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Santa Claus meets with a young View Royal Resident Saturday (Dec. 10) during View Royal Fire Rescue’s annual food drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Santa helps View Royal firefighters collect donations for food bank

Fire trucks drove through the community collecting donations Saturday (Dec. 10)

Santa Claus meets with a young View Royal Resident Saturday (Dec. 10) during View Royal Fire Rescue’s annual food drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Chris Hyde-Lay, manager of the parks department for Oak Bay, empties the mailbox at municipal hall to get them on their way to St. Nick himself. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay mailbox stuffed with letters to Santa

Canada Post volunteers get 1.5 million letters from around the world to Santa in 2021

Chris Hyde-Lay, manager of the parks department for Oak Bay, empties the mailbox at municipal hall to get them on their way to St. Nick himself. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
SAINTS farm in Mission is a sanctuary for animals deemed unadoptable due to age, size, disabilities, and medical issues. /Dillon White photo

Unadoptable animals find home in B.C. with SAINTS

The nonprofit provides shelter and medical aid to 127 animals of different backgrounds in Mission

SAINTS farm in Mission is a sanctuary for animals deemed unadoptable due to age, size, disabilities, and medical issues. /Dillon White photo
Construction on Jacklin Road back in 1999. (Goldstream Gazette archives)

PHOTOS: Then and Now – how Langford has changed over the past 30 years

New roads, new buildings, new businesses, same old baseball diamond

Construction on Jacklin Road back in 1999. (Goldstream Gazette archives)
Santa Claus and Colwood Fire Rescue travelled through neighbourhoods as part of the annual Santa Go Round in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore fire departments hosting annual Santa food drives

Santa will be driven around collecting food on multiple December dates

Santa Claus and Colwood Fire Rescue travelled through neighbourhoods as part of the annual Santa Go Round in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Langford fire hall in 1997. (Courtesy Langford Fire Rescue)
The Langford fire hall in 1997. (Courtesy Langford Fire Rescue)
VicPD, Colwood and Saanich have been awarded a candy cane award from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Unsplash)

Annual candy cane awards recognize VicPD for exemplary service

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria also have praise for Colwood and Saanich

VicPD, Colwood and Saanich have been awarded a candy cane award from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Unsplash)
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)
Fine furniture students work to process lumber from a Garry oak tree that fell on Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus library building during a fall 2022 storm. (Camosun College/Flickr)

Victoria’s Camosun College fine furniture students give new life to fallen Garry oak tree

Tree came down during November wind storm and struck Lansdowne campus library in Saanich

Fine furniture students work to process lumber from a Garry oak tree that fell on Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus library building during a fall 2022 storm. (Camosun College/Flickr)
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)
CRD asked residents not to decorate trees in public parks. (Courtesy of Capital Regional District/Twitter)

CRD warns residents not to decorate trees in parks this Christmas

Regional authority said decorations can get blown off trees and become garbage

CRD asked residents not to decorate trees in public parks. (Courtesy of Capital Regional District/Twitter)
Cathy Fielding sets up this memorial tree for past pets along a Colwood trail every holiday season, with members of the community adding to it each year. (Courtesy of Cathy Fielding)

Colwood tree ‘boosts’ moods by honouring furry loved ones

Located along a trail at Royal Roads, the tree features photos of pets and Christmas ornaments

Cathy Fielding sets up this memorial tree for past pets along a Colwood trail every holiday season, with members of the community adding to it each year. (Courtesy of Cathy Fielding)
A map of Esquimalt in 1913 on display at the Esquimalt Archives. (Courtesy of Tara Zajac)

Esquimalt Archives reopen to public after damaging flood

The archives, which had to be moved after flooding in a previous building, await a permanent home

A map of Esquimalt in 1913 on display at the Esquimalt Archives. (Courtesy of Tara Zajac)
Dave Bergman was identified by his daughter after his body was found by Saanich Police near Swan Lake in October. (Courtesy of Kori Balaberda)

‘He was a loving man’: Daughter remembers dad who was found dead in Saanich tent

Dave Bergman was a loving man who, like many others, struggled with the stigma around mental health

Dave Bergman was identified by his daughter after his body was found by Saanich Police near Swan Lake in October. (Courtesy of Kori Balaberda)
Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program volunteers Santiago Velasco and Tia-Rose Huber show off part of what will be transformed into a toy shop for parents participating in the program, where they will get to choose some toys for their children. (Courtesy of David Hickman)

Skyrocketing demand means Salvation Army needs more Christmas donations

Cash and toy donations are needed in order to serve 400 families

Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program volunteers Santiago Velasco and Tia-Rose Huber show off part of what will be transformed into a toy shop for parents participating in the program, where they will get to choose some toys for their children. (Courtesy of David Hickman)
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)

Sooke teen’s future in the fast lane

Charlotte Pearson, 15, among top go-kart racers in province

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)
The addition of the new bike lanes hope to further connect the Greater Victoria Area. (Black Press file photo)

Esquimalt adding new protected bike and pedestrian lanes in 2023

The goal of the new bike lanes is to reduce the number of cars that pass through the area

The addition of the new bike lanes hope to further connect the Greater Victoria Area. (Black Press file photo)
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)
The service will include a candlelight vigil to honour those who have been harmed based on their gender. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria church to hold service commemorating victims of gender-based violence

First Metropolitan United Church will hold the service to remember those targeted because of gender

The service will include a candlelight vigil to honour those who have been harmed based on their gender. (Black Press Media file photo)
Do you know when the Slinky was first created? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

This is the season when new games and toys capture the attention of young and old alike

Do you know when the Slinky was first created? (Pixabay.com)