Centennial bash planning well underway

Planning for Duncan’s 100th birthday bash is well under way with tons of taxpayer surprises still under wraps.

Councillor Sharon Jackson said Totem Town’s 2012 presents include a Centennial pole now at the request-for-proposal stage.

“We’re hoping for a 40-foot pole.”

It joins a drinking fountain being designed by capital artist Rande Cook.

“He’s a world-class First Nations contemporary artist,” Jackson said of the fountain aimed for city square.

“It’ll be unveiled late next year.

“We’re also re-entering the national drinking-water competition after winning in 1999,” she said of Duncan’s now-famous non-chlorinated water from the Cowichan River aquifer. Other centennial secrets include hoisting Duncan’s new flag in March, a time capsule, a motorcycle marathon being organized by valley bike pro Don Hatton, and a CeeVacs running marathon, and geocaching events.

“We’re spreading a broad net,” said Jackson.


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