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Letters North Oyster Fire Hall I sat on a volunteer Ad Hoc Committee in 2009 appointed by CVRD Area H Director Mary Marcotte to come up with a plan to see if we could get a New Fire Hall for North Oyster Area H that the Community would support. We worked on it for nearly a year and had a program that we endorsed for under $2,000,000. This came in about $500,000 less than the Alternative Approval process that Community defeated, rejected soundly a few years ago. A version of our proposal came back to us from the CVRD at $3,546,177.43. I requested that we go through the new document line by line. We were dismissed. Further our whole Ad Hoc Committee never met with the North Oyster Fire Commission whose mandate is to make recommendations to the CVRD. As it stands now for $3,030,000 the community would get a new three bay fire hall situated on the present site that is too small to meet set back requirements. No room for expansion. The three bays in a new hall would accommodate, the crash truck (first responder), Pumper Fire Truck, and Tanker truck this would provide water for less than six minutes initially at the fire scene. The Referendum proposes something at Coffin Point for $750,000. Our current annual operating budget is in the area of $ 271,301. The referendum will add another $240,000. This represents a fire department budget increase of over 88 per cent for the next 20 years. We need a new Fire Hall, but it has to make sense and be one the community can afford. The taxpayers are not a bottomless pit of money. - Greg Wyndlow

Jack Lester Knighton, 1924- 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jack Lester Knighton in his home, Sept 8, 2011. He was predeceased by his wife, Beulah in 1996, brother, David 1995 and great grandson Callum Brown in 2010. Jack is survived by his sister Doris and brother, Matt (Sandy). Children: Jack Jr. (Jean), Shannon Ernst (Herb), Dan (Corrine), Kimberly and Susan (Dean). Grandchildren: Kimberly, Tammy (Jessie), Susan (Dean), Paul (Krissy), Brian (Samantha). Great Grandchildren:

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Zachary, Isaac, Abigail, Ben, Ely, Jada, Emily, Mathew, Jakob, Cadence and Ivy. In my father’s own words, “Seek me not in casket side, for I shall not be there but upon the screen of inner eye shall my image bear”. A Celebration of Life was held at the Cedar Heritage Centre, Sept. 18. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ‘CALLUM HOUSE’ c/o Tammy Dougan - Dan Knighton Ed: Note: JL Knighton was a regular contributor to our Letters section. His recollections of life and early Cedar where enjoyed throughout the years by many TAKE 5 readers. Have a good journey, Jack.

“Mr Mike” retires Wednesday, September 14 was a sad day in Cedar as popular “Mr. Mike” Spanakis of Cedarbrook Restaurant prepared to close his restaurant after being a fixture in the Cedar area for so many years. The restaurant was unusually busy as patrons dined one last time on memories as they travelled from familiar to uncertainty. It was hoped that an informal party to say farewell and thanks for so many good memories would form, but due to a staff shortage, Mr. Mike was busy in the kitchen, as always putting his customer’s needs first. Memories of past

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parties, Dinner with a Song Writer series on Saturday nights, incredible good pizzas and specialty dishes, Seniors Dinners, Weekend Breakfast Specials, friendly service, the cockatiel greeting each patron as they entered, making them feel extra welcomed. But more than an excellent restaurateur, our Mr. Mike was also a philanthropist, supporting many causes in the Cedar area, but remaining in the background, our silent guardian. Enjoy your retirement Mike; you’ve earned it, thanks for all the great memories. – Geoff Macaulay

Mt. Brenton Ladies Cancer Golf Fundraiser. The Mt. Brenton Ladies would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to our recent golf fundraiser: Norm Jackson at Cowichan Golf and Country Club, Ann Newman at Sunnydale Golf and Country Club, Old Town Bakery, Bouma Meats, Pharmasave (Ladysmith), McAndrews Golf Solutions,. A total of $760 was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. - Heather Owsianski

Letters: Osama bin Laden’s Death When did the Take 5 become so political? I enjoy reading the detailed articles about our local communities, upcoming events, and success of people in our community. But I was stunned Take 5 would print the comments by Mike Gogo that America operates like the mafia, etc. I believe in the freedom of speech and the right to peoples opinions, but is Take 5 the place for such negativity of Americans? There’s a lot of connection of family and friends north and south of border; I found the article offensive in the Take 5 magazine. – Connie Dunfield Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. This is an open forum for our readers to exress their views and do not necessarily reflects the opinions of TAKE 5 or its contributors. editor@take5.ca

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Mid Island Photo Expo The Mid Island Photo Expo is back. Presented by the Ladysmith Camera Club, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District, the exhibit will be held at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery in November. There will be first, second and third place prizes in each of two categories: colour and black and white as well as Best-In-Show prize and a People’s Choice award. Photos will be scored independently by three judges and the 80 top-scoring images will be exhibited at the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery throughout November. The final winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 5 at 7pm in the gallery. The keynote speaker is Doug Routley, and Lena Birtwistle performs. Competition details are available at www.LadysmithCameraClub.com or email info@LadysmithCameraClub.com. Digital submissions must be sent to submissions@LadysmithCameraClub.com.

YPDG presents 1949 Yellow Point Drama Group presents 1949 by award winning Canadian playwright David French. The play is part of French’s cycle of plays that follows the Mercer family of Newfoundland and their subsequent move to Toronto.

Yellow Point Drama Group members rehearse for their upcoming production of 1949. (l-r) Alan Watt, Erik Tully, Jenny Harrison.

The family is divided by the prospect of their home province losing its independence, while at the same time struggling through their own personal issues with humour, poignancy and passion. 1949 runs Oct. 6,7,8,14,15,21,22 at Cedar Community Hall. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 youth and preview. Doors open 7pm, show at 8pm. Dinner theatre Saturday, October 15, tickets $30. Doors open 6pm. Reservations for all tickets at 250-722-3067 or www.yellowpointdramagroup.org

Amadeus in Chemainus Chemainus Theatre Festival present Amadeus, Peter Shaffer’s award-winning tale of music, madness and Mozart. Shaffer brings us into the tumultuous lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his obsessively jealous rival, Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri. Overcome with envy of Mozart’s divinely inspired music, Salieri believes

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learn how the elements of the production of a show work. You will have the opportunity to meet the director of The Good Game, actors, technicians and stage crew as well as many other volunteers who help make the theatre the growing success it is today. Join us for a fun and informative afternoon. For more information contact Susan Carthy at susan.carthy@shaw.ca

Photos wanted Chemainus Theatre’s Amadeus. Mozart and his suffering wife must endure Salieri’s envy

God has bestowed genius upon an “unmannered fool” and sets out to destroy his rival and take revenge upon an uncaring God. Amadeus is packed with the powerful music of Mozart. A classical music lover’s dream, Amadeus runs until Oct. 22. The Chemainus Theatre includes a pre-show buffet in the Playbill Dining Room with a theatre performance or a performance without attending the Playbill. www.chemainustheatre.ca

The Good Game Ladysmith Players presents The Good Game, by Roy Teed, directed by Mort Paul at Ladysmith Little Theatre from Oct. 26 to Nov 6. Meet Charlie, Zack, CJ and Pinkie-four aging hockey players who reunite for an old timers game 30 years after winning the Nestor Cup for the third time. Set in the dressing room of their youth, they catch up and quickly learn they haven’t really changed. Wear your hockey jersey and join us for an evening of nostalgia and fun. Actors are Mike Cooper, Torry Clark, Greg Heide, Alan Watt, Sherri McLean, Dave Ehrismann and Gordon Ray. Dinner Theatre is available on Friday and Saturday evenings, catering provided by Martin Tang, Appetit Food For Thought. www.ladysmiththeatre.com

Are you a shutter bug? TAKE 5 is looking for your photos of Ladysmith and area to be used in the 2012 Ladysmith to Cedar with Chemainus Vacation Guide. “We are looking for high resolution photos of special events, scenery, wildlife, boating, ocean vistas, any photos that make our area look at its amazing best to show the world that we live in paradise,” says Cindy Damphousse, coordinator. projects@take5.ca

Nanaimo Theatre Group Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti is a riotous romp through a naughty weekend gone awry. The play opens October 6. Tickets and more information are at www.nanaimotheatregroup.com, at the Nanaimo Museum, or by calling 250-758-7224.

Irish Rovers to play Island The Irish Rovers, Canadian music legends, celebrate 45 years of music with their Home In Ireland Tour, and now as International Ambassadors, their new television special, Home In Ireland. The group plays Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Cowichan Theatre, Duncan at 7:30pm Tickets: $42.50 call 250-748-7529 or purchase online: tcentre@cvrd.bc.ca

Behind The Scenes II Have you always been curious about how to cue music? Light the stage? Or where all those gun shots and telephone rings come from? Ladysmith Little Theatre is holding its second Open House, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2–4pm This event invites the public behind the scenes to

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Merv Wilkinson Sept 1913 - August 2011 “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” - John Muir (Printed on Merve Wilkinson’s in memoriam card). On September 10, people from all walks of life: activists, farmers, business people, neighbours, scholars filled the Cedar Community Hall to pay tribute to a man who was a giant in forestry and the community. Merv Wilkinson was larger than life and helped shape the way we see forestry forever. He inspired generations of students, taught environmentalists to stand for something, and offered a model of a sustainable forest that has been studied throughout the world. Mervyn (Merv) Wilkinson passed Au-

Merv Wilksinson, pioneer, activist., educator, forester, leader Photo: Gary Bremner courtesy Jay Rastogi

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He was a founding director of Nanaimo Credit Union, and Mid Island Consumer Cooperative, a leader of the Cedar Youth Activity Club and performed and directed in the Yellow Point Drama Group. He was also a founder of Foster Parents Association of Nanaimo, and a lifetime member of the Nanaimo Paddling Club. But it was his contribution to sustainable selection forestry methods and education, that Merv was most known for. For that he was awarded with the Order of B.C., and Order of Canada. Merv leaves behind children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family, and many friends. Donations in his name can be made to the Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT). 636265 Merv’s legacy will continue to grow along with the trees he loved so much at Wildwood in Yellow Point.

gust 31, 2011. At 97 years, Merv had a very full and accomplished life. During World War II, he served as a signalman with the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers.

Sign at Wildwood points to Merv’s home. Photo: Derrick Chesterton

Coming up at Wildwood: Oct 29-30: Mushroom identification workshops. Register online: http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/properties/vancouver-islandregion/wildwood/wildwoodevents/ or call Jay Rastogi at 250-816-1816. To read more about Merv Wilkinson and Wildwood visit www.take5.ca/wildwood Anthology by Jay Rastogi published in 2007 in Wild Foresting.

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Mayor’s Report: A Salute to Small Business BY LADYSMITH MAYOR ROB HUTCHINS We are fortunate that the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well. A key ingredient of a complete and healthy community is a vibrant business core that provides the living room to our community; a place where we celebrate, dress up our town for the Christmas season, socialize, break bread together, and shop for goods and services. Our commercial/service/industrial community provides employment close to home for young and old alike and provides over 30 per cent of our municipal tax base supporting a host of community services. I give thanks for their determination, courage, and tenacity. I also give thanks for their generous support for a host of community events and projects. The vast majority of our family’s purchases are made here in Ladysmith. We value the convenience, the selection, the quality of service, and just enjoy the personal connections when purchasing goods and services from our friends and neighbours that live in our community. We have always found the pricing competitive and, on the odd occasion when it is not, we have never regretted paying a little extra for the opportunity to buy it close to home, knowing that our spending dollars are supporting the community we call home.

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Our family has operated a small business on First Avenue for over 12 years. We know firsthand the challenges and hardships of establishing and operating a small business in a small community. The personal sacrifice is immense; countless hours of work, holding down second jobs to ensure sufficient cash flow, as it takes time (usually at least three years) to build a sustainable client base. We know firsthand the fear of a slow week, when cash flow doesn’t meet expenses. Starting a small business is tough, but with each successful day, week, month and year the personal sacrifice is less, the growing cash flow allows additional staff to be hired and capital to be re-invested. The sense of achievement, personal growth and accomplishment when a small business in a small community succeeds is immeasurable. Sadly, nationally over 50 per cent of small businesses do not survive more than five years. With business failure and the accompanying financial and employment loss, the stress on individuals and families is immense. I feel a great sense of sadness when the dreams of our local entrepreneurs are not realized. We are fortunate, that in our Town, we now have a long list of small businesses that have made it past the five, ten, fifteen and twenty year milestones. Their presence makes our community a richer, more rewarding place to visit and to call home. Ladysmith is becoming a destination for people to stop and shop. Your support helps our small businesses thrive and in turn has a direct and noticeable impact on the well-being of the whole community. Thank you for your patronage and commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit in Ladysmith.

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Fire and Rain: a new start on an old site BY MARINA SACHT In a matter of moments almost everything that Doreen and Mike Stolfi held dear was gone. The couple had lived in their comfortable home in their quiet rural neighbourhood for over 47 years on Old Lake Cowichan Road. A little over a year ago on a quiet afternoon Doreen noticed black smoke coming from the house. Within minutes their home and its contents where destroyed. The couple watched a lifetime of photos, keepsakes and memories go up in flames. The cause

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of the fire was undetermined. “We lost everything, things that can’t be replaced by insurance,” says Doreen. She recalls being released from the hospital later that day and realizing that they had no clothes. “The only thing open that late was Wal-Mart.” she says. “We made quite a sight: clothes grubby, face and hair covered in black soot.” Ladysmith’s Pride Home Improvements worked with the Stolfis to painstainkingly build their new home. Pride started the build February 18 and completed it June 18. The paint is fresh on the walls and they are enjoying their improved new home. The 1907 sq. ft. bungalow is based on a similar design to their previous house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms… except the sunroom was enclosed, eliminating Mike having to get up on a ladder to clear off the dead leaves every year. TOP: The new three bedroom bungalow home owned by the Stolfis. BELOW: The previous house was completely destroyed by fire.

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The new house has many improvements. It features Hardiplank siding, Low E and Argon windows, a heat pump with variable speed air handler, and electric back up for extra energy efficiency. The kitchen is one of their favourite rooms: maple cabinets, and a large central island with a skylight overhead that makes it a place not only to cook but to socialize. Doug McNeil and Trudy Kastner have operated Pride Home Improvements for 20 years in Ladysmith and before that Doug was a custom home builder in Grande Prairie where he was also past president of the Grande Prairie Home Builders Association. There are always challenges in any project. And this project was no exception: throw in first time homebuilders, uncooperative weather, and insurance claims. “It was a challenge to fit in with the budget of the insurance company,” says Doug. “The clients only had $25,000 for building code upgrades and we were unable to use the existing foundation due to the extent of the damage.” The Stolfis agree. They found out their insurance didn’t cover everything. They had to bring things up to code. Their septic field had to be extended at a cost of $17,000 out of their pocket. “What else are they going to find?” they wondered. The foundation work was complicated by a high water table and the low existing grade. And then there was the rain…and more rain that turned their foundation into a pool. (There is an excellent video on their website worth watching. www. renovatewithpride.com) The Stolfis remember watching the guys building in the rain. “It was steady rain from November to June. That was Doug’s heartbreak,” says Doreen. Once

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the foundation was completed it was full steam ahead. “We used Xypex C500 additive in the concrete to make it waterproof (like in a swimming pool).We raised the top of the foundation about two feet from where it was ..... the perimeter drain had to be cut in across the driveway to go out front to the ditch.” The Stolfis are enjoying their new home built on the site where they had raised five children. Surviving fire and rain they are ready to make new memories in their new home. “We take pride in all aspects of the project. Fair pricing, showing up on time, not cutting corners, dealing with customers concerns about why this way and not that way, completing on time and on budget with happy customers at the end,” says Doug. Doug’s advice to all homeowners: “Check you insurance coverage and take lots of photographs of the contents.” See more photos and video of the build at www.renovatewithpride.com For more photos visit TAKE 5 www.take5.ca or on our Facebook.

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and her group generously donate their time to event. Tickets $20 per person at the Chuckwagon Market or call 250245-2559 or 250-245-3950.

Cedar Main Street Project Secondary suites legal in Ladysmith After much consultation and public input, Ladysmith Council has passed a bylaw to allow secondary suites within single detached houses. The new rules take effect immediately and apply to both existing suites and new construction. Council is taking a phased approach to secondary suites by making the new rules regarding in-home suites effective immediately, and carrying out more consultation and planning before introducing any bylaw and design guidelines for suites in separate buildings. “Secondary suites are an excellent way to offer affordable housing in the community, both for renters and for the home-owners who need a mortgage helper,” said Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins. Last spring’s public consultation process included several open houses, an online survey, and a telephone survey. In all, some 350 people took part. The results showed strong support for legalization of existing suites and for suites within the main home. Suite safety and adequate parking were also a high priority for participants in the consultations. The new regulations address these concerns. Under the new bylaw, secondary suites will be governed by the BC Building Code, thus ensuring appropriate safety and liveability standards.

Nanaimo Airport completes expansion project Federal, provincial and municipal officials joined the Nanaimo Airport (YCD) Sept. 23 to celebrate the official opening of the expanded airport terminal building. This event provided the Board of Directors and staff of YCD with the opportunity to thank the many local supporters of the YCD expansion project that has taken five years to complete. The airport upgrade cost an estimated $10.4 million. Jerry Pink Nanaimo Airport Board

Jerry Pink, Nanaimo Airport Board Chair at the official opening of the expanded airport terminal building. Photo: Cindy Damphousse

Chair says “The vision was to bring Nanaimo Airport into the 21st Century with the upgrades and to make sure the complex was reliable, in bringing these changes the airport will benefit the entire region by bring tourist and more business opportunities.”

Fashion Fundraiser North Oyster Historical Society presents Merlyn Patten’s 25 year collection, “100 Years of Original Fashions” on Saturday October 15 at Cedar Community Hall from 2 to 4pm. All proceeds from the event benefit the North Oyster Community Hall restoration project. Merlyn

Cedar residents are invited to help design their community. “I think we really have an exciting opportunity for residents to create their own community, says Greg Keller, RDN senior planner. During the Electoral Area ‘A’ Official Community Plan (OCP) review, the community expressed a desire to support community diversity, create and preserve community identity and a sense of place, and provide opportunities for local employment, services, and a range of housing types and sizes. In response, the new OCP includes a new land use designation titled “Cedar Main Street” which applies to the lands located on both sides of Cedar Road between MacMillan and Hemer Roads The first public workshops will begin Oct 22., from 9am-4pm at Cedar Community Secondary School. The purpose is to develop a vision of what Cedar Main Street should look like in the future and establish design preferences for the Cedar Main Street Area. The intent of the Cedar Main Street is to support a broad range of uses which are oriented towards Cedar Road and create a vibrant place where local residents can go to shop, access services, work, socialize, and participate in recreational activities. “We need to create an identity separate from Nanaimo and other areas,” says Keller. “Communities with a “main street” have more of an identity.” More info at www.rdn.bc.ca, email: cedarmainstreet@rdn.bc.ca or call Greg Keller, senior planner 250-390-6510.

Food Bank thanks you! Ladysmith Food Bank thanks you for your help and donations: Weekly donations through churches, help with the move into our new location, donations at LSS 2001 class reunion , school supplies for 53 students, part of the proceeds of The Legion’s Poppy Sales, Kiwi Cove weekly fresh vegetables If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Food Bank clients, you may donate canned

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it. The Cranberry Cafe will be open with soup, sandwiches, delicious baked goods and desserts. The Cranberry Cottage will also be open and will have complimentary tasting of all our delicious creations. Check our website for information on the day’s activities: www.yellowpointcranberries.com Cranberry Cafe open 11am-3pm during Harvest Days Cranberry Cottage Store open 11am-5pm Seven days a week, year round.

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Marion Fahlborg in South Africa. She is raising funds to benefit the poverty stricken children.

hams in 450 g or 680 g sizes. Drop them off at your local church or call Caroline Davidson 250-245-2426.

What a waste! Waste collection is now available through North Oyster Waste in areas without collection in place including Saltair. A system modeled after Doug Layman’s concept is now offered in your area. Weekly collection is on Wednesdays between 8am and 5pm. For details call 250-245-2837 or 250-245-4919. Another program that benefits the Ladysmith Food Bank is ongoing at Ladysmith Sound Centre. Recycle your ink jet cartridges, laser toner cartridges, digital cameras and cell phones and they will be converted to cash with all proceeds going to the food bank. Call 250 245-2341 for details.

Fundraiser for South African children Marion Fahlborg is returning to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to offer her assistance with improving the lives of the children and their extremely poor families. You can help Marion by participating in fundraising events: Oct. 15 they will be hosting a chili dinner and silent auction with all proceeds going to disAbility Connexion and ZANINI BANTWANA. For information contact Marion at 250-246-3924.

BY KIMBERLEY O’DONNELL In action movies, rescues are portrayed as sheer drama – a hand reaching out from a hovering helicopter, dragging the hero to safety, a boat pulling survivors from a heaving sea. In real life, rescues can be far less dramatic: a church votes to sponsor a refugee family, paperwork is processed, three lives are saved, and a young family is given a fresh start in a new country. There is drama in the circumstances of a young family currently living in the El Hol refugee camp in Syria. They are Palestinians, stateless, refugees from the latest war in Iraq. El Hol is a basic camp in the desert; there are few comforts. It provides food, shelter, and a measure of safety for the families which have fled persecution from Iraqi militia, but even that tenuous security is being taken from the remaining refugees – the camp is scheduled to close in November. Civil unrest in Syria means that the United Nations cannot guarantee the safety of those in refugee camps; those who are left when El Hol closes will have to return to Iraq, a conclusion which is tantamount to a death sentence. Ladysmith First United Church is sponsoring Yousif, Noor, and Mohammed. Yousif fled Iraq, fearing persecution due to his ethnicity. He lived in the Al-Tanf refugee camp until it was closed; he was transferred to El Hol camp where he met and married Noor. Their son was born at El Hol in July. Yousif has worked as a barber, while Noor has no work experience. Neither speaks English. They are both eager to make their own way in a new country. First United Church members are excited about this opportunity to help a family so desperately in need, and many other churches and members of the community have offered to help with both fundraising and the practical needs of finding a suitable residence and providing basic furnishings. The official

What goes on in Vegas On Oct. 22, the Chamber will be hosting “A Night in Vegas” at the Aggie Hall at 5:30pm. A fun entertainment night of casino style games such as Texas Hold’em, Texas vs the Dealer, BlackJack, Progressive BlackJack, Roulette, Chuck a Luck, and others, as well as non-casino style games. Entertainment, silent and live auctions, a buffet dinner “Vegas” style with proceeds going to the revitalization of the train station. Tickets are $35 each and you can purchase them now at the Chamber office. 250-245-2112

Yellow Point Cranberries Harvest Plan a visit November 1 to 10 to see the harvest, the flooded field, and the beautiful carpet of floating cranberries. Come with your camera and take a self guided tour and learn all about

El Hol refugee camp in Syria. Ladysmith First United Church is sponsoring a refugee family

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sponsorship period is one year long – enough time for the family to become established in the community, find jobs, and learn some English. First United has sponsored refugee families in the past, and have found that the rewards of watching a family take root and thrive in their adoptive country far exceed the effort of bringing them here. Refugee sponsorship is a one year commitment and has three facets. Approx $23,000 is required to support a family of three for their first year in Canada. The community can help in three ways: - Attend a benefit concert for the refugee family featuring Lena Birtwistle and Evan Miller, scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2:30 pm at Ladysmith First United Church, 232 High Street. - Donate money or help with the concert, contact First United Church 250-245-2183, or email ladysmithunited@shaw.ca - Donation of household goods, contact Kathie Golletz, e-mail: searaven@telusplanet.net. For more info contact John and Kathy Potts 250-245-0634.

Ride to conquer cancer A local rider needs your help. Monica Birch is participating in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation on June 16 and 17. She will be cycling through the scenic Pacific Northwest with thousands of other riders. “I’ve agreed to raise at least $2,500, but I’ve set my personal goal to $3,500,” says Birch. All the proceeds go to BC Cancer Foundation to support cancer research, treatment, and services. Birch recently lost a friend and team mate to breast cancer. “She left behind loving parents and sister, a husband and a 18 month old baby boy. She was only 31. That’s why I’m riding.” To donate go to www.conquercancer.ca or e-mail her at birch.monica@ gmail.com Monica Birch cycling for funds

John and Susan Meloche made a brief stopover to visit friends in Ladysmith, Sept 23-24. The couple who now live in Ontario were responsible for Pumpkin Fest, Oyster Feast and Ladysmith’s Duke of Edinburgh program. Photo: Marina Sacht

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Oct 8, 8pm, Kendall Patrick/Alex Hicks, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Group at The Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Rd. 250758-7246

Oct 9, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556

Oct 16, 8pm, Maureen Washington, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 9, 2pm, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Nanaimo Theatre Group at The Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Rd. 250-758-7246

Oct 17, 9am, Flu Shot Clinic Chemainus Seniors Dropin Centre 250-246-2111

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Oct 9, 2pm, Anna Borch, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 3, 2pm, Tour de Rock rides into Ladysmith, First Ave. to Roberts St., 250-245-0671

Oct 9, 8pm, Greg Madill, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 3,10,17,24,31, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111

Oct 10, 8pm, Three Quarter Stone/Fairweather Father, Duncan Garage 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 3, 6pm, Red Serge Dinner Tour de Rock Fundraiser, Eagles Hall, 250-245-0671

Oct 11, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Computer Basics for Beginners, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134

Oct 3, 7:30pm, ABBAmania & the Bee Gees, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Oct 3, 8pm, Tar Holloway, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 4, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 4, 7pm, The Nanaimo Glad and Dahlia Society meeting, Paine Horticulture Center on E. Wellington Rd., 250-245-4231

Oct 11, 8pm, Blues Tuesday, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 12, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 12, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088 Oct 12, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727

Oct 5, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop 21st Century Job Search, 710 1st Ave. 250-245-7134

Oct 12, 8pm, Professor Gall, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 5, 6pm, Nanaimo 2011 Community Vision Rally, V.I. Conference Centre 250-754-8550

Oct 13, 9am, T.O.P.S. BC 4465 meeting, Pentecostal Church, Fourth Ave. Ladysmith 250-722-2613

Oct 5, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088

Oct 13, 1pm, Family Caregiver Series, Ladysmith Resources Centre Upper Meeting Room 250-245-3079

Oct 5, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727

Oct 13, 8pm, Mary Murphy, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 5, 7pm, Public Hearing Regional Growth Strategy, Beban Park Lounge 250-722-3444

Oct 14, 9am, Workplace Law Education Series Regional Seminar, Coast Bastion Nanaimo 604-806-3857

Oct 5, 8pm, Snailhouse, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 14-15, 7pm, Yellow Point Drama Group – “1949”, Cedar Community Hall 250-722-3067

Oct 6, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134

Oct 14, 7:30pm, Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 6, 9am, T.O.P.S. BC 4465 meeting, Pentecostal Church Fourth Ave. Ladysmith 250-722-2613

Oct 14, 8pm, Michael Waters, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 6, 1pm, Family Caregiver Series, Ladysmith Resources Centre Upper Meeting Room 250-245-3079

Oct 15, 9am, 4th Annual Craft Fair, Valley Seniors Centre Duncan 250-746-4433

Oct 6, 5pm, 19th Annual General Meeting, Employment Navigators, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134

Oct 15, 2pm, 100 Years of Fashion – N.O.A.H.S., Cedar Community Hall. Prize for Best Hat 250-245-2559

Oct 6-8, 7pm, Yellow Point Drama Group – 1949, Cedar Community Hall 250-722-3067

Oct 15, 5:55pm, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 6, 7:30pm, The Irish Rovers, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 15, 5pm Pot Luck Birthday Party, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111

Oct 6-22, 8pm, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Nanaimo Theatre Group at The Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Rd. 250-758-7246

Oct 15, 7:30pm, Chantel Kreviazuk, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Oct 6, 8pm, Sky Violet, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 7, 7:30pm, Led Zepagain, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Oct 7, 8pm, Naughty & Spice Burlesque Troupe, Duncan Garage, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 8, 7pm Dance - The Esquires, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111

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Oct 15, 7:30pm, Helena Jung & Sean Mooney, Brechin Church 250-754-8550 Oct 15, 8pm, Morgan Davis, Dancing Bean Café, 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050 Oct 15, 8pm, John Pippins/Mike Wetering, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 16, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556 Oct 16, 2pm, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Nanaimo Theatre

Oct 17, 1pm, Employment Navigators Preparing for an Interview, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 17, 8pm, Wes Borg’s Comedy Night, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 18, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 18-19, 5th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit, VI Conference Centre summit@viea.ca Oct 19, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop 21st Century Job Search, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 19, 9:30am, Probus Club of Ladysmith, Seniors’ Centre, 630 Second Ave. 250-245-5965 Oct 19, 9:30am, Blood Pressure Clinic Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111 Oct 19, 11:30am, Soup & Sandwich, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111 Oct 19, 6:30pm, Public Meeting Groundwater Quality Study, Cranberry Community Hall 250-390-6583 Oct 19, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088 Oct 19, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727 Oct 19, 7:30pm, A Tribute to the Legends of Country Music, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Oct 20, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Crafting your Cover Letter, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 20, 9am, T.O.P.S. BC 4465 meeting, Pentecostal Church, Fourth Ave. Ladysmith 250-722-2613 Oct 20, 1pm, Family Caregiver Series, Ladysmith Resources Centre Upper Meeting Room 250-245-3079 Oct 20, 7pm, The Kitchen, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529 Oct 20, 7:30pm, Ladysmith Saltair Garden Club Meeting, First United Church Hall 250-245-5080 Oct 20, 7:30pm, Sister Girl, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 21, 4pm, 19th Annual Bite of Nanaimo, Beban Park Auditorium 250-754-7587 Oct 21-22, 7pm, Yellow Point Drama Group – 1949, Cedar Community Hall 250-722-3067 Oct 21, 7pm, Music Night Evan Miller, Colin Pickell, Rod Alsop & Jessie McNeill, The 49th Café 250-245-3221 Oct 21, 7pm, Kendall Patrick, In the Beantime Café, 18 High St. 250-245-2305 Oct 22, 9am, Cedar Main St. Design Project Free Community Workshop, 1640 MacMillan Rd. 250-390-6510 Oct 22, 11am-4pm, The Night Sky Returns, Nanaimo Museum, 100 Museum Way Nanaimo 250-753-1821 Oct 22, 5:30pm, A Night in Vegas Fundraiser, Aggie Hall, 250-245-2112 Oct 22, 7pm Dance - The Esquires, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111 Oct 22, 7:30pm, Ballet Rocks, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

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Oct 22, 7:30pm, V.I.S. – Genius & Madness, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Oct 26, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727

Oct 22, 8pm, Paul Black Blues Band, Dancing Bean Café, 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050

Oct 26, 7:30pm. N.O.A.H.S. Annual General Meeting, 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-245-0919

Oct 22, 8pm, Royal Canadians, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 26, 7:30pm, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Pianomen, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 23, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556

Oct 27, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Resume 101, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134

Oct 23, 11am, Kiwi Open House Event, Kiwi Cove Lodge, 5130 Brenton Page Rd. 250-245-8051

Oct 27, 9am, T.O.P.S. BC 4465 meeting, Pentecostal Church, Fourth Ave. Ladysmith 250-722-2613

Oct 23, 7:30pm, Big Sugar & Wide Mouth Mason, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Oct 27, 1pm, Family Caregiver Series, Ladysmith Resources Centre Upper Meeting Room 250-245-3079

Oct 23, 7:30pm, Shania Twin, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 27-Nov 13, 6pm, The Good Game by Roy Teed, Ladysmith Little Theatre 250-924-0658

Oct 23, 8pm, Los Morenos, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Oct 28-29, Remembrance Events – Poppy Distribution 250-245-3031

Oct 24, 6pm, Neverest and Alyssa Reid, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Oct 28, 1pm, Ladysmith Health & Community Service Fair, Ladysmith Secondary School 250-739-5777

Oct 24, 7pm, First Grader, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Oct 28, 6pm, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Chemainus United Church 250-246-3463

Oct 24, 8pm, Ann Vriend, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 25, 9am, Employment Navigators Workshop Computer Basics for Beginners, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 25, 10:30am, Coffee Concert Series Sarah Hagen & Friends, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Oct 25, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club “Cell Phone Photography” by Dr. T. Rand Collins, Hardwick Hall, info@LadysmithCameraClub.com Oct 26, 9:30am, Employment Navigators Workshop MS Word - Basics & Beyond, 710 First Ave. 250-245-7134 Oct 25, 7:30pm, Neverest & Alyssa Reid, Cowichan Theatre, 250-748-7529 Oct 25, 7:30pm, The Rock & Roll Pianomen, Port Theatre, 250-754-8550 Oct 26-Nov 6, 6pm, The Good Game, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 250-924-0658 Oct 26-29, Tonight Piaf, Chemainus Theatre Festiva,l 250-246-9820 www.chemainustheatre.ca Oct 26, 6pm, Open Mic Night, In the Beantime Café, 18 High St. 250-245-2305 Oct 26, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088

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Coronation Mall Hwy #1 at Davis Rd. Oct 31, 9pm, Celebrate Halloween Costume Party, Wheatsheaf Pub, 250-722-3141 Oct 31, 8pm, Scary Movie Night, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

November Nov 1-10, Remembrance Week, Nanaimo Museum 100 Museum Way Nanaimo 250-753-1821 Nov 2-30, 2nd Annual Mid-Island Photo Expo, Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery Nov 2, 8pm, Dave Cambel, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Nov 2, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088 Nov 2, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727 Nov 3-4, Shop by Candlelight, Hazelwood Herb Farm 250-245-8007

Oct 28, 7pm, Toby Hargrave, Port Theatre 250-754-8550

Nov 3,10,17,24, 9am, T.O.P.S. BC 4465 meeting, Pentecostal Church, Fourth Ave. Ladysmith 250-722-2613

Oct 28, 8pm, Murray Atkinson, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246

Nov 4, 12pm, 22nd Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, 2300 Bowen Rd. 250-390-3995

Oct 29-30, Mushroom Identification Workshop, Widwood Forest 250-816-1816

Nov 5, 10am, Crofton Art Group Show & Sale, Crofton Senior Center 250-246-3870

Oct 29, 1:30pm, Magical Music of Disney, Cowichan Theatre 250-748-7529

Nov 5-6, 10am, 22nd Annual Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair, 2300 Bowen Rd. 250-390-3995

Oct 29, 7pm, Open Mic Nite, High Street Coffeehouse

Nov 5, 11am, St. Mary’s Parish Annual Bazaar, 1135-Fourth Ave. Lunch Available 250-246-3779

Oct 29, 7pm, David Franey Trio, Dancing Bean Café, 9752 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246-5050 Oct 29, 7pm, Ladysmith Harvest Dance, Aggie Hall, ladysmithminorsoftball@gmail.com Oct 29, 7:30pm, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, Port Theatre 250-754-8550 Oct 30, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556 Oct 30, 11:30am, Fashion Show, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre 250-246-2111 Oct 30, 7pm, Ladysmith Newcomers Club monthly meeting, Aggie Hall Oct 30, 8pm, Lena Birtwistle, Duncan Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan St. 250-748-7246 Oct 31, 2pm, Trick or Treat Halloween Goodies,

Nov 5, 7pm, 2nd Annual Mid- Island Photo Expo Gala Opening , Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery Nov 5, 7pm, Ladysmith Texas Holdem Poker Night , Eagles Hall, ladysmithminorsoftball@gmail.com Nov 6, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556 Nov 6, 10:30am, Remembrance Events –Bethel Tabernacle Church Service 250-245-3031 Nov 6-7, 11am, Mary Fox Studio Sale, 321 Third Ave. Ladysmith Nov 6, Benefit concert with Lena Birtwistle & Evan Miller, Ladysmith First United Church 250-245-5774 Nov 9, 6:30pm, Nanaimo Community Band Rehearsal, Dover Bay Secondary Band Room 250-722-3088 Nov 9, 7pm, Yellow Point Singers Rehearsal Night, Cedar Secondary School 250-245-3727 Nov 10, 10am, Remembrance Events – Colour Party Ladysmith Secondary School 250-245-3031 Nov 10, 10:30am, Remembrance Events – Colour Party – Lodge on Fourth 250-245-3031 Nov 10, 2:30pm, Remembrance Events – Colour Party – La Rosa Gardens 250-245-3031 Nov 11, 10:30am, Remembrance Events – Remembrance Day Parade, 10:45am, Remembrance Opening Service 11am, 2 Minute Silence 250-245-3031 Nov 13, 10am, Carol Craft Fair, North Oyster Community Hall, 13467 Cedar Rd. 250-722-2556

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Bad Roger I walked out of my office, down the stairs, onto the street where she was standing next to a limo, obviously waiting for me. The beatific smile you noticed first, then the long blonde hair and then the fact that she was built like an 800-meter runner, slim but strong, the gold standard of feminine shape. At my age that’s a lot to notice without getting a shortness of breath. “Jack Proctor?” she asked. “Even if I wasn’t, I’d still say yes.” “Will you come with me?” “My mother said not to take rides from strangers, but in your case, I’ll make a exception. Where might we be going?” “I’m taking you to see God. Have you appeared in front of him before?” “No, but with my first wife, I frequently incurred his wrath.” I hopped in, made small talk, and racked my brain about how I might have offended the creator this time. Finally we stopped in Oak Bay at a Tudor mansion overlooking the water. “God,” I said. “As in Father, Son and

Holy Ghost?” “You’ll be seeing the son, Zachariah.” “Sure you’ve got the right guy? I scrupulously obey all nine commandments. That one about not coveting thy neighbour’s wife I have trouble with, but if you saw her, you’d understand.” “This is not about you, it’s about your client, Roger at Alderlea Vineyard.” “Ah ha!” I said, my usual response when completely in the dark. She walked me into a large room overlooking the water, then left the room. In front of the window was a desk about as large as a pool table but with no side pockets. Behind the desk was a man, fiftyish, in a Tommy Bahamas shirt, white linen slacks, loafers, no socks. He was well tanned and looked wealthy, but I

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guess if you’re the son of God you’re pretty well set up as far as RRSP’s are concerned. “I’m the son of God,” he said. “Also his director of communications. You can call me Zack. Thanks for coming.” “Thank your attractive delivery service.” “She was sent for a reason. We’re familiar with all your foibles. You appear to have a weakness for women.” Oops! Don’t want to be headed in that direction. “About Roger,” I said, changing the topic. “What’s he done this time?” “Seriously annoyed Dad, that’s what.” He flipped on the intercom. “Jessica, would you bring in the Big Book.” It came in on a wagon, and was turned to page 3046, Vegetation, Vancouver Island. “If you look here,” he said. “God’s plan for the Island was for a variety of conifers, plenty of blackberries, some salal and the ever so hardy Irish Daffodil, also known as the dandelion. Nothing about grapes, which your client happens to be growing.”

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I shrugged. “That’s Roger.” Jessica left the room; both of us watched her undulate out the door, Zack whistling an old Johnny Tillotson song, Poetry in Motion, off key I might add. “Love this posting,” he said, under his breath. “What’s heaven like?” I asked, having just seen it sashay out the door. His turn to shrug. “Toronto in the summer. Too humid.” “Do you spend much time here?” “Full time. Dad’s backed out of communication entirely. He used to do it all by burning bush, he’d gather people around, torch a tumbleweed, hold forth, but the environmentalists got on his case. To tell you the truth, he no longer fits in. I mean, He still wears robes and Birkenstocks. Last time he was down, a cabbie confused him with a hari krishna. Pissed him right off. “But back to your client, in 2010 Dad decided to put a stop to all grape growing on Vancouver Island. He sent a particularly crappy summer as a warning. Most vintners took note and complained bitterly about it. But your guy? He goes

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and produces a dynamite Bacchus and an exceptional Pinot Gris. And according to him, his reds, still unreleased, will be fine.” He drummed his fingers on the desk for emphasis. “Dad’s not impressed.” I pulled out my all purpose shrug, the only defense I had. “I’ll speak to my client. I’m sure we can work something out.” “It’s not that big a deal,” he said. “Dad just sometimes feels like he’s losing control and gets a little edgy about it.” And then he leaned in. Looked first to the right, then the left. With the coast clear, and in a conspiratorial tone, said, “Say, did Roger make much of those whites?” “Some,” I said. “Not a lot.” “Do you think you could score me a couple cases each?” “We’ll have to act quickly.” “Talk to Jessica on the way out.” “How,” I said, “could I not.” (To contact the winery, 250-7467142.) Delbert Horrocks is the co-proprietor at the Mahle House restaurant in Cedar.

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Three Legged Chicken Curry. Barb, my companion, kept the prawn theme going and ordered the Penang Prawn Curry with coconut milk reduction, basmati rice, $18, which arrived in a tajine. My Three Legged Chicken Curry made with Asian chicken confit, green coconut curry, and basmati rice, $18 was fragrant, favouring flavour over heat. The portions were so generous that I briefly regretted the appy. Just briefly. I had previously enjoyed the jerked chicken and the hamburger which is one of the best burgers I’ve had in years. Be warned- it’s big! In the works is a lighter portions menu. Odika has finished its first year to great reviews and is looking forward to a bright future. Marina and Murray recently took over the kitchen at Ladysmith Inn’s Sportsman Pub. But be warned, if you are looking for the fusion food you won’t find it there. What you will get is great pub food, simple, tasty and good value. Definitely worth visiting both of these very different places and dining experiences. Located at 2976 Mill Road, Chemainus, 250-324-3303. www.odikacafe.com

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Kayaking in the Copeland Islands BY PAUL GREY Waking early one morning, I quietly rose from my tent, slipped on my clothes and gear and carried my kayak to the water’s edge. A moment later I was paddling around the most northerly Copeland Islands, enjoying the freshness of the morning air. It’s definitely my favourite time on the water to view animals and birds. On the small shallow sloping islet, immediately across from the camp, were a large group of Oystercatchers. The previous afternoon I had watched them

The Copeland Islands. Photo courtesy of Paul Grey

shrieking loudly, chasing each other around their temporary rock home. The Oystercatcher lays two or three eggs in June; by late July the young ones are capable of flight. I’d seen some little downy salt and pepper-looking birds, protected by an adult, once or twice. They looked so cute! I paddled west around the island past a pink granite rock beach and then en-

tered a narrow channel between two small islands. Two powerboats were anchored side-by-side bobbing quietly in the water. I passed the sleeping couples and rounded the next point. On a rocky promontory were two turkey vultures with their wings spread, standing motionless. I could feel their eyes bearing down on me. I swung my boat away from

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shore, gliding past. They never flicked a feather for at least five minutes. Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea (Georgia Strait) are breeding grounds for this majestic non-predatory bird. A cousin to the stork it often waits for weeks to cross Juan de Fuca Strait on a warm current because of their weak flying skills. Their flesh-coloured or featherless heads are perfectly designed to delve or plunge into carcasses. Turkey Vultures cannot sing; if you get too close they will hiss or grunt at you. On the mainland, opposite the second island, is an interesting First Nations pictograph that likely is 500 to a 1000 years old. A Killer Whale and a face were part of the art. This region is part of the original Sliammon people’s land. Likely, the pictograph also marks their territory. Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park is a great stopover for kayakers traveling from the Sunshine Coast to Desolation Sound. The first island is only a 35 to 60 minute paddle from Lund. It’s an ideal first trip for a new kayaker. The islands are relatively protected. You can launch at the boat ramp behind the hotel in Lund, right after you acquire the necessary famous cinnamon buns from the bakery. You can also rent kayaks from Powell River Kayaking right at the ramp. There are quite a few places to pitch a tent. The first and fourth islands have tent platforms, making it seem like a European holiday spot. Camping here was fairly luxurious compared to previous adventures I’ve had along the coast. I stayed in the area for four days exploring the town of Bliss on the mainland side, discovered an old apple orchard just north of it, and paddled to various islands outside the park. All in all, it made for a great mid-summer holiday.

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RDN - Area A BY JOE BURNETT Cedar Main Street Design Project The Regional District of Nanaimo is pleased to invite the community to participate in a public workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 am to 4 pm at Cedar Secondary School, 1640 MacMillan Road. The purpose of this new community planning initiative is to bring the community together to create design concepts for the area along Cedar Road between MacMillan and Hemer Roads. The design project will result in the creation of a new plan called the ‘Cedar Main Street Plan’ which will guide changes and future development of this area. For the first time in Area A history, business and property owners, area residents, community groups, and other stakeholders will work together with design professionals, other levels of government, and service providers to develop a realistic and buildable vision for what the Cedar Main Street area could look like in the future. The project will provide an opportunity to explore many aspects of community design such as: Architectural preferences and built form; the types of uses

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and densities that should be supported; desirable community features; preferred road standards; pedestrian and cyclist access; community beautification; and water and sewer servicing. Residents, property owners, and others with an interest in property in the community are encouraged to actively participate in the project to ensure that the resulting plan accurately reflects the needs and desires of the community. Participants must register by email or by phone no later than October 14, 2011. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and to wear sturdy walking shoes as we will be taking a bus/walking tour of the plan area. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. For more information please visit the RDN website: www.rdn.bc.ca email to: cedarmainstreet@rdn.bc.ca or call Greg Keller, Senior Planner at 250390-6510. Rainwater Harvesting Program The RDN Board has approved a Rainwater Harvesting Program (RWH). This is a rebate program carried out under the Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Plan to provide incentives to the

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public to encourage reduction in water consumption. The program has been introduced in Electoral Area B Gabriola Island and Electoral Area A over the Yellow Point aquifer. This is because the areas have been identified as having stress on ground water resources. The RDN rebate program applies to cisterns purchased for use in existing or new homes in Electoral Area A and area over the Yellow Point aquifer as outlined in the Yellow Point Development Permit Area. The RWH rebate program provides a rebate of $500 for purchase of a new cistern that collects a minimum of 4545 litres (1000 gallons) of rainwater. A rain cistern is used to store rainwater directed off roofs of buildings. A RWH system that collects 4545 litres would provide sufficient water for most applications like outdoor irrigation and for indoor toilet flushing if the appropriate treatment and plumbing has been properly constructed. In order to use the cistern water for drinking there are additional costs involved for treatment to ensure the drinking water meets health standards. This installation of a cistern would alleviate the need to extract water

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from the Yellow Point aquifer thereby in turn reducing stress on the local groundwater resource and contribute to a more sustainable long term water supply. The incentive program is a pilot project with a limited budget of $10,000 for Area A and B and is focused on clearly defined areas where there is a current demonstrable need to support rainwater collection. The program operates as a mail-in rebate with an application, a receipt as proof of purchase, and a photo of the installation. There is a limit to one rebate per property and only property owners are eligible to receive the rebate. Based on the success of the program the budget capacity would be considered for extension or expansion to other RDN Electoral Areas in 2012. As the population of the RDN continues to grow, reducing demand on water resources and water systems will become increasingly important. For details or application forms go to www.rdnrebates.ca or contact Christina Metherall, DWWP co-ordinator at 250-390-6560. Stay safe and enjoy the fall colours. Joe Burnett, telephone: 250-722-2656; email: quaillanding@shaw.ca

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CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTE Ladysmith Boundary Extension and Land Use Planning Proposal In February of 2011, Couverdon, the real estate division of TimberWest met with Ladysmith staff and Council to present the concept of a municipal boundary extension in the northwest area of Ladysmith. This boundary expansion proposes to remove 270 hectares of forestry zoned land from Area H, and include it in the Town of Ladysmith. Unfortunately, I did not learn of the proposal until late June of this year, when information was published in the local newspaper. Neither Courverdon nor the Town of Ladysmith chose to discuss the proposal with me or CVRD staff prior to the proposal being published in the paper. The only information provided to me and the CVRD was through attendance at the open house. Only after the cat was out of the bag did Courverdon and the Town of Ladysmith invite me to meet with them to discuss the proposal. At my request, CVRD

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staff attended the meeting as well. The Couverdon and Town of Ladysmith proposal would include a diversity of land uses including exploration of affordable housing options, creation of a series of complete neighbourhoods that meet the Ladysmith community’s needs, creation of new recreational and park land, open space and agricultural opportunities, protection of the Town’s watershed and viewscape and enhancement of Ladysmith economic development while ensuring the continued stewardship of land with strong ecological value. How this can possibly be accomplished without a major upgrade of the Town’s sewer and water infrastructure is a very large question. And all of this is proposed in spite of a strong commitment from the Town not to expand their boundaries beyond a containment area identified in the Official Community Plan. It seems apparent to me that approving this proposal will impact taxation levels in both the Town and North Oyster/Diamond. Upgrading and maintaining sewers, water lines, parks and other amenities is not free and you can expect that

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long term tax rates will increase to accommodate the residential growth. Any benefits that accrue from this proposal will go straight to the Town, while Area H will lose a portion of their tax base. Does this seem right to you? I urge you to contact the Town of Ladysmith to learn more about this proposal. Subdivision Application Dr. Bryan Wiggens has submitted a new application for OCP and Zoning amendments that would allow a subdivision of five residential strata lots and a site for a community fire hall from his property in the Coffin Point area. Access to the new subdivision will be off of Fearn Road. This application is now under consideration by the local commissions and other referral agencies. The process must also include drafting of bylaws, CVRD Board approval and a formal public hearing. I will keep you informed as this proposal proceeds through the system. Fire Hall Referendum: On September 6, 2011 the Inspector of Municipalities gave the approvals for proceeding to referendum. The exact

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question that will be asked is: “Are you in favour of the Board of the CVRD adopting “CVRD Bylaw No. 3542 – North Oyster Fire Halls Debt Repayment Service Establishment Bylaw, 2011” and “CVRD Bylaw No. 3543 – North Oyster Fire Halls Construction Loan Authorization Bylaw, 2011”, which would authorize the CVRD to create a debt repayment service and borrow up to $3,030,000 for a 20 year period to finance the design and construction of two Fire Halls to serve the North Oyster Fire Halls Debt Repayment Service Area within a portion of Electoral Area H – North Oyster/Diamond with a maximum requisition amount of $240,000 per year, which corresponds to an annual parcel tax of no more than $248.96.”? YES or NO? Local Government Election and Referendum Dates After consulting my family and others, I have decided to seek re-election as your Electoral Area H representative. It has been an honour serving you; if re-elected I look forward to serving you again. Local government elections take place on Nov. 19. Please write this date down in your calendars. There are also two advance polls for those who may have commitments on the 19th – one on Nov. 9 and one on Nov. 15. Please write those dates down as well. The referendum on the proposed new fire halls will also be held on the same dates and at the same location.

CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY Many links on the Trans Canada Trail are being filled in and the hope is that the complete trail across Canada will be complete by 2017. Saltair has some of the trail running along the old E & N Railway right of way which is owned now by the Island Corridor Foundation which is an amalgam of all local governments and First Nations along it. The trail through Saltair has some open links that are scheduled to be built in the next two years barring unforeseen circumstances. One of the biggest obstacles is the gully where Stocking Creek runs under the railway. This gully has a big gravel fill and a big culvert for

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the creek to run through it. The gravel fill will have to be widened and the gravel shored up with cribbing to provide a surface for the trail. This is expensive, probably $100,000 or more. All of the funding comes under the CVRD Regional Budget and almost all of it is paid for by grants from other organizations and senior governments. Canadians want to see this trail completed because it will bind Canadians together as well as provide a healthy transportation route. One of the most desirable features of Saltair is its rural nature, green spaces, parks and trails. This we want to preserve and make more accessible to residents. The ocean is also a central feature in Saltair that creates a viewscape and a background for enjoyment. In the next year we want to make the ocean more accessible by improving some of our beach accesses. Our predecessors planned for beach accesses about every 1300 feet along our waterfront which we are truly thankful for. Many communities on Vancouver Island did not have this foresight. For example, Mill Bay has a fairly large population with very few accesses. Most of our accesses are owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and they have final say as to what happens there. Usually they are amenable to our plans and are very cooperative working with us. While we are fortunate to have all these accesses there is still the fact that it costs quite a bit of money to develop and maintain these sites. Some of these sites are still undeveloped for this reason. The more difficult ones are steep and require expensive stairs to be constructed. The Saltair Parks Commission which meets the first Monday of the month does the planning and sometimes does the actual work on these sites. We would love to have it so that a person can go down to the beach on one access and then walk a distance along the beach and then return to the higher ground on a different access completing a circle. It gives your stroll more variety and interest. And the more you get out there the healthier and happier you will be. On another note, the cell tower that was planned for Olsen Road in Saltair by Rogers Communications will probably be built in another location. Many residents objected to the site and the company is making different plans more likely on industrial lands.

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BY NICK LONGO I had the great pleasure to experience Vancouver Island MusicFest this year. It’s a phenomenal event and the organizers are fantastic people that care about the importance of community and culture. VIMF has been bringing great roots and world music to the Comox Valley and Island since 1995. Produced by the Comox Valley Folk Society, MusicFest is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven event with over 1100 volunteers and 300 community sponsors who join forces to bring it to life each summer! This event rides on the shoulders of their community volunteers. It took 600 volunteers four days of intense work to shoulder the responsibility of getting the environment, stages and festival tent (the tent has been used from the very first festival to the present day) set up before any of the talent, vendors or audiences show up. During the run of the VIMF volunteers donate their time to the seamless running of the show. The green crew looks after the recycling and garbage disposal. The water crew makes sure that the volunteers, artists and patrons are hydrated. The stage crew puts all six stages together and keeps them all ticketyboo for the safety of the festival goers. The security crew keeps everyone safe and informed. The medical crew keeps an eye on everyone’s good health (mental, physical and spirit wise as well). The beer garden crew supply the brew and good cheer in a safe environment. The parking lot and tent crew do an unbelievable job of getting everyone in comfortably (I camped in the quiet area with the older folks and younger families and it was quieter than the main campsites where folks would jam until

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Volunteers make the music happen at VIMF. Back row: (l-r) Denisa Bond (Yellowpoint), Kathy Fox (Gabriola), Karen Lorette (Yellowpoint), Nancy Howie (New Zealand), Stef Warman (New Zealand) Front row (l-r) Lee Horner (Gabriola), Velveta Crisp (Vancouver) Photos: Nick Longo

the wee hours). Then there’s the box office crew, the backstage crew, the food crew, production crew, media crew, special services crew, and the list goes on. Volunteers are asked to contribute 18 hours of service during or after the event. Pre and post fest volunteers contribute 20-40 hours. I was amazed at the care, love and attention that I encountered over the weekend. I talked with a great number of volunteers and they were all of the same mind. “Together we make the magic” is the title of the volunteer handbook. Every volunteer must have read it because it was a magical experience. My quest and the main reason that I was there was to find a volunteer from our readership area and get the skinny on how they made their journey to the event. It didn’t take me long to find the person that I was looking

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for once I was allowed in to the volunteer campgrounds. I just walked up to a campsite where folks were playing music, eating or drinking their coffees and asked them if they knew anyone from South Nanaimo to Chemainus that was volunteering. By the time I’d hit the fourth campsite a woman said I’m from “there.” And the answer to my quest was found. The woman I happened upon was Karen Lorette. Karen lives in Yellowpoint with her husband who was to show up and volunteer later in the day. Karen and her friends welcomed me into their campsite as if I were a newfound old friend. Karen has volunteered at VIMF for the past three years. She’d heard about it via word of mouth from her friend Kathy Fox (a Gabriolan). Most of the volunteers heard about or volunteered because they heard from a friend or relative about what a great experience the event is all about. And out of it comes the camaraderie and good feelings that are derived from the volunteering aspect itself. As Kathy put it “ The best thing is being part of the festival community. This is where the music is. There is a real sense of community here. “The real music begins after the main tent is finished for the night. Then the volunteers’ playing begins. Right there in their own campground. “A big unseen energy and spirit is felt” (as Sandy and Steve Davis of the brew crew expressed to me). A joyful experience is shared and transmitted by all. And we the public got to feel all that energy the moment we walked into the festival. It’s written on every volunteer’s face. It permeates the whole MusicFest event. Everyone takes responsibility for themselves and others in this sharing environment. It takes the event to a great level of community with people outside your realm and brings it all together. People come from all over the world to volunteer at the festival; however, most volunteers are from Courtney and Comox. I got caught up in the spirit of the festival. It was mainly from my experience with the volunteers. Don’t get me wrong here, the great effort put forth by Doug Cox, the Artistic Director who brings in the talent is beyond reproach. The lineup this year was topnotch, sterling and world class. I was made to jump up and shout on more than one occasion as I watched the bands play. The work done by Meaghan Cursons this year and years past in promoting, managing all marketing activities and developing sponsorship programs and relationships, grant funding and community partnerships has been truly magnificent. The folks that co-ordinate the goings on behind the scenes (especially Cresslynn Fay the production manager, I’ve never seen a person with so many keys of responsibility on their person) before and during the festival are to be commended as well for their tireless efforts in bringing a world class festival to this island. Next year I challenge the TAKE 5 readership to get out there and volunteer. You’ll be so glad that you did. For photos and more visit www.take5.ca/vancouver-island-music/ Steve and Sandy Davis. Photo: Nick Longo

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Ladysmith Downtown Business Association With the passion and commitment of its members the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association is becoming a driving force in Ladysmith. “Solution based communication and building relationships are key factors when you want to make positive change and that is what the LDBA is all about, ” says Jenna Forster, Executive Coach and LDBA President. Forster and Executive Directors, Tracey De Frane, Tammy Leslie, Steve Wilkinson, Ann MacGillvray, Teresa Mckinley, Christy Palmer, Lesley Parent, Amber Rocque, John Surtees, Brian Van Acker and Lesley White work well as a team, all having the same goal, Leadership. The executive have all put in countless hours of strategic planning for change; changing the way they communicate and looking at downtown issues and finding the most cost effective, efficient, and progressive way to a solution. When the LDBA is presented with a downtown issue or deciding on possible initiatives they look at their main goals: increase awareness, provide networking opportunities, support initiatives that enhance Ladysmith businesses, support and collaborate business groups. The LDBA was started in the mid 80’s by Nita Grant. Today, the group supports many community initiatives such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike, Show n’ Shine, Arts on the Avenue and the Maritime Festival Treasure Hunt. Each member of the LDBA is invested not only in their business but in the community as a whole and the future of Ladysmith. With over 80 members, the LDBA has a strong voice in creating the future of Ladysmith. Jenna Forster, president of the LDBA moved to Ladysmith drawn by the community spirit. “Local business is the bloodline of the community. We need to support them so we can have a vibrant community.” The LDBA meets the third Thursday 7:30pm at the Legion Hall in Ladysmith. www.ladysmithdowntown.com

ten years of experience in cafes and restaurants and was trained as a barista – a “coffee bartender” – while living abroad in Europe. The 49th Cafe draws on the talents of the grocery store’s various departments, from its bakery-fresh daily muffins to its deli-crafted sandwiches, while its fresh coffee comes from Drumroaster in Cobble Hill. Stop by and visit The 49th Cafe, open daily from 7:30am to 6:30pm (8:30pm Fridays), or check out their Facebook page for specials and events: www.facebook. com/the49thcafe.

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ABC Water Systems Ltd. carries a wide range of storage tanks, cisterns, and complete rain water collection systems, servicing residential, commercial and agriculture needs. ABC Water Systems also offers new pump installations and pump

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Behind every business is a person. These are the people who do business here. They are aslo your neighbours and friends. The 49th Cafe recently celebrated its first year of serving fresh coffee and tasty treats in Ladysmith. Part of the 49th Parallel Grocery family and located next to it on First Avenue, the Cafe is the creation of the Richmond family and has been managed by Colin Pickell since opening day. Colin has over

Photo: Andy Beam, Jeff Townsend (owner), Jon Williams, Mandy Weisbrod, and Loraine Stelefox. Missing is Tonia Townsend

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repairs by certified technicians, available for all service work and repairs 24 hours a day. Service is provided to all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. ABC Water Systems offers a wide variety of treatment options for all your water needs from iron and sulphur filters, water softeners, reverse osmosis, to ultraviolet lights, and water testing. Stop by the office and meet owners Jeff and Tonia Townsend 250-753-3333 www. abcwatersystems.ca Allen Marine provides quality marine service and repair to all makes and models of inboard and outboard power, from routine maintenance to custom repowers. They also specialize in electrical trouble-shooting and repairs, vessel accessory installation, including kicker motors, electronics and down-rigging. They are Nanaimo’s only Mercury/Mercruiser dealer for parts,

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service and warranty. Allen Marine sets itself apart with their consultation process, listening to the customers’ needs, expected outcome and budgetary limits, informing the customer of their boat’s progress and time of completion. Quality, guaranteed work and customer service are of the utmost importance. They have just moved to a central Nanaimo location just off Northfield Road, for quick, easy access. A 100% local family owned and operated business. 250-754-7887 250-618-2112 www. allenmarineservice.com BP Robertson Construction has specialized in residential renovations, repairs, and maintenance for the last four years. Owner Ben Robertson started apprenticing with his father 10 years ago and quickly became well versed in all aspects of residential building. With over 30 years experience in contracting, his father taught him to be a competent carpenter and contractor. Ben’s company complete Ben Robertson their projects on time and on budget while maintaining a high level of quality. When not working, Ben likes to spend time renovating his own home. His determination, efficiency, and appreciation of proper building practices make him an excellent contractor for your next project. 250-816-0192 bprobertson@ live.com. Bastion Law Group is a full-service law firm with offices in Nanaimo and Ladysmith. Laura E. Allen has recently joined the firm as an associate. Laura comes from a well-respected criminal defence firm in Vancouver where she focused on impaired driving, Motor Vehicle Act contraventions and drug offences. Her preferred areas of pracLaura E. Allen tice are criminal, family and civil litigation. 250-753-5372 www.blgn.ca Business Works is a self-employment program covering the mid-island area from the Malahat to Bowser. Developed by Ethos Career Management in Nanaimo, funded federally and provincially through Labour Market Development Services initiatives and delivered in Duncan, Nanaimo and Parksville offices, the 48-week program supports and prepares participants for full-time entrepreneurship. If you are currently receiving Employment Insurance, have received employment insurance Photo: Ronine Sharp – “The Memory Nurse” Business Works

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in the past 36 months, or have established a maternity/parental claim in the past 60 months, you may be eligible to access the program. Check out www.businessworksse.com for eligibility requirements and to register for one of our orientation sessions. They help participants turn their idea into a Business that Works! 250-7411527 or toll free 1-877-741-1527. Carlyle Portraits As a team Daphne and Art Carlyle bring over half a century of combined experience in creating photographic images in a successful business environment. Daphne specializes in child and family portraiture while Art concentrates on commercial subjects and computer enhancement. Their commitment to learning has brought their craft to a high level of Art Carlyle and Daphne Carlyle, MPA achievement; they continue to study under top international photographic masters to refine the skills of composition, lighting, posing and leading edge computer techniques necessary for refined printmaking. Their mission is to provide their clients with a wonderful experience leading to the creation of a beautiful piece of art, an investment having great value that will trigger memories for years to come. 250 912 9997 www.carlyleart.ca Coco Cafe serves excellent coffee, tea, specialty coffees, smoothies, breakfast and lunch items. Owned and operated by the Cedar Opportunities Co-operative, their mission is to provide employment for people with developmental disabilities living in the area. The Co-operative, now with over 150 members, started in 2007 with four founding families who met for picnics

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in the summer. They are still very involved today, serving on the board, working in the Cafe and contributing in variety of ways. www.cedaropportunities.coop 250-323-2223 Cottonwood Golf Course is family built, and owned and operated by the Kaese family for almost 15 years. Their facility provides a number of products and services to the local business and public community including golfing activities, licensed food and beverage facilities well as a golf retail outlet. The Cotton Club Restaurant is a major part of the business that offers daily patrons a wide variety of products and services, from golf events to weddings, banquets and celebrations for groups of guests ranging from 10 to 180 people. They offer

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daily specials, Sunday Brunch, special occasion menus and a great atmosphere for guests to arrive without notice to enjoy a cold beverage in a fantastic setting. www.cottonwoodgolfcourse.com 250-245-5157 Employment Navigators offers free employment services to Ladysmith residents, including workshops, job boards, computer lab, career consulting, and referrals to other government funded programs and job posting services for employers. Operated by Ladysmith Employment Assistance Society, a not-forprofit Society since 1992, they opened through the hard work of committed individuals to offer employment services and to help economic growth. Nine staff members and six board members provide Ladysmith with hands on, specialized and committed service. As of April 2, 2012 there will be a transition of services to the New Employment Program of BC. Cottonwood Golf Course’s Winston Michell. Photo: Rob Johnson Employment Navigators: (l-r)Back Row: Amber Rocque, Christine DeClark-Weir, Art Lewis Front Row: Naomi Kolke, Cheryl McKenzie, Liz Friday. Missing: Ann MacGillivray, Sharon Erickson, Dalys Johnson. Photo: Cindy Damphousse

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If you wish to hear how this transition will have an impact on the community, attend the Annual General Meeting, Oct. 6, at 5pm,info@employmentnavigators.com 250-245-7134 Full Figured Fitness is a personal training and group fitness company whose goal is to have clients actually enjoy exercise in a safe and fun way, and varied enough to keep motivation high and results seen. Owner Tara McNeil, who has lost about 100 pounds, teaches and motivates all clients to be ‘as fit as they can be’ no matter what their shape. The focus is living life now and not waiting to be thin to enjoy life. Tara and a wonderful team of great ladies who share the same vision - helping people and making them feel good about themselves - have released a set of 4 full figured DVDs – to people exercise at home with a great non intimidating workout that will motivate them to succeed. 250-585-6838 www. theshapeyouarein.com Full Figured Fitness: Tara McNeil

Highlander Painting owner Garry McLeod specializes in residential repainting, along with interior/exterior painting, for new homes and commercial. An artist with several years of studio courses and colour theory, Garry has set a goal of completing 50 paintings by his 50th birthday, profits from the sales going to Canwes, a school being built in Nepal by a relative. 250 619 7739

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John Surtees, Independent Realtor with RE/MAX Ocean Pointe. Originally from the lower mainland, John has lived throughout BC and chose Ladysmith as his home 13 years ago. His background is in marketing but he most enjoys working with people to assist them through the process of selling or buying what will generally be their most valuable investment. He is actively involved in the community, over the years having helped to organize and participate in events such as Paddlefest, The Guinness World Record Street Hockey Tournament, the Leadership BC Ladys-

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mith program and serving as president of the Downtown Business Association. Always enthusiastic, John is well known for his ability to listen and his attention to detail. From the moment you meet him you will understand that his positive enthusiasm, communication skills and a systems based approach to marketing are all major contributing factors to help his clients succeed. 1-250-245-3700 www.movingproperties.ca

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lums House, which was created for children needing respite care. It enables them to live out their last days close to home with their families and relatives who may not have the funds to get to Vancouver Children’s Hospital, which is currently the only option. 250-245-3441 www.homehardware.ca John Surtees, realtor

Ladysmith Home Hardware is a retail store that sells a variety of hardware items, paint, housewares, plumbing and lumber as well as an Island Saw and Tool sharpening depot. Home Hardware is a completely dealer owned Canadian company. It stocks over 100,000 items. If an item is not a stocked in the store, they can special order it with no additional cost to the customer. They also have the only lumber yard in town with cutting facilities and a delivery service. Home Hardware is locally operated with 20 employees living in Ladysmith. Not many people know that they now have lumber and do free estimates on cabinets, metal roofing material, windows and flooring. Home Hardware also sells popcorn by donation on the weekends to support local charities. Right now the charity they are supporting is Cal-

Ladysmith Pharmasave, part of the community since 1980, was one of the founding pharmacies that helped create the Pharmasave brand. Current owners Steve Jesse Brown, Ladysmith Wilkinson and Steve Robinson have been operating the Home Hardware. Pharmasave since 2009. They chose to remain under the Pharmasave brand because of the many benefits and advantages it offers. Each store can operate independently, doing what’s best for the community while providing a brand that’s familiar and trustworthy to its loyal customers.

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In fact, the ‘Steves’ take great pride in the Ladysmith community by sponsoring many charities and organizations, and by choosing to hire local residents as often as possible. They’ve had a busy summer updating the store with new lighting, new tills, a new floor plan and a few new product lines to help serve their customers better. Now you can order your prescription refilled over your smart Photo: Steve Wilkinson Steve Robinson. phone or by visiting their new website at www.ladysmithpharmasave.com Stop by and visit them. They’re always happy to see you. 250 245-3113 NikkiDesigns Tired of buying home décor products that shrink or fall apart after one washing? Want to buy items that last, are ethically produced, and healthy to have in your home? NikkiDesigns provides soft furnishings such as duvet covers, roman shades and table linens that address these issues. NikkiDesigns began selling natural home décor products online in 2005 through a site called Etsy, and since then their sales have doubled each year! The company now has three local NikkiDesigns: employees who sew and ship all over Nikki MacCallum

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the world. They offer readymade and custom options and still provide the local market with custom window coverings, slipcovers and bedding. Owner Nikki MacCallum has diplomas in both fashion design and construction and interior decorating, and has operated her own business for over 20 years. She loves what she does and plans to keep growing. 250-245-4238 www.nikkidesigns.ca Hair Diva is an eclectic boutique hair studio in downtown Ladysmith. Sherry Thompson is the owner/operator. She apprenticed in Ottawa, trained in Hair Diva: Sherry Thompson Toronto and eventually moved west. What’s special about Hair Diva is the personalized service, one on one, beginning with the consultation, followed by a style created for you, and backed by experience and professionalism. Don’t forget to throw in a few laughs. And remember, only your hairdresser knows for sure. Sherry attends the latest industry shows, and specializes in hair colouring, and haircuts that suit you and your lifestyle. She also specialized in horticulture at one time, so bring your plant questions!! 250-245-3730 www.hairdiva.ca Peter Harris is an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) with Dominion Lending Centres (DLC) Harbour View Mortgages. Peter Harris, Peter joined DLC, the largest broker- mortgage professional

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age network across Canada, providing him access to over 90 different lenders and countless mortgage products. His office funded over 400 hundred million dollars in mortgages last year alone. Peter loves negotiating on his client’s behalf and is able to provide them with the best mortgage options and rates available. He specializes in residential/commercial financing and refinancing, preapprovals, private lending, and debt consolidation. His services are free.His advice: “lenders should be working for your business not you begging them for theirs. In order to get the best options and rates available, the lenders need to compete. As your mortgage broker, I will make this happen. One of the worst mistakes I see people make and quite possibly the saddest is simply signing their mortgage renewal. By giving me the opportunity, there is no question, I will save you money.” www.harbourviewmortgages.ca or 250-714-2391. SHAKU Family Martial Arts believes that the martial arts have the potential to provide enormous benefit to all people. Founder and chief instructor Sifu Cathal Walsh (Sifu means teacher) is an accomplished martial arts instructor, having achieved a 5th degree Black Belt (Master) in the art of Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu. He has been a Bronze and Silver Medalist at the Tiger Balm Internationals, the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships and (in 2006) at the World Martial Arts Games. His assistant Sifu Amber Simpson has an energetic and dynamic teaching style that is a hit with both kids and adults. SHAKU family martial arts school creates a positive and healthy atmosphere: moms, dads and kids working out together, learning, developing lifelong skills and having fun. Parents of children aged 4-12 and teens and adults who are interested in receiving the kind of benefits they provide are invited to contact the school and schedule a no-obligation information meeting. SHAKU looks forward to meeting with you and your family soon. 250-924-0777 www. SHAKU.ca Ladysmith@SHAKU.ca The Ladysmith Hair Shoppe does a little bit of everything and anything to do with hair cuts, colours, perms extensions, feather extensions, custom clip ins .. hair art of any kind.. What is special about Ladysmith Hair Shoppe is a very easy going

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place where you can pop in have a coffee, talk hair or not. A relaxed atmosphere. Owner Valerie Davidson is a hair artist and makeup artist and she’ll do onsite makeup and hair for photo shoots, weddings and other occasions. 250-924-3400 Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres is proud of their history. Their story began in 1863 when the BC Land & Insurance Group, the oldest continuously operating corporation in BC, recorded its first transaction in the Comox Valley. In the 1950s, the com- Valerie Davidson, Ladysmith Hair Shoppe pany developed property in and around Victoria and in the 1960s the business moved away from real estate to specialize in insurance services. The Campbell River office was opened in 1972, offices were added in Gold River and Tahsis in the 1980s. VIIC’s Ladysmith branch, conveniently located in Coronation Mall, has been providing clients with peace of mind since 1984. Their Island wide family of client focused, industry leading insurance branches operates collectively and collaboratively as Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres. Today, with 150 staff at 14 locations, Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres is a dynamic and expanding General and Life Insurance Brokerage Firm that manages more than 100,000 automobile, home and commercial insurance policies annually for clients on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Their slogan is “We live where you live; working alongside you every day. Jean Nisbet marks her 25th year with VI Trust all your insurance needs to your InsuranceCentre, on neighbours at VIIC. We’ll Take Care of Oct 16 It.” 250-245-8022 www.viic.ca

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CLASSIFIED ADS PAINT & SAVE OPTION: Do it yourself, with a little help from a pro together we can make your job more affordable and accomplish a great look. Making the world a brighter place over 25 years. Call Harvey 250-245-2174 DRIVING LESSONS: Approaching Road Test time? Need an evaluation of your driving skills? Also available: Collision Avoidance Training. Great prices on Road Test Packages. 49th Parallel Driving School 250-416-1606 or 250-619-2713 AJ’S PLUMBING & GAS LicensedBonded-Insured-Journeyman with 12 years experience. Quality workmanship, prompt service. John Wood Water heater installed $650 + tax. Includes 8 year tank warranty & old tank disposal 250-802-7123 LIGHTWORKS WINDOW WASHING and gutter cleaning. Careful & considerate. I also do house cleaning. 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 250734-2681 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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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 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 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 250-245-0548 or email shar@roomsnblooms.ca DO YOU HAVE MOLD? Algae? Moss? Seicoat has products that will remove and prevent. Ten year warranties offered on select products. Technology is what we do. www.seicoat.com Call 250-816-5002 SEMI RETIRED MASSAGE THERAPIST working in Cedar By The Sea $65. an hour session 250-722-2669 OVERCOAT PAINTING - Professional Reliable - Reasonable. Operating 6 years in Ladysmith. No job too small. Will do minor painting repairs. Special senior rates. Call Heather McIntosh for a free estimate. 250245-5557 CLASSIFIEDS sell! Get them working for you. 250-245-7015 ads@take5.ca FAMILY PORTRAITS. Onsite. Fast professional, affordable. 250-756-8892. Samples available.

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FALL GARDEN MAINTAINENCE Programs on now any size yard, 36” commercial walk behind mower available. We trim hedges, bushes & remove yard waste. Call 250-618-6660 pr.dunn@shaw.ca Dunn Lawn & Garden. Fully Insured. AGILE HOME REPAIR & IMPROVEMENT For all your carpentry and home repair needs From repairing/ replacing siding, decks, fences to interior finishing including home ventilation FULLY INSURED call IAN 250-714-8800 HANDCRAFTED GEMSTONE NECKLACES. Jade, garnet, lapis, aventurine and more! $20 each. See jewelry table at Campers Corner Saturday flea market, 8am3pm 250-245-3829 QUALITY RENOVATIONS, big or small. 25 yrs exp/journeyman, affordable. For a free estimate call Lars 250-616-1800 SEPTIC SERVICE BY ReQuest Holdings Ltd. A local family owned business. Waste bins-commercial and residential. Emergency callouts are welcomed. Phone 250-740-7742 mikesoder@telus.net ISAGENIX DISTRIBUTOR - Get Lean & Healthy Fast - Less than $5/ meal. Our protein shakes are amazing! - No Gluten, Wheat, Barley or Trans Fat. Suzanne Deveau 250-245-8407 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 M MCNEIL CONTRACTING. Doing it Right the first time and on Budget!! Excavating / Demolition /Hoe Pack and Breaker. / Lot Levelling Hitachi 135 – Linkbelt 75 – Bobcat – Dump Truck Call or email Mike today for a free quote! 250-714-9125 mmcneil@telus.net

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LYNN’S SENIORS CARE HOME: High Quality Personalized Care. Warm caring environment, Great food & snacks, family events, couples & pets welcomed, ocean views, gardens. North of Ladysmith. 250-245-3391 www. lynnsseniorcare.com WANT TO FEEL GOOD. Brighten up your home with a new ____. Fix that broken ____. Haul off that ____ you don’t want in the front yard. Call Dan @ 250-667-6223 CLAIRVOYANT HEALER Kalavati Gloria Yates, Spiritual Counselor, Healing Facilitator. Meditation and Spiritual Development offering private sessions in person or via skype. www.kalavati.ca 250714-0034 OUR TOWN CLEANING SERVICES - Thorough cleaning for both residential and commercial clients. Respectful of your privacy and treasures. Veteran Affairs Cards now accepted. Call Jacquie at 250-245-2455 CEDAR HERITAGE DUPLICATE BRIDGE 1644 MacMillan Road, Cedar Join us every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm Rosemary Spratt’s instruction commences. October 11th. (intermediate/advanced) includes coffee/tea/fun 250-722-2656; 250-722-3399; 250-716-1245 BRIDGE PLAYERS REFRESH/LEARN/ PLAY Popular Audrey Grant Method. Brian Atkinson Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm until November 2. Then Thursdays November 10 on. Cedar Heritage 1644 MacMillan 250-7222656; 250-722-3546; 250-722-3399 ECHO SERVICES Senior? Disabled? Recovering from an accident? Driving to Appointments / Homemaking / Cleaning / Organizing /Everyday chores / Painting / Small projects Insured & Bonded $25/ hour. Call Suzanne today at 250-245-8407 info@ taketimetoday.com NEW 2 BEDROOM HOME FOR RENT in Rocky Creek Village. Adult oriented. Available September 1st. $1000.00 per month. NS, pets allowed on approval. Phone 250-245-7503 or 250-713-7555 e mail dsneudorf@shaw.ca LADYSMITH KYOKUSHIN KARATE Traditional Japanese Karate. Adult classes 12yrs and up. Beginners always welcome. Start anytime. call Brad 250-245-1352 C.E. TYSDAL, (Miner’s Shack Gallery - www.ctysdal.com), hosts acrylic painting workshops sponsored by Grumbacher on Oct 18, 19, 20th at Michaels in Nanaimo. See Grumbacherart.com/classes info. To register please call Michaels 250-390-5309. Cost $25.

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THE LADYSMITH HEALTH CARE AUXILIARY needs new volunteers for our Thrift Store and gift shops. If you have 3-4 hours of spare time each week, and want to make a valuable contribution to your community, please come to the Thrift Store for an application, or check out our website. www.ladysmithhealthcareaux.ca for information and an online application NOW OPEN! Mid-Island Home Support – serving Chemainus to Nanaimo. Available for personal, respite, palliative care, housekeeping, meal preparation. Qualified, certified, reliable and personalized care. Call 250-924-CARE or email midislandhomesupport@shaw.ca PERSONAL COACHING INTENSIVE guaranteed results: muscle toning – strengthening – detoxing health. Combined ancient and modern proven fitness methods create fast, lasting results. $48/hr or $295 8/sessions Discount 45+ 250-245-8188 infit@hotmail.ca BALLET & BROADWAY CLASSES, Fridays at Cedar Inter School Gym, located on Gould Road. 2:30pm for ages 3 - 4, 3:00pm for ages 5 - 7, 4:00 for ages 8 - 13. Register Oct. 7 and Oct. 14. Lesley 250-7131439 MUSIC LOVERS! Sacabuche! An acclaimed Early Music ensemble from Indiana performs at St. Paul’s Anglican, Nanaimo, 2 pm, Nov. 27. A Benefit for Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. Call 250754-4611 for tickets LEARN A LANGUAGE Small groups, conversational approach, excellent teachers. French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and more. Ongoing registration WENTWORTH COURT LANGUAGE CENTRE, 517 Wentworth, Nanaimo 250716-1603 “ELECTRICAL DON” Have you lost your glasses? Contact Vickie. She found them in a tin. 250- 245-5802 NO WEDDING TO BIG OR SMALL. Contact Rivington Photography to capture your spcecial day. Wedding package includes; unlimited images, high resolution DVD of all pictures, Select images professionally retouched, usage & copyright release. Includes engagement session rivington-photo.com, rivfoto@hotmail.com 250-732-5419. Sample photos available. See our portfolio online. CLASSIFIED ADS work! All classified ads are now online with weblinks. Submit ads at ads@take5.ca .or 250-245-7015 or visit www. take5.ca

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To bug or not to bug? Creaky : (adj) creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone - Princeton’s WordNet The other day, when I was tossing blackberries over the bushes at Jackie, unknown to her of course, I got one of those profound revelations, about how much I love her and in how many ways. This particular day it had to do with her picking up the berries I was hurling at her, looking at them, then looking around, above, wondering how she could possibly have knocked them off the vines and why so many kept bouncing off her head? Didn’t take long till that look came over her, the thought of me picking on the other side of the bush, and then the deft explanation of what she’d do to me if I kept wasting food. And there’s the difference I thought, as I ran away chucking my last handful of delicious, ripe, clothes-staining berries in her general direction. She really would pound the heck out of me if her short little legs could catch me. A quick jump over the log, and a duck behind the big cedar, and I was away free and undamaged, counting on her good nature and bad memory to see me through. A cold glass of water tossed

The wee rascals: Jackie Moad and sisters Sandy and Sharon. Photo submitted.

over the top of the stall door, while I enjoyed a hot relaxing shower, was still a possibility though, and not an unknown when revenge skirled her scurrilous Scorpio thoughts. And that, in a nutshell, is my wee wifie Jackie, tho’ don’t call her that if you know what’s good for you. She’ll give you one of those boney knuckle sucker punches right to the shoulder, and make your whole arm go dead. You’ll swear. And it’ll hurt. Jackie’s twisty knuckled white-hot hits were right up there with the endearing mutterings and back-handed swipes of my dear departed Scots mom, “Awa wi’ ye, ye li’l buggerrrr”. Let’s just say, mostly, I was blameless, and I came honestly to this affectation and whim of bugging them I love. Pestering, irritating, confusing or poking can really spice up a relationship. Of course, if it’s someone like J who’s the object of said affection, who knows self-defence, the old jump-out-from-behind-the-door startle-and-scream technique really should be carefully considered, deferring as much as possible to

arms-length berry hurling for instance. Permanent damage is a possibility. In my case I was told that she cannot be held responsible for me doing something stupid. My knee, now creaky, still hurts when it rains. Hair-trigger reactions and a killer instinct. You learn things about a person after 35 years married. Like why you didn’t have any grey hair, and both knees worked, when you first met. To bug or not to bug, that is the question I must face each and every day. Knowing that my soul mate’s army-family, Newfoundlander and cheerleader upbringing brings many hitherto unexpected elements into play. So folks may well understand, should they see me in a knee brace or otherwise bandaged and bruised as of Oct. 29, when J hosts her two sisters Sandy and Sharon, for a week’s visit ...and also, coincidentally, when I attempt the Evil Kneivel of all bugs on as J celebrates her 60th. Which brings me to the red sneakers she’s gotten to wearing, her cute and creaky scarred knees, and the higher volume on the TV late at night, ‘resting’ her eyes like her mom used to do until the 3am hummm comes on. I never did have a Plan B when it came to Jackie. I was smitten, wanted it all, and she was perfect. Still is. - Laurie Gourlay has worked with environmental groups for thirty years, farms 20 acres organically on Vancouver Island with life-partner Jackie Moad, and is constantly distracted by her wondrous demeanor and beauty, while running Thistle Consulting Services – actively seeking local solutions to global challenges.


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