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Chilliwack’s A.J. Van Winkle will be able to test himself on bigger and more powerful rides now that he has a racing license from Mission’s Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club. (Snow Photography)

Chilliwack’s A.J. Van Winkle gets racing license from Westwood Motorcyle Racing Club

The teen is the youngest in club history to get a license, letting him race more powerful bikes

Chilliwack’s A.J. Van Winkle will be able to test himself on bigger and more powerful rides now that he has a racing license from Mission’s Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club. (Snow Photography)
Watched by teammates, Chilliwack’s Chris Lindhout (in white) sends a putt towards the first hole at the Sandpiper Golf Course Monday while playing in the 13th annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism Golf Tournament. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Golfers tee off at Sandpiper in 13th annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism tournament

The event brings together the agriculture industry and autism community for a fun fundraiser

Watched by teammates, Chilliwack’s Chris Lindhout (in white) sends a putt towards the first hole at the Sandpiper Golf Course Monday while playing in the 13th annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism Golf Tournament. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
An electric vehicle charging station at Chilliwack City Hall. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Chilliwack and Agassiz getting new fast-charging stations for electric vehicles

Agassiz’s two stations will open this fall at the Seabird Island Gas Bar, operated by BC Hydro

An electric vehicle charging station at Chilliwack City Hall. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Chilliwack trails much of the Fraser Health Region in first and second dose vaccine rates. (Maple Ridge News file)

Chilliwack trails most of Fraser Health Region in first-dose COVID vaccination rate

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix says the decision to not get vaccinated will carry consequences

Chilliwack trails much of the Fraser Health Region in first and second dose vaccine rates. (Maple Ridge News file)
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Fraser Valley organizations get government funding to provide skills training

Fourteen groups with ties to Chilliwack are sharing in a $6,784,615 federal/provincial investment

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Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)

VIDEO: Game time changed for Olympic women’s soccer final between Canada and Sweden

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt are on the Canadian team, gunning for gold

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)
The Starfish Backpack program offers Chilliwack students food to take home to their families. (Langley Advance Times files)

Union makes $1,000 donation to Rotary Club of Chilliwack’s Feed the Kids Initiative

The Christian Labour Association of Canada donated as part of its Building Communities program

The Starfish Backpack program offers Chilliwack students food to take home to their families. (Langley Advance Times files)
Street performers are viewed as vital cogs in the plan to revitalize downtown Chilliwack. (City of Chilliwack twitter)

City of Chilliwack resumes Street Entertainer/Busking program

Like many other things, the program was halted for months due to the COVID pandemic

Street performers are viewed as vital cogs in the plan to revitalize downtown Chilliwack. (City of Chilliwack twitter)
People look at the hundreds of submissions on display in various categories during the 147th annual Chilliwack Fair on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Chilliwack Fair returns in live format for 149th annual exhibition

After going virtual in 2020, the fair is back with three days of music, magic and more

People look at the hundreds of submissions on display in various categories during the 147th annual Chilliwack Fair on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Real estate sales in Chilliwack dropped in July 2021 compared to July 2020, the first dip reported by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board this year. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack real estate sales cool off in July, but supply remains low

While sales dropped, prices did not, with the average value of a single-family home hitting $870,000

Real estate sales in Chilliwack dropped in July 2021 compared to July 2020, the first dip reported by the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board this year. (Black Press file)
Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Because of COVID, this year’s version of the annual event will be scaled back, still featuring lots to do for all ages. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Free shuttles offered for Chilliwack Fair visitors

The shuttles will go back and forth from Cottonwood Centre to the fairgrounds at Heritage Park

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Because of COVID, this year’s version of the annual event will be scaled back, still featuring lots to do for all ages. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Chilliwack included in provincial COVID-19 vaccination push dubbed Walk-In Wednesday

The clinic at Chilliwack Mall welcomes drop-ins on Aug. 4 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman on Tuesday. Loewen presented Polderman $3,440 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, most of it raised through lemonade sales. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Nine-year-old Chilliwack girl presents Lytton mayor with $3,440 from lemonade sales

Emily Loewen’s donation may be used to help re-stock the Lytton library once it’s rebuilt

Nine-year-old Chilliwackian Emily Loewen shares a moment with Lytton mayor Jan Polderman on Tuesday. Loewen presented Polderman $3,440 on Tuesday, Aug. 3, most of it raised through lemonade sales. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)

Olympic gold medal game for Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Canadian women’s soccer squad

Huitema played the final four minutes of a 1-0 semi-final win vs the United States Aug. 2

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)
Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association

Partnership with Cheam Source for Sports highlights offseason for Chilliwack Minor Hockey

It’s been a busy few months as CMHA prepares for (hopefully) a return to normal this fall

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If you live near a street tree, City of Chilliwack is asking you to give it water during the upcoming hot days. (City of Chilliwack twitter photo)

City of Chilliwack asks residents to look out for street trees during hot weather

With temperatures expected to hit the high 30s this weekend, people are asked to water trees

If you live near a street tree, City of Chilliwack is asking you to give it water during the upcoming hot days. (City of Chilliwack twitter photo)
RCMP are looking for a man and woman suspected of shoplifting from a Sardis-area business and pulling a knife on one of its employees. (RCMP photos)

Chilliwack RCMP ask for public help tracking down robbery suspects

One of the people allegedly pulled a knife on a loss-prevention officer on their way out the door

RCMP are looking for a man and woman suspected of shoplifting from a Sardis-area business and pulling a knife on one of its employees. (RCMP photos)
Two volunteers with Chilliwack’s City Watch program used one of these Naloxone kits to save the life of a teenager who experienced an apparent drug overdose on July 25, 2021. (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)

Quick-thinking volunteers with Chilliwack City Watch save life of teenage boy

The volunteers administered Naloxone to a 16-year-old suffering an apparent drug overdose

Two volunteers with Chilliwack’s City Watch program used one of these Naloxone kits to save the life of a teenager who experienced an apparent drug overdose on July 25, 2021. (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)
An apartment building on Hazel Street in Chilliwack shows significant damage to the fourth floor after an overnight fire on July 29, 2021. (Eric J. Welsh/Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Fatality confirmed in Chilliwack apartment fire

Residents of a Hazel Street building were evacuated to the Chilliwack Coliseum

An apartment building on Hazel Street in Chilliwack shows significant damage to the fourth floor after an overnight fire on July 29, 2021. (Eric J. Welsh/Chilliwack Progress)
Seen here taking down a Vancouver Island Raider during the 2013 BC Football Conference season, Chilliwack’s Matt McConnell (No. 20 in brown) tried to make the roster of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions, but was cut on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Chilliwack’s Matt McConnell a CFL free agent after being cut loose by BC Lions

The hard-hitting defensive back was trying to make the Leos roster despite not playing since 2017

Seen here taking down a Vancouver Island Raider during the 2013 BC Football Conference season, Chilliwack’s Matt McConnell (No. 20 in brown) tried to make the roster of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions, but was cut on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)