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Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island camas meadows reveal agricultural impact of B.C. colonialism

Lekwungen food expert Cheryl Bryce looks to raise awareness of traditional food systems

  • Sep 30, 2021

 

Petrina Arnason (left) with volunteer Teresa Spring, read a decades-old article about her mother then-alderman Muriel Arnason on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Alder Grove Heritage Society museum, as part of Community Heritage Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times) (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: More than just telephones: Alder Grove Heritage Society museum marks Community Heritage Day

New additions to archives include newspaper articles and photos from the Aldergrove Star

 

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

 

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)

100 metre dash – on all fours: Vernon woman breaks unofficial Guinness record

Vernon resident Julie McCann sets unofficial Guinness mark as fastest woman to cover 100 metres on all fours

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
Murrayville’s John Swityk (L) turned 100 on Aug. 3, surrounded by family and friends and memories. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley veteran 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)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
AGHS president Tami Quiring and Kurt Langmann showing off his recent donation. (Scott White/Special to The Star)

Former Star editor donates decades worth of microfilm to Alder Grove Heritage Society

President Tami Quiring said Kurt Langmann’s donation will aid in research and community preservation

AGHS president Tami Quiring and Kurt Langmann showing off his recent donation. (Scott White/Special to The Star)
Captain James Cook statue splashes into Victoria’s Inner Harbour, after being removed from its upper causeway pedestal on July 1. (@CJusticeVic/Twitter)

Cast in bronze, then into Victoria’s Inner Harbour: So who was James Cook?

Likeness of British maritime explorer commissioned in 1976, forcibly removed on July 1

Captain James Cook statue splashes into Victoria’s Inner Harbour, after being removed from its upper causeway pedestal on July 1. (@CJusticeVic/Twitter)
Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)

‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

Beaver secretion found as part of ancient throwing dart in Yukon

Researchers saying it’s earliest known evidence of Indigenous peoples using the substance

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)
Aman Johal interpreter at the National Historic Site in Fort Langley earned an Inspiration Award for his work. (Special to The Star)

Fort Langley interpreter and Alder Grove heritage president recipients of inspiration award

B.C. Historical Federation gave awards through recent virtual conference

Aman Johal interpreter at the National Historic Site in Fort Langley earned an Inspiration Award for his work. (Special to The Star)
A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system

A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Alder Grove Heritage Society in located inside the Telephone Museum. (Aldergrove Star files)

Alder Grove Heritage Society readies for reopening

Tami Quiring talked about the importance of local history on BC Museum Portraits Project

Alder Grove Heritage Society in located inside the Telephone Museum. (Aldergrove Star files)
New plaques on Langley City’s carved statues are intended to be less attractive to metal thieves. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

New plaques for Langley City statues should be less attractive to metal thieves

Replacements for stolen brass plaques are made with thin, lightweight aluminum

New plaques on Langley City’s carved statues are intended to be less attractive to metal thieves. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley senior John Kromhoff doesn’t think he will get many cards on his 100th birthday. His family intends to prove him wrong. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

John Kromhoff doesn’t think he’ll get many 100th birthday cards

Family of Langley senior makes online request in hopes of proving him wrong

Langley senior John Kromhoff doesn’t think he will get many cards on his 100th birthday. His family intends to prove him wrong. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen (right) delivered bouquets of tulips to residents at Manoah Manor in Langley on the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Consulate gifts tulips to Dutch residents of Langley care home

On the 76th anniversary of liberation of the Netherlands, flowers are delivered to a local care home

Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen (right) delivered bouquets of tulips to residents at Manoah Manor in Langley on the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The pandemic has kept the 1915 CNR station in Fort Langley closed to the public. But lots of work is going on behind the scenes by volunteers – under the direction of station manager Helen Williams, said Langley Heritage Society director Mark Forsythe, who shared this recent picture. Much has been done to improve interpretation and to preserve the building, model railway, and rail cars, he said, inviting history buffs to join the heritage society athttps://www.langleyheritage.ca/whats-new/ (Special to Langley Advance Times)

SHARE: Lots of work going on behind scenes of Fort Langley’s heritage train station

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

  • Apr 21, 2021
The pandemic has kept the 1915 CNR station in Fort Langley closed to the public. But lots of work is going on behind the scenes by volunteers – under the direction of station manager Helen Williams, said Langley Heritage Society director Mark Forsythe, who shared this recent picture. Much has been done to improve interpretation and to preserve the building, model railway, and rail cars, he said, inviting history buffs to join the heritage society athttps://www.langleyheritage.ca/whats-new/ (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Dignitaries from China and Korea gathered for a small ceremony Friday marking the 70th anniversary of Canadian Forces participation in a Korean War battle. (Michael Chong/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Canadian battle in Korea remembered 70 years later at Langley memorial

A small ceremony was held by veterans, dignitaries, and Canadian Armed Forces members

Dignitaries from China and Korea gathered for a small ceremony Friday marking the 70th anniversary of Canadian Forces participation in a Korean War battle. (Michael Chong/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo

West Coast’s ‘Pistol-packin’ Pansy’ lives on in colourful biography

Infamous Delta character ended her days in White Rock and South Surrey

Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo