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Letters Other heroes need to be recognized

The article on Ladysmith Maritime Society fire failed to mention the other organizations that worked alongside the fire fighters that night. At the request of the local fire department volunteers from the Ladysmith Coast Guard Auxiliary Station 29 (Aux 29) responded to the LMS marina fire with the fast rescue zodiac Ladysmith Responder. On arrival Aux 29 found multiple boathouses fully engulfed in flames with moored boats at neighboring docks threatened by fire. Aux 29 attacked the fire from the north flank which was inaccessible to the land-based firefighters. Using an onboard pump the 4 man crew of Aux 29 fought the wall of fire from close distance, controlling the fire from the northeast side preventing it from spreading to the open docks ( this was the scorched dock that Mr. Pinkerton referred to) and 12 moored boats all endangered by the fire. Our 4 man crew fought this wall of fire and thick fumes for well over 3 hours without relief before being joined by the Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Cape Kuper from Ganges which provided lighting and additional fire support. After the fire was out Aux 29 worked with Maritime Society representatives to deploy pollution control booms to capture some of the spilled oil and pollutants on the water that resulted from the fire. Some three hours later the Auxiliary was again tasked to the aide of two vessels in need of immediate assistance, in what proved another five hour call. I think the Ladysmith Coast Guard Auxiliary deserves to be recognized. This unit alone over the last calendar year has been credited with directly saving 14 lives and millions of dollars in property. - Nick Epp-Evans, Ladysmith Coast Guard Auxiliary 29 (and crew member that night)

Re: Ladysmith Fire and Photo Exhibit

Quickly glanced at the online TAKE 5 for February. Great issue! My father in law lives on his sailboat at the marina so the fire was a bit frightening when we first heard about it. Joel is a volunteer firefighter in Cedar and I agree that the Ladysmith and area fire departments did a fantastic job. Nice coverage to those who give so much without hesitation and expect nothing in return.

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Loved the photography exhibit as well, hard to believe it was the first one for Ladysmith. Looking forward to that continuing. Again, great issue, can’t wait to get my copy. - Jill Collins

Mid Island Photo Expo

I received the Feb issue of Take 5 today and turning to page 36, I saw the excellent photo coverage of the Mid-Island Photo Expo. Thanks so much to you and your team for the excellent support and media coverage for our event. As our media sponsor, you folks have been awesome. – Brad Grigor

Town’s top earners

Mr. Johnson’s article in the December/January issue of Take 5 entitled “Town’s top earners”, the mayor’s response in the next issue and Mr. Johnson’s rebuttal in the Chronicle left me feeling very dissatisfied. I went to City Hall and started sniffing around. You would think that another writer from Take 5 would be as welcome as ants at a picnic but the mayor and the City Manager made time for me. I raised the question of the reported 2008 wage abnormality for the City Manager. Mayor Hutchins told me that between 2003 and 2008, before the economic meltdown, the town was having trouble attracting and keeping employees. There were plenty of jobs around for qualified professionals. As an example, a Town Planner was hired away from Ladysmith by Nanaimo at a much better wage. It became apparent that Ladysmith was paying wages that were not competitive with other jurisdictions. In 2006, council concluded that they were not qualified to review exempt (non-union) employees’ salaries and hired an independent compensation consultant to report on similar towns and cities across Canada. The analysis did not just compare towns of similar population but looked at budget and services such as recreation and sewer to see if the costs and administration of these were shared with neighbouring communities such as Duncan does with the CVRD. When presented with the review in 2008, council decided to pay its senior managers wages in the middle, instead of the higher end of the spectrum, as they felt that the attraction of living and working in Ladysmith would increase their ability to attract and hold good people. They have found that that is indeed what has happened. Mr. Johnson asks why the City Manager’s wage was above the base wage in 2008. The salary increase was promised in 2006 so the 2008 total included retroactive pay from 2006/07 and 2008. Mr. Johnson was one of six Ladysmith councillors during this period I next raised the issue of the City Managers 2009 wages which were well above the stated base wage. Mayor Hutchins explanation in TAKE 5 states that there was “a payout of several years’ accumulated unused holidays.” did not sit well with me so I asked him to define “several years”. He said that he could not tell me exactly but it was significantly more than the two years that I had assumed. He then gave me some background on the City Manager. She was originally in treasury before being promoted to her present position. The new hire for treasury did not stay long and the City Manager did both jobs for some time. The City Manager’s job is huge and complex.


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She works between 50 and 70 hours a week (No overtime) and must be available 24 hours a day. The mayor tells me that the City Manager along with other grant writers are directly responsible for bringing over 8 million dollars in grant money to the town since 2005. This enables capital projects like the Chemainus road upgrade, the new building on High Street, the Spirit Square, lot 108 and the Aggie field upgrade to be built with little taxpayers’ money. I urge the City Manager to take her holidays. It’s much more fun than working. It is my opinion that council acted in a financially prudent manner. People love to write letters to the editor and howl about public sector wages. It is our right in a democracy but is damaging to do these things with scanty information and unexplained figures. We all should keep the definition of “objectivity” in mind. - Rob Pinkerton

Trolley Fan

I read the article on the Trolley (letters) and although the letter may make some financial sense it doesn’t address the charm and charisma of what the “Trolley” is and what it represents to Ladysmith. I also see outside sponsorships of the Trolley from private individuals. i.e. Island Homes etc. To go with a commercial truck for economical reasons would take away from what this means to Ladysmith and its tourism appeal. I for one am delighted that the trolley is in service and tell everyone about it. It’s wonderful. - Roger Biffin

Re: Rat Tales

Regarding Rob Pinkerton’s story of his rat, they do billions of dollars damage to farm foods and destroy the wiring on numerous vehicles. I would not let one go. I say poison them, shoot them, trap them, drown them or stomp them. The only good rat is a dead rat. An old farmer, - Armond Caillet

Rat Tales Response

Mr. Cutting’s letter (TAKE 5/Feb11) taking exception to my releasing a rat rather than killing it has caused me no end of grief. First the neighbors had a

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demonstration outside my house because as the letter says, I have “inundated them with destructive creatures.” I met with them and apologized and asked how we could deal with the inundation. They admitted that they had not seen any rats. I told them that I had seen very few in the 29 years that I have lived here and that may have something to do with number of cats that live in the neighborhood. I promised that I had no more plagues to release and they left somewhat mollified. The letter also impugned my intellect and sexuality. If the situation repeats itself, I will, in the middle of the night, in my bath robe, take the exhausted, terrified rat to the basement and hack it to death with a hatchet. Then perhaps, I can walk in town without people jeering at me and calling me “girly”. I don’t think doing this will raise my I.Q. I am afraid it will lower it. I will not move, as suggested, to Alberta so people will not see my “girly side”. I am quite comfortable with “my girlie” side and my readers will just have to deal with it. - Rob Pinkerton

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Lab hours correction

The Laboratory hours at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre are Monday to Friday 7am-4:15pm, Saturday 8am11am. 250-739-5786.

Cedar Farmers Institute

In TAKE 5/Nov.2011 Betty Benson submitted a story on Nanaimo - Cedar Farmers Institute. The Institute was not incorporated in 1932. The Nanaimo Daily Free Press reported on a meeting of the Institute in 1889. In the minute book for the Farmers Institute (annual meeting, 1921), the president read a summary of the activities for the last 21 years. I’m an active member of the Institute since 1951. I am looking for early minute books for the institute. If you can help, call 250-246-2399. - Armond Caillet Letetrs to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Letters may also be used on the take5.ca website. Write PO Box 59, Ladysmith, BC, V9G 1A1, editor@take5.ca, or post your comments directly online at www.take5.ca


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“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals of American society.”.

- Robert F Kennedy

Green By Design... There’s this guy I know. Could be my twin except he’s more handsome, more smarter, more successful at running his green business. And if he wasn’t so darn good I’d hate him. But what can you say about a guy who does what he loves, and helps save the world one home at a time? It bugs me that he’s right. “Build the examples, one by one”, he says. “Show how individuals can live in homes and run businesses that balance ecological and economic needs that don’t cost more but are in sync with the land, water and community.” Be patient, and pay attention to details, in other words. Consider what fits the needs of each homeowner, and then design with every green feature that blends into their vision and personal style. “Make ‘em proud to be living in a home that fulfills their dreams, is nature-friendly and makes everyone else jealous!” I can relate to that, I guess. It just takes longer than my approach. Not that I’m wrong mind you. Nosirree Bob. Just that Jack is more right, and that irks. And his name bugs me too, Jack. Like he’s got the male franchise on my beautiful life-partner’s name - Jackie. At first, in my mind I had to call him Greenplan Jack, and the wee wifie Greenthumb Jackie. But then he went back to school and became a perm culture specialist, and now he teaches and designs perm culture gardens. You know, edible landscaping, native-plant cultivation, taking into account organic, low-maintenance,

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and maximum food production. I’ll give him this though, if it weren’t for him, and some other brave souls, our official community plan wouldn’t have half the considerations for meeting future sustainability and stewardship needs. He and a dozen other citizen’s committee masochists sat through two and a half years of meetings. Ever polite Jack firmly raising attention to the bigger picture, drawing from his previous life as a planner with the Regional District of Nanaimo, and making reasonable and innovative suggestions for how to implement sustainable growth and development within the local region’s carrying capacity and resources. Patient. Did I mention how patient he is? Even puts up with my rants. Nods as if I’m making sense, and then offers a reasonable explanation for the querulous rules of bureaucrats and questionable behaviour of politicians alike. Out there on his new greenplan.ca website, with his neighbourhood planning and healthy community integration of urban and sustainable infrastructure ...putting the building blocks of transportation and public health and ecological site development into place so that green buildings and gardens can be shared ...and benefit everyone. Like, is he the Renaissance man of the 21st century. He gets all keen too, when you hear him talk at a meeting, or give a speech at a conference. All excited about encouraging communities that are leaders in energy, water, and resource efficiency. Y’know, “where a range of mixed-use residential and commercial spaces can attract and support all members of the community.” Sometimes I’m tempted to jump up from the back of the hall and tell him he’s not human. He’ll walk you through his own house, where he regularly offers public tours to demonstrate the actual application of these green designs. And he’ll sit patiently, listening to all your questions about whether renewable energy, passive solar, rainwater harvesting and grey water recovery really work. And then Jack’ll patiently explain how to design a home that will use less energy, water, and natural resources; will create less waste; will maximize food production based on your family’s lifestyle; and, will also be a healthy environment in which to live ...within your

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Jack Anderson of Anderson GreenPlan

budget. Anderson of Anderson’s GreenPlan. “Just Jack”, to anyone he talks with. If I had to I guess I’d recommend him to anyone who wants to live an exemplary life, or even a half-decent one, y’know put your ideals of being an upstanding member of the community and living with nature into practice. But I won’t join his fan club. Not until I find a crack in his veneer, not until he reveals his Plan B for the planet ...when he admits that all my ranting about the sky being about to fall may have at least a smidgen of truth. Perfection’s not my long suit, and I’m innately suspicious of any who are. I mean who can believe a guy who’s saying you can have fun, live your life, eat your cake, and care for the Earth too. And you can afford to live a perfect life. No sacrifices, beating yourself with a stick, or Spartan existence of a monk required. Jack makes a good argument for how it’s not difficult, or costly, or complicated, to live a good life. Like I said, he bugs me. Laurie Gourlay has worked with environmental groups for thirty years, farms 20 acres organically on Vancouver Island with life-partner Jackie Moad, and occasionally pulls out his hair and wrings his hands over teasers posed to Thistle Consulting Services, whilst actively seeking local solutions to global challenges.


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Ladysmith Mayor Report

The Making of the Ladysmith Community Services Centre

Rob Hutchins

BY ROB HUTCHINS, LADYSMITH MAYOR Late this spring, Ladysmith citizens will celebrate an exciting new multi-dimensional community services centre in the block on Second Avenue between High Street and Buller Street. The centre will consist of two buildings and a public gathering space known as Spirit Square. It will be home to the Ladysmith Seniors’ Centre, the Ladysmith Resources Centre, the Food Bank, and the Boys and Girls Club. Construction of this $5.2 million dollar initiative was made possible with the generous contribution of some $4 million dollars in grants (four separate funding grants) from the provincial and federal governments. However, the success of the project is entirely due to the vision and commitment of the four partner organizations behind the project. This Community Services Centre is a testament to the power of dreams. It is a remarkable achievement and its story started some 14 years ago. This 1.5 acre parcel of land is one of two remaining pieces of public land that formed part of Ladysmith’s original Market Square. Two tennis courts and a public health building built by the Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith dominated the site for decades. At the beginning of the 1980’s, the Seniors’ Centre was attached to the Public Health Building and became a valuable and much-loved gathering place. However, by the mid 1990’s the Seniors’ Centre had become too small for our growing population. OAP President Bob Scofield and Dr. Jim Benoit (frequent visitors to the Mayor’s Open Door) led the first charge for a renovated and expanded Seniors’ Centre and were truly the

Work on the Ladysmith Community Services Centre building continues in snow and sleet. Photo: Marina Sacht

original catalyst for change. Over the years, the Town explored several options for rebuilding and even relocating the Seniors’ Centre, but despite best efforts at the time, the economics just did not work. Meanwhile, in 2000, another dream began to crystallize. The Ladysmith Resources Centre, some seven years old, had by then outgrown its accommodations. In 2001, plans were drawn up for a new multi-story building on First Avenue, but despite the tenacity of the LRCA’s board and staff, once again the economics did not work. Time marched on; innovative ways to realize both visions were explored, while minimizing the burden on the local property taxpayer. Then two things happened at about the same time. The LRCA joined forces with the Boys and Girls Club and secured provincial government funding for much-needed new child care spaces in Ladysmith ($750,000). The Town received a grant of $500,000 from the province to develop a Spirit Square at the Market Square site. Little did we all know at the time that the pieces were starting to fall into place to make our separate dreams come true. Sometimes all it takes is a new challenge to make us look at things just a little differently, and that can make all the dif-


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ference. In August 2008, John Deleeuw, Manager of the Ladysmith Credit Union, in a meeting to review project economics with the City Manager and myself, simply stated, “Something more has to be brought to the table.” From that challenge a new idea come forth: What if the Town contributed the Second Avenue parcel? Could we combine the Seniors’ Centre initiative, the LRCA and Boys & Girls Club Initiative, and Spirit Square all on one site? In the answer to that question, a dramatic new vision was created and a brand new partnership was born consisting of the Senior’s Centre, LRCA, Boys & Girls Club and the Town. A dedicated project team made up of volunteers and staff from each of the partner organizations worked tirelessly to develop a plan that would meet all needs. Expectations were challenged, sacrifices were made, and finally a buildable product began to emerge. The province was convinced to honour all grants with changed deadlines and locations. Unfortunately, the economics still did not work. Undaunted, the partners put together a grant application based on their incredible new vision, and we were rewarded with a $2.7 million federal government grant to the Town. Then the hard work really began. Land had to be rezoned, buildings designed, contracts negotiated, leases finalized, financial contributions committed, and the seniors had to be relocated during the construction period. Within incredibly tight timelines dictated by the funders, and beset by unexpected challenges at each step of the way, the Ladysmith Community Services Centre took shape. The original building on the site was renovated and the new Ladysmith Boys and Girls Club opened in September 2010. The new building, fronting on Second Avenue, is nearing completion and the Spirit Square is taking shape. Our community is that much richer from the efforts of so many. People shared their dreams and in sharing, dreamed an even bigger, better, brighter vision. When those dreamers joined forces and worked untiringly together, they turned their vision into a reality that will leave a lasting legacy for our community.

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Community Services Centre nears completion BY MARINA SACHT It’s about people, not buildings, says Ruth Malli, Town of Ladysmith Manager, about the new Community Services Buildings complex. Her sentiments are echoed by the Boys and Girls Club of Vancouver Island, who moved into the renovated red building this fall and the Ladysmith Seniors Society and Ladysmith Resources Centre and who will be sharing the new building nearing completion. The complex will allow interaction between generations, from children to seniors all on the same site, says Malli. “The ultimate goal is to provide the facilities for the programming to take place, the programming being the objective, not the building.” The project is a result of the hard work, dedication and co-operation and sharing of all of the groups involved in the project, with special thanks to the construction team. The 7030 sq. ft. Boys and Girls’ Club building was the first completed. The two-story wooded structure has been refurbished and upgraded to meet current building standards. There are four program areas (two on each floor): Infant Toddler Care, three to five year olds, five to seven year olds and eight to twelve year olds. The upper level opened on Sept 7, 2010 and the lower level on Oct. 1, 2010. “The Ladysmith building allowed us to increase our child care spaces in Ladysmith by 41 spaces and expand our programming to include much needed Early Childhood programs that we were not offering before,” says Len Manuel, Director of Resource Development, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. “Previously we were licensed for 45 Out of School care spaces. Currently we are licensed for 12 - Infant/Toddler spaces, 24 - Daycare spaces (30 months to School age) and 50 - Out of School Care spaces.”


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“There is a great deal of satisfaction in completing our portion of the project and we look forward to final completion to work together in the future,” says Manuel. The renovation of the building was a challenge, says Walter Hoogland, Project Manager of Windley Construction. “Once you take it all apart – you have to maintain integrity of the building so it stays up. The interior was braced while work was underway.” The extra effort was worth it. “It is excellent value”, says Hoogland. They were able to build on the existing roof. Light was also very important and the large windows take advantage of the harbour view in a vibrant space designed with little people in mind. Sustainability is a priority “All 2x4s, window frames, building materials whatever there was from the renovation was either used or recycled throughout the community. Nothing ended up in the landfill”, says Hoogland. One of the challenges of the LRCA/Seniors building was the location. The existing site was predominantly made of fill material. The other big challenge was time. The building permit was issued Sept. 5 to be completed by March 31 due to funding requirements. For the construction team, working through three major snowfalls meant long days and weekends working. Although not part of the original plans, additional space was added for the Ladysmith Food Bank and storage. The new building housing the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) and the Ladysmith Seniors Centre Society (LSC) is a combination of wood frame, timber and concrete structure, targeting LEED Silver. The sustainable design

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features include bike lockers and shower/change facilities for occupants, recycling facilities, low flow plumbing fixtures, water efficient landscaping, diversion of 75% of construction waste from landfills, use of low-emitting interior finishes and adhesives and sealants, daylight and views from 90% of the regularly occupied spaces, 20% of materials sourced locally or regionally, a green housekeeping policy, public washroom for use when attending events in Spirit Square and access for the trolley along Market Lane. The LSCS will occupy approximately 2760 sq. ft. on the north end and top floor of the building facing Buller St. and 2nd Ave. The area consists of two activity rooms, a storage room, kitchen, washrooms, office and a hallway. The Anglican and United Churches have allowed the seniors to use their facilities while the building is under construction. The new facility will likely increase membership, says Cora Maier, of the society, resulting in increased activities such as dances, shows, exercise programs, card games, Wii games, carpet bowling, Tai Chi and more. “We see a bright, active, enjoyable future for all Ladysmith seniors in general,” says Maier. The group is fundraising for new equipment. Join them at their annual garage & bake sale at Aggie Hall, Sunday, March 27 from 9am to 1pm. The new building will provide the Ladysmith Resources Centre with 6457 sq ft. of space. The lower level holds 15 offices for programming and administration, with a computer lab, main reception area, and Food Bank storage. There are two meeting rooms on the lower level as well. On the upper level, there is a larger meeting room, a kitchen, two offices, and a play space. “We anticipate being able to move into the new building in May 2011,” says Dennis Lait. “We’re excited about the location of our new building adjacent to the Spirit Square. It’s quite an opportunity to be located at the centre of the action where people come to gather as a community in such a beautiful place.” With the new building nearly close to completion, Malli says she is very pleased to see the Boys and Girls Club enjoying their premises and looking forward to seeing the same for the Seniors and LRCA. “This project has brought us all together like a family, respecting each others’ differences and sharing areas of common interest for the betterment of the community.” Lait agrees: “All the partners feel that our collaboration will bring synergies to our respective agencies, and we’ll be looked at as a model of community participation. We’re all committed to building a safer, healthier, more prosperous community and it’s been good to have that alignment of vision.”

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Outdoor Spring cleanup

The Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club and the Chemainus Rod and Gun are hosting a spring cleanup of Ladysmith’s watershed, Ladysmith Harbour and Peerless Road around Stocking Lake. Volunteers are asked to meet at Ladysmith Sportsmen’s Club Bush Creek Hatchery on Ladysmith main on April 9 at 8:30 am. From the hatchery volunteers will be directed to cleanup sites. Lunch and snacks provided as well as gloves and garbage bags. Please dress according to weather conditions Forks and rakes would assist if you have them. Contact Dave Judson, 250245-3690

Ladysmith tries out solar powered garbage compactors You might have noticed something new outside the Ladysmith Post Office and Old Town Bakery: large bins featuring historical photos of downtown buildings and streets, including the former Post Office and Bakery. The bins are solar powered garbage compactors, and they are the Town’s latest ‘green’ initiative. The photos on the bins are courtesy of the Ladysmith and District Historical Society. Ladysmith was recently named a ‘solar community’ by Solar BC, for its commitment to the use of solar power. With this designation came a $5000 grant to further promote solar energy. Town Council and staff will be evaluating the loaned solar compactors for effectiveness over the next month and will then decide if a portion of the grant should be used to purchase one or more. By using solar power to compact waste, a solar compactor can hold about five times the amount of waste as a regular public garbage bin, which cuts down on the number of trips needed to empty it and helps to avoid overflowing bins. This in turns saves time and money spent on garbage collection and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from garbage collection vehicles. The Town encourages everyone to dispose of recycling through the residential recycling program. Ladysmith citizens are encouraged to share their thoughts about the proposed bins by calling City Hall at 250.245.6400, or e-mail to info@ladysmith.ca.

Highland Gathering

The Clans have been called, the Pipes are coming! The 2011 Highland Gathering has been summoned to Ladysmith for June 17-19. Legion branch 171 will have the honour of hosting and there

Mardi Gras tea & auction

Ladysmith is testing out solar powered garbage compactors. Photo: Loyola vr Buck

will be a parade, a banquet, a major pipe band competition, and traditional highland games. Since the early seventies the Royal Canadian Legion has been organizing these games and we have an opportunity to show the province what a Ladysmith festival can look like. This will raise our profile across the Island and the province. Our volunteer coordinator, Naomi Nakahara can be contacted at n.nakahara@yahoo.com or 250 245 2273 For more details see the Ladysmith Legion website at www.rcl171.ca

Ladysmith Community Gardens Society AGM

First annual Ladysmith Community Gardens Society AGM is Tuesday March 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm at 220 High St. (Ladysmith Boys and Girls Club). Membership renewal, garden bed rentals, and election of Board members are all on the agenda. If you are a gardener, or are interested in becoming one, or would like to just help at the community garden you can just show up at our meeting. If you would like more information you can contact Niki at 245 0698 or Karen at 245-3782.

St. John’s Anglican Church in Ladysmith is holding a Mardi Gras Tea and GST Auction on March 6, at 2:30pm. The tea menu will consist of one quarter each of egg, cucumber, herb cheese and shrimp salad sandwich, scone with cream and jam, sweets and a pot of either Earl Gray, Darjeeling or Tetley tea. Organizers say that the Goods Service and Talent auction holds many interesting and unusual auction items for people to bid on. In the spirit of Mardi Gras they are asking people to please come masked. There will be a prize for best mask. Advance tickets to the fundraiser are available at Grant Jewellers $11 or phone Mary Jo at 250-713-9855. Tickets at the door $13.

New play debuts

Ladysmith Players is presenting the Canadian Première of RolePlay written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Susan McChesney. RolePlay was written and originally performed in 2001 in London, England. It is the third play in Mr. Ayckbourn’s trilogy called Damsels in Distress. All three plays take place in the same apartment complex. RolePlay is considered to be the ‘best’ of the three! A riverside apartment in London’s Docklands: One evening in March (present day) Justin Lazenby and Julie-Ann Jobson (both computer programmers) are newly engaged, living happily in Justin’s apartment in the London Docklands area. They have decided to throw


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a dinner party so that they can meet each other’s parents, and announce their engagement. What could go wrong? Julie-Ann is having something of a meltdown over the party, insisting that every detail be perfect. It’s March, and the weather is not co-operating—there’s a fairly intense wind and rain event in progress. The parents are late. The absence of one pudding fork sends a panicky Julie-Ann out in search of a replacement. and then Paige literally drops onto Justin’s balcony. A former exotic dancer, she’s decided to try to escape from her mobster boyfriend, and she’s barely missed falling into the Thames! She’s followed shortly by her ex-boxer bodyguard Micky, who refuses to leave. When Julie-Ann’s very conservative parents arrive, followed by Justin’s rather inebriated mother, the stage is set for the dinner party from hell and a riotous evening in the theatre. Preview Night - Thursday March 10, Members 2 for 1 March 11- 26, 2011 ladysmiththeatre.com, 250-924-0658.

Rotary Garden Tour

The Ladysmith Rotary Club is proud to announce the 14th Annual Garden Tour, Sale and Show on Sunday, May 29. The self-guided tour of about ten gardens features the creations of local gardeners as well as the opportunity to learn from these outdoor enthusiasts. Ticket sales support Rotary’s good work and are priced at $15 each; they are available in advance from club members, and at the 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Ladysmith and as well as at Aggie Hall on the day of the event. Call 250 245-4384 or 250-245-3732 for more info leading up to the event or contact Ladysmith Rotarians to get more details about this exciting event and the Garden Tour.

Jonanco Craft Show

Jonanco Hobby Workshop is hosting its annual Craft Show and Open House on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday April 17, 10am-4pm. Join them for Artisan demos, displays and sales. Woodworking, lapidary, silversmithing, metal casting, wire wrapping, painting, tatting, carving, quilting, stained glass, pottery, wool

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art, knitting and more. Free admission, door prizes and refreshment available Jonanco is located at 2745 White Rapids Rd. at Nanaimo River Rd., 5km. south of Cinnabar Valley or 5km. west of the Bungy Zone. For more info see . www.jonanco.com

scenes will be exhibited and available for purchase at The Pottery Store from March 1 to April 30. An opening reception will be held in the store on Thursday March 3 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The artist will be in attendance; refreshments will be served and there will be a free draw for one of John’s raku vessels.

Calling Cowichan Valley Artists

“Don’t Shoot We’re Still British”

The Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC) is busy preparing for the upcoming 41st annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show - one of the Vancouver Island’s largest non-juried art exhibitions and sale. This year’s edition runs from April 6 - 10 and will be held in the Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre’s main Comeakin House and adjacent Riverwalk Cafe. CVAC is proud to provide this great opportunity for all local artists and artisans to showcase their work. Final deadline for artist entries is March 23. Contact Sandra Greenaway, Coordinator of the Fine Arts Show at cowichanartist@gmail.com or the CVAC office at 250-746-1633.

Forensic Photography

Ladysmith Camera Club will feature “Forensic Photography”, a presentation by Const. Dave Giles of the Nanaimo Forensic Identification Section, March 22, at 7pm, in Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Avenue in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. Special invitation to students and parents. Drop-in fee will be waived for students presenting valid student ID card. LCC

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invites new members, novice to pro. For details email info@LadysmithCameraClub.com

Charnetski raku on exhibit

The Pottery Store, a leading ceramic arts gallery on Vancouver Island, today announced that the next guest artist in its ongoing series will be master potter, educator and author John Charnetski of Nanaimo. Mr. Charnetski’s stunning large-scale raku vessels with west coast

Yellow Point Drama Group presents the sequel to their successful run of “Don’t Shoot We’re British” two seasons ago, this time with a whole new evening of familiar British comedy sketches, a film parody of “The Avengers”, and another episode of “Fawlty Towers”. It sold out last time, so don’t be disappointed and reserve tickets early. Preview is March 3rd, with other shows on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets are $10.00 for preview and $15.00 for regular. ($10.00 for children under 12) Reserve at 250-722-3067.


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LaFF’s Thursday “Sandwich Day” a success BY JILL COLLINS Ladysmith Family and Friends, partnered with local businesses, government, community groups, and families have successfully created a food security program for its participants. A program that provides children and their families the opportunity to harvest, prepare, share, and enjoy food together. LaFF recently expanded the program after being awarded $5,000 from Hellmann’s Real Food Grant. With popular food days like Tuesday’s Stone Soup and French Toast Fridays, they added Thursday’s Sandwich Day to the schedule on Sept 24, 2010. Using Hellmann’s dressings, children and families are learning about food nutrition while building sandwiches. Children are presented with healthy toppings and are encouraged to add them to their sandwiches. Parents are seeing their children enjoy a variety of new and healthy food choices, according to Jacquie Neligan, Program Coordinator for LaFF. “People are excited to see what toppings are being brought in.” Neligan said. Favourites have been avocados, spinach, grated carrots and cucumbers. There has been overwhelming enthusiasm from participants. Neligan states, “Thursdays prior to Sandwich Day had attendance of about 45 partici-

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pants, now Thursday’s attendance is well over 80.” Ingredients for the food security program are donated by families, community groups, and local businesses. Vegetables, pasta, eggs, fruit, coffee and bread just to name a few. Children and their families, working alongside staff members, a community nutritionist, and senior volunteers, are given hands on opportunities to chop, mix, and prepare the food. LaFF’s own community garden plot also contributes to the program, and not just with fresh produce. Participants and members are invited to help with planting, growing and harvesting the garden. Teaching children how

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food grows and where it comes from. LaFF’s food security program currently serves over 400 families. LaFF is an accredited member of FRP-BC, a family resource program and non profit society. Supporting Ladysmith and surrounding area families and caregivers, LaFF offers a supportive, enriching, and safe place for families to interact and play. Located at Aggie Hall in Ladysmith, LaFF is open to families with children aged 0 – 6. Hours of operation are: Mon – Fri 9:30am to12:00pm for September – June; Tues – Thurs 9:30am to 12:00 pm for July and August. Visit www.familyandfriends.ca

The Ladysmith Cancer Unit is launching its Door to Door Campaign (L to R: Volunteers Janice Grinnell, Noriko Nakahara, Jenny Davis, Marlene Cyr, Don Grinnell, Lilian Simpson, Anne Robson, Dina Sonneveld, Lettie Van Horne, Molly Simpson, Audrey Moore, Helen Rice, Maureen Martin. For more information or to volunteer email ladysmithcancersociety@lrca.bc.ca


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The fear of gear Cruising along Hwy 19 en route to Mt. Washington gave me plenty of time to visualize our adventure of choice… snowshoeing. Nestled between Mt. Washington and Strathcona Park, Paradise Meadows was sure to create a perfect family Nordic experience. I envisioned other families enjoying the trails, children laughing and people smiling all while sipping hot chocolate. People dressed in bright toques, scarves, and warm winter jackets. It was a vision only Hollywood could produce. The reality was us surrounded by cross country skiers wearing high wicking, tight fitting technical outfits and pulling baby

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strollers converted into sleds. Ski pulks I believe they are called. The snowshoe crowd was not much different. Geared up with quick drying pants and shells made with the perfect blend of polyester and nylon, mechanical stretch and DWR (durable water repellency). Now imagine the four of us strolling by wearing jeans, yoga pants, wind breaker jackets, and a mismatch of snow suit attire. Apparently we missed the film crew. Snowshoeing is a fun family activity, easy to learn and inexpensive compared to other winter sports. It is the fastest growing winter sport in the world yet I only see a few families enjoying themselves today. Could the fear of gear be keeping people away? I pondered this question as we stomped new trails around snow covered trees marching to our own snow beat. Our own beat…that’s what brought us here. I used to think I had to look the part to play the part so I opted not to play. A chance to snowshoe through the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Lake Louise, Alberta avoided because I did not have the enhanced moisture managed socks to wear. Time has taught me that there are no dress code requirements for being active or for trying new activities. There is no way the average family could possibly outfit themselves in every summer/ winter water/land outdoor activity and replace it regularly with growing children. That would be four pairs of socks for snowshoeing alone, replacing two of them every year or so. If one is going to be adventurous trying new activities and explore different places, one must get creative and rid the fear of gear. The right gear provides comfort and ease of use making outdoor experiences more enjoyable. There is a financial commitment required to get the gear, which motivates one to get out and use it, but there are ways to make the most out your purchase. For example, a decent pair of mountain bike gloves can also be used for paddle sports, preventing blisters. We day hike, backpack, bike, kayak, canoe, and stroll along beaches regularly so footwear needs to be water friendly and stable in the summer and durable and warm for the winter. The children get the most use out of a sport sandal for all our summer and water activities. Running shoes and waterproof boots are the choice for winter activities. The same footwear applies for

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mom and dad as well but since our feet have stopped growing years ago, we are able to add hiking boots to our selection. Apparel for outdoor adventure junkies is an industry in itself. All nice good looking stuff but you can get away with just the basics. A light rain shell and pants that fit over everyday clothes works well for getting out on those rainy days. They keep us dry but are light enough to use while being active. We have avoided the technical clothing for the children up to this point and other than the basic polyester long sleeve shirt and quick dry nylon pants for the grownups; we get by adventuring with our regular day to day clothes. Until we spend a significant amount of time on one activity, renting equipment makes sense. We rent snowshoes, surfboards, wet suits for the children, and kayaks. The thought of trying to store all that gear scares me. The one must have gear we use for every activity is hydration packs. They can hold between 1 – 2 litres of water, have pockets to store extra clothes, food, and first aid supplies. They are comfortable to wear, leaving your hands free for biking, paddling, or camera work. With a little creativity, gear that works for one activity will work for another. While sipping hot chocolate at Raven Lodge, wondering if fear of gear is keeping people away, I paused a moment and looked around. Some people were wearing ultra drying moveable 70+ denier pants while others had the denim cotton fleece combination we had going on. One thing was certain. We all had a Nordic experience in one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North America and that is worth ridding your fear of gear for. For one year, Jill (wearing regular sport socks) and her family are finding life in adventure. Finding five living things on each adventure they have. Check out the living things they found while snowshoeing at www.wix.com/ onthebeatenpath/on-the-beaten-path. To read On The Beaten Path’s monthly blog and adventure stories, join the Facebook fan page “On The Beaten Path” or visit www.wix.com/onthebeatenpath/ on-the-beaten-path Watch as the family visits the Holland Creek Trail in Ladysmith at take5.ca.


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Trends in Home Décor and more BY MARINA SACHT Whether you are building your dream home or just sitting in your arm chair dreaming, you know that spring is coming because suddenly you yearn to swing a hammer, dig a hole in the garden or finally paint that bedroom now that your teenager has “outgrown” the Goth period. To help you get started we’ve assembled some of our local home and garden professionals to give some advice.

Bold colors and geometric prints are in style this spring. Photo courtesy of NikkiDesigns.

Nikki MacCallum of NikkiDesigns helps clients choose the perfect fabric and styles for window coverings, slipcovers, cushions and bedding. She specializes in using organic materials and sells her custom soft furnishings online to clients all over the world. For her the top trends in home decor are: using “green” materials, as in earth-friendly and sustainable, bright, bold colours, prints – and lots of them! – prints on upholstery, carpets, wallpaper and curtains, white, combined with splashes of bright colours, white kitchens, vintage style laces, crotchet


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detailing on pillows and doilies and lots of tassels. Garry MacLeod of Highlander Painting’s main focus is the residential repaint market - interior and exterior, plus interior painting homes to be put up for sale and post-sale painting. Garry is also an artistic painter with extensive training in colour theory. As far as colour trends go he says he is not a believer of “in” colours, as colour is a personal expression. It’s what works best for the client. “The main trend I see is predominantly neutral tones (beiges, tans, sage green etc) with accent walls which tend to be bolder choices.” Kleijn Nurseries is locally owned and operated and easy to reach just at the south end of Nanaimo. There you will find plants for all your gardening needs at fair prices. They have recently expanded for greater selection. This month they are showcasing evergreen Helleborus, and the sarcococca with its incredible fragrance. As the weather is warming up, their Fruit trees are finding a home quickly. Applying dormant oil before they bud out will enable your fruit tree


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Kleijn Nurseries recently expanded. Fruit trees continue to be popular with gardeners.

to grow healthy and the fruits will be enjoyable. They carry the dormant oil kit, and quality fertilizers. You will also find a couple of very effective deer sprays, Bobbex and Plant Skyd. Seasoil is a great boost for any soil conditions you have. Join them on Saturday, April 16 for a free seminar on Mason bees. As the season warms up visit for veggie starters, tomatoes, and annuals. They make their

flower baskets on site and are ready for Mothers Day. See www.kleijnnurseries. com, for pictures and more info. Need help with your garden design? Bring along your ideas and pictures. Jenny Jarvis owns and operates The Worldly Gourmet. The kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and everything to do with good cooking is here. In the evening they operate cooking classes for budding

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Jenny and Cal Jarvis, the Worldly Gourmet

chefs. Jenny grows herbs for the The Worldly Gourmet which she dries then mixes for rubs and blends. Her philosophy for a bountiful home garden is simple. Grow flowers for colour, to eat, and as a natural bug repellent. Grow what you like to eat, water well and add compost, and pick in the early morning or late afternoon. Her favourite garden choices are arugula, kale and swiss chard. They are full of vitamins, will self sow and keep all winter long, raspberries, any squash, greens for salads, cukes and tomatoes. Coastal Water Systems provides solutions to your water needs. They sell water holding tanks from 5 to 4100 imp/gal. They also sell and service accessories including deep well, jet, trash, and fountain pumps. They offer water tanks, filtration

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systems, pumps, pressure tanks, and the popular constant pressure system. Looking to improve your water situation? Collect rain water, service your treatment systems regularly, replace cartridge filters when necessary change ultra violet lights yearly and have your water tested. Deep well yearly, shallow well every 6 months * It is advised you shock your well to fight bacteria and e-coli. Van Isle Slate supplies Vancouver Island quarried, beautifully coloured, hand split, natural slate for landscaping and cut thinstone and corners for masonry applications. There you can hand pick your stone - no minimums - one stone or one ton. Visit their website for tons of ideas and pictures. This year’s decorating trends include using natural products which makes slate a wise choice. Some uses include patios and entrance, garden paths and


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stone walls, fireplaces, pond and water features, natural stone veneers to cover brick or concrete surfaces. Looking to add a little curb appeal to your home? Adding curb appeal isn’t just something you do when you want to sell your home, says Trudy Kastner of Pride Home Improvements but more importantly how your home looks to you. You can add curb appeal by doing the following: The approach space between street and the door needs to be inviting and uncluttered with bins, toys,

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spare tires, that geranium in a cracked pot that died last August.. The stairway and deck/railings are, reliable, and well maintained. The roof should look ready capable of withstanding any weather. Those front windows should gleam and the front door, is painted and hardware polished. The house should give the first impression that the people who live here “love” this house. l) Beauty of Van Isle Slate r) curb appeal, Pride Home Improvements

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RDN - Area A Update Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan On Feb. 22, the RDN Board gave 1st and 2nd Reading to Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan and referred the Bylaw No. 1620, 2011 to a Public Hearing. The OCP Review process has allowed for the creation of a draft OCP which reflects the ideas and input of Electoral Area ‘A’ Citizens Committee and the general community who participated in the review process. As a complete rewrite of the current OCP the draft OCP proposes a number of significant changes which are intended to contribute towards goals of the Regional Growth Strategy and help the community become more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The result is a draft OCP which includes a much more comprehensive approach to community planning. The following highlights the significant changes proposed by the draft OCP: • The draft OCP is based on a new community vision, sustainability principles and community goals; • New provisions addressing current issues and requirements pertaining to climate change, green house gas emissions, food security, and peek oil; • Additional protection for the environment is provided through the use of policies and Development Permit areas; • Support for expanding Urban Containment Boundary in Cedar and Cassidy; • A new land use designation in Cedar called Cedar Main Street which supports the creation of a pedestrian-friendly vibrant rural community core; • Stronger agriculture policies to encourage local food production; • A comprehensive strategy for improving and obtaining park land and trails and providing for Active Transportation; • An area is identified for potential fu-

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ture expansion of the South Wellington Light Industrial and Commercial Area; • A new approach for land use management is proposed for the Nanaimo Airport Lands; • New provisions for Temporary Use Permits; • A small neighbourhood commercial area is supported in South Wellington; •A new Development Permit Area is proposed along the coast line to protect the integrity of coastal eco system; •Environmentally sensitive eco systems are proposed to be protected through the use of a new Development Area; •A new farm land protection Development Permit Area is proposed to reduce the impact of non-farm use on agricultural operations; and, •A new Development Permit Area is proposed to protect ground water levels in the Yellow Point Aquifer; For the public’s review of the draft OCP a Open House will be held at South Wellington Community Hall on March 7, 4:00 – 8:30 pm including a presentation at 7:00 pm followed by a question and answer period. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity, prior to the Public Hearing, to review and ask questions regarding the draft OCP. The Public Hearing will be held March 28, 7:00 pm at Cedar Community Hall, where residents will be heard but no questions or discussion permitted. I strongly encourage residents to review the draft of the Official Community Plan and attend the community Information Meeting and the Public Hearing. To review the plan please visit the project website: www.asharedcommunityvision. ca. If you have any questions please contact Greg Keller, Senior Planner, RDN 250-390-6510 or email to: areaaocpreview@rdn.bc.ca . Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission On Feb. 25 the RDN began advertis-

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ing to fill the 3 vacant positions on the Area ‘A’ PR&C Commission. If you are a resident of Area ‘A’ who would like to play a leadership role in this important function in our community I strongly encourage you to submit an application for a position on the PR&C Commission. Application forms are available on the RDN website @ www.rdn.bc.ca. Closing date March 11, 2011. If you have any questions or require information please contact me at the phone number or email address below. Morden Colliery Trail Park The park at the entrance to the M.C. Trail at Cedar Road is nearing completion. The park development requires the installations of two street lights. North Cedar Improvement District has offered to provide power to the street lights free of charge in exchange for the RDN waiving their annual fee for a park use permit for a water main access that transverse the park. The RDN Board has accepted NCID’s offer and I want to acknowledge and thank the NCID Board of Trustees and staff for this generous donation to our community park. Stay safe, spring is just around the corner. Joe Burnett, 250-722-2656; email: quaillanding@shaw.ca

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Vancouver Regional Library: The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) is the third largest library system in British Columbia. It serves more than 400,000 people on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast (Bella Coola) through 38 branch libraries and a “books by mail” service. Administrative offices are located in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island Regional Library opened its doors in 1936 as the Vancouver Island Union Library; it was the second regional library in North America.


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For more information on our library system, check out their website. VIRL Borrowing Request: On February 9, 2011, the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board received a delegation from the Vancouver Island Regional Library requesting that the Regional District approve the concept to borrow, on behalf of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, $1.0 million for the construction of a new Library in the Town of Lake Cowichan. This loan is to be repaid by the Library over a period of 30 years. The money would be borrowed through the Municipal Finance Authority, which is essentially a cooperative of local governments. The Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia (MFA) was created in 1970 to contribute to the financial well-being of local governments throughout BC. The MFA pools the borrowing and investment needs of BC communities and through a collective structure is able to provide a range of low cost and flexible financial services. Only local governments are eligible to borrow funds through MFA; the Library is not considered to be a local government We were told that, if the Board were to support the delegations request, the Vancouver Island Regional Library would be responsible for repayment of the loan, at no risk to the Regional District. It was stated that this process has been previously used by the Okanagan Regional Library and is supported by the appropriate provincial ministries and the MFA as well. Financing through the MFA allows access to rates that are beneficial and lower than alternative forms of financing. The delegation believed that it is really the only solution for borrowing for a Regional Library such as VIRL. The Mayor of Lake Cowichan was also part of the delegation. The Board was informed that in December, 2009, the Town approached VIRL with a proposal to replace their aging, inadequate library by constructing a new one. The Town proposed to have the new library constructed on vacant lands owned by the Town. The Library would not need to purchase land; thus, there are considerable cost savings in this proposal. Upcoming Alternate Approval Process: In order to accommodate the Library’s request, the Board must first obtain voter approval to create a new function. A resolution was passed by the CVRD Board supporting the request; voter approval is to be obtained through the Alternate Approval Process. The pertinent borrowing bylaw will be drafted indicating that the Regional District requisition amount (the amount of additional taxation over 30 years) will be $00.00 (zero dollars). If the Board ever wish to raise that amount, another public approval process would be necessary. The process will begin within the next couple of months. . The Alternate Approval Process will begin after the borrowing bylaw has been drafted and approved by the Board. Look for ad in the local newspaper. As you are aware, if you are opposed to the borrowing bylaw, you must sign the appropriate petition. Please contact the Regional District (1-800-665-3955) to obtain the petition. Or let me know, and I would be happy to provide you with the form.


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New Fire Hall Project: I want to thank the community for their continued interest in this proposed project. Through “Letters to the Editor” and other means of feedback, it has become apparent that there is still some misinformation circulating within the community and that more information is required by the public. As soon as the additional information is compiled, neighbourhood meetings will be scheduled throughout the area. I encourage you to gather a group of neighbours to hold a meeting at a convenient location. You and your neighbours will obtain accurate and up-to-date information on the project ant to provide your feedback. Please contact me at marym@island.net if your local area wishes to host such a meeting.

CVRD - Area G Each spring there is usually a list of upgrades and maintenance items for the road around Saltair. I usually take a ride around Saltair with the area manager of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and look at all the work that needs to done. We talk about each one and sometimes they get done this year or sometimes because of budget restrictions they are put off to future years. I need the help of local people to build my list. So if you know of any upgrades that need to be done let me know. The Ministry of Transportation supervises Emcon which is the contractor that actually does the work or gets another contractor to do the work. If it is strictly maintenance such as filling potholes, clearing culverts or snow ploughing, phone Emcon at 250-722-9494 and leave a message. We had two big water breaks this year on Gardner Road which is reminding the CVRD that Gardner should be the next big upgrade when we get some grant money. Gardner is particularly vulnerable because it is a very old line and has very high pressure. It has pressure reducing valves on it but it is still not enough. The last upgrade was on Knudsen Road and South Oyster School road two years ago for about $400,000 most of the money came from grants.

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We just added about five acres to Stocking Creek Park at the north end near the west side of Davis Lagoon. We bought the property from Ron and Leanne Maddin. The Maddins will also lease the CVRD a pathway through their other piece of property so that we have a trail that can be completed right to the lagoon bridge on the west side of the lagoon. The Maddins have been really community minded in their dealings with the CVRD. Look for trail extensions in Stocking Creek Park. Also at the Finch Place trail access to the Trans Canada Trail we hope to rest spot with a nice bench and shrubbery and a drinking fountain. The CVRD has started a process where they can raise enough money to renew or renovate the Cowichan District Hospital. The local government’s share is 40 per cent and provincial government covers 60 per cent. Last year the CVRD taxed for $1,000,000 and this year it will probably be $2,000,000 to be put into reserve. The eventual total cost of the hospital will probably be about $130,000,000. If the province sees that local governments are raising considerable dollars they will move us up their list for provincial hospital upgrades and the hospital will get done sooner. The cost to local taxpayers is $6.52 for $1,000,000 per $100,000 of property valuation or $13.04 for $2,000,000/ $100,000. This means if you have a house or property worth $400,000 you will pay $52.16 more in hospital taxes this year than you did two years ago or $26.08 more that you did last year if the $2,000,000 levy passes the budget process this year.


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The correct wine glass can make a difference There are some of you out there, mostly my relatives, who are of the opinion that the best thing to drink wine out of is a brown paper bag. The Riedal glass company of Germany takes exception to that remark. Before Riedal, people were content to drink wine out of anything that didn’t leak; a water glass, a mug, or your wife’s new pumps if nothing else was available. Riedel introduced the world to the concept that not only does the shape of a glass make a wine taste better, but also different wines demand different shapes. All of which meant, if you just drank Malbec, you’d only need one set of glasses, but if you threw in the occasional Riesling, Burgundy or Bordeaux, half your pay cheque would be going to the Riedel Company. Reidal marketed this concept successfully. In no time at all gullible yuppies were driving their BMW’s back from town loaded with glasses. Overheard were conversations like, “I was over at Jack’s last night and, can you believe this, he poured Zinfandel into my Bordeaux glass. I nearly gagged. What a Philistine.” It was also not uncommon to be invited over to friends for dinner, be seated in a room that looked like a glass museum and have the host say, “If we had any money left to buy wine after buying all these glasses, here’s what we would be drinking out of.”

Whenever you’re promoting something revolutionary, especially something that might require the customer to suspend their intelligence, a gimmick is required. But move over Riedel, here comes the new kid on the block. The Eisch company, also of Germany, has not only stolen the Riedel concept of different shapes for different grapes, but has trumped it by claiming their glasses are BREATHABLE! I know, I know, what’s that hole in the top for? And what do you mean breathable, are they made out of Gortex? I hear you skeptics in the back row hooting. Breathable, ha! And that remark about me trying to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge is entirely unfair. It’s the Lions Gate Bridge I’m offering shares in, but only because I need the money for wine glasses. Whenever you’re promoting something revolutionary, especially something that might require the customer to suspend their intelligence, a gimmick is required. And Eisch has one; it’s called a secret manufacturing process, which

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changes the molecular structure of glass allowing it to breathe. Why it doesn’t leak is still another miracle but so far no explaining. “Closely guarded secrets”, is all the company will say, in a voice highly reminiscent of Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. The theory is the Eisch glasses greatly accelerate a wine breathing. Two to four minutes in an Eisch glass is like one to two hours in a decanter. How something without nostrils, breathes, is another story. But the back row guys are hooting it up already, so we’ll save that for later. Let’s just say breathing allows a wine to open up and reveal its inner beauty. Do the glasses work? Oddly enough, they do. Our seasoned, if slightly corked, tasting panel all agreed that the wine in the Eisch glasses smelled and tasted significantly better than the wine in our similar shaped control glass. Not that this stops here. Our diligent tasting panel has thrown out all the stops and is continuing to drink from these glasses to bring more enlightenment, if not an impaired charge, to this issue. (Later that evening. “Hey guys, we’ve tested both white and red, let’s blend the two to see if we can trip up the secret process.”) Internet response was vastly in favor of the efficacy of the Eisch glasses. The most convincing testimonial came from the Chemistry department at McGill University, where, a professor did a fullon, extensive, double blind tasting and found the Eisch glasses vastly superior to a similar shaped, but non breathable glass. (Not reported was, by the end of


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the tasting, he was drinking wine out of his pocket protector.) But be forewarned, the power of suggestion in these matters is huge. It’s not uncommon at a wine tasting for someone to say, “I’m getting ‘soiled diaper’ off the nose of wine #3. Pretty soon half the room is nodding in agreement. Some even make submissions as to what the child had before the diaper was soiled. (I’m getting hints of carrot puree.) Meanwhile, what the guy actually smelled was his shirt, which hadn’t been washed for the better part of a week. But if I’ve been fooled, a lot more influential people in the wine world have also been fooled. None other than esteemed American Robert Parker has come out in favour of the Eischs as have other wine heavy weights who would all look bad with egg on the face should the Eisch factory come out and say, “You stupid Americans, there’s no secret process at all.” When scanning the Internet for information about these glasses I encountered the following description of a wine’s aroma, obviously by a young man who takes himself far too seriously. “On the nose, the wine exhibited pencil lead, wood shavings, sunflower seeds, plums, dark raspberries, cherries and pipe tobacco.” This is what happens when you drink from your wife’s pumps. Tired of Argentinean and Australian reds and want something a little different? Try the J.P. Chenet Merlot Cabernet from France. $11.99. Delbert Horrocks is co-proprietor at the Mahle House restaurant in Cedar.

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take5.ca Mar 3, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 3, 5-7pm, Artist Reception –John Charnetski, The Pottery Store 250-606-7011 Mar 4-12, 9:30am, Grand Opening Sale, Crafts Canada Plus, 19 High St., 250-245-0002

March Mar 1-4, MED – Advanced Fire Fighting, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Mar 1, 7pm, The Nanaimo Glad and Dahlia Society meeting, Paine Horticulture Center on East Wellington Rd., 250-245-4231 Mar 1, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-2457134 Mar 1, 7pm, Healthy Life Team’s Shrink-A-Thon various locations in Nanaimo 250-722-3996 Mar 1, 7:30pm, Paul Mercs Concerts- Curtains, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 2, 9:30-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Internet and Email Job Search in the 21st Century, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 2-3, 8pm, Martyn Joseph, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Mar 4, 1:30pm, World Day of Prayer Service, St. John’s Anglican Church Ladysmith Mar 4-Apr 9, The 49 Steps, Chemainus Theatre Festival 250-246-9820 Mar 4-5, Marine Basic First Aid, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250245-4455 Mar 4-14, Cargo Level 2, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250245-4455 Mar 5, 7:30pm, Vancouver Island Symphony - Airs d’Espagne, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550

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Mar 6, 7:30pm, Victoria Symphony Johnathon Crow, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Mar 7, 9-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Coffee Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 8, 9-10:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop Computer Basics for Beginners, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 9, 9:30-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop MS Word - Basics & Beyond , 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 9, 7pm, Ash Wednesday Service, St. Philip’s Anglican Church 1797 Cedar Rd 250-722-3455 Mar 10, 7pm, Nanaimo-Cedar Farmers’ Institute meeting, Cedar United Church Hall, 1644 Cedar Rd 250-722-3397 Mar 10-May15, Alan Ayckbourne’s Role Play, Ladysmith Little Theatre 250-924-0658

Mar 5, 8pm, Jeff Martin 777, Duncan Garage Showroom 250-748-7246

Mar 10, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-2457134

Mar 5, 7pm, Open Mic Song Writers Nite, Dancing Bean 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050

Mar 11, 1-7:30pm, 16th Annual Spring Garden Festival, 2300 Bowen Rd. 250-729-0436

Mar 6, 2:30pm, Mardi Gras Tea & GST Auction, St. John’s Anglican Church 314 Buller 250-713-9855

Mar 12-13, 9:30am-5pm, 16th Annual Spring Garden Festival, 2300 Bowen Rd. 250-729-0436

Mar 6, 7pm, Retromania, The Port Theatre 250754-8550

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Mar 12, 7pm, Dance, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Center 250-246-2111 Mar 12, 8pm, Mike Ballantyne & Rick Van Kruel, Dancing Bean 9752 Willow St., Chemainus, 250-246-5050 Mar 12, 7:30pm, James Cotton, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 13, 7:30pm, Spirit 20, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 14, 9-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Coffee Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 14-16, Med-Basic Safety (formerly MED A1) Med-Small Passenger Vessel Safety (formerly MED A2) Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Mar 14-18, MED STCW Basic Safety Training, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Mar 15, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 15, 7:30pm, Ladysmith Community Gardens Society AGM, 220 High St. 250-245-0698 Mar 16, 9:30-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Internet and Email Job Search in the 21st Century, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 16, 9:30am, Probus Club of Ladysmith, St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, 314 Buller St. 250-245-5965 Mar 16, 11:30am-12:45pm, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre 250-246-2111 Mar 17, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 17, 1:30pm, Peace of Mind: A Planning Seminar for Seniors, Ladysmith Resources Centre 250-245-3079 Mar 17, 7pm, Darwin the Dinosaur, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 17, 7:30pm, Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club Meeting, First United Church Hall 250-245-5080 Mar 18, 7-8:30pm, Lena Birtwistle, The 49th Café 250-245-3221 Mar 18, 7:30pm, Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, Brechin United Church Mar 19, 2pm, Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, The Haven Gabriola Island Mar 19, 8pm, Clover Point Drifters, Dancing Bean 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050 Mar 20, 2:30pm, Richard Margison, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 21, 9-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Coffee Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 21, 1-3 pm, Employment Navigators Preparing for an Interview, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 21-24, MED – Survival Craft, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455


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Mar 21, Med-Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Safety (formerly MED A3) Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Mar 29, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Mar 21-23, Communications Level 1, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Mar 29, Boat Pro Course, Fuller Lake Arena, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-246-3811

Mar 22, 9am-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Computer Basics for Beginners, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Mar 29-30, 7:30pm, Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Wonderland, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Mar 22, 7pm, BC Regional Cadet Honour Band, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Mar 31, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Mar 22, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club “Forensic Photography”, Hardwick Hall info@LadysmithCameraClub.com Mar 23, 9:30-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop MS Word - Basics & Beyond, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 23-Apr 9, 8pm, Over the River and Through the Woods, Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Rd. 250-758-7224 Mar 24, 9-10:30 am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 27, 7pm, The Joesephburg Choral Society, Ladysmith First United Church 250-245-2183 Mar 22-24, Small Vessel Operator, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Mar 24-26, Communications Level 2, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455 Mar 26, 9-11am, Pancake Breakfast, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre 250246-2111 Mar 26, 7pm, 80’s Night, Wheatsheaf Pub 250-722-3141 Mar 26, 8pm, Ecclestons, Dancing Bean, 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250246-5050 Mar 27, 9am-1pm, Ladysmith Senior Centre Society Annual Garage & Bake Sale Aggie Hall, 250- 245-7972 Mar 26, 7pm, Dance, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre 250-246-2111 Mar 26, 10am-3pm, Seedy Saturday, Mercury Theatre, 331 Brae Rd., Duncan 250-748-8506 Mar 27, 7pm, The Josephburg Choral, Ladysmith First United Church 250245-2183 Mar 27, 8pm, Bruce Cockburn, The Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Mar 28, 9-11:00am, Employment Navigators Workshop Job Search Coffee Group, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Mar 28, Navigation with GPS, FJCC, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-245-6424 Mar 28-31, MED – Advanced Fire Fighting, Western Maritime Institute & Maritime Education Associates 250-245-4455

Mar 31, Boat Pro Course, Fuller Lake Arena, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-246-3811 Mar 31, Navigation with GPS, FJCC, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-245-6424

April Apr 2, 8am-1pm, Eagles 2102 Rummage Sale, Eagles Hall 921 1st Ave., 250245-2447 Apr 2, 7pm, Tommy Hunter, The Port Theatre, Nanaimo 250-754-8550 Apr 2, 7pm, Open Mic Song Writers Nite, Dancing Bean 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050 Apr 2, 7:30pm, Victoria Symphony Colin Tilney, Cowichan Theatre 250-7487529 Apr 3, 2:30pm, Old Thomas & The Little Fairy, The Port Theatre, Nanaimo 250-754-8550 Apr 4, 7:30pm, Herman’s Hermits, The Port Theatre, Nanaimo 250-754-8550 Apr 5, 7pm, The Nanaimo Glad and Dahlia Society meeting, Paine Horticulture Center on E. Wellington Rd., 250-245-4231 Apr 5, Navigation with GPS, FJCC, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-245-6424 Apr 5, Boat Pro Course, Fuller Lake Arena, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-246-3811 Apr 6, Navigation with GPS, FJCC, Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron 250-245-6424 Apr 6, 6:30pm, N.C.I.D. Annual General Meeting, 2100 Yellow Point Rd., Cedar Apr 6-10, The Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s 41st Annual Fine Arts Show, Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre 250-709-9927 Apr 9, 7:30pm, Nanaimo Sings! Gala Concert, The Port Theatre, Nanaimo 250-754-8550

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Jean & Jeff: A Hospice Love Story On a summer afternoon in 2007, the Hospice team at Cowichan District Hospital was introduced to an older man in the intensive care unit. Jeff had been told that he might be in the hospital for some time as his condition was very serious. In conversation with volunteers Barb and Janet he talked about how much he was missing his wife Jean, after several days in hospital. Jeff told them that her birthday was coming up. He mused that he had never once given her flowers and he worried that he might not be back home in time to make this right. Jeff had come to the hospital with nothing, in his pyjamas and a housecoat, so hospice volunteers Barb and Janet offered to help. They discussed with him the type of flowers he wanted to send and made arrangements for them to be delivered on Jean’s birthday. They brought a card for him and on their next visit he returned it, sealed in its envelope. Sadly, as things turned out, Jeff died the next day. Several days later, on Jean’s birthday, there was a knock on her door. Barb from Hospice was on the doorstep with a vase of red roses. It was with a very full heart that Jean received the flowers and her eyes filled with tears when she read the note: Jean: The only girl I’ve ever loved. Thanks for everything, Jeff Jean passed away this past November. When her daughter came to settle her mom’s affairs she found the card carefully placed where her mom could see it every day. For information about hospice services or to train as a volunteer please call 1-888-701-4242. - Cowichan Valley Hospice with permission from Jean & Jane Williams

Cedar Skatepark Update The Cedar Skatepark Association would like to thank Kenn and Fern Joubert for holding a Scottish Ceilidh last month. They very kindly donated the $580 raised to our skatepark building fund. With the help of tenor, Harry Mowatt, the Piper, Chuck Pierce, the Scottish Country Dancers and the community who came out to watch, tell jokes, and dance, it was a resounding success and a wonderful evening! We very much appreciated the baked goods provided by many of our local folk as well as visitors. Also, we wish to thank Wayne Proctor of the Cedar General Store for providing the refreshments and the Cedar Heritage Centre for use of their building. The Cedar Skatepark Association would like to thank the Ladysmith Branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for their generous donation of $1000. We are extremely grateful for your support. The Association would also like to thank the Regional District of Nanaimo for working so hard on the “Towns for Tomorrow” grant on our behalf. We are keeping our fingers crossed as we wait for the application to be processed and should hear something within the next two months. Our Association is always looking for new members. We meet the last Wed of the month, at Cedar Secondary School, at 7pm. It only takes about two hours of your time per month. For more information please call Vicki at 250-722-3767.


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CERTIFIED GEL NAIL TECHNICIAN, Specializing in en Vogue Sculptured Nail Systems, Full Sets $55.00, Fills $35.00, Colors, Glitters, and Nail Art. Call 250-245-2454 for an appointment with Kim at NAILStylgic NAILS. AJ’S PLUMBING AND GASFITTING - Licensed - Bonded - Insured, Journeyman with over ten years experience. New construction, renovations, repairs and installs. Seniors rates, no travel charges. Call Aeron Jensen for a free estimate. 250-802-7123 LIGHTWORKS WINDOW WASHING and gutter cleaning. Careful & considerate. Call David 250-722-3599 BOWEN TECHNIQUE is a gentle soft tissue remedial therapy that resets the body to heal itself. Useful for joint, back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, asthma, chronic fatigue and many other problems. For information and appointments call 250-245-7738. Lilja Hardy FMBAC in practice since 1994. www. bowtech.com GOT GRANITE? Have your Granite and Marble Countertops professionally sealed and buffed. Kitchens starting at $75. We do tile as well! SealTech Specialties Call Stuart at 250-734-2681 www.sealtechspecialties.com PROFESSIONAL PET CARE SERVICE: leash em & walk em with Marlena. Insured & bonded. Animal First Aid and CPR. Service for all pets including dog walking, home care visits, overnight with pet in your home and much more. As my love is yours! 250-246-3394.

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BOBBY’S MINIHOE & CLEANUP Landscaping, lot clearing, debris removal, excavating, small deliveries with dump trailer, mulch, lawn soil, garden soil, driveway chip, serving Nanaimo, Cedar, Ladysmith & area call Bobby 250-713-4970 OFFICE SPACES -Downtown Ladysmith, modern, ac, renovated, wired, reasonable rent or lease. 250-245-3395 HOME BUDDIES PET & HOUSE CARE since 1994. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Professional, kindhearted, experienced & reliable care for all pets. Pet First Aid and CPR Certified. Certified Security Professional through Westguard Security. When loving care & security are essential, Peggy Wildsmith 250-245-0151 THE HAPPY GARDENER, weeding, digging, raking, etc. Cheerful and conscientious. Call David 250-722-3599 THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? Perhaps ready for a fresher look in your existing home? The affordable design services provided by Rooms n Blooms can help. Call Shar at 250-2450548 or email shar@roomsnblooms.ca TIME TO SPRING CLEAN! Your driveway and walkway are dirty? Increase the curb appeal by Cleaning and Sealing Technology is what we do. www.seicoat.com 250-816- 5002 CEDAR HERITAGE BRIDGE GROUP CONTINUES PLAYING Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm until further notice at Cedar Heritage


Centre. Tea/coffee/laughs/fun 1644 MacMillan Rd, Cedar. 250-722-2656; 250-722-3546 MULTI FAMILY GARAGE SALE NOW A SWAP MEET Saturdays, Campers Corner RV Park from 8am. Loads of quality used estate items. Tables $ 10. 250-245-3829 AQUATEC BATHTUB CHAIR, rechargeable battery operated clean and in good condition $700 obo. Original price $1500 250-245-8340 EMERGENCY FIRST AID SERVICES is Ladysmith owned and operated. Red Cross First Aid and Worksafe BC first aid courses available. Check out our March schedules at www.efas.ca or call 250-893-3418 SEMI-RETIRED MASSAGE THERAPIST working in Cedar By The Sea $60 an hour session. 8am to 3pm Wednesday to Saturday. 250-722-2669 LEARN A LANGUAGE : sign up now for classes in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese and Mandarin. Other languages available upon request. Small classes. Wentworth Court Language Centre, downtown Nanaimo. 250-7161603 KAREN’S INDUSTRIAL SEWING alterations and repairs, from Grad and Wedding to heavy work clothes and accessories. Can also do Manufacturing and Prototypes. 2nd Ave. Ladysmith for appt. call Karen 250-245-7945 ARE YOU CONCERNED? Hot flashes, sweats. Arthritis, colitis, bursitis, migraines, constipation, blood pressure, shingles, gout & tumors? Over 90% of diseases originate in our colons. Call Mavis for information re: Canaid & Yuccan 250-245-3054 mavis.clark14@ gmail.com LARGE PINE ISLAND/BREAKFAST NOOK for sale. Fits 3 stools comfortably $75. Small portable chopping block $45. Call 250-245-5847 LYNN’S SENIORS CARE HOME: High Quality Personalized Care. Warm caring environment, Great food &


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snacks, Family events, Couples & Pets welcomed, Ocean views, Gardens. North of Ladysmith. 250-245-3391 www. lynnsseniorcare.com OVERCOAT PAINTING - Professional - Reliable - Reasonable. Operating 6 years in Ladysmith. No job too small. Will do minor repairs. Special senior rates. Call Heather McIntosh for a free estimate. 250-245-5557 LOOKING FOR A RELIABLE HONEST CLEANER, then look no more. Call Shauna at home 250-722-9413 cell 250-816-9413. Excellent references available. Serving Nanaimo & Area for six years. CLARKS PACIFIC EXCAVATING Exceptional service & quality work in rock breaking, blasting, landscaping, rock walls, land development & aggregates. Dump trucks, small, medium, large excavators & track bobcat available. 250-714-8815 ART CLUB - Cedar / Yellow Point. Starting soon! To register phone 250 245-2754 SEASONAL GARDENING SERVICES now available. Pruning fruit trees & shrubs, waste removal. Lawn care & spring clean ups are coming soon. Call for estimates. Dunn Lawn & Garden. Fully Insured 250-618-6660 12’ FG BOAT with TRAILER, needs work, but a great project. $450 obo. 250756-8892 for details and photos. CLASSIFIED ADS work!

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Struck speechless With all of the leaps and bounds our medical field has made in the last 30 or 40 years, it’s easy to overlook certain medical feats. This past October doctors performed only the second successful larynx transplant ever. Brenda Jensen’s vocal chords were paralyzed back in 1999. Jensen underwent the 18 hour operation over two days at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Thirteen days later, Jensen spoke her first words in almost 12 years. Doctors say the risk of organ rejection coupled with the complexity of working on the larynx and its intricate nerves are the main reasons why larynx transplants

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are rarely done. (Jensen underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant back in 2006. Since she was already taking medications guarding against organ rejection, Jensen was a prime candidate for the procedure.) Anyways, this whole heart warming story of a person being able to talk again is nice enough, but it got us wondering: Wouldn’t it be great if we could do the opposite of Jensen’s procedure to certain fellow citizens? Now, in an effort to fulfill our commitment to be more kind this year, we’ll refrain from pointing out perfect candidates by name. (Because, Glenn Beck, you KNOW we’d be looking at you first.) No, we’ll look at perfect candidates in more general terms. Let’s start with1-Yappy Cell Phone User in the Grocery Line - Come on, please. We’re only there for a quart of milk and some Cheetos. We don’t need to hear about your kinky, sexual escapades that occurred the night before. 2-Monday Morning Sports Prognosticator- No, son, you did NOT predict a Packers-Steelers Super Bowl match-up

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back in September, and you didn’t foresee the Canucks being numero uno in the NHL this late in the season. Fine, maybe you did predict that the Toronto Maple Leafs would suck, but whatever. My seven year old niece Katie even knows that. 3-Nosy Co-Worker Lunch Inspector- Listen, buddy, sometimes we’re on the ball the night before and we get our salad, fruit, and other healthy meal items ready for the next work day. Sometimes, though, we get sidetracked by Artie and Britney and the rest of the Glee cast and we’re stuck with a can of Coke and bag of Hickory Sticks for lunch. Please keep ALL culinary and diet opinions to yourself, okay? 4-Bill O’Reilly- Okay, we failed in our not naming actual names, but please, Bill, will you kindly SHUT THE HECK UP!!?? We don’t know Brenda Jensen’s politics, but we’re pretty sure she’d be echoing those sentiments, only today, though, thanks to medical breakthroughs, she’d be saying it in her own voice.



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