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Laura Levitsky admires her Medal of Excellence from Artists for Conservation, the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment. Two of her paintings made it into this year’s AFC’s annual Art Exhibition hardcover book. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

Chilliwack conservation artist awarded international Medal of Excellence for painting

Laura Levitsky earned a Medal of Excellence from Artists for Conservation for her artwork

Laura Levitsky admires her Medal of Excellence from Artists for Conservation, the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment. Two of her paintings made it into this year’s AFC’s annual Art Exhibition hardcover book. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
Chilliwack’s Ann Davis Transition Society opens specialized Women’s Centre

Chilliwack’s Ann Davis Transition Society opens specialized Women’s Centre

The new 10-bed centre will help ADTS deal with its more than 1,300 annual crisis calls

Chilliwack’s Ann Davis Transition Society opens specialized Women’s Centre
B.C.’s own Oli Maughan is hosting Fraser Valley Comedy’s Jest Ladies events in both Hope and Chilliwack. (Instagram)

Fraser Valley Comedy’s Jest Ladies event is coming back to Chilliwack

One of FVC’s most popular events, Jest Ladies draws in comics and audiences from around B.C.

B.C.’s own Oli Maughan is hosting Fraser Valley Comedy’s Jest Ladies events in both Hope and Chilliwack. (Instagram)
With back to school in full swing, so too are the 30 km/h speed limits on the roads near schools. (Black Press file photo)

School’s back in session in Chilliwack, and so are 30 km/h speed limits

Don’t forget to slow down and be extra watchful as you drive through school zones this year

With back to school in full swing, so too are the 30 km/h speed limits on the roads near schools. (Black Press file photo)
The Chilliwack YMCA is one of 10 B.C. communities offering the latest pilot program offered by the Childhood Obesity Foundation to deal with overweight children and youth: the Healthy Family Living Program is due to start in late September. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack one of the first cities in B.C. to pilot new anti-childhood-obesity program

The Healthy Family Living program is being tested in 10 communities across the province

The Chilliwack YMCA is one of 10 B.C. communities offering the latest pilot program offered by the Childhood Obesity Foundation to deal with overweight children and youth: the Healthy Family Living Program is due to start in late September. (Submitted photo)
Jeff Bonner, who owns the Tractorgrease Cafe, is bringing the folksy sound back to Chilliwack with his second Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 8. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

WATCH: Tractorgrease Cafe has plucked a stellar lineup for this year’s Bluegrass Festival

After several years withoug, Jeff Bonner is hoping to create a resurgance for the folksy festival

Jeff Bonner, who owns the Tractorgrease Cafe, is bringing the folksy sound back to Chilliwack with his second Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 8. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
First Contact followed six Canadians as they learned the truth behind many racial stereotypes

First Contact followed six Canadians as they learned the truth behind many racial stereotypes

First Contact follows six contestants as they travel through indigenous Canada

First Contact followed six Canadians as they learned the truth behind many racial stereotypes
Carol Todd speaks to Pink Shirt Day rally at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 28, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Carol Todd to speak at anti-bullying event in Fraser Valley

Amanda Todd’s mother wants parents to reconsider the amount of screen time their families have

Carol Todd speaks to Pink Shirt Day rally at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 28, 2018. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Bertha Lowen jokes that her secret to a long life is age-defying body wash. The Chilliwack resident turns 103 on Aug. 30, and spent decades a public health nurse in the area. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

Long-time Chilliwack resident, Bertha Lowen, looks back on life and public health as she turns 103

Having moved to the Fraser Valley in the late ’40s, Lowen spent decades as a public health nurse

Bertha Lowen jokes that her secret to a long life is age-defying body wash. The Chilliwack resident turns 103 on Aug. 30, and spent decades a public health nurse in the area. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
Carolin Petersen self-published “Broken Compass,” her first novel, this summer through Amazon’s CreateSpace. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)

Chilliwack teen publishes first novel at 16

Using a self-publishing site, Carolin Petersen was able to publish her first book at 16-years-old

Carolin Petersen self-published “Broken Compass,” her first novel, this summer through Amazon’s CreateSpace. (Sarah Gawdin/The Progress)
Acoustic Emporium is back in the ‘Wack

Acoustic Emporium is back in the ‘Wack

After breaking for most of 2018, Acoustic Emporium is back this fall

Acoustic Emporium is back in the ‘Wack
Chilliwack man warns of Visa phone scam

Chilliwack man warns of Visa phone scam

Floyd Martin says it was only by chance that he realized the phonecall was a scam

Chilliwack man warns of Visa phone scam
Harry Potter experience coming to the FVRL Sardis branch

Harry Potter experience coming to the FVRL Sardis branch

Harry Potter experience coming to the FVRL Sardis branch

Harry Potter experience coming to the FVRL Sardis branch
A new kind of literacy immersion is coming to the FVRL

A new kind of literacy immersion is coming to the FVRL

Experience digital storytelling through virtual reality with Inanimate Alice

A new kind of literacy immersion is coming to the FVRL
At least 14 illegal fires set between Chilliwack and Hope this month

At least 14 illegal fires set between Chilliwack and Hope this month

Conservation officers are fed up with people not listening to the province-wide fire ban

At least 14 illegal fires set between Chilliwack and Hope this month
Documentary filmed in Chilliwack nominated in the ‘Wildlife Oscars’

Documentary filmed in Chilliwack nominated in the ‘Wildlife Oscars’

Toad People is the only Canadian film to be nominated in this year’s Panda Wilderness Awards

Documentary filmed in Chilliwack nominated in the ‘Wildlife Oscars’
Sometimes it’s okay to simply try

Sometimes it’s okay to simply try

I feel like a success even though I failed at donating blood

Sometimes it’s okay to simply try
RCMP nab prolific car thief in Agassiz after month-long search

RCMP nab prolific car thief in Agassiz after month-long search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

RCMP nab prolific car thief in Agassiz after month-long search
Traffic snarls at Agassiz/Harrison bridge after biker falls on road

Traffic snarls at Agassiz/Harrison bridge after biker falls on road

A road bicyclist fell from his bike while crossing the bridge and needed medical attention

Traffic snarls at Agassiz/Harrison bridge after biker falls on road
BC Coroners Service has scheduled a public inquest into the death of 39-year-old Charlene Teresa Sakamoto while in the custody of Chilliwack RCMP. (File image)

Inquest scheduled into woman’s death while in Chilliwack police custody

BC Coroners Service has scheduled a public inquest into the death of Charlene Teresa Sakamoto

BC Coroners Service has scheduled a public inquest into the death of 39-year-old Charlene Teresa Sakamoto while in the custody of Chilliwack RCMP. (File image)