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Murrayville’s John Swityk (L) turned 100 on Aug. 3, surrounded by family and friends and memories. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley vet turns 100

John Swityk, who fought in the Second World War, was surrounded by family, friends and memories

Murrayville’s John Swityk (L) turned 100 on Aug. 3, surrounded by family and friends and memories. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Drew Mechielsen (R) signed a young fan’s jersey at the Langley BMX track on Sunday, Aug. 1, her first day back from Tokyo where she rode into the finals. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley BMX Olympian Drew Mechielsen gets a big welcome home

A surprise victory lap at her ‘home track’

Drew Mechielsen (R) signed a young fan’s jersey at the Langley BMX track on Sunday, Aug. 1, her first day back from Tokyo where she rode into the finals. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley anti-bigotry activist Cran Campbell welcomed the federal government announcement on July 29 of new online anti-hate legislation, but he is concerned about the possibility of an election that could scuttle the plan. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Proposed new online hate laws welcomed by Langley anti-bigotry activist

Federal government has announced consultation process, with legislation by the fall

Langley anti-bigotry activist Cran Campbell welcomed the federal government announcement on July 29 of new online anti-hate legislation, but he is concerned about the possibility of an election that could scuttle the plan. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A firefighter ladles out a sample at the 2019 Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ in Langley City, which has raised more than $60,000 for the Young Burn Survivors Camp run by the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Organizers have just announced the event will have to be cancelled for a second year. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley’s Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ is called off for second year

Easing of COVID restrictions came ‘too late to proceed with our plans’

A firefighter ladles out a sample at the 2019 Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ in Langley City, which has raised more than $60,000 for the Young Burn Survivors Camp run by the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Organizers have just announced the event will have to be cancelled for a second year. (Langley Advance Times file)
Silver, Carly Seemann, Coquitlam (L); Gold, Eniko Sara, Langley (centre); and Bronze, Gaby Palson-Chamberlain (R), at the 2016 Summer Games. (file)
Silver, Carly Seemann, Coquitlam (L); Gold, Eniko Sara, Langley (centre); and Bronze, Gaby Palson-Chamberlain (R), at the 2016 Summer Games. (file)
Business is a lot closer to normal at Cascades Casino in Langley City, seen here on July 31 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Convention bookings are already being made at reopened Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City

Most, but not all, are picking dates after almost all COVID restrictions end, in September

Business is a lot closer to normal at Cascades Casino in Langley City, seen here on July 31 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
This is one of the coolest taprooms in the world, as selected by the 2021 Craft Beer Marketing Awards. It’s in Langley, at the Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks in Walnut Grove. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Where can you find one of the best taprooms in the world? Langley, that’s where.

World-wide competition gives gold ‘Crushie’ to Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks in Walnut Grove

This is one of the coolest taprooms in the world, as selected by the 2021 Craft Beer Marketing Awards. It’s in Langley, at the Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks in Walnut Grove. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Maternity cases were again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time until July 9, but it should be last time it happens this year, the Fraser Health Authority said. (Unsplash photo)

Second diversion of maternity patients from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley will be the last of the year: FHA

‘We have secured pediatric coverage from Aug. 9 to the end of 2021’ Fraser Health Authority says

Maternity cases were again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time until July 9, but it should be last time it happens this year, the Fraser Health Authority said. (Unsplash photo)
San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during a March game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL is investigating an allegation made by Kane’s wife that he bets on his own games. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Claim that San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane bet on his own games is under investigation

Kane, former Vancouver Giants star player, calls claim by estranged wife ‘completely false’

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during a March game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL is investigating an allegation made by Kane’s wife that he bets on his own games. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
Maternity cases are again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time for ‘about 10 day’ according to a Fraser Health announcement. (Unsplash photo)
Maternity cases are again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time for ‘about 10 day’ according to a Fraser Health announcement. (Unsplash photo)
Langley City’s Drew Mechielsen made it all the way to the finals and a top-10 finish in her Olympic debut at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo held July 29 and 30. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Olympic Committee)
Langley City’s Drew Mechielsen made it all the way to the finals and a top-10 finish in her Olympic debut at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo held July 29 and 30. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Olympic Committee)
This antique aircraft has an unusual connection to the original Star Wars film, and Aldergrove resident Robert Gillcash, a volunteer who conducts tours of the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, will explain if you visit. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
This antique aircraft has an unusual connection to the original Star Wars film, and Aldergrove resident Robert Gillcash, a volunteer who conducts tours of the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, will explain if you visit. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)

All Langley RCMP officers have had both shots for COVID-19

Total of 11 members tested positive, officer in charge reports

During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)
Langley Xtreme U16B team won provincial championships in Kelowna. Front row: Kate Doney, Isabella Tobler, Natalie Naylor, Gemma Charron, Shane Ford-Amendolagine, Makenzie Fehlhaber, Celina Bhatti Back Row: Coach Mick Ghuman, Coach Heather Hiebert, Hannah Hiebert, Abby Hopson, Ashley Nugent, Grace Kinch, Sienna Ghuman, Kaeli Lamothe, Head Coach Jeff McMillan, Coach Keith Nugent. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley Xtreme win U16B provincial championships

‘I couldn’t be more proud of these girls’ coach says

Langley Xtreme U16B team won provincial championships in Kelowna. Front row: Kate Doney, Isabella Tobler, Natalie Naylor, Gemma Charron, Shane Ford-Amendolagine, Makenzie Fehlhaber, Celina Bhatti Back Row: Coach Mick Ghuman, Coach Heather Hiebert, Hannah Hiebert, Abby Hopson, Ashley Nugent, Grace Kinch, Sienna Ghuman, Kaeli Lamothe, Head Coach Jeff McMillan, Coach Keith Nugent. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Former Langley Eagle Kyle Burroughs has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. (file)

Langley’s Kyle Burroughs joins the Vancouver Canucks

Signs two-way, two year contract

Former Langley Eagle Kyle Burroughs has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. (file)
LEPS Wetlands Workforce members Elyse Dyke and Sebastian Schigas carefully banded baby Purple Martins discovered in a habitat at Meunch Bar on the Fraser River near Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Two months after one Langley Purple Martin habitat was destroyed, the birds have found a new home

New nest boxes are downstream from the habitat destroyed by runaway log boom in May

LEPS Wetlands Workforce members Elyse Dyke and Sebastian Schigas carefully banded baby Purple Martins discovered in a habitat at Meunch Bar on the Fraser River near Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Zack Ostapchuk has become the first ever Giant to be drafted by the Ottawa Senators (file)

Two Giants drafted by NHL teams

Ostaphuk and Lysell get the call

Zack Ostapchuk has become the first ever Giant to be drafted by the Ottawa Senators (file)
Langley resident John Swityk of the Regina Rifles listens, as French consul-general Jean-Christophe Fleury thanks him for freeing his country. In 2015, Swityk was presented with the French Legion of Honour award, that country’s highest award, as part of a decision by the French government to honour all living Canadian soldiers who fought during D-Day to help liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany. (Langley Advance Times file)

One of Langley’s last surviving Second World War veterans is turning 100

One of the first soldiers to land on Juno Beach on D-Day, John Swityk insists he’s not a hero

Langley resident John Swityk of the Regina Rifles listens, as French consul-general Jean-Christophe Fleury thanks him for freeing his country. In 2015, Swityk was presented with the French Legion of Honour award, that country’s highest award, as part of a decision by the French government to honour all living Canadian soldiers who fought during D-Day to help liberate France and defeat Nazi Germany. (Langley Advance Times file)
One person was taken to hospital after a vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the 5000-block of 236 Street around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March, 30, 2021. (Langley Advance Times file)

How to report a bad driver to police

Langley RCMP have some pointers

One person was taken to hospital after a vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in the 5000-block of 236 Street around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March, 30, 2021. (Langley Advance Times file)
MP Tamara Jansen hired a communications company run by Steve Outhouse, the second-highest ranking staffer in Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s office, public disclosure documents show. (File)

Cloverdale – Langley City MP Jansen hired communications company operated by senior party staffer

Should be ‘separation between the parliamentary side and the partisan side’ Liberal rival says

MP Tamara Jansen hired a communications company run by Steve Outhouse, the second-highest ranking staffer in Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s office, public disclosure documents show. (File)