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The Oceanside Gleaning Program helps homeowners pick fruits to be redistributed in the community. (File photo)

Coombs Farmers Institute program helps homeowners pick fruit from trees

Gleaning program aims to reduce food waste and bear encounters

The Oceanside Gleaning Program helps homeowners pick fruits to be redistributed in the community. (File photo)
The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

To celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, test your knowledge of the province with these 12 questions

The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)
A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)

PODCAST: 3 dead, 2 wounded – a look at the 5 hours that shook the Langley community

TODAY IN B.C.: Reporters discuss the chain of events, what is known about the shooter and whether the homeless were targeted.

A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)
The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s second largest craft beer and food festival in Chemainus Aug. 13

Large organizational effort already well along in the details

The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Michael Yellowlees – Kilted Scotsman’s second cross Canada tour

TODAY IN B.C.: Musician and dog Luna retrace steps reinforcing climate change message

Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)
Rev. Andrew Twiddy, of the Anglican Parish of St. Anne and St. Edmund, shows off one of the new cedar shingles bound for the log church’s roof on July 25 in Parksville. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

St. Anne’s Log Church in Parksville getting new roof

128-year-old building gets first new roof since late 70s

Rev. Andrew Twiddy, of the Anglican Parish of St. Anne and St. Edmund, shows off one of the new cedar shingles bound for the log church’s roof on July 25 in Parksville. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)
The new SOS board of directors, back row from left, Mike Cochrane, Sally Hamel, treasurer Brandon Charlesworth, Penny Shantz, vice board chair Paul Ruffell and Karen Corkery. Front row, from left, Dawn House, board chair Jennifer Mullett, Andrea Manson, and executive director Susanna Newton. (Lissa Alexander photo)

SOS welcomes 2 new board members, remembers Garry Cox

Newton: ‘He will be greatly missed’

The new SOS board of directors, back row from left, Mike Cochrane, Sally Hamel, treasurer Brandon Charlesworth, Penny Shantz, vice board chair Paul Ruffell and Karen Corkery. Front row, from left, Dawn House, board chair Jennifer Mullett, Andrea Manson, and executive director Susanna Newton. (Lissa Alexander photo)
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Alzheimer Society encourages PQB residents to prepare for heat wave

Encourages residents to check on neighbours and friends

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Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C. artist’s latest community mural a spectacular tribute to veterans

Courtenay artist Kelly Everill is well known for her community murals. They…

Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Valerie Giles, Arrowsmith Fine Arts president, left, and Vikki Vettese, chairperson, right, are excited for the inaugural Oceanside Studio Tour. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach artists prepare new studio tour

Tour runs Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Valerie Giles, Arrowsmith Fine Arts president, left, and Vikki Vettese, chairperson, right, are excited for the inaugural Oceanside Studio Tour. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

During the dog days of summer, how much do you know about these majestic animals?

Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)

Oak Bay car festival elicits decades of automobile anecdotes

Entries in July 24 show range from Chryslers and Dodges to Lambos and McLarens

Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)
Dave Bedard & Sons Contracting helped out with a bobcat and excavator, along with the services of a skilled operator. (Submitted photo)

Volunteers remove 12.6 tons of garbage near Qualicum fish hatchery

Community groups spent three days between April and July

Dave Bedard & Sons Contracting helped out with a bobcat and excavator, along with the services of a skilled operator. (Submitted photo)
Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Vancouver Island man keeps flower flag alive with message for Ukraine

Greater Victoria resident Sahasi Erven looks to give garden new life

Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Family and friends honour Ucluelet’s Coastal Cowboy

The Blue Room chef Dustin Riley is remembered for his big heart, community spirit, and amazing BBQ

Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)
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Parksville’s Lions Ventureland Playground gets federal funding

Federal and city funding will allow continued accessibility upgrades

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Construction of the Parksville Outdoor Theatre is nearly finished and it’s ready to host concerts, such as the inaugural Rock the Park event Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 in the community park. (Parksville Beach Festival photo via Facebook)

New Parksville Outdoor Theatre to officially open July 22

Music performances lined up to mark special occasion

Construction of the Parksville Outdoor Theatre is nearly finished and it’s ready to host concerts, such as the inaugural Rock the Park event Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 in the community park. (Parksville Beach Festival photo via Facebook)
Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)

PODCAST: Victoria and Kelowna are Canada’s best small cities

TODAY IN B.C.: Mayors, Chamber CEOs talk amenities, housing, business and more

Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)