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Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Abbotsford professional musician and music teacher Beth Nickel died on Feb. 2 at the age of 41. A concert and endowment fund have been created in her memory.

Concert and endowment fund created in memory of Abbotsford musician

Violist Beth Nickel, an instructor at Bakerview Music Academy, dies at age 41

Abbotsford professional musician and music teacher Beth Nickel died on Feb. 2 at the age of 41. A concert and endowment fund have been created in her memory.
Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford has partnered with the online platform REES (Respect, Educate Empower Survivors) for the reporting of sexual violence.

Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford partners with website to report sexual violence

Platform offers increased options for staff and students to report misconduct

Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford has partnered with the online platform REES (Respect, Educate Empower Survivors) for the reporting of sexual violence.
The University of the Fraser Valley Peace and Reconciliation Centre

UFV students hold online forum on peace and reconciliation

Two online sessions on Feb. 25 include student research

The University of the Fraser Valley Peace and Reconciliation Centre
Nietzsche, the ginger cat who worked at The Book Man, poses for a photo on Sept. 7, 2017. He died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Famous Chilliwack bookstore cat, Nietzsche, dies

‘Every single thing you could want in a cat, Nietzsche embodied,’ says Amber Price

Nietzsche, the ginger cat who worked at The Book Man, poses for a photo on Sept. 7, 2017. He died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Zack Martyn kicked off his No Fun Run on Friday morning (Feb. 19). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

VIDEO: Harrison firefighter’s No Fun Run raises nearly $5K for lung association

Zack Martyn ran the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours

Zack Martyn kicked off his No Fun Run on Friday morning (Feb. 19). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)

B.C. man rescues dog that was trapped for 43 hours inside hidden well

At first, Wade Deisman thought his neighbour got a new puppy, but the barking didn’t stop.

Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)
The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser normally held at Abbotsford Centre is being held as an online event this year. (Submitted file photo)

Abbotsford’s Step Up 4 Cardiac Health goes virtual for 2021

Online event on Feb. 27 raises money for 8 hospital ‘telemetry packs’

The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser normally held at Abbotsford Centre is being held as an online event this year. (Submitted file photo)
The University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society is hosting Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed on Feb. 25. (Michelle Reed/N8V Dance Fitness, Facebook)

Powwow blends with fitness in upcoming public class hosted by UFV Student Union Society

Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed is a free virtual event open to public

The University of the Fraser Valley Student Union Society is hosting Powwow Fitness Class with Michelle Reed on Feb. 25. (Michelle Reed/N8V Dance Fitness, Facebook)
The Abbotsford charity Casa de Luz Ministries works with single-parent families in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford charity helps impoverished families in Mexico

Casa de Luz Ministries is continuing to offer support throughout pandemic

The Abbotsford charity Casa de Luz Ministries works with single-parent families in Primo Tapia, Mexico. (Submitted photo)
The White Rock Pier is one of more than 90 locations across B.C. that will be lit blue as part of the Girl Guides’ Guiding Lights Across BC campaign. (Aaron Hinks/ Black Press file)

Fraser Valley landmarks to glow blue for Girl Guides’ guiding lights campaign

Places will be lit in blue for Guiding Lights Across BC in celebration of World Thinking Day

The White Rock Pier is one of more than 90 locations across B.C. that will be lit blue as part of the Girl Guides’ Guiding Lights Across BC campaign. (Aaron Hinks/ Black Press file)
Julie Penner (left) and Janet Woyke, librarians with the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Chilliwack, have filmed a video storytime for Anti-Bullying Day (Feb. 24) where they read ‘When We Are Kind.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser Valley librarians share storytime video about kindness for Anti-Bullying Day

Two Chilliwack librarians will talk about being kind to people of all ages and abilities

Julie Penner (left) and Janet Woyke, librarians with the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Chilliwack, have filmed a video storytime for Anti-Bullying Day (Feb. 24) where they read ‘When We Are Kind.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Graham Vanstone was project coordinator of the Ridge Meadows Home Show in 2018 when he said mud was the biggest issue that organizers faced. Vanstone has now been named the new manager of the Abbotsford Agrifair. (Black Press file photo)

Abbotsford Agrifair announces new fair manager

Graham Vanstone has 20 years of experience in event industry

Graham Vanstone was project coordinator of the Ridge Meadows Home Show in 2018 when he said mud was the biggest issue that organizers faced. Vanstone has now been named the new manager of the Abbotsford Agrifair. (Black Press file photo)
Abbotsford student Sourav Arora delivered 26 backpacks filled with clothing, personal hygiene products and other items to vulnerable youth on Friday, Feb. 19. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford student fills and delivers backpacks to vulnerable youth

Sourav Arora provides items to Cyrus Centre and to youth on the street

Abbotsford student Sourav Arora delivered 26 backpacks filled with clothing, personal hygiene products and other items to vulnerable youth on Friday, Feb. 19. (Submitted photo)
The Circle F Horse Rescue Society is among four Abbotsford organiztions receiving recently announced community gaming grants from the province. (Circle F Horse Rescue photo)

Four Abbotsford groups receive $163K in community gaming grants

Provincial government funding announced for environmental conservation and public safety

The Circle F Horse Rescue Society is among four Abbotsford organiztions receiving recently announced community gaming grants from the province. (Circle F Horse Rescue photo)
The Abbotsford Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Smart and Caring Grants program for charities that help children and families at risk, as well as for those that assist individuals facing homelessness. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation offers $143K in grants to local charities

Applications open to organizations helping homeless and at-risk kids, families

The Abbotsford Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Smart and Caring Grants program for charities that help children and families at risk, as well as for those that assist individuals facing homelessness. (Submitted photo)
Christyn Rumble spotted this bobcat near Hope. Bobcats are not an uncommon sight in the Hope area and often hunt small rodents and fish for food. (Screenshot/Christyn Rumble)

VIDEO: Bobcat treks through Hope

Bobcats are not an unusual sight for the Hope area but they’re not often documented this closely

Christyn Rumble spotted this bobcat near Hope. Bobcats are not an uncommon sight in the Hope area and often hunt small rodents and fish for food. (Screenshot/Christyn Rumble)
Abbotsford teacher Nerlap Sidhu is the 2021 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford teacher receives UFV community service award

Nerlap Sidhu honoured for work on Equity Backpack Project and more

Abbotsford teacher Nerlap Sidhu is the 2021 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (Submitted photo)
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Hours being extended at most Fraser Valley library locations

Local libraries to be open an extra hour in the evening on weekdays

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Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)

Harrison firefighter launches ‘No Fun Run’ for BC Lung Association

Zack Martyn will be running four miles every four hours for two days

Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)