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Need Organizer for Bar at Gold River’s 50th Birthday Dance

Via Suzanne Trevis:

Okay Gold River, its time to please step up and help.
I have been unable to find any group/person willing to take on running a bar for the dance on the Saturday night (Aug 29) at the Arena for the Village Birthday. All it needs is someone to apply for the license (at the RCMP Detachment) and organize the people and alcohol.  The liquor store has worked with us on this before. Insurance, security, set up and clean up are already being looked after.
We are preselling tickets so we will have a good idea ahead of time how many are coming. LOTS of people with serving it right have already offered to help work that night serving.  Email me suzannetrevis [at] gmail [dot] com or call me 283-2464.  I am doing too much already for the 50th and cannot take this on as well.

~ This should be a big money maker for some group ~


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Search The Buzz by Category

A few people have mentioned that they often miss things on the Buzz because items or advertisements move quickly at times.  Since posts can move down the website quite rapidly here on the Buzz, if you don’t see something as soon as it’s posted it may be lost to you.

The answer: Categories.

In the middle column (if you scroll down) you will notice a long list called “Categories”.  You may also notice at the bottom of each post or advertisement, I try to categorize each to what I think is most applicable.  Sometimes posts have only one category, sometimes they fit into two or even three or more.


If you were to click the “Election” Category, all posts which I have categorized as pertaining to the election will come up in your search results. (Don’t forget, The Buzz is five years old, so the last two elections will also be in the results if you keep scrolling through – keep an eye on the dates!)


The same goes for any category.  Bored and looking for some recipes shared by members of the community? Hit “Recipe Buzz” in the Category list.  Wondering where that house for rent went? Hit “Classified Buzz” and scroll through the results.

I have also recently added graphics specific to a special category so it can be easy for you to find that information. (I have done this in the past for Hockey Schedules) For example, Council Notes on the right hand side of your screen:

Council Notes

Any notes I’m sent on Council meetings (we have just begun this so there is only one) will be categorized as such and be here once you click the graphic. (They are published newest to oldest)  The same goes for Gold River’s 50th Birthday Celebrations – it’s clickable graphic is at the top of your screen and looks like this:

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Again, anything related to Gold River’s upcoming 50th Birthday celebrations will be categorized as such and be organized for you all in one place once you click the graphic.

As well, when you reach the bottom of the main page, you will see a navigation bar to other pages (also organized newest to oldest), so if you wish to see the page before the one you just read click the number two, and so on.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comment section below, I’d be happy to answer!

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Little Dino’s BBQ & Bake Sale May 28th

BBQ and Bake Sale

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Super Valu Specials May 22nd – 28th

~ More Specials in Store ~

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Priced to Sell! Was $169,900 Now $154,900

House for Sale Gold River BC Canada

Priced to Sell! $169,900 $154,900

Affordable west coast living! Beautiful Gold River home with many updates. Walking distance to nearby lakes, rivers, and trails, a short drive to the ocean and Strathcona Provincial Park, and just one hour from Campbell River. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for a vacation home near world-class golfing, fishing, caving, and more, or someone looking for a safe community to raise a family that has that small-town feel with plenty of amenities, Gold River has something for everyone. This 2200 square-foot home is situated on a large 0.14-acre lot with a fully-fenced backyard and plenty of tiered, bricked gardens. Bathroom recently remodeled with jetted soaker tub and heated tile floors. Two bedrooms upstairs, as well as a large office space with custom-made desk and cabinets. Downstairs family room currently used as a very large third bedroom (over 400 square feet). Beautiful 360-view of the mountains. Wide driveway with room to park an RV or boat. Very competitively priced, this gorgeous home wants you to buy it!

Visit the home’s original listing to see more photos: http://goldriverbuzz.com/home-for-sale-by-owner-400-nootka-drive-gold-river-bc/

Please call or email to book a viewing, see more photos, or to ask any questions!
Email: rhondacallow [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone: 250-800-0180

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PRICE REDUCTION : 525 Cala Court NOW $264,000

525 Cala Ct 001 525 Cala Ct 019 525 Cala Ct 025 525 Cala Ct 050

PRICE REDUCTION – 525 Cala Court NOW $264,000 
.25 acre sunny, private view lot, main level entry with 3 bed, 3 full bath, family room, spacious kitchen, formal dining room with view windows to bring in the nature. A wonderful layout with family room and laundry all on main. 2 beds, 2 baths up. Great yard, covered RV parking and shop space down. A very well maintained home.
Come take a look with Judy @ Century 21 Arbutus Realty, 250-283-2494. To view this home go to: www.century21.ca/property/101031712
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Gold River Village Council May 19th

Gold River Village Council

May 19, 2015

Present for the regular meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Darcy Curr, Gordon Waterman and Kirsty Begon. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were two members of the public and the press in the gallery.

During Open Session Mayor Unger gave an update on the Saunders Creek Bridge saying the village had sent a strongly worded letter with their concerns regarding the timeline. The project as scheduled is way too long and they are looking for any opportunity to expedite the matter. The letter went forward as a joint effort from all communities in Nootka Sound that are being affected by the work.

The press asked if any other work was being planned on Highway #28 this summer. The Mayor advised that during their visit [about the bridgework] highways personnel had stated no work was being planned at this point, but they would ‘take note’ on their way back about the rougher sections of road.

Minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 4th were adopted, as were the minutes from a Special Meeting held May 7. The May 7 Special Meeting was called to adopt the Villages’ Financial Plan and Tax Rate Bylaws for 2015.

There were six reports on the agenda starting with a quarterly report from Fire Chief Ric Begon. The Gold River Volunteer Fire Department currently operates with 17 members, though a few new recruits have been coming out to practice. They are always willing to welcome new members. During this quarter they attended 1 motor vehicle accident, 1 chimney fire and 2 reports of propane leaks. They have also conducted a number of fire inspections on businesses around town, with the remainder scheduled for the coming quarter.

The next two reports involved Sewer & Water Rates and Solid Waste Tipping Fees, all of which are going up. Some of these services have not seen an increase since 2007, though. In the case of solid waste increases are dictated by the Regional District and the municipality has no choice but to pass that on to the taxpayers. One of the things the Regional District wants to start charging for is brush and tree limbs. Their is a huge concern over this as it is generally felt that if they do this people will just dump their yard debris in the forest, causing a much greater wildfire risk to the community. Although there was some discussion, no decision was made as to how to resolve this issue.

Operations Clerk, Jan Rose, submitted a report on ‘Pitch In’ which took place in Gold River April 25th. Fourteen volunteers came out this year and managed to fill a three yard bin with litter that was collected from our parks, open spaces trails and boulevards. This year most of the litter collected was picked up along the highway between Clayworks and Western Drive. Participants received a snack, a beverage and a free swim pass for their efforts. Thank You for helping keep Gold River garbage / litter free.

There was also a report from the Administrator regarding a resolution passed at the April 20th meeting in which council offered an interest free loan to the Golf Club. In accordance with the Community Charter the village is required to advertise this resolution and it has run in the past two issues of the Campbell River Mirror. It states:

  • “Council for the Village of Gold River proposes to lend twenty thousand ($20,000) dollars to the Gold River Golf Society to assist with the replacement of the Golf Club’s irrigation pond, pond liner, controllers and sprinkler heads. The loan agreement shall be repaid by the Society to the Village with no interest, to the Village over five (5) years beginning October 1, 2015.”

According to the terms of the agreement the Golf Course is required to repay $4,000 per year. They may of course make other payments to pay it off sooner if they wish. They are also required to provide the Village with copies of their annual financial statements.

Council also received the 2015 Corporate Planning Report which has now been reviewed and revised by the new council. In part it states “After consideration of the current work activities and the various factors which are likely to influence village operation, Council has identified a series of potential priorities they wish to give further consideration to. The ultimate decision will rest with the finalization of the Five Year Financial Plan, wherein activities that Council wishes to take place will be allocated funding.”

Priority items considered high include: The Wharf, Water Metre and Water Bylaw review, Sewer Treatment Plant, Energy Saving Initiatives, First Nations, Community Forest Agreement, Cell Phone Coverage, Splash Park, Public Safety Building Upgrade, Aquatic Centre roof repairs, Operational Reviews of Recreation Programming and Utilities Operations, a Contaminated Sites Inventory and Succession Planning.

Under Council Information Items the Mayor reminded everyone that Councillor MacLeod, himself and the Emergency Coordinator, Brenda Patrick, would be attending an Emergency Management Seminar in Courtenay next week. He asked for and received approval for their expenses.

Mayor Unger also gave a quick update on what the Village is doing for the 50th Birthday. Staff are almost ready to send out the official invitations to members of government and other important bodies. They will also be hosting a reunion for previous council members on the Friday evening. Staff are still pricing banners and flags and expect to have them ordered soon. There are four carvers confirmed for the Chainsaw Carving Competition, which is also being sponsored by the village. Carvings, which are required to be some form of seating, will be moved after the event to Nimpkish Park, where they will remain.

It was mentioned at this point that CBC Radio recently did a 2 hour segment interviewing past residents etc of Prince Rupert, who are also celebrating an anniversary this year. Can we get something like this to highlight our event? The Mayor advised that there was a planning meeting coming up and he would look into it.

Council then approved the first three readings of the following bylaws:

  • Trade Waste and Garbage Amendment Bylaw No. 612.6, 2015
  • Water Rates and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 613.3, 2015
  • Sewer Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 614.5, 2015

There were 7 pieces of correspondence on the agenda. Only one received attention. Tercel Telecom Ltd proposed an upgrade to community fibre optic technologies. Council questioned whether this was an addition to what we have now, or in competition with what we have now, and how it was being paid for. Councillor MacLeod offered to call the following day and find out how things worked.

During Question Period Mr. Hart asked whether effluent was ever discharged into the river. The administrator explained that during the winter months treated effluent does go into the river. From May to September treated effluent is diverted behind the public works yard to a rapid dispersal chamber where phosphorus is removed. He emphasized that at no time would raw sewage ever be discharged into the river. Mr Hart explained that his concern was with people downriver (at the municipal campsite) drawing water from the river to consume, and he wondered if the village should have signage at the campsite advising people that the river water was not potable water. Mr Plourde explained that they couldn’t really be expected to post signs like that all over, but that staff would look into what the health ministry’s position is on the matter.

Under New Business Councillor Waterman asked what the process was for changing things so that council only meets once during the summer months of July and August, and convenes at 7pm rather than 7:30. The Administrator explained that it involved changing a bylaw. He would have staff look into the process if council wished to move ahead with that, but that with time constrictions on bylaw changes it may not be effective until next year.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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Reminder! Benefit for Jodi – May 23rd Marling Field!

Benefit for Jodi

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Gold River Rod and Gun Club Monthly Meeting June 8th

Gold River Rod and Gun Club
Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 8, 2015
at 7:30 pm
at the Club House
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Two Bedroom Apartment for Rent July 1st

For Rent

Available July 1st, 2015
Two bedroom top floor condo for rent.
Beautiful mountain/glacier view.
Fully furnished.
$500 per month.
Please email me at louk085 [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave a message at 250-504-0298.
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For friends of Germaine and Lionel, they will be visiting Gold River and would love to see you.
Although their time is short, there will be an Open House for them on:
Tuesday, June 9th from 1:00 to 3:00
532 Dogwood Drive (home of Ray & Nicki Hammell)
If more information is needed, please call 283-2978.
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2015 Graduation Ceremonies June 5th

Hollywood's Night of Stars

2015 Grad List

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Report on Recent Village Voice Meeting

Report on Village Voice Meeting 05 06 2015

The Village voice group met at a member’s home on May 6th for tri-monthly meeting. The meeting had been scheduled for RWES, but access was not possible due to entry code malfunction.

A spirited series of discussions took place on the Nimpkish Park project, which appears from information by word of mouth to have been given the green light.

As well, the lack of availability of information for the public both prior to and after decisions are made raised some questions. All agreed that attendance in the audience at council and school board meeting would be a worthy regular activity for a volunteer, perhaps with a scheduled roster turn.

Ms. Trevis’ reports on town meetings were noted to have been very thorough and helpful in informing our community about council meetings. Unfortunately, this reporting appears either to have ended or on a break, at least in print format.

Minutes are available if one goes to the village office, somewhat sketchy with little information on motions, seconder or discussion highlights.

Apparently anyone can address council prior to their meetings and questions are generally welcomed at school board meetings. It was pointed out that council has in camera meetings on many issues, with little follow up reporting on the topic of the business discussed.

Concerns were also considered relative to what may or may not be occurring to enable a revitalization of the village’s economic welfare and growth potential. There was some discussion relative to positive tourist potential, including such fundamental issues as lack of a suitable public washroom in a central location.

Thoughts on community development:

It was noted that our natural beauty and environmental resources hold remarkable potential for retirement facilities and wilderness outdoor recreational pursuits.

* As well, a few employment creation ideas were brainstormed including refugee havens; various types of rehabilitation centers, training facilities and among them commuter transport.

*Increase direct development of public programming for recreation, youth activities and conservation.

*Clearly some professional guidance or leadership with vision, courage and imagination may need to come forward to initiate any reality to such visions.

*Note was made of a recent address presented to our newly formed Chamber of Commerce by Mr. McGee, Administrator for our local Mowachaht/Muchalaht Band, wherein he described the remarkable development plan in place for our First Nations friends , (potential dock development and mining) hopefully with the close cooperation of other communities in our region.

* Communication with leaders from successful transition communities like Chemainus and Cumberland could be beneficial.

The group then turned to discussing ways that Village Voice might best enhance interactive communication with members of our community, including elected, public personnel and general citizens of all ages.

Some ideas discussed were:

* Regular attendance at school board and village council meeting by volunteer representative reporters.

* A weekly or bi weekly community channel talk program interviewing public figures and having discussions with community interest groups.

* Bi annual or emergent town hall meetings to hear about and to discuss important community issues.

* “ Collective” letters to elected officials expressing views of individuals with concerns, suggestions or ideas (perceived needs) for the community.

* Volunteer spokes persons to take issues and or questions to council or the board of education.

* Provide an information sheet relative to village and school board decisions and issues.

* Establish contacts with community groups such as the Revelers, Golf Club the Legion, the Literacy Society, the Chamber and Churches, and cooperating with them in forwarding their community agendas.

Ideas for future meetings:

* Try to obtain a meeting space which will accommodate participants.

* Establish a clear agenda for all meetings.

* Invite citizens to submit questions, concerns or ideas for discussion.

* Invitations to individual elected officials or public employees to “set the record straight”.

Our next meeting will be in August at a time and place to be announced.

Meanwhile we welcome inquiries, hearing your concerns and your positive ideas.

Most of all we hope you will honor us with your presence and voice at our next meeting.

Gordon Rajotte 250-283-7503

Don Beggs: dbeggs [at] conumacable [dot] com

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Resident Spotlight – Terry Rye

TerryThis Resident Spotlight is someone I’ve known since 2003.  I thought she would say no right away when I asked her to be the Spotlight, but as you can see, she didn’t! Terry (and her whole family) have a very special place in my heart as well as my daughters. :)

How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

I have lived in Gold River for over 30 years. My husbands work brought us here in 1985.

What do you do for (paid) work?

I don’t work at the moment, but have volunteered at the day care, and I love to volunteer my time by baking and cooking for fundraisers in town for those in need.

Please tell us a bit about your family.

I have been married to Joe for 27 years, together 33. We have two children: Amanda is the oldest, and she has given us two beautiful grandchildren – Damon and Kassidi. Our son Clayton and his girlfriend Miranda are giving us our third granddaughter in June!

Terry & Joe

D & K

Terry & kids

Clay's Grad

Do you have any pets?

We have one dog she is a 10 year old Chihuahua cross. Her name is Taz and is a very good housekeeper by keeping the crumbs off the kitchen floor! :)

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I love camping, baking, photography, and crocheting. I give most of my things away, but I do sell some crocheting as I make it – baby dresses and booties with matching hats, ponchos, blankets and scarves. (Some things are not just for babies either!)  If you have Facebook, you can check my things out on my Facebook page.

Anyone that knows me knows I am happiest when I am with my family.

blanket booties poncho

What do you wish Gold River had that it doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

Gold River is missing people.  I wish there was more here to bring people to our little town.  I would like more stores and more activities for kids as well as adults. This community has a lot of offer if we had the people to bring things in.

And just for fun – if you had 1 million dollars to donate to the community in any way you wished – what would you do with the money?

If I had a million dollars to donate to the community, I would want quality low income housing built for families to have a nice place to live, and also a kids centre for the kids to have a safe place to play and hang out.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to add that I am thankful for all our friends and family. Thank you Kyra for making me the community Spotlight –  it was fun xo!

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Fundraiser for Shane and Jodi Laviolette May 23rd


There will be a fundraiser at Marling Field for Shane and Jodi Laviolette to help cover the cost of Jodi’s stay in Vancouver while she receives treatment for leukemia.
Starting at noon, there will be music, a 50/50 draw, BBQ, kids activities and the draw for Lee’s bench that he graciously donated. This event is open to everyone, BBQ, kids activities and door will be by donations.
Kin Fo will also be playing (around 1:00pm) as well as Marion Last & Julie Schimunek!
So please come on out and enjoy a day with your family :)
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Celebration of Life for Robert Gamble

Bob Gamble

The family of Robert Gamble would like everyone to know there will be a celebration of life for Bob. May 30th, 1:00 pm at the arena hall.  There will be a tea to follow.
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School Board Meeting Tonight

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Bridge Anyone?

If anyone is a Bridge player or would like to learn, please contact Dick at dick8hughes [at] gmail [dot] com. He has stated to the Buzz that he is more than willing to teach anyone interested in playing the game.
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Children’s Choir May 24th

Local Gold River girls Kodi Hutchinson and Kayla Lawrence will be performing as well!
choir poster
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Happy Mother’s Day to All


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