Missing man search called off

Andrew Norman Demarsch.

Andrew Norman Demarsh last seen March 15

Salt Spring RCMP and volunteer search crews have called off the active search for Andrew Norman DeMarsh after finding no information or sign of the missing 36-year-old over the weekend. RCMP issued a public request for help on Saturday, stating DeMarsh had last been seen on Wednesday, March 15 in the area of Sun Eagle   MORE

NEWS
Salish Eagle arrives in Victoria on March 20. Artwork designed by Stz'uminus artist John Marston has not yet been applied.

Eagle arrives in B.C.

The BC Ferries vessel Salish Eagle arrived in B.C. Monday after travelling 10,440 nautical miles from the Remontowa Shipbuilding yard in Gdansk, Poland. The 38-day journey puts the new vessel one step closer to service   MORE

Mouat Park space in demand

The Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission will defer making decisions on several public requests until it can get the bigger-picture view on its priorities during a strategic planning process later this year. PARC’s March   MORE

Fire trustee nomination deadline Friday

Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District ratepayers who want to serve as fire board trustees have until Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m. to submit their nomination form. As of Driftwood press time, no nominations   MORE

BUSINESS
Resurfaced areas at the head of the Ganges Alley complex could provide significant space for market stalls this year. The official PARC-run event opens for the season April 1.

Informal market space expands

Salt Spring’s famous Saturday market has been straining its Centennial Park confines for several years now, leaving new vendors wanting to break into the ranks with few options. Renovations at the Ganges Alley complex (formerly   MORE

LIFESTYLES
From left, Anna Haltrecht, Judith Avery and JayaLynda Cole at last month’s Death Café event.

Death Café on Saturday

I walked to the Death Café on a cold Saturday afternoon in February. The grey, cloudy sky threatened snow. Ganges streets seemed deserted. I could hear my own footsteps. I felt edgy. Seemed about right.   MORE

ENTERTAINMENT
Salt Spring Community Theatre players from left, Wendy Beatty, Scott Merrick and Rosita Larrain in costume for Lend Me a Tenor, which opens Friday, March 31 at Mahon Hall.

Lend Me a Tenor opens

Island theatre audiences can look forward to some much-needed comedy this spring when Salt Spring Community Theatre presents its take on the masterful farce Lend Me a Tenor. Opening Friday, March 31 at Mahon Hall   MORE

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield, who will perform at ArtSpring on Monday, March 27.

Butterfield sings at ArtSpring

On Monday, March 27, ArtSpring hosts Benjamin Butterfield, a classical tenor who has toured internationally and now heads the voice program at UVic’s School of Music. Butterfield, who has been described as “clarion-voiced,” will perform   MORE

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Your guide to everything posted in the past seven days

BLOGS

LINE DRIVE

Faster isn’t better if you want safer roads

In mid-December, Transportation Minister Todd Stone directed ICBC to commission a third-party review to determine how to keep vehicle insurance rates from continuing to soar in this province. If public input is requested as part   MORE

COMMUNITY
From left, Salt Spring Elementary School students Luke Bevan, Atticus Crawford and Jack Nuyens with their killer whale project at a March 13 Species at Risk Fair held in cooperation with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy.

Species at risk explored

Salt Spring Elementary Students revealed their newfound knowledge of the local ecosystem with their first ever Species at Risk Fair on March 13. Five classes at the school have been studying with Salt Spring Island   MORE

OPINION

Important things in life are slower on Salt Spring

I’ve been trying to blend. To fit in. To become, well, more Salt Spring. Hairier. Gum-booted. Look as if I actually enjoy kale and quinoa. I was sitting in the coffee shop the other day,   MORE

SPORTS
A rare image of some Old Boys on a scouting mission at BC Place the day before their Vantreights game, submitted by an anonymous correspondent.

Boys inspired by The Jackson 5

Fewer Old Boys made the journey to Esquimalt to face Vantreights on Sunday than those who went to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps host Toronto FC the previous day. Go figure!  It must be said that   MORE