Archive for July, 2012

Community Beat: Neighbours come together to complete south-end alley cleanup

Group now has big plans to continue to beautify their Nanaimo neighbourhood

Krista Bryce, The Daily News

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Angie Eyford unlocked her gate into the alley behind her Needham Street home in Nanaimo for the first time in five years on Saturday.

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Over the years, we have seen the many faces of addiction in the laneway by our back yards, bordered by Nicol and Victoria, between Watkins and Needham.  We have seen drug dealing and prostitution.

We recognized that we needed to create positive changes.  After a few phone calls and introductions, several families from the immediate neighbourhood gathered one evening to brainstorm ideas and it was unanimous to create a plan for improving the alley.  The vision for Lavender Lane came into being.

Now if you don’t know this already, lavender has long been valued for its ability to produce calming, soothing and sedative effects when the scent is inhaled.  A hardy non-invasive perennial, it needs little water so survive.  And for you fans of language, the word “lavare” is Latin, meaning “to wash”, “to purify.”

Invites were sent to all neighbouring houses and a large community work party began on Saturday morning.  Gates in the laneway opened for the first time in years, neighbours shaking hands and introducing themselves.  Positive words of hope, love, and community were chalked along the whole alley to change the energy and help raise the vibration.  Everyone participated in the clean-up and laneway makeover: the RCMP bike patrol, security people and by-laws staff came out to show their support.

We ended the day with a BBQ, a strong sense of community, and great pride of our accomplishments together.

Our next work party will be on Saturday August 25, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM where we will focus on painting the fences and planting lavender along side the lane, which will be loved and cared for by the entire neighbourhood, because we LOVE the South End, and we believe in community.  We know that we can create positive changes only by working together.

We are especially grateful to the following LOCAL businesses for their support of this effort:

Rona, who gave us paintbrushes.

Buckerfields, who contributed 2 lavender plants.

Tim Horton’s, who helped out with morning snacks.

And Country Grocer, who provided the lunch items for our volunteers.

If you would like to donate paint or lavender plants, please call Angie @ 250.753.8279 or Madilynn @ 250.591.5096.  (We’re also planning to add motion lights and a solar panel sensor if you can help out with that, too.)

Angie Eyford

Before, During, and After  Photos

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Nanaimo home targeted in drive-by shooting

Daily News

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gunfire shattered the early-morning quiet Wednesday as a home on Nicol Street in Nanaimo was the target of a drive-by shooting.

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And a different take on it from the News Bulletin.

Mysterious shooting in south Nanaimo

By Chris Bush – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: July 26, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: July 26, 2012 2:29 PM

Police are investigating an incident of shots fired at a home in south Nanaimo.

The shooting happened shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday when police received a 911 call about gunfire heard in the south end of Nicol Street.

Read the rest here.

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Invitation to explore the Nanaimo River Estuary

                         Sunday afternoon   –   July 29,   2012
Assemble  at 1:00 pm:    Living Forest Campground    This is at the very ‘mouth’ of the Nanaimo River.  (See map at http://www.livingforest.com/)         Contact  Norm  250-753-7963 ) for more info.
You can get  there by either:
A)   Paddling upstream (but with the rising tide),  from Nanaimo Harbour.   The main (west) channel roughly follows the beach,  IE:   Downtown   —> Cruise Ship terminal  —>  Assembly dock area, —> Snuneymuxw reservation, —>  log-booming area –>  Coastland plywood mill, —> Chase River Estuary, —> Living Forest Campground —>  Nanaimo River…     OR:
B)    Paddling downstream, from the Cedar Road Bridge – about 2K upstream.  (maybe we can arrange a ride, to pick up your vehicle later).   OR:
C)   Launch right at The Living Forest Campground .  (Click —>  HERE  <— )  No charge, and they are very friendly, but please:  their  launching  beach  can only handle one or two vehicles at a time, so please launch quickly,  and then park your vehicle in the designated spot outside the campground.
TIDES  on Sunday are:   LOW (2 feet) at 9:00 am, flooding to  HIGH  (14 feet) at 5 pm.   The main estuary channel should have enough water to be ‘navigable’  by about 11 am;  and the river (if you are arriving from upstream) may  have shallow ‘rapids’, where you may will be bumping down over small (but smooth)  boulders and gravel.  Wear good waterproof shoes for this!)
This is an informal event,  with no official ‘agenda’.  But there is a lot of interest in the history, and also in the future of this amazing and unique area (see the links below).   Joining our group will be Scott Akenhead, – biologist and oceanographer – who will be able to field questions and talk about those and related issues.
For more information, contact   Norm Abbey:   250-753-7963    <nabbey@shaw.ca> ,  or  Scott Akenhead   604-837-8701 
     Some  links 
Nanaimo Estuary Management Plan:  click —>  HERE   <—
NALT Nanaimo River Project:  click —> HERE   <—–
MISSI:   click —>   HERE   <—-
Needs of Industry and Nature collide in estuary: (news article):   click  —>  HERE  <—
Nanaimo gains destination status when kayak trail system opens (news article) Click —>  HERE  <—

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Hello gardeners!
Quick reminder about the Volunteer Day 5:15 tomorrow – please come out!  Kids, neighbours, friends – everyone welcome to join in and get your hands dirty!  The team will be plainting blueberries, laying some hay (to help with moisture retention), adjust the tomato stakes and week some invasives that have sprung up near the boxes.
We’re also looking to set a Gardens BBQ date for sometime in August. More details to come.

Jenn Bogwald

YPN Community Gardens 

The Young Professionals of Nanaimo
PO Box 291 Stn A, Nanaimo BC V9R 5K9

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Right next door in Harewood…whodathunk it?

Community Beat: Livestock enhance Nanaimo home

Bylaw allows woman to turn her yard into oasis reminiscent of her childhood

Krista Bryce, The Daily News

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The faint hum from three beehives tucked in between rows of Roblyn Hunter’s vegetable garden adds to the serenity of her south-end Nanaimo backyard.

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Run-down downtown theatre gets new life as banquet hall

Nanaimo businessman spending $300,000 to turn Caprice Theatre into ‘conference centre’

Robert Barron, Daily News

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New life is being pumped into the old Caprice Theatre on Nicol Street in downtown Nanaimo.

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