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There is a 60-year reunion on Aug. 27 for all classmates of Courtenay High School in 1962. Photos supplied

Courtenay High School celebrating a 60th anniversary reunion for 1962 classmates

The 60th Courtenay High School Reunion committee is inviting all classmates from…

  • Aug 10, 2022
There is a 60-year reunion on Aug. 27 for all classmates of Courtenay High School in 1962. Photos supplied
Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)

Salvation Army collecting school supplies for West Shore families

The organization is anticipating a 30-per-cent increase in need this year

Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)
Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.

Moms search for ways to stop the harm

International Overdose Awareness Day event on Aug. 31

Sooke resident Melanie Cunningham and retired mental health and substance use counsellor Ben Goerner are advocates for Moms Stop the Harm, one of several organizations involved in an International Overdose Awareness Day event at Ed Macgregor Park on Aug. 31.
A candlelight vigil is set for this Friday (Aug. 12) in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Candlelight vigil aims to unite community

Taking place at the Evergreen Centre in Sooke, the ceremony begins at 8 p.m.

A candlelight vigil is set for this Friday (Aug. 12) in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Gordon Trap extended for half a mile when it was one of several enormous commercial fish trapping installations driven into the seabed each year between 1904 and 1958. (File - Sooke Region Museum)

Sooke History: Long-gone fishtraps drove fisheries

Industry was one region’s biggest employers between 1904 and 1958

  • Aug 8, 2022
The Gordon Trap extended for half a mile when it was one of several enormous commercial fish trapping installations driven into the seabed each year between 1904 and 1958. (File - Sooke Region Museum)
A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)

‘Early Christmas miracle’: Missing Peanuts characters returned to Oak Bay home

Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy safe and sound after eight months gone

A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)
Crowds perused the displays along Beacon Avenue during the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show on Aug. 7. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Residents stroll down memory lane at annual car show in Sidney

The Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show took over Beacon Avenue

Crowds perused the displays along Beacon Avenue during the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show on Aug. 7. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A Canadian and Ukrainian shared flag inside the village’s common meeting area. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Seniors home reopens for Ukrainian newcomers

Cook Street site is offering temporary residence for vulnerable Ukrainians fleeing war

A Canadian and Ukrainian shared flag inside the village’s common meeting area. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)
Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum as it opened to the public on Saturday allowing the community and its firefighters to connect and share a common history. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum as it opened to the public on Saturday allowing the community and its firefighters to connect and share a common history. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Historical equipment used by Colwood Fire Rescue is seen in the department’s museum, which will be open to the public Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood firefighters museum reopens to public Aug. 6

Firefighters on hand 9 a.m. to noon to guide visitors through artifacts, displays

Historical equipment used by Colwood Fire Rescue is seen in the department’s museum, which will be open to the public Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)

Sooke Fire Rescue looking for new recruits

Information session for recruits on Aug. 23

Sooke Fire Rescue is recruiting process for paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. The department is holiding an information session on Aug. 23. (File - Shutterstock)
Capital Bike’s Sticker Challenge is back for a third year and runs through Aug. 14. (Courtesy of Capital Bike)

Explore Greater Victoria by bike and have a chance to win prizes

Capital Bike’s annual Sticker Challenge returns for third year, runs until Aug. 14

Capital Bike’s Sticker Challenge is back for a third year and runs through Aug. 14. (Courtesy of Capital Bike)
Participants in the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa ride set off during a previous year’s event. (Courtesy of Victoria Grandmothers for Africa)

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa ready to ride again from Campbell River

Major fundraiser sees women 55-over riding 275 km down Island, Sept. 9 to 11

Participants in the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa ride set off during a previous year’s event. (Courtesy of Victoria Grandmothers for Africa)
Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

VIDEO: Musician brings sixth Oak Bay piano to life in Estevan Village

Musician unites community with pop hits in instrument’s inaugural public act

Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
The Royal BC Museum has launched an updated free exhibition celebrating the life and contributions of Ukrainian Canadians. (Courtesy of Royal BC Museum)

Royal BC Museum launches free Ukrainian Canadian exhibit

Exhibit adds current context to a previous display, runs to Jan. 6

The Royal BC Museum has launched an updated free exhibition celebrating the life and contributions of Ukrainian Canadians. (Courtesy of Royal BC Museum)
The Little Black Dress, a travelling exhibition from the Costume Museum of Canada, is on display at the Sidney Museum until October. (Courtesy Sidney Museum)

The Little Black Dress: Evolution of iconic fashion garment explored in Sidney exhibit

Little Black Dress display on loan from Costume Museum of Canada through Oct. 3

The Little Black Dress, a travelling exhibition from the Costume Museum of Canada, is on display at the Sidney Museum until October. (Courtesy Sidney Museum)
Market Square in downtown Victoria, as seen from the southwest corner. (Don Denton/News Staff)

Best of the City: Victoria Squared – gathering places through the years

Victoria is a city famous for domed copper roofs, hotels with ballrooms,…

  • Aug 7, 2022
Market Square in downtown Victoria, as seen from the southwest corner. (Don Denton/News Staff)
Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)

Familiar face arrives at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Former chamber head Denny Warner installed as new executive director at the centre

Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)