Local News – Front Porch Blog

Our Neighbourhood News: From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Hi there neighbours, and a very warm welcome to our blog, From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife.

Why do we call it ‘From the Front Porch’? Because that’s where the real news of a community is shared – on front porches and sidewalks, and in coffee shops and playgrounds. So sit down and stay awhile…. and check back regularly, so we can keep you in the Lynn Valley loop.

Visit here for musings on local life from our neighbourhood observer, Lynn O’Malley, and stories from our editor Robin Thorneycroft. Our realtors Jim Lanctot, Kelly Gardiner & Melanie Butchart bring news from the world of Lynn Valley real estate, and we have a range of guest voices from your local neighbours.

If you have any tidbits of interest, please send them along to our neighbourhood news-gatherer, Robin, at [email protected].  We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to post them all, but we’ll do our best to spread the word on this blog or on our Facebook site!

Giants hockey tickets support good cause

Giants hockey tickets support good cause

Lynn Valley's Bob Rasmus is known to many of us for his ongoing community work with the Lions Club and for co-organizing the ever bigger-and-better annual Lynn Valley Day events. (Click here for a profile we wrote about Bob this spring!) Currently Bob is zone chairman for all the North ...
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Entertainers sought for Lynn Valley Christmas

Entertainers sought for Lynn Valley Christmas

It may be Halloween outside, but for Lynn Valley Community Association organizers, Christmas is just a hop, skip and jump away. An enthusiastic working group is behind "A Lynn Valley Christmas," a greatly expanded version of last year's Christmas Tree Walk in Lynn Valley Village. Sixty trees - twice last ...
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Toy sale supports Lynn Valley community

Toy sale supports Lynn Valley community

We've all seen posters for Lynn Valley's Kids' Toy & Clothing Sale, but did you know that the event is of benefit to everyone in the community, not just families with young children? Read on as organizer Tim Green gives us a behind-the-scenes explanation of this semi-annual event! UPDATE: The ...
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North Vancouver RCMP receive Queen's Jubilee medals

North Vancouver RCMP receive Queen’s Jubilee medals

It was slipped into our email inbox like any other press release from the North Van RCMP, but this one - we think - is rather special. Twenty-two of our local RCMP officers, employees, and volunteers were recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to ...
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Lynn Valley neighbourhood clean up planned

Lynn Valley neighbourhood clean up planned

Lynn Valley litter will be targeted once again after last year's successful Neighbourhood Clean-Up around Argyle School. The theme of the Nov. 3 grassroots gathering is "Our Community, Our Responsibility," and it encourages families to get out with their children to put garbage in its place. "When friends and neighbours ...
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Lynn Valley Optometry launches anniversary contest

Lynn Valley Optometry launches anniversary contest

Lynn Valley Optometry is celebrating its 20th anniversary!  And as part of the celebration, the shop is holding a Facebook sweepstakes with some prizes you won't want to miss. Available to be won are an iPad and ten Lynn Valley Optometry gift cards. Five of those gift cards are worth $100 ...
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Live Love Dance gala will support North Van mother

Live Love Dance gala will support North Van mother

Many of you by now will have heard about the plight of Chelsea Steyns, a North Vancouver mother who grew up in Lynn Valley and has in the last few years borne not one, but two sets of twins. Having two twin births isn't the only amazing thing Argyle Secondary ...
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Lynn Valley Christmas Tree Walk in the works

Lynn Valley Christmas Tree Walk in the works

No, it is NOT too early to start thinking about Christmas - not if you've got some tree-trimming talent or carol-singing skills! Last year's launch of a Christmas Tree Walk in Lynn Valley Village was so successful, it is returning this year in even more festive form, with sixty trees ...
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CBC Almanac broadcasts live from Argyle

CBC Almanac broadcasts live from Argyle

Listen up, Lynn Valley! CBC Radio will be broadcasting live from Argyle tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon to 1 p.m. Tune in to AM 690 to hear the Almanac show's forum on the topic "What don't adults get about bullying?" Gloria Macarenko from CBC TV will also be there so you'll ...
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Argyle Piper football victory recounted

Argyle Piper football victory recounted

Three hundred fans came out on Saturday afternoon to support the Argyle Pipers Senior Football team at their first home game in 31 years. All this Piper pride paid off as the boys in green racked up their first victory in the season, with a score of 36-0 against Eric ...
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Argyle Pipers football team re-christens home field

Argyle Pipers football team re-christens home field

Update, October 13, 2012: Congratulations, Pipers! News just in that this game ended in a  victory for the Pipers, with a score of 36-0 over Eric Hamber.  For the first time in 31 years, Lynn Valley football fans will have the chance to watch a home game on the Argyle ...
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Lynn Valley sewer system tested

Lynn Valley sewer system tested

What the heck is a vapour test? And why is there one coming to a sewer near you? Click on this link from North Vancouver District, in which the municipality explains how and why Lynn Valley's storm and sanitary sewers are being vapour tested this month to ensure rainwater is ...
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Pumpkin patches spring up soon

Pumpkin patches spring up soon

We're looking forward to seeing a sea of orange on Sunday, Oct. 21, when the parking lots at Lynn Valley Elementary and the L.V. Parent Participation Preschool magically turn into family-friendly pumpkin patches. LynnValleyLife is happy to be sponsoring the preschool pumpkin patch, which will run from 10 a.m. to ...
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Lynn Valley town centre plans taking shape

Lynn Valley town centre plans taking shape

For more than five years, North Vancouver District planners have been trying to get into the heads of Lynn Valley residents. They've asked for our views, they've brought in speakers, they've created opportunities for online education and feedback, they've set up shop in the mall, they've gone to our youth, ...
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Lynn Valley homes on view this weekend!

Lynn Valley homes on view this weekend!

Thinking about cozying up in a new home before the winter comes? There are a few to check out this weekend, to suit all different needs and budgets. You can view the incredible family home at 2315 Ennerdale Rd., an open sunny cul-de-sac that's an easy walk from Karen Magnussen ...
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Lynn Valley students carry Terry's torch

Lynn Valley students carry Terry’s torch

If you see students running from their schools en masse this week, don't worry, it isn't a fire - they're just taking part in the annual Terry Fox School Run. Janet Dunkin, French teacher and organizer of Argyle's run on Thursday, Sept. 27th, says the high school has been participating ...
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Caring clown classes commence

Caring clown classes commence

Like to laugh? Meet people? Put more fun in your life? Put fun in others' lives? Maybe try some vol-FUN-teering? Then a new course starting at Mollie Nye House may just be what you're looking for. Unlike most classes, this program not only allows, but encourages, students to clown around ...
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How did your Lynn Valley garden grow?

How did your Lynn Valley garden grow?

From the garden of Lynn O'Malley:  Nature is all swings and roundabouts, isn't it? Just when one is ready to despair over the constant mildewing of the zucchini leaves, a bumper crop of sweet peas gives one cause to celebrate. Non-productive clematis vines are overshadowed by an abundance of black-eyed ...
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Black Bear Pub hosts weekly trivia nights

Black Bear Pub hosts weekly trivia nights

From the pen of Jeffry Huyghebaert, Assistant Manager, Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub Every Monday night at the Black Bear we run a trivia game for our guests, with questions running the gamut of general knowledge and obscure facts.  There is no cost to play, and teams are encouraged; best to bring a ...
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Book, play to feature Lynn Valley mothers and daughters

Book, play to feature Lynn Valley mothers and daughters

About a year ago, North Vancouver women were invited to write a 2,000-word biography of their mother as part of a new project launched by the Mothership Stories Society. In October, a book launch and theatre production will give you the chance to be captivated by the stories that resulted ...
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Hear it from the Robindells - Kelly & Jim make a great team!

Hear it from the Robindells – Kelly & Jim make a great team!

After interviewing several realtors, we decided to hire Jim and Kelly because we could immediately see what a great team they make. We appreciated their diverse skills and approaches - Kelly has many years of experience with the North Shore realty market, and Jim is full of great marketing ideas.  We knew ...
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An update from the Harris family

An update from the Harris family

Many people in Lynn Valley and beyond were moved to empathy and action by the plight of local mom Erica Harris, who has spent the summer battling an aggressive leukemia that was not responding to treatment. People and agencies moved heaven and earth to find her a bone marrow donor, but ...
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Suspension bridge spans 100 years

Suspension bridge spans 100 years

Once again Lynn Valley is celebrating an important centennial. Having already marked the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the L.V. Community Association and the first-ever Lynn Valley Day, everyone can pull out their party shoes again in order to honour 100 years of swinging good times on the Lynn ...
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Fall program guides at your fingertips

Fall program guides at your fingertips

We've been spreading the word about new fall programs as they've crossed our desk, but now we think it would be useful for our LynnValleyLife readers to have them all in one spot. So here are the community program offerings from three major Lynn Valley organizations - let us know ...
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Compost coaches offer free, at-home instruction

Compost coaches offer free, at-home instruction

Waste-reducers and gardeners can learn more about one of their favourite pastimes without spending a cent, thanks to the Compost Coaching program offered by the North Shore Recycling Program. Now that colder weather is on the horizon, you might want an experienced composter to visit your home and show you ...
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Lynn Valley kids blessed with natural playscape

Lynn Valley kids blessed with natural playscape

FROM LYNN O'MALLEY: We talk a lot about our children having lost the ability to 'play.' Between busy work schedules, programmed after-school activities, and parental anxieties about kids being allowed to wander on their own, we have apparently turned into a nation whose offspring are dependent on screens or adult ...
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Pre-marketing efforts pay off!  Underwood home sells in one day

Pre-marketing efforts pay off! Underwood home sells in one day

Here’s what the happy sellers had to say about their experience: “We were drawn to Jim and Kelly by their unusual approach to realty and decided that this could be just what we needed to sell our less-than-conventional home. They offered valuable advice and contractor suggestions as we prepared for ...
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Lynn Valley property rezoning process explained

Lynn Valley property rezoning process explained

Not so long ago, LynnValleyLife told readers about a public information meeting that Polygon Properties was holding to discuss a potential redevelopment of the land at the southwest corner of Mountain Highway and 27th. The event was held in the community room at Silver Harbour Centre, and attendees could browse ...
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Get framed at LV Optometry

Get framed at LV Optometry

If you're looking for a new set of anti-squint-making optical devices (sometimes known as 'glasses'), you'll be glad to know that our local optometrist is having a big blow-out sale. Lynn Valley Optometry is the recipient of the 2012 best optical store award as judged by readers of both the ...
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LV church offers new programs for all ages and interests

LV church offers new programs for all ages and interests

Lynn Valley United Church is continuing its community programming this fall with an even wider range of offerings for people of all ages, regardless of any church affiliation. From youth groups to theatre sports to professionally led yoga classes to new community choirs, there is a lot happening at the ...
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