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Heritage Society Gets Moving

Shell TruckThe Surrey Heritage Society is working to relocate the Teamsters Freight Transportation Museum and Archives to the former Surrey Museum located at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The Freight Transportation collection is made up of beautifully restored trucks ranging in age from 1914 to the 1950s as well as photos, license plates, tools, magazines, books and other trucking related paraphernalia.

Heritage Society President Bruno Zappone is part of a group of passionate Surrey residents concerned about Surrey’s Heritage who formed a non-profit society in the fall of 2010. The Surrey Heritage Society was created to promote, encourage and foster interest in Surrey’s history; and more importantly to preserve historic artifacts/relics/heirlooms, sites, buildings and documents. The Teamsters Freight Museum does trace back part of its roots to the BC Transportation Museum which was located in the Clover Square Village mall from 1987 -1992. The Surrey Heritage Society believes that acquiring this historical asset could bolster the number of heritage attractions in Cloverdale which will also include the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society who will be housing a couple of BC Electric Interurban cars and a 100 year old 1912 Brill Street Car named “Clover Belle”.

The Surrey Heritage Society will be hosting an open house at the Sullivan Hall (6306 – 152 Street) on Thursday, Feb 16th at 7pm to discuss its overall plans for 2012 and to sign up new members. Plans are underway for a Heritage Fundraiser at Fraser Downs during live horse racing on Friday, March 2nd at 7pm. Tickets are priced at $60 per person and will include a buffet, silent auction and a number of fun games of chance.

For further information on the Surrey Heritage Society contact Bill Reid at the Cloverdale Chamber at 604-574-9802 or Paul Orazietti at the Cloverdale BIA at 604-576-3155 or email

Legion Redevelopment on Hold

At a general meeting yesterday, the members of the Cloverdale Legion were presented with a letter from the developers of the old Safeway mall, telling them that the proposed redevelopment of the Legion site will be delayed by “up to two years”. The complete text of the letter follows:

Cloverdale West Village Update – January 16, 2012

Based on current Market conditions, Townline and Surrey City Development Corporation regretfully advise the Cloverdale (Pacific No 6) Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion that the first phase of the Cloverdale West Village redevelopment (incorporating a new Legion) cannot move forward as proposed.

As presently structured, there is simply not enough revenue to recover the development costs and generate a reasonable profit in current market conditions. Through the process of refining the design and achieving approvals from the City, the budget has significantly changed compared to our earlier estimates. Unfortunately, costs have risen dramatically and revenues have not kept pace. In fact, the revenue is slightly below industry expectations.

We still feel strongly that the incorporation of a new Legion facility in the redevelopment at Cloverdale West Village is highly desirable. We hope the membership of the Legion sees it that way as well. To that end, we are proposing the put the first phase on hold, rather than walk away from what we see as a great opportunity for all parties.

In order to proceed, there will have to be an increase in projected revenue; an overall strengthening of the condominium market in Cloverdale would go a long way towards that. More proactively, we are planning to proceed with site-works and an alternative phase of the development with a building form that is achieving better economic results in the current market. This onsite activity will strengthen the market appeal of the site, and pricing of the Legion Phase.

We will revisit our original proposal at a later date, but fully embrace the goals of the Legion to move into a new mortgage-free, turn-key facility, and have access to an alternative stream of revenue. We anticipate the delay will be up to two years, but are hoping for less, and will report back periodically with progress updates and market analysis.

Respectfully submitted

TL Housing Solutions / The Townline Group of Companies / Surrey City Development Corporation

Surrey Canada Day wins Most Outstanding Event at BC Event Awards

Surrey Canada Day was awarded “Most Outstanding Event” at the BC Event Awards held last week.

Surrey’s Canada Day celebration is presented by Coast Capital Savings and has grown to reach attendance levels surpassing 100,000 people with top-notch entertainment, great food, family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks finale.

“Surrey is a city for families and we want to offer our residents free, world-class events the whole family can enjoy. I love seeing the community come together at our events, and Canada Day is particularly special because it’s an opportunity to celebrate all the qualities that make our city and our country such a special and unique place to live,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We’re very proud to be receiving local and national recognition for the festivals we host, and we owe our success to the tremendous support we receive from residents and the local business community.”

The BC Event Awards is designed especially for events produced exclusively in British Columbia, over the course of the last calendar year. All entries are judged by the CEP Magazine Advisory Council.

City to Build New Covered Youth Park in Cloverdale

Cloverdale will soon be home to a new covered youth park.  Council made the decision at last night’s meeting, in order to create new sporting opportunities in the growing community.

“The new Cloverdale youth park will be similar to the very popular facility that opened this year at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in City Centre.  It will be an accessible and free recreation area which can be used rain or shine.  The City will now reach out to youth in Surrey to help with the planning process, including finding the most suitable location,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.  She adds, the project is part of the Build Surrey program, a plan that is seeing new park, recreation and civic facilities being built in each of the town centres.

About 16,000 people have moved to Cloverdale since 2005, including many families with children and youth.  Due to the rapid growth, the existing youth park cannot accommodate the increase in demand.

“The City is committed to making Surrey a great place for children and youth to live, learn and play.  This new facility will help us continue to build active, healthy communities,” says Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee.

Staff will now begin planning and design work, and will also reach out to senior levels of government to pursue grant or funding partnerships.

Longtime Flea Market Organizer to Retire – Exhibition Association Welcomes New Partner

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association will see a change of management with its largest tenant, the annual Sunday Flea Market, with the news that longtime organizer Sam Yakamoshi will be retiring at the end of the year. “Sam has grown this event into a local institution,” says Cloverdale Rodeo General Manager Dave Melenchuk. “The staff and Board of Directors at Cloverdale wish him well in his much deserved retirement.”

The weekend Flea Market attracts tens of thousands of patrons throughout the year, with hundreds of vendors selling new and used goods, furniture, antiques, and plants. The Association, looking to build on the popularity of the long-running event has partnered with Galaxy Promotions who will add elements such as artisans, buskers and entertainment to the weekly Flea Market starting in January, 2012. Current vendors of the market will all continue to be at the heart of the event.

Open House At Fraser Downs A Perfect Launch Into Harness Season

Describing the pre-season Open House at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino last weekend as “awesome”, Director of Racing Jackson Wittup refers to it as the perfect launch for the return of harness racing beginning Friday night, Oct. 7.

“Harness Racing BC and the horsemen at Fraser Downs put on a great show with an estimated 550-600 fans of all ages turning out,” Wittup says. “It was the undertaking of staff and volunteers that made it a huge success and they deserve all the credit.”

The doors opened at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 with standardbred enthusiasts enjoying backstretch tours, watching qualifiers and meeting trainers and drivers. Two of those drivers – Dave Hudon, Jr. and Jim Abbott – entertained families with two-seater jogging rides that proved to be the most popular event on the grounds.

The Open House was to bring awareness to the resumption of racing at Fraser Downs beginning Friday, Oct. 7 (7:00 p.m.) with 31 dates on the calendar through October, November and December and the 2012 dates to be confirmed shortly.

Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, announced earlier that the take-out rates at Fraser Downs have been reduced to 15% for Win, Place & Show wagering as well as Win 4 wagering.


During the first six weeks this year there will be three-times-a-week cards on Friday nights (7:00 p.m.) with the Saturday and Sunday afternoons start times having been changed to 1:45 p.m. That format goes until Sunday, Nov. 13. From that point there will be racing on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. The only adjustment happens on Boxing Day Monday (Dec. 26) with a 1:45 p.m. start.

The Oct. 7 Opening Night festivities include ‘Cloverdale Chamber Night at the Races’ where fans can experience the thrill of ‘owning’ a standardbred for the night without any costs involved. By reserving a table for four or more in the Clubhouse, fans can enter a chance to ‘own’ a horse for the night. The package includes a private backstretch tour, watching from trackside and being escorted to the Winner’s Circle for souvenir photo should your horse win.

“We’re excited about what we refer to as our ‘new beginning’,” says Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino General Manager Ken Stratton. “There’s a whole new feeling of optimism in the air.”

The Fraser Downs racing schedule is available at

Cloverdale Terry Fox Run raises $13,000

The Cloverdale Terry Fox Run on September 18 raised over $13,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, in spite of smaller attendance this year. 150 people participated compared to 301 in 2010. Part of the reason was no doubt the weather, which was threatening rain.

Terry Fox Run

Kwantlen Student Association’s Welcome Week

The Kwantlen Student Association’s Welcome Week visits each of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s four campuses twice a year, offering services and community information to hundreds of new and returning students, staff & faculty. This year’s Fall events will arrive at the Cloverdale campus on the 14th. The Cloverdale campus houses 300 to 400 full time students in trades that range from welding and carpentry to drafting and nursing, for anywhere from 5 weeks to 10 months at a time.

The event includes information tables on services available to students both on and off campus, entertainment and refreshments. Sponsor tables are $100 for Cloverdale campus, but can be free for non-profits or participants who offer students give-aways or discounts.

See photos of our past events on flickr, check out the Kwantlen Facebook page, or see our video archives on LiveVideo and YouTube.

For more information about participating in Welcome Week at Cloverdale or any other campus, contact Nathan Griffiths at 604-599-2451 or

Lord Tweedsmuir Lifters Hoist Win at Provincial Championships

Lord Tweedsmuir Weightlifting TeamLord Tweedsmuir weightlifters are the best in B.C.

The school’s team won the recent B.C. High School Weightlifting Championships, held at Universal Fitness in Surrey, and broke some records in the process.

Winning medals were: Alisha Rana, Parvir Gill, Simran Sandhu, Parminder Sangha, Snimerdeep Sanghera , Prabdeep Sanghera, Arsh Atwal, Max Kim and Jaskarn Ranu.

Prabdeep also broke records, which she set in the first place. She competed in the 75 kg weight class and lifted 90 kg in the snatch, 102 kg in the clean and jerk and netted a point total of 192.

Prabdeep has already been selected to compete in the 2011 World Junior Weightlifting Championships to be held in Penang, Malaysia in July. Accustomed to the thrill of competition, Prabdeep previously participated in two Youth Pan American Championships and won bronze and gold medals; the Youth World Championship in Thailand in 2009 where she placed sixth; the Youth Pan American Games in Peru in 2010; and the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

In the past five years, Prabdeep has won three gold medals and two silver medals at the Junior Canadian Championships, and she also won a silver medal at the senior national championships.

City of Surrey Annouces New Dual Stage Line-Up at Surrey Canada Day Celebration

Canada DayCoast Capital Savings and City of Surrey are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2011, the largest Canada Day concert event in Western Canada.

“Surrey’s Canada Day festivities continue to impress year after year,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “This year’s celebration of Canada’s 145th birthday features a free concert with world class performers including Trooper, Harlequin and Lisa Brokop. There is fun to be had by all and I look forward to seeing you there with your friends and family!”

Surrey’s Canada Day celebration has grown to reach attendance levels surpassing 100,000 people with top-notch entertainment, great food, family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks finale! Get set for an outstanding line-up of entertainment, amusement rides and lots of fun for all ages.

This year’s main stage presented by Chevron boasts another stellar line up featuring multi-platinum rock legends, Trooper and Prairie classic rock heroes, Harlequin for an amazing double bill.

The entertainment line-up runs non-stop all day with two other distinct double bills: Pop songstress and TV star Elise Estrada (Beverly Hills Ninja 2, Rock Star Academy and Love Court) is teamed up with The Latency for a session of pure pop from 5 pm to 7 pm. Canadian country’s hottest stars, The Jeffersons featuring Lisa Brokop, and the amazing Tribute to Johnny Cash – Big River, will perform while the sun is shining mid-afternoon.

Just announced is new dual stage line-up for the second stage presented by The Peak 100.5 FM. Billed as The Peak Performance Stage, this ambitious set-up will feature two side-by-side stages running non-stop all day to host the Top 20 bands in BC as selected for the Peak Performance Project. There will also be special appearances by Mark Donnelly and DJ Collective The Freshest.

Other special attractions include Shooting Star Amusement Rides featuring the Gravitron and the Zipper, plus a full range of family-oriented talent for the younger crowd, interactive games and bouncy castles for the kids.

Surrey’s Canada Day will take place Friday July 1st at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre located 176 Street & 64th Avenue. The event is free to the public and gates open at 10 am with the fireworks lighting up the sky at 10:15 pm.