Don Bodger

Outdoor art hangs in a unique setting where Pika Blades, left, and Chelsea Trousdell conduct some of their outdoor classes at their farm and forest school in Westholme. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Up Top elevating its profile as a farm and forest school

Valley site coming up to the end of its first year fosters early child development

Outdoor art hangs in a unique setting where Pika Blades, left, and Chelsea Trousdell conduct some of their outdoor classes at their farm and forest school in Westholme. (Photo by Don Bodger)
B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Government, Paper Excellence investments putting 100 workers back to work in Crofton

Partnership between the province, feds and company the key to innovative approach

B.C. Premier David Eby at the Crofton mill announcement, backed by Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)

BODGER: Blue Monday is bogus, stop looking for reasons to be sad

There’s no evidence one day should be the saddest compared to any other

Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)
Premier David Eby will be at the Catalyst Crofton mill Friday morning to make an announcement. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Premier Eby at Crofton mill Friday morning for an announcement

Details to come on promoting value-added innovation

Premier David Eby will be at the Catalyst Crofton mill Friday morning to make an announcement. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Artistic director Mark DuMez and managing director Randy Huber take a vantage point in the Chemainus Theatre seats that they hope will be predominantly full during the 2023 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Theatre staging a bigger comeback during 2023

Five shows of multiple interest sure to attract strong audience numbers

Artistic director Mark DuMez and managing director Randy Huber take a vantage point in the Chemainus Theatre seats that they hope will be predominantly full during the 2023 season. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Chemainus Classical Concerts series returns to St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, Jan. 15. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Music the food of love for classical concert

Program at St. Michael’s Church celebrates the many facets of love

The Chemainus Classical Concerts series returns to St. Michael’s Church on Sunday, Jan. 15. (File photo by Don Bodger)
A heavy snowfall Dec. 20 buried cars and anything else left out in the open. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)

Twice as much snow and sun during a volatile December on the Island

The month also featured much colder weather than usual

A heavy snowfall Dec. 20 buried cars and anything else left out in the open. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)
Residents are advised to keep tabs on the ongoing changes to hours at the Chemainus Urgent Care Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Limited physician availability impacts Chemainus Urgent Care hours

Six closure dates during the first half of January

Residents are advised to keep tabs on the ongoing changes to hours at the Chemainus Urgent Care Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Carolyn Dykeman, who lives on Fuller Lake Road near the fire site, captured this photo from her balcony. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)

Major house fire claims garage and suite at Chemainus residence

Four North Cowichan fire halls called to the scene

Carolyn Dykeman, who lives on Fuller Lake Road near the fire site, captured this photo from her balcony. (Photo by Carolyn Dykeman)
This is how Pinson’s Corner looked Tuesday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Receding waters allow Chemainus and Crofton Roads to reopen

King tide and heavy rains don’t result in an elevated flood

This is how Pinson’s Corner looked Tuesday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A Barrow’s Goldeneye flock of more than 60 individuals with Surf Scoters. (Photo by Bill Gyles)

Bird count brings some pleasant surprises, notable absences

Canada geese and surf scoters in abundance

A Barrow’s Goldeneye flock of more than 60 individuals with Surf Scoters. (Photo by Bill Gyles)
The Pinson’s Road area of Chemainus and Crofton Roads has been closed due to flooding. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Numerous Chemainus, Crofton Road properties under Evacuation Alert

King tide, heavy rain and melting snow create a perfect storm for rising waters

The Pinson’s Road area of Chemainus and Crofton Roads has been closed due to flooding. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A Canada Beer Cup bronze is a good reason for the Riot Brewing gang to celebrate. From left: Ralf Rosenke, Aly Tomlin and Jesse Grass. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Canada Beer Cup bronze as good as gold for Riot Brewing

No others in its category rank ahead of Working Class Hero ale

A Canada Beer Cup bronze is a good reason for the Riot Brewing gang to celebrate. From left: Ralf Rosenke, Aly Tomlin and Jesse Grass. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Colin Eckstrand with his book and the Amazon page on his computer. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Magical experiences of youth provide inspiration

Chemainus resident documents his memoirs with positive messages

Colin Eckstrand with his book and the Amazon page on his computer. (Photo by Don Bodger)
All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Updated: 4 people lose home in major Chemainus fire

All managed to get out without injury

All four North Cowichan fire halls were called out to a house fire in Chemainus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Jason Farrugia and Leanne Michelin of Island Savings beside the tree that has the snowflakes with items printed on them or families for the community to support. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Snowflake removal takes on a new meaning

Campaign all about helping the less fortunate in 6-19 age range

Jason Farrugia and Leanne Michelin of Island Savings beside the tree that has the snowflakes with items printed on them or families for the community to support. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Shannon Bellamy and Tom Andrews of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society form their own arch with help from their shadowy friends at the site in Waterwheel Park where a new welcome arch will go up by next fall. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Arch another means for bridging cultural divides

Illuminated permanent art piece will allow people to see the light

Shannon Bellamy and Tom Andrews of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society form their own arch with help from their shadowy friends at the site in Waterwheel Park where a new welcome arch will go up by next fall. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Steam Train On Bridge Over Chemainus River that includes the augmented reality feature, with instructions at the site. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mural goes high tech with augmented reality feature

Plans in the works for adding more special effects to other murals

The Steam Train On Bridge Over Chemainus River that includes the augmented reality feature, with instructions at the site. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s November rainfall a drop in the bucket, but snowfall amount way up

Monthly recap for Vancouver Island’s southeast coast also features more sunshine than usual

Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Laura Robertson and daughter Shar Gale visit Chemainus Lake every Nov. 25 on the anniversary of Brayden Gale’s tragic death there. The memorial there and the presence of a lifesaving ring give them comfort. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Memories of Brayden Gale remain strong for family after seven years

Life saving ring at Chemainus Lake where tragedy occurred a source of some comfort

Laura Robertson and daughter Shar Gale visit Chemainus Lake every Nov. 25 on the anniversary of Brayden Gale’s tragic death there. The memorial there and the presence of a lifesaving ring give them comfort. (Photo by Don Bodger)