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May 2013 Archives

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Piper Richardson

Piper James Cleland Richardson was killed at the Somme in 1916 and awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. His pipes were later found in the mud, taken to Scotland in 1917 and identified in 2003. After much effort by various individuals and organizations, they are now on display at the British Columbia legislature (Greg Dickson photo). The statue and plaque are in front of the museum in his Chilliwack hometown.
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Top up your tires?

Alyssia and volunteers from HUB were topping up tires, handing out fruit and encouraging people to make cycling part of their daily commute during Bike to Work Week.
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Bike to Work in Belgium

It's Bike to Work Week in B.C. After we spoke about cycling safety on B.C. Almanac we received lots of email comments  -- and this photo from Ken Curry. "We were in Belgium last summer and bikes are everywhere and driven by people of all sorts.  I think in BC, anyway,  too many motorists are resisting sharing the road with cyclists. Here is an example of just one indoor bike parking lot we encountered."
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Biking diversion

Bike to Work Week is coming up. This foggy scene caught my eye this morning (Friday) as I rode my bike from Fort Langley to the West Coast Express. I was almost late for the train, but it was worth it.
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Chilliwack Hero Piper Richardson

The base of the statue of Piper James Cleland Richardson who was killed at age 20 during WW I. Raised in Chilliwack, Piper Richardson earned the Victoria Cross after playing his pipes outside the wire at Somme, inspiring fellow troops to overcome a dangerous obstacle and capture the intended position. His pipes are on display at the provincial legislature. B.C. Almanac is looking for your family stories from WW I for a new book project that will commemorate the 100th anniversary in 2014. For more on Piper Richardson visit this City of Chilliwack site.
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Bloomin' in Fort Langley

A old stump gets dressed up with a fairy door made from an old wooden rain barrel/planter.
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Pumped for the playoffs

Shane Foxman from CBC Sports hoists the cup here at 700 Hamilton Street.  Drop by to have your photo taken two hours before each playoff game. The famous CBC Canucks poster is back too.