A trip through the Sooke News Mirror archives:
Jan. 15, 1986
We need 80 street lights in Sooke
A minimum of 80 street lights are needed to make the streets of Sooke safe, according to the Sooke detachment of the RCMP.
St. Bob Baker and Const. Ross Davidson, in a joint presentation to the Sooke Forum Council said: “We feel that it is just a matter of time before there is a tragic pedestrian accident or serious crime due to the lack of lighting on our streets.”
The officers said Port Renfrew, with a fraction of the population of Sooke has six more street lights than Sooke’s nine, while Jordan River, with five lights, has almost as many as Sooke.
Jan. 14, 1998
Sooke beckons to business with industrial parks
Sooke may soon see an influx of industry to the area and much needed jobs that come with it.
Richard and Marilyn Andreychuk are now selling lots at an industrial park subdivision.
In addition, the Sooke Renfrew Forestry Society is pushing hard to create a value added forest centre on Crown land.
The Andreychuks have recently listed seven lots, ranging in size from .370.88 acres, at their Sooke River Road industrial park.
The park permits heavy industrial activity.
“They can build trusses for houses, recycling, it’s heavy industrial, things that you can’t do on light industrial or commercial property,” Marilyn Andreychuk said of possible use of the land.
Sooke Harbour Chamber of Commerce president Lynn Kelly said the industrial park is a welcome addition to the community.
Jan. 14, 2004
Teenagers, fire department rescue woman from river
Sooke Potholes were the scene of a dramatic rescue Sunday evening after a lone female fell into the icy Sooke River.
According to Sooke Fire Chief Bob Kelsey, the Sooke resident, who lives close the Potholes, had been hiking by herself along the Sooke River Road side of the river when she stumbled and fell into the swift water.
The woman, wearing a track suit, boots and touque, was carried downstream by the very cold river water, calling for help as she went.
A pair of 17-year-old high school students from Victoria, out looking for a fishing spot, saw the woman fall in. They knew where she was because they heard her cries.
Ryland Bennett and Dave Gill jumped into the river further upstream because in the spot where the woman was clinging, the bush was too rough, the current too swift and the water was waist deep.
Bennett, an Oak Bay high school student, led the 43-year-old woman to the Phillips Road side of the river because reaching the original side wasn’t possible due to the dense brush and lack of shoreline. Gill followed.
Jan. 16, 2008
Seniors to lose care home
Eighty-one-year-old Alvin Gauley has had his share of grief. Last fall his wife of 61 years died and a few months later he suffered a heart attack.
After a couple of months at a Cowichan hospital, he found a beautiful care facility in Sooke at the Eagles Bluff Lodge.
It was everything his family was looking for.
He has only been a resident at the lodge a month-and-a-half, but his grandson, Jay Bessembinders, said his grandfather felt it was “like a home.”
Now, he and 10 other elderly residents, between the ages of 80-94, will be looking for a new home.
The elderly residents of the private intermediate care facility on McMillan Road in the Whiffin Spit area were told they would have to be out by the end of February.
“We were just getting him settled and someone is tugging the rug out from under our feet,” said Bessembinders.