A look back at what made the news in Sooke in years past:
December 13, 1989
Road work to eliminate “killer curves”
Regional Director Bob Clark says he has been informed by Highways Minister Rita Johnston that work to straighten out some of the so-called “killer curves” along the Sooke highway between 17 Mile House and Coopers Cove will come early next year.
First step, he said, will be a one-kilometer stretch in the vicinity of the passing lane east of the Klee Wyck antique store which has a high rate of accidents, including fatalities.
Mr. Clark said he had also been informed by the minister that the earlier scheduled four-laning of a section of the road between Dewdney Flats and the western end of the passing section would start early in the new year.
December 23, 1985
Bureau drive tops goal
For the second year in a row, the Christmas Bureau fundraising campaign has gone over the top, with a total of $8,603 collected as of last Friday night. The target was $7,500.
All told, Bureau president George Morton said about 140 local residents, exclusive of the students, were involved in the Christmas Bureau activities which included collecting food, sorting, packing and delivering.
December 11, 1985
Street lights are needed in Sooke
Const. Ross Davidson said the lack of street lights in the community made policing very difficulties and he said he was amazed that “to date a child hasn’t been killed in the Broome Hill subdivision on a rainy Hallowe’en night.”
Former Council members decided to invite the RCMP to make a more formal presentation on the need for street lights in Sooke at the next meeting of the Council.
It was estimated that 20 street lights for Sooke would cost about $2,800 a year.
December 22, 1982
Museum greets 13,000 visitors
The Sooke Region Museum had 13,000 visitors during the year, making a total of 45,000 since it opened in the summer of 1977.
Because of federal and provincial government grants, it has been possible for the first time to keep the museum open daily through the winter months. It will close donly on Christmas day.
Curator Elida Peers reported on the major project of the year, the construction of the new storage/service building, which is almost complete.
She said the caretaker’s suite has also been completed and the caretakers are in residence.
December 8, 1970
Legion L.A. News
Twenty-three members attended the December 1 annual meeting of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to Sooke Canadian Legion, with Mrs. Pearl Burton in the chair. Two new members, Mrs. Edna Fox and Mrs. Muriel Pearson, were initiated into the auxiliary. Applications for membership from Mrs. Ann Wilkinson, Mrs. Janet Underwood, and Mrs. Carol Brooks were read and duly approved.
Mrs. Gore, secretary-treasurer, gave a report on the recent bazaar and supper held on November 20. The amount of $332.08 was realized. The ladies wish to thank all those who brought in all the wonderful baked good for the home bakin gstall, and a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Mazer for letting us sit in the store with the Barbie doll and Knit Shop Raffle, which was drawn and won by Ivan Kennedy, Anderson Road.