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First Canadian Paratroop Battalion veteran George Siggs as he appears in 2021, as a resident of White Rock Seniors Village. Alex Browne photo

White Rock Second World War veteran recounts harrowing and humorous experiences

George Siggs still has intense memories of serving as a paratrooper Europe

First Canadian Paratroop Battalion veteran George Siggs as he appears in 2021, as a resident of White Rock Seniors Village. Alex Browne photo
Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)

Swan gets ‘second-chance at life’ after being rescued near 100 Mile

The swan was unable to migrate south due to an injured wing

Von Rywaczuk laughs as he cradles Halo the Swan in his arms after rescuing her from Elliot Lake. (Photo submitted)
Alumni speakers at a YELL event in 2019. The organization’s educational programs “empower youth with the skills, knowledge and network they will need to take on the future,” according to a webpost. (Photo: yellcanada.org)

KPU helps give young entrepreneurs something to YELL about in Surrey, region

Post-secondary credit for secondary students now offered

Alumni speakers at a YELL event in 2019. The organization’s educational programs “empower youth with the skills, knowledge and network they will need to take on the future,” according to a webpost. (Photo: yellcanada.org)
June Young shows a couple of the toques she has crocheted for donation this year. (Contributed photo)

Rosy look to White Rock senior’s ‘Hats for Homeless’ project

June Young has crocheted and donated nearly 500 toques and scarves this year

June Young shows a couple of the toques she has crocheted for donation this year. (Contributed photo)
Neelam Sahota, the Surrey Libraries board chair, is this year’s recipient of the Trustee Excellence Award from the B.C. Library Trustees Association. (Submitted photo: Surrey Libraries)

Surrey Libraries board chair receives provincial award

Annual award recognizes three trustees from more than 700 serving on B.C. library boards

Neelam Sahota, the Surrey Libraries board chair, is this year’s recipient of the Trustee Excellence Award from the B.C. Library Trustees Association. (Submitted photo: Surrey Libraries)
The She Connects mentorship initiative was launched by, from left to right, Emily Haugen, Leena Parhar, Meghan Dunn and Avneet Sandhu. “We have more mentors than mentees right now,” said Sandhu, a Surrey resident, “and it’s about getting in touch with girls and spreading the word, on social media and other places. I’ve literally put up posters on mailboxes in my neighbourhood.” (submitted photo)

She Connects mentorship program searches for girl mentees in Surrey and region

Volunteer initiative connects young women in high school with women who have graduated

The She Connects mentorship initiative was launched by, from left to right, Emily Haugen, Leena Parhar, Meghan Dunn and Avneet Sandhu. “We have more mentors than mentees right now,” said Sandhu, a Surrey resident, “and it’s about getting in touch with girls and spreading the word, on social media and other places. I’ve literally put up posters on mailboxes in my neighbourhood.” (submitted photo)
Delta-based dancer Emma Tomlinson in video of her winning “Coppélia” dance at International Ballet Grand Prix Vienna, a virtual competition this year. (submitted video)

Surrey, Delta dancers shine at International Ballet Grand Prix Vienna competition

Online event in October attracted 193 competitors from 23 countries

Delta-based dancer Emma Tomlinson in video of her winning “Coppélia” dance at International Ballet Grand Prix Vienna, a virtual competition this year. (submitted video)
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum stands with kids outside the Don Christian Rec. Centre’s new child care facility. (Photo submitted: City of Surrey)

New child care facility opens in Cloverdale

Don Christian Rec. Centre opens 16-space facility

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum stands with kids outside the Don Christian Rec. Centre’s new child care facility. (Photo submitted: City of Surrey)
Surrey and White Rock firefighters donated $35,000 to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. (Contributed photo)

Surrey, White Rock firefighters donate $35,000 to support mental health care

Mental health has been at the forefront of the firefighters’ philanthropy efforts

Surrey and White Rock firefighters donated $35,000 to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. (Contributed photo)
Satbir Cheema speaks during B.C.’s online Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards. (YouTube video)
Satbir Cheema speaks during B.C.’s online Community Safety and Crime Prevention Awards. (YouTube video)
The 2021 Surrey Kids Conference is to be held Nov. 18-20. (City of Surrey image)
The 2021 Surrey Kids Conference is to be held Nov. 18-20. (City of Surrey image)
White Rock's Bob Jadis began painting and selling wine bottles to raise money for the food bank. (Contributed photos)
White Rock's Bob Jadis began painting and selling wine bottles to raise money for the food bank. (Contributed photos)
Surrey’s Joyce Dutton celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 4. (Submitted photo: Nicola Romaniuk)

Surrey resident celebrates 100th birthday

Joyce Dutton had a day of balloons, entertainment, cake and champagne

Surrey’s Joyce Dutton celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 4. (Submitted photo: Nicola Romaniuk)
Jack Lee with the 2021 Glenfiddich Championship trophy. (Submitted photo by Derek Maxwell)
Jack Lee with the 2021 Glenfiddich Championship trophy. (Submitted photo by Derek Maxwell)
Master Corporal (ret’d) Mitchel Claypool (kneeling on right) is seen with his section, E33D, in Sperwan Ghar, Kandahar, Afghanistan in September 2007. (Photo submitted: Mitchel Claypool)

Cloverdale veteran recalls his time in Afghanistan

‘It was one of the hardest, yet most valuable, experiences of my life,’ says Claypool

Master Corporal (ret’d) Mitchel Claypool (kneeling on right) is seen with his section, E33D, in Sperwan Ghar, Kandahar, Afghanistan in September 2007. (Photo submitted: Mitchel Claypool)
A free workshop planned for South Surrey aims to help participants better understand the weather. (Black Press photo)

Free weather workshop planned for Alexandra House

Weather-focused science session planned for Nov. 13 in South Surrey

A free workshop planned for South Surrey aims to help participants better understand the weather. (Black Press photo)
First World War soldier William James Taylor is profiled by his great-grandson, student Connor Mitchell, in the “KPU Remembers” project. This photo of Taylor is from the video Mitchell created to tell the story of his ancestor’s last battle at Mount Sorrel, Ypres, in 1916.

VIDEO: Students’ ‘KPU Remembers’ website shows First World War experiences of Canadian soldiers

In time for Remembrance Day, written reports and ‘excellent’ videos posted to website, instructor says

First World War soldier William James Taylor is profiled by his great-grandson, student Connor Mitchell, in the “KPU Remembers” project. This photo of Taylor is from the video Mitchell created to tell the story of his ancestor’s last battle at Mount Sorrel, Ypres, in 1916.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church acting pastor Wes Hills aims to host weekly ‘Priest at Large’ sessions at Laura’s Coffee Corner, starting Nov. 4, 2021. (File photo/holytrinitywhiterock.org photo)

‘Priest at Large’ launches at White Rock coffee shop

Holy Trinity Anglican Church’s Priest-in-Charge Wes Hills ‘ready to chat about pretty much anything’

Holy Trinity Anglican Church acting pastor Wes Hills aims to host weekly ‘Priest at Large’ sessions at Laura’s Coffee Corner, starting Nov. 4, 2021. (File photo/holytrinitywhiterock.org photo)
Some of the entries in the 2018 Gingerbread Village competition at Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Some of the entries in the 2018 Gingerbread Village competition at Central City Shopping Centre in Surrey. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

CP Holiday Train goes virtual again for 2021, no stops in B.C. or Alberta

The 23rd annual event would have stopped in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)