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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)
Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack man has close encounter with killdeer after marking nest

Killdeer nest near farm fields and other high danger areas, but man is intent on saving birds

Joe Sommer of Chilliwack reaches toward a killdeer on its nest on his property, in March 2021. The red marking is to alert the neighbouring farm to avoid the area. (Submitted photo)
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)
Little treasure boxes with crystals inside them have been hidden around Chilliwack for people to find. The goal is to “bring some excitement and happiness to the people of our community,” said Jordyn MacDonald of Mystic Visions. (Submitted)

Chilliwack couple hides treasure boxes filled with goodies around town

Boxes filled with crystals, other items to ‘bring happiness to the community,’ says Jordyn MacDonald

Little treasure boxes with crystals inside them have been hidden around Chilliwack for people to find. The goal is to “bring some excitement and happiness to the people of our community,” said Jordyn MacDonald of Mystic Visions. (Submitted)
April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Hope MMIW Take Back Canada rally remembers April Parisian

Rallies for MMIW took place across Canada on March 13

April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)
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)
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)
A Fraser-Cascade School District bus heads down Chaplin Road in Agassiz. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Spring Break kicks off in Agassiz and Harrison

Events are happening at the library, CRCC, Ranger Station Gallery

A Fraser-Cascade School District bus heads down Chaplin Road in Agassiz. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.

Memoir writers share tips during virtual UFV session

Reading and conversation with acclaimed memorists takes place March 18

UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.
Families and loved ones gathered along the side of the road for the 2020 AESS grad parade. This year’s graduating class is hoping to hold a similar parade, which will be partly funded by the bottles collected during this latest fundraising effort. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Agassiz comes together to support grads after bottle theft

The bottle drive will help fund the Grade 12s graduation ceremony

Families and loved ones gathered along the side of the road for the 2020 AESS grad parade. This year’s graduating class is hoping to hold a similar parade, which will be partly funded by the bottles collected during this latest fundraising effort. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford raises highest total ever

Event goes virtual in 2021 for first time, raising $320K for foodgrains bank

Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
University of the Fraser Valley

University of Fraser Valley holds two online anti-racism events

Panel discussions on March 17 and 18 look at anti-racism work and systemic inequalities

  • Mar 15, 2021
University of the Fraser Valley
(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)

‘Like a third sibling:’ After decades, Hope Hotel changes ownership

Chandel Lefeuvre met with The Standard to talk hotel history and memories

(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Books will be hiding in windows throughout Agassiz for the library’s Spring Break scavenger hunt. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

The Agassiz Library needs help to find vacationing books

The library is launching a ‘hide and seek’ event over Spring Break

Books will be hiding in windows throughout Agassiz for the library’s Spring Break scavenger hunt. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
District of Kent’s 125th anniversary logo. (District of Kent)

District of Kent’s 125th anniversary celebration to continue into 2021

COVID-19 impacted many of the activities planned in celebration of the anniversary year

District of Kent’s 125th anniversary logo. (District of Kent)
Dr. Joshua Greggain waves to a driver during a drive-thru goodbye parade at Hope Medical Centre on Friday, Feb. 26. Greggain gave out cookies bearing his likeness to parade-goers. (Photo/Adam Louis)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Goodbye, Dr. Greggain

Patients from Hope to Boston Bar bid the doctor farewell as he moves on

Dr. Joshua Greggain waves to a driver during a drive-thru goodbye parade at Hope Medical Centre on Friday, Feb. 26. Greggain gave out cookies bearing his likeness to parade-goers. (Photo/Adam Louis)
The 2019 Rootin’ Tootin’ Hometown Country Canada Day celebrations in Agassiz’s Pioneer Park saw kids of all ages try out some rustic games, including lassoing a wooden horse. The District of Kent is planning for two possible Canada Day celebrations this year. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Agassiz planning for two potential Canada Day celebrations

One event will be in-person, with booked time slots, and the other would be virtual

The 2019 Rootin’ Tootin’ Hometown Country Canada Day celebrations in Agassiz’s Pioneer Park saw kids of all ages try out some rustic games, including lassoing a wooden horse. The District of Kent is planning for two possible Canada Day celebrations this year. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 8, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Avalon Butchart in her kayak on Hicks Lake, painting in hand. (Avalon Butchart/Contributed)

Pandemic pushes Agassiz artist into plein air painting

Avalon Butchart heard a ‘call from God’ to bring her painting outdoors

Avalon Butchart in her kayak on Hicks Lake, painting in hand. (Avalon Butchart/Contributed)
Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)

Agassiz fireman celebrates 51 years at the hall

Al Pryor has been a key member in the Agassiz Fire Department since he was 16

Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)