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Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Mark Zenko from the Gyro Club of the Albernis presents a donation of $2,720 to Chris Mellin, left, house manager at Ty Watson House Hospice and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Gyro Club donation comes at good time for Ty Watson House Hospice

COVID-19 has cancelled hospice society’s major fundraisers.

Mark Zenko from the Gyro Club of the Albernis presents a donation of $2,720 to Chris Mellin, left, house manager at Ty Watson House Hospice and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Alberni Valley yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
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Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
Staff and board members from Port Alberni Family Guidance Association, from left, Jennifer Minard, Craig Summers, Laurel Lenormand, Melanie Stevenson, Brenda Kraneveldt, Nancy Anslow-Tooke and Doreen Grant, are celebrating the association’s 50th anniversary Oct. 24, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Family Guidance turns 50

Staff members come up with ‘swag day’ to celebrate on Oct. 24

Staff and board members from Port Alberni Family Guidance Association, from left, Jennifer Minard, Craig Summers, Laurel Lenormand, Melanie Stevenson, Brenda Kraneveldt, Nancy Anslow-Tooke and Doreen Grant, are celebrating the association’s 50th anniversary Oct. 24, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
NIC and other schools will provide information on program pathways, partnership agreements and tips for transfer students. File photo

Vancouver Island colleges, universities host virtual tours

The tour includes representatives from North Island College

NIC and other schools will provide information on program pathways, partnership agreements and tips for transfer students. File photo
Mount Arrowsmith rises over the City of Port Alberni in its late summer splendour. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

More funding available through Alberni Valley Community Foundation

$30K available for charities responding to COVID-19; deadline is Oct. 30

Mount Arrowsmith rises over the City of Port Alberni in its late summer splendour. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for animals at Island sanctuary

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)
Alberni District Secondary School principal Rob Souther, ADSS Breakfast Club Coordinator Melody Burton, Andrew Johns and employees William Dorr and Erika Salvino celebrate Johns’ donation of $5,000 to the breakfast club. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

SCENE AND HEARD: Feeding Alberni Valley residents one dollar at a time

Local organizations benefit from charitable donations

  • Oct 16, 2020
Alberni District Secondary School principal Rob Souther, ADSS Breakfast Club Coordinator Melody Burton, Andrew Johns and employees William Dorr and Erika Salvino celebrate Johns’ donation of $5,000 to the breakfast club. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Friendly Phone Service volunteers call clients every morning to check on them and greet them with a friendly voice. (FRIENDLY PHONE SERVICE BLOG PHOTO)

Friendly Phone Service seeks volunteers

Since 1994, service has kept in touch with seniors living alone in the Alberni Valley

Friendly Phone Service volunteers call clients every morning to check on them and greet them with a friendly voice. (FRIENDLY PHONE SERVICE BLOG PHOTO)
Ava Carriere clears debris from the kale bed at the ADSS garden. A French Immersion student in Grade 10, she and fellow student Austin Thomas have been volunteering in the garden with teachers in order to practice conversational French as well as help the garden grow. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

ACTIVE LIVING: Gardening plants the seed for a healthy future

Sandra Gentleman, RD, is a Port Alberni-based registered dietitian

  • Oct 8, 2020
Ava Carriere clears debris from the kale bed at the ADSS garden. A French Immersion student in Grade 10, she and fellow student Austin Thomas have been volunteering in the garden with teachers in order to practice conversational French as well as help the garden grow. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Paige Tardif is the 2020 recipient of the Gillian Trumper Memorial Bursary. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni student receives $3,500 bursary from Port Authority

Paige Tardif is this year’s recipient of the Gillian Trumper Memorial Staff Bursary

Paige Tardif is the 2020 recipient of the Gillian Trumper Memorial Bursary. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
In 1938, it once rained so hard that two boys were able to paddle down River Road in their small boat. an automobile driving down the road beside the boys gives perspective of how much water from the rain-swollen Somass River had spilled onto the roadway. The photo is credited to Turner Bros. (PHOTO PN00288 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

A LOOK BACK: Flooding along the Somass River

Take a peek into Port Alberni’s history with the Alberni Valley Museum

In 1938, it once rained so hard that two boys were able to paddle down River Road in their small boat. an automobile driving down the road beside the boys gives perspective of how much water from the rain-swollen Somass River had spilled onto the roadway. The photo is credited to Turner Bros. (PHOTO PN00288 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Thanksgiving food drive organizer Bruce Patterson, centre, works with volunteers in Port Alberni on Sept. 26, 2020 to collect 5,100 pounds of donated food. (PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL RAMSAY)
Thanksgiving food drive organizer Bruce Patterson, centre, works with volunteers in Port Alberni on Sept. 26, 2020 to collect 5,100 pounds of donated food. (PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL RAMSAY)
Kay Gordon ‘Soup’ Campbell, pictured in 2012, is being remembered for his love of his community. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Soup Campbell leaves behind a legacy in Port Alberni

A small parade of vintage trucks and Model A Fords took to the streets on Sept. 5

Kay Gordon ‘Soup’ Campbell, pictured in 2012, is being remembered for his love of his community. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)

QUIZ: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The week of Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Have you made your will?

Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)
Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
The crew that built the first fish ladder at Stamp Falls, circa 1925: back row, from left are Jack Plaunt, Johnny Manuel, Ernie Gingello, Jack Gorman. Front row, from left, are Walker Greene, ‘Colonel’ Hunt (government engineer), Tom Maher, Jim Wilkinson and Joe Drinkwater (foreman). This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online digital archives. There are several photos of the fish ladder crew in the archives. (PHOTO PN06001 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: The men who built the first Stamp Falls fish ladder

Delve into Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum online

The crew that built the first fish ladder at Stamp Falls, circa 1925: back row, from left are Jack Plaunt, Johnny Manuel, Ernie Gingello, Jack Gorman. Front row, from left, are Walker Greene, ‘Colonel’ Hunt (government engineer), Tom Maher, Jim Wilkinson and Joe Drinkwater (foreman). This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online digital archives. There are several photos of the fish ladder crew in the archives. (PHOTO PN06001 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Jules Gaudreault enjoys the Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: Seniors stay active in Port Alberni with Bob Dailey Stadium

Port Alberni resident Jules Gaudreault enjoys stadium’s track

  • Sep 30, 2020
Jules Gaudreault enjoys the Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Diana Lenihan, left, and Nancy Southern with a $10,000 cheque for the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Duration of Tour de Rock stop in Chemainus much shorter than usual

Four alumni riders don’t get to come for breakfast in COVID year

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Diana Lenihan, left, and Nancy Southern with a $10,000 cheque for the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock campaign. (Photo by Don Bodger)