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Agile rabbits show off Ridge excelled at his sport the first time he tried it. While some of his competitors needed constant encouragement to continue training, he kept on because he loves it. On Saturday, with all eyes on him, he gave a performance he could be proud of. He’s a dwarf hotot that was rescued – along with his mate named Maple (who preferred to watch) – from Maple Ridge. He was one of a dozen bunnies, from the Vancouver Rabbit Agility Club, that manoeuvred the agility course at this past weekend’s Pet Lover Show.

Walkers in Maple Ridge are being asked to raise money for the Caring Place.

Walking five or 10 kilometres on a cold night in February can give an idea of what it’s like to be homeless. That is what the Caring Place is proposing that people do this Saturday night, both to understand the plight of the homeless and to raise money for the Salvation Army facility in Maple Ridge. The Coldest Night of the Year will take place this Saturday, Feb. 22, and the walk begins at the Caring Place, 22188 Lougheed Hwy. Registration starts at 4 p.m. and the walk begins at 5:15 p.m. The event is taking place in 40 communities across Canada on the same night. The goal is to raise $25,000 from this year’s walk. Organizers are hoping for 20 teams and 100 or more walkers to participate. For more information, go to www. caringplace.ca.

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Given the current budget, school board chair Mike Murray doesn’t think the school district can cover the costs that might be incurred after a judge asked the Ministry of Education to restore 2002 class sizes and composition. Staff at the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district have estimated it will cost $5.48 million to bring staffing levels back to where they were in 2002, which would necessitate hiring 48 new teachers and finding more space. GET A

“Our budgets are such that we can’t absorb any additional expense,” Murray said. But he would like to see the government and the teachers’ union discuss class size and composition issues at the negotiation table. The school district is already facing a possible funding shortfall of $4.5 million this year, although Murray pointed out this is preliminary and it will take a few weeks before the actual shortfall is known. If no additional funding is given to the school district for the restoration of staffing levels, the school district will face a possible $9.98 million budget shortfall, about eight per cent of its total budget. Acting superintendent Laurie Meston submitted the report to the ministry, along with other school districts across B.C.

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No review planned Pitt Meadows council voted Tuesday night against creating a Council Remuneration Citizen Task Force. The task force would have reviewed the council indemnity bylaw, which determines how much mayor and council get paid. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Rebekah Bell is leading the orchestra for a musical at Garibaldi Secondary.

Spamalot continues Garibaldi Secondary has three more shows of Spamalot, a musical full of bathroom humour – Feb 20, 21, and 22. There was a sneak peak last Saturday of the show. The curtain is at 7:30 p.m. The school is at 24789 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Cycling raises cash A Maple Ridge man, Darren Durupt, is planning to “Cycle for Change” this summer in Cambodia to raise money for a village that his employer, Computershare, sponsors. A fundraising event will be held on March 7 in Vancouver. For more info, email darren.durupt@computershare.ca. For info about the project, go to www. sunrisechildrensvillage.org. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Food record sought Pitt Meadows Councillor Gwen O’Connell, who is also the marketing manager at The Wesbrooke, a seniors facility, wants to break a world record for collecting food for the food bank. The event is scheduled for April 12 and O’Connell is recruiting “neighbourhood heroes” to get people involved in their specific areas. For more information, contact O’Connell at 604-460-7006 or goconnell@thewesbrooke.com. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Maple Ridge has a concept plan and land for a new museum, but no plans to build it. Fire Hall No. 4 was supposed to be built a few years ago, but will most likely break ground within the next year, delayed because of the need to upgrade Fire Hall No. 1. But The ACT, a premier arts facility, has been built and the library continues to update its facilities and collections. On top of operational budgets like fire, sewer, and police, municipalities need to find a balanced way to fund projects that enhance the community. But Val Patenaude, director of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, doesn’t understand why a new museum still isn’t in the works. The municipality gave the museum money in 2002 to do a preliminary design, which was completed in 2003. The land was identified for the museum next to Haney House on 224th Street. The next step would have been to do an engineering study, but that never happened as the momentum to create a new museum just faded away. “We felt there was some level of commitment on the part of the municipality [in the early 2000s]... then it just went away, it just dried up,” Patenaude said. The plan drawn up 10 years ago is out of date, and the historical society is “wide open” to suggestions on a new museum, including the location and whether it would be a shared facility, Patenaude said. While the figure of $6 million has been bandied about as the cost of building a new museum beside Haney House, Patenaude said “there are no hard numbers.” The property is sloped and has a clay bottom, therefore, no one really knows without more analysis what it would cost. Despite the identification of land and funds given for the concept drawing of a new museum, it has never been on the five-year financial plan, Patenaude said. She believes there needs to be community pressure to realize a project like the museum. When The ACT was built, it was a “heroic struggle” by the community with the backing of an umbrella group, the arts council. “With us, it’s just us,” Patenaude said about the Maple Ridge Historical Society. In order to get the new museum, they need to build up their membership and get a bigger voice.

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Val Patenaude, director of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, would love to have more space to display historical artifacts from Maple Ridge’s past. In the foyer of museum – a 100-year-old house – there are displays on the industrial history of the District.

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Ridge council reviews the longerterm plan with District staff, Projected expenses for 2014* including the funding and operational implications of items, Parks/leisure: $15.04 million Daykin said. Fiscal services (debt, capital, reserves): Some projects are tied to grants $10.166 million from higher levels of governFire: $10.98 million ment, for example, the improvePolice: $19.485 million ments on 224th Street and Public works: $5.16 million Lougheed Highway couldn’t have IT: $2.6 million been done without federal and Library (part of parks): $2.63 million provincial funding. In addition, priorities can * Not 100 per cent of budget included; numbers rounded also shift depending on circumstances, for example, the renovations to Fire Hall No. 1 pushed Currently, however, the the construction of Fire Hall No. museum is providing the com4 forward. munity with what they want, In Pitt Meadows, staff follow but she believes there is so the strategic plan set by council much more they could do if they to prioritize where money needs weren’t located in a 100-year-old to be spent. house. Many things can be planned, There are many subjects they for example, the City knows can’t have displays about, and what the life expectancy is of groups they can’t host because a fire truck, of a lack of and buying space. a new one Maple “...not only can be put Ridge’s capcapital cost but in the longital plan goes the operational term plan, out 20 years, explained but within costs have to be Pitt Meadows that is a fivefactored into the Mayor Deb year operWalters. ational plan. equation.” But there “As part Ernie Daykin can be surof that disprises along cussion, the way, like a few years ago again, not only capital cost but when both Maple Ridge and Pitt the operational costs have to Meadows were asked to upgrade be factored into the equation,” the cells at the Ridge Meadows said Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie RCMP detachment – at a cost of Daykin. $475,000 and $95,000 respectIf a new community centre ively. were built, parks and leisure Grants coming from federal services would have to take into and provincial governments can consideration staffing and mainalso prompt larger projects. For tenance costs, Daykin explained. example, when the Olympics To determine priorities, Maple

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Projected expenses for 2014* Government: $3.01 million Development services: $1.29 million Fire, rescue, emergency: $1.34 million Transportation/public works: $945,780 Debt service: $566,700 Arena: $1.32 million Library: $1.13 million Parks/leisure: $2.26 million Police: $4.68 million Transfer to reserves: $3.99 million * Not 100 per cent of budget included; numbers rounded

were coming to Vancouver, municipalities were given funds for Spirit Square, at which time Pitt Meadows developed Spirit Square behind City hall. “It only makes sense to move priorities forward... to take advantage of 50-cent dollars,” Walters said. Other costly projects can’t be avoided when there is failing infrastructure, Walters said. A few years ago, Pitt Meadows council took over and started renovating the arena, as it was getting dangerously rundown. With the various levels of government, some projects can be put on hold for long periods of time. About eight years ago, Pitt Meadows council was approached about creating a bike skills park. At that time, $20,000 was put aside for the project. But it still hasn’t been built because the land is the Agricultural Land Reserve and the City is waiting for approval. “That’s the slow process of government...” Walters said.


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Pitt farming family earns international accolades Down to Business by Eric Zimmer

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opcott Meats is a family-run butcher shop, full of fresh-cut meat and delicious scents, located on the third-generation Hopcott family farm. Now, the Pitt Meadows business on Old Dewdney Trunk Road has won international accolades. Hopcott Meats was awarded the 2014 Best of Show at the 29th annual North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) convention in Kansas City this month. The best of show award is the top honour, rewarding consistency in excellence. After all the votes were counted, one farm was chosen for standing out and making the biggest contribution in three categories: participation, education, and innovation. It was Hopcott’s. As the top winner in the best new idea category, and the runner up in the best brochure category two years running, Hopcott

Meats earned top honours. Operations manager Jenn Hopcott-Foxley credited staff for the business’ success. “We have an amazing staff here,” she said. As for what the award means for Hopcott’s, Foxley said her mom was “just ecstatic” with the win. “My parents have been going to the NAFDMA conventions for probably nine years now,” said Hopcott-Foxley. As a result, her parents have had the opportunity to get to know a lot of different people and see a lot of different ideas. Now her parents really feel like they are part of the association, Hopcott-Foxley said, and winning the award and being recognized by the association was “amazing.” “We’re very proud of it,” Foxley added. Travis Hopcott, produce manager and Foxley’s brother, said the award symbolizes recognition of the team and family working together. Hopcott’s (www.hopcottmeats. ca) is located at 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Rd.

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or 11 years, Rose Marocco worked as a hairdresser in Langley. Now, she is the owner of Pitt Meadows’ newest salon, Modern Edge. The business is located in the

Jenn HopcottFoxley, operations manager, and her brother, Travis Hopcott, produce manager for Hopcott Meats, showed off an international award their family’s farm business recently won.

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same building that used to house Moz Hair Studio, at 19141 Ford Rd. However, Marocco said there is no connection between Moz closing down and her setting up shop – other than location. The salon, which had a soft opening on Saturday, will host its grand opening on March 1. “It’s exciting working on my own,” Marocco said. “It’s really big, but a funky little spot.” Being “really reasonable” is what sets her apart from some other salons. A haircut, for example is only $20, Marocco noted. “We need to bring this indus-

According to a release sent out by LW Stores Inc. in Ontario, operations across the country, including Mission, Langley, and Surrey are going out of business. But that list didn’t include the store located in the 22300 block of Dewdney Trunk Road – at least not yet. For some old-timers, you might remember it as the former Sears clearance store that was taken over by LW in the 1990s. And for the real old-timers, you probably recall it as the Safeway that opened back in the 1950s. Anyway, it appears this clearance centre will be around for a little bit longer.

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Opinion Who we are The Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES newspaper is a division of LMP Publication Limited Partnership. We’re located at 22345 North Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C. The TIMES has a CCAB audited circulation of 29,950.

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Budget has a few blanks

There is plenty to like in the provincial Liberals new budget, unveiled Tuesday. Getting back to a balanced budget is always positive, and allows the province more freedom in the future. Having climbed back out of an economic black hole following the financial meltdown of 2008, we could certainly be worse off. However, there are some things missing that raise questions. Where is LNG? If you could generate energy by saying “liquified natural gas” over and over and over again, the Liberals would have created enough energy to light our houses for 100 years. But the only LNG money in the budget is $29 million of spending to encourage investment. We know the payoff is years away. But if so, please, can we hear a little less about its wonders? There’s more money for health care, but no major reforms. Local transit is left to the mayors of Metro Vancouver. Education is the real missing piece. There is some money for post-secondary programs, and cash to build new schools – but nothing about new teachers for grades K-12. Or about the province’s ongoing fight with the teachers’ union over class sizes. The province has lost in court twice, and appears to be trying to prove the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer noted that giving in to the teachers’ side and increasing the number of teachers and support staff substantially would boost the budget by about one per cent per year. That would put about 3,000 extra teachers in schools. Much like funding LNG, it seems to us that spending money now on better education might somehow pay off in the long run. We don’t suggest going back into deficit – phasing things in is the way to go. But if we have the freedom of a better financial future, now’s the time to invest in the next generation. – M.C.

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Opinion

War doomed airborne boats

Last month I went through a developed through the late metal detector, took off my shoes, 1920s and early 1930s, and Short and had everything I was carryBrothers of the United Kingdom ing X-rayed. Then I sat in a steel also got into the game. The tube for a couple of hours and Martin M-130 was built for Pan was flung through the skies by Am in 1935 and inaugurated the controlled explosion of jet fuel. era of the China Clipper, linking Of note is the fact that I took San Francisco to Asia. off and landed on a concrete runThe last truly massive flying way. History might have turned boat ever made for commerout very different for aviation, cial use was the Saunders-Roe if the Second World War hadn’t Princess. It may have been by Matthew Claxton intervened. named for a dainty figure out The dominant passenger airof fairy tales, but in practice, it plane in the 1920s and 1930s was the flying strongly resembled a blue whale with wings:eleboat. Almost all early sizeable aircraft for both gant and graceful, perhaps, but not in the same long-range passengers and mail delivery were way as a Disney cartoon heroine. built to land on and take off from the water. The Princess was built in 1952, and never carWhy? Economics. The world already had ried passengers. All three prototypes rusted away plenty of harbours, but very few runways. A flyin hangars. ing boat service could be set up far more cheaply Why let an efficient mode of air travel pass than a land-based aircraft service. away? As with many other things, blame the Not all the early experiments were sucNazis. cesses. The Caproni CA-60 Noviplano was a Even before the war, there had been land1921 attempt to crossbreed a houseboat and a based aircraft, of course. But the cost of building triplane. It featured three sets of triple wings airports with paved runways near major cities attached to what looked a giant shoebox with was tremendous. With the war, every major windows. It flew – sort of. The pilot survived the economic power in the world built numerous airwreck, anyway. fields. They also ramped up production of landOther experiments were more successful, and based bombers, which were a lot easier to load by the late 1920s, there were several airfleets with equipment and weapons from nice, stable using a wide variety of flying boats. terra firma. After the war, the many wartime One of the early large passenger flying boats cargo planes were available cheap, and runways was the Dornier Do.X, which flew in 1926 and were already there. Mail delivery and small-scale even made an around-the-world trip before takpassenger service switched rapidly to land-based ing up service with the (pre-Nazi era) Lufthansa. planes, with flying boats only hanging on in the It was massive for its age, with three decks, developing world for a few more years. sleeping quarters, a smoking deck, and a bar. Eventually, no matter what, flying boats would This was the era when the main method of long- have lost ground. Too many destinations are distance travel was the steamship, and aircraft inland, and convenience would have won out. – both planes and airships – tried to compete But the war warped that history, changed it with them on luxury. It didn’t hurt that the tickfaster than mere economics would have. Without ets were so expensive only the rich could afford the war, flying boats might have hung on for long trips, anyway. another decade or two, or perhaps might still Various other Dorniers and Sikorskys were have their elegant niche.

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ments about our dear little post office. It Dear Editor, is a well maintained, award winning heritI agree that the parking situation at age building. It and a small collection of Whonnock post office is inconvenient [Post other heritage buildings that greet you office joke, Feb. 13 Letters, TIMES], but not after turning onto impossible. 272nd Avenue from Nevertheless, I am Lougheed Highway one local resident who were among the things has recently moved that attracted me to here, and I’m quite this area. delighted to do business I have never felt that with our quaint cottage I live in the middle of post office. nowhere, just because I understand that in most of the homes this fast-paced world, Letters around here have a bit most people want modof land around them. ern and convenient. But to I hope that your corthere are still plenty Kevin Jones photo the respondent [Whole of us who will put Whonnock Post Office. day lost to pick up up with a few minor Editor parcels, Feb. 11 Letters, TIMES] gets his inconveniences for the pleaswish, and that he will not have to come ure of country living and the farther east than his house, but venting unique quirks that go with it. frustration with uncalled-for nastiness is not Places like this are almost non-existent the answer. now, but it’s one of the reasons I love living here. It brings me great joy, paying a Jancis O’Mara, Maple Ridge visit to the Whonnock post office, and I will continue to support them, even if it means going a little out of my way each time. Dear Editor, Loving life in Whonnock! Let’s keep it The Whonnock post office is a heritage thriving. building, clean, well maintained, and with a Michele Bowen, Maple Ridge welcoming garden. It is the heart of our neighbourhood. I go to the post office two or three times a week. I never have difficulty parking, and Dear Editor, on the rare occasion I have to turn around, I have received great service from Sue I use the driveway. I never make a U-turn. and everyone at Whonnock post office for All services available at any postal outlet around 20 years. The building has signifiare available here, plus send and receive cant historical value, and it’s unfortunate it fax, make photocopies, a neighbourhood doesn’t look lovely to some people. bulletin board, provide local newspapers, There is handicap parking at the door lend a hand loading packages into your car between the two buildings, and four parkif needed – and all with a smile. ing spots in front, which I have found is Sue would happily transfer packages to enough for our rural setting. Shoppers Drug Mart, or even be available The post office can’t be responsible for for package pickup on a Saturday morning, cars speeding by. if pre-arranged, by phoning 604-462-8521. Does service at the post office have anyWe like our Whonnock post office. thing to do with more parking or the look of the building? B. Rolls, Whonnock Ian Dickson, Whonnock

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Dear Editor, First of all, I want to thank the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES and MP Randy Kamp’s office for addressing my concerns about Canada Post [Whole day lost to pick up parcels, Feb. 11 Letters, TIMES]. I also want to thank Canada Post for changing our neighbourhood’s post office and for responding promptly to my concerns. I am very grateful that we will now be able to easily transit to pick up our parcels, as well as pick them up after regular business hours. I speak for many of those in my neighbourhood, as well. I apologize to the Whonnockians. I did not mean to disrespect where they live or their quaint post office. My intent was to get my own neighbourhood’s mail moved to a more convenient post office, not to shut down the Whonnock post office. I did not put down the service that Whonnock post office provides, and I know that the post office is very necessary for those who live in Whonnock. Kevin Jones, Albion

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Beekeeper Peter Awram tended beehives at a blueberry farm in Pitt Meadows last spring, fearful a shortage of honey bees was going to hurt local crops.

Farming

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Special to The TIMES

In a few weeks, some beekeepers will begin moving their hives to berry fields for pollination. There are early indications the mild winter may have been kind to B.C.’s beleaguered honey bee population, although it’s still too early to say with certainty. “People are just starting to go into their colonies, but the early reports I’m getting is that over-wintering success has been better than in past years,” said B.C. Beekeepers president Wayne Neidig. Some nut trees have started producing pollen slightly earlier than normal, and bees have been out and about collecting, he explained. But things could quickly go backward

if we get a sudden cold snap, said Fraser Valley beekeeper Courtney White. “We could lose hives if it gets really cold really quickly,” she said, adding she expects to learn more about Fraser Valley colonies after a meeting this month. Honey bee losses are a growing problem in many countries, including Canada. Last year, the national winter mortality rate rose to about 29 per cent of colonies, double the losses considered to be acceptable. B.C., however, bucked the national trend, with a winter mortality rate of 18 per cent. Nonetheless, last spring berry farmers were concerned about hive shortages and some struggled to secure hives for pollination.

– Glenda Luymes is a reporter with The Province

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Meadowridge School is a registered not-for-profit organization and encourages our students to support various charitable organizations through our service and leadership programmes. Some organizations and initiatives that our students help include:

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• Garibaldi’s Interdisciplinary Arts Academy 2014 musical starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, cash only, at Little Cricket Gift Gallery, #102-22347 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge or at the school at 604-463-6287.

February 20: Dementia

• Alzheimer Society of B.C. presents “Caring about caregivers” with a discussion about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and early signs of dementia. The session is at the Maple Ridge Library, #130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register: 604-7867404 or seniorsnetworkmpk@gmail.com.

February 20: Business info

• A BusinessSTART information session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. BusinessSTART is a regional initiative to support entrepreneurs. Register: www.investnorthfraser.com/events.html.

February 20: Cycling advocacy

• HUB Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows holds its monthly meeting in the Alouette Room, Maple Ridge Library from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

February 20: Cinema

• Cinema Politica Ridge Meadows presents End of Immigration at 7 p.m. at Maple Ridge municipal hall, council chambers, 11995 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge. Info: www. cinemapolitica.org.

February 22: Quiz Night

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February 22: Fundraiser

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• St. Patrick’s School is holding its 20th annual trivia night and auction, held at Royal Ascot. The event starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in the school’s gym, 22589 121st St., Maple Ridge. Info and tickets: 604-467-1571.

February 22: Fundraiser

• The Coldest Night of the Year, a fundraiser for the local Salvation Army, begins at 4 p.m. at the Caring Place, at 22188 Lougheed Hwy., where walkers can register, turn in the results of their fundraising, and then return for warm chili meal. Register: http://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/mapleridge.

February 23: Pitt Meadows Museum

• There will be a heritage slide show at the Pitt Meadows Museum’s Sunday program, kicking off the centennial countdown. This weekly program runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is open to children and adults of all ages. Info: Jen or Leslie at 604-465-4322.

February 24: Life after driving

• Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre, at 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge, will host a session on “Life after driving,” at 1 p.m., exploring the warning signs and offering ideas on other ways to getting around.

February 24: Cinema

• Golden Ears Movie Series presents The Sapphires, set in 1968 Australia, at The ACT. Rated PG-13. Tickets and info: www.theactmapleridge.org or 604-476-2787.

February 25: Weavers

• Whonnock Weavers and Spinners meet at Whonnock Lake Centre, 27871 113th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Info: Marie at 604-462-9059.

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February 25: Celtic Jam

• Nigel Tucker and his band of musicians hold a Celtic jam in The ACT lobby, 11944 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge, from 7 to 9 p.m. • Full list: www.mrtimes.com

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Ridge wrestlers qualify for provincials

by Jeff Weltz

A fly fishing instructor and outdoor writer, Jeff has fished the area since the early 1970s. Contact him at fishingnewsman@gmail.com

Fishing fascinates TIMES columnist Jeff Weltz discusses the wonder that fishing still holds for an angler like him. He compares his anticipation for fishing to that of friends who anxiously awaited Christmas. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

TIMES files

The Flames are in playoffs now.

Flames lose first Ridge Meadows Flames lost the first of its playoff games on Tuesday, falling to the Abbotsford Pilots in overtime, by a score of 4 to 3. The next game was scheduled to take place Wednesday at Planet Ice in Albion, after TIMES press deadline. • Stay tuned to www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Making a splash Pitt Meadows’ own Ciaran McDonnell made a splash last weekend, at the Pacific Coast Swim Conference Meet, which wrapped up on Feb. 15. The SFU senior Clan swimmer finished second in the men’s 200yard breaststroke, with a time 0f 1:50.95. Next up, the NCAA Championship meet in March. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Best achieved SFU freshman and Pitt Meadows’ own Vladislav Moldavanov was one of 11 Clan athletes to set a personal best in this past weekend’s track and field competition in Seattle. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Send your scores and game reports to sports@mrtimes.com

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It was a busy scene inside the Maple Ridge Secondary gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. High school wrestlers from all over the Fraser Valley converged on the school to compete against one another. The tournament, which began at 9:30 a.m., featured non-stop action, as three separate mats meant three matches could simultaneously take place all day. Leading the way with gold, and wrapping up her high school career, was Payten Smith. Smith pinned both of her opponents in under 30 seconds, during her last home competition. Joining Smith on the top of the podium was Wolfie Wallace, Libby McDonnell, and Cam Hicks, who was battling a flu bug the day of the tournament. “Anyone can compete when they’re feeling good, but it takes a true champion to come out and wrestle when you’re sick or injured,” said coach Bill McCrae. “Cam was struck down with the flu, throwing up in a garbage can moments before his first match,” explained McCrae. “He won that bout, then four more after that – truly a remarkable competitor.” McCrae also said Marko Kolobara had the “tournament of his life,” finishing second, ahead of teammate

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Ridge wrestler Cam Hicks (above in blue) wrestled during a bout at Saturday’s tournament at MRSS. Meanwhile, Payten Smith (left) made quick work of her opponents during the tournament, Garreth Bourke (below in red) battled hard and finished third. And Grade 12 wrestler Scott McKenzie (insets in blue) squared off against an opponent.

Bill McCrae photo

On the Fly

Eleven Maple Ridge Secondary wrestlers have qualified for the B.C. high school championships in Prince George next week.

Garreth Bourke, in third. Jacob Burgi also earned a bronze with Jack Dillen, Aslan Altinay finishing fourth, and Tyler Drew Adams and Scott McKenzie, fifth. McCrae said that the

MRSS wrestling team “did a fantastic job hosting the zones, as they received huge staff and custodial support, as well as parents going above and beyond.” He also cited “Ms. Sinows athletic leadership

class for their outstanding contribution,” in making the Upper Fraser Championships a huge success. Up next, the Ridge wrestling team hosts a fundraising pub night at the Haney

Public House Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. All funds raised will go towards the price of the trip to Prince George in March, as well as a trip the Nationals in Guelph, Ont., in early April.

Quest for the podium

Local youth and facilities showcased in Winter Games Almost 1,400 young athletes will take part in this weekends provincial sporting competitions. by Eric Zimmer

ezimmer@mrtimes.com

The 2014 B.C. Winter Games kick off tonight (Thursday) in Mission. The opening ceremony takes

place at Mission Raceway Park, and begins at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the more than 1,800 total participants are expected at the ceremony, Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development will be present, along with Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. The sport competitions themselves will take place Friday and Saturday, as well as on Sunday morning. Though the games are primarily based in Mission, certain events

will take place in other communities in the region, including Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The Maple Ridge leisure centre will be the sport venue for girls netball, which features competitors aged 13 to 17. Karate will be the name of the game at the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre, where boys and girls, ages 12 and 13, will compete. The Games also feature at least two local competitors, both from Maple Ridge.

Matthew Norris is part of the Zone 3 wheelchair basketball team, and Vanessa Porter will lace up her skates and mind the net for Team Kootenay. In total, the Games feature 18 different sports, and ceremonies and competitions are free and open to the public. Watch www.mrtimes.com for more information on the progress of Norris and Porter, as well as updates on locally hosted events during this weekend’s Winter Games.


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Disclaimer: All prices and payments are plus dealer fees of $399 and taxes. Lease a 2014 Focus/Escape for $284/$299 per month plus GST/ PST for 48 months at 0% interest with lease end value of $8,761/$10,651 with a kilometre allowance of 16,000 per year and $950/$1075 due at signing. OAC. $1000 Costco Member offer used as down payment on 2014 Escape – Lessor must produce a Costco Card with member since date Jan 31 or prior to qualify. See Dealer for Details.

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ONLY

2014 FORD FOCUS SE SPORT

Hurry in ends February 28th! See Dealer for details

Only at West Coast Ford Lincoln

Regardless of Condition!

Up to $3000 for ANY trade

69 0.9% 39 $ FREIGHT AND PDE INCLUDED 0 DOWN

SL model showns

79 0% 39 $ FREIGHT AND PDE INCLUDED 0 DOWN

138 3.9% 39

SL AWD Premium model shown▲

≠ Representative semi-monthly lease offer based on new 2014 Versa Note 1.6 S (B5RG 54 AA 00), manual transmission/2014 Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG 54 AA 00), manual transmission/2014 Rogue S FWD (Y6RG 14 AA 00), CVT transmission. 0.9%/0%/3.9% lease APR for a 39/39/60 month term equals 78/78/120 semi-monthly payments of $69/$79/$138 with $0/$0/$1,850 down payment, and $0 security deposit. First semi-monthly payment, down payment and $0 security deposit are due at lease inception. Prices include freight and fees. Lease based on a maximum of 20,000 km/year with excess charged at $0.10/km. Total lease obligation is $5,380/$6,156/$18,289. $1,250/$950 NF Lease Cash included in advertised price, applicable only on 2014 Versa Note 1.6 S (B5RG 54 AA 00), manual transmission/Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG 54 AA 00), manual transmission through subvented lease through Nissan Finance. $200/$400 dealer participation included and available only on 2014 Versa Note 1.6 S (B5RG 54 AA 00), manual transmission/Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG 54 AA 00), manual transmission. This offer is only available on lease offers of an 39 month term only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Conditions apply. ▲Models shown $20,585/$24,765/$34,728 Selling Price for a new 2014 Versa Note 1.6 S SL Tech (B5TG 14 NA00), Xtronic CVT® transmission/Sentra 1.8 SL (C4TG 14 AA 00), CVT/Rogue SL AWD Premium model (Y6DG14 BK00), CVT transmission. ≠▲Freight and PDE charges ($1,567/$1,567/$1,630), certain fees, manufacturer’s rebate and dealer participation where applicable are included. License, registration, air-conditioning levy ($100) where applicable, insurance and applicable taxes are extra. Finance and lease offers are available on approved credit through Nissan Finance for a limited time, may change without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers except stackable trading dollars. Retailers are free to set individual prices. Offers valid between Jan. 3 – 31, 2014. †Global Automakers of Canada Entry Level Segmentation. MY14 Versa Note v. MY13/14 competitors. *All information compiled from third-party sources including manufacturer websites. Not responsible for errors for errors in data on third party websites. 12/17/2013. Offers subject to change, continuation or cancellation without notice. Offers have no cash alternative value. See your participating Nissan retailer for complete details. ©1998-2013 Nissan Canada Inc. and Nissan Financial Services Inc. a division of Nissan Canada Inc.

OFFERS END JANUARY 28TH. FIND YOURS AT WESTCOASTNISSAN.CA OR COME DOWN AND SEE US

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1,850 DOWN FREIGHT AND PDE INCLUDED

AT APR FOR SEMI-MONTHLY ≠ PER MONTH MONTH

LEASE FROM

• BETTER FUEL ECONOMY (HWY ) THAN ESCAPE AND CR-V* • AVAILABLE INTUITIVE ALL WHEEL DRIVE • AVAILABLE 3RD ROW SEATING • DIVIDE-N-HIDE CARGO SYSTEM ® • LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS

The Totally Redesigned 2014 NISSAN ROGUE

AT APR FOR SEMI-MONTHLY ≠ PER MONTH MONTH

LEASE FROM

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• Better comBined fuel efficiency THAN CIVIC AND ELANTRA* • HEADLIGHT LED ACCENTS AND LED TAILLIGHTS

INTRODUCING

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1.6 SL Tech model showns▲

2014 Subcompact Car of the Year

The 2014 SENTRA

AT APR FOR SEMI-MONTHLY ≠ PER MONTH MONTH

LEASE FROM

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• BETTER COMBINED FUEL EFFICIENCY THAN YARIS AND FIT* • BEST-IN-CLASS TOTAL INTERIOR VOLUME†

The 2014 VERSA NOTE

BEST YEAR EVER.

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19950 LOUGHEED HWY., PITT MEADOWS

WEST COAST KIA

EXPERIENCE SOMETHING GREAT

OFFER ENDS FEBRUARY 28th

“Offer(s) available on select new 2013/2014 models through participating dealers to qualified customers who take delivery by February 28, 2014. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. See dealer for complete details. All o ers are subject to change without notice. Vehicles shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost.All pricing includes delivery and destination fees up”“to $1,665, other fees and certain levies (including tire levies) and $100 A/C charge (where applicable) and excludes licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes and variable dealer administration fees (up to $699). Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and financing options also available. ≠Throwback Pricing available O.A.C. on financing o ers on new 2013/2014 models. Financing for”“84 months example: 2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E)/Optima LX AT (OP742E) with a purchase price of $17,502/$26,202 (including $1,485 freight/PDI) financed at 0%/0.9% for 84-month period equals 32 reduced bi-weekly payments of $76/$109 followed by 150 bi-weekly payments of $96/$149. Cost of borrowing is $0/$838.56 and total obligation is $17,502/$27,041.Throwback Pricing Incentive varies by model and trim level and may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce the financed amount. The Throwback Pricing Incentive for the 2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E)/2014 Optima LX AT (OP742E) shown is $640/$1,280 (a $20/$40 reduction in 32 bi-weekly payments). Limited time o er. See retailer for complete details. Throwback Pricing is a trademark of Kia Canada Inc. 60/84 Amortization Financing example: 2014 Rio LX MT (RO541E) with a purchase price of $15,502 (including $1,485 freight/PDI) financed at 0.99% for 60 months amortized over an 84-month period equals 32 reduced bi-weekly payments of $68 followed by 98 bi-weekly payments of $88 with a principal balance of $4,539 plus applicable taxes due after 60 months. Cost of borrowing is $500.35 and total obligation is $16,002. Throwback Pricing Incentive varies by model and trim level and may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce the financed amount. The Throwback Pricing Incentive for the 2014 Rio LX MT (RO541E) shown is $640 (a $20 reduction in 32 bi-weekly payments). Limited time o er. O er excludes taxes. See retailer for complete details. 0% purchase financing is available on select new 2013/2014 Kia models O.A.C.Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for complete details. ΔModel shown Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for 2014 Forte SX (FO748E)/2014 Optima SX AT (OP749E)/2014 Rio4 SX with Navigation (RO749E) is $26,195/$34,580/$23,602.Highway/city fuel consumption is based on the 2014 Forte 1.8L MPI 4-cyl (M/T)/2014 Optima 2.4L GDI (A/T)/2014 Rio4 1.6L GDI 4-cyl (M/T).These updated estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide.Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. 2014 Top Safety Pick – U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for model year 2014. U.S. model tested. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of printing. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Kia is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.”

Includes Variable Throwback Pricing Incentive. $109 bi-weekly payments include $1,280 Throwback Pricing Incentive. Payments are based on 2014 Optima LX AT (OP742E), financing for 84 months. After 15 months, bi-weekly payments increase to $149. Throwback Pricing Incentive may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce financed amount. ≠

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The New 2014

Includes Variable Throwback Pricing Incentive. $76 bi-weekly payments include $640 Throwback Pricing Incentive. Payments are based on 2014 Forte LX MT (FO541E), financing for 84 months. After 15 months, bi-weekly payments increase to $96. Throwback Pricing Incentive may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce the finance amount.≠

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THROWBACK PRICING

THE ALL-NEW 2014

“BEST ECONOMY CAR”

Includes Variable Throwback Pricing Incentive. $68 bi-weekly payments include $640 Throwback Pricing Incentive. Payments are based on 2014 Rio LX MT (RO541E), 60-month financing amortized over 84 months. After 15 months, bi-weekly payments increase to $88. Principal balance of $4,539 due after 60 months. Throwback Pricing Incentive may be taken as a lump sum or to reduce financed amount.≠

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The New 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lease for just

$24,990

Well equipped for just

2014 Mazda CX-5

Finance for just / bi-weekly $0 Down, 84 month term, 3.49%

$162

$0 Down, 48 month term, 0.99%, $13,245 TP

Lease for just

$26,290

Well equipped for just

2014 Mazda6

Finance for just / bi-weekly $0 Down, 84 month term, 3.79%

(D4XK64 AA00)

Up to 60 mpg!

$1400 Down, 36 month term, 2.49%, $8,359 TP

Lease for just

$18,690

Well equipped for just

2014 Sport Mazda3 Spor

Finance for just / bi-weekly $0 Down, 84 month term, 3.79%

$111

$1600 Down, 36 month term, 2.49%, $7,757 TP

Lease for just

$79/ bw

$17,690

Well equipped for just

2014 Mazda3

MAKE IT YOUR

WITH OUR ALL-NEW LINEUP:

MY YEAR

MY NISSAN

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