Category Archives: Saltair News

Halloween Costume Contest Winner

Winner of the 2017 Saltair Halloween Costume contest!

Costume:  Fire engine, Dalmatians complete with a burning building. Well done!

Saltair volunteer residents once again came together to host the Halloween event at Centennial Park.  The weather was on our side as 60 very well-costumed children paraded around the picnic shelter for just rewards, including the grand prize of “Ice Cream for a Year”, donated by 49th Parallel Grocery, well earned by a fire department-inspired family.

Approximately, 150 residents gathered around the traditional bonfire, enjoying hotdogs, coffee, hot chocolate and juice.  The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display organized by local residents.

It takes a lot of people working together to make events like this a success.  Many thanks to the Beadle, Irving, Fotheringham, Hockin, Wilson, Key, Rutti, Milne, Brocklebank, MacDowell, Evans, Dorey, Wright families and the CVRD.  Also, thanks to 49th Parallel Grocery, Great Canadian Dollar Store and Dairy Queen for being sponsors again this year.

Submitted by Area G Director Mel Dorey

Saltair Centre Welcomes Newcomers: Chemainus Art Group

Saltair Community Society welcomes new tenants:

“CHEMAINUS ART GROUP”

The Chemainus Art Group is collaborative group of 60 plus artists that have formed a membership and a permanent home in Saltair Centre. They gather throughout the week, to meet, create art, develop their skills, share knowledge and socialize. The group is promoting art culture in the area and fully invested in the success of Saltair Centre. See below for  photos of the group helping to spruce up the Centre and artists creating artworks.

“Lovely group of like-minded artists who enjoy painting together, a great diversity of media and approaches -they are always willing to share their experience and we all benefit from this interACTIVE club“!   – Lauren Spilsbury

For  further information email: happypair [at] shaw [dot] ca or check out this link to the group’s  Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/chemainussketchgroup/

 

Art Group volunteers sprucing up Room #16

 

After photo
Volunteers painting the hand rail
Life Sketching
Artists at work creating!
Guest Artist – Demonstration and Workshops

Saltair Adopts Backyard Burning Restrictions

Saltair adopts Backyard Burning Restrictions.

Electoral Area G – Saltair (excluding the Gulf Islands) is taking action to improve regional air quality. A recent amendment to the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) smoke control bylaw means the Saltair region will join Mill Bay/Malahat, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, Cowichan Bay and Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora in restricting residential backyard burning to a one-month period during the spring and fall.

First adopted in 2013, CVRD Bylaw No. 3716 – Smoke Control Pollution Bylaw contributes to regional air quality objectives by banning backyard burning in CVRD Electoral Areas A, B, C, D, E and G (excluding the Gulf Islands) during the winter months when smoke tends to accumulate. Instead, burning is restricted to March 15 through April 15, and October 15 through November 15, and only when the BC Venting Index is rated as ‘good.’

Burning must take place at least 10 metres from all property lines, and the use of burn barrels is banned year-round. Campfires are not restricted. CVRD member municipalities, including the Town of Ladysmith and the Municipality of North Cowichan, also have burn restrictions in place. Residents who live in CVRD municipalities are encouraged to contact their municipality for more information.

There are many alternatives to open burning in the Cowichan Valley. Remember, by not burning your waste, you’re helping to clear the air for your neighbours while also saving valuable resources for reuse.

Free Yard Waste Drop-off
Unlimited quantities of yard and garden debris can be dropped off for free at any CVRD Recycling Depot as well as at Central Landscape Supplies in Cobble Hill. Click here for more information. Yard and garden materials are composted at a facility near Nanaimo where they are turned into Class A Compost and reused for landscaping, lawns and gardens

Got stumps? These can also be dropped off at the CVRD Bings Creek Recycling Depot for a fee. Click here for more information. Several companies in the Valley also offer chipping and grinding services for large land clearing debris and stumps.

To learn more about the bylaw and air quality in the region, visit CVRD website: https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/1469/Clear-the-Air-Cowichan

To report an illegal burn, contact CVRD bylaw enforcement at:  250-746-2500.

Message from Director Dorey Saltair Community Centre

SALTAIR COMMUNITY CENTRE PURCHASE.

The old Mount Brenton School sold to private interests for $650,000 years ago and then was put up for sale for $750,000 some years later. The school was the social centre of Saltair with school activities and community functions when it was operating. We were socially poorer when it closed. Then three years ago in an estate settlement with a rush to sell, it came on the market again which seemed like a great opportunity to get our social community back again from private interests. The CVRD then bought the school with five and a half acres of prime real estate for $300,000.

From the studies of psychologists and social scientists it is proven that communities with lots of opportunities for social interaction are happier communities. The more opportunities you have to meet and relate to people the happier you will be. Having a chat with someone, even a stranger, causes a release of the happy hormone called ocytocin into the bloodstream.   And it is also important to be able to walk or bike these events for a healthier body and less weight gain. Exercising releases endorphins into the bloodstream and if you walk on a natural trail you get an extra dose. Having a facility in your community is better than having one in a neighbouring community where you have to drive.

Saltair Community Society continues to successfully operate the community centre.  Income is generated from monthly rental fees received from anchor tenant Inquiring Little Minds Daycare.  The Daycare also covers a good portion of utility expenses such as electricity and heating. ILM was already in operation prior to the purchase of the property by the CVRD and have single handedly kept the interior of the classrooms and common areas in good repair. Economically, they employ up to nine staff and provide sought after daycare space for up to 60 children.  Daycare is an important service to our Community.

The Society is in the process of securing other community service oriented renters to further bolster anchor tenant income funds.  This rental income is being accrued with the intention to contribute financially to the upgrades to the building.  Various rooms are still available for social events, public meetings, educational training, Parks Commission, Advisory Planning Commission, SDRA, Elections, garden clubs, arts and crafts groups, and photography studio use.

The Saltair Community Building Condition Assessment report will be utilized to apply for applicable grant funding.  Social fund raising and donation events are also being planned to assist with future upgrade costs.

The financial contributions by taxpayers has been very reasonable and fair to date considering what they are getting. During the purchase period over five years, it is costing each family in Saltair about $40 per year which is about a half a tank of gas. There was a building assessment done by Vancouver Engineering firm that said that it would be $3,000,000 to put the building into like new condition. This is a scary number unless you analyse all the details. We don’t need to reclad the whole building with hardi plank when a good paint job would do. We don’t need new floors, windows or doors. The users will not mind the patina of age and character. We do need a good roof. There are four roofs on the building and a phased approach can be taken. One roof needs to be fixed soon and we have $130,000 of federal gas tax grants to help with that. It is hoped that the continued rate of taxation will allow the building to be used well into the future. The CVRD is drawing up a financial plan for moving forward that will be amenable to the public. We need to be patient.

Unfortunately, there is a naysayer group of about 6 who are out in the community trying to undermine the project using fear and intimidation. This is having a very negative effect on the emotional well being of Saltarians and community spirit. This is exactly the opposite of what the project was supposed to do.   We need a wait and see approach. Let the Society continue and prove that the centre is viable and needed.

Submitted by:  Mel Dorey, Area G Director, Saltair and the Islands, CVRD

Saltair Community Society News September 2017

Saltair Community Society continues to successfully operate the community centre.  Income is generated from monthly rental fees received from anchor tenant Inquiring Little Minds Daycare.  The Daycare also covers a good portion of  utility expenses such as electricity and heating. ILM daycare was already in operation prior to the purchase of the property by the CVRD and have single handedly kept the interior of the classrooms and common areas in good repair. Economically, they employ up to nine staff and provide sought after daycare space for up to 60 children.  Daycare is an important service to our Community.

The Society is in the process of  securing other community service oriented renters to further bolster anchor tenant income funds.  This rental income is being accrued with the intention to contribute financially to the upgrades to the building.  Various rooms are still available for social events, public meetings, educational training, Parks Commission, Advisory Planning Commission, SDRA, Elections, garden clubs,  arts and crafts groups, and photography studio use.
The much awaited Saltair Community Building Condition Assessment Report  (click on highlighted text to access reports)   Facility Assessment Condition Report Saltair Community Centre  Building Envelope Condition Assessment of Gymnasium Saltair Community Centre  ,  will be utilized  to apply for applicable grant funding. CVRD staff and Area Director Mel Dorey are currently working on a viable financial plan moving forward that will be amenable to the citizens of Saltair.  Social fund raising and donation events are also being planned by the Society to assist with future upgrade costs.
The Society expresses many thanks to the Saltair folks who took the time to send in “Letters of Support” to the Electoral Area Directors.  Over 26 pro-community centre  letters were received!  Well Done!
 Further support in the form of positive media is still needed, Generate the importance of community spirit and that it can thrive in a good community building, cite examples: Cowichan Hub, Ashcroft Hub, North Oyster Hall, Thetis Island. walkability, a little TLC goes a long way, etc.  Reach out and send letters of support to media outlets such as Take 5 Magazine, Chemainus Valley Courier, Ladysmith Chronicle, Cowichan Citizen, talk to your neighbours and local area residents.
For further updates, news, directorship elections, and for ways you can volunteer or make a difference to further the success of the facility,  please email Bill Cleary – bcleary [at] shaw [dot] ca
Thank you
News provided by
Director, Jackie Rieck,  Saltair Community Society

Cowichan Valley Trail Update

Funding for completion of Saltair’s portion of the Cowichan Valley Trail has been solidified and  CVRD staff are moving forward with final design approvals. CVRD’s  goal for this project is to issue a tender in late January 2018, with construction beginning in March 2018.  Construction will continue through to October  2018.

The trail will stay within the railway corridor between Cook Street in Chemainus and Stocking Creek Park.  Between Cook Street and Southin Road, the trail will be located on the west side of the tracks before switching over to make the connection farther north with the existing trail located on the east side of the tracks. This alignment was determined through detailed engineering design work that took place in 2013 and took into consideration a number of factors including terrain challenges and sight lines.

The connection to Ladysmith will include a roadside trail between North Watts Road and the extra-wide sidewalk on the Ladysmith side leading to North Davis Road. From there, the trail is off-road (pathway or sidewalk) until just north of Transfer Beach.

 

 

 

Crime Update

On September 5th, 2017,  two home burglaries took place on Clifcoe Road.  Ladysmith RCMP have confirmed two suspects were arrested and are scheduled for a court appearance. Many 911 calls were received from watchful Saltair residents which were crucial in pinpointing the exact location of the suspects! Great Community in action, Well done and Big Huge Thank you to those of you that called in!!

Working together via 911 and with RCMP sends a message:

“DON’T MESS WITH SALTAIR!!”

Saltair Gathers to View Sesquicentennial Quilt

Saltair is such a small hamlet that it isn’t on most maps, but there are many significant places with a rich history in this little unincorporated town. We marvel at our surroundings. The beauty of the ever-changing water, meadows and mountains is breath taking.

Boulder Point/Big Rock Beach at low Tide

In the fall of 2016 some members of the Saltair Community Society suggested that it would be nice to do something special for Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Among other ideas, someone asked me if I would head such a project and create a quilt that would portray the area and celebrate this special occasion.

Canada Day 150th

It had been a dream of mine for several years to create a quilt that would help represent this small community in a worthy manner and let people know about a unique way of life by those of us who have come from far and wide to live in this pristine setting. I have been a part of this community since 1975 and love how people interact and celebrate each significant holiday with each other.

Our newly created Community Centre became the perfect place for a small group of quilters to meet every week. They agreed to contribute their talents to this massive project. We called ourselves “The Saltair Quilters”. The work began in November 2016 and that is how my dream became a reality.

Winter time planning stages of the 150 Quilt.

After putting this wonderful art project together I spent a total of 64 hours quilting it. I want to make special mention of Mary Chudy from the Crofton Quilters who created and contributed the organza leaves. Then my friend Bronwen Cossey serged the quilt panels and the borders. The Saltair Quilters spent a happy day attaching the leaves in a way that represents the falling leaves of autumn and the passing of time.

Saltair Quilters

Did you find the Big Rock and Stocking Creek Falls? Look for the Old Plantation and the Station House. What about the Saltair Pub and Porter’s Dairy? There is the entrance to Diana Park and not to forget the Coastal Messenger, the ship that has been sailing these seas for many years, bringing the Good News wherever it docked. Then there is the Davis Lagoon Bridge, without which it would be impossible to access Saltair from the north end.

Ta Dahhh Here it is the Saltair 150 Quilt

 

To those of you who have lived in this unique community for many years and also to those of you who have found this hamlet more recently and decided to call it “home”, we are thrilled to present this quilt.

Christa Stegemann

RCMP recover property stolen from homes in Saltair and seek rightful owners

RCMP have arrested a person in a rash of recent break-ins in Saltair and Chemainus and are now looking to reconnect homeowners with their stolen property.

A suspect was identified last Wednesday in relation to the thefts at homes in Saltair, south of Ladysmith and made an arrest.

Numerous items believe to be stolen from the affected homes were recovered and RCMP would like to ensure all property is returned to the rightful owners.

If you are missing items please call the Ladysmith RCMP as 250-245-2215 with a description and contact information.

“The Ladysmith RCMP wishes to thank the community for their response to the recent request for tips,” said Cpl Aaron Chamberlin.

CRIME ALERT

THIEVES ARE ACTIVE  IN SALTAIR – JUNE 7TH, 2017

They are not just stealing from sheds and garages this time. They are breaking into houses where it looks like the owners are away, ransacking and causing property damage.

Homes on Whitecap Place and Rocky Beach Rd were hit in the last few days.

An attempt to break into a house on Lytton Rd last night was thwarted by the owner who gave chase, however the thief managed to climb over their 6′ fence and escape. He is described as: tall, skinny, carried a black backpack and was wearing a helmet.

Please be extra cautious, lock all your doors/ windows even if you are home.

If you are planning to be away, ask a friend or neighbour to check your home or better yet get a house sitter.

Report any suspicious acitivity or persons to the RCMP. Take photos if necessary