Karly Blats

Participants in the West Coast Recreation Adult Day Program take part in a game of ‘hockey.’ The program for individuals with cognitive and physical challenges has expanded from two to three days a week. - Karly Blats photo

Parksville adult day program expands to three days per week

West Coast Recreation Adult Day Program helps individuals with cognitive and physical challenges

Participants in the West Coast Recreation Adult Day Program take part in a game of ‘hockey.’ The program for individuals with cognitive and physical challenges has expanded from two to three days a week. - Karly Blats photo
Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will be moved to Galey Farms in Saanich. - Facebook photo/Howard the Worlds Tallest Gnome

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents disappointed to see Howard the gnome leave

Some show support for new Saanich home; others hoped he’d remain ‘local’

Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will be moved to Galey Farms in Saanich. - Facebook photo/Howard the Worlds Tallest Gnome
A flipped trailer on Highway 19 and Hillview Road near Nanoose Bay caused delays to southbound traffic on Monday, March 25 around 5:45 p.m. - Facebook photo/Andrea Grove

Man ticketed by Oceanside RCMP after trailer flips on Highway 19

Incident caused delays to southbound traffic

A flipped trailer on Highway 19 and Hillview Road near Nanoose Bay caused delays to southbound traffic on Monday, March 25 around 5:45 p.m. - Facebook photo/Andrea Grove
Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island. (Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish)

Giant gnome finds new home at Galey Farms in Saanich

‘Howard’, the iconic Nanoose Bay attraction, will be moved as soon as possible

Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island. (Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish)
Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island. (Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish)

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

Howard, the world’s tallest gnome, located along the Island Highway near Nanoose Bay will remain on Vancouver Island. (Facebook photo/Bridget Matewish)
Expert rider Adam Christensen from Cumberland takes part in the Hammerfest XC race series at Englishman River Falls on Sunday, March 24. - Karly Blats photo

Comox mountainbiker wins Hammerfest at Englishman River Falls

Sunday’s race series saw riders from Coombs, Parksville make top 12

Expert rider Adam Christensen from Cumberland takes part in the Hammerfest XC race series at Englishman River Falls on Sunday, March 24. - Karly Blats photo
Parksville’s Kaiden Finley, centre, is surrounded by his five siblings. Kaiden passed away on March 21 after a long battle with brain cancer. - Photo submitted by Tasha Finley

Inspirational Parksville youngster Kaiden Finley dies after cancer battle

‘He was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Parksville’s Kaiden Finley, centre, is surrounded by his five siblings. Kaiden passed away on March 21 after a long battle with brain cancer. - Photo submitted by Tasha Finley
Comox man asks Qualicum Beach council to back groundwater conservation resolution
Comox man asks Qualicum Beach council to back groundwater conservation resolution
This year’s Brant Wildlife Festival theme is Beaches, Marshes and Estuaries and includes plenty of river walks and other water related activities in addition to bird watching, nature films, presentations, nature art such as carving, weaving and music and a bioblitz. - Submitted photo

Brant Festival kicks off, features more than 25 events

‘Beaches, Marshes and Estuaries’ includes plenty of water-related activities

This year’s Brant Wildlife Festival theme is Beaches, Marshes and Estuaries and includes plenty of river walks and other water related activities in addition to bird watching, nature films, presentations, nature art such as carving, weaving and music and a bioblitz. - Submitted photo
Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs
QB council wants public to be able to view presentations while livestreaming meetings

QB council wants public to be able to view presentations while livestreaming meetings

‘People at home watching online are missing a lot’

QB council wants public to be able to view presentations while livestreaming meetings
Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo

Tofino a Canadian hot spot

Tuesday temperatures reached 23.5 C

Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo
Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo

Tofino a Canadian hot spot

Tuesday temperatures reached 23.5 C

Tofino surfer Brett Nelson watches waves break off Lovekin Rock at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the first day of spring.-Nora O’Malley photo
Parksville mayor Ed Mayne, as part of his campaign promise, held a facilitated roundtable event on Jan. 19 to hear visions for Parksville and priorities for city council. - Karly Blats photo

Parksville roundtable highlights need for affordable housing, recreation

Mayor Ed Mayne held facilitated event in January to hear visions for city, council

Parksville mayor Ed Mayne, as part of his campaign promise, held a facilitated roundtable event on Jan. 19 to hear visions for Parksville and priorities for city council. - Karly Blats photo
Parksville artists Llyod Major and Judy Maxwell are the featured artists at Qualicum Art & Craft Supply. - Karly Blats photo

Two nature-inspired artists display oil paintings at Qualicum gallery

Judy Maxwell and Lloyd Major depict scenes of wildlife, landscapes and the west coast

Parksville artists Llyod Major and Judy Maxwell are the featured artists at Qualicum Art & Craft Supply. - Karly Blats photo
Site plan. (Submitted)
Site plan. (Submitted)
Several people attend last year’s CatSpan book and garage sale at the Parksville Community Centre. This year’s sale is taking place March 22 and 23. - Submitted by Kathy Robinson

Annual CatSpan book and garage sale happening March 22 and 23

All proceeds from sale go toward helping feral cats in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Several people attend last year’s CatSpan book and garage sale at the Parksville Community Centre. This year’s sale is taking place March 22 and 23. - Submitted by Kathy Robinson
SD69 superintendent believes ranking list ‘does more harm than good’

SD69 superintendent believes ranking list ‘does more harm than good’

Elementary schools ranked annually by Fraser Institute

SD69 superintendent believes ranking list ‘does more harm than good’
Less than an hour after Parksville resident Karen Brooks attached hearts to the fence at the 222 Corfield supportive housing site to show support for the incoming tenants, someone tore several down. - Karly Blats photo

Broken Hearts: Display at controversial 222 Corfield site in Parksville vandalized

Woman says she was yelled at while showing support for incoming supportive housing tenants

Less than an hour after Parksville resident Karen Brooks attached hearts to the fence at the 222 Corfield supportive housing site to show support for the incoming tenants, someone tore several down. - Karly Blats photo
Parksville budget presentations continue with operations, engineering and community planning

Parksville budget presentations continue with operations, engineering and community planning

As budget presentations continue for the City of Parksville, council was delivered…

Parksville budget presentations continue with operations, engineering and community planning