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Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)

First-ever Junior A boys’ team fielded by Sooke high school

Basketball takes a big bounce in Sooke

Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)
Meanwhile in Sooke members have raised $20,000 for a local food charity. (MIN/Facebook)

Sooke Facebook group raises $20,000 for food bank

‘I’m amazed by the generosity of people in this community’

Meanwhile in Sooke members have raised $20,000 for a local food charity. (MIN/Facebook)
John Muir Elementary School students Kahlan Thornton (left), Callie Watson, Sophia Smith, Konnor May, Weston Cole, and Carly Clare hold up envelopes with their prizes for the Sooke Legion’s Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest. School principal John Muir and Legion member Ken Levert stand behind the students with the trophy that goes to the school with the highest percentage of participation in the contest. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke students salute veterans, soldiers

John Muir students take trophy for highest participation in Legion’s Remembrance Day contest

John Muir Elementary School students Kahlan Thornton (left), Callie Watson, Sophia Smith, Konnor May, Weston Cole, and Carly Clare hold up envelopes with their prizes for the Sooke Legion’s Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest. School principal John Muir and Legion member Ken Levert stand behind the students with the trophy that goes to the school with the highest percentage of participation in the contest. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, Cathy’s Corner Cafe offers free Christmas dinner for all

It’s an annual tradition for the restaurant and community

Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Rick McLeod helps a student suit up with firefighter gearin this file photo from 2012. McLerod has served more than 30myears with Sooke Fire Rescue. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke firefighter honoured for 30 years of continuous service

Rick McLeod began his career in 1992

Rick McLeod helps a student suit up with firefighter gearin this file photo from 2012. McLerod has served more than 30myears with Sooke Fire Rescue. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Ready to roll. Sooke Fire Rescue decorated its trucks for Saturday night’s annual Sooke Santa Run. Donations are still being accepted online. (Contributed - Sooke Fire Rescue)

Sooke Santa Run gives hope and help to needy families

Donations to annual event still accepted online

Ready to roll. Sooke Fire Rescue decorated its trucks for Saturday night’s annual Sooke Santa Run. Donations are still being accepted online. (Contributed - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Sooke author Doni Eve earned the Federation of B.C. Writers award for short fiction. (Photo - contributed)

Sooke writer among B.C. literary prize winners

Federation of B.C. Writers select Doni Eve as winner of its short fiction contest

Sooke author Doni Eve earned the Federation of B.C. Writers award for short fiction. (Photo - contributed)
The Sooke Firefighters Association’s annual Santa Run is Saturday (Dec. 10) starting at 5 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, more folks in need of Christmas hampers

Christmas Bureau sees an increase of about 50 requests for hampers

The Sooke Firefighters Association’s annual Santa Run is Saturday (Dec. 10) starting at 5 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)

Month-long campaign to counter impaired driving in Sooke

RCMP conducting CounterAttack road checks throughout the holiday season

Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)
Sooke Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday and Sunday. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke Dance Studio presents Nutcracker with a twist

Performances set for Dec. 10 and 11 at Edward Milne Community School

Sooke Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday and Sunday. (Shutterstock.com)
Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)

Wanted: more community space in Sooke

Growth in Sooke heightens need for more community space

Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)
The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)

Fun-loving Red Hat ladies looking for new members

Red Hat Sooke Sirens a great way to make new friends

The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)
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)
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