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Taking a look back
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The wrst issue of the Langley Times hit local doorsteps 35 years ago tomorrow (Feb 18).
had recently received the Maclay Cup, a prestigious industry award, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
It was 20 pages and from the very wrst edition, embodied the true spirit of a community paper, with a strong focus on local people, local events and local politics. In addition to the news, the weekly paper, which published each Wednesday, featured columns, recipes, puzzles and even a regular photo feature called Girl of the Times. To say the photo series met with mixed reviews would be an understatement. Placed prominently on the inaugural editorial page is a letter of congratulation from premier Bill Bennett. Local MLA R.H. McLelland, also welcomed the paper to the community with a letter to the publisher. Featured on the front page of the Feb. 18 Langley Times was a prowle of a then 16-year-old Laura Tidball. The young Langley equestrienne
The Times caught up with Tidball — now Laura Balisky — 35 years later and discovered her passion for horses has not cooled over the past three and a half decades. At the bottom of the same front page was a story about the amalgamation debate — an issue which, according to the unidentiwed writer, had already been stirring for some time. That’s just one example we discovered, illustrating how “the more things change ...” At the same time, it’s been fascinating to see just how much the process of putting together a newspaper has evolved since the days of cutand-paste layout, when the identity of the writers and photographers was an afterthought. Thumbing through the black and white pages of The Times’ earliest issues over the past several weeks has been both an entertaining and an educational experience. We’ve taken a look back at the live theatre
Laura Balisky holds a copy of the Feb 18, 1981 edition of the Times. The Langley equestrienne was featured in a front page story in the very first issue.
in Langley in 1981 and what it was like to go to the movies before a colossal new cinema moved into town, with 18 screens and an IMAX. We’ve lifted a few photos, revisited some subjects and taken a look back at some of the trends and topics that struck us as interesting or unusual. We hope you have as much fun as we did on this little trip down memory lane.
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Gracing the front page of the inaugural edition of the Langley Times newspaper was just the beginning for Laura Tidball. Tidball was 16 years old and an elite junior show jumper who had recently won the Maclay Horseman Award at Madison Square Garden in New York. Her picture and story were splashed across page one of the Feb. 18, 1981 edition of the Langley Times, a new weekly community newspaper.
The Maclay Award is considered the most prestigious award in junior riding and it was the sign of big things in Tidball’s future. The week before her story appeared in the newspaper, Tidball had been named the B.C. junior athlete of the year. The story talked about her dreams and ambitions, all of which would come true over the next decade. “That was a pretty big deal; it is the biggest award you can win as a junior,” she said by phone from California last month. These days, Tidball is Laura Balisky. And while her last name may
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They outgrew the wrst location — a 26-acre facility — and relocated to an 85-acre facility on 72 Avenue.
In the 1981 article, Balisky talked about her dreams and ambitions, which included one day representing her country on the international stage.
The parents were inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in the builder category.
She did just that, making the 1984 Olympic team as an alternate and competing at the 1988 Olympic Summer Games. She also helped Canada win team gold at the 1987 Pan Am Games.
“My dad and mom were just awesome supporters, enthusiastic,” she said. “They were the kind of people where you got a good pat on the back if you did great, but they didn’t kill you when you didn’t. They didn’t bring you down, they just uplifted us.”
“Did I expect to get to the Olympic Games? No, because with horses, you can never expect too much,” she said. “But it was in my set of goals, for sure.” Horses had long been a passion, not just for Balisky, but the entire Tidball family. The family moved to Fort Langley from West Vancouver when Balisky — the youngest
And Balisky says it was her parents’ support which helped her get as far as she did.
And while Balisky’s son didn’t follow his parents into the sport — Matthew is a wrstyear engineering student at UBC who played rugby and football growing up — the family does have another high-level jumper: Balisky’s niece Laura-Jane Tidball, who trains under her aunt and uncle.
Laura Balisky (Tidball) and seven-year-old young jumper Diara. ~ Miranda GATHERCOLE
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Balisky and her husband Brent run Thunderbird Show Stables, a hunter/jumper training facility in Langley which helps horses and riders develop in the sport of show jumping.
The family — led by parents George and Dianne Tidball — also opened up Thunderbird Show Park, one of the premier equestrian facilities in all of North America.
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The evolution of the silver screen in Langley
It’s been almost 17 years since Famous Players’ Colossus spaceship touched down on the corner of 200 Street and 91A Avenue in Walnut Grove.
The mega movie theatre — boasting 18 theatres and the area’s wrst 3D IMAX screen — was so large, Times reporter John Ireland wrote “you’ll be able to see (it) while sitting in Brookswood, at the south end of the 200 Street bottleneck.”
Prior to Langley’s lavish movie lounge (which now operates under Cineplex Entertainment), residents had the Willowbrook 6 Cinemas, located beside Willowbrook Lanes at 64 Avenue and Willowbrook Drive.
Photo and caption from the May 2, 1999 edition of the Times as Colossus Langley neared completion — May 2, 1999.
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Colossus was built in Walnut Grove. It was closed and demolished in the early 2000s. Through the 1970s, there was the Langley Twin Movies at Sundel Square, owned and operated by Anthony Hargrave.
In the early days the little theatre on Fraser Highway at 204 Street played silent wlms accompanied by piano, before a theatre organ was installed in 1924.
Hargrave was a City Alderman from 1983 to 1985.
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Drive-In Theatre and Clova Cinemas in neighbouring communities, and older generations will remember the Langley Theatre, built by Arthur Timms, that ran from 1917 to 1958.
The stage was also often used for theatre productions, and even all-candidate meetings. At one point in the early 1930s it was turned into a hardware store, before being converted back into a movie theatre in 1937.
His movie theatre was almost shut down by wre marshals in its wrst days of operation for not having the correct permits, recalls retired City wre chief Jim McGregor. Hargrave claimed that the $50 daily wne was cheaper than the permit itself. And at one point, he attempted to keep the theatre ayoat by playing X-rated adult movies.
In 1949 there was a proposal to demolish the theatre and adjoining Texas Hotel to make way for a larger 60-room hotel and 600-seat theatre, but that never came to fruition. It was demolished in 1958.
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Langley City Hall then, Langley City Hall now
A look through the Langley Centennial Museum collection of almost 7,000 archival photographs shows just how much the Langleys have changed since the Times began publishing. An April 15, 1986 photo shows the Buckerweld’s feed store coming down next to the then-courthouse on Fraser Highway. The feed store was relocating to a newer building. The museum website notes that Buckerweld’s remained at their downtown Langley location until 1986, when they moved to a building on the east side of 200 Street, south of the Langley Bypass, north of the train tracks.
Township Council Chambers then, Township Council Chambers now BC Telephone Co then, BC Telephone Co now
Jump forward 30 years and a picture taken from the same angle shows the site is now occupied by the Cascades casino, hotel and convention centre and while the former courthouse building is still there, the view is blocked by the casino sign and the heritage statues located in the public park. Other comparisons of then and now images show less dramatic changes. A 1982 photo of Pepper’s Nite Spot on the corner of Fraser Highway and Thornton (as it was then called) reveals the night club underwent a change of colour scheme, from powder blue to brown, and a change of name to Gabby’s Country Cabaret, as seen in a photo taken from the same angle more than 30 years later. The museum notes for a 1985 photo of Langley City’s 30th anniversary celebration in front of City Hall states the two-storey structure on Topping Road (as it was then known) was built on the site of the Timms house after it was torn down in 1956.
Peppers then, Peppers (Gabby’s) now
The hall opened for business on April 13, 1957 and held its wnal meeting on April 12, 1999. It was rebuilt on the same site with a new branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library included and ofwcially opened on Aug. 25, 2000. A present-day photo shows the work on a new state-of-theart Timms Community Centre. The current Township council chambers, as pictured in 2014, are much grander than the relatively modest low-ceilinged space shown in a 1992 photo of the Langley Municipal Council.
BuckerƂeld’s then, and BuckerƂeld’s now
The museum lists the council members from left to right as: J. Campbell, M. Arnason, A. Searle, J.H. Beales, J. Scholtens, T. Campen, and S. Ferguson. A 1992 picture shows the old Aldergrove BC Tel building in need of some TLC before it was moved to its current location at 3190 271 St, where it was renovated and now serves as the Aldergrove Heritage Society museum. What about you? Do you have any photos from 1981on that show how the community has changed? Please send them to us by emailing email@example.com. They could be posted online and some may appear in the paper as well.
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Female politicians breaking into the old boys’ club in the early ‘80s were no strangers to sexism. But that didn’t mean they had to take it without comment. A story published in the Langley Times on April 29, titled “A woman at Township hall,” prowled Muriel Arnason, noting she was the wrst female alderman in the district’s then 110-year history, having been elected in 1979.
“I know I’m a maverick on council. Whether it’s because I’m a woman or because of my politics, I don’t know.” In a subsequent story, she is quoted asking the mayor to refer to her as “Alderman, not Mrs.” Arnason died in 2007 after serving 11 straight terms on council. Today, a library has been named in her honour and she is succeeded by her daughter Petrina, who sits among a group of eight Township councillors, half of whom are women.
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A sign of the times You might call it a sign of the times. Published on Feb. 18, 1981, Issue #1 of the Langley Times introduced the Girl of the Times. Issue #2 included the wrst letter of complaint about the Girl of the Times. Far from bikini shots, these could better be described as “cheesecake light.” Each was comprised of a
photo of a pretty, smiling young woman dressed in everyday clothes and a caption which included such information as her hobbies, ambitions and, often, her astrological sign. One early prowle stood out to us here in 2016. It concerned Kelly, who according to the caption under her photo, “May only be 5’4” tall, but that doesn’t stop her from horseback riding whenever she gets a chance.” During the paper’s wrst year, the weekly photo drew several letters of
complaint, often accompanied by a copy of the most recent offending image — included for clarity’s sake, no doubt. One writer labeled it “an offensive, sexist piece of junk,” while another suggested that if there was to be a Girl of the Times then, for the sake of equality, there ought to be a “Boy of the Times,” too. On Nov. 25, the writer got her wish. In what appears to have been a bit of an inside joke, a local business sponsored a “Boy of the Times” photo. “Bob,” an LSS stu-
dent, was pictured with his bass guitar. His hobbies were listed as mechanics and swimming. Undeterred by the blowback to the weekly photo, the paper in its wnal issue of the year invited readers to call the Times ofwce and place a vote for their favourite ‘Girl of the Year’ from a weld of 12 wnalists, narrowed from the original 46 models.
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The more things change... We’d all like to think that our struggles are unique. But a look back at some of the earliest editions of the Langley Times disproves that notion many times over during the course of a single year. From development, to transportation and the costs of policing or buying a home, many of the issues that keep Langley residents awake at night in 2016 were also top of mind back in 1981. Skyrocketing housing prices were the focus of a story that appeared in the very wrst issue of the Times. It was titled ‘The housing crunch’ and noted that the price of an average Langley bungalow which had cost $50,000 in 1979 had nearly doubled two years later. By July, the “crazy market” had leveled off, according to a follow-up article. That story was
followed several months later by another about the crashing housing market, with the blame placed squarely on a huge jump in mortgage rates. Ads in the wrst issues of the Times, urged residents to shop locally and help keep small, independent businesses thriving. A story from the SPCA warned in early ‘81 that it was kitten season and that meant a lot of young cats were in need of good homes. On the water, restrictions on commercial wshing between New Westminster and Mission closed the Fraser River to salmon wshing for the entire 1981 season. The measure was aimed at reversing the trend of declining chinook stocks. One article published in 1981 discussed the possibility that a commuter rail system could run through Langley by the end of the decade. There were accounts of so-
called freeway fatigue, with drivers complaining of long and tiring commutes to work in Vancouver, as well as concern over expansion of the Roberts Bank Superport and the anticipated increase in the number of coal trains through Langley each day. At the time, residents were forced to deal with the noise of three or four trains per day making round trips, and some feared that number could double or quadruple. Among the solutions suggested were berm construction and a possible anti-whistling bylaw. The current expansion to the port that led to the construction of a series of rail overpasses, could result in as many as 60 trains per day running through Langley, according to 2013 estimates.
Rubik’s Cube — “the toughest puzzle of the century” — was all the rage in 1981. It was so popular in fact that Willowbrook Mall hosted a contest to find out who could solve it fastest. That honour went to 14-year-old Peter Huang, who cracked it in just 57 seconds. At the height of the toy’s popularity in 1981, Good Stuff Games store in Willowbrook mall sold about 150 cubes each week.
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A little theatre among the trees M ira nda Gath ercole T IM ES R EPORTER
I was an “off day” It ffor Langley Players ccast members as they worked their way w tthrough one of the wnal o rrehearsals for T Time to Kill.
An ad for Time To Kill by Langley Players ran adjacent to the Times’ very first theatre feature, “Play shapes up as debut nears” in the Feb. 18, 1981 issue.
Brookswood H Hall was “more than sslightly chaotic” w with an entire secttion of seats pushed tto one side, props sstrewn along the yoor and sets not yet complete. Actor Paul Kloegman had locked his keys in his car at work. He had to hitchhike home, break into his house to get what he needed for rehearsal, then hitch-
hike back to the Brookswood Hall, making him late. And leading actress Beda Martin had twisted her back on a mechanical bucking bronc just a few days before, so another actor had to stand in her place while the team practiced. Even with all of that, director
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scripts on time for such a new play. At least, according to the Times article on Feb. 18, 1981. “Play shapes up as debut nears,” was one of the wrst pieces ever written in the then brand-new Langley Times newspaper. There is no byline to the article, or photographer credit for the accompanying photo, but the mystery author captured the heart of what the Langley Players Drama Club continues to be today. “They were one of the most welcoming clubs I’ve ever known, they were much like family at that time,” recalled Kelly, who was 25 years old at the time of the article. “I think that continued through the years, that sense of family in Langley.” Continued on page 28
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Since starting with the Langley Players in 1975 doing lighting for Gigi, Kelly went on to act in and direct dozens of community theatre productions. He is currently working on his 87th show, The Last Lifeboat, at Surrey Little Theatre. “In many ways I could honestly say if I didn’t have such a good experience in Langley all those years ago, I probably wouldn’t have stayed in community theatre,” he said. Kelly is not the only one with those sentiments. Since Langley Players was founded in 1969, it has long been admired as one of the top community theatre clubs in the area, said president Mary Renvall.
The club’s focus on education and mentorship in all aspects of theatre — including acting, set design, costume design and lighting — has attracted many great talents over the years, she said.
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The benewt of hindsight makes a particular series of stories that appeared in the Langley Times in 1981 especially disturbing.
Today we know they were all victims of notorious serial killer Clifford Robert Olson, who murdered 11 children and young adults.
It began in mid-August with a story that included a warning from police to young people not to hitchhike, following the deaths of three teens and the disappearance of wve others, including 16-year-old Sandra Lynn Wolfsteiner of Langley.
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Langley athletes in Hall of Fame A number of Langley athletes have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to their respective sport with enshrinment into the BC Sports Hall of Fame:
Peter Luongo joined the Langley Ukulele Ensemble as assistant director in 1980. This article from April, 1981 shows his passion for the instrument during a time when Langley was one of only two districts in B.C. to have a comprehensive musical program based on the ukulele.
Leah Pells — track and weld (athlete category) inducted in 2015. Pells is one of Canada’s most decorated middle distance runners. She got her start in the sport with the Langley Sports Club and went on to represent Canada at four Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004). Her fourth-place wnish at the 1996 Games in Atlanta in the 1500m event, which to this day is the best result all-time by a North American woman in the event. Pells still holds the Canadian record in the one-mile, which she set in 1996. Debbie Brill — (athlete category) inducted in 1989.
Peter Luongo’s son, Paul, has now taken over as director of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble.
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Hockey History in Langley
From Lords to Rivermen Seven different hockey clubs have called Langley home in the 43year history of junior A hockey in this area. It began with the Langley Lords, who skated at what was then known as the Civic Centre rink. The hockey club had moved east from Vancouver, where they were the Vancouver Villas. The Lords lasted until 1978 when they became the Langley Thunder. But that was short-lived as fol-
lowing the 1979 season, the Thunder left town. The absence of junior A hockey was brief, however, as the Langley Eagles played from 1981 to 1987. The Eagles had been the Chilliwack Colts and following the 1987 season, the team yew the nest in Langley and went back to Chilliwack. It would be another seven seasons until hockey returned to Langley, with the Langley Thunder coming to town. The Thunder played from 1994 to 1998 before changing names to the Langley Hornets (1998 to 2006).
The Hornets left town for the Interior, becoming the West Kelowna Warriors but there was no lapse in hockey as the Chilliwack Chiefs wlled the void, becoming the Langley Chiefs (2006-2011). The Chiefs played the wrst few seasons at what was now called the George Preston Recreation Centre before playing out of the new Langley Events Centre beginning in 2009. The Chiefs lasted until 2011 when the team changed ownership once again and became the Langley Rivermen.
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