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Letters Maggie The Magnificent

I’ve never been a fan of small dogs-too many ankle nippers’ from elderly Aunts in my youth I guess. However, some walk bigger than others! It was on a beautiful October day in the Cable Bay off-leash park with my dog Sadi and a friend’s longhaired Dashund named Maggie. A grey squirrel shot across the path feet ahead. Off Mags flew! Since Sadi had enjoyed stick throwing in the ocean for an hour (with Maggie at a polite distance) a good chase seemed just the thing for the chubby little lady. A couple of barks and she was gone. Five trips from shoreline to parking lot and then posters, alerting animal shelters...searching and nothing. March arrives and as people come out of their homes sightings of a small dog sneaking in some blackberry bushes start to appear. The Cedar gossip and a photo verify that it is Mags...wild and scared but very much alive. I’ll spare the details except to say it took three fast-food bugers to live-trap her. Then the moment she saw her man, without a backward glance the scrawny 9lb has gone to - well a lady doesn’t devulge her weight - but a glossy happy Maggie is back. No grudges held. Maybe little dogs can live big. I know one who did. (In memory of Maggie, died May 31/10) - Joanne Laursen

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Salmon Aquaculture

With a growing human population and overfished oceans, there is an ever-increasing global demand for aquaculture products like farmed salmon. In recent years, the salmon farming industry in BC has been unable to fully realize the benefits of this growing. By farming salmon in open net-pens, as is the current industry practice, fish waste passes directly into the ocean. Published, peer-reviewed science overwhelmingly supports that by having a large number of animals together in these open systems, naturally occurring diseases and parasites can increase in number





and be transmitted to wild species such as juvenile wild salmon. As a result, industry has lost its social license to expand, jobs are insecure. The opportunity is that we are uniquely positioned to establish a viable, sustainable industry by moving from open net-pens to closed containment production systems. Closed containment systems place a solid wall between the farm environment and the marine environment. Diseases and parasites can’t pass through and waste is captured. By being better able to control conditions for the salmon, growth

rates would likely accelerate and the nutrient laden waste can be captured to grow aquaponic crops like lettuce and tomatoes. See for discussion of the technology and economics related to land-based closed containment salmon farming. Projects to apply this technology to commercial scale operations are now under development. Better regulation and a move to closed containment systems will restore public confidence and allow BC to lead in meeting the increased global demand for sustainably farmed salmon. Industry would have


more certainty in decision-making and more job opportunities would result. Closed containment aquaculture is a real opportunity - the solution whereby British Columbians can have their wild salmon and farmed salmon too. - - Eric Hobson President The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Write TAKE 5, PO Box 59, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1, fax 250-245-7099 or


“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” - Jerome K. Jerome

Summer thinking

Think big. I hear that a lot, especially from those who won’t consider my small-farm approach to life. So then I had this thought, originating in my brain for the most part and so not stolen or anything. A cashable commodity in other words. And it kind of strained my brain so it was as big as I wanted to go with shaky electro-magnetic cerebralneural episodic impulses. And hey, it’s summer so of course it popped up during my dog day rights to slack off, coinciding with Jackie not being around to remind me of my to-do list, Plan B list, or how long it’s been since I promised to take her out to a nice supper and a sunset walk along the beach list. Having to think big thoughts, ones that require further thinking to figure out how to deal with them, somehow runs at odds to my lazy hazy summer day plans. Like, get back to me with that thought, I want to tell my brain, when I have more time, in the fall, maybe. Right now I’m trying to be cool, unbusy-like, y’know

enjoying myself and the universe I am the centre of. But darn, when you get a great thought, and it’s not going away, not even by distracting yourself with petting the dog or listening to the little birdies sing, or such important stuff that you might find well away from your desk or the kitchen’s dirty dishes, you can’t really keep it out of your head. It’s like that sci-fi earwig worm that keeps eating its way through your brain. Shaking your head, or banging it against the wall for that matter, just doesn’t deal with it. That great thought is still in there, sucking at your cranium’s mundane, immediate gratification ideas, trying to replace them with something brilliant and profound. The less you think the more you figure the aberrant great thought will get the hint and take a hike. Uninvited then came the non-thoughts of my hero author, Jerome K. Jerome, whose plans never did seem to merge with reality, no matter how well intentioned they might be. Which kind of reminded me of my 35+ year relationship with wee wife Jackie, the independent thinking feminist with Type A personality, good looks, charm and a dash of panache. Moments, oh yes, there have been moments. Which for reasons I could not immediately comprehend, brought the image of J standing over me, finding me reclining on a deck chair, eyes closed, seemingly uncompelled and insufficiently driven to take on even one of the myriad chores awaiting my attention. A hand on my shoulder nudged ever so gently, such frightening reality then merged into such a moment. One which shaking my head maddeningly failed to


resolve, though the long shadow of said 35+ year partner did come into sharp focus. And thoughts, most unwelcome, returned rapidly. I was about to be accused of sloth, a deadly sin on the farm, and all thoughts had abandoned me. Most unexpectedly then did an iced cappuccino appear before me, cold droplets dripping, big J smile sneakily whispering those words I longed to hear ...any plans for the evening, big boy? Why yes’s, I managed a stutter, throat hoarse so I must take a long sip before continuing. Why yes, please, I say, my naturally debonair, suave, rough and tumble, casual, strong-guy style re-asserting full control, now. Well yes, yes, I’ve been thinking that, having worked so hard on this beautiful sunny day, you deserved to be treated like the queen you truly are, so what say we go for a nice walk on the beach while the sun sets over the mountains, then head on over to that restaurant you like so much? And we can talk about all the happy times we’ve had together, and where our next adventure will take us? Yes?? Sometimes those big thoughts, the sweat and toil, really got to give way to the relaxed aren’t life glorious moments of the now. Topped with an ice cream cone, and a sweetie to hold your hand, whilst wading in the surf, a few thousand glittering stars to guide you by. Laurie Gourlay has worked with environmental groups for thirty years, farms 20 acres organically on Vancouver Island with life-partner Jackie Moad, whilst idling away the days running Thistle Consulting Services – seeking local solutions to global challenges.


Summer is a great time to start taking your health and wellbeing seriously. Right now,the sun is shining, our bodies are taking in all that Vitamin D, we are spending time outdoors, which means more sunshine and exercise. Gardens are brimming and markets are offering fresh locally grown produce and fruit. Stress is peeling away layer by layer as we vacation, visit with family and friends or read a book by the beach. So how do we keep that summer healthy glow going year round? Here are a few local health and wellness experts who offer products, services and insight into staying healthy naturally year round. From massage to cooking with herbs to reiki and laser therapy, we have a variety of choices for what works best for us. Something that works for everyone though is keeping a little bit of summer tucked away in your private happy place.

The Medicine Garden Wellness Centre Francis Cherrett, owner and Connor Drader, manager are the faces behind The Medicine Garden Wellness Centre. They have two very different backgrounds in alternative health and healing. Francis studied biology and the workings of the human body at the University of Manitoba, which lead her to her current vocation. Francis, following her love for alternative medicine continued her studies at the Wild Rose

College of Natural Healing to become a Clinical Herbalist. In addition to Herbal Medicine Francis becoming a Reiki master and Hypnotherapist. Francis had the honor of being invited to practice at Wild Rose Clinic where she had a successful practice. She looks forward to working with the community of Ladysmith. Connor has studied the path of the shaman (healer) through a variety of different teachers over the last 18 years. The last three of these 18 working with the Institute for Shamanic Medicine to be-


come a Shamanic Coach and Healer. Their journey to opening The Medicine Garden Wellness Centre started in Calgary with a desire to move to Vancouver Island. While on a visit to the Island last summer in search of a community to live and work, they discovered Ladysmith. They opened in March. Medicine Garden offers a variety of alternative health services such as: Herbal Consultations, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Shamanic healing and coaching (which are free until mid-September), Ayurvedic and Thai massage, Acupressure, Qigong, Ionic foot Detox, and many others. They also offer classes and workshops, and currently have a Qigong class Saturdays. Watch for the fall schedule out in mid August which will include workshops on: Self Acupressure, Reiki Training, Aromatherapy, and a meditation group. Visit their storefront for gifts, tools, crystals and books. The services that they offer can help bring you back into balance with both yourself and your body. Be it through a massage, better diet and nutrition, or the healing of the mind and body through energy work and ancient teachings. Francis and Connor look forward to meeting the community. They are open 10am-6pm Tues, Wed, Fri. 10am-8pm Thurs and 10am-4pm Sat. They are holding an Open House August 13 starting at 4pm. www. or 250-924-6336.


Cedar Body Works Eike Cramme is the force behind Cedar Body Works. A German Registered Massage Therapist, she has worked as Manager of Physiotherapy in hospitals. Growing up in a family of doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors and pharmacists, it was natural that she took an interest in health at an early age. Eike and her family moved here four years ago. When she came to Cedar they loved it and felt at home. Eike found that Nanaimo, especially Cedar, needs more health care professionals and opened her home based business July 2008. Her background allows her to bring in European therapeutic techniques that are not widely available in Canada. Combining her training with the services of local medical professionals leads to fast relief, healing and recovery in the long term. Eike believes in combining and sharing therapy with colleagues for best result on the patient. Educating patients on how to help themselves and how to work preventative is her goal. She has specialized in Laser Therapy and Med Esthetic Laser and uses the latest technology. They also work on animal patients. 250-722-2241,

Ladysmith Massage Therapy Dawn Wright is a Registered Massage Therapist. After 12 years in Squamish, in a bustling practice with five RMTs, she now calls Ladysmith home. She started her practice 19 years ago as a heli-ski RMT. Her goal was to keep skiers’ injuries at bay, a challenge she found rewarding. Whether someone has massage for rehabilitation or relaxation her goal is to have that person feeling better than when they arrived. Check your extended plan and see what coverage is permitted for a Registered Massage Therapist. 250-245-4400,


Hazelwood Herb Farm The Stevens family purchased the well known Hazelwood Herb Farm in February. Barbara, her son Bevan and niece, Sandra have been busy familiarizing themselves with the hundreds of varieties of herbs and plants sold in the nursery and used in various products sold in their Herbal Heaven Gift Shop. The family’s background is in food production, and the shift to the herb farm is an extension of their philosophy of sustainable production of natural healthy food. They are excited to be moving towards organic methods of growing and preserving. Herbs have been part of our culture and environment for centuries and there are so many ways they enhance our lives. The herbs grown on their farm are used in their culinary, bath and therapeutic herb products. They use all natural ingredients and make everything right there on the farm. They are using the same recipes, formulations and ingredients that have been developed by the previous owners, including Hazelwood Herb Farm’s award winning Arthritis Cream. The display gardens are open to the public and they encourage people to experience the serene atmosphere the gardens provide. The farm, a local landmark, has been here for 24 years. Open daily 11-5pm. 250-245-8007,

Worldly Gourmet A few years ago owner and chef Jenny Jarvis was in Ladysmith working on a film shoot for the Long Way Home. She stayed at the Ladysmith Inn for 10 days and on her time off explored the town. One day she thought to herself, I’d like to live here. After selling their home on Galiano Island, she and Cal bought their house in Saltair and opened the store in 2005. Jenny believes in eating healthy and food should be a great family experience.. from the garden to the plate. She offers a well stocked store of kitchen tools, a selection of gourmet foods and cooking classes on Wednesdays mid monthly with local chefs and herself. Any Saturday mornings anyone can come in



to try out any of the tools and equipment. Jenny grows and sells herbs and makes her own rubs at the store as well as features products from the Cowichan Valley and Cedar area to help local producers to stay viable. Good eating habits can keep body and soul happy, says Jenny. Open 9-5pm Mon-Sat, 11-4pm Sun. 250-245-7307, www.worldlygourmet. com





based low VOC finishes.that produce no harmful fumes and are greenguard approved for indoor air quality. Clients do not need to vacate their homes while resurfacing work is being done and are safe for families, pets and the environment. Available 6 days a week,, 250-765-5991.

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BRS Pilates Ladysmith Jo-Ann Robson has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years. Prior to relocating to Vancouver Island, she owned and operated a successful Pilates studio in downtown Toronto for over a decade. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with both women and men who want to be better fit. She also works with clients who have diverse needs, such as those who want to gain greater skill with their athletic sports, injured professional dancers and athletes, and people with mobility and postural problems. Jo-Ann passionately believes that Pilates is for everyone who would like to gain strength, flexibility, greater range of joint mobility, targeting the stomach, buttocks, hips, and thigh areas. The results are toned muscles without bulk; a leaner you. In July 2010, Pilates Ladysmith successfully amalgamated with another new Pilates studio in Ladysmith. They are pleased to offer a greater range of classes and more scheduling flexibility, to meet the needs of a steadily growing client base. Offered by the studio are a wide range of Pilates classes. Pilates will improve your strength. Training emphasizes body alignment through the feet, ankles, knees and hips and is designed to balance the body and improve functional activity. Once proficiency at the initial level is reached, the Client is ready for the intermediate level which promotes and builds greater coordination, balance and ability to access core muscles. There are a wide range of Clients who undertake Pilates. Physically fit marathon runners and golfers, for example, can enhance their sports by undertaking Pilates. Runners gain more efficiency and stamina to run farther and faster for longer periods of time, and golfers can significantly improve their driving distance and accuracy. Open 9am-9pm Mon-Fri and 10am-5pm, Sat. 250-2450655,

Finished Timber Matt Wilson came to Ladysmith with his wife Erin and two year old son Oscar to be closer to family. He ran a successful flooring company in Australia for 10 years and is excited about setting up a eco-friendly floor refinishing service. He eliminates airborne dust during sanding by using a state of the art dust containment unit. When finishing floors he prefers to use water

Krista Dyer was approached by Chopsticks Salon in Ladysmith and asked to become a part of their team of professionals. From there she created her own professional identity and started her own business, renting out a space from the salon and offering a variety of beauty services. She opened on July 13 and appreciates the local support. Krista offers a wide range of esthetic services that both care for and pamper the body from facials and full body massages, to waxing and tinting, and providing special care and attention to even the tiniest body parts that often get neglected. She also offers services for men including hand-detailing and brow-grooming. Krista has an all natural skin care line. Whether you wish to indulge in a relaxing massage, clean up some undesired hair, get your hands and feet shining for summer, or get ready for a night out, making ourselves feel good is the best thing we can do for ourselves, says Krista. “When we take the time to do little things for ourselves and acknowledge that we’re worth it, we are in a better frame of mind to tackle life’s greater obstacles.” Open:Tues,Wed,& Fri: 9am-5pm, Thurs. 12noon-8pm, Sat 10am-3pm. 250-245-5788

Amega Wand Shirley Kolompar became involved with Amega Global because she was having painful problems with her knees, standing for any length of time or walking was very painful. After being AM/Wanded the pain in her knees soon disappeared and has not returned. “I realized that this was an amazing technology,” says Shirley. She felt it would be an ideal business based in her Ladysmith home. She wants to helping others to assist their body to return to balance. “The offering of Free AMWand demos gives people the opportunity to witness its function as well as experience the wanding.” Free Amega Wand demos: August 10 & 24, 7pm. 250-709-1744,



Arts on The Avenue Roberts Street to White Street on First Avenue in Ladysmith will once again be transformed August 29 into a street filled with art, entertainment and fun as the summer’s premiere arts festival Arts on The Avenue kicks off. Browse through the sea of white tents lining the streets . Tucked under those tents handmade art is on display for sale. If you love art then this is the place to discover everything from paintings to jewelry, pottery, carving, metal pieces, photography, painted glassware, and hand woven items. Meet the artist and enjoy the day and take home a treasure. Live music by local artists fill the air, dancing entertains the crowds, and kids have their own hands on art station where they can paint, draw and create interesting crafts. New this year is artisan food with everything from farm fresh honey, antipasto and fresh bread. These culinary delights are sure to please. Also new this year is a section for up and coming artists, be the first to purchase these artists work. While you are here be sure to take in the demo’s such as hooking rugs, spinning, needle felting, bobbin lace and quilting. The organizers are pleased to have internationally known Coast Salish artists John Marston and Luke Marston as our guest artists this year Arts on the Avenue runs 10 am to 4 pm August 29 in Ladysmith. Come early and spend the day. Rain or shine.

Symphony in the Harbour The Vancouver Island Symphony, under the direction of Pierre Simard, presents its 10th Annual Symphony in the Harbour at 6pm, Saturday, August 7 in the band shell, by the sea at Maffeo Sutton Park, Downtown Nanaimo - rain or shine. This annual free concert features musical favourites for all ages. Bring along your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Kids’ activities begin at 3pm in

Tents line the streets at Arts on the Avenue in downtown Ladysmith. Below: Kelli Ethridge. photographer.

Tim Horton’s Go Green Symphony Zone with Aunti Bobbi and members of the orchestra. Nanaimo Museum’s Chowder Fest begins at 3:30pm. If you don’t want to bring your own chair, reserve one for $20 by calling 250-754-0177,

Photography speaker The Ladysmith Camera Club, in conjunction with TAKE 5 Publications and the Ladysmith and District Arts Council will host the first ever Mid-Island

Photo Expo (MIPE). MIPE is the only photographic competition and public exposition dedicated to promoting photographers residing from Bamberton to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. This is the inaugural occasion of what is expected to become an annual event. Ellen McCluskey (professor of photography at VIU), Dirk Heydemann (principal at Heydemann Art of Photography in Nanaimo) and respected local photographer, Lance Johnson, have been selected to judge the competition. To generate the broadest appeal for the first expo, there are no category restrictions—photographers may submit images on any subject. Initial submissions must be received by September 3, 2010 as digital files and up to 60 finalists will be selected to submit prints for public exhibition at the Ladysmith Waterfront Arts Centre from November 2 to 20, 2010. Final winners will be announced, and prizes and awards will be presented at the exhibition opening ceremony. To request complete competition details, including deadlines and fees, send an email to Ladysmith Camera Club will feature a presentation on “Shooting for Slideshows” by Nanaimo based photographer and informative speaker Kelli Etheridge, Tuesday, August 24, at 7pm, in Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Avenue in Ladysmith.


South Wellington: Stories from the Past BY HELEN TILLEY On May2, 2010 the South Wellington Recreation Commission held its biennial South Wellington Day celebration.

This year’s event was a special one as the South Wellington Historical Committee launched its long-awaited book, South Wellington: Stories from the Past. The book, in the works for 20 years, is a collection of historical sketches, family stories, maps and more than 500 photos. Over 400 pages long and covering a


time period of roughly the 1880s to the 1950s, more than 70 families generously contributed their personal memories, photos and family histories to the book. It also contains histories and photos of all of South Wellington’s coal mines, maps of mine locations and pictures of artifacts from each of the mines. Originally called Alexandra until 1899, South Wellington was a busy town in it’s early years and boasted a hotel, three theatres, a dance hall, a Chinese laundry, many general stores, a bank, a butcher, churches and a shoemaker, to name a few. In the early 1900s, three schools were operating at once to handle the large number of children. In the book, stories of fires, murders and missing children tell of tragedies affecting the whole community. At the end of the book, two chapters in the short appendix add a bit of the history of the community of Granby, South Wellington’s neighbour to the south and the location of the Granby Mine. This quote from story contributor Lorraine (Williams) Green recounts her memories as a schoolgirl growing up in


South Wellington in the 1930s: The coal mines were a part of our lives but the dangers of the job didn’t occur to us as children. I recall one accident when there was a cave-in and miners were trapped. I remember many of us going up to one of the air shafts on our property above the tracks while rescuers tried to contact the trapped miners. Visitors to our farm would be fearful when they could feel a huge “thump” underfoot, fearing an earthquake. We couldn’t understand why they weren’t relieved when we told them it was just the miners blasting away below us. John Radu, born on Wall St. in South Wellington in 1914 has this boyhood memory: I can remember Alfie York’s dad walking all the way from Nanaimo along the railroad track and our house was at the far end. He stopped at our house and asked the old man if he wanted a suit and he’d go to every house. Then there was another guy, a big tall Chinaman, with a bald head. He’d come with a yoke on his back with two big baskets. One had tablecloths and ready-to-wear. The other had work clothes in it. He’d come and sit down in your front room and he’d open up the work clothes for you first. You bought what you needed and they he’d open up where he had the tablecloths and all the other stuff. For anyone with an interest in South Wellington history, the book is available at the Nanaimo Museum gift shop for $24.95

Campfires prohibited All open burning, including campfires and fireworks will be prohibited across the Coastal Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This ban applies to open fires of any size, campfires, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels. The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating using briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, that are not capable of producing a flame longer than 15 centimeters. This prohibition is necessary due to dry forest fuels and a forecast for a prolonged period without substantial rain. The public is urged to exercise caution on forested land with any activity that could lead to a wildfire. Please discard cigarettes carefully and limit movement


of ATVs and motorcycles through tall grass and undergrowth. This ban covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.

LMS offers summer fun Ladysmith Maritime Society is pleased to offer many activities for the benefit of the local community and visitors alike. They welcome the community to the docks to experience summer on the waterfront and the rich history of the harbour. Come enjoy a two-hour harbour tour, visit the award-winning floating museum, observe and photograph wildlife (like the Purple Martins) or use the public BBQs and covered picnic tables located on the docks. Life-jackets are provided for the safety of children. Harbour tours operate at 10:30am and 2pm everyday in August. Book your tour today. Call 250-245-0109. The Maritime Museum is open 10am to 4pm every day during August. Learn the rich history of the Ladysmith Harbour, from Stz’uminus First Nation culture, to coal mining, forestry and oyster farming. The museum showcases our heritage vessels. While there you can explore the underwater wildlife with our sea-life observation dock.

Chemainus spirit ambassadors Chemainus welcomes the Chemainus Spirit Ambassadors, three costumed characters who will walk about town, engaging visitors and locals with colourful stories about the history of Chemainus. Their purpose is to bring the mural characters to life, enhance the experience of visitors, create photo opportunities for visitors and increase word-of-mouth about the Chemainus experience. The Chemainus Spirit Ambassadors, will also staff the Chemainus Dollar Galleria, a retail store shared by Festival of Murals & Monetary Foundation, at the Coastal Community Credit Union, 9781 Willow St. Graham Pettapiece who portrays the spirit of HENRY SAMUELS, a mill worker at the turn of the 20th century.


Ian de Voy introduces the Spirit of Chemainus Ambassadors Graham Pettapiece, Robyn Cross and Grace Peng

Grace Peng who portrays the spirit of MAY LEY ZHANG, the widow of a Chinese mill worker who died in the typhoid epidemic in 1900. Robyn Cross who portrays the spirit of ELIZABETH STEWART, a shop assistant at the Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company store in the late 1800’s. The Chemainus Spirit Ambassador program compliments the Chemainus Walking Tours, the Chemainus Museum programs, train tours and horse and carriage tours. The Chemainus Spirit Ambassador program was made possible by a Human Resources and Skills Development Canada student employment grant made to The Chemainus Festival of Murals Society. Thank-you to Coastal Community Credit Union for donating the retail store space and assisting with the Spirit Ambassador’s costumes. There will be an additional historical actor on the street this summer. Julia Askew, will join her mother Isabel Askew. The Chemainus Walking Tours, Chemainus Business Improvment Association and the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society have partnered to make this possible. This program promises to be the start of a long term focus on bringing costumed professionals into contact with Chemainus’ visitors. See

Golf for Hospice The Third Annual Golf for Hospice Tournament will be held at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club on August 14. This popular event which supports hospice services in Ladysmith, Chemainus and other Cowichan communities, includes both a beer and burger lunch and a buffet dinner with great golfer prizes and live and silent auctions. A Channel’s Bruce Williams will be our host and auctioneer for the live auction. The 18 holes of Texas Scramble (power cart provided) will have hole in one, closest to the pin, longest drive and top team prizes. Registration form and sponsorship opportunities can be downloaded at:




Park update The newest jewel for Ladysmith Parks and Recreation is well underway, the park at the end of 4th Ave (Lot 108). “The first phase is schedualed for completion March 31, 2011.This will include the soccer field complete with new artificial turf, fencing and lighting. The turf is to be delivered by mid August and plans are for the new field to used this fall. Also included in this first phase will be temporary washroom and change facilities and children’s play area. The second phase of the project with a completion date to be determined will include 2 soft ball fields.” says Patrick Durban - Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Ladysmith. Along with the sports facilities there are a number of new homes being built along the perimater and in the cul de sac (shown in the photo). Near the north east corner of the development will be

the manufactured homes that are now located at the Ivy Green Mobile Home Park.

Ball hockey played for park The Cedar Ball Hockey Challenge Association organized a Ball Hockey Tournament, July 9-11 at the North Cedar Intermediate School with revenues to the Cedar Skatepark. Fundraising to build the Cedar

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Skatepark continues in full swing. An amazing team of volunteers kept everyone fed and watered from the Cedar Skatepark Association concession for the three day Cedar Ball Hockey Challenge Tournament which offered non-stop action on the courts. The organizers thank all the people who came out to help. Special thanks go to Diane Huneault. All the


proceeds from the tournament are being donated to the Cedar Skatepark construction fund thanks to the Cedar Ball Hockey Challenge Association. Thanks also go to Colby Crocker, Tyler Rasmussen, Francois Brassens, Rod Huuneult, their families and the Cedar Heat team. Thanks also to Friesen’s Ltd, the 49th Parallel Grocery and the Coastal Credit Union for their continued support. The Cedar Skatepark Association goal is $450,000 to build the park. Volunteers are always welcome and much needed to get this project for our youth into the construction phase. The next meeting is Sept. 29, 7pm, at North Cedar Community Secondary School. For information call Vicki at 722-3767. www.

New Island Savings Chair and Vice Chair The Island Savings Board of Directors has been working hard under new leadership. Colleen Johel is the newly elected Board Chair and James McKenzie is the new Vice Chair. Both have been long-standing members of the Board of Directors. “On behalf of Island Savings and its members, I extend my welcome and congratulations to Colleen and James,” said Rod Dewar, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Pledge it forward - “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me”. These now famous words were spoken by Terry Fox on July 10th, 1980 as he called Canadians to action shortly after realizing he would not be able to complete his mission, since receiving the news that the same cancer that robbed him of his right leg had spread to his lungs. Fast-forward 30 years and The BC/Yukon Division of the Terry Fox Foundation is using this day to once again celebrate his legacy. The initiative, called Pledge it Forward is based on the idea that instead of making a personal donation at a Terry Fox Run this year, participants are encouraged to pledge their donation to a friend or family member and invite them to take part in the Run and collect a few other pledges. The Foundation will be providing each of its Run Organizers with 30 pledge sheets numbered 1 to 30 and asking each of them to find one $30 donation to kick start this in their community in recognition of this year’s 30th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. After that donation is written on the first line of the first pledge sheet then they can give the sheet to the first Pledge It Forward participant who can put their pledge



on the next sheet and start the process of pledging it forward. The 30th Annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday Sept. 19.In Ladysmith, the run follows a 2.5 km route starting at the Frank Jameson Community Centre, and people can walk, run, or wheel their way up to four times, finishing again at the community centre with a muffin and juice. “We’re hoping for a good turnout on this 30th anniversary event,” says Ladysmith Run Organizer Anita McLeod, “so pick up a pledge form at the community centre, and Pledge it Forward in support of a cause that is dear to all our hearts.”

Legion celebrates Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 will be having a ceremony to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the end of WWII. A Remembrance Ceremony and Luncheon honouring WWII Veterans will be held at the RCL Branch 171 at 12noon on August 14, 2010. WW II Veterans are invited to attend, transportation available. For details 250-245-2273.

Filers assist responders New equipment purchased with federal assistance will make it easier for the Regional District of Nanaimo to manage information during an emergency. Last month the RDN purchased seven portable information management systems (PIMS) at a cost of approximately $1,600, with $802.50 in funding from the federal Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP). The PIMS are ruggedly constructed nylon banners, approximately five feet long and three feet high, with plastic pockets for holding files. They can be easily hung from a wall to function as file holders or bulletin boards, so that emergency responders can share information. “Emergency responders need to communicate with each other and file information quickly and easily, so our new portable information management systems are a simple but very important tool in that regard,” said RDN Chair Joe Stanhope. The bright orange and black PIMS are divided into five sections to provide filing for various emergency responder groups. When not in use, they can be


easily folded up with everything inside and carried to a different location. During an emergency or exercise, one PIM will be used in the RDN’s Emergency Operations Centre, a communications and management nerve centre that is quickly set up in the RDN Board Chambers. All emergency response activity is coordinated within the EOC, which is managed by RDN staff, local RCMP detachments, local fire and search and rescue crews, 911 dispatch, amateur radio groups, the Red Cross, emergency social service teams, the Ministry of Forests and Range, and local municipalities in the event of a region-wide emergency. PIMS will also be used in the RDN’s six Emergency Reception Centres, located at the Rollo Seniors Center on Gabriola Island, Cedar Community Hall, Cranberry Hall, Nanoose Place, Lighthouse Community Hall, and the Bowser Legion. Reception centres provide needs assessment and emergency social services, such as shelter and food, for evacuees in an emergency, such as a flood. For more emergency preparedness information, visit


Planting Seeds of Self-Reliance The Farm at Cedar Woods BY REMY CHARTIER Elena Johnson was a young woman with great potential. Intelligent, hardworking and full of ambition, Elena could have been anything she wanted. But in the space of a breath, Elena’s life changed. A car accident stole Elena’s legs and left her brain severely damaged. Now Elena moves about in a wheelchair. Sometimes her words are stilted and out of place, and her mind processes information less reliably than it used to. Once, people talked of her potential, now most view Elena with pity and fear. But despite her condition, Elena’s desire to find a productive place in society is as strong as ever. Each day, the potential of people just like Elena goes untapped in a world which views their perceived limitations with fear and uncertainty. But if given a chance those laden with mental and social challenges may prove as adept at their jobs as anyone else. Enter the Farm at Cedar Woods, a community farm in Cedar which is striving to make a difference. Funded by a handful of philanthropic individuals and organizations, the farm is dedicated to providing vocational training to youth and adults who live with mental and social challenges, ranging from developmental and learning barriers, to mental illness and brain injuries. Its motto is “helping people grow”, and its philosophy is simple. Everyone, no matter what their ability level, has something to contribute to society. When a disabled individual is treated with respect, acceptance, care, dignity, and support, that person will be able to heal, learn and grow. “We want to help our participants develop skills which will lead to meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities in the farming or food industry,” said Guy Langlois, Director of the Farm at Cedar Woods. Langlois is working with his staff to



develop three main programs. Together these programs form a cohesive curriculum which is designed to teach participants a wide range of practical skills. Their aim is to present a flexible and therapeutic environment where each participant focuses on their strengths through hands-on learning, observation and an assessment when the participant feels ready to be assessed. The Farm Workers Program is designed to teach participants how to plant, nurture and harvest a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables. In addition, participants will learn how to care for sheep, goats and free-range chickens. Participants working in the forth coming Herbal Healing Garden will learn to identify, grow, maintain and harvest aromatic, medicinal and culinary herbs in a barrier free, therapeutic environment. They will learn to create herbal teas, sachets, bagged spices and other products. The program is set to launch August 5th. Participants of the Food Preparation Program will learn Food Safe, nutrition and to prepare and cook their own healthy meals using ingredients produced at the farm. They will prepare takehome meals in a Food Safe kitchen certified by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. While the food Preparation Program is currently under development, Langlois hopes to have participants prepare meals for themselves and the farm staff. He is hoping to expand this to include a farm gate café, where participants will learn to take orders, serve customers and perhaps handle cash. Mike Allen, Garden Manager at the farm says the Farm Workers Program is exceeding his expectations. “There’s something about working with the land that heals people. I’ve seen our participants open up as they grow to become friends. I see huge progress in their work ethic.” The Farm at Cedar Woods is working diligently to make sure people like Elena Johnson find their place in society. To help fuel their mission, they are seeking enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers to work in the gardens, or to assist the participants with realizing their potential. Anyone interested in furthering the development of the local community or its members, please contact Pauline, the farm’s Volunteer Coordinator at (250) 323-3553.


Mike Allen, General Manager and Ruth at the Farm at Cedar Woods Below: Dan and Ruth working in the greenhouse. Photos submitted






Saltair turns 100 Centennial celebrations planned, family histories collected Saltair is celebrating 100 years of being “Saltair”. In 1910 the E&N Railway held a contest to name one of their stations. Eleanor Southin submitted the name Saltaire and won $10. On August 15 at Centennial Park, the community is celebrating with memories of our past to honour and remember those who helped build our community. Families have submitted pictures and family stories that will be available for viewing. There will be a slide show and you will be able to “find” friends in old school graduation pictures. There will be music, games for the kids, birthday cake and watermelon. People can bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the hot dogs and soda that will be available. There will be prizes- draws and other awards. Organizers continue to look for family

Saltair Centennial Committee In the picture from left to right: Mel Dorey, Betty Bacon, John Silins, Karen Wright, Angela Ho-You, Diana MacTavish, Lenore Thomas, Sherry Durnford, David Thomas. Missing are Harry Brunt, Kim Williams, Joan Eggen, Kelly Schellenberg, Carolin Cnossen. (Right): Charlie Porter plowing his fields on Seacloud Rd.


stories and pictures. If your family is interested in becoming part of the history, the centennial committee is still looking for stories of our past. Did you know Saltair was the first RURAL mail delivery in Canada? Did you know there were half a dozen stores? Did you know we had a brothel? Did you know there was a local storyteller who had children believing he set the sun up in the morning and took it down at night? Did you know the present Byron’s Market was a service station- one of several? Did you know the trip to Nanaimo by oxen and cart took three days? Did you know a school was started in the Porter home and that Porters donated



the land for the first school on what is now Old Victoria road? Did you know children walked from Davis Road area to that school? Think kids could do that now? These are just some of the interesting tidbits from our past. There are many more to be found at the celebration. It’s going to be a great day!

The event is proudly sponsored by the Saltair District Ratepayers Association and many of Saltair, Ladysmith and Chemainus businesses and the CVRD. To share your stories and photos contact Karen Wright

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS The Celebration on August 15 opens at 11 am at the Centennial Park and closes at 3pm. The schedule of events is as follows 11am: Early bird prize draw. 11-3pm: Ongoing slide show and historical displays. 11:30am: Opening ceremony. 11:45am: Children’s games (supervised by CVRD staff). 11:45am-3pm: Food concession open 12noon-3pm: Live Band: Guy Bezeau ‘Island Country’. 1:30pm: Contests and draw prizes. 2:45pm: Game prizes awards. 3pm: Closing remarks. John Silins, chair of the centennial committee, is thankful for the community’s support. John has lived in Saltair for five years but his connection goes back to 1953 when his parents bought property and subsequently retired in Saltair. “ I may be considered a relative newcomer, but the one thing that amazes me is the outstanding support given the Celebration by businesses and individuals in Saltair, Ladysmith and Chemainus. Without that support we would not have gotten very far.”


This poem was written by Percy Peerless with emphasis on the names of early settlers of Saltair.

A SALTAIR SPASM As I walked over Jones’ lot a Rayer sight met my eye, The sun was shining scorching hot against a Southin sky. A little girl was sitting on a log and threadin’ beads, And the wind was making just a little Russell in the Reeds, A holdup man came from the Wood full of pep and Brawn, And came right up to where I stood and gave a mighty yawn, Hand over all your Jackman if you expect to live Or I may find the knack man to make you like a sieve. A Rumble sounded from afar, a train came into view, A Porter waved from the parlour car and then the whistle blew! An Irishman was passing and said Watts the Mather now Begorra! Now I see, they have run into a cow. Now that you have listened to this hick don’t you be scared to make a kick If these lines seem a bit too Thicke the rhyming as you may detect Is rotten, well I know it, but then, what else can you expect From such a Peerless poet. - Percy Peerless


Gifts to the swimming instructors - Donna Roy (Dorey) receiving gift, Mrs Knight holding large gift, two girls presenting gift, Sheila Reed.. front, Roxy Bastion..behind Jim Reed and Chrissy Thomas’s wedding at Springbrook Farm late 1930’s. Flower girls - Grace Thomas (Clark), Shirley Reed Photos courtesy of Saltair Centennial Committee



Living with sea weasels Everybody who has anything to do with the sea or the sea shore around these parts has otter stories to tell. These are river otters, members of the weasel family, long and sleek, a flat snaky looking head and a tail about 2/3 of their body length. The dark brown adult with gray undersides will weigh about 30 lbs. The fur is very dense and oily and needs a lot of grooming. They will eat anything that swims, flies or walks, from aquatic insects to rabbits and beavers. I was talking to a couple from Nanaimo the other day that have property on the Millstream River. They had swans on their pond. We know how nasty swans can be and these were there to protect the area. Last winter the swans were killed and eaten. A wildlife expert was called and he identified the culprits as river otters by the scat. They attack them from below and drown the birds. There is not a lot to eat in the rivers in the winter so they will take whatever they find. Superb divers with four webbed


feet, a huge lung capacity and long sensitive whiskers that can sense prey in low light or murky water, they easily find favourite food. Crab probably tops the list. Large bullheads called midshipmen, reproduce at huge rates in our harbour. At a low, low tide, carefully turn over large rocks at Transfer Beach and you will find mom midshipman guarding her mass of eggs stuck to the underside of the stone. Carefully replace the stone. Otters love these creatures and you will find numerous heads on rocky ledges where they hang out. The name river otter can be confusing as these mammals inhabit any kind of waterway that will support them, all across Canada and the U.S. The family unit consists of a dominant female, kids and cousins. Males form their own loose group and mostly stay away from the females. Copulation can last more than an hour while the female howls and caterwauls. No roll on, roll off for these guys. The female can delay implantation of the fertilized egg in the womb for up to 10 months so that her kits can be born in the spring They den in hollow logs or old burrows of other animals and have two to five kits that are blind and helpless for three weeks. Then mom teaches them the rules and after six months they are on their own. They have a language of twitters, buzzes, whistles and chirps. Now this is all fine and these guys are very cute but they have very little fear of humans and the structures we build seem irresistible to them. Marinas are fun to live and play in. They burrow into boat house flotation for a den. There are so many docks and pilings that attract fish and crabs. When everybody has gone home for the night they explore and play. The mess


they make on the docks and your boat is nasty but if they get inside...yuk. They found their way into a sail locker on a local boat while the owner was away and spent the winter there, partying with all their friends. Apparently none of the sails were salvageable. Boat owners use many methods to keep them off but they are, don’t forget, weasels. From the Thetis Island ferry, in dock at Preedy Harbour, I watched a family of otters play on a tied up 20 foot boat. They were climbing up onto the hardtop and sliding down the canvas that was secured to the transom. If you have a waterfront home, you must learn to live with these stinky, weaselly trouble makers. Verna and Lorne Hastings put in a pond and stocked it with goldfish and koi. That’s like trying to have a picnic on an ant hill. The otters ate the fish and trashed the landscaping. I don’t think they have a pond any more. Verna tells me that otters are raising a family under her neighbour’s porch and it is fun to watch the mother tote the helpless kids up the stairs in her mouth. I’m glad they are not under my porch. I was standing on the bridge of the ferry at Duke Point ready to leave, waiting for a young otter to swim across the bow and out of the way. A bald eagle with talons outstretched, dropped into the picture, grabbed the otter from behind and carried it to the rocky shore. Wow! Didn’t see that coming. A Disney moment turned into a reality moment. Orcas are their only other predator in the sea but ashore they can be eaten by wolves, coyotes, cougar, lynx and bobcat. They are also trapped for the pelt. The best place to watch these rascals is to sit in the comfortable chairs that are provided at the end of the Ladysmith Maritime Society docks. If you see them, tell them to stay off my boat.

Hot Tips

As the temperature rises, so do health risks to your pet. The BC SPCA reminds you to not leave your pet in the car. Dogs can withstand high temperatures for a very short time. If you cycle or run with your dog choose cooler times of day such as early in the morning or late in the evening, and on soft trails rather than cement and asphalt, which can burn your pet’s foot pads.


The Agricultural Hall In 1906, the Sports Ground Committee leased five acres cleared and fenced it; it then became the property of the Agricultural Society and named the Agricultural Grounds. (see stone marker). Here, major sporting events took place. Romanian gypsies also camped here selling their wares. In 1922, the Society proposed to build a hall to serve as a sports and social complex. The cost would be covered by issuing shares of $5 each. It was built by Canadian Collieries carpenters and volunteer townspeople;. The building soon became known as the ‘Aggie Hall”. The Aggie had a very good dance floor and many famous bands came. It suffered earthquake damage in 1996; after extensive renovation/restoration in 1998/1991, it was reopened. The Aggie is now the headquarters of the Ladysmith Air Cadets. Quiz:- Following the arrow on the sign to the library, I crossed the road but couldn’t see it; if I had kept on walking, I would have finished up in the harbor. Where is the sign? Ans:- Hanging outside the Wigwam Restaurant.

The Aggie Hall

WANTED: Any information re” the Timberland Development Co working in Ladysmith in the early 1900s. Also good used items for Garage Sale fundraiser. 250-245-0100.


RDN - Area A Update Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan Review Nearly two (2) years of public consultation have shaped the draft of the Revised Area ‘A’ OCP. It is now available for public review on line @ www.asharedcommunityvision. ca or hard copies can be obtained from the RDN Offices 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo. Three Open Houses are scheduled to be held in September, dates, times and location will available on line and will be advertised in the local newspaper. RDN Toilet Replacement Program Area residents are taking advantage of the RDN’s toilet replacement rebate.

This incentive program is supported by funds collected through Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program. Only eligible RDN Electoral Area property owners can apply for up to two (2) rebates per property. (Municipal residents do not qualify) Rebates for low flow toilet upgrades are $50.00 and dual flush upgrades $75.00. The applicant must be the property owner and new construction does not qualify. Please make sure you have followed the proper steps in order to receive the toilet rebate. Residents can obtain information on this program by contacting RDN Water Services Department at 250390-6560 or visit or email: .


Cedar Village Centre It is great to see Cedar Road resurfaced after all those months of aggravation. The road design calls for a 1.5 metre paved shoulder on the east side of Cedar Road from Hemer Road to Cedar Estates entrance. Supporting alternate forms of transportation including walking and cycling is reflected as a goal in our revised OCP. Installing this provision supports these travel modes which is an important step especially given the absence of sidewalks in our community. Morden Colliery Trail As part of the Cedar Estates subdivision approval, a small park is to be developed at the Cedar Road entrance to the MC Trail and the trail will be


enhanced from the Park to the bridge over the storm water outflow. Future plans for the park include the installation of a kiosk in the form of a wooden timber tipple and a coal car to replicate the history of the Morden Mine in South Wellington and the old rail bed that was used to transport coal to Boat Harbour where the coal was loaded onto ships. Recreation and Culture Kelly Fryer Area ‘A’ recreation programmer has arranged summer programs to help get people up and active. Here is what’s happening in Area ‘A’. Leader in Training course was held in July for 12-17 year olds to learn skills such as face painting, games and crafts. Participants will put these skills to use in volunteer opportunities in local summer programs. CHIClette’s Summer Camp is a one week day camp for girls 9-10 yrs features fun indoor and outdoor activities including dance, cooking, arts & crafts and discussion groups to show them the importance of having a healthy body and mind. Zumba an exciting and effective fitness program. For information on these and other summer programs contact Kelly at 250-7220123. I want to remind residents we also have arrangements with the City of Nanaimo to have access and use of their recreation facilities such as swimming pools, skating rinks, play grounds etc. You may pick up a Leisure Guide at the City of Nanaimo Parks Recreation and Culture Office, Bowen Centre, 500 Bowen Road Nanaimo, for general enquiries 250-756-5200. Residents are encouraged to get active, visit a park, take a walk with friends or family, bike instead of driving to the store, try out a fitness class or become involved in planning or supporting an active living community event. Joe Burnett, 250-722-2656; email:

CVRD - Area H Is Your Number Up? The wet spring has resulted in an explosion of vegetation growth. This growth can easily obscure house numbers, making it very difficult for emergency response teams to find your home when you require their services. Can you be found in an emergency? Now would be a good time to ensure that your signage is of adequate size and is clearly visible day and night. Numbers should be about 4” in size, on a contrasting background in reflective material, and visible from at least 150 feet. Numbers should be firmly attached to a post, fence or other permanent fixture. Summer Heat: Now that the summer sun has finally arrived, the high temperatures bring greater danger to our forests and properties. As of mid July, the fire danger rating in North Oyster/ Diamond is rated “high”; if the heat continues it could go to extreme. In anticipation of a hot summer, the Province banned outdoor burning starting in April. Although small campfires are still allowed, Provincial regulations regarding campfires have been changed. Formerly, a campfire for cooking was allowed to be 1 metre around by 1 meter high; the size has now been cut in half. New regulations specify that only campfires of 0.5 metres by 0.5 meters are allowed.



New Fire Hall Project: The North Oyster Fire Protection Service Commission met in late June to review the recommendations submitted by the Ad Hoc Building Replacement Committee. After careful review and discussion of the recommendations, the Commission passed the following resolution: That Director Marcotte write a letter to the individual Committee members thanking them for the dedication and hard work in seeking solutions to meet

the fire protection service requirements of the community; And further, that the North Oyster Fire Protection Service Commission supports the recommendations submitted in the report and looks forward to the Citizens Committee’s continued participation and assistance in bringing forward information to the public and in the referendum process. I would also like to personally acknowledge the Committee’s work, and formally express my support for


their recommendations. The next step in the process is the preparation of the detailed design drawings and cost estimates. It is hoped that the work can be completed before the end of summer, 2010. Heart Lake Developments: As you may be aware, on June 21st a Public Hearing for proposed Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Bylaws to permit development of 147 manufactured home strata lots and 7 agricultural lots was held at the North Oyster Community Centre. This application dealt with property located in the Diamond and is accessed from Oyster-Sto-Lo Road. Now that the hearing has closed, no further public input is allowed. The minutes of the hearing, and all written submissions are scheduled to be brought forward to the August Regional Board meeting. After reviewing all the pertinent material, the Bylaws could be given third reading and forwarded to the Province for consideration and possible approval. Alternately, if the hearing results are deemed not to be favourable, the Bylaws could be defeated.

CVRD - Area G Water Overages There continues to be a stream of Saltair water users that have water bills that are over 200 cubic metres threshold for a 6 month billing date. They will be charged at a higher rate when over this threshold. Quite often it is the result of a water leak on the customer side of the water metre. The customer is responsible for the extra amount when there is a leak on their property. Sometimes if undetected the water bill can be huge. You should read your water metre from time to time and record the reading to see if you are using a lot of water. There is a onetime forgiveness for a very high water bill because the CVRD realizes that Saltair has a very old system and in the early days some of the waterlines were not of the highest quality. If you have a water leak in most cases you should replace the whole line. Also check for wet spots along where you know your waterline runs. On the whole, Saltair has been using


less water because each year even though there are more users. The sliding billing scale does encourage wise water use. A company called Genivar just completed a study of our Saltair Water System with particular interest to see if we comply with the new policy of the Vancouver Health Authority. This policy is called 4-3-2-1 VIHA Surface Water Treatment Policy. Yes, we passed the test but some of our equipment needs to be upgraded within five years. Presently we have UV radiation and chlorine gas treatment. It is recommended that we change the chlorine gas system to sodium hypochlorite granular system and also add a filter system. We will be generating electrical power from the waterline to cover the cost of running the UV, etc. Some extra power will sold to the grid too. Work on these projects will begin this year. Saltair 100 Years Old Saltair will be celebrating its 100th birthday August 15th. Part of the celebration will be the recognition that the railway had a role in giving Saltair its name. The railway had a stop at the Old Plantation and wanted to change it further north but didn’t have a name for the stop. Mrs. Southin who lived in the area suggested that they call it “Saltaire” where she as a kid in England used to holiday on the beach in the summer. The railway took her suggestion but dropped the final “e” off the name “Saltaire.” Saltair was officially named by the E&N railway 100 years ago.


As part of the Saltair birthday celebration on Sunday August 15th there will be a commemorative ceremony at the Southin Road railroad crossing in Saltair at about 12 noon The rest of the celebration will start at 11am at Centennial Park in Saltair. It will be like a reunion and picnic together. Families will be bringing photos and stories of early Saltair. Karen Wright is working hard on the historical perspective. It may be possible at a later time to use this material for the writing of a book about the history of Saltair. We hope to have a video show about the early times as well. Entertainment will be by Guy Bezeau and Band and food by the Rotary Club. There will be children’s activities. Bring a lawn chair and share in the fun. Meet old friends and share stories of the past. See the Saltair Centennial Celebration in this issue.


Mounties always get their Gewürztraminer One of the least enjoyable aspects of owning a small business is getting broken in to, which happens a lot. In our case they’re mainly after booze but they’ll take anything: Hoses, sprinklers, shovels, roto-tillers, surveillance cameras, flats of flowers, ice cream, rice and that’s just the short list. For the last few summers someone has been taking the floodlight bulbs used to illuminate our garden, 18 at last count. That’s right, our community has a bulb snatcher, probably with a minor in woman’s underwear. The break-ins usually go in waves, one a week for a month say. During these periods you learn to think like a fireman. Before bedtime you arrange your clothes and shoes for easy access, maybe getting your wife to run the stopwatch as you work your routine. (Caution: Not all wives regard such activity as normal. Overdoing it may result in transfer to state operated mental institution. “Do you know why you’re here Mr. Horrocks?” “Because I can dress in 17.3 seconds?”) So there you are, 2:46 am, sound asleep, dreaming about being a superhero, fancy clothes, flashy cars, low cut tops and snappy lines when the alarm company phones, instantly transforming you into a skinny 62 year old male speeding towards the restaurant with his shirt on backwards and his shoes on the wrong foot. Sixteen


point nine seconds though. This time, the night before our garden party, the busiest day of the year, the call came at exactly 2:15. Brains don’t like to be yanked out of sleep, placed behind the wheel of a car and told to drive as fast as possible. I’m halfway to the restaurant before mine regains control and says, “Slow down you idiot, this is your wife’s car.” What’s the rush? Well, it would be nice to catch a rotten little scoundrel in the act, but what a 135 lb guy my age would do then gets a little hazy, although beating them over the head with a wine bottle comes to mind, for that I would suggest the heaviest cabernet you can afford. I reached the restaurant before the police and sure enough, the usual window is broken. Here’s where it gets tricky for the thief. They have to climb into the broken window which is a good 42 inches above the deck, the shards of glass posing a real threat to one’s reproductive parts. So far we haven’t snagged anyone, but there’s still hope. The normal thief isn’t that bright, they limit themselves by not bringing a bag, this guy was different, and about twelve bottles were missing indicating he’d come prepared, probably with a hockey bag. Lately, maybe because we’ve had so many, the police have been taking these break-ins seriously. They sent three cars. The first Const. on the scene quickly ascertained the situation then went on a reconnoiter of the neighbourhood. Close to a kilometer away, by the high school, he spots someone on a bicycle up ahead. Experience suggests it’s not some one who has fallen off the pack on the Tour de France. As he gets closer, the cyclist speeds up and turns right onto the school grounds. Unfortunately, barriers prevent the squad car from following. The policeman, on foot, goes around


the school in the opposite direction of the cyclist. They meet behind the school; a race ensues across the field. At this point the thief finds out the hard way that transportation of illicit alcohol is an onerous activity, especially when the hockey bag over your shoulder impedes pedaling. The policeman, heretofore referred to as Const. Trackstar, overtakes and tackles the cyclist who makes the mistake of resisting arrest. A moment of silence while a slight pummeling occurs. Half an hour later, Const. Trackstar returns to the restaurant with sore knuckles and a hockey bag full of booze. And that’s when I changed my mind about the thief. Lo and behold he had an excellent palate. Though primarily a spirit drinker he had


chosen one bottle of wine, Wild Goose Gewürztraminer. Wild Goose arguably makes the best Gewurtz in the province and this particular vintage is the best one in five or six years. Though not available in government stores it is available in private ones. Just don’t go poking around the Mahle House at 2:30 in the morning looking for any or Const. Trackstar will get you. While you’re shopping at that private liquor store I have two Italian reds to recommend, both twenty bucks, the Ripasso Valpolicella by Negrar and the Santa Margherita Syrah. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s the middle of the night and I’m going back to sleep. Delbert Horrocks is co-proprietor at the Mahle House, Cedar.


My first race ! BY NANCY MORGANTINI I did it…finally! After months of trepidation about taking part in my first sailboat race with my husband, I could not say no to the “Race to Thetis Pub” put on annually by our local club. The Ladysmith Yacht Club consists of about 150 sailboat and motorboat enthusiasts and is located at Ladysmith Marina. The race would cover roughly 5½ nautical miles. Why the trepidation? I am a fiftysomething year old grandmother and a sailing newbie. I have barely passed the lessons “this is the head not the toilet” and “there are no ropes on a sailboat – they are lines”. Oh yeah…not to mention that I would be sailing with my private

sailing instructor, my husband who happens to be an intensely passionate (especially about sailing) Italian. Trepidation aside, I was going to give it a go. Just to add to the excitement, we asked good friends (and racing newbies also) Robin and Gerda to join us on our Canadian built 1981 Mirage 27 “Nauja”. Race morning and I was ready. Skipper Luigi had gone ahead to attend the Skipper’s meeting and prepare our boat. My pre-race instructions were to show up at the dock with a triple espresso in hand. Fuel for the boat’s Captain.

We donned our life-vests, boarded the boat to begin our maiden race and laid out our strategy, ah…strategy? C’mon, what strategy? Once out of the docks and into the “jockeying” area, I no longer felt like a kid in sailing kindergarten. Adrenaline was flowing; boats were circling, vying for the best starting position. The countdown began…5 seconds…4,3,2,1… sail! We were off to a great start…even crossed the starting line at the sound of the horn. I loved the sight of the colourful spinnakers on the competitors boats filled with wind resembling enormous kites. Our spinnaker-less boat was struggling to keep up with the boats that were capturing the light breeze with their “kites”. My competitive nature kicked in and I whined to the skipper about our lack of a spinnaker. I took my mind off of our lagging position by enjoying the view through the camera lens and capturing a few memories while I was waiting for some “wind in my sails”. Whoooooosh, suddenly “kites” were literally flying away. The gentle breeze became a howling 20 knots wind proving too much for the spinnakers to handle and crews were scrambling to rescue them before they were ripped or worse, lost at sea. Whoa…like a racehorse out of the starting gate, “Nauja” took off, adrenalin flowed like the Thames. Finally the sails were happy and we were back in the race! We were heeling at 25 degrees and my crewmate at the wheel was showing the “Oh my god, what have I gotten myself in for” look. “Don’t overcompensate! Get closer to the wind!” “Don’t worry, I am spilling Catching up. Photo: Nancy Morgantini



some wind” our Skipper was yelling. “You’re what?? Why are we SPILLING wind?” I yelled back. “We are in a RACE!” (Did I say that my competitive nature kicked in?) With Robin at the wheel and Luigi adjusting the sails, I was delegated to stay perched on the “port” side of the boat to prevent drift. I needed a more important role, so I delegated myself to “tell-tail reporter”, making sure the skipper kept them “happy” and flying straight by “tweaking” the sails. It went something like this “green tell-tail is not happy… oh…now it is…but now the red tell-tail isn’t happy” sailor’s jargon it’s not. Wind building up Photo: Nancy Morgantini





LMS 25th anniversary On July 26, 1985 the Ladysmith Maritime Society was incorporated. The non profit society celebrated its 25th anniversary with a picnic on the LMS Community Marina dock Monday July 26, Members, guests and volunteers enjoyed a bbq, cake and a moonlight harbour tour. and enjoyed the full moon. A special dinner and celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Cottonwood Golf Course and Cotton Club. Limited tickets are available. 250-245-0109, lmscommunitymarina@

Fuel Dock opens Enjoying the view before the race. Photo: Nancy Morgantini

Time passed quickly as did the miles and we were happily in the middle of the pack when our racehorse turned into a nag. The sails started “luffing” at us…”ha-ha-ha-ha…I’ve had enough” they seemed to say. We tacked and we tacked again, with not much luck in becoming reacquainted with the precious wind. Fellow competitors were catching up, I was whining, neither the green nor the red tell-tails were happy, but we somehow limped across the finish line in a respectable time for a bunch of newbie racers and motored to the pub for a celebratory lunch with our fellow competitors. How do I feel about racing now? I love it! Yes, I realize that this was just a small, informal race but it was enough to ignite my competitive nature and “learn the ropes”…err should that be lines? Nancy Morgantini is a freelance writer and photographer based in Ladysmith. An associate member of the BC Association of Travel Writers, Nancy loves to travel just as much as she loves to be on the water whether it is on her sailboat or on a zodiac fishing and “crabbing”. A native Californian, Nancy grew up in Alberta where she resided until the summer of 2008 when she moved to Vancouver Island with her husband Luigi who runs Saltair Digital Imaging.

Good news for boaters. Page Point Fuels opens August 3rd at the Page Point Marina and Inn. For information call 250-6183820

Ladysmith Yacht Club Race Results Ruxton Island May 30 Div 1::Freya, B Maclock/E Abbott, 1st, Paradigm, John Rothwell, 2nd, Hakuna Matata, K & J Saunders, 3rd Div. 2: Two Bits, B & P Cameron, 1st, Championship, P Kirkham, 2nd, Whisper, T Satchell/C Devlin, 3rd June 6 Pub Race Div. 1: Paradigm, John Rothwell, 1st, Freya, B Maclock/E Abbott, 2nd Div. 2: Two Bits, B & P Cameron, 1st, Championship, P Kirkham, 2nd



Ladysmith Aug 12,9pm, Movie Under the Stars Avitar, downtown Ladysmith on Gatacre Aug 13, 4pm, Roberts Street Grand Opening come down to check out the new businesses and services Aug 13, 6pm, “Dreams” Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Saltair Pub 250-246-4241 Aug 13, Tour de Rock Fundraiser Beer & Burger, Eagles Hall Ladysmith 250-245-0671


Aug 13, 8pm, Gold & Shadow, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Daily month of August, Harbour Boat Tours, 10:30am & 2pm. Departing from Ladysmith Maritime Society Dock, 250-245-0109. 250-245-0109,

Aug 14, 9am – 2pm, Crofton Market, Beside Ferry Terminal,

Aug 1, LDBA Movie Under the Stars, Gatacre St., Ladysmith

Aug 14, 11:30am, 3rd Annual Golf for Hospice Tournament, Cowichan Golf & Country Club 1-888701-4242

Aug 1, 8pm, Claymore, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 14, 12pm, A Remembrance Ceremony & Luncheon honouring WWII Veterans, RCL Branch 171 250-2452273

Aug 2, 8pm, The Arbitrarys, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 2-28 Vancouver Island Surface Design Association presents Current Threads at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery 610 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith, 12-4 daily

Aug 14, 6pm, “Arrival” ABBA Tribute, Saltair Pub 250246-4241

Aug 3, 9am, Employment Navigator Workshop Resume 201, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134

Aug14, 8pm, Barry Greentield, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 3, 7pm, Music in the Park by Cat’s Meow, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-246-0252

Aug 15, Saltair Centennial Celebrations, Centennial Park come out and for all the family fun

Aug 4, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Chemainus Waterwheel Park 250-246-3944

Aug 21, 8am, Garage Sale fundraiser Ladysmith & District Historical Society, Resources Centre Parking Lots 250-245-0100

Aug 4, 8pm, Random Order, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 5, 9am, Employment Navigator - Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1 st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 5, 8pm, Allison Brown/ Skagway Duo/Kaya Fraser , Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 5, 4pm Thursday Nite Live, Farmers Market, Live Entertainment by Marty Howe Latin Jazz Quintet & Pauline Karchy, First Ave., Ladysmith Aug 5, 7:30pm, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Aug. 6, 1pm-2pm Accordion Days, The Acchords, Maple Lane, Old Town Chemainus (outside Top Hat Antiques) 250-246-9102

Aug 24, 7pm, Music in the Park by Shelley Dubois, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-246-0252. For a schedule call 250-2460252 or email MusicInTheParkSeries@

Aug 9, 7:30pm, Wonders Magic Show, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Aug. 7, 11:00am, Accordion Days The Nanaimo Accordion Band, Maple St., Old Town Chemainus (outside Twisted Sisters Tea Room) 250-246-9102

Aug 10, 7pm, Music in the Park by Bopoma, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-246-0252

Aug 7, 6pm, Symphony in the Harbour, Maffeo Sutton Park Nanaimo 250-754-0177 Aug 6, 8pm, Shari Ulrich (and Julia Graff), Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 7, 9am – 2pm, Crofton Market, Beside Ferry Terminal, Aug 8, 6-8pm, Concerts in the Park, Gerry Barnum & Gold and Shadow, Transfer Beach Aug 8, 8pm, The Malarkeys, Duncan Garage

Aug 16, 9am, Employment Navigators - Job Search Support & Networking, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250245-7134

Aug 9, 9am, Employment Navigators - Job Search Support & Networking, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250245-7134

Aug 9-13, 9am, Vacation Bible School, St. Philips Anglican Church Cedar 250-722-3455

Aug 7, 3:30pm, Nanaimo Museum’s Annual Chowder Fest with Symphony in the Harbour at Maffeo Sutton Park 250-753-1821

Aug 15, 8pm, Sean Hayden/Miles Howe/Jon Bone, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 6, 8pm, Andrea Ramolo, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 7, Accordion Day, Bandshell, Waterwheel Park, Chemainus 250-246-9102

Aug 15, 6-8pm, Concerts in the Park, Alexandria Maillot, Transfer Beach

Aug 10, 8pm, Blues Tuesday, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 11, 9:30am, Employment Navigator - MS Word Basics & Beyond, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-2457134 Aug11, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Chemainus Waterwheel Park 250-246-3944 Aug 11, 8pm, Stacey Bourke/Ben Sures, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 12, 9 am, Employment Navigator Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 12, 8pm, Anne Vriend, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 12, 4pm Thursday Nite Live, Farmers Market, Live Entertainment By Guy Bezeau & Friends, First Ave.,

Aug 22, 6-8pm, Concerts in the Park, Steve Palmer, Transfer Beach. Ladysmith Resources Centre presents concerts every Sunday at the Amphitheatre from 6-8pm. For a schedule see centre spread


Daily month of August, Harbour Boat Tours, 10:30am & 2pm. Departing from Ladysmith Maritime Society Dock, 250-245-0109. Aug 16, 8pm, Dave Carmichael & Flora Poste, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-7487246 Aug 17, 9am, Employment Navigator Workshop Resume 201, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 17, 7pm, Music in the Park by Luv Train, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-2460252 Aug18, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Chemainus Waterwheel Park 250-246-3944 Aug 18, 8pm, Neighbours, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246 Aug 19, 9am, Employment Navigator - Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1 st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 19, 9:30am, Employment Navigator - MS Word - Basics & Beyond, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 19, 4pm Thursday Nite Live, Farmers Market, Live Entertainment by Stone Vaughn Toole, First Ave., Ladysmith

Aug 14, 6pm, “Arrival� ABBA Tribute, Saltair Pub 250-246-4241



Aug 20, 8pm, Zack Pick/JJ Shiplet, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Current Threads at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery

Aug 21, 8am, Street Fest & Market, Downtown Chemainus 250-246-3944


Aug 21, 9am – 2pm, Crofton Market, Beside Ferry Terminal,

Sep 1, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Water Wheel Park 250-246-3944

Aug 21- 22, Kids 5aside mixed soccer tourney, Wheat Sheaf sports complex 250 722 3288

Sep 2, 8pm, Don Brownrigg, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 21-22, Annual Dahlia Sale, Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

Sep 4, 9am – 2pm, Crofton Market, Beside Ferry Terminal,

Aug 22, 6-8pm, Concerts in the Park, Steve Palmer, Transfer Beach

Sep 4-30, Laura Scarr & LAC, Ladysmith Water front Art Gallery 250 245-1252

Aug 23, 9am, Employment Navigators - Job Search Support & Networking, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250245-7134 Aug 24, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club “ Shooting for Slideshows” Hardwick Hall, High St. info@ Aug 24, 7pm, Music in the Park by Shelley Dubois, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-246-0252 Aug 25, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Chemainus Waterwheel Park 250-246-3944 Aug 26 9 am, Employment Navigator Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134 Aug 26, 4pm Thursday Nite Live, Farmers Market, Live Entertainment by Heather Blush and the Uppercuts, First Ave., Ladysmith


Sep 4-30, Laura Scarr & LAC, Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery 250-245-1252 Aug 29, 10am, Arts on the Avenue, Art and Entertainment, First Ave. downtown Ladysmith

Sep 8, 11am-4pm, Chemainus Wednesday Market, Water Wheel Park 250-246-3944

Aug 29, Soulfire Dance Studio preforms at Art on the Avenue for more info 250-618-4003

Sep 8, 6:30pm, Air Cadet Squadron #257 Open House, Aggie Hall 250-245-2785

Aug 29, Soulfire Dance Studio preforms at Art on the Avenue for more info 250-618-4003

Sep 9, 3:30pm, Max & Ruby Bunny Party, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Aug 29, 6-8pm, Concerts in the Park, Gary Fjellgaard, Saskia & Darrel, Transfer Beach

Sep 11, 6pm, David Gogo Band, Saltair Pub 250-246-4241

Aug 30, 9am, Employment Navigators - Job Search Support & Networking, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250245-7134 Aug 30, 7:30pm, Blue Rodeo, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Aug 27, 8pm, Paxton Bachman, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Aug 31, 9am, Employment Navigator Workshop Resume 201, 710 1st Ave., Ladysmith 250-245-7134

Aug 28, 6pm, Silent Auction, the Cranberry Arms 250722-3112

Aug 31, 7pm, Music in the Park by Flying Accusations, Chemainus Water Wheel Park 250-246-0252

Sep 15, 7:30pm, The Canadian Tenors, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Sep 16, 7:30pm, The Naden Band, Port Theatre 250754-8550 Sep 17, 7:30pm, Charlie Murphy, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Sep 19, 7:30pm, For the Love of Land, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

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I realize therefore I am

Once in awhile we hit an age that makes us sit back and reflect. These periods of reflection can happen at any time but the ages of 21, 40, 50, and 65 seem to be milestones where one ponders on what one has or hasn’t learned in their years on this beautiful planet we call earth. Well, dear reader, yours truly has recently celebrated his birthday, and guess what? I found myself in this period of reflection and came to some startling and not-so-startling realizations. I realize inner peace, not outer space, is the real final frontier. I realize how important laughter is and how unimportant anger is. I realize that there is ZERO chance of getting off this planet alive. Ergo,

instead of dwelling and stressing upon things, we might as well enjoy ourselves while we’re here. I realize that no matter how old we get, us males will always find bodily functions to be endlessly amusing. I realize my Mom and Dad are WAY more wiser than I ever gave them credit for when I was growing up. I realize we’re living in a time of more wants and less appreciation, more gadgets and less time, more blame and less personal responsibility. I realize it’s easier to give forgiveness than it is to hold on to a grudge. I realize that the coolest music is NOT what you hear on the radio, that reading books will always be more entertaining than watching TV, and that yes, while I realize it’s great that I can sit at a computer and communicate with someone from Timbuktu, I also realize how awful it is that I haven’t talked to my neighbor in six months. I realize how much I cherish my Grandma and how deeply I miss my other grandparents. I realize in these days of self imposed busy and hectic lifestyles, the only thing I REALLY have to do each day is wake


up. Everything else is the cherry on the sundae. I realize one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. I realize listening is more important than talking, that empathy is more effective than sympathy, and that understanding is superior to judging. I realize that the $40 a month I spend on dog food is more than what 50 per cent of my fellow humans earn in that same month. I realize how fundamentally wrong that last fact is. I realize that both the Palestinians and the Israelis are right. I realize they’re both wrong, too. I realize there really is something called karma. She may move at her own pace and cruise on her own timeline, but she IS real, and she IS spectacular. I realize that George Carlin was right, and not just about those seven words you can’t say on the radio. Carlin said that we’ve added years to life but not life to years, and to always remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. And finally, even though I’ve now celebrated my second annual 39th birthday, I realize that there is still SO much more I have yet to realize.

Take 5 August  

The best read magazine from Nanaimo south to Chemainus

Take 5 August  

The best read magazine from Nanaimo south to Chemainus