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File - A standard War Amps key tag (The War Amps)

75 years of returning lost keys, War Amps celebrate program

Started in 1946, the key tags have provided Canadians with piece of mind if they lose their keys

 

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

 

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes selfies with community members at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque after speaking to the congregation to recognize Eid al-Adha in Hamilton, Ont., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Feds looking into Muslim charities’ concerns: PM

Almost 100 Muslim organizations and civil society groups wrote to Trudeau this week

 

Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Scottish man treks across Canada for the trees

Michael Yellowlees is raising money and awareness for the re-wilding of Scotland

Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)

Mighty moose dragathon raises $10k

Isabella GiaV said the spotlight on mental health was the real win of the event

Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Adopt a senior this Easter

Buds and Blooms has a target of adopting 200 seniors in the Elk Valley

Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to spread some cheer to seniors as memorable days roll by on the calendar. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko of Buds and Blooms in Sparwood started the ‘adopt a senior’ program to let seniors know they haven’t been forgotten. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Dawn Dimayacyac is headed to Lethbridge to study computer science with the help of the $5k donation. (Image contributed)

Fernie Fox Hotel donates $5k to support local student’s university plans

Dawn Dimayacyac is headed to Lethbridge to study computer science

Dawn Dimayacyac is headed to Lethbridge to study computer science with the help of the $5k donation. (Image contributed)
Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)

Give a gift of fresh flowers this Easter

The ‘Adopt a Senior’ project hopes to reach 200 seniors this Easter

Flowers given to seniors that were 'adopted' through the Buds and Blooms program. (Image contributed by Lilac Terrace, Sparwood)
(L-R) Jeff Williams, FNS Director of Skier Development; Stephen Gort, Commercial Account Manager and Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee, Megan Lohmann, FNS President; Sam Sedlowsky, FNS Events Coordinator. (Image contributed by EKC)

EKC donates another $10k, this time to Fernie Nordic Society

The funds will be used to light up more parts of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre

(L-R) Jeff Williams, FNS Director of Skier Development; Stephen Gort, Commercial Account Manager and Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee, Megan Lohmann, FNS President; Sam Sedlowsky, FNS Events Coordinator. (Image contributed by EKC)
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka was talking up Angel Flight East Kootenay in Victoria this week. (Image: B.C. Legislature)

Shypitka praises RDEK support for Angel Flight

The Kootenay East MLA has long been highlighting issues with healthcare access for East Kootenay residents

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka was talking up Angel Flight East Kootenay in Victoria this week. (Image: B.C. Legislature)
Missy is another cat with TMARS available for adoption. (Image courtesy of TMARS)

‘Kitten season’ looms for animal welfare groups

Local animal welfare group TMARS could do with more help through donations and foster volunteers

Missy is another cat with TMARS available for adoption. (Image courtesy of TMARS)
(L-R) Michelle Malan, Administrator for the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society (Lilac Terrace) and Stephonie Gordon, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee, Sparwood Branch. (Contributed by EKC)

EKC gives $10k to Lilac Terrace

The funding is part of the EKC’s 70s anniversary celebrations

(L-R) Michelle Malan, Administrator for the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society (Lilac Terrace) and Stephonie Gordon, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee, Sparwood Branch. (Contributed by EKC)
Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight secures RDEK funding for next five years

$100,000 will go to the not-for-profit each year, with the funds to be used to acquire a larger plane

Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)
(L-R) Shawna Klein, Elkford Branch Manager; Stephen Fairbairn, Director at EKC and also Secretary of the Elkford Housing Society; Kim Bauer, Vice President, Elkford Housing Society; Donita Orsten, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee. (Image contributed by EKC)

EKC donates $10,000 to Elkford Housing Society

The society is working towards constructing 22 homes for seniors in Elkford

(L-R) Shawna Klein, Elkford Branch Manager; Stephen Fairbairn, Director at EKC and also Secretary of the Elkford Housing Society; Kim Bauer, Vice President, Elkford Housing Society; Donita Orsten, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee. (Image contributed by EKC)
Left – Right: Brandon Garlock, Body Garage; FPO Brett Uphill; EKFH Executive Director Brenna Baker; FF Trevor Fairweather; FF Scott Robinson; Dalton Garlock, Body Garage (Credit: Cory Robinson)

Hot calendar sales go to good causes

Fernie Fire and Rescue has donated $2,400 raised through the Firefight Calendar…

Left – Right: Brandon Garlock, Body Garage; FPO Brett Uphill; EKFH Executive Director Brenna Baker; FF Trevor Fairweather; FF Scott Robinson; Dalton Garlock, Body Garage (Credit: Cory Robinson)
Fernie Meat Market owner Mark Brown with the newest addition to his Griz Pins collection. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz Days this weekend!

The 44th annual Griz Days will be mostly online

Fernie Meat Market owner Mark Brown with the newest addition to his Griz Pins collection. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Brent Bidston is the president of Angel Flight East Kootenay. Black Press file photo.

RDEK ponders funding for Angel Flight East Kootenay

The district is considering funding for operations or to eventually help acquire a larger plane

Brent Bidston is the president of Angel Flight East Kootenay. Black Press file photo.
(From left to right) Twin Meadows Animal Rescue co-directors Puneet Grewal and Nycki Wannamaker with Stick & Stone manager Meaghan Collins, and Stick & Stone owner SJ Nelson. Pictured here with Blue, Hombre, Daphne,Skye and Freedom. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘Rescue starts from the moment they come through the doors’: TMARS co-founder

Puneet Grewal of Elkford co-founded TMARS in 2020, and with the help of a small army of volunteers and fosters has helped dozens of animals find homes

(From left to right) Twin Meadows Animal Rescue co-directors Puneet Grewal and Nycki Wannamaker with Stick & Stone manager Meaghan Collins, and Stick & Stone owner SJ Nelson. Pictured here with Blue, Hombre, Daphne,Skye and Freedom. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Angel Flight East Kootenay was one of the three recipients of funding from the inaugural Giving Event. (Photo Contributed)

100 local women collect $10,500 for community organizations

The 100 WWC Fernie donated $3,500 to three grassroots organizations via their first Giving Event

Angel Flight East Kootenay was one of the three recipients of funding from the inaugural Giving Event. (Photo Contributed)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Closing the border not viable: Wilks

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks said shutting B.C. just wasn’t possible

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.