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Promo picture for the documentary, <em>75 Years Later: The Sounds of Freedom</em>, which highlights stories from the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands during WWII. (HiKu Productions photo)

Former Kitimat resident to star in documentary

Fred Rodrigo talks about his experience during the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands in WWII

Promo picture for the documentary, <em>75 Years Later: The Sounds of Freedom</em>, which highlights stories from the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands during WWII. (HiKu Productions photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Kayla Abram, a Grade 10 students at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, seen here with her robotic hand that she built and coded herself. Oct. 23, 2020. Clare Rayment photo.

No ‘bots’ about it: Mount Elizabeth’s new robotics classes a hit

Move over, WALL-E, there are new robots in town thanks to the students at MEMSS

Kayla Abram, a Grade 10 students at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, seen here with her robotic hand that she built and coded herself. Oct. 23, 2020. Clare Rayment photo.
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Vanessa Lopez is the general manager of the MStar Hotel in Kitimat, but originally worked at the Gya’Wa’Tlaab Healing Centre in Kitamaat Village, as her schooling was in psychology with a focus on addictions and mental health. (Clare Rayment)

In Our Valley: Vanessa Lopez

Lopez found that her knowledge of psychology has helped in her career — in hospitality

Vanessa Lopez is the general manager of the MStar Hotel in Kitimat, but originally worked at the Gya’Wa’Tlaab Healing Centre in Kitamaat Village, as her schooling was in psychology with a focus on addictions and mental health. (Clare Rayment)
Michelle Marentette outside the beginnings of her haunted house in Kitimat, which she's been doing for about 12 years now. Oct. 23, 2020. Clare Rayment photo.

Staying spooky and safe this Halloween in Kitimat

Most residents are still handing out candy and trying to make the best out of this year’s Halloween

Michelle Marentette outside the beginnings of her haunted house in Kitimat, which she's been doing for about 12 years now. Oct. 23, 2020. Clare Rayment photo.
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Louise Avery is the longest serving Curator and Director at the Kitimat Museum. Here, she’s standing in front of the new Haisla Heritage Section, which they worked hard on with Haisla members and organizations to ensure it was an accurate and respectful display of artifacts.

In Our Valley: Louise Avery

Louise Avery has been the Director and Curator at the Kitimat Museum for over 24 years

Louise Avery is the longest serving Curator and Director at the Kitimat Museum. Here, she’s standing in front of the new Haisla Heritage Section, which they worked hard on with Haisla members and organizations to ensure it was an accurate and respectful display of artifacts.
Mount Elizabeth Grade Nine student Tristan Hall with his robot he made in the MEMSS robotics class that was started this year.Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel

No ‘bots’ about it: Mount Elizabeth’s new robotics classes a hit

Move over, WALL-E, there are new robots in town thanks to the students at MEMSS

Mount Elizabeth Grade Nine student Tristan Hall with his robot he made in the MEMSS robotics class that was started this year.Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel
Courtney Preyser is a music teacher and librarian for several schools in Kitimat, and her passion for music and literacy shows in her work. (Clare Rayment)

In Our Valley: Courtney Preyser

Preyser grew up with a passion for music and literacy, which shows in her work and life everyday

Courtney Preyser is a music teacher and librarian for several schools in Kitimat, and her passion for music and literacy shows in her work. (Clare Rayment)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Keep a lookout for monsters around Kitimat during the week leading up to Halloween. (Black Press file photo)

Lions and tigers and…monsters? Oh my!

Find monsters hiding around town during the week leading up to Halloween to be entered for a prize

Keep a lookout for monsters around Kitimat during the week leading up to Halloween. (Black Press file photo)
Liz Thorne is president of the Snow Valley Ski Club, and has been involved with the club and cross country skiing for over 30 years. (Clare Rayment)

In Our Valley: Liz Thorne

Thorne has been involved with the Snow Valley Ski Club for over 30 years

Liz Thorne is president of the Snow Valley Ski Club, and has been involved with the club and cross country skiing for over 30 years. (Clare Rayment)
Tristen Rutsatz is one of the head lifeguards at the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre, and has been for the past five years. (Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)

In Our Valley: Tristen Rutsatz

Rutsatz has worked as a lifeguard for almost eight years, and plans to continue in aquatics

Tristen Rutsatz is one of the head lifeguards at the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre, and has been for the past five years. (Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Cori Boguski has dedicated much of her life to physical fitness and wants to share the importance of moving your body with both the young and the old throughout Kitimat. (Clare Rayment photo)

In Our Valley: Cori Boguski

Kitimat-born and raised, Cori Boguski has always made physical fitness a key element in her life

Cori Boguski has dedicated much of her life to physical fitness and wants to share the importance of moving your body with both the young and the old throughout Kitimat. (Clare Rayment photo)
Kristy Da Costa's son, James, who fell asleep holding his new books he got from school. The books were purchased with money given to Kildala Elementary in Kitimat through a grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. Oct. 1, 2020. Kristy Da Costa photo.

Kitimat elementary school recipient of Indigo Love of Reading Foundation grant

Kildala Elementary used the grant to purchase over $6,000 worth of new books for the school

Kristy Da Costa's son, James, who fell asleep holding his new books he got from school. The books were purchased with money given to Kildala Elementary in Kitimat through a grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. Oct. 1, 2020. Kristy Da Costa photo.
Todd Gesshe is Kitimat’s new Horticulturist, and he’s excited to continue keeping the greenery alive and beautiful in the town. (Clare Rayment photo)

In Our Valley: Todd Gesshe

Gesshe is the new Horticulturist with the District of Kitimat

Todd Gesshe is Kitimat’s new Horticulturist, and he’s excited to continue keeping the greenery alive and beautiful in the town. (Clare Rayment photo)
Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)

QUIZ: Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The week of Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Have you made your will?

Oct. 4 to 10 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. If you haven’t made a will, or if you would like to update yours, this is the time to do it. (Image by Susan Sewert from Pixabay)
Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Confronting their addictions to make way for healing — a B.C. love story

‘I think what’s helped us is that we had to understand our past and move forward’

Danielle Saddleman and Shane Miller OKIB business owners are reclaiming their family and hope to see more people choose the same path. (Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Visit the Kitimat Dairy Queen from Oct. 5 to 11 and buy a Blizzard to help support kids and their families at the BC Children’s Hospital. (Black Press photo)

Buy a Blizzard, help a child

Proceeds from every Blizzard bought during the week will help support BC Children’s Hospital

Visit the Kitimat Dairy Queen from Oct. 5 to 11 and buy a Blizzard to help support kids and their families at the BC Children’s Hospital. (Black Press photo)
Tai chi, playing the flute, and the Kitimat Food Bank are just some of the things that Robin and Bill Willis are involved with. (Clare Rayment)

In Our Valley – Bill and Robin Willis

From food for the stomach to food for the soul, the Willis’ make sure everyone gets their fill

Tai chi, playing the flute, and the Kitimat Food Bank are just some of the things that Robin and Bill Willis are involved with. (Clare Rayment)