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â€˜Crazy About That Mercuryâ€™
By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
KURT LANGMANN PHOTO
Richard Stevenson shines up his pride and joy, a restored 1956 Mercury 800 truck at the Show and Shine at the Aldergrove Fair on Friday. This bruiser of a truck also towed the B.C. Pioneer Truck Societyâ€™s 1910 International Auto Wagon to the show. More Fair photos, story inside this issue.
The ongoing hot spell in the Fraser Valley has meant early yields on many crops for farmers here. There have also been water quantity issues for some farmers who depend on groundwater wells for crop irrigation and watering livestock. The early crops have been challenging, especially for fruit growers who have seen strawberry, raspberry and blueberry crops ripen almost simultaneously, instead of staggered through the summer months. This has presented a challenge in that labour in picking and processing the crops has been SVOOJOH ÄšBUPVU JO USZJOH UP keep up. And some farmers have been hit by a double blow in that the extended dry season has drained their wells and other water reserves.
Fortunately it has not been a serious problem for most farmers in the Aldergrove area, at least not yet. Reid and Jenny McDonald retired from farming their 40 acres in Aldergrove but still have an active interest as they lease out 30 acres for berry crops and the other 10 acres for DBÄ¨MF Ä‰FJS XFMM XIJDI draws from the same aquifer that Langley Township draws from to serve the suburban Aldergrove area, is adequate for their needs. â€œI donâ€™t water our lawn, itâ€™s all brown but that doesnâ€™t NBÄ¨FS CFDBVTF XFWF IBE good water for irrigating the crops once a week,â€? said Jenny. â€œThe raspberry crop was early and the blueberries came at the same time, but weâ€™re lucky that the raspberry crop is done and there is only SEE: Page 3
Lawn watering banned as restrictions enforced Aldergrove Star
Lawn sprinkling is being banned and the need to be extremely careful with our precious water resources is becoming more urgent, as the summerâ€™s hot, dry conditions continue. Stage 3 watering restrictions were put into effect by the Greater Vancouver Water District in the Township of Langley and throughout Metro Vancouver at 4 p.m. on July 20, to preserve diminishing water supplies for drinking and emergency use. The restrictions apply to residents in all communities of the Township and will remain in effect until
September 30, unless the next stage of restrictions is deemed necessary by Metro Vancouver or the Townshipâ€™s General Manager of Engineering. Under Stage 3 water restrictions: r-BXOTQSJOLMJOHJTOPUBMMPXFE previously issued New Lawn Watering Exemption Permits are now void. r(BSEFOT TISVCT USFFT BOEÄšPXer beds may only be watered by hand PS UISPVHI ESJQ JSSJHBUJPO TPBLFS hoses and sprinklers are not permitted. r )PTFT NVTU CF Ä—Ä¨FE XJUI B spring-loaded shut-off device to hand
water gardens. r1SFTTVSFXBTIJOHJTPOMZBMMPXFE if the work is performed commercially for reasons of health, safety, or QBJOUJOH QSFQBSBUJPO OP BFTUIFUJD pressure washing is allowed. r %FDPSBUJWF GPVOUBJOT NVTU CF TIVU EPXO BOE UIF Ä—MMJOH PS SFÄ—MMJOH of swimming pools is prohibited. r7FIJDMFBOECPBUXBTIJOHJTQSPhibited, except for the hand washing of safety features such as windows, lights, and license plates. Non-compliance is subject to penalties. To report a water restriction violation or to have ques-
tions answered, call the Townshipâ€™s Engineering Division at 604-5327300. The Township will also be following Stage 3 water restrictions. Treated drinking water will not be used on cemetery lawns, municipal parks, or municipal ornamental lawns and grassed boulevards. Minimum levels of water will be used to keep school yards and sports BOETBOECBTFEQMBZJOHÄ—FMETJOVTFable condition. â€œOur water is a precious resource that should never be wasted or taken for granted,â€? said Township of
Langley environmental coordinator Meaghan Norton Daniel. â€œWe are lucky to live in a place where safe, clean water is available at the turn of a tap, but we must be careful with how we use it. â€œStage 3 restrictions are enforced during critical periods when rainfall is low and water demand is high, to help protect drinking water and maintain supplies needed for emergency use. Everyone is urged to their do part this summer.â€? For more detailed information regarding Stage 3 restrictions, visit tol.ca/waterrestrictions/.
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Low groundwater levels hurting some farmers FROM FRONT:
one picking left for the blueberries. They were all machine-picked too, so labour wasn’t a problem either.” A new Metro Vancouver watermain to serve Aldergrove is scheduled to be completed on August 23, and this will alleviate water supply issues for suburban Aldergrove and Gloucester Industrial Estates. The Township will continue to draw from their seven wells here in order to keep costs down but will supplement it with Metro water during peak demand times in summer. This will also leave more water in the Aldergrove aquifer for farmers and other rural residents who depend on their private groundwater wells. However, this won’t affect those in the north and south Aldergrove area who are relying on different aquifers. For those in the south near the U.S. border water supply has not been an issue yet. This area is rich in gravel which allows water to recharge aquifers quickly. “It’s been good so far,” said Gary Johnston, who has 50 acres in hay along with a large poultry operation. He has two wells, a 160 foot deep well and a 16 foot shallow well. The shallow well has been sufficient to irrigate his hay crops. “The only problem is it’s so hot that the soil dries up fast,” said Johnston. The large-scale greenhouse operation nearby, operated by Abbotsford’s Krahn family, has a massive reservoirlake of water which collects rainwater in rainy months as well as recycles water used in the greenhouses. This significantly reduces their need to draw from groundwater. For those who farm or reside on
less impervious clay soils though, there is a serious water supply issue, especially in summer. This is a wellknown problem in the area around 256 Street and 16 Avenue, where there are heavy clay deposits restricting flow of groundwater. This is what Ian and Cathy Finley of the small-scale organic Laurica Farm have discovered at their five acre property located at 25775 - 12 Avenue. Last year at this time their shallow well ran dry during their first year of operation so they spent $50,000 to have a new 70-foot well dug. Last week, this well ran dry too. The Finley family has been scrambling to ensure that their three acres of vegetables and fruit trees -- as well as their pigs and free-range chickens -- have enough water, while they raise the money to dig a deeper well. “We’ve been lucky to have the support of the community who have been bringing us water, and we also found a bit of water in the old well — we jerry-rigged a pump, so we’ve been able to water crops by hand at least,” said Cathy. “The heat also meant the season is about three weeks ahead, which has its pros and cons. We’ve had beets and potatoes for weeks now, but a lot, like peas, beans and spinach, are struggling. Everything is either ripening at the same time or bolting, going to seed.” Their farm supplies restaurants, as well as 50 families under a program called “community support agriculture” which shares the risk as well as the bounty. At a cost of $300 each, families receive a seasonal box of vegetables and fruits every week for 14 weeks.
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To deal with the unexpected glut of certain crops as well as raise funds for a new water well Aldergrove’s Laurica Farm has started “Fair Pay Sundays” at which the public can pick up deals on the bumper crops. This on-farm market will run every Sunday for the next four weeks, said owner-operator Cathy Finley. To deal with the unexpected glut cial fundraiser called the “Farm Jam” “We are trying to be sustainable, of certain crops as well as raise funds on Saturday, August 15. There will be we are going to collect more rainwafor a new water well the farm has live entertainment, games, face-paint- ter in the off-season,” said Cathy. started “Fair Pay Sundays” at which ing and a myriad of family activities, “Our pond dried out in May so the public can pick up deals on the along with deals on farm produce. we had to get rid of the ducks, but bumper crops. This on-farm market Those who wish to support any of since we have so much clay here we’re will run every Sunday for the next these events can email cathyfinley@ thinking of digging the pond deeper four weeks. gmail.com or call 604-719-3749 for and lining it with clay so we can colThe Finleys will also host a spe- details. lect more water for the farm.”
East Langley water line leaking, report says By DAN FERGUSON Aldergrove Star
Leaks have been discovered in the $33.5 million East Langley Water Supply pipeline. A project update by the Township engineering division to council says the problem was uncovered during pressure testing of the line east of 248 Street. The unsigned July 2 memo says
the pipeline manufacturer “has recently advised of quality control issues necessitating replacement of some sections [of pipe].” A “specialized sub-contractor” has been hired to fix the leaks by replacing sections of pipe, the memo goes on to say. Similar issues have arisen in Surrey and Vancouver, the report says.
The repair work will be done at the expense of the “contractor and/ or pipe manufacturer” the report states, but the work will delay completion of the pipeline. The current completion date is now projected to be Aug. 23 and could be moved back based on weather and site conditions, the memo cautions. So far, over 13 kilometres of the
14-kilometre water pipeline has been installed between Willoughby and East Langley, and a new pump station has been completed in Murrayville. Roughly 80 metres of pipe remain to be installed along the west bank of the Salmon River ravine by July 24, at which point testing will begin. The project will connect Aldergrove and Gloucester to Metro Vancouver’s water system.
Township planners expect the East Langley Water Supply will bring an end to the severe watering restrictions that east Langley residents and businesses have faced during summer months to avoid depleting the aquifers. Work on the water pipeline got underway in May of 2013. The watermain project is the single largest infrastructure project in the Township’s history.
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The Aldergrove Agricultural Associationâ€™s Centennial Award is presented each year to a local farm that has contributed to the importance of agricultural and heritage in our community of Langley. Accepting this award on behalf of their farm, Davistead in Davis Country, at the Aldergrove Fair Days were Hugh Davis, his son David Davis, Nicole Davis and their children. Hugh Davisâ€™s grandfather first purchased a 121-acre farm at a Hudsonâ€™s Bay Company auction more than 100 years ago. Hugh, who was born in 1924 in the same room in the same house as his father Henry Davis (who was born on the farm in 1895), remembers milking a cow with an automated milking machine for the very first time in 1930.
Prior to that, milking was done by hand, but he remembers how automation revolutionized the dairy farming business. Hughâ€™s son David, who works the dairy farm with is family and is also a councillor for the Township of Langley and lends his expertise to several agricultural committees: r $P$IBJS "HSJDVMUVSBM "EWJTPSZ Committee r.FNCFS -BOHMFZ4VTUBJOBCMF"HSJcultural Foundation r "TTPDJBUF -FBEFS -BOHMFZ ) Dairy Club r "MUFSOBUF $P$IBJS $PNNVOJUZ BOE 5SBOTQPSUBUJPO 4BGFUZ "EWJTPSZ Committee r"MUFSOBUFNFNCFS #$'BSN.BDIJOFSZBOE"HSJDVMUVSBM.VTFVN"Tsociation.
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Members of the Antique Tractor Club competed in tractor pulls at the Aldergrove Fair on the weekend.
Farmers market featured at â€˜Langley Eats Localâ€™ Aldergrove Star
From farm fresh produce and fine wine, to artisan meats and cheeses, to the best in baked goods, a feast of delicious food can be found right here in our own backyard. On Wednesday, August 5, Langley Eats Local returns to give guests a taste of the bounty that is grown and produced right within their own community. A foodieâ€™s paradise, the free, family-oriented event will be held from 2 to 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), at the weekly Langley $PNNVOJUZ'BSNFST.BSLFU â€œThis is the seventh annual event and it has taken on a really interesting new direction and BUNPTQIFSF u TBJE "WB 4IBOOPO of the Langley Environmental 1BSUOFST 4PDJFUZ B 5PXOTIJQ PG Langley partner organization that is presenting Langley Eats Local
BMPOHXJUIUIF'BSNFST.BSLFU When Langley Eats Local first started, it was hosted at various farms throughout the community. Now that the Langley Community 'BSNFST .BSLFU IBT CFDPNF XFMM established and can be found every Wednesday throughout the summer at KPU, organizers felt it was the perfect opportunity to showcase a variety of local food growers and producers, all at once. â€œIt made sense to join forces and go big and attract even more peoQMF u 4IBOOPO TBJE iÄ‰F NBSLFU JT doing so well and this will give the vendors some extra visibility.â€? This is the second year that Langley Eats Local has teamed up with the market, and with more and more people interested in eating locally and sustainably, 4IBOOPOBOUJDJQBUFTJUXJMMCFBIJU Guests will have the opportunity to sample and purchase locally-
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Aldergrove Pets on Parade
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Family Fun Festival Join us for pre-show activities including: face painting, exotic animals, games with prizes, balloons, bubbles, and a live musical performance by Her Brothers. KURT LANGMANN PHOTO
Pet Parade winners at the Aldergrove Fair Days on Sunday were Leanne Janzen and her brindle Great Dane Petra in the largest pet category, Hannah Thomson as a Dalmation in the costume category, and Mattea York with her bunny Stache in the smallest category.
Community service recognized ent, and was also an active mem- Community Service Award for ber of her school 2015 is Doug Hadley. A pair of Aldergrove commu- Restorative Action Doug is currentnity service awards were presented team. ly President of the at the Aldergrove Fair Days last She was awarded Aldergrove Royal weekend. the ACSS scholarCanadian Legion 265 The 2015 Bev Gold Youth ship, District Dogwood and is a very active Service Award was Authority member of the Rotary presented to Arianne Award and Club of Aldergrove, Qanbery at the the N.A. looking after their Aldergrove Fair Days, Sherritt adopt a street and park in recognition for her Scholarship program and you will leadership in the comthis past always see him manning munity. month. the barbecue when they A recent graduate of Qanbery help other groups in our Doug Hadley Aldergrove Community is also a community. Secondary School, Cops for Cancer volDoug has been umpiring ball Qanbery served as unteer. With help from for over 30 years and has been a President of the ACSS friends, Qanbery and coach and trainer. He is currently Student Council and other students plan to Umpire in Chief for Canada for Arianne Qanbery ACSS Student Planning ride 800 kilometres Slopitch National and has also refCouncil this past school year. with the Cops for Cancer team, ereed basketball. He has his level Qanbery is a Community with a goal of raising $1 for each 5 as an umpire in Fastball and has Justice initiative “Educating for kilometre. long been a mentor and teacher for Peacebuilding” scholarship recipiWinner of the Hilda Reddick umpiring. By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
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If there is an upside to the drought we are currently experiencing, it is that lawn mowing is almost a forgotten activity, necessary now only to knock down the infernal weeds that seemingly grow out of nothing. However, the lack of grass growth has far wider consequences to our pocketbooks in the form of ultimately higher food prices. Normally farmers in the Fraser Valley are on their second cut of hay, with at least one or two more expected before the cool and wet of fall puts the balers to bed. Not this year, from what I have seen. Similarly, across the Valley, the vast swaths of cow corn ground up each year as silage for cattle feed are suffering from lack of rain. Without access to sprinklers and irrigation ditches, fields containing cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts will see them wilt and die. And unless we have a wet August, current weather conditions will translate into higher prices at the grocery store. Already, beef prices some 70 per cent over last year are affecting people’s barbecue time, which right now is thrilling ranchers, but the dry conditions are also foretelling tough
times ahead. Without Sumas Mountain as is the adequate quantities of hay potential for wildfire. I live in what’s to overwinter the cows who produce the calves described as forest interthat eventually grace our face. We have thousands plates, ranchers will have of acres of timber and bush to reduce their herds, fur- lands that are tinder dry on ther exacerbating the ris- this mountain, yet on the Crown land above us it is ing cost of beef. A number of years ago open season for dirt bikes when the Cariboo suffered and ATVs, for parties and a similar drought, the hay overnight campers. A failed spark arresshortage was so acute, a tor on a bike’s rancher friend exhaust, a disof mine made carded bottle, a the difficult tossed cigarette, and expensive a hot catalytic choice to ship converter of a two-thirds of his car parked on herd, some 250 dry grass, and cows, to Alberta we face a masfor the winter. sive conflagraI’m sure that tion – at a time knocked the crap when virtually out of his profitall resources for ability for quite Mark Rushton forest firefightsome time. While I’m not certain of ing are tasked elsewhere. Should we have a stiff the hay potential up-country this year, I can imagine east wind like we had last it is similar to then, except weekend, a wildfire started this year Alberta is also on a remote part of the facing drought, and an mountain is capable of equivalent dearth of hay sweeping all the way into and grain supplies. This Abbotsford’s eastern urban means being unable to area. Even disregarding the feed the cows. They will be shipped for slaughter, possibility of a humanresulting next year in beef caused fire, the prospect of shortages and thus even a lightning strike between higher consumer prices. now and the onset of our Meanwhile, ranchers face normally rainy conditions, the possibility of econom- at least here on Sumas Mountain, put thoughts ic collapse. Yet the potential for of an apocalyptic summer food shortages and higher way ahead of lawn mowing costs are not so much of and higher food prices. firstname.lastname@example.org a concern for residents of
Editor: While I am all for the new Hwy. 13 bridge project I am at odds with comments of the Minister Todd Stone. He intimates that this upgrade is a part of “BC on the Move”. In the copy I downloaded from the net I cannot locate any reference to any highway upgrades to any south to north Highway 1 connections. I believe that the transportation department is late to the table, the fact that the Aldergrove crossing is now to be classified as a commercial truck crossing has led to the department playing catch up. Hwy. 13 should/will be twinned to handle the increase in truck traffic. I am sure the antiquated transportation plan is in a major state of flux, trying to keep up with the rapid changes to the Fraser Valley traffic requirements, my only problem with the transportation plans for the present and the future is the glaring omission of any inclusion of the concerns of people, residents along Highway 13 (264 St.) are not taken into consideration. As it now stands the truck traffic has gone from being constant to being highly annoying. Hopefully there will be some efforts to resolve the noise and particulate pollution. We have many babies and seniors in our immediate area, their health is of concern. Terry Brenan, Aldergrove
Don’t spend that child benefit, mom and dad Editor: The barrage of blatant vote buying ads has arrived on television and in the mail. A cheque for $2,460 made out to “Mom and Dad” adorns the cover of our MP’s ad mail, which the taxpayers of Canada paid for. What’s notable is the deception of what is not mentioned. These UCCB (universal child care benefit) payments are fully taxable, at rates between 20 and 45 per cent here in B.C. Furthermore, the child amount deduction of $2,255 per child has been eliminated on the 2015 personal tax return. That will cost every parent $451 in additional taxes for every child. So, mom and dad, you’d better not spend that new “benefit,” because you’ll have to pay back most of it next April when you file your taxes. David Truman, Brookswood Tax Services
Sacrifices of Canadian peacekeepers remembered at Aldergrove ceremony By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
The Canadian Peacekeepers Veterans Association and the Royal Canadian Legion are conducting a ceremony to commemorate all peacekeeping missions and the memories those who sacrificed their lives in those missions. The ceremony will be held Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #265, 26607 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove. August 9 is National Peacekeepers’ Day, which was established in Canada in 2008. More than 125,000 Canadian Peacekeepers have participated in dozens of missions over the past six decades
in countries all over the world. The total number of Canadian peacekeepers killed in those missions is 275. August 9 was selected as National Peacekeepers’ Day to recognize the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission, which occurred on that date in 1974. All nine Canadian peacekeepers who were on a United Nations-marked Canadian transport aircraft were killed when their plane was shot down by Syrian missiles during a regular re-supply mission in the Middle East. It was the largest single-day loss of Canadian Armed Forces personnel in a peace support operation. This event is open to the public.
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istinlangley.blogspot.ca, offers useful technical explanations of issues in the news, many of which contradict so-called environmentalists.) King notes that the bottling plant uses less than one per cent of the flow through Kawkawa Lake: “If Nestlé stopped operating (and put its 75 employees out of work and stopped paying municipal taxes) would there be more water for the rest of us?” he writes. “Absolutely not. Kawkawa Lake drains its excess water into the Fraser River, which drains into the Strait of Georgia. Neither the Fraser River at Hope nor the Strait of Georgia is particularly short of water, even in the driest of years.” Clark made one useful contribution, when asked about this urgent non-issue by those seeking to further sensationalize the current drought and forest fires. She correctly noted that most B.C. residents have access to the best tap water in the world, and have no need for bottled water. Nestlé, Perrier, Coke, Pepsi and other companies have done a fantastic job of convincing people that their drinking water has to be delivered in bottles from some mythical pure source. Here’s a tip, Nestlé critics: Fill a jug with water and stick it in the fridge. Fight the corporations. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: email@example.com
VICTORIA – Have you noticed the latest degradation of standards on TV news? In addition to sensational depictions of crime, accidents and celebrities, the lineup now incorporates any nonsense that is momentarily “viral” on the Internet. So it was with an online petition singling out Swiss food corporation Nestlé, which operates a water bottling plant near Hope. It’s the largest in B.C., one of many that bottle the province’s water and sell it back to a gullible public. This petition is courtesy of SumOf Us, one of those selfappointed environmental watchdogs that seem to pop up like mushrooms overnight. “Fighting for people over profits,” they claim, pitching for donations. The story has what U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness.” That’s when something is false, but it “feels” true. “Nestlé is about to suck B.C. dry – for $2.25 per million litres to be exact,” says the SumOf Us headline. Using her keen sense of what’s superficially popular, Premier Christy Clark instantly called for a review of these low rates for selling the people’s water. It then fell to Environment Minister Mary Polak to explain what’s really going on. “People keep saying there’s a deal with Nestlé,” Polak told reporters. “There isn’t. They pay the same as any other industrial user, in fact
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Imagine a place where senior citizens can live life to the fullest, be active and healthy, feel safe and supported, and stay connected with their community. The Township of Langley is well on its way to becoming that place. On June 10, the Province of British Columbia formally recognized the Township as an Age-friendly Community, a designation the Township first sought in 2013 to show its commitment towards ensuring aging members of the community are able to thrive in the years to come. As well, the Agefriendly Strategy developed by the Township to make that commitment a reality will be presented with an Award for Planning Excellence Merit from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) on June 29. The award honours planning projects based on their excellence, innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential, and overall presentation. “A lot of hard work and solid planning has gone into our Age-friendly Strategy, and we are very grateful to our Seniors Advisory Committee and the Age-friendly Task
Force for everything they contributed to develop this plan,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. The strategy was created to ensure that proper housing and transportation options, services, and programs are in place to help seniors experience a great quality of life in the future, as people are living longer and doing more in their later years. The Seniors Advisory Committee set about holding workshops, gathering ideas, and suggesting policies and practices. The Age-friendly Strategy was developed with input from the members of the community, partner agencies, stakeholders,
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Aldergrove Fair Days Winners in ‘Zuchinni Luge’ and Chili Cook-off Wild Thing team members Doug Tanner and Alison Thompson accepted first place prize at the Chili Cook-off at the Aldergrove Fair Days on Sunday. Wild Thing, sponsored by Alter Enterprises, included Lynn Tanner, Terry Thompson, “Bones” and Jared. The People’s Choice award went to Bakerview Properties and third place was Save on Foods Aldergrove.
The Zucchini Luge winners at the Aldergrove Fair Days are “Grand Champion” Kaden Thompson (right), and “Best Decorated Car” owner Austin Mosser. This year the Zucchini Luge introduced a twist by adding corn on the cob as a car option. For the record, the corn cars were faster on the average, but the exactly perfect zucchini was still the fastest with a time of 9.9 seconds on the new track put together by the Aldergrove Men’s Shed group. It featured some spectacular crashes and some inspired decorating of the luge cars.
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Langley Thunder WLA Lacrosse Wed Jul 29 7:45pm vs. Coquitlam Adanacs Final regular season home game. The Langley Events Centre is located at 7888 - 200 Street For ticket information, contact Langley Events Centre 604.882.8800 • LangleyEventsCentre.com
public notice engageTOL: Sign Up, Have Your Say The Township of Langley is inviting residents to become better engaged. A webpage at tol.ca/engagetol has been created by the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Public Engagement to connect with Township of Langley residents. The Committee is exploring ways of ensuring that meaningful twoway dialogue occurs consistently between citizens, stakeholders, and government during planning and development processes and projects. Through the webpage, members of the community can share their ideas about effective public engagement, find out about upcoming engagement opportunities, and keep up to date on the Committee’s progress. Visit tol.ca/engagetol to provide comments and sign up to receive alerts on future updates and notifications, or contact members of the Committee by email at email@example.com. Mayor’s Office 604.533.6000
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All forms of lawn sprinkling using treated drinking water are prohibited.
The Township of Langley is considering options for potential changes to the zoning in the Northwest Langley area, for properties south of the CN Rail lines and north of 98 Avenue, shown shaded on the map.
Power washing and surface washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited. No outdoor washing or rinsing of vehicles and pleasure craft is permitted, except what is required for safety - windows, lights, and licences only. Exemption permits are no longer available for new lawns under Stage 3 restrictions; any permits issued previously during Stage 2 are now void. The Township of Langley’s Water Shortage Response Bylaw has four stages of watering restrictions: • Stage 1 automatically implemented every year • Stages 2 and 3 used in times of extended drought or when facing a water supply issue • Stage 4 reserved for emergency situations All areas of the Township are subject to the next stages of restrictions if deemed necessary by Metro Vancouver or the General Manager of Engineering. Engineering Division 604.533.6006 tol.ca/waterrestrictions
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Tuesday, July 28 8:30am to 4:30pm
Wednesday, July 29 4 to 8pm
Thursday, July 30 8:30am to 4:30pm
The Langley Demonstration Garden has a busy summer planned! An educational facility operated by the Langley Environmental Partners Society in partnership with the Township of Langley, the garden is located in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in the 21200 block of Fraser Highway. It is open year-round to demonstrate sustainable gardening and is staffed weekdays from May to August. This summer, a number of fun and informative events, activities, and programs will be held and the public is encouraged to take part.
Picnic in the Park #2 – Saturday, July 25, 10am - 12pm: Bring a picnic and join us for our second garden outing, including garden tours, live music, and fun activities for kids! Limited barbecue and snacks will be available by donation.
Backyard Composting – Monday, July 27, 7 - 8pm: Make black gold in your backyard. Learn what type of composting is a good fit for your needs, and how to quickly turn yard trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps into rich organic fertilizer. This workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced compost users who want to troubleshoot their compost systems.
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Aldergrove Fair Days 2015 Photo Memories
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Youngsters enjoyed the West Coast Amusement rides and Langley’s Thunderbird Fast Draw Club hosted the World Fast Draw Championships at the Aldergrove Fair on the weekend.
Glorious weather makes for grand Aldergrove Fair By KURT LANGMANN Aldergrove Star
The sun beat down all weekend for the 105th annual Aldergrove Fair but even the soaring temperatures failed to keep the attendance down. Fair-goers lathered on the sunscreen, took respite under the large tents and chilled in the water mist area, then got back into the hot action of the Fair. All the old favorites returned and several new Danielle Marie performed with her attractions were featured to band as well as sang the national the delight of all. The Fair kicked off with anthems for the opening ceremothe Show and Shine on nies on Saturday.
A brave woman allowed Mike The Reptile Guy to put a tarantula on her face at the Aldergrove Fair.
Friday evening at the Fair parking lot, where about 100 collector cars were displayed. However, there was plenty to do inside the Fair grounds this year, with entertainment on the stage and a wide variety of quality food vendors offered great fare. The West Coast Amusements midway also kicked into action Friday and kept the crowds giddy with the rides all weekend long. The parade downtown kicked off Saturday morning, and the competitions and exhibits got underway after that. The cracks of gun-
fire came from the World Fast Draw Championship in one corner of the fairgrounds and the Antique Tractor Pull in another corner, while Queen Elsa from “Frozen” held court with youngsters in the Fairy-land Tent. The main stage hosted all manner of performers, the opening ceremonies, and presentations of awards to the young Fairy-land contestants, the Chili Cook-off winners and the Pet Parade. There was always something going on all weekend, much of it simultaneously, and it kept the crowds busy.
In the Aldergrove Fair Days raffle draw Allen LaPlante won first prize of garden equipment from Diamond Bar Equipment. The second prize of a “Weekend in Aldergrove” raffle winner is Sheri Doerksen and Bill McKnight was third raffle prize winner of a gift basket. Jason Froese won men’s first place in the Fast Draw Celebrity Shoot. The Bev Gold Award for youth service went to Arianne Qanbery and the Hilda Reddick community Free raspberry shortcake was service award went to Doug served up at the parade downtown Hadley. on Saturday.
Queen Elsa from “Frozen” sang and told fairy tales at the Fairyland Tent at the Aldergrove Fair on Saturday.
Young Fairy Parade winner is awarded her prize at the Aldergrove Fair Days on Sunday.
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A sold-out Prospera Valley GranFondo drew 1,500 riders to Fort Langley Sunday morning. There were three routes: the 48-km PrestoFondo, the 88-km MedioFondo and the 160-km GranFondo. Proceeds from this year’s ride will be split between three youth cycling organizations: Cycling BC’s iRide, a free program to educate kids on fitness and bike safety; DEVO, a youth development cycling program; and Global Relay Bridge the Gap, which helps young riders bridge the gap financially between junior and elite riding levels. The Canadian Velo
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Dodgers are the champs! Aldergrove Star
The Aldergrove Dodgers Peewee A baseball team captured the Championship in Burnaby’s Summer Fun Tournament this past weekend. The Dodgers placed second earlier in the season at Surrey Canadian’s All Star Kick-off, coming up short to Kamloops in the season opening tournament. A hard-fought three days in 35 degree temperatures didn’t stop the Peewee A’s from claiming
Aldergrove Dodgers peewee A team won Summer Fun Championship. victory in the 13U tour- Phil Konkin. hitting a home run in the nament, beating Burnaby, The boys played five top of the seventh inning Kamloops, Newton, games in the heat with of the final game to seal Chilliwack and North Michael Adam hitting a the championship against Delta, said head coach triple and Anthony Mele North Delta Rays 10-6.
Valley Ball Hockey Association’s U-11 team won Bronze in the 2015 Western Challenge Cup Ball Hockey Tournament that was held in Surrey from July 16 to 19. Valley’s U-11 triumphed over Manitoba 3-2 in overtime. The team, coached by Harry Gillis and Brad Wheeler, consists of 19 players, ages 9-11, from Langley, Aldergrove and Abbotsford.
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“How to Train Your Dragon” -- free outdoor movie at Aldergrove Athletic Park on Saturday, July 25.
How to Train Your Dragon - free movie presented by Aldergrove Business Association on Saturday, July 25 at Aldergrove Athletic Park (on 29 Ave. at 267B St., next to Betty Gilbert Elementary school). Bring your picnic basket, blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a free movie under the stars with your family, friends and neighbours. Concession also open. Teen Book Chat Trivia Event Join us for an afternoon of trivia,
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pressure, electricity, chemistry, and motion. Chickens may fly, marshmallows may erupt, and you may even have a chance to help our presenters with an experiment! Please pre-register: Aldergrove Library, Friday, July 24, 11 – 11:40 a.m. Solar Telescopes – Nature House Activity, Saturday, July 25, 1-4 p.m. at Campbell Valley Regional Park. Meet members of the Royal
Astronomical Society and look through solar telescopes. Learn about astronomical phenomena and the sun. The solar telescope activity will only take place under clear skies. It will be cancelled if cloudy, however, the nature house will still be open for you to explore other aspects of nature in the park. Meet at Campbell Valley Nature House located at 20285 8 Ave., Langley, South Valley park entrance. Free, drop in. All ages.
Guided Bike Tour Of Riverside Trails And Greenways - Saturday, July 25, 2-4:30 p.m. at Derby Reach Regional Park. Bike 10 to 15 kilometres through scenic countryside along the banks of the Fraser River; on gravel trails. Arrive 10 minutes early to check in and gear up. Bring your bike, helmet, tire patch kit, and drinking water. All ages, must be able to cycle 7-10 kilometres. Free, registration required at www. metrovancouveronline.org, quote barcode 6163 or call 604-4326359. Learn To Fish Programs: A Fraser River Experience - Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. - noon at Derby Reach Regional Park. Learn about fish and fishing techniques along the banks of the Fraser River. Equipment provided. Meet at Edgewater Bar, west of the campground. Ages 7- 15, Adults must accompany children. Registration at 1-604 504-4716 or email email@example.com/. Suggested donation $5 per child. Offered in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Info: 604-530-4983. Ukrainian Soul Food – Perogies, cabbage rolls and borsch available Friday, July 31 at a fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 13512 - 108 Ave., Surrey. Eat-in, take away, or ready for your freezer. Info: 604-531-1923 or 604581-0313. Blues Brothers Too - Thursday, July 30 at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre in Langley. Tickets $34.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) from Casino Guest Services. Charge by phone at 604-530-2211 or online at www.ticketweb.ca Mission Folk Music Festival 28th annual world music event at Fraser River Heritage Park, July 24-26. Tickets available by phone at 1-866-943-8849. Carpet Bowling - at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 Street, on Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Cost per person is $1. Partners Bridge - every Friday except second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 - 273 St. Newcomers welcome. Cost $2. Info: 604607-0504. Aldergrove Veterans & Seniors 55+ Drop In Centre – join us at 27247 Fraser Hwy., Aldergrove. We prepare lunch for noon, a full, hot home-cooked meal including dessert, tea and coffee followed by games or just stop in for a coffee. Open 10 a.m., Tuesday to Friday. Port Kells Art Club - Classes every Monday 10:00 – 1:00 with general meetings third Monday of each month. New members welcome. Annual membership $25. Club exhibits 3-4 times per year in community. Located in Langley on Fraser Hwy. Contact Rita Evans at 604-853-4006. 2nd Annual Regional Parks Photo Contest - Metro Vancouver invites amateur and professional photographers alike to share their best photos showing why they love Regional Parks. Entrants are welcome to submit up to three photos for a chance to win great prizes including a limited edition Robert Bateman print. Open to ages 13 and up. Entry deadline Aug. 31. People’s Choice Award: vote for your favourite photo Sept. 1-15. Full contest details, entry and voting visit: metrovancouver.org/parksphotocontest
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Ruth Carolyn Appleby, 72, peacefully passed away on June 6, 2015. She is survived by her children Cory, Tanya, Lori-Jo, and Ryan and her ten grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made in Ruth’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Skip Legare October 31, 1944 - July 6, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Skip Legare. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Cindy, grandson Cody and son-in-law John. He was predeceased by his son Dennis in 2004. He will be remembered by his sisters: Eileen, Lou, Rose and Cooky, brother Michael, as well as many friends and acquaintances. A celebration of life will be held at the Aldergrove Legion on August 8 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA.
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