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(From left to right) MP Brad Vis, PowerWood managing director Jake Power, MLA Kelli Paddon and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger prepare to cut the ribbon to celebrate PowerWood’s grand opening in Agassiz on Wednesday, July 7. See more photos online at www.agassizharrisonobserver.com. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: PowerWood’s grand opening celebrated in Agassiz

The company was established in Coquitlam in 1995

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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

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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

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Engineering couple buzz from corporate jobs to honey farming in Mission

Husband-and-wife team at Viewcrest Farms leasing land from District of Mission for more beehives

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A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Surrey cedar processor PowerWood moving to Agassiz

The company ships red cedar projects all over the world

A lumber planer has been installed at the former Metric Modular site as PowerWood works on moving from Surrey to Agassiz. Established in 1995, the red cedar product manufacturer will have plenty of room to grow in Agassiz, said co-owner Jake Power. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon takes a selfie outside of Lakeside Beach Club in Cultus Lake. During "circuit-breaker" restrictions, Paddon hosted gift card giveaways to support businesses in the riding and encouraged businesses to apply for government grants to help them through the pandemic. (Facebook/Kelli Paddon MLA)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon salutes province for quick aid for small businesses

Paddon encouraged businesses in hospitality, fitness, food to apply before June 4 deadline

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon takes a selfie outside of Lakeside Beach Club in Cultus Lake. During "circuit-breaker" restrictions, Paddon hosted gift card giveaways to support businesses in the riding and encouraged businesses to apply for government grants to help them through the pandemic. (Facebook/Kelli Paddon MLA)
Hundreds of Harrison Hot Springs Resort employees face a potential lockout on Friday (April 30) afternoon amid a labour dispute involving UNITED HERE Local 40. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Friday lockout looms for Harrison resort workers

Hospitality union, employer group remain at odds

Hundreds of Harrison Hot Springs Resort employees face a potential lockout on Friday (April 30) afternoon amid a labour dispute involving UNITED HERE Local 40. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Funeral director John Walker at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home in Chilliwack on March 11, 2021 with the home’s COVID19 wreath out front, honouring all those lost in the pandemic on this the national day of observance marking one year since the WHO declared a global pandemic. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack funeral homes honour those lost after one year of COVID-19 pandemic

‘This is something we will only see once in our lifetime’: Woodlawn Mt. Cheam manager

Funeral director John Walker at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home in Chilliwack on March 11, 2021 with the home’s COVID19 wreath out front, honouring all those lost in the pandemic on this the national day of observance marking one year since the WHO declared a global pandemic. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dawn Haig, manager of Save-On-Foods Cottonwood location, said they are “one hundred per cent” ready to open on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fourth Chilliwack Save-On-Foods 100% ready to open Thursday, says store manager

More than 100 jobs created at new 38,000-square foot grocery store location at Cottonwood Centre

Dawn Haig, manager of Save-On-Foods Cottonwood location, said they are “one hundred per cent” ready to open on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Uber Eats has announced that it is now delivering food orders in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Submitted photo by Justin Walker)

Uber Eats announces expansion into Chilliwack

Food-delivery company is starting with 60 local restaurants

Uber Eats has announced that it is now delivering food orders in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Submitted photo by Justin Walker)
Cory Silbernagel makes his acceptance speech after receiving the Community Advocate award during the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chilliwack Champion awards on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce)

Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce awards recognize businesses, individuals after unprecedented year

‘Positive acts’ honoured during Business Excellence Awards - Chilliwack Champions Edition

Cory Silbernagel makes his acceptance speech after receiving the Community Advocate award during the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chilliwack Champion awards on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce)
Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams promoting the buy local ‘Shopportunity’ program launching in November 2020. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: ‘Shopportunity’ campaign to help Chilliwack businesses succeed

Creation of the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network to promote shopping locally

Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams promoting the buy local ‘Shopportunity’ program launching in November 2020. (Screenshot)
A public health nurse injects this year’s flu shot into a resident’s arm at the Chilliwack drive-in flu shot clinic on Nov. 3, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s first ever drive-in flu shot clinic starts today

Roll up your sleeve, drive inside the barn at Heritage Park, and park for a few minutes to get shot

A public health nurse injects this year’s flu shot into a resident’s arm at the Chilliwack drive-in flu shot clinic on Nov. 3, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)

FVRD to reopen corporate office on a limited basis

Fraser Valley Regional District visitors will be screened and asked to maintain physical distancing

Fraser Valley Regional District office on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack reopening with restrictions in place as of Oct. 16, 2020. (Paul Henderson/Chilliwack Progress file)
Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Volunteer cleaning crew using elbow grease to improve downtown Chilliwack

Sunday morning cleaning sessions tackle drug mess, excrement, chipping paint around business area

Sam Rytter paints a parking bollard in front of a strip of businesses off Mill Street on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He’s been volunteering with elbow grease for the past several Sundays to spruce up downtown Chilliwack. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
The Yarrow branch of Envision Financial closed in March on a temporary basis due to the pandemic, but now that closure has become permanent, according to the Envision announcement on Sept. 15, 2020. (GoogleMaps)

Yarrow branch of Envision Financial will not be reopening

The credit union in Yarrow was temporarily closed in March due to the pandemic but now it’s permanent

The Yarrow branch of Envision Financial closed in March on a temporary basis due to the pandemic, but now that closure has become permanent, according to the Envision announcement on Sept. 15, 2020. (GoogleMaps)
Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)

Real estate startup opens market to small investors in Chilliwack

New company uses crowdfunding to make real estate investing more accessible to all

Stephen Jagger, co-founder of the real estate startup addy, stands outside the Starbucks at Yale and Airport in Chilliwack in July. The company is bringing the building online as an investment option for small investors in August, 2020, (Submitted photo)
Carli Spielman runs Wild Rabbit Flowers, an event floral studio specializing in weddings, from her home studio and garden in Hope. Grief and shock were how she described the first few weeks of the pandemic and its effect on the wedding industry. Submitted/Wild Rabbit Flowers photo

‘Love is not cancelled’: Upper Fraser Valley wedding businesses prep for meagre summer season

Small, intimate ceremonies dominate this summer, with industry looking at a monster year in 2021

Carli Spielman runs Wild Rabbit Flowers, an event floral studio specializing in weddings, from her home studio and garden in Hope. Grief and shock were how she described the first few weeks of the pandemic and its effect on the wedding industry. Submitted/Wild Rabbit Flowers photo