Africa's Anita Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends:

We are writing to ask for your help.

The day before Christmas, we received some shocking news from Africa. A week earlier, Anita Kemirembe, the child whose story is told in “Anita’s Africa”, had been ploughed in to by a bus as she stood on a roadside in Kampala. Her father and brother were also struck.  Anita’s injuries were devastating and she initially was not expected to survive. One leg was shattered and she was left in a coma from which she emerged seven days later. Local doctors sought immediately to amputate her leg. Faced with this crisis, her father made arrangements to have her transferred to a private hospital where she will soon be evaluated by a specialist. She remains in excruciating pain.

Her father suffered a badly broken leg which has left him unable to resume his work as a tailor. Her mother must be with Anita constantly. The family of six has no health insurance and there is no liability insurance from the accident.

This situation is a tragedy in so many ways. The costs of hospital care up to now have left the family bankrupt and destitute.

Our goal is to raise funding to help them survive until both parents are able to return to work.  We have known the parents over the last 7 years and have seen first hand their commitment to their children. They have worked tirelessly to ensure that Anita and her brothers receive a good education and a set-back such as this one is overwhelming.

We would be grateful for any help you could provide. Cheques should be made payable to Coming Home Films Inc. (“Anita Relief” on the memo line) and either left at Gulfport Realty or mailed to PO Box 106.

We thank you very much in advance for considering this request.


Dereck Atha,
Sue Atha,
Peter Kellington,
Beverley Reid.

New Submission Form

I've made a new submission form for anyone who wants to send their non-profit announcement or MayneNews FreeBoard listing to the MayneNews email list and post it to this blog. Hopefully this will make sending your information out easier and more straightforward.

To the right you'll see a little radio tower. Click on that and it will take you to the form to fill out. This information will be emailed to me when you submit it.

If you want to post a photo or graphic, you'll need to send me that file separately -- to

Happy Holidays from MayneNews

Happy Holidays to all the readers and subscribers of MayneNews and all the best in 2010.

photo by Toby Snelgrove

Introducing MayneNews Freeboard

I thought I would try this on a trial basis to see how it works.

The idea is that people who have free things to give away can have a notice sent out with the next MayneNews email to go out to the list and posted on the MayneNews blog.

Free things to give away or wanted only.


I have a Queen Size bed with headboard, mattress and box spring and matching 6 drawer chest of drawers.

It is all taken apart and ready to travel. The bed is not perfect, but is in fairly good condition and the mattress is in very good condition.  It has been in use in my home until this week - now the room is going to be my sewing room.

Someone would really appreciate it and get some good use out of it.

The bedroom set is a donation - I would just like it to be used.

Maureen Pearl   250 539 2116

Library Re-opens

The Library Board is very pleased to announce the re-opening of the Mayne Island Reading Centre (our library) on Friday, December 18th.

Hours are as usual 11:00AM to 3:00PM.  Friday, Saturday and Wednesday.

The computers and wireless network are up and running again.

The parking lot is still not really ready so you might want to park elsewhere and walk in on the gravel pathway from the main road.  Please give your feet and extra wipe on entering.

Thanks for your patience.

Mayne Island Library Website

Wassail with Vox Trium - Tues. Dec. 22nd

Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away!

Music from several centuries including poetry, stories, and audience participation caroling.  Come join Vox Trium members, Lael Whitehead, Gail Noonan, and Stephen Cropper and special guest Elisabeth Jahren to welcome in the Yuletide Season with an evening of song and good cheer!

Toby Snelgrove Photo

Concert on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm),

St. Mary Magdalene Church,  Mayne Island.

$12 - including beverage & snacks.
Tickets at the door, — or to be sure, from Treefrog Gallery or Happy Tides on Mayne Island.

For more information contact Stephen Cropper by phone at 250-539-2206
or by email at
or visit our website at

CD Release Party - Dec. 18

CD Release Concert

Agricultural Hall
Friday, December 18th 8:00 (doors open 7:15)
Tickets $10 at the door

Marley Daemon
(featuring Mayne Islanders Marley Iredale and Zoe Guigueno with many special guests)

Heart-full songs ranging in style from Jazz to Art to Folk accompanied on piano, guitar, and upright bass


Fish and Bird
(Adam Iredale-Gray, Taylor Ashton and friends)
High-energy, old-time Art Folk on vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar, drums and bass

Mayne School Christmas Play

Mayne Island School presents

Christmas Every Day!!

Written by Anita McCamley

6:30 pm, December 16 at the Ag Hall

This is a festive play with song, presented by the children of Mayne Island School.
There is no admission, however, a donation to the foodbank would be appreciated

Refreshments will be served

Mayne Island Firefighters Fundraiser

Mayne Island Fire/Rescue

The Mayne Island Firefighters Association is fundraising to purchase JAWS OF LIFE for the Mayne Island Fire/Rescue Service. We have the great fortune to be able to try before we buy on the morning of Sunday, December 13th 9-11 Am!

The Jaws of Life set we are fundraising for will be available on this morning for a trial period. The firefighters have arranged for two donor vehicles to be cut up for a trial of these Jaws to be certain we are purchasing the right Rescue Tools for our needs.

You are invited to drop in at the Fire Hall between 9am to 11am Sunday, December 13th to view these Rescue Tools we are seeking your donation for. This is a rare opportunity to see these Rescue Tools in action in a non-emergency.

All donations, from $1 or more towards the Jaws of Life are gratefully and equally appreciated! Our goal is to be able to purchase this tool prior to February 2010 as the Olympics are expected absorb all of this type of equipment.

For more information please visit or contact: Fire Chief Jeff Francis 250-539-5156  email: or Deputy Chief Steven De Rousie 250-539-5156  email:

Sand Lance Survey Volunteer Opportunities - Dec 9-13

The sand lance survey season is starting and we need your help. So don your wellies and your woollies and your miner’s lamp and join us for some interesting work: field work or indoor work or both!

No experience necessary — just pure enthusiasm!

December 9th & 10th

Field sampling on Dec. 9th @ 4:00pm and on Dec. 10th @ 6am during favourable tides. Each field trip will be about 3 hours long to cover 6 beaches. Dress for cold and wet weather and bring a head lamp or flashlight if you have one.

December 10-13th

Egg searching 10-4pm
222 Skana Gate Rd.
Food and beverages provided.
Contact Leanna Boyer 539-5937 or

Merry Marketeers and More..…

Merry Marketeers and More..…
Christmas Craft Fair
Sunday, December 13
10am - 2 pm at the Ag. Hall
Island Produced & Hand Crafted
Gifts & Goodies for Everyone!!
Yummy Refreshments Available

Contact - Glenda:

Christmas on Wooddale Sat. Dec. 5

Christmas on Wooddale
Saturday Dec. 5 - 11-4pm

347 Wooddale Drive
- Christmas Baking
- Donna Williams Jewellery
- Jewellery & gifts from Latin America

345 Wooddale Drive
- Siggi’s handmade toys, etc

340 Wooddale Drive - K&S Designs
Sydney DeCoursey - West Coast Maples 2010
Michel Richard - west coast carver & sculptor
Catherine Clarke - original art, cards, quilts

Drop in for some Holiday Cheer

for further information contact Dawne

A Victorian Christmas Concert - Dec 3rd

The Salt Spring Island Fiddlers invite you to A Victorian Christmas Concert on Dec. 3rd.

The 12 talented violin students who make up the Salt Spring Island Fiddlers are already well into rehearsals for the evening of Christmas Carols,  stories, dance and Victorian treats.  The program will be narrated by Kaya Hunter who will put all the music in context with background and anecdotes about Christmas in Victorian times.

The young musicians are all middle and high school students who are part the Fiddler’s Hatchery, the Salt Spring Island Violin Studio run by Carolyn Hatch.  “These young people are not only becoming proficient musicians, they work together well and have been performing professionally around the island,” said Hatch, a professional musician as well as a teacher.  The fiddlers will play a stunning array of Christmas Carols from all over the world as was common in Victorian times. Some of the performers will be dancing  English Country Dances and there will also be singing and some poetry.  In lieu of an intermission there will be a Victorian Era Party which includes snacks, drinks, Victorian poetry and, of course, more music and dance!

The group will be performing A Victorian Christmas Concert on Mayne Island at the Agricultural Hall on Thursday, December 3th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and include snacks and non alcoholic drinks. Tickets available at The Trading Post and at the door.

Community Forum: RCMP Service For Mayne Island - Dec. 5

Did you know that the police officer on Mayne Island will be moved to Pender Island? This will result in four officers on Pender Island leaving none on Mayne.

If you are concerned about Mayne Island having no resident police, please attend the meeting noted below.

Community Forum RCMP Service Proposal For Mayne Island

Guest Speaker: Corporal Linda Simpson (Outer Islands RCMP)

All residents are invited to attend a Community Forum on Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 PM at the Ag Hall to address the proposed reallocation of RCMP officers and centralizing of RCMP services to the Southern Gulf Islands to Pender Island.

Sponsored by:

The Mayne Island Residents & Ratepayers Association

Contact email:

BC Environment Minister labelled "Clueless".

The BC NDP has labelled Liberal Environment Minister Barry Penner "clueless" for apparently being unaware that a near-tragedy occurred last week when the 241 metre cargo ship the Hebei Lion hit Conconi Reef off Mayne Island during high winds.
"It is clear that the latest round of B.C. Liberal cuts to the environment ministry has left the province with greatly reduced capacity for environmental monitoring and response," said [NDP Environment Critic Rob] Fleming. "This incident had the potential to be a catastrophe and the environment minister wasn't even aware it had happened."
To be fair, it is unclear whether Mr. Fleming would have been aware of this incident much earlier than today either, given that the media in general has not found this environmental bullet that Gulf Islanders dodged last week to be worthy of reporting upon. If the tide has not been rising that evening when the bulk carrier hit the reef, this ship, which can carry up to 2 million gallons of heavy fuel, could have been ripped open. We who live on these islands are well aware of the potential catastrophe that we luckily avoided.

Fleming questioned how we could trust the government to watch out for our environment if they succeed in bringing oil tanker traffic to these waters, when they don't appear to take notice of incidents with conventional shipping.

Links to this story: CFAX 1070

Update: photo of the 241 metre Hebei Lion, earlier this year.

Sharing and Caring about Others

It's the time of year when we think about giving to our families and friends. It is also the time we should open our hearts beyond and help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Island Women Against Violence (IWAV) is a non-profit society dedicated to supporting women and their children throughout the Southern Gulf Islands whose lives have been affected by violence and abuse.

I would like to ask of those who are able, to donate what you can. Many women who use the shelter show up with little more than the clothes on their backs. I have spoken to one of the counsellors and they would be ever so grateful for whatever we can give. She specifically mentioned needing slippers and night wear. Any gently used or new clothing items for women, bath product & lotions, toys and clothing for children and books would be appreciated.

I will be collecting donations until the 14th of December.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact me at 250 539-3509.

Home Hardware will have a bin for donations, thank you Colleen!

Gulfport Realty office will also accept donations, thank you Dereck!

Please do not wrap anything.

In the spirit of Christmas and giving let's reach out and make someone else's just a little bit better.

For more information please contact Lorie Brown at 250 539-3509

World Premiere of Kim Darwin’s “Evolutionize This!!” Musical-Comedy Dec. 5th

What happens when a “serious” musician finally surrenders to a wacky sense of fun that has been lurking in the background for years - and is finally busting free? A riotous evening of musical comedy that will engage, entertain and have you rolling in the aisles of the Ag Hall – that’s what!!

Drawing from a lifetime of experience in the professional music business, Kim Darwin and zany side-kick, Miranda Brown, reveal the sillier side of a world that sometimes takes itself too seriously. In a fast-paced series of scenes and original songs, Kim and Miranda cover a range of topics that have two things in common: they relate to the world of music and they are hilarious.

From deranged conductor to alien abductor, Kim introduces a variety of crazy characters. In once scene, he’s a back-up musician who is being verbally spanked by a self-important jazz diva. In another, the two cohorts perform a Jazz Make-over on a ”regular guy,” played by guest performer Marc Parthew. With Oprah-like skill, they turn him into a “cool jazz hipster dude.”

In keeping with the time of year, the evening will feature some of your favourite seasonal music – but with a comedic twist of course!

Hosted by the Mayne Island Music Society,
the fun starts at 7:00 on Saturday, December 5th at the Ag Hall.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Happy Tides;
$18 at the door.

Food by Eden. Refreshments.

For more information contact the Mayne Island Music Society.

News media, governments, not interested in Mayne Island cargo ship grounding

Neither the major news outlets nor the Provincial or Federal Governments found it important enough to mention that a large 241 metre bulk carrier hit a reef in Navy Channel on the evening of November 18th. The tanker could potentially carry in excess of 2 million gallons of heavy black oil for fuel.

The grounding happened during high winds at Conconi Reef off Galagher Bay, Mayne Island. A tug towed the ship off the reef the next morning. Local folk contacted a selection of the local news media but only a few minor mentions were ever made.

Because of the potential for a spill affecting the San Juans, the Washington State Department of Ecology "mobilized staff and prepared to deploy response systems". They also issued a press release about the event:

“Damage to fuel tanks on a cargo ship that size could have oiled the islands on both sides of the border,” said Dale Jensen, manager of Ecology's Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. “A major spill also could have forced a closure to vessel traffic. Given the profound environmental and economic risks we're relieved and pleased at the outcome. We mobilized staff and were prepared to deploy response systems as needed.”
State Sen. Kevin Ranker, who represents the 40th District, including his San Juan Island home, said, “This incident once again highlights the importance of having a strong spill prevention and response system in place, not only for Puget Sound but also for large transboundary spills that can have potentially devastating effects on our environment and economy.”

Canadian responses were somewhat underwhelming: (from the small Times-Colonist story)

"Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said no spilled oil or fuel was detected, and the coast guard did not have to respond to the scene."
"Matt Gordon from the B.C. Ministry of Environment said the ministry was notified about the incident, but would have acted only if a pollution problem arose. He said the ministry would have monitored nearby shorelines if oil, diesel or some other substance had been spilled, and would have used any necessary environmental-protection measures."

Victoria Journalist Paul Willcocks commented in his blog:

"The argument for tanker traffic relies heavily on the effectiveness and accountability of governments in protecting the public interest.
But only Washington seemed to think this important enough to tell the public about. The B.C. and Canadian governments didn't think you needed to know."

More on the story: The Driftwood
Olympic Peninsula Envrionmental News
The Dogwood Initiative

Update Nov. 24: The Victoria Times-Colonist added an editorial on the subject today: Sharp lessons in near-disaster.

"The freighter can carry 1.2 million [US] gallons of fuel oil, about one-tenth the amount of oil spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster.
A spill was averted in this case, at least in part because of good luck. The Hebei Lion ran onto the rocks at low water during a rising tide. The hull was apparently not punctured and tugs were able to free the ship the next day.
The incident raises several questions.
The most obvious is why Washington State officials -- who were notified of the grounding by B.C.'s Environment Ministry -- considered this important enough to tell the public about, while provincial and federal agencies here stayed silent.
That should add to concern about the governments' support for the Enbridge pipeline from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat and the jump in tanker traffic as large ships transport the oil to Asia."

Mayne Island Little Theatre has a Facebook Page

MILT fan page on Facebook

Mayne Island Little Theatre Fall Production - Nov 26-28

Mayne Island Little Theatre Presents

Moby Dude

November 26, 27 and 28

At The Ag Hall At 8pm

Tickets $12 at the Trading Post

For more information contact Brian at 250-539-3027

Boil Water Notice Lifted for the Lighthouse Waterworks District

As of November 18, 2009, the boil water notice for the Lighthouse Waterworks District has ended.

The Lighthouse Waterworks District is the community water system covering the Georgina Point area of Mayne Island only.

Message from the Mayne Island Conservancy

A message from the directors of the Mayne Island Conservancy Society (MICS)

On Wednesday November 18th -  7 pm at the Community Centre the Mayne Island Advisory Planning Committee (APC) will be meeting. On their agenda will be discussion of the new Sensitive Ecosystem Map and bylaws for the associated Development Permit Areas that have been recommended by the Islands Trust Planner Robert Kojima.

This review and recommendations by the APC are the near final steps in having environmental protection within key ecosystems of the island.

This is extremely important as it relates to the integration of land use planning into the protection of the natural environment of Mayne Island and as such deserves broad support and the fullest understanding by the APC members.

Two MICS directors attended last month’s APC meeting and promised to return this month to assist the APC members with their understanding of these proposals. If you care about good land stewardship on Mayne Island and are interested in seeing how our local government works we urge you to attend the November 18th meeting.

If you cannot attend but wish your voice to be counted please send an email to and we will take your message to the APC.

Christmas Craft Fair at the Ag Hall - Sat. Nov. 21st

Join us for a Christmas Craft Market!

Saturday November 21st
10:00 ~ 3:00
at the Ag Hall

Your local crafters and artisans have been busy.

Come see what we have to offer:
• art cards & bags ~ Debbie
• baby & fleece clothing & blankets crocheted, hand woven & hand sewn items ~ Sonja
• books & knitting ~ Celia
• Christmas wreaths, driftwood Santa's & trees, original paintings ~ Ingrid & Jim
• Christmas ornaments & cards ~ Lorie
• home preserves, knitting ~ Doreen
• jewellery, silver ~ Val
• jewellery, precious stones ~ Angelina & Kara
• native carvings ~ Wayne

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Mayne Island Food Bank.

For more information contact Sonja Peters at 250 539-3679 or 604 576-6550

Remembrance Day 2009 on Mayne Island

November 11 photos by Toby Snelgrove. Available for free viewing and download here: (LINK)

Village Bay Sunset

Recent Village Bay sunset picture taken by friends Tony & Bev.

Those are the real colours - no Photoshop! :-)

Mayne Island Library Closure

As many of you have already learned, the repairs to the library have been extensive and prolonged. Consequently, the library will remain closed for an undetermined period of time. There will be no library access for books nor for any other planned activity such as the TCAC Art shows.

We will announce the re-opening date when known.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ed Pedersen, Library Chair.

Annual Mayne Island Christmas Craft Show Nov. 14

Announcing the Annual Mayne Island Christmas Craft Show

At the Community Centre

Saturday, November 14th, 10-3

Every year we pack our beautiful Community hall with as many island crafters as possible for the Island's best one stop holiday shop. There will be teas, soaps, cards, carvings, unique jewelry, blown glass, knitting, silks, photography, pottery, and much more.

This year we have Eden providing her famous baked goodies!

We'll be doing a raffle again with a chance to win a basket filled with the crafter's wares with proceeds going towards equipment for the centre.

See you there!

Contact Mike Nadeau for further inquiries: 250 539-0123

Candle-lit Meditation & Songs of Taizé by Vox Trium Nov 14

St. Mary Magdalene Church

Saturday November 14, 2009

7 pm to 8 pm

Everyone is welcome to join us in a Taizé Experience, “A Future of Peace” in a candle-lit meditative prayer service of songs, psalms and silence (there is no sermon).

Intercontinental Meeting of Young Adults.

Every week from early spring to late autumn, young adults from different continents arrive on the hill of Taizé, France. They are searching for meaning in their lives, in communion with many others. By going to the wellsprings of trust in God, they set out on an inner pilgrimage that encourages them to build relationships of trust among all human beings.

Music By The Vox Trium & Carol Barker.

Everyone is Welcome.

Posted November 2009

Mayne Island Event Photos

A great collection of photos from various Mayne Island events courtesy of Toby Snelgrove and his cameras. (LINK)

Posted November 2009

Boil Water Notice for the Lighthouse Waterworks District

From the flyer I got in my door:

"Attention Lighthouse Waterworks District.

There is a Boil Water Notice until further notice. Do not use our system's water without first boiling.

A notice will be posted at the pump-house located at Aya Reach and Georgina Point Road when boiling is no longer required.

If you require further information contact one of your trustees."

I left the names and phone numbers of the trustees off here, in case they didn't want them published on the web.

I have a couple of questions if anyone reading this might be able to answer them. Just click the link below that shows the number of comments.

A look around the internet seems to indicate that the boiling time recommended by various agencies varies from 1 minute to 12 minutes. Anyone have any definitive info?

What about dishes? I couldn't possibly boil enough water to deal with the dishes too. Does just drying them off after take care of anything that might be in the water? I was thinking of making a final rinse with a bit of bleach in it, but I'm not sure of the amounts.

I'll do a little more Google research to see if I find anything that looks credible and post it here.

EDIT: I just found some contradictory advice on a web site.

"Common water boiling times that are stated include:
• Boil water for 10 minutes” is a common statement
• 5-minutes of boiling” is also frequently heard
• Boil the water for 20 minutes”. Would there be any left?
• A rolling boil for 1 minute”. Is it enough?
• When at high altitudes you need to boil water for twice as long

The correct amount of time to boil water is 0 minutes. Thats right, zero minutes.

'According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185° F (85° C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212° F or 100° C) from 160° F (70° C), all pathogens will be killed, even at high altitude.' " LINK

Posted November 2009

MayneNews has a Facebook Group!

I started a MayneNews Facebook group today.

In addition to posting community events on the MayneNews blog I can add them to the group. As a matter of fact anyone who joins the MayneNews Facebook group can post events to the group's wall. They should be not-for-profit community events though. If you're on Facebook, please join the group.

Click here to check it out.

Posted November 2009

How to use the MayneNews email list for your event

I've decided to write a how-to checklist for those who are sending me announcements to send out to the list. While still new at this job, I've discovered I need to set out some requirements for those using the list, that clearly states some ground rules.

I consider the email list a community resource and my goal is to make it as useful as possible for everyone. The key to it being useful is to get emails into the inboxes of as many people on Mayne Island or who are friends of Mayne Island as possible. Something I don't want to do is to send out a ton of email to the list. This will turn subscribers off and cause people to ignore the emails that get sent or simply delete them without viewing them and therefore decrease the list's overall effectiveness as a community information tool.

I've decided that no more than 3 email sends per week is a good amount. If there are more event announcements to go out that week I will double or triple them up in the email send. For this reason, make sure your event information is complete and correct. Sending out emergency corrections to the whole list because the info is wrong is something I don't want to do any longer. It doesn't make me look good or the MayneNews email list look good either. In future I won't be sending out any more corrections as separate emails, although I can edit the blog posts. If another email is going out to the list before your event date, I can add a correction to the bottom of that email.

So here's the current checklist. I may edit this as I go along:

Is your information complete and correct?
• Do you have the correct day, time, admission price, venue and other information? 
• Have all the people in your group approved the information? 
• Are there any spelling or grammar mistakes that might reflect badly on your group. Yes, people do notice this stuff, and might think badly of your effort if you have a lot of spelling errors.
• Doing a full send to the list for a correction to your information will not be done, but a correction can be included in an upcoming send if another list send is going out prior to your event.

Is the information provided in a form that Jim can access and the list recipients can access?
• Submit all the event information to me in the form of text in your email. I may not necessarily be able to open and read an attached file that you send to me if it's in some proprietary file format. 
•  I won't send out event information as graphics only, such as a poster, to the list, because those who have images turned off in their email programs won't be able to view that information. A graphic may also not display correctly depending on the type of software the recipient is using. The emails to the list are sent out as HTML emails, which all modern email software can deal with. Their is also a plain text option sent along with it for those who can't. Subscribers to the list can edit their preferences on whether they want HTML, plaintext or mobile formatted email sent to them.
Is there compelling information included in your description that will make people want to come to your event? 
• Just saying "Come to X on September 20th" isn't going to make anyone necessarily interested in attending. You might have to tell them why they might want to come or least provide some interesting details about your event. Some well-written prose might make a big difference.
• For announcements going to the list, the limit is 200 words and 1 included graphic or photo. I can post a longer version to the blog and include 2 or 3 graphics or photos to a blog post, so consider sending a longer version as well. I can also embed YouTube videos in the blog posts.

Did you provide a subject heading for the email to be sent out?
• As I said above, emails to the list might go out separately, or if there are more than 3 announcements per week then they may have to be doubled up or tripled up. A subject heading that describes your event is required. I also want all the subject headings to have the month and day tacked on the end, so the recipients can see at a glance when the event is.
• The subject heading will also be in the body of the email and become the title of the blog post.
Email subject headings should be no longer than 50 characters - including the date, in this form: MMM-DD. For example: Dec 12.

Do you have a contact person for more information? 
• Always include a "for more information contact ..." either by phone or email or both. I can add links to any website you want.

Is there enough time before the event to get this email out and to also make corrections?
• Although it may seem like it to people who know me, I don't spend every waking hour in front of my computer. :-) I sometimes even go several hours or (gasp) a whole day, without checking my email. So you need to get your info to me with enough lead time for me to be able to get it sent out to the list and also to get back to you in case I need to make clarifications. 
• I think a minimum reasonable time is 5 days prior to your event, although more is better. I may be able to help you in less time, but I can't promise anything. I also might need to be working at making my crafts to sustain my income before I get down to working on the MayneNews list. Doing this is strictly volunteer work for me.

Do you want a post on the MayneNews blog as well as an email sent to the list?
• As mentioned above, I can post a longer more detailed version of your announcement to the MayneNews blog. This can include up to 3 photos or graphics and one of these can be an embedded YouTube video. Send me the info to be posted to the blog below the info to be posted to the list if it is different.
• You may want to think about removing private phone numbers, names or email addresses from the blog post, because anything on the blog can be referenced by anyone using a search engine. If you want to avoid spam to an email address something people do is to print it as "Name [at] domain [dot] com" so that automated software can't harvest the email from a web site. It's possible that even that is no longer good protection since the spammer's software might be able to figure that trick out now as well.
Following these rules will greatly help me in making the email list useful for Mayne Island. 


Posted November 2009

Volunteer for the Sand Lance Survey - Nov. 12 - 15

Sand Lance Survey  - Volunteer Opportunities

The sand lance survey season is starting and we need your help. So don your wellies and your woollies and your miner’s lamp and join us for some interesting work: field work or indoor work or both!

Sand lance spawn on sandy beaches just below the log line between mid-November and mid-February. Adults measure about 22cm and are an important prey item for several species of birds (makes up from 10% to over 50% of their diet), fish (including coho and Chinook) and marine mammals.

Knowledge about the biology and health of the Pacific sand lance population is limited, making protection of their spawning beaches even more critical.

No experience necessary — just pure enthusiasm!

November 12:
Field sampling at 5:30am and 6pm during favourable tides. Each field trip will be about 3 hours long to cover 6 beaches. Dress for cold and wet weather and bring a head lamp or flashlight if you have one.

November 13-15:
Egg searching 10-4pm, 222 Skana Gate Rd. Food and beverages provided.

Contact Leanna Boyer 539-5937 or

Posted November 2009

ANIMALS: Visions from our Mayne Island Artists: Opening Nov. 13

Correction: The date of the opening has changed to November 13th 7-9 pm

ANIMALS: Visions from our Mayne Island Artists

On Friday night (if the library is open) the TCAC, Mayne Island group, will host an open-house displaying a menagerie of animal forms interpreted by its members – literal or metaphoric.

The art will include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, writing, and who-knows-what.

Artists include:
Leanne Dyck
Tina Farmilo
Betty Hawes
Barbara McIntyre
Bill Maylone
Caroline Scagel
Toby Snelgrove

Opening Night: Friday Nov. 6th 7-9 pm

Snacks and Wine

The exhibition runs through December 4th

Organized by Bill Maylone, Kit Maloney & Toby Snelgrove

Posted November 2009

Children's Clothing & Toy Swap - Nov. 14th

Children's Clothing & Toy Swap

A Mayne Island Early Childhood Society Fundraiser.

Saturday November 14, 11 am - 2 pm.

In the Mayne School Gym.

A clothing swap is like a yard sale for clothes. Except instead of individualy pricing items, you can stuff a bag as full as you can for a good price.

Bring your own bag - $5 sm bag - $10 lg bag

Donations being accepted at the school - drop off in the ELF room.

Please provide gently used only.

Posted November 2009

Learn about the Mysteries of Mushrooms & Fungi - Nov. 7 & 8

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is proud to present:

Andy MacKinnon on Mushrooms & Fungi

Saturday, November 7, 2009: Join us at 7 pm in the Ag Hall to learn all about the mysteries of mushroom and Fungi from biologist Andy Mackinnon

Sunday November 8, 2009: Walk with us in the morning from 9 am to noon to identify and learn more about mushrooms and fungi. Come prepared with wet weather gear and something warm to drink.

Admission by donation.

Andy Mackinnon is a professional biologist who lives in Metchosin BC with his beautiful wife, two handsome sons and mandolin. Andy is a research ecologist with the BC Forest Service, and also an adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He is co-author of five books about plants of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy.

Posted November 2009

Sounds of the Solar System Concert - Tues. Nov. 3rd

The Mayne Island Community Centre welcomes back David Hickey's Crystal Journey, Tuesday, November 3, 7:30pm. 

Tickets available at the door, $15 ~ CDs/Merchandise also will be available (and tea/goodies during the break).

Using crystal singing bowls, gongs, and chimes, David leads us on a "jouney through the solar system" ~ an experience to see, hear, and feel ~ the vibration resonates within the body for quite a sensory treat!

Please bring cushions/blankets/pillows if you want to get comfortable reclining ~ there will also be chairs for those who would rather sit.

For more information, please visit (where you can find info on upcoming shows on his Western Canada tour, including Victoria and Vancouver) or call Dove Lang 250-539-0627.

Posted November 2009

Fantastic musical evening at the Ag Hall Saturday Night

The Mayne Island Music Society concert last night featuring Whidbey Island, Washington's Billet-Deux was just excellent all around. The Hall was packed with folks who appreciated the show and stayed right to the end.

Jurgen Gothe was a great emcee, humorous and entertaining. The opening act, Vox Trium, with Mayne Islanders, Gail Noonan, Lael Whitehead and Steve Cropper featured some beautiful harmonies and witty music, including Gail's catchy tune, "Sourdough Starter", that I've now got stuck in my head.

Although I didn't partake in the food myself that was offered by chef Volter Jendhoff, it looked great and I was told it was very tasty. And how nice to be able to have a glass of wine or beer with the show.

Billet-Deux just knocked me off my feet. Utterly masterful musicians all, playing with a ton of confidence and in complete sync with each other. The style was Django-inspired "Gypsy" Jazz but with a repertoire that included a tour through modern jazz history and even a brilliant solo cello rendition of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". A number of pieces written by the group members were all played with skill and soul. All-in-all one of the best evenings of live music I've experienced here on Mayne.
Thanks to all who brought it together and to the Mayne Island Music Society.

All photos above courtesy of Toby Snelgrove

Posted October 2009