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Century 21 Arbutus Realty

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Village of Gold River

Village of Gold River

Its all here, shouldn't you be?

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Resident Spotlight – Barb McKenney

Barb is a long standing resident of Gold River, and you can certainly tell how much she loves our little Village. Thank you Barb for participating in the Resident Spotlight, and thank you to her friends for convincing her! 🙂

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

I have lived in Gold River for 35 years.  I was on vacation in Seattle when my Grandma phoned me and asked if I would bring her and my Mom up to Gold River to visit my aunt and uncle ( Ted and Helen Grimes) I said sure…never been there and it would be fun. My aunt met us in Campbell River to make sure we got to Gold River alright. We followed her in and I thought that the road would never end. Funny how it doesn’t even bother me now. A couple of days into our stay I was set up for a date with Don. We absolutely hit it off – I took mom and Grandma home and came back for a few more days. I was here for Loggers Sports and Don proposed then and I moved up here shortly after that. We were married the following April. I had 25 wonderful years with Don and I am now on my own.

 

What do you do for (paid) work? 

I am now working part time for the RCMP as a Guard.

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

Nothing at the present time…..for approximately 20 years I worked ( mostly volunteered) for Mrs. Anderson (Anderson’s Flowers) doing what ever I could to help her – working with the plants, doing arrangements and bouquets for all occasions as well as the skating carnival.  Picked up her mail and groceries.  Was fun working over there with the flowers and plants.  I enjoyed helping and meeting all the people that came for plants and eggs.  I miss playing with the flowers.

Please tell us a bit about your family.

I have a brother ( Bob ) and sister in law (Lynne) and one nephew (David) and 2 nieces ( Robyn and Leah ) who are all in Langley and Surrey. I don’t get to visit as much as I like, but am always in touch by phone and Facebook. Don’s 4 children and spouses and kids/grand kids all live in Ontario. I am in contact with daughter ( Dawn Marie ) and her children…we talk on Facebook. I’m also in contact with my daughter in law ( Brenda ) and granddaughter ( Sara ) on Facebook too. I consider all my close friends in Gold River my family as well. I am happy that I could stay in this wonderful community where everyone looks out for each other and helps when it is needed.

Do you have any pets?

I have 2 crazy cats. Merlin (black) and Camelot – Cammie for short ( Tortie ) They are brother and sister but do not look or act anything alike. Merlin is too smart for his own good and always getting into trouble for stealing craft supplies and opening closets and kitchen cabinets but he is definitely entertaining. Cammie is a very fat girl and is very talkative…..never lets you forget when she can see the bottom of the food bowl. Diet food – naw – she just eats more. Merlin loves to help who ever comes over for craft days.

Cammie

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin Helping

Merlin Helping

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to swim….try to be at pool Mon – Fri to do laps. Walk, Paper Tole ( 3 D pictures ), scrap booking and card-making, drawing in charcoal or pen and ink, photography, Zentangle, Hardanger embroidery (cut work embroidery from Denmark) gardening, canning, used to do Stainglass. I love learning new crafts….want to learn how to Chinese Brush Paint and Iris Folding (for cards)  Oh, and I love to READ, READ, READ! I usually read at least one book a day…..lots of favorite authors, love Sci-fi, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical and Paranormal.

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

I with that we still had a bowling alley. I used to bowl 3 times a week when I first got here. I also wish that the kids had a skate park/ BMX park….they have such a good time at the one in Campbell River.

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 have thought of this a lot – and I am selfish…… I wanted to buy the old Odika Restaurant building and add on a bit….make it into an Art Gallery/Museum with the upstairs for all our creative people in town, free of charge they could be responsible for their own hydro. I would also build the skate park/BMX park.

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Warren A. Dunaway, 1944 – 2015

Warren Dunaway

Warren A. Dunaway, 1944 – 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Warren Dunaway, resident of Gold River for the past five years.  Warren succumbed to liver cancer on September 22 in Campbell River.

He is survived by his sister Carol; brother Blaine (Charmian); son Tom Toupitch and grandson Alex; daughter Deborah (Scott Smigiel); son Carl (Laurie) and granddaughter Ava; daughter Amy (Dieter) Voss, grandsons Joe and Nikolaas. He leaves behind his beloved cat, Autumn, and many, many wonderful friends. A talented, lifelong musician (drums and trumpet), Warren branched out into painting in recent years, and leaves us much beauty to remember him by.

The family thanks his caring and devoted neighbours and those whose lives touched on his in the Gold River community.  In particular, Barb and everyone at the Gold River Health Unit went above and beyond in supporting Warren. It is difficult being distanced from a loved one, especially when that person is struggling, and we were comforted by the support he received in his home town.  Our thanks, also, to the caring and efficient staff at Campbell River Hospital, who did all they could to make him comfortable in his final days.

A memorial site is up at www.warrendunaway.com, and there is also a guestbook at Sutton’s Campbell River Funeral Home’s website.

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Rare Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Via The Weather Network:

A rare perigee lunar eclipse will grace our skies on the night of Sunday, September 27 – what some are calling a ‘super blood moon.’ Here’s why it’s special, plus a look at viewing conditions and how to watch it from anywhere in the world.

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Not only will this be a total lunar eclipse, when the full moon passes directly through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, but

  1. It will be visible, in its totality, from all of North America,
  2. It is happening on the same night as the closest full moon of the year – the ‘perigee’ full moon, and
  3. It is the final total lunar eclipse in a string of four – a tetrad.

Visible from all of Canada

Barring any cloudy skies that may block our view, this total lunar eclipse – at least in its totality – can be seen from coast to coast.

Here are the start time and finishes for the most visible portion of the eclipse – when the Moon turns red as it passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow – for locations across Canada.

Lunar Eclipse

For anyone who wishes to watch the eclipse from start to finish – from when it slips into Earth’s penumbra until it exits fully out the other side – this will only be possible from Manitoba to Atlantic Canada, as the moon only rises after the eclipse has already begun in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

In Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes (and regions of the territories to the north of there), head outside roughly an hour prior to the start time and stay out for another hour afterward to catch the entire event.

From Saskatchewan (and northward), the moon rises at around 6:47 p.m., just 20 minutes before it enters the umbra.

In Alberta and B.C., the moon will already have begun passing through the umbra as it rises, however both regions will still be able to see the eclipse at totality.

The rest of North America, all of South America, western regions of Europe and Africa, as well as anyone on or above the Atlantic Ocean will also have a spectacular view of the event.

Watch it for yourself

As with most of these skywatching events, seeing them with your own eyes, from your backyard or a nearby Dark Sky Preserve, is certainly the preferred way. However, while the astronomy part is definitely cooperating to give many a great show, the meteorology may not be so accommodating for some.

Watch it live from anywhere in the world

If rain or clouds end up blocking your view of this eclipse, or if you happen to be in a part of the world that won’t have a good vantage point to see it, there’s still hope!

The Slooh Community Observatory is hosting a show via the web, starting at 8 p.m. EDT, to highlight this Rare Mega Harvest Moon Eclipse.

We’re supposed to have nice clear skies here in Gold River tonight, so get your lawn chairs and blankets out!
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