Staff Writer

Grey squirrels invading Island habitats

Eastern grey is an exotic species in B.C. and should be reported

Parksville jeweller shares tender moments from local beaches

Gift boutique offers custom pieces made with shells, rocks, driftwood and more

Car crashes along Plummer Road

A driver wasn't hurt as her vehicle ended up on its side off the shoulder of the road Sunday.

Arts briefs

Watercolour painting classes at the MAC in Parksville, Chesapeake Shores crews accepting resumes

Construction starts on Parksville water plant/intake; parts of Top Bridge Park closed

The $30-plus million project is expected to be finished by summer 2018

Parksville business awards finalists selected

Tickets still available for awards night at Tigh-Na-Mara, March 9

Opening reception at TOSH on Wednesday

The opening receptions Feb. 22 at 2 p.m., the exhibition runs until March 11

Blue Door Audio Video opens in new location in Parksville

In business together for 26, the Beattys and their knowledgeable staff resonate with the technological desires of today

Graham Beard is Qualicum Beach’s 2016 Citizen of the Year

Awards night was a sold out affair Feb. 15, organized by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce

Just hangin’ around in Parksville

Attlin Totton of Campbell River, 2, gets a boost from his mom, Misty, while riding the zip line at Parksville Community Park

Copper worth up to $5,000 stolen from Nanoose Bay business

Sometime over the Feb. 4-5 weekend, thieves accessed the business located in the 1400 Block of Island Highway by scaling the fence

Qualicum Beach Island Style Creations creates quality over quantity

Jerret Vanstone, owner, creates furniture to last 30 or 40 years

Family Day fun on Monday in Coombs

The event is Monday, Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Coombs Fairgrounds (1014 Ford Rd.).

‘Sudden death’ near Qualicum Beach

Dashwood fire department responds to a dozen calls in one day

Ontario couple packs up, opens Qualicum Beach store

Purple Essentials offers what their website describes as “handcrafted, fresh and natural skin care and body care products.”

Weather warnings continue for Parksville Qualicum Beach

The Weather Network calls for continued flurries and overnight freezing temperatures well into Wednesday

City of Parksville will start flushing watermains Feb. 14

The city said flushing is an important part of its ongoing maintenance program to ensure the integrity of the water supply system

Quality Foods earns Business of the Year award

Grocery chain has made inroads into West Shore retail market

Coldest Night in Parksville will be Feb. 25

You can go it alone or start a team and perhaps challenge another business/church group

Carp on the menu in Parksville’s Craig Bay

See a series of three photos in today's edition of The NEWS