Help get Hank off the hook

By the way, did you hear:

• Hank Pederson needs your help. He sent us this note: “To the gentleman in Safeway at 11:40 a.m. April 1: you were having problems with the card reader and had to pay with cash, and we bantered about this happening to us on a regular basis. The clerk ended up giving you my reusable shopping bag by mistake, and I never noticed until after you had gone. My wife is really ticked off at me, as that happened to be the bag that was made for her by our grandchildren. You can get me off the hook by calling me at 250-748-4522 and I will arrange to pick it up.”

• Local stonemason Shane Watt has begun specializing in transforming closet spaces to stone wine and shoe cellars aimed at giving collectors with great collections a space to show them off.

• Imagine That!, the artists’ co-op in downtown Duncan, is dedicating April to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The outlet’s small boutique windowwill be filled with nostalgic glimpses of weddings past and present, while Linda Skalenda’s big, colourful canvases will stop you in your tracks in the large window.

• Mona Kennedy is the president of the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce for a fourth year. She’ll be joined on the executive by vice-president  Peter Matthews of Saltair Pub, treasurer Jaime Meunier, secretary Anita Voisin and directors Kathy Gomez of Catalyst Paper, Bryan Fleming of Chemainus Gardens RV Resort Paul Nettleton of Robson O’Connor, Lana Halme of Mural Town Auto and Lulu Vegh of Chemainus Health Food Store.

• Chemainus super-tenor Ken Lavigne’s packing for a singing tour of the mid-western U.S. during April. He’ll be joined in the trio, dubbed Romanza, by Vancouver tenors Paul Ouellette and Phillip Grant, and backed by Minnesota musicians.

• Helga Lambrecht reminds us the principle organizer of the Cowichan International Women’s Day event (showcased with a photo in Friday’s edition) was The Cowichan Spirit of Women.

• Cowichan Foundation director Mike Coleman tells us the foundation has upped its scholarship contribution to Vancouver Island University students to $8,650 this year. Also The E. J. Hughes Statue project got a recent $1,000 boost from the Foundation, said project spokesman Michael Shaw of the E. J. Hughes Gallery, bringing the statue tally to about $35,000 toward a statue to be created by sculptor Nathan Scott honouring Duncan’s late, great master painter.

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