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The matriarchs in a First Nations community in Pitt Meadows are fed up with drug and alcohol abuse. by Maria Rantanen

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Coleen Pierre was worried that there might be some confrontation at a rally on Sunday on the Katzie reserve in Pitt Meadows – instead, she was “overwhelmed” at the turnout and support, especially from the youth in her community. About 70 people came to the reserve at the end of Bonson Road from several First Nations – Squamish, Kwantlen, Cheam, and Skwah – and they brought their drums, stories, and words of encouragement as the Katzie people declared their intention to “reclaim” their homes. “I’m overwhelmed by the support we have from the young [people],” Pierre said. Pierre organized the rally with help from her sister Eileen Kenworthy because she said she’s had enough of the problems related to drugs and alcohol on the reserve. The motivation for the rally was to recreate a safe environment for the children and grandchildren on the reserve. Pierre said that they want to teach the young people to “respect the drums” and learn about their heritage to make them proud of it. “It’s the culture that’s going to get these guys back,” Pierre said.

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The group, which included nonnatives as well from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, marched around the small reserve and off the reserve on Bonson Road as well. At each corner, the march stopped and people – locals and visitors – spoke about their experiences and how they supported the Katzie in their efforts to address the drug and alcohol problems on the reserve. They also spoke of healing and taking responsibility for their children. Many wore handmade signs with messages like “Reclaiming our territory,” “We struggle, we fall, we get back up,” and “There’s more to having fun than drugs & alcohol.” Driving home the message were children carrying many of the signs. Kenworthy was pleased with how many community members joined in the march, and she believes people got the message that the mothers and grandmothers at Katzie are fed up – “we’re done,” she said. “I hope they understand how we feel,” she added. One of the concerns that prompted the march was safety, and Kenworthy said the adults have to be constantly standing on the road and watching to make sure the children are safe on the reserve. Kenworthy said the residents on Bonson’s Landing came out to see them as they went along Bonson Road, and she pointed out that the problems on the Katzie territory also affect their neighbours outside the reserve as well. “They said ‘thank you,’” she said of the Bonson’s Landing residents.

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About 70 people marched on Sunday on the Katzie reserve as band members rallied to reclaim their community.

Management Area stretches like a line in the sand. In contrast to the adjacent monoculture of cranberries, the Pitt marsh is a diverse habitat thriving on the edge of a metropolis. “It’s like an oasis, within half an hour of urban areas,” said Dan Buffett, head of conservation programs with Ducks

Unlimited Canada. “The perfect place to lose yourself for a bit.” As Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, the wetland-conservation organization is busy with its largest project to date in Metro Vancouver, a $600,000 facelift to the water-control structures within the 1,342hectare Pitt marsh. The Habitat

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Fires investigated A pair of weekend fires are under investigation by Maple Ridge fire officials. “We had a couple of fires,” said assistant fire chief Timo Juurakko, noting a shed fire was reported on 123rd Avenue Saturday early morning, while the vehicle fire was on River Road the next day. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Suzie, a calico cat, is still missing after a fire destroyed a Dunbar Street home.

Hunt continues for cat Suzie is missing, and the Georgelin family is hoping a loving family has taken her in. Suzie is a 14-year-old calico cat who was involved in the Aug. 3 house fire on Dunbar Street in Maple Ridge. While Joanne and her daughter Rebecca were home at the time of the early morning blaze, and were able to grab their large dogs, Ginger and George, the feline member of the family is still unaccounted for. “We have a strong feeling she has been taken in by a loving home, but our lives would be so much more complete if she could come back to us,” Joanne said • More at www.mrtimes.com

Five artists honoured A fistful of Maple Ridge artists were invited to paint a dress created by a leading Canadian women’s clothing designer, Joseph Ribkoff. It was modelled at an event back in fall hosted by Margo Delanty of Crystal Blu. Consequently, the five artists were highlighted with a photo and story in an international design newsletter, and Maple Ridge’s Olwyn Geeling was selected as the winner. Geeling’s painting is now hanging in Ribkoff’s Vancouver showrooms. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue

Mountainside rescue effort ‘unnecessary’ Searchers spent a few hours hunting trails in Golden Ears Provincial Park overnight for two women later found safe and asleep in a tent at Alder Flats.

Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue were up on Golden Ears Mountain for the third time in two weeks, twice in helicopters. This weekend, they were up on the mountain overnight Saturday for two hikers who weren’t actually “stranded” and back up there again Sunday to make some needed repairs to two helicopter landing sites.

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Search crews were lumbering through the backwoods of Golden Ears Provincial Park overnight Saturday, hunting for two hikers who’d decided to bed down with friends at Alder Flats. The distress call went out to police at about 10:30 Saturday night from two hikers in their early 20s. They were on the West Canyon trail, returning from the peak of Golden Ears Mountain, when “darkness befell them,” explained Rick Laing, search manager with Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue. A dozen searchers were deployed, and given details offered from the hikers, Laing said the team had a “pretty good” idea where to find the missing women. But, contrary to the advice of the 9-1-1 dispatcher – who told them to stay put – the young hikers moved on. At some point, they met up with other hikers they knew, and the group continued on to Alder Flats to wait out the night. Their plan, apparently, was to get some sleep and hike out in the morning, said Laing. Four hours after being dispatched to the mountainside, search crews stumbled across the missing pair hunkered down in a tent, sleeping at Alder Flats. The search team was beginning its ritual of waking up any campers in the area – hoping someone had information about the missing women. That’s when the searchers learned the so-called “stranded hikers” were among those being woken up. “We did all this for nothing, but that’s what we do,” said Laing. Admittedly, cell service is intermittent on the mountain. But obviously at one point the hikers were able to call out, Laing said. If they decided to move on, he suggested they should have notified authorities. Not only would it have been courteous to make a call and let the members return home to their own beds, but Laing noted there’s also a bit of an increased risk for members to be out searching at night, even though they’re equipped and aware of the trails. “It just would have simply been nice if they let us know,” said Laing, noting team

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Team repairs landing sites

Another dozen rescue members, more than half of which had participated in the overnight search, took part in a day-long effort to repair and maintain two helicopter landing areas in Golden Ears Provincial Park that are used frequently in cases of emergency. The team met up at the old Woodlands camp, near the main campgrounds, just before 7:30 a.m. loaded up a helicopter with

equipment, and headed to two landing sites, one at Alder Flats and another near a former landmark known as Hollow Tree. The Hollow Tree chopper site had been damaged during a forest fire in the region last month, and required reconstruction and marking, Laing explained. The team also had to do some repairs and more clearing at the Alder Flats landing site. They also had to repost signs, asking hikers not to camp in the clearing for obvious emergency reasons. Needless to say, the team was tired, Laing said Sunday afternoon – on his way out of the park. The annual cleanup efforts, which usually incorporates a bit of a training, is a costly proposition for the team, the manager explained. At $1,700 per hour, the three hours of helicopter time spent on the annual cleanup proves costly, and comes out of the search team’s coffers. “A lot of people don’t realized what’s involved. There’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes, beyond us just heading out on a search or rescue mission,” Laing said. The team must raise funds for this and other maintenance projects, including the restocking of emergency supplies at the emergency shelter on Panorama Ridge.

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Glare believed cause in fatal floatplane crash Findings were released Friday about an aircraft that crashed on a return trip to Pitt Meadows airport in 2012. by Roxanne Hooper rhooper@mrtimes.com

Disabling glare caused a pilot to crash his plane en route back to Pitt Meadows Regional Airport more than a year ago. Colin Moyes, a 52-year-old West Vancouver pilot, and his two passengers – his future mother and father-in-law, also of West Vancouver – perished in a fiery inferno after his de Havilland Beaver floatplane

crashed into the side of a steep hillside of sunlight temporary blinded Moyes causing the Okanagan Valley, next to Highway 97C him to fly too low, clip a tree with the airnear Peachland on May 13, 2012. plane’s left wing, and begin a series of probMoyes had flown out of Pitt Meadows lems from which he could never recover. for Kelowna earlier that same day, dropped Most of the aircraft was consumed by a off one passenger and was heading back to “post-impact” fire, and all three occupants the Lower Mainland when the crash View report were killed a month before Moyes was occurred. set to marry the couple’s daughter. with According to a report issued Friday Another crash in the vicinity by the Transportation Safety Board occurred three months later involving of Canada, Moyes had manoeuvred a plane departing Penticton airport for through the valley frequently during Boundary Bay. the past decade. As a result of the TSB’s most recent findDespite his specific mountain flying trainings, Nav Canada will be issuing further ing and his familiarity with the route, it’s warnings to pilots flying through the region, alerting them to the steep mountainous terbelieved piloting a different, heavier plane rain and offering alternate routes. and flying up out of the shadows and into


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The chamber building on Lougheed Highway would have cost more than $50,000 to repair. by Maria Rantanen

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The chamber of commerce building that stood on the corner of Lougheed Highway and 223rd Street for 30 years was demolished on Thursday. After the chamber’s facilities committee realized that fixing the old building’s roof, floor, carpeting, drywall, and plumbing would cost more than $50, they decided they had no choice but to pull down the building and find a new location. Interim chamber president Terry Becker said, however, that the non-profit business organization will maintain a presence in Maple Ridge with its executive director in constant contact with Ridge businesses. “We’re not leaving Maple Ridge,” she said, adding that they’re just setting up their desks in Pitt Meadows. The new office has been leased for three years and is located at the back of the tourism building, which was most recently occupied by the Pitt Meadows Economic Development Office. (The economic development office has moved into the old Pitt Meadows Library.)

The old building was owned by the chamber but the land was leased from Chevron – the lease ended on July 31. The lease for the new chamber office, while smaller than the previous one, came under budget, Becker explained. Overseeing the move to a new location and signing a three-year lease in the building was one of the first tasks Becker did as the new chamber president. Becker took over as chamber president on July 1 from Ken Holland, and she hopes in her new role she can engage chamber members and find out what pressing issues are on their minds. “When you can address [things] when they’re issues... it’s less likely they’ll become problems,” she said. Becker and Company, the law firm that she and her husband John Becker run, has been a member of the chamber of commerce since 1980. She’d like to see the chamber form a policy committee and bring forward issues at the provincial level, and have the weight of the B.C. chamber speak on behalf of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows businesses. Being a part of the chamber allows businesses to be part of a collective voice. “Your voice is a little louder,” Becker said. For more information about the chamber of commerce, go to www.ridgemeadowschamber.com.

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Marsh home to variety of animals, plants

Richard Fordham from Vancouver was this summer’s first musical act of the business improvement association’s Lunchtime Concert Series.

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The upgrades, along with dike improvements, will better allow managers to vary the depth of water and create the habitat desired within a series of six main “compartments” in the wildlife area. “Double the rain of Surrey,” Buffett said of the area pressed tight against the Coast Mountains. “A lot

of water to manage in the fall.” Pitt marsh is a habitat for a wide variety of animals including ospreys, Canada geese, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, buffleheads, trumpeter swans, beavers, river otters, chum salmon, and red-legged frogs. Vegetation ranges from reed canary grass to hardhack to bulrushes and water lilies.

Pitt marsh has been owned by the provincial government since 1974 and has been part of the PittAddington Wildlife Management Area since 1987. Ducks Unlimited has been involved in this area since the late1970s, constructing nesting islands, dikes, and water-control structures.

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ly mean?” Dear Editor, I’ve attempted to read some of the area Downtown, the Albion Flats, and more. plan statements and other outlines on the For years now many different people District website and haven’t really found an have forged ahead presenting one idea after explanation of the slogan, but, for another for the Albion Flats area, me, it’s quite simple. while at the same time trying to Scan this We have deep roots in our heritcome up with what to do with the image with age, the Hamptons, the Laitys, and downtown core. many other local families whose I would like to add a few more forebearers founded this communthings to consider, including some ity on farming. ideas that have garnered both We are also surrounded by such scorn and excitement: Letters to amazing views, such incredible 1. What about selling most of the real estate we own downtown the Editor access, and such an ever expanding network of road, rail and river and buying up the Albion Flats traffic. We can soar to such great that have been so hotly contested heights because of all of that! for years? 2. Create a full community-use zone from Morgan Jensen. Maple Ridge the fairgrounds to Super Dave’s and include [Note: A full version of this letter is online a new District hall, a stadium, a new leisure at www.mrtimes.com, search “Jensen”] centre with an Olympic-sized pool, wave Charity pool, etc., a new Greg Moore youth facility. 3. Sell, or trade off, the works yard real estate on Dewdney Trunk Road so that it can be developed with new family homes. 4. Encourage – rather than discourage or shelve – some of those exciting, maybe outthere development ideas that involve more light industrial, commercial, and retail. The list goes on, including a complete Dear Editor, move away from the above; let’s create a I recently had the privilege of supportprocess where we both support and encouring my son Sean in a fundraising event age those who are farming here now to confor the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research tinue farming, forever if possible. Foundation. I’ve been asked by people, “What exactly As reported on in this paper, the event does ‘Deeper Roots, Greater Heights’ actualwas a success in that it raised needed funds to keep Tyler’s goals of sustainable, clean and renewable energy a reality. Check it Discrimination out at www.tylerlewis.ca. When reading the paper this evening (Friday, Aug. 2) about another excellent fundraising event – the Rotary Duck Race – where all proceeds go to worthwhile youth organizations, I was struck. I was struck by the realization how a core group of business people in this community Dear Editor, really cares. I am writing in response to the recent ediWhen you look at almost any event in torial [New Russian anti-gay law misses our community that raises money to help spirit, Aug. 6, The TIMES], and must say I others, there they are giving. When you am very pleased with Russian President’s go to personally thank these people, the Vladimir Putin stand. answer is always the same: “I’m glad I am I am not homo-phobic... but I am conable to do this. It’s the community that cerned! enables me to do this and it’s my privilege To be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or part of to give back.” the transgender community – is not normal I would like to personally thank Jeremy behaviour, as some folks would have us at Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Patrick O’Brien believe. It is downright sinful and needs to be dealt at RBC Wealth Management, Haney Sewing and Sound, Fuller Watson, Meadow with as such – as indeed all sin should be Gardens, and a special thanks to Ian at dealt with. Maple Ridge Fiat/Chrysler/Volkswagen for I do not slander them in any way. But it is all being there for our community. okay for them to call me and others homoYou guys are awesome. phobic! Gord McBeath, Maple Ridge Is this not being discriminatory? And, if not discriminatory, how about being just plain rude. It is very interesting that when I was a Clarification young lad, the term homophobic simply meant “a fear of people,” and was commonly used for those who were of a timid nature. The word homo means, “a member of Dear Editor, the genus homo, which includes the extinct With quite a lengthy time between my and extant species of humans,” and phosubmitting the letter and its publication bia meaning, “a persistent, abnormal, and [Veterans earned permission at war, July irrational fear of a specific thing or situation 31, TIMES Letters], I thought it was shelved. that compels one to avoid it” – thus a fear of Good news! Shortly before the letter people in general. appeared in the paper, I received – via my Now, we are told that homo actually MP Randy Kamp – a copy of a letter written means “homosexual” and therefore, homoby Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. phobia now means a fear of or contempt for He wrote: “I regret that a lack of clarity of lesbians and gay men. a recently released internal order related to This is simply not the case! the wearing of uniforms after release from I simply put the gay community and those active service has resulted in avoidable with so-called gender-disorders in the same category as I would rapists and child pornog- confusion and insult to veterans – uniforms that are no longer in use are explicitly raphers. exempt from our authority. Their use in So, would I consider myself as anti-rape or celebrating previous service and sacrifice anti-child pornography? should continue and be encouraged.” Yes. It was good to know our veterans are still In the same manner, am I anti-gay? Yes, in the manner of one who is opposed held in honour. B. Schill, Maple Ridge to something, such as a group, policy, pro[Note: Find more letters on this topic online posal, or practice. Dell Krauchi, Maple Ridge at www.mrtimes.com. Click on Opinion.]

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Dear Editor, If you requireto my letter I wish to thank Ms. [Cheryl] Ashlie for her rather lengthy public response further information [No conflict in serving people, Aug. 8, The TIMES (web only).] She goes to great lengths to assure everyone that there is “nothing law” that proon theinprojects, hibits her from acting as campaign manager, taking this job withcontact: MLA Bing, and staying on as councillor for the District. That the “constitution supports her right” to do so. City of Pitt Meadows That she’s “non-partisan.” Ike deBoer That there is no “language in a collective agreement that prohibits a dual role.” That she “qualifies” for the role. Engineering Services And, that “under conflict legislation,” she will make sure that she applies “due diliCoordinator gence.” 604-465-2425 She’s done everything but answer the questions I asked. Let me ask her one more: I’m not sure why she brought up the NDP councillor in Port Coquitlam, but if he/she were to jump off the Golden Ears Bridge, would she follow? Just because one other councillor in the province has made the same choice as she has, does that make it right? I think not. Methinks Ms. Ashlie doth protest too much. Cheryl Baron, Maple Ridge

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impacted by the lack of a sufficient indusDear Editor, trial, commercial property tax base. Downtown, the Albion Flats, and more. 5. Allow our downtown core to densify, For years now many different people allow people to build there, move there, have forged ahead presenting one idea after work there, eat, drink and be merry there, another for the Albion Flats area, while at and, heaven forbid, be excited to go there the same time trying to come up with what on a Friday or Saturday night to meet to do with the downtown core. friends and socialize! I would like to add a few more things to 6. And this is a complete move away from consider, including some ideas that have all of the above, but still critical, let’s cregarnered both scorn and excitement from ate a process where we both support and people I’ve shared them with: encourage those who are farming here now 1. What about selling most or all of the to continue farming, forever if possible. real estate we own downtown, the old I worry about the future of the Hampton courthouse, the outdated leisure centre, all farm for example because, and this is only of the old city hall buildings, etc., and buymy understanding of the situation, correct ing up the Albion Flats that have been so me if I’m wrong, there is no “next generahotly contested for years? tion” waiting to take over that farm so that 2. Create a full community-use zone from it will be passed down for decades to come. the fairgrounds to Super Dave’s and include I’ve been asked by people, “What exactly a new District hall, a stadium, a new leisure does ‘Deeper Roots, Greater Heights’ actualcentre with an Olympic-sized pool, wave ly mean?” pool, etc., a new Greg Moore Youth facility, I’ve attempted to read some of the area and so on, you get the idea! • Complimentary consultation plan statements and other outlines on the 3. Sell, or trade off, the works yard real city and haven’t really found an estate on Dewdney Trunk Road• so that it Complimentary cleanwebsite and polish explanation of the slogan, but, for me, it’s can be developed and filled with new fam• Walk-ins and repairs welcomed quite simple. ily homes. This area is close to• schools, Complete dentures and partial dentures We have deep roots in our heritage, the shopping, transit, etc., all of the good stuff! • Denture over implants* Hamptons, the Laitys, and many other local Move the works yard down to the Albion • Standard or Precision dentures families whose forebearers founded this Flats community use area. • 5 year warranty on Precision based dentures community on farming and other 4. Encourage, rather than discourage or We accept plans in the 1800s, but we are also endeavours shelve, some of those exciting,•maybe out all dental surrounded byto be such amazing views, there, development ideas that involve more *Procedures completed in conjunction with a such dentist. incredible access, and such an ever expandlight industrial, commercial, and retail coning network of road, rail and river traffic. cepts, such as the Salasi whole area south of the Milad We can soar to such great heights because bypass along the river, and yes, the Pelton’s of all of that! proposed development of their property along Golden Ears Way. Morgan Jensen, Maple Ridge Our residential property taxes are directly

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hen you think of things made in a petri dish, things like penicillin and mould come to mind. In these days you might even think about a child being conceived in one. The last thing you would think about is meat for a hamburger, but a week ago Dr. Mark Post produced, cooked, and had a tasting for his first hamburger made in a petri dish. The hamburger had been painstakingly assembled in his laboratory at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Feeding humans’ appetite for meat transfers into the world using 30 per cent of its usable surface for pasture land for animals; compared to four per cent of the surface which is used to directly feed humans. Because of the number of animals the world is raising, the methane they are producing is responsible for an astounding percentage of the greenhouse

Just Saying by Gordy Robson

gases of the planet. Alok Jha, science correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, suggests that animals produce at least a quarter as much greenhouse gas as all the cars and airplanes in the world. Dr. Post has previously discussed the environmental motivation for making his burger. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention last year – here in Vancouver – he suggested the world could not sustain the growing hunger for protein raised in its current fashion. Basically there will be so many animals that their

exhaust gas is going to kill us. Anthropologists have theorized that learning how to cook and eat meat was the reason the human brain was able to grow as big as it did. Alok explained that meat, a dense source of nutrition and calories, powered our ancestors’ brains in a way their competitors could not match and has had a lasting impact on our species’ taste for flesh. An American food writer, after tasting the new burger, said he had never been pleased by meat substitutes, but after chewing a bit, gave it full marks for its mouth feel. The $300,000 it cost to make this first burger was disclosed to be funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who stated he got into the idea for animal welfare reasons. The experiment has advanced much quicker than anybody thought it would, and of course, the lobby that defends the

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A sudden decision to shave her head left 11-year-old Mackenzie BraithwaiteKelso running a gamut of emotions Sunday.

An Athletes In Kind event held in Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village Sunday raised more than $1,000.

Story and photos by Roxanne Hooper

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Following in the footsteps of a few of her friends, as well as her father, a 11-year-old Pitt Meadows girl made an impromptu decision Sunday have her head shaved for cancer. The little girl’s father, Corey Kelso – a Pitt Meadows firefighter and E-Comm dispatcher – raced down to Osprey Village during his lunch hour to have his head shaved during the ninth annual Athletes In Kind head shave. A few others – mainly children – joined munity and renewing friendships and family ties. Learn about another culture, taste delicious food, and celebrate together. Info: 604-467-7417.

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August 13: Storytelling

• Join storyteller Elspeth Bowers at the Memorial Peace Park bandstand at 10:15 a.m. for stories. Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604467-7417.

August 14: Puppets

• Come and meet Maple Ridge Library’s smallest stars – talented puppets. Pack a dinner and bring it along to Puppets in the Park to hear about Adventures with Frog and Toad at Memorial Peace Park bandstand at 6:45 p.m. Info: 604-467-7417.

August 14: Volunteers

• Various volunteer roles need to be filled for the first True North Bluegrass Festival taking place Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at the Albion Fairgrounds. A volunteer information session will be held at 7 p.m. at the Randy Herman Community Safety Building, 11960 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge. Info: www. truenorthfraserbluegrass.com or 604-785-0270 or email truenorthfraservolunteer@ gmail.com.

August 15: Pitt museum

• Heritage Thursday participants at the Pitt Meadows Museum will be making clipon bow ties and fascinators. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. for children aged five to 10 and costs $6 per child. To register: Nikki at 604-4654322.

August 17: Eid at library

• Maple Ridge Library and the Islamic Society of Ridge Meadows celebrate Eid at 11 a.m. Eid marks the end of Ramadan on the Muslim calendar and is a time for coming together as a com-

• Saturday’s I Love to Dance event at Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., includes a nightclub two-step lesson from Robyn Picard from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by dancing. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. Info: www.ilovetodance.ca or Ray at 604-836-7295.

Ridge Concerts

• The Downtown Maple Ridge BIA has once again lined up musical acts for its Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in August from noon to 1 p.m., there will be live music at Memorial Peace Park. The second week’s lineup (Aug. 13, 14, 15) features Dell, Direk Henke, and Drew Barnes.

Community garage sale

• On Aug. 24, the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association (BIA) will hold a community garage sale for businesses and the public. Enjoy the street fair atmosphere. Contact the BIA at 604-4672420 or inquiries@downtownmapleridge.ca to reserve a table.

Toastmasters

• The Golden Ears Christian Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday at the Haney Presbyterian Church, 11858 216th Ave., Maple Ridge. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday night music

• Bruce James Orchestra presents music in Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. until the end of August. Audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket and a chair.

• Full list: www.mrtimes.com

The legacy of Charlene Reaveley, a mom of four killed in a hit a few years ago, lives on through a charity created in her memory.

Nolan Reaveley, six, was hard at work Thursday in the Haney Presbyterian Church parking lot during the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity Society’s first annual car wash and bottle drive.

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Charlene Reaveley is no longer with us, but her spirit resonates. On Thursday, Aug. 8 at Haney Presbyterian Church, volunteers washed cars, collected bottles, and

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served food in support of to families with children; a charity established in immediate financial supCharlene’s memory. port to help cover the Proceeds from the first costs of everyday life; annual Charlene Reaveley and information packages Children’s Charity Society regarding the grieving pro(CRCCS) car wash and cess, including legal action bottle drive will provide papers that will need to ongoing support to chilbe filed and handouts in dren who have lost a loved assisting children coping one. with a loss. Siblings “It was Dan’s Kaeden, 13, vision, after Rebecca, nine, he realized the Alicia, seven, financial impact and Tristan, four, of what happens lost their mom after an acciin February 2011 dent,” Jennifer when Charlene related. was killed in a Losing hit and run that Charlene, a stayalso claimed the at-home mom, life of Lorraine had a ripple Charlene Reaveley Cruz. effect on her Cruz had been family. driving with her 28-year“She was so well known old boyfriend in a Nissan in the community and well Pathfinder just before 12:30 loved,” Jennifer said. a.m. on Feb. 19, 2011 Prior to her death, when the vehicle crashed Charlene had earned her at Lougheed Highway and personal training cerPitt River Road in Port tificate. She had lost 42 Coquitlam. pounds and with that The two got out of weight loss, realized how the car, and 30-year-old great she felt how much Charlene and her husband more energy she had, and Dan stopped to help. As how proud of herself she the four stood outside the was, Jennifer explained. Nissan at the PoCo inter“She wanted to give that section, a 1995 white Jeep [feeling] to other people, Cherokee allegedly ran so that’s why she got her down both women. training certificate to be a They died instantly. fitness instructor, to help Cory Sater, the alleged other people,” her sister driver of the vehicle that said. killed the two women, Losing Charlene impactturned himself into police a ed her family in other day-and-a-half later. ways, as well. Sater is facing 10 charges Dan returned to work including two counts each at Maple Ridge Chrysler of dangerous driving causon July 1, two-and-a-half ing death, impaired driving years after the hit and run causing death, and causing occurred. an accident resulting in “Dan couldn’t go back death. to work because there After many delays, the was nobody to look after case is due in court this his kids,” Jennifer said. October, according to “Thankfully there was famCharlene’s sisterily support around, in-law Jennifer but nobody to take View Reaveley, whose over his children’s photos husband Rob is care.” with Dan’s brother. Charlene didn’t All the while, have life insurance. Charlene’s family is And when Dan or left to grieve a wife, couldn’t go back online mom, and daughter; to work and had a woman who by to pay not only for all accounts was a funeral expenses caring, gentle, giving but for counselling person. for his four children “We won’t ever be the as well as himself, this left same again,” Charlene’s a financial toll on the fammom Mary Ogilvie said. ily. “All of our lives are bro“When you’re paying ken. It’s like being in hell, $200 per hour, per child, every second. Nobody for counselling, the money wants to be in our shoes.” ran out fast,” Jennifer Charlene is remembered related. through the CRCCS, a To help other families in charity that was started similar situations, the charroughly four months after ity was set up. Financial her death. donations to the charity are Through emotional and always welcome. An office financial support, the is being set up in Port CRCCS offers assistance Coquitlam, where counselto families with children ling will be offered. experiencing the loss of a People can donate online loved one. at www.crccs.ca or in perThe CRCCS offers conson at Haney Presbyterian nection to funding for Church, 11858 216 St. – With files from Glacier Media certified grief counselling

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president Ken Holland, past president Keesha Rosario, Rotarian Rod Hughes, and Burlington, Wash. Rotary Club member Paul Bergman in the Central American country. Once in Guatemala, they installed wood-burning stoves in village homes, helping to reduce illness, avoid injuries from open fires, and reduce the impact on the environment. The project is part of the Rotary Youth Experiencing Service (Y.E.S.) program, partnering with the Hands For Peacemaking Foundation, For 12 days last month, the group installed 60 stoves in homes in remote villages in northwestern Guatemala, not far from the Mexican border, and left a further 20 stoves to be installed by locals who worked and learned alongside the group. They also visited the cities of Antigua, Barillas, Huehuetenango, and Lake Atitlan. The villages actually aren’t really near any of those cities, explained the twins’ dad Drew Allan. The group landed in Guatemala City, piled into SUVs and headed out to Huehue (short for Huehuetenaga) for an overnight stay. The next day it was on to Barillas where there is a mission station for the Hands for Peacemaking Foundation. There they learned how to put the stoves together, “kind of pre-fab, designed to be delivered and assembled on site,” Drew Allan noted. From Barillas the group travelled by pickup trucks another few hours north over very rustic dirt tracks to where the villages were. continued on page A13…


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…continued from page A12 The villages are not on any map. Before the wood stoves were installed, the villagers cooked on open fires inside the houses, causing respiratory illness and injuries to kids from burns. This was in addition to the negative impact to the environment. Trees are cut, resulting in extreme deforestation, which has been a major contributor to the horrific mudslides of recent years. Much needed watersheds are also affected by deforestation. Aller stoves, designed and built in Barillas burn 65 per cent less wood than open cooking fires. “They learned a lot of culture but their highlight was seeing the happiness on the people’s faces the first time they used the stove,” Drew Allan said. “That made it all worth it.” Holland explained that the stoves push smoke out of the huts’ roofs. “This is the second year doing it and I had a chance this year to talk to somebody from last year, where we installed a stove, and they are completely thrilled with it,” Holland said.

Maple Ridge students and Rotarians travelled to Guatemala, where they built wood stoves and had what they described as an “unforgettable experience” with the villagers. “It has changed their life, and they feel better.” The looks of joy on the villagers’ faces and appreciation for their new stoves made a deep and lasting impression on the group. The visitors were assigned a leader from each village, and leaders learned how to build the stoves with them. Brendan Allan said it took the group about an hour-and-a-half to put their first stove together, but by the end of the trip, they became quite efficient. When they weren’t building

stoves, the group was experiencing Guatemalan life. Stushnoff said culture shock proved to be a challenge. “Nothing was really the same, in general, with their day-to-day life,” he said. “With food… everything.” Connor Allan said he learned much about the human spirit. “Even though we have so much here, and it looked like they have nothing, they still have such high hopes and all the kids are laughing and playing,” Connor said. “It was amazing.” Clarke described it as “one of the most life-changing experiences. It was crazy.” Meanwhile, Brendan Allan said he’d do this trip again, “without a second thought.” In September, Haney Rotary will start their drive to put together another group of Grade 11 students from Maple Ridge to install another 60 to 80 stoves in July 2014. Any student entering Grade 11 this year can contact Keesha Rosario at haneyrotary@gmail.com. • Full story at www.mrtimes.com, search “Guatemala”

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Male models win Two local men, 28-year-old Colin Kilborn and 20-year-old Brandon Street recently won first and second place, as well as their pro status cards for male fitness model at the World Beauty Fitness & Fashion (WBFF) contest held at the River Rock, Richmond on July 13. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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“You just sit down, talk with everybody, then you get your moment. All eyes are on you.” Jordan Ellingson

Girls from one team carry an opponent across home plate in a show of sportsmanship last weekend at provincials in Victoria.

Silver for rep A They may have lost the gold medal match at the provincial championships, but the Fraser Valley Fusion 97 fastpitch team left a lasting impression thanks to a display of sportsmanship earlier in the tournament. While rounding first base, a batter from the opposing team twisted her ankle and by the time she got to third base, was in serious pain. The Fusion players went up and picked up the player and helped her cross home plate for the tying run with the fans cheering them on. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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Maple Ridge’s Jordan Ellingson reared back during his shotput throw Saturday morning at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley. Competing in the youth boys division, Ellingson represented B.C. at the Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships.

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Ridge teen throws against nation’s best Jordan Ellingson is looking to return to the Legion national youth track and field championships in 2014.

17-year-olds ran Friday to Sunday (Aug. 9-11) at McLeod Athletic Park (MAP) in Langley. “I would have been happy with a podium finish,” Ellingson said. “But you can’t get that in all of them.” Ellingson plans on returning to

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Natasha Akbarizadeh and Olivia Moriconi won gold medals at the national youth track and field in Langley last weekend.

Team cleans up Two local athletes won at the national youth track and field championships in Langley on the weekend. Pitt Meadows Secondary’s Olivia Moriconi claimed gold in the girls U18 discus. She had a personal best throw of 44.25 metres en route to winning her first national title. Natasha Akbarizadeh (who attends Garibaldi Secondary) won the U18 hammer throw with a personal best performance of 56.21 metres, also her first national title, as well as breaking the national championship record. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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When it comes to javelin throwing, Jordan Ellingson is on a fast track to success. The towering Maple Ridge teenager has only competed in the track and field discipline for a little over a year and he’s already ascended to a national level. Last July, he won gold in javelin at the BC Summer Games in Surrey. The next month, competing in the midget (14- and 15-year olds) division, Ellingson added to a successful summer with a gold medal at the Legion national championship meet in Charlottown, P.E.I. Since then he has graduated to the youth (U18) level, where the level rises to a whole new stratosphere. “This is 16- and 17-year-olds,” his dad Brent said. “Jordan’s 16 so he’s at the bottom of this grouping.” Brent added, “We’re really proud of him. He’s worked really, really hard at it.” The B.C. youth silver medalist in javelin, Ellingson ended up fifth out of 14 competitors during the 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships. The national meet for 14- to

Jordan Ellingson took a run at a national youth boys javelin throwing title at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley over the weekend. The 16-year-old from Maple Ridge ended up fifth overall in the track and field discipline. Troy Landreville/TIMES

the Legion nationals in 2014 when the meet returns to MAP. “Just keep training, keep doing what I do,” Ellingson said, when asked what he needs to do to make another appearance next summer. “I’d like to go for gold. A podium

[finish] would make me happy,” he said. Ellingson’s introduction to the sport came at the urging of Ryan Gee, his P.E. teacher at Maple Ridge Christian School (MRCS). “His teacher at school thought he should try it out,” Brent recalled. “He went out to the Fraser Valleys and won the Fraser Valleys, then went to the provincials and won the provincials, and it just kind of went from there.” Ellingson is pursuing his track and field endeavours south of the Fraser River, training under the guidance of Langley Mustangs’ throwing coach Tom Nielson. Meanwhile, at the high school level, the Grade 10 won bronze at the 2013 provincials at MAP, where he competed against Grade 11 and 12 athletes. Also at this year’s legion national competition, Ellingson competed in shotput, an event he took up about a month-and-a-half ago. Ellingson describes throwing events as “pretty relaxing.” “You just sit down, talk with everybody, then you get your moment,” he said. “All eyes are on you.” Success in throwing comes mostly from technique, said Ellingson, adding that “strength obviously helps.” Ellingson also plays basketball for MRCS, and loves both track and hoops equally. “With basketball, it’s fun being on a team and with track, it’s all on you,” he said. Ultimately he’d like to earn a university scholarship in track and field.


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