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December 27, 2008

Changes at Browning…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 6:42 pm

The Port Browning Marina Resort has a new manager, Lenora LeMaitre, most recently of the Silva Bay Resort and Marina on Gabriola Island near Nanaimo.  Renovations are being done to the kitchen, cafe and pub, and Lenora has stressed the importance of catering to local residents.


Kicking off 2009 is BIG HOUSE VOODOO BLUESBAND, featuring Amy Heggie and Rick McMullen.  A New Years Eve buffet dinner starts at 7pm followed by dancing with champagne at midnight!  Cost is $50. per couple or $30. per person.  Skip the buffet and join in the dancing from 9pm with champagne at midnight for $15. per person.  Tickets are available at Port Browning Marina Resort.

Lenora, the new manager, looks forward to meeting you!

December 17, 2008


Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 5:33 pm


Graphic by Minsky Design

Come celebrate New Year’s 2008 at the Magic Lake Lantern Festival, December 31Due to recent wintery weather, the Lantern Festival has been moved to the Pender Islands Community Hall.  Assemble at the Community Hall at 4:30pm in preparation for the procession starting at 5pm.  By donation. Click on the file: lantern.pdf  for the revised Lantern Festival information flyer, by Minsky Design of Pender Island.  For details about how to participate in the procession or as a volunteer or go to or call 250-629-3513 email:  Let’s make the ‘2008 Spirit of the Whale’ themed Lantern Festival the best one yet!

And after the Lantern Festival, a New Year’s Eve Celebration will be held at the Pender Islands Community Hall from 8:30pm until 12:30am, featuring DJ “Doc” Watson.  Free admission (a donation box will be out).  Shared appies appreciated.  Cash bar and concession will be available.

Need a pick-me-up on New Year’s Day?  Why not join in the Polar Bear Swim at Port Browning Marina.  Hot dogs, smokies, veggie dogs and hot cocoa free to all swimmers to warm you up with the Pipe Band as an accompaniment.  The plunge takes place at about 1pm.

December 9, 2008

Relief in sight!

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 6:05 pm

  photo: Jocko

A BC provincial government circular landed in my mailbox a couple of days ago with the following proclamation:

33% Off Ferry Fares!

“During the holiday season, many families will be travelling on BC Ferries between the Lower Mainland, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.  To make things a little easier through the holidays, ferry fares are being cut by one-third through December and January.  In addition, BC Ferries has reduced the fuel surcharge by 50 per cent and plans to phase it out completely by December 19th.”

Now that’s a Christmas present for all of us.

Further information on tax relief and provincial initiatives to address the financial crisis can be obtained at Enquiry BC.

December 8, 2008

Celebrate in song!

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 7:02 pm

The Pender Island Choral Society presents…


Featuring:  The Choral Society, Kids’ Choir, and Pender’s Young Violins.

December 12th and 13th at 7:30pm and December 14th at 2pm in the Pender Islands Community Hall

Tickets:  Adults, $15.; Children 5-12, $5.; Under 5, Free

Available at:  Casual Pender, Southridge Farms Country Store and Talisman Books & Gallery

Please bring a Food Bank item to place under the tree.

The Pender Islands Choral Society gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of B.C.

December 4, 2008

New newspaper launched!

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 9:58 pm

Submitted by Barbara Johnstone Grimmer:

Just in time for Christmas, a real gift is arriving in all Pender Islanders’ mailboxes every second Friday.  A new Gulf Islands newspaper, The Islands Independent, was launched on November 7, 2008 on Pender Island.  The brainchild of Laurie Kay, it promises to be a source of news, culture and entertainment on Pender and the Southern Gulf Islands.  It may also be picked up at TRU VALUE FOODS at the Driftwood Centre, and at a variety of other outlets, including the Southern Gulf Islands routes of BC Ferries very soon.  And it’s free!!  Check out what’s happening in our community, and let the community know what’s on your mind.  Classifieds, too.   Soon to be on the other islands………

Media Watch

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:49 pm

salmon run

Here is an excerpt of an article that appeared in the November 27th issue of Monday Magazine which I found interesting:

Silent Fall

By: Chris Genovali

B.C.’s vanishing wild salmon means trouble for all

The silence along the river was almost deafening. No birds, bears or wolves appeared along the banks. The reason soon became obvious: not a single salmon was to be seen in the glacial-fed water. Not a single salmon carcass lay on the ground, not in the estuary or the forest. There was no sign of predation and no sign of decomposition.

The usual sounds of fall in this British Columbia coastal rainforest valley were agonizingly muted. The thrashing of salmon swimming upstream, the splashing of grizzlies pouncing on fish in the shallows, the cacophony of multiple bird species scavenging the bears’ leftovers—all were virtually nonexistent. And not a whiff of the fetid odor of dead and decaying salmon I have come to associate with this time of year was evident. The unnatural quiet sent a chill up my spine.

For the full article, go to: Vanishing Salmon

For more information about the status of salmon in B.C. go to the  Raincoast Conservation Foundation website.

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