council in 1913.

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Until the early 1940s, Oldfield Road had a different name. “When I was a kid, it was known as Giles Road,” recalls Maurice Butler. “Giles used to grow strawberries and loganberries and owned land that fronted the road.” Butler is a grandson of Capt. George Stephen Butler, an early pioneer who began farming on the Peninsula in 1868. Keating Cross Road used to be called Butler Cross Road, because of the proximity of the 120-acre Butler farm, between Veyaness and West Saanich roads. The Oldfield property was located near the south end of the road. John Henry Oldfield, a Winnipeg realtor and financier, purchased the 550 acres of land in 1903 for his retirement years. His son, Henry Clarence Oldfield, came out west before him and spent two years clearing the property for farming and the construc-

tion of Norfolk Lodge. The younger Oldfield was prominent in the local community as a Saanich councillor (1924 to 1930) and a founding director of both the Saanich Fruit Growers’ Association and Grower’s Wine company. Simpson Road was named after Henry Simpson, who owned 300 acres in the vicinity of East Road (now East Saanich Road) and Mount Newton Cross Road.

Simpson was one of the founders of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society and from 1873 to 1992, the annual fall fair was held on five acres of land once owned by him. Polo Park and Saanichton Green occupy the site today. Next month: Sidney and North Saanich street names.

In 1860, he built the Prairie Tavern, a popular watering stop on the long road between Sidney and Victoria. The original Prairie Tavern burned down in 1893 and was replaced by the Prairie Inn, now a Central Saanich heritage building.

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MAY 2009


Record Donation For Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre by Linda Funk

pacific octopus, wolf eel, rockfish and more to that collection.

It has been busy at the site of the new marine centre over the last month. The biggest news is that the centre has a new name – the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The Shaw Charitable Donations Committee donated $1.5 million to complete the $5-million fundraising campaign, making it the largest single donation to the campaign.

When you visit the Centre, be prepared to get your hands wet.

This contribution means that the Centre is on track for opening on June 20th, 2009. The construction crews are completing the installation of more than 15 giant aquarium habitats that will soon hold 66,000 litres of seawater and thousands of specimens. Many of those creatures will come from the Marine Ecology Centre that closes its doors at the end of May. The aquarist, Mike Anderson, will be adding herring, salmon, giant

L to R: Julie Shaw, Carol Shaw, Angus Matthews.

Thanks to a private donation, there will also be a large tide pool featured outside the building that will be a popular and free amenity for residents and visitors alike. Although the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre won’t have live mammals on display, there will be a marine mammal presence. Hanging in the front gallery, overlooking the water, hangs ‘Scar,’ the skeleton of a female Orca from a northern resident pod. The skeleton used to hang in the former Sidney Whale Museum but after years in storage at another facility, it is back to grace the Centre. Other exhibits, skulls and programs from the Museum will be incorporated into the galleries.

Photo courtesy Ken Coward

In addition to the habitats behind glass, the facility will showcase a small touch pool in the classroom area and a larger touch pool inside.

The education team is busy planning the visitor experience to make it like none other. Look for hundreds of movable magnetic signs that will encourage people, especially kids, to find the species listed on the card.

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A female Orca skeleton that was in the Sidney Whale Museum has returned to the waterfront to be featured in the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Technology will also play a feature role in the experience. ‘oceaneers,’ the facility’s naturalist staff, will have access to videos, webcams and pictures to show on large screens as part of their educational programs. There are currently over 100 volunteer staff, many waiting in the wings for the Centre to open. Beth, the volunteer coordinator, would like to have a roster of over 200 volunteers. Most will be oceaneers, but the Centre also needs people to work in the Ocean Store, at the admissions desk, in the office and at community events. All necessary training is provided. People can also contribute through the Sea Star campaign. The purchase of a Sea Star will help the Centre accomplish its mission to showcase the natural history of the Salish Sea. The founding 500 Sea Stars will be recognized on a donor wall in the lobby. Bringing a blend of entertainment and education showcased in a beautiful building with a prime waterfront setting, this will surely become a destination attraction for the area. Come celebrate the oceans this summer with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

Design your own unique jewellery using semi-precious gemstones Learn more about the history and mythology of each stone Up to 8 people accommodated Refreshments available for adult parties Prices start at $59 per person

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Wow…Wendy Pierson Diamond designs jewellery like her name; beads with sparkle and depth – a rare elegance that elevates every wearer. Her glass beads are created exclusively by hand in her studio on Pleasant Street. Finished pieces are unique and often one of a kind. Wendy Pierson Diamond Touches of ’60s California and the old world are interwoven with island influences – Indonesia, Hawaii and the West Coast are alive in the warm and cool of her beautiful jewellery. Come see! Reach Wendy Pierson Diamond at 250-665-7132 or on her website www.islandrainstudio.com. Studio open by appointment.

Still life that comes alive with brilliant color and whimsical yellow birds that uplift and inspire. This is “Finger Painting Without the Paint” – a technique Wendy Picken has developed over the past 25 years. Her part in this show will feature Wendy Picken work spanning this period – cards, prints and originals as well as her new book Gramma’s Pearl Soup And Grampa’s Mango Smile. Wendy will host drawing and writing workshops for those eight to 108 or younger! Reach Wendy Picken at 250-656-0137 or on her website www.mangosmilestudio.com.

Heather has always lived her life desiring its fullest artistic expression. Sixteen years ago, she moved to Vancouver Island and reached ‘Paradise.’ She found a boat, a talented man and the art of sailing off into Heather Gunning the sunsets. Now land-locked, Heather and Gord create to their fullest. Carvings, sculpture, multi-media art and paintings overflow their garden and home with whimsy, humour, and imagination. Their artistic union has become a Pleasant Street Studio, focused on the wild, funky art seas! Reach Heather at 250-655-5239 or via e-mail at gordl@ shaw.ca or visit her web-site www.pleasantstreetstudio.com.

Gord has always been interested in art and from an early age he was encouraged to pursue his dreams and goals but it wasn’t until 1983 that he decided to pursue a full time artist’s career. His Àrst choice of a medium was wood and stone was a close second. Gordon Langston After 12 years sculpting in the film industry, Gord is back to his own creations working from his studio here on Vancouver Island. His works are available in cold cast bronze or bronze if requested. Reach Gord via email at gordl@ shaw.ca or visit his website at www.pleasantstreetstudio.com.

Opening reception May 8th, 5-8pm – please join us for an Artsy, Fun evening Workshops & demonstrations available – contact the artists For more information call 250-656-7400 or visit www.cacsp.com


The Desk at the Back of the Room – Part III Jessica went home and ate dinner with her mom and dad. They asked her how everything was going and Jessica said great and then devoured her dinner and ran up to her room to pack for the slumber party the next day. The next morning when Jessica got to school, Leslie came up and asked Sarah Stratton her what the date was because she wanted to get her homework in for full marks. “Oh, sorry, I don’t know,” said Jessica. “Erin! Do you know what the date is?” “Yeah, it’s April first,” answered Erin. Just then, Jessica remembered something Miss Poppy had said on her first day of school: “On the first day of each month we have a desk change, and by then there might be a proper desk for you.” Jessica ran to the class room window and peered in. There, in the corner next to her old desk, was a perfect new one. Jessica ran to her friends and told them about the desk situation. They all ran back to the window and gazed at the desk and Jessica broke out in tears. Just then the bell rang and they all walked inside.

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“Don’t even look in there Bobby, I’ve got lots of pencils. Come see?” They bent down together and looked inside the desk. The light shone brightly and they were in Just a Pencil. “I told you I’d show you Just a pencil,” Jessica laughed. Jessica’s friends appeared and they all gathered around the fire that Jessica thought of and roasted marshmallows as they got to know each other. Jessica showed Bobby her world and just before they were going to leave, Bobby looked up. “That was awesome! Thank you Jessica,” he said. They all walked together and Bobby stopped and stopped Jessica too. He looked at her and asked: “Can I come back tomorrow?” In class, Bobby looked up the whole day and Jessica sat up straight and proud knowing she had helped. At the end of the day, Jessica walked out of the classroom and headed off with her friends to experience all the interesting things about her new town. Jessica, Bobby and their friends didn’t need to look down or be shy any more and, as time went by, they didn’t need the desk as much: they now created their own incredible adventures. Let professional tradesmen experienced in all aspects of construction give you the home of your dreams

Jessica ran up to Miss Poppy. “Why’d you do this? Why’d you have to take it away!” Jessica continued to cry and Miss Poppy took her outside the classroom. A boy came and stood next to Miss Poppy with his head down, not looking up. Jessica looked at them both through her watery eyes and wiped her tears away. “Jessica, I’d like you to meet Bobby,” said Miss Poppy. He’s new to our class. He’s sitting in the new desk next to you.” Jessica felt embarrassed and stopped crying immediately. “I want you to show him around, even your own desk,” Miss Poppy added. Bobby looked up, confused. “Okay, Miss Poppy. I’ll show him Just a Pencil,” Jessica replied eagerly. They walked into the classroom and sat down at their desks. “Class, please take out your toolboxes.” Bobby was just about to reach into his empty desk to see if there were supplies there when Jessica stopped him. SEASIDE TIMES

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Eat Local; It’s Worth It! by Jennifer Bowles irrefutably cute piglets as they sprang about under her trotters. Seven of the piglets will travel off to be with the Saanich 4H club and the rest will be ready around September for pork chops, ham and tasty bacon. Beginning in May, Joan will open up the pond at the farm where you can catch one of hundreds of 2.5- to 3.5-pound rainbow trout. You catch it, pay Joan a fee and bring home dinner for the family. In addition to pork and fish, Joan has a bounty of farm-fresh products including free range eggs, strawberries, lettuces, garlic and her cucumber-based ‘million dollar relish’ which would be fabulous on anything. How’s that for 100 miles? I’m not sure I even travelled 10!

100 miles really rolls off the tongue, much easier than 160 kilometres does. At least, that’s what Vancouverites Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon thought in 2005 when they embarked on their culinary journey and founded the now widely praised “100 mile diet.” Their goal was to eat locally for one year, within 100 miles of their home. Think about that for a moment. Do you enjoy a squeeze of lemon with your tea or in a salad dressing? Sorry, not local. Losing a combined weight of 15 pounds in the first few weeks, the McKinnons kept at it and developed a philosophy that celebrates and supports local producers, promotes community and encourages sustainable eating habits. And so my journey begins. Can it be done? What falls within my 100 miles? What can the Saanich Peninsula offer me? First stop, Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm, where I met with owner Joan Flemming. She walked me over the grounds of her five-acre farm that she has run with her brother Mike for 29 years. With an easy smile and calm demeanour she led me to the newest arrivals on the farm. ‘Penny,’ the sow, proudly swaggered around her pen, large-and-in-charge of her first litter of 11



On I go, over to Ireland’s Farm, past the north end of Oldfield Road, where I was met by an exuberant, smiling Collie named Jasmine, all too keen to show me the way to her Dad. Owner Dan Ireland smiled, slipped on his runners and walked us around the side of his house. As he pulled out a weathered wooden bench for us to sit on, I looked down onto a breathtaking 15 acres owned and operated by Dan and his wife since 1987. Dan’s philosophy – “naturally raised, free range food.” Raising five meats on his farm; chicken, beef, lamb, pork and turkey, even fanatical vegetarians have been converted back to meat eating after witnessing the humane treatment, proper diet and drug-free lifestyle he insists upon for his animals. Get in line though; as the largest supplier on the island for free range turkeys and chickens, it’s no surprise Dan has some of the top butcher shops in the city knocking at his door. Researching this article I spent a weekend travelling from farm to farm drinking in the spectacular views, sampling gorgeous tomatoes, punchy herbs and irresistibly sticky honey, yet I barely scratched the surface of what the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. We are lucky to live in a place where the 100 mile diet could easily be a reality and is well worth a little extra effort. Supporting local farms and businesses and having peace of mind about where your food comes from also make it a worthwhile venture; one I will definitely be enjoying a whole lot more.


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Mother’s Day Light up her life! Himalayan Salt Lamp, $70 at Mineral World, 9891 Seaport Pl., Sidney, 250-655-4367.

These cute pincushions make even darning fun! $12 each, available at the Gift Galleria at the Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park, Sidney, 250656-7400.

Who says you can’t be practical and stylish at the same time? ‘Suede’ brand handbags, $100 range. Marmalade Tart Boutique, 2378B Beacon Ave, Sidney, 778-426-3356.

Sometimes all a mother wants is to spend some special time with her loved ones. Take her to The Dining Room Restaurant at Butchart Gardens for the Happy Mother’s Day tea. $31.95 per person plus admission. 800 Benvenuto, Brentwood Bay, 250-652-8222.

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An excuse for a cocktail? Hand-painted martini glasses, $35 each. Knickerbocker’s Home Decor, #12, 7103 W. Saanich Rd., Brentwood, 250-544-8211.

For the mother who loves to welcome guests into her home, this ‘Welcome Frog’ decoration will be a perfect addition to her garden. Available for $18.95 at Twin Peaks Nursery & Landscaping Supplies, 1780 Mills Rd. West, Sidney, 250-654-0400 * All photos by Arlene Antonik with the exception of Vino Stomp pedicure and Butchart Gardens Happy Mother’s Day tea. *


Gift Ideas Sometimes it’s down to the wire and you still don’t know what to get her. Let Fiorenza Classic Flowers put together a special gift basket for mom that’s sure to have something for everyone. Ranging from $35-$100+. #103-2376 Beacon Ave., Sidney, 250-656-0411. For the tea- or coffee-lover in your life, whether it be mom or grandma, a beautiful mug can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Let Janet’s Special Teas in Sidney help you find that magical mug. $15 each, 2451A Beacon Avenue, Sidney, 250-655-9477.

Available for $12$15 in flavours including Kiwi Gold, raspberry, rhubarb, blueberry and blackberry. Complimentary gift wrap. 1831 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton. 250-652-8667.

For some mothers, there is no better gift than that old standby, chocolates. This year, bump it up a notch with a specialty box of Mother’s Day chocolates (ranging from $75-$85) from Le Café Chocolat, 6991 East Saanich Rd., Central Saanich, 250-652-1300.

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Add to mom’s ‘peace and quiet time’ with this bamboo bathtub caddy. It’s water-resistant and adjusts to 36” wide. Available for $53 at Flush, #102-2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney, 250-655-7732.

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May 9 Grannies to Grannies Fashion Show & Tea Holy Trinity Church Hall, 2:00 p.m. 250-656-9633 For the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s program to support African grandmothers who are caring for grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. May 16-24 Theatre BC South Island Zone Festival Mary Winspear Centre, Charlie White Theatre 250-656-0275, www.peninsulaplayers.bc.ca Community theatre groups will present their play for one performance, which is then assessed by an adjudicator. At the conclusion of the event awards are presented. Tickets are $18 adults, $16 seniors, students and Theatre BC members. Passes are available for $99 and $85. May 23 Open House Dan’s Farm & Country Market 2030 Bear Hill Road, Saanich,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 250-652-9100, www.dansfarm.ca Bring family or friends; many activities for all. May 23 Starry Starry Night Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich,1 to 3 p.m. 250-478-3344, www.crd.bc.ca/parks The forests around Victoria are full of plants that make delicious teas – come for an interpretive tea tasting featuring some of them. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Wheelchair accessible.

May 24 ‘Blue Heaven; Encounters With the Blue Poppy’ Glendale Gardens, 1 to 3 p.m. 250-479-6162, www.hcp.bc.ca Bill Terry will lecture on the Himalayan Blue Poppy, the subject of his book Blue Heaven. HCP members $25, non-members $35 (includes a copy of the book). Call to register; space is limited. May 24 Motorcycle Ride for Dad Prostate cancer fundraiser Mary Winspear Centre, 9:00 a.m. 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca May 28 The Writer’s Way Sidney North Saanich Library, 7 to 8:30 p.m. 250-656-0944, www.cacsp.com Free monthly sessions aimed to help improve your writing skills and offer opportunities for you to network whatever your level, purpose or genre. Due to limited seating, pre-register by contacting the above. Future sessions will take place on June 25 and July 30th. Sidney Acoustic Series Fresh Cup, Sidney 2360 Beacon Ave., Sidney Every Thursday – 6 to 9 p.m. All musicians and spectators welcome. Come for free to enjoy the music, share ideas or jam a bit!

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The Great Shirt… (You Know the One) There is something special about a really great shirt. I am virtually positive that every guy has owned at least one in his lifetime. You know the one. The absolute favourite, the important one, the one that simply makes you feel all powerful...the one that leaves you limp, crushed and despondent when you really, really, REALLY need it and (excuse me) CRAP…it’s in the laundry basket.

Professor of Style David Bremner It’s so special that we’ll take it out of the basket just to check (we’ve all done it) but no…whatever that mark is, it’s not coming out without serious attention, and no amount of body spray is going to camouflage the fact that you were barbecuing copious amounts of onions and garlic the last time you wore it.


Most of us have experienced the benefits of owning something exceptional, and have felt that sense of loss when sadly, that exceptional piece, often well past its prime (or now two sizes too small) absolutely must be retired. If we recognize the value of a great shirt (or jeans, jacket, suit or shoes)  then remember that feeling next time you are shopping for clothes. Let that great shirt from years ago rest in peace and dignity and find a new one that takes you firmly into the future.  There are so many great shirts today that take advantage of technology that wasn’t available until just recently. Onehundred-percent cotton no-iron shirts  used to be an oxymoron…not today. Modern fabrics, particularly bamboo and other cellulose-based micro fibres, have a touch that was virtually unattainable at any price just a few years ago. Just like the new Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, there are retro-modern influences in the clothing business that anyone who grew up in the ‘60s and early ‘70s will instantly recognize…kudos to anyone who remembers the Red Baron or Beau Brummel! They are alive and well and now known as English Laundry and Robert Graham.  There is  something special about a great shirt...and if you remember that feeling but there’s a hole in your wardrobe where that shirt used to be, let the quest begin! Come and see me. Thanks again for reading, and for supporting Kim and me for six years now in Sidney! SEASIDE TIMES

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Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa Wins Award Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Tourism Victoria Environmental Award in the corporate category. “Tourism Victoria is proud to recognize Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa for their devotion to preserve the environment,” said Robert Gialloreto, president and CEO of Tourism Victoria. “They have gone above and beyond in their efforts to protect, revitalize and care for Brentwood Bay, the Saanich Inlet and the entire community,” Gialloreto continued. Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa received the award at the Tourism Victoria Annual General Meeting on March 31st, 2009. “We are honoured to receive this award,” said Dan Behune, president. “At Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, we have considered environmental initiatives a keystone to our efforts from day one. We strive to minimize our impact and to preserve the natural beauty of our surroundings. “We have pursued a commitment to teach our team to operate every day adhering to a triple bottom line

philosophy, ensuring environmental, social and economic sustainability. This type of recognition continually reminds us that our efforts are worthwhile. ”


Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa, Victoria’s only Five Star oceanfront resort, has recently been rated #1 in British Columbia by Expedia’s Insiders’ Select and has received AAA’s Four Diamond award for 2009. The culinary and spa destination has 33 luxuriously appointed OceanSuites, award winning wine cellar, SeaGrille & Pub, spa with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, executive conference facilities and Marina & EcoAdventure Centre.

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Sudoku Puzzles May 2009 Keep Your Brain Healthy The Alzheimer’s Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them.

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Mother’s Day Trivia Youngest Mother: The youngest mother whose history is authenticated is Lina Medina, who delivered a boy in Lima, Peru in 1939 when she was just five years, seven months old. Oldest Mother: On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired school teacher in India, became the world’s oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy. The child was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from Mahapatra’s niece. Highest Recorded Number of Children: The highest officially-recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev. Between 1725 and 1765, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. Sixtyseven of the children survived infancy.

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2009 Crystal Awards For Business Excellence The recipients of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2009 Crystal Awards for Business Excellence were: Business of the Year, 1-25 employees: Flader Hale Hughesman Chartered Accountants, honourable mention: Fresh Cup Roastery. Business of the Year, 26-50 Employees: Quester Tangent. Business of the Year, 50+ Employees: Victorian Epicure. Business of the Year, Notfor-Profit: Mary Winspear Centre, honourable mention:

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Contribution to Community and Community Service, by a Business: Le CafĂŠ Chocolat, honourable mention: Peninsula Co-op. Contribution to Community and Community Service, by a Not-for-Profit Organization: Beacon Community Services Thrift Shops, honourable mention: Mary Winspear Centre. Environmental Responsiveness: Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, honourable mention: EcoCruising Tours and Charters (Sidney Harbour Cruise). Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Fresh Cup Roastery and Victoria Lavender Company, honourable mention: Victoria Costumes. Scientific or High Tech Innovation: Quester Tangent. Tourism Excellence: Sidney Summer Market. New Business: Victoria Costumes, honourable mention: Want a Cookie Co. Newsmaker of the Year (for 2008): Victoria Airport Authority.

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Sidney Bike Park Fuelled by Pedal Power by Tim Flater levels similar to a ski hill with green, blue and black diamond runs. Over the past few years many have contributed to this amazing project: Gord Martman at G&E equipment, Jim and Helen at Dunlop Classic Towing, Richlock Rentals and Straitline Components have all donated equipment and time. Dave and Lisa Aylard donated rock for internal roads. Peninsula Co-op donated $1,500 worth of fuel to repower borrowed equipment. Viking Air donated a container and Julie Puetter and the Sidney Waterfront Inn each purchased $1000 of necessary sand. The Peninsula Foundation donated $1000 and Sidney Lions contributed $500 towards the bike park development. The North Saanich Mountain Bike Park Society (NSMBPS) is building a mountain bike park known as the North Saanich Freeride Park in Sidney. Phase one is now open and free to riders of all ages. Construction began six years ago with George Mathews at the helm with his son Mark and Ross Tenant and his son Dean. With the help of John Plant they have worked for several years securing and working on a parcel of land 300 metres square on Littlewood Road just off of Mills Road in Sidney. In 2006 the Society was formed with the support of the law firm Johns Southard Glazier Walton Margetts, former Mayor Ted Daly, North Saanich Councillor Peter Chandler, Brian Robinson and Cliff Halliday. When completed, the park will consist of five phases and have skill

Greg Parish of Straitline Components assembled the core design group. With support from Kyle Michel, a world class Olympic Park builder/designer, Drew Mitchell, Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Mountain Bike champion and Lindsay Baker contributing architectural drafting, they truly have a world class team. To date they have received $5000 from the Victoria Foundation and Dave Smith of Professional Components has pledged $5000. Victorian Epicure has donated $3000 and $2000 has come from Judy and Fraser Smith of The Smith Maneuver. $1000 was donated by the Bevan Ave. Dental Clinic and Cedar Grove Yachts contributed $500 to the project. For details on how you can support this world-class project call Executive Director Denis Paquette at 250812-3262 or visit www. freeridebc.com.


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Mother’s Day Bliss by Linda M. Langwith There’s one thing we can pretty much all agree upon: mothers are special! Just about every country in the world honours mothers at least once a year. Thanks to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, the second Sunday in May became known officially as Mother’s Day in the United States in 1914 and the holiday was subsequently adopted by Canada. Her success built on the efforts of Julia Ward Howe with her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 that led to the Mother’s Day Peace Observance on the second Sunday in June beginning in 1872. Both these women wanted everyone to recognize the positive role mothers play in the lives of their children. One of the greatest tributes to motherhood was made by James McNeil Whistler when he painted “Arrange-

ment in Gray and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother.” Whistler’s mother looks like a pretty formidable old lady, dressed all in black except for a little lace and sitting very formally, yet there is a softness in her face that tells us she knew how to brush away a tear, make a hurt feel better and give enough hugs to last a lifetime. We’re not all gifted enough to paint a portrait of our mother, though they’ve probably saved some of those cute little stick figures of them that we made when we were small, but there is so much we can do to say “I love you,” and not just on Mother’s Day. Cynics decry the commercialization of Mother’s Day, and perhaps rightly so, but the same criticism could be said of many other holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day. The extent to which we buy into all the hype is entirely our choice. A handmade card and a small bunch of flowers picked in the garden is pure bliss to me and an offer to clean the house or cut the lawn is always welcomed. But the best gift of all is the one of time, your time. This Mother’s Day why not make a date with your mum for lattés at her favourite coffee shop? Or how about lunch accompanied by two elegant flutes of champagne, a sure guarantee to get the giggles going? Include a lovely stroll along the beach and a little window shopping on Beacon Avenue. Be impulsive – buy her that pretty scarf you saw her looking at, remind her of how much you value all that she has done for you, enjoy the lightness of laughter with some special memories, and remember she’s not just a mother but a real person with hopes, dreams and feelings. There’s no need to put her on a pedestal and fast track her to sainthood; she wouldn’t want that. Sure she made some mistakes along the way and lost patience sometimes, but she’ll always be your greatest supporter, there to lift your spirits when you’re down, remind you that you matter and celebrate your successes, whether big or small. Who knows, this could be the start of an even deeper, more meaningful relationship with that wonderful person you call Mom (or Mum, or Mummy)! * Linda is the author of the mystery-suspense novel The Golden Crusader. For more information visit www.lindalangwith.com.




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My friend ‘Mary’ always has a smile and mischievous twinkle in her eye. She seems younger than the calendar might tell us. Don’t get me wrong – life hasn’t been easy for her, but somewhere along the road she chose to see the good in life, people and her surroundings. Most mornings I see her zip by on some errand or another, and since she is long since retired I always wondered what she was up to. When we would meet she never spoke of what kept her so busy, but as the years passed I began to piece together the story of what kept Mary smiling. As a young child during the Second World War she learned that no matter how little she had there was always someone who had less. “War was the great equalizer; we had to share to survive,” she said. Today Mary still shares what she can by stretching her pension to provide a little joy to others. “You would be surprised to know the number of people on the Peninsula who can’t afford butter, some fresh coffee or a small block of cheese,” she says.

My Friend Mary by Sandy McElroy The Food Bank is a great help, but for some, pride prevents them from asking for help. This is where Mary and others like her are able to lend a helping hand. The pound of butter or a frozen casserole given to an elderly neighbour because you “had too many

That’s when I try extra hard to smile at everyone that I meet ~ ‘Mary’

leftovers” can provide comfort without robbing someone of their dignity. Offering a ride to the doctor or picking up a prescription are all acts that make a big difference. Mary has developed a knack for seeing people in need of a helping hand and has mastered the art of being there without being obtrusive. A frozen container of soup is given

to a friend to give to a friend, or a $10 calling card is provided to someone on a limited income so that they can reach out to a distant relative. Mary told me that sometimes at the end of the month she has nothing left to share. She knows that others are in the same boat, however. “That’s when I try extra hard to smile at everyone that I meet in Sidney. Even Sidney can be a lonely place when money is tight and there is no family nearby,” she says. “I wish that there was a place on the Peninsula like the old Breakwater where seniors could feel welcome, where we could gather even if we can’t afford a cup of coffee,” Mary adds. “There are so many lonely, isolated people. I worry that one day I will read in the paper where someone is found many days after dying because no one took the time to reach out to them.” Mary is not part of any volunteer organization. She has found her own unobtrusive way to reach out to people and caring and giving the gift of friendship is what keeps Mary young.

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Zais Astrology May M ay 2 2009 0 by b y Heather Hea eath Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries A riiess march m arch h 21 - aapril prii 19

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action. There will be areas that you can benefit in relation to others – check them out. Some of this could be owed to you one way or another. You work wonders on the job or in business. You have the midas touch. Libra september 23 - october 22 The full moon in Scorpio can make you more focused or intense about money matters. Egos could get in the way and affect relationships if they are attached to any of that money. Be reasonable and get others to do the same and it can be a win-win situation. You do have luck in love, so play it soft and slow. You need time to take care of other matters as well. Scorpio october 23 - november 21 The sun shines on mate or partnership matters this month even though you may have different ideas about how things should go. An air of mystery can make it all the more interesting. The full moon in your sign adds to your natural bravery and sense of adventure. Most Scorpios are quite fearless. You will be looking at changes with home or base of operations. There could be some secrets attached. Sagittarius november 22 - december 21 Meet with others in private, confidential matters need to be discussed. You can be very persuasive and your intuition is on target. Nail down data or matters that are on shifting sand. Your senses are sharp and you know whats up, so deal with it accordingly. You can take action as a leader or executive. Follow proper protocol to a successful conclusion. Others feel your power as you give direction. Capricorn december 22 - january 19 Take a chance on romance this month. Schedule some fun or entertainment. Age should not be an issue as you can relate to old or young. Take care of jealousy in a nonchalant way so it does not grow a ‘personality’ of its own. A lot of discussion or paperwork affects finances. Work around delays or missed messages. Changes are occurring with your associates or  family. Float between events. Aquarius january 20 - february 18 A lot of your focus remains on home or base of operations as you continue to make changes or upgrade. You want something more ideal, but circumstances are not cooperating as quickly as you would like. All is possible in time. You can be very convincing now, so use your  words or influence wisely. Your luck has increased with ease, so you can relax some of your effort or worry. Pisces february 19 - march 20 Special events may require some added expense or a new outfit.  In any case, it will be worth it in the end. A  lot goes on behind the scenes and you need to be able to move freely or independently. Others will wonder what you are up to. Keep your own counsel until you are sure of what they are up to. Pay attention to body language or exchanged looks.

Not Just a Colour Anymore – Cleaning the Green Way! by Linda M. Langwith Life’s little epiphanies can come at the oddest moments, often when doing the most mundane of tasks. There I was, scrubbing the bathroom, when I inadvertently took in a lungful of disinfectant spray. Within five minutes my body went into a massive meltdown. Only the quick action of my husband, the speedy arrival of a couple of paramedics and a visit to Emergency reversed the nasty effects of anaphylactic shock. The next day I raided the cupboard where my collection of scum busters and germ blasters stood proudly on the shelf, promising a level of squeaky cleanness exceeding the standards of an operating theatre. Did I really need all this stuff? Was it worth the risk? Absolutely not. That’s when I made the commitment to clean green. I decided to start with a container of white vinegar, decanted into a convenient spray bottle, using the formula of one part vinegar to one part water. As a child I’d used the stuff to clean the windows, rubbing the glass with squares of newsprint until they sparkled in the sun. What’s good for glass is good for tubs too, as well as countertops, taps and appliances, so, spray bottle in hand, I finished the bathroom clean-up with no fear of triggering a medical emergency. Full strength vinegar zapped the ring around the toilet bowl, while the half-and-half solution made short work of the soap scum. I was on a roll here! Using my spray bottle I also squirted the floor and mopped it up. My bathroom never looked better!

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Failed Communications – Part I A Novella by Joseph Fasciani When the cell phone call came, it was at an inconvenient time. Of course, it had never been at a fit time in the past, so Ian Simpson had no reason to expect this particular call to be anything else but a disruption in his normally tedious day – a slow pace perfectly suited to his intuitively-styled methods of analysis. But then again, that’s what he’d signed on for when he was asked to enter service in the Failed Communications branch of the Canadian Coast Guard. In Canadian society, it is a widely held belief that everyone able to work needs a job; Ian’s happened to also be a flawless cover. Although a naval officer, he reported as if he were a civilian employee, answering to no one who was visibly in charge, or to anything of consequence. There was deliberately nothing of interest in his position.

If he were asked just what it was he did, Ian would respond that his position was best described as the ‘dead letter’ department of intra-service communications. No one would ever come to his hole-in-the-wall office unless they had not received a let-

ter or email, and since these were in fact non-existent, there was nothing here for anyone. Nothing, that is, for anyone except Ian. From sixth grade on Ian had a powerful attraction to certain kinds of puzzles, word and number games, brain-teasers, riddles and even school psychological aptitude

tests of all kinds. He never thought of himself as an intellectual, rather he saw himself as possessed of a natural curiosity in these mental constructs. In high school Ian gradually became aware that he had some psychic abilities, nothing spectacular, but there were numerous events of precognition, or prophetic visions of events that happened later, and even one time when he assisted the RCMP in finding a serial child killer. It was the officer he had turned to about this last vision of fatality who recommended he meet some people from a special investigative unit. This meeting in turn led to Ian’s recruitment in the military, in the naval service, where a section had been formed of people with like abilities. This section, of course, didn’t formally exist.

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He was told that his assignments and duties were very simple in nature. All he had to do was to receive and then assess information on Canada’s active or potential military and economic enemies. From time to time, he would be sent a report on the status of a person or place, and then the sender waited for his eventual response. There were very few of these reports. Virtually all Ian did was send his data and thoughts down a one-way channel to somewhere vast and grey in Ottawa, where he imagined someone else looked at it, thought on it, then did what they deemed best in the national interest. From such daily inconsequence of course come all missions and wars, great and small. His job was to keep them as small as possible, and that wasn’t always such an easy task. Ian’s small apartment was two miles outside of Truesdale by the Sea, a town which boasted it had more yearly sunshine than its much larger neighbour Victoria. This claim was clearly true, as the Federal Government had built an International Airport there and not at Victoria. That was where his nearly non-existent office was, behind a door labelled ‘Employees Only,’ the first door on the right after one went though the

In Canadian society, it is a widely held belief that everyone able to work needs a job. Ian’s happened to also be a flawless cover.

door marked ‘Airport Security’ off the main reception area. That was also a true statement of his assignment, in a minor way, as he was one of the thousands who worked to ensure national security in countless ways. On this fine Friday morning in March, Ian drove to work via James Brown Boulevard so he could check for mail in his post office substation box. There was rarely anything there beyond the endless mass mailing adverts. As an only child, he had very few relatives to respond to, beyond his even fewer friends. As for a true love or matrimonial interest, he felt he couldn’t yet afford to spend the time and attention on one, as that would detract from his work, so he adopted what he called his ‘Brahmsian solution:’ a monthly evening or two or three with Aileen Scott, who was about to claim her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Victoria. With the strains of matrimony relieved, Aileen was always pleasant, witty and alert, a mutually satisfying relationship that relied on its eternally temporary nature to be sufficient at all times. Ian checked his watch: 6:54 am, enough to be at work by 7:00, his self-appointed starting time. To be continued…

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Which introduces us to the topic of Spring cleaning because Martha does, of course, advocate the cleaning and organizing of things – all things – with an approach that is very…organized. Did you know that on Martha’s website there is a feature entitled “Organizing Tip of the Day?” Every year there are 365 organizing tips and I have read every single one. Have I the most organized household on all of the South Gulf Islands? No, I have not. Reading about, watching and listening to Martha’s approach to cleaning and organizing is a great deal more fun than DOING any actual “home work” as Martha calls it.

A Diamond in the Fluff

But when May rolled around it was time to knuckle down and tackle the spring cleaning before June 21 or I’d have to call it summer cleaning and then why bother at all? This year I had more motivation than usual in the form of a missing family heirloom.

My name is Wendy and I read Martha Stewart Living magazine.

I rarely wear my mother’s diamond brooch, passed down to her from her mother and then on to me. It’s a bit flashy for wearing to events on this small southern Gulf Island, but an occasion came along that warranted a bit of flash and I planned to wear the brooch proudly.

There, I’ve said it. And I may as well fess up that I watch Martha Stewart’s TV show (pre- and post-incarceration versions), listen to Martha Stewart Live on satellite radio and own more than a few of Martha’s cookbooks.

I was perplexed when I went to its usual place of safekeeping and the brooch didn’t sparkle up at me. I went to my secondary safekeeping place and no sparkle there either. I became more worried than perplexed. Although

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I rarely wear the brooch it is of some considerable value and I had been entrusted as its keeper by my mother. I continued to search for the elusive piece of jewelry. As I poked about in the nooks and crannies of my home for the glint of diamonds I also sorted, filed, de-cluttered, straightened out and chucked out. I dusted high, dusted low, wetmopped and dry-mopped. I vacuumed under, over and in between places that hadn’t seen a mop or vacuum since last spring but which might be hiding a diamond brooch. I realized that a by-product of playing diamond-detective

My name is Wendy and I read Martha Stewart Living.

was that I made a dint in the onerous task of Spring cleaning, but I still had not found my granny’s heirloom.

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Resigned to having to live with the loss, and knowing I had to eventually report the missing brooch to my covetous cousins, I finished up my search by emptying out the vacuum into the trash before a final trip to the garbage bin. I’ll bet you’re way ahead of me. My grandmother’s diamond brooch was glinting from the dust I poured out from the vacuum. A simple wash in mild soap and water and an old soft cloth to dry (thank you, Martha) had it sparkling again and ready for its special night out.

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My name is Wendy and I’ll keep reading and watching and listening to Martha; she really does know her stuff.

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THE LAST WO R D became a great citizen, community veterinarian (despite no formal training) and saviour to the residents of Parksville. During the depression, he supplied food and necessities on credit to families as far away as Nanoose, Deep Bay and Cameron Lake. Many years later the debit side of Alec’s ledgers still remained filled with outstanding debts incurred during that period. “Pioneers like Constantine,” said a 1978 article in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Progress newspaper, “are responsible for the tremendous community we now enjoy.” In 2006, a street sign with the name Constantine Place was erected in a cul-de-sac that houses 11 lots.

What’s in a Name? Well, a lot; especially if that name is incorrectly spelled on a street sign meant to honour my great-grandfather! A bit of background: In 1929, my great-grandfather, Alexander Constantine, purchased the general store in Parksville, BC, and relocated his family to the small town. That was also the year of the Stock Market Crash which led to the Great Depression. In the following years Alexander (Alec to his friends)

Our family wasn’t notified of the honour, but on a recent trip to Parksville a friend of the family noticed the sign and let everyone know about it. Thrilled, my mom and her three sisters (granddaughters of Alec Constantine) planned a trip up island to see the commemorative marker. When they got to the street there was lots of posing and picture taking until my aunt noticed a big mistake. On the sign, the name ‘Constantine’ was missing the second ‘n,’ resulting in the road being incorrectly named ‘Constatine Place.’ After making a few calls, the four granddaughters learned that the error had been on a master list of pioneer name suggestions that had been created in 1997. Fixing the error now, they were told, would cause a lot of expense and inconvenience. A couple of months on and the issue is still unresolved. So the real question is, what’s in a name? The old saying is “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but is that truly the case?

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In the story I’ve told you about Alexander Constantine, obviously an incorrectly-spelled name is not, despite the thought behind it, the same thing. For the man to be properly honoured, the consensus within our family is that the road should bear HIS name (and not Constatine). But this month marks another name change; the end of Peninsula Times and the beginning of a new era for the magazine, now under the name Seaside Times. Many of our readers will, I know, worry that the loss of the old name will mean a different magazine. After all, the feeling of the Peninsula is what we’ve strived to achieve. Will we lose that feeling as we go forward? In my mind though, the essence we capture in the magazine is that of the whole area we live in – Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the West Coast in its entirety. We have something very special here, and it’s time to share it with our fellow citizens who do as well, whether they be in Sidney, Victoria, or on Saltspring Island. It’s not about a name, it’s about a feeling.


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Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

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Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...