Back in 2009

Looking Back July 9, 2014

A brief look through the archives and what made the mews in the Sooke area in years past

  • Jul. 9, 2014 2:00 p.m.

A brief look through some of the stories that made the news in years past.

July 15, 2009

Porta-potty may have to exit Sk8 park

It seems there is no publicly accessible amenity that can be put in place that cannot, or will not, eventually be vandalized.

In the case of the Sooke Skate Park on Throup Road, a portable washroom added for the convenience of park users has been repeatedly mistreated to the point where its removal has to be considered. Alternatives could be left to the imagination of park users.

The issue falls under the umbrella of SEAPARC, and manager Larry Hutchings says he had heard from the commission that the porta-potty may be on the way to removal.

As is most often the case, it seems the majority of park users will possibly suffer for the actions of a few.

July 14, 2004

Mayor, welfare advocate concerned about needy

The cost-saving decision to close Sooke’s welfare office in 2002, then two years later shut the nearest centre in Langford, hasn’t been as seamless as government officials predicted.

The March closing of the Ministry of Human Resources office on Goldstream Ave. has forced clients from Port Renfrew to East Sooke to travel to four different Victoria offices, depending on their category (income assistance, single parents, disability, and persistent multiple barriers).

At the time, a ministry spokesperson said most clients’ business can be done over the phone.

But the ding-a-ling isn’t foolproof.

“There has been a few concerns with people falling through the cracks,” said Sooke Mayor Janet Evans.” Some are getting very frustrated.”

Evans knows of people who have had to take time off work to go downtown for an appointment with their worker.

July 14, 1999

Sooke landmark up in smoke

The fire that gutted the landmark Milne’s Landing Store Friday was the second grease fire to break out in the hamburger stand’s kitchen area in recent months.

Milne’s Landing staff and Sooke volunteer firefighters were able to quickly extinguish an April 11 fire which broke out in one of the popular fast food outlet’s deep fryers, but could do little to contain Friday’s blaze.

Sooke fire department Captain Steve Sorensen said the two fires were unrelated.

This fire quickly spread to the rest of the 56-year old structure, which is home to a convenience store, fast-food outlet and gift store.

July 13, 1994

It started as a big community picnic

On July 25, 1934, the people of Sooke gave birth to one of the most enduring community events of its kind.

It was billed a celebration of Sooke progress and a commemoration of the 70 anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Sooke River.

Volunteers were recruited to construct booths and picnic tables.

The event was so successful it began bringing in people from all over, and soon the tiny-but-growing logging and fishing community of Sooke was attracting crowds of 10,000 to 12,000.

Like the Scottish broom, the event took root and never let go. Very quickly, it was All Sooke Day. It was the logger sports that captured everybody’s attention.

FACT: Funds from the first All Sooke Days build the Sooke Community Hall, the best-used building in Sooke, back in 1937.

July 12, 1989

Whale of a job

It’s been a whale of a job, but it’s finally over.

The 35-foot grey whale that washed up on the beach near Beechey Head has been returned to the deep — 40 feet deep under the waters of the Sooke Basin, near Goodridge Island, to have its bones picked clean by underwater creatures over the next 12 months.

Edward Milne community school coordinator Phoebe Dunbar, who masterminded the whole whale salvage operation, said she was “really relieved” when the rotting body of the giant whale sank beneath the waves for the last time. “It’s been quite a job,” she said.

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