Adam Kveton

Lorne and Yvonne Acheson show off the finished surfboard that Lorne made and Yvonne painted. — Adam Kveton Photo

VIDEO: The Art of Surfboard Making

Hand-made, handpainted surfboard by Parksville couple

Lorne and Yvonne Acheson show off the finished surfboard that Lorne made and Yvonne painted. — Adam Kveton Photo
Brian Tull performs as Roger, a full-of-himself leading man in the ECHO Players’ production of Second Chances at the musical’s premiere on Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo

Review: Show about the show delights at Qualicum Beach premiere

A combination of hilarity and tender moments for Second Chances musical

Brian Tull performs as Roger, a full-of-himself leading man in the ECHO Players’ production of Second Chances at the musical’s premiere on Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo
Inclusion Parksville’s executive director, Barb Read (centre) meets with Qualicum Beach Dance School dancers ahead of their March 1 performance, which will run as a fundraiser for Inclusion Parksville this year. — Adam Kveton Photo

Qualicum Beach dancers limbering up for charity performance

Inclusion Parksville to receive 100 per cent of proceeds from March 1 show

Inclusion Parksville’s executive director, Barb Read (centre) meets with Qualicum Beach Dance School dancers ahead of their March 1 performance, which will run as a fundraiser for Inclusion Parksville this year. — Adam Kveton Photo
Artist Peggy Burkosky (left) and The Gardens at Qualicum Beach resident Juliana Kratz discuss Burkosky’s watercolour work (centre) during the official opening of the seniors residence’s new art wing on Feb. 7. The Gardens and TOSH have partnered on the project, which will see new artwork by a variety of local artists hung every six to eight weeks. Burkosky was one of the first nine artists to have their work on display at The Gardens. — Adam Kveton Photo

Qualicum Beach seniors residence partners with TOSH for new art wing

Local artists’ work featured at The Gardens in new exhibit space

Artist Peggy Burkosky (left) and The Gardens at Qualicum Beach resident Juliana Kratz discuss Burkosky’s watercolour work (centre) during the official opening of the seniors residence’s new art wing on Feb. 7. The Gardens and TOSH have partnered on the project, which will see new artwork by a variety of local artists hung every six to eight weeks. Burkosky was one of the first nine artists to have their work on display at The Gardens. — Adam Kveton Photo
This painting by Dema Maksod, called Zenobie Palmyra, depicts an ancient queen in Syria. — Adam Kveton Photo

Artist finds her expression in Syrian war destruction

Former refugee tells the stories of strong women with TOSH exhibit

This painting by Dema Maksod, called Zenobie Palmyra, depicts an ancient queen in Syria. — Adam Kveton Photo
Vancouver Island Metal Jewellers Guild founder Valerie Harty shows off on of a selection of stones and gems from her bench in the guild’s studio in the Oceanside Community MakerSpace. — Adam Kveton Photo

Shiny new Parksville guild looks to welcome jewellery-makers

Graduate of NIC founds Vancouver Island Metal Jewellers Guild

Vancouver Island Metal Jewellers Guild founder Valerie Harty shows off on of a selection of stones and gems from her bench in the guild’s studio in the Oceanside Community MakerSpace. — Adam Kveton Photo
When it catches the light, this ammolite (shown at the Amy Newsom Design booth) throws off a variety of colour. It was one of many gemstones for sale at the Parksville Gem and Mineral Show on Feb. 9 and 10. — Adam Kveton Photo

VIDEO: Parksville Gem and Mineral Show

Brilliant stones and lots of jewellery to check out at show, running Feb. 9 and 10

When it catches the light, this ammolite (shown at the Amy Newsom Design booth) throws off a variety of colour. It was one of many gemstones for sale at the Parksville Gem and Mineral Show on Feb. 9 and 10. — Adam Kveton Photo
Qualicum Beach council has decided that the remaining garbage collection services performed by the Town of Qualicum Beach will end on June 1. — NEWS File photo

Garbage collection by the Town of Qualicum Beach to end June 1

Council goes with staff recommendation to axe patchwork service

Qualicum Beach council has decided that the remaining garbage collection services performed by the Town of Qualicum Beach will end on June 1. — NEWS File photo
Dorothy (played by Allison Poole) and Scarecrow (played by Quin Clothier) discover a rusted Tin Man (played by Roan Janssen) during a dress rehearsal of the Ballenas Secondary School theatre program’s production of The Wizard of Oz, premiering Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo

They’re off to see the wizard at Parksville school

Ballenas theatre production premiers Feb. 14

Dorothy (played by Allison Poole) and Scarecrow (played by Quin Clothier) discover a rusted Tin Man (played by Roan Janssen) during a dress rehearsal of the Ballenas Secondary School theatre program’s production of The Wizard of Oz, premiering Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo
These phantom quartz crystlas shown by Forest Crystals were just a few of the unique and shiny items shown at last year’s Parksville Gem and Mineral Show. The show is back this year with even more vendors on Feb. 9 and 10. — Adam Kveton Photo

2nd annual Gem and Mineral Show coming to Parksville

Thirty vendors expected for Feb. 9-10 events at Parksville Community Centre

These phantom quartz crystlas shown by Forest Crystals were just a few of the unique and shiny items shown at last year’s Parksville Gem and Mineral Show. The show is back this year with even more vendors on Feb. 9 and 10. — Adam Kveton Photo
Qualicum Beach council has voted to give itself a raise. Back: councillor Adam Walker (left), councillor Robert Filmer (centre), and councillor Scott Harrison. Front: mayor Brian Wiese (left), and councillor Teunis Westbroek. — Town of Qualicum Beach photo

Qualicum Beach councillors want to give themselves a big pay hike

Proposed increase to go from ‘pittance to a slightly larger pittance’: Filmer

Qualicum Beach council has voted to give itself a raise. Back: councillor Adam Walker (left), councillor Robert Filmer (centre), and councillor Scott Harrison. Front: mayor Brian Wiese (left), and councillor Teunis Westbroek. — Town of Qualicum Beach photo
From left: actors Paul Churchill, Kerry Campbell and Ian Morton rehearse for the premier of Second Chances, a locally-created musical that will see its first time on stage on Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo

First time on stage for Second Chances musical coming up in Qualicum Beach

ECHO Players preparing first ever production of locally-created play

From left: actors Paul Churchill, Kerry Campbell and Ian Morton rehearse for the premier of Second Chances, a locally-created musical that will see its first time on stage on Feb. 14. — Adam Kveton Photo
This image shows just some of the damage sustained by Little Qualicum Falls and MacMillan provincial parks by the December windstorm. Crews continue to assess damage, leaving Little Qualicum Falls fully closed, as well as a portion of MacMillan park. — Submitted by David Karn

Significant windstorm damage leaves Qualicum-area provincial parks closed

Crews at Little Qualicum Falls, portions of MacMillan park to clean up, assess damage

This image shows just some of the damage sustained by Little Qualicum Falls and MacMillan provincial parks by the December windstorm. Crews continue to assess damage, leaving Little Qualicum Falls fully closed, as well as a portion of MacMillan park. — Submitted by David Karn
A large variety of seeds are one of the main attractors of gardeners to the annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday event, which took place Feb. 2. — Adam Kveton Photo

VIDEO: Seedy Saturday at Qualicum Beach

Event packed once again, with gardeners, nature lovers in attendance

A large variety of seeds are one of the main attractors of gardeners to the annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday event, which took place Feb. 2. — Adam Kveton Photo
Qualicum Beach students Lauren Porter (front left) and Isabelle Gray (front right) show the book The Lost Words, alongside an Oxford dictionary with their Grade 5 Qualicum Beach Elementary School class. Many students in the class were inspired to send a letter to Oxford University Press over the nature words removed from their junior dictionary, which inspired The Lost Words book. — Adam Kveton Photo

Qualicum Beach students react to removal of words from Oxford Junior Dictionary

Class calls for return of ‘otter’, ‘acorn’ and more

Qualicum Beach students Lauren Porter (front left) and Isabelle Gray (front right) show the book The Lost Words, alongside an Oxford dictionary with their Grade 5 Qualicum Beach Elementary School class. Many students in the class were inspired to send a letter to Oxford University Press over the nature words removed from their junior dictionary, which inspired The Lost Words book. — Adam Kveton Photo
The Art of Gender: Qualicum Beach teacher offers new course

The Art of Gender: Qualicum Beach teacher offers new course

Students to learn about gender theories, stereotypes, feminism and then express learning with art

The Art of Gender: Qualicum Beach teacher offers new course
From right: Jacqueline Osborne, her son Colston Charland-Friesen and Colston’s new support worker, A.J. Simons, gather down at the Parksville waterfront in Parksville Community Park. — Adam Kveton Photo

Parksville mother pleads for help to aid son who suffered brain injury

Navigating support has left man and his mom spent

From right: Jacqueline Osborne, her son Colston Charland-Friesen and Colston’s new support worker, A.J. Simons, gather down at the Parksville waterfront in Parksville Community Park. — Adam Kveton Photo
Finger-style guitarist Don Alder has pushed his abilities to impressive heights, but now he’s working to become a singer/songwriter, and he’s headed to Parksville Feb. 1. — Courtesy Don Alder

Celebrated guitarist performing in Parksville Feb. 1

Don Alder is in search of the right words as he aims to be known as a singer/songwriter

Finger-style guitarist Don Alder has pushed his abilities to impressive heights, but now he’s working to become a singer/songwriter, and he’s headed to Parksville Feb. 1. — Courtesy Don Alder
On Vancouver Island, 214 people died from illicit drug overdoses in 2018. Various forms of treatment are available, from public to private programs and facilities. (File photo)

Getting addictions treatment on Vancouver Island

Parksville activist says process failing some; service providers explain why process required

On Vancouver Island, 214 people died from illicit drug overdoses in 2018. Various forms of treatment are available, from public to private programs and facilities. (File photo)
Can-can dancers and a couple members of the audience take up the classic dance at last year’s Night at the Palace at Errington hall. The annual Vaudeville and burlesque show is back running Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. — Adam Kveton Photo

Vaudeville and burlesque show returns to Errington

Night at the Palace performances begin Feb. 15

Can-can dancers and a couple members of the audience take up the classic dance at last year’s Night at the Palace at Errington hall. The annual Vaudeville and burlesque show is back running Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. — Adam Kveton Photo