Tim Collins

Colwood firefighters Michael Poole, left, and Josh Pettigrew, prepare to heave a Christmas tree destined for the chipper onto a pile behind the fire hall last January. This year’s Colwood fire tree chip takes place Jan. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Gazette file photo)

Colwood Fire Service chips in to help

Service helps local charity

Colwood firefighters Michael Poole, left, and Josh Pettigrew, prepare to heave a Christmas tree destined for the chipper onto a pile behind the fire hall last January. This year’s Colwood fire tree chip takes place Jan. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Gazette file photo)
Youth rugby is growing at a steady rate as the Westshore club announces scholarships for graduating players. (Westshore rugby club)

Scholarships reward rugby players

Westshore club supports its players

Youth rugby is growing at a steady rate as the Westshore club announces scholarships for graduating players. (Westshore rugby club)
A group of brave swimmers go in for a quick dip during Metchosin’s annual polar bear swim on Jan. 1 last year. (Photo courtesy of Ed Watson Photography)

Take a dip at Taylor Beach for polar bear swim

A chance to wash, or freeze, away 2017

A group of brave swimmers go in for a quick dip during Metchosin’s annual polar bear swim on Jan. 1 last year. (Photo courtesy of Ed Watson Photography)
No one was injured as a truck ran a red light and collided with another vehicle at Sooke Rd. and Jacklin Rd. (Tim Collins/News Gazette)

Another crash on Sooke Road

No one seriously injured after truck runs red light

No one was injured as a truck ran a red light and collided with another vehicle at Sooke Rd. and Jacklin Rd. (Tim Collins/News Gazette)
Property disputes are often at the root of problems with neighbours.

From property lines to dead rats

Neighbour disputes are varied, yet common

Property disputes are often at the root of problems with neighbours.
Nik Carverhill has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2018 and credits his education at Pearson College for much of his success.

Pearson College inspires Rhodes Scholar

Time in Metchosin was transformative

Nik Carverhill has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2018 and credits his education at Pearson College for much of his success.
Children at Hans Helgesen Elementary pack mulch around tree roots on the school grounds. (Tim Collins/Goldstream Gazette)

A tip of the HAT to Hans Helgeson students

Program has taught about nature and responsibility

Children at Hans Helgesen Elementary pack mulch around tree roots on the school grounds. (Tim Collins/Goldstream Gazette)
William Head Institution, near Metchosin, has no manned guard towers but no escapes since 2013. (Wikimapia)

William Head fence debate a big deal out of nothing says officials

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns met with William Head warden Thursday

William Head Institution, near Metchosin, has no manned guard towers but no escapes since 2013. (Wikimapia)
Pastor Andrew Hewlett helps distribute fresh food at the Living Edge neighbourhood market. The program distributes free, fresh produce to the less fortunate in our community. (Tim Collins/News Gazette staff)

Living Edge program comes to Langford

Clients get fresh produce to combat hunger

Pastor Andrew Hewlett helps distribute fresh food at the Living Edge neighbourhood market. The program distributes free, fresh produce to the less fortunate in our community. (Tim Collins/News Gazette staff)