Lauren Collins

Extreme Eatz is one of three approved vendors for the Qualicum Beach waterfront this summer, next to the Sand Pebbles Inn. — Photo courtesy of Extreme Eatz Facebook page

Qualicum Beach approves waterfront mobile vendor licences

Waterfront will have multiple food vendors this summer

Extreme Eatz is one of three approved vendors for the Qualicum Beach waterfront this summer, next to the Sand Pebbles Inn. — Photo courtesy of Extreme Eatz Facebook page
Increased activity and noise at the Qualicum Beach Airport because of helicopter training has staff looking at ways to limit and control operators’ activity. — NEWS file photo

Qualicum airport neighbours complain of chopper noise

Mandated ongoing helicopter training generates noise complaints in town

Increased activity and noise at the Qualicum Beach Airport because of helicopter training has staff looking at ways to limit and control operators’ activity. — NEWS file photo
Chesapeake Shores crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old chamber of commerce building) for the past two years to double as Chesapeake Shores’ main street. NEWS file photo

Chesapeake Shores begins filming this week

Cast members returning to Oceanside area for third season

Chesapeake Shores crews have used Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach (pictured here in front of the old chamber of commerce building) for the past two years to double as Chesapeake Shores’ main street. NEWS file photo
Ace, a retired service dog, with some of the donation tins for Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs and Qualicum Cat Rescue. Donation tins have been stolen from businesses within Qualicum Beach, including Qualicum Foods. — Lauren Collins photo

Non-profit donation tins stolen from Qualicum Beach businesses

Money meant to aid Cat Rescue, Compassion Dog programs

Ace, a retired service dog, with some of the donation tins for Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs and Qualicum Cat Rescue. Donation tins have been stolen from businesses within Qualicum Beach, including Qualicum Foods. — Lauren Collins photo
Dylan Williams, 17, is recovering at Victoria General Hospital after the car he was driving reportedly hydroplaned and rolled down an embankment off Highway 19 in Nanoose Bay Monday, March 26. — Photo submitted by Linda Stolz

Parksville teen recovering after rollover accident

Locals have created GoFundMe in support

Dylan Williams, 17, is recovering at Victoria General Hospital after the car he was driving reportedly hydroplaned and rolled down an embankment off Highway 19 in Nanoose Bay Monday, March 26. — Photo submitted by Linda Stolz
The Town of Qualicum Beach wishes to stay a “town” with four councillors and a mayor despite being the size of a “city” which would allow for six councillors and a mayor. — Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach balks at promotion to city

Council debates whether to retain town status despite population rise

The Town of Qualicum Beach wishes to stay a “town” with four councillors and a mayor despite being the size of a “city” which would allow for six councillors and a mayor. — Lauren Collins photo
Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches

Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches

Tidal Treasures organizers say people were taking ‘more than their share’ of glass floats

Tokens replace treasures on Parksville beaches
Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns points to the herring run off of Parksville beach during Jagmeet Singh’s (right) visit to Parksville Tuesday (March 6). Singh toured the beach with Communities Protecting Our Coast members, residents and local politicians. — Lauren Collins photo

Federal NDP leader touts plastic bag ban

Jagmeet Singh discusses ocean stewardship, eliminating plastic bags in Parksville stop

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns points to the herring run off of Parksville beach during Jagmeet Singh’s (right) visit to Parksville Tuesday (March 6). Singh toured the beach with Communities Protecting Our Coast members, residents and local politicians. — Lauren Collins photo
From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo

VIDEO: Family builds eight-foot igloo in front of Parksville home

Sunday snowfall leads to all-day family activity

From left: Leele Forrester, 11, mom Ruby Forrester and Quin Forrester, 12, in front of the igloo they built Sunday. Ruby said she and her husband Andy and their two children spent most of Sunday building the igloo. — Lauren Collins photo
Fire crews had a portion of Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach blocked off Monday night due to a structure fire. Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes. — Photo submitted by Darryl Kohse

Pair of structure fires keep Oceanside firefighters busy

Parksvile blaze now subject of a police investigation

Fire crews had a portion of Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach blocked off Monday night due to a structure fire. Firefighters had the fire contained within 15 minutes. — Photo submitted by Darryl Kohse
Safe drug use site suggested for Parksville-Qualicum Beach

Safe drug use site suggested for Parksville-Qualicum Beach

Forum held on mental health and substance use issues in the mid-Island

Safe drug use site suggested for Parksville-Qualicum Beach
Second Tyrel Griffith of Rink Cotter from Vernon Curling Club practising on the ice at the Parksville Curling Club Wednesday (Jan. 31) prior to the opening draw for the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship. — Lauren Collins photo

Parksville Curling Club hosting 2018 BC championships this week

Team Cotter back to defend provincial title

Second Tyrel Griffith of Rink Cotter from Vernon Curling Club practising on the ice at the Parksville Curling Club Wednesday (Jan. 31) prior to the opening draw for the 2018 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship. — Lauren Collins photo
Jared Brown, liquor operations manager for Mid Island Liquor, said the Parksville location is the first traditional liquor store for Mid Island Co-op. — Lauren Collins photo

Mid Island Co-op expands into liquor sales

Parksville location is first full-size store on the Island

Jared Brown, liquor operations manager for Mid Island Liquor, said the Parksville location is the first traditional liquor store for Mid Island Co-op. — Lauren Collins photo
A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

PHOTOS: Residents rescued as streams flood in Parksville area

Roads closed in Parksville, Nanoose, Whiskey Creek

A viewing bench alongside the Englishman River off Plummer Road in Parksville is swamped by high water Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo
The Town of Qualicum Beach was included in an Expedia Canada list of the top cities to visit in 2018. included in the list was other Canadian cities along with international cities. —Lauren Collins photo

Qualicum Beach makes Expedia’s list of cities to visit in 2018

Expedia Canada surveyed 1,000 Canadians for the list

The Town of Qualicum Beach was included in an Expedia Canada list of the top cities to visit in 2018. included in the list was other Canadian cities along with international cities. —Lauren Collins photo
A letter addressed to Judy Jacobsen, dated 1957, and a Jacobsen’s Bible which was given to her Dec. 25, 1956, was found in a desk drawer of the Parksville Visitor Centre. Employees at the visitor centre were unsure of when the Bible was left there. — Lauren Collins photo

Lost bible returned to owner’s family in Alberta

Bible had been found in desk drawer at Parksville Visitor Centre

A letter addressed to Judy Jacobsen, dated 1957, and a Jacobsen’s Bible which was given to her Dec. 25, 1956, was found in a desk drawer of the Parksville Visitor Centre. Employees at the visitor centre were unsure of when the Bible was left there. — Lauren Collins photo
Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo

Island-filmed TV series gets third season

Parts of Chesapeake Shores filmed in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Chesapeake Shores crews filming for season two on Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach in 2017. On Saturday (Jan. 13), the Hallmark Channel original series was approved for a third season. — NEWS file photo
At Monday’s Qualicum Beach council meeting, council approved third reading on the Unrestricted Residential bylaw amendment which would prohibit future strata age restrictions. — NEWS file photo

Divided Qualicum Beach step closer to banning age restrictions in strat complexes

Qualicum Beach council divided on zoning amendment

At Monday’s Qualicum Beach council meeting, council approved third reading on the Unrestricted Residential bylaw amendment which would prohibit future strata age restrictions. — NEWS file photo
Two Parksville firefighters prepare to enter the pump room at the pool house at Oceanside Resort on Resort Drive, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017. A small electrical pump had malfunctioned and caught fire. — Lauren Collins photo

Electrical pump catches fire at Parksville resort

Nobody harmed after power outage, fire Friday morning

Two Parksville firefighters prepare to enter the pump room at the pool house at Oceanside Resort on Resort Drive, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017. A small electrical pump had malfunctioned and caught fire. — Lauren Collins photo
Jennifer LeBrun is creator, owner and producer of ULAT Dryer Balls which is now based out of her home in Parksville. LeBrun first created the dryer balls in 2011 as a Christmas gift. — Lauren Collins photo

Dryer balls started as Christmas gifts, now ship worldwide

Parksville-based ULAT Dryer Balls included in Small Business B.C. top 10 list

Jennifer LeBrun is creator, owner and producer of ULAT Dryer Balls which is now based out of her home in Parksville. LeBrun first created the dryer balls in 2011 as a Christmas gift. — Lauren Collins photo