Wendy’s House ‘tugs’ heartstrings

By the way, did you hear:

• Congratulations to Tammy Olsen of Mill Bay, who was honoured for her dedicated community work on behalf of St. John Ambulance by B.C. Lt.Gov Judith Guichon in a recent ceremony at Government House. She was invested in the Order of St. John for her work as a youth leader, training officer and more.

• Congratulations to Gwinna Knoll, 4, and Amelie McLean, 10, for winning a Muddy Mouse design competition that ran last fall. More than 240 designs entered in the competition. Gwinna designed a vibrant heart, designed a patch with two penguins. The creation of Cowichan Bay’s Manon van Wamel, Muddy Mouse makes iron-on patches for the decoration of clothing or bags, which are available at Kinderbeez.

• Jenny Garlini tells us Blue Grouse Estate Winery is building a new winery and 150-person tasting room, with architectural design Joe Chauncey of Boxwood inspired by the winery’s namesake bird.  The roofline echoes the curve of a grouse’s head and neck, and finishing touches reflect the palette of the bird’s feathers. Meanwhile, Blue Grouse celebrated a win at the All Canadian Wine Championships in May, where its 2009 Pinot Noir took a gold medal for Pinot Noir under $25, and the 2012 Quill Red took a gold in the Red Hybrid Blends category.

• Karensa Camplair tells us the Bike to Work Week group at Pacific Homes and Truss had a great time riding to work, headlined by business manager, Jim Allair who rode down from Ladysmith.

• Introducing the Tourism Cowichan council: Janet Docherty (Merridale Ciderworks); Jason Lowe (Arbutus Ridge Golf Course), Rob Waters (Ladysmith Marina), Mike Kelly (CVRD Economic Development Commission) Peter de Verteuil (City of Duncan), Peter Watts (Best Western Chemainus), Randy Huber (Chemainus Theatre), Robyn Radcliffe (Pacific Northwest Raptors), Cathy Mailhot (tourism marketing co-ordinator) and Geoff Millar (CVRD economic development manager).

•  Thumbs up to the volunteer crew from the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre who installed a tugboat for the Maritime vignette at Wendy’s House, the new early learning centre beside the Cowichan VIU campus. Tony Owen’s crew put the project together with materials donated by the Maple Bay Yacht Club and the Cowichan Wooden Boat Society.

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