Maple Ridge News Staff

The Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge. (The News files)

New program offers hope for those imprisoned in Maple Ridge

BladeRunners will train those transitioning back into community with employable skills

The Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge. (The News files)
The Maple Ridge Fire Department has elevated the forest fire danger rating to extreme. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Additional fire safety measures being implemented at Maple Ridge parks

Forest fire danger rating is now at extreme

The Maple Ridge Fire Department has elevated the forest fire danger rating to extreme. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Phil Klapwyk is the NDP candidate running in the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge during the next federal election. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge film union rep earns federal NDP candidacy

Phil Klapwyk carries New Democrat banner in imminent national election

Phil Klapwyk is the NDP candidate running in the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge during the next federal election. (Special to The News)
Virpan Kumar was discovered deceased. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to The News)

UPDATE: Missing Maple Ridge man found deceased

Virpan Kumar was last seen at around 8 a.m. on Monday July 19

Virpan Kumar was discovered deceased. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows driver Jason Wesson is anxious to get back on the track for some race action next weekend in Mission. (<a href="http://martinsactionphotography.smugmug.com/" target="_blank">Brent Martin</a>/Special to The News)

Pitt Meadows driver revs up for race action

Jason Wesson is excited to get back on the track at Mission Raceway July 24 and 25

Pitt Meadows driver Jason Wesson is anxious to get back on the track for some race action next weekend in Mission. (<a href="http://martinsactionphotography.smugmug.com/" target="_blank">Brent Martin</a>/Special to The News)
Tours of the recycling depot are open again this summer, so people can learn more about what happens after they put their recycling to the curb. (Special to The News)

All ages invited again to tour recycling depot

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society plans two events open to the public this summer, July 27 and Aug. 14

Tours of the recycling depot are open again this summer, so people can learn more about what happens after they put their recycling to the curb. (Special to The News)
Ray Stonehouse, PJHL President and former owner of the Ridge Meadows Flames, passed away at the age of 76, the league announced on Saturday, July 17. (PJHL)

PJHL president and former Ridge Meadows team owner Ray Stonehouse passes

Remembered as tough but fair ambassador for the league

Ray Stonehouse, PJHL President and former owner of the Ridge Meadows Flames, passed away at the age of 76, the league announced on Saturday, July 17. (PJHL)
Ambulatory Ramblers, a team at the Ridge Meadows Hospital that participated in this year’s Fund Run, received a catered lunch courtesy of Subway Restaurants - Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

Mini-golf contest in Maple Ridge Saturday helps raise money for hospital

All proceeds from the Haney Builders fun fundraiser will go to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation

Ambulatory Ramblers, a team at the Ridge Meadows Hospital that participated in this year’s Fund Run, received a catered lunch courtesy of Subway Restaurants - Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
Mechanic and B&F Automotive owner Sherwin Belgrave is spearheading another virtual music bingo fundraiser to help large farm animals impacted by the recent wildfire in Lytton. The online event runs this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Special to The News)

Mechanic hosts different style of fundraiser for Lytton fire victims

A Maple Ridge shop owner hosts music bingo event Saturday to help care for the impacted farm animals

Mechanic and B&F Automotive owner Sherwin Belgrave is spearheading another virtual music bingo fundraiser to help large farm animals impacted by the recent wildfire in Lytton. The online event runs this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Special to The News)
Hannah Everett and Tyler Boe (of Pitt Meadows) star in Theatre in the Country’s upcoming production of Salt-Water Moon. (Reg Parks/Special to The News)

After months away, Pitt Meadows actor back on stage before live audience

Theatre in the Country revives live stage shows with Salt-Water Moon

Hannah Everett and Tyler Boe (of Pitt Meadows) star in Theatre in the Country’s upcoming production of Salt-Water Moon. (Reg Parks/Special to The News)
Members of this year’s Cops for Cancer fundraising team helped out another non-profit Saturday. Several on the team pitched in to prepare the Albion Fairgrounds for the upcoming Country Fest. (Tina Kirkpatrick/Special to The News)

Army of volunteers stepping up to help prepare for Country Fest

Counting down the days before hundreds of 4-H Club members start converging…

Members of this year’s Cops for Cancer fundraising team helped out another non-profit Saturday. Several on the team pitched in to prepare the Albion Fairgrounds for the upcoming Country Fest. (Tina Kirkpatrick/Special to The News)
Art artist rendering of the new Pitt Meadows Fire Hall.
Art artist rendering of the new Pitt Meadows firehall. (Special to The News)

Province earmarks money for new Pitt Meadows emergency centre

A $25,000 grant will be used in the operations centre at the new firehall

Art artist rendering of the new Pitt Meadows Fire Hall.
Art artist rendering of the new Pitt Meadows firehall. (Special to The News)
Local dog owners are now able to visit participating shops and patios with their four-legged friend, and if they have a special dog tag, they can receive 10 per cent off from participating businesses. (Maple Ridge illustration)

Dogs earn shoppers discounts at Maple Ridge businesses

In a new city program, merchants offer 10% off to registered puppies (and owners) when shopping

Local dog owners are now able to visit participating shops and patios with their four-legged friend, and if they have a special dog tag, they can receive 10 per cent off from participating businesses. (Maple Ridge illustration)
Community Service, and its clients, are thankful for the charitable support the agency receives throughout the year. (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services screenshot)

Silent online auction raising money for community services

Agency helping children, youth, seniors, and families in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows hosts fundraiser

Community Service, and its clients, are thankful for the charitable support the agency receives throughout the year. (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services screenshot)
Jaden August, 12, is among those playing in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf's B.C. tour underway now. They're playing in Abbbotsford next week. (MLJ/Special to The News)

12-year-old golfer picks up first win of the season

Pitt Meadows athlete Jaden August brings home a gold from junior competition in Chilliwack

Jaden August, 12, is among those playing in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf's B.C. tour underway now. They're playing in Abbbotsford next week. (MLJ/Special to The News)
Alexandra Holmes will be acting environmental projects and communications at ARMS. (ARMS/Special to The News)

New member of ARMS passionate about species at risk

Sophie Sparrow at local Maple Ridge environmental agency will be taking mat leave

Alexandra Holmes will be acting environmental projects and communications at ARMS. (ARMS/Special to The News)
Ridge Meadows RCMP (Black Press)

Pitt Meadows crash sends cyclist to hospital

Ridge Meadows RCMP say cyclist suffered “non-life threatening” injuries

Ridge Meadows RCMP (Black Press)
A mother stands with her daughter, visiting senior parents but observing social distancing with a glass door between them. The granddaughter puts her hand up to the glass, the grandfather and grandmother doing the same. A small connection in a time of separation during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of local charities that could use help, financially and otherwise, and looking help through the Envision Financial’s #commentsofkindness initiative. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

#commentsofkindess helps infuse local charities with needed cash

Envision’s charity arm First West Foundation is running a Simple Generosity program in Maple Ridge

A mother stands with her daughter, visiting senior parents but observing social distancing with a glass door between them. The granddaughter puts her hand up to the glass, the grandfather and grandmother doing the same. A small connection in a time of separation during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of local charities that could use help, financially and otherwise, and looking help through the Envision Financial’s #commentsofkindness initiative. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Ron Paley/Special to The News

VIDEO: Paddling up Pitt Lake proved paradise

Local trio spend three days kayaking North America’s only tidal lake

Ron Paley/Special to The News
Even a bear Ron Paley crossed paths with after his skunk encounter wasn’t interested in sticking around. The Hammond outdoorsman often cycles around town. (Ron Paley/Special to The News)

SHARE: Pepe Le Pew discovered on Pitt Meadows trail

Readers encouraged to share their funny, or not so funny, skunk encounters

Even a bear Ron Paley crossed paths with after his skunk encounter wasn’t interested in sticking around. The Hammond outdoorsman often cycles around town. (Ron Paley/Special to The News)