Mandy Moraes

Eva Hilborn, the founder of ‘Wonderful World of Books,’ sitting in her Qualicum Beach home, looking at what books might be a good fit for her program which delivers free books to three-year-olds in the School District 69 (Qualicum) catchment area. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Author, 95, shares lifelong love of books with three-year-olds in Bowser

Foundation hopes to expand delivery of free reading material to children

Eva Hilborn, the founder of ‘Wonderful World of Books,’ sitting in her Qualicum Beach home, looking at what books might be a good fit for her program which delivers free books to three-year-olds in the School District 69 (Qualicum) catchment area. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The intersection of Industrial Way and Tuan Road in Parksville, where the City of Parksville will investigate brownfield restoration at 1040 and 1060 Industrial Way in 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

City of Parksville to investigate possible contamination at site in industrial park

$100K allocated to 2022 budget to hire consultants to investigate property

The intersection of Industrial Way and Tuan Road in Parksville, where the City of Parksville will investigate brownfield restoration at 1040 and 1060 Industrial Way in 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
An artist’s depiction of the plan for the proposed outdoor theatre in Parksville. (Parksville Beach Festival Society illustration)

City of Parksville awards $1.28-million outdoor theatre contract to Nanaimo company

Project also includes servicing site with water, storm and sanitary infrastructure

An artist’s depiction of the plan for the proposed outdoor theatre in Parksville. (Parksville Beach Festival Society illustration)
The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue held an open house at its new operations centre at the Qualicum Beach Airport on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue held an open house at its new operations centre at the Qualicum Beach Airport on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

1 person suffers burns, others evacuated after late-night blaze at Vancouver Island hotel

Parksville fire chief credits active and inspected sprinkler systems for limiting damage

A fire-damaged mattress was passed through the window of a room at the Travelodge in Parksville on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Peter McCully photo)
The back of a BC Emergency Health Services ground ambulance. (PQB News file photo)

B.C. woman says husband’s death while family waited on hold won’t ‘be put on a shelf’

Nancy Blakey says talks include ‘very progressive’ meeting with BC Emergency Health Services

The back of a BC Emergency Health Services ground ambulance. (PQB News file photo)
A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)

Parksville mayor jabs Island Health for needle issue inaction

Mayne tells Island Health officials problem is getting worse

A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)
Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)

B.C. man, 72, dies in home while family waits on hold with 911 dispatch

Daughter blames ‘governmental system that has allowed this to happen’

Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)
Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville business owner stumped by theft from Munchkinland Exploration Centre

6 stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats taken

Six fir tree stumps, an arbutus branch and two doormats were stolen from the Oceanside Building Learning Together’s Munchkinland Exploration Centre in Parksville between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, 2021. The stumps and branch had been earmarked as decoration for a new childcare program in Errington. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Spencer Alexander Moore’s common-law sister-in-law, Jessica Wallis-Moore, after the final sentencing hearing on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 of Ryan John Grob. (Mandy Moraes)

Man handed 6-year jail term in case of fatal 2019 Vancouver Island hit-and run

Ryan John Grob also banned from driving for eight years

Spencer Alexander Moore’s common-law sister-in-law, Jessica Wallis-Moore, after the final sentencing hearing on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 of Ryan John Grob. (Mandy Moraes)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Arrowsmith SAR crews rescue woman injured after ATV rolls over

On same day, ASAR helped find pair of lost hikers

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members as they pack and prepare a woman for helicopter transport from the top of Mount Schofield on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Maureen Terrey at Parksville Beach during her August 2021 vacation. (Submitted photo)

Ontario woman, pulled unconscious from B.C. waters, recounts harrowing experience

74-year-old grateful for assistance from Parksville beach rescuers

Maureen Terrey at Parksville Beach during her August 2021 vacation. (Submitted photo)
Provincial courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sentencing in fatal drunken Parksville hit-and-run case pushed back

Ryan John Grob, 36, pleaded guilty to impaired driving casing death

Provincial courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (Black Press Media file photo)
Courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (PQB News file photo)

Lawyer: Reckless actions of impaired driver led to fatal 2019 Parksville hit-and-run

Crown requests six-year jail sentence for Ryan John Grob, 36

Courthouse in Nanaimo, located at 35 Front St. (PQB News file photo)
A screenshot taken from footage showing a cyclist colliding with two pedestrians along the 3000 block of the Island Highway in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Injury incident along multi-use pathway in Qualicum Beach raises safety concerns

Man reports broken arm after collision with cyclist

A screenshot taken from footage showing a cyclist colliding with two pedestrians along the 3000 block of the Island Highway in Qualicum Beach on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Chupacabra the Dachshund, left, ‘married’ Sammy the Yorkshire terrier on Monday, Aug. 2, at the Qualicum Landing beachfront. (Submitted photo)

Yorkshire terrier ‘marries’ dachshund at Qualicum Beach ceremony

Woman stages event at Qualicum Landing beachfront

Chupacabra the Dachshund, left, ‘married’ Sammy the Yorkshire terrier on Monday, Aug. 2, at the Qualicum Landing beachfront. (Submitted photo)
Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)

VIDEO: RCMP officer beats the heat, delights kids at Vancouver Island splash park

Cst. Darren Regush joins the fun, cooling off on a hot day in Parksville

Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Concepts showing planned changes for Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue in the City of Parksville’s downtown core. (City of Parksville image)

Public plaza, roadway changes in downtown core approved by Parksville city council

$3.5-million construction contract for project awarded to Knappett Industries

Concepts showing planned changes for Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue in the City of Parksville’s downtown core. (City of Parksville image)
A map, as presented during the July 19 city council meeting by the director of community planning and building for Parksville, showing future trails from the Parks, Trails, Open Spaces Master Plan. (Submitted photo)

Plan envisions greenway trail connecting Parksville Community Park to Rathtrevor

Environmental impact assessment report requires further study on route

A map, as presented during the July 19 city council meeting by the director of community planning and building for Parksville, showing future trails from the Parks, Trails, Open Spaces Master Plan. (Submitted photo)
Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)
Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer, right, form the Vancouver Island-based dance duo Funkanometry. They performed at the Mid-Island Co-Op in downtown Parksville on July 23, 2021, for a coming dance video. (Michael Briones photo)