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Hops and Heritage runs June 24 to Sept. 11 at four local breweries and with an exhibition at the Chilliwack Museum. Pictured here is a hops bag. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Hop from one Chilliwack brewery to the next in beer-themed museum event this summer

Hops and Heritage engagement campaign connects Chilliwack Museum with community, local businesses

Hops and Heritage runs June 24 to Sept. 11 at four local breweries and with an exhibition at the Chilliwack Museum. Pictured here is a hops bag. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company and Tiffany Collins, support worker with Wilma’s Transition Society, stand surrounded by thousands of non-perishable items donated during his company’s food drive for Wilma’s on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Thousands of food items donated to Chilliwack transition society via window cleaning project

The Wack Window Cleaning Company’s #100HouseChallenge brings in trailer full of food for Wilma’s

Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company and Tiffany Collins, support worker with Wilma’s Transition Society, stand surrounded by thousands of non-perishable items donated during his company’s food drive for Wilma’s on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
General manager Margaret Kostrzewa and chef Ben Borthwick of Crystal Ridge Manor, hand burgers to Fraser Health workers Debbie White (right) and Nicole Johnston during a thank-you barbecue for healthcare workers outside the seniors residence on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘A big thank you’: Chilliwack retirement home to host free barbecue for police, firefighters

‘They deserve a bravery award just for the fact they’ve done so much,’ says Crystal Ridge Manor manager

General manager Margaret Kostrzewa and chef Ben Borthwick of Crystal Ridge Manor, hand burgers to Fraser Health workers Debbie White (right) and Nicole Johnston during a thank-you barbecue for healthcare workers outside the seniors residence on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Maple Ridge secondary principal Trevor Connor is retiring at the end of this school year. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

VIDEO: Lower Mainland principal surprised by retirement parade

Staff and students at Maple Ridge secondary held drive-by party for retiring principal Trevor Connor

Maple Ridge secondary principal Trevor Connor is retiring at the end of this school year. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
South Surrey’s Shalane Wellard is looking for the owner of a bright orange classic car she spotted near 196 Street and Highway 10 in early May, in the hope she may be able to use the vehicle for her July 5 wedding. (Unsplash photo)

Ride in bright orange Bel Air would be ‘cherry on top’ for South Surrey bride

Shalane Wellard on the hunt for ‘awesome’ classic car to deliver her to the church July 5

South Surrey’s Shalane Wellard is looking for the owner of a bright orange classic car she spotted near 196 Street and Highway 10 in early May, in the hope she may be able to use the vehicle for her July 5 wedding. (Unsplash photo)
The merganser sculpture with head missing at the entrance of Cultus Lake Provincial Park on June 23, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
The merganser sculpture with head missing at the entrance of Cultus Lake Provincial Park on June 23, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack Landing Preschool and Kindergarten received a $10,000 Literacy Fund Grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. (Pikist.com)

Chilliwack preschool receives $10,000 literacy grant to boost, update library collection

Chilliwack Landing Preschool and Kindergarten one of 30 Canadian schools to get funding

Chilliwack Landing Preschool and Kindergarten received a $10,000 Literacy Fund Grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. (Pikist.com)
Chilliwack cadets Warrant Officer Luke Brown (left) was awarded the Major-General W.A. Howard Medal and Chief Warrant Officer Nelson Gidney (right) was awarded the Army Cadet League of Canada B.C. Branch President’s Trophy. (Submitted)

2 Chilliwack army cadets awarded prestigious provincial honours

Chilliwack’s Luke Brown, Nelson Gidney distinguished as top cadets in B.C.

  • Jun 24, 2021
Chilliwack cadets Warrant Officer Luke Brown (left) was awarded the Major-General W.A. Howard Medal and Chief Warrant Officer Nelson Gidney (right) was awarded the Army Cadet League of Canada B.C. Branch President’s Trophy. (Submitted)
A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)

Upcoming blood drive in honour of Agassiz toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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Snapshots of a Chilliwack father from his loving daughter

Father’s Day memories of special moments shared together

  • Jun 20, 2021
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Rachel is a six month old Labrador retriever cross who was found at large. She is seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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

6-month-old puppy found at large, now at Chilliwack SPCA, needs special home

Rachel is a six month old Labrador retriever cross who was found at large. She is seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Folks look through some of the items for sale during the Voice of Hope giant garage sale at 7350 Barrow Rd. in Chilliwack on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Giant garage sale today in Chilliwack supports Kenyan widows, orphans

Funds go to Chilliwack-based Voice of Hope charity to improve quality of life for impoverished Kenyans

Folks look through some of the items for sale during the Voice of Hope giant garage sale at 7350 Barrow Rd. in Chilliwack on Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack woman’s 100-km birthday marathon to benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
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Chilliwack dairy farmer Mark Ricka with his kids in the barn. (BC Dairy)

Chilliwack dairy farmer loves seeing local milk in grocery carts

Brooknook Farms is part of a dairy sector centred in the Fraser Valley that supports 12,500 jobs

  • Jun 18, 2021
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Chilliwack dairy farmer Mark Ricka with his kids in the barn. (BC Dairy)
Sarah Sache and her 11-year-old son Winston at their home, West River Farm, in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser Valley agriculture community offers big support for autism

Chilliwack dairy farmers, the Sache family, sing praises of Steve Saccomano’s charitable work

Sarah Sache and her 11-year-old son Winston at their home, West River Farm, in Chilliwack on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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Unique gift ideas for dad from Brian Minter in Chilliwack

‘How about some unique ideas for the dads who have a bit of a green thumb?’

  • Jun 18, 2021
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Pig races at the 147th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 10, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Fair plans in-person event for 149th annual exhibition

Will be first large-scale, in-person event in over a year, provided regulations continue as planned

Pig races at the 147th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 10, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Victoria’s Taya Lee, left, won Innovator of the Year in the 16 to 19 age category of the 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase, while Cranbrook’s Keanu Chan, right, won Innovator of the Year in the 12 to 15 age category.

Science Fair Foundation BC announces winners in third annual Youth Innovation Showcase

Keanu Chan and Taya Lee each win $5,000 for their innovations

  • Jun 14, 2021
Victoria’s Taya Lee, left, won Innovator of the Year in the 16 to 19 age category of the 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase, while Cranbrook’s Keanu Chan, right, won Innovator of the Year in the 12 to 15 age category.