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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.