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Super Valu Specials April 4th – 10th

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New Aquatic Centre hours for Fridays

Aquatic Centre now open Friday mornings 9:00 am – noon
Main pool available: 10:15 – noon
Leisure pool, hot tub & sauna: 9:00 – noon
Aquafit: 9:15 – 10:15 am
Parent & Tot Free Swim: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Fitness Rooms: 9:00 – noon
The Pool re-opens at 6:00pm – 10:00 pm
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P.A.R.T.Y. Program Presented to Gold River Teens

The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program came to Gold River this past Tuesday, April 1st.   This is a program created to educate teens of the tragic and disastrous consequences that can occur with risk taking behavior.  It was put on by Island Health in conjunction with our local BC Ambulance Service, Gold River Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP, the Gold River Health Clinic and SD #84.

The program takes teens through a variety of interactive stations that depict the path of a trauma patient through the hospital to possible rehabilitation.

The students start together with an introductory session and then are divided into smaller groups which rotate through the following interactive stations:

Crash Scene: The students are shown an actual crashed car. Paramedics and first responders lead them through a description of what likely happened by looking at the damage. They then demonstrate some of the equipment used on scene and show the students what would happen on scene and on route to the hospital.  The crash scene you see here was located in the Municipal Building parking lot.

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Trauma Room:  The students see a fabricated casualty (one of their fellow students) connected to all the equipment that would be used in a trauma resuscitation when they arrive at the hospital.  A trauma nurse works through the scenario, describing what it would look and feel like to be a trauma patient.  They were also shown the morgue room.

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Disability/Rehabilitation Station:  This station simulates what it might be like to be left with a permanent brain or spinal cord injury.  Students are asked to do basic activities which simulate brain and other motor control injuries.  Here students are shown trying to put on and then button a shirt, and to open and drink a juice box.

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Consequences Station:  RCMP officers  engage the students in a conversation around some of the other implications of their decisions. They talk about different levels of intoxication, discuss N and L licenses, talk about crash scenes that they have personally attended and what it is like to have to notify Next of Kin.  This took place in the Gold River Fire Hall.

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Thank you to BCAS Unit Chief Donna Schneider and her crew:  Ray Cowie, Jay Moreton & Alyshia Boyle. Thank you as well to VIHA and Nurses Russell, Marilyn and Barb, GRVFD members Miranda Hutchison, Rhonda Callow, Doug Cross, John McPherson and Lisa Mellis-Jones, and Sgt. Jason Fiddler, Cst. Murray Harper and Cst. Jared Ryan with the RCMP. Thank you to the victims/patients Evan Pitt and Mikayla Gamble, and a special thank you to Brad and Lynne Unger for donating hot dogs.  (If someone has been missed, please let me know)

A final thank you from The Buzz to Jason Fiddler and Donna Schneider for the photographs!

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New Listing: #57 – 500 Muchalat Place

57 500 Muchalat

#57-500 Muchalat Place: $78,500

NICE CHOICE for those starting out or slowing down! This spacious three bedroom townhouse is in “move in” condition! Newly painted from top to bottom in a modern neutral colour! New “espresso tone” laminate in living room is complimented by attractive lino on the main floor. Kitchen with pass thru gives a nice open feeling! Sliders in dining area to covered patio. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet & balcony, updated main bath up. Easy care fenced backyard with handy access to the mall & a tall hedge in front for privacy! Just a pleasure to show!

For more information or to view, please call Donna Reynolds at Century 21 Arbutus Realty – 250-283-7515.

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Garage Sale #2: Apr 2nd 5:00pm

Reminder – Garage Sale #2 is today at 5:00pm. 225 Ucona

We still have quite a lot of items leftover (and found a bunch of new stuff too), and since it was Spring Break when we had the first sale, we’re having another!

It’s going to be a quick one though – this Wednesday (April 2nd) at 5:00 pm.  255 Ucona Court.  Please no emails asking about items – if you’re interested please come to the sale.

A few pics: (Click to enlarge)

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Kitchen Help Needed at Golf Course & New Membership Rates


Kitchen will be open Thursday, April 10th @ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following week, kitchen hours will be 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

New Rates
  • Pay your membership in full by April 5th and put your name in a draw for 30% off.
  • All membership dues to remain the same
  • New members or 2 or more years lapsed memberships – $500 + GST (great deal)
  • Juniors: 7 yrs – 11 yrs – $150 taxes included
  • 12 yrs & up – – $220 taxes included

Ladies Night meet and greet – Tuesday, April 15th @ 6:00 p.m.  Men’s Night – April 17th

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New Listing – 516 Nimpkish Drive

516 Nimpkish

516 Nimpkish Drive – $79,900

This could be your step into home ownership, retirement or your vacation getaway! Priced to sell, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with family room, carport and attached double garage sized storage area can shine again.  Great location close to schools, shopping, rec center, churches, parks and trails. Gold River is a one hour drive west of Campbell River on a paved and well maintained Highway 28.

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

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GreyHawks Almost Take Parksville Tournament

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The Gold River GreyHawks traveled to Parksville this past weekend for their last tournament of the 2013/2014 season.

The Tigh-Na-Mara may never be the same!

They played their first game Friday against Goldstream and came out victorious with a score of 7-1.  The luck of the draw was with them as they didn’t have to play Saturday until 11:00am, and since they were all tucked in their beds early (I’m sure), they woke well rested and ready for game #2 of the tournament.  The early night paid off as they beat the Victoria Hustlers 8-0!  However, they must have congratulated each other too much that afternoon as they lost game #3 against Port McNeil 4-3.

Despite the one loss, their numbers still put them in the final game on Sunday against the same Port McNeil team.  Sadly, they didn’t emerge with the gold medal, losing 4-1.

They all report having a great weekend of hockey and camaraderie, and I’m sure will spend the Spring and Summer in full training mode!

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Gold River Golf Course News

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The clubhouse will be open starting March 31st.  Clubhouse hours are 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Please ask about our membership draw, which will be drawn on Saturday April 5th at 4:00pm.  Also, the Golf Course is offering a great rate for new members and previous members that have had a lapse in their membership for more than two years.  This is a one time fee for only $500. (plus taxes)

At this time kitchen is closed. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope to have it open soon.

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If You Fill it, They Will Come


Little guy taking a break on the clothing line in my backyard

Someone mentioned seeing their first Hummingbird of the season already, which seemed awfully early to me, until I read that the Rufous Hummingbird starts to arrive in BC in late March/early April.

The Rufous and Anna’s are the two most common to Vancouver Island.  You will know a Rufous as they are often referred to as ‘The feistiest hummingbird in North America’.  They are the ones chasing everyone else away from the feeder – I often watch and wonder if they ever end up getting any nectar for themselves!

Speaking of nectar, it should be one part white sugar to four parts water.  Boil for 1-2 minutes (to dissolve sugar) and let cool.  It is important to NOT use honey or any other artificial sweeteners.   As well, higher sugar concentrations (than the 1 to 4 ratio) can cause kidney damage.  Red dye is not necessary as feeders usually have more than enough colour to attract them.  Change your nectar (if it’s not been gobbled up) every three to four days, and give the feeder a good clean.

We should start to see more and more Hummingbirds in the next few weeks, so get your feeders out of the shed and get them ready!  If you fill it, they will come! :)

Have you spotted a Hummingbird already this year?  Comment below!

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Earth Hour: Tonight 8:30 – 9:30pm


Via Global BC


Canadians are being asked to turn off their lights for an hour tonight as part of a global and symbolic stand against climate change.

Organizers say Earth Hour shows how a small act — turning off lights and electronics for an hour — can have a powerful impact when enough people carry it out.

The World Wildlife Fund, the driving force behind the annual campaign, says millions around the world are expected to take part between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time.

The organization has said cities have played a key role in promoting the event.

This year, it’s also relying on homegrown celebrities to get the word out.

Canadian celebrities including Star Trek’s William Shatner, actor and director Jason Priestly and astronaut Chris Hadfield have appeared in short videos meant to get people thinking about conservation.

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Garage Sale, Crafts, & BBQ Fundraiser


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March 19th Issue of The Record Now Online

Click the photo below to view the March 5th issue of The Record.  (PDF viewer required.)


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2014 Great Walk Cancelled

Via greatwalk.com

burningbootUnfortunately, the 37th annual GreatWalk – Ultramarathon has been cancelled.
We eagerly look forward to the 38th annual GreatWalk – Ultramarathon on June 6, 2015.
Due to personal medical and other cancelling factors we have no choice but to postpone this great event.
The 2015 Registration Package will be available in the fall of 2014, (monitor our website for all updates, www.greatwalk.com).
Thank you all for your past, current and future dedication to this great event.
The GreatWalk-Ultramarathon Team
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New Listing: Building Lots (4)

Cala Court Lots

515 Cala Court – $55,000

At Last! Your choice of four adjacent building lots in the beautiful and scenic Scout Subdivision in Gold River.  There have been no lots like this for sale for years, so don’t delay.  Buy one or all four.  Addresses available are 515, 517, 519, and 521 Cala Court.  Each priced individually.

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

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Super Valu Specials March 28 – April 3rd

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Gold River Days 2014: ‘Flower Power’

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May 9th – 11th, 2014

Friday – Party in the Plaza & Talent Show
Saturday – Parade & Party in the Park,
Gold River Days Dance
Sunday – Scavenger Hunts
We are always looking for Volunteers to help!
Everyone is welcome to enter the Parade!
Keep posted for more information!
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Nootka Sound RCMP Press Release: Stabbing

RCMP_logoOn March 11, 2014 at 4:14 am a 911 call was received from a residence in the 400 block of Maquinna Crescent in Gold River BC. It was reported that an incident occurred where two males who were known to each other were involved in a physical altercation which resulted in one of the males stabbed multiple times. The injured male was treated initially in Gold River, transported to Campbell River then flown to Victoria for further medical care. He is currently in stable condition in hospital. A subsequent arrest took place at the scene with charges of attempted murder are being sought for the other male, both males ware in their late 20’s.

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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?

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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.

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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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