Literacy gets Lion-sized boost

By the way, did you hear:

• Jackie Rumney tells us the Malahat Lions Club read about funding cuts to Cowichan Literacy Now and decided to help. Kathleen Erickson of Cowichan Literacy Now was elated to discover the Lions are hosting a June 6 golf tournament at Arbutus Ridge to support the program.  To register, or get more information, email or call at 250-743-9884.

• Congratulations to Mark McCavour and the 3rd Duncan Scouting Group for dedicating the evening of May 20 scouring Maple Bay Beach as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.

• Congratulations to Rick Dewhurst of Duncan for being nominated for a Word Award for his novel, The Darkest Valley. Previously the Canadian Christian Writing Awards, the program honours the best in writing published by Canadian Christians during 2013.

• The Saturday open mike and live music sessions at the Willow Street Café in Chemainus is no more. Michelle and Phillip Mavis have pulled the plug to concentrate more on running the café.

•  Deputy Fire Chief Mike Lees tells us people were very generous in donating to Sahtlam Volunteer Fire Rescue’s fourth spring drive for the Cowichan Valley Basket Society. Residents donated 968 lbs. of groceries and $453.35 in cash.

• Hannah DuMez and Rachel Woodruff are among the proud kids in Brenda Hennig’s Grade 6/7 class at St. Joseph’s Elementary School who participated in a Stone Soup project recently to raise money to support causes like Free the Children’s Initiative projects, building schools for third-world countries.

• Shoppers at April’s Spring Plant Sale at Providence Farm were greeted by five-dozen birdhouses built this spring by participants in the farm’s Segues, Seniors and Arts programs, spearheaded by Tim Frazer.

• Passing on a heartfelt note to the community from Jeannette Ponath: “This is a long overdue letter to the people of the Cowichan Valley, or all the kind and considerate people that have let me go first, or helped at Scotia Bank when I got so much pain in one leg. They offered help, opened doors and gave me back what I dropped on floor. (a lottery ticket that was not signed, yet.) I was thinking about moving away, but with all these considerate people here, I decided Cowichan is the best place to live.

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