Lorraine Markin is retiring as, executive assistant at the Nanaimo Port Authority. She plans to keep busy with her volunteer work in the community. Lorraine worked at the port for 26 years, by the way ... Cpl. Norm Smith of Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services hosted a pedestrian safety meeting at Fifth Street and Bruce Avenue
on Thursday night ... Mark Crissinger was stoked to play the blues for guests at Irene's Pub in Ottawa on Thursday night ...
Jeff Ritchie, senior manager for parks and recreational facilities for the City of Nanaimo, has officially retired after 17 years with the city ... Facility maintenance and construction manager Ian Blackwood is expected to follow into retirement next February.
Jim Taylor has taken over as president of the Nanaimo Ratepayers Association ... John Barsby Community Secondary chef Bruce Chandler is being honoured with the renaming of the school's multi-purpose room.
The school board decided this week to endorse a request from the school that the multipurpose room be renamed Chandler Hall.
Kevin Roden is the new partner at Whiteaker & Associates Chartered Accountants, which is now called Whiteaker Roden & Associates Professional Accountants ... Nanoose Bay's Leslie Ibsen isn't the only descendent in the Pacific Northwest with a connection to England's King Richard III, whose bones were unearthed in a Liecester, England parking lot. Steve Riggin, of Spokane, Wash, recently contacted the Daily News looking to contact Ibsen, after reading an online story about how Ibsen's mother's genetic makeup was used to confirm the late king's idenity. Riggin's own genealogical research showed he, too, is related to the king killed in battle in 1485 ... Marking his milestone 50th birthday with a blast was Nanaimo resident Rick Meyer. The B.C. Ferries worker and part-time entertainer (as Vikki Smudge) celebrated with friends and family to a blowout night Oct. 19 at the Timberlands Pub.
Two Vancouver Island University students have received scholarships to support their international internships in Bulgaria and Ecuador. Brent Whitford, a fourth year Anthropology student, and Megan Kingwill, in her fourth year of a Global Studies major and Anthropology minor at VIU, each received a $6,000 Premier's International Scholarship. .. A tree was planted in memory of Venture Aviation founder Ken Leyden, at Nanaimo Airport this week. Family members gathered for a memorial ceremony to put a dogwood tree in the ground at YCD Monday. He died last October, at age 72.
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