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‘Twas the night before Christmas UFO sighting prompts NORAD to intercept sleigh By Ursula Maxwell-Lewis Santa first crossed my radar during an emergency landing in Reykjavik, Iceland. No kidding. There he was, an overweight dude stuffed into a baggy red velour outfit vanishing around a humungous Icelandic snow hill at 1 a.m in a raging blizzard. “Look! It’s him!” I whispered to my mother. “Who?” “Santa! It’s him!” She’d missed him. But not me. Five-year-olds never miss stuff like that. It was a sign. Santa was following us from Scotland to Canada, What a relief. When your parents cart you around the globe in the
middle of winter you worry about details like Santa tracking your movements. Two days later, while temporarily camping out at our friends’ home north of Toronto, someone switched on the radio. “We interrupt this broadcast to advise listeners that NORAD is tracking an unidentified object. It’s coming our way from around Greenland,” the announcer reported. I got goose bumps. “That’s funny.” The announcer sounded mystified. A hopeful peek into the inky night beyond the snow drifting against the storm window yielded no clue at my end.
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Santa arrives safely at the 2010 Parade of Lights. But one Dec. 24 it was touch and go, according to frightening radio reports.
“There’s something leaping up and down…and there’s a fat guy… in …. It looks like a sleigh! Don’t worry ladies and gentlemen. NORAD is scrambling aircrafts to intercept.” I was beginning to panic. It was Christmas Eve. What was the matter with these guys? What did ‘in-
tercept’ mean? It sure didn’t sound good. I’d seen Santa filing his flight plan, now some wise guys in this foreign country were going to take him out! Making a ‘phone call’ to the radio station, Mother explained that her daughter had seen Santa recently. That could be who it was.
Within the hour, the program was interrupted again. “NORAD has confirmed the strange object is a sleigh loaded with toys pulled by flying reindeer! A fat man in a red suit seems to be driving – and having a whale of a good time!” See SANTA / Page 3
A log cabin Christmas Fixing up a memorable holiday feast during the long ago winter of 1877 Source: Memories of Mary Jane Shannon, Surrey Archives, Reference Library (920.071133 SHA)
What to have for dinner weighted heavily on my mother’s mind. For there seemed to be absolutely nothing.
By Mary Jane Shannon In the year 1877, my father and mother, an older brother and I, a babe in arms, came to live in what is now the Cloverdale District. In those days there was no name attached to the place, although not long afterward it was named Clover Valley
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Santa arrived by helicopter back on Dec. 2, 1965, when he dropped by Riverside shopping Centre in North Surrey. The arrival was attended by large crowds of enthusiastic children.
ta’s telephone number were mistakenly put through to the CONAD Commanderin-Chief ’s operations “Hotline” instead. The late Harry Shoup of the U.S. Air Force had his staff check the radar for signs that Santa was making his way south from the North Pole, the site says. “Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.”
News in brief “His Christmas Eve trip may seem to take around 24 hours, but to Santa it may last days, weeks or even months in standard time.” The tradition of tracking Santa began in 1955, when children began calling CONAD, the predecessor to NORAD, hoping to speak with Santa Claus. A misprint in a department store ad resulted in a big mix-up. Children dialing San-
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Even the announcer was getting excited. What a relief! “It’s Santa Claus!” The announcer was positively jubilant. “He’s headed this way! You kids better get to bed!” Off I charged. I knew the rules.
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that was in the ‘40s. The town’s a ghost town now. But she’s been back. She says: “There’s still something … different … about that place.” Despite the tumbleweed and the prairie dust she still pictures the buildings. And, she’s impressed her greatgrandchildren with tales
of those phone calls. Maxine and I have talked about it, and we agree. It’s like the old song says: “Me ‘n Gran’paw, we believe.” But, of course, we were there. Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night! – Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is
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By the time you read this, Santa and his reindeer-powered sleigh will have already left the North Pole for a magical journey. But there’s still time to follow their path at NORAD’s Santa Tracker website (www. noradsanta.org) or on Google Maps or by using Google Earth. It’s possible to see minute-by-minute coverage of Santa’s location as he delivers gifts to the children of the world. It’s known from Santa Cam images that he uses a herd of flying reindeer for quick transportation, but detailed information remains elusive after all these years. “The fact that Santa Claus is more than 16
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and the liquid thickened into a savoury gravy. Then all was put into a large round milk pan and covered with a pastry crust. This was the main dish. Now dessert must be thought of, so mother brought from the cellar some wild blackberries which she had picked and bottled the summer before. From these she made a number of pies. She also brought from the cellar some jars of
cranberry jelly made from the low bush cranberries which were so plentiful in the marshes and bogs in those days. On Christmas day our neighbours appeared. Some came miles over trails through the woods carrying guns for protection against the marauding cougar and the chance bear who had not settled yet to his winter long sleep. With cheery Christmas greetings and much jollity we gathered around the long table
that my father had contrived with a few planks for this special day. And very festive it looked too with a snow white cloth, a lovely centrepiece of Oregon grape leaves, some dishes of glistening cranberry jelly here and there, and the big steaming pie sitting before my proud father. Never was duck pie more appreciated as on that occasion, and many were the compliments my mother received from the guests who declared over and over
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the trimmings, those old friends still spoke glowingly of that wonderful duck pie. Mary J. Shannon Cedarhurst Hospital June 3, 1959
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CALENDAR WINTER ICE PALACE From Dec. 1 to Jan. 2, the Cloverdale Arena hosts the 13th annual Winter Ice Palace. The arena will be transformed into a frozen pond atmosphere that will bring back the good old days. This is a popular event the whole family can enjoy. Admission $3.50 per person. Skate rentals extra. Open Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information call 604-5026410.
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CHRISTMAS TREE CHIPPING AND BOTTLE DRIVE Sunday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 Street, Surrey (in the parking lot). We will chip your tree back to nature and recycle your bottles and cans! This is a fundraising event for the Clayton Heights Dry Grad, helping us provide the graduating class of 2011 with a fun, safe, celebration at the end of the school year.
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AUDITIONS – LOST IN YONKERS Langley Players Drama Club is holding auditions for Lost in Yonkers, by Neil Simon and directed by Mary Renvall. Sunday, Jan. 9 and Monday, Jan. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. By appointment only, contact Mary by email at maryloo@shaw. ca or Raymond at 604-329-6852. At Langley Playhouse 4307 200 Street. Show dates are April 7 to May 7, 2011. ANNOUNCEMENTS ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE! Don’t just sing in the car or the shower? Share your voice with the world! The Maple Leaf Singers invite you to join our unique show chorus for our 2011 season. No matter where you live, in or beyond Metro Vancouver, you’ll enjoy meeting and practicing with enthusiastic singers from all over and performing at a variety of events. We are particularly looking for ﬁrst soprano, baritone, and bass voices, but all are welcome to audition. Call Anne Baird at 604922-9827 or email email@example.com. Learn more about The Maple Leaf Singers at www.maple-leaf-singers.com
Something must be done about shamefully low voter turnouts. Giving 16-year-olds the vote might be a start Some critics are scoffing – loudly – at the suggestion to lower B.C.’s voting age to 16. Might I suggest that these folks haven’t talked with any live, actual 16-year-olds lately? As editor of the Cloverdale Reporter for the past year and a bit, it’s been my sincere privilege to have met and interviewed local teens. Some harbour dreams of becoming pop stars, others are already star athletes on school or regional teams. Plenty seem to be in a constant state of do-gooder-ism – incessantly fundraising on behalf of local, national and international aid projects. And, god love ‘em, some of these young whippersnappers actually get a kick out of reading, and connecting with, their local newspaper – whether it’s by email and text message, or via YouTube and Facebook accounts, to let us know what’s going on in their lives. (Just like their parents, and grandparents.) Kids today are smart, informed, compassionate, and demonstrate a healthy curiosity about the world, whether it’s the lack of universal access to free elementary education in Kenya or the fact that there are some doubleincome families right here in Cloverdale who don’t earn enough to make ends meet each month – forcing them to turn to the food bank or the Christmas Hamper Program. Sure, I’m generalizing here. Some Grade
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10 students do need supervision to get their homework done and aren’t allowed to drive by themselves – yet. However, the same can be said of any number of people over the current voting age. I categorically reject the notion that people who are 16 are somehow easier to manipulate than the rest of us. Ever tried to guilt a teenager into cleaning her room or drag the vacuum cleaner around for a change? Do we really believe some teenage wastrel is going to summon the energy to shuffle over to the polling stations on election day just so she can spoil a ballot or cast an uninformed, manipulated vote for that super “cool” Mike de Jong guy? Not gonna happen. Some 16-year-olds will take the responsibility – their duty – to vote seriously, and will make sure to get out and exercise it on election day. As for the suggestion that Liberal leader hopefuls de Jong and George Abbott are somehow grasping for easy votes or are pandering to a fickle demographic in floating the idea of lowering the voting age, well, maybe. That doesn’t make it a bad idea. Something does need to be done about B.C.’s shamefully low voter turnouts.
We’re well past the point of feigning mild concern. In just eight years, B.C.’s voter turnout has plummeted from 72 per cent in 2001 to slightly over 50 per cent in May 2009. Drastic measures are needed. Fixed election dates that coincide with NHL playoff season aren’t the way to do it. My suggestions include offering incentives (the next voter in line wins a free car!) and on-line voting – an idea whose time has well and truly come, and if you can’t see the merits in that, well, you’re just kidding yourself. We also need to demonstrate that youth issues matter. Critics of lowering the voting age fret about changing the focus of elections from mature issues like the HST or infrastructure spending to supposedly youth-oriented issues like tuition fees and the minimum wage. Anyone who’s been faced with a layoff because their sawmill shut down, their newspaper was put out of business, or because their political party was decimated on election day would understand those issues have broad voter appeal. When you’re an out-of-work adult, school tuition is called “retraining” and minimum wage is called “paying the bills”.
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THE SOUTHEND SUMMIT Swing into the New Year with the Southend Summit. South Surrey/White Rock secondary school jazz students strut their stuff with the one and only Dal Richards. Jan. 8 at the Coast Capital Theatre, 8 pm. Call 604-536-8333. Tickets $10 at participating schools.
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The District 4 office of the Surrey RCMP has welcomed a new District Commander. Staff/Sgt. Shirley Steele originally opened the first community policing office in Cloverdale in 1991. She brings a wealth of experience in community policing and crime prevention to her new role as District Commander of the Cloverdale/Port Kells district office, located at 5732 176A Street in Surrey. Steele comes from E Division headquar-
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The warm spirit of Christmas is burning brightly at a host of local homes that are all decked out for the holidays. Here’s a list of displays within easy driving distance for Cloverdale Reporter readers: Cloverdale’s Kinna family (Jay, Diane, Wyatt and Nash) is once again welcoming visitors to their annual display at 16956 60A Ave. as part of efforts to raise money for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. Last year, their efforts raised $8,138 for the foundation, their best campaign ever. Donations will be collected this year in support of SMH’s neonatal intensive care unit. The Lagerstroms (Dan, Cindy and Kyle) at 15466 91A Ave. in Fleetwood are also using their amazing light display in aid of a worthy cause – Camp Goodtimes, a cancer charity. The Haggarty Christmas House at 15659 93A Avenue has nearly 15,000 lights, including toy soldiers, candlesticks, lit
9059 63B Avenue An impressive display complete with lighted ﬁgures. 8882 156A Street More than 1,000 lights, two inﬂatable The Land of Christmas display at 20169 32 Santas, reindeers, polar bear, penguins, gingerbread men, angel and more. Ave. in Langley features a three-storey castle and 30,000 lights. Just around the 15499 22 Avenue corner is another large display at 2983 202 Has a brightly lit Canadian ﬂag on the Street. roof as well as thousands of lights. One of the biggest annual displays around Sunday to Thursday from 5-10 p.m. is Listen to the Lights at 4732 207A Street in and Friday and Saturday from 5-11 Langley, featuring more than 120,000 lights pm. Donations for the local food bank accepted. and a computer-controlled light show synchronized to music from the Trans 16681 20 Avenue Siberian Orchestra, Bruce Broughton The Huxtable family light display is Orchestra, Sinead O’Connor and more. bigger and better this year at 16681 20 Tune in to 107.7 FM to listen. Ave. Thoussands of lights, musical trees, and walk-through Christmas displays. 19158 48 Avenue Open nightly until Dec. 26 from 4:30Potters Christmas Store from 5 p.m. 9:30pm. to 9 p.m. at 19158 48 Avenue in Surrey features lights dancing in sync to music, with festive displays inside. Tune to 105.5 The Cloverdale FM to listen. trees, and Santa and his reindeer, who dance to music. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. Donations accepted on behalf of B.C. Children’s Hospital.
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The geography of need Food bank clients come from all over Surrey Between 80 and 100 Cloverdale residents use the Surrey Food Bank even though it’s located in North Surrey, new research conducted by the food bank and the City of Surrey shows. The two partnered in October to get a better idea of where clients are coming from. The result is a map of Surrey with red dots representing where clients live. People from all over Surrey come to the Whalley warehouse. “Every red dot is where a Surrey Food Bank client lives,” executive director Marilyn Herrmann told Black Press. “The myth that people
who come to the food bank live in North Surrey just got blown out of the water.” The food bank serves clients from as far south as 40 Avenue as well as North Delta. It’s outgrown its current home, forcing the agency to contemplate a move to somewhere more suitable. The food bank serves 250-300 families a day, not including the two satellite depots that open on alternating Tuesdays. One is at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloverdale, and the other located at the Boys and Girls Club in North Delta. The Surrey Food Bank is in the middle of its
December fundraising drive. It needs to raise $45,000 to keep the shelves stocked through 2011. Whatever the season, clients don’t stop coming. “We’re not really seeing seasonal changes,” Hermann says. “People seem to need us all the time.” Donate food at local supermarkets, and for more information, call 604-581-5443 or visit. surreyfoodbank.org. –Black Press
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www.hestiashaven.com Mon-Sat : 10am-5pm Sun : 11am-3pm Now on Facebook
5 Days Only - December 27th to 31st
Save up to 50% on a huge selection of Fall/Winter boots and shoes Don’t be disappointed, hurry in for your size! Open 7 Days a Week! Clover Square Village Mon, Tues, Sat 10-55 #112 17700 No. 10 Hwy
Wed-Fri 10-6 Sunday 11-4
Dancing to Tyme Machine. Chicken, Salmon, Carved Beef Buffet, Fun Casino, prizes, party favours & more! Tickets $40 (incl. HST) ON SALE NOW!
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Happy Holidays Holidays!!
After Christmas Sales Be Different
Open Sun. 12-4 DEE’S BRAZILIAN Shoes • Jeans SHOES Tops • Accessories Jeans and Lingerie
5757 176 Street - Historic Cloverdale