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May 28, 2008

Whale worries…

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 7:59 pm

The following post is from Richard Fox:

Is Pender suddenly losing its orcas? The depletion of the salmon population around the island could lead to that. This winter the L pod had to journey all the way to Monterey, CA to feed. Last summer the residents all but disappeared from our waters from mid-July through the end of the summer. So far during May (2008) I have only seen a resident pod once (evening of May 9), and tonight (May 27, Photo) a group of 4 came by close in around 9pm, but I could not tell if they were residents or transients. If anyone sees orcas around Pender, please report them here! Also, an exciting new development are the return of the humpbacks to inland waters. Has anyone seen a humpback from Pender? That would be the ultimate thrill.

May 13, 2008

How low can you get?

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 8:40 pm

 photo: Jocko

Zero tide at Thieves Bay Marina early afternoon of Thursday May 8, 2008.

Room for improvement?

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 7:44 pm

As noted in the May 2008 North Pender Local Trust Area Islands Trust newsletter “The Pender Wave”, road improvements are slated for North Pender. According to the newsletter, “Saanich and the Gulf Islands MLA Murray Coell visited North Pender recently where he joined Local Trustees and community members to announce improvements to our rural roads. The Ministry of Transport will be providing $1.5 million worth of paving on; Otter Bay Road; Bedwell Harbour Road; Canal Road and; Hamilton Road. An additional $400,000 has been allocated for resurfacing on; South Otter Bay Road; Hoosen Road; Clam Bay Road; Port Washington Road and; Razor Point Road.” Only the stretches of each road in need of improvement will be paved. No mention was made of improving roads in Magic Lake Estates, many of which are in pretty sorry shape.

The North Pender Local Trust Committee encourages public involvement.  To help plan the future of North Pender Island contact Gary Steeves at 629-3595 or Ken Hancock at 629-6610.  The Local Trustee Office is open by appointment by calling 629-6033.

May 9, 2008

On the road again…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 6:00 am

Announcing the second annual Silk Road Fibre Studio Tour & Sale

Sunday May 18, 11 AM – 5 PM

Studio #1. Heather Hansen’s Studio, 3600 Ketch Rd.  Heather Hansen: creative & wearable fashions. Heather Grant: china saucer pincushions, contemporary shoulder sacs & fun yarn scarves.

Studio #2. The Buttonlady’s Gallery, 3733 Frigate Rd.  Wendy Dunnett: hand-made ceramic buttons, embellishments & original art.

Studio #3. Three Fates Textile Studio, 3708 Keel Cres. Joanna Rogers: original fibre art, silk scarves & cushions. Leslie Munroe: explorations. Leslie Moffitt: fantasy bags – a unique blend of specialty wools with hand-beaded handles.

Studio#4. June Hayes’ Home Studio, 3704 Keel Cres. June Hayes: quilting and embroidery.

Discover a Wealth of Textile Delights! 

May 4, 2008

Where are we going?

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 11:48 pm


The Future Of Agriculture in BC


Corky Evans, MLA, Opposition Agriculture Critic


David Cubberly, MLA for Saanich South
to discuss the future of agriculture in British Columbia

When: Tuesday, May 6th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Pender Island Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd.

Share your perspectives about the critical issues facing BC’s farming communities.

***Everyone Welcome***

Pender’s Earth Day re-scheduled…

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 11:05 pm

With the weather so bad, the decision was made to cancel the planned activities for Pender’s Earth Day. Many Volunteers and Sponsors had geared for this day, only to realize the weather was not going to cooperate. Pender Island Realty, True Valu and Driftwood had all donated to the cause.


20th Annual Love Your Ocean & Your Earth Events Plannned for Saturday May 17th

Twenty years ago, the B.C. Coastal Cleanup Campaign was born on Pender Island. The Annual Volunteer Beach Cleanup, (originally scheduled for Saturday April 19th) has been re-scheduled to take place on Saturday May 17th. Join in with the hundreds of community members as well as numerous local businesses and organizations who turn out to lend a hand cleaning up local beaches and then gather for an afternoon of Earth-friendly activities. Cleanup begins at 10am, meet at the “Drop Zone” in the Driftwood overflow parking lot, then return to the Driftwood “Town Square” for prizes, live music, displays and a community dialogue on climate change from noon to 2:30pm.

To pre-register for the cleanup please call Michelle at 629-8377. Hope to see you there! Ken Hancock, Local Trustee North Pender Island, Islands Trust office (250) 629-6033

Submission courtesy of the Driftwood News, Vol. 3, issue 5, May 2008

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