Emily Vance

The Kwalicum Secondary School’s Senior Jazz Band poses for a snap in at a past performance in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Sarah David)

Dinner and a show: KSS Jazz fundraiser in Qualicum Beach features live music

Arrowsmith Big Band, student groups to perform at Feb. 7 event

The Kwalicum Secondary School’s Senior Jazz Band poses for a snap in at a past performance in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Sarah David)
The location of the land purchase that has been tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)

Cinema society concerned about bus garage property sale in Qualicum Beach

Group planned on commissioning a feasibility study for multi-use cinema

The location of the land purchase that has been tentatively agreed to by the town of Qualicum Beach. (Photo submitted by the town of Qualicum Beach)
A selection of Kat Cearns’s work is on display at Creekmore’s Coffee in Coombs. (Emily Vance photo)
A selection of Kat Cearns’s work is on display at Creekmore’s Coffee in Coombs. (Emily Vance photo)
Parksville is planning three events to celebrate the city’s 75th birthday. (NEWS file photo)

Three celebrations this summer in Parksville for city’s big 75th birthday bash

Beach party and street festival to be added to city’s roster of activities

Parksville is planning three events to celebrate the city’s 75th birthday. (NEWS file photo)
Oceanside RCMP say they were able to return thousands of dollars of stolen goods to a business in Parksville after apprehending a suspect immediately after a theft occurred, thanks to a remotely monitored surveillance camera. (NEWS file photo)

Remote surveillance helps RCMP nab suspect following Parksville break-in

Stolen items returned after business owner takes quick action

Oceanside RCMP say they were able to return thousands of dollars of stolen goods to a business in Parksville after apprehending a suspect immediately after a theft occurred, thanks to a remotely monitored surveillance camera. (NEWS file photo)
Charges are pending against a Port Alberni man after Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services pulled the driver over going 130 km/h in a 60 km/h zone of Nanoose Bay on Jan. 19. (News file photo)

Port Alberni man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car stopped, impounded after driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Charges are pending against a Port Alberni man after Central Vancouver Island Traffic Services pulled the driver over going 130 km/h in a 60 km/h zone of Nanoose Bay on Jan. 19. (News file photo)
Can-can dancers and a couple of members of the audience take up the classic dance at the 2017 Night at the Palace at Errington Hall. The annual Vaudeville and burlesque show is back running Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22. (NEWS file photo)
Can-can dancers and a couple of members of the audience take up the classic dance at the 2017 Night at the Palace at Errington Hall. The annual Vaudeville and burlesque show is back running Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22. (NEWS file photo)
The completed treehouse on Mayne Island built by a handful of Parksville businesses as part of a Children’s Wish initiative for eleven-year old Kai Hennessey. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)

‘Epic sky palace’: B.C. businesses help create dream treehouse for boy recovering from cancer

‘It was kind of a bright shining beacon at the end of a horrible, dark tunnel’

The completed treehouse on Mayne Island built by a handful of Parksville businesses as part of a Children’s Wish initiative for eleven-year old Kai Hennessey. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)
Brandon Ford, Ryan Smythe, Ritchie Rae and Kyle Meston stand behind Kai in his newly-built treehouse on Mayne Island. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)

‘Epic sky palace’: Parksville businesses grant wish for young boy recovering from cancer

Eleven-year-old Kai Hennessey receives treehouse of his dreams

Brandon Ford, Ryan Smythe, Ritchie Rae and Kyle Meston stand behind Kai in his newly-built treehouse on Mayne Island. (Courtesy of Kevin Hennessey)
In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)

Pieces of history: Qualicum Beach is home to massive private skateboard collection

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)
The Parksville legion and the Parksville Community Centre (PCC) are teaming up to host a fundraiser dinner to benefit firefighters in Australia. (News file photo)

Parksville Legion, community centre team up to fundraise for Australia

PCC puts out the call for businesses, individuals to help with event

The Parksville legion and the Parksville Community Centre (PCC) are teaming up to host a fundraiser dinner to benefit firefighters in Australia. (News file photo)
These Parksville students raised $185 for charity by shovelling sideways during their snow day on Wednesday, Jan. 15. From left: Josh Spencer, Kai Carleton, Hayden Sjogren, Mya Spencer and Layne Taylor. Not pictured: Isla Carleton. (Courtesy of Graeme Carleton)

Parksville kids shovel neighbourhood driveways during snow day

Group of youngsters will donate the $185 raised to charity

These Parksville students raised $185 for charity by shovelling sideways during their snow day on Wednesday, Jan. 15. From left: Josh Spencer, Kai Carleton, Hayden Sjogren, Mya Spencer and Layne Taylor. Not pictured: Isla Carleton. (Courtesy of Graeme Carleton)
No need to worry about snow-tires when you’re riding a vehicle like this one that Helena Hall is driving. (Michael Briones photo)

Winter storm warning remains in place for Parksville Qualicum Beach

Snowfall, high winds still in forecast, says Environment Canada

No need to worry about snow-tires when you’re riding a vehicle like this one that Helena Hall is driving. (Michael Briones photo)
Dinah D (upright bass), Phil Wipper (drums), Jojo Hallett (keyboard, trumpet) and Aaron Cadwaladr (guitar) together make up The Kerplunks, an award-winning children’s band that’s playing a benefit at Knox United Church on Jan. 23. (Courtesy of Concept Photography)

Award-winning children’s group to perform in Parksville

The Kerplunks will play Knox United to fundraise for Syrian refugee family

Dinah D (upright bass), Phil Wipper (drums), Jojo Hallett (keyboard, trumpet) and Aaron Cadwaladr (guitar) together make up The Kerplunks, an award-winning children’s band that’s playing a benefit at Knox United Church on Jan. 23. (Courtesy of Concept Photography)
More snow is in the forecast for Parksville Qualicum Beach, with a special weather statement in effect from Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay. (News file photo)

More snow, wind in the forecast for Parksville Qualicum Beach

Environment Canada issues special weather statement for parts of east Vancouver Island

More snow is in the forecast for Parksville Qualicum Beach, with a special weather statement in effect from Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay. (News file photo)
The French Creek Base of the Coast Guard was called in to the Beachcomber Marina in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, Jan. 12 for a severe windstorm. Crews returned on Monday to help clean up the damage done to the marina and boats. (Emily Vance photo)

UPDATED: ‘It was mayhem down here’: Storm causes huge damage at Nanoose Bay marina

VIDEO: Boat crashes ashore, 150 feet of breakwater crumbles

The French Creek Base of the Coast Guard was called in to the Beachcomber Marina in Nanoose Bay on Sunday, Jan. 12 for a severe windstorm. Crews returned on Monday to help clean up the damage done to the marina and boats. (Emily Vance photo)
B.C. Hydro crews worked throughout the night in Parksville Qualicum Beach to restore power to 12,000 customers. (Courtesy B.C. Hydro)

Power restored to 12,000 homes and businesses across Parksville Qualicum Beach

Wind, snow sweeps the mid-Island, multiple trees down on power lines

B.C. Hydro crews worked throughout the night in Parksville Qualicum Beach to restore power to 12,000 customers. (Courtesy B.C. Hydro)
Family-run corner store in Parksville to close after 42 years

Family-run corner store in Parksville to close after 42 years

Last day for Shopper’s Grocery Mart on Alberni Highway is Jan. 18

Family-run corner store in Parksville to close after 42 years
Layne Collinson’s Hearts for the Homeless campaign has kicked off its seventh year, with stained glass hearts hanging in a variety of Parksville Qualicum Beach businesses. Proceeds from the sale of the hearts go towards the Manna Homeless Society. The annual fundraiser event takes place on Jan. 23 at Smoke ‘N Water restaurant. (Emily Vance photo)
Layne Collinson’s Hearts for the Homeless campaign has kicked off its seventh year, with stained glass hearts hanging in a variety of Parksville Qualicum Beach businesses. Proceeds from the sale of the hearts go towards the Manna Homeless Society. The annual fundraiser event takes place on Jan. 23 at Smoke ‘N Water restaurant. (Emily Vance photo)
From left: Regional District of Nanaimo chairman Ian Thorpe, Mayor of Parksville and RDN board member Ed Mayne, and director of RDN Area E (Nanoose Bay) Bob Rogers at the commissioning of the Englishman River Water Services treatment plant on Jan. 9. (Emily Vance photo)

$41.7-million Englishman River water treatment plant opens in Parksville

Facility can filter up to 16 million litres of water per day for Parksville and Nanoose Bay

From left: Regional District of Nanaimo chairman Ian Thorpe, Mayor of Parksville and RDN board member Ed Mayne, and director of RDN Area E (Nanoose Bay) Bob Rogers at the commissioning of the Englishman River Water Services treatment plant on Jan. 9. (Emily Vance photo)