Alberni briefs: refugees get closer, a break and enter and a heart-warming swim

Here's what happened in Alberni this week.

Refugee family closer to Valley

The Port Alberni Refugee Sponsorship committee has provisionally been assigned a Syrian refugee family with several children, although no date has been set for the family to arrive.

The family is in Lebanon but hasn’t been cleared to travel to Canada yet, according to PARSC spokesperson Leslie Wright.

PARSC has raised more than $21,000 in its bid to bring a Syrian refugee family to resettle in the Alberni Valley.

Man charged with B&E

A Port Alberni man has been charged with break, enter and theft as well as breach of probation in connection with an incident at Pescadores Bistro on Johnston Road, in the early morning hours of Jan. 12.

Marc Chase appeared in court this week to answer to the charges.

Port Alberni RCMP responded to a suspected break and enter after someone from the bistro reported their front door had been forced open and a cash box was stolen, Port Alberni RCMP Cpl. Amelia Hayden said.

Polar-dipped charities

The Bread of Life and Alberni District Secondary School Band were the recipients of a cool $1,450 from the PEAK FM Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day.

John Douglas said $1,200 was raised for the Bread of Life thanks to a fundraiser by the See Group, Little Bavaria, Funk Trunk and McGill Engineering; the band received $250.

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