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Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)

VIDEO: Chainsaw carving icon Pete Ryan left an ‘enduring’ legacy of statues in Langley City

Former councillor who brokered deals for the carvings says they should be better maintained

Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)
Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)

There will be fewer tree chipping events in Langley this year, but they will occur

Some community groups have been able to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, while others have not

Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)
On Friday, Dec. 4, the Fort Langley Christmas tree lights were turned on, without a crowd. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Fort Langley Christmas tree lights up without a crowd

Santa will not be arriving by canoe this year to light the tree, but he will still attend

On Friday, Dec. 4, the Fort Langley Christmas tree lights were turned on, without a crowd. (special to Langley Advance Times)
Brookswood Starbucks manager Sonja Olsen posed for a photo on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 at the store located at 40th Avenue and 200 Street with some of the many cards for seniors her customers have filled out (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Christmas cards for seniors idea by Brookswood Starbucks takes off

Idea is to make the holidays a little less lonely for older people in care homes during pandemic

Brookswood Starbucks manager Sonja Olsen posed for a photo on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 at the store located at 40th Avenue and 200 Street with some of the many cards for seniors her customers have filled out (Special to Langley Advance Times)
On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, the day before Aldergrove’s Madison Lewis turns one, family and friend will celebrate by attending a blood donor drive in her honour. (Courtesy Lewis Family)

A happy birthday blood donor clinic for a one-year-old open heart surgery patient in Aldergrove

Family wanted to give back after child received blood and blood products that helped save her life

On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, the day before Aldergrove’s Madison Lewis turns one, family and friend will celebrate by attending a blood donor drive in her honour. (Courtesy Lewis Family)
Avid walker George Doi of Walnut Grove celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old Langley man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Avid walker George Doi of Walnut Grove celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Litter may be one of the biggest ever

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies
A program has been set up to help families in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley with purchasing food and cleaning supplies. (Submitted image/ Parent Support Services Society of BC)

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

A program has been set up to help families in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley with purchasing food and cleaning supplies. (Submitted image/ Parent Support Services Society of BC)
MR.MIKES in Langley is hosting a community barbecue in benefit of Encompass Support Services Society on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (Google Maps)
MR.MIKES in Langley is hosting a community barbecue in benefit of Encompass Support Services Society on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (Google Maps)
Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)
Maria Goncharova is part of a team of researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University look for ways to quell the spread of the invasive knotweed species (TWU image)

VIDEO: Looking for a knockout against knotweed

How four researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University are studying invasive plant species

Maria Goncharova is part of a team of researchers at Langley-based Trinity Western University look for ways to quell the spread of the invasive knotweed species (TWU image)
Fernridge resident David Turner, seen here at the start of the Brogan’s Diner fundraising ride against cancer in Langley City on July 12, 2020, found his latest car, a 1995 Firebird, at the back of an Aldergrove barn.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A man of many, many cars

Langley’s David Turner has owned a ‘couple hundred’ vehicles, most of them just long enough to fix

Fernridge resident David Turner, seen here at the start of the Brogan’s Diner fundraising ride against cancer in Langley City on July 12, 2020, found his latest car, a 1995 Firebird, at the back of an Aldergrove barn.(Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Brogan’s Ride Against Cancer organizer Ken Johnson, seen here at the wheel of his prized convertible, will be taking part in the Sunday, July 12 fundraising ride against cancer, rain or shine from Langley to Harrison. (file)

Ride for cancer in Langley will take place Sunday, despite COVID-19

Annual fundraiser will be ‘really different,’ but classic cars are expected, organizer promises

Brogan’s Ride Against Cancer organizer Ken Johnson, seen here at the wheel of his prized convertible, will be taking part in the Sunday, July 12 fundraising ride against cancer, rain or shine from Langley to Harrison. (file)
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)
Langley City landmarks are featured on a Scavenger hunt through the month of July. (Langley Advance Times files)

Scavenger hunt sends residents around Langley City to locate landmarks

Family-friendly activity held throughout July instead of Community Day due to COVID-19 precautions

Langley City landmarks are featured on a Scavenger hunt through the month of July. (Langley Advance Times files)
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
This time, Karen Ayres (far right) had company when she went on the virtual version of the Langley Walk. She took a selfie with (from left) Simon Ayres, Laura Ayres and Colin Ayres. “I usually do solo walks but this year, due to Covid, everyone needed to get out of the house so they joined me with the walk,” she explained. (Courtesy Karen Ayres)

Virtual Langley Walk was a family affair for Brookswood resident

Usually, Karen Ayres goes it alone, but this year, thanks to COVID-induced boredom, she had company

This time, Karen Ayres (far right) had company when she went on the virtual version of the Langley Walk. She took a selfie with (from left) Simon Ayres, Laura Ayres and Colin Ayres. “I usually do solo walks but this year, due to Covid, everyone needed to get out of the house so they joined me with the walk,” she explained. (Courtesy Karen Ayres)
Aldergrove’s Shortreed Community Elementary School is serving students – as well as the larger community – free lunches on weekdays. (Shortreed elementary/Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Shortreed Elementary offering free ‘grab-and-go’ lunches to Aldergrove families amid pandemic

COVID-19 has sparked school support workers to ensure every Aldergrove student is nourished

Aldergrove’s Shortreed Community Elementary School is serving students – as well as the larger community – free lunches on weekdays. (Shortreed elementary/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Chilliwack’s Mary Hnatiw says that winning $500,000 from the May 1, 2020 Lotto Max draw feels ‘Extra’ special. (BC Lottery Corp. photo)

Chilliwack grandma says $500,000 Lotto Max win is ‘Extra’ special

‘I will celebrate at home and share the rest with my kids and grandkids’

Chilliwack’s Mary Hnatiw says that winning $500,000 from the May 1, 2020 Lotto Max draw feels ‘Extra’ special. (BC Lottery Corp. photo)
Kristi Robertson, a music teacher at Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School, created a virtual choir with 40 participants ranging from Grade 4 to age 50 accompanied by a video highlighting positive local stories. (video screen capture)

VIDEO: 40 singers form virtual choir to highlight positive Langley stories

A local music teacher created the video in dedication of 2020 graduates

Kristi Robertson, a music teacher at Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School, created a virtual choir with 40 participants ranging from Grade 4 to age 50 accompanied by a video highlighting positive local stories. (video screen capture)