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The Oceanside Volunteer Association is presenting its second annual Wellness and Volunteer Fair on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
The new musical director of The Village Voices choir is ready to put her own stamp on the chorus group but Lonnie Moddle won't be changing things up a lot. Moddle is taking over from Rosemary Lindsay, an avid chorister, solo performer and voice teacher, who has lead the singing group since 2007.
GOOD USE OF FREE TIME: What do you do when your school is behind picket lines? You visit grandma's farm in Qualicum Beach and make a little money. Ten-year-old Maycie and six-year-old Jazzlyne Warren of Nanaimo were selling giant zucchinis, flowers and some bracelets they made to keep themselves busy during the teachers' strike.
Armin and Gina Maerkl of MM Architects have lived and worked as architects in Europe for 13 years and have been working in B.C. for 17 years . They presented an architectural and urban design study for the intersection at Highway 19a and Memorial Avenue.
The Salvation Army Food Bank in Parksville Qualicum Beach is taking part in the provincial initiative, pointing out that more than 100,000 people turn to food banks every year in B.C. for basic sustenance and the local food bank is under increasing pressure with more people looking for help. "Many of us are only dimly aware of the large number of people in our society who struggle to obtain the necessities of life," they point out in a news release, adding "Over half of all households that rely on food banks are families with children; half these again are headed by single parents."
While a new report calls on the B.C. government to better fund domestic violence services, local groups want people to know there are services in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. "You do not have to go to Nanaimo to receive counselling for abuse, whether physical abuse or sexual assault," said Deborah Joyce, executive director of the Family Resource Association , based on Morison Avenue in Parksville and serving the whole region.
As a taxpayer you're footing the bill for elected officials, but do you know how much your local councillors, RDN directors and school board trustees are banking? Lucky Butterworth, director of finance with the City of Parksville, said remuneration is reassessed at the end of each term, before the inauguration of the next board or council. He noted the city's current bylaw prohibits councillors from changing their own remuneration - instead they change it at the end of their term and the new numbers are in effect for the next board.
Parksville's proposed new water treatment and storage system is the optimum 50-year solution for the city's water needs, according to Parksville mayoralty candidate Marc Lefebvre. Lefebvre said through a news release this week he has been involved in the city's water strategy since his election to council 12 years ago.
As local farms are gearing up for their harvest festivals, a different sort of harvest is being prepared for in the heart of Qualicum Beach. The Old School House Arts Centre's 10th annual Harvest of Music festival will take place from Oct. 17-19 this year.
"After consultation with community members and with my family I have decided to stand for re-election this November," he said in the e-mail.
A recent poll commissioned by the owners of Pheasant Glen Golf Resort indicate 67 per cent of Qualicum Beach residents agree the resort's expansion plans will be good for the community.
This Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be great discounts on heritage trees, shrubs and perennials propagated on-site.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 01:00 pm
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