LANTZVILLE KNOWS HOW TO GRIN AND BEAR IT! North to South, roughly in that order: Phantom Of The Lost Mine. Chris, Daniel, Gavin and Benjamin Cameron, Toby Digney, Diane Ross, Bill, Robert and James Johnston, Alex Smith, Emanuel Lint, Jeff Bob, John Garenkooper, Chris Biesheuvel, Blair Christensen, Ian Lawry, Bryan Muise and Robert Barron. Front eight youngsters: Cassie Smith, Sadie Gibbs, Sarah Cameron, Tara and Amy Christensen, Steen Rasmussen, Charlton Gibbs and Hanna Frizzell. Back row again: Jim Smith, Sebastian Frizzell, Heather Mortimer, Kevin Hansen, John Candy, Marty Frizzell, Carol Elder, Mick Gibbs, Ron Macluskie. Rob, Lori, Bevan and Kate Payter. Sue Frizzell, Leif and Pam Rasmussen, Shirley Jones , Ed Bowman, Kim Plumley with Grace and Elly-Rose. To anyone we missed: we’ll catch you next year! Photo by Frank Schortinghuis Lantzville Polar Bear Swim 2009 by John Garenkooper Over 100 folks attended and a record 53 bodies threw themselves into the freezing waters of the Pacific Ocean on the 15th Annual Lantzville Polar Bear dip! At noon January 1st the beach was covered with snow, but no-one cared. With the northeaster breeze blowing a temperature of minus five degrees and the water at plus six Celsius, the sea seemed a welcome refuge. The Phantom Of The Lost Mine made his annual appearance half-an-hour early, pounding a steady rhythm on his Coast Salish drum. Finally with a countdown of ten thundering beats he released the happy crowd into the sea at noon exactly. A wave of swimmers rushed in-- some screaming, others whooping it up linked together arm-in-arm. Many were repeaters and one small boy was even carried in by his mom. The water turned into froth. While some suffered in soggy silence, others were determined to commit a sort of icy baptism to go with their New Year’s resolutions. One thing was certain; there was not a wimp among them. All walks of life joined this very Elite club on New Year’s Day: the Lantzville Polar Bear Clan! The youngest reveller was five while the oldest, Lantzville’s Shirley Jones, celebrated her 80th with the dip. “I don’t know why so many people are so excited about doing such a crazy thing,” she said as she bravely jumped in and dove to the bottom for her 10th year in a row. Everyone that touched the brine on New Year’s Day had one thing in common with all the others: ONE WHOLE YEAR OF BOASTING RIGHTS! Comments overheard: “My kids talked me into this and then they stayed home”. “I love this global warming!” “Need more costumes next year” (there was a witch, the phantom wore a mask and a few dove in with full winter clothes) ”Was that the Phantom of the lost Mind?” “Never again....till next year!” Dickinson Crossing Location Only • Expires February 28, 2009 ✃ Dickinson Crossing (Canadian Tire Plaza) 6888 Island Hwy. FREE ✃ 250-390-1595 ✃ Buy 1 Peanut Buster Parfait and recieve 1 for Owned and Operated by Jim & Kristy Costain Community Events Page 2 The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 DISTRICT OF LANTZVILLE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Council of the District of Lantzville extends an invitation to interested residents to attend its Committee of the Whole Meeting on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the District Ofﬁce at 7129 Lantzville Road, 2nd ﬂoor. The purpose of this meeting is for staff to provide an orientation session on the District’s Ofﬁcial Community Plan. Any inquiries – please call the District Ofﬁce at 250-390-4006 or email: [email protected] • logos • web sites • newsletters • business cards • graphic design • advertisements • corporate branding island’s island’s edge edge graphics 250-668-5395 • www.islands-edge.com Amalgam-Eighters Square and Round Dance Club Feb 7 - 7:15 PM Regular dance at Lantzville Community Hall. Feb 21 - 7:15 PM Sweetheart Dance at Lantzville Community Hall. Sweetheart Couple for 2009 will be announced. Cake, berries and ice cream will be served. All singing calls. For information on the above events, call Laverne, 250-751-8211. Nanaimo Family History Society General Meeting Beban Park Social Center Feb. 16 2009. 7:00 PM Speaker: Bob Eli Topic: Canada's German's from Russia Visitors Welcome. The Log L A N T Z V I L L E Circulation: 2,000 copies. Delivered to over 1798 mailboxes in Lantzville and area. Available at local businesses in Lantzville and North Nanaimo. Community Event listings are FREE. Email: [email protected] Deadline for advertisements is the 20th of the month. Email [email protected] Editor: Chalmers Whitelaw Graphic Designer: Julie Winkel Island’s Edge Graphics Mail: The Log, P.O. Box 268, Lantzville, BC, V0R 2H0 Phone: 250-729-6405 Website: www.thelog.ca Visit our website and BLOG the local issues. MARCH FEBRUARY Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Feb 7 Square & Round Dance 7:15 PM Costin Hall Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Feb 14 Legion Valentine Dance Legion Hall Feb 16 Nan. Family Hist. Soc. 7PM Beban Park Social Center Feb 21 Sweatheart Dance 7:15 PM Costin Hall Fed 22 Pot Luck Dinner Costin Hall Feb 27 Lantzville Historical Soc. 7 PM Seaview School Library Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Aspengrove School’s Production of “Guys & Dolls” By Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling Music by Frank Loesser Thurs. February 26th and Fri. February 27th, 2009 at 7:00pm Aspengrove School Gym Adults $10.00 Students/ Seniors $5.00 Tickets available from the school office (390-2201) & at the door SEAVIEW SCHOOL -L. Miller In addition to working unflaggingly on academics there has been a flurry of activity around various ventures and community and family based activities. As always, life at Seaview School isn't confined to curricular endeavours, and Seaview students are lucky to be part of a community which focuses on activities that include families. In early December there was a family Bingo night organized by Marnie Martin and her excellent parent helpers, and on this night the PAC earned sufficient monies to pad the PAC coffers and ultimately provide the financial means to enrich the school experience for our children. (So successful was this evening that extra tables needed to be procured to seat all of the eager Bingo players!) Also in December the Christmas Craft fair, which was organized, by Diana Walburger and her band of parent helpers produced an evening of fun as well as child friendly crafts. Money raised by our determined band of parents, while most gratefully and happily utilized by Seaview classrooms, is quite simply, incidental to the equation. The happiness and excitement of the children at these events couldn't be duplicated and that is what will, as time elapses, be what is important to the children. Over time, the children won't remember the monetary amount raised, but instead, will remember the community experience of the craft and bingo nights. Infinite thanks to the parents who put in exhaustive hours to bring these fabulous nights to fruition! Our school performance of "Snow Biz" was an enormous success due to the curricular time and more devoted to practices by our music teacher Mrs. Raducu, as well as the extensive hours spent on this by our principal Mrs. Noble. All children took part, from the singing of Christmas carols by the youngest students, to the two choirs of grade 2/3 students and up who provided musical accompaniment to the onstage action, and to the roles played by grade 6 and 7 students in the execution of the production. This particular performance will be hard to beat in further years, and will undoubtedly go down in Seaview history as one of our best! A number of years ago Seaview School was the recipient of a substantial legacy provided by a former Seaview teacher, who although wishing to remain anonymous, was intent on providing Seaview with a very substantial financial donation. Our staff recognized that this money needed to be carefully considered in further acquisitions that benefit the learning of all students. We have guarded it jealously, considering and rejecting various expenditures and until now have only spent it on an oak display case to display the excellence of all of our students as well as $5000 on special book collections for the library, as well as other literacy materials. In December we reached a decision about the substantial remaining money by acquiring for each classroom an "LCD" projector and "Elmo" (document camera). In this way each child can benefit from the myriad uses of this technology and the delivery of instruction will be enhanced for each learner, as instruction is so much more visible. To say that it will revolutionize delivery of lessons and ultimately individual comprehension would be an understatement. We are all looking forward to receiving and utilizing this valuable resource. We are most grateful to the generosity of our benefactress who provided for us! Church Events Trinity United Church 11 am Sunday Service & Sunday School Program Rev. Peggy Jenson 6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo Ph: 390-2513 St Philip's Anglican Church Sunday Services 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Holy Communion & Sunday School / Music 7113 Lantzville Road, Lantzville Ph: 390-3641 Lantzville Heritage Church 10 am Sunday Worship 7244 Lantzville Road, Lantzville Ph: 390-3679 Feb1 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School. Feb 8 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School. Feb 15 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School. Feb 20 1:15 PM Ladies RCW Meeting Please bring something you no longer need or want to auction off at our “Bring and Buy” sale. All ladies welcome! Feb 22 10 AM Worship Service and Sunday School. All are welcome! Fellowship and coffee downstairs after worship. Seaside Community Society -Julie Hustwick Costin Hall activities: Now that our record-breaking snowy winter and all the cancelled activities is behind us, it's amazing how quickly we forget and even stop talking about it. It was a gradual thaw, for which we are thankful. Our activities are back on track and we can look forward to seeing the usual display of Spring flowers and flowering trees as we go about our travels. Dates to remember: Feb. 22 Pot Luck Dinner March 20-21 Set-up and Flea Market She wore a heavy sweater to go to the Mexican restaurant. She heard every time you went there you got chili. Happy Valentine's Day to young and old! Lantzville Historical Society Meetings: February 27th 2009 March 27th 2009 April 24th 2009 May 29th 2009 Held in the Library at Seaview School at 2 PM. All are welcome. Community The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 Page 3 Lantzville Legion Branch #257 7227 Lantzville Road, Lantzville 250-390-2841 - Pres. Cde. Roy Cardinal Monday: Tuesday: 8FEOFTEBZ Thursday: 'SJEBZ 4VOEBZT Closed Pool and Bridge %BSUTt1PPMt$SJC Open 4IVČFCPBSEQN OEUI (JBOU$SJC Coming Events Valentine’s Dance February 14th in the Legion Hall Lounge Opens Tuesday - Sunday @ 1pm Closed Mondays Meat Draws every Friday night at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 3:30. “Mini-Meals” available most Saturdays Branch No 257 2009 Executive L to R Back Row: S.O. Jim McEwan, Exec. Members: Ron Jones: Jean Brown: Joan McVey: Elizabeth Breingan: Ron Bowman: Georgina Rosewall: Staniz Perry and Sgt. at Arms Harvey Bist L to R Front Row: Honourary Pres. Bob Rogers: Past Pres. Roy Cardinal, 2nd. VP Kim Reid: 1st. VP Barry Ostrand: President Ken Gourley: Secretary Annemarie Smith: Treasurer Lori Skelcher and Padre Rev. Ron McCluskie. Book your wedding NOW Excellent rates - bartender available Call (250)390-2841/2108 or 3104 Lantzville Legion Branch #257 Hurford District Girl Guides -By Pia Pedersen Happy New Year! The holiday season this year was very white, much to the delight of our youngest citizens. The time to relax and celebrate ended so quickly, as it always does. Now we must all return to our usual daily lives. Despite a fun and relaxing holiday break, we missed our Guiding friends and are happy to reconnect in the new year. We have so many exciting plans and our enthusiastic girls can’t wait to get started! Pathfinders -January Night Adventure Our entire district had the honour of helping with the annual Lantzville Seaside Community Christmas dinner held at Costin Hall. Pathfinders came early and set up tables, and then Guides joined them to serve the dinner. After a delicious meal, the younger girls, Brownies and Sparks, joined the older girls in singing Christmas carols for the dinner guests. The girls’ voices rang sweetly through the hall and put the whole crowd in the Christmas spirit. Thanks to the LSCS for inviting us. The Sparks learned and played together with crafts and games and held their own Christmas party. It was very special for the youngsters to meet and perform with the big kids at the LSCS dinner. Those older girls are so cool, something to aspire to! This month they will work on earning their Keeper badges. The Brownies spent much of their time in the fall and winter working on science projects, learning about the world around them and how it works, such as why popcorn pops, what bubbles are, how electricity charges and the planets. The girls also learned how to use a sewing machine and made Christmas ornaments. This month they will work on first aid, household chores and using tools. Guides also got busy making Christmas crafts. They made Christmas cards that they sent off to Trefoil Guild members (adult members of Girl Guides). Some girls were pleasantly surprised to receive replies from the ladies. Pathfinders continue to work hard at learning new skills and bettering themselves. As part of the learning process, several girls organized and hosted a Christmas party for the unit. Despite how much work it was for the organizers, everyone enjoyed having time to just visit and have fun! This spring, the girls are looking forward to organizing more parties, some outdoor challenges and camping. Hurford District held a district wide family skating event on December 27. It was good to get out and stretch the legs after all those goodies and also heartwarming to see the girls and their families enjoying themselves together. Guides and Brownies are excited to be attending a sleepover at Science World at the beginning of February. This will be a Mid Island Area event for Brownies and Guides. As a final note this month; Hurford District Girl Guides wishes to extend our most sincere thanks to Teresa Hamilton, who has very graciously served as treasurer for our entire district the last four years. It is a big job and we truly do appreciate all of the effort she has put in. As of this January, Teresa is “hanging up” her books. Thank you, Teresa. We are looking forward to working with a new treasurer soon. Girl Guides of Canada always need more volunteers, no daughter needed! We provide mentoring and pay for training, so it’s an excellent opportunity to have some fun while learning new skills. If you are a university student, credit may be given for volunteering with Girl Guides. Please give us a call if this sounds good to you. For more information, to register or volunteer, contact Johanna Scott, Commissioner, Hurford District Girl Guides, 250-390-1085. To learn more about Girl Guides, go to www.bc-girlguides.org or www.girlguides.ca. 7227 Lantzville Road, Lantzville 250-390-2841 - Pres. Cde. Roy Cardinal We are accepting tenders for a one year janitorial contract. Cleaning will include the lounge and upstairs hall. For further information and a copy of the contract, please call the secretary, Anne Marie at 250-390-2108. This tender will close on March 1, 2008 at 3:00pm. DEL NORTE KENNELS 250-390-3289 BOARDING & GROOMING FOR DOGS & C ATS Friendly & comfortable environment Call 250-390-3289 for Boarding reservations Grooming Salon Custom styles & creative clips, bathing & de-matting for all breeds & sizes! Cats too! Call 250-797-2264 for your appointment now! 7491 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0 13 Day British Isles & Northern Europe Cruise May 31st to June 13, 2009 Escorted by Brenda & Ron Kerney! LONDON (SOUTHAMPTON) • Paris (Le Havre), France • Falmouth, England • Cork (Cobh), Ireland • Dublin, Ireland • Belfast, N. Ireland • Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland • At Sea • Inverness (Invergordon), Scotland • Edinburgh (S. Queensferry), Scotland • At Sea • Amsterdam, Netherlands • Brussels/Brugge (Zeebrugge), Belgium • LONDON on board the Norwegian Jade Prices Include: Canadian Dollars per person (based on double occupancy) ~ Round trip airfare from Vancouver ~ Transfers~ ALL Port Taxes & Gov’t Fees Non View stateroom Ocean View stateroom Balcony stateroom from from from $3,533 CAD Dollars per person $4,105 CAD Dollars per person $4,295 CAD Dollars per person Call Your Cruise Experts! (250)758-7893 or 1-800-465-7245 Serving Vancouver Island since 1991 #102 - 3150 Island Hwy (across from Tom Harris) e-mail: [email protected] website: www.yourcruiseexperts.com Prices based on double occupancy and availability at time of booking. PLEASE NOTE: Government fees and taxes are subject to change and Norwegian Cruise Line reserves the right to collect any increases at time of sailing, even if fare has already been paid in full. Community Page 4 The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 ROTARY CLUB OF LANTZVILLE - Bert Ollivier “‘Twas the night before the night before big Santa came!” Those were the words I used to start my Rotary story for the January 1st issue. Much has happened since that article was written. First, of course, Santa did arrive. And right on time! I promised all the kids in my vast readership that I’d let them know if Santa did indeed remember li’l ole me. Well, kids, he did remember me. He left me a book to read plus some very nice liquid refreshments to drink while reading his gift. Wow, what a nice Christmas our family and good friends enjoyed complete with an expensive rib roast of beef. Yes, we had become a little jaded with the traditional turkey, especially after over indulging during the Thanksgiving day festivities so my BW (Beautiful Wife) insisted on cooking and presenting a roast beef dinner. Now is the time for: WINTER CLEAN-UP PRUNING . EVERGREENS . FRUIT TREES . HEDGES CALL NOW BRADLEY 390-9563 Chase River Upholstery ✃ off all Upholstery and Fabrics! Emergency 911 Non-Emergency 390-2811 [email protected] Call today for FREE in home estimates FREE pick up and delivery... Call Ron 250-390-2265 Don’t be an “If Only” Headline! Would you like to reduce your overall tax bill? Are you currently saving for a home, cottage, car or vacation? Have you maxed out your RRSP contributions and looking for another way to shelter investment income from tax? The new Tax-Free Savings Account1 (TFSA) will help with all of the above, and more. Call me today to determine how the TFSA could fit into your overall plan. Save for your goals faster and tax free. Please call to book your complimentary portfolio review. Emmanuel Lint, B.Sc., CSA, CFP Division Director Ph: 250-729-0904 ext. 234 [email protected] Bad Cupid! ™Trademarks owned by IGM Financial Inc. and licensed to its subsiduary corporations. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. If Only: ·I installed smoke alarms in the bedroom. ·The smoke alarms were interconnected so that when one sounded, they all sounded. ·I vacuumed out the vents on the alarm. ·I checked to see if the batteries were operating every time the clocks changed from daylight savings to standard time and back again. ·I installed smoke alarms on each floor of my house, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, in each bedroom, and in the peak of the attic one metre from the chimney. ·I installed both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarm detectors. ·We had practised fire drills by sounding the alarm to ensure that my family responded according to plan. If Only ? ... My family would be alive today. There is no doubt that working smoke alarms save lives. In Canada 250 people die and 1809 people are injured every year in residential structural fires. The monetary value amounts to 712 million dollars. In 65% of cases there were no working smoke detectors in the residence. And we emphasize WORKING. Ensure that you can answer yes to all the points listed above to avoid becoming an “If Only” headline. Ph: 250-390-9089 kellersjewellers.com 7180 Lantzville Road, Lantzville It’s tax free! Many avenues of generous activity will continue as the Rotary Club of Lantzville looks forward to the remaining months of 2009 to serving Lantzville, Nanaimo and other communities in Rotary ways. If any of our vast readership would like information on how to join Rotary, just call Robert Grose at 250-729-0904. Or he can be contacted by e-mail at: [email protected] He would love to talk with you and to invite you to enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast with compliments of Rotary. Robert is the present membership chair. Bert Ollivier, a CTC emeritus (Certified Travel Counsellor) is a Rotarian, a published journalist and author of this column. He’s been in the travel industry non stop, since 1946! His new book “TRAVEL’s MY GAME” is available at select book stores and on Bert’s website: www.trafford.com/07-0448 or order toll free: 1-888-232-4444. LANTZVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE Valid until February 28th, 2009 Good Cupid! 10 % ✃ ✃ Auto • Marine • RV • Residential • Commercial At the first meeting of this year, January 8th, it was reported by the golf committee chair, Robert Grose, that the club’s annual New Year’s Day tournament had been cancelled, due to bad weather. Because of copious amounts of snow, it appeared that holes were not only clogged, but the greens were white! According to Robert, the next Rotary “Golf for the Cure Tournament” will be held on Friday, May 1st at the Fairwinds Golf Course. It is suggested that any interested parties should mark this date on their calendars. Further information may be obtained from Robert Grose at 250-729-0904. Smoke detectors are available as either ionization or photoelectric types or a combination of the two. It is recommended that both be installed in your house. Ionization smoke detectors have the quickest response time to flaming fires and photoelectric detectors respond best to smoldering fires. Remember that flames and heat rarely kill. It is the smoke and toxic gases that kill, and they kill quickly, so time is critical. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level in the home, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, in every bedroom and in the peak of the attic one metre from the chimney. It is best, if both types (ionization and photoelectric) are installed, they are hard-wired with a battery backup, and they are interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound. Don’t install alarms near windows, doors or ducts where drafts may interfere with their function. Never paint or place stickers on a smoke alarm. If you burn fuel in the house install carbon monoxide, propane and or natural gas detectors as well as smoke detectors. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas and is the number one leading cause of accidental poisonings in Canada. Browsing through the aisles of a few stores we found an array of smoke detectors available ranging in price from $13.99 to $62.99. The more expensive detectors were combination ionization/ photoelectric/carbon monoxide, were hard-wired or were talking alarms. Talking alarms may wake children more easily. Wireless interconnected smoke alarms are an alternative to hard-wired alarms and are more easily installed in existing homes that have not been pre-wired for alarms. Smoke alarms are also available for the deaf or hard of hearing and use either a strobe light or vibration to awaken the occupant. It’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind it brings. Don’t wait until government legislates laws or enacts bylaws regarding smoke detectors. Be pro-active with your safety. WOLVER-GREEN YARD CARE Before the exciting, traditional Christmas day, readers will recall in my January report that Santa had agreed to a pre-Christmas day appearance at Costin Hall on December 13th. Special arrangements and lengthy negotiations with Santa were necessary. Ever-friendly Rotary member Robert Milne, better known as ‘Bob’ is a long time member of Rotary Club of Lantzville. He went to great lengths to make the complicated arrangements with Santa as well as with Mrs. Claus and their helping elves. Bob also convinced many other Rotary Club members to assist him in the serving of the now famous Rotary pancake breakfast. By the way, Bob Milne is the manager of Budget Car & Truck Rental in Nanaimo and was asked if he, by any chance, had arranged a sleigh rental if Santa’s transportation broke down. But, good news, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer did not break down! I’ve been told that all, well most all, of the requests made on Dec. 13th were indeed delivered. And, one last very important reminder for you kids – “What happens at a Christmas party stays at a Christmas party!” At time of preparing this item for the February 1st issue of The LOG, there had been only one meeting of Rotary Club of Lantzville since my last report to The LOG. The meeting of December 18 was cancelled due to the heavy snowfall. The meetings of December 25 and January 1st were also cancelled – for obvious reasons. Safety Tip: Plan Ahead … Practice your fire drill ... Exit safely …Avoid hot doors … Crawl under smoke… Have a family meeting place away from the home ... Call 9-1-1 from a neighbour ... Don't go back in the house. Community The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 Page 5 COUNCIL MEETING JANUARY 12 2009 -B. Blood VARIANCE REQUEST DENIED The District seems to struggle with the issues around requests for variances to building height and setback requirements. Every few meetings a resident or their representative comes to council because they have built or want to build a house, shed, garage or outbuilding, higher, lower, or closer to a property line, road, creek, or natural hazard than the District bylaws allow. Councillors have been predisposed to allow most variance requests to pass. Indeed, most of these requests involve fairly small variances; a foot or two at most, sometimes only a few inches. On the one hand it hardly seems like a descent into anarchy, on the other...well, consider the recent request for a one foot height variance for a new house on Aulds Rd that has, whoops, already been designed and framed one foot higher than the bylaw regulation allows. When it came to the attention of the building inspector, a stop work order was placed on the project and the builder came to council asking for leniency citing an error in calculations. In the normal run of events, council would allow a one-foot height variance where the building does not currently block any neighboring viewlines and no neighboring property owner has complained. Not this time. No mention was made in the discussions by council of a prior appearance of this builder at a council meeting where a request for variance was made for a different property. This was probably correct procedure since every request should be considered on the merits of that request alone. However, it is unlikely that any councillor except the newly elected Mr Negrave wasn't thinking about this previous request. On that occasion, the builder had constructed a workshop and a garage for a homeowner. Not only were both buildings in violation of property line setback requirements but no building permit was applied for. Also, a neighbor who had a view of these buildings crowding his fenceline made a legitimate complaint. Council allowed the variance. One councillor at that time said that the neighbor had room to screen the buildings with plantings "on his own property"! So one wonders if council's feelings about their approval of this less defendable variance request in the past has coloured their rejection of the more reasonable request of the present. LANTZVILLE FARMING -FOOD AND THE ALR -B. Blood Part 2 The Millers and the Dickinsons are also on the same page when it comes to identifying the difficulties presented by farming in suburban areas. The Millers land is relatively rural (7 contiguous neighboring properties - all in the ALR except the Foothills development) while the Dickinsons have close to 30 contiguous and across-the-road neighbours, most of which are family homes on smaller lots. Raising a few cattle and qualifying for the farm tax credit while preserving these lands for an unknown future is one thing, but to farm them intensively and economically is quite another. Most food crops, aside from being labour intensive, are not cost effective here and now. Feed lots, piggeries and poultry, however, can generate reasonable profits on smaller parcels such as these. Odour and noise reduction then become issues in suburban areas and present a cost to farmers that can be prohibitive. Ted related the problems a farmer at Green Lake encountered when his legally permitted extraction of irrigation water from the lake was foiled by repeated vandalism to his pump, presumably because of the noise disturbance it caused to the adjacent residential neighborhood. . A major urban/agricultural interface problem is competition for water. Jim noted that he had the right, under the ALR, to drill for irrigation water anywhere on his land and that crop irrigation can require up to 67 gallons per minute per acre during dry weather for a successful harvest. The effects for domestic use such a drawdown on the aquifer would cause, or even if that much water is available, is unknown. In the discussion of the current request several councillors expressed concern about the "precedent" this variance would create because the construction is already done. As Mr Griffey said, " They built the thing then discovered it". Ms Haime, also concerned with precedent said,"If we approve this we need to change the bylaw". Mr Bratkowski noted that, "We have allowed larger variances in the past." Mr Dempsey noted that, "we haven't heard from neighbors" and he also noted that the requested variance "isn't going to impair anyone's view." The mayor echoed some of these comments but added that the "structural integrity of the building and costs to redesign" should also be considered. When it came to a vote only Mr Dempsey supported the application for the variance. The builder can now take the issue to Lantzville's newly appointed Board of Variance for further consideration. Perhaps the Board of Variance will bring more consistency and reason into the process in future. CHRISTMAS BREAK That's next Christmas - Dec 2009. . For the second year in a row, Mr Dempsey moved that the District of Lantzville office be closed between Christmas and The New year. In support of this he cited District Staff's acceptance of the idea and that they would use their accrued annual leave for that week off. When asked by this reporter during the public participation at the end of the meeting whether this motion represented a violation of the District's master agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees because it appears that management is directing when accrued annual leave is to be taken by union members, I was told that any staff member who wished to work during that week and not use their annual leave would be allowed to. This certainly begs more questions than it answers. CUPE is looking into it. APPOINTMENTS Parks and Recreation Committee two-year appointments: Mr John Garenkooper, Mr Peter Law, Mr Jamie Popkin, Mrs Brenda Savage, Ms Lynne Wilson, Ms Tanis Dagert. Board of Variance three-year appointments: Mr Dean Dueck, Mr Ron Lazlock, Mr Steve Mathews The Millers irrigation issue is compounded by the unknown effect the adjacent groundwater dependent Foothills residential development may have on the aquifer. Suburban farming presupposes that large numbers of non-farmers live nearby and the simple presence of these humans and their activities can be problematic. Working farmers in these areas spend more time and money than more isolated rural farmers in securing their equipment and tools because of theft and vandalism. Blatant trespassing is also common and many farmers in suburban areas experience a sense of insecurity. Ted noted that even with the "cattle crossing" signage on Doumont Rd the herding of their cows from the lower pasture to the upper, is increasingly dangerous for him and his cattle due to distracted and speeding motorists. Most rural farmers would not have their cows stampede and have a horse injured when it crashed through a wire fence terrified by an innocent community Halloween fireworks display as occurred at the Dickinsons. Labour is often a problem for small farms. Farming can be hard work and with low profitability it is not surprising that farm children go on to more remunerative "better" employment in the cities just like everyone else. Off- farm incomes keep many of these enterprises afloat. The Miller's daughter is developing a plant nursery business on the family farm but her husband commutes to his job in town. Increasingly, suburban small farms become hobby farms or simply estate properties for those that can afford them. They may remain in the ALR but produce no saleable food and often contain large homes and outbuildings not located for efficient future agricultural use. When these smaller farmlands change hands, the high land Lantzville Dental Clinic Ph. (250) 390-2832 7180 Lantzville Road Lantzville, BC, V0R 2H0 “General Dentistry” BARBER & HAIME CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Serving all your business needs large or small Ɣ Personal Income Taxes Ɣ Corporate Income Taxes Ɣ Tax Planning and Consulting Ɣ Estate Planning Ɣ Bookkeeping & Payroll Ɣ Business Valuation Ɣ Incorporation Advice Free Initial Consultation 390-4131 7190 Lantzville Rd, Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0 GET NOTICED Advertiser space 3” x 3” for only $60 10% Discount for 3 month prepaid ad values determined by their urban proximity (and perhaps their potential for ALR exclusion) preclude any cost effectiveness in purchasing them for farming. If you can afford this land, you don't need to farm it and if you need to farm it, you can't afford it. This happens particularly where ALR lands have been subdivided into smaller parcels like here in Lantzville. The message from ALR landowners seems to be that if we as citizens expect food security to be provided by these lands then we need to see that more is done than simply freezing their status in amber forever. We as citizens need to decide if we trust the globalised food supply to feed our children and grandchildren, like we came to trust globalised energy to power our homes and transport, or to value and support the economic viability of locally produced food and delegate our governments to do so as well. Copley Farm -Haying 1920’s Community Page 6 The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 OBITUARIES McINNES, Rose Marie (Nee Ribbans) Passed away December 4, 2008. A long time resident of Nanaimo, Marie is survived by her daughter Victoria, son Gord and brother Gill Ribbans. To all who knew her, Marie was an inspiration. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. There will be no service or flowers by request. Donations in Marie's memory may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation. PERRY, Lorne Bartlett March 1,1915-January 5, 2009 Lorne passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with family and grandchildren by his side. A bedside service officiated by Ron MacLuskie was held following his death. Left to mourn, his loving wife Staniz, his sister Elaine Barsby, cousin Jack Perry, his children Bill (Deb) and Joan Perry and Staniz' children Wade, David (predeceased) and Kim O'Donnell and the grandchildren he was so proud of, Glen, Alan, Arlene and Sandra Perry, Sharlene Harbour and Jason Gohn (predeceased), eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Born in Nanaimo, Lorne started in the coal mines as a teenager, then the Vancouver Shipyard and served in the Air Force. After returning to Nanaimo he worked as a Faller for many years and a Log Scaler for Crown Zellerback and MacMillan Bloedel. He finished his career as an Instructor of the Log Scaling course at Malaspina College. He was a voracious reader and his knowledge arid memory were amazing. Lorne's long retirement saw him travelling across Canada in the Van, golfing (on the run) and the infamous fishing trips with the "Perry boys" on his boat, and plenty of socializing at the Lantzville Legion that he was a member of for 50 years. A celebration of Loran's life was held at the Lantzville Legion Branch 257 January 18. WRIGHT, Lila Pearl 1913-2008 It is with sadness that the family of Lila Wright announces her passing on December 27 2008 in her 95th year. She was predeceased by her husband Verne in 1989. She leaves to mourn her four children: Ken (Rosie) Lantzville, Bob (Debby) Grand Lake NS, Joan Wilson (Peter) Duncan, and Don (Betty; Nanaimo, ten grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Lila was born in Esterhazy Saskatchewan, and grew up in Regina where she met her husband Verne, and where the were married in 1939. Lila and Verne spent most of their married life in Kentville, NS, where Lila owned and managed a clothing store. In 1974, Lila and Verne moved to Vancouver Island to retire in Lantzville. Lila was always active in the community and in politics. She was the first female president of the Retail Merchant Association. She enjoyed sports such a curling and golf, especially Ladies Bonspiels. She was also an avid bridge player, and played in several bridge clubs. She loved life and always had a smile and a positive attitude even in later years when she was confined to a wheelchair. Her zest for life and her cheerful outlook endeared her to her family and friends. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. There will be no service by request but a celebration of Lila's life will be held for family at a later date. If you desire, a donation may be made to Lila's favourite charity, "The Nanaimo Foodbank". The family wishes to thank the staff Nanaimo Seniors Village for their loving care over the past three years. LIFE ALONG THE TIDE LINE Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral these are the things I get to see and identify almost every year in on and around the beaches of South eastern Vancouver island, from Nanoose bay to Sooke. See how many you can find, or some others that I missed. This is by no means a list of what is on the beaches of island, just what I come across on the beaches. This list will be updated in future issues of the Log. Sorry in advance of any mistakes you will find, Latin can be tough. Rocks Upper cretaceous bituminious, Nanaimo coal Star porphyvolcanic, Texada island flower rocks Plants Quercus garryana, Garry oak Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas fir Thuja plicata, Western red cedar Tsuga heterophylla, Western hemlock Abies grandis, Grand fir Pinus contorta, Shore pine Picea sitchensis, Sitka spruce Pinus monticola, Western white pine Arbutus menziesii, Arbutus tree Acer macrophylium, Broadleaf maple Alnus rubra, Red alder Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa, Black cottonwood Betula papyrifera, White birch Amelanchier species, Saskatoon berry Opuntia fragilis, Prickly pear cactus Nereocystis luetkeana, Bull kelp Ulva, Sea lettuce Fucus furcatus, Common rockweed Cystoseria, Sargass weed Zostera marina, Eel-grass Phyllospadix, “False” Eel grass Whales Megaptera novaengliae, Humpback whale Eschrichtius robustus, Grey whale Orcinus rectipinna, Killer whale Phocaena vomerina, Harbour porpose Mammals Eumetopias jubatus, Stellar sea lion Zalophus californianus, California sea lion Mirounga angustirostris, Elephant seal Phoco vitulina, Harbour seal Ursus americanus, Black bear Puma concolor, Cougar Lutra canadensis, River otter Mustela vision, Mink Procyon lotor, Racoon Birds Ardea herodias, Great blue heron Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald eagle Pandion haliaetus, Osprey Cahartes aura, Turkey vulture Corvus corax, Raven Corvidae caurinus , Northwestern crow Cyanocitta stelleri, Stellar Jay Gavia pacifica, Pacific loon Aechmophorus occidentalis, Western grebe Phalacrocorax auritus, Double crested cormorants Phalacrocorax penicillatus, Brandt cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagic, Pelagic cormorant Branta bemicla nigricans, Black cormorant Branta canadenis minima, Canada goose Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard duck -Bradley Wolvergreen Thomas Haematopus bachmani, Black oyster catcher Aphriza virgata, Surfbird Calidris bairdii, Baird’s sandpiper Larus agetatus, Herring gull Birds Larus Philadelphia, Bonaparte gull Uria aalge, Murre Megaceryle alcyon, Belted kingfisher Fish Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, Pink salmon Oncorhynchus keta, Chum salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch, Coho salmon Oncorhynchus nerka, Sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, Chinook salmon Cyanea capillata Eschscholz, Sea blubber jellyfish Scyliorinidae dalatiidae, Spiny dogfish Sebastes caurinus, Copper rockfish Brachyistius frenatus, Kelp perch Rhacochilus vacca, Pile perch Cymatogaster aggregate Gibbons, Shiner sea perch Clupea pallasii Valenciennes, Pacific herring Sardinops sagax, Pacific sardine Hypomesus pretiosus, Surf smelt Rhamphocottus richardsonius, Grunt fish Anoplarcus, Crested blenny Oligocottus maculosus, Tidepool sculpin Shellfish Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, Blue mussels Cassostrea gigas, Pacific oyster Panope abrupt, Geoduck Schizothaerus capax, Horse clam Tapes philippinarum, manila clam Saxidomus giganteus, butter clam Protothaca staminea, Littleneck clam Clinocardium nuttalli, Cockle Thais lamellosus, Dog whelk Acmaea instabilis, Unstable limpet Tagula funebralis, Black top shell Littorina sitkana Philippi, Sitka littorine Polinices lewisii Gould, Lewis moon-snail Katharina tunicate, Leather chiton Bankia setacea, Toredo worm Bottom creatures Parastichopus californianu, Giant sea cucumber Cucumaria, Orange sea cucumber Stongylocentrotus franciscanus, Red sea urchin Stongylocentrotus droebachiensis, Green sea urchin Echinarachnius exentricus, Sand dollar Pisaster ochraceus, Purple starfish Dermasterias, Leather starfish Asteroids ophiuroids, Brittle starfish Pychopodias helianthoides, Sun starfish Anthopleura elegantissima, Sea anemone Cancer productus, Red rock crab Hemigrapsus nudus, Purple shore crab Pugettia, Northern kelp crab Cancer magister, Dungeness crab Neotrypaea spp., Ghost shrimp Ligia, Rock louse Orchestia, Sand Hopper Nereis vexillosa, Pile worm Eudistylia vancouveri, Plume worm Balanus gradual, Acorn barnacle Octopus dofleini, Northern pacific octopus Feel free to point out any mistakes, in order that they might be corrected. See you at the beach, it is there all year long. It was Valentine’s day and Jim and Danielle’s first date. They sat in the darkened cinema waiting for the film to start. The screen finally lit up with a flashy advertisement for the cinema’s concession stand. Jim and Danielle realised that there was no sound. The film began but the silence continued. Suddenly, out of the darkness, an irritated voice in the crowd loudly shouted’, Okay, who’s got the remote control?’ Community The Log Serving Lantzville and Area February, 2009 Page 7 LIFESTYLE - Emmanuel Lint Make TFSA transfers without the pain of tax gain By now, you probably know a lot about the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) that came on line on January 2nd. And you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to transfer some of your existing non-registered assets into a TFSA to avoid future taxation on the investment income. Here’s your answer: Yes it is a good strategy – as long as you are aware of the tax implications. First let’s review the benefits of a TFSA: ·It allows you to use your savings to invest in eligible investment vehicles and the capital gains and other investment income earned in your TFSA will not be taxed. ·‘Eligible’ investments are generally the same as those allowed in an RRSP – mutual funds, publicly-traded securities, government bonds, GICs, and segregated funds. ·TFSA contributions are not deductible from income for tax purposes. ·But investment income, including capital gains, earned in the TFSA will not be taxed, even when withdrawn. ·TFSA funds can be withdrawn at any time for any purpose. ·Withdrawn amounts can be put back into a TFSA without reducing contribution room. ·Unused TFSA contribution room can be carried forward to future years. Now let’s look at how to make tax-advantaged transfers: ·In most cases, you will be ‘selling’ an existing investment and re-investing the money in your TFSA. ·If you’re selling a GIC-type investment, no problem – you’re moving from an investment with fully taxable income into a tax-free investment vehicle. However, if you are selling non-registered investments that produce capital gains or losses, factor in the tax consequences: ·If your non-registered investment is in a ‘gain’ position, making an ‘in-kind’ transfer directly into your TFSA will trigger a ‘disposition’ and you’ll pay tax in the year of the transfer on 50% of the gains. ·If that investment is in a ‘loss’ position and you make an ‘in-kind’ disposition into your TFSA, you will lose the loss because the CRA will deem it to be ‘nil’. ·But … as long as you transfer the investment into another investment inside the TFSA you will trigger the loss and be able to use it against ‘gains’ made in the past three years, this year, or in the future. If you wish the TFSA to hold the original investment, you must wait at least 30 days before the TFSA purchases this investment to be able to use the loss. Need Estate Solutions? Wills & Estates. Business. Real Estate. Pet l ey - Jones & Co. Law Corporation 250 758-7370 5732 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 5N2 www.petley-jones.net • fax 250 758-8703 Tax planning and the effective use of TFSAs are essential parts of almost any financial plan. Your professional advisor can help make sure your total plan is greater than the sum of its parts. This column is provided by Emmanuel Lint from Investors Group. It is presented as a general source of information only and is not intended as a solicitation to buy or sell investments, nor is it intended to provide professional advice including, without limitation, investment, financial, legal, accounting or tax advice. A VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDE - Lloyd Erickson meters away, their eyes look like dots. THE VIEW As you climb higher you can see farther. The irony is that the farther away things are the less clearly you can see them. I don’t mean the interference caused by clouds or fog, or fuzziness from heat waves. I mean the laws of parallax that become obvious. If you look at a person 100 Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians rub noses instead of kissing It’s thought that men who kiss their wives every morning before going to work live 5 years longer than men who don’t. Come in... & be “Floored” by our Specials... During the month of February Wide selection of ﬂooring: • Tile • Laminate • Hardwood Product Knowledge Seminars and Installation Demos throughout the month of February (See in-store for details) 2 LOCATIONS NANAIMO TO SERVE 4950 Jordan Ave. YOU 250-758-8329 LANTZVILLE 7187 Lantzville Rd. 250-390-1207 100% CANADIAN OWNED & OPERATED Ph: 250-390-9089 kellersjewellers.com 7180 Lantzville Road, Lantzville The world's longest kiss took place in New York City, lasting 30 hours, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds. Bad Cupid! I am not sure why I enjoy this so much. In some cases I have climbed mountains in the Kootenays to see what I could see from the top. It would be glib to say that the reason I do this is to “see what is on the other side”. As anyone who has done this can tell you, you just see more mountains! But to really see the view you have to climb high. The higher, the better. There is something special about being up there and looking around. There is an allegory that asks: What is the difference between an expert and a generalist? An expert is a person who learns more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing. A generalist learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything. I suppose you could argue that a person who climbs hills to look at the view is a generalist, but then we really don’t want to be labeled. So what we do is carry a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope so we can get a closer view of everything. A really light compact binocular like an 8 x 25 is easy to carry, and does a good job. But it may be worthwhile to carry a heavy pair, such as a 10 x 50, because it provides a closer and wider view. I find spotting scopes to be handy for looking at small objects such as in watching birds or other wildlife, but they have a narrow view and tend to lose light as you use higher magnifications. When you use such optics, you become an expert! ’ Good Cupid! By saying “the view”, I mean looking out over a long distance. Not looking at “lesser views” like looking out my front window, or gazing down the marsh. No, I want to look a long way, like over the ocean or over the mountains. At half a mile a person looks like a fencepost, and you can’t see any detail at all. From the top of Siwash Ridge you can see cars on the highway, but the BC Ferries out beyond the lighthouse are merely white dots. I’ve always had a fascination for “looking at the view.” Generally this means climbing the hill behind us. The view is quite good from the open bluffs uphill of Galloway Marsh, and is one I really enjoy showing visiting guests. From the bluffs you can look north and northeast over Georgia Strait and you can clearly see the Winchelsea Islands, the mountains and forests on the mainland, and even the houses near Sechelt. Not to forget looking down at my own property! But the really good view is the one from the top of Siwash Ridge, where you can look 360 degrees around. You can see everything that you can see from the lower bluffs. Plus you can see Mt Benson, Mt Arrowsmith and even water and islands south of Nanaimo. 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(Dickinson Crossing) RETAIL SERVICES Keller’s Jewellers Ltd ....................390-9089 7180 Lantzville Rd, Lantzville TRAVEL Cruise Holidays .............................758-7893 #102 3150 Island Hwy, Nanaimo HELEN’S KITCHEN - Susan Crayston Mme Benoit’s pot roast LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE A LOCAL BUSINESS! This is an easy recipe that I got off a calendar. We are having it for a belated Christmas dinner later this month, and I am quite looking forward to it. Advertiser space 1 roast of beef, suitable to the size of your family 3” x 5” for only $85 10% Discount for 3 month prepaid ad One or two lemons Several cloves of Garlic Brown the roast in a Dutch oven, using sufficient fat or oil to keep it from sticking to the pan. Add a little water and then thinly slice the lemon(s) and chop the garlic and place the lemon and garlic over the meat, cover and cook at a medium heat until done for the size of the roast. The lemon and garlic enhance the gravy that you can make to go along with the meat and veggies – it is an excellent change from a plain pot roast. Salt and pepper to taste. GOLFING WITH THE PROS When you finally get back on the course, fight the urge to over swing on the first tee and give yourself enough time to ease into your full energy swing. One of the main reasons why we injure ourselves is that we rush into an activity without proper warm-up; remember this should not be your only warm-up but an extension of it. A great way to achieve this is to take GET NOTICED! 10” X 2” for only $85 10% Discount for 3 month prepaid ad Ian McDonald CPGA one more club than you need, by doing this it will force you to slow down and will prevent you from over swinging; anytime you reduce your swing energy you stay relaxed, your grip pressure is reduced and your wrists and arms stay soft. This will also help with building great tempo and as we know that is one of the most important factors in a good golf swing.
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