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Swimmers compete in an early heat Saturday morning during the River Monster Invitational swim meet at the Hope Recreation Centre in 2017. The pool will open in the early fall, after shutting down in March due to the ongoing pandemic. Greg Laychak/Black Press

Hope rec centre re-opening in phases, North Bend pool to open this summer

Outdoor classes and access to the weight room this summer, with indoor pool opening in fall

Swimmers compete in an early heat Saturday morning during the River Monster Invitational swim meet at the Hope Recreation Centre in 2017. The pool will open in the early fall, after shutting down in March due to the ongoing pandemic. Greg Laychak/Black Press
This 1958 Piper Super Pacer is among the planes that will be on display during the Wings and Wheels event on Aug. 15 and 16 at Tradex in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Wings and Wheels drive-thru fundraiser supports Crystal Gala Foundation

Event on Aug. 15 and 16 at Tradex to feature more than 300 planes and vehicles

  • Jul 29, 2020
This 1958 Piper Super Pacer is among the planes that will be on display during the Wings and Wheels event on Aug. 15 and 16 at Tradex in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
B.C. Ferries is still providing ferry service between Tsawwassen and Victoria, 60 years later. (File - Black Press Media)

QUIZ: A summer’s day on the water

How much do you know about boats and other watercraft?

B.C. Ferries is still providing ferry service between Tsawwassen and Victoria, 60 years later. (File - Black Press Media)
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Berlin zoo pandas celebrate their first birthday
Miss Canada 2020
Amateur Photographer of the Year 2020
British Columbia's provincial health officer offers some words of encouragement to the grads of 2020
Dr. Iris Lesser has been involved in several studies looking at the correlation between exercise and the mental wellbeing of cancer survivors, including one called Take A Hike, which was led by a UFV student in the fall of 2019. (UFV photo)

Cancer survivor study looking at connection to outdoor exercise needs more participants

Online study researching ways to provide better physical activity programs for cancer survivors

Dr. Iris Lesser has been involved in several studies looking at the correlation between exercise and the mental wellbeing of cancer survivors, including one called Take A Hike, which was led by a UFV student in the fall of 2019. (UFV photo)
Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford man, 90, to do 10th annual leap from plane

Nelson Drozdowich hopes to reach $100,000 goal for Cyrus Centre

  • Jul 24, 2020
Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Fraser Valley Regional Library branches to re-open Aug. 4. (Langley Advance Times files)

Fraser Valley Regional Library to re-open all 25 branch locations on Aug. 4

Guests will once again be able to browse collections, have computer access, and return items

Fraser Valley Regional Library branches to re-open Aug. 4. (Langley Advance Times files)
(File Photo/Kilby Historic Site)

Kilby General Store and Hotel now open again

The museum shut down for a while during the pandemic

(File Photo/Kilby Historic Site)
Prince George, heir to the British throne, is puctured in this file photo dated Saturday, June 17, 2017, members of the British royal family. How much do you know about Prince George, other princes and other people named George? (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

QUIZ: In honour of Prince George

The heir to the British throne celebrates his birthday on July 22

Prince George, heir to the British throne, is puctured in this file photo dated Saturday, June 17, 2017, members of the British royal family. How much do you know about Prince George, other princes and other people named George? (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
Around $2,000 per month is available to power the work of volunteers and their grassroots projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, from Hope up the Fraser Canyon, from United Way. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

$2,000 in grants available for grassroots COVID-19 related projects from Hope to Boston Bar

United Way dollars can help fund supplies for individuals doing good deeds during the pandemic

Around $2,000 per month is available to power the work of volunteers and their grassroots projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, from Hope up the Fraser Canyon, from United Way. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
The BC SPCA’s annual summer camps have gone online for 2020. (Submitted/ The Progress)

Learning about animals goes online with BC SPCA’s summer camps for kids

Kids can learn to speak ‘cat’ and more in SPCA’s weekly online summer sessions

The BC SPCA’s annual summer camps have gone online for 2020. (Submitted/ The Progress)
This year’s Monsoon Festival will still feature workshops but from the comfort of participants’ homes as the festival turns digital for 2020. (South Asian Arts Society)

Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts turns digital for fifth anniversary

The festival celebrates South Asian artists and performers

This year’s Monsoon Festival will still feature workshops but from the comfort of participants’ homes as the festival turns digital for 2020. (South Asian Arts Society)
Old cars are on display at the Hackberry General Store in Arizona. The general store is along a famous highway. Do you know the name of this highway? (John Arendt - Black Press)

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Old cars are on display at the Hackberry General Store in Arizona. The general store is along a famous highway. Do you know the name of this highway? (John Arendt - Black Press)
Mac was a pup-ular dog at the University of the Fraser Valley sports building in early March, 2019, where he celebrated his 15th birthday and his retirement as a therapy dog at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Dustin Godfrey/Black Press)

Popular retired UFV therapy dog passes away

Mac the Therapy Dog consoled countless students and staff, as well as wildfire victims

Mac was a pup-ular dog at the University of the Fraser Valley sports building in early March, 2019, where he celebrated his 15th birthday and his retirement as a therapy dog at the University of the Fraser Valley. (Dustin Godfrey/Black Press)
Seabird Island community to recieve $2.1 million for community centre

Seabird Island community to recieve $2.1 million for community centre

Provincial, federal funding will contribute to local undertaking

Seabird Island community to recieve $2.1 million for community centre
A life-sized cutout of Dolly Parton at the top of the Jinkerson stairs in Chilliwack, in June 2020. The cutout is being used to help promote her literacy organization, Imagination Library, and the Fraser Valley chapter’s Christmas in July campaign. (Submitted/ Chilliwack Progress)

Imagination Library Fraser Valley celebrating Christmas in July

Dolly Parton early literacy intiative looking for financial support to help with waitlist

A life-sized cutout of Dolly Parton at the top of the Jinkerson stairs in Chilliwack, in June 2020. The cutout is being used to help promote her literacy organization, Imagination Library, and the Fraser Valley chapter’s Christmas in July campaign. (Submitted/ Chilliwack Progress)
An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)
A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)

Inside the undefined world of a Rainbow Family gathering in B.C.

Celebrations are underway to mark the annual gathering of the controversial Rainbow Family of Living Light

A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)
96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

‘I did as I was told and I enjoyed every minute of it’

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends
Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)

UFV grads of 2020 honoured in innovative ways

No convocation ceremony due to pandemic, but grads receive ‘celebration box’

  • Jul 6, 2020
Tsandlia Van Ry of Chilliwack is this year’s University of the Fraser Valley recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. Van Ry was also the student speaker for the faculty of professional studies. (UFV photo)
Dogs have been companions of people for a long time. How much do you know about dogs? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Dogs have been companions of people for a long time. How much do you know about dogs? (Black Press file photo)