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iNanaimo EZ 3 FOR HOME DELIVERY CALL NANAIMO 753-3451 PARKSVILLE 2404300 Daily Newsstand 474 Home Delivered Weekly $2.05 ID)' DAILY CASH ii SEE PAGE 22 YcL.11SKa.U3 KEss I I Mill III III 111 TODAYS ISSUE: MEDICAL AID ffiuS movie theatres to living rooms. "I don't rent. I go to see movies in theatres because I like the big picture and the big Now that Famous Players is gone I won't see as many movies. I find it hard to believe they aren't making money. I'll really miss it" The downtown Fiesta theatre complex, also a Famous Players operation, closed a year ago.

Only the Caprice and Roxy theatres are regular movie goer, but now I usually rent (videotapes) because the price of movies keeps going up." Jim Silvester is another VCR convert The Qualicum Beach resident was lured from his couch this evening because he "figured Captain Ron" would be a good flic. "I don't go to movies that often, I thinking the rental market has taken over," be said. John Asselin is a bit of a throw back. He prefers I Famous Players pulls out of mall Movie fans feel sad By NOREEN FLANAGAN Staff Writer If you're a Friday night film buff, you're in for a bit of a shock. Instead of having three theatres to choose from, you're now left with two.

Last night the Woodgrove Famous Players theatre closed its doors, leaving a wake of disappointed ami confused film lovers. Shawn Kilner was one of them. "It's a real shame," she said. "The company sure kept things quiet Why didn't they let us know? People would have done something signed petitions. You know this is not just entertainment, it's jobs too." Given the turnout at last night's early shows, it's not surprising the company isn't drawing in the revenue it needs to keep the business afloat The three theatres had only a handful of people.

According to Roger Harris, Famous Players director of central operations in Toronto, that's exactly why Nanaimo's theatres were closed. "It's simply a matter of economics," he said. "We have had to look at theatres in other cities as well and, regrettably, we have had to make some tough decisions." The director estimated about 15 part time and two full time employees are affected by the closure. Manager John Turcotte was offered a similar position in another city and the projectionist will be covered under the terms of the collective agreement "Each business is looked at in terms of its viability, the decision to close the theatres is not made without careful study," he added. Charmaine Raga was shocked the theatre was closing, but she wasn't surprised.

"I used to be a i ntt" Nqtmr Flsnaosn Don Singbeil at work: he's an autobody specialist at West-wood Collision Repair Ltd. GIVING THE GIFT OF Shawn and Dean Kilner unwittingly became one of the few people in Nanaimo who saw one of the last movies to play In the Woodgrove Famous Players theatre. The theatre closed its doors last night because the operation is no longer viable. Blood donor repays debt by helping others, just like his mother does Board investigates own deal By KATHY SANTINI Staff Writer Nanaimo school district's top administrator will investigate a controversial lease earlier this year of public property. Superintendent of schools Ross White will conduct an inquiry into the district's handling of land it owns on Brightman Road.

But the Concerned Citizens Committee says that's not good enough. It wants the Education Ministry to launch a full public inquiry into the deal. Committee chairman Pat Barron calls the appointment of Mr. White to head the investigation "laugh tractor Allan Taylor. The land was.

subsequently clear-cut The -concerns raised by Mr. Barron need to be addressed and the board has to be accountable," the board chairman said. Mr. Taylor pays $560 a year for the land and gets 70 percent of the value of the timber he logs from it. The district expects to receive $4,000 as its share of the timber value.

This summer, independent forester Mike Gogo placed the value of the timber closer to $70,000. Mr. Barron's group said trustees failed to protect the public interest by allowing the agreement to be signed. able. "He's the head of administration" and the committee contends district administration is to blame for a deal it calls an abuse of process.

Board chairman Randi Kocher said today that it's appropriate for the superintendent to do the inquiry. "There is no conflict it's not unusual for the board to ask the CEO to do an inquiry on other administrators," Ms. Kocher said. Mr, Barron said trustees were denied knowledge of the administrators' actions in leasing a four-hectare property in Cedar to con By KATHY SANTINI Staff Writer It's called the gift of life and for good reason. Seventeen years ago, Don Singbeil was driving along Terminal Avenue during a snow storm when his van hit some black ice and rammed into a pole.

Mr. Singbeil was in intensive care for six days, in hospital for two months and received a number of blood tranfusions. Memory is a gentleman and today the 34-year old healthy and active father of four rarely thinks about the accident Still, he realizes he wouldn't have had the lastnyears, orknownthe It really joys of parent- ic0neof mf Body indontif ied, two face charges Two Nanaimo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose badly decomposed body was found July 3 near Nanaimo Lakes Road. Staff Sgt Ralph Miller of Nanaimo RCMP says assistance by the media and public resulted in the identification of the deceased and subsequent arrest of the suspects. The dead man was Kenneth James Fenton, 24, of Prince George.

The two men arrested will not be identified until charges are filed. The body of Mr. Fenton was discovered by a resident of the area after two cyclists asked him for help in finding the cause of a strong odor they had noticed about a week earlier. RCMP launched an intensive investigation following the discovery of the body which they estimated had been there for about four to six weeks. Initially they thought the victim was from the Peace River region when a man matching his descrip-.

tion was seen in a Nanaimo print shop having a work resume copied. Staff Sgt. Miller wouldn't confirm or deny that lead however in late July he said there were references, i(k. in the typewritten resume, to the man having worked in Prince George. Police eventually put together a drawing of what they believed the man looked like based on the features of the remains found.

Following his accident, he began giving blood. Every time the Red Cross blood donor clinic comes to town, he's there. And although not chiefly motivated to donate because of his accident he comes from a long line of blood donors he said his experience was an incentive. Robin McGregor, who was in the same accident, gives blood too. But neither men rivals Mrs.

Singbeil. The 68-year-old grandmother said she first began donating blood when she was 18. A local doctor combed the city's coffee shops and other businesses looking for an unusual blood type to match a patient of his. He was looking for an A rh-negative type blood Mrs. Singbeil fit the bill.

She gave blood until she was 47, when she learned she was a diabetic. But her involvement didn't stop there. She started Nanaimo's first blood donor clinic in 1947, was a "hit and miss," volunteer until 1356, and has only missed one cMnic since then. It really is one of the best ways of helping your fellow man," she said. Officials need another 101 pints of blood today to reach the target goal of 875 pints for the week.

There's a chronic shortage of all blood types. The clinic runs until 3 p.m. today at the Mount Benson branch -of the Royal Canadian Legion. Enumerators prepare for Oct. 26 the best nadianRed ways of helping your fellow man" -Clara Singbeil, Red Cross volunteer Cross blood donors not made the donations that saved his life.

"That's why it's called the gift of life," he said. His mother, Clara Singbeil, doubts he would have Stand and be counted or you may not be able to cast your ballot in the Oct 26 constitutional referendum. Close to 300 enumerators will fan across the Nanaimo electoral district signing up voters for the referendum, starting tomorrow until Oct. 7. The riding stretches from the north end of Lantzville south to the silver highwaybridge in Duncan and across the breadth of the Island.

The enumerators have a lot of work to do. Voters from rural areas may be sworn in 6n polling day, but it's a more time-consuming process than registering early, advises returning officer Barb Boyd. Rural voters are classed as people who live outside the municipal boundaries of the City of Nanaimo. Residents of Ladysmith and Lantzville, for two examples, are classed as rural voters. They can vote if another registered voter in the polling division will vouch they meet the criteria for eligible voters they are Canadian Nanaimo will visit twice once be- citizens, 18 years or older and nor- tween 9 a.m.

and 6 p.m. and, if un- mally live in the polling area. successful, again between 7 p.m. Enumerators collecting names in and 10 p.m. In Parksville, PARKS VTLLE You may soon get a knock at the door.

Every home in District 69 receive a visit from an Elections Canada official sometime between today and Wednesday. These officials are preparing the voters' list for the upcoming rrferendum. All Canadian citizens 18 years or older as of referendum day are eligible to vote in the Oct 26 referendum. Voters will answer the question: "Do you agree that the Constitution of Canada should be renewed on the basis of the agreement reached on Aug. 28, 1992." All voters should receive a card in the mail confirming that they are on the voters' list If you do not receive a Notice of Enumeration by Oct.

19, call Elections Canada in Courtenay at 334-9512. If you will not be available on Oct 26, you can vote in an advance poll. For the Parks ville-Qualicum area, it takes place on Oct 22 and 23 at the Bayside Inn from noon to 8p.m. If you will not in the area for the advance poll, you can vote Oct 12-17 and 19-20 by visiting the Courtenay returning office at 2785 Man -fieldDr. For more information, you can call: Courtenay returning office at 334-9512 or 334-9513.

Port Alberni additional returning office at 723-1146. MP Bob Skelly's Parksville-Qualicum riding office at 248-2421. survived his injuries without the blood transfusions. "He was in pretty bad shape," said Mrs. Singbeil.

Like his mother, the father of four is also a believer. mm Crime a worry in Parksville A mugging Monday has added to fears that crime is an increasing problem in the Parksville area. For a feature on how Parksville is responding to this problem see Page 5 today. 90 minutes of your time could save Blood shared around B.C., Page 3 1 I lLIGHTSIDE Jben wicksQ I IbrieflyT Two rescued from fishboat 'M 'Panther' was only a tabby TORONTO (CP) It was a cat-astrophic misunderstanding. Children were kept locked in their homes Thursday after news sur-t faced a jungle cat the" size of a Labrador retriever was on the loose and residents reported hearing screeching from a nearby ravine.

But the menacing panther turned out to be chubby black house cat named Max, who weighed about nine kilograms. "I think it's pretty hard to mix up a fat house cat with a panther, but I guess anyone can make a mistake," said Alice Day, who kept her daughter inside while she was visiting the suburban neighborhood that was gripped with fear for 18 hours. The trouble began at about 6 p.m. Wednesday when a woman reported seeing a black panther on the prowl. Police and animal control officers combed the area before a television cameraman finally nabbed the corpulent kitty just before noon.

Two people were rescued from a disabled fishing vessel early this morning by Nanaimo Emergecy Program volunteers: Ian Hetherington received the distress call p.m. saying the Ashley Sue was having clutch problems. It was reported near Malaspina Point However when rescue personel arrived they could not find it. A direction check by the Vancouver emergency dispatch located the boat about 10 miles from the location given by the captain. Suspect grabs beer suspect was killed as he levelled his weapon at police after a car chase punctuated by gunfire ended Thursday in a shootout at a suburban Vancouver pub.

Two others were arrested after RCMP chased three men suspected of holding up a sports card store in nearby Port Co-quitlam, east of Vancouver. Witnesses said the suspect who was shot grabbed a beer when he entered the pub and tried to pretend he was just another customer. But he started waving his gun around as police arrived moments later. Cloudy Saturday with sunny periods "Here's our "newest iflHh ad copy from the tobacco companies. Thump out the following "Smoking is Good For you'..

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