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Conditional sentence for three sex offences

Fred Church will serve an 18-month conditional sentence as punishment for three sex crimes involving two14-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl. Church, 70, was formerly a well-known businessman and volunteer for many charities.

Coast health director leaves job

Tess Orlando, who was the director of acute, home and community health care for the Sunshine Coast and Powell River, left her job Nov. 15. She oversaw St. Mary's Hospital, the Powell River hospital, nursing homes and home health care services.

Chat student wins poem contest

Chatelech Secondary School student, 16-year-old Kaija Heitland, put herself in the shoes of a mother who lost her only son in World War II to create a poem worthy of an award from the Sechelt Legion.

Coastal Health issues salmonella warning

While salmonella is commonly linked to meat that is not cooked properly, nine cases of salmonella poisoning on the Coast in the past four months have been linked to poorly washed vegetables.

Public meeting on watershed gravel pit

A controversial proposal to dig a gravel pit near Chapman Creek will be the subject of a public information meeting at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt Dec. 2. AJB Investments Ltd.

Elves Club volunteers getting prepared

The elves are coming out of hiding and setting up shop in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Egmont and Pender Harbour next weekend. These elves aren't the tiny, pointy-eared kind seen slaving away making toys in many a Christmas movie.

Power and Sail Squadron wraps up another year

The Pender Harbour Power and Sail Squadron have just wound up a very successful and enjoyable season of boating with the Poker Cruise.

Church approves same-sex blessing

Parishioners of St. Hilda's Anglican Church in Sechelt voted Nov. 14 to allow the blessing of same-sex relationships.St. Hilda's is the seventh parish of the Anglican Church of Canada to approve the controversial rite.

Culinary Arts program really cooks

The Sunshine Coast Alternative School's Culinary Arts Program has just moved into a space of its own.

Community screening set for new movie

The Coast will be saying, "welcome back" to cast and crew of A Beachcombers Christmas next weekend when they arrive with the film for a special pre-screening event. While the movie is set to air on CBC Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.