HAVE YOUR SAY: January 8

They did it again, even though the choir and the venue were smaller than the rendition earlier on this year. Friday night’s performance (Dec. 19) was in every sense equivalent, reaching again an ascending artistic level. As a patron sitting in the audience you wonder if this choir would be as excellent without musical director Jenn Forsland and accompanist Sean Mooney. It’s not a question, it’s a forgone conclusion that the beating of the heart of these “Fantastic Singers” would stop for a seasonal time. The swooning performance of Jenn, the choir and the excellent musical accompanist opened this night with Christmas is Coming.  My favoured renditions were, We Sing, Sesere eeye, Jingle Bells and the inspirational closing song, Soon and Very Soon, which repeatedly was emphasized with the words, “Changed the World” and “Take the World.”  With the dark rainy days surrounding the church location and the avalanche of negative news articles in the world these days, it reminded me of Christmas 1914, a heroic cry for peace. “A still hush fell over the battle field when out of the cold night air the English heard a most beautiful voice coming from the German lines singing ‘Silent Night, Holy Night.’  When the German soldier had finished the first verse, one brave English soldier stood and began singing the second. One by one, men rose up from their frozen entrenchments and began to join in until almost every soldier, German and English were singing.”

Best Wishes for a wonderful new year to all the generous citizens, businesses and organizations of the Comox Valley who responded to Dawn to Dawn’s annual appeal for funds. We could not do what we do to help those members of our community who find themselves homeless or at risk of becoming homeless without your support. So a sincere thank you to each and everyone of you.  Please do have a great 2015!

To all my Record customers on Mansfield Dr., Cliffe Ave., 31st, 21st, 26th, Piercy, Stewart and Fitzgerald, thank you so very much for the cards, gifts and home baking that you so generously gave to me this Christmas. I enjoy delivering your papers and your kindness throughout the year makes the job fun. I am looking forward to another year delivering to all of you. A very happy new year to all. And a special thank you to Terry, our circulation manager for all he does to keep us organized. Thanks Terry! Sincerely, Bev Smit.

Another early, dark, rainy night with very poor visibility, once again leaving me wondering why we have such pathetic road markings on all our roads. White lines on the sides show up just slightly better than the yellow lines down the centre. No reflective paint, and very few cats eyes, if any, down the middle, none at all on the outer edge. Why is this? I recently read that water-based paint is used, which wears off in a very short time, instead of spirit-based paint.  Ridiculous! Is this some sort of environmentalism gone mad? Many parts of the world use paint containing reflective materials – surely in the 21st century we can take the leap to join them, for safety’s sake? And in England, where we came from, cats eyes are used, close together, on virtually all centre lines and road edge lines. If it’s a matter of finances, I for one would like MY tax dollars to go for highly visible road markings, which would make mobility at night, and especially in winter, so, so much easier, and no doubt would save lives too!

Regarding the letter saying the recent flooding of the roads beside Farquarson farm fields means we need a third river crossing: I completely disagree.  We live in a town with a river running through it, and very, very occasionally we have to put up with very temporary flooding as a fact of life.  Otherwise our two bridges adequately handle the volume of traffic we have here. But what we definitely DO need is for the road between Superstore and the 17th St. bridge to be made four lanes all the way along. It is ridiculous to have four lanes at both ends of this piece of road, with everyone having to funnel into two lanes in the middle of it. Traffic would be able to move much faster if it didn’t have to form single lines in each direction for that small stretch of road. And surely there is room on the side to widen it. Why hasn’t this been done before now?

The Comox Valley Lions Club wish to acknowledge: Sandy of Dulux Paints in Courtenay for the generous donation of paint for the ceiling and walls in our Lions Den, and Midland Tools for the painting tarp. We also thank Chad Rochon (C.H.A.D. Painting) and his friends Rachelle, Andrew, Judy, Ed, Karin and James for assisting with prepping and painting. The Den looks so much better thanks to your efforts. Special thanks to Mrs. Rachon for the fabulous cookies. Having the community come out in our time of need, truly was the best Christmas present we could ever have received.

Three weeks plus of boiling water in 2014? What is going on in our watershed? The very well-informed, very professional CVRD general manger of water services is lost to explain this phenomenon which is unprecedented in the history of the Comox Lake water supply. Will the Province, who are implementing more expensive water standards, investigate the cause of this? Surely it is not solely climate change or heavy rainfall. This is not a Mount Polley disaster, but a rolling, boiling  issue which will boil over into big bucks for solutions to a problem that has not surfaced until this year, 2014. Let’s have an independent investigation and find the causes of this and assign the liabilities for the cost of fixing the water quality.  Writer and long-term resident, Frank Carter, outlines the issue well in his letter to the editor. Ask your elected or appointed CVRD rep what they are doing to address this problem! Why should Comox Valley customers pay $25-$50 million for water quality problems created most likely by the Province, who have not protected our watershed?

For those of you hoping for a Swiss Chalet to come to town, remember, it takes big bucks to buy a franchise. I have been in touch with their head office several times over the past decade and I am sorry to say there was no interest. Now that they have closed locations in Nanaimo and Victoria, I wonder if they’ve lost all interest in our Island. What we need is a Tim Hortons at the old Chad’s location. There is no place for store employees and shoppers at the Anfield Plaza to take a break. If it’s restaurants you want, what about an Olive Garden, or The Keg, or Milestone’s, Montana’s or Kelsey’s, but located out near the new hospital.

A big bouquet of sunshine and roses to Devon of Ace’s Roofing. My relaxing stormy Sunday afternoon became an emergency with a water leak from the bathroom vent in my roof. With one quick call to Ace’s Roofing, Devon put his Sunday on hold to come assess and fix the problem immediately. The job was completed with top-notch, efficient service, which was above and beyond expectations, despite the horrible weather. I would highly recommend Ace’s Roofing for any repairs or emergencies like mine. Thank you so much, Devon of Ace’s Roofing, for turning my dreary day into a comforting and stress-free one.


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