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‘TIS THE SEASON
Wade Addy from Addy Power Ltd. in Errington hangs Christmas lights across the bottom of Johnston Road in Port Alberni on a stormy Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni readies for holiday with festive street lights

Christmas lights have been going up all around town

The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Community mental health worker program coming to Port Alberni

North Island College partnering with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Dave Heinrichs, general manager of Alberni District Co-op, and Paulette Schwartz, manager of the Liquor Depot. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Co-op buys Liquor Depot in Port Alberni

Co-op members in Port Alberni will soon be able to enjoy their benefits when purchasing liquor

Victoria artisan Tina Neurauter, right, used to shop at Pot Luck Ceramics with her daughter from Port Alberni. Now Neurauter is selling her handmade soaps and bath products at Bibi J’s, a new enterprise in the former Pot Luck Ceramics building on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Former Pot Luck Ceramics location reimagined as Bibi J’s

Owner Helma Swinkels revives social enterprise with new name, vision

Victoria artisan Tina Neurauter, right, used to shop at Pot Luck Ceramics with her daughter from Port Alberni. Now Neurauter is selling her handmade soaps and bath products at Bibi J’s, a new enterprise in the former Pot Luck Ceramics building on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Andy Richards of Dog Mountain Brewing demonstrates their new canning machine. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Local businesses need support during holidays

Bosley’s helping pets out during holiday season

  • Nov 25, 2020
Andy Richards of Dog Mountain Brewing demonstrates their new canning machine. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A staff member at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the resort’s assistant general manager Lara Kemps. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort shuts down restaurant and spa after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Black Rock’s assistant general manager Lara Kemps says resort was informed on Nov. 18.

A staff member at Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the resort’s assistant general manager Lara Kemps. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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Doctor Hugo Lambrechts, a much-loved Port Alberni veterinarian who owned Manzini Animal Hospital for 25 years has died. He was 80. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Late veterinarian leaves legacy of respect among Port Alberni clients

Dr. Hugo Lambrechts founded Manzini Animal Hospital

  • Nov 4, 2020
Doctor Hugo Lambrechts, a much-loved Port Alberni veterinarian who owned Manzini Animal Hospital for 25 years has died. He was 80. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Port Alberni artist Shayne Lloyd has designed a line of artisan clothing under his own label, Ursalia Creative. Lloyd teamed up with Stanfield for his first project. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Celebrate Alberni Valley businesses both large and small

Consider supporting local when shopping for the holidays this year

  • Oct 22, 2020
Port Alberni artist Shayne Lloyd has designed a line of artisan clothing under his own label, Ursalia Creative. Lloyd teamed up with Stanfield for his first project. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni’s Dairy Queen store is located at 3447 Third Ave. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Dairy Queen raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital

From Monday, Oct. 5 until Sunday, Oct. 11, Dairy Queen will be donating $5 for every cake

Port Alberni’s Dairy Queen store is located at 3447 Third Ave. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Brewing Company will be located in the former Colour Your World building on Adelaide Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Third brewery on the way for Port Alberni

Alberni Brewing Company hopes to open in early 2021

Alberni Brewing Company will be located in the former Colour Your World building on Adelaide Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Mother daughter team Juanita and Kara Erickson sit on a memorial bench at their new food-to-go location on Cherry Creek Road. The bench is dedicated to Juanita’s parents. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)

BIZ BEAT: New options for eating in Port Alberni

See what’s happening in the Port Alberni business community

  • Sep 16, 2020
Mother daughter team Juanita and Kara Erickson sit on a memorial bench at their new food-to-go location on Cherry Creek Road. The bench is dedicated to Juanita’s parents. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)
Barb and Dave Chamberlain are the owners of Mr. Potato, a food truck currently located at the Alberni Outpost. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Food trucks help create community at entrance to Port Alberni

Alberni Outpost offers food, events, vendors at the top of Alberni Highway

Barb and Dave Chamberlain are the owners of Mr. Potato, a food truck currently located at the Alberni Outpost. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Examples of the signage placed throughout North Island College’s campuses. Students are asked to follow directional signage and wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College releases COVID-19 guidelines for fall term

Majority of classes will be offered online, with some blended programs

Examples of the signage placed throughout North Island College’s campuses. Students are asked to follow directional signage and wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Construction workers prepare the site of what will become a 40,000-square-foot warehouse at the San Group remanufacturing plant site, behind the dirt berm on Stamp Avenue. (July 23, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group preps Port Alberni remanufacturing site for warehouses

Buildings will be used to store finished lumber right out of the kilns until they can be shipped

Construction workers prepare the site of what will become a 40,000-square-foot warehouse at the San Group remanufacturing plant site, behind the dirt berm on Stamp Avenue. (July 23, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Quinn Sayers at his booth. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Alberni businesses moving forward during COVID-19

Young entrepreneur starts up t-shirt sales

  • Aug 19, 2020
Quinn Sayers at his booth. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A new, one-stop resource has been launched to help North Island College students prepare for digital and blended learning for the upcoming academic year. (PHOTO COURTESY NIC)

North Island College offers resources for students learning online

College will hold a ‘virtual orientation’ this week

A new, one-stop resource has been launched to help North Island College students prepare for digital and blended learning for the upcoming academic year. (PHOTO COURTESY NIC)
Bill Collette, second from left, of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Cydney Pedersen, Archie Cardinal and Darien Edgeler of DBA Silencing on receiving one of 62 grants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to assist the business after the coronavirus pandemic. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni company earns $10,000 grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Company produces specialized equipment for large-scale mining, logging machinery

Bill Collette, second from left, of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Cydney Pedersen, Archie Cardinal and Darien Edgeler of DBA Silencing on receiving one of 62 grants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to assist the business after the coronavirus pandemic. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jennifer Norn, owner of Jowsey’s Furniture, presents a cheque for $2,010 to Capt. Michael Ramsay of the Salvation Army. (TERESA BIRD / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni businesses continue to give back to the community

See what businesses are starting up, moving and renovating

  • Jul 15, 2020
Jennifer Norn, owner of Jowsey’s Furniture, presents a cheque for $2,010 to Capt. Michael Ramsay of the Salvation Army. (TERESA BIRD / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)