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October 15, 2013 edition of the Comox Valley Record


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    Erin HaluschakRecord Staff

    The early-morning phone call usually precedes either really good news or really bad news.

    For Comox Valley resi-dent Ann MacDonald, it was really good news but not for her.

    Rather, the congratu-latory phone call was for Canadian author and newly minted Nobel Prize for Literature winner Alice Munro.

    MacDonald rents Mun-ros Comox Valley condo, and the 5 a.m. phone call Thursday was Munros publisher, wanting to pass along congratulations to

    the author.I ignored the phone the

    first time it rang but my curiosity got the better of me the second time and I stomped down the hall expecting to hear that I had won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyworld, said MacDonald, who is also a writer.

    The voice on the end asked for Alice, and then proceeded to tell me he wanted to congratulate her. I knew immediately it meant she had won the Nobel Prize for litera-ture.

    MacDonald has been renting the condo from the Ontario-based short story author since August, and

    explained Munro and her husband escaped the snow and cold temperatures by spending winters in the Comox condo.

    Since her husband passed away earlier this year, Munro was not plan-ning on using the condo this winter, and rented it to MacDonald.

    The 82-year-old Munro, who has family living on the West Coast, is the first Canadian to win the pres-tigious award. Saul Bellow, who was born in Quebec, won in 1976 as an Ameri-can citizen.

    MacDonald, who has a novel which is ready to be published, admitted she restrained herself from

    telling Munros publisher about her book.

    I did not tell him about my novel, oh-so-ready to be published. I did not offer, or beg even, for him to read it. No, instead I pulled out my reading glasses, found my cellphone, then hunted down my magnifying glass to read out to him Munros daughters phone number in Victoria.

    All of this at 5 a.m., when I could have simply said Alice doesnt live here anymore, she added.

    Munro joins an illustri-ous list of Nobel laureates in literature, including Rudyard Kipling, T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway.

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    PUMPKIN PATCH KID Carter enjoys the all-things-pumpkin atmosphere around Shamrock Farms at this time of the year. This Saturday, the Comox farm offers its first pumpkin-carving competition, with proceeds to the Comox Valley SPCA. Guess the weight of Shamrock Farms biggest pumpkin in the Giant Pumpkin Contest on Oct. 26 and you might take it home with you. In addition, there are Spooktacular evenings on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 5 to 8. Shamrock Farm is at 2276 Anderton Rd.

    Sallyann acquires kitchen on wheelsRenee AndorRecord Staff

    The Comox Valley Salvation Army hopes to soon feed the communitys homeless an evening meal via a community kitchen on wheels.

    Community ministries director Brent Hobden says there are hot food options for the homeless during the day, pointing out the hot lunch program operated by the Sonshine Lunch Club.

    But theres not much in the city as far as that evening meal goes, so thats why the focus is on going into the evenings, and getting out into the community where the people are congregating, says Hobden, noting the program is still in the planning stages, but the mobile kitchen will likely visit certain locations that are easy for users to reach.

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    Continued from frontfood to the people but there still would have to be some kind of a gathering point.

    The vehicle was pre-viously used in Bermu-da among other places in North America, and it needed a bit of work to get it up to code, according to Hob-den. For example, he says the brakes were replaced in Bermuda and less-stringent Bermuda regulations meant they needed to be ripped out and replaced.

    But, he expects it will be ready for the public to see it by Wednes-days community forum on affordable housing and homelessness at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. The unit is scheduled to be there between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    The mobile kitchen features a commercial fridge, microwave oven,

    two-burner stove, deep fryer and grill, with stainless steel through-out. Disaster response is its primary purpose, Hobden explains, not-ing the mobile kitchen could have fed search and rescue crews dur-ing this months search for two men missing in Strathcona Park if it had been ready for use

    at that time. It also fea-tures a 7,000-watt gen-erator so it can operate in any location.

    Funding for the food to feed the homeless will come from commu-nity donations, such as money from the Christ-mas Kettle campaign and proceeds from the three Salvation Army thrift stores in the Val-

    ley. It will be staffed with volunteers and Hobden notes some people have already stepped forward to help out.

    Once up and run-ning, Hobden expects the mobile kitchen will serve an evening meal one or two nights a week.

    The long-range goal is to send it out every evening, but thats not going to be feasible for quite some time, he says. Down the road as things progress, and we have more volun-teers step forward and more funding opportu-nities, more resources, and a better under-standing of exactly where the need is, then well look at expanding the program.

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    COMMUNITY MINISTRIES DIRECTOR Brent Hobden was caught in a surprise snowstorm while driving the Comox Valley Salvation Armys new kitchen on wheels back from Ontario.