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Brad Fedoruk sent in this photo of an American White Pelican seen in the Vedder Canal near Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Oct. 16, 2021. (Brad Fedoruk photo)

Bird watchers excited to see rare American White Pelican in Chilliwack

Species nests at Stum Lake up north but are almost never seen on the ground in the Fraser Valley

Owner of Mountain Classics Bill Davidson, with a 1955 Chevy in the background, had initially dreamed up the shop as a hobby shop to work on his classic car passion projects. The result is now a full-time business with clientele from all over Hope, the Fraser Valley and beyond. (Trav Barker Media c/o FYI Guys Services Inc. photo)

From a hobby shop to a thriving Hope business in the blink of an eye

Mountain Classics, a car shop dedicated to classic cars, is open in Hope

  • Oct 22, 2021
Victims of domestic violence should try to pack a go bag with clothes, extra keys and other items in case they are able to leave quickly. (Submitted photo)

Victims of domestic violence live in a shadow of fear and shame

Anyone can be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence

  • Oct 22, 2021
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Volunteers needed for planting event at Starrett’s Pond in Hope

Volunteers will get tour of salmon-saving restoration project

The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
A gaggle of geese were swimming around Thacker Marsh in Hope on Oct. 13, 2021, as autumn colours begin to show in the park. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Photo of the week: Gaggle of geese in Hope

Thacker’s Marsh in Hope a perfect place for an autumn nature walk

A gaggle of geese were swimming around Thacker Marsh in Hope on Oct. 13, 2021, as autumn colours begin to show in the park. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Grade 3 class connects with seniors through flowers

First project of Upper Sumas Elementary students is watercolour paintings

Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Chilliwack students get ‘phenomenal’ Olympic experience

Kids at Mt. Slesse middle met and played sports with 3 Olympic athletes in Chilliwack

Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)

Thousands of climate-resilient trees planted on Mt. Thom in Chilliwack

Volunteers, workers help plant seedlings as part of Growing Climate Resilient Forests for Chilliwack

Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to bikepackers

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
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Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: B.C. Senior, 101, takes first flying lesson

It was a birthday present for ‘adventurous’ Walter Martens

Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The line was out the door on election day at the Agassiz Agricultural Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Local student election taps Green Party’s Bellay for MP seat

Student Vote Day turns up different results for different schools

The line was out the door on election day at the Agassiz Agricultural Hall. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Allison, Tyler and six-year-old Samantha Donovan at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver in 2016. (Submitted)

How Cops for Cancer helped one B.C. family’s childhood cancer journey

Samantha Donovan’s family was able to stay together during her treatment thanks to the charity

Allison, Tyler and six-year-old Samantha Donovan at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver in 2016. (Submitted)
The entrance to Peers Creek Forest Service Road, located east of Hope, near the entrance of the Coquihalla Highway. (Hope Standard file photo)

Clean-up crew heading to Peers Creek for Rivers Day

Volunteers asked to register and bring change of clothes

The entrance to Peers Creek Forest Service Road, located east of Hope, near the entrance of the Coquihalla Highway. (Hope Standard file photo)
A view of the row houses in Tashme where thousands of Japanese Canadians were interned during World War II. (Photo credit: Nikkei National Museum 1994-69-4-27)

5-year anniversary of the Tashme Museum near Hope will be celebrated virtually

Recent Japanese-Canadian generations to read haiku written by interned ancestors

  • Sep 18, 2021
A view of the row houses in Tashme where thousands of Japanese Canadians were interned during World War II. (Photo credit: Nikkei National Museum 1994-69-4-27)
Sesame Street’s Ernie would either be appalled or amazed by the amount of rubber duckies floating in this year’s annual Rotary duck toss. This year’s winners are: Arnold John, Ron Sansom, and Cal Barnett. (Facebook)

Hope’s 2021 Brigade Days weekend a rip-roaring time for all

3-day, family-friendly event had something for nearly everyone

  • Sep 17, 2021
Sesame Street’s Ernie would either be appalled or amazed by the amount of rubber duckies floating in this year’s annual Rotary duck toss. This year’s winners are: Arnold John, Ron Sansom, and Cal Barnett. (Facebook)
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Submitted photo)

Thanksgiving Food Drive coming to Hope Sept. 25

Familar bags being delivered but organizers hoping people will consider cash donations this year

The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Submitted photo)