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INSIDE: Coun. Simon Gibson confirms he’s making a run for Libs Pg. 3 T U E S D A Y November 20, 2012 11-13 See what’s hot in our Gift Guide ❭❭ N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T ❭❭ Fire and police come to the Connors’ rescue Leading campaign to help seniors who lost home in blaze ROCHELLE BAKER A bbotsford fire and police departments are spearheading a community effort to rebuild the home of an elderly couple left with nothing after being burned out of their house. Bill and Annie Connor, aged 88 and 86, went out for their daily coffee on Nov. 11 and came home to find their Downes Road house in flames. The property where the couple lived with their son John, who is in his 60s, has been in the family since the 1920s when Bill’s parents arrived in Canada. The Connors didn’t have insur- the Abbotsford Police Union has ance because they couldn’t afford to met with the couple and agreed to install an insert in their chimney. assume responsibility for managing The family was left with little donations and taking care of the but the clothes on their backs but family’s immediate needs. the response from Dizy, Abbotsford the people within First reported @ Fire Rescue Service A b b o t s f o r d , a n d firefighter Craig Bird across the province, and APD Const. Paul has been tremendous, with numer- Walker are acting as co-ordinators ous offers of help from individuals of the project. and businesses pouring in, said APD Businesses and individuals have Sgt. Judy Dizy. already stepped up to ensure the However, the Connors were feel- Connors are housed in a hotel and ing a little overwhelmed by the situ- then perhaps a motor home until ation and people’s generosity, said their home is completely rebuilt, Dizy. while others have committed to As such, the Abbotsford Firesee GUTTED, page A6 fighters Charitable Society and – WAYNE LEIDENFROST/THE PROVINCE/FOR THE TIMES Abbotsford resident Bill Connor, 88, didn’t have fire insurance because he couldn’t afford a needed chimney insert, according to his son. Local linemen bringing power to the people LINGERIE BOWL ANGELS SOUND OFF ON SIRENS Grinding to shine light after Sandy CHRISTINA TOTH four other companies were recruited by a power company on the east coast to meet convoy of 43 powerline the demand. At the peak of workers and 26 trucks the work, there were 9,000 linemen restorfrom Abbotsford ing power to the and other B.C. c o m m u n i t i e s “Linemen are a dif- region. Despite long h a v e b e e n o n ferent breed – we hours and bunkLong Island, i n g i n t ra c t o r New York over knew what we with 35 the past three were getting into.” trailers other men, “it’s weeks, restoring been a great power to some of the half a million – Ted Pennell e x p e r i e n c e , ” said Pennell in a people left in the phone interview dark and cold in last week. the storm-ravaged region. “For the amount of things Ted Pennell, a project manager for Valley Power Line [the residents] have gone Contracting in Surrey and through, we didn’t know what an Abbotsford resident, 13 see SANDY, page A5 colleagues, and crews from A – DARREN MCDONALD/TIMES The Saskatoon Sirens (in white) were run out of town by the B.C. Angels in Saturday’s inaugural Lingerie Bowl inside the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. For details, see page A19. 20 % OFF RAIN JACKETS & DOG CLOTHING (non sale items) Expires Nov 30, 2012. 604-746-1408 ABBOTSFORD 103-34150 South Fraser Way • MISSION 103-32670 Lougheed Hwy CHILLIWACK 45844 Yale Rd Book Your Bottle Drive Now! Full Refund Paid | Free Pick-up | Immediate Payment Free Bottle Drive Kit Book on line at or call 604.852.9152 750 Riverside Road, B.C. Abbotsford

Abbotsford Times November 20 2012

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