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Turkey might be in short supply this Christmas. (Special to Black Press Media)

Avian influenza surge in the Fraser Valley raises questions about Christmas turkey supply

‘The avian influenza epidemic has made it very challenging for turkey producers,’ says rep

Turkey might be in short supply this Christmas. (Special to Black Press Media)
An image from the 2019 Elements Casino Toy Drive. This year’s event is set for Dec. 4, 2022. (Elements Casino Chilliwack/ Facebook)

3 Chilliwack businesses come together for toy drive to make Christmas brighter for kids

Elements Casino Toy Drive is in partnership with Murray Honda, Art of Driving School

An image from the 2019 Elements Casino Toy Drive. This year’s event is set for Dec. 4, 2022. (Elements Casino Chilliwack/ Facebook)
Pat Broome (left), president of the ladies auxiliary with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295, and legion president Krista Smith are welcoming the public to the annual Christmas bazaar put on by the ladies auxiliary. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Ladies auxiliary to sell handmade items at Christmas bazaar; proceeds go to veterans in Chilliwack

Supporters of Branch 295 legion host fundraiser bazaar to raise money for poppy fund

Pat Broome (left), president of the ladies auxiliary with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295, and legion president Krista Smith are welcoming the public to the annual Christmas bazaar put on by the ladies auxiliary. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Left to right: Amber Siemens, CADREB president-elect Brad Latham, Crystal DeJager and Marie-eve Parras at the 2022 Realtors Care Blanket Drive. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack fills 390 bags with donations for Realtors Care Blanket Drive

The 28th annual event collected blankets, sleeping bags, coats and other warm clothing

Left to right: Amber Siemens, CADREB president-elect Brad Latham, Crystal DeJager and Marie-eve Parras at the 2022 Realtors Care Blanket Drive. (submitted photo)
Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Artistic vision: New executive director wants to bring arts outside Chilliwack Cultural Centre

‘I love arts and culture being in the community as well as in the concert hall,’ says Jean-Louis Bleau

Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)

Robert Macaskill takes the stand in Chilliwack aggravated assault trial

The court also heard from Frank Paul, the man who was seriously injured in the alleged assault

Robert Macaskill is in B.C. Supreme Court, on trial for aggravated assault. (RCMP Crime Stoppers photo)
A tiny western toad crossing Elk View Road. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

Would-be nature stewards offered chance to explore five common slip-ups to avoid

The Nov. 29 event is part of the Fraser Valley Conservancy’s nature stewardship school program

A tiny western toad crossing Elk View Road. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Tausha Tonks (centre) with her father Paul Tonks (seated) and her daughter Aisha Aitchison, her son Jacob Downie (toque) and her son Kruz Mckay. (Tausha Tonks photo)

Chilliwack daughter of homicide victim left with questions after her father’s alleged killer dies

Charged with murdering Paul Tonks and another man, Joe Holland found dead at North Fraser Pretrial

Tausha Tonks (centre) with her father Paul Tonks (seated) and her daughter Aisha Aitchison, her son Jacob Downie (toque) and her son Kruz Mckay. (Tausha Tonks photo)
The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too event has now been rescheduled to April 29 and 30 in Abbotsford after being cancelled in October. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Girls Fly Too event in Abbotsford rescheduled after October cancellation

Event with free flights for female first-time fliers now set for April 29 and 30

The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too event has now been rescheduled to April 29 and 30 in Abbotsford after being cancelled in October. (Abbotsford News file photo)
A crash on Highway 1 on Nov. 25 resulted in a concrete barrier being pushed into oncoming traffic. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Traffic flowing again after vehicle crashes into barrier on Hwy 1 near Chilliwack

Emergency crews report children involved in crash; everyone was out of vehicle

A crash on Highway 1 on Nov. 25 resulted in a concrete barrier being pushed into oncoming traffic. (Google Maps)
A worker removes dead geese from Sardis Pond in Chilliwack on November 23, 2022. (Anne Dickey photo)

Sardis Park is confirmed site of ‘active’ outbreak of avian influenza in Chilliwack

Risk to public, pets ‘low’ but virus can infect domestic poultry, pet birds or wild birds

A worker removes dead geese from Sardis Pond in Chilliwack on November 23, 2022. (Anne Dickey photo)
Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)

‘It was chaos out there,’ says volunteer who helped on ground in Hope during flooding

Engineer who offered his time looks back on disaster that brought community together

Volunteers have been loading helicopters with supplies and essentials for flood-impacted people in Hope, Merritt, Boston Bar and other regions. (Jeremy Prasad/Special to The News)
Orange cake recipe that survived the Holocaust was turned into cupcakes for the Nov. 23 event, A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor, at UFV Abbotsford. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)

Holocaust survivor’s recipe for orange cake in high demand in Chilliwack and beyond

The recipe is from Alex Buckman’s aunt Rebecca who survived Ravensbrück concentration camp

Orange cake recipe that survived the Holocaust was turned into cupcakes for the Nov. 23 event, A Conversation with a Holocaust Survivor, at UFV Abbotsford. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Chilliwack Progress)
A heron brings a twig back to its nest at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack on March 18, 2015. The reserve will be the location of one of the stops on the NatureBus tour where letters calling on world leaders to halt and reverse nature loss will be collected. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

NatureBus stopping in Chilliwack, Abbotsford will collect letters calling on PM to stop nature loss

Canada-wide campaign will deliver letters to world leaders at UN biodiversity conference in Montreal

A heron brings a twig back to its nest at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack on March 18, 2015. The reserve will be the location of one of the stops on the NatureBus tour where letters calling on world leaders to halt and reverse nature loss will be collected. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
RCMP officers in formal dress at the Nov. 24 opening ceremony for the RCMP’s new Investigative Services Building at 8311 Kiernan Drive. The former City of Chilliwack operations building, seen in the background, was renovated for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment at a cost of approximately $4-million. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack RCMP excited to move into new Investigative Services Building

The massive space will be home to several units who will have access to cutting-edge policing tech

RCMP officers in formal dress at the Nov. 24 opening ceremony for the RCMP’s new Investigative Services Building at 8311 Kiernan Drive. The former City of Chilliwack operations building, seen in the background, was renovated for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment at a cost of approximately $4-million. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
The new Abbotsford Lululemon location is set to open on Friday (Nov. 25). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Lululemon grand opening set for Black Friday

New location at Highstreet Shopping Centre is located beside American Eagle

The new Abbotsford Lululemon location is set to open on Friday (Nov. 25). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
The massive scale of the destruction from highways to bridges was hard to believe from the atmospheric river events of 2021. (Emil Anderson Group video screenshot)

VIDEO: Emil Anderson Group reflects back on career-defining efforts to fix B.C.’s atmospheric-river damage

Repair work saw 300 workers, 200+ pieces of equipment, move 400,000 cubic metres of material

The massive scale of the destruction from highways to bridges was hard to believe from the atmospheric river events of 2021. (Emil Anderson Group video screenshot)
Brooke Browne (right) with Remax Nyda Realty takes a donation during their drive-thru toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Toy drive by Chilliwack Realtors will bring Christmas gifts to children, teens in need

Gifts collected at Remax Nyda Realty’s annual Toy House go to Chilliwack Community Services program

Brooke Browne (right) with Remax Nyda Realty takes a donation during their drive-thru toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Marshmello (left) and The Offspring both perform at different venues in Abbotsford on Saturday (Nov. 26).

Abbotsford transforming into live music destination on Saturday

The Offspring performing in Abbotsford on Saturday, Marshmello now cancelled

Marshmello (left) and The Offspring both perform at different venues in Abbotsford on Saturday (Nov. 26).
The March For Recognition leaves Fraser River Heritage Park. As the march proceeded along Lougheed Highway, four participants were struck by a vehicle. Mission RCMP are investigating / Kevin Mills Photo

Man charged 5 months after residential school marchers hit with pickup in Mission

A 77-year-old man from Deroche has been charged in relation to a…

The March For Recognition leaves Fraser River Heritage Park. As the march proceeded along Lougheed Highway, four participants were struck by a vehicle. Mission RCMP are investigating / Kevin Mills Photo