Robert Johnsen stands with a pallet of fireworks destined for the 19th annual Halloween-night display at Storey's Beach.

Fireworks volunteer gets plenty of help

PORT HARDY—Rob Johnsen to put on 19th annual display at Storey's Beach Halloween evening

PORT HARDY—Nineteen years ago, Steve Johnsen offered to put on a Halloween night fireworks show at Storey’s Beach.

He’s still at it, but the evening has turned out to be much more than a one-man show.

“We do all this by donation from members and businesses of our town,” said Johnsen, whose sets up and sets off the fireworks with the help of a crew that includes Tim Thorpe, Ken Houghton, Dennis McGill, Ron and Val Hart and Erich Krawietz.

By the end of September Johnsen had already taken possession of a large pallet of fireworks, and promised more were on the way.

A donation from the District of Port Hardy provided seed money, though Johnson and his team are always on the lookout for more assistance. The District also contributes traffic-control and clean-up services; Jim Burgess of Spike Top Cedar donates wood for the bonfire and Fox’s Disposal helps with delivery; and George Ewald and the staff of Providence Place Inn will serve hot chocolate.

This year’s event begins with the bonfire at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks to begin at 8 p.m. sharp.

To donate, call Johnsen at 250-902-2221 or 250-949-0732.

 

Port McNeill fireworks

Port McNeill’s Volunteer Fire Department once again will host the community’s Halloween fireworks show at Centennial Ballpark, next to the Community Hall.

As in Port Hardy, the event will include a bonfire in the parking lot of the Community Hall, and free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served before the show.

 

Stage Fright in McNeill

Port McNeill Lion’s Club is kicking off this Halloween season with a fund-raising evening of spooky magic by illusionist John Kaplan Friday, Oct. 26, at Sunset Elementary School.

The event is a benefit for Sunset’s school breakfast program and for the Gazette Hamper Fund, and is the second he has performed in Port McNeill. Kaplan, a 30-year veteran of making magic across Canada, appeared at North Island Secondary School in the early days of his career, in 1984, in a fund-raiser for the NISS student council.

Kaplan is a veteran magician and entertainer who has made a career of helping schools and organizations raise funds through his family oriented shows, which are often tailored for special occasions and holidays, including shows with Christmas and Halloween themes.

This month’s Stage Fright show is described as “full of macabre magic, silly spookiness and twisted illusions,” accompanied by eerie music, a light show and special effects. Audience members are promised a chance to participate by helping choose who will assist in Kaplan’s famed guillotine illusion.

The show begins at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. For information, call Pierre Le Gal at 250-956-4296.

 

Just Posted

North Island Eagles select head coaches for upcoming season

“We appreciate the commitment each of you make to the club and to your teams”

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Hardy Bay Senior Citizens’ new greenhouse

“if it wasn’t for the volunteers this project wouldn’t have happened”

Woss man attacked by black bear on remote logging road

“we are just monitoring the situation now”

Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom wants to see previous cuts to public libraries reversed

The Ministry of Education has, over 10 years, reduced provincial library funding by $6 million.

Mountie says his good-byes to North Island Indigenous communities after years of demonstrating reconciliation between RCMP and First Nations

“It’s very humbling that you hear your name used in the community about good work that is being done”

VIDEO: Reports say Lashana Lynch is the new 007

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond one last time

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Wolves not gnawing into Island’s prey population

Forestry practices, not predation, blamed for reduced numbers in prey animals

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

Most Read