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Strike Update: August 29, 2014

Please continue to check the Vancouver Island West School District #84 website for updates.  (click photo below to enlarge in a new window)

Lettter to Parents - Aug 29, 2014

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Super Valu Specials Aug 29th – Sept 4th

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Used Book Sale – Sept 6th

Friends of the Library ~ Used Book Sale
Saturday, Sept 6th
10:00am start
At the Gold River Library
(Volunteers please sign up at the Library or call 283-2502 during open hours.)
Please bring a box or bag, and pay by donation.
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Campfire ban rescinded throughout Coastal Fire Centre

Yes, this includes us in Gold River
Via Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on Thursday, Aug. 28, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The Coastal Fire Centre will rescind its existing campfire prohibition due to cooler weather in the forecast, which will result in a decreased wildfire risk in the region. The following activities will now be allowed:

  • Campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation.
  • Open fires in an outdoor stove.

The public is reminded that campfires must not be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Continue reading Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Coastal Fire Centre news release here: Campfire ban rescinded throughout Coastal Fire Centre

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Update from SD #84 on Labour Dispute

SD84 Labour Dispute Notice August 25 2014

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Peer Support Group

For anyone having difficulty with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, mood disorders, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and any other issues with mental health, Donna Schneider and I (Kyra Fiddler) are creating a confidential, safe and supportive environment to meet monthly. (Perhaps bi monthly in the future.)

Both Donna and I have thought about and wished there was a group like this in Gold River for a long time.  We both have life experience with many of these illnesses; Donna given her job with the BCAS, and me on a much more personal level.  I’m sharing this because I have suffered mostly in silence (a few close friends know), and because I also suffer will shame and guilt, as do many with mood disorders, depression, SAD, etc.  I won’t suffer in silence anymore, and hope by sharing a little of my story, it may help more people to feel comfortable enough to come to our first meeting. :)

The Clinic has been very receptive, but that will take time, so we would like to have a sort of introductory meeting, and share with attendees what we hope to do and what the group would be about.  We are envisioning some kind of group meeting, (similar to AA, and completely confidential) where we can discuss and share resources, share our experiences, or just listen and support each other.  Having someone listen and understand, or simply knowing you are supported can make all the difference in the world.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please email Kyra at info [at] goldriverbuzz [dot] com or Donna at donnaschneider56 [at] me [dot] com, with your name and email address, and we will give you further information as to the date, time and place of our first meeting.  This meeting has been scheduled and is a go for next week. (Please also contact either of us if you are interested in attending future meetings, but are not able to make this one due to Summer holidays, etc.)

No personal information will ever be given out to anyone if you contact either of us.  Nor will we reveal to anyone if you contact with a question or inquiry.  One hundred percent confidential and private.

It is our hopes that the group will have a knowledgeable facilitator through the GR Clinic as soon as we possible.

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Fish Truck Accident

Please click the following for The Records article on the recent fish truck accident on the Mill Road.

Fish Truck Accident – August 25, 2014

Note:  The above is a Facebook link- I have taken a screen capture below for those who are not on Facebook. (as always, click to enlarge in a new window.)

Record Fish Truck ScreenShot


Note: I spoke with a Grieg Seafood employee yesterday morning and then again in the evening.  She confirmed via telephone with her boss last night that the fish were NOT ALIVE.  They had just been harvested and were being transported to market for sale. 

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Tenders for Lounge and Concessions

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Lounge Tender Concessions Tender

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Resident Spotlight: Keith Cook Carlson Ross


Now, I haven’t even met Keith yet, but I asked him about the Resident Spotlight as he is friends with The Buzz on Facebook, and I’m always intrigued about his trips into the bush and Sasquatch tracking.  (Yes, I’m a believer!)
Hope to meet you one day Keith – thanks for agreeing to be spotlighted! :)

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

My Dad bought the Gold River Taxi Company in 1981, so I guess I have been here off and on since then.

What do you do for (paid) work?  

When we moved here Dad ran the Gold Rive Taxi. I was going to school at Ray Watkins, then some High School.  After that I did small jobs around town. I then started to drive taxi for Dad until he sold the company.  Now I am retired.

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

As for volunteering I was a doorman for the Leo dances back in the day.

Please tell us a bit about your family.

My Dad Arnold retired from the Hershey’s chocolate company as district manager.  My Mom Bev Ross is a retired teacher.  I have one sister, Shelly Olsen, who became a hair dresser and now lives in Quesnel with her three children.  I am now with my girlfriend Audrey who has three children and five grandchildren, so I am a Grandpa and love it!  Audrey and I have been together for twelve years now.

Daughter Jessica, Grandaughter Tyneshia. Audrey

Granddaughter Tyneshia ,Daughter Jessica, Audrey

Me, my sister Shelly and my Mom

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Do you have any pets?

I have had a few dogs, but no pets at the moment,  still working on that.  But I do have friends that have dogs that I like to play with or even take for walks.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy going for walks in the mountains, and have a few hobbies – photography, fishing and camping around the Island.  I am the Administrator of the Vancouver Island Sasquatch Investigation Squad on Facebook which takes up a lot of my time. I enjoy taking pictures of the mountains, nature and whatever wild animals are out there at the time.

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

I think Gold River is just right the way it is.  We have just about all the fun stuff here – fishing, hiking, caving, boating, the beautiful mountains…. in my opinion this is the perfect little town!

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 million dollars to donate I would build a boat launch worthy of Gold River, and I would turn Antler Lake back into a family friendly swimming lake with a recreation area and a dock for people to swim out to.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I really enjoy the folks of Gold River and the friends I have made here over the years.

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Paddles Found

Frederick Coupal emailed the Buzz yesterday advising that he has found two paddles.
The owner can phone him at 283-7333 to describe the paddles and claim them.
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Happy 5th Birthday to The Buzz

The Gold River Buzz is five years old today! I can’t believe it’s been that long.  One of the very first posts that day in Aug 2009 was You know you’re from a small town when, and it still makes me giggle. The fourth on the list happens to me all the time, whether I’ve made the call or received one.

To my extreme surprise, the very lovely Pat Buzit brought the Buzz a 5th Birthday present:

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A collection of her drawings! From the top left: Nootka Sound, Village Plaza, the Elementary School and Deep Hole.  I hugged her twice because it absolutely made my day!  So very thoughtful Pat – thank you so much again. :) A super warm fuzzy to you!

Here’s to five more great years!

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Happy Birthday Loretta!


The family of Loretta Bailey would like to wish her a very happy 70th birthday!
Thank you for being there for all of us. You are the best Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma there is!
You always put everyone before you and we love you for that.
Please take the day to relax!
With much love from Jim, Cathy (John), James (Brenda) and all the grand kids and great grand kids.
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Super Valu Specials Aug 22nd – 28th

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Sold by Judy

505 Maquinna

505 Maquinna Crescent – SOLD

Fully renovated home, quality finishings will surely make you feel you have arrived at your destination.  3 levels of living, main level entry, 3 bedrooms up, family room, laundry and storage down.  A kitchen you will love, cherry wood cabinets, built ins, huge pantry, pot lighting and quartz counter island, eating bar & loads of drawers.  Open layout, kitchen is bright, open to living & dining. Great for entertaining. 3 bdrms up, spacious and unique master with walk in closet and cheater door to main bath.  2 good sized bedrooms for the kids. All bedrooms have bright windows with mountain views.  Family room down along with laundry and 2 storage areas. 10×12 cedar deck off main entry for those sunny mornings and a beauty 11’6×18 cedar deck off dining you will love.  A good sized fenced back yard with gardens growing.  No strata, maintain your own home.

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Little Dino’s Re-Opens Sept 2nd

Little Dinosaur’s Preschool will re-open on 
Tuesday September 02, 2014.
They will be open at 8:00 a.m. 
If anyone has any questions please call Debbie Mann @ 250-283-2553.
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NIC Fall 2014 Registration – Aug 26th

NIC 2014 fall registration

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Anyone Missing a Best Buddy?


The Moreton family saw this little guy Monday and he was still there yesterday.  They left him, hoping someone would remember where they had him last. 
Can anyone help him find his way home?  He looks lonely, and he might need a bath. :)
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Rod & Gun Monthly Meeting

Gold River Rod and Gun Club
Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 8, 2014
at 7:30 pm
at the Club House
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SD #84 School Calendar 2014/15

As things stand right now – please keep your eyes on the SD #84 Website in the next couple of weeks for information, updates and/or changes.

2014-2015 School Calendar

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SD #84 Trustee Elections Coming This Fall


Trustee Elections Coming soon!
Nomination packages available August 22, 2014
General Voting Day November 15, 2014
Watch the SD #84 website for more information.
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