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Record shattering year for Nanaimo Airport.

“In August we had the highest number of passengers ever travel through our terminal,” shares Nanaimo Airport President and CEO Mike Hooper. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, since last August we have actually surpassed our historically set passenger records each month.”
The Nanaimo Airport has been enjoying monthly double digit growth in passenger numbers since January. Hooper credits this strong growth to YCD’s improved reliability. “The Instrument Landing System (ILS) we installed in 2010 has really been a game changer for us,” explains Hooper. “Previously residents avoided flying from YCD in the winter because of the fog. But now that we have improved our weather reliability rating to over 99% year round we are restoring our reputation and passengers are regained faith in this airport.”
“We believe the growth in passengers will motivate Air Canada (AC) to increase their winter schedule to seven flights daily,” says Hooper. This expanded AC winter schedule along with services to the YVR’s South Terminal Island Express will mean central island residents will have 13 return flights each business day to the lower mainland to connect onto the world.
Hooper is optimistic about the future and direct flights to more destinations, “Our Airport team continues to proactively meet with air carriers to discuss the opportunity for new services and routes. Increased passenger numbers will be a key factor in attracting new carriers.”











Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, start practicing your yodeling, and come join us for a party! An evening of German style food, silent and live auctions,music by The Carter Family Band, best dressed and yodeling contests and whatever else we can think of! Saturday, October 13, 2012, Eagles Hall on First Avenue, doors open 5:30pm. A limited number of tickets are now available at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centre, 411B First Avenue or 250-245-2112 to reserve. $40.00 + HST each. admin [at] ladysmithcofc [dot] com

Get a Boost on Your Health
Ladysmith Health and Community Services Fair , October 26, 2012, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Ladysmith Secondary School, 710 – 6th Avenue.
Join them for free flu shots for those eligible, on-site testing for cardiac risk, blood pressure and blood sugar and over 20 displays about health and wellness for any age.
Topics include diabetes, heart health, mental health, addictions, nutrition and healthy eating, early years and child development services, active living resources, fitness demonstrations, hospice, seniors support, healthy weight loss and more.
Presented by Ladysmith Community Health Advisory Committee, Town of Ladysmith in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority and Ladysmith Secondary School. More info: 250-739-5777.

Beginners mushroom identification workshop











Spend three hours in the woods at Wildwood forest and be introduced to the fungal kingdom. Learn how to use reference books and keys and a bit about some of the easy ways to identify edible mushrooms in our area. You will get a chance to taste a few as well. Some years mushrooms fruit abundantly and can add interest and delight to your autumn walks and meals. $40 plus HST October 27, 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Workshops on other days can be arranged for groups.
Registration: 250-245-5540 or online (click on the calendar or search for Wildwood events). For information please contact: jrastogi [at] conservancy [dot] ca

Twice as lucky









All golfers dream of getting a hole in one. It is that special something that makes golfing so much fun, and affords some great bragging rights. At the Ladysmith Golf Club they make it even more special. If a club member gets a hole in one while playing in a club sanctioned event, they could win $1,000. Therefore Ladysmith’s Rob Johnson was twice as happy when he saw his tee shot for the fourth tee box roll fly to the green and roll into the cup some 90 yards away.
The money is part of a $5,000 a generous donation made by a long time club member. The money was donated to stimulate club membership by rewarding a player for his or her accomplishment. Although Rob got the last of the $1,000 prizes, there are still $100 prizes available to club members who shoot that elusive hole in one.

Festival of Lights volunteers needed!
Ladysmith Festival of Lights is looking for volunteers to assist with general duties over the next few months and on Festival Day, Thursday, November 29. Please contact them at 250-245-5888 or ladysmithfol [at] shawbiz [dot] ca.

Annual CWL Christmas Bazaar Kickoff
Time to start your Christmas preparations at the St. Mary’s CWL Christmas Bazaar Saturday November 3, 11am to 2pm, at St. Mary’s Parish, 1153 4th Avenue, Ladysmith. Enjoy the $5.00 soup and sandwich lunch and browse the tables loaded with home baking, sewing, crafts, books and lots of great gift ideas. Sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League. 250-245-3414

Ladysmith history class

A Lady with a Past: Ladysmith’s Colourful History. What does James Dunsmuir, the Spanish War of Independence, the Boer War, and children’s revolt over the increase of candy bars prices have to do with Ladysmith? Find out all this and more with local historian Rob Johnson

Oct 22, 10:30-noon $12. Island Savings Centre, Duncan. To register call 250-748-7529. For information about Elder College, call Jennifer 250-746-0414


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