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SD42 school board trustee Katie Sullivan staffed a Salvation Army kettle outside Save-On-Foods in the Westgate Shopping Centre Thursday morning. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Salvation Army kettle campaign only half way there

The ministry serving Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge hopes to reach its goal of $90,000 by Christmas

SD42 school board trustee Katie Sullivan staffed a Salvation Army kettle outside Save-On-Foods in the Westgate Shopping Centre Thursday morning. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Griffith Jones was on the roof, his daughter Joan (below) outside the family home on a winter’s day in 1939. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Sharing memories of winters past

Highlights from memoir of Joan Jones feature some vivid detail of Christmases and winter in Haney

  • Dec 12, 2020
Griffith Jones was on the roof, his daughter Joan (below) outside the family home on a winter’s day in 1939. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
What are your special memories of Christmas? For some, it’s touring around to Christmas light displays such as this one in Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows. (City of Pitt Meadows/Special to The News)

Share cherished holiday traditions with Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

We are inviting readers to share stories and photos for an upcoming Christmas publication

  • Dec 11, 2020
What are your special memories of Christmas? For some, it’s touring around to Christmas light displays such as this one in Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows. (City of Pitt Meadows/Special to The News)
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Woman sings Christmas song in Golden Ears Provincial Park to delight of onlookers
Downtown Maple Ridge BIA Win Your Wish contest
Archer Reid was the Ridge Meadows Hospital New Year baby
Polar Plunge Alouette Lake
A Maple Ridge couple were perplexed by some lights they observed in the sky on Saturday night. (Pixabay)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge couple spots strange lights flying in formation

‘Too low to be satellites, too high to be drones,’ viewer said.

A Maple Ridge couple were perplexed by some lights they observed in the sky on Saturday night. (Pixabay)
A stubborn little dragon named Freddy refuses to wear his green shoes because his friends make fun of him. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge children’s author examines the issue of bullying

My Dragon Doesn’t Want To Wear Shoes is the third book by Ligia Carvalho

A stubborn little dragon named Freddy refuses to wear his green shoes because his friends make fun of him. (Special to The News)
Volunteers hand out hampers at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

More kids in need this holiday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Christmas hamper society still needs help this season

Volunteers hand out hampers at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)
Danielle Axton won the 2020 Memory Living Manager of the Year award, one of six national awards presented by Chartwell Retirement Residences. (Chartwell photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley seniors residence manager’s dedication earns national award

Danielle Axton has worked at the same seniors complex for more than a decade

Danielle Axton won the 2020 Memory Living Manager of the Year award, one of six national awards presented by Chartwell Retirement Residences. (Chartwell photo/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
This display is located at 12435 Grace St., in Maple Ridge, near Blackstock. (Special to The News)

Sharing a little extra light and love this season

Tell us about your favourite Christmas displays in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

  • Dec 10, 2020
This display is located at 12435 Grace St., in Maple Ridge, near Blackstock. (Special to The News)
Jonny is one of the ponies visitors can take a picture with at Harlequin Stables. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge stable holds holiday meet-n-greet with rescued ponies

Harlequin Stables has saved 12 animals since COVID-19 pandemic began

Jonny is one of the ponies visitors can take a picture with at Harlequin Stables. (Special to The News)
Fraser Valley Regional Library patrons can pay their fines with non-perishable food items Dec. 9 through Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)

Swap food for fines at your local Fraser Valley Regional Library

From Dec. 9 through Jan. 13, library patrons can “pay” their fines while helping local food banks

Fraser Valley Regional Library patrons can pay their fines with non-perishable food items Dec. 9 through Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)
Once again the Fraser Valley Regional Library is offering to waive library fines in lieu of donations to the local food bank. The program runs until early January. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Librarians help get people in the holiday spirits

With a plethora of seasonal resources available, the local libraries have lots to offer members

  • Dec 9, 2020
Once again the Fraser Valley Regional Library is offering to waive library fines in lieu of donations to the local food bank. The program runs until early January. (Special to The News)
Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)

Christmas traditions: Maple Ridge man’s front lawn features more than 180 light-up statues

Bjorn Wejr travels as far as Tacoma, WA to add to his Christmas blow mold collection each year

Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)
REBGV chair, Colette Gerber. (Special to The News)

Realtors Care Blanket Drive raises 50k for housing related charities

Maple Ridge’s Christmas Hamper Society is one of the recipients

REBGV chair, Colette Gerber. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge author Matthew Bennett just published his first science fiction novel. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge author publishes first Sci Fi

Story takes place in the year 2337 on a planet divided in two

Maple Ridge author Matthew Bennett just published his first science fiction novel. (Special to The News)
The need for services for women and children impacted by violence and abuse in Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows continues to grow. (Pixabay)

Cythera House recognizes National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Maple Ridge transition house has bene serving women in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for 37 years.

The need for services for women and children impacted by violence and abuse in Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows continues to grow. (Pixabay)
Randy Phillips of Maple Ridge captured this picture of the snow capped mountain range, fronted by the fields as seen from Neaves and Rannie Roads in Pitt Meadows. Phillips has labelled his photo, “Snow’s coming.” (Special to The News)

SHARE: Snow, she is coming

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

  • Dec 6, 2020
Randy Phillips of Maple Ridge captured this picture of the snow capped mountain range, fronted by the fields as seen from Neaves and Rannie Roads in Pitt Meadows. Phillips has labelled his photo, “Snow’s coming.” (Special to The News)
Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.

B.C. man’s book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients throughout the province

Gogs Gagnon’s book to be included in Prostate Cancer Foundation BC’s kits

Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.
The GLOW Maple Ridge Holiday Ornament Photo Contest runs until Thursday, Dec. 24. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Holiday traditions celebrated with Maple Ridge ornament photo contest

Residents are being asked to submit photos of their favourite ornaments and decorations

The GLOW Maple Ridge Holiday Ornament Photo Contest runs until Thursday, Dec. 24. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
The Maple Ridge Community Foundation needs participants for a Christmas card exchange for isolated seniors in need. (Maple Ridge Community Foundation/Special to The News)

Programs benefit those in need for the Maple Ridge Community Foundation

Participants needed for Christmas cards for seniors and an online trivia night

The Maple Ridge Community Foundation needs participants for a Christmas card exchange for isolated seniors in need. (Maple Ridge Community Foundation/Special to The News)
On one of his regular bike rides around the region, Maple Ridge’s Ron Paley captured this picture – highlighting strong shadows – on and around the Fraser River and Golden Ears Bridge, from a vantage point at Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

SHARE: Cool temperatures and cloud over make for stunning view

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

  • Dec 5, 2020
On one of his regular bike rides around the region, Maple Ridge’s Ron Paley captured this picture – highlighting strong shadows – on and around the Fraser River and Golden Ears Bridge, from a vantage point at Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)