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Santa and Mrs. Claus take a well-deserved break after reading through all the Black Press Media papers in Greater Victoria to update the naught and nice list. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

10 questions with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Black Press Media staffers put together a line of questioning for the…

Santa and Mrs. Claus take a well-deserved break after reading through all the Black Press Media papers in Greater Victoria to update the naught and nice list. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Shortreed Community Elementary, Mrs. Rowbotham’s Grade 1 class

Aldergrove’s Shortreed Community Elementary students write to Santa

Watch for clusters of letters to be posted on our website during the holidays

Shortreed Community Elementary, Mrs. Rowbotham’s Grade 1 class
Shortreed Community Elementary, Mrs. Rowbotham’s Grade 1 class

Langley children at Shortreed Community Elementary write to Santa

Watch for clusters of letters to be posted on our website during the holidays

Shortreed Community Elementary, Mrs. Rowbotham’s Grade 1 class
Emily Chan is a West Langley Elementary student in kindergarten.

Langley children write to Santa

Watch for clusters of letters to be posted on our website during the holidays

Emily Chan is a West Langley Elementary student in kindergarten.
Ahead of the severe cold snap that has blanketed the Lower Mainland, Sandra Reams shared this picture of Christmas PJs hung from the clothesline outside the historic Michaud House, which has a parlour dedicated as a small museum space for the Langley Memorial Hospital. “Hopefully people get a little chuckle as they walk their dogs by the house on their way to Portage Park,” said the site caretaker. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Dec 24, 2022
Ahead of the severe cold snap that has blanketed the Lower Mainland, Sandra Reams shared this picture of Christmas PJs hung from the clothesline outside the historic Michaud House, which has a parlour dedicated as a small museum space for the Langley Memorial Hospital. “Hopefully people get a little chuckle as they walk their dogs by the house on their way to Portage Park,” said the site caretaker. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Back in 2017, Kevin Snyder snapped a photograph of his kids, Elliot and Maelle, that made the front page of the newspaper. They were getting air while tobogganing. Well, earlier this week, the family returned to that same haunt, Dad attempting to recreate that photo close to six years later. “Kids are still finding some fun in Langley at our secret hill at Williams Park,” said Snyder. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Dec 23, 2022
Back in 2017, Kevin Snyder snapped a photograph of his kids, Elliot and Maelle, that made the front page of the newspaper. They were getting air while tobogganing. Well, earlier this week, the family returned to that same haunt, Dad attempting to recreate that photo close to six years later. “Kids are still finding some fun in Langley at our secret hill at Williams Park,” said Snyder. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Kala Doneyhue pictured inside her 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, after winning Penticton’s Huber Bannister Christmas car giveaway on Dec. 23, 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Working 7 days a week with 2 kids, B.C. single mom surprised with car

Huber Bannister Chevrolet held its second annual Christmas car giveaway on Dec. 23

Kala Doneyhue pictured inside her 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, after winning Penticton’s Huber Bannister Christmas car giveaway on Dec. 23, 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Gary Pihowich shared a photo of Bruno and Bella just chillin’

Langley makes sure their pets are ready for the holidays

Our Facebook request elicited some darling pictures. Here’s a few

Gary Pihowich shared a photo of Bruno and Bella just chillin’
As Thomas Seidelmann of White Rock tests the ice, South Surrey’s Joseph Chen grabs his gloves for a game of pond hockey Thursday morning (Dec. 22) at Serpentine Fen. (Brenda Anderson photo)

VIDEO: Cold snap creates perfect conditions for game of shinny in South Surrey

Half a dozen young men braved sub-zero temperatures for a rare game of pond hockey Dec. 22

As Thomas Seidelmann of White Rock tests the ice, South Surrey’s Joseph Chen grabs his gloves for a game of pond hockey Thursday morning (Dec. 22) at Serpentine Fen. (Brenda Anderson photo)
Wildlife Preservation Canada shared a picture of an Oregon spotted frog up close. (Pourya Sardari, WPC/Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: Hope for the seldom spotted Oregon spotted frog

Wildlife Preservation Canada endeavours to raise $50,000 for its preservation efforts by year’s end

  • Dec 22, 2022
Wildlife Preservation Canada shared a picture of an Oregon spotted frog up close. (Pourya Sardari, WPC/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Beverley Genge said a donation drive by people in two Walnut Grove seniors’ housing complexes and St. George’s Church to gather socks for the needy collected 641 pairs, the most ever.Genge (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Beverley Genge said a donation drive by people in two Walnut Grove seniors’ housing complexes and St. George’s Church to gather socks for the needy collected 641 pairs, the most ever.Genge (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Feeding birds in the winter can sometimes turn up surprises like this female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, spotted during a count in Walnut Grove, a very rare find for the Metro Vancouver area. Organizers of the annual bird count on Thursday, Dec. 29, are asking people with backyard feeders to add their numbers to the tally. (John Gordon/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Feeding birds in the winter can sometimes turn up surprises like this female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, spotted during a count in Walnut Grove, a very rare find for the Metro Vancouver area. Organizers of the annual bird count on Thursday, Dec. 29, are asking people with backyard feeders to add their numbers to the tally. (John Gordon/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Young volunteers JayLynn Jones, Marissa Falk and Ali Falk helped sort for delivery 3,700 Christmas cards created by Langley students for seniors and other people deserving a holiday boost. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Young volunteers JayLynn Jones, Marissa Falk and Ali Falk helped sort for delivery 3,700 Christmas cards created by Langley students for seniors and other people deserving a holiday boost. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Scott Leavitt made his 26th blood donation on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, with donor care associate Elizabeth Ollenberger donning holiday antlers for the pre-Christmas event. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Giving the gift of life: Langley blood donors are needed

Ahead of Christmas, Canadian Blood Services said supplies are tight and hope more will give

Scott Leavitt made his 26th blood donation on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, with donor care associate Elizabeth Ollenberger donning holiday antlers for the pre-Christmas event. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Natasha Hill snapped this picture of her pup enjoying some very deep snow in their Abbotsford yard on Dec. 20. (Submitted/Natasha Hill)

VIDEO: Dogs wake up to winter across Lower Mainland after big storm

Big dogs bounding into snowbanks, tiny pups diving into drifts and more

Natasha Hill snapped this picture of her pup enjoying some very deep snow in their Abbotsford yard on Dec. 20. (Submitted/Natasha Hill)
The “mischievous cow” in action Dec. 3. Photo courtesy Campbell River RCMP

RCMP on the lookout for a … ‘troublesome cow’

‘Cow’ left footprints, not hoof prints, in Island city after ringing doorbell earlier this month

  • Dec 20, 2022
The “mischievous cow” in action Dec. 3. Photo courtesy Campbell River RCMP
Consider asking a family member, friend, or contractor to help decorate your home and or yard, if decking the halls is becoming a little too much or too hard. (Langley Advance Times files)

Keep safety in mind for seniors during the holidays

A little planning and some precautionary measures can ensure displays are enjoyed all season long

Consider asking a family member, friend, or contractor to help decorate your home and or yard, if decking the halls is becoming a little too much or too hard. (Langley Advance Times files)
Who would you find out hiking in this past weekend’s snow? A group of outdoor enthusiasts – of course. A die-hard group from the Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club did a cold snowy hike from Derby Reach, along the Fort to Fort Trail and Houston Trail, before returning to the covered picnic area at Derby for a fire, hot chocolate, food, and Christmas carols. “Great day,” said photographer Ron Paley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Dec 19, 2022
Who would you find out hiking in this past weekend’s snow? A group of outdoor enthusiasts – of course. A die-hard group from the Ridge Meadows Outdoor Club did a cold snowy hike from Derby Reach, along the Fort to Fort Trail and Houston Trail, before returning to the covered picnic area at Derby for a fire, hot chocolate, food, and Christmas carols. “Great day,” said photographer Ron Paley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
This winter weather seems appealing to this varied thrush, which was spotted recently, perched in cedars near the Fraser River. “These are generally only seen in the winter during cold spells, and when there is a blanket of snow on the ground,” said photographer Cora Goodyear. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Dec 19, 2022
This winter weather seems appealing to this varied thrush, which was spotted recently, perched in cedars near the Fraser River. “These are generally only seen in the winter during cold spells, and when there is a blanket of snow on the ground,” said photographer Cora Goodyear. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jennifer, four, got all dressed up to see Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11. Then she dropped by the Basics for Babies drop-off in the Langley Events Centre parking lot to make a donation. The Langley part of the Basics for Babies campaign raised $5,700 and overflowed a cube van with supplies. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Basics for Babies generates donations in Langley

By the end of the day, a van was overflowing with supplies

Jennifer, four, got all dressed up to see Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11. Then she dropped by the Basics for Babies drop-off in the Langley Events Centre parking lot to make a donation. The Langley part of the Basics for Babies campaign raised $5,700 and overflowed a cube van with supplies. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)