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North Langley fire kills senior citizen Police, the B.C. Coroner’s Service, and firefighters are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Firefighters emerged from the wreckage of a mobile home fire that claimed the life of an elderly Walnut Grove resident Friday. Emergency crews tore a hole into the rear of the mobile home. Hours after the fire was put out, smoke could still be seen rising from the destroyed home. (Inset) A ladder was used by personnel to get into and out of the mobile home.

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An elderly woman was the victim of a fire in a Walnut Grove mobile home park Friday morning. Langley Township firefighters were called to a single-wide mobile home near 90th Avenue and 198th Street just before 10 a.m., according to district fire chief Russ Jenkins.

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When the first responders arrived, flames were shooting 15 feet through the centre of the roof, said Jenkins. Firefighters knocked down the fire and managed to keep it contained to just one building. “We have unconfirmed reports of a person inside,” said Jenkins Friday morning. Investigators later entered the structure, and the body was removed Friday afternoon. There were reports that a dog had been killed in the fire. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, fire investigators had not found any animals in the house, but much of the structure had not yet been fully investigated. The cause of the fire was still under investigation through the weekend and

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into this week. “It’s far too early,” to say what the cause was, Jenkins said Friday. However, he and Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks said there is no sign that the fire was arson. The B.C. Coroner’s Service was on the scene to take over the investigation of the death, while the fire department will continue searching for the cause of the fire. Residents of the park said that on Wednesday last week, the fire department had been there giving a lecture on fire safety. In 2013, three people lost their lives to fires in Langley, and this is already the second fire fatality of 2014. The most recent tragedy was a fire in January that claimed the life of a toddler in a Glen Valley farmhouse fire. The three fatal fires of 2013 struck in a Langley City apartment building, a City house, and a fourplex in Langley Township.

Liquor theft

‘Seasoned’ criminal assaults store clerk A shoplifting turned into an assault on a Langley liquor store clerk on Wednesday night. by Matthew Claxton mclaxton@langleyadvance.com

A store clerk was pepper sprayed after he tried to catch a shoplifter Wednesday night in Langley City. Just before 10 p.m., a young man walked into a liquor store in the 20800 block of Fraser Highway.

He tried to walk out again with a bottle of vodka, without paying for it. A clerk chased the young man outside, where a second man, waiting for the thief, pepper sprayed the clerk, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP. The two suspects then escaped while the clerk was in pain. Langley Mounties, the police dog service, and ambulance paramedics all attended. The victim was given medical assistance at the scene and didn’t need to go to the hospital. The dog service was unable to track down the suspects from the point of the attack,

Marks said. The first suspect, who lifted the bottle of vodka from the store, is described as a Caucasian man about 19 years old, skinny, about six feet tall, with short dirty blond hair and acne. He was wearing a black hoodie, black track pants, and a long sleeved white shirt. The second man was dressed in black, including a hoodie and ballcap, and had his face covered, Marks said. Anyone who has information on the identity of the thieves can contact the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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Juniors at LEC

The Langley Rivermen are rolling towards the end of what’s been a fine B.C. Hockey League regular season. The junior A Rivermen (33-

13-2-5) host the Coquitlam Express tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 18) at the Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7:15 p.m. The Express, at 28-23-2-3, are third in the Mainland.

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Historic Half runners stay dry Raindrops held off over the weekend for the Historic Half Marathon that centred around the Fort Langley National Historic Site. by Troy Landreville and Heather Colpitts news@langleyadvance.com

Sunday morning is typically a quiet time in Fort Langley, except when hundreds of people turn out for the annual Historic Half Marathon. This year’s adult marathon was Sunday, Feb. 16 and the course took 370 runners through the village and around the Fort Langley area on half marathon distances. As well there are also five and 10 kilometres runs. In total, 657 people took part. “It was awesome,” Historic Half race director Mitchell Hudson said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather days, for sure.” Extensive traffic control measures were put in place to allow runners and motorists to get around safely. The TWU Fort Langley Historic Half, 10K & 5K starts and finishes inside the Fort Langley View National Historic Site. video & Hudson said volunteers photos were integral in making both with the Historic Half Marathon and the related Kids Run on Saturday a success. or online “Everything went very smoothly,” he added. “It was nice.” The first half marathon runner to cross the finish line was Lawrence Brown, with a chip time of 1:26.55. He was followed by second-place finisher Duane Foley, at 1:30.34. The top placing female half marathon runner was Lisa Rossetto in 1:33.13.8. That put her fifth overall. First place in the 10-kilometre portion of the event went to Kevin Heinze, a 50-59 age group runner who completed the route with a chip time of 40:27.8. The top female finisher in the 10K was Marissa Verhoeff, who placed fifth overall in 44:24.4. Amongst 5K participants, the first to arrive was U19 runner Olivia Willett, who completed her run in 19:35.6. In second place, and first among male 5K runners, was Michael Ross, who was in the 50-59 age group. He came in at 20:11.7. Third place in the 5K run was U19 runner Sam Willett in 20:39.5. The event marked its ninth anniversary over the weekend.

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Young participants enthusiastically set off on the Historic Half Marathon Kids Run just after noon Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. The run consisted of laps around the walking path inside the fort’s palisade.

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Monica Whelton, 23 months, didn’t feel like having her picture taken with fellow runners and walkers who took part in the Historic Half Marathon Kids Run Saturday at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Children of different ages gathered on the front steps and porch of the FLNHS’s Big House for a group photo before their run.

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The rains stopped for Sunday’s TWU Historic Half Marathon. walls of the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Just after lunchtime Saturday, close to 40 young runners and walkers, including

knee-high tall toddlers accompanied by their parents, did laps around the gravel path that circles the Fort grounds. Before setting off, each participant took Popsicle sticks, with each stick signifying how many laps they planned to run. Kids Run distances included one lap for two-year-olds, two laps for three- and fouryear-olds and as many as six laps for runners/walkers ages four to seven.


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Diesel spilled in creek A truck crash has spilled up to 200 litres of diesel fuel onto land near the Little Campbell River.

Metro Vancouver took the lead on the cleanup as all the land around there is part of the Campbell Valley Regional Park. Workers brought in by Metro Vancouver are thought to have trapped the majority of the diesel fuel before it by Matthew Claxton got into the groundwater or creek, and mclaxton@langleyadvance.com were expected to be back this week to A two-truck crash spilled diesel fuel continue with the cleanup. next to the Little Campbell River in “The rapid response certainly helped South Langley Friday morning. contain the diesel flow into the Little The crash took place on 16th Avenue, Campbell,” said Sokalsky. where two large trucks Two dams and were eastbound between absorbant padding were “The rapid response 200th Street and 208th deployed along the creek certainly helped Street, said Terry Veer, itself, and by Monday a manager of roads and Sokalsky said that he contain the diesel draining with Langley was being told no diesel flow into the Little Township. was entering the creek Campbell.” The first truck apparitself. ently lost control in the A diesel odour in the Mitch Sokalsky winding roads of the area is expected to conravine where the Little tinue until some contamCampbell passes under the road. inated soil from along the shoulder of That truck crashed, and Veer said he the road is removed. has been told the second truck then That could happen as early as this went off the road, possibly trying to week, Sokalsky said. avoid debris from the first crash. There have been a number of highThe second truck ruptured one of its profile crashes on 16th Avenue, includtwo “saddle tanks,” the large diesel fuel ing a number of fatal incidents over the tanks on either side of the engine. years. The crash took place near the bridge Residents have repeatedly raised conover the Little Campbell, and some of cerns about high speeds, road designs, the diesel spilled onto the shoulder of the lack of locations for RCMP officers the road near the creek. to set up speed traps, and the large There could have been around 200 number of heavy trucks that regularly litres of diesel spilled, although the use the road. total amount isn’t known, said Mitch The Little Campbell and Campbell Sokalsky, director of Metro Vancouver River drains into Semiahmoo Bay in Regional Parks. South Surrey.

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Court system

Driver gets a year for fatality A man convicted in a fatal crash will spend a year in jail and be banned from driving for four years. by Jennifer Saltman Special to the Langley Advance

Brenda Michie dearly misses the charming man who used to hug her at any opportunity, made everyone around him laugh and with whom she shared 20 years of trust, honesty and unconditional love. “My wonderful life with Jim is over,” Michie told a Surrey courtroom on Friday. “I had 20 years, but I so wanted 20 more. He taught me a lot. He was my soulmate, the love of my life, and will remain in my heart forever.” Michie’s husband, 59-year-old Jim Neiss, was killed in 2011 as he drove to his job as a school bus driver with the Langley School District. On Friday, Glen Edward Theriault, 65,

who was found guilty last year of dangerous driving causing Neiss’s death, was sentenced to 14 months in jail and a fouryear driving prohibition. On Jan. 18, 2011, Theriault was driving his dump truck west on 16th Avenue in Langley when he decided to pass two vehicles in front of him. He accelerated and crossed over a solid double yellow line. Theriault then slammed into the truck driven by Neiss, killing him instantly. Following the trial, Judge Paul Dohm found Theriault made a “conscious, deliberate and risky” decision. Theriault has not driven a commercial vehicle since the crash. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is undergoing counselling. In court, Theriault made a tearful apology to Michie and prayed she will be able to forgive him someday. Outside court, Michie was at a bit of a loss to describe how she was feeling. “I’m all done – it’s over,” she said.

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Rotarians help babies in Zimbabwe

A Canadian doctor is putting funding gathered from Langley to good use in a Zimbabwe clinic.

The rural Mount Darwin district has thousands of people living with HIV, most of them taking anti-retroviral medications to keep the disease in check. They are supported by a network of hospital staff, counsellors, and village health workby Matthew Claxton ers. “We hope that she and her mclaxton@langleyadvance.com family will be added to this list soon,” Thistle said. A one-day fundraiser by The money for the equipment Langley Rotarians has sent and support of Thistle’s work $57,000 worth of medical came from four local Rotary equipment to an underfunded clubs as well as private indihospital in Zimbabwe. viduals who came to the 2012 Dr. Paul Thistle is a fundraiser, said Dr. Brendan Canadian obstetrician who has Martin, a local physician and spent almost two decades in one of the Rotary event’s Zimbabwe, a poor country in organizers. southern Africa. He visited Thistle in Africa In the last few months, in 2010 and worked with him Thistle has begun using the there. “I was really struck by equipment shipped over thanks the paucity of supplies that A neonatal resuscitation table is a piece of equipment Dr. Paul to a fundraising effort held at Langley’s Gateway of Hope Thistle (right) has at the Kranda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. they had,” he said. The new equipment paid shelter in 2012. Thistle spoke new oxygen concentrator donated by for by Rotary’s fund was sent to there about his work over the years Zimbabwe starting in September last and the need for better equipment to the Langley Rotary Maternal Child year, and most of it has now been Health project.” save lives. installed, Martin said. Another patient, a mother of four In a letter this month to the Equipment that is taken for grantwith HIV, was admitted with abdomRotarians of Langley, Thistle talked ed in Canada simply isn’t available inal pain and swelling. An ultraabout how the equipment has in many hospitals and clinics, Martin sound diagnosed an internal abscess helped specific patients. said. and intestinal blockage. The X-ray “We admitted a four-week-old After a long career mostly with the film used in diagnosis were paid for baby boy, born at a local rural Salvation Army, Thistle left that serby the Rotary fundraisers. health clinic in the Mount Darwin vice last year and switched to workThe woman underwent a successdistrict of rural Zimbabwe,” Thistle ing at a new, remote clinic about ful surgery. wrote. 200 kilometres from Harare, the cap“She is now recovering on intra“He presented with fever, vomiting ital of Zimbabwe. venous fluids, antibiotics, and and jaundice, and was diagnosed as Zimbabwe has been a troubled oxygen via an oxygen concentrahaving neonatal sepsis. Too weak country for more than a decade, suftor, the latter another donation of to breastfeed, he is receiving breast fering through hyperinflation and milk by cup, intravenous antibiotics, the Langley Rotary Maternal Child violent, manipulated elections. Health project,” Thistle wrote. phototherapy, and oxygen via the

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Theatre quest

Talent show auditions draws variety of artists Unicyclist Ayumi Sugizaki, an international student in Grade 12 at Langley Secondary, was among the first to tryout during the Langley Has Talent auditions Sunday at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Langley Has Talent organizers held their second weekend of tryouts Sunday. by Roxanne Hooper rhooper@langleyadvance.com

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Unicyclist Ayumi Sugizaki wants irreplaceable memories of her high school years in Canada to include winning the Langley Has Talent 2014. The 18-year-old, Grade 12 international student from Langley Secondary tried out for the fourth annual talent competition on Sunday, and told judges she wants that special memory to hold close when she returns home to Japan this summer. Sugizaki learned to ride a unicycle in Grade 1 in Toyko, took some classes in synchronized riding for four years as a child, then really hasn’t ridden more than a handful of times since Grade 5. But she’s dusted off her unicycle, and been riding it around in the carport of her homestay host’s Langley City house the past few weeks getting ready for Sunday’s tryouts. Admittedly, after 90 seconds of manoeuvring her unicycle around the stage to music, Sugizaki was out of breath. But she assured judges she could easily fill the required three-minute spot if she makes the cut. Short of seeing a unicycle ridden during a circus act when she was a child, contest judge and sponsor Jolienne Moore of JL Model Talent Management said she hasn’t seen a unicyclist close up until Sugizaki. “I enjoyed your energy… and you have a great skill,” Moore said. After each performance, all three judges scored the artists and offered compliments and comments on how to improve at their craft. Throughout the performance, but especially after hearing the praise from

Pianist and college student Sky Leuba performed one of his own pieces during the Langley Has Talent tryouts on Sunday. Roxanne Hooper Langley Advance

the judges, Sugizaki was beaming. She was one of 26 young people who was set to audition on Sunday, added to the 32 who tried out the previous weekend. There were about a dozen “incredibly strong” contenders who were shortlisted during the first

weekend’s auditions, said talent show founder and judge Peter Luongo. Early in the day on Sunday, he said that day’s contenders would have to offer very powerful and compelling performances to unseat any of last weekend’s shortlist. After seeing the first

handful of competitors, he said it would be a tight race. Out of the 60 who auditioned for Langley Has Talent, only about 20 will move on to the semi-finals being held March 29 at Christian Life Assembly. The finals are being held April 12. The artists are competing for the grand prize of $2,500 cash plus a series of additional industry prizes. This event is organized by the four Langley Rotary Clubs, and was designed to draw attention to and begin raising money for a “much needed” theatre in this community where “this quality of local entertainment” can perform and be spotlighted, Luongo said. As for shortlisting from this contenders, Luongo said it is a hard job, but explained a few of the factors in their decision-mak-

ing process. “Our role here, as ‘auditioners,’ because that really is what we are, is three-fold,” he said. “One is to select the best talent, to select an array of talent, and to ensure that what the audience is coming to see is entertainment,” emphasizing

that they’re looking for a variety of different types of artists, not just wanting to present an evening with only singers. A list of those who made the cut was expected to be released by late Monday.

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Here’s a first that bears consideration. Jordan Bateman, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, announced last week that he would be in the B.C. Legislature on Monday morning to support a motion by… wait for it… the NDP. Although it would take a pretty keen set of eyes to find common ground between the CTF and the NDP over most – frankly, nearly all – issues, Bateman’s announcement was not as earth-shattering as it may have seemed at first blush. The federal NDP has placed itself at the head of the parade thumping the drum for abolition of Canada’s senate, and the provincial wing of the party is picking up the beat with a motion to abolish the senate. The CTF has been loudly banging that same drum. Indeed, they got the drumbeat going before federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair picked up his drumsticks with both hands. The CTF started its call for a national debate and a referendum to push for the end to the Senate. They attracted national attention with a centrepiece for their campaign: a 30-foot-tall balloon that happened to bear a remarkable resemblance to a senator whose expense claims, along with those of several others, have been under investigation – and brought to light an apparent culture of largesse that seems to permeate the Upper Chamber. The Senate has got itself painted in a corner, and some of the dirtier colours have been rubbing off on all of Parliament. In light of the loud noises emanating from the senate expense scandal, it’s easy to understand why there is such deep-inthe-gut impulse to simply abolish the body completely. But is that the best way to deal with abuses? Are we prepared to drop the chamber of “sober second thought” completely? Whether or not it is worth trying to find a middle road instead, the call for abolition from both the CTF and NDP should getting people talking. And that’s always a good thing. – B.G.

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Hefty price tag for athletic party five years – to Sub-Saharan countries… to buy U.S. medicine. Three countries were lambasted for declining the offer on the basis that the loan would further increase their debt and dependency on foreign aid. Bob Groeneveld The initial budget for our own 2010 editor@langleyadvance.com Vancouver Olympics was $2.3 billion. Our estimated final cost of $6.4 billion is listed as a “break-even” result… but that’s If you had $51 billion to toss around, what not including the billion-dollar security tab, would you do with it? $2.5 billion for transportation infrastructure If you made a stack of $100 bills, it would improvements, or nearly another billion dolreach high enough to obstruct international lars for the Vancouver Convention Centre. flight paths. Laid end to end, your $51 billion And then there’s the half-billion dollars in $100 bills would circle the world twice. spent on the campaign to bring the Olympics But really, what would you do with it? to Vancouver/Whistler. That’s not included, After all, having $51 billion would make you either, in the final “break-even” accounting. the fifth richest person in the world, accordBy the way, in 2010, global efforts to secure ing to the Forbes list of billionaires – just a essential HIV, TB, and malaria couple of billion behind Warren services fell short $4 billion. Buffet, and two and a half times Defining “profit” Greece planned to spend $9 as wealthy as David Thomson, billion in Athens in 2004 – and Canada’s richest citizen. in Olympic terms lost more than $15 billion. Let’s say you’ve decided is a bit of a tricky Until Sochi’s anticipated $51 you’ve spent enough time makbillion price tag, the gold medal ing your money, and now you business. was secured with Beijing’s $44 want to spend it. billion budget. Of course, we Would you follow the lead of don’t know how much was spent in Nagano in Buffet and Bill Gates (who is second on the 1998, beyond about $10 billion for infrastrucForbes list, and about $16 billion ahead of ture, since the books were ordered burned. you)? Would you spend it on fighting world Something to consider: whether the hunger, poverty, and disease? Olympics end up with a profit or a loss, all Or would you use it to finance an extravathat money goes somewhere – and mostly to ganza for pampered elite athletes? large corporations and the richest segment of The anticipated price tag for the Sochi society – most certainly not to orphans whose Olympic Games is $51 billion. Right now, the world aid community is look- parents have died of AIDS. I’m not suggesting that we kill the Olympics ing for $15 billion to fight AIDS throughout and turn all the money over to saving humanAfrica. You could foot that bill and still have ity. In fact, striving for the best in any human enough left over to re-run the 2012 London endeavour is a step towards saving humanity. Olympics twice – and if you do it the way the But the Olympics have become an exercise Brits did, you’ll snag yourself a tidy 100 milin international excess, with flags and anthems lion pounds profit. Of course, defining “profit” in Olympic terms and medal counts taking precedence over the individual achievement touted in all the brois a bit of a tricky business. chures – not to mention the one-upmanship The 2000 Sydney Olympics broke even… that has bloated costs for a couple of weeks of after taxpayers kicked in about $2 billion. The athletic partying into tens of billions of dollars. operating budget was $5.6 billion. A little restraint could be shown… and The same year, while all that was going on, the U.S. offered a $1 billion loan – spread over maybe a little compassion.

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Education

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Money for lawyers appalling

How can programs for children not suffer Dear Editor, when I am supporting 30 students instead As a parent of young child in Langley of 15, as was the case in the days before School District, I am simply appalled by Christy Clark eliminated caseload guidelines what has been going on in our government for special education teachers? with respect to education. Many of my students desperately Education Minister Peter Letters need counselling and would benefit Fassbender’s statement of appeal is to the from library programs, both cut to just spewing Christy Clark rhetoric. the point of being ineffective. I thought a change of education If the Liberal government is so minister would improve the negotiaconcerned about job creation, why tions between teachers and governEditor haven’t they reinstated the 1,400 ment, but it obviously hasn’t. specialist positions that have been I am amazed by the amount of cut from the education of our most vulnermoney the government is willing to spend able children? on lawyers’ fees in the courts, doing battle with the teachers, and how the government Debbie Maloway, Cloverdale is not willing to negotiate in good faith with the teachers. I don’t know what Mr. Fassbender means Dear Editor, by “true collaboration” at the bargaining In 1998, the British Columbia Teachers’ table, but I’d say teachers would settle for Federation (BCTF) failed to convince school “fair bargaining.” trustees that entrenching rigid ratios and S. Gerbrandt, Langley formulas in the provincial contract was the right thing to do. The BCTF struck a special deal with forDear Editor, mer NDP premier Glen Clark, who imposed There’s nothing in the Charter of Rights these formulas through legislation, against or gas company contracts that says our BC the overwhelming opposition of trustees. Liberals had to refund gas companies $116 A few years later, B.C. elected a new million last year. A total of approximately government that sought to remove the rigid $840 million has been refunded since 2004. contract provisions by the same means they The Charter does guarantee that governwere put in – through legislation. ments bargain in good faith with public In 2011, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled employees. With just this one example of that government had not followed a proper government’s budget priorities ($840 milprocess. Government accepted that decision lion in gas royalty revenue kicked back to and spent a year trying to resolve the matter gas companies), I cannot accept Education through consultation with the BCTF. Minister Peter Fassbender’s budgetary reaNow Justice Griffin has decided that the sons for violating the Charter to justify paygovernment’s efforts fell short. We are ments to corporations. appealing that decision. Larri Woodrow, Walnut Grove It is the BCTF’s job to defend its members’ interests – but it is also government’s responsibility to balance those interests Dear Editor, against the needs of students, their families, Learning conditions for children with and taxpayers who invest nearly $5 billion special needs mentioned in a letter I wrote in K-12 education every year. two years ago, have not changed at all, Over the past 13 years, we’ve increased despite Ministry of Education claims that it annual education funding by $1 billion, has been increasing its support for public even while enrolment has declined by education. 9.4 per cent. Student success rates have My students, whose special needs include increased, and B.C. students rank among autism, Tourettes, mild mental handicaps, the very best in the world. severe behaviour disorders, gifted, seizure Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education disorders, depression, anxiety, and learning [Note: Fuller versions of these letters and disabilities, continue to be warehoused in others are online at www.langleyadvance. classrooms of at least 30 children. com. Click on Opinion.]

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Coulter Berry ignores community

Dear Editor, The Coulter Berry proposal – first or second – ignores the Fort Langley Community Plan and the Heritage Conservation provisions which are there to protect the heritage atmosphere of our villages. The recent Supreme Court decision pointed out the error of council’s ways, but instead of doing the right thing, council is now going to spend an even greater amount of taxpayers’ money on litigation. Sometime down the road, we may decide to revisit the Fort Langley Community Plan to discuss possible changes. That would entail extensive public consultation with a number of interest groups. Until that happens, this proposal should not go forward. Lotte Elias, Langley

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Langley Together for community leadership

Community groups are invited to send a representative to a workshop on non-profits this Saturday. by Heather Colpitts hcolpitts@langleyadvance.com

School is in session on Feb. 22 for local non-profit groups. Langley Together is hosting Community Leadership 102, a follow-up to last year’s Community Leadership 101. Langley Together is the group created to help local non-profits and community groups (think chamber of commerce for non-profits). Langley is home to over 6,000 volunteer board members who guide hundreds of non-profit societies, charities, sports clubs, and other informal groups, noted workshop organizer Dave Stark, of

Langley Together. The sessions can educate board members, which will give them a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities, which in turn will allow the boards to more efficiently and effectively do what they were set up to do. “We really don’t have any local opportunities to develop and educate our board members,” he said. “Expensive, cost-prohibitive courses exist in Vancouver, but they are too far.” By standing back and taking a broader, sector-wide view, it’s easy to see that most groups, although having different mandates and purposes, have very similar concerns, needs, and desires, Stark said. “After years of this broader perspective, it frustrated me a lot. My desire was to find a way to save these groups frustration, and make them better,” he noted. “When these hundreds of groups, and thousands of volunteers do better,

our communities benefit. It is a and networking. very cost-effective approach to There’s room for 50 people build the capacity of volunteers, and the event takes place at groups, and the sector. We don’t the Renaissance Retirement need large sums of money from Resort, 6676 203rd St. governments to help our comCommunity Leadership 102 Dave Stark munities.” runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and The sessions include the costs $20 per person. Payment founder, Langley Together Abundant Non-Profit, which is accepted at the door (cash involves finding the right governance or cheque made payable to Aldergrove structure. Neighourbourhood Services). There will also be a session on tradPeople are asked to register in advance itional leadership and governance, as at langleytog@gmail.com. If people have used by aboriginal communities. any questions, they can also email to “For non-aboriginal organizations that address. wishing to engage with aboriginal comLangley Together has held a variety of munities, it is important to understand events, including speed dating for non‘traditional leadership’. It is more than a profits, for groups to tell each other about consensus process. It involves respecting what they do and how. protocols, coalition building, developThe event is sponsored by Langley ing relationships, and aim for agreement Together, the Township and Vantage amongst all parties,” Stark said. Point, a non-profit leadership training There will also be time for questions organization.

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Skaters filled one of Langley Twin Rinks’ ice surfaces during a Family Day Skate benefiting Langley Food Bank. Admission and skate rentals were free for an event that included skating, arts, crafts, and face painting. Donations to the food bank were accepted. “We stopped counting at 700 [people taking part],” said City recreation supervisor Karlo Tamondong, who organized the skate with Teresa Bindley from Twin Rinks. The Twin Rinks food-and-fundraiser generated $200 cash and about 200 pounds of nonperishable food. Above right: Kris and Niki Johnson laced up the skates of their twins, Hunter (foreground) and Stryder.

Langley City photo

Langley City council members joined with Lions Club members from local clubs such as Langley and Fort Langley to raise the Lions flag over City hall. It marks Lions Week. The flags stay up until Feb. 21 when the service clubs will make a donation to the Langley Food Bank.

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How you can share… Do you have a local photo of someone or some place you’d like to share with the rest of Langley? Email it to us as a high-resolution JPEG to news@ langleyadvance.com. Please include a brief description, including everyone’s first and last name. Put “faces & places” in the subject line of your email.


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Meals on Wheels

Longtime volunteer can sure deliver Peggy Schafer has seen a lot of change in this community as she’s driven around for Langley Meals on Wheels, delivering food. She’s gathered quite a collection of clippings about the local service.

It’s a good thing Peggy Schafer enjoys driving, because she’s been delivering for Meals on Wheels since 1979. by Heather Colpitts hcolpitts@langleyadvance.com

Peggy Schafer has always liked driving so when a friend told her about a program to drive to people’s homes delivering hot meals, she thought she’d give it a try. And 35 years later, the 90year-old South Langley woman is still volunteering for Langley Meals on Wheels. The program didn’t start much before she began volunteering. “I thought it might be fun,” she said. Schafer said she’s gotten so much more out of helping than she’s ever given. “I like the interaction with people,” she said. Just about the only thing that’s kept her from doing her route has been inclement weather. She figures she’s missed maybe half a dozen times. Schafer has also done more than deliver meals. On some visits, she may have saved lives. “One time I found a lady under the coffee table,” she explained. Schafer was able to call for emergency help. And it’s not the only time. She arrived with her food pack to find a client outside. He had gone out in his wheelchair to get some sun. “When I spoke to him, he couldn’t talk,” she said. She used his medical alarm to get help. “There’s been a few times

Heather Colpitts Langley Advance (top photo)

(Below) Langley Meals on Wheels had a small celebration. Peggy Schafer’s 35 years of volunteering was honoured. Board president Paul Crump and local program director Sonya Dhudwal presented her with small tokens of appreciation for her work with the charity program. Meals on Wheels photo

when I’ve been there timely and been able to notify the appropriate people,” she said. Schafer said it’s about so much more than food. “The people look forward to you coming,” she said. She may only have a few minutes to interact with the clients but it’s an exchange that’s important for client and volunteer. Her current route covers a large geography, okay since she’s always loved to drive, and has about half a dozen clients. She’s has routes with about 20 but it’s typically about 10. She started when the volunteers picked up at the Royal Canadian Legion on Eastleigh Crescent. “We’ve picked up from many different places,” Schafer said. As a charity that relies on volunteers, Langley Meals on

Wheels has partnered with various businesses and social organizations to obtain meals for clients. Schafer said she’s picked up meals at places such as Dot’s Cafe, a coffee shop on Salt Lane, Tall Timbers Golf Course, Langley Lodge and the Gateway of Hope. Now the meals are prepared in Burnaby and are no longer delivered hot. They are made so clients, who can have food adapted to dietary needs, heat

up the food when they are ready to eat. Schafer was married for 60 years and moved from Burnaby to Langley 40 years ago, onto the same rural acreage where she currently lives. “Langley 40 years ago was just a great little country town,” she noted. In addition to helping at Meals on Wheels, she’s involved in activities at her church, Christian Life Assembly, including the homeless ministry and the funeral catering, as well as ushering at Sunday services. The stay-at-home mother of three is about to move in with family in Walnut Grove but she plans to continue to help. “I thought I’d go for 35 years, but at the moment, I’ll probably drive a little bit longer,” Schafer said.

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Meals on Wheels

What is it?

Langley Meals on Wheels is a charitable non-profit society that provides affordable, preventive, therapeutic and social meals programs.

Meal delivery

Fees are on a sliding scale based on the person’s ability to pay (as per their most recent tax return). Community and corporate donors help offset costs so people can access nutrtitious food. Deliveries are made Monday to Friday but frozen meals can be purchased for weekend. People need only use the service as long as it’s needed, whether that’s for a few weeks during an illness or for years due to age or infirmity. People can sign up over the phone, through the website langleymealsonwheels.com or via email. There are different payment options (cheque, cash, credit card, online via PayPal, or money order).

Food and Friends

These lunchtime socials are for those 55 and older and cost $5 each time. They take place in a variety of communities around Langley on different days of the week.

Seniors Healthy Living Bag

Those 50 and older can obtain a monthly bag of fresh produce for $5. The Seniors Healthy Living Bags can be ordered on the last Wednesday of the month and will be ready for pick up on the first Tuesday of the month. To order a Seniors Healthy Living Bag, call: • Timms Community Centre at 604-514-2940 • Douglas Recreation Centre at 604-514-2865 • Langley Seniors Recreation and Resource Centre at 604-5303020.


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As Langley grows, a major accounting and business advisory firm has set up a new office here. The Canadian arm of international firm KPMG officially opened its office in the Carvolth business park area in the 8500 block of 200th Street on Feb. 4. The firm has taken over the top floor of a new office building. On opening day, there were about 30 people working out of the office, but there was room to expand to between 80 and 100, said Don Matthew, a KPMG partner who will be heading up the new office.

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Artists Olga Rybalko and Bill Higginson did a live painting, capturing the visitors to the Langley KPMG office during a celebration held to mark its opening on Feb. 4.

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The firm already had offices in Vancouver, Burnaby, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford, Matthew said at the opening event. “Our market intelligence was telling us we had a hole that needed to be filled,” he said. This office is intended to serve the Langley-Surrey area, where the business community is growing fast, along with the population. Langley Township is one of the four municipalities that are expected to absorb the lion’s share of population growth in the next three decades. The firm had been looking at Langley for a few years before the office opened, Matthew said. Staff will include some people brought from nearby offices, as well as new articling students who will be hired on as the local business expands. All the KPMG offices coordinate together, so the Langley office will work with its counterparts nearby.

Annual general meeting The Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association AGM is 7:30pm on Feb. 21 at the Fort Langley Community Hall. The guest speaker is David Hancock, a biologist, conservationist, writer and publisher who has the eagle cam. Free to attend. Refreshments.

Seniors Seniors Community Action Table At 10:30am in the Langley Seniors’ Resource and Recreation Centre, 20605 51B Ave. The next meeting is Feb. 19. The topic is senior homelessness. Everyone welcome. Info: Lynda 604-533-1679 or lpbrummitt@shaw.ca. Langley Seniors Resource Society 20605 51B Ave., 604-530-3020 Outreach programs: information and referral, Telephone Buddy, and seniors counsellors. Better at Home: The program provides transportation and shopping assistance, friendly visitors and light housekeeping. Subsidies are available. Seniors Housing Counsellors: provide information about housing options here. Drop in Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm or make an appointment. Info: 604 530-3020, ext. 319 Coffee and Connecting Support Group, and Flying Solo for 55-

Looking back… Investing can be complicated. Our advice isn’t.

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

Meet Bettina Obadia Scott, our Financial Planning Pro who’s recently joined the Coast Capital Savings Langley Branch. As a Certified Financial Planner, Bettina has helped customers meet their financial goals for over 17 years. And, like our entire team, she does it all with an approach that’s simple and easy to understand, so you know exactly how you can achieve your financial goals. Whether you’re planning your retirement, your child’s education, or looking for ways to protect your family or business from the unexpected, Bettina and our team can help with all your financial needs. Call or visit Bettina at our Langley Branch, she’d love to help. Bettina Obadia Scott 604.517.7045 bettina.obadiascott@coastcapitalsavings.com www.coastcapitalsavings.com

February 15, 1934

• E.J. Wilson organized 20 local men into a glee club. Seventy Years Ago

February 17, 1944

• The school board’s $80,307 annual budget, a significant increase over the previous year’s, was expected to result in a tax hike. • Municipal workers got wage increases. Truck drivers were to get 60 cents per hour, caterpillar operators’s pay rose to 70 cents per hour, and day labourers were to get 50 cents per hour. The men were also to get a whole Saturday off every week, instead of half a day every Saturday afternoon. Sixty Years Ago

February 18, 1954

• Truckers were asked to continue the honour system retricting load and speed limits on municipal roads, to protect spots still frostbound or soft with mud. • Dave King was elected president of the Langley board of Trade.

Fifty Years Ago

February 20, 1964

• Local magistrates were granted salary increases by Langley City and Town-

plus solos, both groups meet Tuesdays at 10am. Birthday Socials: $6, held once every two months Sharing and Caring Socials: (will resume in 2014). Seniors produce Seniors can get a bag of fruits and vegetables on the first Tuesday of the month for $5. The program is through Langley Meals on Wheels in cooperation with Langley City, Fraser Health, the Langley Seniors Resource Centre and the Seniors Community Action Table. Pick up is at Douglas Recreation Centre and the Langley Seniors Resource Centre. Delivery available for those unable to pick up. Book: Rec centre, 604-5142865 or seniors centre, 604-5303020.

Support Fraser Valley Transplant Network The group for people who have had transplants and their families meets at the Township Civic Facility, 20338 65th Ave. The Feb. 19 meeting starts at 7pm, and is about nutrition and healthy eating. Info: Charlie or Diane, 604-533-3352. Hominum The Hominum Fraser Valley chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bi- or questioning men. The next meeting is Feb. 28. Info: Don, 604-329-9760, or Art, 604-4629813.

Youth Child Day Langley parents and caregivers of kids zero to six are invited to Child Day, 1-4pm on Feb. 25 at Shortreed Elementary, 27330 28th Ave. The annual event is one-stop shopping for children’s services and programs. Topics include public health nurses, early childhood mental health, child development, literacy, child care, educational and speech and language experts as well as representatives of leisure services and agencies who deliver parenting and family resource programs.

Other Blood donor clinics Call 1-888-2-DONATE to book. Feb. 25: 1-8pm Murrayville Hall, 21667 48th Ave. Salmon friendly garden seminar Guest speakers include Brian Minter, Andrea Bellamy (author and small space gardener) and invasive plant specialist Lisa Dreves. Free but register in advance at growsmart@ tol.ca. Hosted by Langley Environmental Partners Society. From 1-4:30pm on March 8 at the Township Civic Facility, 20338 65th Ave.

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1944: Work week 5 days ship councils, giving them $3,300 per year for services rendered in the Township, and $3,000 in the City. The Attorney General had recommended hikes of $4,200 and $3,000, respectively. Forty Years Ago

February 14, 1974

• Langley City property owners got a 1.5-mill tax cut and the Township saw a 0.3-mill reduction, as a result of Premier Dave Barrett’s NDP government budget. • Operators of the local ambulance service threatened to pull out of both Langleys unless the monthly municipal ambulance subsidy was raised from $750 to $3,900. Thirty Years Ago

February 15, 1984

• More than three dozen delegations were expected to speak out at a GVRD meeting at Langley Civic Centre. The GVRD was looking for public input into a proposal to build a motorsport complex in Aldergrove Lake Regional Park. • Township council refused to support Langley School Board’s “survival” budget, which at $41 million, was a million dollars above the provincial government’s allowance – and put school trustees in a precarious legal position. Twenty Years Ago

February 16, 1994

• Archery enthusiasts felt their sport was threat-

ened by a bylaw banning crossbows and longbows in Langley Township. • One of Langley’s longeststanding businesses, Easingwood Television, was closing its doors after 66 years of electronics service, upon the retirement of owner Seward Easingwood. • Township council chambers were crowded by Murrayville residents who felt that a 17.5-acre subdivision proposal near Five Corners went against the community’s traditional roots. • Fort Langley residents also felt that their community’s heritage was at stake, as they spoke out against Canada Post’s plans to install “supermailboxes” in their village. One resident described the metal, multi-box units as an “absolute blight on the landscape.”

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February 17, 2004

• Ishtar Transition Housing Society started a new Community Based Victim Services Program strengthening its outreach to women, men, and children who are victims of abuse.

February 20, 2004

• In a move to reboot its sagging enrolment numbers, Langley Secondary School started a soccer program for students from around the province. • A Water Resources plan was approved for Willoughby’s Yorkson Creek neighbourhood.


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Chamber of commerce prepares for a busy year Langley’s business community is celebrating its chamber. by Matthew Claxton

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This is Chamber of Commerce Week in British Columbia, and the local business group is spending its time gathering new members and preparing for the year ahead. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a monthly meeting this week, along with the first in a string of network-

ing open houses that will hit all Langley’s major neighbourhoods, from now until March. The support from the province and time in the spotlight is a good way to bring in some new members, noted chamber executive director Lynn Whitehouse. “What do we do? Well, we advocate for business,” Whitehouse said. That means dealing with a broader range of issues than you might expect. Whitehouse noted that one of the late-February items on the agenda for the chamber is to finalize

its list of policy resolutions that will go to the B.C. Chamber of Commerce meeting in May. One of the positions Langley’s chamber will advocate for is asking the province to return to threeyear funding for some non-profit groups. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is itself a non-profit, but in addition it has numerous members that are nonprofit groups, or that work and volunteer with them. Non-profits usually have to re-apply every year for funding from the provincial government, after a

change in the rules some Commerce meeting, when years ago, Whitehouse it called for transparency said. and standardization in the “They need to have the fees charged for credit card stability of processing three-year – an issue “What do we do? funding of interest We advocate for from the to many Lottery small merbusiness.” Corporchants who Lynn Whitehouse ation,” rely on said Whitetheir ability house. to accept The uncertainty can credit card transactions. also make it harder for New resolutions from the non-profits to contract their members will be with professionals. accepted up to the start of The Langley chamber March. saw one of its resoluAlongside advocacy and tions passed at last year’s networking, the Greater Canadian Chamber of Langley Chamber will be

doing a lot of educational outreach this year. There will be a municipal election in November, possibly paired with a referendum on TransLink funding. The chamber has for many years played a big part in encouraging and hosting debates of candidates, with both business and non-business questions tossed to those seeking election in Langley. The chamber will also be gathering information and getting it out to voters in advance of the referendum, which could affect transportation for years.

Getting results for B.C. business February 17, 2014, marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week, an opportunity for Chambers of Commerce across British Columbia to showcase their hard work on behalf of business communities across the province. This year, Chambers are celebrating the theme of “Leadership in Action” – a theme which highlights the leadership Chambers bring to their business communities, working hard to enhance B.C. as a business-friendly jurisdiction with strong opportunities for all British Columbians. And this leadership delivers results. Just this month, B.C.’s Chamber network, working in partnership with the B.C. government, was able to deliver a significant win for B.C.’s businesses: key, businessfriendly changes to a recycling regulation that had caused concern in business communities across B.C. Thanks to the hard work of Chambers in B.C., working closely with a responsive government, more than 99% of B.C.’s businesses will face no red tape or fees under this recycling regulation, which deals with packaging and printed paper. And that’s just one of many positive changes that the Chamber network has led for B.C. businesses. Among many areas of impact,

B.C.’s Chambers have been a key voice: • Encouraging balanced budgets at all levels of government • Calling for solutions to B.C.’s skills gap; and • Encouraging municipalities to actively support local economic development. As members of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Chambers throughout the province are part of B.C.’s most extensive business policy development process. This process brings B.C. businesses’ innovative ideas and on-the-ground insights to B.C.’s decision makers, and helps shape an ever more business-friendly province. Chamber network policies span from fiscal and tax policy to infrastructure to industry-specific issues. At the local level, Chambers throughout B.C. are catalysts for change, bringing together business and community leaders to figure out how to take each community forward. Here in the Langleys, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work advocating on behalf of our local businesses. We have met with both the City of Langley and Township of Langley Councils to reestablish the business vote, address the issue of derelict buildings in our community, discuss the continued reduction of crime and encourage expansion of the Mobile Business License initiative.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

Marketing Workshop: How to Market Your Organization Join us to learn the HOW, WHAT and WHY of marketing from a guest panel of experts. Special Guest Panel:

2014 Networking Open House Series The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce invites you to be our guest for an afternoon of networking, complimentary appetizers and introductions. Join us to meet your Community Director and other members of the Board of Directors.

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Langley City (Including Willowbrook & Langley Bypass) Date / Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: My Thai Restaurant Ltd. ~ 20542 Fraser Highway, Langley Cost: Complimentary to all guests but an RSVP is required for catering purposes. Scott Johnston

Liz Harris ~ Executive Director Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This half-day workshop will include presentations from each of our guest panelists and a Q&A following each presentation. Although this is geared towards not for profits, business owners could also benefit from this event.

South Langley (Murrayville – Brookswood – Fernridge) Date / Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: Ocean Park Pizza & Steakhouse ~ 20097 40 Avenue, Langley Cost: Complimentary to all guests but an RSVP is required for catering purposes.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2013

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Lots of love to go around Jackie, a two-year-old spayed female terrier mix, that is up for adoption through Our Last Hope Animal Rescue, was at Bosley’s Aldergrove recently. Our Last Hope founder Jeneane Ruscheinsky was in the pet store showing off a few of the canines currently in need of homes, including Jackie, who she describes as “26 pounds of sweet,” and a Shiba-Chihuahua cross named Sweet William (inset). Ten-yearold Ivy Handford, in the foreground, as well as her sister Taleah, aged 13, shared lots of cuddles with the dogs that were visiting the store of their parents (Meredith and Darwin Handford).

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Our boy Andy is no stranger to LAPS by no fault of his own. At only 7 years young this is Andy’s 3rd time looking to find his forever home and he would like to get it right this time around! Andy’s first owner passed away and his second owner could no longer keep Andy due to moving. Andy’s only requirement for his home is that he needs to be the only 4 legged superstar in your life. He is not fond of other cats or dogs. Andy is an incredibly handsome, rugged, orange tabby that will eat up all of your attention. Andy rolls onto his back to let you know that he is not quite done with your attention! He is a purring machine and has a hillarious almost silent meow. You will visibly see his mouth moving but only a little squeak will come out. Adult, Male, Medium

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Binky is an exuberant, Rhodesian ridge-back mix. This little banana pants is about a year old and hasn’t quite learned his manners yet. No small furries for this guy, he thinks they are just too fun to chase, and couldn’t be trusted not to in his new home. Binky needs a human that has a lot of get up and go! They’ll need to be super active and be able to keep him busy. Hiking, swimming, agility and the like are definitely in this guy’s future. Binky is looking for that special someone who wants a fur baby and doesn’t have any small human ones. If your ideal dog sounds something like our Binky, please ask to speak with his Trainer, Kayla.

Rosco Meet our beautiful, 7 year old, Rosco! This rollie pollie guy is 98lbs of fun! Rosco is a sweet little dude who loves his food a little too much. As he does not share well he would not be suitable for a home with small children. This goofy guy is a pleasure to walk and knows basic commands. Rosco will need someone to keep him on track with his diet. This handsome fella is a gentleman in the house, doesn't chew and could very well live with the right dog or a kitty companion. If you feel like Rosco is the missing piece in your family’s puzzle, please ask to speak with his Trainer.

Carrie

Carrie is a gorgeous brown tabby looking for a home to call her own. One November morning Carrie was found running loose on our LAPS property. Unfortunately we believe that she could have just been dropped off here during the night. Naturally she was frightened and it took her a little while to feel safe and comfortable in her new surroundings. She is now settled in and starting to show off her lovely personality. We estimate this darling to be about 6 years young. She has recently had a dental cleaning and is a healthy girl. She really enjoys being pet and adores chin scratches. Carrie truly is a diamond in the rough. She purrs loudly and almost falls asleep in our staff and volunteers laps. She often starts to make bread as you are petting her. If you have not heard this term before, it means, that she kneads her paws out of enjoyment and it appears as though she is making bread! She also has elevator bum when she is very happy! The term elevator bum means she lifts her little tush up into the air during pets when she is very happy. Sometimes when Carrie looks at you it almost appears as though she is smiling.

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Our boy Andy is no stranger to LAPS by no fault of his own. At only 7 years young this is Andy's 3rd time looking to find his forever home and he would like to get it right this time around! Andy's first owner passed away and his second owner could no longer keep Andy due to moving. Andy's only requirement for his home is that he needs to be the only 4 legged superstar in your life. He is not fond of other cats or dogs. Andy is an incredibly handsome, rugged, orange tabby that will eat up all of your attention. Andy rolls onto his back to let you know that he is not quite done with your attention! He is a purring machine and has a hilarious almost silent meow. You will visibly see his mouth moving but only a little squeak will come out. A small squeak for such a big boned boy!

Francine was brought into LAPS after she had been found wandering the big city all alone, looking for some help. She has not been in our care very long but she has quickly stolen hearts. We do not have any available history on her but we estimate her to be about 7 years old, possibly younger. She may only look older because than she actually is because she came into LAPS not in the best of shape. She is a little thin still and needs to put on a little weight. She appears to have been on her own for quite some time. Francine would like to be the only feline in your life as she does not seem too fond of other cats. Francine is affectionate but like a typical lady... it is on her own schedule and terms! She enjoys pets but will also gently let you know once she has had enough. A cat-savvy individual might be the ideal adopter for this gal. She is quite vocal and is not afraid to tell you “I would like some attention”! She looks very precious when she scrunches up her little chin while she enjoys a good ol’ chin scratch! Francine is very deserving of a pampered princess life.

Carrie is a gorgeous brown tabby Nikki’s had a tough life the last little while and could really use a loving forever home. Nikki had been living in a nursery and came into LAPS with a very nasty infected wound that needed careful treatment. It appeared as though she had been attacked by some type of animal. We sent her to the vet and nursed her back to health and she is now ready to find an amazing home of her own. Nikki is approaching three years old. She’s a very gentle, friendly cat with lots of character. Despite the pain she must have been in when she first arrived to the shelter she shocked staff with her loving disposition. She is cuddly and does not seem to mind other cats as long as she has her own space. Come meet this gorgeous black kitty!

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Kodiaks run away with Harold Brittain title Aldergrove’s junior B hockey team recorded the most regular season points in franchise history. by Troy Landreville sports@langleyadvance.com

The Port Moody Panthers were a pesky bunch Saturday, but still didn’t have the teeth to take down the Aldergrove Kodiaks. The Kodiaks scored the only three goals of the second period before cruising to a 7-4 win at Port Moody Arena.

The final Pacific Junior Hockey The Panthers finished their seaLeague regular season game for son at 10-30-2-2. both teams featured the best and Stephen Ryan, who led the worst of the PJHL’s five-team Kodiaks and the entire PJHL in Harold Brittain scoring with 88 Conference. points, notched his Aldergrove’s 40th and 41st goals “Both teams were junior Bs ended of the season to trying send a with a 34-6-2-2 go along with two message, that’s for record and were assists to spearrunaway winhead Aldergrove’s sure.” ners of the conoffence. Rick Harkins ference title. Ryan’s linemates The 72 points Adam Callegari and the Kodiaks Spencer Unger postamassed in 44 regular season ed a goal and two assists each. games was the most, by far, in For the 20-year-old Callegari, the Aldergrove franchise’s sixhis goal was the 50th of his PJHL year history. career, in his 100th game.

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‘Jackie Robinson of hockey’ visits Pastime

Willie O’Ree signed a photo of himself in a Boston Bruins uniform for nine-year-old Jenson Bender late Wednesday afternoon at Pastime Sports & Games in downtown Langley City. A left winger, O’Ree became the first black hockey player to play in the NHL when he suited up for the Bruins for a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958, at the Montreal Forum. During the 1960-61 NHL campaign, the now 78-year-old O’Ree played 43 games for the Bruins, posting four goals, but never played another NHL game after that season. However, despite being legally blind in his right eye for most of his career as the result of getting struck by an errant puck, O’Ree continued to play pro hockey, primarily in the Western Hockey League, before retiring in 1979 at age 42.

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Nolan Wallinger scored two of “It was typical Aldergrove/ the Kodiaks’ three second period Abbotsford match-up,” Harkins goals and added a helper. said. “They’re always great Elvis Jansons tallied the only games and there was a playoff goal of the first period for the atmosphere. Both teams are Kodiaks. hoping to meet in second round Port Moody took a 2-1 lead into [of the playoffs] if all things go the first intermission. right. Both teams were trying Kodiaks goaltender Jordan send a message, that’s for sure.” Liem made 33 saves to earn his The Kodiaks had a slow start 20th win. Liem posted an outto the game, with Ryan scoring standing 20-3-1 record with two the Aldergrove’s lone goal of the shutouts and a 2.52 goals against first frame. Abbotsford got goals average this season. from Alexander Methorst, Jared The Kodiaks won despite only Virtanen, and Braeden Monk in dressing three lines, with Spencer the opening 20 minutes, but was and Scott McHaffie and Quinncy held off the scoreboard after that. Leroux not play“Our guys perseing. vered, and we had Kodiaks assistAldergrove Kodiaks pretty good second ant coach/generand third periods playoff game al manager Rick and were able to What: Game 2 of the bestHarkins said the come out with the of-seven Harold Brittain Panthers put up win,” Harkins said. Conference semifinal series a fight, looking The Kodiaks Who: Kodiaks vs. Mission to end their year finished 13 points City Outlaws with a win. clear of the Pilots, When: Wednesday, Feb. 19 “They made a who ended up secOpening faceoff is 7:15 p.m. ond in the Harold pretty good push trying to get a Brittain with a 27Where: Aldergrove Arena playoff spot after 12-2-3 mark. Tickets: At the door Christmas, and The Kodiaks being professionbegin their postal, they wanted season tonight to go out on a good note, and (Tuesday, Feb. 18) when they they played hard,” Harkins said. visit the Mission Leisure Centre Landen Matechuk scored to face the Mission City Outlaws. twice in the third frame for the Game time is 7:30 p.m. Panthers, who got first period The teams meet again for game goals from Evan Locke and Kurt two of the seven-game series Sonne. Wednesday at Aldergrove Arena. Kodiaks 5, Opening faceoff is 7:15 p.m. Abbotsford Pilots 3 From the outset, the odds are Down 3-1 after the first period stacked against the Outlaws, who of play Wednesday at Aldergrove finished fourth in the Harold Arena, the Kodiaks rallied to Brittain with an 11-28-2-3 record. score twice in the second period The Pilots also open their playbefore adding two more goals offs tonight, hosting the Ridge in the final stanza to beat their Meadows Flames at Abbotsford’s Harold Brittain Conference rivals MSA Arena. from Abbotsford. The Flames took third in the The Kodiaks’ Joshua Cronin Harold Brittain with a 17-22-2-3 (on a powerplay) and Nolan mark. Dyck scored in the second period ICE CHIPS: Despite a six-game to tie the game at 3-3. win streak to end their season, At the 10:20 mark of the third the Kodiaks finished a point back period, Aldergrove’s Jonathan of the Richmond Sockeyes in the Philley broke the deadlock with race for top spot in the PJHL. the eventual game-winning goal. The Tom Shaw ConferenceTwo minutes and 42 seconds leading Sockeyes (34-5-3-2) won later, the Kodiaks’ Scott McHaffie their final seven games of the added an insurance marker. campaign.

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Gators begin playoff run Friday on their home court by Troy Landreville sports@langleyadvance.com

This Friday, the Walnut Grove Gators will embark on their quest for a second consecutive B.C. senior boys basketball title. The 29-5 Gators – who won the B.C. Triple A championship last March at the Langley Events Centre – open their Fraser Valley Quad A playoff qualifiers against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Fraser Heights and Port Moody. Opening tip-off for the Gators’ game is 7:45 p.m. at Walnut Grove Secondary’s gym.

If the Gators win, they’ll play again on their home court Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:45 p.m. If they lose, they’ll be in action at the WGSS gym Monday at 6 p.m. The LEC is hosting the Fraser Valley championships starting Friday, Feb. 28, and ending with the championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

Masters in Creston

The field is set for the 2014 BC Masters Curling Championships in Creston, and there is a handful of Langley curlers taking part.

Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will battle for gold in this 60-plus competition being held at the Creston Curling Club from March 5-9. Local men’s curlers involved include: • Team Sparkes – lead Kiyo Hamade – and fifth Bruce Lonsbery; • Team Moore – lead Gary Smith; • Team Lepine, based out of the Langley Curling Club – lead Claire Morrison from Aldergrove; • Team Gardner – third Vicki Smith;

Silver skaters

Langley figure skaters twirled and glided to silver medals at the Winterskate event in Chilliwack last weekend. Results were: Karlin De Schutter, Star 3 – silver Brooklyn Sanderson, Star 3 – silver Evelyn Bator, Sr. Silver Ladies – silver Una Chang, Star 3 – silver Vanessa Merk, Star 4 Ladies Gr. 9 – 7th Mackenna Kerr, Star 4 Ladies Gr.2 – 4th

Kate Boyes, Star 4 Ladies Gr.4 – 5th; and Intro Interpretive – 8th Diana Hong, Jr. Silver Ladies – 5th; and Pre-Novice Ladies Short – 16th Madison Borthwick, Star 5 – 12th Another skater from Langley was Kayla Halliday in Star 2. On a related note, the intermediate synchro team from Aldergrove – which includes several Langley skaters – is getting ready to skate in the nationals next weekend at Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.

Pro lacrosse

Stealth rout Mammoth, get roughed up by Roughnecks With a lengthy break ahead, Vancouver Stealth players have the next two weeks to mull over their lopsided 20-9 loss to the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Vancouver Stealth were on opposite ends of lopsided scores over the weekend. On Friday, the Stealth trounced the host Colorado Mammoth 19-9. The next night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, it was the Stealth’s turn to take one on the chin, falling 20-9 to the Roughnecks. Stealth 19, Colorado Mammoth 9 The Stealth bumped their five-game slump by toppling the Mammoth at the Pepsi Centre in Denver, Colorado. The win gave the Stealth their first victory in five games, their first road win,

and they evened the season series with Colorado at two games apiece. It was an impressive first half for the Stealth as their offence came out firing on all cylinders, scoring nine goals to Colorado’s one during the first quarter. At the end of the first half the Stealth led 13-4 and were in complete control of the game, “We had our backs against the wall a little bit so it was time to see what we were made of,” Stealth head coach Chris Hall said. “It was also the first time this season that we pretty much had our offence from last year intact.”

The offence continued to stay hot in the second half as the Stealth scored another 10 goals on route to a huge victory. The Stealth were led by Brett Bucktooth who had a monster night, collecting a remarkable 12 points, including six goals. “Bucktooth was obviously phenomenal tonight,” Hall said. “He played well last week, too but we were without ‘Duchee’ and we finally had our captain back on defense, and he’s our leader, back there.”

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Bucktooth was playing in just his second game of the season after missing time with injury, and it was his first game back alongside Rhys Duch this season. The two proved to be unstoppable, as Duch had a breakout game as well, after missing last week’s game with a suspension. Duch finished with four goals and seven assists. Cliff Smith and Tyler Digby also contributed in a big way, tallying a combined 15 points.

Smith had three goals and five assists, and Digby added one goal and six assists. It was also a big night for another Stealth rookie, as Chris Wardle scored his first career NLL goal in highlight-reel fashion, in just his second career game. Calgary Roughnecks 20, Stealth 9 It was a second half to forget for the Stealth, who fell to 3-7 after being routed by the Roughnecks. The Calgary hosts outscored the Stealth 12-4 during the second half of play, transforming a reasonably tight game into a blowout.

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It was close early on, with the Roughnecks leading 3-2 after the first quarter of play. The Roughnecks then scored three unanswered goals to make it 6-3 early in the second quarter. The Stealth looked to pull within two before heading into the first half break, but a late Roughnecks goal made it 8-5 before the half. The Roughnecks took over in the third quarter, scoring three goals 27 seconds apart. The slow start to open the second half forced the Stealth to make a change in the net, after starting goaltender Tyler Richards surrendered 11 goals on 29 shots. Matt Roik replaced Richards for the remainder of the game and made a couple of big saves for his team, but the Roughnecks kept the pressure on, peppering Roik with 27 shots in the second half while scoring nine times. The Roughnecks outshot the Stealth 56-40 in the game, thanks in large part to a dominant performance in the face-off dot by Geoff Snider who won 85 percent of his draws.

Bye ahead

The Stealth will now have two weeks off before making a return trip to Alberta on Saturday, March 8 to take on the Edmonton Rush (7-0) which has yet to lose a game this season.

Langley Cribbage League Scores as of Feb. 13 Milner 20, Harmsworth 16 Murrayville 22, Willoughby 14 Langley 21, Fort Langley 15 Second half standings Langley 138, Murrayville 133, Harmsworth 130, Milner 130, Fort Langley 116, Will’by 109


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