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Jason and Shaylee Mclean visited with Santa Claus at Christmas Haven on Dec. 24 at The ACT while (inset) Griffin Blaze, five, and Phoenix Blaze, two, enjoyed a turkey dinner.

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Community seeks Haven A Maple Ridge tradition brings together people who might otherwise spend Dec. 24 alone. by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.com

Families, singles, seniors, new immigrants – and of course St. Nick himself – gathered on Dec. 24 at The ACT in Maple Ridge to celebrate Christmas Eve. Christmas Haven, a tradition since the early 2000s that lets anyone who is looking for company on Dec. 24 come together

for a turkey dinner and festivities, was “fantastic” this year, according to Maple Ridge Councillor Corisa Bell, whose family has been volunteering at the event for eight years. “The highlight for me is the community coming together,” Bell said. This includes people from all socio-economic groups. As a “floater” volunteer this year, Bell said she spent some time talking to attendees and many of them were just happy to have company. Christmas Haven is put on and paid for through donations from both individuals and businesses who give money, toys, and other gifts.

A Maple Ridge man went on a beating spree this holiday season, allegedly accosting strangers as well as his family. It began with an altercation in the Safeway parking lot in west Maple Ridge on Dec. 24, explained Ridge Meadows RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Creighton. The accused was apparently backing out of a parking spot at about 3 p.m. last Tuesday, while a young woman and her parents were walking by. Supposedly, after almost being struck by the vehicle, the pedestrians said something along the lines of “watch what you’re doing,” Creighton said. Witnesses say the driver flew into a rage, jumped out of his vehicle, started screaming in the family’s faces, then proceeded to “spit in the young woman’s face. How gross,” the watch commander said, reviewing the file. When the woman’s parents stepped in to defend her, the driver allegedly began striking them and at least one other perOne noticeable difference this year was son who came to their aid. that there were more children – 35 kids At this point, a series of bystandtook part, up from 20 last year. ers jumped in, subdued the man, and There was also some “great local entertainment,” Bell said, with the Maple Ridge detained him until police arrived. The suspect was taken into custody Dance Circle performing, carolling, and music by Maple Ridge resident Peter Tam. and later released by a justice of the peace. “It just gets everyone in the spirit [of However, Creighton explained, he was Christmas],” she said of the entertainback in custody again the very next day ment. following another alleged altercation Christmas Haven is organized by a involving a few members of his family. steering committee, and about 50 volunRyan Watson faces three charges of teers were helping at this year’s event. For assault, plus breach of recognizance. He more information, go to www.christmas was set to appear in court again Dec. 30. haven.ca.

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A Pitt Meadows couple is hosting a Jan. 1 run on a river path near Osprey Village, and everyone is invited to join. mrtimes.com

Grant supports youth Ridge Meadows Youth and Justice Advocacy Association has received at $38,000 gaming grant from the provincial government under the public safety category. The money will go towards education and support for youth in conflict with the law. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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The year is wrapping up, but the fun is not. The TIMES continues its guessing game with the weekly Who Am I? Readers are asked to identify people from this community’s distant and recent past. For instance, who’s the subject of this week’s picture? Congratulations to last week’s winner Faye Luxemburg-Hyam for correctly identifying Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin all dressed up as Santa. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Part of the centennial celebrations in Pitt Meadows includes the construction of a new garden at Bonson’s Landing. Parks and leisure staff will host an open house on Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at South Bonson Community Centre, 10932 Barnston View Rd., where residents can comment on a concept plan for the Pitt Meadows Centennial Garden planned for the foot of Barnston View Road. Info: Sylvia Pendl at 604-467-7338. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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What has quickly become a New Year’s Day tradition in Pitt Meadows hasn’t lost its original intent even with growing popularity. The Generation Charity Family Fun Run, organized by Eric and Lorie Muller, features two-, five-, and 10-kilometre routes west along a marked course that runs parallel to the Fraser River. Last year saw more than 100 people take part. This upcoming Jan. 1, will mark the event’s fifth year and as usual, there will be no agenda, timers, or sponsors. The goal is having fun, braving the elements, and kicking off 2014 in a healthy way. “We like that informal side of it,” Eric said. “We do other events that are much more [formal] but this is low key and we want to keep it low key. People bring their grandparents, their dogs, their neighbours…” Not only does this event give people a fresh start to their year, he noted, “we think that running as a lifestyle is good to do with other people, without having to worry about a race number… who’s in front of you, who’s behind you, that doesn’t matter. Just go with people and enjoy it.” This year’s run/walk, like previous years, requires no pre-registration. Simply head out to Stomping Grounds early Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, and take part. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. just outside of the cafe, at 10931 Barnston View Rd., in Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village. Those taking part are, however, urged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to sign in, as Eric and Lorie like to keep track of the number of participants each year. While there is no fee to run, donations are accepted on Jan. 1 for Athletes In Kind (AIK), a local charity initiated by Lorie. Gifts will be handed out to those who make donations of $10 or more. Since 2005, AIK has raised more than $170,000 in support the BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association at BC Children’s Hospital. And while the run/walk supports a cause,

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Lorie and Eric Muller stretched near Stomping Grounds cafe recently. The Pitt Meadows couple is once again hosting the Generation Charity Family Fun Run on New Year’s Day. it’s more about community and fitness. Past events have attracted participants as young as six months (being pushed in a stroller, of course) and as old as 86. The run/walk had very modest beginnings. The Mullers have been running every Jan. 1 for the past 20 years. “We’d always do it separately because our kids were little,” Lorie said. “Eric would do the early morning shift and go with his friends to the trail and I’d go after, when he got home.” In late December 2009, Lorie decided to get some friends involved and sent out an email blast, asking them if they’d like to take part in a run to celebrate the arrival of 2010. Local media ran with the story, so to speak, and 67 people showed up with their running shoes strapped on in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2010. “It started out so casual,” Lorie said. “Now, everybody asks, ‘Are you doing your run?’ And we say, ‘Of course we’re doing our run’.” Participants range from the avid runners, to revellers who celebrated the calendar change well into the new year, to shift workers who

haven’t gone to bed yet. Eric’s and Lorie’s children Reid, 16, and Elise, 12, are both recreational runners and will likely take part again this year. “In our house, we all run,” Eric said. “That’s just what we do.” For the Muller family, the attraction to running is the simplicity of it, contrasted to the challenge it brings. “You could take part on your own or with a massive group of people,” Eric said. “It’s so versatile.” On New Year’s Day, be prepared for the elements and dress in layers, Eric stressed, because the event will happen regardless of what Old Man Winter has up his sleeve. The first year the runners and walkers faced sideways rain. Last year brought soupy fog but was otherwise dry, quite pleasant by Jan. 1 standards. “But that doesn’t matter to us, really. We like how it changes from season to season,” Eric said. “That’s the other beauty of running, especially where we live, because you can run all round.” Walkers are “absolutely welcome,” he added.

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Noontime winter swim helps herald new year by Troy Landreville tlandreville@mrtimes.com

Looking for a shocking wakeup call on New Year’s Day? Then make the trek to Alouette Lake, because Maple

Ridge’s annual Polar Bear Swim is once again a go. The event, informally put on each year by the Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club, is set for noon tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 1) at the Alouette Lake boat launch

in Golden Ears Provincial Park. The club members do a short hike before immersing themselves, usually just briefly, into the frigid lake waters. Last year, about 100 people gathered to cheer on the 20

people who took a dip. Alex Milner, who is on the club’s executive, said he’s participated a couple of times in the past, but wasn’t committing on taking part this year, just yet.

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Whew! With the help of one Edward Glad that’s almost over. Snowden, Americans who In just a few hours, 2013 will already were beginning to realbe little more than a stinking, ize that Barack Obama was not festering memory begging to be going to be the exceptionally packed away in a locked stronggreat president that they expected box in the darkest corner of the – and needed – discovered that nether cracks and crannies of my he had at least as many dirty litmind. tle secrets as any president who I lost several friends this year, had gone before. and my dad. Down south, Democrats and I know I’m getting older now, Republicans both have become by Bob Groeneveld and I need to expect that, as disillusioned with their do-nothmany of the people close to me ing champions, and even the Tea are also getting older, this sort of thing is going Partiers have switched to bourbon, gin, vodka… to happen more often. but definitely not tequila! Dad, after all, was nearly 99 when, apparently If you are a political animal in Canada and making an unexpected recovery from medical think 2013 was a good year, you’re a BC Liberal. complications that had been threatening to end For all others – federal, provincial, or Toronto him, he threw up his arms and exclaimed, “I feel – the year was disappointing, disheartening, disfine!” And on that high note, at that very instant, illusioning, or downright disgusting. he stopped being. In B.C., 2013 was the year of the Christy Others made their exits with far less cheer and Crunch, the Dix Dump, and the Cummins… readiness, and far too soon in every sense. whatever. Closer to home – literally – the downstairs of Nationally, a new Trudeau broke onto the our house was flooded out in the spring, requirscene… except in the eyes of a few wishfuling massive repairs and rebuilding. And to add thinking FedLibs, he’s been pretty ho-hum… a dollop of irony to the year’s progression… or but nevertheless was able to take the lustre off should I say, regression… our well dried up in Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrat opposition. the fall, leaving us without water for weeks. And if you’re a still a Harper Conservative There were a few peaks in the valley that was – despite the Pierre Poutine/robo-calls scan2013: for instance, a beautiful baby girl entered dal, the Bev Oda/Orange Juice scandal, the a peripheral part of our sphere of existence right Senate/Duffy/Wright et al. scandal – you’ve about the time Dad was leaving – the Circle of either been batting your ears while shouting Life, indeed! “lalalalalalalala…” or you’re in a coma. But even on the larger scale, 2013 has to go I know it all sounds terribly pessimistic… but I down in the history books as one of the more figure it’s better to finish the year on a low note, poorly written pages. with the expectation that it can only get better The Arab Spring turned to Fall in Egypt and from here. other parts of the Middle East, and skipped right And with that guardedly optimistic thought, I to Winter in Syria. wish you a happy New Year, and offer the furMoving east, it’s hard to imagine that spring ther wish that your worst moment in the year will ever arrive in Afghanistan again, and then ahead is equal to or better than the best of the further east still, need I say more than, “North year past. Korea?” Cheers!

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Federal science

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destruction of our cultural heritage. It just Dear Editor, makes us poorer as a nation.” The movie, The Book Thief, just runAnd this is what Professor Dr. Schindler, ning in the theatres, is interesting, set in a water expert at the University of Germany during the Nazi regime. Alberta, said: “In retrospect, I am not One scene particularly stands out: Letters surprised at all to find them trashthe big book-burning to “cleanse” to ing scientific libraries… Paranoid the country of word and thought that the ideologues have burned books and does not agree with the Nazi ideolrecords throughout human history ogy. Why is that scene still haunting Editor to try to squelch dissenting visions that they view as heretical, and to me? Just weeks ago, the Harper anyone who worships the great God government dismantled one of the Economy monotheistically, environmental world’s top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government and science is heresy.” After closing the National Round Table on to diminish the role of environmental scithe Environment and Economy and muzence in policy decision-making. zling scientists in what they can research Established in 1973, when foreign govor publish, and by dismantling five out of ernments hailed Canada as a world leader seven scientific libraries, our government in freshwater science and protection, the obviously is making decisions that are not library housed tens of thousands of reports, based on facts and research, but on ideolmaps, charts, and books. Now they are disogy. persed and partly gone or inaccessible. Our MP Randy Kamp constantly sends me One prominent research scientist who had notes asking, “Who is on track?” worked for the federal government for 30 If that is the track they are on, I am fearyears, and who did not want to be identiing for our democracy and our country. fied, said, “All that intellectual capital is now gone. It’s like a book-burning. It’s the Maria Raynolds, Maple Ridge

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candy canes up and down main street, it is no wonder there are those at Hallmark Studios who refer to Maple Ridge as “Christmas-town.” All in all, this is a town with a heart and a Christmas Spirit that lives well beyond the season. Speaking of Christmas activities, I myself have an agenda this year. It is to

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Dear Editor, I have traded in my pen of happy sorrows for a quill of vituperative angst from which I mete out angry justice upon those who hide their transgressions within the realm of social tolerance. Just kidding! No, ’tis not the season for bitter diatribes on the shortcomings of human compassion, that time is best reserved for the season of love come next February. This is the season for joy and peace, hope and wonder. It is Christmas time. The Christmas season has always exemplified those most basic of emotions which arise from the simple acts of giving, compassion and fellowship. It is a theme which is repeated in story and song from city to community to burg throughout the world. For myself, it is never more evident than in Maple Ridge. Aside from the gaudy displays of decorations in the stores and the tacky Christmas advertisements which begin to appear in mid-October, there is a genuine sense of anticipatory joy in our little corner of the world. Organizations and groups begin planning for Christmas causes and events as early as June, becoming so involved that their enthusiasm is utterly infectious. It is such that it would take a truly amazing lack of character not to be swept along with the tide or, at the least, acknowledge the enthusiasm without a rise in our own emotional constitution. It is difficult not to feel the spirit as the season nears and municipal hall festoons downtown Maple Ridge with decorations. With all the streaming lights, festive bells, and

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Dear Editor, Right on! An excellent piece [Pipe not worst thing missing, Nov. 26 Odd Thoughts, TIMES]. People who have the benefit of hindsight are always fiddling with tradition. I find there is an obsession with health and self, period. Enjoyment of life seems dimmed by it all. Cherryl Katnich, Maple ridge

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New prostitution law

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ooking back on the year, our Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not had a good one. Apparently, the RCMP have determined more than a dozen of his senior staff members were involved in a conspiracy to offer a bribe to ex-broadcaster and now Senator Mike Duffy – reportedly to pay back the money that he questionably took. Strange, strange indeed. The Supreme Court of Canada gave our prime minister a Christmas present. by Gordy Robson Unanimously, the Supreme Court, including Harper’s recent appointees, gave as saying: “Parliament decreed in Section Parliament a year to write a “prostitution 7 of the Charter of Rights that any law law” that doesn’t endanger women. And that threatened the ‘life, liberty, or securacross the country there is a myriad of ity of the person’ was of no force or effect. opinions about what to do. The Supreme Court had to strike down the The Toronto Star editorials dismiss the laws that threatens all three.” idea of criminalizing the buying and sellCoyne suggested a licensing and regulaing of sex as “unenforceable, ineffective, tions model might be more workable than and unwise.” Instead, they suggested, criminalization. “allow sex workers to operate out of It will be very interesting to see how brothels or homes where they can protect Parliament deals with the task of writing themselves.” the prostitution law in 352 days, give or The Calgary Herald editorials charged take. the Supreme Court with In the meantime, it will “Wouldn’t it be ironic “naivete” in suggesting be interesting to see how the law ought not to punif one of its first municipalities – including ish the “legitimate drivers, actions was to allow ours – and the provincial managers, or body guards” a brothel in the 203rd government deal with in the sex trade. brothels that are going to They claim that, Street neighbourhood, open. “Prostitutes do not dutifulwhich they have Dennis Hof, who owns ly trot out to their accountthe Bunny Ranch in ants to get their taxes done designated for Nevada, where prostitution each year.” businesses like ‘that’.” is legal, is already contemCalgary wants prostituplating opening a chain of tion itself criminalized. brothels in Canada. Sun reporter Daphne Bramhan responded: So as we look forward to 2014, Maple “That’s the preferred option for many who Ridge has decided it is going to become a view prostitution as just another form of city. violence against women.” Wouldn’t it be ironic if one of its first Barbara Kay, writing for the National actions was to allow a brothel in the Post, argues that “prostitutes are not, by 203rd Street neighbourhood, which they and large, happy hookers, but victims have designated for businesses like “that.” who need help to escape their bondage.” Just saying… Sweden and Norway have changed the laws so the laws make it illegal for a man Gordy Robson’s column appears Tuesdays in the print and/or online versions of The TIMES. to pay for sex. Reactions can be emailed c/o editorial@mrtimes.com. Postmedia’s Andrew Coyne was quoted

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She would like these conversations to take place just between council and not with staff. “It’s frustrating but it’s a reality that this is the system set up in Maple Ridge,” Bell by Maria Rantanen said. mrantanen@mrtimes.com The average tax increase Maple Ridge Councillor in Maple Ridge will be 3.75 Corisa Bell said she realized per cent, with 3.25 per cent this week that her political being the municipal portion philosophy differs completely of the increase. from the rest of council. The other half-per-cent She was the only one to increase comes from increasvote against the es in recycling, budget that was on water, and sewer the table in front of costs. council on Tuesday The biggest drivevening, after ers of the budget day-long talks on increases are poliMonday. cing costs and the “I feel as a counfire department, cil we haven’t done said Paul Gill, dirour best because ector of finance we haven’t had a with the District of major discussion Maple Ridge. Corisa Bell around big items,” He pointed out Maple Ridge councillor Bell said. that savings could While she felt be found in some staff “excelled” in their job in areas, like closing the library bringing back a budget with on Sunday, but next year, even lower tax increases, she those same cost drivers doesn’t think it’s the “absowould exist, and new savings lute best” council can do. would need to be found. She would like council to The general increase in discuss broad issues, like taxes was 2.2 per cent. the vision of the District and Added that three

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Dr. Johan Smit, and office manager Stephanie McElroy (right), of Meadowvale Family Dental Centre, showed off a tree the team decorated for the Pitt Meadows Christmas. Tree decorating winners will be announced Jan. 3. Meanwhile (below), Ivan Zenovitch, Kevin Swain, Prism’s own Al Harlow, John Andrade (Jimmy Hendrix son), Frank Soda, and Glen Walker recently jammed with TIMES photographer Rick Moyer (right) at an annual fundraising bash for the Happy Liver Society held at the Cedar Cottage pub in Vancouver.

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Christmas tree chipping

• Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue team members will be chipping Christmas trees by donation at their facility, 23598 105th Ave., Maple Ridge on Jan. 4, 5, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pitt Meadows Lions are chipping trees on Jan. 4 and 5 at Meadows Landscaping, 18020 Kennedy Rd., Pitt Meadows, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, Robert Jeglum is raising money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of B.C. on Jan. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by chipping trees at 223rd Street and Lougheed Highway.

ws Youth Diversion Marc Dalton, Ridge Meado Maple Ridge-Mission MLA ie Daykin, Ridge ck, Maple Ridge Mayor Ern program assistant Anna Bla Kingra and Maple jit program coordinator Ran Meadows Youth Diversion gaming grant a h wit ing pos Doug Bing were Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA diversion program. go toward the local youth cheque of $38,000 that will

Peyton G amache and Chri stina Jon es, both five , Planet Ic were at e rec when th ently Elementa e Albion ry’s Gra d 1 and 2 classes to e ok a field tr ip to the nearby ice rink.

For Douglas Wilcox the recent snow meant fun times. This 15-year-old made a cool reindeer snowman in the front yard of his 232nd Street home.

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January 6 to April 28: Library

• Maple Ridge Library, 11995 Haney Pl., offers drop-in computer help every Monday from Jan. 6 to April 28 at 2 p.m. for anyone who knows how to use a computer but has a few questions. Info: 604-467-7417.

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January 7: Tech help

• Bring in cellphones, cameras, eReaders, laptops, etc. to the Maple Ridge Library, 11995 Haney Pl., at 7 p.m. and let the library’s student council explain how they work. Register: 604-467-7417.

January 7: Prostate support

Glenn Fox and his woolly friend Bella were the last customers at the 1st Haney Scouts’ Christmas tree lot in CAPS Westwood Cycle parking lot this season. The cleanup crew had their picture taken as they prepared to load up the last tree. The lot sold out several days before Christmas, and they’re hoping to be back again next year.

The 1st Haney Scouts expressed gratitude to the community for all the support with this year’s fundraising tree sales, as well as CAP’s Westwood Cycle manager Ellicia Hobbis and service manager Jason St. Germain for all their support and willingness to once again give up a huge chunk of their parking lot for the cause. • More at www.mrtimes.com, search “scouts”

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January 8: Square dancing

• Town ‘n’ Country Swingers are holding modern square dance classes starting Jan. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register: Gloria at 604-467-0951.

January 9: Seniors

• A Seniors Helping Seniors meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge.

January 10: Elvis tribute show

• Randy Elvis Friskie and his Las Vegas Show Band perform Elvis’ showtunes at The ACT, 7:30 p.m. Info: www.theactmapleridge.org.

Do you have a local photo of someone or some place you’d like to share with the rest of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows? Email it to us as a high-resolution .JPEG to editorial@mrtimes.com. Please include a brief description – including everyone’s first and last name. Put “faces & places” in the subject line of your email.

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• Coquitlam prostate cancer support group holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Coquitlam Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way. Info: Norm at 604-936-8703 or Ken at 604-936-2998.

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Early childhood education

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Be it resolved: Do more for kids

Being one of the villagers can be as simple as not judging when a toddler is having a tantrum in a store, or maybe inviting a parent with young children to go in front of you in the lineup at the cashier. It doesn’t take much time to become familiar with the issues that young families face, and be willing to sign that petition or advocate for them with all levels by Kathy Booth of government. When my kids were young, we lived anuary is looming. Hard to believe next door to Blanche, an 80-year-old we’ve just galloped through another dynamo who used to invite the neighyear. bourhood children over and read stories The older I get, the faster time or do crafts with them. goes by. The kids loved her, as did the parents. At the same time, there’s something We really could use more like Blanche exciting about ditching the old year and in the community these days. looking forward to fresh opportunities So, for 2014, I resolve to do more than and possibilities. just promote the importance of the early I’ve been thinking about potential resoyears. lutions to make and, no doubt, break. My This time, I resolve to smile sympathetlongest follow-through has been about ically at that parent whose child is havone week. ing a meltdown in the grocery store, and Last year, I resolved to write one letter maybe even say “Oh, I remember those with real pen and paper each week for years! It does get better.” the entire year. I wrote and mailed one, I won’t say that children are stubborn. and that was it. I’ll call them spirited and I’ve come to the concludetermined. “I resolve to be a sion that I shouldn’t go I resolve to be a little little more involved in more overboard on the resoluinvolved in my tions and maybe I’ll be my neighbourhood, neighbourhood, and even able to keep one. So, I’m babysit on occasion, so and even babysit going to make it easy on the neighbours with three myself for 2014. on occasion so the kids under the age of four For the past few years, can go for a walk together. neighbours… can go on behalf of the Ridge I’ll tell the neighbour for a walk together.” Meadows early childhood who is new to the comdevelopment committee, munity about the free and I have been promoting almost-free events and opportunities for the early years as the most important families with young children. developmental stages in a child’s life. And, yes, I will still promote the Members of the committee are comimportance of the early years, because mitted to supporting families with young I know that what we do for children at children in our communities. this crucial stage in their lives will have The committee is a wonderful testalong-lasting effects for them and future ment to the expression, “it takes a village generations. to raise a child.” Their work in the comHappy New Year everyone, on behalf munity proves that the expression is not of the Ridge Meadows early childhood just a cliched caption under a heartwarm- development committee. Readers can foling photo on Facebook. But it is importlow them on facebook at https://www. ant to remember that everyone else in the facebook.com/RidgeMeadowsEarlyChildh community is also a part of the village. oodDevelopmentCommittee, on twitter at This doesn’t mean we have to make @ridgemeadowsecd, or online at www. formal commitments of time or money ridgemeadowsecd.ca. (although organizations that help fam– Kathy Booth is a local writer addressing the importance of ilies are always grateful for volunteers or early childhood development, and the work being done in donations). Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and with Katzie First Nations.

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Junior A hockey

Kings puckstopper ruling BCHL in rookie year

The top goaltender in the BCHL cut his hockey teeth playing in Maple Ridge.

adding, “Every game I go into, I feel way more confident. It [confidence] is huge. Once you feel more confident, you don’t make the same mistakes.” Smith’s parents Larry and Annette are excited about their by Troy Landreville son’s success at the junior A tlandreville@mrtimes.com level, so far. It didn’t take Jeff Smith very “We are feeling that his hard long to adapt to life in the B.C. work is paying off,” Annette Hockey League. said. Then again, the Ridge Smith grew up the youngest Meadows Minor Hockey of four siblings and played rep Association product is quite soccer, hockey, baseball, and adept at adapting. basketball. He’s also a great This is, after all, a player who golfer, to top it off. switched from defence to goalHe attended Westview tender at the peewee level, quite Secondary, graduating this past late by puckstopping standards. June. And he’s a player who has According to his parents, made a seamless transition, thus having Trevor Connor and Ian far, from major midget to junior Liversidge as principal and vice A hockey. principal, respectively, was a In his rookie campaign with bonus. the Powell River Kings, Smith, “They were great mentors for who turned 18 on Oct. 3, leads Jeff as he trained hard and kept the BCHL in almost every up his school work,” Annette goaltending category including said. “Jeff’s always shutouts (tied been a quiet with two leader. His coaches others referred to him as with a very coach-able three kid – quite mature clean for his age and sheets stayed out of each), trouble.” goals As for the against aforementioned average (a switch to the tidy 2.01), crease, Smith and save said, “I guess percentage I’m a natural (.933). at it. The first He carried time I was in a 12-3-1 win/ net it came loss record naturally, and going into I love the e dg Ri le d Map the Christmas pressure.” for 18-year-ol goaltender op st xt ne e Th ver Kings break, splitEven today, Ri l el w Po ill w d resident an here Smith w l, ting time in as a former el w Lo sll Mas Jeff Smith: U r Hawks starting in the fa the Kings’ d-man, Smith ve Ri play for the crease with 19wishes he year-old Jonah of 2015. could help Imoo, who man the bluesports a 12-7-1 line on nights when he is backmark. ing up Imon. Smith’s stingy numbers helped “When I’m on the bench, I equate into a scholarship with wish I was out there playing,” UMass-Lowell, where in 2015-16 he said. he will begin his NCAA career Smith played major midget with the River Hawks of the Div. for two years with Vancouver 1 Hockey East Conference. Northeast Chiefs before graduAll this success has come ating to the BCHL’s Kings this as somewhat season. of a surprise In November he “Every game I go to Smith, who was named to the into, I feel way thought he’d be CJHL Prospects assuming the Games which took more confident. It role as the Kings’ [confidence] is huge.” place in Digby No. 2 goaltender and Yarmouth, Jeff Smith this season. N.S. Two of the bigThe Nov. 8 and gest reasons for 9 games were his impressive start to the seacreated to showcase the top son are a tough training schedNHL prospects in the CJHL, and ule, and an intangible you that feature players from the CJHL’s can’t be measured with statistics five western leagues competing – confidence. against players from the five “I trained hard over the sumeastern leagues. mer in Maple Ridge, and with Player selection is a joint my goalie coach, and those are initiative of the CJHL and NHL two of the biggest reasons for Central Scouting. my success this season,” he said, Meanwhile, Smith’s midget A1

Jeff Smith is having a stellar season guarding the Powell River Kings goal crease. coach Spence Levan said that, net against some of the elite as a 15-year-old, the now 6 ft. teams in their league. 2 in. 205-pound netminder was “Jeff always raised his comalready graced with good size pete level to be effective against and “combined with his athletic every team we played,” Levan ability was a very good fit for said. “Jeff was a solid team playour team.” er and well liked “His off-ice by all of the team. “Jeff always raised his As coaches you conditioning regiment really believe that every compete level to be helped him on your effective against every player mature as well team will excel to team we played.” that year,” Levan the highest levels said. they can and in Spence Levan Fitness is wired Jeff’s case we into Smith’s sysalways believed tem. he was good enough to play at a His mom ran Levan’s midget very high level.” squad’s weekly spinning classes While playing at a high level at Fitness Unlimited. has become old hat for Smith, On the ice, Levan and the he noted that the difference coaching staff showed a lot of between the BCHL and major confidence in Smith as a firstmidget is noticeable. year player, putting him in the “It’s a lot faster, guys are way,

way more skilled, and they release the puck quicker,” he said. “I’m really surprised how quickly I’ve adapted because I came into the season as the second guy [on the Kings’ goaltender depth chart]. Everything’s been so surreal. It’s kind of cool.” In the off-season, and during Christmas break, Smith trains with Adam Francillia at Fit Life, who put Smith through a program to help him recover from a nagging ankle injury that he suffered from playing basketball. When Smith was ready to resume training hard, he joined the elite hockey training program that included pros Victor Bartley and Brad Hunt, also from Maple Ridge. Smith said working out alongside with Bartley and Hunt shows him what it takes to be a future pro. “Those guys give all the younger guys advice,” Smith said. “They really get on us, to push us to get to the next level. You learn what it takes to be a pro hockey and what you’ve got to do to get that level.” As for life in Powell River, Smith is loving life in the relatively sleepy coastal community. “It’s a really nice town to live in,” he said. “My house is two minutes from the ocean, and there’s a good group of guys [that I hang out with] who are constantly together at the rink, four- to- five hours a day. There’s more to do there than people think.”

Junior B hockey

Flames visit Kodiaks New Year’s Day Ridge Meadows will kick off the new year with a game at Aldergrove Arena. by Troy Landreville

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It will be the first game, on the first day, of the new year, and the Ridge Meadows Flames are hoping for more of the same from late 2013. The Flames will be at Aldergrove Arena tomorrow night (Wednesday, Jan. 1) to take on the Aldergrove Kodiaks, the top team in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference. Game time is 7:15 p.m. The Ridge Meadows junior Bs, who sit third in

the conference, rode a five-game winning streak and had an even 12-12-2-3 record heading into the weekend. The result from their Dec. 28 game at the Ladner Leisure Centre against the Delta Ice Hawks was not available due to holiday press deadlines. The Kodiaks are an outstanding 23-4-2-1 going into Wednesday night’s contest. Their 12-game win streak was snapped by the Flames on Dec. 20, when Ridge Meadows skated to a 3-2 double overtime victory. The Flames’ next home game is this Friday (Jan. 3) against the Mission City Outlaws on home ice. Opening puck drop is 7:30 p.m.


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Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times December 31 2013  

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