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The Agassiz Harrison Observer office, located in a replica of the historic Aberdeen Hotel. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Agassiz’s Aberdeen building to see major renovations in 2021

The upgrades include an addition for storage, a new concert stage, and historic photos

The Agassiz Harrison Observer office, located in a replica of the historic Aberdeen Hotel. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The floodgates near the Hammersley Pump Station in the District of Kent. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

New floodgate policy in Kent to help prevent flooding year-round

The floodgates will now be able to be closed outside the traditional freshet season

The floodgates near the Hammersley Pump Station in the District of Kent. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The District of Kent’s wastewater treatment plant. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Agassiz wastewater treatment plant upgrade to go ahead

The second digester will be brought into service to help the district meet municipal regulations

The District of Kent’s wastewater treatment plant. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Harrison Hot Springs mayor Leo Facio receives his COVID-19 vaccination in the Agassiz clinic on Monday, March 22, 2019. (Harrison Hot Springs/Contributed)

Harrison mayor shares experience with COVID-19 vaccine

Mayor Leo Facio received his first shot on March 22

Harrison Hot Springs mayor Leo Facio receives his COVID-19 vaccination in the Agassiz clinic on Monday, March 22, 2019. (Harrison Hot Springs/Contributed)
Agassiz’s Valley View Cemetery could potentially have a new cremation garden to allow for more residents to be interred in the local cemetery. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Kent to look into designs for ‘cremation garden’ in Valley View Cemetery

The district will be working with a planner to develop a plan for the future of the cemetery

Agassiz’s Valley View Cemetery could potentially have a new cremation garden to allow for more residents to be interred in the local cemetery. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Darius Commodore, 22, and Jaimal Mclaren, 24, both of Chilliwack, are charged with robbery using a firearm after a crime spree on June 10 from Mission to Seabird Island. (RCMP/Facebook)

Chilliwack man to plead guilty to 2019 armed robberies in Mission, Seabird Island

Darius Commodore will be entering his plea to 10 charges on April 6

Darius Commodore, 22, and Jaimal Mclaren, 24, both of Chilliwack, are charged with robbery using a firearm after a crime spree on June 10 from Mission to Seabird Island. (RCMP/Facebook)
Blackberry Lane B&B is one of the accomodation providers in the District of Kent that would be affected by a hotel tax if it went through. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Kent council supports hotel tax coming to Agassiz

If approved by the province, the tax will be coming to accommodation sales January 2022

Blackberry Lane B&B is one of the accomodation providers in the District of Kent that would be affected by a hotel tax if it went through. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The Agassiz Public Health Unit on Pioneer Avenue. (Google Maps)

Uncertain dates for Agassiz COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Vaccines aren’t being delivered every day at Agassiz’s vaccination clinic

The Agassiz Public Health Unit on Pioneer Avenue. (Google Maps)
Members of the Hemlock Valley Volunteer Fire Department accept a $1,000 cheque from the Hemlock Valley Homeowners' Association on Saturday, March 20, 2021. (Kelly McCormack/Contributed)

Hemlock Valley homeowners donate $1,000 to fire department

The Hemlock Valley Fire Department is raising funds to purchase computers for its trucks

Members of the Hemlock Valley Volunteer Fire Department accept a $1,000 cheque from the Hemlock Valley Homeowners' Association on Saturday, March 20, 2021. (Kelly McCormack/Contributed)
A healthcare worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Fraser East continues slow decline in new COVID-19 cases, other areas see exponential increase

Fraser South has nearly doubled its weekly case count since mid-February

A healthcare worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)

VIDEO: Sasquatch featured in new video with Sts’ailes carver Rocky LaRock

The video is part of LaRock’s gallery at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford

Rocky LaRock in The Reach Gallery Museum looking at his carving of Sasquatch. (Youtube/Screenshot)
Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course taking in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in 2019. Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales has said her area is being overrun with tourism and doesn’t need additional marketing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

FVRD to support hotel tax expansion in Hemlock, Harrison Mills despite area director opposition

Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales had voted earlier to prevent the tax from coming to the area

Visitors to the Sandpiper Golf Course taking in the eagle extravaganza at the 24th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in 2019. Electoral Area C director Wendy Bales has said her area is being overrun with tourism and doesn’t need additional marketing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Members of the Nations Creations staff inside the company’s building on Pioneer Avenue. (Nations Creations/Contributed)

Seabird Island-owned Nations Creations coming to Agassiz

Seabird Island purchased the company last year and aims to continue its social enterprise past

Members of the Nations Creations staff inside the company’s building on Pioneer Avenue. (Nations Creations/Contributed)
Kelli Paddon. (B.C. Legislature)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA highlights Agassiz’s generosity in legislature speech

The local MLA shared the community’s willingness to help out the AESS grad class after a bottle theft

Kelli Paddon. (B.C. Legislature)
District of Kent Municipal Hall (Adam Louis/Observer)

Kent to continue cost-sharing with Seabird Island for emergency vehicle

The district will continue the agreement with Seabird for five years

District of Kent Municipal Hall (Adam Louis/Observer)
Students getting ready for spring in the gardens at Agassiz Christian School. (Agassiz Christian School/Facebook)

PHOTOS: Agassiz Christian School planting kindness, seeds

The school shared photos of students getting ready for spring in the garden

Students getting ready for spring in the gardens at Agassiz Christian School. (Agassiz Christian School/Facebook)
The Agassiz-Harrison Local Health Area saw 16 new cases of COVID-19 between March 7 and 13, giving it the second highest rate of transmission in the Lower Mainland. (BCCDC)

Agassiz, Harrison sees second highest rate of COVID-19 transmission in Lower Mainland

The local health area saw 16 new cases of COVID-19 between March 7 and 13

The Agassiz-Harrison Local Health Area saw 16 new cases of COVID-19 between March 7 and 13, giving it the second highest rate of transmission in the Lower Mainland. (BCCDC)
Hemlock Valley volunteer firefighters doing training on the mountain. (Contributed)

Hemlock Valley Fire Department finding new ways to fundraise

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to the fire department’s normal way of raising money

Hemlock Valley volunteer firefighters doing training on the mountain. (Contributed)
The Dairy Farmers of Canada are putting together a working group to look into claims that palm fats are increasing the firmness of Canadian butter. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

#Buttergate: How COVID-19 and palm oil set the stage for Canadian butter concerns

The final story in a three part series on dairy farming, palm oil and Canadian consumers

The Dairy Farmers of Canada are putting together a working group to look into claims that palm fats are increasing the firmness of Canadian butter. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The proposed asphalt path for McCoombs Drive, which would be constructed using grant funds. (Get Into It Harrison/Harrison Hot Springs)

Harrison resident launches petition against trail plans

The village was awarded $350,000 in grant money for trail development in Harrison

The proposed asphalt path for McCoombs Drive, which would be constructed using grant funds. (Get Into It Harrison/Harrison Hot Springs)
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