Jessica Peters

February is Black History Month.

Abbotsford superintendent shares thoughts, hopes during Canadian Black History Month

Month is an ‘opportunity to punctuate positive personal and cultural identity for Black children’

February is Black History Month.
Paramedics respond to a drug-related call at the Abbotsford Community Hub on Feb. 9, during an event to highlight the increasing number of overdoses in the area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Fraser Health issues alert in Surrey and Abbotsford as overdoses spike

Health agency lists tips for safer consumption as increase continues

Paramedics respond to a drug-related call at the Abbotsford Community Hub on Feb. 9, during an event to highlight the increasing number of overdoses in the area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford Police were at Colleen and Gordie Howe middle school Thursday morning (Feb. 17) due to a bomb threat. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

UPDATE: Police confirm incident at Abbotsford school was a bomb threat

Students are safe and back in class at Colleen and Gordie Howe middle school

Abbotsford Police were at Colleen and Gordie Howe middle school Thursday morning (Feb. 17) due to a bomb threat. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)

Two Abbotsford kids to be featured on Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

Ace and Tayla both have had help from the Variety Kids Children’s Charity

Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)
Vashti Harrison’s books Little Leaders and Little Legends are among a long list of suggested reads for Black History Month, curated by staff at the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Fraser Valley Regional Library shares their top selections for Black History Month

Library staff recommendations for audio books, films, biographies and more

Vashti Harrison’s books Little Leaders and Little Legends are among a long list of suggested reads for Black History Month, curated by staff at the Fraser Valley Regional Library.
A man is comforted at a name-burning ceremony on Wednesday at the Abbotsford Community Hub after learning that two women he knew had died, while Amanda Rigdon of Phoenix Society places a name in the fire to honour a client who died of an overdose. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Name-burning ceremony honours those lost to overdose crisis in Abbotsford

‘They were wanted. They were real. They were loved.’

A man is comforted at a name-burning ceremony on Wednesday at the Abbotsford Community Hub after learning that two women he knew had died, while Amanda Rigdon of Phoenix Society places a name in the fire to honour a client who died of an overdose. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Avery, 8, has been a patient of BC Children’s Hospital since she was five years old, receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford girl, 8, still smiling through years of treatment for rare cancer

Mom says the care they get at BC Children’s Hospital is second to none

Avery, 8, has been a patient of BC Children’s Hospital since she was five years old, receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer. (Submitted photo)
This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows James Baldwin in a scene from the documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.” (Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

New online Abbotsford book club will focus on diversity, powerful authors

First book to be read is Sonny’s Blues by civil rights activist and author James Baldwin

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows James Baldwin in a scene from the documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.” (Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures via AP)
Kent Institution - Pacific Region - CSC (CNW Group/Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN)).

Prison guards deserve PCR tests, COVID hazard pay, says union for Pacific Region officers

With more than 100 correctional officers currently infected, union calls for recognition of dangers

Kent Institution - Pacific Region - CSC (CNW Group/Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN)).
Strawberries grow in a vertical farming operation in Abbotsford run by Affinor Growers, Inc. (www.affinorgrowers.com)

Abbotsford vertical farming company accused of misrepresentation by B.C. Security Commission

Three people named in notice of hearing that alleges misrepresentation took place in 2018

Strawberries grow in a vertical farming operation in Abbotsford run by Affinor Growers, Inc. (www.affinorgrowers.com)
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
The old Abbotsford Visitor Info Centre on DeLair Road has been converted to a warming centre through Archway, upsetting neighbours in the busy area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

New warming centre in Abbotsford too close to home, say neighbours

Neighbours weren’t notified about DeLair Road centre, but community consultation is planned

The old Abbotsford Visitor Info Centre on DeLair Road has been converted to a warming centre through Archway, upsetting neighbours in the busy area. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Tag Dundas has closed his studio, TNT Fitness in Abbotsford, for good due to financial pressures from COVID-19 pandemic measures. (Renee Reeves photo)

Abbotsford fitness studio closes doors permanently as COVID pandemic drags on

Sometimes the worst things in life can bring about the best things, says personal trainer

Tag Dundas has closed his studio, TNT Fitness in Abbotsford, for good due to financial pressures from COVID-19 pandemic measures. (Renee Reeves photo)
A note is written in the dried mud that covers some flood-damaged drywall in Jenny Winkelhorst’s Abbotsford home. (Jenny Winkelhorst/ Facebook)

Abbotsford flood victim: ‘2022 please be kind’

Residents in flooded out homes still face long journey before returning home

A note is written in the dried mud that covers some flood-damaged drywall in Jenny Winkelhorst’s Abbotsford home. (Jenny Winkelhorst/ Facebook)
Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)

Abbotsford hospital psych unit included in COVID-19 outbreak list: Fraser Health

Langley Memorial, Burnaby, Peace Arch hospitals all have affected acute care units

Abbotsford Regional Hospital is among those restricting scheduled surgeries to deal with COVID-19 cases. (Abbotsford News file)
A man cheers as he walks the stairs at the Abbotsford Centre in 2020. The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser will once again be held on Feb. 13 at Abbotsford Centre in support of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (FVHCF photo)

Step up for cardiac care at Abbotsford Centre is back

Fundraising event to be held on Super Bowl Sunday will benefit Abbotsford cardiac care

A man cheers as he walks the stairs at the Abbotsford Centre in 2020. The annual Step Up 4 Cardiac Health fundraiser will once again be held on Feb. 13 at Abbotsford Centre in support of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. (FVHCF photo)
A beloved copy of The Penner Family: Faithful Through Adversity was destroyed in the recent flooding. A call has gone out to help replace the book. (Facebook/ Mennonite Heritage Archives)

Mennonite family hoping to replace beloved family book destroyed by Abbotsford floods

Book was published in 1996 and chronicles 200 years of Penner family history

A beloved copy of The Penner Family: Faithful Through Adversity was destroyed in the recent flooding. A call has gone out to help replace the book. (Facebook/ Mennonite Heritage Archives)
Actor and singer, Marilyn Monroe, performs at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner and birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on May 19, 1962. (Cecil Stoughton/ White House Photographs, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

Abbotsford woman describes New York the night Marilyn sang to JFK

Infamous pop cultural event took place 60 years ago, months before Marilyn died

Actor and singer, Marilyn Monroe, performs at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner and birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on May 19, 1962. (Cecil Stoughton/ White House Photographs, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
Abbotsford’s Debbie Blumauer is a volunteer site supervisor for the Canadian Red Cross, and is featured in a video on the organization’s YouTube channel about the flooding that took place in late 2021. (YouTube screenshot)

VIDEO: Red Cross flooding video features Abbotsford volunteer site supervisor

Video is one of many on organization’s YouTube channel that features flooding

Abbotsford’s Debbie Blumauer is a volunteer site supervisor for the Canadian Red Cross, and is featured in a video on the organization’s YouTube channel about the flooding that took place in late 2021. (YouTube screenshot)
The Street Thug Barbers spent the Christmas weekend and beyond visiting homeless camps in Abbotsford, ensuring people had propane, food and fellowship. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)

Helping homeless survive cold snap in Abbotsford a ‘desperate situation’

Churches and ministries worked overtime to ensure hundreds of people survived arctic outflow

The Street Thug Barbers spent the Christmas weekend and beyond visiting homeless camps in Abbotsford, ensuring people had propane, food and fellowship. (Street Thug Barbers/ Facebook)