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Remembering our Fallen Heroes 7 The Poppy is a Symbol of Wartime Remembrance “In Flanders Fields the poppies grow...”

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Trick -orTreating Safety Tips


very year children anxiously count down the days until they are able to put on their costumes and head out into the neighbourhood in search of candy. Although Halloween is meant to be a fun occasion for the young and the old alike, it can also be unsafe. Costumes may impair a child’s vision and motor function. Studies indicate Halloween is in the top three among holidays that produce the most visits to hospital emergency rooms. Finger and hand injuries account for 17.6 percent of injuries, and children ages 10 to 14 sustain the greatest proportion of Halloween injuries. Trips and falls also account for a high number of injuries. There are also a good deal of children who become injured before Halloween arrives, many of whom sustain lacerations when carving pumpkins.

To make Halloween a safe holiday, children and adults can heed these suggestions. • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Although kids might want to wear shoes that match the costume, shoes that fit well and are comfortable are a safer bet. This will help prevent tripping and falling over cumbersome shoes. It also reduces the risk of developing blisters and discomfort when walking from home to home. • Go trick-or-treating in groups. Children should not be allowed to go out in search of candy alone. Going in a group means that someone can get help if need be. Also, there is safety in numbers. Predators won’t view a child as an easy target if he or she is with fellow trick-ortreaters. • Be visible. Since daylight saving time begins shortly after Halloween, there are fewer hours of daylight for trick-or-treating. When Halloween falls on a weekday, children have to wait until after school to venture out, and it can quickly become dark. Therefore, make sure that children are equipped with flashlights and put reflective tape on their costumes so they will be more visible to fellow pedestrians and motorists. • Stick to the sidewalks. Children should stay on sidewalks and cross the street only at established crosswalks. • Do not enter homes. Unless a child is with an adult and the home is owned by a trusted friend, kids should not enter homes for treats.


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• Avoid candles and jack-o-lanterns. A costume can easily catch on fire, so it is best to steer clear of candles, luminaries and lit pumpkins. • Bring water. Costumes can become hot and uncomfortable, especially when worn for long periods of time. Be sure children have water to rehydrate themselves. • Accessorize safely. Select flexible swords and knives if they are accompanying a costume. Avoid rigid items that can cause injuries. • Examine all candy before eating. Before kids have their first bite, parents should inspect candy wrappers to determine if there has been any tampering. Also, avoid homemade treats from homes unless you know the people who prepared the items. TCG

It is a safe idea to go trick-or-treating in groups. Also, try to visit only homes where you know the people.

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espite the movies, books, historical references and personal delving into his story, there is much that is still a mystery about the story of Dracula -- the mythological figure purported to feed on the blood of unsuspecting victims. The blood-sucking being explored in the novel by Bram Stoker is believed to have been loosely based on an individual from Romania credited with heinous and bloody crimes. Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes “Vlad the Impaler,” descended from a father named Vlad II Dracul from the House of Draculesti. This was in the House of Basarab. These people were a family that had an important role in the establishing of the Principality of Wallachia, a geographical region in Romania. The Romanian word “drac,” derived from the Latin word “draco,” means both dragon and devil. October 2012

Vlad III was a prince who spent much of his rule campaigning against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion. He was well known for impaling his enemies, and his reputation for his excessive cruelty grew throughout Europe. He was likely dubbed “Dracula” thanks to his family name. Many people believe that Bram Stoker borrowed loosely on the tale of Vlad III to create his book. Other than the name and the region in the world where Count Dracula was supposed to have lived, there are no real similarities between the fictional and historical Dracula. According to a book written by Nicolae Stoicescu entitled “Vlad Tepes,” the author expresses resentment about how the historical figure of Dracula had been appropriated by the West and converted into a popular horror icon. He is quoted as saying, “This nonsense ascribed to Dracula [the novel] is highly popular and overshadows the true image of the Prince of Walachia. Those who would like to go on cultivating Dracula the vampire are free to do it without, however, forgetting that he has nothing in common with the Romanian history where the real Vlad Tepes whom we know by his deeds holds a place of honour.” TCG

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The Poppy is a Symbol of Wartime Remembrance


he poppy has stood as the official symbol of Canada’s Remembrance Day since 1921, a visual reminder of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for war. Some may wonder why this small flower is used to represent the fallen soldier.

In Flanders Fields In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Poppies and fallen soldiers have a long history together. The origins of the flower can be traced back to the Napoleonic wars in France. During these times of unrest and battle, many soldiers went on to final resting places in graves in Flanders, France. Ensuing literature describing how poppies grew so thickly and vibrantly over these graves -- in soil that once could not produce much vegetation. Years later, a soldier would be instrumental in bringing the symbol of the poppy to the hearts and minds of Canadians.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

When John McCrae served in World War I as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. McCrae observed how poppies grew so well among the makeshift graves of the soliders, which were marked by wooden crosses. When McCrae lost a fellow soldier and close friend, he penned a poem called “In Flanders Fields” and portrayed the picture of war and the poppy flower visual.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. To this day McCrae’s poem remains among the most memorable war poems ever written. It also paved the way for the poppy flower to be one of the most recognized symbols of wartime remembrance. Thousands of poppies are placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Remembrance Day participants wear poppies on their lapels. TCG

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A Few Key Facts about the New Bridge • The reconstructed bridge has a width of 65m and comprises 50m of roadway (with shoulders). It also includes a 5m wide path for multiple uses and a 3m wide area for people who want to use the road for walking and cycling purposes. • The reconstructed structure will be the longest and largest main-span river crossing bridge in the whole of Western Canada. It will be the 29th longest bridge worldwide and the 2nd longest in North America. • The new bridge will comprise of three main parts, the main bridge (850m long), a south approach (360 m long) and a north approach (820m long).

The New Port Mann Bridge: Facts, Safety Improvements & Major Benefits Being an extremely busy and congested highway, the Port Mann Bridge required a lot of improvements. It has been vastly improved via the Port Mann/ Highway 1 Improvement project (PMH1 Project). The work is still in progress and the end results won’t be experienced by drivers until around December 2012.

• It will be so long that it will span the length of 34 hockey rinks and still leave space for a victory parade, i.e. 2,020m long. • About 5,000 tonnes capacity piles were used in the new bridge’s foundations, which are the largest capacity piles in all of Canada.

The project revolves around forming a new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, which stretches from Vancouver to Langley, comprising of 30km of new HOV lanes. The bridge is to be further improved by replacing 9 highway interchanges. The reconstruction was started to increase the overall efficiency of the Port Mann Bridge. This is achieved by reducing daily fuel consumption by a large amount, limiting the greenhouse gas emissions throughout the bridge and saving time for drivers by providing a much wider road to drive on. It covers a distance of about 37km from Vancouver to Langley. The most exciting part of the Port Mann bridge expansion is the ease that it will bring for the drivers to access the local shopping and businesses in the Coquitlam area. It’s long been a problem for the locals wanting access to IKEA and other surrounding businesses near United Boulevard. This new expansion brings to life a new experience for each and every person who has wanted to enjoy the area, but were scared off from the traffic build-ups. 8

• The bridge towers will have a height of 163m (taller in height when compared to Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel) and will be about 75m above the deck level. • The reconstructed Port Mann Bridge is 25ft taller and 5m longer when compared with the Alex Fraser Bridge.

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Major Traffic Safety Improvements

Improved Connections among Communities

The PMH1 project tries to bring improvement when it comes to issues of safety. The current bridge was not able to accommodate the fast growing population of Metro Vancouver and had many safety concerns that needed to be addressed. The plan is to bring traffic safety improvements in the following ways: • The project has separated local traffic flowing between Surrey and Coquitlam from traffic along Highway 1. This has greatly improved the traffic safety. • A few of the place’s most dangerous interchanges are to be addressed with safety improvements. This includes the Willingdon Interchange that is famous as a top crash area in British Columbia.

In addition to all this, there are several other additions such as wider overpasses in the new interchanges. These overpasses provide improved connections between the communities present on either side of the bridge. Inclusion of new interchanges to the plan has improved the connections between several communities, a few of them being Sprott Kensington, 176 Street, 160 Street and Willingdon. Besides all this, the plan will be able to introduce transit service, for the first time in many years, along the corridor. The project will also facilitate goods movers with a faster and more efficient travelling time.

• For further safety improvements, the roadways are to be realigned and re-graded and the sight lines are made much safer. • Longer merge lanes are to be added at different interchanges so that exiting or entering the highway becomes a much safer and efficient process.

Benefits of the Port Mann Bridge The project will result in several benefits. The major benefits are mentioned below:

Reduced Travel Times

The new bridge will allow reduced travel times, especially by the corridor. Due to the restricted capacity, the current highway and bridge delayed drivers a lot and produced unpredictable travel times, affecting trips adversely. Once the construction of the new bridge is complete, it is estimated that the travel times will be reduced and become 70% of what they now are. This will result in a reduction of driving time up to an hour each day. The times will become much more predictable due to the increased capacity on the highway.

Reduced Congestion

The re-building plan comprises of substitution of the existing 9 highway interchanges including 152 Street and Cape Horn in Coquitlam which are major causes for traffic delays and congestion. These reconstructions allow traffic to pass much more efficiently through the entry and exit places of the Highway 1. Reduced congestion will also improve traffic safety and help reduce the number of accidents by a significant amount. October 2012

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Did You Know?


emembrance Day in Canada is a day to commemorate members of the armed forces. Remembrance Day is observed each year on November 11 because that marks the official end of World War I in 1918. On that day, the Germans officially signed the armistice, an agreement that officially put an end to the fighting in WWI. That’s one reason why Remembrance Day is often referred to as Armistice Day. Though the day has a significant connection to World War I, it also honours the men and women who fought for Canada in World War II, the Korean War and those who continue to serve in the military. Over the years, more than 1.5 million Canadians have fought for their country and to defend the rights and freedoms of non-Canadians as well. Among the Remembrance Day traditions is the wearing of poppies, which are worn as the symbol of remembrance and a reminder of the blood-red flower that grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium.

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Did You Know?


alloween dates back thousands of years to ancient Celts and Europeans. Although Halloween is now largely associated with the celebrations that take place across much of North America, where 65 percent of Americans decorate their homes and places of business in the Halloween spirit, Halloween is celebrated in various ways around the globe. England: In the past, Brits tossed objects such as stones, vegetables and nuts into a bonfire to frighten away the spirits. These symbolic sacrifices also were used as a form of fortune-telling. If a pebble thrown into the flames at night was no longer visible in the morning, then it was believed that the person who tossed the pebble would not survive another year. Halloween fell out of favour after the Protestant Reformation spread through the country. However, in recent years some have begun to adopt the American tradition of trick-or-treating. Hong Kong: A Halloween-type festival in Hong Kong is known as “Yue Lan,” which is the festival of the hungry ghosts. It is believed that, during this time, spirits roam the world for 24 hours.

Czech Republic: Czechs place chairs by a fireside on Halloween night. There are enough chairs for each living and dead family member. Italy: Halloween traditions have just recently begun to blossom in Italy, where decorations and pumpkins are popular. While many of the traditions borrow from the Americans, there is at least one uniquely Italian tradition taking place in the hill town of Corinaldo. La Notte delle Streghe, “The Night of the Witches,” occurs in this town with music, dancing and a witch-themed fashion show that names Miss Strega (Miss Witch). Australia: Halloween isn’t as popular in Australia as it is in Canada and the United States. Australians may celebrate Halloween as Guy Fawkes Eve or Mischief Night. Children create mischief or get treats. Many Australians simply celebrate the holiday with a dance at their schools. Halloween is alive and well around the world. Perhaps this year North American families will want to incorporate some global traditions into their standard Halloween plans.

France: Halloween is considered an American holiday by most French and was relatively unknown before 1996. Ireland: Ireland is thought to be the birthplace of Halloween, and many of the same traditions of old are still practiced today. In addition to costumes and treats, individuals may play an apple-bobbing game called “snap-apple,” where participants have to try to take a bite of an apple suspended on a string. Children also play tricks on neighbours, including “knock-a-dolly,” which is essentially a variation on “ring-and-run.” Spanish-Speaking Nations: Many Spanish-speaking nations celebrate “El Dia de los Muertos.” It is supposed to be a joyous event where people remember friends and family members who have died. Candles and incense are burned to help the departed find his or her way home. Austria: Some people will leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table on Halloween night before going to bed. It was once believed that such items would welcome the dead souls back to Earth on a night Austrians considered to be full of strong cosmic energies.

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EVENT LISTINGS October 27 – 28 | 1:00pm – 7:00pm Fort Langley National Historic Site Admission: Persons aged 3-99 = $11.70 Persons aged 2 and under = FREE, or FREE for anyone with their Fort Langley National Historic Site Annual Pass Creepy creatures, ghostly campfire stories, and a hay bale maze to crawl through! Wear your Halloween costume and trick-r-treat in the spooky old fort, choose a pumpkin from the patch to carve, and walk through the “Haunted Servants’ Quarters” if you dare. Meet lots of insects and reptiles at the Cinemazoo Creepy Creatures shows at 2:00pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Pick up a snack or dinner from the Monster’s Menu at The Full Barrel Café. Tickets & Info: 604-513-4777 or

Fright Fest 2012

October 27 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm Timms Community Centre (Temporarily located at 20702 Eastleigh Crescent, Langley) Come check out Fright Fest the Saturday before Halloween! We will have a frightening FEAR FACTOR COMPETITION, a Ghoulish Costume Contest, Pumpking Carving, SPOOKTACULAR MUSIC, Freaky Treats and more! It is going to be the best Halloween Party you have ever been to! Lost Souls Welcome!

Monster Mash Grape Stomp

October 28 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm Township 7 Vineyards & Winery (21152 16th Avenue, Langley) Admission: By Donation (Proceeds in support of Critter Care Wildlife Society) Save the date! Get hands on with the harvest. Enjoy fun for the whole family with our third annual grape stomp. We’ll have a children’s play area, new fall wine releases, and live music. Come with a team or join one of ours! Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase from our local charcuterie menu. Bring your friends, sit by the fire and enjoy Township 7 Wines!

Douglas Day

November 17 | 10:00am – 5:00pm Fort Langley National Historic Site Join the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation, Parks Canada, and the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC in celebrating the Guyanese roots of James Douglas, British Columbia’s first governor. Experience the warmth of the Caribbean. Taste delicious food, watch cultural dancing, hear a steel drum band perform and sign the giant copy of the proclamation at BC’s birthplace.

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