We’re Having a Picnic!
Join the Youbou Community Association at the Lit-tle League Park for a community picnic on Sunday, August 26, from 11 am to 3 pm. We’ll be providing hot-dogs, lemonade, popcorn and family-friendly fun and games. You can also bring your own picnic. Tote your chairs and come ready to watch or par-ticipate in classic games, such as horseshoes, cro-quet, wet balloon tosses, and sack races. The event is free to Youbou residents and friends!
It’s a great way to wrap up a fantastic summer and reconnect with neighbours and friends and make a few new ones!
August 26: Youbou community picnic: 11am -3pm, Little League Park
October 13: Oktobeerfest, 7 pm, Youbou Community Hall-Free shuttle will be running!
December 31: New Years Eve Party, Youbou Community Hall. Free shuttle will be running!
Youbou Community of Peace Sunday Service
Summer Schedule **No Service on First Month**
Service 11am ,
Last Sunday of each Month ,,, coffee ,
11am Communion Service:
followed by a free Community Table Lunch.
Youbou Regatta Gets Wet
Who would have thought we would end six weeks of drought with rain on the same day as our Youbou Regatta?
Luckily, the shower didn’t start until after the fire-hall pancake breakfast and the world’s shortest parade.
Thankfully, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the folks who wanted to swim in races, run relays, play volleyball, or eat watermelon.
We really appreciate the efforts of our volunteer firefighters, who showed up at 6 am to prepare for flipping the flapjacks and sizzling the sausages for every-one in the community. It’s always the perfect opportunity to meet the neighbours over a cup of coffee. Thanks for all you do YVFD !
The parade kicked off on schedule with floats from the Youbou Community Association, Country Grocer, and the Lady of the Lake and her attendants.
Our Firefighters added a lot of local colour (Fire Engine Red!) to the parade. They showcased our antique fire truck, a pumper, a tanker, the rescue unit and even a mini!
The addition of a couple of mermaids and other characters rounded out the parade’s participants.
Despite a sprinkle or two, the regatta ran all events: ¼-mile swim, canoe races, paddleboard races, swimming races, the whistle-splash-flip triathlon relay, a very soggy volleyball game, the belly-flop contest, and the lifeguard relay (which the lifeguards actually did not win this year). If you missed the fun, plan on coming next year.
The regatta is usually held on the second Saturday in August.
Area I Update From the Desk of Klaus Kuhn
Water Management/Affordable Housing: At the August 8th CVRD Board Meeting, a vote was taken regarding the Water Management Function and the Affordable Housing Function.
It was decided that a Regional Referendum should be held in October at the time of the Lo-cal Government Election.
I supported an Area-by-Area Referendum on both issues. That way, each Area would have had the ability to decide on their own if they wanted the function to proceed. Unfortunately, we (some of my colleagues and I) were short one vote and the regional approach was ap-proved.
I have worked hard to eliminate, or at least substantially reduce, the cost of the Water func-tion and some of my efforts have paid off. The total amount of money to be spent on the Water function was reduced first from $2.5 Million to $1.4 Million and then finally to $750.000. I still consider this too high!
Now it will be up to the voters to decide if they agree with that amount.
The Affordable Housing Function is set at $765.000. Each function, if approved, will amount to a tax requisition of approx. $3.50 or 3.60 per 100.000 of assessed property value.
Originally, ratepayers would have been saddled with a hefty tax increase for just the Water Function alone. That would have been $15 per $100.000 of assessed value.
Roads: TimberWest has started paving another 2.3 km of logging road west of Youbou. The road will not be totally closed during that time, but there will be delays.
MoTI, together with TimberWest are looking at improving Youbou Road from Bremner Road to the end of the public road.
It seems that MoTI is determined to leave the speed sign at the bottom of the hill by the Shop and Save store. I have pointed out on several occasions that the location is not ideal.
Perhaps the fact that they still have not connected the signs leaves the possibility of recon-sideration.
Christopher Rock: TimberWest is planning to upgrade the trail to Christopher Rock. An area east of that trail is under consideration to be developed as a mountain bike trail. The property will be retained by TimberWest, so it will not be an Area I park, which means no upkeep cost for Area I.
Parks: Mile 77 Park is going to re-open next season. Greg Adams has committed to building a picnic shelter this fall, similar to the one at Stoker Park in Woodland Shores. The Cowichan Lake Community Forest Coop has indicated they might finance the establishment of some beaches at the park to make it more attractive, most likely in the spring of 2019.
Youbou Lands: I’ve held further talks with the new owners of the Youbou Lands. They’re planning to present their details for a hotel and resort complex, condominiums and a senior housing facility within the next month. Their preference is to develop the town core very soon.
SunFest: I have received complaints about traffic and rowdiness during SunFest and will discuss the issue with Greg Adams and the RCMP.
I appreciate all the feedback from Area I residents. Please, give me some of your thoughts on the above items. If you have any other ideas or con-cerns, please let me know that too.
Klaus Kuhn, Director
CVRD area I
Event Horizon! Oktobeerfest!
Get your Tickets to Oktobeerfest
Join us to raise your stein on Sat-urday, October 13, at the Youbou Hall. We’re having a rollicking Ger-man-style Oktobeerfest, complete with the music of Littlehead.
Doors open at 7 pm. No special dress is needed, just your dancing shoes.
Tickets are being sold by YCA board members and your favourite Youbou businesses for $20 each.
80 Years and Counting! Happy Birthday !
The Youbou Community Church Society would like to thank everyone who helped celebrate the church building’s 80th anniversary by attending the open house on August 11 and for supporting the Society in the 50/50 draw at Arbutus Park on regatta day. The win-ner of the 50/50 was Rod Nimmo, winning the prize of $117.00.
Congratulations also go to Audrey and Bud Towle who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary August 8th.
To commemorate the build-ing’s 80th anniversary, the so-ciety has created a cookbook with nostalgic notes.
The book offers a little his-tory about the church and a dedication to members who have contributed so much to the church and the Youbou Community Church Society.
Its pages are brimming with must-have recipes from noted cooks around Youbou: Rum Ribs…Reindeer Poop…Hot Crab Dip…and Patrick’s Buns.
If you missed buying a copy at the recent open house, it’s not too late. Copies are still for sale at Cassey’s Coffee-house, Youbou Hall, Daly’s Garage, the Kataza Museum in Lake Cowichan and from our board members for a steal, $15.00 each!
Proceeds go toward sup-porting the maintenance and upkeep of the church.