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Christine Lyon, reporter South Delta Leader Amanda Dreisinger was born with the gift of gab and, at the end of next month, she'll get a chance to demonstrate her natural talent on TV in front of thousands of viewers. The Grade 11 Delta Secondary School student has landed a coveted spot as a student reporter for CBC News Day in B.C. For the next month, 30 student reporters from high schools across the Lower Mainland will be working with CBC staff to cover stories that will be aired Thursday, March 29 on CBC television, radio and web and, as part of a special partnership, in the Vancouver Sun. "I'm ecstatic," says Dreisinger. "When I found out I had been chosen, I was just through the roof." Dreisinger and her fellow student reporters were selected from close to 300 applicants. For the audition, the teens had 90 seconds to pitch a story idea in front of a camera in the CBC studio. Dreisinger proposed investigating why children with autism receive more funding than those with Down syndrome, despite their having similar needs. "My audition, actually I felt went really poorly," she says. "I felt like I stumbled a little

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bit. I forgot to mention one bit of information." Despite her perceived flubs, Dreisinger still managed to score a spot as a finalist. An extrovert with a fondness for oral presentations, she thinks she won over the judges with her wining personality. "My family jokes that my biggest talent is speaking," she laughs. It's a skill that has earned her a reputation at school as well as home. "I'm always mistaken for being a theatre person. People thought I was the star in the school play last year and I didn't even have a role in it," she says. Her outgoing nature is what likely earned Dreisinger a spot on the TV news, as opposed to radio or the web. Instead of investigating her original story idea, though, Dreisinger has been assigned to do "streeters," which means she will be asking average people on the street for their thoughts on current events. She'll have to be prepared to think on her feet. "When I'm on camera there's a lot more pressure for me to perform because I'm talking to real people. They're not going to do the shot twice," she says. — Continued on p.6

Bargain hunters from across the Lower Mainland are expected to flock to The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen for its annual collectible sale. Staff at the store say it's a golden opportunity to discover those valuable, one-of-a-kind items that have been set aside all year long for this highly anticipated two-day sale on March 2 and 3. The store will close at 2 p.m. on March 1 to prepare. Doors open the following day at 9:30 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Sales hours on March 3 are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is located at 1521 56 St. Proceeds help support the Delta Hospice Society.

Medal nominations Nominations are now being accepted for Delta and Richmond recipients of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (pictured below). The medals—30 of them—will be awarded to a citizen who has made a significant contribution either to Canada or to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada; or has made an outstanding achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada, and was living on Feb. 6, 2012. Delta-Richmond East Conservative MP KerryLynne D. Findlay has been given the honour of handing them out. Earlier this month Governor General David Johnston presented the first 60 medals at presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Among the recipients were freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, and entrepreneur Brett Wilson. In total, about 60,000 Canadians will receive the medal over the course of the year. Nominations must be submitted by June 15, 2012. Nomination forms can be obtained at: kerrylynnefindlaymp.ca.

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Spring Clean-Up • Tsawwassen > Monday, April 16, 2012 • Ladner > Tuesday, April 17, 2012 • North Delta > Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (if your collection day is Wednesday) • North Delta > Thursday, April 26, 2012 (if your collection day is Thursday) During Spring Clean-Up, the two can limit is waived and extra garbage stickers are not required. Residents are requested NOT to set out spring clean-up materials any sooner than the weekend prior to their scheduled collection.

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Corporation of Delta staff recently completed a Burns Bog classroom program package for all grade seven teachers in Delta. This curriculum package was developed in conjunction with an elementary school teacher who created 14 detailed lesson plans about the Bog. The package also includes classroom activities for students and field trip suggestions. The Burns Bog classroom program can be downloaded at www.burnsbog.ca

Spring Leisure Guide Delta’s spring Leisure Guide will be available online on February 27, 2012. To access the guide, visit www.corp.delta.bc.ca

Ladner Harbour Dredging Program Update

Upcoming Events Spring Break Camps for Children & Youth March 19 – 30, 2012

Delta Council recently approved funding of $2 million towards a dredging program for the Ladner Harbour secondary channels. Port Metro Vancouver has pledged $2 million and the federal and provincial government are being asked to contribute $2 million each towards this $8 million project.

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High tech heist protection DPD advises businesses that low-tech defenses can help Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader Today's technology has made life easier for society in general— even crooks who are adopting slick, new ways of stealing money. Thankfully, there are some low-tech, common sense ways for merchants and their customers to help protect themselves. That was the message from two of the Delta Police Department's fraud section members who addressed a recent Ladner Business Association meeting. Constables Sukh Sidhu and Aman Bachra told the group that thieves don't have to work as hard as they once did to siphon away funds electronically from your bank account. Sidhu explained that in the past one way they accomplished that was switching a debit card reader at a store's cash till with one that could record the information on the card's magnetic strip. They then had to try and watch the user punch in their personal identification number (PIN) and later retrieve their phoney card reader and match up the PIN with the debit card's information. That would allow them to make a cloned card which could be used to make purchases or withdraw funds from an ATM. Today, the criminals still have to switch the debit card reader, but they use Bluetooth (a wireless information system) embedded

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PICTURED Crooks are finding more streamlined ways of stealing funds electronically these days, say Delta Police fraud section members, such as using wireless technology to capture debit card information. Contributed photo

in the fake debit card reader to send them the information. "They can just sit in the parking lot outside the store and collect your banking information on their laptop," Sidhu said. "And after about an hour or two they simply drive away." The crooks' debit reader stays behind, and in some cases, the merchant is none the wiser. One easy way to combat this kind of scam is for merchants to secure their debit card readers to their counters. That way it is harder for thieves to swap out the machine with their own, which is usually an exact or extremely close match to the legitimate device. Engraving the device and checking for those marks each day is another tip.

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hey (crooks) can just sit in the parking lot outside the store and collect your banking information on their laptop. still do not follow the advice. Consumers are also not protecting themselves enough, he added, alluding to instances where debit card users do not adequately conceal the buttons

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they press when entering their PIN. Sidhu said it may have to do with Canadian society being too polite and feeling uncomfortable in trying to screen their transaction from those nearby when making a purchase. Away from the retail environment, Bachra said it is also important to guard against losing potentially valuable personal information. He said boarding passes used by the airlines to speed you through the terminal can carry plenty of that on their magnetic strips, so when you travel, "don't simply throw them away." "We live in a world of convenience now, and that also means less security," added Const. John Smith who works out of the Ladner Community Police Station.

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Looking for A spring in their song heroes

Delta Choral Society's pair of choirs get tuned up for seasonal concert

Nominations now being accepted for sports awrads Do you know of a sports hero in Delta? If so, get your nomination in for the Community Sport Hero Awards which are coming to Delta March 21. To be eligible, nominees for the Community Sport Hero Awards must meet the following criteria: • Be an individual from the local community who makes a voluntary contribution to sport through coaching, officiating, boards, administration, special events, etc; • Be an individual (not an organization or foundation); and • Has been, or continues to be, a dedicated sport volunteer for a minimum of eight years. “Volunteers are what fuel the development and sustainability of community sport within British Columbia,”

said Sport BC’s Event Manager, Carey Summerfelt. “These awards are a rare and meaningful opportunity to acknowledge individuals who have made a significant and continued contribution to sport within their community.” The event marks the second stop of 2012 for the traveling awards show. It will be the first visit to Delta for Sport BC’s Community Sport Hero Awards since the program began in 2001. The Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck honours outstanding sport volunteers in communities across British Columbia. The awards recognize coaches, officials, mentors and administrators who have dedicated themselves to grow and develop amateur sport.

Boaz Joseph, reporter Surrey North Delta Leader

group, the Tapestry ensemble, has its first rehearsal. Whereas the larger DCC members are placed in sections of their tonal range—in descending order: soprano, alto, tenor and bass—Tapestry has singers that go through a more rigorous auditioning process. Tapestry, a specialized chamber choir capped at 20 members, will sing “off-book” at the spring concert, meaning they won’t have sheet music in front of them when they perform their repertoire. (During their performance, they’ll share only a couple of songs with the DCC). Tapestry, in its fourth year, used to be an under-30 group, says DCS secretary Alana McKenna. Most of Tapestry’s members are returnees, and a number of them were students of Hamilton, a teacher at South Delta Secondary School who’s currently on maternity leave. The DCS holds two annual concerts (winter and spring), and has performed locally at Remembrance Day ceremonies, at Kinsmen, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce events, at the extended care unit of Delta Hospital and at the Van Dusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights.

The power of music keeps bringing Ailsa Howard back. "There’s that incredible thing that happens when you’re singing,” she says as the Delta Choral Society’s (DCS) two choirs gather for their first rehearsal of the season. “It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had, when you come, you just feel it. It makes you feel good.” For the past 11 years, she’s been in the second soprano section in the DCS’s larger ensemble, the Delta Community Choir (DCC). She describes the vocal group, which started in 1984, as “a bit of a family,” which has grown from about 25 to 60-70 members in the last decade. The DCC, which is gearing up for its spring concert in May, begins its season as director Danielle Hamilton introduces the material: R&B standard Route 66, an English-language version of Besame Mucho, the jazz piece Take Five and Darmon Meadle’s lyricless classical/jazz hybrid Swingle Song. She tells the choir she wants a light, airy tone for the performances. Later in the evening, a smaller

PICTURED Members of the Delta Community Choir warm up for a rehearsal session. Boaz Joseph photo

Both DCS choirs rehearse every Monday evening in the hall of the Benediction Lutheran Church, located at 5575 6 Ave. in Tsawwassen. New members are welcome. The Delta Choral Society and the Delta Concert Band present Showtime!, a selection of music from stage and screen, on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Church, 5300 44 Ave. in

Ladner. The show will be led by director Danielle Hamilton and conductor Jim Tempest. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door, in advance at the church office or at Mud Bay Wines, 1295 56 St. in Tsawwassen. For more information, visit www.deltacommunitychoir.ca bjoseph@surreyleader.com

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A tribute to 'old blue eyes' Joint effort North Delta's Ellenton pays tribute to Sinatra in stage show

Lions and Kiwanis team up for fundraiser

Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader

A pair of South Delta service clubs have decided on a way to address their aging membership and help raise funds for the youth of South Delta. The united effort by the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions and Kiwanis Club of Ladner, Tsawwassen is to provide programming for youngsters between 10 and 17-years-old. Helping announce the joint arrangement were club presidents Steve Dane (Lions) and Larry Rossiter (Kiwanis). Both said they were enthused about working together to put on the Classic Rock and Roll Revival event which has proven popular in the past and is likely to be a sell out again this year. "Like many service clubs we (Kiwanis) are facing an aging membership and putting on an event like this was getting to be increasing difficult," Rossiter said. "So, we got in contact with the Lions

For just about as long as he can remember, North Delta performer George Ellenton has been a Frank Sinatra fan. "This came to me a few years ago when I was singing a Sinatra song," said Ellenton, 63. "I never had to learn the song. I knew this song. Why did I know this song?" It was the Christmas Waltz, one of "Old Blue Eyes'" holiday hits. "I realized I knew this as a five-year-old singing it at my mom and dad's kitchen table," Ellenton says with a chuckle. So, it's only natural the former owner of the Delta Academy of Dance—"I'm one of the triple threat dudes— dancing, singing and acting,"—would develop a stage performance that pays tribute to the man and the show business legend. The show is called Frankly yours... a lov-

ing tribute live with The Pack, and Ellenton has a pair of dates in Delta lined up (franklyyours. ca). On Feb. 25 he will be at the North Delta Centre for the Arts (11489 84th Ave.) and on March 3 he will be at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre (1172 56th St.) The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for both shows. "With my interest in music and bands I sort of gravitated to swing and the big band sound, the early Sinatra, the Sinatra in concert dude," he says laughing. "It's been a life-long love affair." While he started singing Sinatra tunes seriously in his teens, Ellenton only began belting them out professionally about five years ago when he developed the tribute show. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Delta Park, Recreation & Culture Customer Service Centres. For the North Delta Firehall show, you can

PICTURED George Ellenton will be belting out classic Frank Sinatra tunes at a pair of shows in Tsawwassen and North Delta. Jodie Ellenton photo

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Local chapter to help youth get in the game Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader Let the games, and fundraising, begin. That was the message from officials kicking off the KidSport Delta chapter last week at the Delta Sport Development Centre in Ladner. The not-for-profit organization provides financial assistance to children 18 and under to pay for registration fees and equipment so they can participate in local, organized sports programs. Supported through donations from the communities where KidSport operates, it's a worthwhile cause to support because of the many positive aspects youngsters gain from participating in sports, said Dallas Pretty, the local chapter's treasurer. "I've always had the benefit of organized sport in my life," said Pretty who grew up in North Delta and moved to Tsawwassen two years ago after living in Vancouver. "I played football, soccer and baseball. And before coming back here I was involved in the KidSport Vancouver chapter. Two friends actually started it. And they pulled me in good. So, now that I have a young son and have moved back here, I wanted to give back to the community a bit and make sure the kids who don't have the opportunity get to play." KidSport was initiated by Sport BC in 1993. What took so long for a local group to take on the responsibilities of organizing and raising funds here was finding the right fit, explained Katie Lindsay, SportBC's KidSport Coordi-

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PICTURED Members of the KidSport Delta chapter gathered at the Delta Sport Development Centre to kick off the fundraising organization which provides grants to children so they can participate in organized sports. Philip Raphael photo

nator. "We have 39 community chapters across B.C. Each one takes time to get going in its own way. It's a matter of getting the right people at the right time. And now is the time for Delta and we're excited," said Lindsay, who added that despite not having local representation KidSport BC has funded Delta youngsters. "That way kids here have not been left out." Last year, 72 children in Delta shared the $16,500 from KidSport BC. And that can go pretty far as grants of as little as $200 can provide a child a season of sport. Over the past year as the KidSport Delta chapter was getting organized, roughly $20,000 was raised locally. Donors included Telus, BC Ferries, Biomaxx Wastewater Solutions Inc., South Delta Baptist Church, Loblaws, Southside Badminton Association, Delta Firefighters,

White Spot Restaurants, Boundary Bay Lions Club, UBC - Sauder School of Business,and TSI (Terminal Systems Inc.). "And that was without much awareness," Pretty said, adding he anticipates that figure to grow in the future, along with the number of applicants for the grants. But for that to happen Pretty said creating awareness of KidSport locally is key. "We want to get that information out there and support those families," he said. "There's been seven or eight of us who have been working over the last year to get the framework in place, and now we're ready to take over what KidSport has been doing. "We can raise more funds because we are local. It's an easier sell when you can tell people that when they donate it's all coming back to their community. There's probably someone on their street

who can be benefitting." Helping on the awareness side is the Corporation of Delta. Through the Parks, Recreation and Culture department KidSport information and application forms will be available at all recreation facilities across Delta. On hand for the launch was Delta Coun. Sylvia Bishop who thanked the KidSport Delta committee for their efforts in getting the program off the ground. She said that participating in organized sports provides children with social skills, lifelong learning skills, as well as the development of self esteem. Those interested in volunteering with KidSport Delta can contact kidsportdelta@gmail. com for more information. To make a donation, call 604-943-0460 or contact kidsportdelta@ gmail.com. editor@southdeltaleader.com

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The News Day applicants had the chance to attended journalism workshops taught by familiar CBC personalities, such as evening news anchor Gloria Macarenko. In addition to developing original news stories, the 30 finalists will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary studies, courtesy of Sylvan Learning Centres. Dreisinger hopes to put the money toward tuition at the University of B.C., but she hasn't yet decided whether broadcast journalism is in her future. "I think it's a really interesting career path.

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After taking a hiatus in 2011 due to con of the 80th Street Overpass, the Boundary port Airshow is set to return this summer. On Monday (Jan. 16) Delta Council a Alpha Aviation’s request to host the 2012 ary Bay Airshow with a beer and/or wine on July 28. The Corporation of Delta will contribute cash toward the event. The 2009 and 2010 airshows were atte more than 5,000 people.

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North Delta's Avcorp Industries celebrated tion of the first shipment of wing componen new F-35 fighter aircraft on Jan. 19. The J-35 is the latest fighter ordered by t Canadian Air Force. Estimated to cost arou million each, the J-35 is slated to replace t F-18. Canada has ordered 65 planes. Avcorp will work on 240 to 360 of the aircraf by various customers, depending on how ma aircraft carrier variant are ordered. On hand to mark the event was Julian Associate Minister of National Defence a Richmond-East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay. The contract is worth around $500 millio expected to employ 50 to 75 workers over years, said mark Van Rooij, CEO of Avcor tries. Avcorp presently has 550 employees.

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What do North Deltans treasure most about their community? Mark Sakai, executive director of the Delta Museum and Archives Society, is curious to find out. Whether it’s the mighty Fraser River, the ancient archaeology sites along its banks, or the community’s long fishing history, Sakai wants to know what people, places and things the residents of North Delta identify with. It’s part of a Delta Museum and Archives outreach program that hopes to connect North Deltans to their community’s history, and strengthen the link between the northern and southern sections of the municipality. The Delta Museum and Archives was founded in 1969 by a group of Ladner historians and most modern-day Ladnerites are at least somewhat familiar with their town’s fishing village heritage and early pioneering families. But it’s a different story in the North. For some, there is a perception that North Delta is simply a residential suburb that emerged after the George Massey Tunnel was built. But in fact, North Delta has a rich past predating the 20th century that may surprise some locals. “Certainly Annieville has tremendous history. The very first salmon cannery in British Columbia was established in Annieville at Gunderson Slough,” Sakai said. “It has traditionally been a settlement where Scandinavian immigrants came—hence the name Gunderson Slough.” Meanwhile, Trinity Lutheran Church remains one of the oldest churches in Delta and Kennedy Trail—which was built by early settlers to link the Fraser River and Mud Bay—is an important historic landmark in North Delta, Sakai said. In February, the Delta Museum and Archives will hold “mind-mapping” workshops with representatives from North Delta schools, local businesses, the South Asian community, church congregations, and other interested parties. Participants will be asked what they treasure most about North Delta. And with the under-construction South Fraser Perimeter Road slated to

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PICTURED Mark Sakai, executive director of the Delta Museum and Archives Society, is hoping a 'mind mapping' project focusing on North Delta will create improved links between Delta's three townsites. Rob Newell photo

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