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After twice have their wedding plans altered due to COVID-19 restrictions, Suzanne Schmidt and Andrew Sturgess got married in Bakerview Park last weekend, with the only guests being their two daughters, Zoey (foreground) and Tessa. (Darren Ripka photo)

From New Zealand to Bakerview Park, B.C. couple weds in ‘backyard’

Twice scaled-down wedding ‘proof that good things still happen during bad times’

 

Musicians Teva McHillis (left) and Anela Kahiamoe (full-time musician and regular at Roy’s Towne Pub) play some tunes. The pub wants to get small-scale performances going again. Photo supplied

Royston pub wants people to ‘drop five’ to keep music alive

Charlie Aiken thinks his plan can help artists and venues alike

 

April Powell and Hayden Eely exchange vows in Courtenay after changing wedding plans because of pandemic restrictions. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Couple opts for plan B for wedding in Courtenay

Pandemic restrictions prompt April Powell and Hayden Eely to change plans for the big day

 

The Atlas Cafe recently celebrated 25 years and a re-opening. Image, Facebook

Courtenay’s Atlas Cafe celebrates 25 years, and a re-opening

Downtime offered downtown restaurant a chance to do needed work

The Atlas Cafe recently celebrated 25 years and a re-opening. Image, Facebook
Screenshot from the Prom Is On website.
Screenshot from the Prom Is On website.
Staff at Cumberland Community School made a video to send a special message to their students.

Cumberland teachers send out inspirational music video to students

Staff at Cumberland Community School have sent out a video message to…

Staff at Cumberland Community School made a video to send a special message to their students.
Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Courtenay strata residents break out in song to salute COVID-19 frontline workers

Every Monday at 5 p.m., the residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata…

Every Monday at 5 p.m., residents at Windsong, a Courtenay strata complex, converge on their respective balconies to sing a song, in appreciation of the work being done by all frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo by Terry Farrell
Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

VIDEO: Family sings Happy Birthday outside B.C. care home to 100-year-old woman

All smiles for Dorothy Dewar who lives in Eden Care Centre, the location of one COVID-19 case

Dorothy Dewar turned 100 on April 30, 2020. Family members came to see her at Eden Care Centre in Chilliwack where they brought balloons, a sign, and they sang Happy Birthday. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell

VIDEO: Drive-by parade for B.C. boy features superheroes, from land and sky

Chase Petersen has a “super” birthday parade

Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox youngster Chase Petersen had a birthday party for the ages on April 28. Photo by Terry Farrell
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Residents and staff at the Berwick House in Gordon Head came together to sing “This Little Light of Mine” by Harry Dixon Loes in a music video sent to their families. (Screenshot from the music video via Berwick Retirement Communities)
Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island retirement community answers dance-off challenge

Berwick on the Lake residents show their moves out on their balconies

Dawn Dickson, a resident at Berwick on the Lake Retirement Community, grooves during a dance-off at the Nanaimo site Friday afternoon. Dickson and company were answering the call of Berwick Qualicum Beach. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Friends give Courtenay veteran a drive-by 99th birthday greeting

Jim Cooper is one of a couple of Second World War veterans in the community

Local RCAF veteran Jim Cooper and his daughter, Sharon Johnston, wave to friends during a birthday motorcade celebrating Cooper’s 99th birthday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Motorcycles motor past Nanaimo hospital as a show of support

Riders wish to show appreciation, and they also want to get out of the house, organizer says

Motorcycle riders arrive at NRGH at 7 p.m. Thursday in a show of support for health-care workers. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
A Comox Valley couple purchased more than 100 meals for staff at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley on April 22. Black Press file photo

Valley couple provides meals for hospital staff to honour son, say thank you

“They work so hard and are so thoughtful and kind.”

A Comox Valley couple purchased more than 100 meals for staff at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley on April 22. Black Press file photo
Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)

PHOTOS: B.C. seniors offer advice to younger generations

Residents of Penisula Retirement Residence offer words of widsom via homemade signs

Seniors at Peninsula Retirement Residence are doling out words of wisdom for younger generations as a way to keep busy and stay connected to those in their community. (Contributed photos)
Will Thompson has started a business called Will’s Free Takeout Delivery, which involves picking up and delivering food to Comox Valley residents. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox teen provides free food delivery service during COVID-19 crisis

A Comox teen has initiated a delivery service business to help people…

Will Thompson has started a business called Will’s Free Takeout Delivery, which involves picking up and delivering food to Comox Valley residents. Scott Stanfield photo
Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re In This Together: Black Press Media puts callout for feel-good community stories

We want to tell uplifting stories you’ve seen in your community during the pandemic

Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.                                Black Press Media launches network-wide campaign to shine light on uplifting stories durin the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kira Marshall adds a name to the Hero Wall erected on a fence at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and First Street in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

Courtenay Hero Wall gives thanks to frontline workers

People wanting to thank frontline workers in the Comox Valley can add…

Kira Marshall adds a name to the Hero Wall erected on a fence at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and First Street in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell