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Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Senior, 101, takes first flying lesson from Langley airport

It was a birthday present for ‘adventurous’ Walter Martens

Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
This event is run by Trading Post Brewing located in Fort Langley (Fort Langley Beer Festival/Instagram)

Fort Langley’s beer festival making a comeback

Fort Langley Fall Beer and Food Festival will take place Oct. 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This event is run by Trading Post Brewing located in Fort Langley (Fort Langley Beer Festival/Instagram)
The masks are three layers of 100 per cent cotton or polycotton blends, with a wire piece on the nose. Sizes start from extra small and go to extra large. (Barb Taylor)

Aldergrove woman handcrafting masks in honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day

Barb Taylor is doing her part to honour Truth and Reconciliation Day.

The masks are three layers of 100 per cent cotton or polycotton blends, with a wire piece on the nose. Sizes start from extra small and go to extra large. (Barb Taylor)
Trinity Western University nursing instructor and Indigenous consultant Kathleen Lounsbury. On Thursday, September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Lounsbury will take part in a campus-wide day of learning. (TWU)

Day of Indigenous learning planned at Langley-based Trinity Western University

TWU marks Thursday, September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Trinity Western University nursing instructor and Indigenous consultant Kathleen Lounsbury. On Thursday, September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Lounsbury will take part in a campus-wide day of learning. (TWU)
Flooded cranberry fields reflect a passing train. (Xinguang Yang/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

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  • Sep 26, 2021
Flooded cranberry fields reflect a passing train. (Xinguang Yang/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Wout Brouwer came upon this scene of people being baptised in the Fraser River on Sept. 19. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

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  • Sep 25, 2021
Wout Brouwer came upon this scene of people being baptised in the Fraser River on Sept. 19. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Volunteers dropped off brown paper bags in neighbourhoods around the Lower Mainland for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Special to Black Press Media)

Langley, watch for volunteers picking up food bank donation bags on Saturday

Thanksgiving Food Drive wraps Sept. 25 with pick up or people can take donations to Mormon church

  • Sep 24, 2021
Volunteers dropped off brown paper bags in neighbourhoods around the Lower Mainland for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Special to Black Press Media)
An unidentified photo that was donated to the Alder Grove Heritage Society. People are invited to look at local heritage photos and provide any details they may have. (Alder Grove Heritage Society/Special to The Star)

Alder Grove Heritage Society looks to locals to ID those in historic photos

This years’ Community Heritage Day will be on Saturday, Sept.25

An unidentified photo that was donated to the Alder Grove Heritage Society. People are invited to look at local heritage photos and provide any details they may have. (Alder Grove Heritage Society/Special to The Star)
Allison, Tyler and six-year-old Samantha Donovan at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver in 2016. (Submitted)

How Cops for Cancer helped one B.C. family’s childhood cancer journey

Samantha Donovan’s family was able to stay together during her treatment thanks to the charity

Allison, Tyler and six-year-old Samantha Donovan at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver in 2016. (Submitted)
Seven-year-old Averie Janzen donated 12 inches of her hair to make wigs for cancer patients. It took the Langley girl a year and a half to grow it out. (Linda Colpitts/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Seven-year-old Averie Janzen donated 12 inches of her hair to make wigs for cancer patients. It took the Langley girl a year and a half to grow it out. (Linda Colpitts/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Surrey Firefighters Pipes & Drums band visited Douglas Park in Langley City on Sept. 11, 2021 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, where Langley City firefighters also paid tribute. (Rosemary Wallace/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Surrey Firefighters Pipes & Drums band visited Douglas Park in Langley City on Sept. 11, 2021 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, where Langley City firefighters also paid tribute. (Rosemary Wallace/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Initial estimates are the Sept. 11 Langley Good Time Cruise-In raised around $50,000 for charity, car show president Riccardo Sestito calculated. (Langley Advance Times file)
Initial estimates are the Sept. 11 Langley Good Time Cruise-In raised around $50,000 for charity, car show president Riccardo Sestito calculated. (Langley Advance Times file)
Dick Deck and son Brian go through some of his documents from the Second World War, when he was a bomb aimer in an aircraft that was shot down over Germany. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Dick Deck and son Brian go through some of his documents from the Second World War, when he was a bomb aimer in an aircraft that was shot down over Germany. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Murrayville resident Shelagh Brennan, seen here with her home dialysis machine, is trying, again, to find someone willing to donate a kidney, after two previous donors were ruled out following medical tests. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A long wait for a kidney for Langley woman gets even longer

Two donors have stepped up to help Shelagh Brennan, only to be ruled out by medical tests

Murrayville resident Shelagh Brennan, seen here with her home dialysis machine, is trying, again, to find someone willing to donate a kidney, after two previous donors were ruled out following medical tests. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Ken and Sandra Murphy got their first look at the home after the Acts Of Kindness Extreme Home Renovation initiative redid it from top to bottom. (Langley Advance Times/file)

Several months after an extreme home reno, a Langley City couple is still amazed and delighted

Ken and Sandra Murphy are planning an in-person thank-you barbecue, once one is possible

Ken and Sandra Murphy got their first look at the home after the Acts Of Kindness Extreme Home Renovation initiative redid it from top to bottom. (Langley Advance Times/file)
Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Art Show fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Nineteen artists took part in the West Fine Art Show fall exhibition and fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society at the Glass House Estate Winery in Aldergrove held from Friday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A tour of the Fort Langley National Historic Site included an explanation of this carving that depicts – as it’s told – the Kwantlen and Katzie women who helped the fort with the salmon trade. Lou Fasullo shared the picture, interested to learn from Fern Gabriel (right) that the carving depicts the women waiting for the salmon, so they could be salted and brined for their journey to the Sandwich Islands (the name given to the Hawaiian Islands by James Cook in 1778). (Special to Langley Advance Times)

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  • Sep 18, 2021
A tour of the Fort Langley National Historic Site included an explanation of this carving that depicts – as it’s told – the Kwantlen and Katzie women who helped the fort with the salmon trade. Lou Fasullo shared the picture, interested to learn from Fern Gabriel (right) that the carving depicts the women waiting for the salmon, so they could be salted and brined for their journey to the Sandwich Islands (the name given to the Hawaiian Islands by James Cook in 1778). (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Lawns need help after harsh summer temperatures, dahlia tubers need to be dug up and dried, and some pruning is recommended as fall approaches. Bella the cat is helping garden expert Pam Erikson in the nursery, as autumn arrives and she endeavours to take care of all these gardening tasks and more. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Preparing for fall can be fun

Brutal summer heat might mean plants and lawn need more love and attention at this time of year

  • Sep 18, 2021
Lawns need help after harsh summer temperatures, dahlia tubers need to be dug up and dried, and some pruning is recommended as fall approaches. Bella the cat is helping garden expert Pam Erikson in the nursery, as autumn arrives and she endeavours to take care of all these gardening tasks and more. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies past a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the Lytton Creek wildfire burning in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

GREEN BEAT: Canada’s Near Death Valley Experience

Columnist and biologist encouraging people to do their part to curtail climate change

  • Sep 18, 2021
A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies past a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the Lytton Creek wildfire burning in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Shannon Todd Booth, communication and funds development manager with the Langley Hospice Society, outside the under construction 15-bed Langley hospice residence on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Township of Langley Firefighters’ Charitable Society is donating a portion of proceeds from the third annual Mayor’s Charitable Gala to the Langley Hospice Society to help “warm up the tub and turn on the lights” at the new residence. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Mayor’s Gala, auction to support Langley Hospice Society residence

‘A Taste of Cabaret’ will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, auction is live now

Shannon Todd Booth, communication and funds development manager with the Langley Hospice Society, outside the under construction 15-bed Langley hospice residence on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Township of Langley Firefighters’ Charitable Society is donating a portion of proceeds from the third annual Mayor’s Charitable Gala to the Langley Hospice Society to help “warm up the tub and turn on the lights” at the new residence. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)