Rick Stiebel

The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

Sooke Lions Club proposal for John Phillips Memorial Park on hold

Divided council and community cause pause in Lion’s plans

The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
Pharmasave Sooke’s Christmas Trees of Wishes is on again to support those in need. You can also get a photo of your child with Santa on Dec. 23 for $10 in support of the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke New Mirror)

In Sooke, Christmas charities shine for those in need

Many businesses and organizations have stepped up with fund-raising initiatives

Pharmasave Sooke’s Christmas Trees of Wishes is on again to support those in need. You can also get a photo of your child with Santa on Dec. 23 for $10 in support of the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke New Mirror)
Bad Dog Brewing Company co-owners Rosie and John Lyle earned the Business of the Year award for 2022 from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and placed second in the People's Choice category. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, local brewery earns the nod as ‘top dog’

Bad Dog Brewing Company takes home chamber’s best business award

Bad Dog Brewing Company co-owners Rosie and John Lyle earned the Business of the Year award for 2022 from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and placed second in the People's Choice category. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Firefighters’ annual Santa Run is set for DEC. 10, with four trucks moving neighbourhood to neighbourhood to collect donations for the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke firefighters rescue Christmas for many

Annual Santa Run set for Dec. 10 throughout town

Sooke Firefighters’ annual Santa Run is set for DEC. 10, with four trucks moving neighbourhood to neighbourhood to collect donations for the Sooke Food Bank. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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Choral Evolution gets carried away to 1970s

Upcoming concerts on Dec. 9 on West Shore and Dec. 10 and 11 in Sooke

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Monica Reekie rides a camel near the Egyptian pyramids. (Contributed - Monica Reekie)

A photogenic eye for adoption

Sooke Fine Arts Show winner has a growing family of elephants

Monica Reekie rides a camel near the Egyptian pyramids. (Contributed - Monica Reekie)
A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A wildlife advocate says that weather impacts bears’ behaviour because it affects their food source. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)

Black bears need personal space as they prepare for winter, says wildlife advocate

Spring and summer weather affecting hibernation schedule

A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A wildlife advocate says that weather impacts bears’ behaviour because it affects their food source. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)
Sooke Harbour PLayers presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The acting troupe will premier Ben Crocker's Camelot on Friday, Nov. 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Harbour PLayers presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The acting troupe will premier Ben Crocker's Camelot on Friday, Nov. 25. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Gladiator Drywall owners and partners Blue Vasseur and Andy Turnbull are the recipients of a BBB Torch Award for finishing services. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke business puts finishing touch on award

A Sooke company has nailed a prestigious award for customer service excellence…

Gladiator Drywall owners and partners Blue Vasseur and Andy Turnbull are the recipients of a BBB Torch Award for finishing services. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC Leisure Complex on Nov. 22. (Contributed photo)

Sooke festive event fun way to help sick kids

Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC on Nov. 22

The Sooke Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC Leisure Complex on Nov. 22. (Contributed photo)
Sooke Celtic hosts Cowichan Oak Friday at 7 p.m. at Fred Milne Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Celtic storms into first place in VISL play

Celtic host Cowichan Oak on Friday

Sooke Celtic hosts Cowichan Oak Friday at 7 p.m. at Fred Milne Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Celtic hosts games on Nov. 4 and 11 at Fred Milne Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Celtic poised for first-place push

VISL club plays to 1-1 draw against Juan de Fuca

Sooke Celtic hosts games on Nov. 4 and 11 at Fred Milne Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
All Sooke Day featured a loggers’ competition, family events and food. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Can All Sooke Day be resurrected?

Third story in a three-part series

All Sooke Day featured a loggers’ competition, family events and food. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Loggers sports was a big draw at All Sooke Day that drew thousands of people from across the Island. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Loggers sports was a big draw at All Sooke Day that drew thousands of people from across the Island. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
The Chokerman’s race was a fun event at All Sooke Day. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

All Sooke Day: A day the community came together

First of a three-part series: Origins of All Sooke Day can be traced back to early 20th century

The Chokerman’s race was a fun event at All Sooke Day. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Mohamed Zeid, store operator/manager at the Sooke Pharmasave, said a number of factors have created issues with staffing. (Rick Stiebe l- Sooke News Mirror)

Lack of staff hamstrings business in Sooke

Chamber of commerce says numerous businesses affected

Mohamed Zeid, store operator/manager at the Sooke Pharmasave, said a number of factors have created issues with staffing. (Rick Stiebe l- Sooke News Mirror)
Roger Fowler's book, An Accidental Humanitarian, chronicles his time working as a truck driver for the International Federation of Red Cross in war-torn Yugoslavia. (Photo-contributed)

Sooke humanitarian worker recounts months under fire in Croat-Bosniak War

Book details working during the war in former Yugoslavia

Roger Fowler's book, An Accidental Humanitarian, chronicles his time working as a truck driver for the International Federation of Red Cross in war-torn Yugoslavia. (Photo-contributed)
Ravi Parmar, last term’s SD62 board chair, was re-elected to the school board. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District sees several new faces, Parmar re-elected

Voter turnout up in SD62 compared with 2018

Ravi Parmar, last term’s SD62 board chair, was re-elected to the school board. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society is looking for volunteers to assist with seining chinook on Saturday (Oct. 15). (Contributed – SSES)

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society in search of female salmon

Group will take another crack at seining the Sooke River on Saturday

The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society is looking for volunteers to assist with seining chinook on Saturday (Oct. 15). (Contributed – SSES)
The Sooke and Goldstream food banks feel the pinch of increased demand and fewer donations. (File-MetroCreative)

As the economy sways, Greater Victoria’s food banks are feeling the pinch

Demand is up and donations are down, say officials

The Sooke and Goldstream food banks feel the pinch of increased demand and fewer donations. (File-MetroCreative)