After years of talking about it

A blast from the past

More than 150 attend reunion for people who lived in the North Otter and Brown Road areas of Langley back in the 1950s and ’60s

Harvey Rempel and his friend Danny Kitsul have been talking about a reunion for years — something for the people who, like Rempel and Kitsul, went to school in the North Otter and Brown Road areas of Langley back in the 1950s and ’60s.

“We all grew up on 240th and 56,” Rempel said.

“We all had to walk to school.”

One day, Rempel says, Kitsul announced it was time to stop talking about it.

Kitsul, owner of the Poppy Estate Public Golf Course on 248 Street near Fraser Highway, was willing to cater the informal lunchtime get-together.

So the friends put the word out — Kitsul by email and text messaging, Rempel by more primitive means.

“I’m still on the land line,” he said.

More than 150 people showed up, packing the parking lot and filling the golf course restaurant.

“Everybody phoned and said they were coming,” Rempel said.

Some, like Rempel, an Aldergrove resident, hadn’t moved very far.

Other came from more distant locations like Osoyoos, Vernon and Ladysmith.

“A lot of them, I haven’t seen since we left school,” the 78-year-old Rempel said.

Kitsul, who Rempel credits as the driving force behind the reunion, was unfortunately unable to attend the event due to an unexpected illness.

Just Posted

Aldergrove shop owners make downtown more inviting

Business owners rejuvenate storefronts and invite redevelopment of the town’s core

LETTER: How do you define heritage in Fort Langley

A letter writer speaks out against demolition of several buildings in the ‘birthplace of B.C.’

Korean traditions with a mix of jazz

Black String plays Summer Festival Series at Willoughby Amphitheatre

Luxury car exporter claims Langley developers never paid back $300,000 loan

A lawsuit has been filed against two senior officials of the Newmark Group of Companies

VIDEO: Liberal MP doles out special recognition to Langley area volunteers

Fifteen Langley City and Cloverdale residents were lauded for their community contributions

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

It’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic

Canadian is detained in China on drug allegations: Chinese government

Detention of a Canadian in China comes as part a diplomatic dispute triggered by arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

Too much time on social media can hurt teens’ mental health: study

Researchers conducted a four-year survey of more than 3,800 adolescents between Grades 7 and 11

Advocates want charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

Chuckwagon races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede, a 10-day annual celebration of western life

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Most Read