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TransLink has less gas tax to guzzle By JEFF NAGEL Aldergrove Star
Members of Aldergrove Business Association cleaned and sorted 700 pairs of donated shoes this week, with delivery to local schools planned this coming week for distribution to needy students. The running shoe project aims to ensure that all Aldergrove school children have a pair of gym shoes for their PE classes. From left are ABA members Brock Chapman, Raymond Van Bugnum, Janice Reid, Susan Glover, Jody Henderson and Bruce Heslop.
Running shoes overwhelm volunteers By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
The Aldergrove schools running shoe project was successful beyond all expectations as far as shoe donations were concerned. The Aldergrove Business Association put out collection boxes in the community earlier this year and this month an ABA team of volunteers sorted through the 700 pairs of shoes.
“We threw about half of them out because they were dirty or inappropriate but we still had about 300 pairs that were in great shape, new or as new,” said Brock Chapman of A1 Glass. A portion of these were delivered to the three local elementary schools, where the principals have agreed to “quietly” hand them out to needy students.
“It’s a touchy situation, we don’t want to embarrass anyone,” said Chapman. He said the ABA will monitor how well this system works before distributing the rest of the shoes. Chapman still has about 200 of the shoes stored at his shop and says he’s looking for ways to distribute them. “The shoes were donated so we don’t anyone to profit from them,” said Chapman.
A big drop in TransLink’s gas tax revenue may be because of the difficult economy, more efficient cars or more motorists driving out of town for cheaper fill-ups. The latest estimates suggest the transportation authority will end 2011 earning almost $26 million less than it expected from the current 15-cent-per-litre fuel tax it charges within Metro Vancouver. The eight per cent differential – $298.5 million for the full year compared to the $324.3 million budgeted – casts doubt on the future reliability of the gas tax, according to a TransLink third-quarter financial report. The shortfall is particularly troubling because TransLink has just won approval from Metro Vancouver mayors and the provincial government to raise the gas tax another two cents next April to generate an estimated $44 million needed to help fund the Evergreen Line and other transit upgrades. At the current rate, more than half the new money would be eaten up making up for the shortfall – assuming the two-cent increase generates as much as it’s supposed to. Spokesman Ken Hardie said fuel sales are down generally in B.C., but added work is underway to “drill further into the phenomenon.” TransLink has asked federal agencies to look at the revenue capture and reporting systems. One aim, Hardie said, is to determine whether large numbers of drivers are heading to areas free of the TransLink gas tax, like the Fraser Valley or Washington State, where gas is even cheaper. “If we saw lower sales here but remarkably higher sales in the Fraser Valley, that would speak to the issue of leakage as people go out of their way to get cheaper gas,” he said. “We’re also working with Washington State to check on gas sales near the border.” Vehicles have become steadily more efficient – both by manufacturer design and consumer choice. “If electric vehicles take off, that is very clearly also going to be a factor,” Hardie said. “All of the indications are pointing to people using less fuel. Which is a good thing.” Another factor in the drop in gas sales, Hardie said, appears to be that more motorists are switching to transit. SEE: Page 3
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Rotary club fills homeless youths’ stockings By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
Homeless youths and struggling families in the Aldergrove community will share a little Christmas cheer thanks to the Aldergrove Rotary Club. The Rotarians delivered two Christmas hampers to appreciative families here this week, and also filled 30 stockings for needy youths in the community. The one-of-a-kind stockings were handmade by Lin Neifert. She is a parishioner of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Aldergrove, as is incoming Rotary president Charlie Fox.
Neifert and Fox thought it would be a good project to fill the stockings with practical goodies such as toothbrushes and toiletries for needy young people, and the Aldergrove Rotarians agreed. On Wednesday the 30 stockings were delivered to Loren Roberts, who coordinates the Homeless Youth Project for Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services. The ANS project offers various programs for youths at the Building 272 in downtown Aldergrove, and Roberts will be distributing the stockings to youths at events leading up to Christmas.
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Loren Roberts of Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services (centre) with Aldergrove Rotary Club’s George Boyce and Charlie Fox. The club has ﬁlled 30 stockings with goodies for needy youths in the community.
Students fill backpacks for teens By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services youth worker Susi Schecker shoulders one of nine backpacks that students at Gordon Greenwood school ﬁlled with supplies for teens in need.
As she shouldered one of nine backpacks prepared for Langley teenagers in need, youth worker Susi Schecker was pleasantly surprised at how packed the donated rucksack was. “It’s heavy,” Schecker said, as she posed for a picture with some of the students at Gordon Greenwood Elementary School at 9175 - 206 Street Friday morning. The back packs were stuffed with blankets, water-resistant hoodies, food coupons, dry socks, books
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and other supplies including chocolate treats, to help what Schecker described as “teens living away from home.” And that wasn’t all. An overflow of donated food items filled several cardboard boxes, and the campaign by students and teachers at the K-to-7 school also raised $500 that will be donated to the non-profit Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services (ANS), Schecker’s employer and the agency that will be distributing the backpacks. The backpack campaign was
inspired by a similar effort mounted by a single class at another Langley school that ended last year when the teacher behind the initiative retired. Greenwood teacher Ronda Salli took the idea and expanded it to involve all 410 students at Greenwood. Salli was delighted by the response, calling it a “huge success” during a morning meeting of all students and teachers where the backpacks, overflow boxes and a cheque were officially presented to ANS by students and staff at the school.
School district unable to hire assistant treasurer By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
The financially-troubled Langley school district has had trouble finding a second-in-command for secretary-treasurer David Green, the manager with the task of untangling a multi-million dollar deficit. It’s been so much trouble, the school trustees have approved an alternate plan to recruit a director of finance instead of an assistant secretary-treasurer.
The decision was made at the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, after Green explained the advertising for the job of assistant secretary-treasurer in the debtridden Langley school district generated little interest. “We didn’t receive a lot of applications,” Green told trustees. And none of those who applied had the proper qualifications, Green added. Changing the job to director of finance allows the district to hire some-
one with slightly fewer qualifications, in this case, Trudy Arndt-Harrison from the Coquitlam school district. Arndt-Harrison is a Certified General Accountant with 13 years experience as manager of financial services at the Coquitlam school board and eight years at the Maple Ridge school district before that. She will start in January. Green was brought in to sort out the books of the Langley school district,
after it managed to run up a $13.5 million deficit in the 2008-2009 and 20092010 operating years and the provincial government ordered the money repaid over four years. Under Green, the district has already reduced the deficit to $9.8 million and is now ahead of the schedule set by the education ministry deficit elimination plan, which commenced in the 20112012 school year, and is scheduled to end in 2014-2015.
FROM FRONT: Transit ridership for the first nine months of 2011 is on a record pace, running five per cent ahead of the same period in 2010, when a huge number of visitors rode the system during the Olympics. Although new riders mean more fare revenue, TransLink also normally has to pay for more service, which means a net loss once the lost gas tax is factored in. There was no significant service boost this year, although TransLink did succeed in reconfiguring routes to more efficiently carry riders and generate two per cent more from the farebox with the existing bus fleet. Hardie said the gas tax problem underscores the need to find new and more diversified revenue sources for TransLink – the subject of negotiations next year between mayors and the province. Possible options include an annual vehicle levy or road pricing. TransLink statistics also show complaints from riders are up sharply. Bus passengers are most frequently complaining about overcrowded buses, full buses that pass them without stopping as well as buses that arrive earlier or later than scheduled. “There is more crowding, there are more pass-ups – certainly more than we want to see,” Hardie said. He said TransLink’s increased use of social media like Twitter has also opened more avenues for the public to lodge complaints. Tweeted complaints are welcomed, Hardie added, because they give transit managers real-time insight into trouble spots, where they may be able to react quickly and throw on more service.
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Terry Metcalfe Stafford ‘good citizen of the year’ The 2011 winner of the H.D. Stafford good citizen of the year award is Terry Metcalfe. He is the second retired fire chief to win the award in recent years. Metcalfe is a retired Township fire chief, and retired City chief Jim McGregor won the award in 2006. Terry Metcalfe was born and raised in the Township of Langley, where he also worked for many years. During a 14-year career teaching in Langley School District, he began his volunteer work with the Navy cadets. His focus with the cadets was working with youth to challenge them to develop into disciplined young people. During this period, Metcalfe accepted the opportunity to become a paid on call firefighter in the Township. He moved through the ranks to the training division and later became assistant chief of operations. In 2002, he was promoted to fire chief. His commitment to the fire service in the Township is a tribute to a man with tremendous organizational, leadership and personnel skills. He has been very involved in many community activities. Since retiring in 2004, he has continued to dedicate his time, expertise and
passion to his community. He served as chair of the Langley Care Foundation, which operates Langley Lodge, while it underwent a major renovation and fundraising campaign. He continues to be involved with the Navy Cadets, and is also an active volunteer with the Langley Animal Protection Society and the Rotary Club of Aldergrove, and is a member of the board of the Aldergrove Credit Union. He continues to work to make the community a better place. His strong commitment, work ethic and high level of integrity are a measuring stick for others. The H.D. Stafford Award was given out at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce meeting, attended by about 300 people. The award is named for the late Harold Stafford, who served as Langley’s superintendent of schools and was an active member of the community. Several former Stafford award winners were on hand at the event, including McGregor and Eric Bysouth (1993); Sylvia Anderson (1994); Joan Chesney (2000); Dale Ball (2002); Tim Lounsbury (2004) and David Esworthy (2008).
Police continue to bust impaired drivers, despite court ruling By TRICIA LESLIE Black Press
Police are not going to reduce roadside counterattack checks, despite a recent court ruling. After a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled last week that the most severe of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe on people’s constitutional rights to a fair trial, Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond announced police in the province won’t impose the toughest of the new roadside penalties until drivers are given a way to appeal the results of a failed breath test. But E Division RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont said Monday that little will change. “We will absolutely not be reducing counterattack roadside checks,” Gaumont said. “Nothing’s changed here. We still don’t want people to drink and drive. Let’s keep up the good work.” Gaumont said evidence shows that roadside prohibition is effective, noting police have seen a 50 per cent drop in alcohol-related deaths in the Lower Mainland, and are on par to finish 2011 with less than 100 alcohol-related fatalities – something he can’t remember seeing in a long time, if ever. In 2005, there were 180 such deaths in Metro Vancouver alone, so seeing major drop can only be good news, he said. “Now, we’re just back to where
we were before the new laws came in. I don’t think (the drop in alcohol-related deaths) will change,” Gaumont said. In his ruling, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased penalties for blowing in the “warn” range of 0.05 to 0.08 per cent, are permissible. But drivers who blow in the “fail” range above 0.08 should have a chance to challenge the decision if their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties, Sigurdson said. Gaumont said the government has indicated it will be looking to amend the year-old impaired driving law and that the RCMP is looking forward to working with them as they review the judge’s decision
and amend the new rules. In the meantime, police will revert to the old roadside impairment rules, which means impaired drivers can still face a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and can still be charged criminally if they are driving while under the influence of alcohol. The newer penalties – which Sigurdson did not immediately strike down while he awaits submissions from the province and the driver challenging the new rules – are more strict, allowing police to give drivers with a blood alcohol reading in the “warn” range a threeday driving ban, a $200 administrative penalty and another $250 fee to have a driver’s licence reinstated. Drivers can also have their cars impounded for three days and be billed for towing and storage. For roadside readings of 0.08 per cent or higher, police have been imposing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and impounding the vehicle for 30 days. That suspension can cost a driver $3,750 for such things as towing, storage and a mandatory “responsible driver” course. Gaumont said he doesn’t want to see anyone killed by impaired drivers, whether the new rules stay in effect or not. “Make sure you have a safe way home and don’t drink and drive,” he said. – with files from Tom Fletcher
Former Basi-Virk prosecutor hired to defend Langley teacher By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
The female Langley elementary school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a male student is being represented by Janet Winteringham, a high-profile Vancouver lawyer who was on the prosecution team which obtained guilty pleas from two BC Liberal government aides charged with corruption. Winteringham made a brief appearance in Surrey Provincial Court Monday morning on behalf of her client, 57-year-old Deborah Ralph, to confirm receipt of documents from the Crown prosecutor’s office. Ralph did not attend court. The next court date is set for Monday, Jan. 9. Ralph is charged with one count of sexual assault and one of sexual interference.
The charges relate to incidents that are said to have occurred from December, 1998 to June, 2001. The alleged victim was a student at James Kennedy Elementary in Walnut Grove where Ralph taught from September, 1987 to June, 2010. Police said the offences did not take place in the school or a schoolrelated activity. Ralph was suspended from her teaching post at Langley Fundamental Elementary where she has taught since September, 2010. Winteringham and senior special prosecutor Bill Berardino were involved in the prosecution of Bob Virk and Aneal Basi, the former BC Liberal government aides who pleaded guilty to breach of trust in connection with the $1-billion sale of B.C. Rail.
Both of the men received conditional sentences. Controversy erupted after it was disclosed that the plea bargain included an agreement that the duo’s legal bills of $6 million would be paid by the provincial government. Winteringham was also cocounsel for the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund for women which was an intervenor in the polygamy case that ended with a B.C. Supreme Court decision upholding Canada’s criminal law against the practice of polygamy. West Coast LEAF argued that the practice of polygamy in British Columbia included many of the “defining criteria for undue exploitation such as an element of authority or control, relationship dependency and an absence of substantive equality.”
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Christmas Lights ‘Go Wild’ a Zoo Delight Every night until January 1, the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove hosts the colourful “Lights Go Wild” Christmas lights display from 5 to 9 p.m. Stroll through the zoo’s holiday light wonderland, ﬁlled with animated light displays and seasonal sounds, and visit with Santa Claus on Dec. 22 to 24 as well as enjoy Christmas crafts and activities. Note that the display will not operate on Christmas Day, to allow volunteers to be with their families on that day. Part proceeds from this event go to BC Children’s Hospital. For more information visit www.gvzoo.com or call 604-856-6825. HARRY HUNT PHOTOS
Producers flavour local dishes Aldergrove Star
Adrian and Shannon Beaty have whipped their passion for people and food into a thriving business in which they have blended a successful restaurant with a catering business, and draw a clientele from all over the Lower Mainland. At the heart of their achievement is not only the locals who love their culinary creations, but the farmers who provide the produce. Their restaurant is at 26730 56 Ave. in Gloucester Estates, just east of the 264 Street/Highway 1 interchange. The restaurant takes its name from the address, while Seasonal Experience, the catering arm, was the name of the couple’s restaurant in Sundel Square, in Langley City. They opened that seven years ago, moving to their current address 30 months ago. Putting together the two elements of their business the Beatys have created another success story: Gumboot dinners. Held every month or so, gumboot dinners are a presentation
of local food and the diners are the producers themselves, and members of the public who book a place at the table. The November gumboot dinner showcased Aldergrove-based Glorious Organics, Glen Valley Organic Farms, Agassiz Farm House Cheese and Gelderman Farms of Abbotsford. Fourteen diners, including six Seasonal producers/suppliers, gathered around one large table. “We’re eating family style,” Shannon Beaty, the restaurant and catering manager, announces as she passes out the first plates of appetizers. On one, a selection of Agassiz Farm House cheese with red onion marmalade and Fort Wine cranberry compote. On another, pulled Gelderman Farms pork sliders with maple barbeque sauce and Glen Valley cabbage and apple slaw, and on a third, fresh Dungeness crab cakes with Agassiz Farm House brie, capertarragon aioli and pea tips. On this night, house baked biscuits made with rendered
pork fat, bacon, and sweet red onions teased the palate before the arrival of dishes of Glorious Organics greens with Agassiz Farm House Castle blue cheese, In Season Farms hazelnuts, and aged sherry vinaigrette, braised Glen Valley Farms red cabbage with junipers and balsamic, and Glen Valley root vegetable gratin with Agassiz Farm House Alpine Gold cheese and fresh thyme. Passed along next were plates of roasted Simple Roots farms potatoes, roasted Gelderman Farms pork loin with Haida Gwaii chanterelles and sage jus, and house cured and smoked ham made from Gelderman Farms pork. Washing down the delectable, earthy gems were glasses of Mount Lehman Viognier Reserve 2010. Seasonal 56 is an extraordinary place to dine, its menu never mundane and always appealing to diners who love to let their palates explore new tastes and textures. Therefore, diners can be forgiven when they pause before
sampling food such as garlic scapes. These, served at the November Gumboot, are the immature stalks of the garlic plant, appearing just after the first leaves. These morsels came from Glorious Organics. It’s no surprise that dessert is the finest finale to any meal at Seasonal 56, and Shannon Beaty encouraged the 14 to sample both. No one could resist the gingerbread and Glen Valley sugar pie pumpkin trifle, topped with mint leaves from Glorious Organics, nor the Agassiz Farm House fromage fraise cheesecake with Glorious Organics Belle de Boskoop apple, presented with a ribbon of caramel and sprinkled with the delicate petals of calendula, marigold and batchelor button. Gumboot dinners, says Shannon, is a way to say thankyou to the producers, and offer NATASHA JONES PHOTO diners the chance to broaden Seasonal 56 chef Adrian Beaty sprinkles the ﬁnal touches their dining experience. Visit Seasonal 56 at www.sea- on one of the two Gumboot desserts, Gingerbread and sonal56.ca or call 604-625-5601. Glen Valley sugar pie pumpkin triﬂe.
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Dead Frog Brewery’s Derrick Smith and the “Beeracle.”
Dead Frog Brewery is spreading holiday cheer this season by donating a portion of the proceeds from its limited edition Christmas Beeracle to BC Children’s Hospital. The Christmas Beeracle is a limited edition holiday brew that is available in B.C. and Alberta in single 650 ml bottles. “Social Responsibility and family are a big part of who we are here at Dead Frog and the holidays are the perfect time to give back,” says Dead Frog President Derrick Smith. “The Christmas Beeracle is one of our most successful products and it’s in the spirit of the product and our company to use it as a platform to do
some good for people.” The Dead Frog Christmas Beeracle is a full flavoured amber ale with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger that was first released in 2010. Now in its second year of release Dead Frog Brewery wanted to make sure the success of the Christmas Beeracle benefited those in need. Dead Frog Brewery is an award winning craft brewery located in Aldergrove. Dead Frog is available in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The Christmas Beeracle is available now in liquor stores across B.C. and Alberta. BC Children’s Hospital provides expert care for the most seriously ill or injured children from across B.C.
In addition to providing specialized pediatric services Children’s Hospital is the province’s leading teaching and research facility for child health. ***** An organizer of the Caroling! Caroling Now We Go! event, Liane Bisaillon reports that Aldergrove Christmas carollers collected two wagons full of food and $27.80 for the Aldergrove Food Bank on Saturday evening. ***** Scouts Canada Nicomekl Area groups have set dates, times and locations for the tree chipping events the Scouts will be holding by donation after Christmas. • December 31, 2011 and January
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VICTORIA – I recently sat down with Premier Christy Clark for a year-end interview to talk about her eventful first year back in politics. Here are excerpts from that discussion: TF: People in general are a bit cynical about the treaty process. You could say that about Sophie Pierre [former Ktunaxa chief and chair of the independent B.C. Treaty Commission]. In her report this year she talked about the mounting debt from 20 years of negotiations and basically gave an ultimatum to fix it or shut it down. Do you see the commission continuing as it is, or do you see some changes ahead? PCC: We’re not planning any significant changes to it. We are starting to see, just now, the fruits of all the work from the ministry and from the government and from the treaty commission. And that’s all starting to move pretty quickly. The Taku River Tlinglit economic agreement [mining development and protected areas in the Atlin area], there are a number of these agreements that are starting to flow out, and it’s been a long, slow, frustrating process. So now is the wrong time to walk away from the process, because there’s been 20 years
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of work invested in this, and we’re finally starting to see the fruits of it. TF: A related subject is the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline. There’s a lot of aboriginal opposition to that. The federal Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, not too long ago called this a “nation building project.” It certainly fits with your jobs strategy. Do you support the concept of the pipeline? PCC: First of all, we are foursquare behind the concept and soon to be reality of the liquefied natural gas pipelines, which would take B.C. gas and get it to the port at Kitimat. There is pretty much unanimous First Nations support along the way, community support, through the environmental approval process, it’s all working. The Enbridge proposal is far from that. Being able to get triple the price for Canadian oil would be a big benefit for Canada overall. But the project is one where we have to examine both the costs and benefits. That’s why it’s in the environmental approval process. This is the first of its kind, so I think we have to get a good look at it, and once we have the facts before us, we can have a debate about whether it
should go ahead. TF: The carbon tax. Do you think it’s working, and will we see changes in the years to come? PCC: I think that it’s probably affecting people’s and businesses’ decisions about their reliance on carbon as a source of energy. I don’t want to overstate that, though. The thing about the carbon tax is that it’s hard to know how much difference it’s made. But I think anecdotally we see that it has made some difference. We are in the process now of consulting with both the job creator community and citizens about where they’d like us to go next with the carbon tax. We have to keep in mind that the economy is fragile. But we want to remain a leader on the environment, which where we are right now in North America. ••• The interview also touched on Clark’s efforts to ease the pain of getting rid of the HST, and other issues. You can find the full text on this newspaper’s website by pointing to the News tab and clicking on B.C. News. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com email@example.com
Federal funding for Youth for the Fallen Memorial Trees On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, announced the government of Canada’s support for Langley Youth for the Fallen, a tree memorial honouring Afghanistan Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Township of Langley is receiving a maximum of $50,000 through the Community War Memorial Program. “It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who serve Canada so selflessly,” said Minister Blaney. “The memorials we build today will forever reflect our nation’s gratitude to the generations of Canadians who allow us to live in peace and freedom.” “I commend the Township of Langley for providing a place in our community to honour our local heroes,” said MP Mark Warawa. “By supporting the construction of new memorials, our government is working to ensure the sacrifices of our veterans will not be forgotten, including Langley’s own 21-yearold Private Garrett Chidley, who was killed in 2009.” The project is the brainchild of Langley siblings Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, who wanted a place to commemorate the 157 Canadians who have fallen in Afghanistan. Together with the Township, they have created “A Walk to Remember”, and are planting a tree for every Canadian that has fallen during our involvement in Afghanistan. The Township of Langley has set aside land in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum and landscape architects have designed the park. Several trees were dedicated at a special ceremony in November. “It’s wonderful to be able to be a part of this project which captures a very important moment in time of Canadian military history,” says Elizabeth Pratt. “The Langley Youth for the Fallen memorial project honours those servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the country of Afghanistan. We honour these soldiers in their patriotism, their professionalism and even unto death.” For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada’s programs and services, please visit veterans.gc.ca
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Pay hikes raise voters’ ire Editor: I’m having a difficult time rationalizing these increases of 12.9% for the mayor and 19% for council members, plus expenses and 1/3 of their salary is tax free. I wonder how many of us taxpayers would like to have a job like that, plus have a full time job and/or government pension to live on. In this economic time, I find it offensive that this council is still accepting these salary increases, while there are so many taxpayers trying to survive on $9.50 an hour and 40 hours a week (or approximately $20,000 a year). A .8% increase over eight years, while council salaries increased by 50% and Mayor salaries by 70% over the same period of time. I am not an ‘occupier’, but I find it sad to see another example of the 1% vs 99% actually happening here in Langley Township. The recently printed articles regarding this ‘massive pay hike’ (or Christmas comes early) were based on studies that were done making comparisons to six other municipalities. I’m thinking that if our council wants the salaries that are paid in those six other municipalities, per-
haps they should think of running for mayor/council in one of them and take the taxpayers money from those municipalities. The problem is that these people/councils (as do all governments) vote for and approve their own increases. We the taxpayer (who pay their salaries) have no input. Where is the money coming from to pay these salaries? Another tax increase? Again, in this economy, when people are struggling to make ends meet, I think it would be the ultimate act of solidarity for the mayor and council to refuse these increases and ‘make do’ like the 99%. D. Atkinson, Langley ***** Editor: Re: “Massive pay hike for council”. There will be many responses to this news item, I am sure. I will make it brief and for once disclose this “secret.” I am an 81-year-old pensioner, receiving $1,195.41 OAP a month, (that includes GIS in my case, which is reduced, if I earn more than I “deserve” with my job
today. Hey I had a $9.06 “hike” since October - I just noticed! I am trying to figure out how I feel, reading the news about the “Massive pay hike for council.” Am I surprised? No. Am I disgusted? Somewhat. Am I saddened? Yes. I am very sad for all those pensioners, who are not able to work for additional income, or do not have family support to add to this insulting pay-out for the years of productive living. That news report reminded me again how fortunate I am, that I am in good health, have an ability to earn, and am able to work and supplement my lousy pension income. Much like many women of my generation, I was a stay-at-home mother, raising and supervising my three children, while assisting my husband in his work. There is no recompense for this today for a single, self-supporting senior female. My $1,195.41 times 12 months equals $14,344.92 annually, if my ancient multiplication skills are still valid. It takes talent, and then some to manage on that, eh? NAME WITHHELD, Langley
Accused teacher’s character defended Editor: I have known Debbie Ralph for 40 years. She is the kindest, most caring person one could ever hope for as a friend. Over the course of a long teaching career, many of her students have gone on to have teaching careers of their own because of the example set by this one dedicated teacher. The crime she is accused of is so
outside the realm of possibility — it’s beyond ridiculous. Everyone understands that child abuse in any form is a heinous crime and that it makes a sensational story for the media. However, we cannot invade a decent person’s privacy with a public opinion ‘guilty’ verdict. This former student is trying for character assassination or has some
other ulterior motive in mind with his legal action. All of us who know Debbie know that these charges are completely fabricated. Front page stories and photos of people’s homes should be saved for persons who have been found guilty in a court of law, not citizens currently being tried in the court of public opinion. L. Vegsund, Aldergrove
Photographer on hunt for cougar Editor: Regarding the cougar report in The Aldergrove Star, Dec. 8, “Cougar blamed in Aldergrove farm killing spree” it has been a few months now but my wife spotted a cougar in a large pasture which borders 24 Avenue a few hundred yards east of our property between 256 and 264 Streets. Given that there are a number of deer (over 15) which populate that property, which has a good deal of second growth timber, I figured that the cat has a lot to choose from for lunch, dinner and the like. I am a serious photographer who
had a near miss with a cougar and my Toyota 4-Runner down by Mt. Baker earlier this year so I am always on the lookout for the cat. We have not seen him since the one sighting so maybe he (or she) figures the chickens are easier pickings. You know... “finger licking good” ...and all that. The cat that I narrowly missed with my truck in Washington state was a chicken killer also. He and his sister had been relocated by the Fish and Wildlife Service since they both committed a major raid on a chicken farm not too far from Mt. Baker. He (the male) ran across the road in front of
me and it was a matter of quick braking so I did not hit and kill him with my truck. It would not have been a nice thing to have happen to the cat or my truck. I am a very serious wildlife photographer and I’d like to get some shots of this kitty if I can. As a lifelong hunter I am not terribly nervous about the cat and, like you say, as long as it does not bother people, and especially children, we can live and let live. If I am lucky enough to capture an image I will share it with you, that is for sure. Dr. Jim Axelson, Aldergrove
Bless you all! Editor: The Aldergrove United Church Women would like to extend their thanks to everyone who attended our recent Christmas Tea and Sale of Crafts and Home Baking. It was a really great turnout; thank
you all again. The proceeds of approximately $1,000 were donated to our local Christmas Bureau to help those in need. The knitting group is hard at work knitting scarves of Red, White and
Blue for the Special Olympics. Good work ladies! Quoting a line from Tiny Tim – “God Bless You, Everyone!” Elaine Danvers, Aldergrove United Church, Aldergrove
Smart meters will save cash Editor: Over the past year, smart meters have been a major topic of discussion in B.C. as BC Hydro set about modernizing the province’s electrical grid and updating their aging infrastructure. Given the importance of this issue, I believe your readers would be interested in knowing more about one of the most significant, but less well known, energy savings made possible by smart meters; namely, those energy savings achieved through voltage optimization and other operational efficiencies. With old-fashioned analog electrical meters, an electrical utility has no way of knowing how much electricity is actually being consumed along the grid (or where) at any given moment in time. To ensure that there is enough electricity available on the grid to reliably meet consumption, utilities must therefore put more electricity onto the grid than they expect will be used. Clearly, if more electricity is put onto the grid than is being used, a significant amount of electricity ends up going to waste. And depending upon the time of year, the amount of extra energy going to waste ranges from 8 percent to as much as 14 percent, with 10 percent being a good, average rule-of-thumb. With digital smart meters, however, electrical utilities are able to receive real-time measurement data about the electricity demands being placed on the distribution grid. This real-time information allows utilities to gauge more precisely how much electricity actually needs to be placed on the grid (and where) at any given moment in time while still maintaining reliability of service. Essentially, smart meters eliminate a major distribution unknown for electrical utilities and take guesswork out of the equation. The end result is a significant reduction in wasted electricity because better data leads to less wasted energy while also helping to avoid the capital cost of new generating, transmission and distribution infrastructure. David Field, B.C. Citizens for Green Energy, Burnaby
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Locals clamor for fire insurance breaks
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News that that insurance rates for hundreds of south Langley residents will fall as a result of Superior Tanker Shuttle Service accreditation has generated overwhelming response from the public, said Pat Walker, the Township’s assistant chief responsible for fire prevention. To earn the accreditation, the fire department had to prove that it could transport water to fires in a remote rural area and maintain that supply as though it was coming from a hydrant. This means achieving a flow of 900 litres per minute within five minutes of the first fire truck arriving at the scene of a blaze
and maintaining that flow uninterrupted for two hours. As a result of the accreditation, the insurance premiums paid by rural property owners living within eight road kilometres of Brookswood or Murrayville fire halls, or within five road kilometres of a hydrant, will plunge. The accreditation, achieved in November, is currently limited to around 650 rural properties. Walker said the department is busy planning the next two areas for accreditation. These are likely to be Glen Valley and south Aldergrove. Walker said that it took team work — career firefighters like himself and paid on-call firefighters.
The Superior Tanker Shuttle Service required many runs with tankers of water speeding to a pre-determined location, as though to a real fire. It required hours of repeat shuttle trips, Walker said, adding that the department made adjustments to its own system, and in the process raised the firefighters’ competence, and familiarity with the areas and location of hydrants. “Paid on-call firefighters were a major factor to succeed in the operation,” he said, adding that with they and their career colleagues “truly worked in harmony with each other.” According to Godoy’s Insurance Only Co., the owner
of a residential property valued at $800,000 and currently paying $3,165 in insurance premiums, will see that figure drop by 48 per cent to $1,648. The $4,551 insurance currently paid by the owner of a $1.2 million property will fall by 50 per cent, while the $1,728 premium on a $400,000 house will fall by 36 per cent to $1,095. Steve Godoy, who helped Abbotsford fire department with its accreditation, is now advising his clients in the accredited area, and education others in the insurance business. The bottom line is that property owners will enjoy a huge reprieve in their insurance rates, Godoy said.
B.C.’s night worker regulations are weakened By MONISHA MARTINS Black Press
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The Food & Friends Christmas luncheon at Bob’s Steakhouse in Aldergrove was very successful. It boasted the largest attendance for Food & Friends in Aldergrove to date, with 35 people there. A big thanks go to Bob and Karen Long for the fabulous meal of roast beef with stuffed Yorkshire pudding with all the trimmings, volunteers May and Ron Leeper for their continued dedication and passion, and to Julie Joseph, the newest volunteer to the family. Alex Thompson coordinates the Food and Friends program for the Township of Langley at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, and said, “We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year on the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!” For further information, contact Alex Thompson anytime at 604-856-2899.
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Kodiaks win first-place junior hockey showdown By KURT LANGMANN Adergrove Star
The Aldergrove Kodiaks secured their spot at the top of their division with a 5-4 win over the last-place Ridge Meadows Flames on Dec. 16. Aldergrove won despite allowing four power play goals, including three in a 1:42 span late in the third which tied the game at four. But with less than three minutes remaining, the Kodiaks’ Alex Feighan snapped home the winner, his second goal and third point of the game. Robert Jang, Brandon Potomak and Ryan Veillet had the other Aldergrove goals. Brendan Sharp made 26 saves to pick up the win. The Kodiaks (18-6-1-1) have a four-point lead over the Pilots for top spot in the Harold Brittain Conference. KODIAKS SHOOT DOWN PILOTS The Aldergrove Kodiaks pulled out a 3-2 overtime win over the Abbotsford Pilots last Wednesday at Aldergrove Arena to stay on top of the Harold Brittain conference. The Kodiaks took the lead at 46 seconds into the game with a goal by Colton Precourt, assisted by Ryan Procyshyn and Brandon Potomak. The Kodiaks followed that with a
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Aldergrove Kodiaks’ Colton Precourt in the overtime fray with Abbotsford Pilots’ Garett Lynum #14 and keeper Aaron Oakley at Aldergrove Arena Dec. 14. Precourt got an assist for the overtime 3-2 win as well as the ﬁrst goal of the game within a minute of the ﬁrst period start. power play goal at 12:09 by Daniel Higgs from Stephen Ryan and
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Neither side was able to take advantage of power plays in the second period and the score didn’t even up until 13:54 of the third when Abbotsford’s Ryan Stewart scored. This set the scene for overtime and in the last minute the Kodiaks’ Josiah Friesen potted the game winner at 4:17, assisted by Precourt. Friesen earned the game’s first star while Kodiaks keeper Ross Baadsvik earned second star. KODIAKS ROUND-UP This puts the Kodiaks at 38 points after 26 games (18-6-1-1), four ahead of the Pilots (16-8-2-0). Port Moody follows at 23 points and Mission and Ridge Meadows trail at nine and eight, respectively, practically ensuring that Aldergrove will be in the playoffs this year. Over at the Tom Shaw conference, Richmond leads with 46 points, followed by Delta at 40, North Delta at 32, North Vancouver at 25 and Grandview at 24. Aldegrove has two games this week, Wednesday, Dec. 21, when they host the Port Moody Black Panthers and then Friday, Dec. 23 in Abbotsford against the Pilots. Their first game of the new year is Jan. 4 when they host the Mission Icebreakers.
Roller derby girls bring Christmas smiles Aldergrove Star
Abbotsford’s Reign Valley Vixens are helping to brighten the days for those in need this Christmas. In November, the team held two free roller derby bouts, titled D’Icy Business, at Tradex during the Extreme Snow and Sports Swap. RVV hosted the Sea to Sky Sirens, who travelled down from Squamish, as well as the Nanaimo Nemesis, and fans brought donations for the Abbotsford Food Bank for free
entry. Several tonnes of food were collected for the Abbotsford Food Bank at this vital time of the year. Through the Christmas Bureau, RVV has sponsored a local family a mom and four year old daughter. The ladies are collecting a hamper of food with all the fixings for a Christmas dinner as well as gifts for under the tree. And, through Coats for Kids, RVV is collecting clean, gently used winter coats, mittens and boots for
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Betty Gilbert Middle School’s Brodie Buchner leads the charge against Credo Christian School in grade 8 boys basketball, Dec. 13 at Aldergrove. It was a 30-26 victory for Betty Gilbert.
Twisters Gymnastics Club of Abbotsford sent one gymnast to the Toyota International Gymnastics Competition in Nagoya, Japan. Ken Ikeda, 29, together with one other gymnast from Saskatoon, represented Canada at this annual sporting event. Ikeda is not only a coach at Twister’s Gymnastics Club, but also the Team B.C. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics coach. He competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo in
October, 2011, and at the Canadian Championships in Charlottetown in May. In January, he will be competing at the Olympic trials in London, England. Twisters has three other very highly qualified coaches for its men’s competitive gymnastics program, in which 33 boys and young men tr ain many hours each week. The women’s artistic gymnastics program is coached by four extremely highly qualified coaches, who train 42 enthusiastic girls and young women. Their first competi-
tion took place on Dec. 10. The first big competition in 2012 for the women’s competitive team is the Omega Invitational in Coquitlam in February. The first big competition for the men’s competitive team is the Flip City Invitaitonal in Langley, also in February. Twisters Gymnastics Club also has a large, very successful recreational gymnastics program, at which over 300 children and teens from around the Fraser Valley train and learn basic gymnastics skills.
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When an NHL player stands behind the bench as your minor hockey coach, people may assume the coach’s son would feel pressure to live up any expectations others may place on them. For Ben Walter, that was never the case. “I didn’t pay attention to that, I was just having fun playing hockey,” Walter admits. “In minor and junior hockey, I know guys would say (to him) ‘how come you are not as good as your dad?’” said former NHLer Ryan Walter. “There were all those negative things. I am sure it bothered him but it didn’t seem to dissuade him at all.” “Part of the maturation process of a professional hockey player is the mental toughness side,” he added. “It was probably a disadvantage when he was in minor hockey — you don’t want your kids to go through that — (but) on the other hand, when they go through that, they learn a lot.” And even if there were drawbacks to having your father — Ryan Walter played more than a 1,000 NHL games with Washington, Montreal and Vancouver, winning a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens — as your minor hockey coach, it was well worth any hassle it may have caused. “I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons, anyways,” the younger Walter said. From an early age, Walter was hooked on hockey. “As long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for hockey,” he explained. “So to be able to do it for my job, it is a lot of fun. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” It was at the junior A level when Walter got his first inkling that hockey could be a career. “During those years, it kind of dawned on my that maybe this was something I might be able to do,” he explained. “It was always a dream and I could always picture myself playing pro hockey.” After a solid rookie season in the BCHL with the Langley Hornets — he had 30 points in 50 games as a 16-year-old — Walter had a sensational sophomore season, leading
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Ben Walter (#17) is having a solid season with the Abbotsford Heat, sitting fourth on the team in scoring through the ﬁrst 25 games of the season. Walter is playing close to home for the ﬁrst time since he was a teenager with the Langley Hornets. Walter is fourth on the Heat the team in assists (47) and points (76) while scoring 29 goals in 52 with 17 points through the first 25 games. games. And while Walter — like his His play landed him a scholarship to UMass Lowell where he teammates — strives to play in the amassed 49 goals and 90 points in NHL, he bides his time, waiting for 107 games over three seasons. It another shot. “People always say the hardest also got Walter on the NHL’s radar and the Boston Bruins selected him part is sticking (in the NHL),” he said. in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. “You just have to stick with it Turning pro in 2005, Walter spent two seasons in the Bruins and stay hungry and work to get organization, mainly in the back there.” Having the right outlook is American Hockey League with Providence, and suiting up in 10 essential. “At the end of the day, you still NHL games. Following a trade to the New get to play hockey for a living, York Islanders organization, Walter which is great, but you still have to played the bulk of his time in have that drive to try and get betBridgeport, but did manage his first ter,” Walter said. Last season, Walter captained career NHL goal in a game against Lake Erie for the second half of the Tampa Bay. Walter then spent a season in year, a new experience for him. “I enjoyed it, it was certainly the New Jersey organization and then last year with Colorado, lead- something new, especially at the ing the team’s AHL affiliate, the pro level,” he said. Lake Erie Monsters with 70 points While some leaders are the type in 77 games, good enough to finish who may deliver a fiery locker room ninth in league scoring. tirade to rally the team, that is not His hockey odyssey continued, his nature. landing with the Calgary Flames “I am not the kind of guy who is organization this past off-season. going to stand up and make speechHe has been a staple for the es all the time; I am the kind of guy Abbotsford Heat, returning to the who is going to lead by example and Lower Mainland after an extended say something once in awhile and absence. hope that it means something.” “This year it was just strange Walter marvels at his father’s being close to home, being able to public speaking skills — the elder see my family whenever I wanted,” Walter is renowned motivational he said. speaker and author — something “I had Thanksgiving with my he admits he lacks. family this year, which I haven’t “I have always been kind of nerSEE: Page 16 done in a long time.”
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dates to note
The Township of Langley Civic Facility and Operations Centre will be closed December 24 - January 2 for the holiday season.
Holiday Greetings from Township of Langley Council
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langley events centre Coming Events Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey
As residents celebrate this festive time of year with family and friends, Township of Langley Council would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
Wed Dec 28 7pm vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals Thu Dec 29 7pm vs. Nanaimo Clippers
Our community is welcoming the New Year with a new Mayor and Council, and we resolve to maintain the spirit of goodwill that is so prevalent this time of year. Throughout the term ahead, we will strive to work with a sense of harmony and cooperation to do what is best for those who live and work in the Township of Langley.
Thursday, January 12 to Sunday, January 15 Team North America Skips
Team World Skips
Amber Holland Stefanie Lawton Patti Lank Glenn Howard Jeff Stoughton Pete Fenson
Bingyu Wang Eve Muirhead Anette Norberg Tom Brewster Thomas Ulsrud Niklas Edin
Thursday, January 12 8:30am Women’s Team session 1:00pm Mixed Doubles 6:30pm Men’s Team session Friday, January 13 8:30am Women’s Team session 1:00pm Mixed Doubles 7:00pm Men’s Team session Saturday, January 14 8:30am Skins Games (Men, Women & Mixed) 1:00pm Singles 6:30pm Skins Games (Men, Women & Mixed) Sunday, January 15 10:30pm Women’s Skins Game 5:00pm Men’s Skins Game
Tickets: ticketmaster.ca • 1.855.985.5000 The Langley Events Centre is located at 7888 - 200 Street For ticket information, contact Langley Events Centre 604.882.8800 • langleyeventscentre.com
public notice Storm Response Website and Hotline During severe winter storms, call the Township’s Storm Response Information Hotline at 604.514.HELP (4357) or visit tol.ca and click on the Storm Response icon for regular updates on response levels in your area. Engineering Division 604.532.7300
Have a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2012. Sincerely, Mayor Jack Froese Councillor David Davis Councillor Bev Dornan Councillor Steve Ferguson Councillor Charlie Fox Councillor Bob Long Councillor Kim Richter Councillor Michelle Sparrow Councillor Grant Ward
public programs and events
Snow and Ice Control Program
Christmas Tree Chipping
The Township of Langley’s Snow and Ice Control Program is administered according to the municipality’s Snow and Ice Control Policy 05-732. Services are carried out in priority order. Snow and ice control operations begin as conditions warrant. Plowing occurs when snow depth exceeds 100mm (4 inches) and conditions are continuous.
Bring your Christmas trees in for chipping by donation to one of the following locations:
First Priority Arterial roads, major collector roads, bus routes, hilly areas, and school zones Serviced on a continuous basis as long as poor conditions exist
1st Walnut Grove Scout Group (Fundraiser) Date:
December 31 and January 7
9:30am to 4:30pm
Walnut Grove Secondary School parking lot 8919 Walnut Grove Drive
Second Priority Industrial and commercial roads and secondary residential through-roads between arterial and/or major collector roads Resources are only directed to second priority routes once ﬁrst priority route conditions are under control. They are serviced during normal working hours, with minimal staff overtime as authorized. If conditions deteriorate on any higher priority routes, resources are redirected to higher priority routes.
Third Priority A “condition based” response level applies to all remaining residential roads. Only when snow accumulations exceed 250mm (10 inches) in the centre of the travel portion of the road as measured by a Township Roads Superintendent can a single pass of a plow be made. Serviced according to “condition based” criteria and during normal working hours only Sanding only will be done at intersections when conditions warrant. If conditions deteriorate on any higher priority route, resources are redirected to higher priority routes. A map displaying the snow and ice control priority routes is available on our website. Visit tol.ca and click on the Storm Response icon under Quick Links. Engineering Division 604.532.7300
10th Langley Scouting Group (Fundraiser) Date:
December 31 and January 1
10:00am to 4:00pm
Safeway parking lot (SE corner) 20871 Fraser Highway
2nd Aldergrove Legion Scout Group (Fundraiser) Date:
9:00am to 3:00pm
Aldergrove Legion 26607 Fraser Highway
Fields Tree Services (All proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society) Date:
January 7 and 8
9:00am to 3:00pm
Willowbrook Shopping Centre Northwest parking lot Engineering Division 604.532.7300
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Going Up For The Hoop
Walter ‘always tries for even keel on ice’ FROM: Page 14 vous when I have to speak in front of people,” Walter said. Instead, Walter lets his actions on the ice do the talking. “I have always tried to keep an even keel on the ice,” he said. “That is my personality off the ice as well, so I think it just transfers over. “The biggest thing is just leading by example; you don’t want to say too much or try to be an ‘in-yourface’ guy.” Heat head coach Troy Ward called Walter “a quiet guy who leads with his stick.” “He is a calming influence who has great poise with the puck and makes the players around him better,” he said. “A great demeanor: never too high and never too low.” And while some players may develop a negative attitude for what
they may perceive as not getting their shot, Walter remains the consummate pro. “He understands the business,” Ward said. “He just keeps plugging away. He knows if he keeps working, he is going to get his chance.” Mental toughness is essential. “Part of the process of the maturation process of a professional hockey player is the mental toughness side,” Ryan Walter said. While no parent wants to see unnecessary pressure on their child, he feels what Ben went through in minor and junior hockey taught his son a lot. Even though they are competing to catch the attention of the Flames and earn a call-up, as one of the Heat’s elder statesmen — Walter is 27, the fifth eldest on the team — he takes pride in showing the younger guys how to be a pro.
“You have to look at it like you are the example, you have to show them the way to be a pro, how to conduct yourself on and off the ice,” Walter said. “I looked up to the older guys (when I came into the league) trying to see what they were doing. “Off the ice is the biggest challenge for any young pro hockey player; you learn along the way and try to pass that on as you get older.” Heat and Shaw partner for TV The Abbotsford Heat and Shaw offers access to a live AHL game featuring the Abbotsford Heat and Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. The game will be broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 22 from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois with puck drop scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific.
ows team last week. It was a game which United had won until untimely “sending off ” of one of their players was followed up by a goal scored in the last minute by
Pitt Meadows to tie the game. United has the Christmas break and then cup games begin. The season ends with the Provincials in July, which Aldergrove is hosting.
United soccer boys finish second
The Aldergrove United U18 soccer boys team finished in second place in their group following an evening game against the top place Pitt Mead-
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Aldergrove Secondary’s Gurman Jhay goes up for the basket against Credo Christian School in junior boys basketball, Dec. 13 at Aldergrove. It was a 30-46 loss for Aldergrove.
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Season’s Greetings from the Township of Langley!
The following application has been submitted to Township Council for consideration.
The following application has been submitted to Township Council for consideration.
During the holidays, our Township facilities will be operating under non-standard hours. The Operations Centre and departments within the Civic Facility will be closed from Saturday, December 24 to Monday, January 2 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3. Regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. For detailed holiday hours for all Township facilities, including recreation and community centres, please visit tol.ca. The Customer Service desk at the Civic Facility will be available to answer questions, address general concerns, and accept deliveries Wednesday, December 28 to Friday, December 30, from 8:30am 4:30pm.
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Residents who wish to comment on this application are to submit written correspondence to the Engineering Division by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address at the top of this page. Engineering Division 604.532.7300
The swimming pools will be closed for annual maintenance until Sunday, January 1 inclusive. The pools will reopen at 6am on Monday, January 2, 2012.
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 The loving family of Florence May Legault is saddened to announce the passing of their dear Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. Florence passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord, surrounded by her family that will always love her dearly. Florence was the longest living member of her family of seven from England, that all predeceased long before her. Those who knew Florence will remember the way she lived with elegance and grace. She was predeceased by her loving Husband Emery Joseph Legault (Jack) in 1993. Florence is survived by loving daughter Yvonne Francis nee Wilford and Alex Francis, grandchildren Michael, Darren, Melody and Leanne. Great grandchildren Dempsey, Emily, Nolan, Isaiah, Ayden, and Noah. Florence is survived by her loving son Kenneth and Kathy Legault, grandchildren Laune, Denise, Stacey, Kelly, Clara, Chris, Jonathon, and great
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$10 MILLION AVAILABLE for Land Purchase/Development and Joint Ventures. Management Consulting and Business Plan services. Call 1-866-402-6464.
(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring, Carpet Cleaning & Maid Service! www.paintspecial.com
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(778)245-9069 NorthStars Painting Ltd Boxing Day Sale ~ Book by Jan 1st! No Job Too Small!
MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.
GREAT RATES! Local lic’d plumber Big & small jobs. Plumbing, heating, plugged drains, call 604-325-6722
A18 Thursday, December 22, 2011 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 356
CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866
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CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly
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CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS. Vet checked. 1st shots. Parents both registered. $550. 604-309-2390. COCK A POO PUPPIES Family raised (2) Female, (2) male. $500. Ready to Go! (604)467-6643
Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!!
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES $550: Born Sept. 26th. 1 Male, 1 Female. 604-836-6861
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL
Multi Poo Pup 14 wks old M., white, 2nd shot dewormed micro chipped good home $795. 604-715-2431
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NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com
MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
MISC. FOR SALE
Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 CAN’T GET UP your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591.
MALTESE pup, 1 male, 1st shots, vet ✔, dewormed. Family raised. 604-464-5077. MIN. SCHNAUZER PUPS 7-F 4-M tails docked, dewormed, 1st shots. Starting at $800. 778-834-1469
LITTLE LOAD SPECIALIST. Sand & gravel delivered. Small orders welcome. Topsoil available. Call (604) 532-0662 days/eves.
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
REAL ESTATE 627
Tree removal done RIGHT!
WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422
FEED & HAY HAY FOR SALE First Cut, $4.50 a bale. Call John (604)856-4888
STEEL BUILDINGS END OF SEASON DEALS! Overstock must go make an offer! FREE DELIVERY to most areas. CALL TO CHECK INVENTORY and FREE BROCHURE - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.
BEST FIREWOOD 32nd Season & 37,000 Cust Deliv. Fully Seas. Maple, Birch, Alder 604-582-7095
2003 TOYOTA Corolla, very clean, 4dr, CD player, auto, 157,000kms. $5150 obo. 604-588-5215.
ALDERGROVE. 2 bdrm bsmt suite. Cov patio. W/D hook-up. N/P. Avail now. Leave message at 604-8320680 or 604-897-5944.
#26 20540 66 Avenue, Langley
Elec. awning, “family-sized” dinette, power tongue jack, loft. $26,483 (Stk.30530) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644
660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402
DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
CLOVERDALE - CLEAN AND WELL BUILT FAMILY HOME
In need of a solid family home? This is the perfect place to start. With 3 good size bedrooms upstairs and tons of potential for your ideas down. This well cared for home has been looked after from top to bottom. Including a 3 year new roof, and six month old hot water tank. Plus don’t miss the great neighbourhood close to everything including schools, parks, ice rinks, shopping and transit. You need this one on your must see list. Call Verne today at 604-857-1100
INSTANT AUTO CREDIT We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now, or we can deliver to you. www.DriveHomeNow.com. 877-758-7311 or 250-7515205. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-593-6095.
6221 175A Street, Cloverdale $499,000.00 ABBOTSFORD WEST - ALMOST NEW BASEMENT ENTRY WITH ROOM FOR IN-LAWS
This is one spotless home. You will love this virtually new 4 bedroom home. From its gleaming hardwood ﬂoors to the maple kitchen this has what you need and want. Plus you will love the 1 bedroom suite for the inlaws. And don’t forget about the storage available in the crawl space. Call Verne Stel today to see this one for yourself. 604-857-1100
2004 DODGE NEON SX - 2.0 auto, 146K, 4 dr, keyless alarm, a/care, cd, all pwr. $3700: (604)502-9912
27691 Lantern Ave., Abbotsford 489,000.00 BROOKSWOOD - BEAUTIFUL RANCHER ON A 1/4 ACRE LOT WITH RV PARKING AND SHOP
2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $6795/obo. (604)826-0519
The title says it all. How long have you been looking for your perfect rancher with no stairs? This 4 bedroom, 2 bath beauty is sure to impress. Many recent upgrades include a family room and master bedroom addition, newer roof, newer windows and a newer septic ﬁeld. Plus tons of parking even room for that RV or boat. And let’s not forget the 16x16 wired workshop. Close to shopping, schools and parks. All you need is here and ready for you to move right in. Call Verne Stel today to see it for yourself 604-857-1100.
4280 204 Street, Langley $519,900.00
CARS - DOMESTIC
2000 FORD FOCUS, standard trans., blue, 4 dr. sedan, CD, Air Cared. $1995 obo (604)826-0519
2003 Four Winds 30 ft. Class C Motorhome. 30,000kms. Mint cond. Asking $30,000.obo. 604-780-0777.
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal
“Thinking of Buying or Selling, Call Me Today.”
2003 FREIGHTLINER COLUMBIA highway truck, 450HP, 13 spd, Eaton Fuller trans, recent work done, brand new tires, fresh MVI. Make over $10,000/mo gross with job. Asking $22,500 Info 604-830-1700.
New SRI Manufactured Homes. Single Double Modulars on display. Repossessions 1974-2004. Chuck 604-830-1960.
Are you looking for room to roam? There is lots of room on this nice ﬂat acreage. Room for a shop and all your toys. Great access to Highway 1 but set far enough away for peace and quiet. The home itself boasts all kinds of updates and includes 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths. All this, and on City water! Your search ends here. Call Verne Stel today to book your personal showing. 604-857-1100
23025 72 Avenue, Langley
2005 TOYOTA COROLLA, 42,000 kms. Light green, auto, $9000 obo. Great condition. (604)328-9570
SALMON RIVER - HOME AND ACREAGE, ROOM FOR A SHOP
2003 VOLVO V40, S/W, Blue, loaded 155,000 kms. auto. new tires. $5500 firm. Phone 604-538-9257.
REMAX ALDERCENTER REALTY 26641 FRASER HWY, ALDERGROVE
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
1999 CHEVY BLAZER, black, mags 2” lift 4x4, Air Cared, std. new clutch $4795 obo 604-826-0519 2000 BUICK LASABRE with heated seats, low km’s, H.U.D. Private. $6900/obo. 778-565-4230 2004 FORD Escape XLS, 2L, 5 sp. Loaded. 132kms. no acc. $4500 no tax Aircared 2 yrs. 604-502-9912. 2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, red, 160K, $8500 firm. Call 604-538-9257 2011 CHEV Traverse AWD 20,000kms. List $40,000+HST, asking $28,900.no HST. 604-780-0777
633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS
WILLOUGHBY TOWNHOUSE - MOVE IN READY CONDITION! Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a virtually new townhouse. This immaculately kept beauty has it all and is ready for you to move right in. 2 Bedrooms, 2 baths, central air conditioning, security system, and a great complex that boasts a clubhouse, pool, gym and playground. Plus loads of parking. Call Verne Stel today to book your personal showing. 604-857-1100
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
2011 LAREDO 302LT
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
Blood Hound pups, CKC Reg health ✔, 1st vac., micro chipped, 1 male, 6 fem. Liver & tan, ready to go 604-574-5788
845 The Scrapper
828 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288
2003 HONDA CIVIC - 4 dr, automatic a/c, cd, very clean, no acc. Clear title. $5800: (604)607-4906
ALDERGROVE. 3 bdrm T/H. 1.5 bths. Fncd yd. fam.complex. $1050 & up. Sm dog ok. 778- 551-2696.
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
Microwave, awning, pass through storage, u-shaped dinette, ext. speakers, DSI water heater. $15,483 (Stk.30525) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644
2002 DODGE NEON R/T standard trans., white, sunroof, used eng., new timing belt & clutch. CD stacker $3295 obo. (604)826-0519
604-854-4664 Located in Abbotsford
2011 SALEM FG T21RD
1997 MERCEDES E420, all options, mint, garage kept. 118,00 kms. $7200 obo. 604-805-4545.
✦ CARS ✦ BOATS ✦ ✦ SUPPLIES ✦ 12’ x 40’ & 24’ x 40’ Ceiling height 8’
1 & 2 BDRMS, kitchen units avail. to rent weekly or monthly. Please call Canada’s best value, Westward Inn @ 604-534-9238.
SHIHTZU X LASO APSO pups, 3 M, mostly white, view parents, nonshed, $400/ea. (604)701-9006
1993 HONDA DELSOL, auto. 250,000 kms. $3000 obo. Call 604328-9570.
Individual Insulated Bays All Bays Alarmed
PRESA CANARIO pups 11/wks. 1st shots & dewormed. Well socialized with kids. $600/obo. 604-466-8211.
CARS - DOMESTIC
2006 FORD FUSION, 4 dr, 39,000 kms, V6, all options, $7,950 obo. Phone 604-780-8404
1989 ACURA LEGEND, 2 dr coupe, white, 5 spd, runs well, good cond. $1400 obo. (604)765-9602
STORE - IT
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS
ALDERGROVE: Newer home 2 bdrm bsmt ste, n/s, n/p. Good area. $750/mo. Call evgs (604)807-6656
NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND pups. Registered, micro chipped, 1st shots. Ready now. 604-823-2259 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMES FOR RENT
ALDERGROVE. 4 bdrm house on 5 acres with 10 horse barn. 26226 28th Ave. Available now. $2800/mo. 604-594-5705 or 604-720-3603.
604-787-5915, 604-291-7778 Info: www.treeworksonline.ca email@example.com 10% OFF with this AD
Rottweiler pups lrg German working stock exc temp healthy 8 wks. parents to view. $650. 604-799-8225. • Tree & Stump Removal • Certiﬁed Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~
FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673
TRUCKS & VANS
1994 Saab 900-S. 6cyl, 2.5 l engine. 4dr, sunroof, 5spd, green, like new. $1950. 604-541-0344 2000 Dodge diesel 2500 series 4x4 ext cab 133,000k. 8x10 custom alum deck $12,500. 604-839-5700. 2004 F350 LARIAT CREW CAB, 4X4, long box, 180K, full load $16,000 obo. 604-812-1278 2004 GRAND CARAVAN, 36,000 KMS, v6, loaded, seats 7, $7950 obo. 604-780-8404 2005 CHEVY VENTURE VAN with wheelchair ramp, good cond, $5500 obo. 778-882-6149 2006 MONTANA, Dual Air, DVD, new tires, brakes, battery. 160kms. Asking $6,500. 604-780-0777.
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I Live in Aldergrove. I Sell in Aldergrove. Call the Aldergrove specialist... Ready to move, when you are.
Wishing all our Clients & Friends Christmas Joy and a Happy & Prosperous New Year! 26258 - 60TH AVE. $1,150,000
#106 - 5498 - 267TH ST. $329,900 PARK YOUR INDUSTRIAL TRUCK RESIDENTIAL HERE!
Gorgeous 1628 sq. ft. rancher, has partially ﬁnished full basement, roughed-in plumbing for 3rd bathroom or in-law suite - with attached 2000 sq. ft. heated shop. Also has 1200 sq ft. modular home with its own 24 x 26 garage.
935 sq ft industrial unit with 935 sq ft 2 Bdrm legal suite on second floor. Bring your business here and live here. Industrial zoned, quiet location or move your business and diversify your investments
2056 MCKENZIE RD. $309,900
19758 54A AVE.
YA GOTTA SEE THIS ONE! - GOOD PRICE - GOOD HOUSE -
Dan F lokstr lokstra a .COM $579,900
27031 - FRASER HWY.
359 - 240 ST
5 bedroom, 2 storey, backs on to park, on a 58’x105’ lot, on No Through Street. Close to Elementary School, new windows, new front door - south exposure.
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Make your Dream a Reality!
19.5 ACRES Currently rented - about 10,000 sq. ft. - buildable and / or renovate the house to an office. Invest now and wait for redevelopment. Possibilities here?
27908 TRESTLE AVE.
Check out this quality built home in West Abby. 9’ ceilings up and down all the extras you would want. This home has a very bright suite. Full sundeck plus patio. 3 bedrooms up, 3 bedrooms down - available immediately!
Home plus large barn in great area. Property all cleared, make your offer! Call Dan Flokstra 604-857-1100
27145 35 AVE.
Fully finished up and down with 2 bedroom suite, 9’ ceilings, very clean. Great floor plan upstairs - air conditioned, fantastic ensuite, backs onto acreage. Close to schools in great new subdivision.
2825 - 256TH STREET
$1,995,000 37 ACRES HOME PLUS LARGE BARNS
LANGLEY CITY - 2 STOREY
ABBOTSFORD RANCH WITH PARTIAL BASEMENT Very neat & clean, 3 bedroom rancher - close to town and public transportation. 3 Piece ensuite, gas ﬁreplace, large lot - garage & separate bike room.
Check this out, it’s all here! A large 3,700 sq ft home on a beautiful property. Large dairy barn’s plus tons of hay storage 80’x180’ clear span main barn, square piece of property with fantastic building site. Spring is coming, take a look here - property has a slight southern slope.
29415 SIMPSON RD. HOT NEW PRICE!
$895,000 This is a knockout! 3,700 sq ft 2 storey home on 1 acre with sewer and water hook up, plus spectacular view. Completely upgraded everything including new kitchen and bathrooms, air conditioning, flooring, lighting, crown mouldings, 2” wooden blinds, plus, plus. You get the idea! Oh Yeah, plus a 25x 45 heated and air conditioned shop. Triple garage, plus, plus!
26641 FRASER HWY, ALDERGROVE • 604-857-1100
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