The view of White Rock was clear for one of White Rock’s free events, the Snowbirds’ Aug. 16 fundraiser for CH.I.L.D Foundation. (Canadian Forces Snowbirds photo)

PAN’s most well-read online stories of 2017

Big wins, big losses take South Surrey-White Rock readers by storm on social media

From a team of young baseball players making onto the world stage, to the happenings on White Rock’s Marine Drive, here’s a list of the most followed and commented-on stories from the Peace Arch News Facebook page in 2017.

1. Team Canada ends World Series with a 2-2 record

No story has been bigger for PAN’s online audience than when the White Rock’s All-Stars were given the responsibility to wear red-and-white to represent Canada in the Little League World Series. Readers continually liked, shared and commented on the young team’s advancements. The team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record in August.

2. ‘Amazing’ South Surrey crossing guard remembered

Remembered as an ‘amazing’ South Surrey crossing guard, Eric Saide died last January, and the residents who knew him flooded social media to leave kind memories of interacting with the popular guard.

3. Trudeau’s White Rock visit ‘a great tribute’

Love him or loathe him, Peace Arch News readers were tuned into news of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s multiple pre-byelection visits to White Rock.

4. WHAT THE HAIL? : Surrey/White Rock blanketed with unexpected winter weather

A catchy headline, matched with a dramatic photo of the roads blanketed with hail, caught readers’ eyes in October. Many readers submitted photos of the hail-covered roads, which made it look like a snowy winter day.

5.Victim tries to flee after targeted South Surrey shooting

A brazen mid-afternoon shooting July 27 in the Morgan Creek Corporate Centre, near the corner of 32 Avenue and 152 Street, was a cause for concern for many living in the southern part of the city.

6. New taste for White Rock’s Marine Drive

The announcement of a popular Vancouver Mexican restaurant moving to White Rock’s Marine Drive had many residents salivating with anticipation. Primo’s Mexican Grill, which took over the old Cielo’s Restaurant (15069 Marine Dr.), opened its doors in the summer.

7. White Rock’s Giraffe Restaurant permanently closes doors

Many were saddened to hear about the closure of White Rock’s Giraffe Restaurant, which had been dishing out quality meals on Marine Drive since 1989.

8. Two accused of breaking claws off live crabs on White Rock pier

A video showing two people accused of breaking claws off of live crabs on the White Rock pier – which garnered more than 400,000 views – certainly left an impression with the online audience. A man and woman were charged under the federal Fisheries Act, after police were alerted to the alleged activity in September.

9. Child kidnapper and rapist released to halfway house in Okanagan

Many were outraged to hear that a child kidnapper and rapist was released to a halfway house in the Okanagan. Brian Abrosimo was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2006 after abducting an 11-year-old Langley girl from a rural Aldergrove road in 2004.

10. VIDEO: Snowbirds dance in the sky over White Rock

News of the Snowbirds’ annual fly over Semiahmoo Bay last August captivated the PAN audience, with many tuning in to a live video of the event.

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The ground resembles a layer of slushy snow after a hail storm in South Surrey. (Contributed photo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in White Rock. (Aaron Hinks video)

The Snowbirds over White Rock. (Lola Peverley photo)

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