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Super Valu Specials – April 25th – May 1st

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Yoga and Art Classes

I am filling spots for May classes at the moment.  I am open to any comments or suggestions on days and times.  Please feel free to call with any questions.

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Thank you!
Rachel Stratton
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Magnitude 6.7 According to USGS

The USGS is reporting a 6.7 magnitude earthquake 94 kms south of Port Hardy and 157 kms west of Campbell River.  Two aftershocks have now also been reported at 5.0 and 4.2 magnitudes.

USGSIt does not appear that a Tsunami Warning or Alert has been issued at this time according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Please keep informed via the News and/or Government websites should things change.

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Rod & Gun Monthly Meeting

Gold River Rod and Gun Club
Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 12, 2014
at 7:30 pm
at the Club House
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Community Clean Up April 26th

Gold River Pitch In
Saturday, April 26th
Meet at the Community Centre 10:00 am
BBQ lunch and refreshments to follow
All participants will receive a free pool pass
Garbage bags and gloves are provided
~ Come on out and help clean up our town ~
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$9,109 Raised For The Canadian Cancer Society


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Bottle Drive April 22nd

~ Don’t forget – bottle drive is today ~

Tuesday, April 22
Starting at 5:30 PM
Door and Curbside Pickup
Proceeds to Gold River Secondary School Italy Student Exchange
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Spring Construction Season is Here


Straight Grain Inc. is ready to start its Spring Season of construction and renovations.
~ NEW ~  We now have a woodworking shop available to make cabinetry, custom shelving, pantry’s, closet organizers, mantles and window casings, just to name a few.
Give us a call for a free estimate on new decks, roofs, siding, fences, bathroom or kitchen renovations and more! – Reg and Rachel Stratton
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Mother’s Day Dinner Specials at the Golf Course

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Resident Spotlight – Brad Unger

BradYou know, I can’t remember when I first met Brad.  I would guess it would have been at the Super Valu, which is of course where you can usually find him. 

Brad was my oldest daughter Mikayla’s boss while she was in high school and she thoroughly enjoyed working for him and with everyone at Super Valu. 

I have been involved in many fundraising events over the years (hockey, PAC, and then two grads back to back) and he has always been a great supporter of every fundraiser – much appreciated Brad!

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

Lynne and I and our oldest Son David moved to Gold River in August 1985. We were living in the Comox Valley when I got a call to go to Gold River. After a quick conversation, we were here two weeks later.

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

My wife Lynne and I are the owner/operators of the Super Valu store here.  We bought it from Dave and Lynne Cyr in 2002.  Lynne works full time for the School District at this time, and does all the accounting at the store and I manage the Store.

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

Soon after moving here I got involved in the Kinsmen club.  I spent many many hours working for our community on various projects.  I held all executive positions and found “working for the communities greatest needs” very rewarding.

I then spent almost two years on the Gold River Health Board and found I really enjoyed my time there.

After that I was elected as a School Board Trustee for two terms.  At the beginning of my second term we were told that the Mill was closing.  I was chosen to be a part of the transition committee and along with other community members we were able to secure over 5 million dollars for our community.  More recently I have spent the last few years on the executive of Gold River Golf Course.  It’s no secret that there have been some challenges for those of us who work and live here.  I’m proud of the work I do for the community, and every chance I can, I donate from our store to the various groups who work so hard fundraising.

4. Please tell us a bit about your family.

Unger boys

David, Lucas and Geoff

Lynne and I have two sons, David and Geoff.  David has worked at the store with me since 2002.  He is very involved in the Rangers here.

Geoff left Gold River at an early age to play hockey, and continued play through the Jr. hockey system.  He then returned back home and met Katie.  Geoff and Katie got married in 2011 and we are blessed with two grandchildren, Alexis and Lucas.

5. Do you have any pets?

We have two dogs, Abbie who is 6 years old and Meeka who is almost 3. We just recently had to put down our old cat Lucky, she was almost 18 years old.



6. What do you like to do for fun?

For fun we like to spend time with the grand kids, and golf as much as possible.

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

I wish we had more industry to bring more jobs and families to Gold River. Our whole community would gain from that – schools, sports and the small businesses here wouldn’t be struggling as they are today.  I wish we had a fully serviced campground for the tourists that come here all year round.

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?

If I had a million dollars???  I would invest in an assisted living care home for our elderly residents here.  My Mom lives in Abbeyfield in Port Alberni and just loves it there.  I wish we could offer an independent but cared for place for people who want to stay here but need a little assistance in their daily care.

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

We have seen a lot of changes in our community over our 28 years here, once a thriving Village.  I remember when we had a population over 2000 and 20 slow pitch teams, many adult hockey teams, curling every night of the week in the winter, and many minor hockey and baseball teams for the kids, to mention just a few.  Every small business in Gold River has suffered over these last few years, but we continue to try and do our best for you, our customers.

We know our little store can’t compete with the Walmarts, Superstores, Home Depots, etc., but we are here for you because we believe that along with the best fourteen staff members around, we’ll continue to try our best.

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