Sarah Gawdin

The blossoms of a weeping cherry tree, which recently bloomed. It’s a pink cherry tree grafted to a white cherry trunk that is left alone to grow instead of being cut back to the pinks each year (umbrella tree). “One of the advantages of living in a slightly cooler climate than Vancouver is that we can appreciate early Vancouver/Chilliwack cherry blossoms, etc. in late February and March, and then (we can) appreciate our own up here in Hope during April,” said Ray Daws, who took the photograph. Ray Daws

A bit behind Vancouver, Hope turns pink as its cherry trees finally begin blossoming in sunshine

The blossoms of a weeping cherry tree, which recently bloomed. It’s a…

The blossoms of a weeping cherry tree, which recently bloomed. It’s a pink cherry tree grafted to a white cherry trunk that is left alone to grow instead of being cut back to the pinks each year (umbrella tree). “One of the advantages of living in a slightly cooler climate than Vancouver is that we can appreciate early Vancouver/Chilliwack cherry blossoms, etc. in late February and March, and then (we can) appreciate our own up here in Hope during April,” said Ray Daws, who took the photograph. Ray Daws
Local organic farmers, Joe and Danise Bowman, are calling out for community help in getting their farm planting ready this season. (Black Press files)

Hope organic farmers call out for help ahead of planting season

Joe and Danise Bowman are hosting a work party at their farm

Local organic farmers, Joe and Danise Bowman, are calling out for community help in getting their farm planting ready this season. (Black Press files)
Volunteers from 2018’s Earth Day clean-up crew meet to learn which area of town is theirs to clean. This year, volunteers are asked to meet at the Chip the Dog statue in Memorial Park at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 27. (Submitted)

Lend a hand while showing you care: time again for annual Hope Clean-up

An Earth Day tradition, the event calls upon local volunteers to pick up garbage throughout town

Volunteers from 2018’s Earth Day clean-up crew meet to learn which area of town is theirs to clean. This year, volunteers are asked to meet at the Chip the Dog statue in Memorial Park at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 27. (Submitted)
It’s time for the second annual Earth Day Children’s Festival in Hope’s Memorial Park

It’s time for the second annual Earth Day Children’s Festival in Hope’s Memorial Park

Presented by Hope Community Services, the Festival celebrates Earth and the community’s youth

It’s time for the second annual Earth Day Children’s Festival in Hope’s Memorial Park
FVRL launches Cubetto’s Grand Tour across 14 libraries

FVRL launches Cubetto’s Grand Tour across 14 libraries

Friendly wooden robot travels Fraser Valley teaching programming basics to those as young as three

FVRL launches Cubetto’s Grand Tour across 14 libraries
President of Sport Fishing Institute writes open letter to Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

President of Sport Fishing Institute writes open letter to Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

Chinook conservation causes concern for sport fishers in B.C.

President of Sport Fishing Institute writes open letter to Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Liam Quinn, Kaitlyn Brown, Kaelen Faux, Jacob Hoppus, Trent Turner and Jayde Wristen comprised the winning team, the Bibliophile Bookworms. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Grade 4/5 students from across Fraser-Cascade District compete in annual Reading Link Challenge

The province-wide program gets students involved in the ‘sport of reading’

Liam Quinn, Kaitlyn Brown, Kaelen Faux, Jacob Hoppus, Trent Turner and Jayde Wristen comprised the winning team, the Bibliophile Bookworms. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Heavy sedimentation and debris from last summer’s fires has baracaded the Bonaparte River fishway, which is the pathway to steelhead spawning grounds. The stranded steelhead have been recommended for a listing under the Species at Risk Act after an emergency assessment in early 2018 confirmed the species are at imminent risk of extinction.

Last of Interior Fraser Steelhead further imperiled by DFO inaction, says BC Wildlife Federation

Foundation says government inaction preventing steelhead from reaching spawning grounds

Heavy sedimentation and debris from last summer’s fires has baracaded the Bonaparte River fishway, which is the pathway to steelhead spawning grounds. The stranded steelhead have been recommended for a listing under the Species at Risk Act after an emergency assessment in early 2018 confirmed the species are at imminent risk of extinction.
Carol Kuiper, owner of Broke Buckle Clothing Company in downtown Hope, stands next to the display case recently robbed of its contents. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

Smash and grabs leave Hope business owner down, but not out

Broke Buckle has been robbed twice in recent days

Carol Kuiper, owner of Broke Buckle Clothing Company in downtown Hope, stands next to the display case recently robbed of its contents. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Julie Haberlin of Hope’s Envision Financial talks to jobseekers at a previous employment fair hosted within the community.  Chris Duchaine/Black Press

Envision Financial celebrates a remarkable year of reducing hunger

Envision Financial raised $106,580 and 6,300 lbs of food for the Full Cupboard

Julie Haberlin of Hope’s Envision Financial talks to jobseekers at a previous employment fair hosted within the community.  Chris Duchaine/Black Press
Instructors Meg Broswick and Karla Stowards provided a mountain bike skills course for women and girls over the weekend at Hope’s popular Bike Skills Park located just off of Kawkawa Lake Road. The two-day event, hosted by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, was sponsored through a grant from The North Face Canada Explore Fund. This is the second of three events designed to encourage women and girls to discover and improve their backcountry skills in a challenging, supportive, and fun environment.

Another successful weekend adventure at the Hope Mountain Centre

Women and girls of all ages participated in a two-day mountain biking course

Instructors Meg Broswick and Karla Stowards provided a mountain bike skills course for women and girls over the weekend at Hope’s popular Bike Skills Park located just off of Kawkawa Lake Road. The two-day event, hosted by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, was sponsored through a grant from The North Face Canada Explore Fund. This is the second of three events designed to encourage women and girls to discover and improve their backcountry skills in a challenging, supportive, and fun environment.
The Hope Theatre will be home to the Hope Film Club’s 4th annual celebration of National Canadian Film Day. This year they’ll be screening “One Week,” with Joshua Jackson.  Libby Kirkland

Hope Film Club hosts its fourth annual National Canadian Film Day celebration

On Wed., April 17, the Club will screen One Week starring Joshua Jackson at the Hope Cinema

The Hope Theatre will be home to the Hope Film Club’s 4th annual celebration of National Canadian Film Day. This year they’ll be screening “One Week,” with Joshua Jackson.  Libby Kirkland
SNEP.ca is a website dedicated to helping those with special needs, or their loved ones, prepare for emergency situations.

Hope couple launches website dedicated to help with special needs emergency preparedness

Timed with Autism Awareness month, SNEP.ca launched in early April

SNEP.ca is a website dedicated to helping those with special needs, or their loved ones, prepare for emergency situations.
Claire Walker, general manager, is excited crews are finally working on the construction of the Silver Creek Travel Centre after years of delays.  Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard

Work begins on Silver Creek Travel Centre

Project began back in 2015, but only recently broke ground

Claire Walker, general manager, is excited crews are finally working on the construction of the Silver Creek Travel Centre after years of delays.  Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard
As Jill Last enters her 79th year, she’s finally retiring from her volunteering efforts, and is inviting the entire community to celebrate with her on Saturday, April 13, at the United Church Hall, from 2 till 4 p.m. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)

After decades of volunteering, Jill Last invites Hope to celebrate her 79th birthday and retirement

Last has been volunteering for a variety of activities in Hope for just shy of 30 years

As Jill Last enters her 79th year, she’s finally retiring from her volunteering efforts, and is inviting the entire community to celebrate with her on Saturday, April 13, at the United Church Hall, from 2 till 4 p.m. (Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard)
Golden Agers hosts its annual Spring Tea event

Golden Agers hosts its annual Spring Tea event

A social event to support seniors, Spring Tea started more than 30 years ago, says Club president

Golden Agers hosts its annual Spring Tea event
The Read Right Society’s (L-R) Andrea Parker, Alex Dagnino, Michelle Richardson, and Lisa Sehn were excited by the turnout to the organization’s Volunteer Appreciation event on Tuesday, April 9. They served beverages and cake to volunteers who made bracelets and entered a draw for door prizes donated by community members. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard
The Read Right Society’s (L-R) Andrea Parker, Alex Dagnino, Michelle Richardson, and Lisa Sehn were excited by the turnout to the organization’s Volunteer Appreciation event on Tuesday, April 9. They served beverages and cake to volunteers who made bracelets and entered a draw for door prizes donated by community members. Sarah Gawdin/Hope Standard
The future of the 753 water system is still up in the air, but Council hopes to start discussing options at some point this year. (file photo)

Hope’s new Master Water Plan still holds uncertainty for 753 water system

Council says they’ll begin discussing ideas for the system this year

The future of the 753 water system is still up in the air, but Council hopes to start discussing options at some point this year. (file photo)
Council’s meeting on Mar. 25 spanned a wide range of topics, and they’re next meeting is scheduled for April 8. (Hope.ca)

District of Hope council tackles a variety of topics at most recent meeting

Topics ranged from electric fueling stations, food waste, and bylaws, to funding more RCMP officers

Council’s meeting on Mar. 25 spanned a wide range of topics, and they’re next meeting is scheduled for April 8. (Hope.ca)
April 7 to 13 is “Make a WIll” week. (file photo)

If you have a job or a dog, you should have a will

April 7 to 13 is “Make a Will” week

April 7 to 13 is “Make a WIll” week. (file photo)