Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
People take photos of the view during the second annual Chilliwack Sunflower Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Blossoms bloom again at Chilliwack Sunflower Festival this summer

Colourful fields open for folks to wander through ‘thousands of awe-inspiring flowers’

People take photos of the view during the second annual Chilliwack Sunflower Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Before and after images of the Village of Lytton, B.C. Before photo taken in 2018 (Google Street View); after photo taken on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Before and after the blaze that destroyed the Village of Lytton

Images of the community 9 days after fire compared to what it looked like 3 years ago

Before and after images of the Village of Lytton, B.C. Before photo taken in 2018 (Google Street View); after photo taken on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
A view from Promontory of a wildfire near the Chilliwack River. (Teresa Kelly/Facebook)

Crews battle Chilliwack River wildfire, near same spot as homeless-camp fire 3 months ago

BC Wildfire Service called in to help Chilliwack firefighters battle blaze

A view from Promontory of a wildfire near the Chilliwack River. (Teresa Kelly/Facebook)
Four-year-old Ginger at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Ginger at the Chilliwack SPCA

Owners couldn’t bring calico cat with them when they moved, now up for adoption at Chilliwack SPCA

Four-year-old Ginger at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Kayla Borkowsky, 22, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. She was given one year to live and her friend has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. (GoFundMe)

GoFundMe for 22-year-old Chilliwack mom with brain cancer, given 1 year to live

Kayla Borkowsky diagnosed with ‘rare and aggressive’ form of brain cancer

Kayla Borkowsky, 22, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. She was given one year to live and her friend has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. (GoFundMe)
A cow pokes her head out of a fence in Chilliwack on Feb. 16, 2005. Tuesday, July 13, 2021 is Cow Appreciation Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of July 11 to 17

Cow Appreciation Day, Beef Tallow Day and Tattoo Day are all coming up this week

A cow pokes her head out of a fence in Chilliwack on Feb. 16, 2005. Tuesday, July 13, 2021 is Cow Appreciation Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A view of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021, nine days after a wildfire ripped through the village on June 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

Lytton residents left homeless after fatal wildfire get 1st look at devastation

‘Tour’ through village comes as the Transporation Safety Board announces it will be investigating the fire

A view of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021, nine days after a wildfire ripped through the village on June 30, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Oscar von Wahl with Watershed Watch Salmon Society snips seed pods from yellow flag irises, an invasive species, along the Bell slough on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Residents snip seed pods from invasive irises to help save slough in Chilliwack

Bell Slough ‘essentially dying’ because of invasive plants clogging waterway in Chilliwack

Oscar von Wahl with Watershed Watch Salmon Society snips seed pods from yellow flag irises, an invasive species, along the Bell slough on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A screen grab from ‘The Hidden Crisis’ video series by Pacific Community Resources Society in Chilliwack. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)

Opioid crisis videos filmed in Chilliwack focus on ‘hidden population’

3-part series on overdose prevention aims to change stigma attached to opioid users and their families

A screen grab from ‘The Hidden Crisis’ video series by Pacific Community Resources Society in Chilliwack. (Justin Booth/ Dock Visual Media)
Vedder Park was one of the first StoryWalk locations hosted by the Chilliwack Learning Society back in March 2021. The society is bringing two more StoryWalk books to Chilliwack in July – one at Walden Park and the other at Sardis Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Stroll through children’s books as StoryWalk returns to Chilliwack this summer

Stories spread out page by page in Chilliwack parks as part of self-guided outdoor literacy event

Vedder Park was one of the first StoryWalk locations hosted by the Chilliwack Learning Society back in March 2021. The society is bringing two more StoryWalk books to Chilliwack in July – one at Walden Park and the other at Sardis Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Michael Cade (seen here during a media tour of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on June 29, 2010) was informed by the board of directors with the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society that his employment contract would not be renewed at the end of June 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s managing director is out after 11 years at the helm

Michael Cade said centre’s board ‘going in a different direction’; board says Cade ‘vacating’ the job

Michael Cade (seen here during a media tour of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on June 29, 2010) was informed by the board of directors with the Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society that his employment contract would not be renewed at the end of June 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Sixteen-year-old Jacob Bredenhof (centre) hugs Darrell Fox, Terry Fox’s brother, during the Ride of Hope on the border of Chilliwack and Abbotsford on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Try Like Terry’ team visits young cancer survivor as Ride of Hope rolls through Fraser Valley

Terry Fox’s brother one of 25 on cycling team that visited teen diagnosed with same cancer as Terry

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Bredenhof (centre) hugs Darrell Fox, Terry Fox’s brother, during the Ride of Hope on the border of Chilliwack and Abbotsford on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A black Lab named Ace was swept away with the river current at the top of Chilliwack River. (Jesse Dorman/ Facebook)

Dog swept down Chilliwack River, owner calls for public’s help in search

Ace was swept away with ‘extremely strong’ river current at top of Chilliwack River, says owner

A black Lab named Ace was swept away with the river current at the top of Chilliwack River. (Jesse Dorman/ Facebook)
Folks help bag up 30 handmade blankets sewn and donated by Helping Hands, a group of senior women from Abbotsford, during a donation drive for wildfire victims in the old Sears parking lot at Cottonwood Centre on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Donations being collected throughout weekend in Chilliwack for B.C. wildfire evacuees

Frozen food top of the list of items needed, plus gift cards, pet supplies

Folks help bag up 30 handmade blankets sewn and donated by Helping Hands, a group of senior women from Abbotsford, during a donation drive for wildfire victims in the old Sears parking lot at Cottonwood Centre on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

RV park near Chilliwack offers free camping for Lytton wildfire evacuees

Popkum Motor Park east of Chilliwack welcoming people of Lytton to stay at no charge

Structures destroyed by wildfire are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Thursday, July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A bee lifts off from a viper’s bugloss flower in Chilliwack on June 23, 2008. Saturday, July 10, 2021 is Don’t Step on a Bee Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of July 4 to 10

Don’t Step on a Bee Day, Fried Chicken Day, Bikini Day all coming up this week

A bee lifts off from a viper’s bugloss flower in Chilliwack on June 23, 2008. Saturday, July 10, 2021 is Don’t Step on a Bee Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Magician Leif David gives his young audience the bug eyes during a special Unplug and Play week show at the Salmon Arm library on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Kids can catch David several times online during two weeks of magic hosted by the Fraser Valley Regional Library. (Lachlan Labere/ Black Press Media file)

Magic, music and more in upcoming Fraser Valley library events

Magician Leif David to perform in virtual events hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library in July

Magician Leif David gives his young audience the bug eyes during a special Unplug and Play week show at the Salmon Arm library on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Kids can catch David several times online during two weeks of magic hosted by the Fraser Valley Regional Library. (Lachlan Labere/ Black Press Media file)
Potters can once again head into the clay open studio at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Submitted)

In-person art classes, workshops return to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

From pottery to mixed media to photography, summer art classes are back as health orders lifted

Potters can once again head into the clay open studio at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Submitted)
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO), along with Belle Voci vocal ensemble, have created an O Canada video which will be released on YouTube at noon on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Musicians, singers release video on Canada Day with ‘beautiful’ clips of Chilliwack

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Belle Voci come together virtually for O Canada video

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CSO), along with Belle Voci vocal ensemble, have created an O Canada video which will be released on YouTube at noon on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (YouTube)