A teeny-tiny bakery cottage: Just Like Mom’s has opened a cute outlet to sell the home-baked breads and sweet treats made by Union Bay’s “Baking Mama”, Bev O’Hara. The cottage, at 265 Muschamp Rd., just off the Old Island Highway in Union Bay, is stocked throughout the day with a variety of treats, including homemade jams. For more information visit www.JustLikeMoms.ca or call 250-335-0239.
While Courtenay streets escaped flooding this past weekend, the city’s Riverway trail near the airpark and children’s playground was rendered impassable by the combination of high tides, heavy rain and strong winds. Comox resident Morgan Packer photographed some of the damage. Clearing work has started on the trail popular with walkers, cyclists and roller-bladers.
Over 200 cm (6 feet) of snow has blanketed Mount Washington over the last three weeks. The resort opens for skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and cross-country skiing on Friday, Dec. 2. Lifts and trails open at 9 am sharp. The mountain’s snowbase, now sitting at 135 cm with over 25 cm of new snow falling in the last 24 hours, will enable th resort to open up the majority of its frontside terrain. The mountain will also be operating all four Magic Carpet lifts in their new Easy Acres learning terrain. (Photo: Mount Washington Alpine Resort)
A Comox artist has won the honour of having her painting of a Chinook salmon appear on the federal fishing license decal that generates money for conservation of wild Pacific salmon. This is the first time in 23-years that a woman has won the art contest, which is run by the Vancouver-based Pacific Salmon Foundation. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Stamp, known as the “Salmon Stamp”, is a $6.00 postage-stamp sized decal that must be purchased annually by anglers if they wish to keep Pacific salmon caught in saltwater off Canada’s west coast. Esther Sample’s acrylic painting, entitled Hunger Strikes, won the contest following several rounds of balloting by judges on Nov. 16 in VAncouver. This was her first entry in the annual art contest. Sample, 36, is a mother of three who lives in Comox and was previously a commercial fisher.
Around 2,000 rainbow trout ready for catching were released into Maple Lake at Cumberland on Wednesday afternoon, immediately attracting fishing enthusiasts to the scene. The lake is restocked twice a year by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., with funding provided through a 54 per cent share of fees from the sale of fishing licences. In all, the society ensures supplies to around 800 lakes across B.C., with details of all releases listed on its website – www.gofishbc.com. After Graham Nessman (pictured) had unloaded three tankloads of hatchery-reared fish at Maple Lake, he and his colleagues moved on to Campbell River, where further supplies were released at two lakes there. (Photo: Philip Round).
Female Northern Shoveler, Oyster Bay, Sept. 30, 2011. Note the orange legs and broad, orangish spoon-shaped bill. This dabbling duck is a filter-feeder which is facilitated by transverse ridges inside the edges of the upper and lower bill which act as a sieve and trap the food particles. Photo by Charles Brandt
Dorrie (Alana Gowdy) gets some TLC from her son Wes (Wesley Buckle) in Courtenay Little Theatre’s production of Homechild by Joan MacLeod, opening September 30 in the Sid Williams Theatre. Photo by Terry Penney
Kids at the parent-driven Beachcombers Community School in Fanny Bay, B.C. get to enjoy this view out their classroom windows. The school has just been short-listed for a $20,000 outdoor classroom grant. They hope to build a ‘peace garden’ that will include an outdoor garden and science classroom along with a composting centre. The winner will be decided by online voting. To vote, see the Beachcombers Community School web site at: http://www.beachcombersschool.ca/vote.html.
Time to think snow. Mount Washington Alpine Resort will make life easier for beginner skiers and boarders with the installation of four of these ‘magic carpet’ lifts in their new Easy Acres facility. Today (Sept. 30) is the deadline for discounted season lift tickets.