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The Sooke Community Choir begins rehearsals Sept. 6. (File - Shutterstock.com)

Sooke Community Choir set to sing again

Long-time Sooke choral staple back after COVID-induced hiatus

The Sooke Community Choir begins rehearsals Sept. 6. (File - Shutterstock.com)
Island Health has warned that the region’s drug overdose incidents are increasing. It’s recommended that users get their drugs tested at Substance UVic, use a safe injection site, carry naloxone, and stagger their use with a friend. (File - Shutterstock.com)

A new highly toxic drug mix hasn’t emerged in Sooke yet, say Mounties

Island Health urges users to take precautions

Island Health has warned that the region’s drug overdose incidents are increasing. It’s recommended that users get their drugs tested at Substance UVic, use a safe injection site, carry naloxone, and stagger their use with a friend. (File - Shutterstock.com)
View Upon Neah Bay by Dallas Duobaitisw earned the People’s Choice award at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Photo - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Sooke Fine Arts Show winners in fine company

Annual exhibition draws more than 7,000 people

View Upon Neah Bay by Dallas Duobaitisw earned the People’s Choice award at the Sooke Fine Arts Show. (Photo - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
The Sooke Lions Club is hosting an open house on Sept. 25 to discuss plans for a multi-use community facility at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

In Sooke, public has opportunity to voice opinion on controversial park plan

Sooke Lions Club to host Sept. 25 open house

The Sooke Lions Club is hosting an open house on Sept. 25 to discuss plans for a multi-use community facility at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)
The Sooke ATV Club’s third annual environmental cleanup day on Aug. 13, hauling several large containers of waste out of the woods near Jordan River. (Contributed-Sooke ATV Club)

Sooke ATV Club cleans up area near Jordan River

Club targets area for third annual environmental cleanup day

The Sooke ATV Club’s third annual environmental cleanup day on Aug. 13, hauling several large containers of waste out of the woods near Jordan River. (Contributed-Sooke ATV Club)
NEW CUTLINE Books for Boomers on Sept. 11 is a fundraising event for The Gathering Place, part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land next to the new library on Wadams Way. (Contributed-SRCHN)

The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future Elders' Complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)

Sooke’s Books for Boomers a page-turner

The Sooke Region Community Health Network is taking a novel approach with…

NEW CUTLINE Books for Boomers on Sept. 11 is a fundraising event for The Gathering Place, part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land next to the new library on Wadams Way. (Contributed-SRCHN)

The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future Elders' Complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)
Ayre Manor executive director Kerry Williams and Sooke Garden Club president Lori Kirk with the commemorative stone monument marking the club’s 50th anniversary and the addition of a second garden for the residents to enjoy at Ayre Manor. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, garden club unveils commemorative plaque at Ayre Manor

Club has planted two gardens at assisted living facility

Ayre Manor executive director Kerry Williams and Sooke Garden Club president Lori Kirk with the commemorative stone monument marking the club’s 50th anniversary and the addition of a second garden for the residents to enjoy at Ayre Manor. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
The Trevor Purdy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes place on Aug. 20, with proceeds supporting a bursary and local youth basketball programs. (File - Pixabay.com)

Basketball tournament celebrates player’s legacy in Sooke

3-on-3 competition supports bursary and youth basketball programs

The Trevor Purdy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes place on Aug. 20, with proceeds supporting a bursary and local youth basketball programs. (File - Pixabay.com)
A home at SookePoint is part of a $2.6-million prize package that includes a 2022 Tesla Model X Long Range. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation)

There’s still time to win a dream home in Sooke

B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation prize home at SookePoint includes a 2022 Tesla

A home at SookePoint is part of a $2.6-million prize package that includes a 2022 Tesla Model X Long Range. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation)
The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues.

Investigation continues into 2 a.m. 2021 crash that killed child in Sooke

It has been 11 months since officials released any additional information

The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues.
NEW CUTLINE The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues. (File photo)

Langley RCMP responded to a dump truck crash on Friday morning. (File image)

Investigation continues into deadly crash in Sooke

It has been 11 months since officials released any additional information

NEW CUTLINE The investigation into a fatal crash on Sept. 7, 2021 continues. (File photo)

Langley RCMP responded to a dump truck crash on Friday morning. (File image)
There will be some new faces on the board of trustees for the Sooke School District following the election in October. (Courtesy - Sooke School District))
There will be some new faces on the board of trustees for the Sooke School District following the election in October. (Courtesy - Sooke School District))
Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.

Moms search for ways to stop the harm

International Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 31

Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.
Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)

Sooke indie band taps into new popularity

Shale members surprised at how quickly their reputation and following have grown

Sooke alternative rock band Shale has a busy lineup heading into the fall with gigs planned for the South Island, including Edward Milne Community School in October. (Contributed - Serena Haley Photography)
Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former Greater Victoria conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)
Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Arts Council’s new art gallery opens in August

‘Finishing touches’ and move expected to be completed this month

Lynda Slater, a Sooke Community Arts Society board member, is looking forward to the completion of renovations for the new gallery and gift shop on Church Street in early August. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Conservation officer Peter Pauwels recently retired after 30 years of service, the vast majority of which was spent working in the Capital Region and southern Vancouver Island. (Courtesy Peter Pauwels)

The inconvenient truths about black bears in Greater Victoria

Think again if you believe development drives bears away, says former conservation officer

Conservation officer Peter Pauwels recently retired after 30 years of service, the vast majority of which was spent working in the Capital Region and southern Vancouver Island. (Courtesy Peter Pauwels)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. premier pitches plan for less gas from cattle

Innovative technology could drastically reduce cattle methane emissions

B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
NEW CUTLINE A new Official Community Plan took a step toward possible completion at a special meeting of council on July 19. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)

Sooke council battling clock to approve new OCP

Council completes review of OCP proposal at special Meeting on July 19

NEW CUTLINE A new Official Community Plan took a step toward possible completion at a special meeting of council on July 19. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)
A clinic conducted by the BC Grassroots Rugby Foundation at Edward Milne Community School on July 22 drew about 20 enthusiastic participants. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

PHOTOS: Rugby clinic inspires future athletes in Sooke

20 enthusiastic participants toss the ball around

A clinic conducted by the BC Grassroots Rugby Foundation at Edward Milne Community School on July 22 drew about 20 enthusiastic participants. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
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