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The pilot of a glider survived a crash into a convenience store roof in Langley City Sunday morning.

metal,” said Christine Macdonald, who lives across the street. Macdonald and several other neighbours said the lone pilot was talking when he was removed from the crashed aircraft. The glider came to a halt with one wing leaning off the north by Matthew Claxton edge of the corner store. Langley City firefighters used an aerial An Air Cadets glider crash-land- ladder and bucket lift to bring the ed on the roof of a corner grocery man down from the roof. He was store in Langley City Sunday brought down on a backboard morning. and taken to hospital by BC According to Ambulance crews. witnesses, just The teen’s condition “We’re very happy after 10 a.m., the was not considered and thankful the glider apparently serious, according to clipped some trees City Fire Chief Rory cadet is safe.” to the north east Thompson. Amelie Leduc of the Meadow’s The young pilot, Mart corner store who was between 16 at 208th Street and 56th Avenue, and 18 years old, was released just a block away from the from hospital by Sunday evening, Langley Bypass. said Capt. Amelie Leduc, a public “It sounded like a construction affairs officer for the B.C. Cadet site had dropped a big sheet of program.

“We’re very happy and thankBecause the cadets are overseen ful the cadet is safe,” said Leduc. by the military, the Directorate At the scene of the crash, will look into the incident. Langley RCMP closed down the They will be talking to the intersection, but dozens of specpilot, other witnesses, and examtators lined nearby streets to see ining the glider, said Leduc. the glider dangling from Reports from both agenView the roof. cies are expected, but Leduc photos Despite the crash, the couldn’t say how long the with glider did not appear to process might take. have suffered heavy damAir Cadet glider flights age. It had some damage are a common sight on or to one wing, possibly weekends in Langley, usuonline from hitting a tree. ally using an east-west Leduc would not running runway at the release the name of the Langley Regional Airport. young pilot, and for The Airport is about half a privacy reasons, would mile from the location of the not identify the Air crash. Cadets squadron of which he is Local glider flights begin with a member. A number of Lower the glider being pulled into the Mainland squadrons provide air by a tow plane, then released glider training from Langley to come back down to earth Regional Airport. under the glider pilot’s control. Transport Canada and the Leduc said the flights typically Directorate of Flight Safety with last about 15 minutes and the the Canadian Forces will be look- gliders are released about 2,000 feet in the air. ing into the flight, said Leduc.




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UVic blanks TWU

The Trinity Western University men’s soccer team suffered defeat for the first time this Canada West season as they fell 4-0 the University of Victoria Vikes Sunday at Centennial Stadium in Victoria. The Spartans’ record fell to 11-0 after their Friday win over Fraser Valley. “It was a disappointing loss. We were a step late today and didn’t really wake up throughout the entire match,” TWU head coach Pat Rohla said. • More online


Suspect held

Langley RCMP say a citizen managed to catch one of their most-wanted suspects while the man was allegedly trying to steal a boat engine. On Sept. 3, RCMP responded when a resident in the 20000 block of 50th Avenue called to report he had caught a thief. The owner of the boat’s engine managed to catch the suspect and hold onto him. When police arrived, they arrested David Eng, already wanted on warrants for a break in at a downtown Langley City apartment building. • More online


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This 1926 Chevy, owned by Langley’s Bill Casey, drew a lot of attention from visitors to Douglas Crescent.

Good times, good weather, and more than 900 great cars, trucks, and bikes on display: that sums up this year’s Langley Good Times Cruise-In. by Troy Landreville

The heat wasn’t on like past Langley Good Times Cruise-In events. But early morning raindrops wasn’t enough to keep a total of 910 hot rods, classic cars and trucks, and souped-up motorcycles from filling the streets of downtown Langley on Saturday for the 2013 show and shine. According to Cruise-In president Eric Taylor, the number of entrants and visitors were “a little lower than past years,” most likely due to the inclement weather. It was pouring rain at around 5 a.m., when most of the CruiseIn entrants rolled into the staging area. But soon the rain stopped and the sun came out, bringing between 70,000 and 75,000 visitors to the charity event, according to Cruise-In treasurer Lori Watts. Since its inception in 1997, the Langley Good Times CruiseIn has grown to become one of the largest mixed car shows in Canada and one of the top 10 on the continent. The event is completely volunteer run, with all net proceeds going to local charities including Langley Community Support Service, the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the PuCKS Program. Cruise-In has completed the

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Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and people filled Fraser Highway west of Innes Corners on Saturday, for the Langley Good Times Cruise-In. third year of a comeback after going on hiatus in 2010. This marked Taylor’s first year as Cruise-In president after taking the reins from Riccardo Sestito. “Its been very exciting,” a very busy Taylor told the Langley Advance early Saturday afternoon. “Lots of fun and all sorts of good things going on.” On another positive note, Sunday’s swap meet and car corral was “the biggest one yet,” Watts said.

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Alleged gun dealer arrested A suspect was arrested after a sting operation set up in a Langley neighbourhood. by Matthew Claxton

Police allege that a man tried to sell a Norinco MAK-90 semi-automatic rifle like this one to an undercover officer in Langley.

An alleged gun smuggler, thought to be responsible for dealing American handguns to Canadian gangs, was arrested in Langley at the end of August. Tyler Ryan Cuff, a 30year-old Osoyoos man, was arrested by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, a B.C. anti-gang squad. Officers with the CFSEU, working undercover, were allegedly sold a semi-automatic assault-style Norinco MAK-90 rifle, and several steroid kits, all near the intersection of 88th Avenue and 200th Street in Walnut Grove. Cuff was arrested, and has now been released to await his next court appearance on Sept. 13 in Surrey. The investigation began in May and centred around Cuff’s home in Osoyoos, said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, spokesperson

for the CFSEU. A tip claimed that a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen was smuggling guns over the border at the crossing between Osoyoos and nearby Oroville, Wash. Investigators now believe that the suspect was buying possibly dozens of guns, mostly Glock automatic handguns, at gun shows in the United Sttaes. The guns were purchased legally, then smuggled into Canada, where they were sold to various gang-related groups in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland, Houghton said. Cuff has no previous criminal record and was not known to police. He has now been charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of careless use of a firearm, contravening storage regulations, and firearm trafficking.

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Home invasion

Suspect sought in Boy survives collision with moving car The boy airlifted to hospital was already recovering strange break-in Sunday by Monday. An intruder claiming he was just hungry scared a Langley senior last week.

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Langley police believe they know who climbed into a second-storey apartment in a seniors home and attacked an 87-year-old woman. The victim was getting ready for bed in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, in a care facility in the 5800 block of Glover Road, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP. The woman found the man hiding in her apartment. He knocked the woman to the ground, then told her he just wanted food. The man helped her up and into her bedroom. From there, the woman activated the emergency alarm, and the would-be thief fled via the apartment balcony. The woman suffered only minor injuries in the incident, Marks said, cutting her hand when she pulled the emergency cord. The Forensics Identification Services checked the balcony for evidence, and police believe they know the identity of the intruder. Investigators are working to gather more evidence, and hope to lay charges and get an arrest warrant for their suspect soon, Marks said. Police across the Lower Mainland have been notified to be on the lookout for the suspect. To prevent similar incidents, police are reminding residents to lock their exterior doors, even on secondstorey apartment units. Anyone with information on this intruder can call the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200, or to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Emergency responders clustered around a young man hit while riding his skateboard through an intersection.

by Matthew Claxton

A young boy hit by a car while skateboarding through an intersection Sunday is expected to survive and recover, Langley police say. The boy was hit at the intersection of 64th Avenue and 202nd Street at about 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. A preliminary investigation suggests he was heading south across 64th against the light and was hit by an eastbound car heading through on a green light. The youth was rushed to hospital

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It’s official. Elections BC has issued petition sheets for an initiative to amend the Police Act. The goal of the petitioners is to stop police from enforcing laws against possession and use of marijuana in B.C. – or at least to make it more difficult to prosecute against simple possession and use. The petitioners, calling themselves Sensible BC, see it as a way to decriminalize marijuana in B.C. without having to go through a federal government that is decidedly antagonistic towards any efforts to back off on its current Scan drug laws. with They now have 90 days to make their case and collect supporting signatures from at least 50 per cent of registered voters, including at least 50 per cent of registered voters in at least two thirds of the electoral districts in B.C. If they can do that, the government will be forced to seriously consider the proposal. They’ve got a long row to hoe – and it’s not just weed in that row. Interestingly, there has been little vocal support from prominent proponents of ending the prohibition on marijuana. And perhaps with good reason. For one thing, many of the high-profile people who have come out against the legal status quo for marijuana do not support decriminalization. Many want pot legalized, regulated, and taxed – just like alcohol. Even among those who favour decriminalization, with possession and use of small amounts of pot penalized through tickets and modest fines, there are few who want to do it the Sensible BC way, by effectively hamstringing police, whose efforts against more serious offenders – high-level traffickers, grow-operators, multi-drug purveyors, and the like – might also be hampered. And then, of course, while they may be a technical minority in Canada these days, there are still plenty of people who simply won’t sign any petition that allows freer use of marijuana or any drug. – B.G.

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Morbid curiosity raises rates officers, the firefighters, the ambulance paramedics, and yes, sometimes the BC Hydro linemen or other specialists called in to help – matters immediately. Their lifesaving efforts work on time frames Bob Groeneveld literally spanning seconds. So I kept my distance from the action. But there he was. There always seems to be one of them, usuI’ve been here before. ally a police officer, sometimes a firefighter. Hundreds of times. It was one of the firefighters, this time, Too many times. watching me with obvious disdain. And contrary to a lot of folks who don’t He sent over a subordinate to shut me understand what we in the news business do down. “No pictures,” he said. His voice was for a living – and why – it’s not my favourite not gentle. place to be. “I’m with the newspaper,” I said. A youngster had been hit by a car. Maybe And he backed off, and I entered into brand his fault, maybe the driver’s. At this point it new territory. A few moments later, when he doesn’t matter. finally had a few to spare, he I was there to take some piccame over to me and politely tures and put together a basic “No pictures,” he apologized. narrative about what had hapsaid. His voice was “I didn’t know you were with pened. the paper,” he said. not gentle. In the old days, I would have Wow. No one in that position snapped a few pictures, got the had ever apologized before, name of the police officer who and I didn’t quite know what to say, except, would conduct the investigation, and then “That’s okay. No problem.” headed back to the office, getting the details It’s not like I wear a uniform or a fire helmet later, in time to send the newspaper off to or something. press. He mentioned something about “looky loos” And although the “old days” weren’t all that and how he really didn’t like how some people long ago, even in dog years, the fact is that morbidly take pictures of grisly scenes… well they were a long, long time ago, in technohe didn’t say all of that, but it was clear that logical terms. Now an important component was what he meant. of the “paper” is electronic, and goes to press And I agreed with him. immediately – stories now appear on our webBut he also appeared to realize that I’m not site literally minutes after they happen. out there to take pictures for my morbid curiAs always, I was careful to stay out of the osity – nor for yours, for that matter. way of the people who were there to what You have a right to know that bad things they could for the stricken lad. like this happen, and you have a right to know I need my pictures, but they come first. what the dedicated members of the emergency I believe that what I and my colleagues in crews you pay for are doing. the news business do in situations like that And then, because someone was obviously saves lives… but in the long term. We hope paying more attention to the kid on the ground that, when you read your newspaper (or visit our website) and you see something tragic like than on the road ahead, we all heard a thump. And one more looky loo got a lesson in the this, it reminds you that this sort of thing can correlation between unfettered morbid curioshappen to you, too. Or it can happen to someone you care about. ity and rising automotive insurance rates. By the way, the kid’s not out of the woods, You need to be careful out there. but he’s going to make it! But what the first responders do – the police

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Marijuana crucial for some

Dear Editor, One of the basic rules of critical thinking is that a single data point, or an anecdote, does not “disprove” a large body of scientific evidence. When the cannabis plant was made illegal in this country and the United States, no research had been done on it. It was criminalized because the people who tended to use the plant had the wrong colour skin or spoke the wrong language. Since prohibition began, we have learned much regarding the effects of cannabis. That said, different people have different reactions. Further complicating matters, different strains of cannabis produce different effects. I suffer tremendously disabling migraine headaches. If I drink even a single beer, I’m likely to wake up vomiting uncontrollably. Should alcohol be illegal? Cannabis is the most effective anti-nausea medication in the world. Jim Wells [Work with pot enlightening, Sept. 3 Letters, Langley Advance] trotted out

the same old stereotype about incompetent potheads. Mr. Wells would be shocked to know the number of Canadians who only make it into work every day because of cannabis. Some smoke it and manage to function when they would otherwise be vomiting all to the day long until they inevitably have to visit the ER. Others yet have conditions like some forms of autism or ADD, where the use of cannabis is the only thing that will help them concentrate long enough to complete tasks that Mr. Wells and other privileged people never have to think twice about. Your experience is not sufficient justification to criminalize the lives of other human beings. It’s sad in a modern country like ours that a point like that even has to be made. Your experience is not universal, and you should try to hear what other people have to say before you use force to prohibit things – especially if you are able-bodied and privileged. Travis Erbacher, Langley



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Development desecrating village

Dear Editor, I cannot believe the seeming lack of interest our province is showing in the desecration of the Fort Langley “heritage” village. For many years, families and visitors have come to the little town to enjoy the unique 1858 fort, the excellent museums, the heritage CN Station, the antique and art shops, the Kwantlen Nation’s gallery, and all

the activities on the mighty Fraser River. To perpetuate this experience, the village of Fort Langley was designated a heritage area by the thencouncil with an official community plan and bylaws that passed unanimously. The current council has gone against its own bylaws, its heritage advisory board, and its planning staff, and passed one large

Traffic safety

Dangers clearly pointed out

Dear Editor, Thanks for your column on drivers and cyclists [Add cycling to cycle of learning, July 30 Odd Thoughts, Langley Advance]. I have physically stopped several kids who were riding bikes on a sidewalk and ordered them onto the roadway. I have also pointed out to entitled motorists that their cellphone use is endangering my life… with mixed results. Rob Cardinal, via email

building which does not conform to the bylaws in place. Three other buildings have been carefully planned to conform to all official plans, bylaws, and the heritage mandate. It seems inordinately unfair and irresponsible to cater to one developer over others. Also, 80 per cent of the community spoke against the plan, and 900 signed a petition, which was ignored by the council that supposedly represents the people. Now we are not only covering up valuable Fraser Valley farmland with development, but we are robbing our future citizens and grandchildren of their sample of B.C.’s history – the village which grew up around the National Historic site Fort Langley. Bays Blackhall, Langley

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Pitbull unleashes danger on park

Dear Editor, As a Langley City resident who enjoys being outside and staying active, I love my walks. After today, I don’t know if I’ll be venturing out by myself any time in the near future. While walking down 53rd Avenue near 198th Street, I was lunged at several times by an aggressive pitbull. The dog, off leash in Brydon Park, ran away from its owner and then proceeded to run back and forth at me, preparing for a charge while it growled menacingly. Fortunately for me, a kind gentlemen saw me screaming and promptly pulled over to ensure I was okay. I sat in his vehicle while we waited for the owner to come and control his dog. The owner was unapologetic and appeared puzzled that we were upset by his dog’s actions.

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The dog then darted away again, still off of its leash, and ran down 53rd Avenue. Clearly, the owner had no control over the animal that did not respond to being called. I’d like to extend my thanks to the Langley man who graciously stopped to ensure my safety; I very much appreciate his kindness. I’d also like to ask Langley residents, if you’re unable to control your dog, please don’t take it for walks off of a leash. Furthermore, if you own a pit-bull, realize that this is a breed that will require you to be a skilled pet owner who will need to understand how to exercise and control your dog. If you are a parent who takes your children to the playground at this park, please be alert. I’ve never been afraid of dogs, but after today, I’ll think twice before walking alone in my neighbourhood. C.T., Langley City

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Summer schools draw big crowds

Kathy Harder, centre, is this year’s winner of Miss Teen Canada Petite.

Summer elementary school drew 1,500 kids in its first year in Langley. by Matthew Claxton


Teen takes national crown A Langley teenager has won a Canadian pageant title. by Matthew Claxton

A Langley teenager has won a national beauty pageant title. Kathy Harder has been crowned Miss Teen Canada Petite for 2013/14 as part of the Miss Canada Globe pageant held in Toronto between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7. The petite title is for contestants under 5’6” tall. “It’s very life changing,” said Harder, who applied for the pageant last year because she wanted to do something big. Turning 17 soon and heading into Grade 12 at Langley Secondary, Harder said it was a long process from arriving for the start of the pageant to wearing one of the crowns. The first three days were regional contests, in which Harder won Miss Teen British Columbia.

There was also training, including in choreography and walking a catwalk, and the young women made appearances at places like the Canada’s Wonderland fun park. She won the crown for Miss Teen Petite, as well as Miss Bikini and Miss Disco Queen. In the future, Harder said she wants to become a singer or television personality. She has spent the last few years working on her education, volunteering with charities including the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter and Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope in Langley, and working as a model and extra in local film productions. Her duties will be charity and volunteer work, appearing as Miss Teen Canada Petite, and training and recruiting for next year’s contestants, said Harder. She’ll also go on through the Globe pageant series to challenge for the title of Miss Teen Universal Petite.

The regular school year is back in session, but not all schools were shuttered over the summer, nor were all students away from classes. This year more than 3,000 students took part in Langley School District summer session programs, said spokesperson Ken Hoff. While there have been high school summer sessions for years, this was the first year for the district to offer elementary courses as well. There were 15 classes for the younger and middle school students, running from July 8 to 26, Mondays to Fridays, in the mornings. About half of all the students in summer courses were elementary aged, according to Hoff. The students were spread over the district, with programs at Parkside, Belmont, Peterson Road, Alex Hope, Blacklock, R.C. Garnett, and Langley Fine Arts, while secondary students were at Aldergrove Community, Walnut Grove, and Langley secondaries. Secondary courses have traditionally been provided for students who needed to improve

their grades in one area, or for those who wanted to pick up extra credits before graduation. One stream of elementary courses was aimed at similar goals, with literary, math, and English as a second language courses. There were also French Immersion courses at three schools, and Fort Langley ran an Aboriginal literacy support course that has been ongoing. On the other side of the coin were courses dubbed Explorations, which included fine arts, creative writing, sci-

ence and technology, and environmental sciences. Earlier in the year, when the programs were first announced, the district said it would offer the new elementary courses for free to B.C. students. The money was found within existing budgets and the programs would break even if enrolment was high enough. With 1,500 elementary students taking part, the program is considered a success, said Hoff. “We’re looking forward to bigger and better things for next year,” he said.


No deal yet in CUPE contract Schools in Langley, and across B.C., would be shut down if CUPE workers strike. by Matthew Claxton

Negotiations between CUPE workers at schools and the provincial government are not going well, according to local union officials. Richard Frost, president of CUPE local 1851, which represents the maintenance and custodial workers in the Langley School District, said CUPE has been negotiating with the province since last Wednesday.

“Not very well,” he said when asked how negotiations are going. “They’re very far apart right now,” said Frost. If the negotiations break down and CUPE goes to the picket lines, it will not be immediately, Frost said. The union has to give 72 hour strike notice, and had not done so by Friday afternoon. That means the earliest they can give such notice is on Monday, and a strike could start no sooner than Thursday. If CUPE workers walk off the job, representatives of teachers unions have already said they will respect the picket lines, and there will be no classes.


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Carnivals for community Families can find a weekend of fun courtesy of two churches. by Heather Colpitts

Two local churches are helping provide some free fun for the public.

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Wally Lee has now retired after a long career that saw him called back from retirement once before.

A retiring Langley Mountie is leaving the force for the second time. by Matthew Claxton

Wally Lee has the medals marking Queen Elizabeth’s gold and diamond jubilees on his RCMP uniform, along with a 30-year long service medal. Yet he didn’t really dream of being a police officer that often while growing up, said the officer who just retired from the Langley RCMP, for the second time in two years. “It wasn’t really an ambition of mine,” Lee said, though he did watch The Forest Rangers on CBC, a show that featured a police officer character. It wasn’t until he was 28 that Lee first joined the force. Since then he has spent a fairly lengthy and varied career in the RCMP, serving in every capacity from plainclothes to guarding diplomats. Lee retired for the first time

in February of 2011. some ways to solve their probWhen he left, he intended lems, and things quieted down to go into a partial retirement, for a bit. driving limos for corporate “You try to tell them, this clients. It was nice and quiet is not a police call, this is a work, Lee said. neighbourhood problem,” said But he got a call from Supt. Lee. Derek Cooke, the head of the In the end, the RCMP won’t Langley RCMP. drag away one neighbour in “Can you come back to cuffs for annoying the folks work?” Cooke asked. over the fence. Lee put his uniform on and Lee didn’t start out as a went back to veteran of the work in combeat, mediating “You try to tell them, munity policing, local disputes. this is not a police handling local He took a issues. rare path into call…” That means the RCMP, Wally Lee doing a lot of starting as work dealing a Special with issues that Constable tend to get the police called, in plainclothes, working in but which aren’t really crimdowntown Vancouver. inal matters. Special Constables are Houses that have frequent essentially set aside before loud parties, or simmering they get their full training arguments between neighin Saskatchewan. As Lee bours are among the common explains it, they are put on issues that Lee handled. duty while they still look like He had one pair of neighregular guys. bours in Aldergrove who had Starting at age 28, Lee did been feuding for some time. plainclothes work for eight He met with them, gave them years, along with some uni-

formed work at YVR, before going to Regina for a modified training regime and becoming a regular member. He was back in Surrey, where he worked on a wide variety of units. He took to the streets as a uniformed general duty officer, did some traffic unit enforcement, then moved over into the photo radar unit until that was killed by legislation. After some work in community policing, he joined protective services in Vancouver, looking after consulates, foreign residences of diplomats, and foreign dignitaries. He finished working as a recruiter for the force. He enjoyed his un-retirement, noting that police work is never the same. You can do an incredibly wide variety of jobs within the force, while at the same time having to be ready to be out doing standard enforcement and emergency response during a crisis, he said. Lee said he’ll probably really retire this time.

On Sept. 14, the third annual Community Carnival takes place on the grounds of RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary, 7069 201st St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, which attracted about 700 people last year, features carnival games, bouncy castles, face painting, and cake walks as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy. Organizers expect the bulk of the attendance to come from people living in the Willoughby area near the school but the event is open to anyone and there is ample parking. “The purpose of the event is to engage our community through an event that draws us to together and forges authentic relationships,” said Lisa Gunn, speaking for the church. This is an alcohol-free, familybased event that also includes draws and giveaways. Should it rain that Saturday, organizers have plans for the event to move indoors.

Langley Immanuel Christian Reformed Church The Community Festival runs 25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Langley Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 21713 50th Ave. “This event is focused on building community,” said David Bylenga, the volunteer youth leader. The public is invited to stop by for family-themed fun that includes a bouncy castle, ring toss, and apple bobbing, as well as treats and live music. “The whole event and all of the games are free,” he said. “We will be asking for donations, though, when it comes to the food/barbecue.” “The goal of this event is to draw in members of the local community to come together for an afternoon of games, food, and music,” he said. “By doing this we hope to build connections with the local community in Murrayville and Langley.” Unfortunately, if there is too much rain then the event will be cancelled.













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Preparing for a tenth anniversary Tickets went on sale last week for the sixth annual animal shelter gala dinner.

has continued to grow. It has grown from a staff of four to 15 and built a volunteer base of more than 300 – a team of individuals who can be credited with having cared for more than 8,200 dogs and 3,000 cats, having sold more by Roxanne Hooper than 38,000 dog licences, and having logged more than 49,000 volunteer hours of caring for Langley’s animals. ome days, it’s still hard to believe “We have developed unique programs that almost a decade has passed that really have made a difsince the Langley ference, such as our dog Animal Protection training program and our Society first took over a free cat spay and neuter 40-year-old dilapidated dog program. We have also kennel in Aldergrove and established a boarding and created a new shelter for the training centre at the Fraser community’s homeless dogs Valley Institution. And and cats. thanks to the Township, “We opened the doors on we were fortunate to move Oct. 1, 2003, and we hit the into a new shelter in March ground running,” said exec2009,” Baker added. utive director Sean Baker. All these accomplishBC SPCA had previously Shelly Roche/ ments in such as short time been providing animal conA photo illustration for the gala. continues to surprise Baker, trol for Langley, but followwho describes it as “an amazing decade.” ing a grassroots outcry by local residents To help celebrate the society’s 10-year against the SPCA’s former euthanizing pracanniversary, LAPS is preparing for its tises, LAPS emerged. annual Furry Tail Endings gala. “In those early days, everything was new Tickets went on sale last week for the and we worked many long hours to figure annual semi-formal dinner event being held out how we were going to get it all done,” at the Coast Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 2. Baker recalled. The theme for this year’s event is Snow “It wasn’t just about providing the same services that Langley had received for years, White’s Enchanted Forest, and tickets are it was about a new beginning and making it $100 if bought before Oct. 20. For information, or to buy tickets, people can call 604better for both the humans and the animals 857-5055 or visit the shelter at 26220 56th of Langley,” he explained. Ave. Since those humble beginnings, however, • More at, search “LAPS” Dale has passed. But her vision for LAPS


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Looking back… Langley’s history, as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance. Eighty Years Ago

August 31, 1933

• Several people petitioned council for more relief, but councillors felt too much was being paid out already. • Local potato farmers predicted a 20 per cent shortage in the harvest, due to blight and poor growing conditions. Seventy Years Ago

September 2, 1943

• The municipal engineer was dismissed for misuse of a municipal truck, complaints from taxpayers, and noncooperation. • A fast freight went through an open switch and piled into boxcars on the W.S. Rogers Feed Co. siding in Fort Langley. A brakeman jumped from the train just before the impact, but was killed when a carload of coal toppled onto him.

Sixty Years Ago

September 3, 1953

• E.A. Lloyd, international poultry expert and professor emeritus at UBC, helped Langley Harvest Queen Sylvia Sorensen open the 61st annual Fall Fair.

Fifty Years Ago

September 5, 1963

• A man convicted of driving while his licence was sus-

1993: Topless about-face pended was sentenced to 90 days in Oakalla prison. • A woman convicted of giving her identification card to a minor to enter a beer parlour was fined $75. Forty Years Ago

August 30, 1973

• A shift system was instituted at Langley Secondary, pending completion of the new D.W. Poppy Secondary. • Langley Memorial Hospital installed metered parking. Thirty Years Ago

August 31, 1983

• Langley Community Services treasurer Mun Hope asked the provincial Registrar of Societies to investigat the LCS’s management and finances, after voting irregularities surfaced.

Twenty Years Ago

September 1, 1993

• Langley Township Council commissioned a $30,000 “Langley Tommorrow” survey, to update its similar study of three years earlier. Township community development director Kurt Alberts said the Township was considering a “major planning initiative” on growth management, the environment, affordable housing, and social planning. • City Council, after giving reluctant approval to a “topless shoeshine” business proposal, citing its legal inability to do otherwise, changed its mind and decided to use “all the tools we’ve got” to try and stop former City Alderman Tony

Hargrave and his partner from establishing the seminude service and others of “those types of businesses.” • City Council refused Mayor Joe Lopushinsky’s motion to ask City residents whether or not council members should get more pay. Councillor Lorraine Murchison said his plan was an election ploy, as it didn’t allow for a pay reduction. She said City councillors were paid plenty, and pointedly added that she felt the mayor wasn’t worth more money, either. Ten Years Ago

September 2, 2003

• The B.C. Board of Parole decided to explain the parole process, in the wake of public outrage over the board’s decision to hear a parole application from the man who had killed 12-year-old Carley Regan in a hit-andrun driving incident.

September 5, 2003

• For the sixth time in eight years, the Union of B.C. Municipalities had Langley City at the top of its Government Excellence Awards. • A “cattle drive” was started in Langley to support beleaguered Alberta beef producers whose markets were devastated by the discovery of a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy – more commonly known as “mad cow disease.” The “cowboys” planned to haul a massive petition from the Save-On-Foods parking lot in Langley to Ottawa.


The Langley Advance is changing its Community Links formats. Community groups must resend their calendar listings. Email:, fax to 604-534-3383. Submit information through (Send Us Your News link). Mail: Langley Advance, #112 6375 202nd St., Langley, B.C. V2Y 1N1. Items must be received at least 10 days prior to publication. Items run on a space-available basis, at the discretion of the editor. Rotary Club of Langley Dinner and speaker Thursdays, Terry Fox Run 6:15pm, at the Coast Hotel and The Langley City run starts with Convention Centre. Visitors and registration at 9am on Sept. 15 prospective members welcome. and the run at 10am. Can walk, Info: Gary, 604-635-4410 or run or wheel. Dogs on leash are welcome. One-, five-, and 10You’ve Gotta Have Friends kilometre routes. Staging area The community group encouris Douglas Park. Entertainment, ages inclusion for all people, treats and activites before and and is located at 20510 Fraser after. Sign up online at www. Hwy. (McBurney Lane). Info: Funds raised 604-534-6546 or www.youto to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. Info: Ongoing activities: Lilianne, 604-533-0638. Drop in: Mon. and Fri., 2-4pm. Out and About Coffee with Friends, Mon., 2pm; Supper Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council Club; and Girl Talk (women For professionals from the gather to socialize) – call office financial and estate planning for locations. fields. The Sept. 17 meeting features a lawyer and an expert on adult abuse and neglect issues Seniors Community Action Table speaking about elder fraud The Sept. 18 meeting feaand financial abuse. At the tures Bev Bakka of Patients Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 as Partners/Patients Voices 152nd St. $60. New members Network about providing input welcome. RSVP and info: lauand feedback to health care system decision makers. At 10:30am in the Langley Seniors’ Municipal Pension Retirees Ass’n Resource and Recreation The monthly meetings are Centre, 20605 51B Ave. Info: 1:30pm in the Douglas 604-533-1679 or llyscat@gmail. Recreation Centre. The next com. meeting is Sept. 23 on the topic




of how to prepare a Medical Order for Scope of Treatment legal document (spelling out a person’s wishes in case he or she can’t express them due to illness, injury or disability). Open to the public. Info:

Strata housing Free workshop for all, Sept. 11, 1:30pm. Hosted by Langley Seniors’ Resource and Recreation Centre, 20605 51B Ave. Advance registration preferred at 604-530-2020, but drop-ins welcome.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Call Alcoholics Anonymous at the Langley intergroup office, 604-533-2600. Answering machine after hours. Tues. eves. at George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 42nd Ave., 8:30pm. Info: 604-4343933 or 604-533-2600.


Helpers needed Penny Pinchers Thrift Store needs volunteers for various shifts Monday through Saturday. The store raises funds for Langley Memorial Hospital. A weekly four hour commitment is requested. Training provided. Apply at the store, 20251 56th Ave. Online options: or email People with Pets Visit residents in Langley Lodge seniors home. Pets must have up-to-date medical exams and vaccinations. Info: Helen Kirby, 604-532-4200, ext. 4138.


Blood donor clinics Call 1-888-2-DONATE to book. Sept. 15: 9:30am-4:30pm Blacklock Elementary, 5100 206th St. Sept. 24: 1-8pm Murrayville Hall, 21667 48th Ave. Sept. 29: 9:30am-4:30pm Cloverdale Catholic Parish Centre, 17475 59th Ave.

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has tripled since 2006.


Recycling milk containers part of BC’s routine



into plastic pellets at the recycling facility, empty milk jugs are used to make not only new bottles, but also plastic buckets, pails, plastic lumber and many other items. Milk cartons, meanwhile, are made from a high-quality paper For many British Columbians, fibre which is broken down into recycling empty milk containers pulp during the recycling process has become part of their regular and then made into products like tissue paper and cardboard boxes. Every tonne of paper How to prevent milk containers pulp recycled from cartons saves approximately 17 from being trashed trees, and in the past five In 2012, milk container recycling in BC increased years that the Milk Carton 5% over 2011. While that’s an encouraging Recycling Program has been number, there is still more work to be done. in place, the amount of Recent research shows that BC residents say they paper pulp recycled w a s dispose of 15% of milk containers in the garbage. 1 , 4 5 0 m e t r i c tonnes. You can help make a positive impact by bringing That is roughly equivalent back your own empty containers, and by spreading to 24,000 trees! routine. It’s an effortless choice that’s good for the planet; and while people are generally aware that recycling reduces waste, it’s still easy to underestimate the positive impact it has on the environment. For example, did you know that using recycled plastic uses less energy than producing plastic from new materials? Once they are turned

the word to friends and family who don’t.

How to make it part of your routine You can help make the world a cleaner, better place by making one simple choice: instead of throwing away your empty containers, bring them to the Return-It Depot along with your bottles and cans for recycling. Since you didn’t pay a deposit when you purchased them, you won’t get a refund when you bring them back—but you will enjoy the satisfaction of making a lasting difference. TM

More people than ever are recycling According to the most recent data from 2012, the program is having a great deal of success as more and more people become aware of the options for recycling milk containers. 89% of British Columbians are


now aware of at least one type of milk container that can be recycled. To help accommodate this increased awareness and the resulting positive change in recycling habits, the number of Return-It™ Depots accepting milk cartons has grown to 165.

2013: milk container recycling hits new high This increase in numbers adds up to more milk containers being recycled than ever before. In 2013, Return-It™ Depots throughout BC have so far collected over 310,000 kg of milk containers, an increase of roughly 11% over the same period in 2012.


That amounts to over 14 million individual containers annually. In fact, if you were to place them all side-by-side, they would cover over 1,500 km—the direct distance from Vancouver to the BC/Yukon border. While plastic jug recycling has seen a modest increase, polycoat container recycling has enjoyed substantial growth over last year— roughly a 15% increase according to the most recent data. While this steady rise in these numbers is an encouraging sign, too many milk cartons in BC are still finding their way to the trash. Thus, the task of raising awareness continues.

To find a Return-It Depot near you, call 1-800-330-9767 or visit TM

Polycoat milk containers are recycled as tissue paper & cardboard

Plastic milk containers are recycled as buckets & plastic lumber

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Junior football

Langley Rams defensive lineman Nathan Sheppard dove to the McLeod Athletic Park turf in an attempt to bring down Westshore Rebels quarterback Hunter Lake during Saturday’s B.C. Football Conference game. The Rams defeated the visiting Rebels 49-17. Troy Landreville/Langley Advance

Rams tame Rebels Langley pulled away from a tough Westshore squad after the first quarter of play. by Troy Landreville

For a little while at least, it looked as though the Westshore Rebels were going to give the Langley Rams a battle Saturday at McLeod Stadium. By halftime, however, the Rams proved whey they are the top dog in the B.C. Football Conference, pulling out to a 25-10 lead en route to a 49-17 victory. The win improved the junior Rams’ record to a league best 5-1, while the Rebels from Langford fell to a league-worst 1-5. “I felt we came out strong,” Rams general manager Jeff Alamolhoda said. “That’s one thing we’ve lacked the past few weeks. [We’ve been] a little slow out of the gates and I’m real proud of the guys. They came out fast and firing on all cylinders.” Despite their strong start, the Rams led by a mere four points, 14-10, heading into the second quarter. The hosts outscored the Rebels 11-0 in the second stanza to take control of the game. The third quarter mirrored the first, with the Rams holding a narrow 10-7 advantage in points. During the final few minutes of play, touchdown runs by Langley’s Kyle Albertini from 11 and two yards out, respectively, closed out the game’s scoring.

His first touchdown run came after Langley’s Ryan MacDonald and Sergio Cabrera teamed up to tackle Rebels’ punter Suhail Mathew for a 14-yard loss, forcing a turnover on downs at the Rebels’ 25-yard line. Alamolhoda lauded a depleted Rebels team that had six players quit on the organization last week. This predicament forced some of the Rebels to play out of position. “I will give as much credit as I possibly can to that coach [Tim Kearse], that organization, and those men on the football field,” he said. “They’ve really turned the organization around from a class standpoint. They played us extremely hard and extremely tough and my hat goes off to their head coach for an amazing job of bringing them to where they are [now].” Albertini led Langley’s ground game with 22 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow running back Nathan Lund also had a strong game, hitting the century mark in yards and then some, with 122 yards on 12 carries, his longest gain being 49 yards. He also scored a touchdown. Quarterback Jahlani GilbertKnorren also posted a rushing touchdown. Gilbert-Knorren completed nine of 16 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three of his passes intercepted. He shared duties behind centre with Cecil Belanger, who was good on four of six passes for 51 yards. continued on page A18…

Junior A hockey

Rivermen off to 2-0 start after pair of wins kick off campaign The ’Men’s successful weekend saw them beat Trail and Merritt. by Troy Landreville

So far, so good for the Langley Rivermen. The B.C. Hockey League squad leads the Mainland Division with a 2-0 record after beating the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-3

in overtime on Friday and blanking the Merritt Centennials 1-0 Sunday. Both games were played at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack as part of the Bauer BCHL Showcase weekend. “All in all, I was pretty happy,” Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson said. “Obviously there were a couple of small detail things, but the guys closed out both games and found ways to win. This time of the year, that’s encouraging to see.”

While the season is still in its infancy, Henderson has liked what he’s seen thus far. “Through the exhibition [season] and the Showcase, the guys have been playing really good hockey,” Henderson said. “It’s an exciting group this year.” Rivermen 4, Smoke Eaters 3 (OT) Finishing off a tic-tac-toe play involving rookie defencemen Tony Bretzman and Chris Forney, Langley captain Mitch McLain one-timed the winner past Smoke

Eaters’ goaltender Adam Todd just 22 seconds into the first overtime period to lift the ’Men to victory. Trail led 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes of play before the Rivermen responded with second-period goals from Matt Ustaski and Brendon Kearney to carry a 2-1 lead into the third frame. The Smoke Eaters sandwiched goals between Kearney’s second of the night during the third stanza.

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Malcolm Williams (four catches, 72 yards) and Dan English (three catches, 38 yards) hauled in touchdown passes from Gilbert-Knorren. At the other side, Rebels quarterback Hunter Lake had a decent outing, completing 14 of 27 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Two of Lake’s pass attempts were intercepted, one by Rams linebacker Joe Patko and the other by defensive back Jeff Paras. Westshore’s Sean Shepherd made two big plays in the opening quarter: a 77 yard kickoff return to set up a field goal and a 20 yard touchdown reception. Rams’ kicker Steven Thomas went twofor-two on field goal attempts, his longest from 20 yards away.

Thomas also booted six converts and an 85-yard kickoff that sailed through the end zone for a single. The Rams now sit alone atop of the BCFC, two points better than the Vancouver Island Raiders and Okanagan Sun, both of whom sport 4-2 marks. They’ll be tested Saturday afternoon when they visit Nanaimo’s Caledonia Park to meet the Raiders, in a rematch of the 2012 BCFC championship final. “We’ve seen growth from the Vancouver Island Raiders from the beginning of the season to now,” Alamolhoda said. “They continue to progress and develop, and challenge us.” GRIDIRON NOTES: Rams’ defensive lineman Evan Foster recorded his ninth sack of the season. The BCFC record is 12 and the CJFL record is 12.5.

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Kearney, a left winger from Northville, Mich. who captained the Detroit Honeybaked last season, had a memorable BCHL debut by scoring two goals. “We expect him to chip in offensively,” Henderson said. “He’ll be a skilled two-way forward for us.” Rivermen goaltender James Barr stopped 22 of 25 shots to pick up the victory. Rivermen 1, Centennials 0 Defenceman Mark Whiteley’s powerplay goal 4:16 into the second per-

iod stood up as the winner as the Rivermen blanked the Cents to cap the weekend. In his first BCHL game, Rivermen goaltender Brock Crosswaithe stopped all 22 shots he faced to record the clean sheet. Crosswaithe had an especially strong third period, stopping 12 Centennials shots to close out the contest. “I thought the guys played very well defensively,” Henderson said. “Merritt comes very hard and we did a good job clearing pucks, and kept them under 30 shots.”

Both goaltenders played very well over the weekend, in Henderson’s opinion. “I feel we’re very solid back there,” he added. The Rivermen’s next game is this Friday, Sept. 13 against the 1-1 Surrey Eagles, who are coming off a 7-3 thumping at the hands of the Vernon Vipers. Game time at South Surrey Arena is 7 p.m. The ’Men and Eagles met in the opening round of the 2013 BCHL playoffs, with the Eagles winning the best-of-five series in four games.



Men’s rugby

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Visiting Richmond sides roll past local ruggers Both Langley sides tasted defeat during their season opening games at Crush Crescent. by Stuart Crowley


The Langley Rugby Club kicked off its 44th season Saturday under sunny skies at Crush Crescent. This season began the way last season ended, with a pair of tough matches Langley forward of against Richmond. the match Richard The Second Division game was the Pearce attempted to epitome of early-season rugby, with both shake a Richmond sides committing numerous handling tackler during First errors. Division rugby action Neither team had much of an edge in at Crush Crescent on possession or territory, but Richmond Saturday. was able to take advantage of a Langley Edward Stevenson photo miscue at the stroke of halftime and scored in the corner to go into the break up 5-0. The second half showed more early sea- a 12-5 lead. son jitters and rust from both sides. Langley responded well, marching Proceedings became more settled, and the length of the field from a missed Langley began to enjoy long stretches of Richmond penalty kick at goal. possession during the first part of the secWith Richmond players on his heels, ond half. Yeomans chipped over Langley’s men of the match “We also have a bunch the opposing fullback, Trevor Steamo along with gathered the ball, and of new faces, which is touched down for scrum half Ryan Yeomans both showed some creativity awesome, but it takes Langley’s second try. and strength in breaking the The conversion was time to come together missed, Richmond line for some sigand Richmond as a team.” nificant gains in territory. remained ahead by a The Langley forwards sup12-10 score. Rob Hayes ported well and fly half Stan That was as close as Garcia eventually punched the Langley Seconds over a score to tie the game at five points would get, as lapses in their defensive apiece. structure began to show. Richmond then turned up the heat, Richmond scored two more unconwith its kicker making several useful verted tries before the final whistle, for a boots to pin Langley deep within its own final of 22-10. 22 metre line. LRC coach Rob Hayes was optimistic Richmond turned the ball over, and in the loss, however: “When we were despite lock Brian Anderson making sevdoing the basics well, we kept possession eral consecutive tackles in a strong defen- and moved forward consistently. Fitness sive effort, Richmond scored its second was definitely an issue for us, though. try of the game, which was converted for We also have a bunch of new faces,

which is awesome, but it takes time to come together as a team. As the season progresses, our fitness will improve and we’ll learn to play with one another, and I expect great things from our Second Division team.” LRC Firsts The Firsts’ match was up next, and started much the way the Second Division game did, with early season errors evident. Langley fly half Stu Morrison kicked effectively early on, giving his team good field position. The Langley forward pack looked comfortable with the new engagement rules from the start, imposing their will on Richmond at scrum time. A high tackle from Richmond’s inside center allowed Langley fullback Sean Messenger to put the home team up 3-0 with the subsequent penalty kick. Continued kicking pressure from Morrison and Messenger kept the ball in enemy territory for much of the first half. However, a penalty against Langley and the subsequent gain in field position for


Richmond resulted in the game’s first try from a line out. The score went unconverted to put the visitors up 5-3. Play opened up a bit more, with some excellent speed shown by back of the match Sterling Balzer on the wing. However, Richmond took advantage of an overlap out wide to touch down its second try of the match. After the restart, excellent work by Langley loose forwards Kolby Brezden and forward of the match Richard Pearce resulted in a turnover and penalty which Messenger made good on for a halftime score of 10-6 for Richmond. Discipline became an issue in the second half, with Langley prop Dustin Dickson shown a yellow card, and a Richmond player following him to the sin bin shortly after. Richmond took advantage of the extra space on the field and counterattacked a poorly-judged Langley kick to score a converted try to make it 17-6. Messenger and the Richmond scrum half traded penalties to take the score to 20-9. At the 60 minute mark, the referee decided the Richmond inside center had high-tackled one too many Langley players on the day and booked him an appointment with league’s disciplinary committee with a red card 15 minutes shy of full time. Langley took advantage of the extra man, with Pearce making a huge gain before Dickson made amends for his earlier yellow card, wrestling his way over the goal line for the try. The comeback wasn’t to be, as an unfortunate break allowed Richmond one more score before full time. “It was a winnable game,” said Hayes, the LRC head coach. “We have a lot of talent, but we need to simplify our tactics and we’ll see success.” Langley has a bye week before visiting Abbotsford RFC at Exhibition Park. The LRC is always welcoming new players of all ages. Any athletes interested in joining the club should go to www.




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