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Guilty pleas in mushroom farm deaths Families of victims of 2008 tragedy react DAN FERGUSON Times Reporter

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A 54-year-old man from Abbotsford died when his red Chevy Sprint hit a refrigeration truck head-on near the 72 Avenue approach to the Trans-Canada highway early Tuesday. Video at

Fatal crash near Highway 1 on-ramp Abbotsford man pronounced dead at the scene DAN FERGUSON Times Reporter

A 54-year-old Abbotsford man died Tuesday morning in Langley when his small car collided with a large truck

near the 72 Avenue on-ramp to the Trans-Canada Highway. Langley RCMP said around 4:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to a twovehicle head-on collision involving an eastbound refrigeration truck and a westbound Chevy Sprint. The small car suffered what was described as substantial damage to the driver’s side. The driver and only occupant of the Sprint was pronounced dead at


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Every time 15-year-old Tracey Phan visits her father in hospital, she talks to him even though she isn’t sure he can hear her. “I don’t know if he understands what I’m saying,” she said. “I don’t know if he can see me or not, but I’m just hoping that he can.” Michael Phan, a Langley father of two, has been in a coma for three years since he was overcome by gas in a South Langley mushroom farm. He is one of two people who survived but suffered critical injuries in the 2008 incident incident that killed three other men at the farm which produced mushrooms and mushroom manure at 23751 - 16 Ave. When a pipe burst in a shed used to mix gypsum, chicken manure and water, it released noxious fumes that killed farmworkers Ut Tran, Han Pham and Jimmy Chan and permanently injured Tchen Phan and Michael Phan. Tchen Phan is in a wheelchair and cannot hear, talk, walk or remember what happened to him. On Friday, a lawyer for the three people who operate two companies at the farm entered guilty pleas to 10 charges of violating provincial safety regulations. They will be sentenced in September. Tracey Phan attended the Friday (May 13) morning hearing in Surrey Provincial Court with her mother Phoung Le. Afterwards, the teen’s voice shook as she explained to reporters what life has been like without a father figure. “He was always there for me and now that he’s been taken away,” she said. “It’s so hard.” “Whatever happens, I can’t ever get my dad back the way he was, ever.” When Phoung Le was asked if the guilty pleas would bring her some closure, she shook her head slowly. “Not fair,” she said. “[It’s] not fair to my family.” Nga Trieu brought her 10-year-old son Phat with her to see the guilty pleas entered. Trieu’s husband Han Pham died trying to rescue people from the enclosed space. “I still don’t know what happened exactly,” the frustrated widow said, speaking through an interpreter. Asked if the guilty pleas will make her feel any better, she said no. “I’m not satisfied.” continued, PAGE 3


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Under the terms of the plea agreement, charges were dropped against Vy Tri Truong, who was one of the four people originally charged last year following a 10-month investigation by WorkSafe B.C. The remaining three, Van Thi Truong Ha Qua Truong and Thinh Huu Doan, and the companies they operate — A-1 Mushroom Substratum Ltd. and H.V. Truong Ltd. — pleaded guilty to 10 of the original 29 charges, including failure to have an occupational health and safety program in place, failure to educate workers about safety, failure to properly supervise workers and failure to make workers aware about confined space hazards, Their lawyer, Les Mackoff, told reporters his clients pleaded guilty as soon as they reasonably could, but had to review 6,000 pages of material from the prosecutor first. “Our clients always wanted to accept responsibility for their failings,” Mackoff said, adding that they were admitting to violating safety regulations, not criminal offences. Two of the individuals, Ha Qua Truong and Thinh Huu Doan, were present for the court hearing. They face a maximum fine of $600,000 and up to six months in jail. They did not make any statements. Video online at

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Relatives of the victims of a 2008 gas leak at a Langley mushroom farm attended Surrey Court Friday morning (May 13) to witness guilty pleas being entered by three individuals and two companies. L to R: Tracey Phan, whose father remains in a coma, Phat Trieu and his mother Nga Trieu, whose husband died trying to rescue fellow workers, and Phuong Le, Tracey’s mother.

A week after it ended, a marathon walk by Langley residents Masami Yakata and friend Sara Jones to raise funds for victims of the Japanese tsunami, is still attracting donations. By the time the pair finished taking turns on a treadmill at Fitness Unlimited on Saturday (May 7), just over $2,700 had come in. More donations have come in since then, boosting the amount raised to $3,171.16 as of Monday (May 16). Jones says Yakata did 80 per cent of the walking during the 12-hour marathon at the 20501 Logan Avenue facility. All the money will go to the Japanese Red Cross. The 9.0 magnitude quake on March 11 sent 10-metre tall waves as far as 10 kilometres inland, wiping out entire communities and killing thousands. The Sendai earthquake is the strongest known tremor to ever hit Japan and one of the five strongest earthquakes recorded anywhere since modern record-keeping began in 1900. Yakata came to Canada not long after the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan, which killed more than 6,000 people.

ERT called to subdue woman distraught over dog’s death Apparently distraught over the death of her dog, a woman snapped, triggering a police response which included the Lower Mainland’s Emergency Response Team. Cpl. Holly Marks, who speaks for Langley RCMP, said that the incident occurred on May 6 at the Langley Animal Clinic, 5758 203 St. Police were advised that the woman was “going crazy” because her dog died. The woman, a 25-year-old of no fixed address, used a crow bar to smash the door of the clinic.

When police arrived, the woman walked around a pickup truck and threw an object, later determined to be a cigarette lighter, at a police officer. She was also wielding a large screwdriver and a ‘multi-tool’ in one hand, and a canister of pepper spray in the other. When the woman was ordered to drop the items, she refused. She climbed onto the hood of the police car and began yelling at the officer. When the officer repeated the order to

drop the items in her hands, she complied, placing them at her feet on the hood of the car. When she was told to get off the cruiser, she refused. Marks said that when two officers from the ERT moved towards the woman, she jumped off the vehicle and ran. She was captured after a very short foot chase, arrested and handcuffed, all the while resisting, kicking and thrashing on the ground. Marks said that it in an apparent attempt

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 commencing at 7:00 pm The Otter Co-op is accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. To be eligible, a person must be an Otter Co-op member, either as an individual or as a principal of a company that is a member and has purchased more than $1000 in the prior fiscal year. The person must be at least 18 years of age. The nominee must also be a strong supporter of the Co-op and agree with the Co-op’s Code of Ethics. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 10, 5:00 pm. To submit a name, please call Chairperson John Watt at 604-533-1054 or Merilee McAuley at the Otter Co-op office 604-607-6923. Notice of Special Resolution to Adopt New Rules That the existing Rules of the Association be: Repealed; and Replaced with the attached Rules, Effective on the date the attached Rules are filed with and registered by the Registrar of Cooperatives. Copies of Rule Changes are available at our Administration Office or on our website @

Parents speak to board over sale of school site DAN FERGUSON Times Reporter

Pete Pretorius says a survey of the neighbourhood around an about-to-be cancelled school site at 19865 70 Ave. in the Routley neighbourhood of Willoughby shows there are 500 children of school age living nearby. Pretorius, the parent of two school-aged boys, was scheduled to present the survey results at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. He is one of several Routley residents expected to appear before the Langley Board of Education about a land swap that would see the property turned into a townhouse development. Last month, the school district announced that it, the Township of Langley and a private developer have negotiated the trade of the Routley land for another location in the Yorkson neighbourhood at 20626 84 Ave. Pretorius says he decided to buy a house in Routley because he was led to believe a school was in the works. He pointed to a Township of

Langley “Routley Park conceptual plan” in 2003 that called for construction of an elementary school with a “community facility” attached, once the area was fully developed. A map of the proposal showed a basketball court immediately to the south, a play area to the northwest and to the east, tennis courts and a space that could be used for two soccer pitches or two baseball fields. “There’s a good reason people bought in that neighbourhood,” Pretorius said. He estimates the area around the site is 85 per cent developed. “Everybody’s bought their homes according to the plan. Now, when we have 15 per cent of the plan to go, the plan changes.” Pretorius said the new school site is located in an area that is already getting a new school. It is just 600 metres from the new Lynn Fripps elementary, on which construction is beginning. A statement issued by the Langley school district after the controversy erupted said it is not at

all unusual for districts to “dispose of or exchange property held for future, possible school use as requirements change.” The Yorkson neighbourhood, where the new property is located has been identified as an area of high growth and high need for future schools, the district added. A Township of Langley report on the proposal conceded there is a lack of space for new students near Routley, but said that will be “somewhat alleviated” when the Lynn Fripps school opens in 2012. The report notes that the Routley neighbourhood currently falls within the catchment area of Willoughby Elementary School at 208 Street and 80 Avenue which has “limited capacity available” and the problem will only get worse this fall when allday kindergarten starts. Pretorius and his wife set up a website to organize opposition to the proposed re-zoning at The name is the Township file number of the rezoning application.

System costly for on-call teachers DAN FERGUSON Times Reporter

Part-time teachers have a choice of breaking the law against texting and driving or risk losing work, a teacher’s union representative says. Antonia Tsiolas, the union’s on-call chair, recently told trustees that the current automated call system needs an update so

on-call teachers can use voice commands to respond when the district computer dials their number to see if they’re available for some fill-in work. The only voice command the system recognizes right now is “hello.” After that, the only way an on-call teacher can communicate with the system to accept or refuse an assignment is by


punching in numbers using their telephone buttons. If an on-call teacher happens to be driving, even with a handsfree cell phone, they have no legal way of responding, Tsiolas said. A new law banning hand held cell phones forbids any kind of texting. Teachers are asking the district to modernize the automatic dialer so it understands voice responses.


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Three honoured for heritage conservation Three owners of three private properties have been recognized for heritage conservation, in an award program established by the Langley Heritage Society. The recipients include Maureen and Rob Robinson who own the Milsean Shoppe in Aldergrove, Quadra Homes and HJ Properties’ Yorkson Creek development, and Ted and Lynda Lightfoot and their Henry Leaf residence. The awards and recognition plaques were presented at the annual general meeting of the Heritage Society on Friday evening. Recognition was given to the Milsean Shoppe which occupies the old Aldergrove Fire Hall. It had been built by volunteer effort and donations in 1959. With the construction of a new fire hall in 2000, the Township offered the old site and building for sale. The Robinsons subsequently became the new owners and determined that the old structure could be renovated to suit their needs. Heritage Society president Fred Pepin, one of the volunteers during construction, reminisced about the community effort it took to build the fire hall. He said that the Robinsons’ creative renovation saved an important piece of Langley’s history. Not only does the old fire

hall now house a candy factory, coffee shop and upstairs residence for the owners but it has also helped revitalize downtown Aldergrove. Ann and Bob Hall accepted the award on behalf of their daughter Maureen and son-inlaw Rob, who were unable to attend the meeting. Ann told the audience about the history of Milsean “sweets” starting out as a tiny cottage industry and becoming a huge success that required all the space the old fire hall provided. The Yorkson Creek development by Quadra Homes and HJ Properties won recognition for saving three buildings important to the history of the Willoughby area. The development has incorporated the 1922 Willoughby Church, the 1925 Jones residence and the 1930s Campbell residence as homes into a new residential community. The exteriors of all three buildings were restored with as much historical accuracy as possible. The interior of each building has high quality finishes such as real hardwood floors and fine woodwork. The Willoughby Church, first as Methodist then United, served the community from 1922 until 1965. David Jones was a prominent Willoughby resident serv-

ing on Township council in the late 1920s and later as a Justice of the Peace. Tom and Dorothy Campbell operated the general store beside their home and were a big part of Willoughby when it was still quite an isolated rural community. Pepin presented the award to Quadra’s Shawn Bouchard, who said his company was pleased to help in preserving a part of Langley’s heritage. The Heritage Society also recognized the expert restoration of the Henry Leaf residence by Ted and Lynda Lightfoot. Leaf was a blacksmith by trade and emigrated from England, first to Ontario then B.C. He and his wife, Louise, settled in northeast Langley when it was very isolated. Henry built the one and a half storey home with square hewn logs in 1897. The Leafs developed a successful dairy farm and became quite prosperous. Pepin thanked the Lightfoots for their expert restoration and preservation of a building that represents an important part of Langley’s early settlement. The awards program, now in its second year, has three categories for award eligibility. The Lightfoots were recognized for their preservation of a designated heritage building, the Robinsons’ Milsean Shoppe was honored for the adaptive re-use of a building with heritage interest, and Quadra Homes/HJ Properties received the award for incorporating heritage into the newly-built environment.


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trial balloon by some members of the BC Liberal Party to change their party’s name has some merit — but it is no substitute for a change in some of the party’s policies, particularly those which have turned off the public in droves. The BC Liberal Party is in no way related, in actual fact or philosophy, to the federal Liberal Party which is having troubles of its own. It is a coalition party, a fact that Premier Christy Clark and others seeking the party’s leadership earlier this year made abundantly clear on many occasions. There are some Liberals in its ranks. Clark herself was at one time a federal Liberal, although she hasn’t made it clear if she still belongs to the federal party. However, there are also many federal Conservatives within BC Liberal ranks. Many of them (and others who do not belong to any federal party) are very uncomfortable with the Liberal name, and it does hurt many BC Liberal candidates, particularly in interior ridings. There are few really good options open for a new name. Some of the best ones have been taken — such as B.C. Party or BC First Party. The best new name would have no connection to any federal party, and would promote the fact that it is a provincial party. However, the bigger question for the BC Liberals is how do they deal with the lack of confidence many people have in their policies and actions, such as the imposition of the HST, the expansion of gambling, planned tolls on the Port Mann Bridge or the $6 million payoff to lawyers for convicted ex-staffers Dave Basi and Bob Virk. Their main reason for existence has been “to keep the NDP out.” While that is still a strong factor for many voters, others are wavering. Memories of the NDP years in power from 1991 to 2001 have faded for many, while others were either too young to vote or lived in other places during those years. The NDP have challenges of their own, and they don’t involve name changes. New leader Adrian Dix has strong ties to past NDP governments and to organized labour, whose popularity is about par with the BC Liberals. Both parties need to develop policies that ease the tax burden on working people and seniors, and start listening more to ordinary people, and less to special interest groups.


ALR exclusions deserve attention Pressures of real estate market show in rural Langley


n issue currently flying under active working farm, and its excluthe radar screen for many sion from the ALR is puzzling. Langley residents is exclusion Another factor to keep in mind is From of land from the Agricultural Land that concerns relating to the Hopthe Editor Reserve. ington Aquifer in this area are overTwo recent approvals have at FRANKBUCHOLTZ stated, as long as subdivided propleast one councillor, Councillor erties are hooked up to the new Charlie Fox, worried. He believes that they water line that will run along the 52 Avenue may be the tip of the iceberg and there may be alignment. While it is important that water conmany more requests for exclusion, particularly tinues to be drawn from the aquifer and recircuin the area generally known as the Salmon River late back into the ground, plenty of homes and uplands. farms will still be drawing from the aquifer. One approval is for 19 acres at the top of the Perhaps the most important factor relating to 56 Avenue hill near 238 Street, while another these two applications, and many applications askrelates to the 77-acre former Tuscan Gardens ing permission to dump soil on farm land, is that property on the east side of the Salmon River, a they are driven by the inflated real estate market. short distance away. While housing prices have fallen by an averIt is important to keep several factors in age 34 per cent in the U.S. and are stable in mind. One is that the Agricultural Land Reserve many parts of Canada, they continue to go up was never meant to be a “forever” freeze on all in the Lower Mainland. This makes any piece of parcels that were initially included when it was land with even a hint of subdivision potential instituted in 1973. worth its weight in gold, and it also means a The parcels of land put into the ALR at the high demand for sites where fill from excavatime were mainly active farms, or properties tions for new homes can be dumped. Enter Lannear other active farms, and zoned for agriculgley’s rural areas, on both counts. ture. The purpose of the ALR in the first place was The Salmon River uplands at that time had to take subdivision pressure off good farm land, many active farms, but it also had been earensuring that there would be enough land in marked for future development. Some small-scale the future to provide for a portion of B.C.’s food development had already taken place at the time demands. It was also to allow decision-makers of the creation of the ALR. the luxury of thinking about the distant future, The property at 238 Street and 56 Avenue was and not just the immediate future, when making originally zoned for one-acre lots — before the land use decisions. ALR. It has been used for gravel extraction, and One unintended consequence when it came while Christmas trees have been grown on the in was that land prices outside the ALR almost property, its soil-based agricultural potential is doubled in a short time. There needs to be carelimited. ful consideration of just how today’s booming Tuscan Farms, on the other hand, has been an real estate economy affects ALR lands.

t wasn’t long ago that smoking was not only a tolerated habit, but was also encouraged as an acceptable way to unwind from the stress of the day. When studies began to prove the link between smoking and major health problems such as heart disease, lung cancer and stroke, it was too late to stop smoking from becoming part of our culture. To this day, smoking is still regarded by medical definitions as a lifestyle choice rather than an addiction. A new initiative from the B.C. government aims to reduce smoking and its effects that cost the economy billions in lost wages and health-care expenses annually. Premier Christy Clark announced that smoking cessation tools such as nicotine patches and gum would be paid for under the province’s prescription drug program. While critics decry the move as political posturing, it is a step in the right direction to reducing smoking. Over the next four months, Clark will develop the program further by consulting with other stakeholder groups. Studies show that people who invest financially in their own treatment are more successful, which could indicate a rebate upon successful completion of a program might be more effective. Further support, like counselling for behavioural and emotional triggers — having that cup of coffee with your mid-morning smoke — would also help British Columbians kick the habit for good. —Nanaimo News Bulletin (Black Press)

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An observer’s view of finance committee Editor: As a Township taxpayer who attended all but one meeting of the Mayor’s Select Committee on Finance, I feel compelled to refute Kenneth C. Baker’s letter “Council refuses to meet with finance committee,” (The Times, May 13). Baker encourages mayoral hopeful Jack Froese to “do his homework prior to putting his foot in his mouth.” I would admonish Baker to take his own advice more seriously. I’m very disappointed by his assertions and some of his statements, which I characterize as false. This letter will undoubtedly be met with disdain and contempt by Mayor Rick Green’s choir of letter writers, who are often short of facts and first-hand knowledge. But the mayor’s orchestrated “six pack” PR spin and the equally aged “the world is wrong and I’m right” stand is now being ignored by an informed electorate that have grown tired of him. I’m not a councillor, nor a candidate. I speak from my firsthand knowledge and meeting attendance — not from the mayor’s hearsay choir. Baker’s position that “Council refused to meet with the finance committee” is fundamentally false. Here is a chronology of the events that can be verified by council minutes, official records and press reports from 2008. 1. The mayor proposed a Mayor’s Select Committee on Finance and chose most of the members himself. 2. Council voted to approve the committee and appointments. I don’t think any members of council were opposed. 3. The committee met for 10 to 12 weeks, with staff doing extensive research for them and pouring through reams of documents. 4. Baker said little in the meetings, other than a few questions to staff about why this expense was recorded in this bucket or that, prefaced with “I don’t have municipal accounting experience.”At one point Baker asked the mayor where this all was going, as he did not see any waste. 5. George Luciani did not understand that the recycling program is self-funded by scrap sales and proposed that we switch to bi-weekly pick-up to save money. Luciani also questioned why Township staff needed laptop computers and Blackberrys. Baker pointed out the recycling program is revenue neutral and that more

trucks would just be needed when collection did occur. Now Baker tells us that Mr. Luciani (a former Township council candidate), is a person with “extensive finance experience.” 6. Baker left Canada for his annual monthlong Arizona holidays after the third or fourth meeting of this committee. 7. A meeting was arranged at a home, with an e-mail inadvertently responded to and copied to Councillor Steve Ferguson. Ferguson then realized he had not been invited to this secret meeting. This meeting was then re-scheduled for a Saturday at Councillor the hall. As all meetings are supSteve posed to be public, Ferguson Ferguson invited the public to be there. 8. When 25-27 members of the public and press attended, Mayor Green claimed this was a “workshop of the committee.” It was essentially an in-camera meeting without any public meeting and vote to take the matter in-camera. When the Bylaw and Community Charter were pointed out to him, he adjourned the meeting. His team went into the mayor’s office. Committee members Ferguson and Councillor Kim Richter refused or were not invited to participate. 9. Despite a report being compiled, the committee met somewhere other than a public meeting and once again, Ferguson was excluded from these report meetings. I have also confirmed and have seen copies of messages sent by Ferguson to the committee, without any reply coming back. Ferguson also confirmed for me that on several occasions he called Baker with questions, and his calls and messages went unanswered. 10. A report appeared before council indicating statutory reserves could be plundered and a host of other nonsense would allow for just a .93 per cent (not zero) tax increase. This proposal would leave major Township infrastructure maintenance unfunded. Ferguson once again sent questions to the committee asking how the calculations were made and based on what information. He has never received a reply as to how the calculations were made. 11. Council approved the report for discus-

sion and asked the Mayor’s Select Committee on Finance to present their findings in detail before a joint council priorities committee/ regular council meeting. 12. With Baker away still one month later, Calvin Patterson led a PowerPoint presentation before all members of council in an open meeting, with Luciani at his side. This clearly appeared to me to be a meeting between council and the committee. Official records of this meeting exist. Baker could have accessed these minutes online very easily. 13. Staff took the details from the committee’s report and charted it out on three spreadsheets for Fiscal Years 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, just under a $2 million deficit would occur. By year three, that deficit would balloon to almost $10 million. 14. As municipalities in B.C. are banned from running deficits, Council had no choice but to approve a budget that would cover Township expenses, and more importantly, asset maintenance. 15. Some months later, I walked in to ABC Restaurant to find that all of the members of the Mayor’s Select Committee on Finance (except Richter and Ferguson) meeting in private. I advised the councillors involved and they called the mayor on it. He then stated that the committee asked to meet with him to discuss their future and resignation. This is a contravention of the municipal meeting bylaw and the Community Charter. These require that in-camera meetings must be voted on in a regular (advertised) council or committee meeting. On the agenda it is noted why this meeting must be in-camera according to the law. The law only allows for in-camera meetings for matters pertaining to: land, legal and labour issues. As Froese has said, the mayor is elected with a council, and must be a person that works with the council the electorate gives him. He does not get to pick his own team. He must show leadership and share the sandbox. Whether it be Froese or another qualified individual, we need professional adults in Township politics — people who can show leadership and share leadership. Joe Zaccaria, Walnut Grove

Six-year-old leads neighbourhood bottle drive Editor: Tristan Vance is my six-year-old son who read your story,“Aldergrove family looks to community for help,” several weeks ago. The story is about the young boy Carter Mantta, who is suffering from chronic granulomatous disease. He didn’t like that Carter and his family have to go through so much grief, so he wanted to do something to help. His mother suggested he could do a bottle drive to raise money to donate to the Manttas account at the Royal Bank in Aldergrove. (See story, page 20). Tristan wrote a letter and he and mom got enough photocopies so they could be delivered to every house on our street and the next The

one too (about 110 single family homes in Brookswood). The next week, Tristan brought his Mom (pulling the wagon), three-year-old sister Arianna, seven-year-old cousin, Rachel and friends, Ava and Julia, and went collecting. When they were about halfway up our street, I got a phone call to bring the truck “and hook up the trailer.” Before we were done, I was literally crawling over garbage bags of bottles and cans in our utility trailer and was getting mighty concerned there wouldn’t be enough space left in the back of the truck to carry what was left.

We went directly to the bottle depot in Langley and filled up three mega-pallets. Shortly after the folks at the depot managed to get through counting everything we had given them,Tristan picked up a cheque and delivered it to the Royal Bank for Carter’s family. The grand total for Tristan’s bottle drive was a surprising $174.70. Thank you to all who donated to the cause and yes, Tristan said he’d like to do something like that again. But he’s going to need a bigger wagon. Jason Vance, Brookswood

NAME SUGGESTED Editor: The BC Liberal Party is eyeing a name change. I’m laughing. I can’t stop laughing. To BC Liberals — I have a new name for you — The Blood-Sucking Party. It’s truthful and honest, something BC Liberals are not. It would be good for the party, with a new leader at the helm, to try truthfulness and honesty for a change. It certainly would be a first. And when B.C. residents are all tucked in their beds and are sleeping, you can slap a toll on it. You can call it the BC Liberal toll — the same toll that is slated for the Port Mann Bridge. Sandra Steffan, Langley

POOR DESIGN Editor: Re: “Truck flips on 200 Street,” (The Times, May 13). The opinion I express here is that the 200 Street interchange was poorly designed because of underfunding. The left turn lane from 200 Street on to the eastbound ramp access to the freeway is a very tight turn, and we have not seen the last of such occurrences. The 200 Street interchange is out of date and requires improvement, or it should be completely redone. Traffic to and from the Golden Ears Bridge will gradually increase in the very near future, and the current situation will only make matters worse Ted Imre, Walnut Grove

PARK EXISTS Editor: This is to letter writer S. Burgess (The Times, May 13). We have an off-leash park here in Brookswood under the B.C. Hydro line, at 204 Street near 44 Avenue. You can find that information in The Times’ publication Discover Langley 2011. It is very nice. S. Schriefer, Langley

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While Langley Township firefighters responded to fewer calls in 2010 than the year before, the number of medical emergencies soared by 36 per cent. Firefighters in almost every jurisdiction in B.C. are the “first responders� in emergency situations, meaning that even though they cannot transport the injured to hospital, they are normally the first emergency personnel to answer medical emergencies. Township firefighters were dispatched to 2,650 medical calls, and 1,072 vehicle crashes in 2010. Residential alarms dropped by

32 per cent, the number of house fires fell by almost 15 per cent, and the number of times firefighters were dispatched to fuel spills or illegal dumping of drug waste declined by 16 per cent. Commercial structure fires rose by 30 per cent, dumpster fires by 24 per cent, and vehicle fires by 22 per cent. The number of calls for all emergency categories dropped by five per cent. In total, Township firefighters answered 4,804 emergency calls, an average of 13 a day for the eight halls combined. The statistics were presented to council on April 18 in a report compiled by the new fire chief, Steve Gamble.

In his report, Gamble said that the average response time was 4:54 minutes for paid on-call members, and 1:53 minutes for career staff who are stationed at fire halls. “The department continues to meet its 2005 commitment to respond within eight minutes 90 per cent of the time Gamble noted a predicament in recruiting and retaining firefighters. As president of the B.C. Fire Chiefs Association and first vice-president of the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association, he has learned that the challenge is not unique to Langley. It is felt in communities across the country continued, PAGE 10

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and in Metro Vancouver, he said There are three chief reasons: People are less inclined to volunteer, they don’t want to take up an on-call

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Bid for Seniors Games NATASHA JONES Times Reporter

Less than a year after it hosted the successful 2010 B.C. Summer Games, Langley Township is prepared to bid on another sporting event. On May 9, council agreed to join Langley City in a bid to host the 2014 B.C. Seniors Games. Council made a commitment for a cash contribution of $48,000, plus $44,000 of in-kind support. James Marvel, the Township’s manager of recreation facilities and services, advised council in a report that after his staff met with counterparts from the City, it was concluded that a bid should be made for the 2014 Games, rather than the 2013 Games which had been an option. He noted that “considerable community effort� went into prepar-

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DART. He enjoyed his work with HandyDART, and the contact that he had with all of his clients. With a smile on his face he would take the time to talk to his passengers, because sometimes the trip on the HandyDART was their only communication for the day. “My best memories were working with the challenged.

“I really enjoyed the work with HandyDART,” he said. In his 16 years of driving the bus, he kept a perfect driving record, by being mindful of his clients and always planning ahead. Not calling himself perfect, Bergman admitted to practising what he preaches, by always driving safely. He also kept work continued, PAGE 13


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The trial of former Coquitlam mayor Jon Kingsbury may have come to an end, but the 64-year-old said his legal battle is not over yet. Following his sentencing Thursday for convictions for forgery, impersonation and fraud over $5,000, for which he received two years probation, Kingsbury told reporters he would be appealing the convictions. “This whole thing has gotten completely misconstrued. This has been going on for five years,” he said, adding that he will be hiring a new attorney when he launches his appeal. The conviction stems from an incident in 2008 when Kingsbury took a trailer belonging to a former business associate, Jean Aussant, from a Langley RV dealership. But Justice Miriam Gropper said that by allowing employees at the dealership to believe he was Aussant and by signing Aussant’s signature on the work order, Kingsbury broke the law. On top of the two years probation, Kingsbury must complete 150 hours of community service within the next 18 months and he is to have no contact with Aussant. He was also ordered to pay a $300 victim surcharge. “Justice has been rendered,” Aussant said after the sentencing hearing. Between 1998 and 2005, Kingsbury was mayor of Coquitlam, after serving more than a decade as a city councillor.

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If they’d stopped at dumping fake “snow” in front of the main entrance to D.W. Poppy Secondary School, it would have been nothing more than a harmless prank, warranting nothing worse than a trip to the principal’s office. But because four teens went on to decorate the outside window shutters of the school with obscene graf-

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Vandals used a spray can to cover the roll-down security shutters over the lower windows of the school with graffiti that consisted of crudely-sketched and obscene cartoons, a photo posted to Facebook showed. A small upper window was broken as well. It’s one of the most serious incidents of

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three Canadian-born children, was ordered to leave Canada because of his involvement as a student with the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) during the civil war in El Salvador. The FMLN has since formed the government of El Salvador by winning a democratic election, but under the zero-tolerance rules introduced after the 9/11 tragedy, it didn’t matter. Because elements of the FMLN were linked to violent acts during the fight to overthrow a government the immigration commissioner called a “repressive regime that needed to be changed,” that was enough to make Figueroa

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Best and worst of Langley schools DAN FERGUSON Times Reporter

According to the Fraser Institute’s latest survey, Aldergrove Secondary Community School ranks lowest among secondary schools in Langley and among the lowest 50 in the province, while Langley Fine Arts is the best in Langley and among the top 50 secondary schools in all of B.C. The conservative think tank released its annual Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and Yukon on May 8. The Fraser Institute’s annual report card has been repeatedly condemned as misleading by teachers and left-of-centre politicians. They say it favours private schools,

but the institute insists it is a valid way to measure whether a school is getting better or worse. There was no significant change in Langley school rankings. Four of the 10 local secondary schools made the top 50 of 274 B.C. schools rated by the Fraser report card. Langley Fine Arts ranked 32nd, R.E. Mountain was number 37, Langley Fundamental was 48 and Walnut Grove Secondary was number 50 in

the overall rankings. Only one school, Aldergrove Community Secondary School, was in the bottom 50 of the BC survey, ranking 245 of 274. Aldergrove has 2.5 times more special needs students than top-ranked Fine Arts, and the average income of Aldergrove Community parents is 78 per cent of Fine Arts parents, the report shows. Detailed results can be found at

Four of the 10 local secondary schools made the top 50 of 274 B.C. schools rated by the Fraser Institute report card. y/ Default.aspx. Report co-author Peter Cowley, the Fraser Institute director of school performance studies, said the study found overall school performance has improved. He noted that the percentage of secondary school exams failed in B.C. and the Yukon over the past five years dropped to 8.1 per cent in 2010 from 11.9 per cent in 2006. And the estimated percentage of Grade 10 students who will not complete Grade 12 within three years fell to 17 per cent in 2010 from 22 per cent in 2006. “This is promising for B.C. and Yukon schools,” Cowley said.

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Cycling for Diversity ASHLEIGH BEAUDOIN Times Reporter

Learning to live together.That’s the message of the United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity. Ken Herar, former Times columnist, has decided to use the Day for Diversity as a way to raise awareness, by Cycling for Diversity. He plans to ride his bicycle with a team of riders to raise awareness about this day and about diversity for the planet. The World Day for Diversity is one day a year that devotes itself to bringing everyone together to celebrate all the cultures of the world. “It’s a great day when the world can come together and celebrate as one,” said Herar. The ride will start in Mission on Wednesday, May 18, and end on Saturday, May 21, in Victoria, where Herar and his team will celebrate World Day for Diversity. En route to Victoria the Cycling for Diversity team will stop in

Langley for the night on May 18. Along the way, the team will give talks to schools and community members, and stop for tree planting in Mission, where the District of Mission has declared Cultural Diversity week, May 16 to May 21. Herar, along with his team, and the Langley International Festival Society, invite members of the community to the Muriel Arnason Library, 20338 65 Ave., at 7 p.m., to welcome the cyclists into Langley. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the cyclists and they will be speaking to members of the local community about the importance of local and global diversity, speaking to community members about their ride. Shar Dubas of the LIFS would also like to invite members of the community to wave one of the society’s 60 international flags to give them a “warm Langley welcome.” Herar will also be giving a short presentation at Langley

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On April 5th, Maureen Joyce Executive Director of Stepping Stone Community Services (below left) attended a meeting of the Soroptimists lnternational of the Langleys, and was presented with a cheque for $2,000. This generous donation enabled Stepping Stone to purchase an electronic keyboard which is used for jam sessions and public performances. For instance a member of Stepping Stone performed at a recent public event held in Langley to celebrate Mental Health week.

The community has rallied in a spectacular way to the aid of a young Aldergrove family. The April 14 Aldergrove Star story about the family of Carter Mantta has brought out an outpouring of help and support as the two-year-old boy faces major surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital. Carter has a very rare genetic disorder called chronic granulomatous disease — also known by its acronym, CGD — in which immune system cells, called phagocytes, do not function properly. Certain immune system cells in Carter’s body are unable to kill some types of bacteria and fungi and the disorder leads to long term and recurrent infections. And while long-term antibiotic treatments may help to reduce infections, early death is typically a result of repeated lung infections. For this reason Carter is on prophylactic antibiotics, while the family awaits stem cell transplant surgery at Children’s Hospital. This is a relatively new and promising procedure

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Aldergrove Save-on Foods staff presented the Mantta family with $1,000 Saturday morning to help with their expenses when Carter, 2, goes into B.C. Children’s Hospital for a stem cell transplant. See letter page 7 and story on page 21. for CGD, but it comes with no guarantee of success. Carter’s parents, Carl and Nathalie, are still waiting on confirmation of the date for the procedure, which will entail a lengthy stay in hospital to ward off infections as the transplant, chemo and radiation means he will have no resistance to any bugs. Nathalie intends to spend much of the three months or so at Carter’s side while he’s at Children’s. However, while much of the costs are subsidized to one degree or another, those expenses add up and the couple also have their four-year-old, Brayden, to look after. On Saturday morning, the staff of Aldergrove Save-on Foods presented the family with a $1,000 contribution toward these expenses.

Store manager Jim Parussini said staff wanted to help the family and timed their appeal to coincide with their annual charity garage sale for Children’s Hospital. “We raised $3,700 at the sale (held in the store parking lot last month) of which $200 was cash donations,” said Parussini.“We topped it up ourselves so we could give $3,000 to Children’s and $1,000 to the Mantta family. “It was a huge effort from everyone and we hope it helps as the Mantta family goes through this difficult journey.” “We want to give a million thanks to everyone,” said Nathalie. “We have had money donated, offers of daycare help for Brayden, gas and food certificates, clothes and toiletries. It really has

made a difference.” Cash donations can be made at either the Aldergrove or Willowbrook branches of the RBC, by making a deposit to the trust account of “Carter Mantta” (transit” #00160 account #5029954). Carl said they are waiting for an open sore on Carter’s posterior to heal as well as the “harvesting” of stem cells from the donor before the surgery is undertaken. “As soon as that happens then in we go,” said Carl, adding that the family could meet the donor in the future. “After a year we are allowed to exchange letters with the donor and whether we meet depends on the donor’s response,” said Carl.“I hope we can; we’d like to meet the donor and express our thanks in person.”

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Boy leads fundraising efforts Six-year-old organizes bottle drive to help Carter Mantta ASHLEIGH BEAUDOIN Times Reporter

Tristan Vance is a normal sixyear-old boy. He loves playing hockey and doing tricks with a cat’s cradle string, but when his mom, Angelika showed him the article about Carter Mantta from the April 15 edition of The Times, he wanted to help. Together with dad, Jason and four-year-old sister, Arianna, Tristan and his family decided to collect bottles from their neighbourhood and to deposit the money into an account in Carter’s name at the Royal Bank. Carter is two years old and waiting for a stem cell transplant at Children’s Hospital to cure a rare blood disorder. After his transplant, he will have to stay in hospital for at least three months and his recovery will take a year. Having been blessed with healthy children, Angelika believes that it is important to teach her kids the value of helping others and to appreciate the opportunity when it comes up. “He is very sensitive. He is

showing signs of that (empathy),” that they were really impressed said Jason. with what he was doing,” Ange“Please help lika said. me help Carter Tristan was and his family,” joined in his colTristan wrote lecting by two in a note that of his friends he delivered and his cousin, door-to-door but he was the throughout the one orchestratneighbourhood, ing the whole advising anyone event.“Tristan, who wanted to, in his style, was to leave their sort of directing bottles by the them,” said AngeAngelika Vance front door for mother lika.“Telling him to pick up them who sorts on April 23. what and where it goes.” When the day of the bottle The neighbourhood drive came, Tristan and Arianna responded so well in fact, that started the collection process Jason was climbing over the bags with just their red wagon. of bottles as he sorted them in After the first few houses the the back of the truck.“I was a wagon was full and mom and little bit unprepared for that kind dad were made to follow with of a reaction,” he said. their truck and utility trailer. By the end of the day, the While they were going around family filled three mega cases at the block, Tristan was thrilled to Willowbrook Recycling, raising see that not only had people put nearly $175. out bottles, but that they were With efforts like those of acknowledging who they were Tristan and his family, the Mantfor. tas would be able to worry less One family on the street had about money and more about been saving for a school fundhelping Carter come through his raiser, but decided that what treatments. Tristan was doing for the ManFor further donations to the tta’s was more important. Manttas, an account has been set “Some of the bags even had up at the Royal Bank in Aldermy name on them,”Tristan said. grove. To help the family deposit “People left notes with their to “transit” #00160 account contributions, letting him know #5029954.

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immy Rankin is taking a quick break from the road at a service station on a stretch of highway south of Fort McMurray, Alta. Stepping out of the truck to find a quiet place to talk, Rankin explains there is no bus on this tour, no giant amps and, even if there were, no crew of roadies to haul them in and out of arenas. No, this time, the singer-songwriter is making his way across Canada, accompanied only by his guitarist and one techie, as he performs in small, intimate venues along the way. On Tuesday, he’ll be in Langley to play the Summit Lounge inside Cascades Casino. “I love (small theatres) because you’re very close with your audience,” says the musician who rose to fame as one of the five siblings who made up Cape Breton’s famous Rankin Family. “You’re not trying to reach the back of an arena with a guitar — although I’ve done

that too, and it’s fine.” He’ll be playing quite a bit from Forget About the World, his first solo album in four years, but Rankin likes to keep his set list open in the second half of the show and take a few audience requests. If he can remember them, he’ll play them, he said. It’s flattering, he said, to know that people remember and still enjoy his older pieces. The show itself, is “a bit of a roller coaster,” said Rankin. Despite the fact there are only two of them on stage, it occasionally turns into a rock and roll show. “We can get loud,” he laughed. Although Rank said it’s been “too long” between solo albums, the musician spent the four years in between touring with his sisters and “constantly collecting ideas and writing.” His last album was a rootsy, bluesy effort, Rankin said. “For this record, I wanted to build on the last one — make it more radio friendly.” While some of the songs are more

produced, “others are just me and an acoustic guitar.” But the nucleus of the album, he said, is a single called Here in My Heart. And, it has the added cachet of featuring a guitar solo by none other than country music star Keith Urban.

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theatres because you’re very close with your audience.“ Sometimes, getting something you want is as simple as asking for it. “I met Keith about 10 years ago at the CCNAs and we ended up jamming together,” said Rankin, describing Urban as “just a gentleman.” After that, he said, the two artists would “bump into each other, from time to time.” “We needed a guitar solo for that song, so I got in touch and he very graciously came into the studio in Nashville and played this amazing solo.” And then, for Walk that Way, Rankin was joined by another well known artist, Ontario singer-songwriter Serena Ryder — best known for her singles Little Bit of Red and Weak in the Knees.

“I wanted to do a duet — I hadn’t done one in 20 years, since Fair Thee Well with (his sister) Cookie,” Rankin explained. Ryder’s soulful voice was a natural choice, he added. “I’d only met her once (before) in a bar,” he said. “Fortunately she agreed, and she’s an amazing singer. Our voices worked well together.” Once the music is made, there’s the matter of getting the word out about it. Rankin did his best to avoid Twitter but finally gave in about four or five months ago. “I rejected it for so long,” he said. “But it’s a great way to connect with fans.” In a day when the airwaves and Internet are chock full of music, it’s every artist’s challenge to connect with and keep fans, he said. So he tweets. And he’s got profiles on Facebook and MySpace. “I lead a pretty interesting life. I’m on the road a lot,” he said of what he chooses to share with followers. If something catches his eye, he’ll snap a pic and tweet it out. And before his new album came out last month he tweeted out little bites ahead of time. And the artist is happy to get responses, too. “I’m finding out people are really interested,” he said.

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Jimmy Rankin will perform songs from his new album Forget About the World, as well as some old favourites when he comes to the Summit Theatre inside Cascades Casino on Tuesday, May 24.


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The Murrayville Performers are ready to do a little dirty work. The community theatre group is set to present Dirty Work at the Crossroads, a gay ’90s melodrama in three parts, at Langley United Church. The play, written by Bill Johnson and directed by Lorne Seifred, promises to make audiences “laugh, boo, weep (and) applaud.” Shows are June 3, 4, 10 and 11 at the church, located at 5673 200 St., beginning at 8 p.m., with matinees at 3:30 p.m. (dates TBA.) Tickets are $12. To reserve, call 604-534-1795.




A concert will be presented by the United Churches of Langley on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. All proceeds from this evening will go to assist the people of Japan, still struggling with the devastation the earthquake and resulting tsunami caused in their country. The featured guests will be the Kwantlen Alumni Symphonic Wind Ensemble;

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LFAS concert will support mission work in Thailand For a family-friendly evening of entertainment, audiences need look no further than Fort Langley. On Friday, May 20, a variety of local entertainers will descend on The Chief Sepass Theatre at Langley Fine Arts School, to perform a benefit concert for a pair of women headed to Thailand to share their faith. Local singers Courtney Bridge and Zachary Park will perform alongside Source Dance Company and DRIME. The event will be hosted by Miss Canada 2011, Langley’s Tara Teng. This evening of entertainment is a fundraising event for

Lauren Mann, right, accompanied by The Fairly Odd Folk is crossing Canada with her Summer of Colour tour. She’ll be at the Murrayville Wired Monk on June 15.

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ONGOING • The 89th Fort Langley May Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 23. This year, the Fort Langley Lions will be co-ordinating both the park and the parade, and are looking for a number of volunteers to help make this another successful event. For further information check out sites/fortlangleybc/page-9.php. Many hands make light work. • The Langley Chess Club is ongoing and meets on Monday at 7 p.m. The address is 19899 36 Ave. – the Brookswood Seniors Centre. For more info., phone 604-530-4693. • Langley Meals on Wheels Services Society is seeking volunteers for the new Food and Friends programs in Fort Langley and Murrayville. Food and Friends is a senior’s social luncheon held twice a month in six different communities in the Langley’s. All Langley Meals on Wheels volunteers are required to go through a screening and an RCMP record check.To apply or ask questions, email info@langleymealsonwheels. com or call 604-533-1679. • Volunteer Opportunity for Senior Gardeners – Intergenerational program being set up at Blacklock school with opportunity for seniors to work with students to maintain schoolyard gardens. Contact Debbie or Kathy at Langley Seniors Centre 604-530-3020 Ext 306 for more details. • Senior Volunteers Wanted for Cultural Buddy Project with multicultural group at Langley Senior Services. Opportunity to meet monthly and support newly arrived seniors to practice english and learn about Langley community. Contact Debbie or Kathy at Langley Seniors Centre 604-530-3020 Ext 306. • Langley Lions Bingo, every Tuesday night at the Evergreen Lodge, in the hall, at 5464 203 St. Doors open at 4 p.m., Bonanza pre call at 5:30 p.m., cards sold at 6 p.m., start time 7 p.m., light concession opens 5 p.m. • The Hominum Fraser Valley Chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. We meet on the last Friday of the month. For information and meeting location call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760 • The Downtown Langley Ambassador Program is now accepting applications for volunteer ambassadors. Welcome the world to Langley City. Successful applicants will be male or female 16-plus who can volunteer up to four hours a week from April until September. Call 604-539-0133 and ask for Lilianne.

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Jazz, swing events cancelled BRENDA ANDERSON Times Reporter

As the gates of Fat City prepare to swing shut for good next month, fans of the music and dance style will have to look beyond Langley’s boundaries to get their fix. The annual Jazz Festival, held for the past several years in June, and Swingin’ in the Park, an annual dance event held in Douglas Park in July, have also been cancelled, said organizer Omer Mahmood, who co-founded and operated Fat City Swing for nine years. Mahmood said it was important to make a formal announcement, because he has been getting questions about what is happening with respect to both the monthly dance club and the summer festivals. “Our priorities have shifted,” said Mahmood, referring also to his wife, Shannon Braithwaite, with whom he started and ran each event. “It’s all very rewarding, but it’s not paying the bills.” Mahmood is stepping back to focus on his career as a financial advisor, while Braithwaite recently finished directing a play in Abbotsford and is working as front of the house manager at Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. However the couple will continue to teach workshops where

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LAST DANCE: Omer Mahmood and Shannon Braithwaite will host the final Fat City swing dance on June 3. They will also no longer mount the annual jazz festival or swing dance events in Douglas Park. they’re asked. In the end, it came down to time and money. “Envision has been very supportive,” he said of the jazz festival’s major funder. However, he added, the credit union’s mandate is to help with an event’s start-up, with the idea it will become self-funding over time. Last year, instead of a full festival, they hosted a day of live music in the park. This year, with no money to pay the artists, Mahmood said, it

had to end. “I’m not going to host a festival where musicians play for free,” he said. “That’s unacceptable.” Meanwhile, at Fat City, attendance has dropped off somewhat since the club’s heyday, Mahmood said. Whether that’s due to a slumping economy or if the popularity of swing dance is waning, he can’t say. And, nine years in, it’s no longer a top priority for the couple, meaning it no longer gets the focus and attention it deserves, he said. “We don’t want to get sick of dancing, we started out to have fun. In hindsight, we probably should have groomed someone to take over, but we never thought it would last.” And it will last — for one more session. The final dance, on June 3, will feature Red Beans and Rice. As always, doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with a beginner swing dance lesson beginning at 8 p.m. General admission is $15 or $13 for students and seniors. Anyone planning a party of 10 or more, is asked to contact Mahmood at 604-825-7045 for reservations and a group rate. This is an all ages event. West Langley Hall is located at 9400 208 St. For more information, contact Mahmood or visit www.

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Larry Blyth didn’t begin playing organized basketball until he was in the sixth grade. Despite the relatively late start into the game, he showed a talent for the sport. And then his growth spurt hit. While he was never short to begin with, Blyth shot up to about six-footfive and he added bulk to his wiry frame. The result was that by Grade 10, instead of dominating against competition his own age, Blyth joined the Walnut Grove Gators senior boys’ basketball team. “He is physically, for lack of a better word, a specimen,” described Walnut Grove coach George Bergen. “He looked like a man among boys.” But with his high school playing days behind him — Blyth is set to graduate from WGSS next month — the next challenge awaits as the 18-year-old has committed to the Western Mustangs basketball program. He joined the London, Ontario university spurning programs in bigger Canadian centres like the University of Toronto and Montreal’s McGill University. “Western was simply the right fit for me, academically and athletically,” he explained. He plans on studying engineering. Gary AHUJA/Langley Times file photo “It’s a place I know I will be able Larry Blyth (#23) is swarmed by a trio of White Rock Christian Academy defenders during a senior boys’ playoff game earlier to contribute and make an impact this season. After a stellar high school career, Blyth is off to the CIS ranks, joining the Western Mustangs. right away,” Blyth added. “I want to play right away.” said. they all head off their separate ways. Head coach He has watched He is looking forward to filling Brad Campbell is plenty of Canada whatever role his new team needs, enthusiastic about his West conference whether that be on the perimeter new recruit. games involving or in the paint, or as a scorer or a “He is a versatile Trinity Western and defender. forward who can UBC, so he knows Blyth relishes whatever opportunity play both inside just what sort of awaits. and outside on the Larry Blyth level of play the “I will do whatever the team needs,” perimeter,” he said mustangs recruit CIS brings. he said.“I just want to contribute.” in a press release “And I am He also looks forward to growing announcing the working hard on into a leadership role, much like he signing. “Larry being as strong and fast as possible.” did with the Gators. plays physical and is a tremendous But judging by Blyth’s thirst to His first couple of seasons on the rebounder and will give us learn, it should be no problem. senior team, he let his play do the immediate help up front.” “When (Larry) listens, his eyes talking, but especially this year, Blyth Bergen knows Blyth can be grow a little bigger and his ears became more of a vocal leader. successful at the next level, but perk up,” Bergen said. “That tells you While opportunity existed to stay cautions it will take hard work and something, he is a good learner.” close to home, London and Western effort. “I really pride myself on that,” seemed like the right fit. While he has the prototypical “I loved the town,” Blyth said.“It is body-type to succeed at the CIS level, Blyth said about learning and being coachable. “And having coaches want more of a relaxed place to study and Blyth will need to hone his skills to work with you and help you.” play basketball. instead of relying on his size and Blyth has already received a “(And) I loved the feeling I got strength to overpower his opponent. 64-page document outlining the when I walked into the gym (on “The CIS is just a higher level of campus). It is not a huge arena, but play,” Bergen said. “And it is a physical Mustangs’ workout regimen, which he plans to follow. it had a homely feel to it that I can league.” His summer will be spent working, picture myself playing in.” “I know it is hard work, working out. playing basketball and He also wanted the experience of rebounding and defence that are spending time with friends before living away from home. going to earn me playing time,” Blyth

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Doubleheader sweep keeps Blaze red-hot The Langley Blaze took advantage of three Victoria Mariners errors, scoring five unearned runs. And that was the difference as the U18 baseball team won 10-6 on Saturday at McLeod Park. The Blaze (143) completed the doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 victory in game two, pushing their win streak to four games — they have also won nine of their past 10 games — as they sit one game back of first place in the B.C. Premier Baseball League. In the opener, Bill Germaine and Scott McCarthy drove in a pair of runs apiece, while Germaine also had three hits and three runs scored. Justin Geerts picked up the win, allowing two runs over fiveplus solid innings. In the second game, Tyler Barlow’s fourth inning double scored Dustin Houle to break a 1-1 tie. McCarthy then belted a single to score Barlow in the 3-1 win. Germaine had the team’s other RBI. Kyle Joel tossed a complete game onehitter for the victory. He leads the league with a 5-0 mark and is third in earned run average at 0.66. The team’s next home game is Thursday (May 19) when the Fraser Valley Chiefs (9-3) come to McLeod Park. UUUUU The Langley Blaze depth will be tested over the next two weeks. The U18 baseball team has lost four key members of its squad. Shortstop Justin Atkinson, thirdbaseman Dustin Houle, outfielder Jerod Bartnik and pitcher Tom Robson were scheduled to leave for the Dominican Republic last night (Tuesday).

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Jr. Blaze suffer first loss It took 17 games, but the Langley Jr. Blaze finally tasted defeat. The U16 baseball team had stretched their season-opening winning streak to 16 games on Saturday thanks to 4-3 and 9-1 wins over the Okanagan Jr.Athletics. All four games were played at Kelowna’s Lombardy Park. But facing the same squad on Sunday for another doubleheader, Langley lost the opener 6-4 before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory. The Jr. Blaze lead the B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League with a 17-1 mark. See for more. UUUUU A six-goal second period did in the


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Black Press, B.C. Games ink partnership deal Langley Times’ parent company inks four-year pact TRAVIS PATERSON Black Press

While the Vancouver Canucks marched into the Western Conference Finals, Kelly Mann hardly raised an eyebrow. To be fair, no one is more passionate about sports than Mann. As far as he’s concerned, youth athletics and the surrounding community are where it’s at. The president and CEO of B.C. Games has guided the province’s Summer and Winter Games to great heights through a passion for sports. Mann was in Vernon last month to help the host city launch the official countdown for the 2012 B.C. Winter Games, set for Feb. 23-26. In tandem with the launch, Mann announced a four-year partnership between the Games and Black Press, parent company of the Langley Times. “While we sponsor literally thousands of events each year,The Games, both winter and summer, are on a scale that is one of the largest opportunities to engage our readers across B.C.,” said Candy

It’s just a few blocks Hodson, senior vice-president of down the road from national sales and marketing for Black Press. Oak Bay High, where he graduated in 1976. “In covering the B.C. Games It was there that Mann it allows Black Press to also showcase our best: we bring became deeply connected together ‘local’ on a provincial to the values of youth sports, playing and scale,” she said. managing school teams. Mann agreed the shared focus on athletic promotion in the He’s been with B.C. community between the B.C. Games since 1992 but also Games and Black Press is a perfect co-founded the Kidsport fit. Greater “Black Press Victoria papers and chapter the Winter in 2002, and Summer one of Games are in the most virtually every successful community in in the B.C. country. “Black Press When will provide president extensive Randy Kelly Mann coverage and Blair of bc games president and ceo Black advertising to support the Press’ B.C. Games and share the story of Lower Mainland division how the Games impact athletes, proposed the newspaper coaches, officials, volunteers and chain become one of three communities.” corporate sponsors, Mann Sharon TIFFIN/Black Press The partnership will knew the opportunity at President and CEO of BC Games Kelly Mann sits at his desk in his coincide with three games: the hand. office on the corner of Fort Street and Vancouver Street. 2012 Summer Games in Surrey “We want people to and the 2014 Winter and Summer understand the competitive Games in Mission and Nanaimo, support system in athletic France competitor. added. respectively. development in B.C.,” Mann said. “We talk about athletes like “This (partnership) will add From his downtown Victoria “You don’t hear of Ryder they fell out of a tree, but really greater depth to the role of office, Mann overlooks the antique Hesjedal as a B.C. Games athlete, they’ve had a support network athletes and the support network section of Fort Street. you hear of him as a Tour de of the development stage.” since they were eight,” Mann

“We talk about athletes like they fell out of a tree, but really they’ve had a support network since they were eight.”

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Scheffel, Albert John Aged 84 years Passed away peacefully at Langley Memorial Hospital On May 13th, 2011. Sadly missed by his Wife Donalda Scheffel, 6 Sons and One Daughter, Marie, John (Maria), George (Debbie), Jamieson (Colleen), Wilfred (Shirley), Gregory (Margaret), Andrew (Susan). 13 Grandchildren and (5 Great Grandchildren), 8 Nephews. As well as many relatives and friends. He is predeceased by His father John Albert Szezpanski and Mother Lilian Gudbranson. A Funeral Service at Hendersons Funeral Home in Langley on May 20th at 11:00 A.M. Followed by the burial at Fort Langley Cemetary. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to War Veterans of Canada.


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SCAMP Transport Ltd. Join the fuel haul leader. We are expanding and require drivers to move fuel locally in BC. Applicant must have a min 3 years Class 1 exp with no related DUI offences. Scamp offers very competitive hourly wages, full benefits, RRSP program, and an opportunity to make over 3 dollars an hour in safety bonuses. We offer a 4 on 4 off schedule. Check out our website and apply on line or forward your resume and drivers abstract in confidence to :

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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.

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Rock ‘n roll Attitude! $9 - $20 per hr!

Expanding advertising company is looking for 10 people to start right away. We offer: Paid Training, travel, advancement, & benefits. Must work well in a team atmosphere. F/T 18+

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The Lemare Group is currently seeking contract coastal hand fallers for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Email resume to: or fax 250-956-4888. WANTED: Servers, bartenders, barrista’s & cooks @ Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. Send resume to Box 1, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0. Fax: 250-928-3105 or email: Attn: Taso.

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CONSTRUCTION Supervisor required Kasper Development Corp, a specialist in providing housing for seniors throughout BC is actively seeking a key individual to supervise commercial / residential construction projects valued in excess of $10 M. The applicant must have 7 years of related experience with the ability to provide references upon request. This supervisory position entails the responsibility for daily site operations, coordination and management of subtrades, general labour, suppliers, project schedule, while maintaining corporate policies. Forward resume to



2 experienced SALES PEOPLE required with positive attitudes. We provide an Excellent Pay Plan & Bonuses. In store training & large customer base. Great new & used vehicle inventory to sell. Please e-mail or fax resume: Fax: 604-857-1469


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WE’RE ON THE WEB The Lemare Group is currently seeking applicants for Production Accountant. The successful applicant will have a strong accounting background that might include 4th level CGA courses or better. Computer literacy is essential with Accpac, Word and Excel experience an asset. The successful applicant will have experience in the forest industry. Strong organizational skills are required to be effective in this busy environment. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Applicant must be willing to relocate to Port McNeill, Vancouver Island. Please fax resumes to 250-956-4888 or email to:


CHIEF ENGINEER Cold Logic is currently recruiting for a full time, 5th Class Power Engineer with an Operator’s Endorsement or better for our new Ammonia Refrigeration Distribution Facility in Surrey, BC. Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, the Chief Engineer performs work involving the maintenance, upkeep, and system checks to keep the ammonia refrigeration equipment in repair and temperatures at their ideal settings. Duties will include temperature readings, defrost setups, alarm monitoring, writing of SOP’s, keeping documentation & general operations of our ammonia plant. Good record keeping and attention to detail is a must. A strong background in warehouse facility repairs and maintenance is considered an asset. We are looking for a mature, hand’s on individual with a willingness to do whatever it takes to keep our facility operational. You must be available to work evenings and weekends if required. Forward your resume to: (include “CHIEF ENGINEER” in the subject line). You may also fax your resume to 604-881-1211 DIAMOND Drillers Wanted. We are currently looking for Sr. Drillers to provide services for our Sr. Clients programs in Gold, Zinc, Coal, and Copper drilling projects. Projects will be located near towns in the South and Interior of BC. Clean Safety and Performance references are mandatory. Apply via Fax at 250-314-4865, Email at or by phone at 250-572-2614.

Diesel Engine Mechanics CULLEN DIESEL POWER LTD. Surrey B.C. requires experienced Diesel Engine mechanics with overhaul and repair experiences for the Surrey Truck Engine shop. Preference given to applicants with DDC & MBE engine exp.

E-mail resume: or Fax to 604 888-4749 EQUIPMENT OPERATORS and Foremans required NW Alberta, 2011 construction season. Competitive wages, benefit plan. Oilfield experience, standard safety tickets; Submit to: Fax 780-532-9012;

Foremen, Pipelayers, Operators & Skilled Labourers required for a BC owned and operated company. Must have 3 yrs. experience in underground utility and a valid drivers license. Fax resume 604-881-2412 or e-mail: HIRING Licensed Automotive Service Technician Busy, well equipped Canadian Tire Service Centre in Fernie B.C. requires a customer friendly Licensed Technician for all aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair. Fernie is the ultimate playground for people who enjoy outdoor adventures of all types. Send resumes to or Attention Jason Hayes: PO Box 2637, Fernie B.C., V0B 1M0. 250-423-4222


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INDOOR Construction Jobs A manufacturer of pre-fabricated wall panels and trusses in the Port Kells area of Langley is looking for production staff who are hard working and dependable. Truss building experience preferred, but not necessary. Several positions available starting at $14.59. Fax resume to 604-882-8413 or email to

Warehouse Labourer Required in Aldergrove. Applicant must; S Be in good physical shape S Have reliable transportation to and from work S Be able to work in a fast paced environment S Forklift experience an asset

Send resume to: Fax to (604)854-1634 or e-mail: Rhonda.ay





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Intern Reporter The Langley Times is seeking a student for a paid reporter internship position. The successful applicant will have good writing and photography skills, a practical knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop and knowledge of and interest in the online side of the community news business, including video. This position will involve two to three days work per week from June through early September, with one of those days on weekends. Pay will be at the rate outlined in the CEP collective agreement. Applications and attached clippings can be e-mailed to Frank Bucholtz, editor, Langley Times by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.


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Over 25 yrs exp.

Ross 604D535D0124 CONCRETE PLACING/FINISHING, Removal/ Replacement Experts. Free est. Call Chris (778)552-8537

A CLEAN CUT Lawn Care, Landscape, Mini Excavating, triming 604-220-9097,604-856-1558 GARDEN & LAWN Maint. Pruning, Hedge trim, Power Raking, Aeration. Free Est. Jason 604-614-5954 HEDGE TRIMMING - Pruning, Weed/Moss control. Disposal. Call John at 778-241-0416


PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 32 Years Exp. Free Estimates.

FREE ESTIMATES Serving Langley since 1986 Lawn Mowing * Yard Cleanups Fertilizing * Hedges Pruning * Rubbish Removal New Lawns * Top Soil & Bark Mulch. Fully Insured

Call: Rick (604) 202-5184

Call (604)889-6552

A-1 CONTRACTING. Renos. Bsmt, kitchens, baths, custom cabinets, tiling, plumbing, sundecks, reroofing. Dhillon 604-782-1936. FINISH CARPENTER Finish Carpentry-Mouldings, sundecks, stairs, siding, painting, drywall. Refs. Rainer cel 604-613-1018

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TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports

CONTRACTOR Available 35 + YEARS EXPERIENCE. Reno’s, Additions, Sun Decks, Fences, Finishing etc. Quality workmanship guarantd. References.

Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $

604-514-1349 Joe 604-202-3394

Exceptional Quality On Time, On Budget, As Promised... Hayden Painting Solutions Ltd



Available for Delivery Call for pricing

Interior/Exterior. FREE Estimates. Quality job. Fully insured - WCB Please call Sonly.

604-465-5193 or 604-465-5197


SAWDUST Hemlock, Fir & Cedar

Building Customer Confidence

Quality Renovations • Fencing/Decks • Water Damage • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Finished Basements • 24 hr. Emergency Service • Grow-Op Remediation & Repair Ask about our Referral Program Serving Since 1993 HANDYMAN SERVICES Small renos, ext/int painting, tile, finishing carpentry, elec, plumbing. Work guar. Chris 778-863-6021



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Home Pro Renovations

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. We move - We ship - We recycle. Senior- Student Discount available. 604-721-4555 or 604-800-9488.

Local & Long Distance From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos


Call Dave: 604-862-9379

604-537-4140 PAUL’S MOVING 5 Ton truck, will beat any other mover’s price! BC/Alta/Ont. Packing. Family O/O 778-808-2398 OR 1-888-507-2857 POPEYE’S MOVING, Res. Comm. Free est. Serving Langley, White Rock. N. Delta. 604-626-6651 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240

329 PAINTING & DECORATING INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, Repairs & Reno’s, Sundecks & Additions, New Homes




Call Ian 604-724-6373 TOPLINE PRESSURE WASHING Siding, gutters, & tile roofs. We use SOAP. WCB insured 604.861.6060

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS A to Z Roofing Ltd. Spec in re-roofing, asphalt, cedar, flat roof. Guar Wrk. WCB, BBB. 778-996-6479.





ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582

Running this ad for 7yrs

3 rooms for $269, 2 coats (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. Danny’s Painting. Interior & Exterior, Free Estimates, Written Guarantee, full issued WCB cover. Danny 778-385-5549

NEED PLUMBING? Dan’s Your Man! Lic’d & Insured. Free Est. Dan @ 604.418.6941

But Dead Bodies!!


David (778)881-2877

$38/HR!Clogged drains,drips,garbs sinks, Reno’s toilets. No job too small! Lic’d/insured. 778-888-9184

Haul Anything... “

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539


10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

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Building envelope, full deck restoration, renovations, rot repair, rain screen, all types of cladding installation, general contractor. We do work for home owners and strata’s. Free consultation.


GOT JUNK? Rubbish Removal

Per Molson 575-1240








Call Derek


ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.

On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

AAA PRECISION PAINTING. Quality work. 778-881-6096.

European Quality Workmanship

Framing, Finishing Millwork, Cabinets Complete Renovations Additions, Decks Gazebos, etc. Local references available



Call Gary 604-835-2797 or 604-825-0103

Free Estimates




✔ Basement suites, decks ✔ Bathrooms, Kitchens ✔ Finishing work & moulding


For all your decorating needs call a Master Painter with AAA/BBB Rating?


Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988


ALDERGROVE- FOR RENT 4 stall barn, ring & paddocks For more info call Kathy 604-857-1666.




FRIDGE $175; stove $150; washer $150; dryer $125. Good cond. Warnty. Free del. 604-951-4002.



BUILDING SALE... Canadian Manufacturer Direct. 25x40 $7640. 30x40 $8995. 35x50 $12,500. 40x80 $22,790. 47x100 $36,200. Front end optional. Many others. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers since 1980, 1-800-668-5422. DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS Priced to Clear - Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. SAWMILLS - Band/Chainsaw SPRING SALE - Cut lumber any dimension, anytime. MAKE MONEY and SAVE MONEY In stock ready to ship. Starting at $1,195.00. 1-800-566-6899 Ext.400OT



WANTED: Wiggle hoe or complete cultivator set for I.H. 140 tractor. Please call Rob 250395-4042



PANDORA CHARM CLEARANCE. Save 80% Sterling Silver Charms low as $1.99.Fits Pandora, Troll, Chamilia. Leading Internet retailer. Additional 10% OFF Checkout code (AMAZING7). Log on now for best selection.

LITTLE LOAD SPECIALIST. Sand & gravel delivered. Small orders welcome. Topsoil available. Call (604) 532-0662 days/eves.



ACME SEPTIC TANK SERVICES • Septic Tank Cleaning • Portable Toilets • Fence Rental • Exc. Rates • Same Day Delivery Service Visa & M/C Accepted 778-908-5931



38 Years Experience All Aspects of Painting Int./Ext. Com/Residential Free Estimates call anytime!

Call 604-607-6659 or Cell, 604-537-3553 Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, railing, gates. 604-521-2688



612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE Chilliwack restaurant. Owner moving out of country, established clientele, 20yrs, in business. $125,000 neg. 604-798-4628 serious inquiries only, leave message.

ESTABLISHED LOCKSMITH Business on Vancouver Island since 1997. Tools, equipment, stock & extensive customer base. Mobile sprinter available also. Call for details 250-9497708 or 250-902-9156.

Totem Motel / Resort at Christina Lake $1,500,000. Well established business with large home, 5 deluxe condos, RV sites with campground and pool. To view

A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1866-884-7464 Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB COVERS & Accessories. Lowest price, highest quality. All sizes and colours available. Call 1888-611-7660.


28th Annual Hyack Festival

ANTIQUE FAIR Queens Park Arenex, 600 Eight St New West,



**NEIGHBOURHOOD Yard Sale** MAY 14th 9-3- incl. 40 homes South of 88 between 212 & 216 Forest Hills-North Langley. Pam Stadnik RE/MAX Treeland

May 22nd & 23rd, 2011 10am-5pm daily. Admission $2 One of the many events to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hyack Festival Association.



LANGLEY, 210/56th. 55+ bldg 2 bdrn apt. 2nd flr. all appls. Greenspace. $160,000. 604-532-1772.



5 AC / 3800sqf home 10 mins. over border. $478K. Exit Realty: 360224-4740.



2 BDRM APARTMENT FOR RENT in Langley City Ideal for children, next to park and green space. Available for immediate occupancy. EXQUISITE SANCTUARY Fabulous 2.26 private acres with creek in beautiful Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island. Enchanting 3600 sq.ft. 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom custom built 1995 home. Outstanding 57x40 shop with own bathroom, lots of parking. Features hardwood, tile throughout, custom cabinetry. Gas fireplaces, stove, heat and hot water; ensuite with soaker tub. Thinking of a life style change? Move to Vancouver Island. Even better, move to Port Alberni, the Salmon Capital of the World! Visit for more information on this “one of a kind” property. Asking $649,000 RE/MAX Mid Island Realty Port Alberni, B.C. John Stilinovic 250-724-4725 Toll Free 1-877-723-5660



LAND LIQUIDATION 20 Acres $0 Down, $99/mo. ONLY $12,900 Near Growing El Paso, Texas (2nd safest U.S. City) Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Money Back Guarantee FREE Color Brochure 800-755-8953

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS 1982 CHAPARELLE DW Mobile Home - @ 1100 sq.ft, 3 bdrm 2 bath. As Is, Where Is $22k. Peter 604-862-6666 or email WHOLESALE FACTORY DIRECT. Manufactured, Modular & Park models. Tremendous savings. Luxurious 1512 sq ft home including delivery and installation only US $109,950. Many other plans available. The Home Boys 877-976-3737, 509-481-9830 or We will beat ANYONE’S price!!



Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181



551 Call Rod 250-447-9322. Don’t miss this super deal!


CAN’T GET UP YOUR Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift. Call 1-866-981-6591.



LANGLEY 7.38 acres loc’d near 264 & 52 Ave. For sale by owner. For more info call: (604)318-7929


AFRICAN GRAY-lrg cage. Moving. Looking for good home for my Joey. Talks alot. $1800: (604)931-6616 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977 ENGLISH MASTIFF P/B PUPS Fawn & Bridle. CKC reg. Ready to go. $1500. 604-726-3934 GERMAN Shepherd pups, ckc reg. parents German bloodlines with no slope, exc temperament. $750. (604)796-3026. No sun calls LAB RETRIEVER PUPS, yellow & black, $500. Vet check, quality lineage, dew claws, 1st shots, dewormed. (604)702-0217 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or

#1 Soils, manure, gravels, lime stone, lava, sand. Del or p/u 604882-1344 visit / bulk material for pricing.

Dan Laybourn Paint Contracting

MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510




Call Gary Ward @ M&W Classic Home Renovations 604-530-1175

Over 20 years experience. Products and Services from a company you can trust!!!!!!

Info: 10% OFF with this AD

MUSHROOM MANURE for sale Call 778-883-1591

Commercial / Residential Registered / Affordable - Hedging / Pruning - Soil / Mulch / Gravel Installs - Pressure Washing - Lawn Maintenance - Plant / Removal of trees

604.230.2217 / 604.999.5890

Member of B.B.B. & G.V.H.B.A., WCB and liability insured, ref’s.

604-787-5915, 604-291-7778


* BBB * Licensed * Insured * WCB

★ Kitchens ★ Bathrooms Basement & Garage conversions ★Additions ★ Laminate ★Hardwood ★ Engineered Wood ★ Tile ★Carpet ★Baseboard & Crown moldings ★Sundecks ★Roofing.


Get your trees or tree removal done NOW

✓ Tree & Stump Removal ✓ Certified Arborists ✓ 20 yrs exp. 60’ bucket truck ✓ Crown reduction ✓ Spiral pruning ✓ Fully insured. Best Rates



Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley



Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure - Website: - Email:



CLOVERDALE BENBERG APTS. 17788 57 Ave. Senior building,1 & 2 bdrm suites avail now. Starting at $700 to $850/mo. 604-574-2078

Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher Covered Parking Inquire about our huge rent incentives

Please call 604-534-9499

CALL FOR SPECIALS LANGLEY CITY Spacious, Clean Bachelor, 1,2 & 3 Bedroom Heat, Hot Water,

604-530-0030 CYPRESS PLACE. Lge 1 bdrm. Reno’d. Incl heat & h/w. Nr stores & medical facilities. NS/NP. 50+ Viewing 10am-5pm. Resident Mgr. Ann & John 604-530-2840. LANGLEY: 5530-208 St. Quiet clean spac 2 bdrms, 4 appls, h/w, prkg incl. $875. Res. Mgr. N/P. Seniors 1/2 month discount. Avail now/Feb1. 604-534-1114, 9am-8pm.






Large 1 Bdrm. Apts $150 Move-In Allowance Please call for details. On-site manager. Suites include fridge, stove, drapes & carpeted throughout. Hot water & parking included. Close to shopping & schools, on bus route. Seasonal swimming pool & tennis court. Some pets welcome.

Call 604-533-0209 LANGLEY CITY


Apartments 20727 Fraser Highway

1 & 2 Bedrooms avail incl heat/hot water/cable Criminal record check may be req’d.

Ph: 604-533-4061 LANGLEY

CLAYMORE APTS 1 & 2 Bdrm Apts Avail $200 Move-In Bonus!! Close to shopping & schools. Seasonal Swimming pool, and tennis court. 3 Appliances (fridge, stove dishwasher), blinds hot water and parking included. Carpeted throughout. Some pets welcome.

5374 - 203rd St, Langley Villa Fontana & Stardust Michael - 604-533-7578

Rainbow & Majorca Betsy - 604-533-6945 CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

Call 604-533-9780 Nr LANGLEY CITY Hall & shops. Limerick Manor, 1 bdrm $705, 1bdrm 3rd flr $734. adult oriented. N/P. Appt. 604-514-1480.


• The Langley Times • Wednesday, May 18, 2011 RENTALS








MAPLE MANOR APTS. 20117 - 56 Avenue 1 & 2 bdrm suites $735 to $850 includes heat, hot water, cable to channel 43. On site security

Call 604-534-0108 Langley

The Parkview Terrace 5400 ~ 204 St. 2 bdrm corner suite, Heat, H/W, cable incl, in a adult-oriented building. N/S, N/P. For info

100-20436 Fraser Hwy., Langley

HOUSES Tall Timbers Area - 238 & 58A Ave. Langley - Executive home with many upgrades, pool & hot tub on private park like setting 1/3 acres, 2841 sq ft, 3 bdrm, solarium & den, 5 appl, vaulted ceilings, upgraded kitchen, 2 gas f/ps, 3 bthms, 2 car garage, shed, lease req’d, n/s, n/p. Avail. May 15th/11, $3,000/Mos.


The Village at Thunderbird Centre

Langley - 202 & 54 Ave. Emerald Court, lovely bright & clean 2 bdrm condo on 2nd flr, 1012 sq ft, 2 bthrms, 5 appl, gas f/p, laminate flrs, wrap around deck, 1 sec u/g pkg, locker, n/s, n/p, lease req’d. Available June 1st. $1200/Mos.

Deluxe 2 bdrm suites avail. Large balconies, fireplace, insuite w/dryer. N/P. Live, shop, work & play all in one location. Next to Colossus Theater (200th & #1 Hwy).

Langley 240 & Fraser Hwy Clean & bright 2 bdrm 2 level twnhse approx 800 sq ft, 1.5 bthrms, 4 appl, open pkg, fenced yard, n/s, n/p, lease req’d. Avail now $775/Mos.

Call 604-881-7111

Call Sandi, 604-534-3849 Visit us on the web at:

Call: 604-220-6905 LANGLEY

Email Website Marcon Property Management Ltd

Linwood Place Apts 20051- 55 A Ave.


BROOKSWOOD: Reno’d. 4 bdrm, 2.5 bths, rec room, fenced yrd, 2 f/p, $1800/mo. Refs. Avail. for view call for appt: (604)534-0306 CLOVERDALE. Farm area.5 bdrm, 2 kitchens, newly reno’d., fncd yard. $1600 + utils. N/P. 604-576-2457.

$675 to $835 includes Heat, Hot water, Cable to channel 43. On site security


Must bring in this ad to receive 1st month free

Northland Apartments 19777 Willowbrook Dr., Langley

Newer building, secure entry, 5 appl’s including insuite washer and dryer, a/c, electric f/p, u/g prkg & balconies. No pets CLOSE TO SHOPPING, Superstore & Willowbrook Mall.



LANGLEY, 3 bdrm + office. 1400 sf rancher, lrg fncd yard, NS/NP, exc. refs req., min 1 yr lease, July 1st $1480/mo. Phone (604) 532-1626. LANGLEY S, 6/bdrm house + den on 1.5 acres, 4 up, 2 down. (two s-c suites) Large 2 bay shop. Laundry, gas f/p’s, carport, cov deck, new carpets. Avail immed. $2400/mo. (604)220-0785 SOUTH LANGLEY 2 bdrm mobile home with 3 horse barn & paddock. Avail now. $1200. 604-727-6058.

Large 1 bdrm. 1 F/Bath, secure parking, n/p, n/s, electric F/P, covered patio. $650/mo. incls. hot water. Cls. to transit & amens. Available June 15.


SURREY - Highlands - Deluxe 2 bdrm. 2 bath, h/w flrs. & new carpet / paint, all appli. incl’s w/d, like new. Now! Great Location. 778-883-4262



TOWN & COUNTRY APARTMENTS 5555 208th Street, Langley Studio - 1 & 2 bdrms. Indoor swimming pool and rec facility. Includes heat & 1 parking stall. No pets

Serving White Rock, S. Surrey, Surrey, Langley, Delta, Ladner, Tsawwassen, Steveston, New West & Coquitlam


Langley City Small wrhse o/h dr, gd light $895 ALSO Willowbrook storage/hobby shop $695 604-834-3289



ABBOTSFORD 2653 James St. Avail now or June 1. 6 Bdrm house Can also be used as an office. 4 appliances, no pets, $1350/mo. Call: 604-583-6844.


SENIOR couple 60’s, NS/NP seeks furn accom, Start May/June, flexible 3-6+mo. top refs. 250-469-2910.


Scrap Cars & Trucks

1999 MALIBU LS, 4 door, 129K, p/w, p/l, p/s, tilt, cruise. Sport whls. Exc. cond. $2400. 604-309-4001. 2000 BUICK Century, burgundy, 4 dr, beige inside, elec seats. Air cared Sept. 2 years. V6. 54,000 kms. $5900/obo 604-541-8607. 2000 LASABRE LTD. Leather heated seats, GT pkg, like new certified 121K. $6900 obo. 604-593-5072 2004 CAVALIER, 4 door, 5/spd, AirCared, 80,000 km., $2,000 obo. Phone 604-930-4650 2005 CHEVY IMPALA exc cond, low km’s, A/C, seats 6, 4/door, $5500/obo. Al / Erika 604-346-0548

2011 Elkridge 27RLSS Fifth Wheel Rear Living room plan, dual pane windows, power awning & more!! SALE $33,995 Stk# 30002 DL# 30985






Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

1995 CHEV BLAZER 87,000kms, excellent running condition. Aircared. $3500 obo. 604-528-8518 2008 FORD Escape Hybrid 4X4 130K, mint cond. Metallic blue. $17,900. No acc’ds. 604-854-3732



2005 FORD RANGER. 111,000 kms. Auto. Extended cab. Good cond. $8,000. 604-751-2332 2005 GMC SIERRA, 2 whl dr, 6 cyl. 86K. White. New tires, longbox, alloy wheels. $8100. 778-868-9173.

1990 VOLKSWAGON JETTA 4 dr auto, runs good, Aircared, $750 obo, 604-615-7408. 2001 BMW 105,000km, heated seats, sunroof, fully loaded. No accident $9,900. 604-338-7483 2008 MAZDA 3GT 4/dr, 20,600K auto, all options LEATHER $17,500 AS NEW COND! 604-531-0036. 2010 SMART CAR - Passion model. 5000 kms. Black. Automatic. Asking $9500/firm 604-538-4883



Top Dollar Today!




17’ F.G. BAYLINER, 160hp Merc Cruiser. Comes w/trailer $4300 obo 604-768-8434 or 604-302-8311


SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Dial-A-Law offers general information on a variety of topics on law in BC. 604-687-4680 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.565.5297 (Outside LM); (audio available).Lawyer Referral Service matches people with legal concerns to a lawyer in their area. Participating lawyers offer a 30 minute consultation for $25 plus tax. Regular fees follow once both parties agree to proceed with services. 604-6873221 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800.663.1919 (Outside LM).

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES CA$H for CAR$ No Wheels -No Problem! Servicing the Fraser Valley 604-746-2855

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288

2009 Canam Outlander 800 ATV. Perfect cond, 500 mi, alum whls, winch, 2 seats, hydraulic disc brakes, $5500. (604)283-8393



08 O’K 2 slide camper loaded 31K &/or 08 F-450 KR 44K. Ken 250878-4365 2005 Cardinal LX 29 Ft. 5th Wheel Triple slide, many options. Immaculate, orig. owner, non smokers, no pets. Ext. warranty to end of 2011. Asking $24,900. Also avail 2004 2500HD Chev Duramax. Phone (604)916-1311 2006 NORTHSHORE 30 FT Travel trailer, 36” dble slides, bunk units, fully loaded $24,000. 604-824-8970 2007 JAYCO Jayflight 29BHS, loaded, slps 7–8. TV/hitch incl. like new cond. $17,900. 604-888-6394.

Front Sofa, AM/FM/CD player, Elec. slide out. A/C, awning, microwave, pass through storage. $15,995 (Stk. 29313) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288

AUTO SPECIAL w! Sell it No


Reach 356,000 Households



plus tax

Includes one week in The Surrey Leader, Aldergrove Star, Langley Times, Peace Arch News, s, Surrey Daily, Peace Arch News Daily, and the Golden Ears Daily.



$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. DLN 30309 2011 Catalina 28BHS Travel Trailer Catalina Clear Out! Bunks, slide out and value! 2 left!! SALE $19,995 Stk# 30039 DL# 30985


3 lines in all listed publications for one week only $10 + tax. Includes a listing on (private party ads only)

– or pay $25 + tax for one week – in all Lower Mainland publications 1.5 million households 2011 Wolf Pup 17B Travel Trailer UNDER 2800lbs, sleeps 6. One only! SALE $13,995 Stk# 30152 DL# 30985


ALDERGROVE. 2 bdrm fully renovated, like new. Incl 5 appls. Secure entry. Small pet ok. $800/mo. Avail now. 604-454-8077.


1998 Audi A4 quattro, V6, 5spd, 317KM. $3000 obo. 250-307-1215.

for only

SURREY Great location. Looking for a roommate to share my 2 bdrm bsmt suite. Your lrg rm can come furnished if you like. New appliances, freshly painted, shared washrm, newer suite suitable for female professional or student. Close to all amenities 2 min walk to bus stop, nr hospital, skytrain, SFU. Beautiful trails. Must be clean. Includes utils/cbl/intrnt $400/m. N/S N/P Avail. Now! Let’s be roomies. Please call or txt 604-377-4511




The Scrapper




LANGLEY CITY on Industrial Ave. Excellent WAREHOUSE (1760 sq.ft.) with Office / Mezzanine. Call 604-603-9584 or 604-309-3939.

Call 604-532-2036

LANGLEY. New Exec 3 bd T/H 1525 Sq/Ft. granite, oak kit., h/w flrs, s.s. appl., Air Cond. Close to all amen.Can help finance part of the down payment. Must have clean credit, or family members with clean credit. 778-995-3834

WALNUT GROVE. Near new condo 2 bdrms, 2 baths, W/D, F/P, large patio, grassy area. Cls to all amen. $1350. NS/NP. 604-882-3511

BROOKSWOOD COMMERCIAL LEASE spaces available at 208th Street and 40th Ave. Sizes 7002100 s.f. $1500 - $4500. Call Frank @ Noort Investments 604-835-6300 or Nick @ 604-526-3604.

2 & 3 Bdrm T/Homes Move-In Allowance!!









1993 CHEV LUMINA, 4 dr, V6, 3.1 eng., 106 km, exc cond, 1 owner, maroon $2,500 obo. 604-576-6376. 1997 BUICK PARK AVE V6 new brk & tires, heated leather certified private $5500 obo. 604-364-1554

Call Now (604)536-0220 or email info

WILLOUGHBY. 4 bdrm home huge great room, lge kitchen, 3 baths, ldry incl, dble garage NP/NS. Avail immed. $1900/mo. 778-908-7790. Willoughby 5000sf 5bdrm 6appls 3 baths f/p 1.35 acres RV prkg no growers pets or smokers $2100/mo. July 1. Byran 778-574-7978

Phone 604-530-1912



Houses, Townhouses, Condos & Suites!








Cloverdale 176 St./Hwy.#10 Reno’d Lrg 2 bdrm ,nr shopping & school, clean. $880m 778-809-2510 LANGLEY: 3 bdrms, 2 bath Upper ste, lge balc, fnd/yrd, suit cpl. N/S. $1200/mo+ 2/3 utils. 604-723-5016 WALNUT Grove Spacious 2 bdrm (1350 sf) W/D, $1100 Incl all utils, wirelss & cable. Avail now. N/S N/P Contact Warren 778-772-6608 WALNUT GROVE 2 bdrm upper flr. Heat, hydro & prkg incl $800/mo. Np/Ns. Avail immed. 604-513-5829

Fridge, stove, dishwasher (in most), drapes. Outdoor pool. Some pets welcome. Resident Manager. Close to bus, shopping, schools and parks. #36 - 5210 - 203 Street, Langley

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Patio doors have come a long way from the aluminum sliders that once did little more than gain access to outside.

‘Sliders’ high on reno list By Maggie Calloway Once you have decided to invest in making your outdoor space more inviting, there is one item that should be right up there on your list. To make the transition from your interior to your new outdoor room, the choice of doors can make all the difference. Loewen is a well respected lead-

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Kyle Exner of B.C. Greenhouse Builders suggests an 8’ by 8’ greenhouse for the starter gardener, but warns if you plan to add on in the future, you have to keep that in mind when placing your greenhouse. Martin Knowles photo

Garden room no longer a pipe dream Greenhouses are great yard additions, perfect for growing vegetables and other plants year-round. By Maggie Calloway Lurking deep in the heart of most gardeners is the dream of installing a beautiful greenhouse in the back garden. Many have visions of growing vegetables year-round, volumes of spring flowers and plants ready for planting, and a place to just generally

putter around even on those grey, drizzly days. Considering buying a greenhouse entails much the same decision-making process as home renovations. Just how are you going to use this new addition: are you really planning on becoming self-sustaining in the veggie department, are you dreaming of turning the back 40 into a mini botanical garden, or do you just enjoy growing your own vegetables and flowers from seed and want a place to protect delicate plants and shrubs though the winter? These are all important questions which need well-considered answers to avoid investing in a building which turns into an expensive white elephant.

Now that you have thought through why you want a greenhouse, you need to be realistic about your climate. Do you live in a spot subject to high winds or heavy snow? Let’s face it, life is not all sunshine and roses but sometimes long periods of ice and snow, which means your greenhouse needs to be able to withstand such extremes. One needs to consider these pesky details before taking the plunge. Kyle Exner, of B.C. Greenhouse Builders, is an expert who has very definite ideas on what it takes to pair the perfect greenhouse with the

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The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association has announced the winners of its second annual renOVATION Awards. At the awards dinner held on April 15, the GVHBA handed out awards honouring excellence in home-renovation design and construction. The program featured 65 finalists in 26 categories, and was presented by FortisBC. “The quality of the work done by our renovators was superb,” says GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson. “It was a night of celebration.” Burnaby-based TQ Construction and Kenorah Construction & Design of Delta were the big winners of the night, coming out with six awards each. They were followed by Surrey-based My House Design/Build Team with four awards, and Best Builders of Delta, North Vancouver’s CCI Renovations and New Westminster’s Intermind Design with two awards each. Single awards were won by Build-Pros Construction of North Vancouver, Klondike Contracting, Level One Maintenance and Maison d’etre designbuild, all of Vancouver. Intermind Design was also

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Thinking of enjoying the benefits of natural gas? Quadra Homes offers high efficiency and lower homeowner expense at Yorkson Creek townhomes in Langley

Something exciting is happening in Langley Quadra Homes has been building quality homes in British Columbia for more than forty years and has earned their reputation as a company with integrity. The Townhomes at Quadra’s Yorkson Creek are built to high standard and are offered at a good price. Features, which would normally be upgrades, are included in the competitive price. Wonderful kitchens include granite countertops and deluxe wood cabinets. A stainless steel appliance package consisting of a side-by-side fridge, dishwasher and microwave is included in each home. A gas range, which is the dream of home chefs, is also included. “A gas dryer is a very compelling component of our townhome package because in the Lower Mainland, using a gas dryer costs about 11 cents to dry a load of clothes. This compares to between 14 cents and 20 cents when using an electric clothes dryer” says Shawn Bouchard of Quadra Homes. This exceptional quality continues throughout the rest of the home with genuine hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, natural gas fireplace; all in a central Langley setting with good access to public transit. Now, homebuyers will realize even more value as a result of a very interesting collaboration between

Quadra Homes and Fortis BC. These two British Columbia-based companies have collaborated to make the townhouse section of Quadra’s Yorkson Creek project hit a high environmental standard EnerGuide 80.

For the homeowner this means the monthly cost of running the home is greatly reduced. An added bonus for the first time buyers is that they can obtain a credit from CMHC because this is an EnerGuide 80 project.

“We collaborated with FortisBC on a natural gas pilot program for a number of reasons, including cost savings, unlimited hot water supply, the comfort of a high-end Carrier multi-speed furnace plus the tremendous advantages of gas dryers, stoves, barbecues and fireplaces. After reviewing all these considerations and the EnerGuide 80 rating for the home, we knew this package was a winner” said Quadra Homes Vice President, Paul DaDalt.

Quadra Homes worked with a Certified Energy Advisor to determine the least cost path to a more energy efficient home using natural gas appliances for space heat and domestic hot water. This study was an important first step in ensuring that the project would achieve EnerGuide 80 rating even before construction. Once the studies were complete, decisions were made to install Navien

Shawn Bouchard of Quadra Homes shows the small space used to produce all the heating and hot water needs for each townhome.

gas powered hot water heaters. These on-demand water heaters eliminate the need for a standard hot water tank and the energy needed to maintain water temperature. The Navien, powered by natural gas, boasts the industry’s highest efficiency rating at 98% which means low operating costs. This water heater also provides hot water at a very high gallon-per-minute (GPM) flow rate, which is very convenient for homeowners. The safety of the natural gas powered Navien system is enhanced by dual microprocessors that continually cross monitor performance to assure proper operation at all times. These microprocessors also maintain the steady hot water temperature. The second recommendation of the FortisBC study was the installation of a high-efficiency gas furnace. Quadra installed the Carrier Performance 96 Gas furnace. This furnace is aptly named as 96 cents of every dollar spent is going toward supplying usable heat to the home. The care taken to include highefficiency natural gas powered mechanics and appliances, coupled with high insulation, means the new owner will have a home which is warm and comfortable for the family, respectful to the environment, and costs less to run. Be sure to visit Yorkson Creek located at 208 Street and 82 Avenue in Langley. It is a winner all-around.

The Langley Times • Wednesday, May 18, 2011 • B3

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A licensed contractor not only ensures safety practices are adhered to, they can help make sure the job runs smoothly. The contractor can obtain the permit on your behalf and manages the inspection process plus they can correct any deficiencies.

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Patio doors add ambiance ›› from page.1 er in the well-defined area of windows and doors. With over 100 years of experience in production and design, they have come a long way from church pews and bee-keeping equipment. The decision to specialize in windows and doors has allowed them to embrace new technologies while staying true to a long tradition specialization. Loewen’s Matt Penner says, “We have some beautiful choices available today to fit both the style of your home and add to the ambiance of your outdoor space. “At Loewen, we strive to provide our customers with the world’s most inspiring windows and doors – but as we inspire, we must also build reliability into everything we make.” We are all familiar with the classic French doors, sometimes referred to as terrace doors; traditional terrace doors hinge in the middle so that one panel is fixed and the other operates. By contrast, French terrace doors are hinged on the outside to allow both doors to operate from the middle. If this is your choice of

door, make sure you decide in advance which way you want the door to swing: inside or outside. Sliding patio doors are still around, but wooden doors that function like large moving windows are more popular than the traditional aluminum version. These striking doors are a huge improvement on the shuddering aluminum doors of yore. Those of us who are dedicated viewers of all things related to home design have seen the bifold terrace doors which, when folded back on themselves, virtually disappear. The bifold allows you to create a feeling of spaciousness by joining the interior and exterior living space. When closed, bifold doors provide privacy and protection while allowing unobstructed views. A fairly new system on the scene is the Loewen LiftSlide. This system allows expansive glass panels, some weighing up to 850 lbs., to roll smoothly and easily. The LiftSlide doors glide, with just the touch of a hand, on almost invisible stainless steel tracks, again allowing a blurring of the division between the interior and exterior space.

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Gardens go Down to Earth with a spiral design A beautiful garden will be enjoyed for years, but must be carefully done so as not to appear gimmicky.

“Our client asked that her garden, which she would mostly view from her deck, be fabulous from that angle. “I had a photo of a wooden plinth in a spiral shape and always wanted to design a garden based on this design, and here was the perfect project.” One of the requirements was that the garden look great from above, and had to have closed stone access from the deck into the garage. Down to Earth also had to include an area for a downstairs tenant, and the homeowners have two dogs so a doggy wash area was also important. “We also made provision for a future water feature; the east side of the back terrace has a spiral that is shaped to allow for a specific pre-chosen water feature,” Ward says. “On the west side the spiral is more expanded and it is big enough for two big comfy chairs and a small table.” The trick with a controlled design like this is to get it just right and not to over do or over play, says Ward. With too much tweaking the elegant can become gimmicky. The front garden had an existing landscape done by the builder, which was taken out with the exception of a magnolia tree. The tree was in good shape but required pretty radical structural pruning. The home is beautiful to look at with the magnolia tree, so it was decided not to build a complicated garden with lots of colour. The decision was to keep the front just

By Maggie Calloway Every now and then, if we are lucky, we have our breath taken away with a sight so striking and so stunning, we are mesmerized. That is how I feel about this Vancouver garden designed and executed by Down to Earth Landscapes, and it comes as no surprise they are the recipient of major awards, both local and national. I had a long chat with Marcyn Ward, co-owner of Down to Earth Landscapes along with Peter Schradi, about this unique garden. “When we started this project we had some very specific requirements for the terrace area in the rear, which are the stone spirals,” Ward says.

green with broadleaf evergreens. “We used two kinds of boxwood. One is the true dwarf boxwood, which we used to develop the lines of the spiral. The other is a form of boxwood called Green Mound - a broad low mound which stays low and dwarf,” says Ward. Down to Earth Landscapes did lots of drawings, working out how they were going to develop the spirals but most of the work was done physically setting up on site and then moving lines. As the garden came together it was viewed from every angle to maximize the view. It was important that as you approach the front door, or walk from the door to the street, you see the spirals. The homeowner is ecstatic with the magical finished garden and so are strangers who wander in off the street. Cars stop on the street and occupants can’t resist wandering the front garden.

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The addition of stone walkways, paving stones or retaining walls contributes to a gorgeous new look to your property, according to Northwest Landscaping & Stone Supply’s David Nelson. Martin Knowles photos

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It’s time to start those backyard renovations Ruth Olde of Blasig Landscape Design has tips for homeowners considering a backyard renovation. By Maggie Calloway The weather is warming up, fingers crossed, and the backyard is looking a little…tatty. The budget is limited but with the family wanting to spend more time at home enjoying being together eating, playing and relaxing, what to do? The first thing you should do is get the family together and decide how you plan on using the space. Is basketball on the agenda? Putting green? Large veggie garden? Does the family want an outdoor eating spot under spreading tree branches, or are you just looking for a spot to put the barbecue? Next you have to decide on style, and that means keeping in mind the style of the house. If you live in a Tudor-style home it’s not to say you are pre-destined to only install a Tudor garden, a la King Henry the Eighth, but let’s face it, a desert-style garden underneath Tudor beams is going to look a bit like it dropped from outer space. A nod to water preservation would not go amiss in today’s world. Seed your lawn, if indeed you must have one, with grass seed developed to grow slowly and with a reduced need for constant watering. Native plants, of which there are a great selection these days and more every year, make a great deal of sense. Like every commodity, the more the demand the greater the variety and availability. With more and more

Renovations to the backyard can be time-consuming, but are worth it in the end. Prospective renovators should consider how they plan to use the backyard before starting any projects, says Ruth Olde of Blasig Landscape Design and Construction. Martin Knowles photos

communities introducing water meters it makes sense, not just for the pocketbook but for the environment, to choose plantings with an eye to sustainability. Ruth Olde, a partner with Blasig Landscape Design and Construction, has some great advice for homeowners. “A major thing to keep in mind when planning an overhaul of the garden is what the view will be from inside the house,” says Olde. “An arbour is a great addition to the garden but placement is key. It can be anywhere from the edge of the patio and beyond, keeping in mind if you put it on the lawn it could be awkward to mow around. A well-constructed arbour, in the right place

can be used to frame the garden just like the frame of a picture.” She also suggests homeowners think of the garden’s effect on light – inside and outside your home. “Keep in mind the beautiful new arbour could be a disaster if it throws dark shade into the house, so consider both the interior and exterior views,” Olde says. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, Blasig offers a wonderful service. If you send them photos of your garden space, measurements and wish list, they will send you a madeto-measure landscape design you can implement as time and financial resources allow. For information, check


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Greenhouses offer enthusiasts year-round opportunity to exercise their green thumbs â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş from page.1 home gardener. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do they want a productive greenhouse thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be the easiest possible greenhouse to grow in, or are they looking for a greenhouse which will be a showpiece in the garden?â&#x20AC;? Exner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the goal is a greenhouse which will add value to the property and look fabulous with hanging baskets and flowers, we would steer them towards a glass greenhouse but if the primary focus is on, say, food production we would steer them towards a polycarbonate greenhouse.â&#x20AC;? Other practical details also come into play â&#x20AC;&#x201C; do you need a building permit in your municipality? What is the best location for your greenhouse? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for the best spot, keep in mind that the optimal position is with the longest side of the greenhouse facing south. Six hours of available sunlight in the winter is ideal. Find out what kind of foundation is suitable for your location. If you choose concrete you are committing to a permanent site, whereas a wood frame foundation permits both the ability to move the greenhouse if necessary and the possibility of extending the structureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length in the future. Flooring is another decision; if you leave the soil as is, so as to grow directly in it with tomatoes for instance, keep in mind that if your tomatoes get a disease, you have a problem that may take a couple of years to resolve. Gravel is a popular choice as it is easy on the feet, can easily be installed and is easy to maintain. A concrete floor, as mentioned ear-

Gardeners who would like a larger greenhouse but are concerned about the cost of heating a big space can control the area being used at any given time in the growing season by installing a temporary wall. Martin Knowles photos

lier, is a more permanent choice that can be maintained just by hosing off into a drain. All are good choices which need to be thought through in advance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good starter greenhouse is an 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? says Exner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is much better than a 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because it gives two 32-inch wide growing benches plus a 30-inch walkway so you are not cramped.â&#x20AC;? Exner warns that if you are planning to add onto your new greenhouse in the future, you will need to keep that in mind when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building the original structure. Gardeners who would like a larger greenhouse but are concerned about the cost of heating a big space can control the area being used at any given time in the growing season by installing a temporary wall. This allows just a section of the greenhouse to be

heated, say early in the season when seeding. As you start potting up and require more space, the temporary wall can be gradually moved to accommodate your specific needs. At the other end of the season, a temporary wall allows you to section off the greenhouse to keep tropical plants safe over the winter in one section and keep plants dormant in the other. The heat spillover from the tropical side is enough to keep your dormant plants from freezing. If you are looking for a space in the garden which expands your living and entertaining space, a garden room may fit the bill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our garden room greenhouses are the ultimate in glass houses. These are definitely estate greenhouses,â&#x20AC;? says Exner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We make them a fully functional growing or living/growing space meaning you will

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Restoring this old house a labour of love Bill Farrand always loved the little farmhouse he saw every day on his way to work. It took until 2005 for him to make the purchase. By Maggie Calloway Have you ever thought about rescuing an old derelict farmhouse? Maybe a grand old dame of a house that needs a lot of TLC? Well fasten your seatbelt because you could be in for a bumpy ride. The story of Bill Farrand and the 1910-era house he turned into a much-loved home is one of inspiration, determination, and love. This house, which Bill was strangely drawn to for years, turned out to have previously unknown connections to Bill’s family over the last hundred years. The house was built by Charles Feedham in the early part of the last century in South Surrey, but the connection to the Farrand family started in New Westminster. The Farrand family came to New Westminster in the 1880s. When Bill was doing research into his family history he discovered that Charles Feedham lived very close to his great-grandfather in New Westminster, which was then a small town. Then in the 1890s they both lived in Burnaby, again very close neighbours. For years, as Bill drove back and forth to work, he saw this little farmhouse set back in the trees and he always thought it was an interesting house. In 2005, he saw a for sale sign. Feeling he couldn’t afford the house as it was sitting on a sizeable piece of property, he didn’t consider making an offer. Within a week a sold sign appeared, which put an end to any possibility. However, this was not the end of the story. “I found out the person who had bought the land, with house, was an old … friend of mine. I still had his phone number so I called and we got together,” Farrand says. “The buyer planned on sub-dividing the property so a deal was made for me to buy the house and one lot and then move the house about 50 feet onto its new, permanent spot. “This house which had intrigued me for years was now mine.” Farrand moved into the house, in its original location and condition, to provide security and to get a good feel for the bones. Once it came time to move the house, he had to move into rental accommodation and get the house ready for its journey. Once moved, a new foundation had to be built before the house was lowered into position. Next, work commenced on the carriage house/garage with its large suite on the upper floor so Farrand could move back on site. Now that the house was firmly on a new foundation, the real work began. The house is not huge, as was the style in early part of the last century. Two floors are only 625 square feet each but because a new foundation was necessary, Farrand was able to expand the lower floor to the exterior dimension of the veranda which turned into a generous 1,000 sq. ft. What was originally a cellar with a ceiling you would bang your head on, became two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and a family room. “The main floor has the kitchen, the entrance, the living room and dining room. What were originally four little rooms has been opened up,” says Farrand. “Upstairs there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms.”

The farmhouse was built around 1910, and was originally quite small. Homeowner Bill Farrand was able to expand the lower floor from 625 square feet to 1,000, and moved the house from its original location by about 50 feet. Photos submitted, and photos by Martin Knowles

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B.C.’s top renovators celebrated ›› from page.1 named RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Small Volume, while TQ Construction was named RenoMark Renovator of the Year – Large Volume. “Our winners were absolutely delighted with the recognition,” Simpson says. In fact, My House Design/Build brought their clients to the awards dinner, and then brought them up on stage with them to receive their awards. “The smiles were pretty wide on the homeowners’ faces,” Simpson says. “FortisBC was extremely excited to once again be the presenting sponsor of the renOVATION Awards,” says Dan Noel, regional energy solutions manager at FortisBC. “We look forward to combining the strengths of the GVHBA and FortisBC to help the residential construction industry in the Lower Mainland achieve innovative and successful results when it comes to their projects and energy requirements.” Awards categories included kitchens, bathrooms, green renovations, accessible renovations, condominium makeovers, heritage restorations and outdoor living spaces. “Next year we plan to add a custom-home component,” Simpson says. “It will recognize some of the spectacular custom homes in the Lower Mainland.” Winners were selected by a panel of renovation contractors from Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna and Richmond, Wa., and a Whistler interior designer.

Kenorah Construction won six awards, including two for best bathroom renovations and Best Kitchen $80,000 to $119,999.

The My House Design/Build team won four awards, and brought the homeowners up on stage with them to receive the awards.

Dan Noel, regional energy solutions manager for FortisBC, speaks at the awards dinner.

TQ Construction won six awards, including Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation and Best Bathroom under $20,000.


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