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Grandparents of the late Alex Johnston are pleading for changes on the road where their grandson died last year.

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Maria Scagliene will soon be honking the horn of a new fullyloaded 2013 Fiat 500 that she won Sunday during the Rotary Duck Race at Maple Ridge Park. Scagliene’s duck crossed the finish line first and was plucked out of the containment area by a team of Maple Ridge firefighters. It just so happens that the Surrey woman’s 1997 Mercury Villager’s air conditioner recently broke, so her win was timely. “I bought only one ticket,” the 75-year-old woman told The TIMES. She actually only bought a ticket to support her great nephew, who plays forward for the Pitt Meadows Marauders. The school sold 1,100 of the roughly 8,800 tickets sold this year.

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Joanne Georgelin hugged some keepsakes belonging to her late mother. Sunday, she and family sifted through remains of her Dunbar Street home after it was destroyed by fire.

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The house, in the 12000 block of Dunbar, just north of Dewdney Trunk Road, was destroyed in a suspicious fire early Saturday, said police. The fire broke out at about 2:45 a.m. Joanne and her daughter Rebecca, and the family’s two dogs escaped uninjured. The 14-year-old cat is still unaccounted for, but believed to have escaped. by Roxanne Hooper Joanne’s other daughter Elizabeth, and a rhooper@mrtimes.com family friend Haley Proudman – who both Clinging to a crocheted blanket handslept downstairs – were away at the time crafted by her late mother, and a small of the blaze. Tupperware container holding some of Anyone with information about suspiher mother’s ashes, Joanne Georgelin cious people in the area are asked to confought back tears on the front lawn of her tact Cpl. Clay Copeland at 604-467-7602. former Maple Ridge home. In the meantime, neighbours, friends, The single-mother, outfitted in firefightand complete strangers are rallying to er boots, jumpsuit, and helmet, emerged help out the single mother and three girls periodically from what was left of her – who had no insurance. house, carrying small armfuls of charred One neighbour, Carla, is collecting the Dane Spence belongings that she was able to sift from names and numbers of people able to offer the remains of her Dunbar Street home household items, clothing, and other items this weekend. for the family, as they attempt to rebuild. She can In 1999 she lost her mother, who she described be reached at 604-463-8321. as her best friend, and said she’s so relieved that Another of Joanne’s friends, Christine these mementos and a box of her mother’s rings DiGiamber, will be collecting financial contribuhave been salvaged. tions. She can be reached at 604-467-0497. • Much more online at www.mrtimes.com “Everything I can take out of hers is awesome.” Online, all the time...

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Crash leads to charity Dan Reavely, the husband of a woman killed by a hit-and-run driver, has started a charity to help families struggling with the loss of a loved one, called the Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity. They are holding a car wash and bottle drive on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Haney Presbyterian Church, 11858 216th Street, Maple Ridge. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Information secure The District of Maple Ridge has found no evidence that personal information was accessed during a recent online security breach scare. The District shut down its online services during the process. Their investigation seems to show the unauthorized access was related to spam. • More at www.mrtimes.com Discover the joys of flora and fauna in our rural areas. Liz welcomes questions at g.hancock@ uniserve.com

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Flora lures butterflies Butterflies can be seen throughout the summer in gardens, parks, and along the river’s edge. The western tiger swallowtail and the monarch butterfly are two of the order Lepidoptera that can be seen in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. But the monarch butterfly is getting rarer as the milkweed plant is slowly disappearing. Liz Hancock gives details on these delicate, delightful summer creatures. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Family fights for road safety

A 21-year-old was killed on a hill with a blind corner, and his grandparents are now lobbying to have the speed there reduced.

In honour of their late grandson, Lionel Candau, Norm Johnston, Linda Johnston, and Raven Candau discuss the need for street sign changes to enhance safety on a Maple Ridge thoroughfare.

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When a young, talented man died in a car accident last year, he had no idea that he would inspire a fight for road signs in Maple Ridge. Raven Candau thinks it’s the fault of the road’s design, and by extension, the District of Maple Ridge, that her grandson is dead. The older-model Honda Civic that Alex Johnston, 21, was driving was T-boned by a truck on Kanaka Way during the early evening of April 18, 2012. Candau wants signs put up along that same section of road, warning people to slow down on the hill – especially given that there is a blind corner there. “I think it’s the fault of the municipality for having the speed limit too fast,” she said. “I mean, how are you supposed to slow down in a nanosecond doing 50 km/h around that bend that you can’t see? What if there was a kid walking out?” The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia sent a letter addressed to Alex – after his death – saying he was 100 per cent at fault for the accident, and informing him they were going to raise the cost of his insurance. “I phoned them – they said [addressing the letter to Alex] shouldn’t have happened. That it

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was an oversight,” said Candau, Maple Ridge municipal engineer gleaning little solace from the David Pollock to write a letter apology. about her road safety concerns. “He had such a future. He was She was told that, when he a singer, a dancer, an actor, a received it, he would put it formodel. Every single one of his ward to council but he could not friends said Alex was their best add it to the agenda this time. friend,” Grandma said. That made Candau more More than 600 upset, people attended the “He had such a future. explaining celebration of life that she has He was a singer, a for Alex at Garibaldi been unable Secondary, the school to talk about dancer, an actor, a he graduated from in Alex’s death model...” 2009. until now. Raven Candau “He was so loved. “We are They all said Alex devastated, inspired them and gave them all of us,” she said. confidence. If there ever was a Just moments before pulling situation where somebody was out in front of a 4X4 truck and a fifth-wheel, he would go right crashing into it, Alex had been over and bring that person in,” on his phone. said Candau, who is now fightPolice have since determined ing to have his death motivate that cellphone use was a factor change. in the accident. She was invited by District of “The investigation showed

driver error and that he had been on his electronic device,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville, who concluded, “Line of sight was not an issue. The investigation is now closed.” But Alex is dead because of a speed issue, not because he was on his cellphone, maintains his grandpa Norm Johnston. “He was such a careful driver,” Norm said. “I remember seeing stuff posted on his Facebook when he was on the transit bus, looking out the window, ‘This is to the idiot who is driving while talking on his cell.’ He was so against it,” his grandfather added. “We are not looking to lay blame on the other driver, we just want to fix what caused the accident. Neither driver could see each other,” Norm insisted. The other driver was not injured in the crash.

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Ridge day care sex assault nets four years

Train tickets tweaked Man is banned from being Bikes will be free on the West Coast Express starting immediately – there used to be a $1 fee. And starting Jan. 1, train riders won’t be able to buy 28-day passes, rather they will be able to buy a calendar monthly pass. The sevenday pass will also be gone as of Jan. 1. Existing ticket machines will begin being removed from stations in November. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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A Maple Ridge man who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at a Maple Ridge day

care will go to jail for four years and has to register with the sex offender registry for life. Latif Hamad Tata, 39, was arrested in December 2012 and was first charged with 12 counts but then pleaded guilty to two offences that took place at his wife’s day care. After serving his four-year sentence, court records show he will be banned for five years from

being at parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, day cares, schools, and community centres where anyone under 16 might be present. Judge David Stone also determined that he will be banned for five years from working or volunteering anywhere that he would be in a position of trust or authority of anyone under 16. Tata will serve four years in

jail, less 218 days already served. Crown was seeking a sentence of five to six years. “The sentence sought by Crown, as well as what was ultimately imposed, reflects the fact that the accused pleaded guilty at a relatively early stage in the process, and that it is considered a mitigating factor,” said Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie.

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Maple Ridge firefighter John Haydu gave Capt. Jim Sinclair a little polish at the annual car wash they recently held at the Maple Ridge Baptist Church. The fire department collected $4,940 for the burn units at Children’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. “That’s our second highest total in the 12 years we’ve been doing this,” said Timo Juurakko, assistant fire chief of the Maple Ridge fire department.

“A gentleman from the neighbourhood came in with a wheelbarrow containing three ice-cream buckets full of coins – which totalled $262.93,” Juurakko said. The firefighters washed 276 vehicles at the July 27 event. In other fire news, the crew can be found “playing” every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at their Hot Summer Nights events. The upcoming dates and locations are: • Thursday, Aug. 8 at Country Lane Park (North) • Thursday, Aug. 15 at 238A Street/ Gilland Loop • Thursday, Aug. 22 to be announced In addition, crews will be at Whonnock Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 and 24.

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Horticulture

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Gail Szostek is something of a gardening guru. Judging from her resume, the Maple Ridge woman, who was available to answer gardening queries at the recent Country Fest at the Albion Fairgrounds, has two extremely green thumbs. Szostek has a university degree in horticulture, a journeyman gardener certificate, an organic master gardener certificate, and certification as an arborist and tree risk assessor. But her real love of gardening stems from her childhood growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, where her family grew most of their food in a half-acre garden, and planted massive flower beds in the yard. Throughout the past 25 years, Szostek has worked in a variety of gardening-related positions including as the head gardener of a botanical garden and head gardener in Toronto Parks, and head grower in a large production greenhouse. In Toronto, Alberta, and B.C. she has taught a wide variety of gardening courses including growing herbs, creating hanging baskets, landscape design, pruning, organic master gardener certification, and permaculture-related courses. “I have been working with plants pretty much all my life, and especially have an interest in organic gardening, permaculture, and restoration of natural ecosystems,” she said. At home, she grows as many herbs and vegetables as she can fit into the number of containers she has on her patio and adjacent areas. “Currently I have a small yard, but in the recent past I gardened large areas and grew a wide variety of edibles and ornamentals,” she said.

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At Country Fest, Szostek’s role was to answer gardening questions for the public and to share traditional and unique gardening tips. “Especially I will be there to share my enthusiasm for gardening, and help people to be excited by the possibilities,” she said in preparation for Country Fest. Szostek was part of the backyard farming section at Country Fest and answered a lot of questions about soil health and management, for example, how to ensure soil is healthy, what to add to it, and how to tell if it needs something added. For Szostek, gardening is the best of everything. “It is practical in its ability in produce food; it is beautiful in its ability to produce creative and eye-catching displays; it is therapeutic in that it

requires nurturing and is a peaceful, non-confrontational act,” she said. “But most of all, for me, gardening is a way to connect with Mother Earth. To put my hands in the dirt and know that the magic within is what will produce the abundance for many is truly a rewarding feeling.” She added, “the wonder of the diversity of plants, the ability of their interaction with each other, the animal kingdom, the earth and the air; and the health and vitality that each plant shares is what I find most fascinating and keeps me coming back for more every season.” Szostek continues to teach gardening classes, everything from beginners classes to organic gardening to landscaping. To find out about courses she teaches, contact the CEED Centre at 604-463-2229.

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New Russian anti-gay law misses spirit Looking back on the 2010 Olympics, there was a lot for us to be proud of, like our haul of gold and our remarkably smooth running of the games. But this week, one other thing stands out in hindsight. Among the dozens of international pavilions set up for athletes, fans and everyone else was a happy addition – Pride House. This was the first time the Olympic Games included a speScan this cial place to welcome page with and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The tradition was carried on in London for the 2012 Summer Games, but sadly no such place will exist in Sochi when the torch is lit in less than six months. Instead, Russian President Vladimir Putin has just signed into law new “anti-propaganda” regulations that will allow police to arrest and detain for up to 15 days anyone they suspect of being gay, lesbian or pro-gay. That includes foreign athletes, media and visitors. This type of homophobic thinking belongs in a century that is rapidly disappearing in our rearview mirror and it certainly doesn’t belong in the Olympics, the most visible symbol the world has of international openness and friendship. If, as the cynics say, the Games are really about politics, let’s see some political action to correct this anomaly. It is incumbent on our federal government, the International Olympic Committee, and their well-heeled sponsors to put pressure on Russia to let them know this isn’t becoming of a host nation. Or an acceptable position in any civilized society. – The North Shore News

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Weather opportunity to gripe The weather is a lot like politics Until today. – what you want most is mostly When I woke up this morning, what we don’t have… right now. the first thing that I noticed was We just went through several that the fan blowing air into my weeks of some of the hottest, dribedroom window was blowing est weather on record. cool air – almost wintery, by In fact, depending on how you recent standard. measure it (and precisely where And when I looked out, I you take your measurements), rejoiced! we may just have had the driest There was water falling from July ever in the Lower Mainland. the sky – only a little bit, at first, Indeed, not a drop of rain was but it picked up momentum, by Bob Groeneveld recorded throughout the entire and soon there was a veritable month in any official recording deluge. station in the immediate vicinity. The plants in my garden And Vancouver also broke its previous record heaved a collective sigh of relief. for hours of sunshine in July – which I would The lawn began turning green again, almost expect translates to a similar record for the rest immediately. of us in the outlying hinterlands. But when I made my way from the nether And let’s be clear about this: the record broken reaches of my backyard and into the clutches of was for the MOST hours of sunshine in a single civilized company, the story was suddenly difJuly – 410 hours of sun peeking from behind ferent. previously ubiquitous clouds, veritably smashing Complaints of “way too darned hot” had the old 409.3-hour mark set in 1985. already reverted to: “Way too darned cold, way Imagine that! too darned wet – why don’t we ever get a real Sunny Vancouver! summer around here?” (David Duchovny, eat your heart out!) The very people who had only days earlier You’d think such a record would make people vociferously complained of hot, sticky, sweathappy – ecstatic, even – especially considering stained T-shirts and no way to escape from the that, like Mr. Duchovny who had the entire Xsun’s harsh ultra-violet rays assaulting us with Files show transported south to escape our supthreats of deadly cancers were now bemoaning posedly dreary climes, complaining about the the fickle – dreary-again – climate that routinely incessant rain, rain, rain is one of our favourite drenches our landscapes and drowns our dreams pastimes. of natural tans… which we all avoid when the In fact, I heard a lot of people were complainsun does make its occasional appearance. ing about the hot, hot, hot with no respite – way There’s no pleasing us. too hot. We are a species of complainers. Admittedly, I rarely heard a single complaint I said the weather is like politics? Actually, it’s about it having been too dry (except from those our perception of the weather that is like our unfortunates among us – myself included – who perception of politics. depend on groundwater and a dug well for our Whatever we have right now isn’t good sustenance and to feed the gardening monkey enough – we want it to be something better, and we carry on our backs). we want it by tomorrow. But the heat? And if tomorrow comes with any kind of Way too darned hot! change… it’s never as good as it was.

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funds for parks, the way that other comHaving just read a letter of mine munities have done, without having to submitted more than four months ago have the character of our community on Development Cost Charges change drastically?” Scan this [Make developers pay for It just so happens to be that image with amenities, July 30 Letters, “market rate” DCCs would be a TIMES], I am requesting that you very effective step in the right restore my original title to the direction, perhaps along with piece: “Alternative Funding For other funding programs available Amenities in Albion.” Letters to to communities in the form of the Editor subsidies. The headline you gave the letter does not reflect the tone, nor The District has opted for a the intent of the original piece. “pared down” density bonusing program, The letter emerged out of discussions as a “once off,” “area specific” solution, with staff, where staff was informing the as the public was very vocal about not public that they had to decide between wanting drastic changes. significant amenities and lower densities It is worth noting that developers – that we could not have both. already fund amenities by default, so the Naturally, many of us started asking, substituted title reflects current reality. J. Ruthven, Maple Ridge “Is there any other way for us to raise Dear Editor,

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We hear so much about federal and provincial and now, with Corisa Bell (go for it, Corisa) municipal politics. Maybe my experience might help some citizens think about changing the system. I came to Canada in May 1966 from the mother commonwealth country, England. The newspapers were full of “emigrate to Canada – a land full of opportunities.” My brother was already here, so the new life was made easier for me. Coming from the mother country, I was told, while going through all the rules and regulations of emigration, that I would automatically become a Canadian citizen, so I could vote in all capacities. So I never missed my democratic rights. After a few years of living here, that changed when Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said we had to become Canadian citizens to vote – which I could have done for $200 (I believe). But my strong principles prevented me from doing so. Therefore, I feel that I became a second-class citizen. But does a piece of paper and handshake make me a better citizen? Or a marriage licence make me a better husband or wife? I think not. How many other ex-pats from Britian are in the same boat? Now for a long overdue system change, I think all landed immigrants, whatever their race, if they use their skills, work hard, settle down, help grow the economy, pay their taxes, etc., even though not Canadian citizens, should be able to vote. Imagine what a difference that would make for voter turnout. Citizens always complain about low percentages after election day. Even criminals in prison can vote.

In some ways, Canada is a handicap country, with its inclement weather, and everyone is on the 49th parallel. It’s the second largest country in the world, with a population of approximately 33 million. What if industry was spread out more (more northern population)? But I don’t think a lot of citizens would like all the cold, snowy winters. We live in the best province in Canada, and there’s room for a lot more citizens, if spread out. I believe this deserves some serious thought. How about it, Canada?

Rex Rutherford, Maple Ridge

What you’re telling us on Facebook Craziness continues on local streets •lately, including an allegedly impaired woman causing a head-on crash driving the wrong way down Lougheed Highway. Readers weigh in:

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Theatre

Emerald Pigs production supports Friends In Need A community theatre group stages its annual Shakespeare play.

Emerald Pig Theatrical Society staged Macbeth in Memorial Peace Park and Spirit Square.

by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.com

A community theatre troupe put on its bloodiest Shakespeare production ever, but the lucky benefactors are the Friends In Need Food Bank’s clients. The Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, which put on Shakespeare’s Macbeth – A Midsummer’s Nightmare in late July in Spirit Square and Memorial Peace Park,

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asked its audience members to bring food and cash donations for the local food bank. And, coincidentally, the performances in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge together raised $1,230 and

1,230 pounds of food. “How strange is that?” was the comment from Emerald Pig’s Kathleen Hatley. Emerald Pig’s co-founder and president, Sharon Malone, said this year’s

Bard of the Bandstand production was “awesome,” with “cheering patrons, perfect weather, hundreds of pounds of food and many dollars for the Friends in Need food bank, an exhausted but

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Maple Ridge Concert Band president and member Gayle Yip (holding a euphonium) and member Colin Murray (handling a saxophone) stood near the bandstand at Memorial Peace Park. The band played a huge role in the design and construction of the bandstand in 1994.

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f Jesus was a Protestant, how would he deal with methadone? With the recent election giving Premier Christy a chance to pick her own cabinet, there’s been some interesting choices. I love the move that Peter Fassbender, the new Minister of Education, has made by removing a lot of impediments to realistic dialogue between the teachers and us taxpayers. He is offering them the right to strike and hold our children’s education hostage. We’ll see how that plays out. Laurie Throness has been appointed as parliamentary secretary to the Attorney General in charge of corrections. MLA Throness, from Chilliwack-Hope, is a very interesting choice. Mr. Throness emerged on the political scene as an assistant to Conservative MP Chuck Strahl. He ventured into provincial politics in the Chilliwack by-election in 2012, following the resignation of Barry Penner, but was defeated by Gwen O’Mahony of the NDP. In the most recent general election, he thumped O’Mahony by a substantial majority. His appointment as parliamentary secretary in charge of corrections appears to be an outof-the-box solution. Mr. Throness, who came from Alberta, has had a unique educational experience, earning a degree in theology, along with degrees in public administration. He has also authored a book, The Protestant Purgatory: Theological Origins of the Penitentiary Act 1779, which apparently is available on Amazon for $137.33 (go figure). Apparently, Mr. Throness has justified 18th century prisons because a prison was supposed to be a

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Two decades ago, Tom Walker had a dream to build a bandstand in downtown Maple Ridge. Maple Ridge Concert Band (MRCB) president Gayle Yip noted that Walker designed the bandstand and shared his vision with others. “We took his dream and built this bandstand ourselves...” said Yip. It was dedicated it to the District of Maple Ridge on May 7, 1994. Yip said the MRCB is very proud of its bandstand history. “There are many local people that know that it was fundraised and built by our own members in 1993-1994,” she said. The bandstand was built at Memorial Peace Park with private funds, but there was also some assistance from a government grant that offered to match each dollar raised at that time, Yip said. The land for the location of the bandstand was donated by the municipality. Yip said no Maple Ridge tax dollars were used – all materials were either purchased through fundraising or donations, such as the purchase of the brass plaques and lumber donated by Windsor Plywood, owned at that time by Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin. Upon completion, the bandstand was donated by the concert band to the municipality. In exchange, the District of Maple Ridge was responsible for its yearly upkeep. “[The bandstand] Walker, the engineering designer and structural seems like a engineer of the bandstand, central point to the still plays trombone with the MRCB, as do quite a community.” few members who donated Gayle Yip many hours of free labour to build the structure. Next year marks the 20-year anniversary of the bandstand and Yip’s dream is to celebrate what she calls “our gift,” as many organizations have used it, as well as being what she considers to be “a distinct local icon.” “It seems like a central point to the community,” Yip said. Yip has taken on the role of band president after belonging to the group for more than 25 years, both as a musician and administrator. She is making big plans this coming year and said she has “assembled a large number of band friends to assist with this undertaking.” Normally, the MRCB’s season starts in September but on July 10, Yip called the band’s first meeting to share her dream. After brainstorming, band members developed the genesis of what they would like to see in this celebration, Yip related. Plans include booking a specific date for celebration; contacting many genres of community functions to perform in the bandstand; filling the bandstand from sun up to sun down with activities; having vendors available; and making the anniversary event a day of bandstand celebration. Yip recently booked the venue date – late June 2014 – with Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows parks and leisure services for both the bandstand and park. “I’ve been told that it’s going to be a big undertaking but I am so looking forward to bringing this community together,” she said. “It won’t be done by myself but I know I have a lot of help.” She added, “I would love the band, as a whole, to be showcased and let our community know about our upcoming plans for the 20-year anniversary celebration that we are planning.” Yip said the public can support the anniversary and MRCB by visiting the bandstand whenever activities are planned there. “Whether it’s our group, the Maple Ridge Concert Band, or the community groups that use the bandstand, there’s always something going on at the bandstand, whether it’s drama, or choirs, or other band groups,” she said.


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August 6: Storytelling

• Join Cree elder Lorre Gibson in Memorial Peace Park at 10:15 a.m. where she will share traditional stories and have a variety of Aboriginal artifacts and regalia on display. In case of rain, this program will take place in the Fraser Room of the library. Info: Maple Ridge Library at 604-467-7417.

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August 6: Prostate support

August 7: Babytime

• Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents with prostate issues are encouraged to come to the Coquitlam prostate cancer support and awareness group’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Coquitlam

• Pitt Meadows Library holds a babytime session from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Babies ages zero to 23 months and their caregivers are invited to an interactive program of songs, rhymes, and stories with time for adult conversation afterward. This session is offered Wednesdays.

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August 8: Cycling

• The regular monthly meeting of the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chapter of HUB: Your Cycling Connection will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Maple Ridge Library.

August 8: Heritage Thursdays

• Heritage Thursday participants at the Pitt Meadows Museum will make finger puppets and put on mini plays. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is for ages five to 10. The session is $6 per child. Register: Nikki at 604-465-4322.

August 10: Poetry

• Holy Wow Poets are invited by St. Luke’s Church’s Christian Women’s League to host a show on the theme of “A Cool Summer Evening on the Veranda” from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item. The church is at 20285 Dewdney Trunk Rd.

August 11: Long table

• Haney Farmers Market and Golden Ears Cheesecrafters are teaming up to hold a Long Table Dinner as a fundraiser for the Friends In Need Food Bank featuring Fraser Valley food and wine. A few tickets are still available at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in person or by phone 604-467-0004. For information about the Friends In Need Food Bank, call 604-466-3663.

August 12: Music

• The Music on the Wharf Concert Series 2013 continues at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Haney Wharf with

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Norine Braun at 7:30 p.m. The series is put on by the Maple Ridge Historical Society. The last concert of the series is on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. with Penelope Above.

Palliative training

• Ridge Meadows Hospice Society will be offering an eight-week training program for their volunteer palliative support program, beginning at the end of September. Info: 604463-7722.

Community foundation

• Maple Ridge Community Foundation holds the Community FORE Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 26 at Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club. To register, call Brandee at 604-454-7961. To sponsor the event, call Lori at 604880-1181 or email golf@mrcf.ca. Info: www.mrcf.ca.

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Celebrating 40 years serving our Community

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Showcasing some of this community’s people and happenings

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Country Fest president Tom Cameron visited with Kenny Halliday, who performed as both Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi, during the annual agricultural fair held at the Albion Fairgrounds in late July. Sylver McLaren/TIMES

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Local MLAs Marc Dalton and Doug Bing attended the recent Country Fest in Albion, meeting nine-year-old Gabriela Perez, a first year member of the Pitt River 4-H Rabbit Club.

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Maple Ridge assistant fire chief Mark Smitton (above left) chatted with Country Fest manager Lorraine Bates last week, in advance of the annual agricultural fair in Albion. Meanwhile, Shane Geringer (left) – under the supervisory eye of his son Tanner – helped out his wife Niki in the kitchen chopping onions for the volunteer lunches.

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Rotarian and Du Maria Rantanen/TIM ES ck Race committ ee member Inek Boekhorst colle e cted unsold ticke ts in advance of Rotary Duck Ra the ce that was happ ening Sunday at Maple Ridge Pa rk. It’s part of an annual fundraise for youth groups r in the commun ity. See a story photos from the and Duck Race on pa ge A1.

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

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Monika and Carmen Eggens will leave Barcelona with a seventh or eighth place finish.

Water sports

River beckons

Sisters go Dutch

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

Pitt Meadows Paddling Club offers day camps and other water fun this summer.

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Pitt Meadows’ Carmen and Monika Eggens play water polo for the Senior Women’s National Water Polo Team. They are currently playing in Barcelona, Spain at the 15th FINA Aquatic World Championships. “We have had six games so far. We play our last game Aug. 2 against the Netherlands,” said Carmen Eggens via email. “We had a really tough loss versus Russia which knocked us out of the medal rounds, so we play for seventh now!” she added. The sisters are hoping to end with a win. •Stay tuned for more on the Eggens sisters upon their return

A group of 11 kids were learning how to paddle on the Alouette River in Pitt Meadows this week. They were just one of many groups coming to the Pitt Meadows Paddling Club’s Harris Road facilities this summer for a day camp. The day campers are invited to try out all kinds of paddling, receiving lessons from certified coaches. The paddling is balanced with games and day trips to spots along the river, as well as lots of swimming. Team boats, singles, pleasure canoes, outrigger canoes, and the dragon boat will all be introduced to the campers during the week-long sessions. The club’s day camps range in price from $100 to $195. For more information call at 778-8998879 or visit their website at www.pmpc.ca.

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Instructors Ria Hoyer and Sonya Knechtel (not in the picture) who are members of Pitt Meadows Paddling Club, took a group on children, ages eight to 13, to paddle and play on the Alouette River during a day camp last week. The camps are offered throughout August.

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