Resident Spotlight – Miranda Hutchinson

MirandaI think I first met Miranda in 2003 at where else – Muchalaht Lake!  Kodi was just a baby, sitting and grinning in her stroller. :)

Miranda has been an amazing friend and confidant to both my girls – she has always had a supportive and caring word for them. (It takes a Village, and thank you for being part of M & K’s Village Miranda. xo)

Recently Miranda has undergone a major career change – she is now the Program Coordinator for Nootka Sound RCMP Victim Services!  Congratulations Miranda – you will be terrific!  Her hours are not official yet, but Miranda hopes regular hours will soon be set for Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 4:00pm.  You can reach Victim Services at 250-283-7773.

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

I have lived here for 30 years.  My beautiful Mother was looking for a quiet and safe place to raise my brother I, and Gold River was that place.

2. What do you do for (paid) work?

I am a custodian for the Village of Gold River but am lucky enough to have the opportunity to do some labour work for them as well.  I have recently been hired as the Nootka Sound Victim Services Program Coordinator through Family Services in Campbell River, and I am a Paramedic for BC Ambulance.  Oh and just a little side pleasure job – I sell EPICURE! :)

3. Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

I have done a lot of volunteer work throughout the years, but currently I am a Volunteer Fire Fighter and First Responder Instructor, and I also co-manage my daughters hockey team with great help.

4. Please tell us a bit about your family.

This is where I have no problem boasting.  I have a very loving and supportive husband named Chris who encourages me everyday to be successful in whatever I choose to pursue.  Chris works in the logging industry for Western Forest Products and manages to be good at everything he does.  My oldest daughter Kodi (11) is my little hero. She has struggled most of her life with very bad Asthma but it never seems to stop her from using those lungs to warm peoples hearts with her angelic voice.  My youngest daughter Teegan (7) is the most adorable little peanut ever!  She has a way of making most people that she speaks to do whatever she wants.  How could you say no to that face?

familyteegan  kodi teeg and kodi

5. Do you have any pets?

We do.  Her name is Bryer, she’s a Cocker Spaniel and she is a goof.  If you know Bryer then you know that she has the gift of the wiggle!  She will charge at you full force, barking like crazy but that is her way of saying hello….. then she wiggles.  I know, we are still working on that.

 bryer and kodi

6. What do you like to do for fun?

I love to make music with my daughters.  Hunting, fishing, camping, mountain biking, quading, golfing, playing baseball, playing hockey, running and traveling with my hubby, family and friends. That is just a short list of the things I like to do for fun.

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

I wish this town had more people, more jobs, more love, more gardens, more recycling, more volunteers, more more more….There will always be a wish for more, otherwise what’s the point.

8. 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?

I would donate it to the Fire Department for all the training and safety gear needed, and the rest I would donate to the youth in whatever way would benefit them best.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’d like to take this time to say thank you to Gold River. Thank you to the people who DO volunteer, who give to others when in need, who coach and mentor our children, businesses who donate and support, Kyra Fiddler for the Gold River Buzz, always keeping us posted on GR events, and finally thank you everyone for taking the time to read this.

Thank you for being such a good sport Miranda, (actually, I had to bribe her) and participating in the resurrection of the Resident Spotlight!

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GR Days Meeting Tomorrow Night

Don’t forget – Gold River Days Meeting tomorrow night!  Sheila is moving and will not have the time to spend on this – let’s help keep this great community event going!!
Wednesday, March 26 7:00pm
@ The Gold River Legion
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Master’s Golf Tournament

Golf ball
Master’s Golf Tournament
April 12th & 13th
$30 entry fee
Please sign up at Clubhouse after April 1st.
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Better Weather Means Horses on Road


Last week two riders on horses found themselves in a dangerous situation on the Mill Road as a truck drove past them extremely fast.

Even the best trained horses can spook when riders least expect it.  Spring is here and riders will be out more with horses.

Please slow down when horses and riders are on the roads.

Thank you, from the horse riders of Gold River.

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New Listing: 408 Donner Drive

408 Donner Drive

408 Donner Drive – $194,000

Famous Gold River mountain views await!  This home has been successfully run as a Bed and Breakfast for many years.  The B&B rooms have a separate entrance, yet accessible from the main home for convenience of the proprietors.  Or, plenty of room for your family and guests.  There’s a large family room on the lower floor, as well as spacious kitchen open concept to the living room on the main floor.  Lovely outdoor living spaces and exceptional landscaping make this a great package for those seeking a friendly and peaceful Vancouver Island community.  Just an hour from Campbell River via paved provincial highway, Gold River, BC’s first all-electric community with underground services to maintain the views. You’ll be surprised at the amenities Gold River has to offer: fish and wildlife abound, caving, kayaking and marinas nearby, of course!  But check out the rec centre, ice rink, pool, golf course, and more!

For more information or to view, please contact Janet Scotland, CENTURY 21 Arbutus Realty, 1-888-771-2111.

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Bayliner For Sale

Bayliner Skagit 22 ft

Twenty-two foot Bayliner Skagit for sale.  350 chev 280 Volvo leg, sounder, gps, radio, down riggers, head, fridge, dual batteries.

Sleeps 3 and ready for fishing. $7700 obo

Please call 250-283-2339 for more information.

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Happy Birthday To Diana Pimlott

Happy Birthday Mama! I hope your day is as wonderful as you are, I couldn’t have asked for a better mom than you!

Diana1 Diana2 Diana3 Diana4

Love you millions.
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Canadian Cancer Society Fundraising Blitz


Volunteers for the Canadian Cancer Society will be going door to door accepting donations on the weekend of April 5th – 7th.
Please give generously.
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News from Gold River Garden Centre

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News from Gold River Garden Centre – by Bridgite Messer

Spring is officially here and this year’s has had many sunny days. Consequently, many of you are getting a jump start on this growing season. At this time of year it is amazing what can be done to enhance the curb appeal of our yards. Winter can make quite a mess, but with minimal effort, a bit of raking and sweeping reveals a new canvas ready for adding new landscaping ideas. Now is the time for planning. To help you with this, I would like to let you know what I have planned for this gardening season at your local Garden Centre.

It’s not too early to start your lawn care. We have a good supply of Dolopril (pelleted lime) – a great product for sweetening the soil, and easy to apply using your lawn fertilizer spreader. This is an important step for Gold River lawns as our rainy winters and abundant evergreen needles create an acid environment that needs to be adjusted to grow healthy grass. An added benefit to increasing the ph of the soil is making an unfriendly growing environment for moss. Also, neutral ph allows lawn fertilizer to work better. Early spring is a good time to use a balanced fertilizer, like 6-8-6. (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) This helps each blade of grass develop a strong root system which will create a lawn that needs minimal watering. (Trees growing in the lawn appreciate balanced fertilizer too). The high nitrogen lawn fertilizer (eg. 32-0-0) should be saved for later in the spring when everything is actively growing; when increasing hours of warm sunlight can help make that luscious flush of green.

Now that we have addressed the lawn, the border gardens can be tidied. Dead perennials can be cleaned away to allow for the new growth to emerge without messy old debris ruining the show. Just beware that we are at risk of frost until the third week of May so tender plants should be protected. This past winter, if you recall, we had a bout of cold temperatures as low as -12c, so high-zoned plants may need to start again right from the root, if they survived. Also, that bag of 6-8-6 can also be used to help your newly budding shrubs and bulbs.

At the main store, a large rack of West Coast Seeds are already here along with everything needed for starting your own bedding plants.

Spring bulbs from Van Noort Bulb Co. (Canadian family-operated business in Langley, British Columbia) are expected to arrive the first week of April and will be located at the main store. (Any remaining seeds or bulbs will be moved to the garden centre after Easter) These can be planted all spring long.

In late April, just after Easter, we have a nice variety of perennials and shrubs arriving. In keeping with my rotational plan for providing diversity, you will see that some of these plants are coming to the Gold River Garden Centre for the first time!

  • • Roses again! – Patio, Tea, carpet and tree varieties!
  • • A collection of Drought tolerant, Sun loving, and shade loving shrubs
  • • A collection of rhododendrons
  • • Barberry collection
  • • Lilac collection
  • • Blueberry and grape collection
  • • And Heather!

There is only one shipment of shrubs/perennials, so be sure to get what you like early.

Bedding plants and hanging baskets will be arriving the first week of May with weekly shipments for about five to six weeks. (Each week, new varieties come available)

Along with the plants, we try to have everything needed for landscaping: tools, landscape fabrics, mulches (rocks and barks) edging, soils, bricks, and of course interesting accents – pots, garden ornaments, fountains, and even some patio furniture! For garden maintenance, we also have a full line of fertilizers and pesticides. Just to note, two products that are hard to find that we have are Dr. Doom (for ants and other insects) and Bobbex (a deer repellent spray that when used properly, is very effective) For deer, or other unwanted animals, we also have The Scarecrow (water sprayer activated by a motion sensor)

2014 Garden Centre Hours:  Firstly, the garden Centre is always accessible through the main store. I will be on site on a regular basis after Easter weekend, working from 10am to 4pm. Starting on Mother’s Day, we will be open 7 days a week: 10am to 4pm daily, with Sunday hours being Noon to 3pm until June 1. Sunday hours may be extended into June if needed.

Thank you to the Gold River residents who have been supporting the garden centre. It is my passion for gardening that keeps me motivated and I enjoy helping and, likewise learning, from all of you. This is my 4th season and I am starting to get a pretty good idea of who my customers are and what you like. Even though interest in gardening is growing, unfortunately, according to my stats, there are not very many of us. I try to provide the most diverse selection as possible, but for Gold River, sometimes issues like cost of freight and minimum quantities are hard to buffer with a small population and I certainly appreciate your understanding and patience. It is especially great to see the growing interest amongst Gold River’s young families.

Lastly, I would like to comment on the great job that the Village does in keeping our boulevards and parks so beautiful. This really helps to keep our aging town young and we can each help by taking the responsibility to keep our yards nice. I see improvements every year and applaud those who are able to make even the smallest changes. Yard enhancement not only makes you feel good, but you’re whole neighbourhood; hopefully the whole town!

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Household Sale! Everything Must Go!

Garage sale is over – patio set is gone.  However we still have things left  and are thinking of having another after people are home from Spring Break.
 ~ Moving Sale ~
Saturday, March 22nd @ 9:00am
225 Ucona Court (across from Arena)
  • kitchen items
  • games
  • tools / power tools
  • golf clubs
  • ski equipment
  • water ski equipment
  • sports equipment
  • outdoor furniture
  • furniture items
  • bedroom dresser
  • chainsaw
  • bartending items
  • glass cabinet
  • stereo equipment
  • canning items
  • huge oak fireplace (no insert)
  • mirrors/paintings
  • porcelain dolls
  • metal & wooden racks/shelving
  • Christmas & Halloween items/decorations
  • wrapping paper/gift bags
  • cookbooks
  • lava lamps
  • disco ball (yes, a disco ball)
  • women’s Danier leather jacket (black, sz small)
  • men’s black leather jacket
  • hockey sticks
  • roller blades
  • bar stools (3 with cushion, 3 plastic)
Everything must go! No early birds! :)
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