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Family fun at Fest Grace Robertson, two, from Maple Ridge, squeezed a rubby duckie that her dad bought for her at the Rotary Duck Race booth at Country Fest this weekend. • See more fair coverage on pages A3, A4, and A14. Sylver McLaren/TIMES

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Still second best place to invest Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows were once again ranked at No. 2 in a list of top B.C. investment towns. by Sylver McLaren

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows landed in second place for the third time on the Real Estate Investment Network’s (REIN) top British Columbia investment towns list. It’s an exciting announcement, said Sandy Blue, the manager of Strategic Economic Initatives at the District of Maple Ridge. “I think it shows the ability to attract the investment we need. We are seeing significant interest from around the world now,” Blue said. “It’s a positive, optimistic time. It’s great for us,” she added. The 110-page report analyzes the current and future prospects for real estate investment opportunities in the province for the next decade.

“Both communities have been hamthe Gateway Program. pered by poor transportation infrastrucIn 2009, the new Golden Ears Bridge ture for decades, detracting people from officially opened to traffic. The six-lane moving to the area and keeping real bridge is the first direct route from the estate prices low,” said Don R. Campbell, communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt one of the report authors and senior anaMeadows to Langley and Surrey. lyst at REIN. The transportation improve“The completion of the ment has finally provided Maple Golden Ears Bridge between Ridge and Pitt Meadows with Langley and Maple Ridge in a direct link to Highway 1 and 2009 and the opening of the has reduced the time it takes to new Port Mann Bridge in travel to Vancouver and the sur2012 has brought the one-time rounding region, the report said. sleepy Fraser Valley farmBetween 2006 and 2011, the ing communities closer to District of Maple Ridge recorded Vancouver. Real estate prices a population growth of 10.3 per remain relatively low, for cent while Pitt Meadows witnow. As more people begin to nessed a population increase of Sandy Blue realize what these two grow13.5 per cent, both significantly Invest Maple Ridge ing communities have to offer, above the provincial average of demand will increase and seven per cent during the same prices will rise.” time period. With about 65 per cent of Maple Ridge The region’s affordability and the transresidents currently commuting to other portation changes will drive more resiregions for work, REIN believes no area dents to the areas, driving up property in British Columbia will be impacted values and rents, according to the report. •More online at more significantly by the completion of



Elk sighted on highway

A few local motorists reported seeing a pair of majestic animals crossing the Lougheed Highway early Friday morning. by Roxanne Hooper

It’s not a sight locals would expect to see, but Victor Morissette was driving to work early Friday morning when he almost struck a pair of elk on the Lougheed Highway. It was still dark at about 4:30 a.m. when Morissette passed Tamarack Lane, heading west on the highway. He had just pulled up onto the four-lane bridge over Kanaka Creek, approaching the Haney Bypass, when he spotted it. “I hung my head It was a out the window to pair of elk – he believes make sure I wasn’t a male and hallucinating.” female – crossVictor Morissette ing north across the highway. Morissette slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting them, then watched dumbstruck as the “majestic creatures” casually sauntered behind his car. “I hung my head out the window to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating,” he said, noting another westbound car slammed on its brakes about that time, its driver also looking “shell shocked” by the encounter. One elk, who Morissette described as the male, was “so intimidating” standing about 10 feet tall including its antlers. While Morissette has hunted deer in the past, he said he’s never seen an elk before – except inside the fences of the Greater Vancouver Zoo. “I was just in such awe. I had to take a double look… I really can’t believe it,” he told The TIMES. When he shared the news with his coworkers at the mill a short time later, they first questioned his sanity and sight, then asked if he also saw Santa. But when a second mill employee began talking up a similar encounter that morning, Morissette’s story suddenly became credible and staff began seeking him out asking for details.

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A fourth-generation 4-Her expanded to raising a pig this year, and quickly fell in love with a so-called weak specimen.

Relative crime down Crime in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows was down in 2012 when weighted for severity, according to Statistics Canada, which just released its crime severity index. The index measures the overall seriousness of crimes, not the absolute number of crimes taking place. Using this measurement method, crime was down in Maple Ridge by 5.3 per cent, and down in Pitt Meadows by 3.2 per cent. • More at

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Lucy is no pedestrian porker. The five-month-old pig typically rules the roost at her temporary home in Maple Ridge, often using her woolly pen-mates as “wet wipes.” The resident sheep don’t seem to mind – well, not too much, anyway. Since being acquired from a Matsqui hog operation by 12-year-old Brianna Arsenault in April, Lucy has become a member of View Brianna’s family. video A Mission 4-H Beef Club member, with Brianna has always had a passion for pigs, said her grandma Lorraine Bates. or online Troy Landreville/TIMES For the past two years, Brianna has had sheep projects and was looking for a Brianna Arsenault, 12, visited with Lucy the pig in advance of this weekend’s Country Fest. change. Brianna is not overly competitive, later they decided she was okay.” “She always liked pigs,” Bates said. “She but rather knows what she wants A pig’s nature is to wallow in mud or water didn’t want to drop anything, so she just and is not necessarily in 4-H for the ribto cool off. Lucy bathes in a nearby stream added to her projects. So she has sheep and bons, noted Bates, who is also manager of and then usually flops from one side to the a pig.” the Country Fest fair that was held in Maple other afterwards. Lucy was given the royal treatment on the Ridge this past weekend. “Because the sheep, at this point, were drive home to Maple Ridge. She was put in “It’s not that she hasn’t got them [ribbons], so much used to her being in the field with the back of a car, where Brianna gave her a she has, but that’s not what her priority is,” them, they would just stand there and she name. Bates said. “She just loves animals.” would go beside them and rub herself on “It stank, as pigs do coming out of a big Lucy has a personality unlike any other pig both sides and they just let her do it because operation,” Bates recalled with a laugh. “I that Bates has come across during the past 40 they weren’t scared of her, anymore,” Bates just said to her coming home, ‘You know, years. Brianna is a fourth generation farmer said. “The sheep are always filthy; she’s Brianna, this is not the best specimen’.” and 4-Her. always clean.” An opportunity existed to choose another For example: pigs have to be at a certain Hence the term, “wet wipes.” pig, but Brianna would have nothing of it. weight in order to be auctioned off at the Alas, this story will ultimately have a sad “She said, ‘But I love her’,” grandma said. upcoming PNE 4-H festival. And because ending, especially for Lucy. “So half an hour in a smelly environment, Lucy wasn’t growing quickly enough, she Brianna will have to say goodbye to her and she already decided it was love.” was mixed in with some sheep, to compete portly pal on Aug. 20 when she gives up Bates tried a couple times to change her for food. Lucy at the PNE. granddaughter’s mind, but Brianna was Initially, this relationship resembled a per“We’ve always had sheep that go to determined to keep her prized pig. petual game of tag. Lucy took after the sheep, slaughter but I think this might be a little bit “There was obviously a bonding there,” who wanted nothing to do with their new different, because she has such a personalBates said. roommate. ity,” Bates said. “Everybody loves Lucy.” “What really interests me about this pig is “The sheep were just horrified,” Bates said. Brianna can already predict what will hapthat she’s just all out there. She’s obnoxious, “They just ran from her and the more they pen when she sees Lucy for the final time. and she’s just wild,” Brianna said. “She’s ran, the more she ran after them. Sooner or “I’m going to be crying,” she said. hilarious.”

Rotary Club

Sports banquet – not heroes – sidelined by Roxanne Hooper

There will be no Rotary sport banquet this year. The event, which typically raises about $50,000 for long-term sports facilities in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, has been sidelined after more than 20 years. The event, which has always included crowning of the annual Home Town Hero or Heroes, was cancelled this year because the

major organizers have stepped back and the new committee members don’t feel confident in pulling it all together before the October deadline, said long-time committee member and Rotarian Ineke Boekhorst. “We have a different fundraiser that has interfering times,” she added, noting the Meadow Ridge Rotary Club is introducing an OktoberFest on Oct. 4 in Pitt Meadows. “It’s a whole new committee and they can’t get it together in time… In order to do a good job, they moved it to next year.”

She also noted that future sports banquets might be held earlier in the year, to avoid timing conflicts. “It’s a great event and I would really hate to see it go,” Boekhorst said. “There’s a lot of support for it.” In the meantime, the Home Town Hero program is run by a separate organization, and spokesperson Mary Robson said it’s still that committee’s intention to crown a hero or heroes this fall, likely during a smaller scale fundraising dinner or event.

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The Tulip children came away with four best in show awards and numerous ribbons at the Country Fest home arts and garden section competition this weekend. The three children, Nicholas, 13, Connor, 11, and Janaya, seven, had a blast preparing their entries. “We are going to find out tonight (Monday) how many each won,” said Mom, Laurie. “Nicholas won best in show for the junior needlework for his rug hooking. Janaya won best in show for junior baking,” she said. They loved going through the barns, checking out what they were going up against. “We did that a couple of times,” Laurie said. In advance of the fair, Mom said there were plenty of classes, and with an entry fee of 25 cents a piece, she didn’t place any limit on the number of entries from her family. It was less than $50, an inexpensive way to spend the summer, Laurie said, noting their submission have been growing every year since they submitted their first entry a decade ago. Nicholas was in 60 classes, Connor, in 45, and Janaya in 22. “I like my rug hooking entry the best. It was fun,” said 13-year-old Nicholas about this year’s entries. It

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The Tulip family – Laurie, Connor, Janaya, Mark, and Nicholas – spent the first half of the summer doing arts and crafts. Among seven-year-old Janaya’s creations for Country Fest, she entered a hand-sewn hen (above). took him nine months to finish. Connor said “it’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll” about a piece of pottery he glued onto a disc. “We use a lot of recycled stuff for our projects,” said the beaming mom. When asked to explain their favourites, sevenyear-old Janaya held up her hen. “Well, I had hand sewn it, and stuffed it with fluff and then rice to make the bottom heavy so it could stand,” Janaya explained. Connor liked his sleeveless T-shirt that he made with a sewing machine. “It’s great that the boys – and Janaya, too – learn

sewing,” Mom said. Friday they handed in their baking items, 10 items per kid, and hoped for the best. Now, they’re waiting for the results. The home arts and garden competition was arranged by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association, the organization that hosts the annual Country Fest. It’s the organization’s goal to stage an annual fair that showcases quality livestock, produce of the soil, home crafts, and youth work, while bringing together rural and urban people in an atmosphere of wholesome entertainment, said fair president Tom Cameron.

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The condition is still unknown for a man seriously burned in last week’s fire on the Katzie reserve in Pitt Meadows. The 33-year-old man was sent to hospital in critical condition, but RCMP could offer no updates on his status as of Monday. It all happened last Wednesday, just before 1 p.m., when Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows firefighters responded to a sport utility vehicle on fire near Wharf Street. Several 9-1-1 calls were received

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Add cycling to learning cycle Practically every day I see cycthem to pay attention. lists pedalling along the highways Motorists would also gain and byways that take me from from the experience of having home to work and back. ridden a bicycle amongst idiot Practically every day I see them drivers who eat, drink, comb breaking the rules of the road their hair, fix their makeup, and – in fact, it’s rare that I don’t otherwise occupy themselves have a cyclist in my line of sight with endangering the lives of the for more than 20 or 30 seconds people around them. without witnessing the shattering You cannot truly understand of one traffic law or another. the concept of “defensive drivPractically every day I see stuing” until you’ve ridden a bicycle by Bob Groeneveld pid motorists nearly fulfilling a alongside the stupidest, most cyclist’s apparent ambition to oblivious creatures populating see tomorrow from a hospital bed – or not see the face of the earth: the texting driver (followed tomorrow at all. And I think to myself… “More closely by the cellphone-addicted driver – and people should ride bicycles.” don’t give me that “hands-free” nonsense, as In fact, I wish more people would spend more studies clearly show that hands-free cellphone time riding bikes before ever getting behind the use, while not illegal, is equally as dangerous as wheel of a car, as opposed to under one – which using hand-held devices). happens far too often, as things currently stand. And having had the benefit of experiencing the I’m not a sadist, and I’m not hoping I can snap stupidity of the average steel-enclosed motorist a gory photo of a mangled cyclist to fill a corner first-hand from the vantage point of a bicycle of the newspaper. seat, the newly licensed driver is less likely to And it has nothing to do with my basic belief want to become one of those average idiots. that the world would be a better place with Understanding would also flow both ways, as fewer people in it (provided, of course, that I’m more and more cyclists become motorists – and one of those “fewer people”). they begin to teach their children how to ride On the contrary, I believe that if there were safely, instead of actually teaching them dangermore people riding bicycles to and fro, there ous behaviour. would be less carnage in the long run. It is disconcerting in the extreme to see young Potential motor vehicle drivers should be cyclists follow their parents straight through required to spend a couple hundred hours on a stop signs and red lights, and passing lines of bicycle before applying for a learner’s licence. slow traffic on the right, sneaking up on the And it shouldn’t be just some recreational ridunsuspecting guy who doesn’t realize it has suding around a quiet neighbourhood, around the denly become dangerous to make his right turn. local park a few times, or mountain biking along Parents on bicycles lead their kids along sidesome backwoods trails. walks, putting pedestrians at risk and creating More cyclists rolling along with traffic (not the danger of uncertainty in the minds of motoragainst traffic, like pedestrians… which they are ists who, faced with such unruly behaviour, not – probably the most common Motor Vehicle can’t know what the next move will be. Act transgression perpetrated by cyclists) would They lead their kids against traffic lights create a “safety in numbers” scenario. Motorists through crosswalks where they have no business would be more aware of cyclists in their midst, being. because there would be more cyclists to remind And when they get hit… stupid motorists!

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said was for the replacement of bridges? Dear Editor, The Pattullo Bridge now needs to be It seems a bit much to suggest “road replaced. pricing,” when one considers we Scan this I was on a revisit to Seoul, pay through the nose for taxes. image with South Korea, 17 years ago. I saw When they put a heavy duty they were in the process of buildtax on gasoline and alcohol many ing a new bridge. When I comyears ago, it was, allegedly, to pay mented on it, I was told building for future roadwork and bridge them one by one was not cost replacement when needed. Letters to effective, while building more than Road pricing might be an effectthe Editor one at a time is very cost effective. ive way of getting people to ride When they’ve got a marshaling transit. I’ve found taxis are in yard going to build one, they capitalize on the long run cheaper than owning an autothe facilities and start another one. mobile. I hardly use my car because it runs It takes long-range planning, while we to over $300 a month – that will pay for a lurch along from election to election. lot of taxis. When I first saw Seoul 60 years ago, the At the time, it was thought a tax on city had a huge amount of war damage. gasoline or alcohol as outrageous. It did There were no bridges to cross the river create resentment, although in time, people south from Seoul. Now there are many of accepted it. They had a choice? them. When the subject of a new bridge was What a wonderfully vibrant city it is now. raised, they would say, “We will have to We of the military helped make it possible. wait until there is money available.” What a good feeling that is! Why did they not put the gas and alcohol money aside for this purpose – which they Robert W. Stirling, Maple Ridge



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north Albion more closely in line with neighbouring communities like Langley, Surrey, and Chilliwack, we can raise about $5 million that we can put directly back into the community. It was proposed in May last year that owners of acreages who were previously allowed to subdivide to half-acre lots could go smaller, a reasonable balance between interests of developers and investors, and area residents. The owners would get more marketable-sized lots, still reasonably palatable to the surrounding community. Now, the district proposes we look at small-lot single families, townhouses, threeto five-storey multi-families, and mixed uses as options to fund amenities, despite the congestion already seen. The majority of Albion residents do not want significant jumps in density, with the exception of neighbourhood commercial, which actually helps to build community. There is too much at stake. Is having a lavish town hall, a local library, community artwork really worth the impact that significantly increased density will have to the relaxed open feel of the area, the future walkability, the more rural and natural feel to the area? Are all the treasures of the kingdom enough to pay for them anyhow? There are scant bus services to Albion, and likely won’t be improvements for decades, so who is going to purchase these condos? Amended DCCs would contributed to a livable, walkable community without altering the spirit and personality of the area. J. Ruthven, Maple Ridge [Note: A fuller version of this letter is online at Click on Opinion, or search the writer’s name.]

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as it an ambush or a political lesson? I was innocently scanning the channels to catch the Hamilton CFL game on television when I ran into the rebroadcast of last Tuesday’s council meeting. I was tuning in to see if Maple Ridge resident Paul McCallum’s field goal record was going to be broken. Sadly, it was, but only because blocked field goals don’t count against the kicker. I digress. I tuned into the council rebroadcast just when the councillors were giving their final reports before taking a month off, and watched a “spat” happen. Councillors Judy Dueck and Cheryl Ashlie both read out a very

detailed, well-written lecture directed at Coun. Corisa Bell. They sounded like they had both been written by the same person. Both statements were read word for word, and I was left with the general impression that they were telling Coun. Bell that, if she felt misled, it was only because she was incapable of understanding the issue. Coun. Michael Morden was about to jump into the fray, I am not sure on what side, but was reined in by Mayor Ernie Daykin. Coun. Bell was astounded by what she perceived was an ambush. She thought it unfair that she had been given no notice or a chance to prepare a rebuttal to the statements.

If Coun. Bell did say she felt she had been misled, I can identify with that, because I felt that way for the three years I was mayor. I think senior bureaucracy of the hall would agree they see it as their job to lead council. At least, that is what they used to tell me. So the issue of whether they are being led in the “right” direction is a matter of opinion. To quote Peter Singer, a moral philosopher and professor of bioethics, “If governments did not mislead their citizens so often, there would be less need for secrecy, and if leaders knew they could not rely on keeping the public in the dark about what they are doing,

Just Saying by Gordy Robson

they would have a powerful incentive to behave better.” The council, the provincial legislature, and the federal parliament are all adjourned for the summer. Citizens can relax and enjoy the summer, too. In answer to my question, I think it was both a political lesson and an ambush. Just saying…

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Ridge Meadows RCMP Staff Sgt. Major Andrew Martin and Const. Mathew Condon appeared in full red serge at the Airport Day celebrations in Pitt Meadows July 21. Roxanne Hooper/TIMES


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Ridge Meadows RCMP Aux. constables Lynne Bradley and Martyn Garner d out ke ec ch the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue helicopter at Pitt Meadows Airport Day.

Nellie Kuiper (centre) was crowned Airport Queen during the Airport Day festivities in Pitt Meadows recently. She and her husband Mino have lived on 40 acres directly north of the airport for at least four decades. Among her family who came out for the special crowning were her grandson Shaun (left) and her son Danny (right).

All smiles, Pa rkinson Society Briti sh Columbia representati ves Robbin Jeffereys (lef t) and Betty Hum (right) watched as Greystone M anor Seniors ’ Society pre sident Joan Martin (cen tre) wrote a $1,166 cheq ue to comb at Parkinson’s disease.

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• Heritage Thursday participants, ages five to 10, at the Pitt Meadows Museum will explore optical illusions by making kaleidoscopes, thaumatropes, and mini flip books from 1 to 3 p.m. for children aged five to 10. Register: Nikki at 604-465-4322 for $6 per child.

The Salvation Army will be doing pick-ups of your clean, useable clothing and furniture items on Friday afternoons, each week over the summer in Maple Ridge.

August 1: Ventriloquist

• Ventriloquist Kellie Haines is at the Memorial Peace Park bandstand at 11 a.m. with Magrau the bird and Kamilla the frog as part of the summer reading club program. Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.

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July 31: Wacky Wednesday

• Kids in grades 4 and up are invited to the Wacky Wednesday: Ice Cream Social Book Swap at the Maple Ridge Library at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy some ice cream and trade in gently used books for something new to read. Registration required. Info: 604-467-7417.

July 31: Pitt Meadows seniors

• Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre is hosting a patio party at 12:30 p.m. with a cold plate luncheon at the centre, 19065 119B Ave. Tickets are available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 604-457-4771.

• Haney Farmers Market has apricots, apples, blackberries, blueberries, melons, and nectarines. The market is at Memorial Peace Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: or 604-467-7433 ext. 2.

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• Emerald Pig Theatrical Society will hold auditions for its upcoming show The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on Aug. 11 and 12 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Info: Kathleen at 604380-1645 or Simon at 604-833-0243.

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• On August 24, the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association (BIA) will hold a community garage sale for businesses and the public. Contact the BIA at 604-4672420 or to reserve a table.

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2013 Citizen passes away

Langley’s Sarah Douglas helped Langley Beef and Swine 4-H Club member Ashley Haines wash down her cows at this weekend’s Country Fest agricultural fair in Maple Ridge. Josh Griffin, seven, and his buddy Jax Hanna, also seven, (inset) cooled down with some ice-chip drinks. Roxanne Hooper and Sylver McLaren/TIMES

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It was the ‘best weekend ever’ in the history of the annual fair. by Sylver McLaren

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Two months after being named Pitt Meadows Citizen of the Year, Sandy Wakeling passed away from cancer Saturday morning. Tributes were pouring into his Facebook page over the weekend and on Monday from friends in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. His wife Alison Sandy Wakeling posted the news saycommunity volunteer ing her “sweetheart and best friend,” her husband Sandy, had died in her arms at home. Five years ago this fall, Sandy was diagnosed with cancer. He grew up in Port Elgin, Ont., and studied psychology and business communications. He moved to Pitt Meadows in 1999, where he lived with his wife and sons, William, 11, and Sebastien, 9. Sandy served as the constituency assistant for former MLA Ken Stewart. He was working as the communications director of the Langley School District when he passed away. Team Wakeling will be part of the Terry Fox Run in Maple Ridge this September. To sign up or donate, go to A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at the South Bonson Community Centre, 10932 Barnston View Rd.

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Sports Girls throw to win At the B.C. Junior Development Provincial Championships on July 13 in Nanaimo local 12-year-old Mateya Haintz won gold in the hammer throw with a personal best throw of 26.35 metres. She also won bronze in the discus with a throw of 27.01 metres. Both throws put her in the B.C. Top 10 all time for her age. • More online:, click on “Sports”

The U11 Wolverines came home winners from the Western Challenge Cup.

Wolverines win This year only one team entered the Western Challenge Cup from the Ridge Meadows Minor Ball Hockey club. The U11 Wolverines, a team who had never played together as a team, won. With barely four weeks practice, the Wolverines headed off to Medicine Hat, Alta. to see how they measured up. • More online:, click on “Sports”


Burrards end on high Maple Ridge’s senior As ended their season with a victory against Nanaimo .

in the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the WLA. Maple Ridge’s roller coaster season included four straight wins early in the season. However, five consecutive losses down the stretch ultimately spelled doom for by Troy Landreville the Burrards’ playoff hopes. Even though they missed the The Maple Ridge Burrards were playoffs, the Burrards were a much playing for pride Saturday in better team this year than they Nanaimo. were in 2012, when they finished After being officially eliminat the bottom of the WLA standated from playoff contention, ings with a 4-13-1 record. due to the Coquitlam Adanacs’ Even so, garnering four more 7-6 win over the wins and seven New Westminster more points than “Our powerplay seemed Salmonbellies 2012 doesn’t take to struggle down the two days earlier, the sting out of the Burrards vismissing the poststretch which put an ited the Nanaimo season for the secadded burden on us Timbermen in their ond straight year. final game of the “There’s a few trying to score goals.” Western Lacrosse things that [I Daren Fridge Association season. would change] And while nothif I had a crystal ing was on the line for either team, ball and go back. I’d make some the Burrards ended their season on adjustments… and get more crea winning note by outscoring the ative on defence,” Burrards head Timbermen 11-7. coach Daren Fridge said. “Our The win completes a season powerplay seemed to struggle of highs and lows for the Maple down the stretch which put an Ridge senior A squad which finadded burden on us trying to score ished with an 8-10-1 record, three goals,” Fridge explained. • More online at points back of the Adanacs (10-8)



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Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times July 30 2013  
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times July 30 2013  

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times July 30 2013