Kendra Wong

B.C. Games participants from Vancouver Island - Central Coast (zone 6) kicked the Games off in style. (Kevin Rothbauer/ Black Press)

West Shore athletes bring home impressive hardware from B.C. Games

Vancouver Island-Central Coast earned 145 medals

B.C. Games participants from Vancouver Island - Central Coast (zone 6) kicked the Games off in style. (Kevin Rothbauer/ Black Press)
Nathaniel Blondeau (centre), alongside Staff Sgt. Raj Sandu (left to right), Rob Blondeau, Colin Plant, chair of the Capital Regional District’s traffic safety commission and Const. Matt Baker. Blondeau is the receipient of this year’s Const. Sarah Beckett scholarship. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Belmont student wins Sarah Beckett scholarship

Nathaniel Blondeau hopes to become a police officer

Nathaniel Blondeau (centre), alongside Staff Sgt. Raj Sandu (left to right), Rob Blondeau, Colin Plant, chair of the Capital Regional District’s traffic safety commission and Const. Matt Baker. Blondeau is the receipient of this year’s Const. Sarah Beckett scholarship. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Metchosin’s Sarah Wilson (far left) plays the cornet in a brass quintet while on a band tirp to Portugal. Wilson is the founder of the Metchosin Community Concert band, which is currently seeking members. (Contributed photo)

New community concert band in Metchosin seeking members

Metchosin band brings together musicians of all skill levels

Metchosin’s Sarah Wilson (far left) plays the cornet in a brass quintet while on a band tirp to Portugal. Wilson is the founder of the Metchosin Community Concert band, which is currently seeking members. (Contributed photo)
Environment plan to be completed on proposed rock quarry

Environment plan to be completed on proposed rock quarry

O.K. Industries sends letter to Highlands, local association

Environment plan to be completed on proposed rock quarry
Members of the Greater Victoria Public Library, alongside members of Langford city council celebrated the opening of the latest expanion at the Goudy Branch. The expansion includes tables, chairs and charging stations. 
(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Goudy library expansion opens to the public

New work space area includes charging stations

Members of the Greater Victoria Public Library, alongside members of Langford city council celebrated the opening of the latest expanion at the Goudy Branch. The expansion includes tables, chairs and charging stations. 
(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Cherie Spriggs, a former Langford resident and Belmont Secondary grad, was recently named sparkling winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge 2018, one of the most highly-regarded wine competitions in the world. (Nyetimber photo)

Former Langford resident wins prestigious winemaker award

Cherie Spriggs first woman ever to win award

Cherie Spriggs, a former Langford resident and Belmont Secondary grad, was recently named sparkling winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge 2018, one of the most highly-regarded wine competitions in the world. (Nyetimber photo)
More than 3,000 athletes and other visitors are expected to visit the Cowichan Valley during the BC Summer Games, July 19-22. (File photo)

West Shore to have strong showing at B.C. Games

Close to 50 athletes set to compete

More than 3,000 athletes and other visitors are expected to visit the Cowichan Valley during the BC Summer Games, July 19-22. (File photo)
Tour de Rock 2018 launch at Spectrum Community School. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)

Fundraising events ramp up for Tour de Rock

Dancing with the Cops, barbecue and garage sale taking place

Tour de Rock 2018 launch at Spectrum Community School. (Travis Paterson/Black Press)
Members of Langford Fire Rescue’s technical team conduct training exercises on a tower crane on Claude Road. (Gazette file photo)

Technical rescues on the rise for local fire departments

Rescues allow firefighters to use different skill set

Members of Langford Fire Rescue’s technical team conduct training exercises on a tower crane on Claude Road. (Gazette file photo)
The roots of a nearby tree have caused a tripping hazard for one homeowner in Colwood. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Arborist calling on Colwood to fix tree bylaw

Task force says bylaw will go before council in September

The roots of a nearby tree have caused a tripping hazard for one homeowner in Colwood. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Pastor Andrew Hewlett helps distribute fresh food at the Living Edge neighbourhood market in Langford. The program distributes free, fresh produce to the less fortunate in the community and has exploded since it started only nine months ago. (Gazette file photo)

Food bank programs see increased need

Living Edge looking for supplies, food bank seeks donations

Pastor Andrew Hewlett helps distribute fresh food at the Living Edge neighbourhood market in Langford. The program distributes free, fresh produce to the less fortunate in the community and has exploded since it started only nine months ago. (Gazette file photo)
West Shore skatepark moves closer to fruition

West Shore skatepark moves closer to fruition

Company estimates project will cost $600,000

West Shore skatepark moves closer to fruition
A West Shore mother is calling for more mental health services in relation to obsessive compulsive disorder. (iStock photo)

Living with obsessive compulsive disorder

The Big Read: Vancouver Island mom calls for more mental health services as son battles OCD

A West Shore mother is calling for more mental health services in relation to obsessive compulsive disorder. (iStock photo)
Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation

Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation

Cory Steiner to also play four gigs to raise funds

Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation
Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland

Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland

Southern Vancouver Island shifts due to tiny tremors

Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland
Cast and crew of Once Upon a Prince filming on Taylor Road in Metchosin. (Photo contributed)

Slow year for film productions on the West Shore

Local film commission says there’s still been lots of interest

Cast and crew of Once Upon a Prince filming on Taylor Road in Metchosin. (Photo contributed)
Gillian Montgomery (left) and Annie Gibson (right) of Vancouver Island Surfrider Foundation hold a mountain of plastic bags. The Surfrider Foundation, which helped spearhead the City of Victoria’s recently-implemented plastic bag ban, hopes municipalities on the West Shore will consider a similar ban. (Black Press file photo)

Could a plastic bag ban be coming to the West Shore?

Local municipalities weigh in on controversial ban

Gillian Montgomery (left) and Annie Gibson (right) of Vancouver Island Surfrider Foundation hold a mountain of plastic bags. The Surfrider Foundation, which helped spearhead the City of Victoria’s recently-implemented plastic bag ban, hopes municipalities on the West Shore will consider a similar ban. (Black Press file photo)
Former Langford resident gives back in Guinea

Former Langford resident gives back in Guinea

Mercy Ships provide free surgeries, dental care in developing nations

Former Langford resident gives back in Guinea
A helicopter drops water on the Tugwell Creek Fire. (Photo by Ken Groat)

Tugwell Creek fire fully contained

63 firefighters along with other equipment, helicopters battled blaze on Sunday

A helicopter drops water on the Tugwell Creek Fire. (Photo by Ken Groat)
This year’s Metchosin/Swanwick Ranch Sheepdog Trial takes place July 28 to 29 at the Swanwich Ranch. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)

Sheepdog trial returns to Metchosin

More than 40 handlers and their dogs from across western North America to take part

This year’s Metchosin/Swanwick Ranch Sheepdog Trial takes place July 28 to 29 at the Swanwich Ranch. (Spencer Pickles/Black Press)