Vanessa Morgan weaves a traditional Nisga’a Gwiis Halayt

Community year in review: October to December

Local band films its first video, local film fest takes first trip east and a new boss takes over at Volunteer Terrace to wind down 2013

Say goodbye to the end of 2013 with the community’s high points.


Donna Alton and friends organize a benefit dance to raise money for her longtime friend Kim Kaye, who is battling cancer, and her family and raise $20,000.

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The Usk ferry, the single remaining ferry service on the Skeena River, continues going strong as it turns 100-years-old.

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Heritage Park Museum embarks on an oral history project to record the voices of the region entitled ‘Preserving the Past for the Present,’ which will preserve seniors’ knowledge of and insights into local history, expand our local history collections, and foster intergenerational participation. Students from Caledonia Secondary School, ‘Na Aksa Gila Kyew Learning Centre at Kitsumkalum, and Northwest Community College will be interviewing elders and seniors from their communities, using equipment purchased through a grant.


Step by Step Books to Grow On, a free book giveaway for children from age one up to age five, begins here as an extension to Wee Readers, previously called Books for Babies, which gives books to newborns. The idea behind it is to encourage families to use the library regularly with their young children and promote early literacy.

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The community comes to the assistance of Vera and Allan Hancock, who were overwhelmed with the amount of offers to fix or replace their beloved bench after it’s destroyed by vandals as offers come in to replace or repair the bench. Her husband, Allan, suffered a massive stroke three years ago, and after months spent in hospital and rehabilitation, he would sit on the bench every day and enjoy the view from their backyard, which helped with his healing, said his wife Vera two weeks ago. Since they live on a fixed income, they could not afford to fix it and were heartbroken.

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Ken McNeil will receive a 2013 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art that celebrates artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art.

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Terrace Rotary Club set another record on its earnings in its 53rd rotary auction raising about $46,000 from 427 auctioned items in its two-day auction by phone, internet and in person at the sportsplex.

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A new book is a collaboration between artists and poets in the northwest.

Eight artists and 22 poets contributed work to the Summer Arts Festival juried arts show and the idea came up to do a book of the results.

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Local band King Crow and the Ladies from Hell film their first video.


Terrace resident Connie Littlejohn wins $1 million on the Lotto Max Lottery after buying a ticket on the way home from being laid off.

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Terrace Little Theatre celebrates its 60th anniversary with its production of the play Arsenic and Old Lace, last performed in 1977. It has special meaning for direcgor Marianne Brorup Weston because it’s one of the two plays her late father said he would come see if she directed it.

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SkeenaWild Film Festival takes its films on the road to Toronto after an audience member asks to take them there to show them the beauty of this part of the country. SkeenaWild’s Julia HIll says the excitement around the films came from audiences around the region who saw the films and voted on their favourites.

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Terrace Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary. Caledonia music teacher, and orchestra conductor, Michael Wen is the only founding member still alive.

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Volunteer Terrace welcomes its new executive director Tekah Sabal to the job, giving longtime executive director Lovina Tyler the chance to finally retire.

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