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Century 21 Arbutus Realty

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Serving North Vancouver Island since 1982

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Village of Gold River

Village of Gold River

Its all here, shouldn't you be?

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Ron and Carole Sine were really proud, and pleased, to attend their daughter’s graduation from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Chrissy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Natural Resource Management. She has accepted a job in northern Alberta to pursue her career.
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Cold Prickly for Poop

Posted on January 22, 2015
Category: Cold Prickly Buzz
Someone around Larch Place has a dog that does the BIGGEST dumps on the common property (which is NOT publicly owned but privately) at my unit and won’t pick it up. I see this disrespect too much in our wonderful town. Does s/he need a lesson in how to use a poop bag?  As well, people need to wait until they reach a garbage can to toss their trash. We’re not exactly devoid of them.
Joanne Folkins
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Happy Birthday to Terry Rye

Posted on January 20, 2015
Category: Birthday Buzz


Happy Birthday to Terry Rye
The best Wife, Mom and Grandma anyone could ask for
Love always from your family:
 Joe, Amanda (Mark), Clayton (Miranda), Damon, Kassidi & Baby
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Thank you to Manila Gourmet

Posted on January 19, 2015
Category: Appreciation Buzz, Business Buzz
Gary and I are extremely pleased with Gary’s birthday celebration at Manila Grill. The food was delicious, service excellent and atmosphere perfect. Lala and her staff went out of their way to make this a very enjoyable moment. We will be enjoying our special events in the future at Manila grill. A very special thanks to Lala and her staff for this enjoyable evening.
Jeanette Glass
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Village Voice in the New Year

Posted on January 9, 2015
Category: FYI Buzz

Submitted by Don Beggs:

Happy New Year everyone!  Congratulations to our new councilors, mayor and school officials who were chosen by a reasonably good showing of our citizens at the polls. Bravo to those whom marked their choices!

Village Voice has the earnest hope that these leaders will wish to communicate individually and collectively with as many of our citizens as they are able. It is the wish of the organization to encourage that communication without bias,and to ensure that concerns and issues are well understood and addressed by our municipal representatives.

The MISSION is solely to create a vocal organizations to bring issues before our leaders and to promote unity in moving our community towards addressing majority expectations, without disregarding the voice of individuals who might have ideas , opinions, concerns or even grievances, which deserve serious attention, if not enthusiastic action.

• Structuring and electing an executive.
• A plan for interaction with our community agencies, community organizations and elected leaders.
• Agreement on some issues and their possible resolution to be taken to council or school board for direct term attention.
• Gallery representation at council and or School Board meetings.

TIME and PLACE 0f MEETING 7:00pm Chalet -Board Room – Tuesday January 13th 2015

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Congratulations to our Gold River Midget team for bringing home the Bronze medal this past weekend from their 14 team Nanaimo hockey tournament. Our kids played BEYOND amazing, going undefeated throughout the tournament.

They started off with a bang- winning the first game in a 6-0 shutout.
Second game taking the game with a 6-3 win.
Third game taking a huge lead with a 15-2 win.
Fourth game another great lead with a 7-1 win.
Ending the tournament with an extremely intense game, tying the game 4-4, sending the game into a shootout- with Gold River taking the WIN!

GR Midget Hawkes

Top left to right: Larry Rose (head coach), Adam McAllister, Waylon Savey, Kobe Amos, Jacob Tarasoff, Neil Blackburn, Austin Brunning, James Frame, Clayton Onischuk, Logan Rose, Rob Winger Bottom left to right: Shaylene Gjesdal, Dominik Bellefleur, Taylor Rose

Photo and write up via Cher Crawford

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More Cold Pricklies

Posted on January 4, 2015
Category: Cold Prickly Buzz
Yesterday I went for a drive up the Quatchka Creek Valley and found a dead mature doe that someone had thrown off the bridge.  On closer inspection, I found that it had been shot and stripped of the prime meat only, (hind quarters, etc) and the rest left.  Cold prickles to this person or persons.
Gerald Pimlott
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Cold Pricklies For Star Lake (Ab)users

Posted on January 2, 2015
Category: Cold Prickly Buzz

I was up at Star Lake New Years day and found that someone had been there New Years Eve.  The fire they left was hot enough to get started with a little kindling if I had wanted to.  I cleaned up the mess they left – Kokanee beer cans handy wipes, etc, but I couldn’t reach the beer cans and the rest of the garbage that they had thrown out on the ice. (What a mess!) My wife and I just moved here in July, and noticed that the people here have such high community pride like my wife and I had where we moved from and now have here in this beautiful area we now call home.  I just don’t understand how people can be so disrespectful of one of gods wonderful achievements. I cant help but think of the children that go there,what are we teaching them?

Gerry Pimlott

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7th Annual Polar Bear Swim

Posted on January 1, 2015
Category: Community Events, Holiday Buzz

Write up via Dennie Bohn and photos via Anita Rose – thanks ladies!

There were seven brave people who took the plunge this year. The two youngest were Teagan Hutchinson and Keadon Braccoiner.  Glenn Little had a fire going which was wonderful!  As well, we were able to collect two bags of food for the Gold River Food Bank. This was the 7th year that we have been doing this. We did have smaller numbers this year, but fun was had by all in the 0 degree weather.

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How great is it to see the expansion of a Gold River business!  Things have been a changing at the Deli, so if you haven’t been in yet so see what’s new, read on to see why you should! (FYI: Deli owner Dawn Dakin did a personal spotlight for the Buzz almost three years ago to the day, click on over to read.)

Please tell us a little bit about the Gold River Deli – when did you purchase it?

We purchased the Deli in Oct 2010. I worked in the Deli as a teenager in 1990 for a short time, it was booming back then. When we purchased it, not much had changed from when I worked there. Even the bell on the counter was still there! The Deli was for sale and I said to Dave, we should look into purchasing the Deli. He wasnt all that keen to begin with. Then we talked about the idea off and on for a couple months and 6 months later I said we should look into buying the Deli and I was floored when he said lets look into it. That was it…it all fell into place very easily. We are now business owners!

What made you decide to become a business owner in Gold River?

I have always had the intention to own my own business. I explored 3 or 4 other business ideas that I had interest in, but after doing the research, I didnt feel that they would be profitable in Gold River. My first thought was a pool hall, then a children’s toy/clothing store and a couple others, but they just didn’t fit here. I had never really considered purchasing an existing business, but I’m sure glad I did. The customers of the Deli are fun and loyal and the Deli is kind of an institution in itself here in Gold River. A lot of people have great memories of this place, and we are proud to be part of those memories!

How many employees do you have?

At the moment we have 12! Including myself. I have a great group that is a mixture of young and well myself not so young. They all have their unique talents and abilities I love the fact that for some of my staff, it is their first job and we are teaching them skills that will help prepare them for their future experiences. I take that part of my job pretty seriously and I feel privileged to be able to do that. I love having the young energy around. We want your experience at the deli to be enjoyable and these young ones sure keep things light and fun!

Please tell us a bit about your expansion and your new products/services.

We have recently installed a kitchen in the space next to the deli so we can cook pizza! We put a door through the wall to connect the two rooms. The pizza business just seems to fit with what the deli already has to offer, so it has been somewhat of easy transition. We also moved the chicken fryer into the kitchen, so that is where all the magic happens now! We are excited to provide Gold River with pizza including a delivery service. We will now deliver anything in the store!

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Can you tell us the ways in which your business gives back to the community?

Whether it be to a student or an adult that comes in hungry and needs something to eat, or the deli bursary that we give to the high school graduate that shows community spirit. We provide as much support as we can.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

There are always challenges when owning any business anywhere, but the Deli has such great support from our customers that I can’t tell you how appreciative we are. As long as Dave and I own the Deli, you can expect to be treated with courtesy and respect, to have consistency in our hours and products and as much as things stay the same around here…there will always be changes around here! It keeps life fresh!

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