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Monterey Middle School principal Ken Andrews with the wooly mammoth onesie he will wear when he sleeps on the roof of the school, but only if the student-led fundraising campaign can also reach $6,500 by Remembrance Day. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Monterey students help principal reach new heights

Principal to sleep overnight on roof as incentive for school fundraiser

Monterey Middle School principal Ken Andrews with the wooly mammoth onesie he will wear when he sleeps on the roof of the school, but only if the student-led fundraising campaign can also reach $6,500 by Remembrance Day. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A small, brown diary that once belonged to Lt. Owen Talbot Aspray was donated to the Saanich Archives in 2019 and added to a growing collection of his possessions. (Photo courtesy Suzanne Hervieux)

Wartime diary of early Greater Victoria resident depicts life during First World War

Soldier’s journal ‘a fantastic addition’ to Saanich Remembers World War One project, archivist says

A small, brown diary that once belonged to Lt. Owen Talbot Aspray was donated to the Saanich Archives in 2019 and added to a growing collection of his possessions. (Photo courtesy Suzanne Hervieux)
The JDRF Rockin’ For Research virtual gala raised over $720,000 in support of type 1 diabetes research. (Photo courtesy of JDRF Canada)

JDRF Rockin’ For Research a virtual life-saver

Virtual gala raises over $720,000 for type 1 diabetes research

The JDRF Rockin’ For Research virtual gala raised over $720,000 in support of type 1 diabetes research. (Photo courtesy of JDRF Canada)
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The "Chalk Fairy"
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The Victoria Shoah Project is hosting a virtual commemoration of Kristallnacht on Nov. 9. (Facebook/Victoria Shoah Project)

Victoria Shoah Project holds virtual commemoration of Kristallnacht

Jewish community remembers day of violence, holds hope for shalom

The Victoria Shoah Project is hosting a virtual commemoration of Kristallnacht on Nov. 9. (Facebook/Victoria Shoah Project)
Victoria-based artist Paul Archer poses with one of his striking images of a veteran. Completing such paintings has become a November tradition. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Paul Archer, a Victoria-based artist, tries to paint one Remembrance Day piece each year in November. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Touching scene with veteran inspires Victoria artist to paint Remembrance Day series

Paul Archer has painted a veteran each November for the past four years

Victoria-based artist Paul Archer poses with one of his striking images of a veteran. Completing such paintings has become a November tradition. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Paul Archer, a Victoria-based artist, tries to paint one Remembrance Day piece each year in November. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Local Indigenous artist, IceBear’s latest creation draws attention to the state of the world under COVID-19. (Courtesy of IceBear Studios)

Victoria artist hopes painting will boost frontline worker morale

IceBear wants to get copies of his painting into hospitals hardest hit by COVID-19

Local Indigenous artist, IceBear’s latest creation draws attention to the state of the world under COVID-19. (Courtesy of IceBear Studios)
Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick (right) dug into the soil to place a new sapling during Saanich’s Tree Appreciation Day event on Nov. 7. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich marks Tree Appreciation Day with mass planting effort in Mount Douglas Park

Nearly 600 new shrubs, trees a ‘significant improvement’ for park, volunteer says

Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society president Darrell Wick (right) dug into the soil to place a new sapling during Saanich’s Tree Appreciation Day event on Nov. 7. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Park-users enjoy a chilly fall day in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Colourful hearts, fall leaves adorn Cadboro-Gyro Park

Park-users enjoy a chilly fall day at the beach

Park-users enjoy a chilly fall day in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Cathy Gouk, of Cathy’s Corner Cafe, was given an $1,000 cheque to help cover the cost for her annual Christmas dinners. Every year, Gouk hand out around 450 turkey dinners for free. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke restaurant owner given cheque to cover cost of free Christmas dinner

‘It feels good to be little elves,’ says church group

Cathy Gouk, of Cathy’s Corner Cafe, was given an $1,000 cheque to help cover the cost for her annual Christmas dinners. Every year, Gouk hand out around 450 turkey dinners for free. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Silent sentinels stand watch at the corners of the memorial in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford during a past Remembrance Day ceremony. (Black Press Media file photo)

Remembrance Day in Langford a virtual experience this year

Goldstream Gazette to live stream Nov. 11 service

Silent sentinels stand watch at the corners of the memorial in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford during a past Remembrance Day ceremony. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Santa Day parade will be held at Edward Milne Community School on Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Instead of a normal parade where floats pass by, cars will drive by the floats instead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Drive-by Santa Day parade to be held at Edward Milne

Event takes place on Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Santa Day parade will be held at Edward Milne Community School on Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Instead of a normal parade where floats pass by, cars will drive by the floats instead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ben Molesky (left) and Mike Thomas, co-chairs of Sooke Christmas Bureau have begun stocking hampers for the holiday season. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke Christmas Bureau begins prep for holiday hampers

Organizers estimate spending $30,000 to stock up for those in need

Ben Molesky (left) and Mike Thomas, co-chairs of Sooke Christmas Bureau have begun stocking hampers for the holiday season. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
East Sooke always has beautiful sunsets. This photo was taken by Parvez Kumar

PHOTOS: Sooke residents snapping stunning sunsets

Submit your photos to editor@sookenewsmirror.com

East Sooke always has beautiful sunsets. This photo was taken by Parvez Kumar
Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, over four Saturdays leading into winter. The market takes place on Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke Winter Market makes return after four years

Market takes place on Nov. 14, 21, 28 & Dec. 5 at Sooke Region Museum

Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, over four Saturdays leading into winter. The market takes place on Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 (Black Press Media file photo)
Reverend Suzanna Bates (left) flanks 98-year-old John Bruce and 81-year-old Hazel Phillips Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney. The church is turning 100 years old Nov. 7 and will be celebrating by ringing the historic church bell 100 times on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney church marks a century with tolling bells Sunday

St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney turns 100 on Nov. 7

Reverend Suzanna Bates (left) flanks 98-year-old John Bruce and 81-year-old Hazel Phillips Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney. The church is turning 100 years old Nov. 7 and will be celebrating by ringing the historic church bell 100 times on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Saanich’s Remembrance Day ceremony will look a little different this year with no in-person audience. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Remembrance Day ceremony goes virtual

No audience at ceremony but livestream will allow community to watch

Saanich’s Remembrance Day ceremony will look a little different this year with no in-person audience. (Black Press Media file photo)
Project manager of the Metchosin Schoolhouse Bob Burgis (right), president of Metchosin Museum Society Pat Holloway and vice president Jim MacPherson will be on site Thursday to watch the 148-year-old building being raised for ground restoration. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Metchosin heritage building gets a lift

Happy Valley Road intermittently closed on Thursday

Project manager of the Metchosin Schoolhouse Bob Burgis (right), president of Metchosin Museum Society Pat Holloway and vice president Jim MacPherson will be on site Thursday to watch the 148-year-old building being raised for ground restoration. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Mike Gibson, a Saanich animal control officer, rescued four raccoons from a dumpster on Oct. 31 using a neighbour’s trellis as a ramp for the critters. (Photo by Mike Gibson)

VIDEO: Four raccoons rescued from Saanich dumpster using neighbour’s trellis

Mother, three babies ‘very happy’ to head back to the trees, animal control officer says

Mike Gibson, a Saanich animal control officer, rescued four raccoons from a dumpster on Oct. 31 using a neighbour’s trellis as a ramp for the critters. (Photo by Mike Gibson)
Dozens of pumpkins have found a new home along Veterans Memorial Parkway in Colwood. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Pumpkins pop up along Veterans Memorial Parkway in Colwood

Dozens of carved creations near Havenswood Park entrance

Dozens of pumpkins have found a new home along Veterans Memorial Parkway in Colwood. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)