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More than 300,000 salmon fry will be released into the waterways this spring, after what Bell-Irving Hatchery staff call a “very successful incubation period” in the new building. In addition to releasing about 20,000 chum and coho into the neighbouring Kanaka Creek watershed, hatchery manager Darin McClain said thousands of the salmon eggs are bound for watersheds as far east as Deroche, and west to Vancouver. The eggs, which have been harvested at the local hatchery, are given to schools that host Salmon in the Classroom programs. About 1,200 students rear the eggs in classroom aquariums before releasing them this spring. Every year, to help mark the release of more baby chum into the world, the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS) and Metro Vancouver Parks host a family fun day called Goodbye Chums. This year, it’s being held at the 256th Street hatchery Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can release fry into the creek, and participate in interactive games and educational displays.

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Darin McClain, manager of the Bell-Irving Hatchery welcomed into the world some of the first fry of the season hatched in the new incubation and rearing areas of the hatchery. The hatchery is in its 31st year of operation and is run in large part thanks to grants and the generosity of volunteers.

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Reduction of stream setbacks quashed Stewardship group supported the current regulations. by Maria Rantanen

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A motion by Councillor Al Hogarth to alter stream setbacks was rejected in a resounding 6-1 vote at Maple Ridge council on Tuesday. Hogarth had brought forward a

motion to adopt the Riparian Area Regulations (RAR) to replace the District’s Streamside Protection Regulation (SPR). Hogarth brought the motion forward two weeks ago at a council meeting, and later said he wanted Maple Ridge to be more consistent with other communities on defining how far back from water courses development may take place. Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said he received three dozen emails

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just on the day the vote was to take place and dozens more leading up to Tuesday’s council meeting. Those messages were from a broad range of people living in the community, he added. “The support in the community [for the current setbacks] is hugely evident,” Daykin said. Ross Davies, environmental educator with the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (KEEPS) said, after looking at RAR

and SPR, he felt the focus of the former was mainly on fish, whereas the latter also protected wildlife corridors along rivers. “The primary focus of RAR is a bit too narrow for our liking,” Davies said. He said KEEPS as an organization was worried that the Riparian Area Regulations would allow for more “wiggle room” and might lead to a “slippery slope.”

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Heriberto Galindo, chef and owner of The Mexican Gourmet on Lougheed Highway, will take part in Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off at Maple Ridge’s Earth Day celebrations at Memorial Peace Park.

Fewer living on street In Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, total homelessness was down compared to 2011. According to the count done by the Metro Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, there were 84 people without homes locally, compared to 110 in 2011. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls open in Port Moody today (April 24).

Three sisters mourn Three adult sisters reassess their relationships after the death of their father in The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls opening today and running till April 26 at Port Moody Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Dr., Port Moody. The play will be at the Hammond Community Centre from May 1 to 3 and May 8 to 10 at 8 p.m. • More at www.mrtimes.com

School opens doors James Cameron School, an independent school in Maple Ridge for students with learning disabilities, is holding an open house on Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is at 20245 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge. Info: 604-465-8444 or www.jcs.bc.ca. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Local chefs will take part in a cooking contest at Memorial Peace Park. by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.com

Food is the theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration taking place Saturday at Memorial Peace Park. In keeping with the theme, it is the opening day of the Haney Farmers Market, and events are taking place throughout the day like Stone Soup Making. Another event at Earth Day highlighting the “Food for Thought” theme is the Iron Chefs Tasting Competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organized by Rebecca Awram, coordinator of multiple food-based fundraisers, Iron Chefs brings local restaurants and chefs together for a chili cookoff – and the audience is being asked to judge. “Being involved in the community is a lot more than just serving good food,” said Awram. “It’s about giving back, participating in civic events

and engaging with worthwhile Heriberto Galindo, who hails organizations.” from Mexico and is the owner/ Admission to the Iron Chef chef at the Mexican Gourmet area is by donation to the on Lougheed Highway, will be Friends In Need Food Bank making a two-bean chili with (suggested minimum donation pinto and black beans. is $2). Once in, participants can The Mexican-born chef, who taste chili samples from many lives in Maple Ridge with his restaurants and vote for their family, said he wants to take favourite for best overall, most part to promote his restaurant unique/original, most eco/susbut to also be part of the comtainable, and most comforting/ munity. like home. As a restaurateur, he tries Participating restaurants to do his part to run a green include Lava Dining & Lounge, business and source as much Big Feast, The Mexican food locally as he can, but Gourmet, The Haney Public sometimes it’s hard to do that House, Organic and keep prices World (The affordable, “These restaurants Four Elements), Galindo said. showcase what it Billy Miner, Earth Day is a means to truly care Greystone good reminder Manor, and GM about taking about the community Restaurant. care of the in which you make a “These restauenvironment, he profit.” rants showcase added. what it means “But it Rebecca Awram to truly care shouldn’t be just about the coma day – it should munity in which you make a be all the time,” Galindo said. profit,” said Awram. “They Media judging of the chili deserve our admiration, our cookoff takes place around recognition, and most import11:30 a.m. (following the openantly, our genuine thanks in ing ceremonies) and with parthe form of our patronage.” ticipation from The TIMES.

Earth Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Peace Park on Saturday.

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 has “Food for Thought” as its theme. And visitors to the event at Memorial Peace Park this Saturday are encouraged to bring along some key items: vegetables for Stone Soup, cans of salmon for the Art Studio Tour display, reusable bowl or mug, cash donations for the Friends In Need Food Bank as admission to the Iron Chef competition, food – red or yellow peppers, squash, root vegetables, or edible flowers like dandelions – for Food Mandala, and used books, toys, and clothing for the Family Freecycle in the Greg Moore Youth Centre.

Earth Day highlights:

• 10 a.m. and noon on ACT steps: Mario & Luigi Kitchen Singalong with Italian chefs Mario and Luigi • 11 a.m. on ACT steps: Opening ceremonies • 11 a.m. at ACT steps: Veggie Dance: Julya Rempel from Maple Ridge Dance Circle choreographs a dance for the 1st Haney Beavers. • 11 a.m. on ACT steps: Celebrate Earth Day 2014 Poetry Contest: Joe Robinsmith is coordinating the Earth Day Poetry contest. • 1 p.m. on ACT stairs: Found Sounds in the Kitchen Drum Circle. • Food Mandala: Kat Wahamaa will work with the Maple Ridge Environmental School to create a Food Mandala onsite. • Artists from the Art Studio Tour will display their wares and create a display using donated canned salmon. • Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Society will fill the park with flash mob madness. Earth Day visitors should keep their eyes open for sudden acts of Tai Chi, Zumba, Hawaiian Dance, Line Dancing, and the Dancing Stars. • Musicians perform at the Cafe Corner in the Haney Farmers Market and Variety Plus performs on the bandstand at noon. Celebrate Earth Day 2014 takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout Memorial Peace Park.

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Gift of ‘old’ tree takes root outside of City hall The tree was planted as a way to mark not one, but two special occasions. Story and photos by Eric Zimmer ezimmer@mrtimes.com

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It might have been the most elaborate tree planting the Grade 3 class from Pitt Meadows Elementary had ever seen. The group was part of a small crowd who came to Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows on Tuesday to mark Earth Day and witness View the planting of a gingko More biloba tree – believed to Photos be one of the oldest trees with in existence. The tree was donated by the Pitt Meadows Garden Club, as part of Earth Day, but also as Layar or a gift to the City of Pitt online Meadows – which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The 1:30 p.m. planting was the cap-off to the day’s events at the square, which featured educational booths and activities for people who dropped by throughout the day. Garden club president Natasha Etherington and her son Wolf, along with past club president Len Walters, and his wife Mayor Deb Walters were all on hand for the ceremony. Specimen Trees’ Rana Dhinsa delivered the tree which was donated from “out in Chilliwack,” said Len.

Surrounded by members of the Pitt Meadows Garden Club, Mayor Deb Walters, Pitt Meadows Garden Club president Natasha Etherington, former club president Len Walters, and Natasha’s son Wolf all helped plant the tree outside City hall on Tuesday. Left: A city worker helped place the tree in the ground as Grade 3 students and Rana Dhinsa of Specimen Trees looked on. Top left: Dhinsa did some final preparations. Right: Students from Pitt Meadows Secondary had their picture taken with Dilly the Clown.

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Coyote attacks near school

A small dog is lucky to be alive after another coyote encounter at Harry Hooge Elementary.

her dog, in Lovestead’s opinion. Brooke’s injury is fairly minor and she should be okay, but Lovestead later visited the couple to thank them for their help. After this incident, and an April 15 altercation in which Jane Monkman, her four-year-old daughter Iyla, and their nineby Troy Landreville month-old female boxer puppy Clover tlandrevillle@mrtimes.com were stalked by a coyote in the school Concerns about aggressive coyotes near field, Lovestead believes signs needs to Harry Hooge Elementary have heightened be installed at the 230th Street, to warn following an encounter this weekend that others about coyotes in the area. left a small dog with a puncture wound in “If there were signs or anything like its neck. that, I would not have taken her [Brooke] Katelyn Lovestead, 23, took her threethere,” Lovestead said. year-old English cocker spaniel Sunday’s encounter was simiBrooke to the school field to lar to the one that occurred on play fetch around noon Sunday. April 15. When Brooke ran to retrieve That Tuesday afternoon, the second throw, an animal Monkman noticed a figure lurkjumped out of the woods and ing nearby. attacked the dog. “I saw something in the sand“At first I thought it was pit and it was camouflaged and another dog and they were lying flat,” Monkman related. fighting over the ball – then I “I quickly leashed up my dog saw he had her by the neck,” and called my daughter, and the Lovestead said. “That’s when I coyote came right to me. I was realized it was a coyote.” screaming at it but it was relentJane Monkman Lovestead ran screaming less.” Concerned resident towards the coyote, and Brooke Monkman said the coyote fortunately shook loose of the would back off a little bit and animal’s grip, rolled on the ground, and then approach them again. scampered towards her owner. “I was almost ready to unleash my dog The coyote wasn’t finished. so it could protect itself,” she said the day “He still started to come towards us, after the encounter. Lovestead said. “He wasn’t afraid at all. Monkman took her dog backpack off He started to circle me.” and the coyote made off with it into the A couple who lived in a home that nearby bushes. backed onto the school field heard the “This was a big scare; I’ve never been commotion and jumped to action. One of so scared in my whole life,” Monkman the Good Samaritans scared the coyote off said. “I had nothing to throw at it and it with a rake. was not backing away.” • More at www.mrtimes.com, search “coyote” The quick actions of strangers spared

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School safety issues raised The board of education heard from the public about proposed cuts. by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.com

Proposed cuts to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board budget elicited emotional responses from affected staff members at a public meeting held Wednesday, April 16. The board of education needs to cut $5 million from its 2014/15 budget in order to balance the books – something they’re obligated to do by legislation. Many of the proposed cuts will be to CUPE staff. Marianne Ulriksen spoke to the board representing CUPE clerical staff at six elementary schools that have more than 500 students. She said currently the school has 67

clerical hours for a staff of 50, and the cuts would take that down to 20 to 23 hours. Wendy Hyslop, who works at Garibaldi Secondary, talked about safety issues when there isn’t enough clerical staff, particularly when they don’t have time to monitor who’s coming and going. Lori Champagne, an accountant at Pitt Meadows Secondary, also reiterated safety issues when there isn’t enough clerical staff at the school. “School secretaries know our students. We know which students require extra attention – and protection – and we are always on guard, watching for threats to their safety and well-being,” she told the board of education. Other participants at the meeting suggested other cuts, for example, to management positions, and to defend the career centre staff positions.

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Parks

Volker off-leash area to be closed An official closing date has been announced. by Eric Zimmer ezimmer@mrtimes.com

Local canines have until June 10 to enjoy leash-free freedom at Volker Dog Park in Maple Ridge. That’s the day the parks commission will officially close the gate to the desig-

nated dog area. According to David Boag, director of parks and facilities, the decision is the end result of escalating conflict between those who live near the park and the dog owners who use it. The closure comes after a decision at the beginng of this month, when the parks commission “voted to give a posted twomonth notice to close the

dog park, because of the untenable situation this has caused the neighbourhood,” said Maple Ridge Councillor Michael Morden. Boag said that though it “saddens” him to lose an amenity, he’s hopeful that there will be a new, appropriate site found where dogs can play, so that the total amount of parks isn’t reduced.

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Whale status about tankers North Pacific humpbacks whales are no longer members of a threatened species… according to the federal government, which last weekend announced that the Species at Risk Act would be amended to reclassify the whales as a “species of special concern.” The new title means the whales’ feeding ground will no longer be subject to habitat protection laws – good news for whale watchers, especially those watching from oil tankers. The whales’ habitat is right on the shipping lane slated for bitumen-loaded tankers bound for China, should the same federal government decide to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline next month. It seems coincidental. Pro-environment lobbyists had already made it clear that a strategy to limit, stall, or even stop the pipeline proposal included meeting any federal approval with legal action based on the whales’ endangered status… under the Species at Risk Act. Oops. That’s one avenue closed to those pesky environmentalists. But it does remove a hazard from those treacherous coastal waters… for those who plan to launch bitumen carriers, if not for the tankers themselves. It seems, in their slashing of scientists’ jobs from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Tories had the foresight to keep at least a few around who are of the opinion that whales can probably learn to dodge tankers. It is more of a systemic dismantling of environmental regulations and protection that might pose stumbling blocks for future pipeline projects. We saw the same thing with the elimination of environmental assessments for bodies of water that don’t contain commercial or recreational fisheries. You can’t be accused of breaking any rules if there aren’t any rules to break. We’d like to toast the whales’ bright future after their return from the brink of extinction due to a century of commercial whaling. But their recovery is actually only words on paper. – Glacier Media.

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Families given a sense of peace

Whether losing a family membecause of those on scene that ber to an accident or self-inflicted night. injury, that person’s death must I want to applaud the actions leave a cavernous void in the of all the emergency responders hearts of those left behind. called out to this accident, but I’m fortunate. I’ve never lost especially thank an off-duty nurse anyone close to me in this way and a few other passersby who – and hope I never do. stepped up to try rendering aid. And while the reporter in me The roadside memorial that has will always jump to get the details been erected in front of the golf behind these kinds of breaking range speaks to how much Craig by Roxanne Hooper news stories out to our readers, at will be missed. And while the the same time, I admit hating havefforts of these Good Samaritans ing to report on such tragedy. could not save Craig, they must In fact, when scribing such stories, I always be told they were appreciated. stop and ask myself how the story could impact The other recent case that spoke to me of loved-ones left behind. the commitment and compassion of emergency Today, I’d like to go beyond the basics of the responders came a few weeks back. news stories we write, and turn the spotlight on A man went missing from Vancouver in March, two recent incidents in this community in which in itself not an uncommon occurrence, sadly. the people behind the scenes also need some conBut how this case evolved, and all the people sideration – and even recognition. who stepped up to help locate him – or I should In keeping with the theme of Roses & Thorns, say, his body – made it a little extraordinary. I have bushels of roses to hand out to all the It’s believed this man grew up locally, and emergency responders who had the difficult task Vancouver PD suspected he returned for a run of dealing with a fatal pedestrian crash in Pitt to one of his favourite haunts in Maple Ridge, Meadows this past week, and those involved with either Golden Ears Provincial Park or the Malcolm the hunt for a missing man who was ultimately Knapp UBC Research Forest. found dead in the UBC Research Forest a few What followed was probably one of the bigweeks back. gest concerted search efforts in recent memory. Sure, for many on scene at both incidents, it It extended beyond just the involvement of the was their job. They’re trained and paid well to Vancouver Police and local Ridge Meadows do what they do. But dealing up close with the Mounties, to Air One locating his car, to the dog tragedy and reality of death can never be easy, team helping find some of his possessions, to and my hat goes off to all those who take on this the RCMP underwater recovery team retrieving thankless, and often emotionally disabling, task. his body in a pool of water in the North Alouette Let’s start with the incident this past week River, to the integrated emergency response team where Craig Lilly was struck and killed while helping rappel down and bring his body out running across the Lougheed Highway in Pitt safely. Meadows – just east of Harris Road – at about Again, thanks go out to the police involved, but midnight on April 16. special thanks to all the Ridge Meadows Search Unbeknownst to me until days later, the man and Rescue volunteers who helped comb the danwho was hit by a truck and later died in hospital gerous and deep waters. You did an absolutely was someone I knew – ever so slightly. He was incredible job under horrendous conditions. actually a family friend whom I’d met only once I echo RCMP Supt. Dave Fleugel’s sentiment: or twice. But I grew up with his father, so my “Although this is a very tragic event, all involved heartfelt condolences go out to Craig’s entire fam- in the search and recovery were able to give the ily, as well as the friends and other loved ones man’s family some closure.” who will be mourning his passing collectively Thanks to all involved in both local incidents, with a celebration of life ceremony at Langley’s for ultimately bringing some sense of peace to the Christian Life Assembly church this Tuesday. family – that has to be invaluable, as they grieve The reason I bring up this case now is again and try to move on.

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Animal welfare

Open parks up to everyone

Dear Editor, Why shouldn’t dogs be allowed to enjoy themselves off leash in public parks [Dog park off-leash no longer, April 15, TIMES]? I am a dog owner. I love dogs. I am very pleased that Volker Park dog park is closing. I live three blocks away from Volker Park, and I used to take my dog there fairly often. to As soon as it became a dog the park, I stopped going. It became dangerous. Dogs were more likely to fight. They were more likely to run into other dogs and owners whilst playing. Getting in and out of the gate was difficult and sometimes traumatic – dogs in the park would crowd the gate, making the dog coming in feel claustrophobic, anxious, and intimidated, a good recipe for a dog fight. And it was an eyesore: the grass was all eroded in the middle of the park.

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Dogs are part of life, they are family pets, and most of them are sociable and well trained enough to come when called. I understand that some people don’t like dogs. So just stay away from them in the park, come back at a different time, or if it really bothers you, go to another park. Most dog owners are responsible; they pick up poop, and some even take extra bags to pick up other dogs’ poop. They put their dogs on a leash if and when appropriate, and have trained their dogs well enough to come when called. There are far worse things in parks – condoms, needles, cans and bottles, dumped garbage. Should we ban off-leash people from parks? It’s time public parks became public again, for the enjoyment of all. R. Saunders, Maple Ridge

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Conservatives not perfect after all

Dear Editor, Another week and yet another letter from the esteemed Ms. Katnich [Not all unhappy enough to protest, April 7 Letters, TIMES]. Ms. Katnich might be surprised that the current federal government does

not represent the majority, but merely a plurality. More voting Canadians chose either Liberal or NDP candidates in 2011. As for the success of provincial NDP governments, Roy Romanow was premier when Saskatchewan

Economics

Corporate cuts cut services

Dear Editor, Are you feeling squeezed? For most Canadians, fees and charges are going up each year, while wages flatline. Our governments trumpet “no tax increases,” but increase MSP premiums, Hydro rates, and other regressive measures. At the same time, funding for education, health care and other human services are cut. Over the past 15 years, a massive transfer of wealth to the rich has occurred, due to systemic cutting of corporate taxes. If Canada’s corporate tax rate was the same today as it was in 2000, we would collect roughly an extra $20 billion in taxes to fund programs or pay off the deficit. In Britain, a campaign against corporate freeloading has exposed how some mega-multinationals manage to avoid huge amounts of tax by shifting profits to offshore tax havens. It is a common practice among corporations. In Britain public pressure got the government to speak out against such practices, and Starbucks paid up. Maybe it’s time Canadians let their governments know that they’ve had enough of these corporate welfare bums. Bob Goos, Maple Ridge

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presented its first balanced budget after nearly 10 years of Conservative mismanagement. How about the string of balanced budgets laid down by Gary Doer (now ambassador to the U.S.) of Manitoba? I don’t think I need to list Tommy Douglas’s achievements, as he’s merely the father of socialized medicine. Why stop there? Those nasty socialist Scandinavian countries sure do poorly on those pesky UN rankings, don’t they? It’s a fool’s errand to compare the Canadian and American political climates, but I’d suspect a true majority wouldn’t support Ms. Katnich’s closing canard that the current U.S. government has embraced socialism, beyond implementing a halfhearted and poorly designed health insurance scheme. I implore Ms. Katnich to get her facts straight or give the keyboard a rest – preferably the latter. Barry Liboiron, Maple Ridge

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Dear Editor, I agree whole-heartedly with Ron McNutt [Hold-outs have their reasons, April 3 Letters, TIMES], except for his implication that BC Hydro is being allowed to install smart meters because it is “a governmentestablished electrical monopoly.” The installation of smart meters has become an issue in every jurisdiction where they’ve been installed, mostly by private, non-government-established corporations. BC Hydro has supplied British Columbians with almost the least expensive power in North America for decades, and it’s been a “government-established electrical monopoly” all that time. The real problem is not public ownership, it is public apathy, in part because our traditional media doesn’t inform the public. But can we blame the media if the public is more interested in “what bleeds?” Sheila Pratt, Maple Ridge Fuller versions of these letters are online at: www.mrtimes.com – Click on Opinion/Letters.

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Recovery

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Celebrate Recovery marks 10 years of holding weekly sessions that are all about healing. by Maria Rantanen

Carol and Barry Keating are coadministrators of Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based support group. Alison Dodd (sitting) joined the group about four years ago and now is in a leadership role. Celebrate Recovery is holding a 10th anniversary event this Saturday at Colleen Findlay Place.

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the only thing you can change is your reaction to them.” At first, this made Dodd angry, and she asked herself “why is it me that has to change?” She wanted an easy solution to her problem – she wanted the serenity that she saw in Carol and Barry. But when she calmed down, she said she realized Carol was right, and it was the beginning of her recovery. Since then, she has started leading a women’s 12-step program and has taken leadership courses and seminars. Dodd was the youngest child of eight and grew up in a family of abuse and dysfunction. “When you are brought up in that environment for a good part of your

life, those are the ways you live your life because that’s all you know,” Dodd said. Dodd said she’s received compassion and support from the group’s members and leaders. “I look at the CR [Celebrate Recovery] family as my extended family – I feel very close to them,” Dodd said. When she first started attending the group, she had “severe trust issues,” Dodd said, but she soon learned that the group is a “very safe place for healing,” with anonymity rules allowing her to share freely. The Celebrate Recovery 10th anniversary event takes place Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at Colleen Findlay Place, 11601 Laity St., Maple Ridge.

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Only a few more sleeps until Cheers to the Planet takes place – this year at the South Bonson Community Centre to help celebrate Pitt Meadows centennial year. Cheers to the Planet features local food made by local chefs and wines from wineries in the area. Food will be provided by Big Feast Bistro, Kingfishers Waterfront Pub, Seasonal 56, Bruce’s Country Market,

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Cait Morgan is on the hunt for a murderer again – trying to prove the innocence of the love of her life, Bud, in a race against time. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb, the third in a series of murder mysteries novels, has been launched by Whonnock author Cathy Ace, set in Mexico in a town filled with locals mixed with newcomers. Ace’s first Cait Morgan mystery, featuring the WelshCanadian criminologist, a gourmand with an impeccable memory, was set in southern France, and the second, in wine country in Kelowna. The third one is once again in an exotic locale, and within a day of arriving, the couple are embroiled in the murder of Margarita, a local florist in her flower shop. With a fourth book in the series already in the works, she said her murder mysteries aren’t a “gritty police procedural – that’s not my cup of tea,” rather she believes her title, jacket, and cover notes reflect the novel she has written. When she published her first novel, the experience is “pure excitement.” The second time, she was excited but apprehen-

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sive. “It’s like a second album – is it as good as the first one?” she said. This time, she is “absolutely terrified.” “If people enjoyed the first two, their expectations are even higher,” she said. Being an author – wheth-

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April 24: Philosophers

• Philosophers’ Cafe meets at 7 p.m. in the lobby of The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. to discus: The Future of the Book. Can print books compete with ebooks? Info: interdisciplinary-cs@sfu.ca or www.philosopherscafe.net.

April 24: Cinema Politica

• Cinema Politica presents The End Of The Line from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, council chambers. The film follows investigative reporter Charles Clover as he documents the destructive practices of the fishing industry. Info: www.cinemapolitica.org.

April 24: Community foundation

• Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner and Citizen of the Year presentation takes place at 6 p.m. at Meadow Gardens Golf Course. For tickets, contact Brandee McWhinney at 604-454-7961. Info: www.mrcf.ca.

April 25: Centennial party

• Pitt Meadows turns 100 and there will be a birthday bash at Spirit Square and the family recreation centre from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A re-enactment of the first council meeting takes places at 4 p.m. There will also be interactive displays, crafts, and a birthday cake.

April 25: Support group

• Hominum Fraser Valley, an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual, and questioning men, meets at 7:30 p.m. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-4629813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

April 25: Fun Friday

• Kids in Grades 1 to 3 are invited to Fun Friday: Earth Day Extravaganza at 3:30 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library. Enjoy stories and crafts with a focus on Earth Day. Register: 604-467-7417.

April 25: Dancing

• Robyn Picard’ holds a drop-in dance class at The ACT and teaches everything from ballroom to swing. Info: www. theactmapleridge.org or 604-476-2787.

April 25 & 26: Annie Jr.

• Showstoppers Academy presents Annie Jr. at The ACT at 7 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets: www.theactmapleridge.org or 604-476-2787.

April 25: Pitt Meadows Centennial

• Pitt Meadows celebrates its centennial with a Community Birthday Party

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• Cheers to the Planet takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Bonson Community Post events 10 days in advance Centre in Pitt Meadows feaby email to: turing a variety of tastings editorial@mrtimes.com from restaurants, focusing on local food paired with local, sustainable and organic and Heritage Fair from 11 a.m. to 8 refreshments, as well as p.m. in Spirit Square. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. Info: children’s entertainment, music, crafts, www.mapleridgefoodandwine.com interactive displays, games, and, a April 27: Good-bye Chums birthday cake. Info: www.pittmeadows. • KEEPS and Metro Vancouver Parks bc.ca. holds their annual Goodbye Chums April 26: Celebrate Earth Day event at Bell-Irving Hatchery on 256th • Celebrate Earth Day festivities Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entire take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. family can enjoy the annual springtime at Memorial Peace Park. The Haney tradition of releasing chum salmon fry Farmers Market marks its 10th annito the creek. versary and the theme is “Food for April 27: Work party Thought.” There will be a family free• A work party will be held at the cycle, storytime corner, and HUB’s Albion Bike Skills Park at Jackson “Cycle Recycle” free bike draw. Also Road and 102nd Avenue, Maple Ridge, this year, there will be local restaurants at noon. Parks and leisure services is at the Iron Chefs Challenge and Stone appealing to volunteers to help shape Soup making with Golden Ears FEAST. dirt jumps, improve site drainage, install Info: www.rmrecycling.org. wooden skills components, plant, plan April 26: Plant, bake, craft sale the grand opening on June 21, and help • Maple Ridge Garden Club holds its form a maintenance volunteer group. annual plant, bake, and craft sale from Info: www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s April 29: Small business School gym, 22561 121st Ave., Maple • Learn the basics of starting a small Ridge. Info: 604 467-1885, business at the Maple Ridge April 26: Jazz Library at 2 p.m. with Start • Jesse Peters performs jazz Smart for Small Businesses. and blues at The ACT at 8 A representative from Small p.m. There will also be Business BC will be on hand a free performance from to explain how to get started. Najinsky Gibber Jazz from 7 Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604to 7:40 p.m. in the lobby. For tickets for 467-7417. the Jesse Peters concert, call 604-476April 30: Fashion show 2787 or go online at www.theactmaple• Golden Ears United Church thrift ridge.org. store hosts a fashion show of gently used clothing and jewelry at 7 p.m. in April 26: Gospel music the church hall, 22165 Dewdney Trunk • Haney Presbyterian Church, 11858 Rd., Maple Ridge. Admission is $2. All 216th Street, Maple Ridge, presents The clothes modelled with be for sale. Info: Gospel Boys, an a capella ensemble, Grace Freeman at 604-463-9611. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is by donation and proceeds go to Mission April 30: Library Projects Abroad. Info: 604-467-1715 • Kids in Grades 4 and up are invited to update their current book collection April 26: Centennial gala during the Wacky Wednesday Book • Pitt Meadows Centennial Gala takes Swap at 3:30 p.m. Bring in your gently place at Meadow Gardens Golf Club, used chapter books and trade them in 19675 Meadows Gardens Way. Tickets for something new. Info: Maple Ridge are $100. Cocktails are from 6 to 7 p.m. Library at 604-467-7417. and dinner and dancing are from 7 p.m. • Full list: www.mrtimes.com to 1 a.m. Guests should wear formal

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

Weltz goes north The best-laid plans.... This week, TIMES columnist and fishing enthusiast Jeff Wetlz tells a tale of his fishing trip to northern B.C., and a plan that goes slightly sideways. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Reach The TIMES' sports desk: Phone: 604-463-2281 or email: sports@mrtimes.com

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Softball player succeeding in States

A Maple Ridge Secondary softball grad is feeling at home south of the 49th parallel.

She knew she wanted to attend school in the U.S., but that was about it. “I was kind of scrambling, and I didn’t know what I was doing for school, other than wanting to come to the States,” she by Eric Zimmer said. ezimmer@mrtimes.com “I had applied to other schools and campuses but Brooke Anderson is I wasn’t really sure what I enjoying the “culture” of wanted to do.” her school in New York. A phone call from It’s where the Maple Monroe’s softball coach Ridge Secondary grad has changed all that. found herself on the verge “She (the coach) told me of completing her freshman she wanted me to come year at Monroe College, as visit and check out the a breakout player on the school – it was really last school’s softball team. minute,” said Anderson. “It’s crazy – so different The last-minute decision (from Maple Ridge,) but I turned out to be just the like it,” she explained. Maple Ridge native Brooke Anderson is off to a good start in her college career. The softball player’s career is ticket Anderson needed “It’s definitely culturing picking up steam as she makes a name for herself as part of New York’s Monroe College softball team. and the softball pitcher me.” said she is “really glad it Her results on the ball of what has been “really good” the school, and the team have all field aren’t too bad either. experience overall. combined to create a positive start happened.” Anderson also led the White Anderson, who turns 19 on May “I love it,” she said. “It’s so difto her college career – a career Rock Renegades to the B.C. 7, recently received international ferent from anything I could have that almost didn’t happen. Provincial Championships in 2013. recognition as an NJCAA Division done in Canada.” Anderson explained the selecShe’s planning to return home II Pitcher of the Week. Anderson is majoring in crimintion to the team was a random to Maple Ridge for the summer. She said the recognition is part al justice, and she said the people, one.

Race the Ridge Oliver Jordan in the park last fall.

Builders sought

Parks and Leisure Services is looking for volunteers to take part in the upcoming Albion Mountain Bike Skills Park work parties. The first one takes place this Sunday, April 27, at 12 p.m. The park is at Jackson Road and 102 Avenue. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Westview hosts Westview Secondary is set to host its third annual International Soccer Tournament, which will include two teams from Mexico. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Golf trio competes Three local golfers recently took part in the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s Junior tournament at Swan-e-set Golf Club. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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

Racers battle for cycling supremacy this weekend The annual spring cycling race takes place this weekend.

The 12th annual Race the Ridge cycling stage race and second round of the prestigious new B.C. Premier Road Series promises to test the province’s top riders. They will do battle over three challenging stages on the scenic cycling roads of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows this weekend, April 26 and 27. “Race the Ridge is such a cool event for racers and spectators,” said event organizer Barry Lyster, of Maple Ridge’s Local Ride. “It’s a unique event with excellent courses and the opportunity for fans to see the action up close” This year, as a part of Cycling B.C.’s new B.C. Premier Road Series, Lyster expects to attract even more high-calibre riders who will add even more excitement to the competitions. “Our aim is to make winning the B.C. Premier Series a goal for B.C.’s top racers – something that they can be proud of and aspire to,” said Lyster. The hallmark event of the weekend is the third and final stage, Sunday’s Town Core Criterium, a thrilling, high-speed spectacle that will determine the overall winners. Packs of riders will speed through the tight turns of this technical, 800-metre, downtown

Cyclists raced through the streets of Maple Ridge last year. This year’s event promises to be just as good – if not better. Maple Ridge course at up to 50 kilometres per hour, as they sprint for prime prizes and the 2014 title. Sunday’s program also features a free kids race at 12:30 p.m., which will take place near the race hub at Memorial Peace Park. There will be road closures in effect and limited parking in the downtown core for this event. As a result, spectators are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to check out the show. The weekend gets rolling early Saturday morning for stage one, the Thornhill Road Race. The race starts at the former Thornhill Elementary and puts riders’ legs to the test on multiple laps of a relentlessly hilly 9.8 km loop

Some choices are hard.

on the rural roads of Maple Ridge’s Thornhill area. Saturday afternoon’s stage two Pitt Polder Time Trial is an individual race against the clock. Taking place in Pitt Meadows, the race is an all-out 12.5 km effort that ends on rough pavement and usually features generally blustery winds on the run-in to Pitt Lake. Riders will take off at 30-second intervals and aim to log the fastest times and earn precious seconds in the overall stage race ranking. As a race organizer for more than 15 years, Lyster is a champion of cycling development in his community and in the province. Lyster said his belief is that by offering quality races and events that appeal to a wide range of riders, the sport will continue to grow. Lyster is especially passionate about spreading the cycling word because he has three young daughters, all of whom love riding bikes. Local Ride Racing’s Maggie Coles-Lyster, 15, is Lyster’s oldest daughter and most competitive. She has won numerous provincial titles in multiple cycling disciplines and is setting her sights high. Maggie will be racing on her home turf, with a goal of winning the Cat 3/4 women’s category, and riding the way her late coach, Jeremie Storie taught her: aggressively.

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Musical performances take place this Saturday at The ACT featuring Gibber Jazz and Jesse Peters.

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