Lauren Collins

Close to 30 firefighters from six local departments were on hand to fight a “stubborn bush fire” Wednesday, July 25. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department photo

Nearly 30 Parksville Qualicum Beach firefighters assist with bush fire

Fire had been burning underground for several months

Close to 30 firefighters from six local departments were on hand to fight a “stubborn bush fire” Wednesday, July 25. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department photo
LETTER: Thieves steal concrete lighthouse

LETTER: Thieves steal concrete lighthouse

For the last 18 years and the past three homes we have…

LETTER: Thieves steal concrete lighthouse
Island Exoress Air is now flying out of Qualicum Beach Airport after Transport Canada re-instated the airline’s air operator certificantion June 21. The airline was previously suspended by Transport Canada following an incident in Abbotsford Feb. 23, 2018. — Island Express Air Photo

New airline flies out of Qualicum Beach

Island Express Air previously grounded by Transport Canada

Island Exoress Air is now flying out of Qualicum Beach Airport after Transport Canada re-instated the airline’s air operator certificantion June 21. The airline was previously suspended by Transport Canada following an incident in Abbotsford Feb. 23, 2018. — Island Express Air Photo
Water main construction at 180 Jensen Ave. East was scheduled to start Wednesday, July 25. — City of Parksville map

Watermain work begins on Jensen Avenue

Construction is for Berwick site

Water main construction at 180 Jensen Ave. East was scheduled to start Wednesday, July 25. — City of Parksville map
LETTER: Communication a lost opportunity

LETTER: Communication a lost opportunity

It is with a modest degree of surprise and a significant degree…

LETTER: Communication a lost opportunity
A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo

More productions popping up in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Productions ramping up on mid-Island

A waterfront home in Qualicum Beach is used for the beachfront B&B in Chesapeake Shores. Crews were filming at the home in mid-June. — Lauren Collins photo
Parksville councillor says info more ‘forthcoming’ in the future on supportive housing project

Parksville councillor says info more ‘forthcoming’ in the future on supportive housing project

Leanne Salter said she was ‘kept in the dark’ on details about 222 Corfield St. South

Parksville councillor says info more ‘forthcoming’ in the future on supportive housing project
Rae and Barry Tuck, the couple behind Yates Memorial Services in Parksville, were recently featured in Canadian Funeral News magazine. The couple bought the business in 2015 and have been re-imagining it for the past three years. — Lauren Collins photo

Funeral home rebrands to better serve community

Yates Memorial Services bringing green burials to Parksville location

Rae and Barry Tuck, the couple behind Yates Memorial Services in Parksville, were recently featured in Canadian Funeral News magazine. The couple bought the business in 2015 and have been re-imagining it for the past three years. — Lauren Collins photo
About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. Since the theft, the club has received a $500-donation toward replacing the flags. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs

Qualicum Beach Rotary receives donation for stolen Canadian flags

Parksville business person donates $500 anonymously

About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. Since the theft, the club has received a $500-donation toward replacing the flags. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs
Trevor Bowles, a member of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, at the estuary. The society is conducting an online survey on the potential uses of the turning the estuary into a park. — Friends of French Creek Conservation Society photo

Local society seeks views on French Creek estuary

Group wants to see portion of land designated as park

Trevor Bowles, a member of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, at the estuary. The society is conducting an online survey on the potential uses of the turning the estuary into a park. — Friends of French Creek Conservation Society photo
City hall was packed Wednesday evening (July 4) for the vote on third reading and adoption for the rezoning on 222 Corfield St. South for a planned supportive housing project. — Lauren Collins photo

UPDATE: Parksville council adopts rezoning for 222 Corfield

RCMP remove one person, possible charges coming

City hall was packed Wednesday evening (July 4) for the vote on third reading and adoption for the rezoning on 222 Corfield St. South for a planned supportive housing project. — Lauren Collins photo
Dana Woon of the Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers giving a presentation on fraudsters and scams to residents at Stanford Seniors Village on June 14. — Lauren Collins photo

New scams coming every day; similarities between each

Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers hold seminars on scams for seniors

Dana Woon of the Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers giving a presentation on fraudsters and scams to residents at Stanford Seniors Village on June 14. — Lauren Collins photo
Berwick Retirement Concepts is planning to build a facility in Parksville at 180 Jensen Ave., but the founders of the company say they oppose the supportive housing project in the works nearby. — NEWS file photo

Berwick opposes rezoning for Parksville supportive housing project

Company founders say Corfield project not ‘compatible’ with seniors housing

Berwick Retirement Concepts is planning to build a facility in Parksville at 180 Jensen Ave., but the founders of the company say they oppose the supportive housing project in the works nearby. — NEWS file photo
About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs
About a dozen Canadian flags and flag poles were stolen along Memorial Avenue and the roundabout at Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road Sunday during the Canada Day celebrations in Qualicum Beach. — Photo submitted by Gordon Mebs
Volunteers hand out birthday cake at the Qualicum Beach Canada Day celebrations. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser celebrate Canada Day

From parades to concerts to kids activities to a car show, there was plenty to keep the region busy

Volunteers hand out birthday cake at the Qualicum Beach Canada Day celebrations. — Lauren Collins photo
Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws

Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws

Councillor says motion a step in the right direction

Qualicum Beach staff looks into banning plastic straws
The Town of Qualicum Beach is still looking into subsidizing bus fares within the town for the summer months. However the Intercity route, pictured above, would not be included in the subsidized fares. — Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach bus route could be free for the summer

Town mulling over free or $1 fares

The Town of Qualicum Beach is still looking into subsidizing bus fares within the town for the summer months. However the Intercity route, pictured above, would not be included in the subsidized fares. — Lauren Collins photo
Police on the scene at Corcan Road Wednesday evening (June 27) after a man was struck by a vehicle. — Jamie Donovan photo

Man struck by vehicle, Parksville woman in custody

Incident happened on Corcan Road June 27

Police on the scene at Corcan Road Wednesday evening (June 27) after a man was struck by a vehicle. — Jamie Donovan photo
A representative with Berwick Retirement Communities says the group is in talks with the city following plans for a supportive housing facility next to the proposed Berwick Parksville location. — NEWS file photo

No decision on plans for Berwick Parksville

Residents voice concerns on facility being close to supportive housing project

A representative with Berwick Retirement Communities says the group is in talks with the city following plans for a supportive housing facility next to the proposed Berwick Parksville location. — NEWS file photo
Maureen Pilcher of Accessible Oceanside Association in the foreground with (from left) Diana LaMonte, AOA chair Sandra Hobson and Greg Greenshields, owner of Life Support Assisted Living in Parksville. The four were taking part in the wheel/walk about in Parksville Tuesday, June 26. — Lauren Collins photo

Accessibility wheel/walk a good reminder

People tour Jensen greenway in Parksville for mobility issues

Maureen Pilcher of Accessible Oceanside Association in the foreground with (from left) Diana LaMonte, AOA chair Sandra Hobson and Greg Greenshields, owner of Life Support Assisted Living in Parksville. The four were taking part in the wheel/walk about in Parksville Tuesday, June 26. — Lauren Collins photo