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Margaret Growcott and her new book, “Bales & Spires.” (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: Margaret Growcott has a lifetime passion for writing and music

Growcott’s first novel, Bales & Spires, will be released this month

  • Aug 28, 2021
Margaret Growcott and her new book, “Bales & Spires.” (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Rotary Club of Port Alberni presents a cheque for $502 to Thunder in the Valley on Aug. 14, 2021. The money was raised at the concession Rotary members held during the Charity Cruise. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Auto show gives voice to Alberni Valley fundraising campaigns

Check out activities this Saturday, Aug. 28 at Alberni Auto Group

  • Aug 27, 2021
The Rotary Club of Port Alberni presents a cheque for $502 to Thunder in the Valley on Aug. 14, 2021. The money was raised at the concession Rotary members held during the Charity Cruise. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Organ technician and builder Jason Barnsley hands one of the 541 pipes in the pipe organ at Duncan United Church to Connie Masson, the church’s music director, for cleaning. For the full story, see page 15. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Folks step up to raise money for Parkinson Society of B.C. with SuperWalk

Annual event goes virtual for 2nd year in a row, funds go to Parkinson’s research, programming

About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Firefighters with the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department test the water pressure of their house during a practice session on Aug. 14. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley fire departments practice together for first time since pandemic

Teamwork needed for automatic mutual aid agreements between fire halls

Firefighters with the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department test the water pressure of their house during a practice session on Aug. 14. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)

Osoyoos boy sells homemade shirts in support of wildfire crews

The shirts will be sold on Saturday (Aug. 21) at Junction 3 Coffeehouse

Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)
The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

SPCA raising funds for injured dog found abandoned in Port Alberni

Toki, a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was recently brought into the BC SPCA’s care

The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Ty Watson House was the recipient of $5,000 from the RBC Foundation. From left to right are Kate Cooper (RVP Associate), Teresa Ludvigson (executive director of Alberni Valley Hospice Society), Leona Horvath (local RBC manager) and Kelly Bissell (Regional Vice President of the RBC Foundation). (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s RBC branch celebrates 75th anniversary with pair of donations

Staff, bank clients chose both recipients, who received $5,000 each

  • Aug 13, 2021
Ty Watson House was the recipient of $5,000 from the RBC Foundation. From left to right are Kate Cooper (RVP Associate), Teresa Ludvigson (executive director of Alberni Valley Hospice Society), Leona Horvath (local RBC manager) and Kelly Bissell (Regional Vice President of the RBC Foundation). (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Passengers wave as they cruise around Harbour Quay as part of the Thunder in the Valley Charity Cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Cars cruise through Port Alberni for charity

Thunder in the Valley hosted car cruise instead of drag races

Passengers wave as they cruise around Harbour Quay as part of the Thunder in the Valley Charity Cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
WildSafeBC’s Port Alberni community coordinator will be giving a free workshop on installing electric fences, Aug. 13, 2021. (WILDSAFEBC FILE PHOTO)

Electric fences can deter wildlife if used correctly

Take a WildSafeBC workshop on electric fences in Port Alberni if you’re curious

WildSafeBC’s Port Alberni community coordinator will be giving a free workshop on installing electric fences, Aug. 13, 2021. (WILDSAFEBC FILE PHOTO)
A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)

Theft of cherished kayak led to several acts of giving, says Abbotsford mother

Woman sponsoring birthday party for a child in Nunavut after overwhelming community support

A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)
Cobie Kokkelink and Cathy Zoet get ready to play bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch#293 on Victoria Quay. (SONJA DRINKWTAER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Legion bingo games give back to Port Alberni community

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293 has re-opened to the public with social distancing in place

  • Aug 6, 2021
Cobie Kokkelink and Cathy Zoet get ready to play bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch#293 on Victoria Quay. (SONJA DRINKWTAER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Kesya Le Coz and her children participate in a recent ocean cleanup with Ocean Friendly Cleanup Alberni. The Le Coz family has included cleanup as part of their lifestyle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Kesya Le Coz and her children participate in a recent ocean cleanup with Ocean Friendly Cleanup Alberni. The Le Coz family has included cleanup as part of their lifestyle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jesse Barnes plays the drums from a logging road near Kelsey Bay, backed by Hardwicke Island and Yorke Island. Photo courtesy Jesse Barnes.

Island musician rocks out on drums from rocky heights

Jesse Barnes plays while surrounded by splendor in north Vancouver Island and records for Youtube

Jesse Barnes plays the drums from a logging road near Kelsey Bay, backed by Hardwicke Island and Yorke Island. Photo courtesy Jesse Barnes.
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
A 1991 Superior fire truck bought by Dave Smith is parked at his residence in Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach man offers to sell fire truck to assist Horne Lake residents

Regional district looking at fire protection services in the area

A 1991 Superior fire truck bought by Dave Smith is parked at his residence in Qualicum Beach. (Submitted photo)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
Practical nursing student Desmond Rutherford learns about the proper care and assessment of an IV with a patient simulator in NIC’s Practical Nursing labs. Photo supplied

North Island College launches Access to Practical Nursing program

North Island College is introducing a new program to help health care…

Practical nursing student Desmond Rutherford learns about the proper care and assessment of an IV with a patient simulator in NIC’s Practical Nursing labs. Photo supplied
The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)

Smoke from B.C. wildfires creating issues for those with respiratory illnesses

The wildfire smoke has made it difficult to be outside for some

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)
John Richardson has been actively involved in Port Alberni as a volunteer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: John Richardson gives back to his community

Richardson worked for more than 30 years at the Alberni Valley Times

  • Jul 28, 2021
John Richardson has been actively involved in Port Alberni as a volunteer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)