Film Issues in Fort Langley

UPDATE: I just heard that the person who was the coordinator had been told that she will keep her position. A friend of mind, who knows a friend, through a friend, found out late today about this. Please disregard the rest of this post!

I was at the Post Office on Tuesday when I saw this petition posted on the wall inside. I never thought much about until I started talking to some friends and other residence about this. I quickly learned that the person who is the coordinator for Fort Langley, with the film companies, does play a vital role.

I discovered that availability and knowledge base are the two key components that will be lost once this position is replaced outside of Fort Langley.  Knowledge base, in the from of contact with residences, and having someone from within the community, means that the footprint for networking through the community is more efficient than through a central office in Langley Township. And availability means that the time frame for people from within the community, and the film industry, have a wider timetable to work with than someone who is regulated through office hours.

Perhaps the root cause is strictly downsizing to saving money by centralising job positions, but in sight of this, a petition is posted at the Fort Langley Post Office. It seems to be gathering numerous signatures from residence.

Here is what the Letter of Petition says:

Filming in Fort Langley

On February 28th/2011 at the Township of Langley’s Council Meeting the Engineering Department will be proposing changes to the current filming guidelines for Fort Langley.

One of the changes proposed is that film companies will not be required to retain the services of the Fort Langley Film Coordinator but to have filming handled  at the Township level.

Given the uniqueness of our community and the unusually high volume of filming it has been proven that an on site film coordinator has become essential. This ensures that projects run smoothly with the least amount of inconvenience and interruption to business owners and residents.

If you feel that this position is valuable to our community please support by writing to one or all of the following.

Shirley Stewart, executive director bia@fortlangley.com

Mark Bakken, Cheif Administrator, Township of Langley mbakken@tol.bc.ca

(sic)Councilors:

Jorden Bateman
Steven Ferguson
Charlie Fox
Mel Kositsky
Bab Long
Kim Richter
Bev Dornan
Grant Ward

Mayor, Rich Green   mayorcouncil@tol.ca

(This date may change).”

Here is the photo

Fort Langley Librarian Retiring

Today is an emotional day at the little library in Fort Langley. Mary Marquette, a person of whom I have know for many years, will be retiring effective after today. Fort Langley will be loosing one of its long-time icons of public services, and a good friend in the library.

Many people will be coming out to the library to see her off today. I popped in right around the library opened this morning to say hi, and to see if the rumours were true that she was in fact leaving us today. She enthusiastically confirmed this.

For me, Mary will be the person who welcomed everyone with her warm smile and enthusiastic greetings, no matter who walked through the doors of the library. She is the person who loves her job, and her intimate knowledge of the people of Fort Langley, and beyond, which in my mind, makes her one of the keystone people of this town. She is friend to all, and she probably knows all of us, alphabetically.

She bestowed the power of reading, good company, and friendship, to many people both young and old in the community. She has also made the library a friendly place to be where all are welcomed, and encouraged the pursuit of knowledge and connection to so many. To the children, and the avid readers, she was there, ready to assist whenever possible.

We will all still see Mary around town, in her civilian capacity, as it appears that she has no plans of moving.

If you are reading this today, before the library closes at 5:00pm, please come in, as there will be refreshments served, and lots of folks at the library to wish Mary all the best.

Missing the Fort Langley IGA

I took my usual walk around town today, from the Post Office, then around back over to Mavis, then across Glover Road, then home. I stopped off to see the progress of the IGA site, and see how that is coming along.

The site is almost cleared of the building rubble, and the rotting food left behind, from the fire back in January. The workers, the clearing and excavating company, have almost got all the building marital excavated and hauled away. There are very few remnants of the former site left. A few bushes, and a post in the ground, but nothing recognisable from the old store.

I want the store back. I miss it, and the people who worked there.

I ran into a couple of the former employees of the old IGA store. One is working in Walnut Grove, while the other is still taking time off since the fire and is going back to school. They were both sad, yet were focused on the now, since the store burnt down, so life goes on for both of them. But they do miss it. They said that they miss the customers the most, and are greeted when ever they are seen by some of those former customers. “People always stop and talk and ask how I’m doing now that I have no job,” one of them said.

So, here is hoping that they rebuild soon!