COLUMN: Voices need to tune up for a little yodel-ay-ee-oooo

This week's column looks at the smaller, yet just as interesting details about some of the local politicians.

YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO … Do do you know how to yodel? If so, the Sooke Historical Society would love to hear from you for a project its working on.

This town’s John Farmer has apparently declined the offer.

UP, UP AND AWAY … Conservative candidate Shari Lukens is taking her campaign to new heights.

Commuters driving along the Colwood Crawl recently looked up to see a drone carrying a banner promoting Lukens’ election campaign.

It’s likely the first time ever a politician has used a drone for advertising in a federal campaign.

A HURLING MLA … Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan found a new sport while visiting Ireland this summer.

Hurling, the national game of Ireland, resembles both field hockey and lacrosse with a a shorter stick and oval blade.

Horgan saw a semifinal game between Galway and Tipperary in a stadium filled with 80,000 screaming Irishmen.

“It was fantastic. It was so exciting,” he says. Now Horgan uses his spare time scouring the Internet for more games.

IT’S IN MY JOB DESCRIPTION … CRD Juan de Fuca director Mike Hicks put an interview on hold with the News Mirror a few weeks ago because he had to replace a vandalized sign at Bluberry Flats, near Shirley, before visiting his “newspaper friends.”

It seems Hicks put the Do Not Litter sign a few years ago and when it was vandalized he felt obligated to replace it.

MAYOR OF LEGOLAND … Maja Tait is not only the mayor of Sooke, but a small Lego village that she and her husband Alec have built together.

And what a busy little village it is! It comes complete with people-packed avenues that include picturesque stores, cafes and restaurants, as well as beautiful (and highly-detailed) European-style duplexes.

Surprised? Well, consider Tait is in fact half Danish on her father’s side, meaning Lego (or “leg godt” which means build well in Danish) pretty much runs in her veins.

BRING ON THE CASH … Coun. Brenda Parkinson, like the rest of us, is very interested in what happens in this Monday’s federal election.

For Parkinson, it’s all about sidewalks.

District council has been peppered by merchants on West Coast Road asking why there section of town can’t get sidewalks too.

Parkinson said if we vote the right way, that may come sooner rather than later.

“If our new MP is part of government, I think we’ll get lots of money,” she quipped.

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Kevin Laird is editor of the Sooke News Mirror. He can reached by email at klaird@blackpress.ca or by phone at 250-642-5752.