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Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)

‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

 

(Courtesy Photo | Frank Zmuda)

Beaver secretion found as part of ancient throwing dart in Yukon

Researchers saying it’s earliest known evidence of Indigenous peoples using the substance

 

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SURREY NOW & THEN: Little Theatre’s 59-year history ends with big plans for move to Langley

A former church, the theatre building/property has sold for close to $900,000

 

Surrey’s historic Strawberry Hill Hall was damaged by fire on April 29. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

SURREY NOW & THEN: Replica hall considered after ‘accidental’ fire ruined renovation plans

VIDEO: ‘Extensive’ damage to Strawberry Hill structure forces city to look at options

Surrey’s historic Strawberry Hill Hall was damaged by fire on April 29. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Passengers board a B.C. Transit bus on Scott Road in 1993, in a Surrey Leader Collection photograph stored by Surrey Archives.

Surrey’s dramatic change shown in photos from ‘Leader Collection’ during June 24 talk

Surrey Archives will reopen July 6 for pre-booked, in-person appointments

Passengers board a B.C. Transit bus on Scott Road in 1993, in a Surrey Leader Collection photograph stored by Surrey Archives.
A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Beheaded statue of Egerton Ryerson, toppled Sunday in Toronto, won’t be replaced

Ryerson is credited as one of the architects of Canada’s residential school system

A protester swings a hammer in an attempt to remove the head of the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto on Sunday June 6, 2021. A much-maligned statue of Egerton Ryerson was toppled in Toronto on Sunday. The statue, prominently displayed on the campus of Ryerson University, has come under renewed scrutiny after the discovery in Kamloops, B.C., of what are believed to be the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
White Rock’s Marine Drive will be turned into a one-way street on June 7. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Memories of ill-fated 1982 Marine Drive plan linger for longtime White Rock residents

Despite challenges, Coun. Scott Kristjanson confident one-way plan will be successful

White Rock’s Marine Drive will be turned into a one-way street on June 7. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Don Schuetze, president of Green Timbers Heritage Society, at the site of the Surrey forest’s inaugural plantation in 1930. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

SURREY NOW & THEN: Green Timbers’ inaugural plantation began ‘cultural shift’ in B.C.

A weekly look back at Surrey-area landmark sites, events and people

Don Schuetze, president of Green Timbers Heritage Society, at the site of the Surrey forest’s inaugural plantation in 1930. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
South Surrey’s famous destination of the 1940s and 1950s, the Tara Supper Club on Crescent Road, will be among the restaurant venues remembered in the next in Historic Stewart Farm’s series of online talks. (City of Surrey Archives photo)

Online discussion revisits historic Surrey restaurants

Photos and memories will be shared in virtual talk

South Surrey’s famous destination of the 1940s and 1950s, the Tara Supper Club on Crescent Road, will be among the restaurant venues remembered in the next in Historic Stewart Farm’s series of online talks. (City of Surrey Archives photo)
Ronald McDonald at the grand opening of Surrey’s first McDonalds in Whalley April, 1967. This photo and many more will be featured at the talk ‘Restaurants’ on June 5 and 9. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives)

South Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm set to offer virtual history lessons

City of Surrey online sessions run from May until July

Ronald McDonald at the grand opening of Surrey’s first McDonalds in Whalley April, 1967. This photo and many more will be featured at the talk ‘Restaurants’ on June 5 and 9. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives)
Whalley’s Flamingo Hotel in 1960. (Photo: Surrey Archives/Stan McKinnon collection)

‘Whalley Before Skyscrapers’ talk to focus on archival photos, plus video from 1993

Surrey Archives boasts more than 60,000 archival photographs available online

Whalley’s Flamingo Hotel in 1960. (Photo: Surrey Archives/Stan McKinnon collection)
White Rock council has officially renamed Marine Lane – the laneway stretching behind Marine Drive, between Martin and Finlay Streets – ‘Cosmic Alley.’ (Aaron Hinks photo)

Signage approved for White Rock’s Cosmic Alley

Historic landmark city lane officially recognized

White Rock council has officially renamed Marine Lane – the laneway stretching behind Marine Drive, between Martin and Finlay Streets – ‘Cosmic Alley.’ (Aaron Hinks photo)
TEASER PHOTO of wrestler John Tenta

SURREY NOW & THEN: John ‘Earthquake’ Tenta wrestled around world before death 15 years ago

Surrey Now & Then is a weekly look back at Surrey-area landmark sites, events and people

TEASER PHOTO of wrestler John Tenta
Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo

West Coast’s ‘Pistol-packin’ Pansy’ lives on in colourful biography

Infamous Delta character ended her days in White Rock and South Surrey

Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo
“Hot Rod” cast members in Cloverdale during the movie shoot in the summer of 2006, in a photo by Paul Orazietti, executive director of Cloveradale Business Improvement Association. (submitted photo)

SURREY NOW & THEN: ‘Hot Rod’ comedy helped put Cloverdale on movie/TV map

Film backer says Surrey needs to publicize such site highlights, with ‘Smallville’ and more

“Hot Rod” cast members in Cloverdale during the movie shoot in the summer of 2006, in a photo by Paul Orazietti, executive director of Cloveradale Business Improvement Association. (submitted photo)
104 Avenue Centre, a long-vacant building located on 104th Avenue in Surrey, pictured on April 6, 2021. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
104 Avenue Centre, a long-vacant building located on 104th Avenue in Surrey, pictured on April 6, 2021. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)

The Day They Closed The Old Mill Down in song

Former member of Trooper captures the essence of small town struggles and triumphs

Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)
Feedham Block and Blue Moon Dance Pavilion ca. 1930 (White Rock Museum and Archives photo)

White Rock’s Roaring ’20s

A century ago, local residents were shaking off the effects of a pandemic and a war

Feedham Block and Blue Moon Dance Pavilion ca. 1930 (White Rock Museum and Archives photo)
South Surrey’s Peace Arch monument has stood as a cross-border monument since 1921. (Black Press Media file photo)

SURREY NOW & THEN: Peace Arch monument turns 100, but party plans paused

A weekly look back at Surrey-area landmark sites and events

South Surrey’s Peace Arch monument has stood as a cross-border monument since 1921. (Black Press Media file photo)
A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)

B.C. students lobby to get racist official’s name off Victoria street

University of Victoria students say Trutch Street puts racist history on a pedestal

A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)