Monday - June 24, 2024 - Chilliwack bookstore owner honoured

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One of my favourite parts of living in Chilliwack is measuring the progression of spring and summer by the height of the corn. This year, however, I get a jolt when I see a thigh-high field because it reminds me that we still need to plant our corn.

My daughter picked out pink popcorn for our garden—for the colour more than anything else—and I figured it would be a fun experiment. Apparently you just grow the corn, pick the cobs, then let them dry before gently shaking the kernels loose. It will make for some very special movie snacks this fall, if I can remember to actually get the seeds in the ground.

– Grace

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An Agassiz property owner has barred access along a local trail because of vandalism—but has been told to remove a no-trespassing sign [Agassiz Harrison Observer]

🔥 One person was killed and two were seriously injured in a house fire in Abbotsford [CTV]

💩 An Aldergrove elementary school was closed for a day last week because of a ‘septic failure’ [Langley Advance Times]

👉 Mission schools won’t offer Punjabi or French immersion next year [Mission Record]

🔥 A fire damaged a vacant home in Chilliwack [Chilliwack Progress]

📿 A Mission man lost $2,000 in a parking lot jewelry scam [Mission Record]

💰 The City of Abbotsford released a report that suggests the cost to restore Sumas Lake vastly exceeds the figures suggested in a recent UBC study [City of Abbotsford]

🏈 G.W. Graham’s head coach is leaving the school to coach in the Canadian Junior Football league [Fraser Valley Today]

🌉 A Langley man is the last surviving survivor of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge [Langley Advance Times]

👉 A clothing store chain is returning to Highstreet in Abbotsford [Abbotsford News]

🏍 A motorcyclist was seriously injured after a crash on the Aldergrove-Abbotsford border last week [Aldergrove Star]

🚓 Chilliwack RCMP believe a downtown assault last week was targeted [Chilliwack Progress]

👏 Hope RCMP found Panago’s missing generator [Hope Standard]

🚔 A car crashed into a Langley storefront last Thursday [Langley Advance Times] / The next day, a two-vehicle crash sent another car into a building in Chilliwack [Chilliwack Progress]

💧 The province has filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of ‘forever chemicals’ now found in Canada’s drinking water [CTV]

🌱 A new law will require the feds to track environmental racism and figure out how to correct it [CBC]

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The Agenda

The Book Man’s Amber Price will receive the Kiwanis Club’s recognition medal this Canada Day. 📷 The Book Man/Facebook

Chilliwack bookstore owner to be honoured on Canada Day

The Kiwanis pancake breakfast in Chilliwack will be serving more than just breakfast food on Canada Day. The club will also be bestowing its recognition medal on Chilliwack bookstore owner Amber Price for her dedication to the community.

Price, the second-generation owner of The Book Man, has been significantly involved in the community for more than a decade. Her effort to reduce graffiti on the back of her store helped launch the Chilliwack Mural Festival, which showcases the 40-plus murals that have been created downtown. She and her bookstore are also involved in the Chilliwack Pride Festival, the Food Security Program at Central Elementary, and local clean-ups downtown. Under Price’s direction, the Book Man also donates thousands of books to Chilliwack schools, provides bursaries to graduating students, and contributes clothing to patients in Chilliwack’s emergency room.

In an emailed statement to The Current, the Kiwanis Club of Sardis said that Price epitomizes “the spirit of active community service without remuneration.”

Price will receive her recognition medal at the pancake breakfast on Canada Day. It will join the other service medals she has received over the years, including the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship and the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award.

No more daycares in downtown Langley, council says

Langley City has officially banned new daycares from opening in its downtown core.

During a June 18 council meeting, Langley City politicians voted in favour of restricting new childcare centres from opening within 400m of each other along the city’s Fraser Highway one-way stretch. With five daycares already in the area, the rule essentially bans new daycares from opening.

The suggestion was first brought to council in May, after downtown businesses owners sent a letter to the city. A public hearing in early June saw no one speaking either for or against the proposal.


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🗓 Things to do

Trivia night: Abbotsford’s Old Yale Brewing hosts Lyrical Genius Trivia tonight at 6pm. Registration starts at 5pm; trivia starts at 6pm. Details online.

Band concert: The Chilliwack Community Band will host its season finale concert at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, June 25. Admission is by donation. Details online.

Museum tour: The Langley Memorial Hospital Heritage Committee is opening Michaud House to visitors on Thursday, June 27. Check out doctors’ bags, nurses' uniforms, an iron baby cradle, and photos from the hospital's history. Details online.

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