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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Rob Farrer is entering the Death Race – the ultimate endurance competition. Page A14 • LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT • • 604-463-2281 • 20 PAGES Thefts Bait cars deter theft Statistics show a police program is working. by Sylver McLaren smclaren@mrtimes.coma Troy Landreville/TIMES The inspiration behind Pitt Meadows resident Travis Bowering organizing Cruise for Your Cause is his dad Larry, who passed away on April 25, 2011. Fundraising Pitt Meadows man cruises for a cause The organizer of a second memorial cruise runs the event in memory of his dad. by Troy Landreville Choose a charity to support, then hop in your ride, and drive on April 27. Cruise for Your Cause is that simple. For the second year, Pitt Meadows resident Travis Bowering is organizing the memorial car cruise which he said holds a very close place in his 2012 MODEEL CLEARANC NOW ON! CALL 604.465.8931 family’s heart. The inaugural cruise, on April 15, 2012, took place nearly a year after his dad Larry’s passing. Larry, who lived just south of Edmonton, was an avid car aficionado who circuit raced openwheel dirt-track cars and quartermile Willys. Over the years, many vehicles were part of his collection. Among his pride and joy was a 1967 Malibu SS. Like his dad, Bowering has oil in his veins, so to speak. “You could say it [a love for cars] has been in my blood for a lot of years,” Bowering said. The owner of a souped-up 1972 PRICES TOO LOW TO ADVERTISE LIMITED STOCKS HURRY, HURRY! VW Super Beetle, Bowering has raced autocross for more than four years at a controlled road course at Pitt Meadows Airport. Reflecting on his dad, Bowering described him as “a car guy,” adding, “he was a volunteer firefighter with the Millet, Alberta, fire department for 30 years, and he had many years of struggling with health issues, kidney failure, kidney transplants – you name it, he pretty much had gone through any kind of health issues.” Larry was on dialysis for roughly five years prior to his kidney transplant, which lasted 12 years. After that kidney failed, Larry was Online, all the time... back on dialysis for three more years before passing away on April 25, 2011. Bowering said he misses his dad every day. “We were super close,” Bowering said. “He was my mentor. I’d call him my hero, I guess. The distance factor was a huge struggle, just not being close to them [his family] and offer the support that I could have.” His dad’s struggles with kidney disease is the reason Bowering’s personal charity of support is the B.C. branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. continued on page A4... 224th NO COUPON REQUIRED 11969 - 224th 604.463.3663 Connect With Your City The bait car program has significantly reduced the number of vehicles stolen in Maple Ridge, with reductions also in Pitt Meadows. While the drop was less significant over the last year in Maple Ridge – at only three per cent – from 2003 to 2012, car theft dropped from 550 to 140, according to statistics from ICBC. In Pitt Meadows, auto theft dropped 72 per cent during the same period, from 100 back in 2003 to 30 last year. Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said the trend shows the bait car program is successful and the deterrent’s working. “These statistics show that the B.C. RCMP’s Crime Reduction Strategy... is working and doing what it was intended to do, which is drive incidents of crime down,” she said. The bait car program now includes bait property, which can be tracked and monitored by police. •More at 2 CLASSIC FOOTLONGS $9.99 FOR ONLY WITH the purchase of A MEDIUM DRINK & 8 SANDWICHES to choose from SUBWAY 224TH ONLY. Expires March 5th, 2013 @citypittmeadows

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