Ladysmith News Staff

Ladysmith Rotary Club hosted a Shredding for Ukraine fundraiser on April 2, at Ladysmith Senior Secondary. (courtesy Gerry Beltgens)

Ladysmith Rotary Club and Disaster Aid Canada donate $32,000 to Ukraine refugees

50 family-sized disaster response tents on their way to Poland to help those fleeing war

Ladysmith Rotary Club hosted a Shredding for Ukraine fundraiser on April 2, at Ladysmith Senior Secondary. (courtesy Gerry Beltgens)
There’s a hanging at the Art Gallery:  Etsuko Kaj-Holley hangs “We were There” by Emily Alyward. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Ladysmith’s young and emerging artists given voice at new show

Showcase offers chance to see some of the the community’s surprising and inspiring student talent

There’s a hanging at the Art Gallery:  Etsuko Kaj-Holley hangs “We were There” by Emily Alyward. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)
Presenting a $50,000 cheque to the Town of Ladysmith are (left to right) Eagles members Jim Cram, Brian Williams, Aerie 2101 president Larry Williams, councillor and acting mayor Tricia McKay; Auxiliary president Jackie Anderson, Lucy Davis and Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Chris Barfoot. (submitted photo)

Eagles help Ladysmith light up three new electronic scoreboards

$50,000 donation helps Forrest Field, Aggie Field and Holland Creek Ballpark get new scoreboards.

Presenting a $50,000 cheque to the Town of Ladysmith are (left to right) Eagles members Jim Cram, Brian Williams, Aerie 2101 president Larry Williams, councillor and acting mayor Tricia McKay; Auxiliary president Jackie Anderson, Lucy Davis and Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Chris Barfoot. (submitted photo)
Kids showed up with the Easter Bunny to egg downtown Ladysmith April 1 as part of an Arts Council of Ladysmith and District art bomb project. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)

Ladysmith’s downtown egged on April Fool’s Day

Ladysmith Intermediate School hatches 315 hand-painted eggs to decorate First Avenue

Kids showed up with the Easter Bunny to egg downtown Ladysmith April 1 as part of an Arts Council of Ladysmith and District art bomb project. (courtesy Arts Council of Ladysmith and District)
Frank Elsom, Rotary Club of Ladysmith president (right) presents a gift to Charlie Schaal, secretary of the Ladysmith Community Fund and Laurie Biener, executive director of the Nanaimo Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Whittington)

Ladysmith Community Fund sees $23,000 in donations in its first year

Rotary Club of Ladysmith recently donated $5,000 to the fund

Frank Elsom, Rotary Club of Ladysmith president (right) presents a gift to Charlie Schaal, secretary of the Ladysmith Community Fund and Laurie Biener, executive director of the Nanaimo Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Whittington)
Ryan McMahon is set to release his new song <em>One More Fire</em> at the end of March. (Photo courtesy of Cathleen Lundgren)

Ladysmith country singer/songwriter releases new single ‘One More Fire’

Ryan McMahon used time during the pandemic to write and record music

Ryan McMahon is set to release his new song <em>One More Fire</em> at the end of March. (Photo courtesy of Cathleen Lundgren)
The Ladysmith Festival of Lights held their annual general meeting on March 17 and one of the agenda items was the election of a board of directors for 2022. The new board consists of (back row left to right) Duck Paterson, director; Tammy Leslie, treasurer; Jim Hall, director; Charlie Schaal, vice chair; and Cathy Gonzales, director and (front row left to right) Elaine MacDonald, secretary; Alex Cook, chair; and Jean Watt, director. Missing from the picture is Ron Whitehurst,who is also a director. (Photo by Sidney Mrus)

Festival of Lights board looking for new members

Volunteers are hoping Light Up goes back to normal this year

The Ladysmith Festival of Lights held their annual general meeting on March 17 and one of the agenda items was the election of a board of directors for 2022. The new board consists of (back row left to right) Duck Paterson, director; Tammy Leslie, treasurer; Jim Hall, director; Charlie Schaal, vice chair; and Cathy Gonzales, director and (front row left to right) Elaine MacDonald, secretary; Alex Cook, chair; and Jean Watt, director. Missing from the picture is Ron Whitehurst,who is also a director. (Photo by Sidney Mrus)
Applications for the OCP Steering Committee can be dropped off at Ladysmith City Hall or emailed to info@ladysmith.ca. (File photo)

Town council hears delegation on school site acquisition charge: March 15 meeting highlights

Dates for Spring Clean Up are now set for April 19–25

Applications for the OCP Steering Committee can be dropped off at Ladysmith City Hall or emailed to info@ladysmith.ca. (File photo)
Left to Right: Eithne Reichert (Vice President, Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary), Denise McKinley (Board Member, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation), Erin Whiteford (Medical Imaging Supervisor), David Huntley (Site Director, Cowichan District Hospital), Tracey Brown (Interim Director, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation). (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Bortolin)

Contribution from Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary helps fund new Cowichan mammography machine

$25,000 contribution the ‘last push in the campaign’

Left to Right: Eithne Reichert (Vice President, Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary), Denise McKinley (Board Member, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation), Erin Whiteford (Medical Imaging Supervisor), David Huntley (Site Director, Cowichan District Hospital), Tracey Brown (Interim Director, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation). (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Bortolin)
Example of the ladder truck Ladysmith Fire/Rescue could get if electors express support through an alternative approval process. (Sutphen Corporations photo)

Town seeking elector approval for Fire/Rescue vehicle borrowing

Town can proceed with borrowing if electors support

Example of the ladder truck Ladysmith Fire/Rescue could get if electors express support through an alternative approval process. (Sutphen Corporations photo)
Infrastructure work will cause temporary closures to some Kinsmen Park trails starting the week of March 14. (Image courtesy of the Town of Ladysmith)

Infrastructure work will create temporary closures of Kinsman Park trails

Closures expected March 14 through early April

Infrastructure work will cause temporary closures to some Kinsmen Park trails starting the week of March 14. (Image courtesy of the Town of Ladysmith)
Simon Tozer was shot and killed while dirt biking in the Timberlands area near Ladysmith on Family Day. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Bonar)

Column: Sister shares story of Timberlands dirt biking tragedy

Family hopes the information will help it to never happen again

Simon Tozer was shot and killed while dirt biking in the Timberlands area near Ladysmith on Family Day. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Bonar)
The Ladysmith resources Centre Association has launched a fundraising campaign for a community kitchen at its affordable housing development on Buller Street. (Photo courtesy of Rick Rake/LRCA)

LRCA launches fundraising campaign for community kitchen and hall

Organization seeking grants and donations to help fund gathering place at affordable housing building

The Ladysmith resources Centre Association has launched a fundraising campaign for a community kitchen at its affordable housing development on Buller Street. (Photo courtesy of Rick Rake/LRCA)
Terry Boyle and Ceilidh Briscoe will perform at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery on March 11. (Photo courtesy of Terry Boyle)

Terry Boyle to present evening of Celtic music at Ladysmith art gallery

Boyle is from Dublin and a 17-year resident of Ladysmith.

Terry Boyle and Ceilidh Briscoe will perform at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery on March 11. (Photo courtesy of Terry Boyle)
The LSS hunger Bites program helps students connect through food and ensures no student has to go through school hungry. (Photo by Kathleen Bortolin)

Ladysmith Secondary School lunch program connects students through food

Principal Dave Travers says community support helps sustain a healthy food program

The LSS hunger Bites program helps students connect through food and ensures no student has to go through school hungry. (Photo by Kathleen Bortolin)
Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the series Resident Alien (Photo by James Dittinger/SYFY)

Resident Alien returns to film in Ladysmith this week

Filming to take place Feb. 24 – March 3 on First Ave, Roberts Street, High Street and Gatacre Street

Alan Tudyk stars as Alien Harry Vanderspeigel in the series Resident Alien (Photo by James Dittinger/SYFY)
A convoy rallying against COVID-19 mandates passed through Ladysmith on Jan.29 on its way to Victoria. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

COLUMN: Canada is sorely lacking leadership amid disruptive protests

‘Freedom Convoy’ is madness based on anti-vax falsehoods,’ writes Duck Paterson

A convoy rallying against COVID-19 mandates passed through Ladysmith on Jan.29 on its way to Victoria. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
The Ladysmith resources Centre Association is introducing a new storybook stroll for Feb 9–23. (Town of Ladysmith Photo)

LRCA presents new ‘Ladysmith Downtown Storybook Stroll’

Downtown businesses offer windows for the displays between Feb. 9-23

The Ladysmith resources Centre Association is introducing a new storybook stroll for Feb 9–23. (Town of Ladysmith Photo)
Students from North Oyster School and Stz’uminus Primary School hung hand-painted hearts downtown on Jan. 31. (Photo by Tyler Hay)

Local poets share work for art council’s Love Project

Students also decorated and hung hand-painted hearts downtown

Students from North Oyster School and Stz’uminus Primary School hung hand-painted hearts downtown on Jan. 31. (Photo by Tyler Hay)
Conceptual site plan for a large housing development on Rocky Creek Road. (Graphic from Ladysmith town council’s Beb. 1 agenda package)

EDITORIAL: Ladysmith has a clear need for the Rocky Creek Road development

The proposed 282-unit development at Rocky Creek can be a step in…

Conceptual site plan for a large housing development on Rocky Creek Road. (Graphic from Ladysmith town council’s Beb. 1 agenda package)