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Yvonne Douma of Abbotsford has released her first book.

Abbotsford woman releases book to help with post-COVID communication jitters

Yvonne Douma says people might be feeling anxious about returning to office

Yvonne Douma of Abbotsford has released her first book.
Garry is shown before and after his haircut. His hair is being donated to Wigs for Kids. (Communitas photo: Krista Petrie)

Abbotsford man grows hair for a year and donates it to wigs for kids with cancer

Garry came up with idea after reading about theft of 100 children’s wigs

Garry is shown before and after his haircut. His hair is being donated to Wigs for Kids. (Communitas photo: Krista Petrie)
Climbers participate in the Climb for Alzheimer’s event in the past. (Alzheimers Society photo)

Abbotsford residents invited to Climb for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer Society of B.C. climb raises funds to support people living with dementia

Climbers participate in the Climb for Alzheimer’s event in the past. (Alzheimers Society photo)
Jackie Ayer has been named the new executive director for the MSA Society for Community Living in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

New executive director named for MSA Society for Community Living

Jackie Ayer was previously community housing director for Abbotsford agency

Jackie Ayer has been named the new executive director for the MSA Society for Community Living in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Claude “Rocky” LaRock concentrates as he competes in the speed carving competition at this year’s Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: Coast Salish artist Rocky LaRock savours this year’s Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition experience

LaRock competed in speed carving, shared good times with old friends in this years competition

Claude “Rocky” LaRock concentrates as he competes in the speed carving competition at this year’s Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Adam Louis/Observer)
The first-ever Horsepower for Hospice raised over $50,000 for the Abbotsford Hospice Society. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s Horsepower for Hospice event

Debut event raises over $50,000, plans are to make this an annual event

The first-ever Horsepower for Hospice raised over $50,000 for the Abbotsford Hospice Society. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Glow-in-the-dark golf is happening at Cheam in Chilliwack on Oct. 1, as a fundraiser for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Glow-in-the-dark golf tournament planned in Chilliwack

Evening of play at Cheam will support the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Glow-in-the-dark golf is happening at Cheam in Chilliwack on Oct. 1, as a fundraiser for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (Submitted photo)
Finn was rescued six years ago and his family says ‘he’s a funny one for sure!’. (Bonnie McDonald)

SLIDESHOW: It’s National Day of the Dog, and Abbotsford readers shared some of their pet photos

From boating dogs to helpful gardeners, these pups have a special place in their owners’ hearts

Finn was rescued six years ago and his family says ‘he’s a funny one for sure!’. (Bonnie McDonald)
Bakerview Music Academy has received funds to hire a new percussion teacher for students in Grades 4 and up. (Erwin Soo/ Wikimedia)

Abbotsford music academy in search of percussion musician to teach youth

Funds for new position in thanks to grant from Devon Clifford Music Foundation

Bakerview Music Academy has received funds to hire a new percussion teacher for students in Grades 4 and up. (Erwin Soo/ Wikimedia)
Members of Team Sarah outside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Submitted)

Tour de Cure team rides in honour of Chilliwack nurse who died of cancer

Sarah Penner and her unborn baby both died of cancer; Team Sarah formed in her memory

Members of Team Sarah outside Chilliwack General Hospital. (Submitted)
Levi Caya won first place and also People’s Choice in the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)

Ontario-based carver wins Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition with chief’s head

Four-day competition brought in carvers from across Canada, one from U.S.

Levi Caya won first place and also People’s Choice in the 2021 Hope Chainsaw Carving Competition. (Submitted photo)
About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Folks step up to raise money for Parkinson Society of B.C. with SuperWalk

Annual event goes virtual for 2nd year in a row, funds go to Parkinson’s research, programming

About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)

Osoyoos boy sells homemade shirts in support of wildfire crews

The shirts will be sold on Saturday (Aug. 21) at Junction 3 Coffeehouse

Ayden McKillop in the shirt he designed in support of the Osoyoos fire department (Junction 3 Coffeehouse/Facebook)
The Abbotsford Hospice Society holds a show ‘n shine fundraiser, called Horsepower for Hospice, on Saturday, Aug. 21. (Stock photo by Peter H from Pixabay )

Abbotsford Hospice Society holds show ‘n shine fundraiser

Horsepower for Hospice takes place Saturday, Aug. 21 at Mt. Lehman Winery

The Abbotsford Hospice Society holds a show ‘n shine fundraiser, called Horsepower for Hospice, on Saturday, Aug. 21. (Stock photo by Peter H from Pixabay )
Priyam Mehta of Abbotsford won the B.C. regional portion of the Spelling Bee of Canada competition on Sunday (Aug. 15) and advances to the national event in October. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford boy to represent B.C. at national spelling bee

Priyam Mehta, 11, clinches regional event in his age category to advance

Priyam Mehta of Abbotsford won the B.C. regional portion of the Spelling Bee of Canada competition on Sunday (Aug. 15) and advances to the national event in October. (Submitted photo)
A baby snowshoe hare is one of the current inhabitants at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre in Abbotsford. The centre is facing financial constraints due to the pandemic and the required demolition of their clinic and nursery. (Submitted photo)

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford faces financial crush

Site has to cancel fundraising open house for second year in a row

A baby snowshoe hare is one of the current inhabitants at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre in Abbotsford. The centre is facing financial constraints due to the pandemic and the required demolition of their clinic and nursery. (Submitted photo)
Evacuees of Logan Lake began checking in at the emergency operations centre in Chilliwack on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The City of Chilliwack put a call out the following day for more volunteers at the centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Volunteers needed to help wildfire evacuees at Chilliwack emergency centre

City of Chilliwack looking for ‘community-minded’ volunteers

Evacuees of Logan Lake began checking in at the emergency operations centre in Chilliwack on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The City of Chilliwack put a call out the following day for more volunteers at the centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A field of corn grows amid the setting sun in Agassiz. The Corn King will be crowned in about a month’s time, and that’s only part of the upcoming return of the legendary Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival, set for mid-September. (Adam Louis/Observer)

ICYMI: The 2021 Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is fast approaching

A little more than one month away from one of fall’s biggest local events

A field of corn grows amid the setting sun in Agassiz. The Corn King will be crowned in about a month’s time, and that’s only part of the upcoming return of the legendary Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival, set for mid-September. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Langley resident Thomas Cooper, shown here with wife Vanessa and sons Carter, six, and Kendrick, 1one, has gone public with an appeal for a kidney donor after learning he may have to wait as much as eight years for a transplant. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley dad goes public with appeal for kidney donor

Thomas Cooper has been told he may have to wait as long as eight years

Langley resident Thomas Cooper, shown here with wife Vanessa and sons Carter, six, and Kendrick, 1one, has gone public with an appeal for a kidney donor after learning he may have to wait as much as eight years for a transplant. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma are seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back). Oddy, along with her two sisters who own the Chilliwack Corn Maze, is getting ready to open their attraction on Aug. 14. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack corn maze design inspired by children’s book about finding happiness everywhere

‘Wander’-themed design is ‘inspirational and beautiful,’ says Chilliwack Corn Maze owner

Vanessa Oddy (right) and her mom Diane Bruinsma are seen here on Aug. 11, 2020 with Oddy’s two children Aiden (grey shirt) and John (red shirt) and her niece Fay and nephew Nash (at back). Oddy, along with her two sisters who own the Chilliwack Corn Maze, is getting ready to open their attraction on Aug. 14. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)