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Sun smiles, crowds pack Fair Days By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
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Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender (at right) was the quickest on the draw in the Aldergrove Fair Days Celebrity Fast Draw competition. See inside this issue for more on the Aldergrove Fair.
Multiple murder call was ‘hoax’ By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
The phone call came in around 11:30 Monday morning,from a male caller who claimed he’d killed several people and was holding several more hostage in a house in the 27100-block of 16 Avenue in Aldergrove. Langley RCMP cordoned off the area. Members of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team (ERT) moved in with police dog services. Paramedics were on standby. At first, no one responded to a police loud hailer.
Then a woman stepped outside around 12:38 p.m. and was arrested. There were no bodies or hostages inside the house, she told police, only her two teenage children. The call was a hoax. When the teens followed their mother outside, they were arrested for public mischief. Police are now investigating the possibility the family computer was hacked by the actual person who made the prank call. At the request of the family, HARRY HUNT PHOTO the computer has been seized Police moved in to surround an Aldergrove house Monday, July for examination by the RCMP 25, after a caller claimed he killed several people. It was a hoax that Tech Crimes Unit. may have been the result of computer hacking.
Mother Nature smiled on Aldergrove Fair Days with a glorious weekend of sun and the community turned out in record numbers to take in the family-oriented activities. A final count has not been done but fair president Robin McIntosh estimates the attendance was in the range of 7,500 over the three days. “It was a ‘record everything’ this year,” said fair spokesperson Karen Long. “We had so many comments from happy people that it felt like a community, safe, like a real fair should.” The fair started out Friday evening with a car show, and kicked off with a downtown parade Saturday morning, before the activities and special events took over at the fair grounds in the park next to the high school. The events included the 99th annual Aldergrove Agricultural Association fair competitions, held inside the Kinsmen Community Centre. Entries for these competition classes were up from previous years and organizers are already planning the fair’s centennial next year. The Aldergrove Agricultural Association’s Centennial trophy for top farmer was awarded to Alf and Sandee Krause of Krause Berry Farm this year. Parade Results: Commercial Float (Home Built) - 1st Apple Auto Glass, 2nd Rahn’s Black Belt Academy, 3rd, Langley RCMP Non-Profit Float (Home Built) - 1st Langley Shriners Club, 2nd Silver Diamond Country Dancers, 3rd Wagner Hills Ministries Decorated Car - 1st Langley Lightning, 2nd Tutor Doctor, 3rd Langley Speedway Antique Vehicle - 1st Township of Langley, Recreation, Culture and Parks, 2nd Langley Senior’s Resource Centre Farm Vehicle - 1st Fraser Valley Antique Tractors Band – 1st Aldergrove Legion Car Show/Rawhide Bones Band Entry Novelty/Comic Unit - 1st Save On Foods, Aldergrove, 2nd Diamond Bar Equipment, 3rd Woodlands 4H Hare and Hound Marching Drill Team - 1st Otter Girl Guides, 2nd Aldergrove Kodiaks Certificates can be picked up at Bob’s Bar n’ Grill, 27083 Fraser Hwy., Aldergrove or contact Karen at 604-418-9507. In the Chili Cookoff competition on Saturday, Tim Everett and the Circle E Team took first place in both the judge’s and people’s SEE: Page 4
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Pair of U.S. seniors face gun smuggling charges By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
Two Americans are facing 15 weapons-related charges after they were caught at the Aldergrove border crossing on July 11 with five loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun. The Canada Border Services Agency (BCSA) said the travelers, 70-yearold Hugh Wayne Barr and 64-year-old Danny Ray Cross, were on their way to Alaska when inspectors discovered the cache of guns. The guns included an Old-West style six-shot revolver and a two-shot Derringer.
Barr and Cross were released July 13 after a Surrey Provincial Court judge ordered them each to post $50,000 bail. The charges against them including multiple counts of smuggling goods into Canada, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm and ammunition. Their next court appearance is set for Aug. 29. Visitors to Canada may temporarily import non-restricted firearms like hunting rifles and shotguns if they complete a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, and have a valid purpose such as hunting.
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If you ever wondered whether Langley Township or Langley City gets more provincial government money, or which local judges have the biggest paycheques or anything else to do with where your provincial tax dollars are spent, there is now a website you can visit that may have the answers you seek. Last Tuesday, the provincial government launched DataBC. Anyone with a web browser and a spreadsheet program can now access information that, in some cases, used to require a formal Freedom Of Information (FOI) request to get. Now, instead of filling out an FOI form, visitors to http://www.data.gov. bc.ca/ can download reams of information, including material of interest to Langley residents. Like one spreadsheet file for B.C. government financial transfers that appears to show the smaller City collected more from the province than the larger Township did — just over $7 million for the city compared to just under $2 million for the Township. The difference is a $6.8 million grant to the City from the ministry of housing and social development. The biggest single local beneficiary of provincial government largesse is the
Langley School District, which received $149 million from the provincial ministry of education. Langley Christian School Society had to get by with $3.6 million. The Kwantlen First Nation of Fort Langley got a relatively modest $107,000 from the province compared to the $229,000 the Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services Society collected. The numbers also show that James Jardine, a judge in the Surrey courthouse (which also deals with Langley cases), is one of the best paid in the province, collecting just over $260,000 for the most recent fiscal year. Only three other judges in other B.C. provincial courts — and the provincial auditor general — were paid more in the category of “employees not appointed under the Public Service Act.” Premier Christy Clark said B.C. is the first Canadian province to launch an open data website. In a written statement published Tuesday, Clark said the DataBC site puts about 2,500 formerly separate “data sets” in one location. In March of this year, the Township of Langley added its own open document catalogue to the redesigned civic website.
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The Toews family make good use of the highly popular, large off-leash dog run at Aldergrove Lake Park, including Miguel (centre) who likes to run alongside the family’s two Great Danes. The off-leash area has up to 30 dogs at a time using the fenced area at Lefeuvre Road and 8 Avenue on the weekend.
Deadline nears for HST vote By TOM FLETCHER Black Press
VICTORIA – Elections BC is keeping its call centre open until midnight Friday, the deadline for B.C. residents to register and request a voting package for the harmonized sales tax referendum. The call centre at 1-800-6618683 has been operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to handle requests from people who didn’t receive their personalized voting package in the mail. That was extended to 10 p.m. Thursday and midnight Friday in an effort to handle the volume of requests. Elections BC has been kept busy with requests from people who weren’t registered as B.C. voters, have moved or otherwise had
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FROM FRONT: choice categories, followed by Nadia Cooper and her Bakerview Team. Bruce Heslop, president of Aldergrove Business Association, was given the pleasure of judging the Business Dress Up this year. The awards are as follows: • 1st award for Big Top (more than 8 employees) Aldergrove Kinsmen Recreation Centre. • 2nd award for Side Show (1-4 employees) Aldergrove Community Thrift Store. • Special Recognition: Several companies held a major event for the fair. The date coincided with Crompton Auto Care’s first anniversary in their new location. Crompton teamed up with Bob’s Drive Line, SR Collision and Station House Bar and Grill and did an outdoor event with around 100 hot rod, classic and full race cars. They did a street party with hot dogs and beverages. All proceeds went to Aldergrove Youth Soccer. “This is the spirit we look for in our town!” said Heslop. “Get involved, support our youth and be part of the community.”
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Alf and Sandee Krause of Krause Berry Farm were presented with the Aldergrove Agricultural Association’s Centennial Trophy for the community’s top farmers of the year at Aldergrove Fair Days. Alf took over management of the family’s farm on north 248 Street and transformed it over the years into a major attraction for residents seeking the freshest berry crops and related goods such as fresh and frozen pastries at Krause’s farm-gate store.
Township looks into fraud hot-line By NATASHA JONES Black Press
Township officials are to quiz their counterparts in Ottawa about the Ontario city’s new fraud and waste hotline. Ottawa recently implemented the hotline on the advice of its auditors and, Township Councillor Kim Richter said, the line has been well received by residents and taxpayers. The Township is pursuing the potential for setting up its own hotline after Richter’s motion was endorsed by council on July 11.
Staff will explore the cost and who will manage the hotline. Ottawa’s fraud and waste hotline is intended to be used by Ottawa City Hall employees and the public but not elected officials and their staff, the Ottawa police or those who work at the city’s public libraries. Operated independently by a third party, the hotline’s information is collected by an independent company and passed on to the city’s auditors who review each case and investigate when warranted.
Claims of fraud or waste are laid anonymously by phone or email, and are kept confidential. Among the activities classified as fraud or waste are forgery and misappropriate of funds, misuse of city property, equipment, materials, records or time, and fraudulent claims of reimbursement of expenses. Others include misuse of cityowned hardware and software, unauthorized use of city property, and inappropriate manipulation or destruction of data. A report is expected in the autumn.
‘Smart meter’ fears spark complaints By NATASHA JONES Black Press
The modernization of B.C. Hydro’s metering system is intended to be safer, more reliable and cost effective than the current system, and reduce electricity theft. But Hydro’s smart meter technology may also be hazardous to health, polluting homes and the outdoors with environmental poison, a resident told Township council on Monday. Hydro anticipates that its conversation from manual meter reading to the new technology will be completed by 2012. Smart meters record consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicate that data remotely back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. The problem, Una St. Clair told council, is that the meters radiate microwave frequency day and night. Unlike cell phones, which expose only the head to non-ion-
izing radio-frequency radiation, smart meters expose the whole body to what the World Health Organization in May classified “as possibly carcinogenic to humans.” “This is changing across Europe,” St. Clair said, pointing to a Council of Europe resolution that calls for a reduction in human exposure to electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices. The resolution calls on the 47 member governments to impose a ban on mobile phones, DECT cordless phones, WiFi or wLAN systems in classrooms and schools. Councillor Jordan Bateman circulated a fact sheet from the provincial Ministry of Mines and Energy which endorses Smart meters and claims that WHO “has concluded that there is no evidence exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.” “Have you spoken to Hydro?” Bateman asked St. Clair. “Consistently,” St. Clair replied,
adding that the company has told her that she if she wants her smart meter attached to a part of her property other than her house, she can expect to pay between $6,000 and $12,000. She said that the symptoms of distress in the body are sometimes exhibited before those of cancer appear. “I believe this is a human right, a democratic right (for people) to choose their own poisons in their homes,” she said to applause from the approximately 100 people in the gallery. She asked council to ask the provincial and federal ministers of health to place a moratorium on the installation of smart meters until an independent assessment is carried out and wired alternative solutions are provided at no cost to consumers. A majority of council agreed to her request. Bateman and Councillors Grant Ward and Mel Kositsky did not support writing the letter.
Harry Hunt is this year’s winner of the Hilda Reddick Award for his service as a volunteer to the community of Aldergrove. Harry and Betty Hunt settled in Aldergrove in the early ‘70s and initially operated a hog farm on their acreage in south Aldergrove. Here they raised their two children, Laura and Bob, and began their service to their children’s schools, sports teams and other youth activities. Harry had played both rugby and hockey in his youth and over the years he has coached and assisted various minor sports teams. Over the years he served as President of the Aldergrove Agricultural Association and was one of the early winners of the Centennial Award presented by the association for the top farmer of the area. Harry continues to be very passionate about finding Centennial Award recipients in the community and has always been involved in the
Aldergrove Agricultural Association’s Photography Exhibits at the Fair. When the hog industry collapsed in B.C., Harry and Betty sold off their livestock and Harry became a custodian for Langley School District, starting in Langley Secondary before retiring five years ago after many years as custodian at Aldergrove Secondary. Harry pursued his photography hobby before retirement, providing freelance photos for The Aldergrove Star and for the general public, which he continues to do in his retirement. Harry is always willing to go to events in town to take pictures of local people as well as to preserve our agricultural history by photographs of historic buildings before they are gone forever. At the Fair Days awards ceremony Rick Harkins from the Aldergrove Kodiaks thanked Harry on behalf of the junior B hockey club and all the sports teams in Aldergrove for his enthusiastic support over the past 40 years.
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VICTORIA – The B.C. government has released its audited public accounts for what Bill Vander Zalm enthusiasts strain to depict as Year One of the Harmonized Sales Tax Apocalypse. So let’s survey this allegedly bleak landscape of shuttered hair salons and seniors hoarding pet food, waiting for Belgian bureaucrats to come calling for more. Retail sales increased 5.3 per cent in 2010. Growth has softened so far this year, but there’s no evidence it’s due to the HST. (Retail sales are mostly goods, which are mostly unaffected.) B.C.’s economy grew by four per cent, third in Canada behind those new northern tigers Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. We beat Alberta as well as have-not Ontario. The provincial deficit dropped by nearly a billion dollars, even though spending on government services continued its relentless rise with another billion-dollar increase. That’s four per cent spending growth, the same as the growth rate of the economy. But as usual, two thirds of it is health-care spending, growing closer to twice that fast. Hair salons? My barber voted No to Vander Zalm. His accounting is simpler, his price is still reasonable and customers aren’t generally prepared to start cutting their own hair. Restaurant association
head Ian Tostenson predicted thousands of restaurants would close because of HST, and then mused about running for premier. Fortunately, we were spared from both of these scenarios. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon put out some spin about how tight-fisted spending control brought the deficit down from the 10-figure range. Prudence, he called it. Prune juice is more like it. It was economic growth that paid the bills, with mills and mines opening and consumers spending. Former premier Bill Bennett’s observation still applies: B.C. is a small, open resource economy in a volatile world market. Commodity markets have strengthened to the point where even the rising Canadian dollar is being overcome. Expansion to Asia is proceeding, assisted by a longterm federal-provincial strategy that the NDP opposed. A skilled labour shortage already exists in the B.C. northeast and is forecast to spread across the province. The government’s latest labour market survey estimates that B.C. will be in a labour shortage by 2016, and there will be one million job openings by 2020. One third of these will come from economic growth, two thirds from retiring baby boomers. Unlike next year’s HST revenues, this prediction is relatively easy to make with precision.
Job growth does depend, however, on a competitive tax environment, with competition from Ontario and elsewhere. The public accounts also confirm what we found out last fall, that HST revenues have run ahead of expectations. HST haters like to claim the tax was promised to be revenue neutral. That finance ministry estimate was only for the first year, and it proved pessimistic. As with gasoline prices, external forces drown out B.C. tax adjustments in the short term. Currently it looks as if going back to the old provincial sales tax will cost the treasury about $600 million in revenue in each of the next few years. HST rate cuts are made up by economic growth. Or we can return to a 60-year-old retail sales tax developed for a post-war, preservice economy, and continue a B.C. political debate that revolves around 30-year-old socialist ideology. The deficit will immediately jump back up to the 10-digit range. So if your HST referendum envelope is still in the bottom of your recycling bin, you might consider fishing it out and casting a No vote. They have to be delivered to Elections BC by Aug. 5. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/tomfletcherbc
Memories of the highly successful Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games will live on in the community thanks to three financial legacies that will enhance sports and arts opportunities for years to come. Members of the BC Summer Games Legacy Committee appeared before Township Council on July 25 – the one-year anniversary of the Games – to announce that profits from event will be distributed between three organizations and projects. The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games Legacy Committee was made up of Mayor Rick Green, Summer Games President Michael Jackstien, Vice-President Jamey Paterson, and Administrator Gordon Zacher, who were asked to distribute the surplus Games funds to benefit the community and serve as a lasting reminder of the event. “Thanks to community and business support and the dedication of many volunteers, the Township hosted one of the most successful Games ever. Now, one year later, we are seeing the substantial effort that went into this four-day event turned into a legacy that will benefit the community for years to come,” Jackstien said. “It is our privilege to conduct this final piece of Games business.” The Committee announced that KidsSport Langley will receive a $10,000 grant, Langley Arts Council will get $20,000, and $52,871 will be put towards construction of a new Willoughby Community Park (South) Field House. In July of 2010, thousands of athletes, officials, and visitors converged in the Township for the Games. The massive event was a huge success thanks to the efforts of volunteers and organizations and the financial and in-kind contributions made by local businesses. The Games came in under budget, and the net income is being shared throughout the community. KidsSport Langley, which was launched in the fall of 2010, breaks down barriers that prevent children from participating in sports by providing grants to local children between the ages of six and 18, allowing them to play in a sport season of their choice. The Summer Games legacy will help 50 children access sports opportunities by providing each of them with a $200 grant. The Langley Arts Council will leverage its $20,000 portion of the Legacy contribution into further funds through a unique art project that will extend throughout the entire community. “Horsing Around Langley” will see artists design and paint lifesized fibreglass horse statues that will be put on display throughout Langley. Smaller colt statues will be assigned to young artists in schools and youth groups. “Horsing Around Langley,” which was designed to enhance the community’s agricultural heritage, is expected to raise a significant amount of money when the statues are auctioned off, and the funds generated will be used to further arts and culture opportunities in Langley. More information will be forthcoming from the Langley Arts Council regarding this project. Another project benefitting from the BC Summer Games Legacy is the proposed field house that has been approved for Willoughby Community Park. The building will be constructed in partnership with Langley United Youth Soccer Association and other community partners. The facility will feature a concession, change rooms, washrooms, storage, and office space. The legacy funds will be put towards construction of the 2010 BC Summer Games Legacy Room, which will provide community meeting space for years to come. “It is truly appropriate that profits from the Games will help develop this facility in Willoughby Community Park, as it served as a hub for several of the Summer Games sports activities,” said Township of Langley Director of Recreation, Culture, and Parks David Leavers. Sand volleyball, field lacrosse, field hockey, mountain biking, and rugby competitions were all played in the park, which is adjacent to the new Langley Events Centre. The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games also made numerous donations that were given to organizations throughout the community at the conclusion of the event. More than $11,500 worth of kitchen smallwares were purchased for use during the Games, then donated to Campbell Valley House, Christian Life Assembly, Friends of Langley Vineyard, Gateway of Hope, Langley Community Services, Langley Senior’s Resource Centre, Southgate Church, Wagner Hills Farm, and Ishtar Transition Housing Society. A new industrial dishwasher that was purchased for $7,970 for the Games remained at Langley Secondary School, and close to $20,770 worth of sports equipment was given to local sport organizations. More than 32,000 meals were prepared during the massive event, and to ensure no leftovers went to waste, unconsumed food was donated daily to both the Gateway of Hope and the Langley Food Bank, an estimated value of $20,000.
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Pay attention, Township! Editor: Re: “Priorities don’t include Aldergrove,” Star Letters, July 21 I agree and also find that Aldergrove has not been a priority for years. I realize that Aldergrove Lake pool is run by Metro Vancouver but in my opinon that is no excuse for the lack of repairs to Aldergrove. I have been a resident of Aldergrove for 30 years and have watched it go down hill. What are our tax-paying dollars going towards? The taxes keep going up and we are getting less. Aldergrove pool is in need of replacement and they just keep patching it. Why is it that they can find the money to improve Langley but not Aldergrove? Have
you looked at our town, I mean really looked? It is an embarrassment; the weeds are out of control around the trees on the sidewalks, along the curb edges and the maridians. Fallen leaves and flowers from the trees are still scattered along the sidewalks and curbs. Why is this not cleaned up? We have a crack in our sidewalk in front of our house that could be a tripping hazzard but it won’t be repaired. The reason given is that the budget for sidewalk repair in Aldergrove has been pulled. Why? Don’t we pay enough taxes? Our taxes keep going up every year so what is the problem? I have put three calls in to a council member to discuss all of this and more but I have never got-
ten a call back. I am not surprised though. I am being ignored just like our town is being ignored. It is time for changes here, it is time to clean up this town and give us a pool and recreation centre like the one they were going to build. The excuse we got was it was too much money. Well, maybe we should be looking at where our money is going. Maybe we should be looking at how much our council members and Mayor are being paid. I think that a budget cut there is required. We need something in our town for families to do. We need the Township to clean up this town and make this town something we can once again be proud of. Chris Miller, Aldergrove
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Editor: I have a post office box in the Aldergrove postal station. I rented this box because the mail boxes on the street were constantly being broken into. I was expecting an envelope containing legal documents on July 4, 2011. The envelope had a tracking number and according to the Canada Post web site the envelope was ‘sucessfully delivered’ to the Aldergrove postal station on July 4. When I went to collect it from my mail box it wasn’t there and nobody knew where it was. I never did get this envelope. I had to have a duplicate legal document printed I think military veterans and serving and then signed again by a soldiers would especially take offence lawyer. as I do to a public statement like this Next, I contacted Canada and all that it implies. Post and someone phoned It is a testimony to our freedom of me two weeks later. This speech and freedom from intimida- employee didn’t give her tion from anyone we disagree with name or a contact number. that Mr. Zaccaria and his group were But she said that I should able to hold their rally, however pa- contact the sender of the thetic and wrongheaded their behav- envelope and ask them to iour. put a trace in the envelope. Robert Moats, Langley It had a tracking number and this employee knew this. She then said “when you do this we will proceed bragging rights his photos bring! from there”. No name and I appreciate the time and effort he no number to contract. puts into promoting the events and Now these people want citizens of Aldergrove. a salary raise and more Harry is a gem in our community. benefits? Well done and thank you, Harry. R. Gordon Gover, Rhonda Bencze, Aldergrove Aldergrove
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Send submissions to: 27118 Fraser Highway Aldergrove, B.C V4W 3P6 or go online at www.aldergrovestar.com to post. Click on calendar and ‘add event.’ Aldergrove Library Adult Chess - for men and women once a month, 7-8:30 p.m. starts Wed., July 27. Arrive 1/2 an hour early at 6:30 to set up and for warm up games. Bring your own board and if you have a timer bring that as well. You must already know how to play chess. It is free. 26770 - 29 Ave. Info: Marlene at 604-8574137. Partnership Bridge - at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 Street, Fridays at 7 p.m. except 2nd Friday of month. Newcomers welcome. Admission $3. Info: 604-856-3029. Patrick Ball Celtic Harp & Story - at The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, 32388 Veterans Way, Thursday, July 28, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15, students $10. Info and tickets: 604-864-8087 ext. 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or on-line at thereach.ca Ukrainian Soul Food – perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch available on Friday, July 29 at fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 - 108 Ave., Surrey. Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer. Info: 604-5311923 or 604-581-0313.
Brigade Days - July 30 to Aug. 1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada. Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. Large period encampment, Beaver Tales Theatre on Sunday, and “Arrival of Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 p.m. Monday. Stay for free concert 6 p.m., Aug. 1 featuring “Swing Patrol” and “Langley Community Music School Fiddlers.” Bring a picnic (or order one from Full Barrel Café) and a chair or blanket. Free afternoon performances by Scottish Country Dancers, Street Dance and BBQ featuring “Mid Life Crisis” 7-11 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at Fort Langley Community Hall. Fort Langley NHS events: Regular admission, free for annual pass holders, and free admission to the site on Monday, Aug. 1. Info: 604-513-4777, www. parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley Justine Beaver - Parks Canada’s Theatre Troupe brings free familyfriendly show combining music, humour and audience interaction to Langley Libraries. The lively characters, Justine Beaver and Fingers the Raccoon share their
adventures. The half-hour show is most popular with children between ages 4 to 11. Murrayville Library, August 3, 10:30 a.m., 604533-0339; Brookswood Library, August 3, 2 p.m., 604-534-7055; City of Langley Library, August 4, 10:30 a.m., 604-514-2850; Fort Langley Library, August 4, 2 p.m., 604-8880722; please call to register. Big River Tribute To Johnny Cash - live at Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Friday, August 5. Advance tickets available for $27.50 at Centre Box Ofﬁce, 604-391-SHOW (7469), or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca Rockin’ River Music Festival - - Two days of country music at Mission Raceway Park, 32670 Dyke Rd., Mission, Aug. 12-13. Friday: Sawyer Brown, and Lonestar. Saturday: Travis Tritt, Julian Austin plus many more performers. Onsite camping available. Two-day tickets $139, $129 and $99. One-day tickets available. Tickets and info: www.rockinriver.com or 604-7332235. Home Staging for the Real World - Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. at Muriel Arnason Library, a free home staging work-
shop. One-hour session, learn how to beautify your home to help sell it quickly for the highest possible price or just to make it look better. Bring your questions. Call 604-5323590 or visit the library to reserve your seat. Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security - Join a representative from Service Canada for an informative seminar about various beneﬁts under each programSaturday, August 20, 2-3 p.m., City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, 604-514-2855. You will learn about eligibility, when to apply, how to access, required documentation and how to contact the right people to assist. Please call or visit to let us know you are coming. Fraser Health Crisis Line - recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience needed; extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Pick up an info package at Options Community Services, 9815 - 140 St., Surrey or e-mail email@example.com Singalongs - at the ASA DropIn Centre in Abbotsford with the
A-Tones playing “the old tunes”. Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Acoustic instruments are invited (piano available) at the Centre on Cyril St. between Essendene and Ferguson Way. Info: Ed Wilson at 604-853-8624. BC Lung Association Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath - Saturday, Sept. 10 to Sunday, Sept. 11, for 350 riders of all ages, from White Rock to Cultus Lake. Participants must fundraise minimum $475. Registration fee $25. All proceeds support vital lung health and air quality research, education and advocacy. For info and to register, visit www.bicycletrek.ca or call BC Lung Association at 604-731-5864. Feast of Fields - FarmFolkCityFolk’s annual fundraising gourmet harvest festival. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of B.C.’s chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, ﬁshers, ranchers and food artisans - a 40-course meal paired with wine and beer. Sunday, Sept. 11, 1-5 p.m. at Krause Berry Farms, 6179248 St., Langley (www.krauseberryfarms.com) Tickets $85 (children 7-12 $15; children 6 and under free) online at www.feastofﬁelds. com
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Monday, August 1 (BC Day) The Township of Langley Civic Facility and Operations Centre will be closed. Township of Langley Civic Facility 20338 - 65 Avenue, Langley V2Y 3J1 604.534.3211 | tol.ca
langley events centre Coming Events Langley Thunder Lacrosse (WLA) WLA Playoffs begin next week! Visit www.langleyeventscentre.com for game details.
Come out, get involved, and learn about the environment! A series of summer programs will be offered in the Langley Demonstration Garden at 4887 - 221 Street:
Eco Explorers Kids’ Camps
Family and Youth Events
Green Home and Garden Workshops
Things with Wings
Saturday, August 6 8-11pm
Summer Pruning Wednesday, August 3 6:30 - 8pm Free
Organic Baby Food Monday, August 8 10:30am - 12pm $5
International Hockey World Junior A Challenge November 7 to 13 Two Canadian teams. Four international teams. 13 exciting games!
Tickets on sale end of July! NLL Lacrosse coming to Langley! Washington Stealth vs. Toronto Rock
Saturday, December 10 The Washington Stealth are NLL 2010 Champions, while the Toronto Rock are six-time winners of the NLL Champion’s Cup, including their most recent victory in May 2011.
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public notice Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that the Corporation of the Township of Langley, Scott Thompson, Manager, Property Services Department, 20338 - 65 Avenue, Langley BC, V2Y 3J1, intends to make an application to the Province of British Columbia for a Sponsored Crown Grant for the passive expansion of Noel Booth Community Park, covering Rem of E½ of SE¼ of SW¼, Sec. 26, TWP 7, Plan 57793, situated on Provincial Crown Land located north of 20355 - 32 Avenue, Langley, BC.
public notices 0 Avenue Temporary Road Closure Please be advised that there will be a temporary full road closure of 0 Avenue between 248 Street and 256 Street for the 0 - 252 Bertrand Creek bridge replacement. The temporary closure will be in effect from the beginning of August to approximately November 30. Detours will be posted for motorists.
Tickets on sale now! The Langley Events Centre is located at 7888 - 200 Street For ticket information, contact Langley Events Centre 604.882.8800 • langleyeventscentre.com
public notice Trafﬁc Calming: Notice of Construction The Township of Langley is proceeding with construction of trafﬁc calming measures in the following areas: 28 Avenue fronting Shortreed Elementary (272B Street to 27400 block) 47 Avenue fronting Peterson Road Elementary (233 Street to 236 Street) 204 Street fronting McClughan Park (90A Avenue to 91A Avenue) 91A Avenue fronting Dorothy Peacock Elementary (202B Street to 204 Street) Trafﬁc calming plans are available for viewing at tol.ca. Township crews anticipate the work will start late in July, with completion likely to occur in October. All efforts will be made to ensure trafﬁc disruptions are minimized and safety is maintained during construction. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience during construction. Engineering Division 604.533.6006 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Land File Number is 2410563. Comments concerning this application should be directed to the Senior Land Ofﬁcer at 200 - 10428 - 153 Street, Surrey, BC, V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations until August 21, 2011. Ministry of Natural Resource Operations may not consider comments received after this date. Please visit the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations Regional Ofﬁce. Scott Thompson Manager, Property Services 604.533.6138 email@example.com
We thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Engineering Division 604.533.6006
Marina Park Boat Launch Temporary Closure The boat launch at Marina Park in Fort Langley will be closed for Brigade Days starting Sunday, July 31 at 9pm and will reopen Monday, August 1 at 3pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. David Leavers, Director Recreation, Culture, and Parks Division 604.533.6158
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Aldergrove Fair Days Memories
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Clockwise from top left: the Antique Tractor Pull event, Smith & Jones were among the musicians to take the main stage, Richard Frost and his golden oldie Chevy convertible were among the entries at the second annual Aldergrove Fair Days Show & Shine on Friday evening at the high school parking lot, Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender performs his duties as judge of the Aldergrove Fair Days Chili Cookoff, and youngsters picked a premier spot in the shade to watch the Aldergrove Fair Parade.
Thank you . . . to the many hundreds of volunteers who were fundamental in bringing this event to the level of excellence we achieved. On behalf of the 35th Elders Gathering we would like to express our gratefulness to our Elders who attended all our planning meetings throughout the year with their knowledge and support. Our Core Planning Group, Coordinators and Volunteers, provided input and tireless commitment to the planning process, which lead to the success of the 35th Annual Elders Gathering. Their respectful participation was a success and welcomed over 5000 participants. The 35th Elders Gathering could not have taken place without our sponsors. We have built long lasting partnerships that will beneﬁt the elders, their communities and all British Columbians for many years to come. Supporting Sponsor:
CKNW radio began broadcasting in 1944 from New Westminster, BC and it didn’t take long for the station to take hold in the community. That December station staff had the idea to purchase radios as Christmas gifts for the children living in the local orphanage, Loyal Protestant Home. Listeners wanted to help and soon donations began flooding the station. Thanks to their generous support, each winter CKNW was able to purchase gifts for the orphaned children. The CKNW Orphans’ Fund grew from these grassroots beginnings. The Loyal Protestant Home eventually closed its doors; but the CKNW Orphans’ Fund has continued giving children facing severe challenges a better chance. We See the Need The CKNW Orphans’ Fund receives funding applications for families with children in need and from children’s organizations who provide beneficial programs and services.
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Councillor Gayle Martin, chair of Metro Vancouver’s parks committee, along with Patricia Ross, FVRD board chair, Mission Mayor James Atebe, Township Mayor Rick Green, MP Mark Warawa, MLA Marc Dalton, MLA Randy Hawes, and Jim Bishop were at Derby Reach Regional Park Saturday for ofﬁcial opening of Derby Reach trail extension to 208 Street.
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A new trail is now open at Derby Reach Regional Park that offers stunning views of mountains, farms and the Fraser River. “This is an opportunity for the public to explore lands that were set aside for the park,” said Gayle Martin, Metro Vancouver Parks Committee Chair. “This new 2.8 kilometre trail is part of a larger project to establish a new route for the Trans Canada trail from historic Fort Langley to the Golden Ears Bridge, a project we have undertaken in partnership with the Township of Langley and Trails BC as our demonstration project for the Experience the Fraser initiative.” Experience the Fraser is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley Regional District to create a natural and cultural heritage corridor from Hope to the Salish Sea. The Township of Langley’s Fort-toFort Trail forms the first leg of the route
to the site of the original Fort Langley in Derby Reach Regional Park. Existing park trails take hikers and cyclists from there to the start of the new trail at Edgewater Bar. Interpretive displays offer an element of discovery along the new route to 208 Street, depicting various Experience the Fraser themes including recreation, agriculture, First Nations, fishing, environment and transportation. A rustic riverside picnic area along the trail at Muench Bar offers a gorgeous rest stop for hikers, cyclists, paddlers and boaters. A small ramp provides access from the river at high water; and at other times helps fishers and other recreationists to enjoy the beach. At this time, the Trans Canada Trail follows municipal roadway from the park at 208 Street until it joins the Golden Ears Bridge and other regional trails. Once this last trail segment is in place, the Experience the Fraser Demonstration Project will be complete.
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There are residential developments in Langley which attract attention for all the right reasons, and others that are featureless. The ones that stand out in a positive way are those with elements that respect the environment, offer sufficient green space and play areas for children, have ease of access for emergency vehicles, and conceal garbage bins appropriately. Then there are others which simply don’t fit the bill. As Langley’s greenfield development grows, it’s imperative that the Township learn from those that demonstrate excellence, and not repeat those which fail to excel, Councillor Kim Richter said. The rest of council disagreed, refusing to second her motion for a bus tour that would allow council, planning staff and developers to look at developments. ‘Greenfield’ is a term used to describe building on land, such as farms and forests, that has not been built on previously. ‘Brownfield’ refers to re-development, such as False Creek. After Richter’s notice of motion came up at council’s July 11 meeting was not seconded, she decided to arrange a tour anyway, calling it a field trip. It will take place on Tuesday, July 26. Accompanied by planning department head Ramin Seifi and administrator Mark Bakken, Richter said she wants the trip to see what makes some housing “outstanding” and what it is about others that raises concerns about sustainability, livability and serviceability.
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Local Scouts to Sweden
Digging illegal ditches in Aldergrove results in fine By DAN FERGUSON Black Press
Two men who illegally dug up Howes Creek near 16 Avenue and 264 Street in Aldergrove have been fined $1,100 for violating the Fisheries Act. Shaminder Mallhi pleaded guilty to two counts of â€œharmful alteration of fish habitatâ€? for excavating the creek to improve water flow through his property and was fined $1,000 for the Oct. 25, 2008 digging. Mallhiâ€™s friend, Agyapal Grewal, was fined $100 after he was convicted of one count of excavating the creek. At Grewalâ€™s Surrey Provincial Court trial in April, his lawyer
Nine youth from South Surrey, Cloverdale and Aldergrove will be leaving July 22 for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden. For two weeks, Zachary Dallas, Quinten Dreise, David Thompson, Liam Ross, Jules Ross, Parker Simpson, Liam Herring, Jessica McInnis and Derek Barker will be camping in an immense field surrounded by trees and woodlands with 38,000 other Scouts from around the world. The theme for the July 27-Aug. 8 event is â€˜simply scouting,â€™ and participants are encouraged to meet with those from different cultures, religions, countries and contingents; use the outdoor enviContributed photo ronment to learn about natureâ€™s vulnerNine youth will be heading to Sweden this week for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. Left, ability and how individuals can better top to bottom: Zachary Dallas, Quinten Dreise, David Thompson, Liam Ross; right from protect it; and unite with Scouts of all top down: Jules Ross, Parker Simpson, Liam Herring, Jessica McInnis and Derek Barker. ages.
argued there was no proof the digging caused any damage to fish habitat. The prosecutor said no proof of actual harm was required, only evidence that the digging had been carried out. Judge James Jardine agreed with the prosecution, noting that the record of Grewalâ€™s interview by a fisheries officer showed he knew the work would interfere with a fishery. While Grewal was not on the scene when the excavation work was carried out, the judge said Grewal arranged for the rental of an excavator and did not tell the operator of the machine about the fishery issue.
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