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Bowser plans birthday celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

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The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)

‘To Margaret from Johnny’: Aldergrove man finds mystery photo in his attic

Local mystery adds to uptick in unsolved documents, says museum president

The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)
People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin of Abbotsford has received an honourable mention in the Advocacy Award category from the BC Historical Federation. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford woman recognized for work on Indigenous advocacy and education

Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin receives honourable mention from BC Historical Federation

Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin of Abbotsford has received an honourable mention in the Advocacy Award category from the BC Historical Federation. (Submitted photo)
Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)

Victoria man surprised to learn he authored 1966 note in B.C. beach time capsule

Letter found 56 years later by Rathtrevor Beach tourists

Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)
Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)

B.C. family discovers 56-year-old message in bottle on Vancouver Island beach

Buried treasure inadvertently dug out of 4-foot deep hole in sand

Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)
Keith Carlson and Sonny McHalsie are winners of a 2022 Advocacy award by the BCHF. (BCHF video screenshot)

Researchers known for delving deep into Stó:lō history honoured with advocacy award

Sonny McHalsie, Keith Carlson ‘synonymous with Truth and Reconciliation’ in the Fraser Valley

Keith Carlson and Sonny McHalsie are winners of a 2022 Advocacy award by the BCHF. (BCHF video screenshot)
Pictured at Heritage Abbotsford Society’s signing of the Heritage and Reconciliation Pledge are (from left) staff member Elya White, president Anneleen van Dijk and director Pixie Wells. (Submitted photo)

Heritage Abbotsford Society adopts reconciliation pledge

Pledge acknowledges Indigenous and ‘culturally diverse’ peoples and communities

Pictured at Heritage Abbotsford Society’s signing of the Heritage and Reconciliation Pledge are (from left) staff member Elya White, president Anneleen van Dijk and director Pixie Wells. (Submitted photo)
Lorisa Williams and Keith Carlson are the recipients of Heritage BC Awards for their work on projects in Abbotsford.

Two Abbotsford projects among 2022 Heritage BC Awards

Individuals with Heritage Abbotsford and Peace and Reconciliation Centre recognized

Lorisa Williams and Keith Carlson are the recipients of Heritage BC Awards for their work on projects in Abbotsford.
People take part in the public open house of the Stó:lō Resource Centre in October 2010. The Stó:lō Library and Archives – part of the Stó:lō Service Agency Society – is getting $50,000 in funding from Library and Archives Canada to help preserve its records and make them more accessible. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Stó:lō Library and Archives in Chilliwack to get $50,000 in funding to help preserve records

Money comes from Library and Archives Canada and will make Stó:lō records more accessible

People take part in the public open house of the Stó:lō Resource Centre in October 2010. The Stó:lō Library and Archives – part of the Stó:lō Service Agency Society – is getting $50,000 in funding from Library and Archives Canada to help preserve its records and make them more accessible. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)

VIDEO: Juno-award winning folk duo showcase B.C. history in new song

Video filmed in historic 153 Mile Store was the ‘perfect place’

Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)
One of 40 Porsches following a historic route passed by the historic Porters Bistro building at the intersection of Old Yale Road and 216th Street in Langley on Sunday, May 1. (Graham MacDonell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Porsches and history prove a good mix

Tour of Fraser Valley rated a success, organizer planning another

One of 40 Porsches following a historic route passed by the historic Porters Bistro building at the intersection of Old Yale Road and 216th Street in Langley on Sunday, May 1. (Graham MacDonell/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)

May 3, 1887: Remembering 150 lives lost in B.C.’s worst-ever mining disaster

City of Nanaimo lowering flags to commemorate Esplanade Mine explosion that killed 150

Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)
A former Langley school principal turned Porsche aficionado, Gary Walker, has organized a May 1 ride that retraces the historic Old Yale Trail through New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Rosedale, Cheam First Nation, Popcum, Flood and Hope. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Former principal organizes a trip through Lower Mainland history, in a Porsche

Gary Walker wanted to do a ‘little more than just driving’

A former Langley school principal turned Porsche aficionado, Gary Walker, has organized a May 1 ride that retraces the historic Old Yale Trail through New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Rosedale, Cheam First Nation, Popcum, Flood and Hope. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Dr. Satwinder Bains of the UFV South Asian Studies Institute MP and federal NDP party leader Jagmeet Singh attend the recent launch of the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project. (Photo by Darren McDonald, UFV)

UFV project brings awareness to South Asian history and contributions

South Asian Canadian Legacy Project in Abbotsford launched with $1.14 million from province

Dr. Satwinder Bains of the UFV South Asian Studies Institute MP and federal NDP party leader Jagmeet Singh attend the recent launch of the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project. (Photo by Darren McDonald, UFV)
Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)

Golden’s Swiss Village Foundation crowdfunds to save property

The Swiss Edelweiss Village Foundation has temporarily secured the property

Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)
The Mennonite Heritage Museum is located at 1818 Clearbrook Rd. in Abbotsford.

Guided tours offered at Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford

Three dates offered for summary of 500 years of history

The Mennonite Heritage Museum is located at 1818 Clearbrook Rd. in Abbotsford.
The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)

Saving Golden’s Swiss Village: Dr. Johann Roduit and Dr. Ilona Spaar reflect on iconic B.C. spot

The historic Edelweiss Village has been for sale for over a year, and preservation talks are moving

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)
Heritage Abbotsford Society is based at Trethewey House Heritage Site on Ware Street.

Heritage Abbotsford seeks members, including for board of directors

Organization collects, records, preserves and shares stories of the community

Heritage Abbotsford Society is based at Trethewey House Heritage Site on Ware Street.
Pier 21: The Musical comes to Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Pier 21: The Musical comes to Abbotsford

Production on Feb. 12 tells story of historic ‘immigration gateway’

Pier 21: The Musical comes to Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford on Saturday, Feb. 12.