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September 29, 2008

Fire Hall Open House

Filed under: Kids zone,Services — Jocko @ 6:42 pm

Fire Prevention Week Open House 2008 will take place at Fire Hall #1 on October 11th from 10 am to 2 pm.  The Volunteers of Pender Island Fire Rescue invite you!  Activities will include a fire safety seminar, fire extinguisher ‘hands on training’, fire extinguisher inspections (required annually), refreshments, tours of the Fire Hall and much more.  Don’t forget to bring the kids!

Fire Prevention is Everybody’s Business

September 27, 2008

Squeaky wheels…

Filed under: Commentary — Jocko @ 1:53 pm

News item:  The Globe and Mail, Sep. 27, 2008 –

Campbell quashes tolls on Coquihalla Highway

Premier Gordon Campbell sent British Columbia’s mayors home from a week-long conference with a small gift – cancelling the 22-year-old toll on the Coquihalla Highway just before many of them piled into their cars to head home past the tollbooths.

Oh, yes, and ferry fares are going up.

Small towns and islands…

Filed under: Ramblings — Jocko @ 1:42 pm

The following poem was originally written about small towns, but I think it is relevant to a small island community as well:

Islands are an attitude
Toward helping one another.
Where each person finds special joy
In making glad the other.

An island thrives on kindly words
And kindly deeds to share.
The essence of each day is this
Capacity to care.

Yes, islands are an attitude
Toward loving simple things.
Like quilting bees and church bazaars,
And Christmas carollings.

A island thrives on parades
And programs in the park.
With picnics and school affairs
And bonfires after dark.

The attitude is one of peace
From deeply thankful hearts,
Who saw the deeds that must be done
And gladly did their part.
                              (Author Unknown)

September 26, 2008

Runners up!

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:06 pm

Pender Pacers Running Group meets each Sunday morning at 8:30 in front of the Bakery for a weekly group run.  At that time we decide our route and either start our run from there or carpool to the starting point.

If you are interested in joining the group either as an ongoing member or as a “drop in” just meet us at the Driftwood Centre, in front of the Bakery.  Some of our group run or walk and there are a variety of speeds that people run so you’ll likely find someone who runs/walks at your pace.

This is great exercise, we’re a friendly bunch and we have quite a few laughs along the way.

If you want more information see our write up in the Recreation and Leisure section of the Pender Post or contact any one of the following people:

Herb or Deb, 250-629-3205;  Carol, -9959;  David, -6731;  Kim or Jon, -6247;  Ann, -3099

Hope to see you at 8:30 Sunday mornings!

Art show…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 5:53 pm

A Thanksgiving weekend Jewelery and Miniature Art Show and Sale will be held at the Morning Bay Winery, 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, from October 10 to 12.

Show hours: Opening Reception Friday night Oct. 10 from 6 to 8:30 pm;  Sat. Oct. 11 and Sun. Oct. 12 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Jewelery by Milada Huk and Susan Skaith; Painting by Susan Duplan, Dianne Kremmer, and Eha Onno and Mosaics by Jan Huk.


Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 5:45 pm

Foodsafe Level 1 will be offered October 6 (all day) and October 7 (morning only) at the Pender Island Elementary/Secondary School.  This is tentative…  there is a possibility that it will be offered the previous week – September 29 and October 1.  The cost of $60 includes a workbook, certificate and registration.  To register, call Paul Hutcheson at 250-629-2074 as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

September 25, 2008

Car Stop update…

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 4:16 pm

A report from Moving Around Pender (MAP) Alternative Transportation Society:

CAR STOPS!  Your chance to get a free ride and make new friends

Since their inception the 16 Car Stops have been well used, and MAP (Moving Around Pender) have received a flurry of positive reports from all around the Penders.

We have had requests for further signs to be located on South Pender, Razor Point Road, Port Washington Road, and numerous places in Magic Lake.  These and other sites will be part of Phase 2.  Please continue to supply us with your suggestions and comments.

The following are some of the positive responses we have received:

I am unable to drive, and live on South Pender.  Using the Car Stops for the first time, I waited at the Craddock Stop.  I was given rides to the Clinic, from there to the Driftwood, and finally to the Library, and then back home.  At no time did I wait more than three minutes.  It was great.

I arrived by boat at the Browning Marina, and was delighted to use the Car Stop at the Driftwood to reach the Saturday Market at the Community Hall.  This is such a good idea.

Other island communities are showing interest in our simple scheme.  It saves money, results in fewer cars on our roads and increases community spirit.  We hope YOU will become part of the growing support for this pilot project.  See you at the local Car Stop!

New Health Centre Opens!

Filed under: News,Services — Jocko @ 4:00 pm

The expanded Health Centre is now open to better serve the community!

The Pender Island Health Care Society cordially invites you to attend the opening of the new Health Centre on Friday October 3, 2008  from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  The Pender Island Health Centre is located at 5715 Canal Road on North Pender.  The official ceremony begins at 4:15 pm with an Open House and refreshments from 4:45 – 6:00 pm.

Financial Information:

To August 31, 2008, $1,388,511 has been raised for the new addition and renovation of the existing Health Centre!

Of the total raised, $648,615 was donated through the generous support of the Pender community.  The Capital Regional District (CRD) contributed $597,396, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority provided $142,500.  An additional $45,000 was received from individuals and several community events specifically for the purchase of equipment and furnishings.

However, $12,562 is still required to meet final construction expenses and an additional $20,000 is needed to pave the new access road to the Emergency Treatment Room.  So… your on-going support is needed and appreciated!  To make a contribution please call Muriel Jones at 250-629-9936.  Contributions can take the form of publicly traded stocks, life insurance, “in memory” or “in honour” gifts, or even monthly donations.  This is a registered charity and a tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $10.

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