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Future Olympian? A day after the roster was named for the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, four-year-old Linden Delleman donned a Team Canada jersey during a parent and tot skate Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. Linden passed the puck back and forth with his dad Mark. Above right inset – Sharen Kibsey took her three-yearold Jacob for a skate. Troy Landreville/Langley Advance


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Fraser Health is encouraging people to get their flu vaccines, as the H1N1 virus has returned. The flu strain has already been spreading in Alberta, Ontario, and Texas in recent weeks, and is now in B.C. By mid-week, there were more than a dozen patients on ventilators with confirmed H1N1. Some were in their early 30s, some are pregnant, and others have chronic diseases. “We are seeing small pockets of very severe disease,” said Dr. PaulVan Buynder, Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer. “The care available to patients through the support of our intensive care staff is exceptional and I am expecting all those presently on ventilators to eventually recover. If you received the 2013 influenza vaccine, you are immunized against the H1N1 strain currently circulating in our community. We are urging those who have not already had their flu shot to get one. It is not too late.”

There are presently no intensive care unit patients at Langley Memorial Hospital who have been diagnosed with H1N1, according to Fraser Health. The health region is only doing lab tests for more severe cases, so the absence of proven cases does not mean there are not less serious instances of the flu in Langley. Anyone visiting a health care facility around the Lower Mainland is being asked to either have an up to date vaccination, or to wear a mask to protect the vulnerable. Washing hands and remaining at home while sick are the other components of preventing the spread of the flu. While most people get vaccinated in October or November at the start of the flu season, there are still shots available. Fraser Health recommends that anyone interested in getting the vaccine call ahead to their pharmacy, clinic, or doctor’s office to check if they still have supplies. The H1N1 vaccine distributed in 2009, during the virus’s first worldwide outbreak, may not be effective against this year’s strain, as it may have mutated, say health officials. Across the province in 2009 there were more than 1,000 ser-

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Stealth at LEC

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Parking problematic in Willoughby

Development and a lack of parking are still irking residents in a neighbourhood around 80th Avenue. by Matthew Claxton

Residents in a northern Willoughby neighbourhood are going back to the drawing board in an effort to get more on-street parking near their homes. The residents of the areas around 80th Avenue between 208th Street and 212th Street came to Langley Township council in mid-December and were happy to immediately get some temporary relief. Over the holidays, council voted to allow on-street parking on some roads around the neighbourhood, thus freeing up space while relatives visited. That extra parking ended after New Year’s, and now the group is looking for new options. “There’s a compromise possible,” said Courtney Wade, one member of the group. The problem is relatively high density, in the area that is a mix of single family homes on small lots and townhouses. Many homes in the area were built with three parking spaces on their property, and a number came with secondary suites. With two homeowners each with their own car, a renter, or a couple of high school or college aged kids at home, many residents are using up every available space they have. Visitors or tradespeople can’t park out front on 80th anymore, or on some of the nearby side roads. Some residents are stashing their cars in bushes nearby, said Levy Manuel, another member of the group. The local group, which has members from each of the four large developments along 80th Avenue east of 208th Street, planned to meet Wednesday (Jan. 8) to come up with Wade and others believe there’s room more options. enough for bike lanes and parking. “They [the Township] did say in their Michael Coombes noted that there just last email they’re open to suggestions,” said isn’t any transit, which leaves driving the Manuel. only option for most residents. One of the sore points “Show me a bus stop,” he for the residents is that the said. finished sections of 80th A TransLink spokesperson “We’re cyclists, too. Avenue are very broad. Built recently told the Langley We’re not looking to for the capacity when the Advance there are no near-term fight with cyclists.” area is fully developed, they plans for bus service along the include several lanes and 208th Street corridor due to Courtney Wade bike lanes, but no on-street the agency’s financial crunch. parking. Some parking in the area Ashish Kapoor wonders why construction could actually expand in the future as the vehicles working along some sections of roads are developed. 80th Avenue are allowed on-street parking, One issue is that roads are widened by including blocking bike lanes, while residevelopers as they build, and the area is still dents on the opposite side are banned from a patchwork of completed projects and lots doing the same thing. that have yet to see construction start. Members of the group say they don’t want Paul Cordeiro, a Township of Langley trafthe bike lanes blocked forever or removed. fic engineer, noted that a stretch of 209th “We’re cyclists too,” said Wade. “We’re Street currently has no parking because only not looking to fight with cyclists.” one side of it has been built.

Residents in Willoughby seeking better parking are, left to right, Courtney Wade, Michael Gill, Levy Manuel, John Kusch, Michael Coombes, and Ashish Kapoor.

Matthew Claxton Langley Advance

There isn’t room for two-way travel and parking, but when the other side of the road is built, on-street parking will be allowed again, he said. There are a number of similar half-roads in the area. “We try to open up the lanes when we can,” Cordeiro said. He also noted that construction vehicles are allowed temporary parking on major roads like 80th Avenue to keep them off residential roads nearby. The issue is one that has come up at several other Willoughby developments in various forms. Residents have either complained about parking in their own neighbourhoods, or come to the council worried that developments nearby would overload already full on-street parking capacity. Parking has been part of the debate over a number of recent developments west of 208th Street, where a denser mix of townhouses and condos is either planned or already under construction.

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A man was found with 30 kilograms of pot and a radio jammer. by Matthew Claxton

A 34-year-old Langley man is facing drug charges after an RCMP officer noticed he wasn’t signalling turns, and discovered a sizeable amount of pot. The driver was pulled over near the intersection of 96th Avenue and 200th Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27. The Dodge Caravan had

made two turns without signalling, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP. A check found the van’s insurance expired. The officer pulled over the van, and smelled the strong scent of marijuana while approaching, said Marks. He spoke to the driver, then found a sealed cardboard box behind the back seat with about half a pound of marijuana. The driver said he was a legal medical marijuana grower, but he could not produce a certificate for transportation and storage, said Marks.


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Police arrested the driver and did a search of the van, uncovering eight bags of marijuana, plus three garbage bags each half-full of recently harvested pot. Police eventually had 30 kilograms of pot, about 66 pounds in total. The maximum amount registered growers can store is about 4.4 kilograms. Also found in the van was a radio transmission jammer, illegal to possess without authorization, said Marks. Police are recommending that the man be charged with drug offences, and under the Radio Communication Act.

A man who repeatedly missed his curfew while awaiting trial for a break and enter is missing, and police are asking for tips to help find him. Robin Allan William Hibbs, 47, was charged in a break and enter to the Ricky’s Restaurant in the 22300 block of Fraser Highway that took place last July 17. The motion sensors in the restaurant were tripped just after 3 a.m. Police were quickly at the building, which is just around the corner from the RCMP

headquarters, and found a window into the office smashed, a computer tower missing, and the front door unlocked. Surveillance footage led Robin Hibbs police to suspect Hibbs, who was arrested on Sept. Wanted 24. Hibbs is designated a prolific property offender. He was released on a number of conditions, including a curfew. However, police checked on him three times over the next few months and found Hibbs missing after curfew.

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Exempt your child from the FSA Dear parents, We work hard to give your children the best education possible. We celebrate with them when they master a new concept and help them think creatively when tackling a tricky problem.

But standardized tests like the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) in Grades 4 and 7 take away from those wonderful moments of learning. The FSAs do not count for marks, create needless stress for students, are expensive, and the much-delayed results do not actively support your child’s progress. The data is also misused to rank schools, which puts pressure on teachers to teach to the test, instead of to students’ interests and needs. That’s why teachers in Langley recommend you send a letter to your school principal requesting that your child vbe exempted from the FSA.

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Party refuses some funds Langely’s new municipal political party is refusing corporate and union donations. by Matthew Claxton

A new municipal party in Langley Township says it will only allow personal donations in the run up to this year’s civic elections. Live Langley announced it was forming in August last year, sparked by opposition to a number of land decisions, particularly in Willoughby and Fort Langley. Now the party has announced it will not accept any donations from corporations, unions, or any other socities. Individuals will be limited to $750 per person per year, said Clint Lee, Live Langley’s president. “We are ready to put our money where our mouth is, so to speak,” Lee said in a press release. He said the party plans to run a campaign with four candidates this year. In addition to limiting contributions, all contributions are to be made public.

Normally, disclosure of the funding and donations for a municipal political campaign comes after the campaign has finished. All candidates must provide a full listing of all donations, both of money and goods or services donated, by a set deadline. Donations over $100 of any kind must be disclosed by the spring after an election. Live Langley is opposed to the use of money from developers in local elections. Developers and homebuilders are typically among the major donors to a number of campaigns, often giving to multiple candidates. Lee said he accepts that refusing corporate or union money will put Live Langley at a disadvantage in the upcoming elections in November. The party will need support from the general public, he said. Live Langley has arisen from a number of controversies over land use and rezonings over the past several years, including the swap of an unused school site in Willoughby for another lot in a different part of the neighbourhood, and the Wall property rezoning near Trinity Western University. Diane Morrison of

Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe, who has been opposed to the Coulter Berry building, is also a member of Live Langley. Langley has been the site of vigorous arguments over campaign fundraising and spending in the past. Councillors have been accused of favouring the interests of developers who made sizeable donations. Developers have also notably spread money over multiple campaigns. During the last election in 2011, both Jack Froese, who would win the campaign for mayor, and the Vote Langley Now campaign headed by Rick Green, were given money by ParkLane Homes. Developer Peter Warkentin gave to the campaigns of Froese and Mel Kositsky. Being high spending has not always been a route to success in winning a Township council seat. The two new councillors elected in 2011 were David Davis, who spent $7,736 of his own money, accepting no donations whatsoever, and Michelle Sparrow, who spent $7,007 and took no corporate donations, running a campaign largely on social media.

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Why have a legislature?

The B.C. Legislature will begin sitting again this February, for the first time in months. Last year, provincial politicians in B.C. got together in Victoria for a mere 36 days. There are excuses, of course, for the very short sittings, the cancelled fall session. There are always excuses. There was a provincial election, the MLAs must have time to take care of constituency business, not all government work is done in Victoria, and so on, ad nauseum. Many of these issues no doubt affected other provinces, yet they don’t seem to have reduced their sitting days so drastically. Alberta, not a place where extra government expenditure has ever been welcomed, managed 50 days of sitting in 2013. Saskatchewan had 65 and Manitoba 84. Ontario hit triple digits at 101 days, with a government frequently battered by scandals, yet at least willing to weather them through question periods. Even the government of Yukon Territory sat for 60 days last year. The population of Yukon was under 34,000 people during the last census. What is the value of a sitting legislature? Premier Christy Clark doesn’t see much of one, preferring to be elsewhere, by her own account. She has called the culture of the Legislature “sick.” Of course, that was quite a contrast from her 2005 views, when she said this: “I love question period. I love debate. I love the people I’ve met. I even love the protesters. I love politics.” Some of us also love politics, and the opportunity to actually see our politicians debate things, in public, on television, on the record, and under a format in which they’re held to a certain level of decorum. The Legislature, like it or not, is where the votes happen. Without the debates and cutand-thrust that Clark either loves or finds sick, we have government via press release and focus group. Both the government and opposition MLAs deserve more time to make their case to British Columbians in 2014. – M.C.

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some HBC trade goods and blankets in the background. When he does answer questions, they’re often softball queries tossed by reliable allies. It was at an event like that in Vancouver Matthew Claxton that a couple of protestors managed to get close to Harper. Of course, in the grand Canadian tradition, all they did was hold up signs to bring attention to global warming. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Langley on Monday, being his usual communi- They didn’t even try to pie him. Most of these appearances could be simucative self. lated from Ottawa with a greenscreen and a We got the call a few hours before his 4 copy of Photoshop. This would also save on p.m. appearance that we would be allowed to the travel costs for the federal government, send a photographer – no reporters allowed – to capture images of the great man. No ques- and who would mind that? Harper can expect a lot more attempts to distions to be asked, at all. No communication rupt his schedule if he maintains with the PM. At the appointed his present course. There’s simtime, I dutifully went down with They didn’t ply no better way to get some my photographer hat on and was attention for your cause than by even try to pie pointed to a railing, behind which getting it in front of the PM. And I could stand and photograph the him. if the PM won’t talk or engage PM from the safe distance of about with Canadians outside of script20 feet. Apparently this is close ed and controlled moments, you enough to bask in the presence of disrupt the script, you make the moment a the PM, but not so close that he actually has little less controlled. to acknowledge your existence. I know there are a lot of areas where I don’t Harper’s attempts to manage his public agree with Harper, but I’d respect him more if image have become farcical over the last he’d explain himself honestly and take tough few years. It’s not that we begrudge him his questions now and again. Heck, “I don’t lack of charisma – far from it! Please, let us know” and “That’s a tough one” are legitimate have more boring leaders, as it forces us to answers, and ones we should hear more often think about their policies, rather than their from out politicians (of all parties) rather than hairstyles and broad white grins. Let’s have pat answers that dodge the questions. Justin Trudeau wear only dull, rumpled grey There are reasons for Harper to change his suits and a bag on his head from now on. ways of dealing with the press and public The NDP’s Thomas Mulcair is only marginally beyond the fact that it’s the right thing to more approachable than Harper, and often do. He’s on the campaign trail for 2015 in a seems as prickly as a hedgehog. low-key way already. He’ll be trying to either The problem with Harper isn’t that he’s bordefend his first majority government, or shore ing, it’s that he thinks we’re all boring. Too it up for his successor. And he’ll be trying boring to speak to, at any rate. Ever since he to do that under the looming shadow of the was first elected, Harper has steadily reduced Senate expenses scandal. his exposure to anyone who might want to What he needs right now is practice at talkask him a question, in public, in front of a hot ing to actual Canadians, and debating people mic. who hold different values and ideas. Because Instead, we get heavily stage-managed come the real campaign, he’s going to have to events like this one. The theme is Canada’s do a bit of that. And if he’s rusty, things won’t upcoming 150th birthday (just three years go well for him. away!) so let’s have him in Fort Langley, with

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Christmas tradition

Students reuse, repurpose, re-gift

of new and nearly new items that Dear Editor, A great Bradshaw/Noel Booth Letters have been wrapped and packaged to the in pleasing ways. tradition was revived by a tireless It is such a joy to watch them group of parent volunteers in midleave with their parcels that they December. are so proud to take home and put The Christmas Store transforms under the tree. the school gym into a store full Editor Parents, staff, and students are of donated items that children can grateful to the many businesses buy for 50 cents to two dollars per and individuals who gave so generously to item. provide the hundreds of items that made Children arrive in the gym with their the Christmas Store come to life. lists of family members and happily shop for a half hour. They leave with bags full Carol Osborne, Noel Booth Elementary

Emergency services

Firefighters are never satisfied

Dear Editor, It’s never enough. Does the Township have enough firefighters? Firefighters didn’t have enough to do, so they talked 911 into calling them for all calls. Then having on-call

firefighters wasn’t good enough. So at a great deal of the taxpayers’ expense, fulltime firefighters were hired. New fire halls were built, again at taxpayers’ expense. They all have the very best equipment and cars

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Christmas lights overrated

Dear Editor, Councillor Dave Hall brings up some interesting questions about how taxpayer funds are being utilized [Tax-use questions need to be asked, Dec. 31 Letters, Langley Advance], but he omitted one glaring example. Should the City of Langley be spending $50,000 on Christmas lights? How does that even make the top 1,000 on the list of City priorities? Travis Erbacher, Langley

and trucks and vans, at the taxpayers’ expense. Now they want more firefighters, at taxpayers’ expense. We don’t need seven fire halls now that we have better equipment and full-time firefighters. Close one and give those the 20 men they most desperately needed, in their opinion, to meet industry standards. Do something for the taxpayer for a change. These people obviously didn’t see the report that states Langley was the worst municipality in B.C. for wasting taxpayers’ money. Wake up and smell the empty bank account! Don Bassani, Langley

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The following documents are required at the time of registration: • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate). • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be provided for the parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards). • Proof of residence (Driver’s License, Utility Bill or Lease/Rental Agreement).

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Fort Langley

Some styles not worth preserving

Dear Editor, There are museums, and then there are living, breathing historical districts that preserve character without stifling innovation and design. Fairhaven, in Washington State, has managed to mix older buildings (much older than most of the commercial buildings in Fort Langley) with new buildings that complement what was there. But of course, the older buildings in Fairhaven are much more substantial in size and quality than anything in Fort Langley. Ladysmith, Maple Ridge, and Nanaimo have good examples of publicly accessible on-line databases that identify and celebrate the heritage of those communities. The important features of the historical buildings are identified. Many of Port Moody’s buildings on its publicly accessible community heritage register could easily be transplanted into Fort Langley. The building style promoted in the Fort Langley Building Facade Guidelines is not unique, and it is doubtful that it represents the style of the majority of buildings built along Glover Road in the past 100 years. I encourage everyone to look at the photos of Fort Langley in Langley Centennial Museum’s database to evalu-

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ate whether many of the buildings in the photos should have been preserved (and were not) or are worth mimicking. Serial Numbers 2924, 1240, 1069, 1355, 773, 2767, 579 and 4451 are somewhat instructive in demonstrating how little the current Fort Langley resembles anything from its past. That being said, what is charming now is but a short few years away from being ramshackle. It is expensive to maintain and preserve buildings, especially if they were built with a usable life span of 50 years or less. At whose expense should such buildings be preserved? We have a private citizen who wants to construct an attractive building on a vacant commercial lot, which will have underground parking and will make use of durable materials. The major downfall of the proposed building, according to some, is that it has a third storey. The Fort Langley Hotel clearly had two and a half to three storeys. It burned down in the 1970s. Maybe, just maybe, there are more important needs in 2014 to focus on than replicating an 1890s two-storey boomtown look for Fort Langley. Christine Burdeniuk, Langley [Note: A fuller version of this letter and others are online at www.langleyadvance. com. Click on Opinion.]

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Good fortune


Sex crime trial starting Five million reasons to smile A former Langley teacher will go to trial starting later this month. by Matthew Claxton

Jury selection began this week for the trial of a former Langley teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student more than 15 years ago. Deborah Ralph will go on trial starting Jan. 20 in New Westminster’s courthouse, on charges of sexual interference and sexual assault. Ralph was a longtime teacher at James Kennedy Elementary, from 1987 to June of 2010. She then began teaching at Langley Fundamental Elementary in September 2010, but Ralph was removed from the classroom when allegations surfaced the following

year. After her arrest, more than two years ago, police said that the nowgrown victim had contacted police. The victim was elementary school aged at the time of the alleged assaults. He has not been identified and his exact age has not been disclosed. Police said that at the time of the incidents, he was not a student of Ralph’s but he had been in her class before. The accusations date to a period between December 1998 and June 2001. Jury selection started Monday, Jan. 6, with a voir dire hearing scheduled for Jan. 15. At this point, the trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 20 and was scheduled to last as long as through to Feb. 4. Ralph was released under orders not to be in contact with her victim or children under 16.

A Langley couple is $5 million richer after winning the first Lotto 6/49 of the year in B.C.

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A Langley couple has won the $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot draw on Jan. 1, giving them a pretty good start to the new year. Colin and Elena Maynes won with a ticket purchased in Cloverdale and checked at Willowbrook Shopping Centre. “The clerk printed off the results and handed them to me,” said Colin. “I was in total shock. I was so stunned I finished my errands around the mall before calling my wife to share the news. She was in disbelief.”

Elena and Colin Maynes won the Lotto drawing on Jan. 1 this year. The couple was stunned by the windfall of $5 million. The couple are the first Lotto 6/49 winners of the year in B.C. They plan to pay

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Looking back…

1994: Hill home turned into school

Langley’s history, as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance. Seventy Years Ago

January 6, 1944

• Growing restrictions in newsprint rationing meant the Langley Advance could no longer be sent free to armed forces personnel stationed within Canada, but it was still provided free overseas. Sixty Years Ago

January 7, 1954

• Langley municipality’s 81st council was sworn in by municipal clerk Derek J. Doubleday. George Brooks started his third three-year term as reeve (mayor). • Due to public outcry, the BC Motor Transport Co. withdrew its application to cancel bus service between Langley Prairie and Aldergove via Milner and Cogh-


lan three nights a week. • A.J. Dodd was re-elected chairman of Langley School Board for his sixth term. Fifty Years Ago

January 9, 1964

• C.J. Fredrickson, retired Burnaby superintendent of schools, was appointed director of Langley’s adult education program. • Municipal clerk D.J. Doubleday reported Township council had adopted 25 bylaws in 1963. There had been 24 council meetings and three public meetings, and 43 special committees had been formed.

ice arena since its opening the previous week. • Glen Valley parents lobbied for a redistribution of school district boundaries, to allow their children to attend classes in Abbotsford.

Thirty Years Ago

January 4, 1984

• Controversy over the lack of safety on the banks of the Nicomekl River was refueled with the drowning of a three-year-old child. Another three-year-old had drowned in the river five

years earlier. • A family of five was left homeless when their twostorey Langley City home was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve.

Twenty Years Ago

January 5, 1994

• Surrey RCMP Drug Squad arrested two Langley residents and seized $70,000 worth of marijuana in a raid on a Willoughby home. • Rylie Taylor House was Langley’s first baby of the New Year.

• Seven local men faced charges of unlawful confinement after a teenaged hooker had been held captive during a party in Aldergrove. • Tenders were called for construction of a new elementary school in Murrayville, on property that had once belonged to Langley’s first black pioneer, Jim Hill.

Ten Years Ago

January 6, 2004

• The Fraser River was clogging with ice, threatening to stop the Albion Ferry service between Fort Langley and Maple Ridge. Meanwhile, motorists in

Forty Years Ago

January 3, 1974

• More than 1,000 people per day had used Aldergrove’s

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Langley and throughout the Lower Mainland, were already dealing with heavy snowfalls over the past week when they were told to brace for a predicted 15 centimetres more.

January 9, 2004

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On the small screen

Langley homes spotlighted A new B.C.-based reality TV show will feature three local properties. by Ronda Payne

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Cast in comedy Gemma Martini has her first role with the Vagabond Players.


angley actress Gemma Martini is taking on the role of an empty nester in her latest theatrical role but don’t expect this stage mom to be missing her children. That’s namely because Martini’s character in the comedy Alone Together can’t seem to get rid of her grown sons in this new show by the Vagabond Players. This is her first time performing with the New Westminster-based theatre company. Martini was last seen in Langley Player’s production of Victoria’s House, and her previous stage credits include Rabbit Hole and All My Sons. In recent years she’s also done some film and TV work with more in 2014. This past year has also included two movie roles. Martini will soon be making her first appearance in a Vagabond

production at the Bernie Legge Theatre. Martini has the role of Helene Butler, half of a long married couple. Helene and George have raised their three boys and it’s time for their nest to empty and the couple to be alone together and some romance. Instead, two sons move back home, after finding out they don’t like the real world. George and Helene find themselves troubleshooting their sons’ amorous pursuits and before long son number three is back in the fold for this comedy. The time comes for the parents to compel the kids to stand on their own two feet in this production directed by Dale Kelly. Alone Together runs Jan. 30 to Feb. 22, Thursday to Saturday. Showtimes are 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for others. Two-for-one previews take place Jan. 30 and 31. Make reservations at 604-521-0412 or book online by emailing reservations@vagabondplayers. ca.

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dmittedly or not, everyone has seen some form of reality TV. Now, with the new Chek TV show, Realty Reality, that dose of on-screen drama can come guilt-free with the knowledge that each of the 13 episodes are based in a hot market in B.C. Langley takes centre stage on the 18th with local realtor Rich Zalaudek of Sutton Group West Coast Realty as the host. “Langley is a fabulous City/Township, so diverse and so much to offer,” said Zalaudek. “So naturally I jumped at the opportunity to showcase what I do in an area I love.” A contact for the show, Erin Mogul, noted that Zalaudek was chosen as one of the seven realtor hosts because of his familiarity with the Lower Mainland, strong on-camera presence and experience in the industry. Langley and White Rock are the two communities Zalaudek did episodes for (and are the locations of his primary offices) and

he chose Langley because of the volume of new construction going on. In the half-hour episode, Zalaudek shows his clients options of what they could buy. “We looked at new stuff because my client is not a handyman,” said Zalaudek. “These folks needed something new.” Those watching the show that was shot in the summer will see Zalaudek take his clients, a young couple, to a townhouse in Milner Heights, a half duplex in Willoughby and a small detached home in Yorkson. “They are a potentially growing family who want to know what their options are aside from just the price issue,” he said. “It’s nice to educate people and let them know what’s out there in Langley. It’s a great area for younger families.” In a standard format, Zalaudek shows his clients the three properties and goes over the pros and cons of each with them. While he is from a construction background, he knew his clients weren’t interested in the option of renovating so focused on the new and

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added. “They are a tonne of fun.” The show is intended to be an educational approach to real estate, illustrating the important issues often overlooked by prospective home buyers. There are also tips about home ownership included in the program. The Langley episode of Realty Reality airs Saturday Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on CHEK TV.

Local realtor Rich Zalaudek of Sutton Group West Coast Realty is the host of two episodes of Realty Reality including one set in Langley set to air Jan. 18.

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Painter picked by art publication A rabella magazine has listed Langley artist Daniel Tibbits as one to watch. The January issue of the Canadian magazine devoted to art, architecture and design has profiled the man who studied at what was then called Kwantlen College. Tibbits’ work reflects the natural

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Count uncovers rare birds


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Langley Field Naturalist member John Gordon, a well-known Langley photographer, spotted this western meadowlark (above) at Rotary Park by the Langley Regional Airport during the Dec. 29 count. While taking part in the annual Christmas bird count, Gordon also spotted, and caught on camera, a male pileated woodpecker working on a tree. participants. In the end, the team reported seeing 67 different species of bird – one more than last year, said fellow field naturalist Sheila Puls. “However, our overall numbers were only 6,061, down from 8,000 last year,” Puls said, “probably because of the misty weather.” They found American

robin counts were up, and a highlight of the day was the sighting of a cinnamon teal – rare to the area. “Some saw large flocks of Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch. A Peregrine Falcon and three American Kestrels rounded out other unusual sightings,” Masse added, summarizing this year’s count as “a satisfying, successful day.”

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Writer speaks on equality

An Abbotsford mother will speak about gender equality in the church.

diverse experiences and female leadership positions to become part of the contemporary church. Bessey first came on the scene as a blogger at sarahAn Abbotsford woman who, focusing on life says Jesus was a feminist is with her husband and three Sarah Bessey children. She has since become the guest speaker at Trinity Western University for its gender an accidental grassroots voice for lecture. postmodern and emerging women in the The free lecture is put on annually by church on issues from mothering to polthe TWU Gender Studies Institute and is itics, and theology to ecclesiology. open to the public. Her writing has been well received On Jan. 14, Sarah Bessey of Abbotsford in many publications including is speaking., Relevant Magazine, “I’m a feminist because I love Jesus so Converge Magazine, A Deeper Story, much,” she said. SheLoves Magazine, and Emergent Village. Bessey believes the arc of Scripture She also works with Mercy Ministries reveals a liberating vision for women. of Canada, a non-profit home for women Her new book is Jesus Feminist: An seeking freedom from life-controlling Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of issues. A second book is in the works. Women. It analyzes the Scriptures and Her lecture is 7-8:30 p.m. in the TWU church practices that address gender Northwest Auditorium and is open to the equality, as well as advocates for more public.

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librarybookings Programs are free and preregistration is required unless noted otherwise. • Aldergrove Library 26770 29th Ave. 604-856-6415 Pajama storytime – Children and their caregivers are invited to an evening program of stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and can bring a soft toy. Sign up in advance. 6:30 p.m., Jan. 13. Storytime – Children five years and younger and their caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Pre-register. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 19. • Brookswood Library 20045 40th Ave. 604-534-7055 Storytime – Pre-register. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. • Fort Langley Library 9167 Glover Rd. 604-888-0722 Babytime – Fun, social

bonding for babies and caregivers. Enjoy bouncing, singing, and rhyming with stories. Pre-register. 9:30 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 10-24. • Muriel Arnason Library #130 20338 65th Ave. 604-532-3590 Babytime – Fun, social bonding for babies and caregivers. Enjoy bouncing, singing, and rhyming with stories. Pre-register. 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and 28. • Murrayville Library 22071 48th Ave. 604-533-0339 Storytime – 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 12. • Walnut Grove Library 8889 Walnut Grove Dr. 604-882-0410 Babytime – 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-30. Internet training – Free sessions can help people learn the basics of computer internet use. Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. until April 29. What’s What? listings are free. To be considered for publication in the Langley Advance, items must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the publication date. What’s What? appears in the Thursday edition and in the online edition at


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

United premiers seeing stars Langley will be well represented at this Saturday’s men’s all-star soccer game in Victoria, pitting the top players from the Fraser Valley against Vancouver Island’s elite.

by Troy Landreville

Langley United players took a moment from warming up for their game against Coastal Peace Arch FC Saturday at Willoughby Community Park’s south turf field to smile for the camera. Left to right are Liam McAllister, Colton Keam, Tyson Keam, and Brayden Volkenant. Along with teammates Brent Wantke, and Colin Jones (not pictured), they will be playing for the Fraser Valley Soccer League premier men’s all-star team that is taking on the Vancouver Island Soccer League all-stars Saturday in Victoria.

A half dozen Langley United players have been rewarded for their stellar seasons, so far, in the Fraser Valley Soccer League. The six members of the local premier men’s squad will be part of the FVSL allstar team that will take on the Vancouver Island Soccer League all-stars this Saturday, Jan. 11, in Victoria. Goalkeeper Colton Keam, defenders Brayden Volkenant and Brent Wantke, midfielders Tyson Keam and Liam McAllister, and striker Colin Jones (who led the FVSL Premier Division in scoring last season with 19 goals) will work under all-star co-coach Rob Keam of Langley United as they prepare to take on the Vancouver Island all-stars. “They are a great group of guys,” Rob Keam said, of his players. “They are enjoyable to be around and it makes coaching pretty simple, that’s for sure. They’ve all played at high levels, including university, so my job involves transitioning them to continue to play at a high level and make it enjoyable for them. It’s super easy, that way.” Langley United is the defending FVSL Premier Division champion and with a 9-1-2 record sits second in the division standings, a point back of the PMO Lordco Gunners. In November, LUSA won the prestigious Pacific Cup challenge competition between the Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley premier teams by doubling the Saanich Fusion 4-2 in Victoria. “I think we’re really well rounded from front to back,” McAllister said, while his teammates warmed up nearby Saturday afternoon prior to

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their 1-0 victory over visitdefenders Keegan Munn ing Coastal Peace Arch FC at (Coastal FC Peace Arch), Willoughby Community Park’s Giordan Payne (Westcoast south turf field. FC Selects), Sahib Phagura Volkenant, a Trinity (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford Western University alumnus, United), Dave Robson (PMO said United’s goal is to win its Lordco Gunners), Ravi Singh division. (Abbotsford Magnuson “We want to win the Ford United), Brayden Pakenham Cup and we’re Volkenant (Langley United), also in the Soccer City Cup, and Brent Wantke (Langley that’s in the United); midfieldmix, too, so ers Vaughan “They are a great there are a Andrews (PMO group of guys.” few cups on Lordco Gunners), the line, and Chris Attadia (PMO Rob Keam I think we Lordco Gunners), want to win Rob Fadden them all,” he said. (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford Tyson Keam said the quality United), Dan Hill (Westcoast of soccer in the FVSL is getFC Selects), Tyson Keam ting better. (Langley United), Dave Colton Keam, who has been Sambol (Westcoast FC a goalkeeper since he was 12, Selects), Colton O’Neill added that the level of compe- (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford tition has grown over the last United), and Connor O’Neill couple of years. (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford The FVSL all-star team United); and strikers Jarvis consists of goalkeepers Ambaka (Aldergrove United Gyrish Kaniah (Coastal FC Red Devils), Colin Jones Peace Arch) and Colton (Langley United), Isaac Keam (Langley United); Mendoza (PMO Lordco

Gunners) Ossman Palani (SFC Guildford United), and Justin Sekhon (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford United). The coaching staff consists of Rob Keam (Langley United) and Mike Leclerc (Abbotsford Magnuson Ford United). The team is managed by Dave Hleucka and Thomas Mills. FINAL WHISTLE: In United’s hard-fought victory over Coastal Peace Arch FC on Saturday, Langley’s Andre Scott scored the winner in the 90th minute of play. Rob Keam credited the Coastal Peace Arch visitors for playing a smart, defensive game. “They were really well organized, and played a low pressure system,” Keam said. “They sat back and defended the whole game and it took us a long time to break them down.” He added, “We hit three crossbars and had two balls cleared off the goal-line, but they played very well.”

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A Langley bantam C squad outscored its five opponents 33-2 at an Aldergrove tournament. The Langley Lumberjacks dominated Aldergrove’s Bantam C tournament last weekend. The Lumberjacks won all five of their games to earn the tournament title, and bring home gold medals. The Lumberjacks showed off stellar goaltending and defence throughout the tournament, surrendering just two goals in their five contests. The forwards also played a key role by scoring 33 goals in total. Attending the tournament were 14 teams from the Lower Mainland and Whatcom County, including all three teams from the host association in Aldergrove. The Lumberjacks earned shutouts over the Aldergrove Bruins (9-0), Surrey Flyers (8-0), and Aldergrove Hitmen (7-0) during round robin play. With a 3-0 record, the Lumberjacks faced the fourth-place team from Surrey once more in the semifinal. This time, the same Surrey team that had been easily bested last time was not going down without a fight. Surrey made the Lumberjacks work to stay in front, but Langley managed to keep its foes in check and put three unanswered goals on the scoreboard through two periods of play. Midway through the third period, Surrey scored to end Langley’s 11-period shutout streak. The Lumberjacks answered right back with a goal of their own to make the final 4-1. The gold medal game was a battle of 4-0 teams as the Lumberjacks faced a similarly undefeated Whatcom. The American squad proved to be the toughest match of the tournament, and made the Lumberjacks work hard for every entry into their zone. The Lumberjacks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Another Langley goal early in the second period had the local fans breathing a bit easier, but Whatcom tallied one of its own less than a minute later. The Whatcom goal made it a one-goal game again, and seemed to spark a sense of urgency into Langley’s game. Langley’s forward lines added two more markers in the second, and one final goal in the third to make the final score 5-1.

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Thursday, January 16 | 7 - 9pm Agricultural Advisory Committee Civic Facility Salmon River Committee Room Monday, January 20 | 7 - 11pm Public Hearing Meeting Civic Facility Fraser River Presentation Theatre Township of Langley Civic Facility 20338 - 65 Avenue, Langley V2Y 3J1 604.534.3211 |

public notice Nominees Sought for Swensson, Flowerdew, and Arnason Awards

Do you know an individual, youth, or a couple who improves life for others and makes a difference in the community? If so, the Township of Langley would like to know about them. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Pete Swensson 2014 Outstanding Community Youth Award, Eric Flowerdew 2013 Volunteer Award, and the 2013 John and Muriel Arnason Award. The Pete Swensson Award is given to a Langley student in grade 11 or 12 who is nominated by his or her school and maintains a high scholastic effort, participates in school activities, and makes a contribution to the community through volunteer work. If you know an outstanding youth who should be considered for nomination, contact the school’s principal. The Eric Flowerdew Volunteer Award recognizes a volunteer who promotes an active living lifestyle that enhances residents’ quality of life through creative, cultural, physical, or social pursuits, promotes traditional and non-traditional recreation activities, and enhances Langley’s community spirit. The John and Muriel Arnason Award is presented to a volunteer couple who advocate culture, learning, and literacy, foster partnerships and cooperative efforts, and create the potential for long-term benefits to the Langley community. A $750 monetary award will be presented to a recognized charity or society chosen by the winners of the Eric Flowerdew Volunteer Award and the John and Muriel Arnason Award. Deadline for nominations is February 7. For additional criteria, nomination forms, and more information contact: Lisa Egan Special Events Coordinator 604.533.6148

Online Schedule of 2014 Township of Langley Council Meetings

According to the Community Charter Section 127 (1) a Council must:

(a) make available to the public a schedule of the date, time, and place of regular Council meetings, and (b) give notice of the availability of the schedule in accordance with section 94 (public notice) at least once a year. Regular Evening Council meetings are held at 7pm at the Civic Facility, Fraser River Presentation Theatre, 4th Floor, 20338 - 65 Avenue, unless otherwise noted. For a complete schedule of 2014 Council meetings or to view Council meeting agendas, visit our website at Susan Palmer Deputy Township Clerk 604.533.6032

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Fri Jan 10 7:15pm vs. Chilliwack Chiefs Sat Jan 18 7:15pm vs. Trail Smoke Eaters 8 AVE.

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Jan 10 vs. Mt. Royal University 6pm Women’s 8pm Men’s Sat Jan 11 vs. Mt. Royal University 5pm Women’s 7pm Men’s Fri Jan 17 vs. UBC Okanagan 6pm Women’s 8pm Men’s Sat Jan 18 vs. UBC Okanagan 5pm Women’s 7pm Men’s

Men’s Hockey

Thu Jan 16 7:00pm vs. Simon Fraser University

Civic Addresses: 1123 - 272 Street Legal Descriptions: PID: 013-331-311 North Half of the North Half of the South East Quarter Section 7 Township 13 New Westminster District Description of Lands: The property is a vacant unserviced lot, approximately 39 acres in size. The property is zoned P-5. Nature of Disposition: Fee Simple Contact Scott Thompson for information regarding the process by which the land may be acquired. Scott Thompson Manager, Property Management Department 604.533.6138

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BC Major Midget League Hockey Showcase Fri Jan 17 7:00pm All Star Game Sat Jan 18 9:00am Showcase Games all day Sun Jan 19 9:00am Showcase Games all day

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The Township of Langley is beginning the Griffith Neighbourhood Plan and holding an open house to present preliminary and conceptual information developed during an initial design charrette. 36 AVE.

The Langley Events Centre is located at 7888 - 200 Street For ticket information, contact Langley Events Centre 604.882.8800 •

public notice Curbside Collection Services in Winter Conditions When winter conditions such as snow and icy roads affect curbside collection services, residents are asked to ensure their cans are still visible, and leave their garbage, recycling, and Green Can out for the day. The contractor will do its best to pick up the material before the end of the day. To determine if the material should be left outside for the next day, or brought back in until the following week, visit and sign up for a collection reminder or call 604.530.3939. Engineering Division 604.532.7300

33A AVE. 32 AVE.

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Wednesday, January 15 | 7 - 9pm Recreation, Culture, and Parks Advisory Committee Civic Facility Salmon River Committee Room

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Notice is hereby given of the intention of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Langley, pursuant to Sections 26 and 94 of the Community Charter S.B.C. 2003, c. 26, to dispose of Township owned land, the particulars of which are as follows:

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Tuesday, January 14 | 7 - 9pm Seniors Advisory Committee Civic Facility Salmon River Committee Room

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28 AVE. 27 AVE. Property owners, business owners, and residents of the neighbourhood are encouraged to attend. Date: Wednesday, January 15 Time: Place: Address:

6:30 to 8:30pm Fernridge Hall 2389 - 200 Street Community Development Division 604.533.6034

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Thursday, Januar y 9, 2014


High-flying Rivermen sweep weekend foes by Troy Landreville

It’s been smooth sailing of late for the Langley Rivermen. The Rivermen went 3-0 last weekend and with an impressive 25-12-1-4 record, lead the B.C. Hockey League’s Mainland Division by a somewhat comfortable margin. Undefeated in 2014, the ’Men are seven points clear of the second place Prince George Spruce Kings in what is becoming a two-team battle for top spot in the division. The Spruce Kings have three View games at hand on the photos Rivermen, however. with The Langley juniors are riding a three-game win streak after edging or the Chilliwack Chiefs online 4-3 in overtime Friday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre, and posting back-to-back home wins at the Langley Events Centre: 5-1 over the Surrey Eagles Saturday night and 6-2 over the Cowichan Valley Capitals Sunday afternoon. Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson said, after shaking off some rust from a lengthy Christmas break, the players are finding their form again. “We had a good week of practice where they guys went pretty hard at it, and we saw some results because of it,” Henderson said. “The guys played with focus and determination, and played some pretty solid hockey.”

Rivermen 6, Cowichan Valley Capitals 2 The ’Men put an exclamation mark on what was a wildly successful weekend by blowing out the visitors from Duncan Sunday afternoon. James Robinson got the ball rolling for the Rivermen when he scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal exactly one minute into the game. Will Cook, at the 4:45 mark of the opening frame, and rookie forward Jackson Waniek, at 9:36, gave the Rivermen a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. With 12 seconds to go in the second period, another Langley freshman, Darien Craighead, made it 4-0 for the hosts. Then, 15:56 into the third period, the Rivermen’s Austin Azurdia scored an unassisted goal to give Langley a 5-0 lead. The Capitals showed some signs of life with backto-back powerplay goals from Brayden Gelsinger and Matthew Berry-Lamontagna, both scored after Rivermen forward Gage Torrel was handed a five-minute major for boarding and tossed from the game at the 17:19 mark of the final frame. Langley’s Matt Ustaski closed out the scoring when he deposited the puck into the empty net with six seconds to go in regulation time. Ustaski’s goal was his 20th of the campaign and fourth shorthanded marker of the season, which is the team lead in both categories. Henderson said the 6’6” 225 pound Ustaski, who is headed to

Langley’s juniors are unbeaten in the new year.

Surrey Eagles supporters enthusiastically looked on as Langley Rivermen defenceman Tanner Johnson and Eagles blueliner Michael McEachern fought early in the second period of Saturday’s B.C. Hockey League game at the Langley Events Centre. Troy Landreville Langley Advance

the University of Wisconsin next fall on an NCAA Div. 1 scholarship, has pro potential. The 19-year-old native of Glenview, Ill., racked up six points during the ’Men’s three wins over the weekend. “He was nominated as player of week by the BCHL, and that’s a nice honour for a kid that as far as his career goes, is a late bloomer,” Henderson said. “He’s had quite a few looks from quite a few NHL teams, and if he doesn’t get drafted [at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in June] he’ll get a ton of exposure at the University of Wisconsin.” Another Rivermen standout versus Cowichan was goaltender Lyndon Stanwood, who earned the win by making 26 saves, a few of which were of the difficult variety.

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Rivermen 5, Surrey Eagles 1 The Rivermen took over in the second period in a rout of the Eagles in front of a disappointingly small Saturday night crowd of just 834 at the LEC. Goals by Jakob Reichert, who went in alone and scored after taking a nice feed from defenceman Zach Urban, and Robinson, who while standing in the Eagles’ crease deftly tipped in a feed from captain Mitch McLain on a Rivermen powerplay, transformed a 2-1 first period lead into a comfortable 4-1 advantage after 40 minutes of action. Cook rounded out the night’s scoring when he scored with 5:35 to go in the game. In the first period, the Rivermen’s Kevan Kilistoff opened the scoring 4:14 after the opening faceoff.


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2014 Community Grants The Township of Langley annually awards grants to non-profit groups and organizations serving the Township and its residents. Application forms for the 2014 Community Grants including Capital Improvement Grants are now available: • On the Township’s website at • At the Township of Langley Civic Facility, Customer Service counter, 2nd Floor NEW THIS YEAR: We've gone green! Applications can now be completed and submitted online. Visit to submit your paperless application today. Paper copy forms will still be available at the Township of Langley Civic Facility, Customer Service counter, 2nd Floor, and can be returned to: David Leavers, Director Recreation, Culture, and Parks Division Township of Langley 20338 - 65 Avenue Langley, BC V2Y 3J1 Or submitted via email to: Community Grants: Capital Improvement Grants: Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014 Engineering Division 604.532.7300

A minute and 37 seconds after Kilistoff’s goal, the Eagles knotted the score at 1-1 on a powerplay goal from Anthony Conti. The Rivermen took the lead for good when Matt Ustaski found the net 12:46 into the opening frame. Rivermen goaltender Brock Crossthwaite stopped 20 of 21 shots directed his way and was named third star of the game. Crossthwaite improved his record to 16-7. He also has a 2.48 goals against average and two shutouts in what is shaping up to be an excellent campaign for the 19year-old netminder from Kanata, Ont. Rivermen 4, Chilliwack Chiefs 3 (OT) Judging from the shot totals, the ’Men deserved to win Friday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre. The visitors fired 30 more shots than the Chiefs (52-22) through 60:15 of action. Even so, the Rivermen needed a third period goal from Reichert to tie the game at 3-3 and an overtime marker from Ustaski 15 seconds into the first four-on-four overtime session to earn the win. Ustaski’s OT winner was his second goal of the night. ICE CHIPS: Next up for the Rivermen is a home and home series with the Chiefs. The teams meet Friday at the Langley Events Centre, with a 7:15 p.m. opening faceoff. They reconvene Saturday at Prospera Centre, with a 7 p.m. game time. The Chiefs sit last in the fiveteam Mainland Division with a 10-27-1-3 record. • More at

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19” Mags, Automatic transmission and Loaded with options Stk#5249

5 door hatchback with lots of options including back up sensors Stk#3237

15 Passenger Stk#088

Fully Loaded, A MUST SEE vehicle, only 22,000 kms. Stk#0526













Prices are subject to applicable taxes and documentation charges.


DLR 8367




















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WILLOWBROOK | 604-533-8828 #138 - 6343 - 198th St. (across from Superstore)


WALNUT GROVE | 778-298-1268 #101 - 20378 - 88th Ave. (across from McDonald’s)


Langley Advance January 9 2014  

Langley Advance January 9 2014