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Lisa Duncan, front left, and Brooke Pighin, right, carry off an outdoor boot camp fundraiser at Bob Dailey Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTOGRAPHY)

Port Alberni ‘Fitness FUNdraiser’ collects nearly $1,000 for frontline workers mental health

Lisa Duncan and Brooke Pighin created a “boot camp” event to raise funds for Legacy Place Society

  • Aug 18, 2020
Lisa Duncan, front left, and Brooke Pighin, right, carry off an outdoor boot camp fundraiser at Bob Dailey Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (DARRAN CHAISSON PHOTOGRAPHY)
Members of the RCMP attend an incident in Penticton in 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

QUIZ: How much do you know about the RCMP?

Canada’s national police force marks its 100th anniversary in 2020

Members of the RCMP attend an incident in Penticton in 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Brooke Pighin, left, and Lisa Duncan, both Port Alberni athletes and fitness gurus, are holding a Fitness FUNdraiser this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 at Bob Dailey Stadium to help frontline workers’ mental health programs. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni athletes put on fitness ‘FUNdraiser’ for frontline workers

Outdoor boot camp will be limited to 50, with donations helping frontline workers’ mental health

Brooke Pighin, left, and Lisa Duncan, both Port Alberni athletes and fitness gurus, are holding a Fitness FUNdraiser this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 at Bob Dailey Stadium to help frontline workers’ mental health programs. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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Quality Foods president Noel Hayward (right) with Autism Award winners Julie Tempelton and Nathan Bodie. (PHOTO COURTESY PETITE PHOTOGRAPHY)

Nominate a hero for BC Autism Awards

Quality Foods sponsoring the third annual awards

Quality Foods president Noel Hayward (right) with Autism Award winners Julie Tempelton and Nathan Bodie. (PHOTO COURTESY PETITE PHOTOGRAPHY)
A harbour seal mom and pup have been spending time near the BRNKL seal station camera at the Oak Bay Marina. (Courtesy of Brandon Wright)

VIDEO: Seal pup and mom play and ‘kiss’ in Oak Bay Marina

BRNKL seal cam captures harbour seal growing up in busy harbour

A harbour seal mom and pup have been spending time near the BRNKL seal station camera at the Oak Bay Marina. (Courtesy of Brandon Wright)
Foster Coulson of the Coulson Group of Companies presents a cheque to Teresa Lundvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. Behind them is a handmade Acorn Tender row boat that people can win in a Hospice Society raffle. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson Group makes donation to Alberni Valley Hospice Society

Hospice Society holding raffle to make up for lost revenue during COVID-19

Foster Coulson of the Coulson Group of Companies presents a cheque to Teresa Lundvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. Behind them is a handmade Acorn Tender row boat that people can win in a Hospice Society raffle. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Reimagined campaign continues to make Vancouver Island wishes come true

Reimagined campaign continues to make Vancouver Island wishes come true

#UnWinedOutside allows participants to support Make-A-Wish Foundation, local businesses

Reimagined campaign continues to make Vancouver Island wishes come true
Port Alberni artist Shayne Lloyd works with a scissor lift to reach the top portion of a mural he is painting on the side of the Canadian Maritime Engineering building across from the Port Alberni Train Station. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Work begins on mural near Harbour Quay

Mural will depict the creation story of Tseshaht First Nation

Port Alberni artist Shayne Lloyd works with a scissor lift to reach the top portion of a mural he is painting on the side of the Canadian Maritime Engineering building across from the Port Alberni Train Station. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
In George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, what is the responsibility of the Ministry of Truth? (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

In George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, what is the responsibility of the Ministry of Truth? (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)
Gurdeep Pandher, a Yukon-based bhangra dancer, shows his skill with sweeping arm movements and high kicks on the steps of the BC Legislature Building on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Gurdeep Pandher, a Yukon-based bhangra dancer, shows his skill with sweeping arm movements and high kicks on the steps of the BC Legislature Building on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A large crowd gathered at Simms Park in Courtenay in June to hear speakers in support of Black Lives Matter as well as Indigenous people. A Comox Valley youth is now trying to raise funds to support the cause through a run. Record file photo

Island youth starts virtual race against racism

Cailyn Collins says people can take part in the cause from anywhere

A large crowd gathered at Simms Park in Courtenay in June to hear speakers in support of Black Lives Matter as well as Indigenous people. A Comox Valley youth is now trying to raise funds to support the cause through a run. Record file photo
Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson makes teddy bear donation to Port Alberni Toy Run

Toy Run selling teddy bears to make up for lost revenue during COVID-19

Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Barber Curtis Lovett, centre, gives an unnamed customer a shave while Walter C. Hamly, right, observes at O.K. Barber Shop on the northeast corner of Argyle Street and First Avenue in 1912. Back then, the street was a wide dirt road with businesses lining both sides of the north end, giving way to residential streets in the south end. This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/. (PHOTO PN05688 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: Shave and a haircut in 1912

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

Barber Curtis Lovett, centre, gives an unnamed customer a shave while Walter C. Hamly, right, observes at O.K. Barber Shop on the northeast corner of Argyle Street and First Avenue in 1912. Back then, the street was a wide dirt road with businesses lining both sides of the north end, giving way to residential streets in the south end. This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/. (PHOTO PN05688 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Joe Monrufet said thank you in a big way on Sunday, July 26 in front of Joe Van Bergen’s home on the lake. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Sproat Lake volunteer retires at 94 years old

Joe Van Bergen was a volunteer member on the Advisory Planning Committee for the ACRD for 20 years

  • Aug 5, 2020
Joe Monrufet said thank you in a big way on Sunday, July 26 in front of Joe Van Bergen’s home on the lake. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
British Columbia claims some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Do you know the name of the highest mountain entirely within British Columbia? (Pixabay)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

British Columbia claims some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Do you know the name of the highest mountain entirely within British Columbia? (Pixabay)
Dennis Renaud (fourth from right) holds the cheque he got from his former colleagues at Courtenay Return-It to help him out since he was diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Island bottle depot holds drive to help former worker

Dennis Renaud was diagnosed with cancer only months after retiring

Dennis Renaud (fourth from right) holds the cheque he got from his former colleagues at Courtenay Return-It to help him out since he was diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Lisa Nielsen of Cumberland encountered this cougar at the south end of Buttle Lake after a backcountry camping trip to Bedwell Lake, Big Interior Mountain and Septimus Mountain in Strathcona Park with her boyfriend Caleb Overbye. Photo by Lisa Nielsen
Lisa Nielsen of Cumberland encountered this cougar at the south end of Buttle Lake after a backcountry camping trip to Bedwell Lake, Big Interior Mountain and Septimus Mountain in Strathcona Park with her boyfriend Caleb Overbye. Photo by Lisa Nielsen
The Canadian Pacific Railway Wharf provided shipping in the Alberni Inlet from the end of Argyle Street. The wharf in 1935 sat between the Brackman Ker Milling Co. Ltd. and Stone Bros. (small white building). This is now where Harbour Quay is located. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/ (PHOTO PN00483 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: Canadian Pacific Railway’s wharf in Port Alberni

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

The Canadian Pacific Railway Wharf provided shipping in the Alberni Inlet from the end of Argyle Street. The wharf in 1935 sat between the Brackman Ker Milling Co. Ltd. and Stone Bros. (small white building). This is now where Harbour Quay is located. This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/ (PHOTO PN00483 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Ron Stephenson is a member of the Sunshine Club and a long-time Spanish student. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: Learning a second language has a number of benefits

Port Alberni Sunshine Club offers free Spanish lessons for seniors

  • Jul 29, 2020
Ron Stephenson is a member of the Sunshine Club and a long-time Spanish student. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Henry Schade leads the congregation in the hymns while Bob Hudson adds his musical talent. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley church holds ‘drive-in’ service

Pastor Bill Cottrill said he missed having personal contact with his parishioners

  • Jul 28, 2020
Henry Schade leads the congregation in the hymns while Bob Hudson adds his musical talent. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)