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Robin leading a group of visitors from China through the museum. Stop by and visit us on Saturday & Sunday, 20th & 21st April 11am - 3pm. We'd love to see you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder that the Museum is open Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

This was the Museum way back around 1917, when it housed the local Telephone Office and sat on the southwest corner of 272 Street and Fraser Highway.
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Seeing as yesterday's Stoelting's Easter advertisement was so well received, here is a wee bit of backstory from when the sign was brand new - in 1959.

#TBT
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Who remembers this unique sign? Stoelting's Easter advertisement in The Aldergrove News, 13 April 1960.

Speaking of Easter, the Telephone Museum will be OPEN this weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. If there are any members reading this who have an hour or two to come in and help, please let us know - your time would be greatly appreciated!

Not a member but would like to join? New members are always welcome, and it's only 20.00 for one year. =)
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April 7th was the 57th anniversary of the opening of Alder Lanes, which was built by Mr. & Mrs. Jack Scott. Mr. Scott was another of those Aldergrove men who was not only a business owner (he owned J. E. Scott Motors until September 1962, when it was purchased by Elmer & Ann Quiring), he was Deputy Fire Chief of the Aldergrove Volunteer Fire Department for many years and assisted in the building of the "new" Fire Hall at 272 & 29 in 1958/9.

The Scotts were also long time members of the Aldergrove Fair Board, Mr. Scott was a past president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce and was VP of the Fraser Valley Tourist Association. The Scotts were avid bowlers and members of Aldergrove's bowling league, which up until the opening of Alder Lanes, had to bowl in Abbotsford.
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Alder Grove Heritage Society

All aboard for another season at Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society in Cloverdale. Aldergrove has strong ties to the BC Electric and Interurban rail services.You can read about history and even listen to history... but ride it? Indeed you can! Our friends at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway are open for another season of memories with the family. Find out more at fvhrs.org/. Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society ... See MoreSee Less

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A little Emergency Telephone Service history for National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week.It's National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Did you know ...

As a result of several unfortunate experiences Mayor Juba, ex-Chief Constable Taft and ex-Fire Chief Dunnet met with the Provincial Government, endeavoring to obtain an Emergency Telephone number. Although they were not successful in the first instance, eventually the request was granted. Their prime concern was to improve services in Winnipeg. Although the number "999" had been used in Great Britain since 1937, the City of Winnipeg has made it international.

In 1959, Winnipeg became the first city in North America to have a single call emergency number. The caller would call 999, and a light would come on the switchboard. The operator would answer the call, and then depending on the issue could plug into any of the emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Poison control). When the call was completed, the operator would disconnect. This single number was activated in the US in 1968, almost ten years after Winnipeg. When instituted in the US, they began the international standard of 911, and Winnipeg followed suit. 999 is still the official emergency number of the United Kingdon today.
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Have you ever wondered ....
about the large & unusual evergreen tree on Fraser Highway near the old Fraser Valley Bakery building? Or the similar one on 272nd across from where the Aldergrove Arena used to be?

"Langley's Heritage: A Listing of Heritage Resources" lists the one on 272nd as a Heritage Landscape Feature. The compilers couldn't identify who planted it or when, but they tell us that it is a healthy example of the California Redwood, also known as Sequoia sempervirens. This species produces the tallest and the oldest trees in the world; given the right conditions they can reach up to 110 metres in height and live over 3000 years. Who knew? Now, we do!

If you can't get enough of the mighty Sequoia, there is also a large group of them between the 216 - 21800 blocks of 96th Avenue. They were planted in 1909/10 by prominent early Fort Langley resident Charles Edward Hope and are included in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
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