Justin Samanski-Langille

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 youth coordinator Gerry Brennan presents Belmont Secondary School student Wendy Tran with the first-ever custom branch greeting card, featuring a design by Tran which won the branch’s logo competition in the spring. (Courtesy of Royal Canadian Legion branch 91)

West Shore legion branch gets custom greeting card courtesy of Belmont student

Wendy Tran won the branch’s logo contest in the spring

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 youth coordinator Gerry Brennan presents Belmont Secondary School student Wendy Tran with the first-ever custom branch greeting card, featuring a design by Tran which won the branch’s logo competition in the spring. (Courtesy of Royal Canadian Legion branch 91)
Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay lacrosse alumni come home for the holidays

The academy held its first-ever alumni scrimmage and social Wednesday (Dec. 14)

Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
BC Hydro said there is no cause for concern after Greater Victoria residents took to social media to report crackling and popping sounds coming from power lines in recent weeks. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Snap, crackle, pop: Salt spray blamed for odd power lines sounds in Greater Victoria

Residents in the region have been taking to social media to report odd sounds on powerlines

BC Hydro said there is no cause for concern after Greater Victoria residents took to social media to report crackling and popping sounds coming from power lines in recent weeks. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame saves all artifacts for future location

The museum lost its home when the Western Speedway closed in September

The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Town of View Royal and the City of Colwood councils have approved the merger of the two municipalities’ emergency radio teams to improve efficiency and effectiveness in disaster response. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood, View Royal approve merger of emergency radio teams

The newly unified team provides backup communications in a major disaster

The Town of View Royal and the City of Colwood councils have approved the merger of the two municipalities’ emergency radio teams to improve efficiency and effectiveness in disaster response. (Black Press Media file photo)
Starlight Stadium has been the home of Pacific FC since 2018, and has been the site of some pretty important moments for the team, like this Aug. 26, 2021 match where they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Langford: A city for sports and recreation

Langford has built itself as a sporting capital, with national and local teams calling it home

Starlight Stadium has been the home of Pacific FC since 2018, and has been the site of some pretty important moments for the team, like this Aug. 26, 2021 match where they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
Sometime in the 1970s, what’s now known as Langford Fire Rescue responded to a large blaze at a Shell gas station, seen here. Current Fire Chief Chris Aubrey said the department’s job has evolved constantly over the 75 years it has been serving the community, always keeping up with the needs of the community. (Courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)

Langford Fire Rescue: 75 years of keeping the community safe

Fire service predates city, but has always been closely tied to it, grew closer after incorporation

Sometime in the 1970s, what’s now known as Langford Fire Rescue responded to a large blaze at a Shell gas station, seen here. Current Fire Chief Chris Aubrey said the department’s job has evolved constantly over the 75 years it has been serving the community, always keeping up with the needs of the community. (Courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)
18-year-old Sophia Adamek of Langford has signed with Liberty University in Virginia to play Div. 1 hockey alongside her sister Zosia starting next fall. (Courtesy of Sophia Adamek)

Langford sisters reuniting on the ice for U.S. university hockey team

Sophia Adamek has signed with Liberty University and will join sister Zosia next fall

18-year-old Sophia Adamek of Langford has signed with Liberty University in Virginia to play Div. 1 hockey alongside her sister Zosia starting next fall. (Courtesy of Sophia Adamek)
View Royal council has voted to remove a limit on the number of meetings council members may attend virtually each year. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal nixes limit on virtual council appearances

Council voted on Dec. 6 to remove the 3 meetings per year limit introduced in Oct. 2021

View Royal council has voted to remove a limit on the number of meetings council members may attend virtually each year. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
The City of Colwood has taken two new steps along its path to make the community more environmentally friendly. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood takes next step toward climate change goals

The city approved moving to the third stage of the BC Energy Step Code

The City of Colwood has taken two new steps along its path to make the community more environmentally friendly. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive brings cheer to Greater Victoria for 24th year

The convoy passed through Langford as the Langford Light Up event took place

Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford lights up for first time since 2019

The annual Langford Light Up event saw hundreds visit a festively decorated Veterans Memorial Park

The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)

Langford-based online grocer making shopping local easy

BCause launched with the goal of making local food more accessible, and easier for producers to sell

Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)
Colwood council has repealed a controversial pay increase narrowly approved by its predecessor and has directed staff to hire a consultant to redo the council remuneration review. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood council repeals controversial pay increase

Staff directed to hire consultant to redo remuneration review

Colwood council has repealed a controversial pay increase narrowly approved by its predecessor and has directed staff to hire a consultant to redo the council remuneration review. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay Secondary School shoots for 10,000 food items

The school’s annual 10,000 Tonight food drive returned to its full program Wednesday

The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)

JDF Skating Club enjoying success on and off the ice as sport returns to normal

The club has earned competitive victories and has nearly returned to pre-pandemic membership

From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)
Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Belmont students aim to hit the perfect notes at winter concert

Dec. 8 event showcases hard work of dozens of students in multiple bands

Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Santa and Mrs. Claus smile and wave to the thousands of people who lined Government and Douglas streets Saturday (Nov. 26) to take in the 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade, stopping occasionally to serenade the crowds with a quick Christmas carol. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Santa arrives in Victoria with 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade

Thousands lined downtown to take in the sights despite rain

Santa and Mrs. Claus smile and wave to the thousands of people who lined Government and Douglas streets Saturday (Nov. 26) to take in the 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade, stopping occasionally to serenade the crowds with a quick Christmas carol. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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