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The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Music in the Park series always draws packed crowds, particularly for the famed Naden Band. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

COVID-19 results in cancellation of entire summer music festival program in Island community

All events featuring many Island musicians affected through the end of August in Chemainus

The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society’s Music in the Park series always draws packed crowds, particularly for the famed Naden Band. (Photo by Art Carlyle)
A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence Canada announces further temporary curtailment at Island mill

Heavy impacts from triple threat of fibre shortages, Malware attack and COVID-19

A series of events has hit the operational process of the Paper Excellence mill at Crofton and other company mills hard. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)

Cuban baseball journey takes a different twist for Island players

Touring team prevented from any game action at the start of COVID-19 restrictions

Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)
Jacquie McLeod with a balloon broom for Ryan Cheema and Holly Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Drive-through bridal shower a way to improvise during COVID-19

Family and friends share the love socially distanced in an Island town parking lot

Jacquie McLeod with a balloon broom for Ryan Cheema and Holly Douglas. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Golf courses opening up again amid COVID-19 safety measures

Mount Brenton in Chemainus opts to resume play on Friday for members

Mount Brenton Golf Course is opening up to members again Friday. Guests are welcome to begin playing again next Monday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Firemen at the back entrance during the first of two fires at Chemainus Secondary School in late February that remain under investigation. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Investigation into two February fires at Island secondary school remains open

Police working in collaboration with Chemainus Secondary and School District 79

Firemen at the back entrance during the first of two fires at Chemainus Secondary School in late February that remain under investigation. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)

Not to become bored the game plan for COVID-19

Board game with an Island map developed by Island family just the remedy for filling time at home

The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)
Chemainus Girl Guide member Ishiah Thornhill-Dares provided a special treat for Chemainus Health Care Centre workers that was greatly appreciated. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sweet treat helps make workers at Island health care centre feel complete

Girl Guide cookies always in good taste when showing appreciation

Chemainus Girl Guide member Ishiah Thornhill-Dares provided a special treat for Chemainus Health Care Centre workers that was greatly appreciated. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Theatre has postponed the next two shows on its 2020 schedule. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre temporarily suspends operations, postpones next two shows

It’s hoped The 39 Steps and Beauty And The Beast can be staged at another time

Chemainus Theatre has postponed the next two shows on its 2020 schedule. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre Festival cancels remaining dates of The Marvelous Wonderettes due to COVID-19

Situation to be reevaluated soon regarding upcoming production of The 39 Steps

The Chemainus Theatre Festival has joined the growing list of public facilities shutting down temporarily amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Minister and chief of Island First Nation consult on effects of recent flooding

Community heavily impacted with many damaged and uninhabitable homes

The Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services, meets with Halalt First Nation chief James Thomas last Tuesday at the Halalt office. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chris Hardy reports to work at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Return to work brings some optimism about WFP-employee relations

Long-time Chemainus sawmill employee leaving happier politics appear to be changing for the better

Chris Hardy reports to work at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)

Island woman’s tats put her in the running for $25,000 prize and Inked magazine cover photo shoot

Chemainus Secondary grad and Ladysmith resident a strong contender in voting

Jaimee Kodric is in pursuit of the prestigious $25,000 prize and to be on the cover of Inked magazine. (Photo submitted)
Dorothy Adair with the Chisholm boys, her family members. From left: Brodie, Jim, Dorothy and Bucky gather at the celebration of Dorothy’s landmark 106th birthday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Setting a new standard for 106-year-olds

Island woman’s active lifestyle includes a trip to Scotland in the works for May

Dorothy Adair with the Chisholm boys, her family members. From left: Brodie, Jim, Dorothy and Bucky gather at the celebration of Dorothy’s landmark 106th birthday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Canada’s Bill Robinson breaks through Cuban defenders during action at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, July 19, 1976. Robinson scored 16 points to pace Canada to an 84-79 win. (CP PHOTO/POOL-Boris Spremo)

Canadian basketball legend Bill Robinson dead at 71

Prolific player put Island town on the map and steered the national team at the 1976 Olympics

Canada’s Bill Robinson breaks through Cuban defenders during action at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, July 19, 1976. Robinson scored 16 points to pace Canada to an 84-79 win. (CP PHOTO/POOL-Boris Spremo)
Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre owner France Bournazel says ‘Mud Pies’ are on the menu at the deli. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rebuild for Island farm market for spring opening well underway

Scars from the massive flood being repaired through a “river-ation”

Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre owner France Bournazel says ‘Mud Pies’ are on the menu at the deli. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lori Wickham of Ladysmith was at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for a memorial for her mom. She wound up spending an hour of it inside an elevator. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Woman stuck in elevator at Island hotel for an hour during power outage

Wickham endures initial panic at Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn and settles in until help arrives

Lori Wickham of Ladysmith was at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn for a memorial for her mom. She wound up spending an hour of it inside an elevator. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Extent of the flood zone along Chemainus Road by the Chemainus River can be seen from this aerial drone viewpoint. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)

Island communities in recovery mode after massive rainstorm

All sorts of heroic tales and strife emerge from floods, evacuations in the Chemainus area

Extent of the flood zone along Chemainus Road by the Chemainus River can be seen from this aerial drone viewpoint. (Photo by Shawn Wagar)
Official changeover of the 49th Parallel General Store to the Salish Sea Market, now owned by the Penelakut Tribe, takes place Monday morning. From left are: Josh James, Jim Chisholm and Joan Brown, representing the Penelakut; 49th’s Ron Neubauer, Wayne and Harmina Richmond, North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring and 49th’s Peter Richmond. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island First Nations Tribe assumes ownership of iconic 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus

Operating what’s now known as the Salish Sea Market provides economic opportunities for Penelakut

Official changeover of the 49th Parallel General Store to the Salish Sea Market, now owned by the Penelakut Tribe, takes place Monday morning. From left are: Josh James, Jim Chisholm and Joan Brown, representing the Penelakut; 49th’s Ron Neubauer, Wayne and Harmina Richmond, North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring and 49th’s Peter Richmond. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mount Sicker Road near Russell Farm Market was passable Saturday morning after heavy rains overnight Friday, but large pools of water remained. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island community experiences 24-hour rainfall record

Chemainus just short of 100 mm between 4 a.m. Jan. 31 and 4 a.m. Feb. 1, but storm surpasses that

Mount Sicker Road near Russell Farm Market was passable Saturday morning after heavy rains overnight Friday, but large pools of water remained. (Photo by Don Bodger)