Don Bodger

The stage is set for a full season of theatre again in 2022 at the Chemainus Theatre with the current fundraising campaign that's underway supported with substantial contributions from Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton. The Holiday Jubilation concert for Christmas will be a stepping stone. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Funding campaigns help popular Island theatre stage a comeback

Matching donations go a long way toward a 2022 full season Chemainus Theatre reopening

The stage is set for a full season of theatre again in 2022 at the Chemainus Theatre with the current fundraising campaign that's underway supported with substantial contributions from Gregg Perry, left, and Dr. Don Hilton. The Holiday Jubilation concert for Christmas will be a stepping stone. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Roberta Hicks de Plumpton has a front row seat to the high water on the Chemainus River. Husband Clive’s Great Wall protects the property from the flood waters. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great Wall of Westholme the ultimate barrier between the Hicks household and Chemainus River

Husband’s legacy ensures rising flood waters are kept at bay

Roberta Hicks de Plumpton has a front row seat to the high water on the Chemainus River. Husband Clive’s Great Wall protects the property from the flood waters. (Photo by Don Bodger)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. From left: Mark DuMez, Georgia Bennett and Randy Huber couldn’t be happier about the upcoming return to the stage at the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Holiday Jubilation a momentous occasion for popular Island theatre

First live performance on Chemainus stage since March 2020 to make the Christmas season shine

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. From left: Mark DuMez, Georgia Bennett and Randy Huber couldn’t be happier about the upcoming return to the stage at the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Crofton mill production was due to resume Nov. 24 from a two-week curtailment. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Paper Excellence warns of potential delivery interruptions for customers

Decision on restart of Crofton mill after two-week production curtailment under review

Crofton mill production was due to resume Nov. 24 from a two-week curtailment. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Michelle Singleton at the pig pen. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Transfer of animals from between Island sanctuaries completed in October

A Home for Hooves and foster care accommodate the inhabitants

Michelle Singleton at the pig pen. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Shopping carts checked out by co-owner France Bournazel, left, and operations manager Tammy Calverley should be filled with groceries at Russell Farm Market, but other items are taking precedence until things get back to normal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Russell Farm staff in quick clean-up mode to reopen Island business after flood

Volunteers pitching in to help operation get going at Westholme again

Shopping carts checked out by co-owner France Bournazel, left, and operations manager Tammy Calverley should be filled with groceries at Russell Farm Market, but other items are taking precedence until things get back to normal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Large family has been displaced from their home on Tussie Road in Westholme. (Photo by Dora Edwards)

Fire displaces large family from its Island home

GoFundMe page started to help, especially for the children to get the essentials they need

Large family has been displaced from their home on Tussie Road in Westholme. (Photo by Dora Edwards)
A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)

Cowichan flood: Evacuation order rescinded, state of emergency continues

Recovery efforts underway, with waters receding in most areas

A mudslide prompted Emcon Services Inc. to close Allenby Road between Miller and Boys Roads in Duncan on Monday. (Emcon Services photo/Twitter)
Road flooded signs are everywhere around North Cowichan. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rain finally subsides, but flood damage extensive in Cowichan region

Still no direct access to Chemainus from the south due to road closures

Road flooded signs are everywhere around North Cowichan. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell) 
Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)

UPDATED: Island Highway moving again near Crofton, Malahat remains closed

Flooding near Crofton and on the Malahat, Cowichan Bay access also impacted by floodwaters

Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell) 
Deep water on the stretch of the Trans Canada Highway just south of Mt Sicker Road before Hidden Hills. (Photo by Shelby Mitchell)
It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Citizenship becomes icing on the cake for Vancouver Island Syrian refugee family

New life for Crofton residents continues to emerge with each experience

It was a wet day as the Kaiyalis huddle on the doorstep of their Crofton home after last Thursday’s citizenship ceremony. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Justin James Dodd appeared in a Duncan courtroom via video conference for the first time Tuesday morning on two counts of second degree murder. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Accused vows to represent himself in Crofton double murder case

Justin James Dodd makes first court appearance on charges via video conference

Justin James Dodd appeared in a Duncan courtroom via video conference for the first time Tuesday morning on two counts of second degree murder. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island’s rainy fall continued in October, if not to September’s extremes

Quick change from the dry to the wet season making region forget its dusty summer

A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tommy Johnson with daughter Chelsea Lloy and son Brad Johnson. (Facebook photo)

‘They both had such big hearts’: Father and son identified as victims in Island killings

Tom and Brad Johnson known for their big hearts and willingness to help out anyone

Tommy Johnson with daughter Chelsea Lloy and son Brad Johnson. (Facebook photo)
The house at 6848 Crofton Road where two people were found dead on the weekend remains an active crime scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Suspect charged in Vancouver Island double homicide

Justin James Dodd faces two counts of second degree murder in Crofton

The house at 6848 Crofton Road where two people were found dead on the weekend remains an active crime scene. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Fire chief first woman in Canada to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association cites significant commitment of Thetis Island’s Caldbeck

Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

September brought torrent of rainfall to a very dry Vancouver Island

When it rained, it poured with four times the usual amount of precipitation

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)

No charges in suspected arson that sparked 2018 Vancouver Island wildfire

No further action being taken on suspected arson from 2018 Maple Mountain wildfire

Burnt trees on Maple Mountain from the 2018 wildfire. (Photo by Municipality of North Cowichan)
Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)

B.C. woman battling brain injuries and public misperceptions

Chemainus resident wants to raise awareness after being repeatedly mistaken for being drunk

Barbara Allen of Chemainus talks about the incident that happened to her in 1990 and resulted in a traumatic brain injury. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)

Island Coast Salish artist’s colourful design selected for newest BC Ferries vessel

Maynard Johnny Jr. honoured for his vision for the Salish Heron

Maynard Johnny Jr. created this steering paddle orca design using a playful colour palette and as he was painting the fun colours it reminded him of how playful and happy his granddaughter is, therefore becoming granddaughter orca. “I’m proud to be a part of the Coast Salish Renaissance and perpetuating the style to the forefront of the West Coast Native Art world,” he noted. (Photo submitted)