Lock, stock and barrel for Derik

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Derik Sheers
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By the way, did you hear:

• So did you hear they locked Derik Sheers up? That’s what the Duncan Save-On Foods manager got as the store stepped up with some supplies for the folks at Cowichan’s Raptor Rescue Society last month. Sheers found himself locked up in the stocks as knights battled, damsels distressed and falcons flew during the Aug. 23 Medievel Day fundraiser at the Raptors Centre out on Herd Road.

• Congratulations to our next-door neighbours, program director Rob Alexander and the good folks at 89.7 Juice FM for successfully launching their rebranding from Sun/FM with some tasty treats in the parking lot. (Yes, some of us chowed down our fair share. Thank you.)

• Jean Jordan and her crew of hard-working volunteers are pumped and ready for the next edition of the annual Ovarian Cancer Walk at the Cowichan Sportsplex Sept. 13 starting at 9 a.m. Why don’t you head out and give them some support? Sign up a team, or just grab some grub at the barbecuse. For more, go to

• The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association is launching a new fundraiser: Round Up Saturday is set for Sept. 20 at Avalon Equestrian Centre. The activities kick off with a poker ride (bring your own horse) and continue well into the night with a barbecue dinner, beer gardens, and dancing to Thor and the Thundercats.

• Congratulations to Rocky Creek, Vigneti Zanatta and Averill Creek wineries, each of which is featured in Stephen Bruyneel’s recently released Guide to BC Wines.

• In Chemainus, Scuttlebutt is now open in the old location of Small Tall Treats with an eclectic collection of pirate-themed gifts, ice cream and other food.

• Finally, Keith Grey of the Rotary Club of Duncan Daybreak have partnered with Cowichan Sportsplex to launch a new community feature called the Little Free Library. Opened Aug. 27, the hand-crafted outdoor structure, it will contain a constantly changing collection of books donated and shared by people of all ages on a “take a book, return a book.” basis. Sportsplex executive director Catherine Brandon says the addition means sportsplex users can now exercise their minds along with their bodies.

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