Karissa Gall

Harrison council approves purchase of new barbecue sites

Harrison council approves purchase of new barbecue sites

The designated sites will use up to $56,000 of the village’s reserve funds

Harrison council approves purchase of new barbecue sites
Harrison Festival presents its first family ‘barn dance’

Harrison Festival presents its first family ‘barn dance’

The event will feature a live band and caller, who will teach contra, square, and round dances

Harrison Festival presents its first family ‘barn dance’
Kent Harrison Search and Rescue looks back on 2019

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue looks back on 2019

Two serious incidents on Harrison Lake stood out for Search and Rescue manager Neil Brewer

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue looks back on 2019
VIDEO: How to recycle your real Christmas tree around Harrison and Agassiz

VIDEO: How to recycle your real Christmas tree around Harrison and Agassiz

There’s curbside collection for some, drop off for a fee and of course, the goats that eat Christmas

VIDEO: How to recycle your real Christmas tree around Harrison and Agassiz
VIDEO: Harrison Polar Bear Swim 2020 attracts more than 100 registered swimmers

VIDEO: Harrison Polar Bear Swim 2020 attracts more than 100 registered swimmers

A rainbow appeared over Harrison Lake just before swimmers started running toward the water

VIDEO: Harrison Polar Bear Swim 2020 attracts more than 100 registered swimmers
FILE - Harrison mayor Leo Facio, Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger and organizer Rose Tustian (far right) at the Salvation Army kettle in Agassiz last winter. (Rose Tustian/Contributed)

Agassiz red kettle campaign raises close to $2,000 for the Salvation Army

Organizer Rose Tustian hopes to bring the kettles back to the community next year

FILE - Harrison mayor Leo Facio, Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger and organizer Rose Tustian (far right) at the Salvation Army kettle in Agassiz last winter. (Rose Tustian/Contributed)
Volunteers provided Agassiz seniors with a hot breakfast and holiday cheer at the legion on Dec. 25, 2019. (Contributed)

Volunteers provide annual holiday breakfast to Agassiz seniors

The Agassiz Centre for Education started the tradition in 2011

Volunteers provided Agassiz seniors with a hot breakfast and holiday cheer at the legion on Dec. 25, 2019. (Contributed)
Paperboys set to party onstage at Harrison Memorial Hall

Paperboys set to party onstage at Harrison Memorial Hall

Vancouver band will help Harrison Festival Society kick off 2020 with a night of roots music

Paperboys set to party onstage at Harrison Memorial Hall
Ferry Road closure was due to death: Agassiz RCMP

Ferry Road closure was due to death: Agassiz RCMP

RCMP had blocked off Ferry Road under the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge for a few hours on Dec. 25

Ferry Road closure was due to death: Agassiz RCMP
FILE - Nicky Joosting heading out of the water at the first annual Harrison polar bear swim. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Polar dip roundup: 3 places around Agassiz and Harrison to take the plunge on New Year’s Day

These three events all promise a frigid start to your new year

FILE - Nicky Joosting heading out of the water at the first annual Harrison polar bear swim. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
PHOTOS: Harrison names ‘Light Up’ contest winners

PHOTOS: Harrison names ‘Light Up’ contest winners

The Observer got a behind-the-scenes look at the judging of the lights displays

PHOTOS: Harrison names ‘Light Up’ contest winners
VIDEO: Legendary freeskier Mark Abma makes guest appearance at Sasquatch Mountain

VIDEO: Legendary freeskier Mark Abma makes guest appearance at Sasquatch Mountain

Abma and family hit the hills on opening weekend and appeared at his ski movie screening

VIDEO: Legendary freeskier Mark Abma makes guest appearance at Sasquatch Mountain
Left to right: Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Ava P. Christl, Darlene Cunningham, Billie Shauer, Bronwyn Punch, Michele Franklin, and Patti Turner wear the crowns they created at the winter solstice crown-making workshop on Dec. 21 at Harrison Memorial Hall. (Chris Duchaine/Black Press Media)

Kent Harrison Arts Council crown-making workshop celebrates winter solstice

Participants made crowns and planned to parade with lights on the longest night of the year

Left to right: Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Ava P. Christl, Darlene Cunningham, Billie Shauer, Bronwyn Punch, Michele Franklin, and Patti Turner wear the crowns they created at the winter solstice crown-making workshop on Dec. 21 at Harrison Memorial Hall. (Chris Duchaine/Black Press Media)
Agassiz Harrison Community Services food bank coordinator Brianne Messenger said their Christmas Bureau program was a great success on Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at the Agricultural Hall, providing Christmas hampers, winter clothing and toys to over 150 families. (Karissa Gall/The Observer)

Over 160 Christmas hampers filled for families in Agassiz and Harrison

Hampers have enough food to make a Christmas breakfast and dinner with all of the fixings

Agassiz Harrison Community Services food bank coordinator Brianne Messenger said their Christmas Bureau program was a great success on Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at the Agricultural Hall, providing Christmas hampers, winter clothing and toys to over 150 families. (Karissa Gall/The Observer)
Duck Hunt: Muscovy duck sightings take Agassiz by storm

Duck Hunt: Muscovy duck sightings take Agassiz by storm

Photos and video of Muscovy ducks cause Agassiz residents to ‘quack up’

Duck Hunt: Muscovy duck sightings take Agassiz by storm
A two-vehicle collision on Dec. 19 brought traffic on the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge to a halt and sent at least one person to hospital in an ambulance. (Karen Eunice Jasso Aguilar Facebook photo)

At least one person sent to hospital after collision on Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge

The two-vehicle collision occurred around 7 p.m. on Dec. 19

A two-vehicle collision on Dec. 19 brought traffic on the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge to a halt and sent at least one person to hospital in an ambulance. (Karen Eunice Jasso Aguilar Facebook photo)
From left: Agassiz Elementary Secondary School Grade 10 students Patricia Duong, Emily Clark, Mark Schwichtenberg, Navi Basten, Weston Smart and Randolph McInroy display an envelope with $408 inside and food their school collected for the food bank over the holiday season. (Contributed)

Agassiz Elementary Secondary collects $408 and non-perishables for food bank

The school collected the donations by doing two basketball ‘buyouts’

From left: Agassiz Elementary Secondary School Grade 10 students Patricia Duong, Emily Clark, Mark Schwichtenberg, Navi Basten, Weston Smart and Randolph McInroy display an envelope with $408 inside and food their school collected for the food bank over the holiday season. (Contributed)
RCMP release sketch of suspect in Agassiz break-ins

RCMP release sketch of suspect in Agassiz break-ins

A series of break-ins were reported on Nov. 27 in the 1700-block of Evergreen Drive

RCMP release sketch of suspect in Agassiz break-ins
FILE - Fifty-four Grade 12 students took their first steps out of high school at the AESS graduation ceremony on June 7, 2019. According to data provided by School District 78 Fraser Cascade, the number of Agassiz and Hope students who graduate high school within a six-year time frame is gradually increasing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Slight increase in Agassiz and Hope high school completion rates

But slight decrease in six-year completion rate for Indigenous students

FILE - Fifty-four Grade 12 students took their first steps out of high school at the AESS graduation ceremony on June 7, 2019. According to data provided by School District 78 Fraser Cascade, the number of Agassiz and Hope students who graduate high school within a six-year time frame is gradually increasing. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Agassiz RCMP investigating two break-ins in Harrison Hot Springs

Agassiz RCMP investigating two break-ins in Harrison Hot Springs

Both break-ins, reported on Dec. 14, occurred on Esplanade Avenue

Agassiz RCMP investigating two break-ins in Harrison Hot Springs