Heather Colpitts

Langley Advance Times publisher Lisa Farquharson and Real Canadian Superstore Langley manager Jason Pietzarka presented Kristi Kocherkewych with her $200 prize in the third annual Win Everything You Didn’t Get for Christmas Contest. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Walnut Grove woman spreads cheer as winner of Langley Advance Times and Superstore contest

The third annual Win Everything You Didn’t Get for Christmas Contest received thousands of entries

Langley Advance Times publisher Lisa Farquharson and Real Canadian Superstore Langley manager Jason Pietzarka presented Kristi Kocherkewych with her $200 prize in the third annual Win Everything You Didn’t Get for Christmas Contest. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, Aldergrove Community Secondary School tweeted out a notice to families that have started receiving text messages about a new information system. (ACSS Twitter feed)

Not spam – Langley School District surprises families with text messages

The district said more information about the new notification system will come soon

On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, Aldergrove Community Secondary School tweeted out a notice to families that have started receiving text messages about a new information system. (ACSS Twitter feed)
Police were called to the scene of 198A Street and 81st Avenue on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Curtis Kreklau/Special to Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Possible shots fired on Langley/Surrey border Thursday evening

Police had one vehicle towed and gathered evidence at the scene

Police were called to the scene of 198A Street and 81st Avenue on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Curtis Kreklau/Special to Black Press Media)
Parker Goddard, swinging at the ball) is wanting to hear from anyone interested in playing Spikeball. (Parker Goddard/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley Spikeball is looking for players

Local resident inviting people to try out a new hybrid sport – volleyball meets trampoline

Parker Goddard, swinging at the ball) is wanting to hear from anyone interested in playing Spikeball. (Parker Goddard/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
People have noticed pine siskins dying in the area, part of a trend of larger numbers of the finch flocking to the area about every five years. The larger numbers result in crowding and increased spread of salmonella. (Wikipedia photo)

Langley birdwatchers seeing dead finch species in higher numbers

Pine siskins are in the area in larger numbers. They are prone to salmonella which is fatal for them

People have noticed pine siskins dying in the area, part of a trend of larger numbers of the finch flocking to the area about every five years. The larger numbers result in crowding and increased spread of salmonella. (Wikipedia photo)
A fuel leak at the Walnut Grove Community Centre resulted in fumes getting into Walnut Grove Secondary so the start of the school day was delayed as the building was ventilated on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

UPDATE: High school in North Langley shut down over fuel leak in nearby parking lot

Walnut Grove Secondary students were told instruction will be online for the remainder of the day

A fuel leak at the Walnut Grove Community Centre resulted in fumes getting into Walnut Grove Secondary so the start of the school day was delayed as the building was ventilated on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The Langley Teachers’ Association surveys its members on how they are doing during the pandemic. Recent results show almost 40 per cent report being exhausted. (Langley Teachers’ Association/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Survey says: Langley teachers tired one year into COVID-19 battle

Recent survey results say most local public school teachers feeling the pressure

The Langley Teachers’ Association surveys its members on how they are doing during the pandemic. Recent results show almost 40 per cent report being exhausted. (Langley Teachers’ Association/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Alvin Brendan earned the Fort Langley Jazz Festival’s Rising Star Award for 2020. (Alvin Brendan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Fort Langley festival looks for rising musical star for summer performance

Musicians within Metro Vancouver have until March 31 to apply for the Rising Star award

Alvin Brendan earned the Fort Langley Jazz Festival’s Rising Star Award for 2020. (Alvin Brendan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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Sweet – chef’s gingerbread creation a tribute to Fort Langley Community Hall

Gingerbread hall will be the start of annual tradition for bakery

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Langley is watching what’s happening in Washington DC

Residents express shock and dismay at the rioting

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Peter Thiessen (standing in the grey T-shirt) was on the executive of the Back Country Horsemen of B.C. and involved in trail construction in South Langley. (Black Press Media files)

Former Langley resident and longtime RCMP member loses cancer battle

Peter Thiessen was known as the region’s RCMP media spokesperson and an avid horseback rider

Peter Thiessen (standing in the grey T-shirt) was on the executive of the Back Country Horsemen of B.C. and involved in trail construction in South Langley. (Black Press Media files)
In recent years You’ve Gotta Have Friends members would spend a day handing out flowers to perfect strangers just to spread cheer and kindness. (Black Press Media files)

Langley friendship group bids adieu at the close of 2020

You’ve Gotta Have Friends has been around for 15 years, encouraging kindness and inclusion

In recent years You’ve Gotta Have Friends members would spend a day handing out flowers to perfect strangers just to spread cheer and kindness. (Black Press Media files)
The Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation matching donation campaign runs until Dec. 31. The foundation has almost reached its $75,000 goal which would be matched by a local anonymous donor. (LMHF graphic)

Langley hospital fundraiser nears close of matching donation campaign

Local will match donations to a maximum of $75,000. Foundation has raised 93 per cent of the goal

The Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation matching donation campaign runs until Dec. 31. The foundation has almost reached its $75,000 goal which would be matched by a local anonymous donor. (LMHF graphic)
The family of Michael Taylor is fundraising to help pay for medical expenses and bring his body home from Bali where he became gravely ill over Christmas 2020. (GoFundMe campaign)

Langley family’s crowdsourcing medical fundraiser turns into burial plea

Michael Taylor became ill Dec. 22 and died Christmas Day in Bali

The family of Michael Taylor is fundraising to help pay for medical expenses and bring his body home from Bali where he became gravely ill over Christmas 2020. (GoFundMe campaign)
Sources Langley Food Bank representatives Leslie Clarke and Jaye Murray received a donation from IPEX. Presenting the donation were Mike Waddell, production manager, and plant manager Robb J. McKenzie. (IPEX photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley piping business shows holiday spirit with food bank donation

IPEX, with a branch on Duncan Way, wanted to support communities where its employees live and work

Sources Langley Food Bank representatives Leslie Clarke and Jaye Murray received a donation from IPEX. Presenting the donation were Mike Waddell, production manager, and plant manager Robb J. McKenzie. (IPEX photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Allie, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary

LETTERS TO SANTA3: How are you and Mrs. Claus, Langley kids ask

Selection of letters from local kids and enjoy two more assortments posted over the holiday season.

Allie, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary
Roshaneh, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary

LETTERS TO SANTA2: Langley kids wishes and worries for the Jolly ‘Ol Elf

Watch for two more assortments of local kids letters posted online over the holiday season.

Roshaneh, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary
Colbran, 11, handled the camera work for the Dancing for Dessert studio Christmas Dance Challenge. (Dancing for Desserts pohto/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Colbran, 11, handled the camera work for the Dancing for Dessert studio Christmas Dance Challenge. (Dancing for Desserts pohto/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Enjoy a Christmas song by Maple Ridge teacher, performed by her dad

Though the song was written a few years ago, its reflective tone captures 2020

Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
MacKenzie, Grade 2, Glenwood Elementary

LETTERS TO SANTA1: Langley kids hope to make the Nice list

A selection of letters from local kids and watch for two more assortments over the holiday season

MacKenzie, Grade 2, Glenwood Elementary