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December 23, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black PressWednesday, December 23, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541

    Merry Christmas

    Will it be a White Christmas?Dreaming for a little bit of the white stuff on Christmas Day? Well keep dreaming. Environment Canada says we can expect cloudy skies with a high of 5C. But take heart, no rain is in the forecast, either.

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    Merry Christmas from your friends




    T A M M I D I M O C KPe r sona l Rea l E s ta t e Co rp .


  • A2 I NEWS I wednesday, decemBer 23, 2015

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    Were seeking shots that grab our attention for their creativity, impact, humour or beauty, taken in the Sooke region. They can be of people, nature or the urban environment. Email your submissions to [email protected]

    Readers PhotoSooke photographer Brian Rundle captured Jewel Black enjoying the swing at Whiffin Spit at sunset. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by the Stickleback West Coast Eatery.

    Arnold LimSooke News Mirror

    Sooke School District has four new buses coming to its fleet.

    The board of edu-cation voted to spend $684,772 on the new vehicles, which will bring the total number of buses in the fleet to 38.

    Student popula-tion for ridership has definitely impacted the busing services, said trustee Denise Riley. We have to have addi-tional buses to service all the students in the district.

    Three of the four buses will service the West Shore, with the fourth to be used on runs in the Sooke area. There are 29 routes throughout the district, separated into the Bel-mont and the Sooke zones.

    The extra buses will give the district a larger reserve of vehicles from which to draw for to-and-from school transportation and field trips.

    We had four or five additional buses (avail-able) to do field trips

    during the day, said district secretary-trea-surer Harold Cull, add-ing that mechanical breakdowns or other emergencies could

    sometimes leave just one extra bus. (That) is too few buses to be able to have a reserve.

    The new 84-seat, rear-engine buses are expected to arrive before March 31 and are being paid for by the Education Ministry.

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    School district to add four vehicles to bus fleetBoard will spend $684,772 which will bring total number of buses in the fleet to 38


    Publisher: Rod Sluggett [email protected]: Kevin Laird [email protected]: Octavian Lacatusu [email protected]: Joan Gamache [email protected]: [email protected]: Vicky Sluggett [email protected] Manager: Deb Stolth [email protected]

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    Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm2810 Ramsden Road (3300 block of Otter Point Rd,

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    Merry Christmas& Happy Holidays

    So our staff can spend time with their friends andfamily, we will have the following holiday hours:

    Thursday December 24: 8am-5pmFriday December 25: CLOSEDSaturday December 26: CLOSEDThursday December 31: 8am-5pmFriday Jananuary 1: CLOSED



    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    It looks like its going to be a warmer and more nourishing Christmas for those less for-tunate this year, thanks to the local communitys combined effort to feed the Sooke Food Bank.

    Donation efforts in recent weeks stemmed from a variety of local ini-tiatives, such as the 10K Tonight Food Drive at Edward Milne Com-munity School, in which students collected and individually-sorted an impressive 6,000 non-perishable food items for the food bank.

    The Sooke Christmas Bureau, an extension of the Sooke Food Bank, played a significant role as well in collecting funds, food, and toys to help around 320 families living in the Sooke region. In November, the Dis-trict of Sooke made a $7,000 grant that helped provide the bureau with

    turkeys. Sookies also saw red, yellow and

    white lights glowing through their neighborhoods, with this years Santa Run, which had firefighters, elves, collecting money and food in four fire trucks. The event, which is put on by the Sooke Fire Depart-ment, Sooke Firefighters Associa-tion, and the International Asso-ciation of Fire Fighters Local 4841, raised more than $10,000 this year for the local food bank.

    The people in Sooke were so gen-erous, the schools and the firefight-ers, and all the businesses, they were dropping stuff off left and right, said Mike Thomas, a volunteer with the Sooke Food Bank and co-chair of the Sooke Christmas Bureau.

    Thomas is part of 30 or so volun-teers at the food bank who collect, prepare, organize and distribute hampers for the needy in the local community.

    So far, given the efforts made, the food bank is good for the next three months, but Thomas pointed out the numbers of local clients are up nine per cent, and though there are roughly 60 less children this year, around 500 more adults turned up at the door for hampers.

    Food bank volunteers also have to do weekly purchases of short-last-ing items such as meat and veggies, though Thomas added they have enough soup and non-perishables.

    The Sooke Christmas Bureau was also busy last weekend with its ham-per sorting and giveout, and was also given a visit by MLA John Hor-gan, who dropped in with a donation and offered to help sorting efforts with the volunteers.

    The bureau will be taking dona-tions until the end of December. Mail donations to P.O. Box 983, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H9.

    [email protected]

    Sooke Food Bank fills its cupboards for Christmas

    Community comes together with initiatives to feed the hungry

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Kim Metzger organizes freshly-brought-in canned food at the Sooke Food Bank.


    Crash closes Sooke RoadA Sooke man had his licence suspended after he lost

    control of his pickup truck and severed a hydro pole on Sooke Road near 17 Mile Pub last week.

    The driver, who was the only occupant of the white pickup, was able to safely escape with minor injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the Dec. 16 crash, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

    The accident blocked Sooke Road for several hours, as live hydro wires still hung from the pole, as well as a capacitor that was leaking oil.

    Traffic was diverted through Gillespie and Kangaroo roads, though logging trucks and semi-tractor-trailers where forced to wait.

    Sooke Road wasnt reopened until late afternoon, as B.C. Hydro and emergency crews worked to clear the debris and restore power in the area.

    Blocked culvert floods highwayA section of Highway 14 near Kangaroo Road which

    flooded due to severe storms in the region was caused by a blocked culvert.

    The Ministry of Transportation has cleared the culvert and will continue to closely monitor this section of the highway, said an official.