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Central Saanich firefighters will be back in action in Centennial Park this Halloween with their annual bonfire and fireworks display. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Central Saanich firefighters igniting Halloween fun

Annual bonfire, fireworks back this Sunday in Centennial Park

Central Saanich firefighters will be back in action in Centennial Park this Halloween with their annual bonfire and fireworks display. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
An old picture depicts a crews line painting on the Malahat in 1950. It has been 110 years since what is now a highway was originally paved. (BC Transportation/Twitter)

Throwback Thursday: 110 years since crews paved the Malahat

From cattle trail to wagon road to major artery, the Malahat has transformed over the years

An old picture depicts a crews line painting on the Malahat in 1950. It has been 110 years since what is now a highway was originally paved. (BC Transportation/Twitter)
Veterinarian Deborah Lambert has signed a book deal to publish her Son of Man Series. The first book was released in September. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

A Writer’s Passion: Sooke author Deborah Lambert publishing first of six-book series

Author ekes out time between being a mom and owning the Sooke Veterinary Hospital

Veterinarian Deborah Lambert has signed a book deal to publish her Son of Man Series. The first book was released in September. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Jacques Sirois, a longtime advocate for migratory birds in Greater Victoria, says Cadboro Bay has been a particular challenge with off-leash dogs. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Federal study on Greater Victoria migratory bird sanctuaries expected in new year

Advocate happy to see off-leash dogs forced off beaches along migratory bird sanctuary

Jacques Sirois, a longtime advocate for migratory birds in Greater Victoria, says Cadboro Bay has been a particular challenge with off-leash dogs. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Curtis Robinson sitting in front of his yard, in the past, the display has attracted more than 200 visitors on Halloween night. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Meet the Robinsons: Come one, come all, to spooky Sewell Road in Colwood

Triangle Mountain home features dinosaurs, 12-foot-tall skeleton

Curtis Robinson sitting in front of his yard, in the past, the display has attracted more than 200 visitors on Halloween night. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Agriculture Minister Lana Popham presents Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Rashleigh and nephew Peter Bryce Rashleigh with a Century Farm and Ranch Award. (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries)

Central Saanich family recognized for century of farming

Since 1936, Rashleigh family farms have provided food for the Peninsula and beyond

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham presents Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Rashleigh and nephew Peter Bryce Rashleigh with a Century Farm and Ranch Award. (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries)
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What’s On This Weekend In Sooke

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

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The dragon was Ross’ first decoration. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Spooky Sooke Road house has a community feel

Ross says the support has motivating her to keep expanding the decorations

The dragon was Ross’ first decoration. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Brandon Williamson, who graduated two years ago with a biology degree from the University of Victoria checks out caddisfly larvae found in Bowker Creek in Oak Bay. (Gerald Harris photo)
Brandon Williamson, who graduated two years ago with a biology degree from the University of Victoria checks out caddisfly larvae found in Bowker Creek in Oak Bay. (Gerald Harris photo)
Oak Bay residents aren’t holding back for Halloween as most traditional community events are on hold again for 2021. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria residents deck the halls for Halloween

Oak Bay’s traditional community events cancelled for second consecutive year

Oak Bay residents aren’t holding back for Halloween as most traditional community events are on hold again for 2021. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Saanich police Const. Eric Misener is dedicated to creating a more inclusionary community in Saanich through the Safe Place program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police officer helping boost safety and inclusion for marginalized communities

Const. Eric Misener honoured for bringing Safe Place program to Saanich

Saanich police Const. Eric Misener is dedicated to creating a more inclusionary community in Saanich through the Safe Place program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria trails light up for post-Halloween walk in Summit Park

Organizers encourage visitors to help fund pumpkin removal for composting

Bring your pumpkins to Summit Park in Victoria on Nov. 1 for a family oriented post-Halloween walk. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Community Choir is recruiting new members, as well as seeking a new director in anticipation of singing again in 2022. (Contributed - Sooke Community Choir)

After pandemic pause, Sooke choral group making joyful return

It’s time to sing again, says Sooke Community Choir

  • Oct 25, 2021
The Sooke Community Choir is recruiting new members, as well as seeking a new director in anticipation of singing again in 2022. (Contributed - Sooke Community Choir)
The Langford Fire Rescue team was busy last Halloween handing out heaps of candy during its first-ever Halloween drive-thru event. (Black Press Media file photo)

Halloween Roundup: Community events make the most of the spooky season

Organizations hosting modified events to celebrate the season

The Langford Fire Rescue team was busy last Halloween handing out heaps of candy during its first-ever Halloween drive-thru event. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart coaches Victoria High School’s poetry slam team. (File contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)

City of Victoria seeks 2022 Youth Poet Laureate applications

The successful youth candidate from the CRD or Gulf Islands will be involved in city arts activities

Former City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Neko Smart coaches Victoria High School’s poetry slam team. (File contributed/ Jeremy Loveday)
Mushrooms sprout near Quadra Heights Playground in Victoria. Learn more about those growing in the region at the The annual South Vancouver Island Mycological Society annual mushroom show on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Fungi get sorted during annual south Vancouver Island mushroom show

Residents invited to collect, bring species along for identification

Mushrooms sprout near Quadra Heights Playground in Victoria. Learn more about those growing in the region at the The annual South Vancouver Island Mycological Society annual mushroom show on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Christmas light parades and a variety of holiday events will resume this year in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Holiday celebrations return to Greater Victoria, lighting up the community

Annual lights festivals and parades are a marker of holiday tradition

Christmas light parades and a variety of holiday events will resume this year in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ted Simmons is a volunteer park steward for the CRD and Elk-Beaver Lake Equestrian Society and is described by his colleagues as the ultimate horse whisperer. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Ted Simmons is a volunteer park steward for the CRD and Elk-Beaver Lake Equestrian Society and is described by his colleagues as the ultimate horse whisperer. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Goldstream Food Bank president and volunteer Gayle Ireland stands beside the meat pasta shelf with one of the sole cans left over following the Sept. 14 distribution. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Goldstream Food Bank in need of children’s snacks

Non-essential items requested to help West Shore clients get through their week

Goldstream Food Bank president and volunteer Gayle Ireland stands beside the meat pasta shelf with one of the sole cans left over following the Sept. 14 distribution. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Former University of Victoria soccer star Simon Keith has put his name, as has the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, on a new scholarship for UVic student-athletes who have undergone an organ transplant or donated. (Facebook/Simon Keith)

Simon Keith award created for UVic students who have given or received an organ

Former UVic student and pro soccer player has now undergone two heart transplants

Former University of Victoria soccer star Simon Keith has put his name, as has the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, on a new scholarship for UVic student-athletes who have undergone an organ transplant or donated. (Facebook/Simon Keith)