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Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)

Agassiz fireman celebrates 51 years at the hall

Al Pryor has been a key member in the Agassiz Fire Department since he was 16

Heather P. (Right) and Hope Buy-Low Foods store manager Pauline Newbigging (left) show off Heather’s winnings as she enjoys free groceries for a year. The prize package from Buy-Low, one of six chain-wide, is valued at more than $5,000. (Photo/Pauline Newbigging)

Hope Buy-Low shopper wins free groceries for a year

Prize package from MYNR app valued at $5,200

Dr. Carin Bondar moderates a panel for an online event being hosted by UFV on March 8 for International Women’s Day. (Submitted photo)

UFV presents International Women’s Day event with Choose to Challenge theme

Online panel on Monday, March 8 discuss how they handle life’s challenges

A GoFundMe campaign for Riley Stevens and his family has raised more than $5,700 since launching last week. (Contributed photo)

White Rock mom of sick tot ‘totally blown away’ by donations, offers help

GoFundMe campaign to help family of Riley Stevens crests $5,700

A GoFundMe campaign for Riley Stevens and his family has raised more than $5,700 since launching last week. (Contributed photo)
The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2021

Annual auction raises money for world hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)
The Bug Girl, written by seven-year-old Sophia Spencer, is being given to 500 B.C. classrooms as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. (Submitted photos)

Reading challenges part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Abbotsford-based BC Agriculture in the Classroom participates in 10th annual event

The Bug Girl, written by seven-year-old Sophia Spencer, is being given to 500 B.C. classrooms as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. (Submitted photos)
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Sendoff for Dr. Greggain
BraveFace mask fundraiser raises $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon
Tips for Wrapping Christmas Presents
Grand Forks Choral Society sings 'Come o Ye Faithful'
Peter Flynn sits at the piano at a Christmas concert. Flynn retired at the end of 2020 and sat down with The Standard to reflect on his long career in the Hope area. (Photo/Peter Flynn)

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Coquihalla’s longtime elementary school teacher retires

Peter Flynn reflects on decades as a teacher in Hope, teaching at school he went to as a child

  • Feb 28, 2021
Peter Flynn sits at the piano at a Christmas concert. Flynn retired at the end of 2020 and sat down with The Standard to reflect on his long career in the Hope area. (Photo/Peter Flynn)
Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl is hosting a virtual coffee meeting via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Graphic/Mark Strahl)
Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl is hosting a virtual coffee meeting via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Graphic/Mark Strahl)
Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Nietzsche, the ginger cat who worked at The Book Man, poses for a photo on Sept. 7, 2017. He died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Famous Chilliwack bookstore cat, Nietzsche, dies

‘Every single thing you could want in a cat, Nietzsche embodied,’ says Amber Price

Nietzsche, the ginger cat who worked at The Book Man, poses for a photo on Sept. 7, 2017. He died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Zack Martyn kicked off his No Fun Run on Friday morning (Feb. 19). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

VIDEO: Harrison firefighter’s No Fun Run raises nearly $5K for lung association

Zack Martyn ran the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours

Zack Martyn kicked off his No Fun Run on Friday morning (Feb. 19). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)

B.C. man rescues dog that was trapped for 43 hours inside hidden well

At first, Wade Deisman thought his neighbour got a new puppy, but the barking didn’t stop.

Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)
The University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society is hosting Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed on Feb. 25. (Michelle Reed/N8V Dance Fitness, Facebook)

Powwow blends with fitness in upcoming public class hosted by UFV Student Union Society

Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed is a free virtual event open to public

The University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society is hosting Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed on Feb. 25. (Michelle Reed/N8V Dance Fitness, Facebook)
The University of the Fraser Valley Peace and Reconciliation Centre

UFV students hold online forum on peace and reconciliation

Two online sessions on Feb. 25 include student research

The University of the Fraser Valley Peace and Reconciliation Centre
The White Rock Pier is one of more than 90 locations across B.C. that will be lit blue as part of the Girl Guides’ Guiding Lights Across BC campaign. (Aaron Hinks/ Black Press file)

Fraser Valley landmarks to glow blue for Girl Guides’ guiding lights campaign

Places will be lit in blue for Guiding Lights Across BC in celebration of World Thinking Day

The White Rock Pier is one of more than 90 locations across B.C. that will be lit blue as part of the Girl Guides’ Guiding Lights Across BC campaign. (Aaron Hinks/ Black Press file)
Julie Penner (left) and Janet Woyke, librarians with the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Chilliwack, have filmed a video storytime for Anti-Bullying Day (Feb. 24) where they read ‘When We Are Kind.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser Valley librarians share storytime video about kindness for Anti-Bullying Day

Two Chilliwack librarians will talk about being kind to people of all ages and abilities

Julie Penner (left) and Janet Woyke, librarians with the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Chilliwack, have filmed a video storytime for Anti-Bullying Day (Feb. 24) where they read ‘When We Are Kind.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Hope Fire Department is sending a team up Hope Lookout in lieu of the traditional Climb the Wall event. Climb the Wall is a province-wide event supporting the B.C. Lung Association and the 1 in 5 British Columbians suffering from lung conditions. (Photo/Hope Fire Department)
The Hope Fire Department is sending a team up Hope Lookout in lieu of the traditional Climb the Wall event. Climb the Wall is a province-wide event supporting the B.C. Lung Association and the 1 in 5 British Columbians suffering from lung conditions. (Photo/Hope Fire Department)
Christyn Rumble spotted this bobcat near Hope. Bobcats are not an uncommon sight in the Hope area and often hunt small rodents and fish for food. (Screenshot/Christyn Rumble)

VIDEO: Bobcat treks through Hope

Bobcats are not an unusual sight for the Hope area but they’re not often documented this closely

Christyn Rumble spotted this bobcat near Hope. Bobcats are not an uncommon sight in the Hope area and often hunt small rodents and fish for food. (Screenshot/Christyn Rumble)
Abbotsford teacher Nerlap Sidhu is the 2021 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford teacher receives UFV community service award

Nerlap Sidhu honoured for work on Equity Backpack Project and more

Abbotsford teacher Nerlap Sidhu is the 2021 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted photo)