The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News has won two 2012 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.
Reporter Robert Mangelsdorf won for Best Agricultural Writing for his story on local farms finding innovative ways to stay profitable, while editor Michael Hall won for Best Local Editorial writing (Taking the fall).
Hall also came third for Best National Editorial writing (Sheriffs of shame).
As well, The News came second for Best Editorial Page and earned a Blue Ribbon in the best overall newspaper category (circulation 25,000 and over).
The awards were announced Thursday in Toronto.
The News previously collected four awards in the Local Media Association 2012 editorial contest.
Reporter Monisha Martins came first in Circulation Class C (16,000-36,000 non-daily) for Best Feature Series (Is it out there: Quest for Sasquatch).
Hall earned third place in the same class for Best Editorial Writing, while The News was third for Best Editorial Page. Photographer/reporter Colleen Flanagan received honourable mention for Best News Photo (The Rescuers).
Flanagan also came third in the 2012 B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association editorial contest for Best Black and White Feature Photo (Vigil for two young souls alike).