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December 22, 2007

Hummingbird spotting…

Filed under: Gardening,Nature watch — Jocko @ 2:39 pm

Today I saw 3, and maybe there were more, Anna’s Hummingbirds feeding on winter blooming evergreen shrubs in my front yard.  The male has a bright rose coloured head and throat, the female an emerald irridecent back and spotting on the throat.   Apparently this species resides from northern Mexico and Arizona as far north as southern Oregon year round without migration but can shift their range to local areas with more food when necessary.  Has climate change allowed this southerly species to move north?

December 19, 2007

Liquid sunshine!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 5:49 pm

Photos: Jocko

As the rain continues to fall, so does Buck Lake reservoir fill.  The last time I passed the Magic Lake Firehall, the sign read 54% normal water level, most recent; 67%.  I’m still trying to figure out the gauge in Buck Lake though.  I assume the red line is the high point above which the overflow spillway comes into play.  It looks like we’re currently at “1.8” and the red line is just shy of “2.4”.  Lets hope for a full reservoir by spring in case this summer is a long dry one!  For water conservation tips, see the CRD website at

December 17, 2007

Otter Bay Berth Closure

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 2:00 pm

Photo: Jocko

Otter Bay terminal is now re-open as of the 2:15pm sailing Jan. 10, 2008.

January 8 –10, 2007:

There will be a scheduled replacement of the Otter Bay terminal dock apron resulting in a temporary closure commencing after the Mayne Queen’s departure at 7:45 am on Tuesday, January 8 until the end of day Thursday, January 10. Otter Bay is scheduled to re-open on January 11 for the arrival of the Queen of Nanaimo at 7:05 am. Customers are advised to check the website for up to date schedule information in the event work is completed early.

BC Ferries will be providing a water taxi service for customers, which will run daily between Otter Bay Marina and the government dock at Swartz Bay. Free parking at Swartz Bay for Pender Island resident’s vehicles will also be available.

December 16, 2007

Museum update…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 8:06 pm

Photo: Jocko

Upon visiting Roesland yesterday, I stopped to admire the new front porch on the Pender Islands Museum. The builder told me he expects the ramp to be ready by Christmas with finishing to follow. Makes one want to get into a porch rocking chair with a mint julep and watch the world go by!

See previous post re: the museum under the Arts and Entertainment category for more museum info.

December 11, 2007

Pender memory of the month…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 8:15 pm

Photo: Jocko

The pub at Bedwell Harbour Resort in the early 1990’s, since replaced by Poet’s Cove Resort and Marina, South Pender.

December 3, 2007

Did you know?

Filed under: News,Services — Jocko @ 8:30 pm

The Pender Island Food Bank is open Wednesday mornings from 9 until 11 am at the back of the Anglican Parish Hall.  We will not be open on December 26th or January 2nd.  If there is an emergency need for food during the Christmas holiday week, please call Ellie at 629-6416 or Kathy at 629-9938.

– Barb Souter

December 2, 2007

Time to renew…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 12:01 am

It’s time to renew your subscription to The Pender Post. The rates remain unchanged from last year, local: $15.00; off-island: $18.00; U.S: $48.00; and overseas: $72.00. Please include your complete address with your cheque (Made out to “The Pender Post Society”), mailed to Pender Post Subscriptions c/o Marjory Franchuk, 3608 Masthead Crescent, Pender Island, V0N 2M2, or left in Marje’s file folder in the Pender Post box at Pender Island Realty. If you miss the December 15th deadline, you can still renew your subscription but you won’t receive the January issue.

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