A fire set by former NHLer Stephen Peat was one of Langley’s newsworthy events of 2015.

Langley news of 2015

Here's some of the people and events that were covered this past year by the Langley Advance

Jan. 6

Langley’s New Year’s baby took his time, not being born until Jan. 2 to Cloverdale’s Mandeep Sekhon and her husband, Guriqbal Singh Kherhra.

About a dozen people ventured into the Fraser River Jan. 1 for a polar bear dip.

Jan. 8

LAPS supporter Shelley Roche brought to light the thousands of feral cats living around Langley.

About 180 people kicked off 2015 taking part in the Resolution Run in Langley City Jan. 1.

Jan. 13

A Surrey couple would be getting their modified van and ramp back. It was slightly damaged after it was stolen from the Carvolth Transit Exchange in early January and found in Langley.

A fire in a home at 229th Street and 40th Avenue revealed a clandestine drug lab.

Jan. 15

Joga Singh Badwal, 64, a Langley man and spiritual leader, was charged with human smuggling in a joint Canada/U.S. investigation.

Langley’s Babiano Fernandes, 34, was profiled. He’s a five-time Brazilian Ju-Jitsu world champion.

Jan. 20

Target announced it was closing, the latest American retailer to get the cold shoulder in the Canadian marketplace.

William Alexander Perkin, 64, was granted parole due to terminal cancer. He stabbed a neighbour 12 times in 1992 and had a life sentence.

Jan. 22

The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce hosted the Yes and No sides in the Transit Referendum. Lower Mainland voters rejected the request for more taxation.

Langley Secondary students Nathan Hillan and Kamil Golowka won gold at the Western Canada Age-Class Wrestling Championships.

Jan. 27

The Township decided licences to grow medical marijuana would cost $5,000. Most businesses payfrom $140 to $400.

Four people appeared in court in a bizarre case in which a woman was kidnapped twice within a week and sexually assaulted.

Jan. 29

Ten people were arrested at a property at 264th Street and Zero Avenue, the site of a massive grow op.

Emma Paulson, the dogwalker who allowed six dogs to die in her overheated vehicle, was sentenced to six months jail.

February 3

Extra lighting and security came the Langley City bus hub on Logan Avenue at Glover Road.

Leykeyten became the first elder in residence at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and will help shape the future of education at the university.

February 5

Local businesses were banking on a drop in the Canadian dollar from about 95 cents down to 79 cents would reduce cross-border shopping. By the end of 2015, the dollar sat around 72 and was expected to go lower.

The province was going after a property at 264th Street and Zero Avenue under proceeds of crime legislation, claiming it had been a grow op since 1993.

February 10

Protestors gathered near Fort Langley to voice opposition to the proposed route for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Matthew Gregory Brooks and Kirk Dennis Roberts of Aggressive Roadbuilders were charged with fraud by the RCMP’s Serious and Organized Crime unit.

February 12

Technology got the best of some criminals. An app was used to find a stolen Mac computer and live security camera feed led to three people being arrested for break and enter.

The renos were done after last autumn’s flooding and the Langley Seniors’ Resource Centre held a grand re-opening Feb. 10.

February 17

Six couples at Chartwell Langley Gardens renewed their wedding vows at a special Valentine’s Day ceremony.

Seven members of Langley United qualified to compete at the wrestling provincials in Abbotsford.

February 19

Langley Secondary would not be closed. The Langley School Board was looking at options and decided to do some renos on the aging high school.

At the same time as the school board was looking at options, the class of 1965 was planning its 50th reunion.

February 24

Langley City hosted its annual volunteer appreciation banquet where the many community groups and individuals were honoured.

The accounting was in for the November 2014 municipal election. Mayor Jack Froese spent $99,690 while challenger Rick Green, a former mayor, spent $44,025.

March 3

The Langley School District hired Trinity Western University to run its international summer school so the students who paid to come here didn’t miss out during the teacher job dispute.

Greg Williams was looking for anyone to take an 18-foot long wooden airplane replica that his later father had made.

March 5

Amazingly a nine-vehicle pile up on 16th Avenue resulted in no serious injuries after a semi crashed into a line of vehicles in a construction zone.

Readers got an in-depth view of the Bates Motel in Aldergrove where the popular TV show is filmed.

March 10

Roots and Wings Montessori School said BC Hydro trespassed to install a smart meter after the private school said it didn’t want one.

The Brookswood Secondary senior girls were the AAA basketball champs for the second year in a row.

March 12

Several businesses were destroyed by fire in a complex at 205th Street on the Langley Bypass.

The provincial government told the Langley School District to find $54 million in cuts over two years to balance its budget.

March 17

A police dog handler was injured when his vehicle rolled down an embankment near 192nd Street after a high speed chase through Surrey.

A fourth straight loss by the Aldergrove Kodiaks ousted them from the PJHL playoffs.

March 19

Belmont Elementary were fundraising to replace its 1971 playground which was slated for closure over the summer.

Two men were injured in a dinnertime explosion March 17 at 238th Street and 58A Avenue.

March 24

Former NHL player Stephen Peet was charged with arson of the family home in Brookswood.

Trevor Loke had his case thrown out of B.C. Supreme Court. The gay man brought suit against Trinity Western University, the provincial ministry of education over the TWU Community Covenant.

March 26

Langley City council was disappointed that the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor project scrapped plans for a train warning system to help motorists, citing cost.

Construction on the Carvolth Trunk Sewer No. 2 started, meaning a big chunk of 200th Street in the City was torn up for the summer.

April 2

Jason Terrance Brewer said his confession to the police was a lie and he acted in self defense. He was charged with the second degree murder of Cole Manning in 2012.

The Back Country Horsemen of B.C. finished the last section of trail to complete the South Langley Regional Trail extending from Campbell Valley to Aldergrove.

April 9

Protests were held by animals rights advocates at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and in Fort Langley about the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.

April 16

First Nations and other residents gathered for a pipeline protest organized through the Pipe Up Network and Kwantlen First Nation.

Andre Richard was sentenced to eight and a half years prison for torching the home of his estranged wife and children while they were home in 2014.

April 23

Alex Hope Elementary students Anna Pyper, Indiana Bateman, Zack Yasuda and Adam Vandenburg earned the right to compete at the Destination Imagination Globals in Tennessee.

Pop band Her Brothers won the Langley Has Talent finals. Year five for the local talent contest was the finale as well.

May 7

Local senior Ray Clements was training for a 1,300 kilometre walk to improve hospice care after his wife of 53 years died.

Locals were working to raise funds and supplies to help victims of the Nepal earthquake.

May 14

Former resident Randy Janzen killed his sister, Shelley in her Aldergrove home, and his wife and adult daughter in their Chilliwack home before killing himself.

Const. Justin Guiel started full time as the local RCMP’s mental health officer as police faces more mental illness calls.

May 21

A May 17 blaze at an under-construction condo complex in Murrayville left hundreds of people from adjacent units out of their homes.

Family and friends remembered Tony Morelli, a Langley martial artist and stuntman who died unexpectedly.

May 28

Warmer than average temperatures and the lack of rainfall meant berry crops were ripening about three weeks sooner than normal.

About 370 people attended a meeting about issues at the Langley Seniors’ Resource Centre and voted to back the current board, sinking an ouster attempt.

June 4

The Vancouver Zombie Fun Run had runners dodge the undead in Campbell Valley Regional Park.

A fight in downtown Langley City resulted in the death of a well-known homeless man, Wells Tony Gallagher June 1.

June 11

The Langley School Board voted to close Lochiel School but move the U-Connect program to Simonds Elementary.

A Langley home was raided by police as part of a sweep in the Lower Mainland to counter gang violence.

June 18

The Township unveiled plans for the $26 million waterpark complex for Aldergrove but it instantly drew criticism for having an indoor pool.

Three men known to police were found shot at a South Langley home June 11 and were uncooperative.

June 25

Township fire crews handled 49 brush fire calls and 54 burning complaints from May 1 to June 23.

Langley City firefighters helped get a severely sick dog out of a ravine so his owner could humanely euthanize the 180-lb. pet.

July 2

A proposal would add 40,000 square feet of retail space at Willoughby Town Centre.

The Brogan family announced the start of a thrift store to help battered women and children, one of several thrifts started in Langley City in 2015.

July 9

A lack of water and wildfires in B.C. and the U.S. meant smoky skies.

Langley Township and MP Mark Warawa honoured Second World War veteran Muir Adair, who had also recently received the French Légion d’honneur.

July 16

Josh Low, Matthew Williams and Alistair Singh were representing Canada at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Two men were injured when the 1955 car they were in crashed and rolled in the front yard of a Langley home.

July 23

Infinity Properties proposed a new subdivision in the Tall Timbers area while A Poet’s Wynd 286 condo unit was pitched for the Willoughby area. Both drew criticism about overstretched public amenities.

Residents submitted a water petition to Environment Minister Mary Polak, Langley MLA. Despite summer droughts, water bottling firms faced low costs and few restrictions.

July 30

Plans were unveiled for a roundabout and other improvements on 203rd Street around 53rd Avenue.

The Langley Advance welcomed Lisa Farquharson as its new publisher.

Aug. 6

A new 216th Street interchange with the Trans Canada Highway was slated to be built within two years for $59 million.

Residents of two care homes were at Williams Park to protect the lack of accessability. They protested during politicians announcements just prior to the federal writ being dropped.

Aug. 13

RCMP investigated a break and enter in which the thieves stole or damaged everything  in a home, while the owner were out of town.

Construction on 200th Street forced traffic along 198th Street in Langley City, creating safety concerns for some residents.

Aug. 20

Sporting an odd wig, a suspect in the sexual assault of a 70-year-old woman Aug. 12 was caught on security camera trying to take money out of her bank account.

John William Henry was sentenced to six years for the sexual assault of boys while he was instructing at the Langley Gymnastics Foundation.

Aug. 27

TWU headed to court to challenge the B.C. Law Society decision not to accept TWU law school grads.

The Langley Rams enjoyed a 49-9 blowout over the Westshore Rebels.

Sept. 3

A massive windstorm Aug. 29 left much of the community in the dark due to power outages that lasted up to three days and lots of clean-up afterwards.

The Langley Advance hosted the 18th annual Best of the Best Awards, decided by public voting.

Sept. 10

A PoCo man rigged up a wire to flip up his licence plate to avoid Golden Ears Bridge tolls. He was caught by an off-duty RCMP officer.

Langley’s Stephen Thomas Morse, 42, was charged in the sexual assault of a 70-year-old woman in her South Cloverdale home in August.

Sept. 17

Longtime Langley resident Bingo Hauser, owner of West Coast Amusements, died Sept. 12 of a heart attack while the midway toured Vancouver Island.

Helena Theodora Van Gool, 87, died after the ambulance she was riding in was hit by a train on Glover Road Sept. 12. The ambulance was parked on the tracks at the time.

Sept. 24

Langley’s Vincent Eric Gia-Hwa Cheung charged in relation to more than a dozen arsons around the Lower Mainland.

Langley was smack dab in the middle of Canada’s longest federal election, 78 days. It included a grassroots protest at Douglas Park against Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Oct. 1

Cassidy the kitten gained worldwide notoriety after his tale was profiled in the Advance. He lost his back two legs and people were trying to make him wheelchairs.

Ben Weaver and Bill Merrell are among two friends who went to Lochiel Elementary seven decades ago and still get together ever few months for lunch.

Oct. 8

Nick Hannon’s father, Craig, was emotional after three of the young man’s friends appeared in court charged with his murder. Nick went missing in February 2014.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University decided to withdraw from a deal that would have seen TransMountain Pipeline contribute six figures. Kwantlen First Nation asked KPU for the change, part of the opposition to the pipeline.

Oct. 22

Langley MP Mark Warawa kept his seat in the redrawn Langley-Aldergrove-Abbotsford riding while Liberal John Aldag handily won the new Cloverdale-Langley riding.

Canadian Museum of Flight volunteers started transforming frames into two Sopwich Pups aircraft replicas to commemmorate First World War aviation.

Oct. 29

Chad German was frustrated that the East Langley water supply project was more than a year behind schedule. His property was being used by construction crews.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo changed ownership from Duk Wan Park, in his 80s, to an anonymous Vancouver man.

Nov. 5

Margaret Atwood joined the opposition to a truck parking and washing facility at 192nd/196th Street in South Surrey. Environmentalists were concerned about the Little Campbell River Watershed which fed South Langley.

The Langley branch of the Royal Canadian Legion marked its first Remembrance Day in a new office complex, after downscaling due to budget issues.

Nov. 12

The 26th annual Fraser Valley Wine Festival sold out and pushed the cumulative total raised to more than $1 million by the Rotary Club of Langley Central.

The power of social media was gain demonstrated. LAPS welcomed Parisisan Noor Alibay who came to volunteer on her vacation. While here, the Paris terrorist attacks took place.

Nov. 19

Langley Township, with a growing population, was looking at adding two new RCMP members and wanted Langley City to pay more for local policing.

The Advance profiled Langley teacher Jason Vander-Hoek who was the winner on the CBC show Canada’s Smartest Person.

Nov. 26

Faced with vocal opposition, Langley City council opted not to change its tax rules to end exemptions for non-worship spaces such as parking stalls.

Trinity Western University students rallied to get tested for stem cell donations in support of student Jay Lutz who has leukemia.

Dec. 3

Brent Parent, convicted in the road rage killing of Silas O’Brien, was released from prison after serving his sentence, despite officials concerns about anger management.

People from churches, community groups and government agencies met to discuss how the community would handle resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Dec. 10

Milt Kruger, owner of Online Collision, was named the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year.

The Canadian Museum of Flight got the okay from the Agricultural Land Commission to build a new much larger facility at the Langley Regional Airport.

Dec. 17

The Mayrhofer family stepped forward to claim their $50 million Lotto Max win from March 2014. They had been trying to maintain their privacy.

Trinity Western University won its appeal in the B.C. Supreme Court to have its law school grads recognized by the B.C. Law Society.

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