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ECHO board president Don Harper presents Tatum Howell, one of two winners of the Joy MacKay Memorial Scholarship this year, with a $1,000 cheque. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach grads selected for ECHO Players scholarship

Students will use funds to support studies in the arts

ECHO board president Don Harper presents Tatum Howell, one of two winners of the Joy MacKay Memorial Scholarship this year, with a $1,000 cheque. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
Dr. Reka Gustafson. (file photo)
(RDN photo)
(RDN photo)
The after-school hours can be difficult for the thousands of kids younger than age 12 who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need. Photo courtesy United Way

United Way BC helps families thrive through after-school programming

Imagine you’re 6 years old. Grade one! You love your teacher and…

  • Oct 31, 2022
The after-school hours can be difficult for the thousands of kids younger than age 12 who don’t attend an after-school program. The United Way BC School’s Out program was designed to meet this need. Photo courtesy United Way
Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct 31 is a time for candy, costumes and scary movies

Do you know the correct name for these carved pumpkins? (Pixaby)
The Qualicum Beach Community Hall (644 Memorial Ave) (File photo).

District 69 backpack program fundraiser planned for Nov. 10

Charity fashion show and dance starts 6 p.m. at Qualicum Beach Community Hall

The Qualicum Beach Community Hall (644 Memorial Ave) (File photo).
The Parksville Community Centre (behind Starbucks) will start a Community Market on Nov. 6. (PQB News file photo)
The Parksville Community Centre (behind Starbucks) will start a Community Market on Nov. 6. (PQB News file photo)
Errington Elementary leadership students are gearing up for the district food drive. From left: Everett, Macey, Gracie, Ella, Brooklyn and Sunnie. (Submitted photo)

School District 69 launches food drive to assist families in need

Schools ask residents to help by bringing non-perishable food items in November

Errington Elementary leadership students are gearing up for the district food drive. From left: Everett, Macey, Gracie, Ella, Brooklyn and Sunnie. (Submitted photo)
A cheque of $7,000 was presented to the Oceanside Hospice Society by Tim Hortons in Parksville. From left: assistant manager Lisa Nickerson, owners Nick Pollard and Michelle Neid, Oceanside Hospice executive director Julie Chambers, Oceanside Hospice Fund Development Co-ordinator Shianne Carswell, team member Alex Williamson and his wife Bev, and team member who sold the most cookies Amanda Anderson. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Hospice Society receives $7K from Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign

Society grateful to volunteers, restaurant owners, staff

A cheque of $7,000 was presented to the Oceanside Hospice Society by Tim Hortons in Parksville. From left: assistant manager Lisa Nickerson, owners Nick Pollard and Michelle Neid, Oceanside Hospice executive director Julie Chambers, Oceanside Hospice Fund Development Co-ordinator Shianne Carswell, team member Alex Williamson and his wife Bev, and team member who sold the most cookies Amanda Anderson. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)

VIDEO: Camera captures pumpkin-stealing bear in Abbotsford

Thief rolls its find through townhouse complex and then abandons it

Abbotsford resident Cam Massey was checking his overnight video surveillance footage on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26 when he came across a clip of a bear making off with a pumpkin in the townhouse complex where he lives. (Screenshot from video)
Elena Sales was chosen as one of four students to win a national $20,000 4-H scholarship. (Submitted photo)

Kwalikum Secondary grad chosen as national $20K scholarship winner

Elena Sales one of four recipients of 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction

Elena Sales was chosen as one of four students to win a national $20,000 4-H scholarship. (Submitted photo)
Bruce Cameron. (File photo)

PODCAST.: Turnout for B.C. 2022 municipal elections down from 2018

TODAY IN B.C.: Voting online, campaign issues and mayoralty races discussed

Bruce Cameron. (File photo)
Raj Banga, left, Sunita Banga, Jeet Manhas, Kaajal Manhas, Arjan Manhas, Shashi Monga and Peter Monga all meet together as part of the community organizing committee for the Beban Park social centre Diwali celebration. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Community members in Nanaimo celebrate Diwali, a ‘triumph of light over darkness’

Members of Indo-Canadian community and others will celebrate at sold-out event at Beban Park

Raj Banga, left, Sunita Banga, Jeet Manhas, Kaajal Manhas, Arjan Manhas, Shashi Monga and Peter Monga all meet together as part of the community organizing committee for the Beban Park social centre Diwali celebration. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Hundreds of trick-or-treaters are expected to visit Ponderosa Drive in Parksville this Halloween. (Submitted photo)

Halloween display tradition always a big draw for Parksville neighbourhood

As many as 600 trick-or-treaters expected to descend on Ponderosa Drive

Hundreds of trick-or-treaters are expected to visit Ponderosa Drive in Parksville this Halloween. (Submitted photo)
There will be a variety of rocks and gems on display and for sale at the fourth annual Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club Show, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. (PQB file photo)
There will be a variety of rocks and gems on display and for sale at the fourth annual Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club Show, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. (PQB file photo)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 in Bowser. (PQB News file photo)

Bowser Legion plans fun children’s Halloween event Oct. 30

Lighthouse Country Halloween Festival and Costume Contest runs from noon to 5 p.m

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 in Bowser. (PQB News file photo)
The Parksville Rotary Club will be at Speedy Glass in Parksville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 for its recycling drive and all donations will go toward Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Rotary to donate Oct. 22 bottle drive proceeds to Polio Plus

Club will be at Speedy Glass in Parksville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Parksville Rotary Club will be at Speedy Glass in Parksville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 for its recycling drive and all donations will go toward Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign. (Submitted photo)
Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys

VIDEO: A sucker for a friendly face; octopus gloms onto diver for once-in-a-lifetime encounter

Diver off Campbell River spends amazing 40-minute session with a friendly octopus

Giant Pacific octopus approaches Campbell River diver Andrea Humphreys during a friendly and unforgettable encounter near Campbell River Oct. 15, 2022. Screen capture from video by Andrea Humphreys
Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography

Orca pod crashes Quadra Island wedding

‘That’s a pretty good good way to start your marriage off’ — wedding videographer

Blake and Morgan Belton had some surprise visitors as they exchanged their wedding vows on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy With Love Photography
(PQB News file photo)
(PQB News file photo)