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Margarita and Edgar Vasquez know cancer will kill him, and while Edgar is no longer able to enjoy the outdoor activities they enjoyed in the past (below), they are hoping they can have a child before his death.

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Margarita wasn’t looking for love, but the young man with the pudgy cheeks, originally from El Salvador, treated her with consideration and caring. And Edgar, recovering from the rebuke of a fiancee back in El Salvador, whom he had repeatedly gone back to court, wasn’t expecting to find new love. Meanwhile, Margarita, the young woman with girl next door good looks who was born in Belarus, was making plans to live and work Down Under. But the pair, introduced through mutual friends, fell in love. And so far, in “for better, for worse,” the “for worse” side is dominating life for Edgar and Margarita Vasquez. Edgar, now 32, has been battling terminal stomach cancer for a few years. “We don’t know how long I’m going to last,” he said bluntly. He’s found comfort in his Catholic faith, and believes that God is keeping him alive to fulfill his last wish of having a child. “We want to see him become a father and hold his baby,” Margarita said. Before he began treatment, which included the surgical removal of his stomach, he had his sperm frozen, but the young couple can’t afford the $10,000 needed for the in vitro fertilization procedure. They moved out to a new development in Willoughby last October, where Edgar can watch the birds and rabbits in the greenspace outside their window. Margarita, who has

lived in Canada since childhood, said their the career or the car to be the main point of home is much quieter than where they were my life,” Edgar said. in New Westminister, which helps his health. Some days are better than others, and Edgar They specifically chose a two-bedroom continues chemotherapy every few weeks. condo so there would be space for a nursery. There’s a port in his chest for medication, Their problem now is affording the procedand a stent in his side, due to liver problems. ure before he dies. In addition to traditional Margarita works in a medmedicine, they have a ical office and Edgar, despite team to help with holistic a degree from his homeland, care, such as a naturohas for about seven years pathic oncologist, palliaworking in a mattress factive care staff, and a nutritory after jobs in various tionist who helps Edgar retail and service industries. get down as much food as They recently renewed possible. their wedding vows in a Without a stomach, eatVasquez family photo Catholic ceremony. They ing is a challenge. His diet Family has rallied around the young couple, is mostly liquids, with few were first married in her mom’s Burnaby living room solids, and probiotics and helping however they can. in early 2010, shortly after enzymes. An active young the diagnosis. man who carried 215 lbs. on his 5’7” frame is “That was two weeks after they told him, now down to 115 lbs. ‘Get your affairs in order,’” Margarita said. One unexpected side effect of his cancer has Edgar even tried to dissuade his bride. been a living lesson on the value of family. “He gave me an out,” she noted. “He said, Family members come out to provide meals, ‘I understand if you want to leave.’” do household tasks, massage Edgar’s frail Stomach aches were the first sign of body, provide nursing care and more. It’s trouble. Unable to get a family doctor, Edgar made them all much closer, and convinced would be seen by any doctor available at a Margarita and Edgar that this is the right walk-in clinic. He saw three different doctors environment in which to bring a child. by the time he was diagnosed, and that delay Relatives have already said that Margarita of a year meant his cancer was late Stage 3. and a child will always have family support His condition has had its ups and downs. after Edgar is gone. Treatment seemed to be working, but then Family and friends have contributed what in 2012, the cancer came back. they can for IVF but the couple is hoping He was been told on a few occasions that there might be people who could help finanhe only had hours to live, or that he would cially. They investigated possible fundraisers, never leave hospital. But he rallies. such as setting up a trust fund to provide tax They are taking life one day at a time, receipts, but it’s not possible. and say the cancer has a way of changing For more information, check out the webpeople’s priorities: “I don’t want this home, site set up by the family,


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Scout, with Jayne Nelson of LAPS, is one of the animals recovering at LAPS before being adopted.

Flora and fauna will come together as a Langley plant nursery supports the community’s shelter for dogs and cats. Cedar Rim Nursery is hosting The Dog Dayz of Summer, a Mexican fiesta in support of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) on Aug. 9. Jayne Nelson, animal welfare manager at LAPS, was brainstorming Mexican drinks for the event this week, but took time to talk about the party and the animals it will help. Cedar Rim has been a longtime supporter of LAPS, she said. They have donated items to past gala fundraisers, but this year they offered to host a party of their own to help the shelter. The nursery will clear out its greenhouse and fill it with tables and palm trees, and host the dinner, dancing, and silent auction. The event will be a relatively small fundraiser, with just 150 tickets up for grabs. Cedar Rim is donating thousands of dollars worth of plants and garden equipment for the silent auction that will accompany

the event, said Nelson. The money will go towards supporting some of the approximately 52 cats and 18 dogs currently housed in the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove. LAPS runs a no-kill policy at its shelter, and adopts out every animal that arrives. One of those animals is Scout, a small grey-and-white dog with curly fur. Shy but friendly, Scout was found alone and lost in Langley, emaciated and filthy. He has been slowly gaining weight and is getting back to a healthy size, said Nelson. LAPS sees a wide variety of dogs and cats come through its doors, from the kittens that are flooding in right now, to large mastiffs and pit bulls, to small- and mediumsized dogs. Dogs may be seized from their owners, but most are simply found wandering in rural or suburban areas. Those with collars and licenses are usually quickly reunited with their owners, but others have no one to claim them, and must be adopted. The Dog Dayz of Summer will be held Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Rim, with casual attire. Tickets are $30 per person and can be bought at Cedar Rim or LAPS Patti Dale Animal Shelter in person, or call 604-8884491 or 604-857-5055.


Recovery group needs to buy sonar gear Locals affected by a double drowning want to create a society to recover victims. by Matthew Claxton

The loss of two young men to drowning on Nicola Lake has inspired Langley families to help others gain closure after similar tragedies. On April 20, Austin Kingsborough, 17, and Brendan Daniel Wilson, 18, disappeared while on a trip to a family cabin on the shores of the lake. A storm had apparently swamped their canoe. It wasn’t until May 6 that the bodies of the teens were found, thanks to the efforts of Gene and Sandy Ralston, a couple from the United States who brought in a sidescan sonar device. Jim Ward, Brendan’s uncle, and Scott Lebus, a friend of the family, were both at the lake during the search. “We were pretty much in a

crushing defeat scenario at that point,” Lebus said of the later days of the search. The RCMP didn’t have the equipment or resources to find the boys’ bodies. The emotions of the families once the Ralston’s found and recovered the bodies were extreme, said Ward. “I can’t even imagine if that hadn’t happened,” he said. “We would be living at Nicola Lake.” The discovery gave the family members closure. He was one of those who did the identification on Brendan. “He was at peace,” Ward said. Now they want to give that feeling of peace to other families in the same situation across Canada. Inspired by the Ralstons, who have been doing their work cheaply for years across the U.S. and Canada, they have founded Legacy Water Search and Recovery Society, a non-profit group. Their goal is to buy their own boat and sidescan sonar, a remote operated vehicle for

recovering bodies, and offer “But it’s not going to limit us, their services at cost to any fam- either,” said Ward. ily that needs it. “We don’t want costs to be a So far, the only comparable barrier to anyone using our sergroup in Canada is based in, and vices,” said Lebus. “This is not limited to, Newfoundland, said about making money.” Ward and Lebus. That’s also why the society is To get started, it will take working to become an official both some expensive equipment non-profit. They want the project and training for to be about more the all-volunteer than one person “We don’t want costs group. They hope and be imposto raise $350,000, sible to take over to be a barrier…” and ideally be out for profit in the Scott Lebus on the lakes by future. There are next summer. private firms that They’re doing do this kind of everything from holding a golf work, and they can charge a lot tournament to raise funds, to of money to families desperate seeking out corporate sponsorfor closure, explained the men. ship. Legacy Water Search & The Grand Pub & Grill in Recovery Society is holding a Merritt already held a fundraiser Pray for the Boys Memorial that gave the new society $3,400 Golf Tournament on Sept. 12 in seed money, which helped at Newland’s Golf and Country get the society registered and Club in Langley. allowed it to create a website. Tickets and registration for the Once up and running, the soci- tournament, and information ety will continue to operate on a about the society, including how volunteer basis for its searches, to donate or become a corporate and will only charge expenses to sponsor, can be found at legacythose seeking help.

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Volunteer brings recycling to condos Aid wins award A Langley woman is keeping up the green ways she started in elementary school.

A Langley woman’s tireless work with the homeless has resulted in major recognition. Langley’s Donna Crocker has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia in recognition for her ongoing work with Vancouver’s homeless. Crocker began her work 15 years ago when her sister-in-law, a caterer, invited her to help distribute leftover food from an event to the streets of the Downtown Eastside. She has since started a street ministry called Friendship Providers in Action, and leads up to 130 volunteers to serve food every Sunday to more than 700 people. All 2,500 sandwiches, along with soup, dessert, and drinks, are made the preceding Friday night. Crocker has collected blankets, new clothing, and brought high school students along to teach them social responsibility. She has also become a hospital chaplain so she could spend time with the sick and dying. “It is an opportunity to publicly recognize those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon of the awards. “These recipients exemplify the positive difference one person can make in a community and are an inspiration to all British Columbians.”

Catherine Forsythe was in Grade 5 or 6 when she first became aware of the impact people had on the earth. Taking her father’s old 8mm movie camera, she went down to a nearby river and filmed the garbage, pollution, and dead fish floating on the surface. “I didn’t like what I was seeing,” she said. Since then, Forsythe has been doing her part to keep the environment green and sustainable through recycling and composting, and encouraging others to do the same at work and at home – even if that home is shared by dozens of others. After raising two sons in a single family home, Forsythe and her husband downsized and moved to the Heritage Manor condo building in Fort Langley. The couple previously had a large garden on their property, where they composted and took recycling seriously, establishing a mini recycling depot for five other families in their garage. But when they moved to the condo, Forsythe said, “We had to give that up until we figured out new ways of doing things.” On average, 46 per cent of people in single-family households recycle their waste, compared to 16 per cent in multi-family residential buildings, said Krista Daniszewski, solid waste coordinator for Langley Township. To enhance those numbers, the Township launched its Recycling Ambassador program last year, encouraging residents in condos to educate others in their building to increase recycling and reduce waste. Volunteer Ambassadors are provided with train-

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Catherine Forsythe is sharing her passion for recycling and composting through Langley Township’s Recycling Ambassador Program. She recently held an information session in the lobby of Heritage Manor for her fellow condo residents. ing, educational and promotional materials, and assistance from Township staff throughout the program. To Forsythe, it was the perfect solution. “We had only been there a year and it was a way of getting to know people and build awareness,” she said. “You start engaging in conversations and you Residents at Fort Langley’s Heritage Manor are helping the environment find like-minded people.” by taking part in Langley Township’s Recycling Ambassador Program and Forsythe researched replacing a previously unkempt garbage area with flower beds and a green waste collection community vegetable garden. options for her building she held an information and worked with the strata collection program. Once session in the lobby to to implement a food scraps everything was in place,



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teach residents about the new program and provide them with kitchen containers provided by the Township. “You just need to take one step at a time,” said Forsythe, adding that Recycling Ambassadors don’t have to do it alone. Two or three residents can sign on as volunteers, and the Township has numerous resources available to make the process “simple, not arduous.” “You can educate yourself and you can educate others,” said Forsythe, who has quite a bit of experience with that herself. A special education assistant at Fort Langley Elementary School, she has been helping students and staff learn about recycling, coordinating a litterless lunch contest, and getting everything from plastic bags to beauty product packaging recycled. In 2012, Fort Langley Elementary and Walnut Grove Secondary School were chosen for a pilot project designed to help students keep tonnes of material out of landfills through recycling containers set out throughout classrooms and hallways. Since then, a full program has been developed by the school district that is now in place in over 80 per cent of Langley schools. “Kids are the ones who go home and say ‘Look what we learned today,’” Forsythe said. “You can get young minds into that mindset.” “It is amazing to see how much influence one individual can have,” Daniszewski said of Forsythe’s efforts. “We are very happy to have her as part of the Recycling Ambassador program and thank her for helping to make a difference in our community.” To learn more or volunteer for the multi-family recycling program, visit or email








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Complaints needed under new RV rules The rules for parking RVs in Langley Township have been clarified. A stand-alone policy was adopted by Langley Township council to enforce recreational vehicle (RV) parking in single-family residential zones. The policy was approved in June. The new policy, as adopted, enhances the municipal bylaw that allows recreational vehicles to be parked in the rear or side of a homeowner’s yard, except between May 15 and Sept. 15, when the vehicles may be parked out front, providing they are no less than 1.6 metres from the front lot line. Under the policy, enforcement action will only be taken under certain circumstances. One or more formal complaints must have been made to the bylaw department from a resident who lives within a 250-metre radius of an alleged violator. Complainants must provide their name, address, and phone number. The policy bylaw will also be enforced when a recreational vehicle is parked on a Township road without being hitched to a valid licensed vehicle. The bylaw also comes into effect when a recreational vehicle is parked in the front yard of property zoned residential (R) or single-family residential comprehensive development any time between Sept. 16 and May 14. Any time a recreational vehicle is parked less than 1.6 metres from the front lot line in an R or single-family residential CD zone, action will be taken. Offences will also trigger action in any case where an overriding Township interest exists, such as to protect public safety or when excessive street parking is causing potential traffic flow problems. “This newly created RV policy brings clarity to how enforcement will be handled from this point on,” Township of Langley bylaw enforcement manager Bill Storie said. For more information contact Storie at 604-532-7517.

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Langley’s Sarah Douglas helped fellow Langley Beef and Swine 4-H Club member Ashley Haines wash down her cows Annabelle and Yvonne at this weekend’s Country Fest agricultural fair in Maple Ridge, while Langley’s Cassi Sauer, also from the same 4-H Club, washed down her bull Clifford.

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Staying alive is part of the fun

Go out and have some fun this weekend. Enjoy yourself. The sun may shine a little more softly on your shoulders through part of the B.C. Day long weekend, but the weatherman’s news isn’t all bad – clear skies and dry heat are predicted for the arrival of the fur brigade in Fort Langley. And that’s something worth taking in, by the way. There’s always fun and frivolity afoot when Fort Langley gets into a full-blown historic mood, as it does every B.C. Day, with lots of activity around the restored old Hudson Bay Co. fort (now, of course, the Fort Langley National Historic Site), and plenty of interest added by the Langley Centennial Museum and the B.C. Agricultural and Farm Machinery Museum next door. The celebrations are worth it for more than just the fun. It’s hard not to let some real history lessons creep in while you’re enjoying yourself, which amounts to a big bonus. History is as important as fun – you can’t truly know where you should be going, without knowing where you’ve been. And for those who are planning to go further afield for the long weekend, consider some of our more recent history as you set out for your own expedition of enjoyment. Nearly twice as many people drowned in B.C. this year so far as did so by this time last year. That’s a history lesson that should be taken to heart if you’re planning to head for a watery destination. If you’re planning on boating or swimming, respect the water, respect your life jacket, and maintain a healthy respect for any alcohol you plan to consume. Speaking of alcohol, there’s a history of death on B.C.’s roadways at this time of year, too. Leave your cellphone in your pocket, plan ahead so you don’t feel a need to speed, and keep your eyes and mind on the road ahead. Whether you’re headed for Fort Langley or elsewhere this weekend, remember that a big part of the fun is staying alive to tell your friends what a great time you had. – B.G.

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The death and life of great cities Painful truth

There’s a lot of debate among archaeologists about whether the massive Mayan pyramids were really the centres of sizeable cities. But something was going on there – those giant carved structures weren’t built by a couple of Matthew Claxton guys with a bulldozer and a crane, they used hundreds or thousands of peasants. Something happened, though, and the areas around the big temples were abandoned. Detroit went bankrupt last week, the bigBy the time the Spanish Conquistadors gest city in the United States to ever do so. Of arrived, there were still plenty of Mayan course, one of the reasons it went bankrupt is people – they proved pretty tough to conquer, that it isn’t nearly as big as it once was – just actually – but something had changed pretty over 713,000 people, compared to the 1.8 milseriously about their culture. Maybe if those lion who called the city home in 1950. same Conquistadors hadn’t burned all of the There are almost as many reasons for the Mayans’ books, we’d know what the heck was city’s decline as there are empty houses lining going on. its crumbling streets, with the There’s new evidence that the decline of the auto industry, along Large chunks of Amazon basin used to host a lot with increasing automation chief of cities, or at least big towns. Detroit are now among them. But they were made of packed Large chunks of Detroit are now not exactly a earth and wood, and when not exactly a city any more. They city… smallpox and measles arrived in are ghost neighbourhoods with the New World, so many people a handfuls of residents, mostly died that the survivors abanelderly, hanging on in one or two doned them. Now what remains is only visible houses. Street lights have been shut off and through aerial surveys to look for the straight there are serious plans afoot to basically abanlines of roads and building foundations. don big chunks of the city, maybe even to rip The Old World has a lot of lost cities, too. up the asphalt and go back to farming. Or just Your basic bronze age farmers would find a let the grass grow up again. nice piece of well-irrigated land, start planting Of course, it could be worse for Detroit. It some emmer wheat, maybe make up a cool could be Rome. god with wings and the head of a catfish or Not Rome today, which for all its problems something, and things would go pretty good (mostly Italian politicians) is a big, vibrant for a couple thousand years. Then the land world city. Nor ancient Rome, ruler of much would dry up, the sea coast would move (it of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. happens) and everybody would leave. Between those two Romes was the Rome of Finally, the desert comes in and covers as few as 17,000 people, of broken aqueducts, invasions, malaria, decay, more invasions, and everything in sand and dirt, and about three or four thousand years later, some shepherd finds plague. a brick with cuneiform on it and archaeoloA lot of big cities have gone through long, gists show up with a National Geographic film often horrific periods of decline and reboundcrew in tow. ed. Detroit might yet come back in a new and This will happen to us, someday. Every city, almost unrecognizeable form. It’s certainly not in the long run, is just another monument to got as far to go as Rome, and it is unlikely to Ozymandias. The only question we really face have to deal with the Black Death killing half is, will there be anyone to poke about amid its remaining population. the trees and bushes and declare that, once, Other cities don’t get a second act. Some of there was a people here? them just vanish completely.

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BC Agricultural and Farm Machinery Museum

Historic machines fascinating

Dear Editor, Don’t miss a visit to the BC Farm Museum! In Fort Langley, among the other excellent historic venues, sits the BC Agricultural and Farm Museum. It is an exceptional and intriguing visit linking the past to the present. No one should miss the chance to see and appreciate the world-class exhibition of old artifacts that conjure up visions of grandfathers on the land and in the forests and grandmothers in the kitchen and pantry: massive tractors, huge machines, small unique cultivators – you name it! – butter

rollers, old wringer washers, milk separators… The awesome buildings are filled with what life used to be. It really represents work. The walls are covered with instruments demonstrating long days in the fields, woods, and homes. It is hard to describe the intrigue and wonder as you walk through the great halls of well displayed and organized exhibits. Congratulations to the volunteers and everyone who has worked on this fascinating collection. It is a wonderful contribution to our history. Bays and Bob Blackhall, Langley

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Religions, ideologies not all to blame

Erbacher believes hatred of people something, or he who have a reliwouldn’t have gion. Christians, to the written his letter Jews, and people to the editor. of other religions Sadly, I have have been perseto agree that cuted. atrocious things Most of us would have been done agree that there are in the name of some strange and various religions, evil cults in this and also in the name of world. We do not all agree various ideologies. In some on what is the best or true cases, it has been bad relireligion or ideology. gion or bad ideology, in But is it religion that has others, failure to follow caused the atrocious behavcorrectly a good religion or iours in our world? I think it ideology. is sin – hatred, greed, jealEven being against reliousy, pride, theft, lies, selfgions could be taken to an ishness, gossip, etc. – that extreme, where it causes is at the root of the evils we have seen and will yet see in our world. Who has not Response hurt someone with one of these behaviours at some time or another? Regardless of what reliDear Editor, gion or ideology we profess Your assessment of the value of the monarchy in Canada to believe in, we all sin, is of interest, but to my way of thinking as an older Canadian, it has far more value than listed [Residency adds and we all fail to live up to even our own religion or value to monarch, July 30 Opinion, Langley Advance]. ideology. There is no one Like many citizens, I find that the conduct of many memon earth who can honestly bers of parliament, and particularly members of Canada’s claim to be perfect. senate, disgraceful. I believe in Jesus Christ. I The monarchy is a symbolic step above politics, someknow that some who claim thing that can be admired as being a unifying force, uniting to believe in Him have done not only the Canadian nation, but other worldly nations some horrible deeds against into a brotherhood of countries that acknowledge a bond, others. But Christ did not the monarchy, linking them together. teach them to do those horYou mention the monetary value of the retention of a rible things. Christ taught tradition that has lasted well over a thousand years. You that we are to love one certainly have a point there. another and to love even The airwaves were inundated world-wide with the birth our enemies. of the royal baby, and tourists rushed to be part of the Throughout the centuries, affair. there have been times when But what a pleasure it was, briefly, to escape the grim Christians (followers of reality of strife, war, and murders that usually fill the news. Christ) have not loved their However, like the huge majority of soldiers who fought enemies as Christ taught. for Canada during the American invasion of 1812, the Great Jesus asks us to look into War, and the war of 1939 to 1945, I join them all and salute our hearts with honesty proudly on Remembrance Day, and join the plea of God and to recognize our sinfulSave the Queen. Mike Harvey, Langley ness, and to come to Him for forgiveness. Even those who think they are followAbortion ing Him, need to admit fault and pray for help to change. This change is a process, Dear Editor, not instant. Those who are Mr. Clayton Randle asked, “Can we close the abortion being changed still struggle debate?” [Time to move past 35-year-old discussion, July with fault. They must con25 Letters, Langley Advance]. tinue to be honest with God Pro-lifers and I will stop talking about abortion when 300 and themselves about this. babies a day and 110,000 babies a year aren’t murdered in Julia Milstead, Aldergrove their mothers’ wombs in Canada, and also when women [Note: A fuller version of aren’t murdered by botched abortions. this letter is online at www. That’s when we will stop talking about abortion – when Click the killing stops. on Opinion, or search the Dean Clark, Langley writer’s name.] Dear Editor, I’ve read Travis Erbacher’s comments [Religion, society don’t mix, July 18 Letters, Langley Advance], and I have followed the conversation in the July 25 issue, by letter-writers David Pistrin and Cherryl Katnich, and now on July 30 by Blade Leguerrier. Leguerrier’s definition of “religion” is too broad, and unclear. Perhaps a better word for what Leguerrier is talking about is “ideology.” Everyone has an ideology of some sort, whether well thought out or not. We all believe something. Even Mr.



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Award season envelops local business community Store

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“This honour is the result of my hardworking and dedicated restaurant team,” Imrie said. “I am thankful to work with such a talented group.” The company president, Dave George, described Imrie as a “passionate leader” who inspires her team to provide an exceptional dining experience for each guest. “Tammy values her team members’ input and ideas and is committed to serving her local community. Through Tammy’s leadership, the Langley Olive Garden is a superior-performing restaurant, where we treat our guests like family and consistently deliver a delicious Italian meal at a great value.”

As many of us are struggling to just get through the workday on these wonderfully sunny days – you know the ones where we’re just longing to be on a beach or patio somewhere sipping a cool one and soaking up the season’s bounty, it’s hard to focus much on business. For some, you’ll be glad to know that hiring is now underway for the Cactus Club Cafe, meaning the opening of their new patio (oh yeah, and the rest of their restaurant) isn’t likely too far off. Speaking of awards, the Greater Langley Next door, in the same strip Chamber of Commerce is lookmall, there’s also good news ing for your input on which coming out of the Olive Garden are the best businesses around this week. town. The restaurant’s general manFor those of you willing to ager Tammy Imrie was just preweigh in on this matter, the sented with the company’s top chamber hopes to honour the honour – a coveted Joe. R. Lee best small, medium, and large Diamond Club Award. business and the businessThis award, named after the person of the year. company’s first chairman and They also plan to give out CEO, has only been given to 39 awards for community impact Tammy Imrie people in the past 16 years of (one to a for-profit venture, Olive Garden manager the award’s existence. others for non-profits with a It is designed to recognize budget of less than and more managers who demonstrate outstanding than $250,000. They’re also looking to results both fiscally and in the realm of recognize business people for service customer service. excellence, entrepreneurship, and environWhile Imrie was hand picked out for the mental leadership. recognition out of more than 800 general Nomination forms are available through managers from across North America, she the chamber website at www.langleywas quick to credit the outstanding efforts, Deadline for submissions of her restaurant team for the recognition. is Sept. 6, and I’m sure we could all think

Chamber lauds excellence

of a few people in the local business community who deserve accolades heaped upon them for a job incredibly well done. The awards will be given out during the 2013 Business Excellence celebration gala at Newlands Golf and Country Club on Oct. 23. Tickets are available at $75 a pop.

Credit union staff help kids

Kudos owing to staff of the Aldergrove Financial Group. Through raffles, 50/50 draws, penny drives, staff jean days, and even a slo-pitch tournament, the credit union staff raised more than $20,000 recently for BC Children’s Hospital.


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Gardening the focus

Langley Eats Local is Aug. 11.

by Ronda Payne

For the past four years, the staff at Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) have done their best to deliver the message of local, sustainable food in a fun way. The main message of Langley Eats Local remains the same, but with a new location and workshops on gardening, the event prom-


ises even more fun for families and anyone interested in local food options. Visit the Langley Demonstration Garden at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum on Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a chance to sample and even buy local goodies. “It has always been a travelling market,” said Stephanie Captein, LEPS agriculture program coordinator. “This year, we’re excited to highlight the demonstration garden… it’s a

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really great urban agriculture example.” More than 20 vendors will be on hand at the free, family-oriented event featuring food, music, and activities. A container gardening workshop is at noon, with a fall and winter gardening workshop at 12:45 p.m. Find out more about Langley Eats local on the LEPS website at

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The Township of Langley Civic Facility and Operations Centre will be closed Monday, August 5 for BC Day.

Temporary Road Closure: 8 Avenue Between Highway 13 and 272 Street

Temporary Road Closure: 232 Street

Please be advised that there will be a temporary full closure of 8 Avenue between Highway 13 and 272 Street from 9:30am until 9:30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Detour signage will be posted for motorists and local area traffic will be accommodated.

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The road closure is required for replacement of the 56 Avenue (Nicomekl River) Bridge. 56 Avenue between Langley Bypass and 216 Street will remain open to local traffic to allow for access to the surrounding businesses and properties. Engineering Division 604.532.7300

The closure is required as the culvert for Coglan Creek on 64 Avenue is being replaced. The closure area and detour route will be clearly signed to safely re-route traffic.

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Celebrate Fort Langley’s origins, the Fraser River, and ancestry during this weekend’s Brigade Days. by Ronda Payne

music will give an insight into what life was like for ancestors who “roughed it” before they knew that they were roughing it. Sunday at 4 p.m. 1800s recipes will be cooked up using traditional methods and prepared for judging and selection of a winning dish. Other demonstrations throughout the weekend will include sewing, trapping, rope making, gold discovery, and historic weapons. Performances of all sorts will

be offered during the event including the Road to Canada play, a fur trade wedding, a farm and garden talk, and a special free concert. Take in the sounds of the Langley Community Music School fiddlers and Tiller’s Folly at a free “Picnic in the Fort” concert on Monday evening. Fort gates open at 6 p.m. for this family event sponsored by the Fort Langley Community Improvement Society. The music kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic or purchase food from the Full Barrel Cafe. The Fort Langley National Historic Site opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 23433 Mavis Ave.

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Museum machinery steams back to earlier days It’s full steam ahead at the BC Farm Machinery Museum for the B.C. Day long weekend. The (miniature) train whistles will sound this B.C. Day long weekend at the B.C. Farm Machinery and Agriculture Museum in Fort Langley. For the weekend, the Fraser Valley G Scale Friends, a group of model train enthusiasts, will bring in scale electric and live steam locomotives. These engines pull a variety of rolling stock such as heavyweight passenger cars, freight, flat, logging, tank, and pipe cars, along with unique theme cars such as circus and Christmas cars. The locomotives range from CPR Pacifics, CNR Mikados,

Pennsylvania K4 Pacifics, shunt engines, logging engines, and diesel combination engines. Farm scenery will complement the running trains. Each of these model trains demonstrates how farm products were moved to markets in B.C. and to the sea ports. Products dependent on the railways are wheat from the Prairies, coal from eastern B.C. and Alberta, logs from the Interior, and farm machinery from Ontario and the U.S.A. Of course, passengers used the railroads to settle the West and

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An annual event since the ’80s, Brigade Days at the Fort Langley National Historic Site brings the past into focus with demonstrations and activities of 1800s life. Not to be missed is the arrival of the fur brigade. Monday at 1 p.m., actors will recreate a partial journey of the Fraser River by canoe, with a cargo of furs, barrels, and other goods traded by Aboriginal people at forts in B.C.’s interior. This summer routine dates to the mid-1800s. This weekend, follow the bagpipe procession from the Fort or meet up at Fort Langley’s Marina Park for the arrival of the brigade, to cheer while listening for the black powder salute. There’s plenty more to celebrate inside the fort, as well. Included in regular admission prices, visitors to the old fort will find the 1850s have come alive. From Saturday through Langley Advance files Monday, period actors from B.C. and Washington Follow the pipers on a procession from the Fort Langley National Historic Site to will be living life true to the Fort Langley Marina to watch the fur the past. Canvas tents, brigade arrive. period costumes, and


to move back and forth across Canada. Also, there will be a display of operating stationary steam engines running on live steam and compressed air in the museum itself. The events run from Aug. 2 to 5, and members of the club will be there to talk about the trains. Several other events and attrac-

tions will be taking place, including: • Rope making and knot tying demonstrations; • Take a picture of your picture in the “old farm buggy;” • From noon to 2 p.m. there will be free coffee and Timbits from Tim Horton’s Cruiser on site; • The Dempster Windmill will be operating and pumping water; and • The popular scavenger hunt will be available for families to enjoy. Admission by donation at the front door, and a dollar per person is suggested to keep the nonprofit museum running. The museum is located at 9131 King St.

You’ve Gotta Have Friends continues to encourage people to express their creative sides. The Langley-based group is inviting people to show their artistic sides at Arts Alive Aug. 17. YGHF is hosting its fourth annual Expressions of Belonging art show that day and is inviting people to submit their pieces. This year’s theme is Welcoming Places and Faces. “This is an opportunity to illuminate the people and places in our community where you feel welcomed, where you feel comfortable, acknowledged and accepted. Perhaps it’s a coffee shop where the staff greets you by name, a cozy book store where you spend leisurely hours browsing or maybe it’s a neighborhood café that just oozes warmth and welcome,” said Pat Weibelzahl, with YGHF. “Who are the people that make living in the community of Langley such a special place to live and what places feed your yearning for connection in community?” The show not just for artists. “It’s open to everyone, not just established artists,” Weibelzahl said. The works can be dropped off at the YGHF office, 20510 Fraser Hwy. as soon as possible. Opportunities are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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• Dog Dayz of Summer: A dinner dance with silent auction on Aug. 9 at Cedar Rim Nursery will benefit the Langley Animal Protection Society. Tickets: $20 and available at Cedar Rim or LAPS.


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• Fort Langley Celebration of the Arts: The village will be transformed on the B.C. Day long weekend with live music performances Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday as well as kids activities and more. Info: www.fortlangleycel-

LangleyAdvance • Cinema Under the Stars: Prospera has teamed with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Langley for an outdoor movie at dusk on Aug. 9 in Willoughby Community Park (beside the Langley Events Centre). Donations accepted. Dress for the weather. Concession.


• Porter’s Party: Shannon Lee, Colin Rankin, Bill Buurmeester, and Don Biggar will be joined by Raina Morgan and Siobhan Maeghan for an evening of classic rock, jazz, pop, and originals. The evening also features a dinner, or attend just the concert. Tickets for the Aug. 3 party are at 604-530-5297.


• Irises and Signs of the Times: Artworks by Bette Laughy and Robert Wakefield are on display at the Fort Gallery until Aug. 15. The opening reception is Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. at 9048 Glover Rd. Info: • Langley Camera Club meets 7 p.m. at Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Rd., on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wed. of each month. All levels of photographers and newcomers welcome. Info: 604-532-9212.


• Bard in the Valley: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors will be performed in Douglas Park Aug. 8, 9, 10 and 11. Free admission. Shows are 7 p.m.


• Expressions of Belonging art show: The public can submit art pieces in the theme of Welcoming Places and Faces for the annual art show by

You’ve Gotta Have Friends during Arts Alive on Aug. 17. Drop off pieces at the YGHF office, 20510 Fraser Hwy. Wednesdays or Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 604-533-6546.


• Surfacing: Authors Natasha Jones and Jim McGregor have an event for their novel at the IGA Marketplace in Murrayville 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 3.


• B.C. Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum, 9131 King St., 604-888-2273, www.bcfma. com BC Day long weekend: The Fraser Valley G Scale Friends will have trains at the museum Aug. 2-5. There is also rope making and knot tying demonstrations. Take a camera and get photos in the old buggy or by the other equipment. Scavenger hunt. Enjoy free coffee and snacks noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 5. Admission by donation. • Langley Centennial Museum, 9135 King St., 604-888-3922 From Bedpans to Bandages: The new exhibit that runs until Sept. 8 is about the history of medicine in Langley. • Fort Langley National Historic Site 23433 Mavis Ave., 604-513-4777 Brigade Days: Celebrations take place throughout the village. Key festivities are demonstrations at the fort, the arrival of the canoe brigade on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. and the 6:30 p.m. Tiller’s Folly concert Aug. 5. What’s What? listings are free. To be considered for publication, items must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the publication date. What’s What? appears, in the Langley Advance’s Thursday edition and at www.

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Showtimes always available at 604-272-7280. All auditoriums are THX certified with dolby digital sound. Colossus also features stadium seating and birthday parties. Showtimes for Friday August 2, 2013 to Thursday August 8, 2013 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-THURS 1:05, 4:00 THE LONE RANGER (PG) (VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-THURS 12:15, 3:30, 7:00, 10:20 DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI, SUN-TUE 12:45, 3:40, 6:30; SAT 11:25, 12:45, 3:40, 6:30; WED-THURS 12:05 DESPICABLE ME 2 3D (G) FRI-TUE 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10;WED-THURS 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10 R.I.P.D. 3D (PG) (VIOLENCE,COARSE LANGUAGE) FRI-TUE 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15, 10:40 R.I.P.D. (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO WED 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40; THURS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 10:40 PACIFIC RIM (PG) (FRIGHTENING SCENES,COARSE LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 3:35 PACIFIC RIM 3D (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE,FRIGHTENING SCENES, VIOLENCE) FRI-WED 12:25, 6:50, 10:00; THURS 12:25, 6:45, 10:00 MAN OF STEEL (PG) (VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-TUE 6:45, 10:05 TURBO (G) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-THURS 12:00 TURBO 3D (G) FRI-WED 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55; THURS 2:25, 4:50 WORLD WAR Z (14A) (VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI, MON-TUE 12:55, 3:50, 7:00, 10:25; SAT-SUN 3:50, 7:00, 10:25;WED 10:35; THURS 7:00, 10:35 THE SMURFS 2 (G) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO, NO PASSES FRI,SUN-THURS 1:35, 4:20; SAT 11:15, 1:45, 4:35 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (PG) (VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO, NO PASSES WED-THURS 12:20 THE SMURFS 2 3D (G) NO PASSES FRI-THURS 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 RED 2 (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-TUE 2:00, 4:55, 7:45, 10:50;WED-THURS 2:00, 4:55, 7:45, 10:55 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 3D (PG) (VIOLENCE) NO PASSES WED-THURS 2:50, 5:25, 8:05, 10:50 GROWN UPS 2 (PG) (VIOLENCE) CLOSED CAPTION & DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO FRI-TUE 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30;WED 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:00, 10:30; THURS 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:00, 10:30


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Consequently, James and the team The program has also been expandput wheels on the idea for the first ed, to include Friday. There will be time in 2012 and created the first a new Village Evening event in the Fort Langley Celebration of the Arts, community hall starting at 7 p.m., a two-day event that attracted a few which features music by Langley’s hundred to the village. own John Gilliat, Fort Langley’s Now in its second year, the fesRed Stone Alley, students from tival runs this weekend – this time Langley Community Music School, featuring a three-day program and Chinese dancers from of music and arts leading up to Hanyang Arts & Culture Centre. View the annual Brigade Day festivAdmission is $15. photos with ities held every B.C. Day in Fort Activities continue with Langley. children’s arts and drum“Following the successes of ming lessons in the plaza on or online our 2012 celebrations, we are Saturday, music and poetry at growing,” James said, explainthe museum that afternoon, foling that organizers have added lowed by a community dance at two new venues and an extra the hall Saturday night. day (or at least night) of enterAnd, Sunday features a dueltainment. ling piano concert in the morning, This year, festivities will again followed by an afternoon of en plein be held at the community hall and air art exhibits and more music centennial museum, as well as the before a luminary event in the plaza new locations: St. George’s Anglican Sunday evening to close the festival. Church and the new Bedford Landing • For a more detailed list of weekend festivities, vist (Lelem) public plaza.


ission and Harrison have “hugely popular” festivals that pay homage to the arts – so why isn’t there one in Fort Langley? That was the thinking of long-time village resident David James, who has always felt Fort Langley is a natural backdrop for a “smaller, boutique-style” festival featuring visual arts, poetry, dance, and – foremost – music. “There’s nothing like Fort Langley,” he said. “The village, itself, you see, is a stage… It’s just a natural setting.” He recalled existence of a performing arts festival in Fort Langley during the early 1980s, but remembers it only running for a few years. Always anxious to revisit the concept, plans for an arts celebration have been percolating with James for a few decades. In fact, since retiring in 2000 James has been vowing to resurrect an arts event in his hometown. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 when he cajoled about eight like-minded members of Langley’s arts community to attend a brainstorming session, that his dream made the leap to reality.



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ith much attention focused on Fort Langley this weekend, from the annual Brigade Day festivities planned in the village, to the second annual Fort Langley Celebration of the Arts, it’s timely that several of the village galleries are also changing out their exhibits. Fort Langley Artist Group (FLAG) is among those, switching out its show this Saturday. Bugs & Blooms opens Aug. 3 at the Flagstop Gallery, located in the historic old CN stationturned-art-gallery. This is the third show of the season for FLAG, and will once again feature the works of many of its members, including newcomers Gail Simpson – a multi-media artist who is focusing her efforts in this show no pottery – as well as photographer Ela Cholewa.

This theme-based show will also feature works by other local artists Robin Bandenieks, Julie Bourne, Kathleen Gaitt, Susan Galick, Vivian Harder, Margo Harrison, Beverly Lawrence, Donna Leaves, Yvonne Nelson, Candice Perry Moen, Alison Philpott, Evelyn Smith, Mary-Ann Snell, Louise Swan, Judy Vanderveen, Marguerite Whelton, and Diane Zepeski. This show runs from Saturday to Sept. 2, at which time FLAG members will host a closing celebration by conducting a paint-in in the gardens outside the gallery. That will be followed, just a few weeks later, by FLAG’s 20th anniversary show, called Passages and Reflections: A Unifying Retrospective of FLAG, which will be held at the Langley Centennial Museum, just up the street, from Sept. 19 to Nov. 3. Flagstop Gallery is located at the corners of Mavis Avenue and Glover Road, and is open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, from noon to 4 p.m.

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n August some gardens have only annuals – pretty and useful because many bloom fast and keep going till frost if you deadhead them. But some of the loveliest flowers in August come from bulbs, corms and other perennials. One of the most spectacular is colchicum (autumn crocus), with its large, gobletshaped flowers, usually pink-purple and single, though ‘Waterlily’ is a popular double. Colchicum are hardy sun-lovers that adapt to most soils and increase to thick mats. White colchicum aren’t easy to get, but the huge white Colchicum speciosum is worth snapping up if you can find it. A smaller white is the fast-growing C. autumnalis alba, with masses of flowers with pure white stems. They all go dormant in summer, the only season they can be successfully moved.

That’s why August/September is the only time they’re offered in nurseries. Squirrels never dig colchicum and rabbits won’t eat it. It’s very poisonous. Also sold at this time is the true autumnflowering crocus, which looks very like the spring crocus but flowers in late August and into September. The earliest flowering one I know is the pink-flowered Crocus zonatus, offered in many garden centres through August. The spectacular blue Colchicum speciosus flowers a little later. Both like sun and well-drained conditions. If you can keep squirrels and voles away, they will seed themselves into a little colony. Leaves emerge after flowering and stay the winter. Cyclamen hederifolium begins flowering in August. A hardy, little cyclamen, it is dormant through summer, not caring if watered or not. August watering triggers flowering a

hardy agapanthus. ‘Cally Hardy’ is usually safer mulched, but will come through a mild winter. Blooms are usually deep, true little earlier than usual. blue and carried in allium-type During flowering, waterheads. Leaves vanish with frost, ing keeps the blooms but through spring and summer lasting longer. hardy agapanthus is a low-growThe true glory of this ing grassy-leaved mat. by Anne Marrison cyclamen is the patGardeners who like growterned leaves which ing plants from seed shouldn’t Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden emerge in fall and stay find this agapanthus difficult questions. Send them to the winter. The basic – though one has to wait a few form has green leaves years for flowers. Chiltern Seeds with silver markings but many variations lists it most years, or you may find it in spehave been developed. cialty nurseries. This one (and its winter-flowering cousin Then there’s Schizostylis coccinia which Cyclamen coum) isn’t difficult to grow is frequently found in plant sales. It looks from seed, if you know what to expect. like a small, hardy gladiolus with stems of Germination is staggered over months, and reddish (sometimes pink) starry flowers. It’s plants become dormant and vanish over a sun-lover and has a reputation for doing summer. They’ll reappear in fall. Flowering better with watering. But since I once saw from seed takes about three years. it growing on a rock in North Vancouver, it Another gorgeous August flower is the may be open to experiment.

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Lords! Has it really been 40 years…

Langley’s junior hockey franchise in the 1970s is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend. by Troy Landreville

Four decades have passed since the fledgling Langley Lords took the B.C. junior A hockey world by storm. It was the fall of 1973 and the Lords were a first-year team in the B.C. Junior Hockey League, playing in a brand-spanking new Langley Civic Centre (renamed the George Preston Recreation Centre in 2006). Back then the Lords drew hordes of hockey fans who filled rows of stadium benches in their spiffy new digs, thanks in large part to the star power of future NHLers Ryan Walter and Barry Beck. “We always had pretty good crowds,” recalled Dwayne Lowdermilk, a defenceman who played for most of three seasons with the Lords. “They always ranged between 800 and 900 people.” The then 15-year-old Walter had much to do with that. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Walter finished second in Lords scoring during that first season with 40 goals and 62 assists. Beck, 16, at the time, was a bruising young defenceman who blended equal parts offensive skill with his rough-andtumble style. The team was captained by Allen Young, a 17year-old centre who played on Walter’s line and led the Lords in goals (51) and points (108). Now 57 and having added a little bit more extra padding to the 155 pounds that he weighed in ’73, Young is a longtime resident of Kamloops, where he operates an insurance/investment brokerage house. Young is amongst the many former Lords who will be celebrating the team’s 40th anniversary this Sunday, Aug. 4 in Langley. Alumni from the franchise’s first three seasons of existence are taking part in the celebration.

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Former team member Dwayne Lowdermilk held up one of the original Langley Lords jerseys. The Lords represented Langley in the BCJHL from 1973 to ’76. “It was very very stiff competition back then,” Young recalled. “The reason being was every B.C. Junior Hockey League team was an affiliate of the Western Hockey League. The Kamloops Chiefs back then were drawing from the Langley Lords. The New Westminster Bruins were winning Memorial Cups back then and they were drawing from

whether it was the 44-182 Buckaroos or the 2042-2 White Rock/Merritt Centennials, the old barn was usually filled to capacity. “I think we lost four home games all year,” Young recalled. Like many of teams from that era, the Lords, under the direction of head

“Going into New West in those days, guys used to joke about how the bus was still shaking outside, but they were the Broad Street Bullies of the Western Hockey League. In Langley, you were all developed the same way. There was no fear.” A former Trinity Western University head coach and longtime Langley resident, Lowdermilk captained the Lords in ’74. Taken 51st overall by the New York Islanders in the 1978 NHL entry draft, Lowdermilk said the style

A young Barry Beck (left), received an award at the Langley Lords banquet. Beck went on to become an all-star defenceman in the NHL. (Above) The Lords had an awards night in the early days of the organization. The Langley Lords (right) got involved in a line brawl with the Bellingham Blazers during a game in the early 1970s, commonplace in junior hockey. Bellingham.” However, the Kelowna Buckaroos proved to be the toughest test for these Langley upstarts. The Buckaroos ended up defeating the Lords four games to one in the 1974 BCHL championship playoff series. It didn’t matter which team visited the Langley Civic Centre back then,

coach Gil Lundihn, played a take-no-prisoners style cultivated by the twotime Stanley Cup winning Philadelphia Flyers, otherwise known as the Broad Street Bullies. “There was a lot of intimidation back then,” Young said. “We didn’t know any different. That’s how we were brought up.” Added Lowdermilk,

was “definitely full contact.” “The acceptance and willingness of athletes back then to be able to fight… it had to be there, or you couldn’t play in the league,” Lowdermilk said. “Now you have players who have played a whole career and have never fought.” For his part, Lowdermilk

could handle the rough stuff. “I was a big kid,” he said. “And I was able to see the hits coming.” In Young’s case, hockey was his life. He played four years of junior hockey, the first one with the Lords, the following three with the Kamloops Chiefs. But a pro hockey career wasn’t in the cards for him. “I stayed in Kamloops, getting married and living happily ever after,” Young said. He’ll never forget his time in Langley. “I played a lot of hockey after that and without a doubt Langley were the most enjoyable years ever, on and off the ice,” Young said. “Everything just clicked. It was a super group of guys.” Much has changed in Langley over the past four decades. Like most of the major sports in the community, the junior hockey has moved north to the four-year-old Langley Events Centre that has a seating capacity of more than 4,000. “My kids spent one tournament in there and it’s an amazing set up,” Young said of the LEC, “but we thought the rink up on the hill [the GPRC] was pretty phenomenal when it was brand new.” Away from the rink, blocks of condominiums, townhouses, and rowhomes have chewed away what used to be rural Langley land, and big box stores are filling up the urban landscape. “I drive by there now and you’d never know it was the same place,” Young said. Back home in Kamloops, Young still follows hockey and is a Kamloops Blazers season ticket holder. But he’ll never forget his time in Langley. “We had quality people there and it was tough, tough hockey,” he said. Lowdermilk said his time with the Lords were the “building blocks” of his hockey career, and life. “[Lords owner] Ron [Livingstone] and Gil were two of the best people to come into the game with,” he said. “They not only built you as a young kid but brought you into manhood by being able to direct you and schooling, and the importance of schooling.”


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The Langley Thunder finished the Western Lacrosse Association season in first place with a record of 11-5-2 and gets to play host to the fourth place Coquitlam Adanancs Thursday. They meet up for a 7:45 p.m. start at the Langley Events Centre for the semi-finals. The WLA schedule calls for games in Langley on Aug. 8, 12 and 15 (if up to seven games are necessary). The Thunder heads to Coquitlam for games Aug. 6 and 10 and possibly Aug. 13. The WLA playoffs start Wednesday July 31, with the second place Victoria Shamrocks (11-7-0) taking on the third place Burnaby Lakers (10-8-0) at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.

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Langley Rams kicker Steve Thomas is the BCFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his perfect performance in the Rams 51-0 win over Kamloops on July Steve Thomas 27. Thomas didn’t miss a kick as he went four for four on field goals and hit all five of his convert attempts. He also booted 77- and 85-yard kick-offs into the Broncos endzone for single points and rounded out his great day with a 40-yard punt. The junior football club hosts Victoria Saturday at 4 p.m. at McLeod Athletic Park.


British Columbia was well represented on the international stage with five high-performance athletes competing at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France July 1928. Braedon Dolfo and Dylan Williamson of Langley competed in several events.



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Contest was bang up good time Off to nationals Next year, the world index fast draw championships are coming to Aldergrove.

The latest “gun down” at Aldergrove Fair Days saw local markswoman Nicole Franks once again rise to the top of her class. Franks took first place in the women’s division at the Canadian Fast Draw Championships, part of the July 19-21 event at Aldergrove Athletic Park. Gunslingers galore descended on Aldergrove for the championships, as the Thunderbird Fast Draw Club once again played host to the Langley Township-sponsored competition. Electronic timers were lined up against the competitors, who, at a signal light, had to draw and fire blank ammunition at several four-inch diameter balloon targets in different events, all the while wearing “old west” attire and using “old west” six-guns or replicas. Prior to the main event, which was sanctioned by the World Fast Draw Association, a celebrity challenge contest was held

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Robin Reichman from the Real Housewives of Vancouver accepted a trophy from announcer Den Robinson on July 20, during the Canadian Fast Draw Championships at Aldergrove Athletic Park. with several VIPs lined up to take each other on. This particular event was hotly contested as well, and, after the shooting died down, the winners were: Women’s Division 1st – Stefania Seccia, reporter, Burnaby Now newspaper. She also took the fast time trophy with a 0.59-second effort. Men’s Division 1st - Rudy Storteboom, representing MacRealty After the celebrity shootout finished, the shooters held a six-gun salute at

the main stage to commemorate Aldergrove’s Turkeyfest, by each firing five shots in the air followed by Ian Newby’s army rocket. On Sunday, July 21, Merlin, an entertainer from Texas, sang and played his guitar to the tune of his Cowboy Church at the main stage during the pancake breakfast and then it was time for some gun fun as the championship began at the lacrosse arena. The winners were:

Women’s Division 1st – Nicole Franks, Aldergrove 2nd – Carla Howell, Stayton, Oregon Men’s Division 1st – Jon Rivera, Hughson, California 2nd – Brian Colwell, Loveland, Colorado Fastest shot and a new world fast draw record was shot by Calgary’s Howard Darby at 0.238 seconds. Billy the Kid Division (for juniors) 1st – Morgan Campbell, Langley 2nd – Marshall Campbell, Langley WDFA chairman David Livingston, from Angel Fire, New Mexico, came to Canada for the first time for the competition. Livingston competed in and viewed the event in order to meet the Fair Days request that the contest be granted a world fast draw championship title. The contest has now met the condition for next year to be the first world index fast draw championships held in Canada. For more on the WFDA, the Thunderbirds practice every Friday at the Langley Rod and Gun Club in Brookswood.

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A Fraser Valley squad with three Langley members is headed to a national tournament. The Fraser Valley cyclones Senior Little League team swept their second consecutive Provincial Championship title, defeating the North Shore AllStars 10-0 and 9-3 Saturday at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. The team is made up of 15- and 16-year-olds from throughout the Lower Fraser Valley including three from Langley. The Cyclones were stymied through two innings in the first game, but when they came around to the second time through the order they busted out to knock in five. Leading the way was second baseman Derek Fong and starting pitcher Ben McCarthy who both knocked out three hits. Andrew Walton and Keegan Baldwin contributed with two RBIs each, as did North Langley product Austin Calla. That was all McCarthy needed as he threw a masterful complete game shutout, allowing only two hits and two walks, while striking out four. In the championship final, Coquitlam Little Leaguer Kyle Williamson took the hill for the Cyclones and pitched a solid six innings, giving up one run and two walks while striking out four. Nick Vellios came on in relief and closed out the seventh inning to secure the title for the Cyclones. McCarthy and Fong led the offence again with three hits apiece. McCarthy had 2 RBI’s as did Calla. Manager Bruce Michael likes his team’s chances. “Seven of the Coquitlam players went to Nationals last year, so they know what to expect and are really hungry – they want it bad,” said manager Bruce Michael. The Cyclones advance to the Canadian Championship tournament in Thunder Bay, Ont. That tourney runs July 31 to Aug. 8. The winner of the Canadian tournament advances to the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine.


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