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TIMES VIEW: Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES crew bids adieu

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It’s time to bid you adieu.

This is a sad day for the team at The TIMES, as we say goodbye to this award-winning community newspaper – which has been a fixture in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for 30-plus years.

From this point forward, there will be no more editions of The TIMES. Our parent company, Black Press, has chosen to consolidate the two local newspapers into one – and it will now fly under The NEWS banner.

But it’s not all sad. This provides us a chance for some reflection and to say thanks.

Our team, in all its different incarnations since 1985, has been honoured to serve the people in this community – bringing you breaking and community news, joining you in the trenches as volunteers, serving your advertising needs, providing sponsorships, and being your friends.

That’s something to be proud of, indeed.

Thanks to technology, the hard work we’ve undertaken to record all this for the community will likely last indefinitely. And more important, the relationships we’ve forged with all of you will – I would hope – live on.

I’ve personally said goodbye to this community before. I served a dozen years at The NEWS, before upping stakes to Kamloops for several years.

So, when I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, I leapt at the chance. The reason: there is an incredible pool of caring, talented, and compassionate people here – and that’s what I will always remember about my time serving this community.

In fact, we’ve all loved serving you.

While each of us prepare to move on to new adventures within the Black Press family, each of us reflected on what we’ve enjoyed most from our tenure with The TIMES.

The message was consistent. The highlight has been working with you – the local residents, business owners, and community stakeholders who make this such a fantastic place.

We wish each of you the very best, and encourage you to keep in touch.

– Roxanne Hooper

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