What’s in Store: Board is road tested

If you live in Brookswood, you’ve likely seen a curious site in the last couple years – a man bombing around local roads on a skateboard using a cordless drill as a motor.

Recently, long-time Langley resident Tony Ward announced that his patent-pending, drill-powered skateboard assembly has officially been launched to the world.

While cruising the roads testing the newer versions, Ward said he has gotten a lot of thumbs up and smiles from his audience of neighbours, pedestrians and drivers alike.

Ward said that a little more than two years after he first envisioned the unusual idea, his KRANX Powerstik is ready to roll.

“I’ve gone through a bunch of iterations and it’s now dialed in and ready for production,” he said.

He launched his project on the crowdfunding website kickstarter.com (: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kranx-powerstik/the-kranx-powerstik-a-new-way-to-cruise?ref=discovery). His goal is to raise $15,000, and with 10 backers already he’s 10 per cent towards his goal.

“I am excited to share with others from around the world what only I have been relishing for over two years!”

Credit union

A former Langley Township councillor is the newest addiion to the board of directors for Aldergrove Credit Union (ACU).

Bev Dornan joined incumbents Ken Forcier and Tim Williams in being elected by acclamation to the ACU during the recent annual general meeting held – no, not in Aldergrove, but the nearby Abbotsford neighbourhood of Bradner.

Dornan takes over the seat from director Brian Thomasson, who retired from his post after 38 years, and was publicly recognized for his decades of service and valuable contributions to the board and community.

“Bev brings many years of leadership roles serving Langley and Aldergrove communities, including her work on numerous boards and committees, as well as years serving as a Langley Township councillor,” said ACU CEO Gus Hartl.

The credit union saw a positive year with an increase of more than $10 million in assets, and payback to members of more than $1 million through their dividend and patronage rebate program.

It was also disclosed that ACU invested more than $180,000 back into the communities through donations and sponsorship, and another $22,000 in bursaries to high school students.

Since 1954, this financial institution has grown to six branches in Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, and Mission offering personal and commercial banking, as well three insurance offices, and two financial planning centres.

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