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Letters Ladysmith Celebrations Committee thank you We would like to express a heart felt thank you to the volunteers and sponsors of our 2013 Ladysmith Days. This is our annual opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate that in Ladysmith We Have It All, natural beauty and outdoor activities, beautiful parks and hiking trails, a vibrant downtown core, a strong group of volunteers and most of all our Friends and Neighbours. Please join us in thanking our major sponsors, Ladysmith & District Credit Union, the Town of Ladysmith, AmMeter Electric, Coastal Trucking and David Stalker Excavating and Coast Environmental. Their generous donations enabled us to keep all our entertainment and activities free for our townspeople. Also the 49th Parallel for their Saturday Family Fun at Aggie Park and Coronation Mall for their Friday night activities. When you see these sponsors in our community please take a moment to thank them let them know that you enjoyed the event. We have many, many other sponsors and volunteers throughout the community without whom we couldn’t put on this event. A huge vote of gratitude to the Ladysmith Kinsmen for organizing and putting on our annual parade, Take 5 Magazine and Ladysmith Chronicle for your advertising of the event and printing of the schedule, Howie and Colleen Davis for the wonderful sand sculpture, Western Forest Products Ladysmith Mill for sponsoring Ladysmith Has Talent, Saltair Marine Ltd. for the fireworks barge, Citizens on Patrol for managing the parking and traffic, Oceanview Church for the children’s games on Saturday afternoon, Ladysmith Parks and Recreation’s Sunday children’s games, Nanaimo Boat Modellers for their interactive remote controlled model boats, Rick Douglas for his miniature logging operation, Ladysmith Bethel Church for all your volunteers and our energetic teen volunteers. It takes a huge combined community effort to put on this event but the smiles and giggles of our friends and neighbours from tots to seniors makes it all worthwhile for all those involved. It is truly part of why in “Ladysmith We Have It All.” Mark your calendar for August 1-3, 2014 for next year’s event and watch for pictures and information about this year’s event and keep informed of what is happening for Ladysmith Days 2014. - Ladysmith Celebrations Committee



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Rail service In the Aug. 16 Cowichan Valley Citizen, Jean Crowder states that “Islanders CLEARLY want passenger rail service”. The Islanders I’ve spoken to CLEARLY do not want the extra tax burden associated with an underused and heavily subsidized rail service. To think that you could get up at 4 am. to catch a 5:30 train to Victoria, work all day and be home by 8 pm must surely be a tantalizing enticement for a commuter! The Island rail committee speaks of a maximum subsidy by Via of ONLY $1.8 million per year, plus the initial investment in upgraded equipment. Ask yourself, why would VIA be wanting to put ANY subsidy towards the rail line? On top of that, there is the $30 million or so required to upgrade rail beds and trestles before we have a safe and sturdy system for our 158 passengers daily. It all sounds very comforting when you think of spreading the tax burden between the Feds, the Province, the Regional Districts and the Municipalities, but guess what – all this money comes from one source – you, the taxpayer! You want a truly economical and widely accepted use for the E & N rail bed – fill the space between the rails with gravel, and I’ll bet you will see constant and welcome use by cyclists and pedestrians all along the line, at very little further cost to taxpayers. You want a truly useful commuter rail system on the Island, set it up between the Western communities and Victoria, where there will be many commuters and the service might even pay for itself. If there is a business case justifying the enormous cost of perpetuating this dinosaur why haven’t we seen it? CLEARLY, it is not justifiable on economic terms. -Michael Smith


Terry Fox Foundation I would just like to take the time and say thank you for supporting The Terry Fox Foundation promotion of the 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run happening on September 15th. With the Run date being only a month away, thank you for keeping Terry Fox and his dream for a cancer free world in your mind. - Kevin Chan, Terry Fox Foundation

Slow Down children playing A TAKE 5 reader writes…. I live on a street in the midst of a family neighbourhood. The fact that it is not a major thoroughfare might make you think it would not be too busy and drivers would generally follow posted speed limits but this is not always the case. Because my children and many of their friends are often playing outside I have a removable sign often set up out front which reminds drivers to “ Slow down, children playing”. This does not mean I give my children carte blanche to play on the road but to warn drivers to be aware of them in case one inadvertently steps off the curb, forewarned is forearmed. Many of my neighbours, including RCMP members have positively commented on the sign being a good reminder to drivers. But today I was amazed when the Town By-law officer dropped by to inform me that someone in the neighbourhood had complained about the sign. I find it ludicrous that firstly the complainant wouldn’t come and speak to me personally and secondly that they would waste the Town employee’s time with what I consider to be a frivolous complaint. Does this person also complain about all the other signs posted around our town? I know I personally appreciate extra warnings where children’s safety is a concern. I hope the person who complained has the courage to come to speak to me directly and we can discuss this matter. Perhaps there is a side to this issue that I haven’t considered? Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Letters do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TAKE 5. email, or post at Visit us on facebook. com/take5publications



The Cowichan Valley Having had the opportunity to serve as Chairperson of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) for the past 20 months, I have frequently been asked, by curious citizens, “What is it?” What exactly does the Regional District do? And what does the Board of Directors do?” The answers to those questions make a very big story that I can only just begin to share in this article. Although regional districts were established in 1967 and have been part of our local governance structure for over four decades their existence is still a mystery to many of our residents. The role of a mayor and council is far more easily understood. The Regional District system of local government is unique to British Columbia. In 1967, the provincial government of the day created regional districts to bring local government services like building inspection, land use planning, fire protection, and other services to unincorporated areas, which are areas of the province that were not incorporated into a municipality. This regional structure was also designed to help facilitate the establishment of services between jurisdictions that are regional in nature like the management of garbage disposal, library services, and establishing a level of local funding for health care services. These are services that require the cooperation and collaboration of multiple communities in order to be successful. The province is currently divided up into 29 regional districts. Over the years

some regional districts have amalgamated, while others have been divided – such as Comox-Strathcona, which was separated into two regional districts in 2008. The CVRD, with some 82,000 people, is 10th in population in the province and with a land area of some 350,000 hectares, we are 23rd in size. Our region consists of thirteen politi-

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cal communities – four municipalities: North Cowichan, Ladysmith, Duncan, and Lake Cowichan - and nine electoral areas: Mill Bay/Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay, Sahtlam/Glenora/Cowichan Station, Lake Cowichan South/Skutz Falls, Saltair/Gulf Islands, North Oyster/Diamond, Youbou/Meade Creek. Based on a population ratio of one director for every 10,000 residents, each of the nine electoral areas elects a single director and each of the four municipal councils appoints a member(s) of their council to represent their community at the regional board table. However, because North Cowichan has a population of 29,000 it appoints three representatives, so there are six municipal directors on the CVRD Board. Although there are nine First Nation Communities within the boundaries of the CVRD, at present, they do not have representation on the Board of Directors of the CVRD. With the completion of treaty negotiations the Board of Directors of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District was recently expanded to include First Nation representation. The CVRD, with numerous local and regional citizen advisory committees/ commissions and over 300 employees, provides a diverse array of over 160 separate services to the citizens of the region including: Local services such as 200+ community parks, more than 40 water or sewer systems, or 6 fire departments; Sub-regional services such as 3 recre-


ational facilities with ice arenas, or the construction of dikes on the Cowichan River, which recently saw $8 million invested as a flood prevention method; Regional services like solid waste management where $4.5 million is presently being invested in the Peerless Recycling Centre upgrade or regional emergency planning where the department and the community face a complex task of ensuring a state of readiness for a major emergency or disaster. The CVRD also plays a key role for our communities as an advocate and negotiator with the provincial and federal governments. Areas like the improvements to the Malahat are negotiated through the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, the depositing of contaminated soils within our region through the Ministry of the Environment, the replacement of the Cowichan and District Hospital through the Ministry of Health and the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and the operation of the weir at Cowichan Lake to ensure adequate flows in the Cowichan River is negotiated through the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resources. Over the years as our communities have grown and local government has become responsible for a greater number of initiatives, correspondingly, the role for the Board of Directors has become far more complex and challenging. The role of the electoral area director is particularly challenging. As the only elected representative for an area, each of these directors carries a significant burden. We have electoral areas within the CVRD such as Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, and Mill Bay whose area population is larger than that of over half the municipalities in B.C., but the political responsibility for their electoral area is largely borne by a single director and not shared among a mayor and council. Regional government, like all levels of government, continues to evolve. Despite the challenges of bringing thirteen diverse communities together with unique issues and differing values, our systems and our processes of local governance continue to improve. The Cowichan Region is truly a wonderful place to call home. - Opposite page: Fall colours in the Cowichan.



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Forum Invites Community To Co-Create EcoNeighbourhood Picture this: like minded people living in a neighbourhood that’s self reliant on energy, water, waste. It’s not a environmentalist dream but a reality coming to Cedar. Kirkstone Place is a 10-acre sustainable neighbourhood planned near Hemer Park. It will support 33 families in energy-efficient single-family and attached homes. Site-adapted passive solar design will feature natural building materials, off-the-grid indoor- and outdoor-use rainwater harvesting, stormwater management, heat recovery ventilation and permaculture-based community organic gardens. With the cost of going green coming down and economies of scale are making renewable energy and alternative systems economically viable for homeowners. “We have a unique opportunity to design this precedent-setting neighbourhood in a collaborative way, to reflect the values of those who will live here,” says Emanuel Hajek, whose firm Emanuel Homes is developing the project. Hajek and his investment partner Wim Zuydervelt have engaged local planning and design firm Greenplan to assist on Kirkstone Place. In 2011 they hosted a design charrette that gathered initial input from the community and from experts in community planning, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, alternative septic, green design, environmental protection, permaculture, and urban farming. The response has been great so far. “Everyone we’ve talked to has been excited.” Since that time, the consortium has taken significant strides to garner support from the Regional District. The RDN Area A Official Community Plan also supports the neighbourhood. “Having Kirkstone Place come to fruition in one’s backyard is the dream come true with an extra scoop of ice cream on top,” says RDN Electoral A Director Alec McPherson. Now they are asking for more input from the community in a public forum Sept 26 at 6:30 p.m at the Cedar Community Hall. Greenplan president Jack Anderson, who will present at the event, is moti-

Jack Anderson and Emanuel Hajek on site.

vated by the potential that like-minded neighbours can contribute to this microcommunity. For more information, and opportunities to submit your own vision and interest in the project, join the forum. “There”s nothing like this in Western Canada. No one has done it like this” says Anderson.

Boat fire under investigation “It was a ball of fire. It looked like a Viking Ship in a burial,” said Nick Epp-Evans, station leader of the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Station 29 (RCMSAR-29). He along with Patrick Roque and coxman Brian Crump assisted Ladysmith Boat ablaze at Ladysmith Harbour

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Fire and Rescue on August 19 when a 32 foot wooden power boat caught fire in dog patch, a well used anchorage in Ladysmith Harbour. The boat broke free of its mooring and starting drifting towards other boats and the Ladysmith Maritime Society docks. A grappling line was secured on the boat and using a hose to keep the line from burning, they managed to pull the boat away from other vessels. “It was hard. The hull was a mass of flames and beyond saving” said EppEvans. The boat was put on the beach at Slack Point then with the turning tide, what was left of it broke free and sank in 13 metres of water opposite the Ladysmith sign in the bank of Transfer Beach. Several large cylinders were observed in the debris and at the request of the RCMP were towed to shore for RCMP investigation. The rescue workers’ long night didn’t end there. Advised that there may have been an issue with exposure to a chemical on board the boat, at about 3 am they found themselves at Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf stripped down and hosed and scrubbed while ambulance attendants monitored their blood. Ladysmith RCMP S.Sgt Dave Herman says that the matter is still under investigation. As of August the marine rescue organization had already matched the number of callouts for 2012.

Bus service for Ladysmith The Cowichan Valley Regional Transit is starting its new service September 3. The four new routes are: 31 Colonia, 32 Forrest Field, 33 Waterfront, 34AB Coronation Mall Westdowne. A new re-




gional route 35 Ladysmith. Transit info 250-746-9899.

When asked about the highlight of his trip, he said that it was the chance to meet the people of Canada. The the trip offered a change of prospective of nature, society and of self. Would he do it again? “Hell, yes!” says Joe.

Cedar Village 16 Anniversary Cedar Village 16th Anniversary Celebration Day is Saturday September 4, 2013. The fun starts at 11am and runs all day until 3pm. Lots of things for kids to do: face painting, games, a giant slide, dunk tank and more. Meet Penny the Owl, dance and try out the Monster Obstacle Course all sponsored by Island Savings. To top up your energy level hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will all be available. Prizes galore. Groceries for a Year! Over $7500 in prizes to be given away. Come out and enjoy the day, for more information call 250-722-7010.

North Oyster Community Centre Grand Opening After 20 long years of renovation and countless volunteer hours, the North Oyster Community Hall is celebrating its grand opening. The North Oyster &Area Historical Society invites the community to come out and enjoy refreshments and entertainment from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 13467 Cedar Road. Used as a school for nearly 100 years, this building has been given a new purpose as the meeting place for the North Oyster community. For more info please call 250-245-2559 or 250-245-3358.

Council proclaims September Organ Donor Month in Ladysmith

Gary Phillips President RCL Br 171 Debbie & Trevor Green Roy Empey Past President RCL Br 171 Photo: Cindy Damphousse

set forth from the most easterly point in Canada, Cape Spear. He pointed his bike westward and started pedalling. Four months to the day, he started the last leg of this incredible journey here in Ladysmith, from the home of his new found friends Rod and Delana Sword. Over the past four months he has travelled 8500 kilometres - through sheets of cold rain in Ontario and Quebec, baked under the hot sun of prairies, the challenge of the Rocky Mountains, and finally, the Malahat.

On August 19, Town Council proclaimed September Organ Donor Month in Ladysmith, following a presentation by Marni Hastings, participant in the Landmark Self Expression and Leadership Program (SELP). Hastings created the project Be a Living Legacy to increase awareness of organ donation and registration. The town’s goal is to reach or exceed 5000 registrants by the end of September. You can register yourselves and your children quickly and easily online at

Kinsmen project wins award Ladysmith Kinsmen Park on Brown Drive won the Kinsmen National Service Award as the best Kinsmen or Kinette Project in Canada in 2012. Duck Paterson credits the tremendous participation by the Ladysmith community for helping to win this award.

75 years boating In celebration of its 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, a specially designed flag is traveling from the US and stopping at each of the power squadrons accompanied by local festivities. The flag will be in Ladysmith Sept.29-30.

Legion fundraiser for injured veteran Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 hosting a donation presentation tea for Trevor Green on August 29. Trevor Green is a veteran was posted in Kandahar when he was attacked by a person with an axe. His brain was left damaged, and he is in need of an exoskeleton, a technology that could allow him to walk again. The legion presented him with a cheque for over $3000.

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Bike on! BY ROB JOHNSON One day Joe Campbell was kidding around with some of his university friends in Newfoundland when the idea of cycling all the way home to Victoria was planted in his head. As the time to go home drew nearer, the idea continued to grow until it became an obsession. “Why not?” he thought. On April 21 he

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President Mayta Ryn and Regional District of Nanaimo Area A Director Alec McPherson stand outside the newly-painted Cedar Community Hall. The Association received $21,000 in RDN grant funding in 2012 for exterior painting and for new accordion-style doors between the main hall and the annex. In 2011, the RDN also provided $27,000 in funding for new oak flooring

The Ladysmith Downtown Business Association (LDBA) and Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) are partnering up to put on a community dance Saturday, September 21, 7pm at Aggie Hall.The dance is open to the community but is a 19+ event. Partial DJ fees are being donated by Sunwest DJ, and all the money raised will be put back into the community by LaFF and the LDBA. Tickets are only $15 in advance or $18 at the door and can be bought at 49th Parallel Printers, the Chronicle and Salamander Books. For more information go to

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Farm Dancing “Everything wants to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Ahhhh, the celebration of life that is the fall, the harvest, food aplenty, with cool clear evenings and bright sunny skies greeting the day! ‘Twas not that surprising then to see the beautiful Jackie Moad, my longsuffering partner who puts up with me through many and varied intrigues, slowly dancing through the orchard. I stood and gazed upon her from across the field. How lucky I’ve been, marrying such a free spirited, happy woman, so confident and composed, no second thoughts in expressing happiness whenever the urge should call. Our young collie pups took up the dance, jumping and cavorting beside her. And even the older dogs seemed caught in the novelty, circling, bumping and pushing at one another, enjoying completely the frivolity and pleasure of play. That surely is one of the joys of

farming, letting go, being free, living fully in the moment. And Jackie was in one of those moments, which I was busily tucking away in memory. For these were the good old days I’d be remembering when I was in my rocker, on the porch looking out over the pond in retirement, occasionally directing one of our eager, highly-paid farm hands to pick up an apple or maybe a pear they’d missed, or perhaps just tidying up and being sure all the weeds were gone from the flower beds. But there I was again, lost in future thoughts, lost in wonder at the good fortune which had found us farming in paradise. Momentarily transfixed, I shook my head and slowly re-focused on the scene before me. My beloved Jackie, still dancing, combining sultry rhumba and wild flamenco highsteps in a most innovative manner. And that had to be a bit of ballroom flair, juxtaposing modern dance moves that I hadn’t seen her try for many a year. Swirling, dipping, knees high, ready to leap and fly ...that was my Jackie alright. A mover and shaker, and dancer bar none. Wow, she was a sight to behold. And the dogs were really getting into it too. There was barking galore and mebbe a couple of snaps as they too made tight circles, weaving in and out amongst themselves, almost under Jack’s feet. And a yelp! High spirits and lots of energy in the fields this day! I had to get in on the act and, reaching the fence in the lower field I could just barely hear Jackie, singing or calling

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something ...waving me over, so that I hurried to get my dance card filled. I rushed to my love. Through the trees she moved, dogs at her heels, in a dance with no equal. She was going all out, in favour of a swirling dervish that verged on tasmanian devilwoman. She twisted and turned, in tune to some grande ballet or concertina jangling only she could hear. On the edge, but rather lovely. I could only look on in amazement. Through the air, around her head, hands akimbo with blackberries spinning from her open palms, somewhat distracting, and I made a mental note to tell her she might want to tone it down just a notch if she planned to take this new dance on the stage. And what the heck was that slapping at her sides all about, most unbecoming, as was the shaking head twitch which became so much more apparent the closer I came. And ow, ow, ow I took a swat at a flying blackberry. What the heck, yellowjacket attack. I deigned copy the form and essence of my love’s footsteps, flailing and farm dancing ...through the orchard, beeline t’wards the house, beating a hasty retreat, dogs snapping and snorting, looking forward to winter’s shy embrace. Laurie Gourlay has worked with environmental groups for thirty-odd years, farms 20 acres organically with lifepartner Jackie Moad, and does indeed farm dance regularly as the urge, thorns, nettles, wasps and bees dictate, actively seeking local solutions to global challenges, of course.


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Parade, festivities to mark 70 years of Air Cadets BY CATHY GILROY To commemorate 70 years, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Ladysmith, 257 Parallel Squadron is hosting a Vancouver Island Wing Parade on Sunday September 22, with 10 Squadrons from Powell River through to Victoria attending. Squadrons and bands will parade at 1300hrs (1 p.m.) at First Avenue and

Roberts St., along First Avenue to the Agricultural Hall and Fields. Squadrons will then form up on the Field for an Inspection, to be followed by speeches and Cadet demonstrations. The Aggie Hall and Fields will be open for the entire community to come out and enjoy the parade, displays, demonstrations and refreshments. The Air Cadets have enjoyed a long history in Ladysmith and area. In the early 1940’s the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program was developed nationally to train young men for duty in the Canadian Forces during WW II. Squadron 257 Ladysmith received its Charter in February of 1943. “Air Cadets” was a high school program, with H.A. Thicke, a high school shop teacher and the driving force behind the program in Ladysmith, becoming the first Commanding Officer. Cadets used the Agricultural Hall as their Headquarters for training and drill as the high school did not have a gym. The first Air Cadet to receive his “Wings” was Raymond Conti in 1949. In 1951 Ray “Digger” Conti received his commission at the RCAF Flight Training Cente in Centralia, Ontario. He excelled in his training, qualifying as onr of four Flight Officers from BC to join the 439 Squadron stationed out of Uplands, Ottawa, to train on the new F-86 Sabre Jets. This was an elite position. Ray was to join a force of crack CaClockwise: Kyle Baird gliding. Ray “Digger” Conti. Photos: Ladysmith Air Cadets

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nadian Pilots whose mission was to fly the F-86 jets to Luffenham England. The 439 Sabre Tooth Tiger Squadron made aviation history when they flew the first jet fighter aircraft across the Atlantic. They left Uplands Airport on the 30th May 1952 at 9.24 EST. It was “Mission Leapfrog 1” led by Squadron Leader C.C. Bricker with stops in Bagotville, Quebec and Goose Bay, Newfoundland, then via Greenland, Iceland and Scotland and finally to Luffenham, where they joined 410 and 441 Squadrons and waiting ground crews. From the Book of Remembrance we learned that “While stationed at North Luffenham, England, 15036 F/O Raymond “Digger” Conti of Ladysmith, British Columbia was killed when his Canadian F-86 Mark II Sabre Serial Number 19187 crashed into the North Sea while on a training exercise.” After the war, the Air Cadet program continued to be popular. Girls started to join in the early 1950’s (although girls were not officially allowed to enrol until 1975). In the years to follow, the Squadron continued to thrive as the program diversified to better reflect the needs and interest of local youth. Today Cadets engage in a wide variety of activities such as Power Flight and Glider training, Sports, Survival Camping exercises, Marksmanship, St. John Ambulance First Aid Training, Drill and Effective Speaking. Citizenship trips and weekend exercises are offered throughout the year, and most Cadets attend Summer Training programs in B.C. and nationally. Cadets are very active in the community, assisting many Service Groups and organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legions Branches #171 Ladysmith and #191 Chemainus, the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank, the Ladysmith Resources Centre Christmas Hamper Program and many others. Many prominent local citizens have benefited from the Air Cadet program over the years, with careers in Flight and Aviation, politics and business. Air Cadets is the largest nationally funded youth organization in Canada, with over 23,000 enrolled in 456 Squadrons. Check out our Facebook Page at www. and if you would like to be Ladysmith squadron visiting Parliment. 1943 Squadron. Photos submitted.

involved in this event, or can help contact Cathy Gilroy at 250-245-8119 or To find out more about the Air Cadet Program, please visit www.cadets. ca, and to enquire about enrolling in the Ladysmith Air Cadet Squadron, contact Captain Karen Graczyk, Commanding

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Officer, at 250-713-8096, or stop by the Aggie Hall on Tuesday, Sept.10 from 6:15 -8 pm for Open House/Information and Registration Night. Visit the Ladysmith Museum for exhibit on Ladysmith’s Air Cadets history.




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Here’s some of the people that serve you. Many of them are pet owners and some even offer pet friendly services. Nikki MacCallum, NikkiDesigns NikkiDesigns offers custom window coverings, bedding, table linens, cushions and slipcovers, plus ready-made organic napkins, placemats, duvet covers, bed skirts, tea towels and gift sets. I produce items that are very wellmade and I offer organic fabric choices to those who want them. I have been designing and creating draperies and roman shades for over 25 years first in Vancouver and then in the Ladysmith area for the last 18 years. The right window treatments will add value, style and comfort to your home, and lower your heating and cooling bills. I offer very personalized service, fast turnaround and un-matched quality. Customers can now also shop online for my roman shades with any of my many natural, eco-conscious fabric choices. Get a quote for your roman shades in seconds! I have a cat. I love animals but do not allow them in my studio because I have

to keep it very clean and hair-free. I love living in Ladysmith - we have brought up our children here and love the friendly people and outdoor lifestyle. We wouldn’t live anywhere else. Brad and Erin Nelson, Treasure Island Thrift Shoppe We carry gently used clothing, household items, books, electronics and knick knacks, a small amount of furniture, and anything else we consider a treasure. We offer free pickup of clothing and furniClockwise: Nikki MacCallum, NikkiDesigns, Karen Roine, Balloon Emporium made this balloon wedding dress for her daughter in law. Brad and Erin Nelson, Treasure Island Thrift Shoppe


ture in the Cedar/Yellowpoint area, and can arrange free pickup in other areas with a little notice. Not only are we the only themed thrift store I’ve ever seen, but we’re giving a generous portion of our profits to the Cedar 4-H Club. We hope to help them fundraise so that they’re able to go to camp, purchase supplies that benefit the club, and help them get the most out of their 4-H experience. We have a coonhound cross at the farm. He lives up to his breed and will tree any raccoon that sets foot on the property. If we find that our customers are bringing their pets, we would be happy to provide a big dish of water outside. We also support 4-H, but those animals are usually a little larger. Cedar 4-H kids raise rabbits, ducks, chickens, goats, cattle, horses, turkeys, alpacas, llamas, etc. Julie Stewart-Boyle, Tudor Mortgage Corporation, Carole Ford, ReSet



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Paul Joy, Antique Addict Photo: Rob Johnson

Dan Patterson, Affordable Vacuum & Mobility Scooter

Paul Joy, Antique Addict We offer retail sales of quality antique and vintage furniture and collectables and antique furniture restoration -- if I have the time. We are recognized for having furniture that is always in beautiful condition that people can enjoy for years and years. We’re enjoying our new location at 12 Roberts Street. After seven months of completely renovating our new location, Antique Addict opened May 1st and we have received many compliments on the building and feel happy to have added to the charm of Ladysmith.

I bring my dog to work. He’s the best dog I have ever owned. Shoppers with pets are allowed in my business. On hot days I insist dogs come in out of the heat and offer water. I support the SPCA. Entering our seventh year of business, we have enjoyed getting to know our customers, many of whom stop in on a regular basis. We believe that by selling pre-loved antiques and treasures we are contributing our part to being “green”. The coffee is always on.. Come check us out.


Carole Ford, ReSet: Adjusting Perceptions & Enabling Learning My services are Davis Dyslexia Correction, Math Mastery, and Attention Mastery for ADD/ADHD Programs, and Davis Reading Program for Young Learners, with free Initial Consultations and Dyslexia Information Seminars We help clients gain the cognitive tools they need to take personal control of their learning and living challenges. I have a friendly 11 year-old golden retriever. Our dog is on our property but not in ReSet Cottage. We work one-on-one with clients who may have pet allergies, so we keep ReSet Cottage pet-free. Julie Stewart-Boyle , Tudor Mortgage Corporation Mortgages and secured lines of credit (along with good coffee and a welcoming atmosphere!) are my business. I work with my clients by offering professional advice to find the best product, rate, terms and options for their specific needs. Working with a personal mortgage planner is advantageous as I have access to many different lenders and banks and offer the best deal upfront whereas the banks offer just their own set of products. Meeting with people to see what changes are happening in their lives and how I can help is what I enjoy most. I have two pets - both rescue animals. My eleven year old husky-akita cross, Kia, and a newer addition, our little orange tabby cat Fitz, get on extremely well. These best buds can often be found sharing the same bed! I am very flexible, and as such we can meet anywhere at your convenience! Pet friendly coffee shops are very common places to meet with a client. We would allow dogs in the office if they are as well-behaved as most of their owners! Dan Patterson, Affordable Vacuum & Mobility Scooter We offer vacuum sales, service, parts, bags, supplies for uprights and canisters, built in vacuums, steam cleaner rentals along with scooter sales, service, parts, batteries and rentals. We have been servicing the residents of Ladysmith and area for the past 13 years at the same location. With the new scooter service it is rewarding to assist customers in becoming more mobile. Mobility is the best gift ever given. Shoppers are allowed in with pets. We have the best pet vacuums in the business, easy to use and clean. Karen Roine, Certified Balloon Artist, Balloon Emporium At Balloon Emporium we offer any occasion “OMG” awesome unique balloon bouquets, corporate decor, balloon sculptures large and small, wedding decor, rentals, deliveries from Duncan to Qualicum and beyond! I just returned from a balloon convention in California where my balloon buddy Brenda Roed and I participated in a non-traditional arch competition in which we took first place. I’m also proud of the balloon wedding dress I made for my daughterin-law’s wedding- it was all made out of balloons. A must see to believe - no one guessed they were balloons! The wedding dress is on We lost our dog Buddy last year but still have a bowl of water out for any dog that appears, mind you most dogs are not fond of balloons.



RDN - Area A UBCM highlights BY ALEC MCPHERSON In September of each year, delegates from across the province gather at the Annual Convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) to attend forums that permit them to discuss emerging issues in their communities, to attend business/policy sessions and, most importantly, to consider resolutions that have been brought forward from Area Associations for consideration. Area Associations include, for example, the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) of which the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and the CVRD are members. A number of the resolutions are more relevant to the rural, unincorporated areas. I will touch upon a few of interest. The number, the title and the sponsor of the resolution is indicated in the resolutions highlighted. B3 Elector Approval of Boundary Extensions - Cowichan Valley RD Unlike most other resolutions, this resolution was not debated at the AVICC as

it has primarily arisen from subsequent actions within the CVRD. Essentially, the resolution is requesting the provincial government to amend the Local Government Act, RSBC to require municipalities seeking a boundary extension to obtain the approval of the electors of the affected rural area. B7 Rural Policing - Barriere This resolution highlights the fact that there has been little to no increase in the number of police officers assigned to rural duties. It calls upon the Province of B.C. to review the rural policing resource model so that police service levels in the rural areas is not further compromised. B8 Fire Department Response to Highway Accidents - Barriere This resolution requests the provincial government to develop a program with ICBC to reimburse local fire departments responding to highway incidents. While some point out that the attendance at highway accidents is voluntary, the reality is that if the fire department does not respond to a serious incident, it would be subject to criticism after the fact. Fire departments operating in rural areas where a provincial highway passes

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through their community are particularly hard hit as they do not receive any grants from the provincial government. B9 Federal Medicinal Grow Licenses - Mission Effective April 2014, the federal governments new medicinal grow licenses will become effective. These licenses seem to circumvent almost all municipal bylaws including zoning – particularly on lands within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). This resolution calls upon the federal government to provide sufficient resources to ensure that licensees are adhering to the conditions of their licenses and that federal resources be used to perform periodic physical inspections of these premises so that local government employees and area residents are not placed in harm’s way. B32 Enforcement of Source Water Protection - Lake Country This resolution recognizes that the provincial government no longer employees professional staff dedicated to source (watershed) protection. It calls upon the provincial government to allocate sufficient resources for the protection of community watersheds. This simply rec-


ognizes that water quality and quantity is not only ‘an issue’ but ‘the issue’. B34 Provincial communication with Local Government Regarding Licenses & Permits – Nanaimo RD This resolution requires the provincial government to inform local governments and allow opportunity to comment prior to issuing licences for activity (ies) to take place on lands within or adjacent to any local government. This arises from the Ministry of Agriculture issuing harvesting permits that allow for removal of thousands of tonnes of beach cast seaweed in the Deep Bay area of the RDN. B72 Genetically Engineered Plants & Animals – Metchosin This resolution recognizes that Genetically Engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified (GM) crops can disperse their pollen and genes indiscriminately resulting in lawsuits, loss of organic certification and significant economic loss. At the AVICC, this resolution was put forward to recognize that Vancouver Island provided a natural geographic area where the provincial government could declare it a GE-GMO free zone; however, in order for this to have wider application (a general requirement for the UBCM), it now calls upon the provincial government to legislate a prohibition in respect of importing, exporting and growing of plants that contain genetically modified/ engineered plants and animals. B111 Regulation of Foreign Ownership of Farmland - North Saanich This resolution calls upon the provincial government to create a database of agricultural lands indicating ownership and to maintain it in the form of a registry. Further, it requires the provincial government to give the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) powers to protect the agricultural land base from price speculation. The obvious concern is that foreign ownership and control of lands would allow food crops to qualify for provincial subsidies with nil guarantee that the crops would be available to B.C. consumers. With Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island having already enacted legislation to limit foreign ownership and investment, the proponents suggest that it is time for BC to act in a likewise manner. While the above is simply a snippet of the resolutions to be considered, one can go and click on the



Resolution and Policy section to obtain a complete list of the resolutions and the comments of the Resolutions Committee.

CVRD - Area H Local heros, boundary expansion, recycling BY MARY MARCOTTE Looking For Local Heroes Starting in mid September, as part of the North Oyster Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Program, members of our local volunteer fire and rescue department will be seeking additional volunteers to staff our Department. You will see them out and about, actively engaging the community in a variety of ways. They will be upgrading signage at the hall, installing new signage in strategic locations, working with the media and utilizing Twitter and Facebook to get the message out that “we want you”. More specifically, we are looking for volunteers who live in the community, and are committed to taking the appropriate training needed to provide emergency services to this area. Typically it takes about six months to a year to qualify for basic certification; volunteers must be at least 19 years of age by the time the training is completed. Training also includes weekly practices on Tuesday evenings. Current volunteers agree that while there are many challenges in serving the community, being a volunteer fire fighter is also enjoyable and very rewarding in many different ways. You can expect to make new friends and enjoy great camaraderie with your fellow volunteers. You can expect to learn news skills that you can use in your everyday life, which will benefit both you and the community. And you can expect to educate and interact with the community in ways that young children will get stars in their eyes, and consider you their hero. You will be acknowledged and respected for your efforts. Volunteer firefighters really do make a significant difference in the lives of those who require emergency services. To learn more about becoming a North Oyster Volunteer Firefighter, please check out our website at If you are interested in submitting an application, the forms can be viewed on line

and printed out, or filled in and submitted electronically. You can also visit the firefighters on Tuesday evenings to pick up or drop off an application form and speak with the volunteers. All applications must be submitted no later than October 15, 2013. TimberWest and Ladysmith Boundary Expansion Proposal As you know, this community has expressed a number of concerns regarding a proposal to extend the Town boundaries. The proposal was initiated by the Town and TimberWest in order to accommodate the Town’s desire to find a means to protect their watershed and to accommodate TimberWest’s desire to develop lands currently within the jurisdiction of Area H - North Oyster/Diamond. This proposal also includes lands to the south that are currently within the jurisdiction of Area G – Saltair/Banyon Creek. As required, TimberWest has submitted an application for a development permit to the Regional District. This application has been through the Regional District process and is now in the hands of the Province. If the development permit receives Provincial approval, the Town must go through a public approval process for the boundary expansion and then submit the documentation to the Province for vetting. Some of the concerns that have been raised by the residents of Areas G & H include the impacts that urban sprawl will have on surrounding communities, protection of our water supplies and the need for legislative changes, and the need for a holistic north end water protection plan. There are many more. One of the major concerns for the Electoral Areas is the fact that only residents of the municipality are eligible to have a vote on the expansion. There is no requirement, or allowance for, the affected Electoral Areas to have a say in the matter. The CVRD Board submitted a resolution to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for consideration at the annual Convention in September. The resolution requests legislative changes that will require approval from electoral areas - not just the municipal residents. This issue has been of great concern not just to the Cowichan Valley areas, but also a long standing unresolved issue throughout the Province. I expect full support for the resolution from the

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Electoral Area Directors and thoughtful debate from all of the delegates. Earlier this year, public information meetings were held in the Diamond and Saltair, with a promise of a follow up meeting at the North Oyster Community Centre. Please be advised that the follow up meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Frank Limshu, from TimberWest and Mayor Rob Hutchins have both agreed to be present to provide information and answer questions. I urge all residents of the affected areas to attend in order to gain a full understanding of the impacts this proposal will have on the endangered rural areas of North Oyster/Diamond and Saltair. Recycling – Getting It To The Curb The electoral areas in the Regional District will soon have a new way to get their recycling to the curb. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that there would be cost savings and stability for the curbside recycling service by changing to an automated system. The Regional District decided to proceed with the process of initiating the new system; it is now almost complete. This new system will include providing you with a new tote for storing your curbside recyclable material prior to collection day. The start date for delivery of the new tote to your door step is September 3, 2013; the actual date on which you receive your tote will depend upon where you live. Once your receive the tote, look inside and you will find an information package with a new collection schedule, a tote user guide complete with instructions on how to properly position the new tote at the curbside and other pertinent information. To avoid any possible confusion, there will also be a date on each tote referring to the first date of automated collection. Residents are asked to please continue to utilize your current recycling containers until this date. If, after reviewing the information, you have any questions please call the CVRD Recycling Hotline at 1-800-6653955 or email at It


is anticipated that new service will come into effect in the electoral areas during the week of Sept. 23.

CVRD Area G Backyard burning BY MEL DOREY Backyard Burning Bylaw Some of the Electoral areas of the CVRD are enacting rules and regulations to control backyard burning to improve air quality. These regulations are not in place in Saltair this year but may be in the coming years. More densely populated areas like Mill Bay, Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake already have them in place. Because Saltair is more rural and has a tradition of backyard burning as well the winds carry the smoke away more quickly, I thought we should go slowly and discuss it thoroughly in the community before moving ahead. We have relied on the common sense of the residents so far to not irritate their neighbours with backyard burning. The CVRD has had very few complaints over the years with backyard burning. But there was huge uproar of complaints over huge fires on Porter’s Farm and when McClintons did their subdivision on the school road. Under the “Right to Farm” legislation farmers are still allowed to light big fires on their property. But now the CVRD has regulations that prohibit big machine piled fires like those when doing land clearing. In land clearing the developer has three options. They must haul the debris off the property, use a metal curtain burner for a faster cleaner burn, or dig a huge ditch with burning taking place in the ditch and fed with a machine.

In moving forward, the new regulations will be sent to the local Saltair Advisory Planning Committee headed by Ted Brown for review and recommendations. Then they will move on to a local public meeting for the public’s review and discussion. We will then have a better idea whether there is public support for moving ahead with adopting Bylaw No. 3716 or a modification thereof. Under the Bylaw No. 3716 open burning will only be permitted from March 15 through April 15 and October 15 through November 15. The burning would have to be located at least 10 metres from a property line and size of the pile must not be more than 2 metres in width and 2 metres in height. And finally, Open Burning will be allowed only when the Ventilation Index is rated as “good” indicated by phoning the Ministry of Forests in Parksville. Alternatives To Burning There is free drop off of garden waste and tree clippings at Peerless Road Recycling Station and Bings Creek Recy-


cling Station. You must keep the tree clippings smaller than 3 inches in diameter for free drop off. The CVRD then hauls this waste to be composted at a site near Nanaimo at Duke Point. That way you keep the smoke pollution out of the air, decrease global warming and make compost for growing things. If you have any big stumps they can be dropped off at Bings Creek for a charge. There are also companies that will haul them away or grind your stumps into chips. See the CVRD website “Alternatives to Burning” for more suggestions. I think you are going to be amazed at the new renovation of the Peerless Road Zero Waste Recycling station now being constructed and will be opened in late fall. It will be state of the art and user friendly. It will have 21 separated bays and extensive covered areas. The expansion is based on the need to remediate thousands of tonnes of ash from the previous site when the incinerator operated. We have received huge grants from the province to remediate the site and build the new facility.


Right down to the toilet paper - Mission Hill Winery At Mission Hill winery they know how to start you off right. We were staying at Pelican House, their guest accommodation, and within two minutes after waking up, they had me singing the old Rascals hit, It’s a Beautiful Morning. It was the toilet paper. None of this transparent single ply that puts a guy’s index finger in a position of jeopardy. No, this was thick, and soft, and textured with what initially looked like a fleet of guppies swimming upstream, but once I got my eyes and brain focused turned out to be a flower. It’s called attention to detail, and at Mission Hill the little things matter. As Glen Clark our ex- premier would have put it, “right down to the toilet paper.” This attention to detail is everywhere, at breakfast for instance, where most hotels supply a miniscule bag of Folger’s and a few packets of Coffeemate, Pelican House’s larder is well stocked. (Cue up The Seven Days of Christmas soundtrack.) Five kinds of cereal, Four kinds of jam. Three kinds of coffee, (dark roast, de caf, and medium roast for those who vote liberal.) Two kinds of milk. And… Wait a minute, they forgot the partridge, but not to worry, there’s an owl perched just outside our window and the pears are ripening on the trees lining Mission Hill Drive. And for those who want to continue with the Rascals right thru to noon, there are two complementary Rieslings that can be added to one’s cornflakes. If this is not enough attention to detail, there’s always the winery just up the road. From the tree- lined entry, to the discrete “parking garden,” to the swoopy entry arch with the embossed Von Mandl (the owner) family crest, it’s all very European. Von Mandl’s vision for the place was modest; create the most impressive winery in the world. Which is why after walking under that arch, and noticing how smart and professional the staff look in their uniforms, you’ll look up and go, “Holy crap!!!” This could be Rome, the Acropolis even. What happened to Kelowna? Next time maybe a little less Riesling on the cornflakes But no, you’re not hallucinating; this

is the kind of setting that results when unlimited cash collides with unlimited imagination and good but extravagant taste. One thing you can be sure of, whoever the architect is, hanging out with him isn’t cheap. Let’s do a visual tour, shall we. Coming up on the left is the Terrace restaurant where you’ll definitely want to eat if there’s any money left after visiting the tasting room, off to the right. Adjoining it is the Chagall room, with its mini auditorium and Chagall tapestry that costs as much as, I dunno, downtown Kelowna. And now for the winery’s most defining architectural statement. But first something you should know about men of vision like owner Anthony (never Tony) Von Mandl. They’re different. Where you and I wanted a red wagon, an electric train for Christmas, Anthony wanted a bell tower. Which he now has, and gets to listen to every quarter hour. Impressive, but some of the boinged out neighbours might have preferred he went with the electric train like the rest of us. Sandwiched in the middle of this, bracketed by the Terrace and the bell tower, is an outdoor amphitheatre which, with this being a hilltop and all, offers a spectacular view of the lake. At this point in a wine article it’s common to encounter descriptions of the wines, notes of blueberry, hints of black currant, essence of goat flatulence, that kind of thing. At Slightly Corked we do things differently. After a brief description of the toilet paper, you’re pretty much left on your own. And when toilet paper is involved, it’s best to be left on your own. For wine talk you can always ask the winery’s well-trained professionals, in this case Caroline, a transplanted Kiwi, who will quickly restore your belief in the Commonwealth. There are two kinds of winery employees. The robots who spew out the winery spiel without actually knowing a whole

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lot about wine-- think Christie Clark talking about jobs, jobs, jobs-- and others, like Caroline, who are the real goods. Here is a woman at one with her wine glass. Notice how she holds it, the base not the stem pinched between thumb and forefinger. A model of confidence as she leans against the tasting bar; legs crossed, elbows propped back, ready to handle with equal grace the smartest or dumbest of questions. (Like why does that curly haired guy keep talking about toilet paper?) Caroline, bless her thumb and forefinger, is leading us through what they call The Legacy Tasting where we get to try the winery’s top wines, Compendium and Oculus in particular. She takes us down to the winery’s barrel room, which is carved out of rock and is equally impressive as the bell tower but much quieter. There we bathe in the dramatic lightings, and take note of the Von Mandl touches like the nifty little chapel-like nook where the 4th century vases and such are displayed. As part of the food and wine experience, she introduces us to aged cheddar and Compendium, a synergistic pairing where 9 and 9 add up to, oh, maybe 46. Standing in that highly dramatic setting, nibbling on aged cheddar, sipping Compendium, thinking about whether to overpower her for more, I get the feeling that at any minute James Bond could materialize in a white tux, Bruce Wayne in the Batmobile, or, if you dig juxtaposition, Moe, Larry and Curly doing their nyuk-nyuk routine between the rows of barrels. So class, your assignment for next week is to visit the Mission Hill winery, distract Caroline and bring back lots of Oculus ($90) and Compendium, ($50) some aged cheddar if you can get it. You’ll be doing this because my birthday is coming up fast. Hold on a minute. What’s that? Over by the Pinot, who’s that short guy in the corner? All right Glen, put that roll of toilet paper down and come out with your hands up. - Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House. Read more at Opposite page: Mahle House Garden Party and wine tasting raised spirits and funds for NCFD. Photo: Nick Longo




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learn in a professional manner how to act for film and TV. Inquiries for either the Kids and Adult workshops or Film Camp can be found either online at, or by email:, and by phone 250 714 2555.

Opening Night starts Ladysmith Little Theatre Season

Ladysmith Little Theatre is celebrating the start of their 10th season with Opening Night, a knee-slapping comedy written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s favourite playwrights. Directed by Debbie Williams, the play follows a romp around the theatre as Ruth and Jack celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with dinner and a play. It’s a dream come true for Ruth; Jack would rather be home watching the 7th game of the World Series. Throw in a cynical director, his needy girlfriend, some actors with “issues”, all put together with Foster’s witty, fast paced dialogue and a great cast, and you have a hilarious comedy in which nobody escapes unchanged. Opening Night runs September 12 to 29, 2013 at Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Road. For more information and tickets call box office 250-924-0658, or online Join the Island Glass Artists for their one day only Fall 2013 Art Show and Sale in the Dodd Narrows Room, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 80 Commercial Street, Nanaimo on Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11am to 5pm. Featured are the latest works from 11 studios of outstanding Vancouver Island and Gulf Island artists who work in stained, kiln cast, fused, lamp worked, sand-carved and furnace blown glass. Their array of work will range from functional to decorative and architectural applications: window and door panels, lamps, jewelry, vessels, glass sculpture and much more. Admission is by donation to the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. Visit or e-mail

Jake’s Gift plays at local legions. Jake’s Gift, a one act play written and performed by Julia Mackey and directed by Dirk Van Stralen, is a surprisingly funny drama that tells the story of a Canadian WWII veteran who reluctantly returns to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. While roaming the shores of Juno Beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10 year old from the local village whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother. Since 2007, Juno Productions has toured their multi-award winning play to over 185 communities across Canada. This fall special performances will be presented at the Chemainus Legion on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7pm, and at the Ladysmith Legion on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7pm. For more information visit www. The Yellow Point Singers may have a few spots open this fall for new members, especially if you sing bass or tenor. This non-auditioning community choir meets Wednesday evenings at CedarSecondary School from 7 to 9pm from September until April. They sing a varied repertoire and present two or three Sunday afternoon concerts per year. There is also a mandatory workshop and a seniors residence performance per session. For more information please call 250-753-9483. And if you can’t sing…how about drumming? Ladysmith Legion Drum & Belle Corps needs new members, especially drummers. They have the equipment and they’ll be happy to teach you. Call Dorothy Reith 250-722-2945 or Eileen Chandler 250-2077. Jacqui Kaese of Spotlight Academy is offering a Fall/Winter Film Camp for Kids with Hallowe’en and Christmas Scripts led by Industry Professionals. Jacqui is also providing weekly workshops for Kids and Adults that want to

Mike Gogo knows how to get things done. He recently completed a book about his experiences growing up featuring stories and reflections…in just two weeks! Look for its release next month. It’s sure to be a good read! His son bluesman David Gogo recently released his 13th CD. “Come on Down” is getting excellent reviews. Mary Fox, the internationally acclaimed pottery artist who has her home studio in Ladysmith, is the newest addition to Winchester Galleries in Victoria. They were so impressed with her art that they bought a selection of her pieces for their own collection. September Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery exhibit is Ravens, Crows and Gulls. The show runs from Sept. 7 to 30, with the opening gala on Sept. 7 at 7pm. Guest Artist is Rob Elphinstone, sponsored by Bayview Framing and Art. Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.

Arts on the Avenue celebrated 15 years. White tents filled downtown Ladysmith from Buller to Warren Streets on First Avenue on August 25. The festival is a celebration of art, food, entertainment and fun. Photo: Cindy Damphousse. For more photos visit take5publications



September 1-7

11, 10am, The Wednesday Market, downtown Chemainus in Waterwheel Park

1, 10:30am, Ladysmith Maritime Society harbour tour, 610 Oyster Bay Rd., 250-245-1146

11, 6:30pm, Bingo, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 11354th Ave., 250-245-3079

3, 3pm, Tuesday Night Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market, Transfer Beach, 250-245-2112

11, Women’s Night, Cottonwood Golf Course, 1975 Haslam Rd., 250-245-5157

3, 7pm, Town of Ladysmith Council meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400

12. 5:30pm, Chemainus Tastings, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 9737 Chemainus Rd.

4, 10am, The Wednesday Market, downtown Chemainus in Waterwheel Park.

12, 11am, Protection Bracing by Ossur, Pharmasave 441 1st Ave. 250-245-3113

4, 6pm, Fuller Lake Skating Club registration, Fuller Lake Arena, 250-748-2559

12-14, 8pm, ‘Opening Night’ by Norm Foster, Ladysmith Little Theatre,

4, 6:30pm, Bingo, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 11354th Ave. 250-245-3079

4985 Christie Rd., 250-924-0658 13-14, ‘A Pretty Girl’, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 9737 Chemainus Rd., 250-246-9820

4, Men’s Night Cottonwood Golf Course, 1975 Haslam Rd., 250-245-5157

13, 10am, Mixed Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111

5, 12:30pm, Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic, St. Mary’s Church, 1135 4th Ave. 250-729-3628

14, 10am, Community Share Day, St. Phillips Cedar, 1797 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3455

5, 1st Annual Island Chamber Mixer, Nanaimo Golf Course, 2800 Highland Blvd. 250-2452112 5, 7:30pm, The Legendary Platters, The Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-4555 6 - 7, Wheaty Volleyball Tourney, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1820 Cedar Rd. 250-722-3141 6-7, 9:30am, Nanaimo Potter Co-op Sale, Country Club Centre, 3200 N. Island Hwy. 6, 9pm, Roadsters, The Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Ave. 250-245-8033 7, 12pm, Ravens, Crows & Gulls, Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, 610 Osyter Bay Dr, 250245-1252 7, 1pm, Cedar Women’s Institute Blackberry Tea, Cedar United Church Hall, 1644 Cedar Rd., 250-245-4016 7, 5:30pm, Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival – Chemainus Event, 9737 Chemainus Rd.

September 8 -14 8, Wheaty Volleyball Tourney, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1820 Cedar Rd., 250-722-3141 8, 1pm, North Oyster Community Hall Grand Opening, 13467 Cedar Rd.

14, 11am, Cedar Village Square’s 16th Anniversary Celebration, 250-722-7010 9-13, 10am, Crofton Art Group’s Maritime Display, Cowichan Bay Maritime Museum, 250510-2700 9, 9am, Men’s Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 9, 11am, Ladies Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., Chemainus 250-246- 2111 9, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111

September 15 -21 15-21, 8pm, ‘Opening Night’ by Norm Foster, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd., 250-924-0658 15-21, ‘A Pretty Girl’, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 9737 Chemainus Rd., 250-246-9820 15, Annual Chemainus Legion Branch 191, Golf Tournament, 250-246-4532 15, Terry Fox Run for Cancer , 1-888-836-9786

9, 6pm, 1st Cedar Scouting Registration, Woodbank Primary School, 250-619-8358

16, 9am, Men’s Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111

10, Treasure Island Thrift Shoppe Grand Opening, 1694-A Cedar Rd. 250-323-8487

16, 11am, Ladies Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111

10, 1pm, Chemainus Garden Club meeting, Calvary Baptist Church, 3319 River Rd., 250246-1207

16, 1:30pm, The Nanaimo Hard of Hearing Group, Christ Community Church, Bowen Rd., 250-616-2962

10, 3pm, Tuesday Night Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market, Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, 250-2452112

16, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111

10, 6:15pm, Ladysmith Air Cadet Info/ Registration night, Aggie Hall, 1110 1st Ave.

16, 5:15pm, Chronic Pain Support Group, 1111-4th Ave. Rm 101, 250-667-5587 www.

16, 7pm, Town of Ladysmith Council meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400

250-246- 2111

16, 9pm, Roadstar, The Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Ave., 250-245-8033

27, 5pm, Dine on the Dock, Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina, 610 Oyster Dr., 250-924-2245

17, 3pm, Tuesday Night Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market, Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, 250-245-2112 18, 10am, The Wednesday Market, downtown Chemainus in Waterwheel Park. 18, 6:30pm, Bingo, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 1135- 4th Ave., 250-245-3079 18, Men’s Night, Cottonwood Golf Course, 1975 Haslam Rd., 250-245-5157 20, 10am, Mixed Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 20, 6pm, Fall Harvest Festival and Dance, Ladysmith Community Gardens Society - High Street Garden (High St. at 2nd Ave), 250-245-0698 20, 9pm, Highgrid, The Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Ave., 250-245-8033 21, 7pm, Youth Group Activities, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave. 21, 7:30pm, Cowichan Theatre - Victoria Symphony, 2687 James St., 250748-7529

28, 11am, Island Glass Artists 2013 Fall Show and Sale, 80 Commercial St., Nanaimo, 250-390-2023 28, 11am, Cowichan Theatre –Culture Days: Come Play the Steinway, 2687 James St. 250-748-7529 28, 7pm, Youth Group Activities, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave., 250245-3079 28, 4:45pm, Dance – “Happy Hans”, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 28, 7:30pm, Cowichan Theatre - Don Burnstick One Night Stand in Cowichan Valley, 2687 James St. 250-748-7529 29, 8pm, ‘Opening Night’ by Norm Foster, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd., 250-924-0658 30, Tour De Rock rides through the streets of Ladysmith.

21, 7pm, LDBA Tour de Rock Fundraiser - Harvest Moon Dance, Aggie Hall 1110 1st Ave. 250-668-3338

30, 9am, Men’s Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St.. 250-246- 2111

September 22-30

30, 11am, Ladies Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St.. 250-246- 2111

22-28, 8pm, ‘Opening Night’ by Norm Foster, Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Rd. 250-924-0658 22-28, ‘A Pretty Girl’, Chemainus Theatre Festival, 9737 Chemainus Rd. 250-246-9820 22, 9am, N.O.A.H Estate & Garage Sale Fundraiser, 13467 Cedar Rd. 22, 10am, Tom Paterson’s Fall Black Track Tour, Morden Colliery Provincial Park, eastern end of Morden Rd., 250-714-0377 22, 1pm, 70th Anniversary Ladysmith Air Cadets, parade 1st Ave - Aggie Hall, 1110 1st Ave. 23, 9am, Men’s Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 23, 11am, Ladies Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 23, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246- 2111 23, 7pm, Cowichan Theatre – Reel Alternatives ‘The Sapphires’, 2687 James St. 250-748-7529 23, 7:30pm, Chemainus Rod & Gun Club meeting, Chemainus Fire Hall. 23, 6:15pm, Children’s Religious Education, St. Mary’s, 1135 4th Ave., 250245-3079 24, 10:30am, Classic Coffee Concert/ Sarah Hagen, Port Theatre, 125 Front St., 250-754-4555 24, 3pm, Tuesday Night Make It, Bake It, Grow It Market, Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, 250-245-2112 24, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club- ‘Evaluating Your Own Photography’, Hardwick Hall, Third Ave. & High St., 250-606-7011 25, 10am, The Wednesday Market, Chemainus in Waterwheel Park. 25, 6:30pm, Bingo, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 1135- 4th Ave., 250-245-3079 25, Women’s Night, Cottonwood Golf Course, 1975 Haslam Rd., 250-245-5157 25, 7pm, Cowichan Theatre – Munsch Exhibition: Great Art on Screen, 2687 James St. 250-748-7529 26, 11am, Stability & Support Bracing by Mueller & Trainers Choice, Pharmasave 441 1st Ave. 250-245-3113 26, Boating Essentials Course, Frank Jameson Community Centre, 250-245-6424 26, 7pm, Cowichan Theatre - NT Live – ‘Othello’, 2St. 250-748-7529 27, 10am, Mixed Choir, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St.,

30, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop In Centre, 9824 Willow St.. 250-246- 2111 30, 6pm, RDN Public Consultation meeting, Cedar Hall, 2388 Cedar Rd.. 250-390-6560 30, 6:15pm, Children’s Religious Education, St. Mary’s, 1135 4th Ave.. 250245-3079 30, ‘Jake’s Gift’, Royal Canadian Legion 191, Chemainus, 250-246-4532. For our complete event listing


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on microfilm, also B.D. & M. going back many years. 250-245-0100 for an appt.


WENTWORTH COURT LANGUAGE CENTRE offers French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. Sign up now for Fall classes. Contact the Centre at 250-716-1.603. or check the website at

ACCOUNTING SERVICES with 23 years experience, providing full accounting solutions to include payroll T4’s and CRA remittances. 250-802-0048 THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? Perhaps ready for a fresher look in your existing home? The affordable design services provided by Rooms n Blooms can help. Call Shar at 250-2450548 or email ARE YOU DOWNSIZING, moving, clearing an estate? We are interested in purchasing jewelry, china collectables, small appliances, small furniture, and newer inside/outside home décor. Wendy 250-245-2079, Fern 250-924-4419. EDITING AND PROOFREADING SERVICES, professional, affordable, no job too small. Web content, ad copy, papers, presentations, manuals, novels, correspondence - if it has words, I can help! 250-751-EDIT (3348) HANDCRAFTED GEMSTONE NECKLACES. Jade, garnet, lapis, aventurine and more! $20 each. See jewelry table at Campers Corner Saturday flea market, 8am-3pm. 250-245-3829 CANDLES AND ACCESSORIES for your home and garden. Contact Jenn Meuser, 250-619-6520 or and ask how you can earn FREE PARTYLITE products when you host a PARTYLITE party. “KAREN’S INDUSTRIAL SEWING” IS BACK! Relocated to North Cedar/Akenhead Rd. Open for alterations and repairs, production work etc. For appt. call 250-323-6322 FOR ALL YOUR SEWING NEEDS - bedding, window treatments, couch and chair covers, cushions, pillows, special accessories and decor, dressmaking and alterations - what ever comes to your mind, Elke 250618-1172 - BEST FISH & CHIPS IN TOWN! The Cook House located next to Wash Me…on Ludlow Rd. near Bottle Depot. Pre orders recommended 250-714-3450 FAMILY MEMOIR EDITOR/WRITER: With 20 years’ editing/writing experience, and respect for family stories, I’ll help you create a memoir to pass on to future generations. Free consultation: Kari, 250-245-2751, EDUCATION DOING FAMILY RESEARCH? The Ladysmith Archives, located under Tim Horton’s, have Ladysmith newspapers dating from 1902, some

PLAY BRIDGE WITH BRIAN WEEKLY Highly recommended, lots of fun, great system, get scores and record of hands. Thursdays at 1:00pm, Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Rd., Cedar. 250-753-2522 Cedar Irish Dance classes for beginner girls ages 6 - 16 at Heritage Centre on MacMillan Rd., Sundays 12-1pm. New family observation days Sept. 8 & 15 at noon. First class is free. Phone Alison 1-250-888- 9421. OCEANVIEW PIANO STUDIO: Fun, affordable, quality piano lessons to begin in September. Call Marianne Wilke, B.A., RCM X, at 250-2455954, or email at for more info. Seniors receive 10% discount. PIANO LESSONS - Now accepting beginner to advanced students, private home studio. Call Josslyn and start playing today. 250-245-0067 TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS Learn the healthoriented set starting Monday, September 9, 10 am – 12, Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 McMillan Road. $20/mo or $50/3 mos. Sara 250-245-1466 or HEALTH & BEAUTY ALLEGRO HAIRDRESSING When the Salon comes to your home. For all your family’s hairdressing needs. Call for your appointment 250-616-3709 (leave message for Debbie) ISAGENIX DISTRIBUTOR - Get Lean & Healthy Fast - Less than $5/ meal. Our protein shakes are amazing! - No Gluten, Wheat, Barley or Trans Fat. www. Suzanne Deveau 250-245-8407 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. HOME & YARD 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 for over 25 years. Call Harvey - 250-245-2174




CINDERELLA’S RESIDENTIAL CLEANING Service, Contact Erin at 250-924-4475 or cell 250-741-7916. OVERCOAT PAINTING - Professional - Reliable Reasonable. Operating 8 years in Ladysmith. No job to small. Will do minor painting repairs. Special senior rates. Call Nicole for a free estimate. 250-667-4355 PITTER PATTER PAINTERS Local, reliable, professional painters, “PITTER PATTER LET’S GET AT ERR” 1-250-886-8201 EXPERIENCED, RELIABLE, BONDABLE, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL & LIGHT CONSTRUCTION CLEANER has openings in the Ladysmith area. Rates start at $18.00 per hour. Seniors Discount. References available 250-3279644

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can meet any pruning need. Shrubs, vines and ornamentals. Call Darcy Belcourt 250-245-1260

overnight with pet in your home and much more. As my love is yours! 250-246-3394

LADYBUG’S MEW for Meticulous Garden Care contact “Farmer Doug” for a free quote 250-7139682 or “When you hire Farmer Doug, you get Farmer Doug!”

KITTY KORNERS CAT HOTEL - Purrsonalized Quality Kitty Care. Daily health checks, experienced with special needs kitties. Reasonable rates. Available 24/7. 2 km north of Nanaimo Airport. Take a virtual tour 250-740CATS (5287)

NEAT & TIDY HOUSEKEEPING 30+ years exp. Business cleaning, laundry service. Personalized errand service. Locally owned and operated, bondable. Servicing Ladysmith and surrounding area. Sheila 250-245-4356, cell 250-668-5177. ORGANIZED PICKERS Clear up ripe and windfall fruit and leave you one third. You can pick in Duncan, Ladysmith or Nanaimo and enjoy a portion of the harvest you worked! 250-245-4073 t

SENIORS LYNN’S SENIORS CARE HOME - High Quality Personalized Care. Warm caring environment, great food and snacks, family events, couples and pets welcomed, ocean views, gardens. North of Ladysmith. 250-245-3391

SASSA’S HOME AND GARDEN CARE. No job to small. Affordable honest work. Duo team. Cleaning, Gardening and Painting, outside and inside your home or business. 1-250-218-4735 1-250-886-8201

HOW IS YOUR CONCRETE DRIVEWAY? Need a facelift? Have your driveway cleaned and sealed to improve the curb appeal of your home. See our website SealTech Specialties, 250-734-2681


THE HAPPY GARDENER. Weeding, Digging, Cutting back (blackberries, etc), Tidying up, Miscellaneous Yard Work. Cheerful and Conscientious. Call David at 250-722-3599

QUALITY RENOVATIONS big or small. 25 yrs exp/journeyman, affordable. For free estimate call Lars 250-616-1800.


ISLAND PRUNING - Professional tree care from large scale orchards to budding new trees. I

AJ”s PLUMBING AND GAS -Licensed-BondedInsured. Service-Installations-Renovation -New construction. Quality workmanship. No travel charges. Free estimates. On time every time. 250802-7123 PETS HOME BUDDIES - PET & HOUSE CARE since 1994. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Professional, kind-hearted, experienced and reliable care for all pets. Pet First Aid and CPR Certified. Certified Security Professional through Westguard Security. When loving care and security are essential, Peggy Wildsmith, 250-245-0151. PROFESSIONAL PET CARE SERVICE: Leash ‘em and walk ‘em with Marlena. Insured and bonded. Animal First Aid and CPR. Service for all pets including dog walking, home care visits,

SINGLE AXEL 6ft x 11ft flat deck ball hitch trailer $350.00 250-245-8388

BRIGHT OCEAN VIEW DELUXE BASEMENT SUITE 900sq ft-W/D F-S-D N/S NO pets. Includes hydro and heat. Level entry-parking. Suitable for single person who enjoys a quiet area. 250-2458388 $750.00/mth ONE BEDROOM NEW DELUXE APARTMENT $850/mo. Air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, washer/dryer, skylight, crown mouldings, granite counter tops, etc. Located in Ladysmith Trading Company building downtown Ladysmith. N/S N/P 250-246-6624 WANTED TOUR DE ROCK LADYSMITH has an account HARVEST PHOTOS WANTED. Celebrate the harvest and send us your photos. We’ll share them with our Facebook friends and in the next issue of TAKE 5. Here’s Cindy Damphousse with her kale. “It’s the first time we grew it,” she says of her giant kale forest. Email to


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