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Fifty years for fugitive found in Fort MONIQUE TAMMINGA Times Reporter
A cold-blooded killer who hid out at a Fort Langley home in January 2008, was sentenced to 50 years to life this week for the first degree murder and dismemberment of his landlord and boss in Sacramento, Calif., back in 2007. Arthur Carnes, 40, was found guilty last month but was spared the possibility of the death penalty because of a crossborder extradition deal with Canada that made the U.S. promise to spare his life from lethal injection. Carnes was the live-in caretaker at Matthew Seybert’s home, when he murdered the man, decapitating and de-limbing him and documenting it on a digital camera before throwing his body into a waterway. Carnes stole the victim’s car and emptied his bank account. His whereabouts was tracked to Fort Langley because he used the victim’s debit card here. Langley RCMP arrested Carnes in a backyard in Fort Langley. Normally, such a conviction would carry the death penalty in California but because Carnes was arrested in Fort Langley and claimed refugee status here, Canada would only release him to the U.S. on a promise he wouldn’t be executed. After committing the murder, Carnes, a self-professed survivalist, drove the victim’s car as far as Washington State where he abandoned it and crossed into Canada on foot illegally. In that time, he befriended a Fort Langley man on a “survivalist” website that both the local man and Carnes frequented, the courts heard.The man took in Carnes without knowing he was wanted for murder in the States. The jury heard that Carnes posted a 400-page manifesto of “natural born killers” like himself, detailing ways to kill someone including the options he chose to kill Seybert.
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SETTING SAIL: Jayla Bollmann (left) and Olivia Corvec, both 6, release their environmentally-friendly biodegradable paper boats into the Fraser River in honour of cancer patients during the Float Your Boat For a Cure fundraiser. The event was held in memory of Corvec’s uncle Andrew Vaydo, who passed away July 8, 2011 after a two-year battle with lymphoma. This was the first of many events being held by Team Andrew Forever to raise $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Un-named woman given four years in Marc Bontkes’ murder Publication ban placed on sentencing details as jury trial appoaches MONIQUE TAMMINGA Times Reporter
A 21-year-old woman will spend almost four years in a federal prison for her part in the killing of Langley’s Marc Bontkes. Bontkes’ parents, siblings and other loved ones filled nearly two rows of a B.C. Supreme courtroom in New Westminster to hear the judge’s sentence on Monday morning. The accused also had some family present. The room was very quiet as the
She also has to submit a DNA judge read out his sentence. sample and was given a 10-year Though she was originally tried firearms ban. as a youth, the judge decided to While listening to the judge’s impose an adult sentence for the lengthy reasons for sentencing, the woman, who was just shy of her accused, who wore dark-rimmed 18th birthday at the time of the glasses, sometimes chewed on her killing. nails but mostly looked towards Despite being sentenced as an the judge, expressionless. adult, a publication ban on the On top of not being able to woman’s identity remains in place release her name, there is also a for 30 days, to allow her time to publication ban on the judge’s reaconsider appealing her sentence. Marc sons for sentencing. This is because She has spent 20 months Bontkes there is still a jury trial to come in behind bars since her arrest in Bontkes’ murder. July 2010. On Monday, the judge Three people were arrested and charged sentenced her to 72 months but credited in his murder. her 30 months for time served (1.5 months for every month she has spent in jail) so continued, PAGE 4 she will spent 42 months behind bars.
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One of the most-asked questions about the new Port Mann Bridge and highway improvement program relates to the tolls. The project, which includes major improvements to Highway 1 between First Avenue in Vancouver and 216 Street in Langley, is costing about $3.4 billion. While the province took over the project after failing to find a private sector operator, it still insists that it must be paid for through tolls. Tolls will be about $3 per trip for cars, one-way, with commercial vehicles paying as much as $9 per one-way trip. There will be a 25 per cent discount for registered carpoolers during peak hours, and a 50 per cent discount will be available for large commercial vehicles in the overnight hours. Langley residents are already familiar with bridge tolls, having to pay to cross the Golden Ears Bridge to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The bridge opened in June, 2009 and is owned by TransLink. The company that built the bridge is being paid back over a 35-year period through tolls. Vehicle licence numbers are recorded at the north end of the bridge, and tolls are either added to an existing account or a bill is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Some who cross use
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The Golden Ears Bridge opened three years ago and its construction cost is being paid back over a 35-year period through tolls. The new 10-lane Port Mann bridge will also be tolled when it opens, sometime in the winter of 2012/2013. transponders and pay the lowest rate. Others are registered with the company that collects the tolls, while others rely on getting a bill. Those who do not pay tolls on the Golden Ears have a day of reckoning each year — as long as they are B.C. residents. They can’t renew their vehicle insurance until the bill is paid. Drivers from outside B.C. are not required to pay. Things will be slightly different for the Port Mann. Project spokesperson Max Logan says about five per cent of the trips over the bridge will be by out-of-province drivers, and the government is anxious to collect tolls from them. There will be service centres set up alongside the highway on both sides of the
bridge, where drivers can pull off and pay the tolls, or put a certain amount into an account to allow them to make several trips across the bridge. On the east side of the bridge, the service centre will be located near 160 Street, while on the west side of the bridge, it will be located near the Cape Horn interchange. There will also be a number of kiosks set up throughout the Metro Vancouver area to allow visitors to put some money down for the bridge crossings. They will be located at rest stops, ferry terminals and other places where drivers congregate. People will also be able to go online to set up an account and put some money into it. “We want to offer as many
convenient ways to pay as possible,” Logan said. He said experience in other jurisdictions, about two-thirds to three-quarters of out-ofprovince drivers will pay their tolls. The province will have no hold on out-of-province drivers, but B.C. residents will need to pay any outstanding bills before renewing insurance through ICBC. Regular Port Mann users will get a windshield sticker that serves the same purpose as the transponder on the Golden Ears. While the toll collection system on the two bridges will stay separate at first, it may be combined after the Port Mann system is up and running and fully functional,Logan said. For more about the project, see http://www.pmh1project. com.
A suspected thief who couldn’t stay away from robbing Langley businesses, even after being arrested twice and released, is finally in custody. Surrey resident Kevin Gogel, 23, is believed to be responsible for shoplifting and three armed robberies over a one week crime spree in Langley. He is facing numerous charges and appeared in court on Friday.A Surrey Provincial Court judge has decided he be remanded in custody until at least April 24 when he will appear again. On March 30, Gogel was arrested after being detained by loss prevention staff at Wal-mart after he allegedly shoplifted $80 worth of DVDs. He was released at the scene to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on June 26. Approximately a half hour later, police were called to attend Fatburger Restaurant where a man displaying a knife had taken money from the till and fled on foot. The officer attending the call at Wal-mart took note of the similar suspect description and an investigation led police to believe Gogel was likely responsible for the Fatburger robbery as well. An arrest warrant was granted and executed by Surrey RCMP on April 1. Gogel was arrested and released from custody on April 2. By April 6, he was at it again. At approximately 9 p.m., Langley RCMP received a report of an attempted robbery at the Chevron in the 20000 block of Fraser Highway. On this occasion, the suspect displayed a knife and demanded money. However, he fled, on foot, empty-handed when another customer entered the store.A description of the suspect was provided to police. Unfortunately for the suspect, the same officer who had investigated the March 30 crimes was working and recognized the description and circumstances to be very similar to the earlier robberies, said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks. Not even 20 minutes later, another robbery was reported at the Burger King nearby where a virtually identical description was provided.The responding officer broadcast the description to other patrol cars in the area and a short time later, he was observed by Citizens Crime Watch volunteers. Lower Mainland Police Dog Services attended and located Gogel who immediately surrendered to the arresting officer. This time, Gogel has been held in custody. Gogel is facing similar charges in unrelated crimes.
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Roy Michael Thielen, 33, has already pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder in the case, as well as in the related killing of Laura Lynn Lamoureaux. He is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 20 years. A third accused, Robert David Bradshaw, is expected to go on trial in September. He is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The young woman in court on Monday was initially charged with one count each of firstdegree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
After working with both lawyers, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in early February. Crown prosecutor Christopher McPherson had asked for a sentence of between eight and 11 years. Her defence lawyer opposed an adult sentence and wanted a sentence of around two to four years. Bontkes, 33, was found shot to death outside a parked mini-van in a parking lot of Hi-Knoll Park, on the Surrey-Langley border, on March 19, 2009. His murder, as well as that of Lamoureaux which took place just five days earlier, were related to the street-level drug trade, said police at the time.
Lamoureaux, 36, was gunned down outside her apartment building in the early morning of March 14, 2009, at 50 Avenue and 202 Street. The woman in court on Monday was not charged in connection with the Lamoureaux murder. Marc Bontkes founded Designmarc Homes, in Langley. He was the son of prominent Langley developer Robert Bontkes of Benchmark Group of Properties. Bontkes wasn’t known to police, but his family later said he was doing hard drugs at the time of his murder. He left behind a wife and a young son.
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out a further $30 million a year to cover the expansion costs if the property tax backup is removed. “If they can meet those needs through other efficiencies, then great,” Fassbender said. “But if they can’t and some projects have to be taken off the table, I would like to know which ones those are.” The provincial government is sending in auditors from the finance ministry to help search for savings at TransLink. The mayors said Thursday they don’t feel another audit is needed — in light of a justcompleted efficiency review by the TransLink Commissioner — but that if one is Peter done it should Fassbender be performed independently by B.C.’s Auditor General. Keating said that’s essential,because Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, in his former role as transportation minister, restructured TransLink five years ago and those changes were cited by the commissioner as one reason TransLink administration costs have ballooned in the intervening years. “Since the professional board was created by Kevin Falcon to oversee TransLink, it has become mammothly inefficient,” said Keating, who represents North Vancouver City on the mayors council. “This was what was supposed to make a dysfunctional thing function.” The mayors council also said a proposed governance reform offered by the province — to add the mayors’ chair and vice-chair to the appointed TransLink board — does not go far enough. They also want the provincial Auditor General to conduct an in-depth review of TransLink’s governance model. The mayors argue property taxpayers cannot shoulder more tax for TransLink, particularly when they also face sharply rising tax bills for other regional services in the coming years. The province has said TransLink can explore the potential for road pricing over the long term, but has ruled out granting any new short term source until an audit of the transportation authority is finished. It all smacks of I-told-you-so for Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, who repeatedly warned the other mayors last year that the province would never grant controversial new funding sources with a provincial election looming. “I predicted it all the way down the line,” he said. “They had faith that this provincial government would honestly work toward solutions. They’ve been fooled.”
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inder Morgan announced on Thursday that it plans to more than double the capacity of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby. It runs through north Langley. The pipeline will carry an additional 550,000 barrels per day of crude oil and refined oil products, for a total of 850,000 barrels per day. Some will be shipped to Asian customers through an existing marine terminal on Burrard Inlet. This anouncement was expected. The company has been studying the economic feasibility of expanding its system for some time, and the heightened interest in shipping Alberta crude, some of it from the oil sands, to Asian customers has been obvious for some time. While there will be enormous pressure from environmentalists to stop this pipeline, the case needs to be fully studied on all fronts — economic, environmental, legal and ethical. While many groups love to decry fossil fuels, the fact remains that most parts of the world are dependent on them to keep their economies functioning. Oil does more than provide gasoline for cars — it provides jet fuel, cleaners, plastics and a host of other products. While some environmentalists have rightly targeted oil sands producers for the impact their large plants have had on the environment, the companies are responding to that pressure and improving their environmental track record. The oil they produce is needed in many other parts of the world, but it is up to them to produce it in an environmentallyresponsible way that does not permanently damage the area from which the oil is extracted. The Trans Mountain pipeline is, in many ways, a better alternative than the Northern Gateway pipeline which has attracted so much attention. It is an existing pipeline and land issues have been sorted out. The operators over the years have had a good, albeit nor perfect, track record. There was a major spill in 1971, due to clearcut logging above the pipeline near Merritt, and another in Burnaby in 2007, due to a rupture of the pipeline by a contractor. Those appear to be the most damaging incidents in the pipeline’s almost 60-year existence. Kinder Morgan needs federal approval to build the pipeline extension. In the meantime, it needs to do extensive consultation in communities along the pipeline route — including Langley. We all have a stake in a project of this magnitude.
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Mayors, give your heads a shake Editor: I have just finished reading the comments in our local newspapers from Metro Vancouver mayors regarding tolling the Port Mann Bridge and “free alternatives,” (The Times, April 10. Boy, they should give their heads a shake. These communities are the home of working families or the so-called blue-collar workers. We have to drive over the Fraser River to work from Surrey, Langley, Aldergrove, and Abbottsford. Some of us pay parking fees and now we will have bridge tolls, plus gas, transit fees, plus car maintenance and insurance.
Perhaps we should all go on welfare out here in the suburbs, because we certainly will not be able to afford to drive. Yes, I think we will all try the so-called “free alternatives,” even if we have to get up earlier and drive out of our way — as our money only goes so far. I agree with letter writer D. Atkinson (The Times, April 10) that the Port Mann is part of the national Trans-Canada Highway and should not be tolled. This will be the only tolled section from Vancouver to Sydney, Nova Scotia. I also want to know, where is the toll on the
new Pitt River Bridge? Why was the airport bridge not tolled? Why was the zillion-dollar Sea-to-Sky Highway (taking the rich to their weekend ski chalets) not tolled? How about the new Kicking Horse Pass Bridge near Golden — where is its toll? Help, we are drowning out here in the “working Joe suburbs” with bridge tolls, no transit but plenty of transit fees, high gas taxes and incompetent mayors giving themselves raises. Ras Gosse, Langley
Human error the likely cause of meter errors Editor: Anyone who claims that their hydro bill jumped drastically once a smart meter was installed needs to consider the following fact: BC Hydro smart meters are still being read manually for billing purposes. Manual meter reading will continue until the entire smart meter network and backend computer systems are in place later this year. Yes, installed smart meters are transmitting data, but that data is not yet being used for billing purposes. And, yes, one of the one million
installed smart meters was found to be not working correctly. On the scale of one million units, that should not be a surprise. And once the entire smart grid system is up and running, a defective meter or system component would be detected instantly. So if people are looking for an answer to a sudden, drastic increase in their hydro bill, they should really be looking to human error rather than to technology change as the cause. So far,
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Generosity of many helped Easter basket drive Editor: The generosity of the people in Langley has touched us beyond belief. Many thanks to: Husky Gas Station; Langley Orthodontics; Super Save Group and Vancity — Walnut Grove Without them, we would not have been able to assemble more than 160 Easter baskets for children in need from Chilliwack to Vancou-
ver — a total number that well surpassed our original goal. It was help that was so greatly needed. While for many kids, Easter is a joyous time of year, filled with egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, there are so many others who never experience those joys because of emotional or financial hardships on their families. In an attempt to bring a glimmer of happiness to all children this Easter, we wanted to
assemble fun-filled Easter baskets containing toys, books, games and an assortment of traditional Easter candy for young children and their families who obtain assistance from the women’s transition houses in our community, including Ishtar. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of so many in our community. Christy, Michelle, and Pia Discovery Toys leaders
Don’t delay, take time to get on a registry today Editor: March 31 marked the second anniversary of my receiving the lifesaving gift of a live kidney donation from my dear friend Tanya Tait. Without hesitation, I say that every day since feels like a gift. My life has forever been changed by the incredibly monumental gift of an organ donation. Organ donation saves lives and the majority of Canadians in recent polls indicate their support, but only approximately 17 per cent of Langley residents are registered. National Organ Donor Awareness week is coming up, from April 23 to 27. I am writing The
you to ask that every individual in this community become a registered organ donor today. Don’t wait another moment, don’t put it on your to do list, just do it. To do so, go to www.transplant.bc.ca then go to organ donor registry, which will take you to a five-minute registration process. It’s simple and will save lives. While I received the lifesaving gift of an organ donation, many in our own community are still waiting for an organ, but could die waiting. While I am grateful and appreciative for everyone who is already registered, I am asking
you to register today for me and others who are still waiting. Tanya and I both have a bold dream for Langley and that is that we would be the organ donor capital of Canada. So today, I ask Times readers take five minutes and help us reach that goal. People who would like to sign up as organ donors can also visit a table we will be at on Saturday, at Willowbrook Shopping Centre, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Editor: This is a response to D.Atkinson’s letter,“Make It Federal,” (The Times,April 10). I agree. Highway 1 is a federal highway and it is quite galling that our current provincial Liberal government has given the kiss-of-approval to toll the crossing, and at a whopping $6 for a return trip. The fact that the province gave the green light to go through with the expensive tolls is yet again showing us how arrogant this government truly is. I can’t wait for the next provincial election, so we can kiss this Liberal government good-bye. S.R. Steffan, Langley
HONESTY SHOWN Editor: My friend and I were waiting for another woman to arrive, so we were sitting under the clock out front of the store It’s About Time. This was on April 10, around noon. Our friend arrived, we got up and left, and I had left my purse sitting on the concrete. We went to do our errands and then realized I had forgotten my purse. So we drove back to where I had left it, and I went inside the store It’s About Time. The man there said a woman who was coming into the store saw it and brought it in. I would like to thank the woman who was honest and turned it into the store. I can’t thank you enough. It is so nice to know there are kind, honest people around. I am going through a difficult time right now and do not know what I would have done. Irene Miller, Langley
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Editor: Many thanks to the couple who paid for my breakfast at Morning Glory Cafe on April 15. I will pay it forward. M. Bloxham, Langley
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Hundreds of people from across the Lower Mainland collected up their old trinkets from their attics in the hopes of scoring big at an antiques appraisal event in Langley City last week. The Great Canadian Roadshow set up shop at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre April 10-14 where appraisers wrote cheques — some worth thousands of dollars — to patrons who brought in valuable collector’s items. “We buy all kinds of stuff from gold, silver coins, war memorabilia (to) musical instruments,” show manager David Gachie said. “There’s a wide variety of stuff we’re looking for.” He said most people brought coins to the Langley event, but he’s also seen war memorabilia such as bayonets pass through. “What we’re looking for is really rare coins like the 1948 silver dollar or the 1921 nickel,” Gatchie said, adding those items can fetch anywhere from $13,000 to $30,000 depending on their condition. The Great Canadian Roadshow works for a group of about 6,000 collectors who authorize a team of professional appraisers to purchase valuable items. Appraisers review a computerized database to see if any of the collectors want the items people bring in. Appraiser Kevin Hansen said one individual who brought a gold watch last Wednesday was able to leave with $2,000.
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Appraiser Kevin Hansen cut a cheque for $2,000 to a man who brought a gold watch to the Great Canadian Roadshow on Wednesday, April 11. The event attracted hundreds to the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre last week. Although coins tend to go for the highest prices, he said war memorabilia — such as SS daggers or Iron Crosses — are usually the most interesting items he comes across. Colton Berrard brought in a coin he found washed up on the Fraser River last year. Although the coin wasn’t listed in the collector database, Hansen encouraged him to mail it to a specialized coin appraiser to get it authenticated. “Honestly, I don’t care what it’s worth. It’s more about sentimental value than anything,” Berrard said before adding he would be willing to sell it if the price was right. Berthe Greenwood and her
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Co-workers win $30 million jackpot MONIQUE TAMMINGA Times Reporter
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pay raises, and possibly even lower their costs. But Bond is seeking more details. “I am deeply concerned about any potential impacts on our municipalities and that this information came as a surprise,” she said. Toews has said cities were advised months ago that raises on the order of 1.5 per cent were possible this year but neither the province nor cities were formally notified of the details of the compensation package. Fassbender said even
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if the pay hikes end up cost-neutral or better for cities, the lack of communication and consultation is deeply troubling, as is the timing. “You just can’t plan this way,” he said. The province signed a new 20-year RCMP contract on March 21 — ending its threat to terminate the Mounties and form a new provincial police force — after securing extensive promises of more say for cities on spending decisions. Several cities have already ratified the new contract, including Surrey, Kelowna and the Township of Langley. Mayors from RCMPpoliced Lower Mainland cities will meet in Surrey April 20 to discuss the contract and pay raises. Fassbender said cities that don’t sign by the deadline effectively give two years notice of withdrawal from the RCMP and commit to forming their own police forces or partnering with existing municipal forces. “I’m still going to urge our council to sign the new contract,” Fassbender said. He said the new contract’s provisions of better disclosure and consultation were not yet in effect, adding the incident underscores the need for change. “What this shows is how the old system would catch us off guard all the time and we would get told ‘Here’s your bill and just pay it,’” he said.“Under the new contract that process shouldn’t continue.” Fassbender said he does not believe Toews was deliberately withholding information on the pay raises when he signed the new contract at last month’s ceremony in Surrey. “I don’t see any sinister intent on anybody’s part here,” he said, adding the federal budget was still being developed. He said he will be “delighted” if the compensation package ends up cost-neutral to cities. “But we need the facts and right now we don’t have them.” The new contract creates a UBCM-led committee with 10 civic reps who are promised much more hands-on control of spending changes, instead of just an advisory role. Cities that sign the RCMP deal can still opt out at any time on two years notice, and a review of the contract is promised every five years.
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‘We became like family’ MONIQUE TAMMINGA Times Reporter
A 14-day trip to a rural village in Belize left a lasting impression on two dozen Langley Secondary Grade 11 and 12 students, who chose to spend their spring break fixing up a school and interacting with kids there. The LSS group, which included three teachers, were greeted by students of Double Head Cabbage School in Belize with an assembly and a skit. The skit was put on by the students there who speak and write Creole, but are able to speak some English. “We had no idea what they were saying but it was funny,” said Grade 12 LSS student Jacquelyn McComb. “They were really shy at first but pretty quickly we all got along.They talk so fast though.” Within the first two days, the group of LSS students had painted the entire interior of the school and two murals on the outside of the high school.
Langley Secondary students spent their spring break in Belize helping fix up a school. The LSS students then went on to begin pouring concrete beams and build trusses for the roof of an outdoor eating area. The school has four grades, and all Belize children pay to attend class and bus up to three hours each way to get there. “They have to pay a lot to go to school,” said McComb. The LSS students gave workshops on leadership, recycling and communication, giving them an opportunity to really interact with the
kids. “It was interesting because we think of leadership in terms of good organizational skills and they were focused on being loving and brave,” said Grade 12 student Ellen Banackhio. The Langley students slept on the concrete floor of the school every night and were greeted by rats, tarantulas, praying mantises and cockroaches. Not to mention the mosquitoes, which munched on the new blood day and night. “I have at least 50 bites,” said Grade
12 student Heather Littlejohn. All the students had to take malaria pills. But despite the more raw living conditions than they are used to, the group wouldn’t have changed anything about their experiences. “After sleeping with 20 girls in a room together for 14 nights and coming home to a room by myself, it was kind of lonely,” remarked Littlejohn. “We became like family,” said McComb. If they could sum up what they took away from their experience in Belize and seeing how people from a poorer part of the world live, it is the remarks of student Cassidy Northway, they said. “You don’t really need a lot as long as you are surrounded by great people,” said Northway. Teacher Michael Carlyle organizes the trip to Belize every two years. “These students have set the bar pretty high. They worked so hard,” he said.
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Fare decision won’t impact White Rock-Langley bus route ALEX BROWNE Black Press
The promised White Rock-Willowbrook bus connection will go ahead on April 23. TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel confirmed Friday that the new 531 White
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Revenue generated from beer gardens in the Township of Langley won’t have to go to charities or organizations that support the municipality directly. Councillor Kim Richter introduced a motion at council Monday aimed at ensuring revenue generated from beer gardens goes directly to supporting the Township. “If my tax dollars are going to building playing fields that these beer gardens are on...then I would like to see the monies raised out of these things to stay in the community,” she told council. “I think preference should always be given, first and foremost, to community groups who are raising money for community initiatives.” The motion was defeated after Councillor David Davis was the only member of council other than Rich-
ter to support the effort. Councillor Michelle Sparrow said organizations that raise money for charities through beer gardens still benefit the community even if they are not directly affiliated with Langley. “Our residents go to the burn centre at (Vancouver’s) Children’s Hospital and they are just as supported going there when money goes to that charity,” she told council, adding it’s not feasible for the Township to have its own pediatric burn centre. Councillor Grant Ward told council he was reluctant to put restrictions on any charity. He also said he didn’t know how they could control where beer garden revenue goes. “There should be no constraint on a good organization,” he added. Councillor Bob Long told council it’s also important to remember that beer gardens don’t generate much revenue in the first place due to the high cost of alcohol.
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After over a decade of raising money and awareness for cancer research, twins Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski’s resolve to fight the disease has yet to dissipate. In fact, their momentum has increased considerably as the years have gone by and they’ve migrated from backyard barbecues to ballroom galas. They were once thrilled to raise over $20,000, but these days they’re able to throw events that bring in over six figures towards the cause. “We’re doing it to motivate the youth to spend their money on something that matters. You can go to a bar and spend the same amount of money or you can come party, and fight cancer and go home feeling good about what you’ve done,” Chris Ruscheinski says. The brothers are continuing these efforts on April 21 with their latest fundraiser, CURE is the New Black. The event kicks off at the new BMW Langley Dealership (6025 Collection Dr.) at 8 p.m. with performances from five DJs and catering from Top Chef Canada contestant Trevor Bird. The twins began raising money after their mother passed away from breast cancer 11 years ago. When their 28-yearold friend Shaun Gauthier died in 2010 from a rare form of cancer known as angiosarcoma, the brothers expanded their fundraising efforts to include Gauthier’s memory. “Shaun had 5,000 friends on Facebook and he’s an iconic dude (in) downtown (Vancouver),” Ruscheinski says. “We had a fundraiser three weeks after he passed away. It was a bunch of Shaun’s best friends and we raised over $100,000.” CURE is the New Black will be the sixth large-scale fundraiser the brothers have organized. “They’ve gotten a lot larger than they used to (be). Our last one had over 1,000 people and raised about $120,000 for
Shaun Gauthier, above, passed away from a rare form of cancer that took his life two weeks after being diagnosed. Gauthier’s childhood friends Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski are honouring him with CURE is the New Black, an event the brothers hope will raise $80,000 for the Shaun G Foundation. All money earned for the foundation goes towards fighting cancer. the Canadian Cancer Society,” Ruscheinski says. This time, however, all the proceeds go towards new the Shaun G Foundation. Ruscheinski says “every penny” donated to the charity named for his high school friend will go directly to cancer research. This year’s goal is to raise $80,000. The 18 VIP tables have already sold out – each at a cost of $1,000 – but Ruscheinski says about one-third of the general admission tickets are still avail-
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Volunteers benefit greatly from connecting with nature
angley has several stream stewardship groups partnered with LEPS and dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Langley’s Watersheds. LEPS assists Langley’s groups with technical, logistical and funding support and helps them expand their capacity by networking. LEPS acts as a central resource centre for both the stewardship groups and the general public. Each year LEPS provides information and answers inquiries from hundreds of Langley residents. We encourage you to locate the group in your area and contribute your energy! For more information and to get involved, call Langley Environmental Partners Society, 604-5323511. LEPS EcoNews monthly newsletter shares details on upcoming many environmental projects and events in Langley and beyond, join the mailing list by visiting our home page at: www.leps.bc.ca Volunteer opportunities exist throughout all of the LEPS stewardship groups including Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society, Glen Valley Watersheds Society, Little Campbell Watershed Society and Yorkson Watershed Stewardship Committee. "There are some unique things (to do)," LEPS stewardship co-ordinator Lisa Dreeves says. "The Betrand (group) currently has the B-Wet program that LEPS is
co-ordinating to get people out to do more tree plantings and restorations." She says volunteers always have the chance to get involved with the Glen Valley group’s fish releases, spring bird count and frequent garbage clean-ups. "If anyone wants to make a difference picking up garbage, join the Yorkson group," Dreeves says, noting the society is located in the most populated area of Langley. But for anyone who may not wish to pick up trash, the Yorkson group also has many tree-planing opportunities in the fall. Residents wishing for the chance to engage in some activism can join volunteer Little Campbell group. In addition to treeplanting, that group is frequently involved in letter-writing campaigns to ensure the
sustainable development throughout the watershed. No matter what one chooses to do, Dreeves said volunteers benefit greatly from the efforts they put forward. "There are amazing people that volunteer and if you want to meet some then volunteer," she says. Unpaid opportunities at Langley Field Naturalists encompass a wide range of roles including bird counts, invasive plant control, and bird nest box installation and monitoring.
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Recycling Pilot Project: Students Help Schools
hildren are energetic and optimistic. They are eager to learn. And they are the future. So who better to teach the importance of recycling to than youngsters who can truly make a difference? The Township of Langley and the Langley School District have teamed up for a new waste reduction pilot project designed to help students keep tonnes of recyclable material out of landfills. Early in 2012,
containers were set out throughout classrooms and hallways in Walnut Grove Secondary School and Fort Langley Elementary School to encourage the kids to reduce the amount of garbage they generate. “If we succeed with this program, and I believe we will, others will follow easily,” said WGSS student Bryanna Wilson. “We are changing our school and our neighbourhood for the good, and if everyone were to take the initiative to do what we
did, it would make a huge difference in the environment on a much larger scale.” The goal of the project is to divert 75 per cent of discarded matter from the schools’ garbage and collect it for recycling. WGSS was chosen for the pilot project because it has an Environmental Club which was already lobbying for recycling help. For years, the students had been discussing ways to better manage waste at the school and decided to take action by
writing letters and emails to the Township and contacting the School District. “The District has been very focused on reducing our carbon footprint and truthfully, we have been spending our energy on fossil fuel reduction. Leave it to the students to remind us of what is important at their level,” said Debby Sansome, Langley School District’s Director of Energy and the Environment. That’s when Township Solid Waste Coordinator Krista Daniszewski got on board. “We wanted to leverage that keen attitude,” she said. “We are pleased for the opportunity to educate kids about recycling in school, because they are there to learn and they are ready to learn. Judging from the interest and enthusiasm we’ve seen from students and staff, the results are going to be outstanding.” Over the Christmas holidays, garbage cans at WGSS were reduced in size or removed from classrooms altogether. They were replaced with centralized receptacles for various recycling diversion streams to collect paper, organics such as food scraps and soiled paper, refundable containers that are returned by the school to raise money, and non-refundable containers. “This was designed to have all options at every disposal site,” said Daniszewski. “That way, if an item is recyclable, it won’t
Waste Warriors - Members of the Walnut Grove Secondary School Environmental Club are encouraging students to keep tons of recyclables out of the landfill through a pilot project introduced by the Township of Langley and the Langley School District.
end up in the garbage.” Stickers explain what type of material goes where and the Environment Club helps educate students by making announcements. Power Point slides are also projected in the hallways to remind WGSS to be waste wise. Daniszewski conducted a waste assessment at WGSS – which involved putting on a hazardous material suit and going through dumpsters – and said the program has been tailored to fit the school’s disposal habits. “The environmental benefits of the program are undeniable, but in order for the program to work, it has to be costeffective,” she said. Daniszewski noted that many of the bins are repurposed containers - not fancy, expensive recycling units that had to be purchased. However, they will do the trick and should immensely cut down on the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Over at Fort Langley Elementary, the students are smaller but just as eager, and have recycling champions in their staff members. “One of the teachers wants no waste,” said Daniszewski. “The whole school is on board, every teacher is on board. I can’t wait to see the end result.” Fort Langley is also collecting soft plastics, like plastic bags, to help reduce waste even further, and educational presentations were made to the students by Township Solid Waste staff. “The habits learned when we are very young stay with us a lifetime,” said Sansome. “Showing our students how to care for their environment and actively engage them will have a positive ripple effect throughout our community. The School District is grateful for the assistance of the Township of Langley for supporting this pilot program and we look forward to engaging all our schools in the coming years.”
“The habits learned when we are very young stay with us a lifetime,” said Sansome. “Showing our students how to care for their environment and actively engage them will have a positive ripple effect throughout our community.”
For more information, contact Township of Langley Solid Waste Coordinator Krista Daniszewski at 604.533.6090, Ext. 2208.
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The Green Room (April 1 – 30) Now that it’s time to spring clean your home, remember that many items can be recycled or reused instead of being thrown out. Willowbrook is offering a convenient, free recycling service during Earth Month to help you recycle the following items: o Phones/Cell Phones
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Gypsum’s future as an environmentally friendly product Future trends for drywall as a “green” building material: • The production of synthetic gypsum by power plants will reduce the need to mine gypsum and also the costly exercise of building mine infrastructures that can negatively affect the environment. • Increasing global environmental awareness (e.g., the Kyoto Accord) seeks methods of reducing all emissions through sound waste-handling alternatives such as recycling. • Increasing amounts of gypsum will be recycled back into the gypsum drywall/ plasterboard production stream.
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isitors to 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market in Langley, stop to give a tank a second look realizing there really are fish fry being raised in their local fish market – a true example of sustainable fish coming full circle. Local fishmonger and owner of 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market, Heather Jenkins, introduced the idea three years ago, thinking of no better way to give back and share information with her customers than an exercise in show ‘n tell. The 1 Fish 2 Fish Adopt-a-Fish campaign supports the Nicomekl Enhancement Society by raising Red Spring (Chinook) Salmon from eggs in a specialized tank inside the fish market for release in late April each year. Similar to the programs run within various school districts across the lower mainland, 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market are raising approximately 80 salmon. The goals of the Adopt-a-Fish campaign include public education and raising vital funds in support of the Nicomekl Enhancement Society, one of 21 community hatcheries located throughout British
Columbia. The Nicomekl Enhancement Society and its volunteers have been working to protect the river and its stock since 1989. “It starts at the most basic level in any community,” notes Guy Martin, President of the Nicomekl Enhancement Society. “The health of our fish stocks depends on the health of the waterways that they live in. We currently work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the local school district providing classrooms with salmon eggs through the Stream to Sea Program. For the past three years, Heather and 1 Fish 2 Fish continue to be the only business involved in the program.” Martin notes that the funds raised through Jenkins fish market provide much needed financial support for the Society’s daily operations. Similar to the Classroom Incubation Program, 1 Fish 2 Fish purchased a tank that is dedicated to the development of the salmonid eggs until they can be continued on page 22
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Bringing out the barbecue
When the warm weather hits, it’s time to dig out your barbecue and do some outdoor cooking.
By Maggie Calloway In North America outdoor living includes eating outdoors, which in turn means barbecuing. When one is thinking about cooking outdoors, Nash Shivji of The BBQ Shop in Port Coquitlam is the person to call. Twenty-five years in the business means there is nothing this gentleman doesn’t know about the subject.
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Ben and his family enjoyed working with contractor Harald Koehn, right, while planning their Langley renovation. Koehn is the recipient of numerous local, provincial and national awards, including two Georgie Awards this year. Martin Knowles photo
Making a house a perfect home for Ben With the help of Harald Koehn, a local family now has a home that ﬁts everyone. By Maggie Calloway Imagine if you will a family of five kids, one with spina bifida, and two adults all living in a 2,400-square-foot rancher which has seen, shall we say, better days. The imagination runs rampant thinking of long, dark, rainy winter weekends with high-energy kids trapped inside. Well not any more! After a total home renovation, this stunning home sitting on acreage in
Langley works for every member of this amazing family. Ten-year-old Ben, a dynamo on wheels, is now able to zoom around the whole house. Contractor Harald Koehn Construction Ltd., winner of numerous local, provincial and national awards for excellence, was a perfect fit with this family. The project was a collaboration between the family and the professionals to make sure every member had their needs addressed and while Ben’s needs, both now and into the future, were integral to the design, this needed to be a home in the real sense of the word. “The bones of the house were basically good so it was a smooth transition,” Koehn says. “We were able to create what they were looking for
within the new 4,400 square feet. The old house was not energy-efficient and none of the family had privacy. The difference for the family is lifechanging.” The project took a year to complete. There were many different things at play in the renovation. One was Ben’s mobility, but the house was inefficient in many ways, and there was also a need for the new house to meet the needs of the family while the children were still at home and, if the parents wish, to age in place. Built in a style similar to houses seen in Whistler, the home now includes a great room, dining
We are hearing a lot lately about aging in place. This single subject will become more and more important over the next few years as our population ages. Research shows the very best thing for our aging population is to stay in the neighbourhood they know, if at all possible. We all need a sense of community and that basic need doesn’t change as we age; in fact it’s just the opposite. Knowing your neighbours, your doctor, dentist and shoe repair store is a major part of belonging. As the theme song of Cheers said, “Everyone knows your name.” Staying in place is sometimes easier said than done. If the home is on multiple levels and mobility is an issue, moving or finding another solution is paramount. With 35 years in the business, partners Alan Bodnaruk and Cam Pomeroy of Western Elevators are certainly in that category. “There are a variety of ways the home can be modified to assist movement in the home from level to level,” Bodnaruk says. “Stairlifts, a sturdy chair assembly unit that travels up and down on a steel rail mounted to the staircase, are the easiest to install. They may be straight, curved, or custom
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Harald Koehn Construction turns a Langley residence into a dream home â€œ from page.1 room and kitchen combination. â€œYou get a great feeling of space, and the connection to the outside, through the three sets of French doors, flows naturally. There is a large patio with a pool and hot tub off the great room and no lip or step so Ben can come and go at will,â€? Koehn says. The house was stripped completely inside and out. The centre of the home was opened up to create the great room and dining room using a timber frame structure, creating soaring fourteen-foot ceilings. The garage stayed as it was but a new bedroom wing was added which gave the family two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room. â€œOur climate is so rainy and grey for a lot of the year we maximized the opportunity to bring in as much light as possible,â€? Koehn says. â€œWe used distressed oak throughout the great room and dining room ... The kitchen works perfectly for everyone including Ben. There are a couple of areas especially for Ben; a lowered sink area and a bar fridge for cold snacks and at the end of the kitchen island there is a separate lower counter. We also placed the microwave lower so Ben can help himself.â€? There is a contained suite of around 400 square feet for Ben including a bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom vanity is lower, there is a jetted tub, and the separate shower is large with no sill. The whole floor of the bathroom has a special membrane under the tile which channels water into the drainage system. In addition the floor is electrically heated so any water will dry up quickly. â€œOn the ceiling there is a track system with a lift so Ben can go right from the bathroom through to his bed which again will add to independence,â€? Koehn says. â€œThe bedroom is multipurpose with the bed, storage and
then another little area where, when Ben gets older, they can put in a sofa and chairs; itâ€™s set up with TV, so he can entertain his friends. The door to the outside from his bedroom is automated by pushing a button, again to lend independence. Everything has been thought through to give as much accessibility and independence as possible.â€? The brilliance of this home is, even with the necessity of building in accessibility, nothing looks or feels contrived or institutional. Steve Riley of S.P. Riley Residential Design and Koehn worked hard to make sure that didnâ€™t happen. â€œSteve Riley did a fabulous job both on the original design and making the necessary adjustments as the job progressed ... He was very critical in making this project work,â€? says Koehn. The exterior of the home is dramatic but also subtle. The sidewalks change elevation seamlessly and complement the home; this was done by building up the terrain so that the ramps become pathways. Darlene is the mother of this large brood. â€œIt was so important to build a home that worked for the whole family. A lot of thought and planning went into every bit of the house,â€? she says. â€œWe wanted to get it right because we plan on being here for a long time. Ben is a full member of the family and now he is able to completely participate in family life. I would like to acknowledge the Vancouver Foundation for giving us a grant under their â€˜accessible housing programâ€™ to help with the part of the renovation that affected Ben. We really appreciate the help they gave us.
The new house is perfect for Ben and his family, with upgrades meant just for him such as exterior ramps, above, a lowered counter and sink in the kitchen, left, and his own dedicated bedroom and bathroom, below. Martin Knowles photos
â€œI want anyone who is building a new home or renovating to realize itâ€™s not that hard to include little things that make it accessible. If they end up in a wheelchair after surgery or need a walker ... they need at least one entrance they can use to get into the house. Simple things such as making doors wide enough or planning for an elevator are easy to do when building but difficult to accommodate after the fact.â€?
The heat of the summer â€œ from page.1 â€œSome very interesting things are happening in the business. One of the big things is reasonably priced barbecues are now available with many of the features previously only available on high-priced models, features like rotisserie and rear burners,â€? Shivji says. â€œBarbecues priced around $1,000, made in Canada or the U.S. ... are very well built with lots of bells and whistles. We scour suppliers to source out North American-built product. ... They are very well built and they come with a good warranty. There are some exceptions but readers in the market for a new barbecue, or other outdoor cooking product, should make sure the product is well made by a known brand, ... has a warranty and that replacement parts are available.â€? Shivji has a word of caution for people in the market for a new natural gas barbecue: check that the fittings are compatible with your home connection. It is frustrating for the person who has to go from store to store trying to match up the couplings. Shivji has plenty of advice for people looking to purchase a new barbecue. â€œFirst, make sure there is the good ten-year war-
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ranty which means the manufacturer will stand behind their product. Secondly, the way the burners and valves are placed in the barbecue is very important. You need precision so that they heat evenly across the whole area. ... When you want high heat for searing meat or low heat for a roast you want to be able to count on your barbecue to deliver. Look for a manufacturer whose primary business is building barbecues; they are up on the new technology and the materials they use are very solid and stable. Thirdly, if you like to use the rotisserie for roasts or chicken, look for a rear burner which will give you the even heat you need in exactly the right place.â€? You should decide exactly how you are going to use your new barbecue. If the extent of your interest is hamburgers and hot dogs, simple is better. But if all your warm-weather cooking is done on the barbie, something more sophisticated is in order. After twenty-five years in the business, Shivji is still passionate. He feels he is not just selling barbecues but helping families have a great experience which will encourage more gettogethers with family, friends and neighbours.
Nash Shivji of The BBQ Shop in Coquitlam, far left, is passionate about barbecues, outdoor fire pits, above, and getting people together outside. There are a range of barbecues available, from the standard to the whimsical, left.
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Awnings an integral part of summer life By Maggie Calloway The sun is finally shining, and soon you will be looking for some relief from the heat. My master bedroom faces south and although I love the four big windows looking out onto my property, it can get brutal when the temperature rises. I installed a fantastic lateral arm awning (when I say me, I really mean a couple of strong male friends), which cuts the temperature down by at least 20 degrees. One of the great things about it is that I can vary the angle and when it is closed it tucks under my eaves so I can leave it up all year. Having the awning is the difference between sleeping through the night and not during the heat of the summer, which should be coming soon if this spring weather holds. When you think of awnings, you probably think of the canvas striped fabric that features prominently in movies, TV and our own childhood. However, there are a lot more options out there. Not being anywhere near an expert on various kinds of awnings, Phil Lemke at Langley Awning and Signs was tops on my list of people to call. “Customers come to us for a variety of reasons and not just in the summer,” he says. “It could be (because) rain is damaging their door and they need a fixed-frame awning for shelter. We are coming into the season when people are spending a lot of time outdoors and people are looking for shelter from the sun. Also, we install retractable awnings over hot tubs and pools for protection from both the sun and the rain. Even when it’s raining it’s great to be able to barbecue under cover.”
There are now remote controls for motorized awnings, and some can float in your hot tub with you. To get really fancy, there are wind sensors available which will retract the awning automatically when the wind kicks up even if you are not home. There are some with sun sensors; if you are not home and it’s a hot sunny day the awning will come out on its own. When you get home you can enjoy that cool drink on a cool patio or deck. “Vertical roll-up curtains are great for privacy from neighbours on a deck or to shield a hot tub and just like a retractable awning, (they) can be handcranked or motorized,” Lemke says. “You can have a drop curtain with any colour of fabric, even a fine mesh which allows you to see out but the neighbours can’t see in.” Roll shutters serve a completely different purpose. These are aluminum slats which roll up into a head box. These are primarily for security. If the family is away for part of the year they can seal up their house. When these shutters are down it doesn’t look like a fortress; it just looks like there are no windows if the colour matches the exterior. There truly is an awning or shutter for every purpose. If you’re like me, a good night’s sleep is a great reason to install one.
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Take moving house to a whole new level with Nickel Bros. By Maggie Calloway British Columbia is the proud location of a company who has been doing big-time recycling for the past 56 years. Nickel Bros., formed in 1956 by Henry and his brother Richard and now with the third generation of the family working in the business, recycles houses! The brothers were from Manitoba where house and barn moving was not uncommon, but the idea was mostly unknown in the west. The company, who is well-known for moving houses here, also moves pretty well anything big which needs to get “there from here.” Henry, at the fabulous age of 86, still loves to get out to the moves to watch them happen and lend the younger generations the benefit of his vast experience. Rick Picard, who has worked for Nickel Bros. for many years, is a wealth of information. “It wasn’t long after Henry and Richard started moving houses for customers that they realized the amazing resource of buildings scheduled for demolition. They started that end of the business, saving buildings, reselling them and then moving them to the new site,” he says. The company website holds an ever-changing list of houses
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Family game nights an excuse to play pool shark By Maggie Calloway Your home has been renovated and you now have this lovely big room with your new big screen TV for watching movies or hockey games, but it is a bit empty, a bit lonely. What to do? Nick Vinciguerra, owner of Classic Games and Billiards, has loads of great ideas for every member of the family. “Poker is still huge, especially now (that) we have high-stakes poker tournaments on television, people want their own authentic poker table and chips,” says Vinciguerra. “We have all styles; temporary tables you can put on top of a dining table or flip tops, it just depends what the client has room for in their home.” If you have fond memories of playing billiards in the basement, you’ll be pleased to know that billiards is still with us. Vinciguerra’s store is the only Authorized Brunswick Dealer Nick Vinciguerra, left, and John Hall of Classic Games and for the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Billiards in Surrey are experts at pointing you towards the area, but now there is a great choice of styles perfect billiards table or dart board. With a variety of styles from the traditional to sleek and modern so available, including balls featuring your favourite hockey team, the heavy style of old, which for the most part above, there is no shortage of ways to make your games room doesn’t fit into today’s homes, is not your only your own. choice. Martin Knowles photos Vinciguerra says lots of people are buying a table and putting it in the dining room because cups of beer are placed in a triangle at both they don’t formally dine there any more so the room is not ends of the table and each team has to used. bounce or throw a ping pong ball to try and In days gone by it used to be men who bought pool tables land the ball in one of the opposing teams but he says it’s couples who come in and the female partner cups of beer. If the team is successful the opoften makes the decision on style. posing team has to drink the beer. “Interestingly the last year or so has seen darts become There is also the classic game of Foosball, huge,” Vinciguerra says. “(They’ve) started televising the world or perhaps table tennis is more your speed? championships out of England and viewers see how much Families are equipping their family rooms fun they are having, plus people are travelling more and are with a choice of games to encourage their exposed to people playing darts in the pubs overseas. Another teenagers and their friends to spend time at reason is it’s not expensive to buy everything you need so it’s home. The parents know where their kids within reach of most families.” are and get to know their friends; not a bad His store also sells Beer Pong equipment. For the unaware, strategy if they’re playing Beer Pong!
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Finding the perfect door like ﬁnding the key to your home By Maggie Calloway When I renovated my home years ago I replaced two doors that had been driving me crazy ever since I bought the house. The doors were hollow-core and every time I used them I gritted my teeth. They represented exactly what not to do and they felt like exactly what they were, cheaply made. I like a door with some heft and some solidness when swinging open and closed. I had a rule when renovating over the years: I would not buy something twice and until I decided where the door openings were going to be and what kind of door would be appropriate I would suffer in silence. Okay, sometimes not so silent. Glen Creer of Doors Vancouver gave me this credo: A door is like a key; it needs to fit the house if it’s going to be of any use. This means several things must work, including jamb thickness, overall height and width, swing direction and egress, material, glazing, tempering, thickness and fire rating, among other things. “A door is the entrance into what could easily be a room worth $50,000 and should be equal to the quality of the room,” Creer says. “It would be more than a little jarring to have a door which doesn’t fit the style of either the room or the whole house.” Creer has a very interesting take on the relationship between the economy since the 1920s and the style and quality of doors. He gave me a quick master class. The 1920s was the decade of the craftsman; lots of local high-quality woods and man power so the product was exceptionally great. The 1930s were the Depression years. The quality and the degree of decoration went down, and these years saw the emergence of the shaker style: no mouldings and very plain. The 1940s saw the beginning of the veneer
Glen Creer of Doors Vancouver says that a door is like a key; it needs to fit the house if it’s going to be of any use. With tons of styles available, you’ll be able to find the perfect door for any project you can imagine. Martin Knowles photos
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Nowâ€™s a good time to start planting your vegetables You may not be able to grow every vegetable, but itâ€™s possible to grow something even in a small space. By Maggie Calloway One of the best things anyone can do for themselves is grow as much of their own food as possible. I am so passionate about this I have 54 12â€™ x 4â€™ raised beds on my property. I love being able to grow a lot of my food. I refer to my veggie garden as my forty-foot diet, not only because it is obviously healthy to pick organically grown food out of my own garden but because I also love the feeling of being as self-sustaining as possible. I know I am blessed living on enough property to grow so much but you will be amazed at how much you can grow in a smaller space, even on a balcony. You are not going to grow tons of different vegetables but what about concentrating on growing all your own salad fixings? There are some great decorative tubs available and your secret weapon is how much you can grow vertically and in hanging baskets. My go-to person on all things regarding growing organic vegetables is the amazing Carolyn Herriot. She wrote The Zero-Mile Diet, which is a year-round guide to growing fabulous veggies. â€œThe very first thing, and the most important, is to build great soil. Everything starts with the soil; you canâ€™t have great vegetables and fruit if they canâ€™t pull nutrition from the earth,â€? Herriot says. â€œSave all your vegetable and fruit scraps, rake up your fallen leaves in the fall, all your grass clippings, and pile in your compost bins. In this climate we can grow vegetables all year round, so getting the soil right is paramount.â€? If you donâ€™t already have a prepared area in your garden to grow vegetables and the thought of digging out your lawn makes you shudder, there is a great way to build new beds using the â€œLasagna Method.â€? Herriot has a great section in her book giving instructions and I have used this method to great success in the past. First, decide the perimeters of the garden or bed then cover with a thick dusting of dolomite lime followed with a two-inch layer of manure, fresh or aged. Next, cover with a layer of plain cardboard, overlapping layers but omitting any coloured ink. Wet it down thoroughly then add a mixed layer of hay, grass clippings and leaves fol-
Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero-Mile Diet, has tips for growing vegetables and herbs year-round. The right soil is paramount, so she suggests concentrating on that first. Submitted photos
lowed by another layer of aged manure and then rake until itâ€™s level. Top everything with a half-yard of topsoil and water well. You can plant right away into the top layer and because of the high fertility of the bed, you can plant pretty intensively. Donâ€™t be discouraged if you donâ€™t have a sunny garden or balcony because there are lots of things you can grow; leafy greens, peas, chard, kale and beet greens for example. And donâ€™t forget pots of herbs. Be adventurous and grow exotic herbs to infuse Indian and Chinese dishes. The main thing is donâ€™t be intimidated. There isnâ€™t a gardener in the whole world who knows everything about gardening. Everyone has successes and failures; one year the tomatoes and carrots are fantastic the next year a dismal failure. Who cares, just get out there, I know youâ€™ll love it.
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Aging in place possible with options from Western Elevators â€œ from page.1 fitted. Stairlifts are very easy to use, very secure and can be folded out of the way when not in use.â€? A stairlift is a great solution for most but if a member of the family is in a wheelchair another method is necessary. â€œOur next product is a Porchlift or a Decklift. This unit is a platform used outside to assist a family member to change levels such as from the car to a deck on the second or main floor,â€? Bodnaruk says. â€œThis works great for many applications but the con is itâ€™s outside so if you want to change levels inside you would have to go outside in sometimesinclement weather. This is perfect if you are coming or going from the house and works if you cannot install an elevator inside the house because of physical space.â€? This brings us to the ultimate people mover, the residential elevator. â€œTo install a residential elevator we are looking at approximately a 5â€™ x 6â€™ area where we would build a shaft. We need rooms that line up above each other and enough room to take that footprint for the elevator,â€? Bodnaruk says. â€œIn other words we need rooms big enough to allocate the space. Another alternative, if the house is not big enough, is to put the elevator shaft on the outside of the house if there is enough room without intruding on a neighbour. Installing an elevator is the most expensive option because of the higher cost of an elevator plus work involved such as construction costs and, depending on the placement, we often have to move plumbing and electrical then refinish floors. The good news is installing an elevator gives total mobility throughout the home to all family members and increases the value of the home.â€? Lots of options to consider when deciding whether to stay in your home and modify where needed or move. Moving is an expensive business and you may find staying where you love, and making the necessary improvements, is comparable.
Cam Pomeroy, left, and Alan Bodnaruk have been in the business of helping people age in place for years. Options including a stairlift, above and below, or a residential elevator are ways to continue living in your multi-level home. Martin Knowles photos
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GVHBA announces Ovation Award nominees By Kerry Vital The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association will be giving a standing Ovation to its finalists at its third annual Ovation Awards this month, which honour excellence in new home and renovation design, construction, accessibility, sustainability, affordability, energy efficiency and heritage restoration. The list of finalists in 41 categories was released late last month. Among the group is Kenorah Construction & Design, ParkLane Homes, Portrait Homes and My House Design/Build Team, among many others. “Last year, Vancouver-area homebuilders spent nearly $4 billion on home renovation, and builders started construction on 17,867 new homes,” says GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson. “Residential construction is a major contributer to Metro Vancouver’s economy and the GVHBA is delighted to partner with FortisBC and the Homeowner Protection Office to honour the industry’s brightest stars.” Among the renovators, My House Design/ Build Team was nominated for nine awards, including Best Kitchen Renovation: $100,000 and over and Best Custom Home: $1 million to $2 million. They are also up for the Custom Home Builder of the Year award. Kenorah Construction & Design is nominated for 15 awards, including Best Kitchen Renovation $100,000 and over, Best Renovated Room, RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Large Volume and Best Outdoor Living Space: New or Renovated. ParkLane Homes reigns as the top-nominated builder, with 13 finalist nominations including Multi-Family Builder of the Year, Single-Family Builder of the Year and Best Single-Family Detached Home: 3,000 square feet and over. The nominations are spread over several ParkLane communities, including Headwater at Bedford Landing, Time at Walnut Grove and Winchester.
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t may just be the perfect night out for local theatre buffs who appreciate a compelling story — one which asks more questions than it answers. Langley Players present Timothy Findley’s The Stillborn Lover, April 19 to May 19. Findley a Canadian novelist and playwright whose tales often spanned decades, touched on war and wove complex relationships among characters, stayed true to form with this play, which is set in 1972 and follows Canadian diplomat Harry Raymond (Aldergrove actor Mike Busswood) who is suddenly recalled to Ottawa from Moscow. Raymond’s long-time friend, Michael Riordan, (Raymond Hatton, Victoria’s House) is on the cusp of winning his party’s leadership campaign and the prime ministership. But the real story lies in their history, which is poignantly revealed as the characters are forced to unravel the past — from post-war Nagasaki to Cold Warera Russia. With the past, come revelations that set off loyalty struggles, emotional confusion and misplaced trust. “It’s such an engaging story,” said director Lou Lou Leroux. And it is one which, she believes, will resonate with audiences. “People are always intrigued by watching someone’s life ruined before their eyes. People are drawn to that carnage,” she said. And when that picture is painted by a true artist with a fine brush it becomes that much tougher to look away, she noted. “(Findley) was a fine writer, known for being very rhythmic and putting images in (a reader’s) head,” said Leroux. “He creates a lot of moments that are very visual. “The chance to bring those pictures to life is quite thrilling.” As well as being evocative, The Stillborn Lover is also mentally and emotionally challenging in a way that community theatre audiences who are accustomed to light comedy fare might not expect. But it was a deliberate choice for the season’s final production, which the company plans to take to the zone competition being held in Langley later this spring. Mounting a drama (as opposed to a light comedy) for competition is fairly standard practise, said Leroux. While last year’s provincial contest winner — Langley Players’ production of Lost in Yonkers — married light-hearted dialogue with more serious themes, The Stillborn Lover takes on issues of mental
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Mary Renvall plays Marion Harris and Ashley Sutton is Diana Marsden in the Langley Players’ production of Timothy Findley’s The Stillborn Lover, at the Langley Playhouse each Thursday to Sunday from April 19 to May 19. health and sexual orientation amidst a sea of political intrigue. But the selection of Findley’s play — which, according to Leroux, greatly impressed the reading committee with the quality of its writing — goes beyond mere competition strategy. It’s Lou Lou helping to expand the reach of so-called “think pieces” beyond the arts community in Vancouver. “As professional companies are struggling — with the Vancouver Playhouse closing — I think the onus is on community theatres to put works on stage that are thought provoking and promote discussion,” Leroux said. “Realizing, of course, that we’re nonprofit and the time it takes to mount a large play.” For her part, it meant hours of research (and a crash course in Canadian history) in addition to all the elements that go into casting and rehearsing a theatre production. Leroux also sought assistance from outside the Players’ fold to serve the script as best she could. The production’s original
music was composed by Michelle Chattaway, a teacher at Langley Community Music School. But Chattaway wasn’t given an entirely free reign, said Leroux, because Findley was very specific that the music used in the play Leroux director be distinctly connected to memory. In The Stillborn Lover, the story being told is filtered through the eyes of Marion Harris, the wife of the recalled diplomat, who may be in the early stages of dementia. She is being played by Mary Renvall, who directed Lost in Yonkers and last appeared on stage with the Players in their 2009 production of Steel Magnolias. At the beginning of rehearsals, each actor was given a lump of playdough and asked to create something they felt symbolized their characters. “Mine was a boat with holes in it, because she’s been set adrift with holes in her memory or her life,” said Renvall. But don’t write her off, the actress advises. A former cipher clerk, Marion has a
“I think the onus is on community theatres to put works on stage that are thought provoking.”
quick mind and engages the RCMP in a game of cat and mouse. “She is really fun to play because she has a sharp mind and when she’s on, she’s on. “It’s almost like a game of battleships or chess. There are strategies being built,” said Renvall. “But there’s this huge question mark hanging over her head through the whole game.” Renvall is perhaps best known as a comedic actress, but when she took a trip down the Rabbit Hole with Surrey Little Theatre last year, Leroux, who was producing the play, got a glimpse of her serious side. “Everyone sees me as a comedy person, but now I have a chance to let my dramatic skills shine,” said Renvall. “This is a nice role,” she said. “Marion is well-rounded. She is a wife and mother, with a career and status in society. She really had it all.” The Stillborn Lover reunites Renvall on stage with Busswood, with whom she performed in Harvey, 19 years ago. “That’s been a real thrill,” she said. “He’s a well respected actor and it’s so nice to be on stage with him.” Audiences are advised that this production contains mature content and subtle nudity.
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Anna’s husband was able to get much more work. He worked for various contractors and started buying older homes and fixing them up to sell. Eventually Anna and Aage built their own home for the family.
a resident of Langley Gardens celebrated her 108th birthday on April 2nd of this year. Yes, 108 years old and she is healthy and, according to her family, ready to go for some time yet.
“My Mom took a part time job cleaning the Orpheum Theatre after Dad retired but otherwise she was a wife and mother, always at home. I would like say her long life is a result of her healthy lifestyle but Mom never was much for vegetables or fruit. She likes her bread and butter, mashed potatoes and her sweets. She still never misses a dessert at mealtime. She was not much of a drinker and while she did smoke for awhile she always assured us she didn’t inhale. She has always had porridge every morning and made sure we did to. Breakfast was always important and she made sure her children always ate healthy. We think about that now. Two of us have passed on and we have diseases such as diabetes and heart problems but Mom has never had any chronic ailments.”
I recently interviewed Anna’s youngest daughter Lula Hepperle who lives locally and is the primary family caregiver for her mother. “Mom is well aware what is going on but she has difficulty putting her thoughts into words but her personal strength and her love for those around her is one of the reasons why she endures,” says Lula. Anna was born in Denmark on April 2nd. 1904. She grew up there, married her husband Aage and had her first daughter while still in Denmark. Her husband was a carpenter by trade and with the approaching depression and Europe still recovering from WWI, they chose to immigrate to Canada in 1927. They arrived in New Brunswick and lived there for a time before relocating to the small town of Heaslip Ontario. By now they had added four more girls and son and the family had a small farm about six miles from the town. “My father was away a lot,” recalls Lula. “Times were tough for everyone and he had to travel to get carpentry work wherever possible so Mom was in charge. She was always a hard worker and expected us to all do our part as well. We had cows and horses and ducks and Mom made butter and sold it in town.”
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Langley Times Anna Nielson, a resident of Langley Gardens celebrated her 108th birthday party on April 3 along with granddaughter Bonny Graham and dozens of other family and friends.
“She never complained and she always had a positive attitude. ‘Don’t worry about anything, worry will just make you sick,’ she always told us. She had lots of little sayings that we still remember. For instance, she would never bail us out of trouble, we knew right from wrong and we had to accept the consequences of our actions. “If you choose to sit on the stove, don’t complain about the blisters on your bum,’ she would tell us over and over.” “Mom is always kind hearted. She was
always helping out even when nobody had anything. Always had an open door for tea or a meal and whenever neighbour kids came over they left with a scarf or gloves or mittens if they didn’t have any. Still today, Mom will freely give out hugs and kisses to the other residents whether they have asked for it or not. I am sure it was lack of worry and the care she showed for others that have played a big part in her being with us still today.”
Anna’s friends and family have always remarked on her personal convictions and her practicality. “You never mistreated children or animals around my Mom,” recalls Lula. “She would never let anyone get away with being mean or neglectful. Once we had a neighbour that lived behind us who had a habit of leaving her baby in a basket out on her deck and it would cry. One day Mom noticed the lady had left the baby there and walked down to the store. When the baby started to cry, Mom went over, climbed up on the deck and brought the baby
In 1944 the family moved to Burnaby and
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Anna Nielsen home. When the neighbour came back Mom told her she was keeping the baby. The authorities had to straighten it all out but Mom got her point across.â€?
a young volunteer sat with us reading Mom some stories out of a fashion magazine showing â€œShe shows no signs of slowing the latest fashions for models and movie stars. When she was down.â€? finished, she asked, â€˜What did smiles Lula you think of that?â€™ Mom looked â€œOnce when one of her at me and said. â€˜What a load grandsons had a bum rash of B.S!â€™ You always know what that wouldnâ€™t clear up Mom Mom has on her mind; she has insisted the boy be left with her. No creams never played games with anyone.â€? or prescriptions, just olive oil, sunlight and letting him run around naked and it cleared up. Momâ€™s solutions to problems were always pretty simple.â€? Anna moved to The Elm building in the Lions Complex in Langley in the early 1990â€™s, spent some time in Jackman manor and has been a resident of Langley Gardens since 2005. â€œThe staff at Langley Gardens is wonderful,â€? says Lula. â€œMom gets great care and they are so respectful. I just wish there could be more of them, they work very hard and keep very busy. Mom is never isolated and because of her positive attitude, her laughs and her smiles, she has many friends there. That is so important in keeping peopleâ€™s spirits up.â€? When we discussed all the changes Anna has seen in the world in 108 years, Lula smiles and says that Anna is not impressed by things unless they are practical. â€œOnce when Mom was in Jackman Manor,
Lula has inherited a lot of her Motherâ€™s traits. In addition to visiting her Mom as often as she can, Lulaâ€™s husband had a debilitating cardiac arrest last summer so she makes regular hospital visits to be with him as well. â€œMom always taught us to accept what youâ€™ve been given and deal with it; donâ€™t worry and things will work out. Itâ€™s difficult to leave her each week, she always asks if she can come home, but I visit regularly so she knows sheâ€™s not forgotten.â€? Anna is now considered to be the oldest living person in the Province of B.C and has quite a legacy behind her. She has 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 18 great, great grandchildren and 3 great, great, great grandchildren with 2 more on the way. â€œShe shows no signs of slowing down,â€? smile Lula, â€œand weâ€™re certainly happy to have her around as long as she wants. Sheâ€™s an inspiration to everyone she touches.â€?
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Some say that Mexico isn’t as safe as it was before the drug war We found and in some out that a few ways this days earlier is true. The the United best advice States had still applies whether you visit Mexico or imposed a travel warning for Tepic and any other country. Stay away from people areas north as rival gangs were present in who do drugs, drink the area and violence The best advice still applies responsibly and don’t could flare at any time. whether you visit Mexico do anything you The Rivera Nayarit wouldn’t do at home. or any other country. and Jaltemba Bay area When asked “Will I Stay away from people who are unaffected by the continue to go back do drugs, drink responsibly and troubles to the north to Mexico and explore and the people are hondon’t do anything you some destinations est, warm and friendly. wouldn’t do at home. that are off the beaten The atmosphere is very path? I reply “yes … in laid back and everyone a heartbeat!” Will I check the travel advisohas a mañana attitude. Close to Puerto ries before I go, you bet I will! Vallarta you can do a day trip just as easily
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