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Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA holds a webinar on Jan. 26 titled Staying Safe Online.

‘Staying Safe Online’ is subject of Fraser Valley webinar

Session on Tuesday, Jan. 26 is hosted by non-profit Circles of Support and Accountability

Harrison resident John Williams shares his story of life as a correctional officer in his new book, Life on the Inside, published in November 2020. (John Williams/Contributed)

‘We all have a bad side in us’: Harrison man publishes first book on life as a corrections officer

John Williams’ new autobiography shares his history with local jails and their inmates

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary students opened their new playground with smiles and play on Jan. 13, 2021. (Tammy Nazarchuk/Harrison Hot Springs Elementary)

Harrison students open new playground

The accessible installation includes musical instruments with the regular playground equipment

Locals laid flowers down at the foot of the big bear carving at Memorial Park, paying tribute to the late chainsaw carving legend Pete Ryan (Photo/Adam Louis)
Locals laid flowers down at the foot of the big bear carving at Memorial Park, paying tribute to the late chainsaw carving legend Pete Ryan (Photo/Adam Louis)
Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)

PHOTOS: Harrison students launch peaceful protest against playground division for MLK day

The kindergarten students negotiated with the school principal to enable recess on both playgrounds

Harrison Hot Springs kindergarten students held a peaceful protest Monday (Jan. 18) to end separated recess. The protest was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his lessons of non-violent action. Check out page XX for the whole story. (Dustin Neufeld/Contributed)
A child joins the Uke ‘n Play kickoff event at the Chilliwack Library on Oct. 1, 2016. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Events return, in virtual form, at Fraser Valley Regional Library

People can take part in ukulele jam, bullet journaling, reading groups and more

A child joins the Uke ‘n Play kickoff event at the Chilliwack Library on Oct. 1, 2016. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
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Echo Island Waterfall
Carolers surprise Logan Manor residents
Tips for Wrapping Christmas Presents
Grand Forks Choral Society sings 'Come o Ye Faithful'
Keith Carlson, chair and director of the Peace and Reconciliation Centre at Univeristy of the Fraser Valley.

UFV hosts online session about interpersonal violence

Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Abbotsford holds discussion on Thursday, Jan. 21

Keith Carlson, chair and director of the Peace and Reconciliation Centre at Univeristy of the Fraser Valley.
One of the two barn owls currently taking up residence on Miel Bernstein’s Agassiz property. (Contributed)

Agassiz farm asks residents to help protect barn owls

Rat poison is one of the main killers of barn owls; avoiding it one of the easiest ways to save them

One of the two barn owls currently taking up residence on Miel Bernstein’s Agassiz property. (Contributed)
Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)

Agassiz resident collecting pads, tampons for women in need

The program will help provide menstrual and incontinence products for people in Chilliwack, Agassiz

Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)
Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)

Iconic Hope chainsaw carver Pete Ryan has passed away

Ryan is a founding member of Hope’s famous chainsaw carving community

Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)
Old farm equipment lies partially submerged at a property in Harrison Mills. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

PHOTOS: Wild weather kicks off 2021 in Agassiz, Harrison

Heavy rain and gusts of winds hit the community hard in the first few days of 2021

Old farm equipment lies partially submerged at a property in Harrison Mills. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
One of the five Library-to-go Fun Packs currently available at the Agassiz Library. (Agassiz Library/Facebook)

Agassiz Library offers story time to go

New Fun Packs will bring reading, games to local kids

One of the five Library-to-go Fun Packs currently available at the Agassiz Library. (Agassiz Library/Facebook)
Anita Nadeau of Agassiz spotted this smiling snowman on Agassiz Avenue. This happy, tall chap comes courtesy of the Schwitchtenbergs, keeping winter cheer alive even when the snow only hits the mountains. Submit your photos to news@ahobserver.com. (Contributed Photo/Anita Nadeau)

Agassiz and Harrison’s Community Camera: Jan. 7

Submit your photos to news@ahobserver.com

Anita Nadeau of Agassiz spotted this smiling snowman on Agassiz Avenue. This happy, tall chap comes courtesy of the Schwitchtenbergs, keeping winter cheer alive even when the snow only hits the mountains. Submit your photos to news@ahobserver.com. (Contributed Photo/Anita Nadeau)
From left to right: Walter, Brian, McKenna and Susan Galvao snap a photo to commemorate a family swim in Harrison Lake on Jan. 1, 2021. (Contributed)

PHOTO: New year’s tradition continues at Harrison Lake

The Galvao family did a polar bear swim of their own on Jan. 1

From left to right: Walter, Brian, McKenna and Susan Galvao snap a photo to commemorate a family swim in Harrison Lake on Jan. 1, 2021. (Contributed)
St. Anthony's Thrift Store in Agassiz is searching for a 2021 New Year's baby to receive a gift basket of goodies. (Contributed) [Agassiz Catholic church Jan. 8 2021]

New Year’s baby wanted for Agassiz giveaway

St. Anthony’s Thrift Store is looking for babies from the Kent and Harrison area

St. Anthony's Thrift Store in Agassiz is searching for a 2021 New Year's baby to receive a gift basket of goodies. (Contributed) [Agassiz Catholic church Jan. 8 2021]
A video released by Tabor Home in Abbotsford includes staff members holding photos of some of the 25 residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 during an outbreak that began in early November. (Video screengrab)

Tabor Home in Abbotsford releases video in memory of lives lost to COVID-19

Long-term care home pays tribute to 25 residents who died in outbreak

A video released by Tabor Home in Abbotsford includes staff members holding photos of some of the 25 residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 during an outbreak that began in early November. (Video screengrab)
A waterfall just above Harrison Lake on an early winter morning. (Contributed Photo/Jeff Magnusson)

WATCH: Paddler captures spectacular waterfall near Echo Island

An early morning paddle yields beautiful scenery for Jeff Magnusson

A waterfall just above Harrison Lake on an early winter morning. (Contributed Photo/Jeff Magnusson)
Contributed Photo/Agassiz Fire Department

Agassiz Fire Department announces year-end honours

Three firefighters honoured for their work in 2020

Contributed Photo/Agassiz Fire Department
Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)

Local Sally Ann takes in ‘record amount’ in 2020

Donors in Agassiz, Harrison gave nearly $4,000 to the cause

Local Salvation Army kettle coordinator Rose Tustian (front, right) poses at a safe distance with Mayors Leo Facio and Sylvia Pranger during the Saturday kickoff of the local kettle campaign. Newly elected MLA Kelli Paddon also volunteered for a shift at the kettle, located at Red Apple in Agassiz. (Contributed Photo/Rose Tustian)
Canadian company Endy recently donated several mattresses to Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the call room for front-line workers. (Submitted photo)

New mattresses donated for front-line workers at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Contribution from Canadian company Endy allows for call-room overhaul

Canadian company Endy recently donated several mattresses to Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the call room for front-line workers. (Submitted photo)