Shawnigan Lake Museum Aims For $1M Expansion in 2020

When Garth Harvey and his cohorts first set to transforming the old community fire hall into the home of the Shawnigan Lake Museum in 1982, he said they’d be a “couple of peas rattling around in a pan”.   37 years later, the once small collection has grown, as have the number of volunteers and […]

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Clean Car or Art?

I In my travels, I come across all sorts of surprising things right here in the Valley. We really do have an interesting and eclectic mix of skills and knowledge living right here in our quiet valley. For example, in an obscure little shop, on the outskirts of a small town in the Cowichan Valley, […]

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A River Runs Through It: The Cowichan River Circa 1850

This Valley is named after the Cowichan River which flows from the lake of the same name to the north-west. The name is an anglicized version of the native name for the lower valley that loosely translated means “the warm land”. And rightly so, as the Valley is the most temperate spot in Canada, on […]

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Living Wall Locally Made

Rachel Ayearst, owner of Style Sense Furniture at Whippletree Junction, has developed a living vegetable wall feature for the kitchen or patio. Living plant walls have been around for a while but Rachel has designed her own living vegetable wall that is being manufactured locally. She will stock this feature wall with whatever vegetables a […]

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Wildfire Preparation

Many are forecasting a third year in a row of dry conditions in the Cowichan Valley.  With that comes the ever-present dangers of wildfires. Read and heed the following suggestions and be prepared should a wildfire break out near your home. Not everyone thinks clearly in an emergency. A written, well-practiced plan, will help you […]

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Arts Group Promoting Gallery Opens Art Show

The Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society (CVPAG) is putting on an art show at the Arbutus Gallery in the Island Savings Centre from March 4 to March 23 called Estuary: Cradle of Life. The official opening reception takes place from 5 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, March 7, 2019, and is part of an on-going […]

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The One That Got Away

Well there was more than one that got away, but in this case it was a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Holiday Coupe. Two years before I came across this particular vehicle I had sold a 1969 Camaro convertible that I had restored down to the last nut and bolt, a car as close to perfect as […]

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Manage Investment Risk

Invest with your head, never your heart.  No investment is completely risk-free, but some investments carry more risk than others. Generally, the higher the expected return, the greater the risk. Having some investment risk is important because it can lead to greater income. The real trick is how you can minimize risk without sacrificing returns. […]

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Another Lap or Checkered Flag?

Editor’s Note: The Sahtlam Neighbourhood Association recently announced they were dropping their law suit against the Vancouver Island Motor Circuit (VIMC).  The Circuit promptly responded.  In the interest of balanced reporting we have reproduced each statement without comment. Each tells a different story.  Readers are invited to make up their own minds. SAHTLAM PLAINTIFFS RELEASE […]

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How Art & Music Improved My Health

My health continues to improve with each art and music activity that I take part in. Here’s my story. Growing up in a small town in a large family added to my development as a socially withdrawn, low self esteem young man who consequently fought with depression and alcohol abuse. It was not until I […]

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