A look back at what made the news in Sooke in years past.
November 19, 1974
Velvet paintings go cheap in village price war
The price in Sooke of velvet paintings brought into the country from Mexico dropped from $20 each to $14 in less than 15 minutes Saturday as a mini-price war developed between Larry Olson of Sooke Furniture Gallery and Faisal Shawar of Edmonton who set up the outdoor display across the street.
Mr. Shawar began the day by selling the paintings for $20 as he had on Thursday. Mr. Olson, explaining that he was prepared to take a loss to meet the “no overhead” competition of Mr. Shawar, who was selling from a parking area in front of Seaview Pharmacy, set up his collection of Mexican paintings outside too, and announced a price of $18.
As fast as a Mirror reporter could cross and re-cross the street, Mr. Shawar dropped his price to $15 and Mr. Olson put up a sign announcing a price of $14.
At that point, Mr. Shawar shrugged and said, “Everybody’s entitled to make a living,” repeating his $15 price.
And at last report that’s how things stood as the business day came to an end.
November 21, 1984
Voter turnout only 9 per cent
Only nine per cent of Sooke voters turned out Saturday to elect candidates to school board and forum council.
Incumbent Horst Doniecki was re-elected to his seventh consecutive two year term defeating Donald Lassey and Sandra King.
Incumbents Lorna Barry and Rick Metcalfe were re-elected to two-year terms on the Forum Council along with Richard Beauchamp, of East Sooke. Paul Gleave was defeated.
Returning officer John Williams called Sooke’s voter turnout “the worst that I have ever seen.”
Regional Director Ray Nestman said it was “shocking.”
November 22, 1989
Recycling just around corner
You’ve been waiting for it for months and at last it’s arriving – recycling for the Sooke Electoral area begins Monday, Dec. 4.
Sooke recycling co-ordinator Chic Davis says he’s received many phone calls over the past few months from people wanting to know when the recycling program will begin.
“There’s a lady at Gordon’s Beach who keeps phoning me and saying if the program doesn’t begin soon she’ll have to move out of the house, because she’s got so much stuff saved up,” Mr Davis told the Mirror.
Drop box locations will be at 17-Mile House, Milne’s Landing and John Muir School upper parking lot.
November 16, 1994
Sooke teen to get bravery medal for rescuing dad
A 16 year-old Sooke teen has been awarded the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery for his participation in the rescue of his father after a hiking accident last September.
Reg Stratton will travel to Ottawa with his father Peter in December to officially receive the award from Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn at Rideau Hall.
The Medal of Bravery is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances, and are awarded by the Governor General on the advice of the Decorations Advisory Committee.
Reg was nominated by a woman in Sidney who had read about the accident that occurred while he was enjoying a day hike on Mount Arrowsmith with his father and friend Joel Hanson.
Peter ran into trouble while the trio were coming down from the top of one of the smaller peaks in the area.
Reg said as his father crashed into the rocks he slid about 100 feet down a narrow gap between two peaks.