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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Maple Ridge’s inaugural Zombie Walk attracted a surprising number of undead to the local streets.

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Gaming centre opens amidst big fanfare Great Canadian Gaming Corporation opened its newest jewel in its crown in Maple Ridge last week. A few hundred people were lined up outside the doors waiting to get in when the Chances Maple Ridge gaming centre was officially opened at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The ribbon-cutting and opening of the doors followed a VIP reception where a number of guests were spotted in full “casinostyle” regalia. • See more about last week’s opening on pages A4 and A9, and learn more about Chances on pages B1 to B4. Ronda Payne/TIMES

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Sea cadets hit by huge rent hike for gym

The school board chair claims January increases are necessary; youth groups can no longer be subsidized. by Maria Rantanen

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Sea cadets will have to pay six times more than previously to march in the gym of Glenwood Elementary. Needless to say, the youth group is looking for a new space, after the school board said it can’t continue to subsidize rents for outside groups as money

needs to be protected for classroom use. In the past, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 subsidized rentals for youth non-profit groups that paid only a nominal fee, said Irena Pochop, manager communications for School District No. 42. For classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, and libraries, the fee was $1/hour; for gyms and kitchens it was $5/hour. These rental rates are lower than those in surrounding school districts and haven’t been reviewed since 2009. “Although the school district has been able to subsidize com-

munity rentals of school budget.” district facilities in the The Royal Canadian past, continuing with legion Branch 88 sponsuch subsidies during sors all the local cadet a time of enrolment corps and they have decline and a budget given some extra funds shortfall would be fisto help the sea cadets. cally irresponsible,” Legion cadet liaison Pochop said. Peter Kane said youth “This past year alone, education is a priority Mike Murray we have incurred a cost for his organization. School board chair of nearly $110,000 in “We are doing our renting out school facilibest to support youth ties to youth non-profit groups.” and we’d like to see more she added. consideration from the school “Unfortunately, we can no board,” Kane added. longer afford to absorb the The sea cadets have been gathmajority of the costs associated ering in Maple Ridge since 2007, with these rentals out of our open to kids ranging in age from

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12 to 18 years old. They meet once a week for three hours, at least for now at Glenwood. Kane describing cadets as a positive, healthy activity for youth. School board chair Mike Murray defended the decision. “As a board, we would prefer not to have to do this,” he said. “But the reality is that our budget has been hit so hard with so many things over the last while, it’s a choice we have to make,” Murray elaborated. The new rental rates were approved by the board in June and take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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Katzie elect new chief After a tie vote in early September, the Katzie First Nation held a run-off by-election to elect a new chief. Susan Miller, who lives on the Katzie reserve #2 in Langley, won the election on Friday with 89 votes, beating Peter James of Barnston Island who got 79 votes. Miller is chief until the next election set for April 2014. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Hundreds of people were transformed into zombies for the inaugural Zombie Walk Friday afternoon, starting at the Valley Fair Mall. Among them was Zombie Mya Watts, who put her arm around her kid brother Ryley, dressed as a pumpkin.

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Undead walk Maple Ridge streets A Halloween fundraiser proved a shocking sight for those who weren’t in the know.

A few of the zombie wannabes arrived as early as 1:30 p.m. to have work done on them for the walk that got underway at 4 p.m. Hatley admitted that the makeup artistry became less elaborate due to the sheer by Troy Landreville volume of participants who flooded into tlandreville@mrtimes.com the mall during the afternoon. “We had to push them through, If you were in or around Valley but they still looked fabulous,” she Fair Mall at roughly 4 p.m. Friday said. “They couldn’t pick every and witnessed a horde of the detail that they wanted because of undead shambling towards you, the time frame.” fear not: the end of the world is Those who “rise from death” not nigh. have certain facial features, Zielke It was actually all in good fun. noted: “Definitely the veins on In support of the Friends In the face, sunken look, sunken Need Food Bank, the Downtown cheekbones...” Maple Ridge Business Zielke said when she heard Improvement Association hosted about the walk, she “jumped” on the inaugural Zombie Walk. the opportunity to add her talents The catch-line: “Bring a canned to the cause. food item for the Friends In Need As ghoulish as it may seem on Food Bank because real people the surface, the walk was all about don’t eat brains.” “community involvement, community A team from the Emerald Pig fun,” Hatley said. Theatrical Society transformed normal The beneficiary, the food bank, folks, ranging from adults to Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary received “hundreds of pounds of infants, into soulless corpses. student Caitlin Chase was among those who food and some cash donations as To become a zombie, all partook part in the inaugural Zombie Walk. well,” Hatley added. ticipants had to do was bring a The “creatures” gathered outnon-perishable food item for the side the Save-On-Foods store local food bank. before travelling together (along the safety of the It took roughly two hours for a makeup team sidewalk and not the road to avoid a real-life horthat included professional makeup artist Kelsea ror show) towards the Dairy Queen location on Zielke, Emerald Pig president Sharon Malone, and Lougheed Highway. Kathleen Hatley, one of Emerald Pig’s executive Many of the walkers showed the tell-tale signs of members, to perform the ghoulish work. Zielke figured about 30 people were going to take being “undead:” the vacant stare, gaping mouth, and, the go-to move for all zombies, the lurching part. She was shocked to work on as many people forward of one leg, pulling the other leg behind as she did: according to the BIA’s Facebook page, them, with the foot dragging along the ground. 350 zombies participated.

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Who am I? Join the fun with Who Am I?, part of a twice-weekly Facebook feature where readers are asked to identify people from this community’s distant and recent past. For instance, last week’s subject was community volunteer and equestrian trail-blazer Bill Archibald. Congrats to Melanie Williams for correctly identifying him and winning the weekly draw. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Fire crews busy A house fire in Albion Friday, as well as a hog fuel fire at a mill, an attic fire on 203rd Street, and a hazardous material call at the Quality Inn all on Sunday, kept Maple Ridge firefighters hustling this weekend. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Shelley Ozeroff, who was first in line and scored a number of prizes, was invited to help Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin cut the ribbon on opening day at the Chances Maple Ridge gaming centre last week.

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A Coquitlam woman raked in prizes by escorting her parents to the new gaming centre in Maple Ridge.

Gaming Corporation’s newest facility. There were at least a few hundred people lined up outside prior to the grand opening, waiting for the chance to be among the first to view the gaming centre. Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin, who Shelley Ozeroff thought her parents was among those on hand for the cerewere too eager about getting to Chances monial ribbon cutting, said he was astonMaple Ridge Wednesday evening for the ished to see an estimated 300 in line. grand opening of the new gaming centre. “It’s gorgeous,” Daykin said, once Her parents were ready by 3:30 p.m. inside. “They’ve exceeded my expectaand the public opening was at 5 p.m. tions. It’s really well done,” he said of the When Ozeroff suggested they wait, her architecture and decor, liking small efforts mom, Joan Boardman convinced her to made to honour this town’s heritage. leave early. Daykin was also excited to hear of addi“We stood in line for maybe an hour tional jobs created by the centre, underand 15 minutes,” Ozeroff standing as many as possaid. sible of the 50 staff from She received a hint of the 224th Street bingo hall what was to come by staff were moved over, then related coverage on at Chances. They told her more were hired, bringing Chances Maple Ridge it would be worth her the projected total to about on pages A9, and B1 to B4 while to stay at the front of 90 staff for Chances Maple the line. Ridge. At the stroke of five, Ozeroff was invited He described it as a complement to The to help cut the ribbon and the public welACT, providing another entertainment comed in. venue in town that keeps people from For being first and for her efforts, having to drive into Vancouver. Ozeroff received a gift basket and another “It’s a form of entertainment people are “rocking” gift. looking for and obviously want,” Daykin “I got a guitar and two tickets to said, admitting he won’t be found gamHedley,” Ozeroff excitedly told The TIMES. bling in the centre, but might be a regular She also won a night out on the town in for lunch, make use of the rooms available Maple Ridge and “a few other goodies.” to community groups, and catch some of “I just can’t believe it,” the Coquitlam the live shows. resident said, admitting she’d be back “We’re growing up,” he said, noting to Chances again soon because her parthat the new gaming facility at Lougheed ents live in Maple Ridge. Given her great Highway and 227th Street was under confirst impression, in fact, it may become a struction for almost a year, and with its favourite outing for the family. completion has literally shifted the downGuests Wednesday afternoon seemed town “a little further east.” anxious to check out Great Canadian • More at www.mrtimes.com, search “Ozeroff”

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Avoid tragedy on Halloween It appears vampires have the zombies on the run this Halloween. A poll commissioned by Scotia Bank indicates that the next in line for costumes of choice among the 54 per cent of Canadians who this year plan to celebrate All Hallows Eve, one way or another, are witches, fairies, and pirates, all of them outpacing the inevitable – but decidedly outnumbered – lurching zombies. The poll indicates that British Columbians have prepared themselves to spend more on Halloween this year (about $82 on average) than any other Canadians (national average: $70). The top two activities planned across the country are handing out candies and taking the kids out trick-or-treating, to collect those candies being handed out. While replacing trick-or-treating with Halloween parties for kids continues to gain popularity, there will still be thousands of youngsters out on the streets and avenues this Thursday evening. Most will be appropriately dressed (at least from a safety perspective) in bright costumes and reflective clothing, with masks that afford them clear visibility of their surroundings, and will be accompanied by responsible adults as they troll for candies through familiar neighbourhoods. But some will not – they’ll be dressed in dark or drab clothing, stumbling over trailing costumes, without adequate flashlights. In some cases, they will simply have strayed momentarily from a well-organized group. If you’re driving anywhere as Halloween’s dusk begins to fall – the traditional time for ghosts and goblins to traipse from doorstep to doorstep in a quest for bags of sweets – be careful. If your kids are out there, prepare them, impress on them to be careful… and accompany them. Despite the sometimes macabre costumes, it’s supposed to be fun, not tragic. – B.G.

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See the dark side of the moon

Don’t you wish that it mattered the other will disgust us more that some of the most prominent and consequently allow the lesspolitical people in this country disgusting among them to slither – senators and even a prime minfree of the stupid-chains that bind ister and his closest staff – are them, so they can get on with exposing each other as thieves quietly continuing with what and liars? they’ve been doing all along. Don’t you wish senators in this Canadians have been duped country cared about the realizainto believing that our political tion that they absconded with system only works when our hundreds of thousands of illicit political leaders are steeped in dollars? honesty, integrity, and a sense by Bob Groeneveld Don’t you wish that this counof what is right for Canada as a try’s prime minister cared that he whole. was caught with his integrity hanging out of his Meanwhile, our political leaders have duped pants? themselves into believing that none of that matDon’t you wish Stephen Harper cared a bit ters, just so long as the rest of us don’t realize more about maintaining his integrity than caring that those things don’t exist – haven’t done so about how he might be able to bury the quesfor decades. tions about his integrity? Or maybe they’re not scamming themselves at Indeed, don’t you wish that Harper could be all, just us. more concerned about the perception that he has Maybe they just figured out the formula. no integrity than that he has none? Pierre Trudeau was our last successful honest How about Senators Pamela Wallin, Mike politician, managing to extend his term with a Duffy, and Patrick Brazeau? Don’t you wish they western finger and a smirking “fuddle duddle.” were just a tad more concerned that they are Short-termer Joe Clark tried honesty, as did perceived as thieves, instead of being so darned Kim Campbell, and it earned both a quick perturbed that they got caught? boot. (John Turner was just a doofus, and Paul And the rest of the Senate… wouldn’t it be Martin’s scorched-earth campaign against Jean nice if they could try putting the same amount of Chretien was so devastating that his party has effort into fixing the problem as the amount they since ambled through two wannabe has-beens to have been putting into burying it, along with the the door of Kid Trudeau, Caped Crusader for the three senators who got caught – instead of turnLiberal Cause.) ing it into just one more of those mind-numbing Those who have been successful in the past political disagreements? three decades have owed that success to putting Wouldn’t the whole situation feel a little bit politics on the moon – and keeping the dark side more comfortable if the prime minister were away from those of us who live on planet Earth. more concerned that he has been branded a liar Unfortunately for the likes of Harper, Duffy, – he doesn’t even seem terribly concerned if we et al., the moon goes through phases, and every believe he’s a liar – instead of being concerned once in a while, we get a glimpse of the parts that the people who owe him favours might have where the sun don’t shine. proof? I’m reminded of a colleague’s comment that So we are now witnessing the spectacle of the has stuck in my brain since she uttered it more mightiest of our political masters and mistresses than 30 years ago: “Once you can fake sincerity, in a war of opinion attrition, each side hoping you’ve got it made.”

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and the traffic intersection there, and there Dear Editor, seems to have been a fair number of acciFurther to the appeal in the vehicudents along that stretch as well. lar deaths of Beckie and Johnny [Crown Now I’m wondering what will happen appeals dangerous driving case, Oct. 22, with the new mall that is going into that TIMES], there is still something very wrong block. Surely, they can’t leave it at at that intersection. 80 km/h, and have people coming I had several correspondences Scan with in and out of a mall. with our MLA and conversations It’s as though lives don’t matwith the RCMP traffic department. ter, but the occasion of yet another The consensus seemed to be that shopping centre will necessitate changes were made to the median lowering the speed limit going west heights, but the posted limits and Letters to at least. traffic signals were enough to conthe Editor The diagram I saw on a television trol the intersection. report was in error, showing the With the speed posted at 80 accident as happening at the merge lane km/h, cars will be going 90-100 km/h and on the southeast corner. The car at fault is racing through yellow lights. supposed to have passed on the right, lost Not long after Beckie’s and Johnny’s control and gone across both lanes left, deaths, I saw another car balancing on the and flipped into the oncoming west-bound median. That accident caused the car to traffic lane, where Beckie and Johnny were rest on the median, so no one was killed. It either stopped or slowed down to make the could have been another fatality. left turn onto Harris. I find it ludicrous that the speed is There but for fortune go all our children. reduced to 60 km/h about a block east, in preparation for the Abernethy Way bypass Eileen Robinson, Pitt Meadows

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of the benefit of firing so many meter readers? Why don’t people with smart meters get a discount on their bill, now that they are no longer requiring meter reading? We are a family of three in an 11-year-old threestorey home with 2,000 square feet of floor. We are home 350 days a year and have average work and life activities.

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Dear Editor, So the smart meters will save us $1.6 billion [Program more than meters, Oct. 24 Letters, TIMES]? First, by faster outage restoration? That seems odd. The faster it is back on, the sooner we use power again. Second, by less wasted electricity? The smart meter will not remind us to turn off a light. The only way it could reduce consumption is if BC Hydro charged more at peak times. Last, by theft detection? Do they seriously believe that power stealers opted for a smart meter? Sadly, I just do not believe that we, the customers, are going to see one nickel of any alleged savings. Does anyone else feel that they are being lied to by BC Hydro? Tom Adlington, Pitt Meadows

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Crown is appealing the acquittal of a driver who crashed in Pitt Meadows. That accident claimed the lives of Beckie Dyer, 19, and John De Oliveria, 21, on Oct. 19, 2010. Readers seem pleased it’s being appealed. “Justice needs a push sometimes! Beckie was a lovely young lady.” – Lee Wear “A car is a lethal weapon when driven recklessly. It wasn’t a fault-less accident, excessive speed and recklessness caused the deaths of two precious young people.” – Eileen Thompson Robinson “Good. Hope justice is served this time.”

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“Good. I was appalled when I heard the ruling.” – Selby Tifenbach “Ms. Hocimovic’s excuses were absolutely ridiculous! I can’t understand the judge buying into that crap.” – Teresa Tapping Thieman

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Dear Editor, Wow! What a monstrous sight on the front page of your paper [Horror fan invites like-minded ghouls, Oct. 24, TIMES]! Do you realize children deliver these in the community, never mind the fact that I don’t want to see that and I have young children who walked up to our house and saw that laying on our mat? Have some consideration that not everyone, and I would venture most people, are not interested in seeing images like that. You are only contributing to the desensitizing of our society to gruesome images and concepts. Please refrain from putting images like that in a community paper. You could have easily promoted the event in the community events calendar, minus images. Leah Pillet, Maple Ridge

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TIMES publisher Spencer Levan (left) and Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin were both blushing when greeted by a pair of Vegas-style showgirls at the opening of Chances Maple Ridge on Wednesday. Ronda Payne/TIMES

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Looking after “Your Baby” in Downtown Maple Ridge A message from Downtown Maple Ridge BIA

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Fall weather is definitely here and with that, the need to look after our cars, getting them ready for winter! Do you have any of those annoying “dings” in the middle of your windshield? Take care of it now and avoid having to replace your complete windshield when it turns into a large crack after the first night of frost……. it will happen……it`s only a matter of time! Lots of helpful automotive businesses can get rid of those small cracks for you, for less than $50 right downtown Maple Ridge. AND this can be done, while you’re doing some shopping, or getting your hair done, or whatever you need to get done…….. since it`s easy to just walk around in our downtown anyway. Simply visit an independent local business, they will be happy to serve you, offer friendly advise, professional passionate assistance and quality workmanship! Where to go for those nasty little windshield stars you ask; why not visit Broco Auto Glass, Speedy Glass, Crystal Glass, Accent Glass, or Boyd Autobody and Glass, all on Dewdney Trunk Road. Preparing your car for fall and winter conditions is just a matter of dropping off your baby at one of the ``full service`` automotive shops directly downtown Maple Ridge. There is Kelly`s Automotive Services, having served our community for over 20 years, or Sapperton Motors, providing quality repairs and maintenance for imported and domestic vehicles, they are both on Dewdney. Start Automotive, for car & truck repairs and Mr. Sparks Auto & Electric, specializing in reliable & expert electrical service are on 227th. Having your car serviced at an independent local business, of course means your dollars stay in Maple Ridge, thereby supporting a local entrepreneur and contributing to the sustainability of our local economy. Think of it as investing in your community every day. Plus, it’s so much easier to shop where you live! Let’s for instance look at some of the downtown body shops, you`ll find Boyd Autobody and Glass and Kirmac Collision, specialized in body repair & painting, on Dewdney, Eastgate Autobody on 227th Street, in Maple Ridge since 1981, Haney Automotive on Selkirk for car repair & service, brakes, etc and North Fraser Automotive Repairs on 223rd Street looks after full service automotive & light truck repair journeyman auto & diesel. Interested in just a Lube and Oil, Tire Rotations, etc. see Express Care on Lougheed. Or do it yourself, always a good option; you`ll find everything you need at Lordco on Dewdney or T&T Parts Ltd on 227th. Let’s not forget our brakes and muffler; Budget Brake & Muffler will do a great job every time, situated on Lougheed. So, no reason to not be prepared for our wet and cold season, coming up soon! Stay local and get to know the smiling faces behind the counter at a Downtown Maple Ridge business. Hope you`ll try our suggestions and let us know your experiences on facebook, or email Inquiries@downtownmapleridge.ca with your favourites

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General manager Andy LaCroix welcomes people to discover the new Chances Maple Ridge, a much anticipated gaming facility newly opened at 22710 Lougheed Hwy., complete with bingo, slots, a restaurant with outdoor patio, a public meeting space, and a bar called The Well.

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The first 100 people through the doors that morning will he new gaming centre is all about community also receive a gift, LaCroix explained. – and the community has embraced it since its The next Saturday, Nov. 8, the Duelling Pianos will take opening on Wednesday. to the stage next to the restaurant. Opening day for Chances Maple Ridge, a comIn addition to bringing in bigger acts from time to time, munity gaming centre that replaces the old Haney Bingoplex the gaming centre staff is working on a plan to have regular on 224th Street, was “fabulous,” according to its general Thursday-night open mike events. manager Andy LaCroix who welcomed VIPs to an opening The gaming centre is already booking reception and then opened the facility to the Christmas parties and other private events general public at 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. in their “flex area” – LaCroix said they are And Saturday night’s attendance was a Chances Maple Ridge is: still working on naming the space next capacity crowd with people waiting to get • 27,500 square feet to the restaurant that fits 61 people – but into the new facility at 227th Street and • 175 slot machines they will balance that with acts open to the Lougheed Highway. • 200 bingo seats public. “It exceeded our expectations,” LaCroix • 61-person flex space This flex place as well as the 52-personsaid of the first weekend the gaming centre • 52-person board room capacity boardroom on the second floor was open. of the gaming centre can be booked by Chances Maple Ridge, at 27,500 square feet, has a site capacity of 653. There are 175 slot machines, community groups for various functions, for example, a minor hockey annual general meeting or a legion meeting. and 200 bingo seats – a combination of paper and elec(However, LaCroix noted, all participants need to be 19 tronic. years or older.) This weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, will be the official grand In keeping with its community focus, Great Canadian opening weekend, LaCroix said, and keeping with their Gaming Corp. gave a donation of $5,000 to the Ridge mandate of focusing on the community, they have booked Meadows Hospital Foundation on opening day. local country singer Aaron Pritchett to perform both nights The corporation wanted its first donation to be to an starting at 9:30 p.m.

organization that every citizen in the community needs, LaCroix explained, which is why the foundation was chosen as the beneficiary of this donation. A smaller donation of $400 was also made to the Friends In Need Food Bank. continued on page B2…

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Erin Oliver is the director of cage operations for the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

New road helps residents get into downtown …continued from page B1 A few days before Chances opened, the new section of 227th Street opened next to the centre, connecting the Haney Bypass to Lougheed Highway, allowing residents to more easily access downtown. People have been “very complimentary” about the gaming centre since it opened, LaCroix said, and, having toured all similar facilities in the province, he believes this is the nicest one yet. “It’s just a vibrant place,” LaCroix said about Chances Maple Ridge. “It changes the composition of the area.”

“We’re very proud to be here as part of the Maple Ridge business area,” he added, thanking the community for its support. The facility was designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects in modern-industrial style, reflecting the early history of Maple Ridge, and was built by Capo Construction. While the look might be industrial, green elements are firmly entrenched into Chances Maple Ridge. The roof is partially covered with a green roof system made up of flowering plants and grasses, a water feature flows along 227th Street, and a bioswale filters outgoing water.

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Leadership students interactrf with councillors during a special in-school meeting at Pitt Meadows Secondary.

that we ran out of time. I look forward to working with the students and staff of PMSS on several projects that help showcase their community pride.”

by Tracey Rayson

The Q&A section offered a lively exchange of thoughtful queries from students and detailed replies from council. “I was talking to Holly Burrows, our social studies department head, who organized this event,” Keenan said. “She told me that the kids wrote their questions themselves and were given class time to prepare. They were asked to write down what was on their mind, and what was important to them.” Can playing fields be improved? asked Ethan Chung. Holly Christianson inquired about the installation of more garbage cans and recycling bins. “The fact that students are conscious of our environment is impressive,” Walters said. “Those are the types of things that impress me a lot about our youth. The students were enthusiastic and their questions were really thoughtful and reasonable.” “I want to compliment all of you and express how proud I am of you,” the mayor told the students. “PMSS is near and dear to my heart. I was the dry grad chair in 2003 and 2005, and both my children are graduates of the school. I have a lot of pride for PMSS, and when you leave here, I hope you take that pride with you.”

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Pitt Meadows council held its council meeting at Pitt Meadows Secondary school on Oct. 17, as part of its efforts to reach out more to the community. centennial celebrations,” he added. “Feel free to come and visit us any time. Our doors are always open (to council), and we enjoy the opportunity to fill you in on what we’re thinking.”

Kids asked to help centennial

During the centennial presentation, Mark invited students to think about participating, and asked them to offer their time and skills to centennial celebrations. “We want you to consider how you can volunteer,” she said. “There are a lot of opportunities and fun jobs available, and you just need to pick what you are good at and get involved.” The school’s career centre is offering a work experience opportunity for any student – who wants a career in event planning or public relations – to be a part of the planning committee for the 100th anniversary. Additionally, Mark noted they need students’ ideas on entertainment, themes, activities, prizes, and contents, and revealed a list of centennial youth projects for students to volunteer their time, including citizens of the century, an art

show, a time capsule, a community banner program, May-pole dancing, and a video contest. Students expressed a variety of ideas of what they would like to see at the centennial celebrations. Suggestions ranged from a talent show, and museum involvement, to an obstacle course activity. “I was thrilled to see the students’ eagerness to get involved,” said Mark. “There were so many great suggestions

• More at www.mrtimes.com, search “Keenan”

HAYWARD LAKE RESERVOIR BEACH CLOSURE EXTENDED SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 2013 Access to the beaches on the Hayward Lake Reservoir will be closed this fall. The beaches have a very steep drop-off and cannot be used safely when the water is low. The drawdown extension is required for construction related to the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade Project. The Hayward Lake boat launch will also be out of service during the drawdown. The picnic grounds and the parking lot at the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area remain open. Other closures may be required for construction use or for safety requirements. For current closures, please check www.bchydro.com/ closures. For more information about the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade Project, please visit www.bchydro.com/ruskin, call 1 866 647 3334 or email stakeholderengagement@bchydro.com. 4016

Civic leaders and today’s youth gathered together for a special meeting with Pitt Meadows City council. The result was a mix of thoughtful discussion, inspiring ideas, and a shared enthusiasm for community, reflected Mayor Deb Walters. More than 40 Grade 10, 11, and 12 students at Pitt Meadows Secondary sat attentively in the bleachers of the school’s multi-purpose room recently for a unusual learning opportunity. The students were all from teacher John Rocca’s leadership class, and accompanied by principal Mike Keenan. “It might be the only time some of these kids see a council meeting,” Keenan said. Highlights included an introduction of council members, a PowerPoint planning update on Pitt Meadows 2014 centennial celebration by centennial coordinator Erin Mark, and a presentation by Grade 12 students Janelle Kent and Cole White – prepared by Duncan Stefurak and Mark Almariego. The inclusive meeting was capped off with a question-and-answer session between students and council members. Additionally, students wrote suggestions on colourful Post-It notes and affixed them to the “The Idea Board,” for council’s review at the next centennial planning meeting. Lorna Jones, director of human resources and communications for Pitt Meadows, used City swag as an incentive, throwing ballcaps to the first few students who offered up ideas. “I find it refreshing that our City leaders are connecting with the youth of the community by coming to ‘our house’ and listening to students’ feedback and what’s on their mind,” Keenan said. “I look forward to partnering with our community leaders in organizing and celebrating the many activities that will happen over the next year as part of the


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In advance of Halloween, there were a number of people dressing up in costumes and having their faces painted during the Community Resource Fair in Haney Place Mall. Among those anxious to have their faces done up were Amanda Hart-Dent and her brother, Colin. Along with the kids activities and crafts, the fair allowed residents of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to connect with local services and businesses in town.

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October 29: Halloween

• Pitt Meadows Library hosts a Halloween Special from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library in a Halloween costume to hear scary tales and spooky legends. There will be a prize for best costume.

October 29: Autism

• Ridge Meadows Autism Information and Support Group hosts Dennis Tal of ABA Learning Center, sharing suggestions on having successful playdates for children with autism or other developmental disabililties. They meet at Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, 11641 224 St., Maple Ridge, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP: tracy.hewgill@rmacl. org or 604-467-8700.

• Theatre in the Country presents its third show Sleuth. On Oct. 30, there will be a Halloween dessert preview, on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, there will be dinner theatre. On Nov. 9, 23, and 30, there will be luncheon shows, and on Sundays Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 4 p.m., there will be just be a performance. Theatre In The Country is located at 9975 272nd St., Maple Ridge. Info: office@theatreinthecountry. com or 604-259-9737.

October 31: Carnival

• Open Door Church presents a Halloween Carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. with games, prizes, candy, hot chocolate, and fun. The family event for kids and adults is free to attend. The church is at 11391 Dartford St., Maple Ridge. Info: 604-779-7229 or info@opendoorfamily.ca.

October 30: Fireworks

• Maple Ridge firefighters, the Lions Club, and Marv Jones Honda are hosting the annual community fireworks event at the Albion Fairgrounds, 23415 105th Ave., Maple Ridge. at 7:15 p.m.

October 31: Block party

• A neighbourhood harvest block party takes place from

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November 1: Music

• Local chanteuse Wendy Biscuit returns to Kingfishers Waterfront Grill, 23840 River Rd., for her first hometown performance in almost a year, along with a talented group of the jazz and blues players from Vancouver from 9 p.m. to midnight. Reservations recommended at 604-463-0094. Info: www. wendybiscuit.com.

November 2: Bazaar

• A “Classy Bazaar” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church at 222nd Street and Dewdney Trunk Road.

Space is still available at $30 per booth. Info: Sue Kellas at 604-463-961.

November 2: Market

• Haney Farmers Market is in the greenhouses at Grow and Gather, 24565 Dewdney Trunk Rd., holding its final member appreciation day of the season. There will be a variety show in the Café Corner. Info: www.haneyfarmersmarket.org or 604467-7433, ext 2.

November 2: The ACT

• The Grapes of Wrath perform at The ACT at 8 p.m. The band recently released High Road, their first album in 22 years to feature all three of the band’s original members. Tickets can be bought by calling 604-4762787, by going to www. theactmapleridge.org, or by going to The ACT box office, 11944 Haney Pl. Full list: www.mrtimes.com

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Rookie team’s flame keeps flickering

Pitt Meadows Marauders beat the G.W. Graham Grizzlies Friday.

Grizzlies ripped up

by Troy Landreville

Pitt Meadows Secondary’s Marauders football team devastated G.W. Graham Secondary Grizzlies at the exhibition fields in Chilliwack Friday night. The junior varsity team from Pitt won 36-0. Their next game is against Langley Saints on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. on the Langley field. Plus, on the football front, stay tuned to The TIMES for results of the Junior Bantam Knights game Saturday against Langley Bears. • More photos at www.mrtimes. com, click on “Sports”

Getting kids skiing The Canadian Ski Council has a long-time tradition of giving discounted ski passes to Grade 4 and 5 students, in an effort to get kids interested in the sport. So, once again, they’re announcing the ski and snowboarding passes are available for $29.95, and accepted at more than 150 ski areas in Canada. Info at www.snowpass.ca. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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

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The local juniors had mixed results late last week, and will look to inch closer to the .500 mark when they visit the Delta Ice Hawks tonight.

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The Ridge Meadows Flames’ win some/lose some pattern continued late last week. The local junior B squad fell 5-2 to the Richmond Sockeyes Thursday at Richmond Arena, then rebounded quickly with a 5-3 victory over the visiting North Delta Devils Friday at Planet Ice. The Flames are 4-3-0-1 in October. Heading into tonight’s (Tuesday, Oct. 29) game against the Delta Ice Hawks at the Ladner Leisure Centre, the Flames are 5-7-21 and sit alone in third place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s five-team Harold Brittain Conference. Ridge Meadows head coach Jamie Fiset attributed the Flames’ continued quest for consistency to age and experience. The Flames have a whopping 14 rookies in their lineup. “We knew going into the season with the young roster we have, and all the rookies we have, that

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The Flames defeated the North Delta Devils at home at Planet Ice on Friday, 5-3. consistency would be a challenge at times,” Fiset said. “I look at our game against Richmond and we played a pretty good game for most part. A few bad shifts in the second period was the turning point.” Flames 5, North Delta Devils 3 Up 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes, the Flames dominated

the second frame, tacking on four more goals to carry a 5-0 lead into the third period. Marco Ballerin with two, MacLean Hewitt, Dale Howell, and Brandon Inwood gave the home team a five-goal cushion heading into the final period of play. “That’s one of the nice things about having a young roster,”

Fiset said. “The guys can reset and refocus. We got off to a good start and played a very simple game from there. We’ve shown we can bounce back.” Fiset liked the effort, in particular during the first two periods, from his Flames. The Devils rallied in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals, but were in far too deep of a hole at that point. “We got a little bit sloppy in the third period and they came on pretty strong,” Fiset said. “That refocused us and we finished the finished game.” Ridge Meadows outshot North Delta 35-26 on the night. ICE CHIPS: A Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association product, Boston Colley started the season with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Flames. Ballarin leads the Flames in scoring with 17 points in 14 games. Oddy isn’t far behind with 15 points. Both veterans have nine goals on the season. Tonight’s game in Ladner gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

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