Samara Forcier-Yake makes sushi with Big Sister Kelsey Wiebe

Community year in review: January to March

From the new year's baby being the third one in a family, to the first regional science fair here, many firsts kicked off 2013 in Terrace

Sit back and take another look at the highlights in the community from the first three months of 2013.


Terrace’s own King Crow and the Ladies from Hell, a 9-piece Celtic-influenced funk-punk-folk band infused with a touch of bluegrass, goes on its first tour west to Prince George and Alberta.

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Photographer Sylvia Hart’s has two of her photos of the Terrace area included in the Golden Globe Awards gift bags that celebrities are given as promotional items.

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Emily Vandevelde continues the family tradition of being the New Year’s baby for the third generation. Her uncle Fred Euverman was the New Year’s baby in 1960 and cousin  Kierra Obzera was the New Year’s baby in 1990. Emily was born five days early at 5:27 a.m. Jan. 4, weighing in at 5 lbs. 14.6 oz to parents Keri-Ann and Tyson Vandevelde.

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The City of Terrace’s community foundation, an endowment fund which used interest from its principal amount for community-specific grants, creates two new categories under which people can donate: the founding donor for a company or group that donates more than $10,000 in the first year; and the community builder, which is a commitment to donate a minimum of $500 yearly for four years or more.

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Twelve dancers from Artists in Motion dance studio are chosen for small parts in the Ballet Jorgen’s Swan Lake when the ballet company comes here as part of its 25th anniversary tour.


TEACHING LIFELONG skills is part of what’s behind having students prepare breakfast and lunch for their classmates in the school kitchen at Suwilaawks Community School with help from Jenny Poulin and Judy Walker of Kalum Community School Society.

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For the first time here, a regional science fair follows the local science fair, giving Grades 7 to 12 students the opportunity to compete for scholarships and cash prizes and to go on to the Canada-wide science fair,

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The city’s first BC Family Day activities at the sportsplex exceeds expectations with about 500 people taking part, filling the pool, skating rink and arts and crafts activities.

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Former resident Brandon Merritt places first at the Jeux de Commerce with his teammates. He is in his third year in accounting at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Prince George and was one of more than 600 students from 12 business schools competing in one of 10 academic disciplines.


Caledonia students win five awards at the Northwest Zone Drama Festival for their two plays.

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Aileen Frank, a former Terrace teacher and resident for 72 years, celebrates her 99th birthday March 1 at a family dinner gathering with 27 people, including three generations of family in Coquitlam.

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A group of 18 from the Rock Christian Community, along with four friends from Montreal, spends eight days in San Felipe, Belize to build a house for a family there. Terrace residents and businesses helped the group raise more than $23,000 to pay for building supplies to buy in Belize.

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The Veritas Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Club collects nearly 120 boxes of cereal for the Hungry Kids Program at Suwilaawks Community School.

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