2012 in review: Spring

The Goldstream News Gazette recaps the year that was in four seasons

The Harley-Davidson that washed ashore in Haida Gwaii after the earthquake in Japan was brought to Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in Langford, May 6. Steve Drane planned to restore the 2004 bike for its owner, but it wasn’t feasible.

 

 

More than 100 aboriginal students in the Sooke School District graduated high school this year. That is the largest aboriginal graduating class to date for SD 62. SD 62 is being recognized as a leader in the province for its aboriginal education programs and the exceptionally high grad rate.

 

 

After a public outcry when Ma Miller’s Pub announced it would be hosting strippers, the pub operator was evicted from the building and the strippers were cancelled, in June.

 

 

A diesel fuel spilled out along Sooke Lake Road in Langford after a tractor trailer punctured its fuel tank while making a tight turn, March 29. Emergency responders were uncertain if it was the curb or a stop sign that had punctured the tank.

About 115 litres of fuel spilled out onto the road closing the road and a general store and a pub.

 

 

With the military blue boats program ending, a private commuter ferry picked up the slack sailing West Shore military members to work at the base. The private ferry took over the route May 1.

 

 

A small group of animal activists held up signs outside the Luxton fair grounds during the pro rodeo in May.  Signs included “Buck the rodeo” and “Animals in pain shouldn’t entertain.” The Canadian Pro Rodeo Association said the protesters were well-mannered and had a right to free speech.

 

 

Everyone knew a new Junior B hockey team was coming to the West Shore and in April we learned it our home team’s name, Westshore Wolves.

 

 

Langford teen Brandi Anderson was crowned Miss Teen after competing in a provincial pageant in Vancouver. Miss Teen B.C. was the first pageant she ever competed in.

 

 

 

Colwood’s Graffiti Outreach Program was made a permanent program in April. It began in October 2011 as a responsive way to deal with

graffiti.

 

 

 

Sewage hit the Trans-Canada Highway on May 2 when a septic truck travelling northbound lost control and barrel rolled across the highway.  About 800 gallons of sewage spilled out of the truck near Thetis Lake Park. No other vehicles were involved and the driver was unharmed.

 

 

 

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