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A truck similar to this one will stock Matheson, Kemp, and Poirier lakes with catchable-size trout this week. (Contributed - Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.)

Three lakes in Sooke stocked with 3,000 trout

Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. creates fishing opportunities

A truck similar to this one will stock Matheson, Kemp, and Poirier lakes with catchable-size trout this week. (Contributed - Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.)
Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)

Taekwondo kicks back into Sooke

Mijo Taekwondo partners with SEAPARC

Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)
A fire on March 30 killed an East Sooke man (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Officials continue probe into East Sooke fire

Name of deceased man not released

A fire on March 30 killed an East Sooke man (File - Sooke News Mirror)
An evacuation route sign is shown in Jordan River, B.C. (Chad Hipolito - The Canadian Press)

Tsunami warning systems work sounds sirens

Maintenance scheduled April 7 and 8 in Port Renfrew, Jordan River and Pacheedaht First Nation

An evacuation route sign is shown in Jordan River, B.C. (Chad Hipolito - The Canadian Press)
Edward Milne Community School raised more than $11,000 in 2021 for 10,000 Tonight, the annual event that usually collects non-perishables for the Sooke Food Bank. The school has a spring campaign for 2022: Spring Out of Hunger. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke students give food bank a boost

Spring Out of Hunger runs until April 13

Edward Milne Community School raised more than $11,000 in 2021 for 10,000 Tonight, the annual event that usually collects non-perishables for the Sooke Food Bank. The school has a spring campaign for 2022: Spring Out of Hunger. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Performers with the Amber Academy Youth Fine Arts Society rehearse for a 2019 production of the Lion King. The Amber Academy presents The Wizard of Oz on April 22 and 23. (Contributed - Amber Academy)

Sooke children’s production plans trip to Oz

Production runs April 22-23 at Sooke Community Hall

Performers with the Amber Academy Youth Fine Arts Society rehearse for a 2019 production of the Lion King. The Amber Academy presents The Wizard of Oz on April 22 and 23. (Contributed - Amber Academy)
Daryl Crocker has managed the speedway for the past seven seasons. (Courtesy Wildlight Motorsports Photography)

Westshore Motorsports Park’s final season in Langford spins into high gear

General manager Daryl Crocker looks ahead at final season’s schedule

Daryl Crocker has managed the speedway for the past seven seasons. (Courtesy Wildlight Motorsports Photography)
Former fire chief Bob Beckett (left) briefs a team from Langford Fire Rescue during a call after a snow fall. (Photo courtesy City of Langford)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Preparation key to emergency response

Bob Beckett is the 2022 Emergency Services Hero

Former fire chief Bob Beckett (left) briefs a team from Langford Fire Rescue during a call after a snow fall. (Photo courtesy City of Langford)
Metchosin Farm owner Fiona Hamersley Chambers is working to bring seed security to the region and beyond, which plays a critical role in food security, she says. (Courtesy of Fiona Hamersley Chambers)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Food security the foundation of Metchosin farm

Fiona Hamersley Chambers is the 2022 Environmental Hero

Metchosin Farm owner Fiona Hamersley Chambers is working to bring seed security to the region and beyond, which plays a critical role in food security, she says. (Courtesy of Fiona Hamersley Chambers)
March 11, 2022 - Portrait of Trudine Wilson, a long time volunteer with Girl Guides and a Local Hero for Goldstream .  Don Denton photograph
March 11, 2022 - Portrait of Trudine Wilson, a long time volunteer with Girl Guides and a Local Hero for Goldstream .  Don Denton photograph
Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. (Courtesy Stephanie Dunlop)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Metchosin fire chief shines a light on others

Stephanie Dunlop is the 2022 Unsung Hero

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. (Courtesy Stephanie Dunlop)
Sisters Maylin (from left), Everly and Brylee Apted show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings in 2019. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Dwinnell)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Painting a brighter, better community

Brylee, Maylin and Everly Apted are the 2022 Youth Volunteers

Sisters Maylin (from left), Everly and Brylee Apted show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings in 2019. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Dwinnell)
Members of Langford Fire Rescue, including former fire chief Bob Beckett (second from right) in Afghanistan in 2004. (Courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)

Langford humanitarians working to help Afghan firefighters, families stay alive

Former fire chief Bob Beckett working to help colleagues in Afghanistan

Members of Langford Fire Rescue, including former fire chief Bob Beckett (second from right) in Afghanistan in 2004. (Courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks ahead to address policing costs

Plans are in place for growing population

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)

Sooke children’s book reflects seasonal changes

Local author publishes and illustrates first book

Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)
The Bosley’s by Pet Valu crew participated in the Sooke Santa Claus parade in December. Store owner Ashley Kilpatrick said the biggest challenge in 2021 was keeping up with the changes in provincial health guidelines. ((Contributed - Bosley’s by Pet Valu)

Sooke businesses weather COVID storm

Local merchants appreciate community support

The Bosley’s by Pet Valu crew participated in the Sooke Santa Claus parade in December. Store owner Ashley Kilpatrick said the biggest challenge in 2021 was keeping up with the changes in provincial health guidelines. ((Contributed - Bosley’s by Pet Valu)
The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)

Sooke Arts Council paints a pretty picture of 2022

After what’s being enthusiastically framed as a successful year, members of the…

The Sooke Arts Council’s gallery reopens on Feb. 12 with a new show. (Photo courtesy of Sooke Arts Council)
Lorelee Parker ,Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, stands outside the new library in Sooke. The $7.5-million facility is expected to open this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke awaits completion of $7.5-million library

New facility includes state-of-the-art amenities R

Lorelee Parker ,Vancouver Island Regional Library manager for Sooke and Port Renfrew, stands outside the new library in Sooke. The $7.5-million facility is expected to open this spring. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Volunteers braved the cold weather on Dec. 27 to take part in the annual Sooke Christmas Bird Count. (Contributed - Mark Byrne)

Sooke birders spot 111 species in annual Christmas Bird Count

More participants needed for next year

Volunteers braved the cold weather on Dec. 27 to take part in the annual Sooke Christmas Bird Count. (Contributed - Mark Byrne)