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David Allison shared this picture taken along the dikes in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 3, 2021
David Allison shared this picture taken along the dikes in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
Karen Telford shared a picture of the sun shining through the trees along the Spirea Trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park recently. “A great day to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty,” she said. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 3, 2021
Karen Telford shared a picture of the sun shining through the trees along the Spirea Trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park recently. “A great day to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty,” she said. (Special to The News)
Karen McGregor share a photo, she’s named Phantom Flying Fish, taken in Jerry Sulina Park in Maple Ridge, taken when there were a few more leaves on the trees and the grasses were a little greener. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 3, 2021
Karen McGregor share a photo, she’s named Phantom Flying Fish, taken in Jerry Sulina Park in Maple Ridge, taken when there were a few more leaves on the trees and the grasses were a little greener. (Special to The News)
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Paul Puchalski took a photo of a duck pond, as seen from a trail along the Maple Ridge diking system – near the dog park – showing the skeletal reflections of nearby trees in the water. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 3, 2021
Paul Puchalski took a photo of a duck pond, as seen from a trail along the Maple Ridge diking system – near the dog park – showing the skeletal reflections of nearby trees in the water. (Special to The News)
During a morning walk along the dikes in Pitt Meadows, Ken Ballard took a few photos of the fog rolling along the river. He noted there’s been lots of heavy “mysterious” fog in recent weeks. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 3, 2021
During a morning walk along the dikes in Pitt Meadows, Ken Ballard took a few photos of the fog rolling along the river. He noted there’s been lots of heavy “mysterious” fog in recent weeks. (Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows own Nicola Cottrell shared a series of snow pictures captured following the first snowfall, seeing how it blanketed some of the farm country in Pitt Meadows and even the roadways in the Iron Mountain area of Maple Ridge, heading back from Stave Falls. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Pitt Meadows own Nicola Cottrell shared a series of snow pictures captured following the first snowfall, seeing how it blanketed some of the farm country in Pitt Meadows and even the roadways in the Iron Mountain area of Maple Ridge, heading back from Stave Falls. (Special to The News)
Artur Siewierski shared this picture taken in 2020 at the Osprey provincial marine park on Pitt Lake, one of the world’s few tidal lakes, and apparently among the largest. “The water is clear and pristine but you have to watch the tides when beaching the boat as it might get stuck when the tide goes low. Not many people are aware of the beautiful, long beaches at the Osprey Provincial Marine Park. It’s a beautiful and tranquilizing place one can get to by boat or kayak. A true gem around Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows,” said Siewierski, who spent a warm summer night sleeping on this boat. “It was quite the experience when I got awaken at 4am hearing a loud banging against the boat. It thought I hit the rocks but it was just a sudden gust of wind and waves. Wide awake, I watched with awe the warm sun rising above the horizon.” (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Artur Siewierski shared this picture taken in 2020 at the Osprey provincial marine park on Pitt Lake, one of the world’s few tidal lakes, and apparently among the largest. “The water is clear and pristine but you have to watch the tides when beaching the boat as it might get stuck when the tide goes low. Not many people are aware of the beautiful, long beaches at the Osprey Provincial Marine Park. It’s a beautiful and tranquilizing place one can get to by boat or kayak. A true gem around Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows,” said Siewierski, who spent a warm summer night sleeping on this boat. “It was quite the experience when I got awaken at 4am hearing a loud banging against the boat. It thought I hit the rocks but it was just a sudden gust of wind and waves. Wide awake, I watched with awe the warm sun rising above the horizon.” (Special to The News)
Tammy Clark shared a picture she captured recently in Pitt Meadows. “It was a treat to see the fog roll in over the snow covered field while the sunset – right place at the right time,” Clark said. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Tammy Clark shared a picture she captured recently in Pitt Meadows. “It was a treat to see the fog roll in over the snow covered field while the sunset – right place at the right time,” Clark said. (Special to The News)
Lori McLean share a picture taken recently in Pitt Meadows, along the dikes at the north end of Harris Road, just west of the bridge on what she described as a “beautiful day.” (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Lori McLean share a picture taken recently in Pitt Meadows, along the dikes at the north end of Harris Road, just west of the bridge on what she described as a “beautiful day.” (Special to The News)
Jay Mundy shared this picture of what looks like a ski resort, but is actually downtown Maple Ridge looking north to the Golden Ears Mountains from Haney. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Jay Mundy shared this picture of what looks like a ski resort, but is actually downtown Maple Ridge looking north to the Golden Ears Mountains from Haney. (Special to The News)
While it’s not the typical Through the Lens photographs shared by The News, Phil Cloke shared a few pictures he took along the Haney Bypass showing that the safety cones around all the construction have finally disappeared. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
While it’s not the typical Through the Lens photographs shared by The News, Phil Cloke shared a few pictures he took along the Haney Bypass showing that the safety cones around all the construction have finally disappeared. (Special to The News)
Finn: My favourite Christmas memory is putting the star on top of the tree.

Kindergarten kids share favourite Christmas memories

A group of young students from Whonnock Elementary share their thoughts and art this holiday season

  • Jan 2, 2021
Finn: My favourite Christmas memory is putting the star on top of the tree.
Dustin Kvammen, and his 10-year-old daughter Gabby, took these pictures around Maple Ridge this year. “I would like to show her we can accomplish big things if we try hard. We’re both into photography,” Dad said, but noted they only have phones to use as they can’t afford more expensive photographic equipment. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 2, 2021
Dustin Kvammen, and his 10-year-old daughter Gabby, took these pictures around Maple Ridge this year. “I would like to show her we can accomplish big things if we try hard. We’re both into photography,” Dad said, but noted they only have phones to use as they can’t afford more expensive photographic equipment. (Special to The News)
One might initially think this is a foggy winter day at Jerry Sulina Park, with the sun rising over the dikes. But check again. It’s not. Chuck Bartlett actually took this photo back in August, when the area was socked in with smoke from the forest fires. (Special to The News)

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  • Jan 1, 2021
One might initially think this is a foggy winter day at Jerry Sulina Park, with the sun rising over the dikes. But check again. It’s not. Chuck Bartlett actually took this photo back in August, when the area was socked in with smoke from the forest fires. (Special to The News)
Rachel and Ryan Neufeld plunged into Alouette Lake for the New Year. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Welcoming the New Year at Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge

Handfuls of people plunged into the water on New Year’s Day in Golden Ears Provincial Park

Rachel and Ryan Neufeld plunged into Alouette Lake for the New Year. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Sunshine lamps are just one of many items the local branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library offer free for members to borrow, and the lamps might help with the winter blues. (FVRL/Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Libraries have ‘ya covered’ with those new year’s resolutions

Local libraries have everything from ukuleles and telescopes to sunshine lamps available to borrow

  • Dec 31, 2020
Sunshine lamps are just one of many items the local branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library offer free for members to borrow, and the lamps might help with the winter blues. (FVRL/Special to The News)
Pamela Watkins of Maple Ridge shared this recent picture taken near the Rainbow Bridge by Kanaka Creek. “Our family loves walking in our neighbourhood, and we love that such beauty is within steps of our home,” Watkins said. (Special to The News)

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  • Dec 30, 2020
Pamela Watkins of Maple Ridge shared this recent picture taken near the Rainbow Bridge by Kanaka Creek. “Our family loves walking in our neighbourhood, and we love that such beauty is within steps of our home,” Watkins said. (Special to The News)
Donors hang socks, gloves and other warming items on the sock tree. (Special to The News)

Whonnock’s sock tree still available for donations

Warm donations will be given to those in need in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Donors hang socks, gloves and other warming items on the sock tree. (Special to The News)
Mary Berry Charlton and husband Alfred Charlton on the bank of the Fraser River on the Edge farm opposite Port Haney, circa 1902-05. (Maple Ridge Museum #P00186/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Woman pioneer thrust into postal role and more

When Alfred Charlton died, his widow took over as harbour and post master, plus general store owner

  • Dec 29, 2020
Mary Berry Charlton and husband Alfred Charlton on the bank of the Fraser River on the Edge farm opposite Port Haney, circa 1902-05. (Maple Ridge Museum #P00186/Special to The News)
Maple Ridge residents with a penchant for chilly swims will have to brave local waters by themselves or with members of their bubble. (Pixabay)

No group polar dip to start 2021

Annual Alouette Lake winter swim will have to wait another year.

Maple Ridge residents with a penchant for chilly swims will have to brave local waters by themselves or with members of their bubble. (Pixabay)