Students of View Royal elementary descend on View Royal Fire Rescue hall to thank all the emergency personnel who responded to a dramatic house fire that ended with one student hospitalized March 14.

Goldstream News Gazette’s Top 10 Facebook posts of 2013

With the end of the year upon us, this is a time to reflect on the major events and moments of 2013.

With the end of the year upon us, this is a time to reflect on the major events and moments of 2013. And thanks to social media we no longer have to use our actual memories to achieve this. So here, in chronological order, are some of the Goldstream News Gazette’s most talked about, liked, commented, shared etc. Facebook posts of 2013:

– A posted photo and article on the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence donating 20 new track bikes for Greater Victoria Velodrome Association programs on March 6 got a huge amount of traffic, with some 2,241 people viewing the post and 14 sharing it.

– A post on March 27 about nine-year-old Katrina Van Winkle thanking View Royal firefighters and, particularly, Chief Paul Hurst, got a lot of attention and a great many “likes.” Hurst had pulled the unconscious girl out of a house fire the week before she and her classmates went to the fire hall for a personal thank you.

– Apparently photos of firefighters are a big draw on Facebook, with a post on Colwood’s bravest out to collect money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada earning nearly 1,000 hits back in May.

– A gas leak on Jacklin Road on May 27 caused the road to be closed and Gazette readers clearly turned to our Facebook page for the latest, with over 1,000 people finding out when the road had reopened from a post.

– Both those at and missing out on Rock the Shores 2013 took to Facebook for live updates and photos from the two-day music festival.

– Sometimes social media can be useful in the simplest of ways, for instance in helping spread the word about high levels of bacteria in Glen Lake in July. Over 800 people saw that post, with many passing the word along by sharing the link.

– A prison break from William Head Institution in September had over 1,000 people taking to Facebook to see a mug shot of the considered-dangerous escapees. Luckily the two men were scooped up by the authorities in short order and are back behind bars. Another thought-to-be breakout 10 days later got more than 2,000 hits. This time the inmate was found still on prison grounds.

– A photo of reporter Charla Huber repelling down the side of downtown’s CIBC building for charity in September brought in a lot of supportive likes and comments.

– Nearly 1,500 people saw a Facebook post linking to a story about a young man who had missed Halloween due to the flu. His entire neighbourhood took part in a late Halloween just for him, so he could still go door-to-door and get candy.

– Earlier in December, a story on the Langford Caprice closing down on Jan. 5, 2014 saw nearly 2,000 views and brought in comments from many lamenting the loss of the cinema. “This was the only affordable place in town,” wrote Teresa Lonsdale.

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