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May 2012 Archives

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To the summit of Everest

Steve Curtis and Sam Wyatt have been to the top of the earth and back. On a weekend in May that saw 6 climbers die -- including one Canadian -- this climbing team took the less travelled route with 3 Sherpas to the peak of Everest. It was a pleasure to meet them on B.C. Almanac. Click on podcasts to the right to hear their conversation on Tuesday's show.
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Rude Awakening

The view from our balcony at about 2:50 am Sunday. The fire is at the back of the restaurant to the right. Kudos to Langley Township fire department for quickly snuffing the fire (which had ignited the natural gas main). Historic Fort Langley Community Hall is just metres away on the right.
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Bike to work week

Log your commute at Bike to Work Week and tune in B.C. Almanac for a conversation with the editor of On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life.
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May Day

There were May Day parades and events from Victoria to New Westminster and Fort Langley. These folks came prepared for the 90th annual parade in the Fort. 
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Mystery Letter

Yvonne Laviolette from Vancouver Island writes:

"I found a wooden box in a thrift store in Parksville that has an old
yellowed note glued to one of the inside walls of the box. The note
explains where the box came from. The box was passed down from
mother to daughter through the generations. I suspect the woman who
penned the note did not have children and the box ended up being
tossed out. I am interested in getting this box back to a family member."


The letter was penned by Mary Alma Heatherington in Vancouver in 1931. The box was made from a wooden trunk, brought from Ireland to Ontario in the early 1800's by Maggie Boyle. Take a look, and if you know the family, please send us a note. almanac@cbc.ca



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Mount Baker View

Near Mount Lehman Road in Abbotsford.
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Lovin' the lonnnger days


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My Fort Langely Super Moon


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Happy 150th Birthday Barkerville

Listener Barry Curtis is excited about the 150th anniversary of Barkerville, and created this Billy Barker cartoon. Barker struck it rich in 1862, extending the frenzied gold rush deep into the Cariboo.  The historic town's new season begins May 17th -- with special events planned all year long. The high price of gold has also triggered new exploration and mines in the region.