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  • Spring at the Potholes

    ECO FASHION Local designer Jen Bell

    showed her fashions at Eco-Fashion Week.

    Page 18

    SOOKE RIVER 10KScores of runners came out

    for the final Island Race Series.Page 27

    Your community, your classi eds P23 75Wednesday, APRIL 18, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13Sports/stats Page 26

    Agreement#40110541

    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R$12.6-million towards Hwy. 14 roadworkPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The nasty part of High-way 14 will soon be just a memory and Port Renfrew will rock, so say Rose Bets-worth and Mike Hicks.

    On Thursday, April 5 itwas announced that work would begin on a two-spanbridge on Highway 14 at Sombrio along with 1.2 kmof approach road work, as well as another 5.4 km ofsurface deformation repairs.

    The cost of the project is $12.6-million and the con-tract was awarded to Wind-ley Contracting Ltd. out of Nanaimo.

    The nasty part of High-way 14, including the switch back will soon be a memory and Port Renfrew will be the one to benefit, says Rose Betsworth, president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce.

    Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Regional Director Mike Hicks says, its wonderful. Its as simple as that.

    He said they have done some pretty nice improve-ments along the road,

    including two electronic signs at the switchbacks. The terrible curves have been the scene of many motorcycle accidents, said Hicks, and this construc-tion will also allow people to haul their boats to Port Renfrew much easier.

    After this work is completed, the highway between Sooke and Port Renfrew will rival the high-way to Whistler for natural beauty and a first class rec-reational destination at the end. Port Renfrew will abso-lutely rock! Hicks said.

    The work will begin in May 2012 and the entire project finish in May 2014.

    Mike Hicks

    Director

    Its wonderful. Its as simple as that.--Mike Hicks

    JdF Regional DirectorPirjo Raits photoPirjo Raits photo

    The falls at the Sooke Potholes are a mossy wonderland. The falls at the Sooke Potholes are a mossy wonderland.

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    A surprise increase in the rate of pay for RCMP announced by the federal government has Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne won-dering where the money will come from.

    He said he doesnt know yet how much of an increase the district would be looking at but the figure nationally is $195-million. The RCMP will be looking at ways to save money inter-nally, said Milne, but they

    havent communicated any-thing to municipalities.

    There are two sides to the upcoming increase, one is pay raises for RCMP members and the other is increased lease costs to detachment buildings owned by the federal gov-ernment.

    It looks like a significant increase, said Milne. We are trying to assess what it will be. He said he thinks it will be about 1 per cent.

    What is difficult, said Milne, is that they were blindsided by the announce-

    ment and were not able to consider it in this years budget.

    Something else will have to go, said Milne. We may have to eat into our sur-plus cash to make up for it next year. He mentioned the $120,000 council contin-gency fund as a source to cover the added cost this year.

    If the increase is limited to 1 per cent Milne said he is not worried, but if the increase is $60,000 to $70,000 next year for lease costs thats another story.

    There are no options unfortunately, its frus-trating, were into it for 20 years.

    Its the long-term impli-cations that have the most significance and Milne said he wondered if they could operate on a zero per cent tax increase for the next five years.

    It sends the message to the community and staff that were serious, said Milne in regard to his com-mitment to cut costs and stick to budgets.

    RCMP pay raise will affect budget

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  • Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    The EMCS Youth for Change are holding an awareness fundraiser for the public on April 26 at Edward Milne Community School.

    The group of humani-tarian students are hold-ing their second annual fundraiser titled Love Your Planet. The event will be centred around the theme of eco and social awareness.

    According to Scott Rothermel, SD 62 com-munity liasion officer, the event will consist of educational booths to help the public learn about ongoing issues in the community. The EMCS Youth for Change have invited various nonprofit groups and non-governmental orga-nizations to showcase their work.

    Among many will be the Western Wilder-ness committee, TLC Land Conservancy, Ten Thousand Villages and Grandmothers for Africa.

    Well have some social awareness and well have some eco-awareness. Weve invited people like Wild ARC, who take care of animals.

    There will also be a live music component featuring Victoria art-

    ists JP Maurice, Georgia Murray, Kytami and DJ D Whiz.

    Arts and crafts activi-ties will be available for children and desserts from around the world, coffee and tea will be supplied by the culi-nary arts department.

    Its encouraging to see these students can look beyond their own lives and find mean-ing in helping people out. Its a selfless act, Rothermel said, adding the students volunteer their time, without any incentive other then to make a difference.

    The group of 25 stu-dents have fundraised for breast and prostate cancer, and have held a Red Hand Campaign-- which was a petition against the use of child soldiers.

    Grade 12 student Leah Kelley has been a member of Youth for Change since its incep-tion two years ago.

    She said the event is a good opportunity to realize some of the dif-ferent charities world-wide, and the multicul-turalism that exists in Victoria.

    I have an interest in NGOs that are going to be there and theyre something I want to be more involved in for years to come, she said. [The event] is a

    good representation of what we do.

    Rothermel said the event is a collaboration between Stick in the Mud and David Evans from the Rotary Club who is leading an effort to sponsor tuition fees for low income children in Panama.

    Proceeds from the event will be split three ways: to Youth for Change to continue their campaign efforts, to the Panama effort and to the TLC Land Conservancy for their protection of the Sooke Potholes.

    The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are avail-able at the EMCS office and Stick in the Mud.

    www.facebook.com/emcs.loveyourplanet

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS 3

    Up Sooke

    Thumbs Up!

    DONUTS!SOOKE PEE WEE C

    Boys fastball team fundraiser. Krispie Kreme donut sale on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    FIND THE DONUTS at various locations in the downtown core.

    CONSIDER THIS

    THE 10TH CONSIDER the Lilies Show and sale at St. Marys Church in Metchosin features the work of local fibre artists.

    THE SHOW RUNS until April 22, each day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. at 4354 Metchosin Road.

    75 YEARS OLD

    THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY celebration for the Sooke Community Hall takes place on April 28. Watch a retro video and take in the dance at 8 p.m.

    GOOD ETHICSTHE BETTER BUSINESS

    Bureau (BBB) of Vancouver Island announced the 2012 Torch Award finalists today. Local winner of

    OUTSTANDING ETHICAL BUSINESS Practices

    IS GOOD NEIGHBORS Fencing.

    Sharron Ho photo

    Spic and span

    The EMCS Leadership class held a car wash on Saturday, April 14 to raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation.

    Youth organize fundraiser

    Submitted photo

    EMCS Youth for Change want people to be aware.

    Home sales falter in MarchPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    March was the worst month for house sales in recent memory, says realtor Shane Fedosenko. And, according to him a lot of it had to do with the construction along Sooke Road.

    Basically, 99.9 per cent of the reason was the construction on Sooke Road it deterred a lot of people, said Fedosenko.

    He went on to say

    that only 13 homes sold out of the total of 220 listings in Sooke.

    He said Sooke sales are down 33 per cent. Last year sales for March totaled 19, this year 13.

    This is the worst month weve ever had.

    The monthly sales summary from the Victoria real Estate Board show 18 sales of single family homes in Sooke with an average price of $392,215, the lowest prices in the

    Greater Victoria area.The highest price was in Oak Bay with an average price of $956,747. Sooke showed six townhouse sales with an average price of $275, 333. One manufactured home sold in Sooke with a price tag of $72,500. The average price of a lot in Sooke was $146,633 with six sales.

    The road work on Sooke Road was expected to be mostly complete by April 13.

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    Knox seniors development gets go-ahead

    The Sooke commu-nity is in mourning after the tragic death of 15-year-old Nicolas Twiddy in a single-vehi-cle accident on April 9.

    Around 10 a.m. the allegedly stolen vehi-cle Twiddy was rid-ing in crashed into a power line sideways and flipped over into a ditch on West Coast Road near Park Isle Marine, narrowly miss-ing an oncoming mobile home. The pole was severed in half from impact.

    Grief from the youth community in Sooke was palpable. A memo-

    rial cross for Twiddy was recently erected at the site of the accident, and students from Edward Milne Commu-nity School were seen milling about school yards, embracing one another two days after his death.

    He was a really out going guy, he was really caring, said EMCS stu-dent Duncan Morrison. He listened to a lot of peoples problems, even when he had prob-lems of his own.

    Richelle Howland, who had known Twiddy for four years, shared the same view.

    If he ever saw you upset, hed push his problems out of the way to try to make you happy and to try to help you up, she said. He was one of the most giving people you will ever meet.

    Also inside the vehi-cle was 15-year-old Maria Forbes, and two 18-year-old men, one of them was Steve Living-stone and the other the unnamed driver. The woman was air lifted to Victoria General Hos-pital from the scene around 11 a.m.

    According to RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright,

    Forbes suffered from non-life threatening facial and internal inju-ries, and is expected to remain in intensive care for at least a week.

    The two young men were taken to hospital via ambulance. Wright could not comment on the extent of their inju-ries, but said both were discharged on April 9.

    The vehicle, a Chevro-let sedan, was allegedly stolen from Church Road around 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m on the same day.

    The driver, who is reportedly new to the area from Calgary, was released into police cus-

    tody on April 9 after receiving treatment at Victoria General. He spent the night in a Sooke RCMP detachment cell, and was released the following day on the condition that he will appear in Western Communities provincial court on July 5.

    Wright said police are recommending charges for possession of a sto-len vehicle. The investi-gation is ongoing, said Wright. He said the two passengers will not be charged as they were unaware the vehicle was stolen.

    Community of friends mourn Nic Twiddy

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    A public hearing was held, for a zoning amendment for the proposed Knox Centre, at the regular District of Sooke council meeting on April 10. The proposed bylaw, Bylaw No. 518, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (500-2) would change the zoning to CD11 to allow expansion of residential uses to for an aging in place seniors residence.

    The applicants are seeking to build 125 residential units for seniors and people with mobility or health issues. They want to also have the option to allow for various services such as a restaurant, educa-tional space, church worship and service, administration, laundromat, and a variety of other personal services.

    The public had the oppor-tunity to provide input. While most were in favour of the development and saw it as a necessity for seniors who wished to age in place, some had concerns about traffic, parking and the height of the building. There were some comments about the fact that a through road should be put

    in connecting Anna Marie and Church Roads.

    The developers originally asked for a maximum height of 20 metres but have since agreed to a maximum height of 15 metres with a maxi-mum lot coverage of 50 per cent as opposed to the origi-nal request for 60 per cent lot coverage. Setbacks will also be deeper on the front and flanking lot lines.

    The proponents agreed to a five metre right-of-way along the north property line con-necting Anna Marie Road and

    Church Road, but a connect-ing road was not requested of the developers.

    The developers are the Trustees of the Congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church.

    Mayor Wendal Milne said he supported this project for a variety of reasons and that the group had made significant concessions.

    We should not hold the project to ransom, said Milne. We need to work with our neighbours on this.

    If you want a growth indus-try its seniors housing,

    said Larry Rumsby. He did state that the infrastructure should be in place before get-ting too far along in the build-ing construction.

    Council considered the amendment, gave Bylaw No. 518 third reading and adopted it.

    Bylaws:Council rescinded first,

    second and third reading for Bylaw No. 391, Zoning Amend-ment Bylaw (270-53) for 2075 Otter Point Road. The devel-oper did not wish to proceed with the rezoning.

    Council adopted Bylaw No. 498 and 499, for 2139 Church Road. The property is being rezoned to Town Centre Resi-dential Zone (RS-1) from Vil-lage Residential Zone (R-1), and entered into a 10-year phased development agree-ment.

    District of Sooke council gave first and second read-ing to Bylaw No. 524, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (500-5) and will schedule a Public Hearing for the bylaw which will amend the Sooke Zoning Bylaw to allow secondary and small suites in all residentially zoned properties.

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  • 6 COMMUNITY www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    The Cancan dancer and the Chopper

    Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Two local elementary schools will be holding events geared towards environmental aware-ness for Earth Day.

    At John Muir Elemen-tary, various individ-ual classes will have their own green efforts like using less energy, not using paper, eat-ing in the dark, plant-ing plants around the school, and picking up garbage, said principle Stephanie Hedley-Smith via email.

    There will also be a whole school challenge

    to see who can use the least amount of paper.

    Earth Day has been sanctioned internation-ally for April 22, but school activities will take place between April 23-27.

    The kids thought it would be fun to have a competition, Hedley-Smith said.

    She said teachers usually hold different Earth Day celebrations for their classes each year.

    Ecole Poirier Elemen-tary School will holding a lights out event on the April 19, and regu-larly holds dine in the

    dark lunch hours once a month, according tovice-principle Sharon Schwartz.

    The school has an environmental group called Destination Con-servation consisting of students in Grades 4 and 5.

    They help with the recycling and theyll be the ones to make post-ers to advertise when were doing lights out, Schwartz said.

    On March 31, the Sooke community man-aged to reduce energy usage by 1.6 per cent for Earth Hour.

    Ninety-one B.C. com-

    munities registered for participation, andsaved 121 megawatt hours of electricity, reducing the provincial electricity load by 1.67 per cent.

    Earth Day launched in the U.S. in 1970, with two million Canadians joining 20 years later in the first international event.

    According to the Earth Day Canada web-site, six million Cana-dians and one billion people in over 170 countries participate world wide. Each local-ity stages individual events and projects.

    Earth Day is about awareness

    Growing up on Har-bourview Road in the1930s, the Hansen boys were a tight-knit bunch.Walking three miles to Sooke Superior Schooland general household wood chopping choresgot them in shape for the active lives theypursued as adults. The boys, Lloyd, Peter, twinsNorman and Arnold, the youngest Gerhart and little sister Irene were the children of Norwe-gian immigrants Sverre and Dagny Hansen.

    Their dad Sverre came to Canada in the1920s along with Her-man who settled onParklands Road. The senior Hansen broth-ers were fallers and got jobs with Elder Loggingat Muir Creek.

    This 1942 photoshows a school class of boys practicing a cancan dance skit for a concert; Pete Han-sen is second from right. The 1975 inset shows Canadian Chop-ping titleholder Gerhart Hansen leaving for Aus-tralia with the Canadianteam.

    While Lloyd, Pete,Arnold and Gerhart fol-lowed the family foot-steps and went into falling, brother Norman became a City of Victo-

    ria police officer. While Gerhart maintained hischopping skills he also became a fisherman,trolling for salmon. Arnold was featured ina Toronto Star article in 1982 that highlightedSookes volunteer activ-ities, especially the log-gers of All Sooke Day and Sooke Community Association, suggesting that Sooke was Cana-das volunteer capital.

    The eldest, Lloyd,earned a different claim to fame. Still a teenagerin the 1940s he was written up in the Vic-toria Times for having come to the rescue ofa woman in distress. It seemed that a Saseenos neighbor mother-to-be

    found herself giving birth suddenly andLloyd Hansen was called in to help. Unex-pected as it was, Lloyd had performed theduties of midwife so well that mother andbaby survived and the event hit the news.

    While he was a vol-unteer firefighter and served as chief, one of the biggest contribu-tions Gerhart made to his community was his50 year commitment to the Sooke CommunityAssociation. He has been a director, presi-dent, and volunteer for all those years, besidesbeing a competitor in the logging sports, excelling at swing-

    ing an axe and power saw bucking. Workingright alongside Gerhart for All Sooke Day washis wife Betty, logging sports organizer, andtheir two daughters.

    One of the highlightsof the amateur video to be shown at the Sooke Community Hall 75th anniversary celebra-tion on April 28, how-ever, will be brother Pete. Who knew he had such public entertain-ment skills, as when he demonstrated the can-can skit he performed at school? When I wore a Tulip

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    Tour will benefit environmentIn celebration of Earth Day

    Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Local skincare line, Seaflora, will be kicking off its 10 year anniver-sary celebration with a wild seaweed tour on Earth Day (April 22).

    Diane Bernard, owner of Seaflora, will be host-ing a wild seaweed tour on the Continental shelf just off of Whiffin Spit.

    The tour site is one small portion of Ber-nards massive harvest-ing area, which is the largest on the North American west coast.

    I dont harvest here for food or for prod-ucts, she said. This is a beautiful classroom and I believe it should come under marine protection.

    The tour will take place during low tide, so participants will be able to explore at least half a kilometre off the shoreline to where the landscape drops off.

    It gives us a really nice opportunity to kind of take a look at what an ocean garden or bottom of the ocean can look like, she said.

    The first impres-sion the public has of seaweed is typi-cally a decaying mess

    left on the beach after the ocean plants are pushed to the shore by waves. Bernard has duly named this the compost pile.

    We would never judge a vegetable or flower garden by the look, smell and texture of a compost pile, she said, And we wont do that with my garden --

    the ocean garden. During the tour, Ber-

    nard will guide par-ticipants beyond the compost pile, toward a bed of sea grass, where an examination of hundreds of varieties of living seaweed will take place.

    In addition to a visual and physical explora-tion of seaweed, partic-

    ipants will learn about the plants anatomy, lifecycle, reproduction, and nutritional value. Information about how to harvest for individ-ual use and the impor-tance of value-adding natural resources will also be shared.

    Bernard said the B.C. coastline is one of the most expansive, with over 700 different spe-cies of seaweed.

    We knock the socks off the world, she said, adding the B.C. coast reigns over coastlines along France, Ireland and Chile.

    Seaflora is the only seaweed company in the world that has a USDA organic certifi-cation, which it has retained six years in a row.

    Our seaweeds are clean to a very high level of inspection, she said. The company cur-rently sells its seaweed- based skin products to high end spas and spe-cialty shops locally and internationally.

    In the past, Ber-nard has held tours for enthusiasts from around the world.

    The tour costs $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the Ancient Forest Alliance -- an environmental group aimed at protecting endangered old-growth forests in B.C., while sustaining forestry

    jobs. Any interested par-

    ties are to meet Ber-nard at Whiffin Spit at 9 a.m., and are advised to bring along rubber boots. Walking sticks will be provided.

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    Diane Bernard will lead the curious on a seaweed tour to raise funds for environmental group, the Ancient Forest Alliance.

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    EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorSharron Ho ReporterThe Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 112-6660 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A5 | Phone: 250-642-5752 WEB: WWW.SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM

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    David Suzuki has resigned as a director of his namesake foundation so it wont be the target of federal government attacks.

    This news is conveyed to me in a Globe and Mail report that is typically tilted in deference to Canadas most famous environmentalist.

    The usual assumptions are woven in: Suzuki is a saint. His every utterance is treated as scientific fact, even when its a left-wing political rant. The Conservative government is a front for Big Oil that has attacked environmental groups by reminding them that political activities are not eligible for charitable tax exemptions.

    In recent years, the David Suzuki Foundations campaign focus has been noticeably in step with the large U.S. foundations that fund most of B.C.s enviro-scare industry: first salmon farming and now the Alberta tar sands in all its exaggerated horror.

    Suzukis personal activities arent easily distinguished from those of his foundation, as was illustrated with his recent CBC documentary that demonized the tar sands.

    Diseased fish were displayed, but natural contamination of the Athabasca River was glossed over. Aboriginal objections were highlighted, while local support and economic benefits were overlooked.

    This isnt science or charity. Its tabloid journalism. Sensationalize,

    ignore facts that weaken the drama, play to peoples emotions. And he expects to be subsidized by the CBC and charitable tax exemptions as well?

    This news comes as I finish reading Patrick Moores book, Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout. I was one of many young fans who cheered as Moore, Bob Hunter and the other 1970s Greenpeace pioneers set out from Vancouver to disrupt Soviet nuclear testing, and then turned to the regimes slaughter of whales.

    In 1986, Moore split with Greenpeace and worked to set up a family chinook salmon farm. He said Greenpeace opposed aquaculture because it destroys tropical mangrove swamps. Tropical prawn farms have no rational connection with B.C., but a global organization needs simple ideas that sell.

    This approach was seen in an earlier 1980s campaign against chlorine in pulp mills. Greenpeace protests against dioxins and the herbicide 2,4,5-T were eventually dumbed down to opposing the use of chlorine in all industries, including production of PVC plastic.

    Pulp mills developed a way to eliminate trace dioxins from their production, but that didnt matter once Greenpeace had a global campaign going. They still used chlorine, so theyre bad.

    Speaking of chlorine, PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls, a persistent background toxin. Tests found levels three to five times higher in some wild salmon compared to farmed. But the wild

    salmon results were ignored in a 2004 study, used by Suzuki to depict farmed salmon as poisonous. His foundations salmon farm campaign quietly disappeared down the memory hole after its PCB claims were debunked.

    Moore highlighted another bit of greenwashing in a visit to Victoria last year. The vaunted LEED certification for green building standards gives you points if your concrete is locally sourced, but no points for using wood instead. Thats because the long campaign by major environmental groups has devolved to logging is bad.

    Heres the latest example. Greenpeace, ForestEthics and the Sierra Club were bankrolled by U.S. foundations to negotiate with the B.C. government, aboriginal people and forest companies for the 2006 Great Bear Rainforest agreement on the B.C. coast. Economic opportunity was delicately balanced against preservation, and First Nations gained new control of forests.

    Now the big enviros have begun campaigning against their own deal. As much as 50 per cent could still be logged, they say. It seems this particular green peace is bad for their business.

    Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

    tfletcher@blackpress.ca

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    No parkingOUR VIEW

    Parking. It doesnt seem to matter where you go, parking is almost always an issue. Whether you are in the city praying for a vacant parking spot or in Sooke it is an issue that riles and frustrates even the most patient among us.

    At the very successful Lions convention held at the Prestige Hotel, it was, once again, apparent that the parking at that venue is inadequate. In fact, every large event held at the hotel has resulted in parking along West Coast Road, which is unsafe and inadequate. It shouldnt happen.

    In our society it seems everyone still wants to drive their own vehicle. We rarely carpool and even more infrequently take public transit. We just want our own wheels.

    Parking at the hotel continues to be inadequate and something should be done. But what?

    The boaters using the public boat launch cant get their trailers parked without infringing on the public roadway and there arent enough truck and trailer stalls on a busy weekend. There has to be some enforcement in this area. Dedicated parking spaces for boaters need to be kept open and overflow parking needs to be addressed. Too much, it appears was given to the hotel and too little to the taxpaying public.

    There are also parking issues around secondary and small suites which are now allowed in all residentially zoned properties.

    One thing is clear and that is that council needs to come up with some solutions which are fair to all. When developments are approved, it is crucial that the parking issues be addressed, not for the benefit of the developer but for the benefit of our residents and visitors.

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  • Courtesy to cyclists

    Recently I have had occasion to cycle from Colwood to Sooke and return, both daylight and dark.

    I wish to thanks all the drivers who, with-out exception, show wonderful courtesy to me. All cars give good space while overtaking and on the occasions where I may slow them down they are patient.

    I am renewing my cycling after many years and have read many horror stories of cyclists and motor vehicle conflict. Not on the Sooke Road I am glad to say.

    Tony BroganSooke

    Unpatriotic editor

    I am angry and insulted by Pirjo Raits article, The case for branding Sooke on April 4.

    How dare she say there is only the fine arts show for a public event. I have nothing against the art show but it is a paid event that appeals to only a certain segment of the community. As for the All Sooke Day, I am tired of hearing about it. It may have been good in its day, but it is no lon-ger viable.

    Where is her patrio-tism? There was no mention of the Canada Day event. The small group of people work hard to put this day on.

    Granted, it is only a one-day event but it is free and there are things for the whole family to do. There was even an arti-cle about this event in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

    One would wonder if Pirjo is even in Sooke on July 1st.

    Pat BruceSooke

    Whats good for the goose...

    I also respectfully respond to Mr. Davies. Comparing apples to apples, SNM April 11, 2012.

    I have no argument about good building inspectors being worth their weight in gold, in Sooke we have two of the best. The fact is, that good employees anywhere in the public or private sector are worth their weight in gold. However, there is only so much gold to go around, so we may have to accept silver and enjoy all the other benefits of living and working in a smaller

    community.Other communities

    that you may compare with, have much larger economies of scale with much larger depart-ments. This generally means that although the various job titles are the same, the jobs and working conditions can be much different.

    As far as being unable to compare municipal jobs to the private sec-tor, of course they can, by comparing jobs of similar importance and value. Your organiza-tion have often made those comparisons in the past, i.e.: work of

    equal value.By using your argu-

    ment, it would seem reasonable, that a Vic-toria Harbour Ferry captain should earn the same as a BC Ferry cap-tain. After all, a boat is a boat right?

    Lorne ChristensenSooke

    The rich always get the most

    When I was a kid, or rather a young person, I used to wonder why it was that old people were getting the pen-sions, when it seemed obvious to me that kids would be a more appro-priate repository for all that free money. Kids made much better use of their time than old people. They appreci-ated time much more than old people, or rather, they devoured their time with much greater gusto.

    I was amazed to find that the clawback of

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    iWe asked: Do you have any plans to plant a vegetable garden this year?

    I usually do an herb garden and I do some patio things

    like my tomatoes and my peppers.

    Rebecca AndrewsSooke

    Yes, we really would like to if we can keep the deer.

    Linda BarnicottSooke

    No, too busy.

    Scott HendersonSooke

    Yes, I do. I think were going to put in a new box with a

    raised fence, so its easier on the back.

    Ev McPhersonSooke

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    Extraordinary volunteer: Laura SmithLaura volunteers

    from her heart; making a difference in the lives of others is her passion.

    As part of volunteer

    recognition month; SEAPARC is proud to feature Laura Smith. Laura is a well known Sooke resident who has been happily mar-ried for 21 years and is a mother of four.

    She volunteers twice a week for SEAPARC as a guide for our Com-munity Walking Group, where she leads walk-ers on various trails around Sooke, giving advice and encourage-ment on the way.

    Volunteering has been a part of Lauras life since she was very young. She has always taken joy from helping others. She remembers doing lots of volun-teer work for sporting groups and churches, as well as volunteer work at seniors homes and long term care hos-pitals.

    Once she had chil-dren, she found her-self volunteering at the schools at least twice a week and later volun-

    teering for the sports they participated in. She speaks fondly of working with the Bap-tist Church for four years as a volunteer in their Rainbow Pro-gram.

    SEAPARC manager Larry Hutchings gives credit to former pro-gram manager Lorraine Brewster for recruiting Laura in 2008 to lead a guided walking group.

    She has been one of our most enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers ever since, she is very well respected by our walking group partici-pants and SEAPARC staff, stated Hutch-ings.

    Laura has been active

    all her life, has a passion for fitness and is a true humanitarian. Laura is inspirational and has a knack and a desire to motivate people.

    She believes physical exercise builds healthy lifestyles and keeping active is key to long, happy lives. She finds the walking group very rewarding adding that walking is something most everyone can do. The trails they use have varying levels of inten-sity, so there is some-thing for walkers of all fitness levels.

    Laura takes great joy in getting people started on an exercise program and watch-ing them progress. She loves making a differ-ence in their lives and she does it well.

    Laura is adored by everyone in her pro-gram. She always goes above and beyond our expectations. SEAPARC and Sooke are lucky to have such a great leader in our commu-nity says SEAPARC Recreation Program Assistant Darcy Smith.

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    old age security money begins at a retirement income of $60,000 per year. I thought Old Age Security (OAS) was for the needy.

    I was embarrassed when I learned that some old people on a good pension with an outrageously generous OAS were getting bored having all that money thrown at them, and so they went out and swapped up all the low paying jobs that the kids would have had to take to live on.

    My question is: Have selfishness and short-sightedness become national symbols now, alongside hockey fights and beer and how about pension for young people? Eh! How about that rich guy?

    N.E. MacNabShirley

    Tell kids the truth

    Ellen Lewers (War on substance abuse of April 11, Sooke News MIrror) is right, lets just all join together to encourage our chil-dren to make healthy choices for their bodies and minds. She should keep in mind though that posing rhetorical commentary as ques-tions, however well intentioned, solves nothing.

    Lets start that by

    being honest about the counter-productivity of the anti-drug strategy, the illogic of criminal-izing health issues, and the damage lies perpet-uating it (the criminaliz-ing of drugs) has done. Lets not lead our chil-dren down the same garden path Whitney Houston and countless others were led. The outcome, for the most part, never varies.

    The reality is kids do need to be encour-aged to make smart, healthy choices, if, for no other reason than to be forewarned about the quagmire that cur-rently exists, and how it came about. In short, kids need to be told the truth about sub-stances, supported and encouraged by educa-tors, health care pro-

    fessionals and parents as is deemed appropri-ate (by the aforemen-tioned).

    Wayne PhillipsHamilton, Ont.

    I love your Gucci watch

    About people dump-ing things: I was walk-ing my dog in East Sooke, where I lived last year, and there was a pile of junk dumped on the next door neigh-bours property, which I rooted through.

    By the way, you peo-ple who lived on Sea-girt in East Sooke and dumped your crap on Seedtree Road, thanks for the $2,500 Gucci

    watch!Sharon Ross

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    Threat to true democracy

    Re: Criminals win dur-ing prohibition, Sooke News Mirror, April 11, 2012.

    In response to Mr. MacNab.

    I have to wonder what great leadership qualities you see in Ste-phen Harper and the Harper Government. Perhaps you enjoy their total disregard of unfa-vorable Supreme Court rulings or the secret nature of their govern-ing agenda.

    I wonder if Mr.

    MacNab has heard of Mr. Harpers desire to declare Canada a Christian Nation. Does that mean it will be open season to per-secute and disregard the spiritual paths of non-Christians?

    Stephen Harper has stated that we wont recognize Canada when hes through with it. His desire to parallel Cana-das social and political activities with the U.S. has compromised our national and personal security.

    True democracy has been tossed into the back seat under Mr. Harpers watch.Beware.

    Rod NybergSooke

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    Judy Burgess photo

    Local photographer Judy Burgess took this photo of a pair of eagles in a tree at Whiffin Spit.

  • 12 LIFESTYLES www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRRORKyle Dunn photo

    Readers Photo of the Week

    Kyle Dunn took this photo of an ancient vehicle during one of his treks through the Sooke hills.

    Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by Ellen Bergerud. Send your good quality jpegs to: editor@sookenewsmirror.com

    Community orchard gets grant for edible trees

    Learn how to plant fruit trees

    Sooke Food CHI was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from TREECanadas EDIBLE TREES program, a program across Canada sponsored by Loblaw and Taste of Nature.

    Sooke Food CHI was among 20 successful applicants, out of 200, who were recognized as being innovative and successful for its continual engagement of the community in its food production activities, such as those found at the Sunriver Allotment Garden and community orchard on Phillips Road.

    Food CHI will use this grant to support volunteers become knowledgeable in all growing and horticultural aspects of sustaining an orchard and harvesting the fruit. Food CHI hopes

    some of the volunteers will become orchard stewards and over the years help us create a most successful orchard to feed Sookes hungry.

    With the assistance of local gardeners, horticulturists and Sooke nursery folk, up to 10 mentoring sessions will be offered to the public at the Sunriver Community Orchard starting this coming Sunday, and closing with Appleloosa an apple festival in September.

    Soon an outline of the planned mentoring sessions and dates will be published.

    We invite any interested person to attend our first mentoring session. Become involved as a volunteer at our community orchard, or come as a learner and take home what you need to know to start planting your own back yard fruit trees.

    Upcoming events:EARTH DAY and

    FOOD CHI - making it happen Sunday, April 22 plant a fruit tree, learn some practical tips from our orchard mentors: Glen and Clayton - A free event.

    On Sunday you will learn how to plant some young trees and trees from grafts taken in the Sooke area last summer, you will also learn how to cane and tie trees, and develop interesting espalier frameworks. The day will be an informal workshop and a work bee.

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  • Festival in aid of Muir Creek Protection Society

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Its about the music two days of it. The annual Save Our Salmon Festival held at the Shirley Community Hall is scheduled for April 20-21.

    The popular event is an all-ages music, work-shop, food, dance and informational extrava-ganza geared to raising awareness and public-ity for Muir Creek.

    The goal is to try and get a lot more publicity, said one of the event organizers, Amanda Swinimer. Ever since the Juan de Fuca lands were handed over to Western Forest Prod-ucts for development, when the focus shifted, Muir Creek was forgot-ten about.

    Muir Creek is an ancient place, sacred to the First Nations peo-ples and revered by all who walk along the for-ested trails and enjoy the waters and beaches in the vicinity.

    The Muir Creek Protection Society has one aim and that is to preserve both the old-growth for-ests and salmon runs which depend on the creek and shorelines to survive. It has been described as An ideal park... in jeopardy.

    Before the concerted efforts at halting any development in the Juan de Fuca, the soci-ety was getting close to preservation of the Muir Creek area as a park. They sat at the table with TimberWest and they had politi-cians on their side. The focus just kind of slipped away.

    So, fast forward to April 20 and 21 and the sixth annual S.O.S. cel-ebration of Muir Creek.

    Back for the second year is a hot, groovy, spacey funk band Ses-sion Funk, who Swin-imer said is so darn good, they invited them back. They are joined by Mr. Fantas-tik and Jah Request, bringing raggae, dub

    and dancehall from Salt Spring Island. Kikeyam-bay with Alseny Michel Diallo bring traditional West African drums

    and dance, belly danc-ing goddess Jacqui Kerr plans to attend as does Tanya Devine with smooth, healing vibra-

    tions on the didgeridoo. There is even yoga for kids with Jacqui Kerr.

    Its all jam packed into the Shirley Hall

    along with good eats, beverages, door prizes and things for the kids to do. The bright red

    hall is located along West Coast Road about 15 kms from Sooke.

    The festival begins on Friday at 6 p.m. with two reggae bands, Arise and Safety Meeting.

    Saturdays events begin at 2 p.m. and carry on until 1 a.m.

    Advance tickets are available at the Stick in

    the Mud. You can pur-chase weekend tickets or single day tickets.

    All proceeds go to the Muir Creek Protec-tion Society.

    For more information call Amanda Swinimer at 250-818-4633 or visit SOS-Fest.blogspot.com

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com ARTS 13

    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTGet your groove on at the S.O.S. Festival

    Submitted photo

    A two-day festival is being held at the Shirley Community Hall to aid the Muir Creek Protection Society.

    Heather McDonald photoHeather McDonald photo

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    Jack and May come out to playOur Sooke Folk

    Music Coffee House this Saturday, April 21 should prove to be most entertaining as we present Jack and May.

    Some of you may remember them from the early fall of last year, when they did a spot at our open stage. Mays song about her romantic obsession with George Strombolopolis was a big hit.

    What do you get when a stand-up comic and a seasoned musician get together to form a musical duo? You get Jack and May! Jack has played in rock bands, jazz combos, duos and as a solo performer in folk and pop genres. May is a writer and stand-up comic who has performed her original songs since 2008. As a duo, Jack and May draw from an eclectic repertoire to entertain audiences in coffeehouses and folk clubs around the Island.

    Heres Jacks story:My parents loved

    barbershop harmony, and my mother also liked Elvis Presley, even taking me to see Elvis perform in his gold lame suit at Maple Leaf Gardens. So maybe thats why, at a Christmas party for the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (Barbershoppers), I got up and did an Elvis impression. It drove

    the pre-teens wild, even though I didnt even know how to play guitar yet.

    I had formed a rock and roll band playing local dances and performing such poignant tunes as Travellin Man and Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight? At a concert I mimicked Bobby Rydell singing and dancing to Wild One backed up by my

    band. I was performing folk

    music in coffeehouses in Guelph and Toronto, but it wasnt long before the enthusiasm for the folk era would wane.

    All this finally led him to Victoria, where he and May Brown hooked up as a couple and a performing duo.

    Mays story is equally as interesting.

    The newspaper review of my first singing performance describes

    how I strode onto the stage, walked up to the mike stand and stared at the microphone two feet above my head. I was five years old and I was supposed to sing a Russian hymn. As I began to sing, the audience fell silent, and when I finished, they erupted into loud applause. I remember looking out at that sea of faces and thinking, I could get used to this

    I grew up in Fruitvale, B.C., and I was swept up in the British invasion of the 1960s. My parents bought me a Suzuki guitar and my brother taught me a few chords, all I needed to sing and play the protest songs of the day. I left the music behind for marriage, motherhood and a writing career, and when I stepped on stage again in the 1990s, it was as a stand-up comic.

    In 2008, I picked up the guitar again and started writing songs, thats where I met Jack.and music, and as a duo, weve been having a blast. Please join us this Saturday, April 21 for an evening of fun entertainment from this engaging duo.

    It happens at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road.

    Doors open at 7pm with open stage at 7:30 and our feature at 9.

    Submitted photo

    May, left, is a stand-up comic and songwriter while Jack is a seasoned musician. They team up for a April 21 gig in Sooke.

    Neighbours helping diabetic neighbourSharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Friends of a local man suffer-ing from Type 1 diabetes have organized a fundraising effort on his behalf to purchase life chang-ing medical equipment.

    Dale Stewart, 45, doesnt remember the last time he had a good nights rest.

    I dont want to exaggerate, but its a nightmare -- its a waking nightmare. I literally am afraid to go to sleep because thats when most of the problems happen, he said.

    On average, Stewart is treated by paramedics after going into hypoglycaemic shock 10 times a year. Ninety per cent of the time these visits are paid during the night.

    Although his health is a large concern, Stewart places the priority on his four-year-old daughter, who he doesnt want to witness an emergency rescue scene.

    I want to be around for her and I do not want her to see the stress and drama of paramedics barging through the door with all their gear, he said. Its not about me anymore.

    Stewart was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four. He has since undergone 15 eye surgeries due to diabetic com-plications, and is on preventive heart and stroke medication.

    One thing that would provide peace of mind to Stewart, his family and friends would be an insulin pump.

    The small, battery operated machine delivers small amounts of insulin through a needle under the skin 24 hours a day. Accord-ing to Stewart, the minute doses of insulin allow the body to adapt evenly and smoothly -- a large improvement to seven or eight large doses of insulin via injection.

    The pump is manually pro-grammed according to blood sugar levels, which would still be done through the standard finger poke.

    It doesnt solve all my night time worries, but it certainly reduces the chances signifi-cantly, he said. Its not a cure, but theyre the next best thing at this point in time.

    The pump itself costs between $6,000-7,000, plus an addition $1,200 for supplies. Pumps must be replaced every five to six

    years. The pumps are not covered by

    provincial healthcare for adults over the age of 18, so friends of Stewart have arranged a fund-raising effort to raise $7,000.

    So far, half of the funds have been raised through the sale of a vehicle and garage sale.

    Having some really wonderful people put all this together and start the fund-raising effort on my behalf is pretty humbling, Stewart said.

    Heather Strange, helped organized the event, and has arranged for a $50 needs vs wants challenge, where residents are encouraged to forgo luxuries like daily lattes to donate to the insulin pump fund.

    There is a difference between having a need, and a want, so basically we put the challenge out to our friends and family, Strange said. For one month (April), lets just go and ignore our wants and just live on our needs.

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  • Finalists vie for concerto performance

    Sooke Philharmonic Societypresents the 7th Annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competi-tion for Young Musicians Sat-urday, April 28.

    The public is invited to come out and enjoy a won-derful evening of music per-formed by our five finalists, a showcase of some of Victoria regions extremely talentedyoung musicians.

    It takes place at the PhillipT. Young Recital Hall at Univer-sity of Victoria on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

    Each finalist will perform his/her complete concerto,with piano accompaniment.

    Admission is by donation.

    The finalists are:Ethan Allers Cello Accompanist: Elfi GleusteenPerforming: Saint-Saens:

    Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33

    Nathan Bomans ViolinAccompanist: Elfi GleusteenPerforming: Khachaturian

    Violin Concerto in D minorAlice Haekyo Lee ViolinAccompanist: Elfi GleusteenSaint-Saens: Violin Concerto

    No.3 in B minor, Op.61Andrew Kang PianoAccompanist: Ingrid Hen-

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    The winner of the compe-tition will perform his/her concerto with the Sooke Phil-harmonic Orchestra at the Celebration of Young Artistsconcerts in October 2012.

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Jen Bell was last fea-tured on these pages in February when she was getting her line of fash-ions ready for a show during the Womens Wellness Show.

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    She will take part in Eco-Fashion Week in the late fall fall at Rob-son Square and she will show her designs at the Sooke Fine Arts Fashion Show in August.

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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com LIFESTYLES 19

    Its spring and bees are already buzz-ing around the early blossoms. We gardeners are always on the lookout for bees and welcome their presence wholeheart-edly. But distinguishing one bee from another is generally something we dont think much about.

    Did you know that Canada has approxi-mately 800 species of bees and that roughly 70 per cent of these are solitary ground-nest-ers? Did you know, as well, that the primary purpose of bees is not to make honey, but to pollinate flowers? With nearly 80 per cent of all flowers relying on pollinators to transfer their pollen, its easy to understand why agri-culture is so dependent on bees the most important of these pol-linators.

    Most of us are famil-iar with the native bumblebee, which is in the same family as the non-native honey-bee, but not with the myriad other species

    constantly at work all around us. We dont know what they look like, where they live, or how they behave.

    Victoria-based bee expert Gord Hutchings refers to native bees flying flowers. Its his way of describing their evolution. He notes that each species has char-acteristics that make it especially suited to pol-linating particular flow-ers. Variations in tongue length, hairiness, jaw type and size, for exam-ple, allow different spe-cies to extract nectar and pollen from flow-ers of different shapes and designs. All native bees, however, excel at remembering patterns. They fixate on colours and on ultraviolet pat-terns on petals, which only they can see, and they internally map their nests and collec-tion sites with great accuracy.

    Because native flow-ers and native bees have evolved together over millions of years, they are perfectly in tune not only with each other, but with their

    climatic conditions as well. What affects one affects the other. Loss of habitat and use of pesticides are the main threats to their sur-vival.

    Hutchings is the guest speaker for this months meeting of the Sooke Garden Club. An entomologist who has

    been studying insects for several decades, Hutchings is a recog-nized expert on native pollinating bees. His presentation Prime Pollinators: Flower designs and how bees work with them will focus on our native pol-linating bees, their basic life cycles, habitats and

    nesting requirements. He will also talk about the plants that attract these bees and steps that can be taken to make private and pub-lic spaces bee-friendly.

    Please join us on Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., in the Sooke Legion Hall.

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    be held, and contest potatoes will be avail-able. New members are always welcome. Mem-bership is $15 for the calendar year and can be purchased at the door. For more infor-mation, e-mail: sookeg-ardenclub@yahoo.ca or phone Jane at 250-646-2573.

    From Hutchings Bee Service webpage:

    I predict that this coming year will be excellent for bumble bees. Around Victoria, our first bumble bees were seen the first week of February after a short stretch of sunny weather. With our mild winter, there most likely was a high survival rate

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    Westshore Town Centre Celebrates Earth Day Saturday, April 16 Westshore Town Centre

    Westshore Town Centre celebrates Earth Day

    Earth Day was celebrated Saturday at Westshore Town Centre as community groups and businesses came together to educate and entertain the hundreds who came to learn more about sustainability.

    Family entertainment, seedling and plant giveaways and face painting all added to the days events, while children had fun in the City of Langfords kids banner painting area, creating the banners the city will display on poles and lamp standards this spring and summer.

    The City of Colwood featured its Solar Colwood plans and introduced the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Chev Volt electric cars as well as their electric truck.

    Mad Science of Vancouver Island was also on hand and kids and adults alike discovered the cool chemistry in the states of matter and learned about the basics of air pres-sure. Scissors unexpectedly sizzled and carbon dioxide bubbles popped as the chilling properties of dry ice were revealed. All were amazed when a ball was suspended over audience members who marveled at the strength of their own lungs with these radical air-pressure experiments.

    Throughout the day, celebrations offered a chance to learn about the environment we need to protect. Barry Denluck, co-president of the Victoria

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    Jacqui Whiteway with her son, Mitchell Avery, at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce display

    Ashton Vine-Sullivan assists Mad Scientist Alena Koppova with a demonstration.

    Mason (L) and Riley Lidstone (R) enjoy Mad Sciences interactive demonstrations.

    Shelley Murray and Reta Harrison hand out recycled note pads during the event

    Vancouver visitor Estelle Campbell takes time to paint a banner.

    Nathasha Cook checks out the Colwood Community Green Map.

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  • In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Sooke Library Branch is offering a unique program that will create a memo-rable experience for everyone who partici-pates. Program host and local poet Wendy Morton will be the fea-tured guest poet.

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    The Sooke Pub-lic Library Branch is pleased to offer a new and original program, hosted by master poet Wendy Morton. Cus-tomers are invited to meet one-on-one with

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    Wendy Morton has published five books of poetry and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

    For more informa-tion, please contact Adrienne Wass at (250-642-3022 or awass@virl.bc.ca).

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com ARTS 21

    The King lives in Elvis tribute artist Steve Elliott will take

    you on a thrill ride rec-reating the raw and energetic charisma as the King of Rock and Roll! With plenty of hip swiveling action, strong vocal range, and a med-ley of authentic and unique costumes by his own private tailor, you will be mesmerized with his uncanny like-ness of the young King. The one-man show included a full band sound using computer-ized technology.

    The Elvis Elite show brings a fresh and thrill-ing experience to the greatest and most uni-versal performer that ever lived! Elliott will make sure that you see and hear something original in every perfor-mance he gives.

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    dian Legion on Sunday, April 29. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 and show at 7. Dinner is baron of beef and all the trimmings. All seats reserved, tickets are available at the Legion.

    Born and raised in Nanaimo, Steve Elliott had many artistic abilities before stum-bling upon his career as a singer and enter-tainer. His mother, a very talented artist of

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    Since then, Elliott has perfected his act as a tribute artist using the energy in the music of Elvis to express to a generation of all ages the memories and magic of the young king!

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    Steve Elliot brings his Elvis impersonation and music to a Legion dinner/show on April 29.

    National Poetry Month

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  • Historic documentswhich reveal new details about Vancou-ver Islands Scottish clan heritage have beenpublished for the first time.

    Two letters by Cap-tain Walter ColquhounGrant have been dis-covered by archivists at the National Records of Scotland. The Scotwas the first European not connected with the Hudsons Bay Com-pany to settle in BritishColumbia and is known for introducing cricketto the area.

    The letters were writ-ten in 1848 and 1849, shortly before CaptainGrant left Scotland for Canada, to the heredi-tary chieftain of his Clan, Lord Seafield. Cap-tain Grant was seeking permission to drum uprecruits from Lord Seaf-ields staff in Strathspey for the new colony and to name his property on Vancouver Island Mul-lachard after Lord Seaf-ields estate in Scotland.

    On a visit to the Leg-islative Assembly Scot-tish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop,will present a reproduc-tion of the documents toHon. Ida Chong, British Columbias Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

    Scotland and Can-ada share many deep and enduring connec-tions. For generations Scots have ventured to Canadas shores, play-ing an enormous part in building and mak-ing Canada what it is today.

    Today, more than five million Canadians proudly claim Scottish descent - many in Brit-ish Columbia. These letters provide a fasci-nating insight into the earliest settlement of Vancouver Island by Scots, with Captain Grant and the clansmen who accompanied him having a profound and lasting impact on this region, Hyslop said.

    From Scottish-born Sir Donald Alexander Smith, who drove the last spike in the Cana-dian Pacific Railway in B.C.s interior at Craigel-lachie, to James Dun-smuir, who served as British Columbias 14th premier and 8th lieu-tenant governor, Scots and people of Scottish heritage have helped shape the history of our province. This tra-dition continues today, as Scottish culture plays a proud and pro-ductive part in British

    Columbias diverse anddynamic multicultural mosaic, said BritishColumbias Minister of Community, Sport andCultural Development

    Ida Chong.Keeper of the Records

    of Scotland, GeorgeMackenzie said, These letters, preservedamong Scotlands national archives, show the vital role played by Scots in the develop-ment of western Canada and how they took sym-bols of their Scottish identity to their newhome. Archives give us an authentic link withthe past, reminding us of the long and historicties between our coun-tries.

    National Recordsof Scotland preserves Scotlands national archives so that they are available for cur-rent and future gen-

    erations. They adviseother bodies on the care of archives, andmaintain the National Register of Archives forScotland, which keeps track of archives in pri-vate hands.

    Walter Colquhoun Grant was born in Edinburgh in 1822 into a distinguished Scot-tish family. His father, Colquhoun Grant, had served as the Duke ofWellingtons head of intelligence in the Bat-tle of Waterloo and his uncle had been gover-

    nor of Trinidad and theBahamas.

    Grant became theyoungest captain in the British Army at the ageof 24 in 2nd Royal Dra-goons (Scots Greys).Following the reported loss of his family inheri-tance, Grant abandoned his military career toseek his fortune in the colony of VancouverIsland.

    Captain Grant was the first individual not sponsored by the Hud-sons Bay Company who purchased landand attempted to estab-lish himself on Vancou-ver Island. He bought 200 acres at 1 peracre, with the condi-tion that the purchaserbring five single men or three married couplesfor every 100 acres pur-chased.

    The land purchased by Grant was named Mullachard after the estate in Scotland from which he came. The property was sold in 1853 to John Muir, another non-companysettler.

    Captain Grant intro-duced cricket to Van-couver Island throughcricket sets he brought with him.

    22 COMMUNITY www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Clan connection tied to Sooke

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    A small excerpt from one of Capt. Grants letters sent back home to Scotland.

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    always seem to take a long time and a lot of effort to complete.

    Sometimes we might suggest that all the work and time is not worth it, but eventually we often come to the conclusion that the work must be done. No matter how much we love the 'way it has always been' we recognize that it is time to make some changes.

    Just as this is the case with the homes in which we live, so it is also true of the lives we live.

    Sometimes we need to take the time and energy to make some changes. As much as we may love the memories and the past, we also realize that it is time to 'clean up our lives' and bring some renovations and renewal to our lives.

    Just as we might ask our friends for their advice on what to do in our homes, or for the names of reputable contractors, it is good to get some advice for the personal transformations. The oldest guidebook available is the Bible (there are many excellent modern translations available that are easy to read!), and your friends at any of the local Christian Churches would be happy to speak of their personal transformations.

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    The Victoria News is looking for a skilled advertising designer to join our community newspapers production department.

    This part-time position is for approximately 20 hrs per week and requires the successful applicant to be pro cient in AdobeCS3: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat on a Mac platform. Experience in web design would be an asset. The position may require shift and weekend work. Creative design experience in graphic arts is preferred, and a portfolio is required. You are a self-starter, team player and are comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

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    The Victoria News is looking for a skilled advertising designer to join our community newspapers production department.

    This full time position requires the successful applicant to be pro cient in AdobeCS3: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat on a Mac platform. Experience in web design would be an asset. The position may require shift and weekend work. Creative design experience in graphic arts is preferred, and a portfolio is required. You are a self-starter, team player and are comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

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    All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest con dence.We would like to thank in advance all who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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    With sadness we announce the sudden passing of Lorna Gwendoline Ross. Lorna, Mom, Grama, Great Grama Ma, she was kind, funny, sweet, accepting and generous.

    Lorna was born in Shirley and graduated from Milnes Landing high

    school. She married in 1950 to Donald (Happy) Ross. Raising seven children consumed her earlier adulthood and as those responsibilities diminished she took on the care of a number of seniors in Sooke, Langford and Victoria. She was valued for her ability to care for clients in a non-judgmental manner and she did so with sel essness and humour.

    Lorna devoted enormous amounts of time to her favorite projects: the Shirley Womens Institute, TOPS, and the Sooke Fall Fair Society. Lorna could be found at almost every local craft fair raising funds for these groups sometimes all at once. She was acknowledged for her contributions to the community with the Sooke Volunteer recognition award.

    Lorna is predeceased by her husband of 53 years Donald (Happy), son Norman Mark, father Thomas E. and mother Lydia, her sister Margaret and brothers Mark, Gilbert and Charles. She leaves behind sons and daughters Thomas K. (Inga), Harry (Noella), Donna (Adrian), Kermet, Sarah, Cindy (Doug), grandchildren Linda, Melissa, Christa, Jeremy, Gavin, Elizabeth, Darryl, great grandchildren Michael, Abigail, Emma, Grif n and Kayla, nieces and nephews and her sister Dorothy Jane. Of special note Penny and Les Hillard, Chuck and Colleen Minten, Martha Moore and Amelia Anderson, Drs. Chris McCallum and Anton Rabien and Community Health workers Joyce, Diane, Cathy, Jan, Nicki and others who helped make her last years as independent as possible.

    A memorial will be held on April 21st at 2 pm at the Sooke Legion Hall.

    Ross, Lorna Gwendoline (nee Cross)

    May 12, 1931 - April 3, 2012Surrounded by the love of family and

    friends, Christina lost her valiant battle on April 13th, 2012 at Victoria Hospices at the age of 48. She leaves behind her greatest accomplishments and treasures; her children, Samantha, Joey and Jacob. Dearly missed by her parents Chris and Dick Wade as well as her siblings John (Donna), Brian (Bruce), Bob, Debbie (Peter), Clare (David) and Penny (Dennis) and their families. She now joins her late brothers Tim and Paul. Christina will also be missed by her many friends and Toto. Christina wanted to thank Dr. V. Bernstein and Dr. A. Cook for their love and support. A private family interment will take place in the Garden of Gospels at Hatley Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at Sands of Victoria, 1803 Quadra St., on Saturday, April 21st at 11:30 a.m. She asked for all attending to wear something pink. Donations may be made to Victoria Hospice in her memory. Please visit Christinas memorial webpage at www.sandsvictoria.ca for online condilences.

    LALIBERTY, Christina(nee Crosby)

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    Surrounded by the love of family and friends, Christina lost her valiant battle on April 13th, 2012 at Victoria Hospices at the age of 48. She leaves behind her greatest accomplishments and treasures; her children, Samantha, Joey and Jacob. Dearly missed by her parents Chris and Dick Wade as well as her siblings John (Donna), Brian (Bruce), Bob, Debbie (Peter), Clare (David) and Penny (Dennis) and their families. She now joins her late brothers Tim and Paul. Christina will also be missed by her many friends and Toto. Christina wanted to thank Dr. V. Bernstein and Dr. A. Cook for their love and support. A private family interment will take place in the Garden of Gospels at Hatley Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at Sands of Victoria, 1803 Quadra St., on Saturday, April 21st at 11:30 a.m. She asked for all attending to wear something pink. Donations may be made to Victoria Hospice in her memory. Please visit Christinas memorial webpage at www.sandsvictoria.ca for online condolences.

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    SPORTS

    Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    The Sooke Soccer Club partnered their season wind-up with an artificial turf fundraiser on April 14 at Fred Milne Park.

    According to Wendy Cole, coach for the U15 girls Tsunami and seniors soccer player, about 30-50 games are cancelled during the season due to field clo-sures.

    She said the fields at Fred Milne Park drain poorly, leaving them unplayable after a tor-rential rainfall.

    Theres a closure on them because theyre so saturated -- it just becomes a mud pit.

    In order to ensure regular practice time, the club spent $9,000 on gymnasium and field rental space this year. Parents shuttled their kids back and forth to Goudy Turf in Langford for practices.

    I think its a shame that we have to leave our area to be able to practice in facilities like that, Cole said.Is it feasible for the kids to go out there and the parents to take them out there, no its not, but it is a guaranteed site for kids to keep practicing.

    Sooke Soccer Club president Robin Saxl said maintenance on the field costs approxi-mately $20,000 a sea-son, with volunteers doing most of the work.

    Thats what we invest every year, keep-ing the field up-to-date, and come November, theyre back where they were, he said. Over the last few weeks we had to cancel so many games, and we cant practice. We had to rent fields in town to practice.

    Saxl said a turf field is playable in all weather conditions -- rain, shine or snow.

    The main thing is drainage, there would be no puddles, he said. You would not have the cut it, seed it, or line it.

    Field three, which

    has the largest surface area, measuring 8679 sq. metres, is currently being eyed for a turf field. The cost of the project is $1-million if the work is done mainly by volunteers.

    A penny drive for a turf field was launched, while youth from the Sooke Soccer club played year-end free play games.

    Cole said regular penny drives will be

    held on weekends, with locations to be announced on their website at : www.sooke-soccer.com

    Pennies brought into the Sooke News Mirror will be donated to the

    Sooke Soocer Clubs turf fund.

    Send sports tips to Sharron Ho at: news@sookenews-

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    Soccer club hopes for turf field

    Submitted photo

    A field at Fred Milne Park becomes a mud pit after heavy rain in February.

    The club currently spends $20,000 for field maintenance at Fred Milne

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  • The eighth and final race of the 2012 Front-runners Island Race Series, the Sooke River 10K, was held on April 15.

    Down from 359 in 2011, 352 runners and walkers came out to run the hilly Sooke River Road course.

    The temperature was again perfect and sea-sonal, with sunny and calm conditions.

    The weather was definitely on our side in this series. The time in brackets next to the finishing time is the 100M sprint time. The OA (overall winner) and his 1st Island Race Series win was Joel Deschiffart (16-19) from Bastion Running Club in Nanaimo with a fast time of 33:28 (16:06).

    The OA female was Julie Van Veelen (35-39) from the Prairie Inn Har-riers (PIH) with another fast time of 39:08 (24:07) and 16th OA.

    The top Male Master was Vince Brotherston (45-49) from the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) in a time of 35:12 (17:32) and sev-enth OA .

    The Female Mas-ter winner was Debo-rah Epps (40-44) from Bastion in a time of 43:01(22:82) and 74th OA.

    The Sooke Trail and Road Runners had 17 runners in nine vari-ous age groups and fin-ished with nine top 10 finishes.

    Our STARR sprinter

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com SPORTS 27

    Sookes runners place seventh in series

    Sharron Ho photos

    (Clockwise from top left) Sooke Trail and Road Runner Vince Trahan passes the finish line at the Sooke River 10k race. A crowd of runners make it through the final 400m of the 10k run. Crowds stand around waiting for arrival of runners. Joel Deschiffart, from Bastion Running Club in Nanaimo, is the first to complete the race, with a time of 33:28. Continued on page 29

    SEAPARC STAR SEAPARC STAR of theof the WEEK WEEKCongratulations to Madison Riddell for being nominated as our SEAPARC Star of the Week. Madison is a 5 year old who attends King sher Preschool where she most enjoys playtime and making crafts. Madison knows the alphabet and numbers and is learning how to print and read. She takes swimming and skating lessons here and can go off the diving board. She has been taking dance lessons at the Sooke Dance Studio and is learning both Ballet and Tap. She says that she would like to learn how to play T-Ball and Baseball someday. When shes at home; Madison likes to play with her Barbies, My Little Ponies and Dinosaurs. She has a mineral collection and is starting a feather collection (but she needs to keep it up high so her cat wont get it). Madison tells us that she is very good at swimming, skating, puzzles and games. We were told that she is the Worlds Greatest Big Sister and that she helps out with her baby brother by playing with him, tickling him and giving him lots of hugs. Madison likes going on trips and told us that she has been to Disneyland and likes camping with her family (especially eating SMores). She says that they are planning another camping trip to Lizard Lake and that she would also like her parents to take her to Mexico AND Hawaii. When we asked her Grandparents what kind of child Madison is, they told us that she is kind, smart, patient and outgoing. We would like to add ambitious to that list of personal traits because when we asked Madison what she will be when she grows up, she told us that she will be a Vet, a Doctor, a Dentist, a Professional Figure Skater and a Marine Biologist. Now that is ambition for you! Way to go Madison and thank you for being our SEAPARC Star of the Week!

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  • Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    A Sooke Boxing Club coach will be cycling from Colwood into town two days a week to train local fighters.

    Tony Brogan, 69, is splitting up his com-mute from North Saan-ich to Sooke into two portions -- first leg will be done by car, and the remaining half by bike.

    The dedicated coach will get out of his vehi-cle in Colwood, where he will get onto his bike and cycle down Sooke Road into town.

    So far, Brogan has been riding into town for about a week for practices on Tuesday and Friday, and all has been well.

    Its okay hills arent as bad as I thought they were , but theyre not as good as I hoped theyd be, laughed Brogan.

    The trip increases his travel time from half an hour to one hour and 15 minutes, which is good as the purpose of the exercise is fitness.

    Im going to see if I can get my cycle ability up to 100 km a day or more, he said. Instead of being an old lump on a log, Im going to blow a few flames into the embers.

    Fitness is not a new endeavour for Brogan, and neither is boxing. During his younger years in England,

    between the ages of 18-24, Brogan boxed professionally, earn-ing the title of Heavy Weight Champion in all of Ireland in 1964, Heavy Weight Cham-pion of Britain, UK in 1966, and Territorial Army Champion for the years 1963-1966.

    During his six year boxing career, Brogan competed in 87 con-tests.

    Brogan has been a coach with the Sooke Boxing Club for six years, and has contin-ued to commute back forth after moving to

    28 SPORTS www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Fitness fiend to bike into town

    Sharron Ho photo

    Sooke Boxing Club coach Tony Brogan will bike to gym hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from Colwood -- the halfway point of his commute from North Saanich. Brogan cycles along Sooke Road traffic.

    Sooke Boxing Club coach bikes to Sooke from Colwood for health

    Sooke Soccer Club Fundraiser

    Sharron Ho photo

    (From back left) Sooke Soccer Club player Chevy Alexander, 11, mans the registration, raffle ticket and penny drive table with Zander Randall and Kari Alexander on April 14 at Fred Milne Park for the year-end club wind up.

    Continued on page 31

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    We recommend that you bring a lunch and beverages with you, and please remember to dress for the weather. Also, the tour is not recommended for children under 12. Free parking is available. Visit www.crd.bc.ca for more info.

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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com SPORTS 29

    Peewee Seahawks lose close game of 10-8

    The Sooke Home Hardware Seahawks peewee football team was on the road again last week and faced the Peninsula Wild-cats squad in nail-biter game. Despite a Sea-hawks gladiator effort, the result was decided in the last play of the game as Peninsula scored a two-point safety to win 10-8.

    The Seahawks run defence and special teams dominated the Wildcats. Richard Innes had a 50-yard punt return and the Sea-hawks kick off team smothered the Wild-cats returners and nearly recovered a fumble. Defensive line-men Miguel LaForge, Ethan Agar, Aiden Wood, Tyson Bastone, Matthew Thomson and Richard Innes walled up the Wildcats inside run game, while lineback-ers Matthew Holmes, Tristan Gallant, Alec McKenzie, and Eddie George controlled the outside. The Wildcats has a strong pass game but Tie Boake made a key interception late in the fourth quarter to keep the game close.

    Jacob Arnaud scam-pered for a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Seahawks and Aiden Wood tapped in the extra kick convert (which counts as two points in the PeeWee division).

    The coaching staff is extremely proud of the team. It was the first time the team had played nine-man foot-ball - which was a result of Peninsula having too few players on the ros-ter - and they did it with a lot of class and heart.

    The Seahawks host their first home game of the season this Sun-day at 3:00 p.m. at Bear Mountain Stadium ver-sus the Nanaimo Red-men.

    By Tom Billings, Coach

    was Darren Laquerre with a 19:82. STARR fin-ished in 7th place of 34 teams entered.

    More STARR results: Ryan-James Adams

    (25-29) -- 60th OA with 41:44.; sprint time

    22:59. D a r r e n

    Lacquerre(40-44) -- 72nd OA with 42:57; sprint time 19:82.

    Claude Laforce (50-54) -- 118th OA with 45:20; sprint time 25:08.

    Jonathan Dvorak (35-39) -- 123rd OA with

    45:33; sprint time 23:07. Sarah-Mae Pyndus

    (25-29) -- 189th OA with 49:43; sprint time 26:06.

    Tara Poirier (45-49) -- 246th OA with 54:13; sprint time 27:77.

    Bruce Hawkes ( 70-74) -- 245th OA with 54:15; sprint time 24:71.

    Tom Burgess (70-74)

    -- 248th OA with 54:16; sprint time 35:29.

    Karen Way (45-49) -- 268th OA with 55:55; sprint time 32:53.

    Charmaine Munro (45-49) -- 273rd OA with 56:36; sprint time 25:53.

    Jacklyn Evans (25-29) -- 272nd OA with 56:37; sprint time 23:27.

    Desirae Meija (20-24) -- 278th OA with 57:00; sprint time 25:01.

    Vince Trahan (65-69) -- 277th OA with 57:01; sprint time 31:28.

    Ken Pungente (70-74) -- 279th OA with 57:07s; sprint time 28:77.

    Robert Oyler (50-54) -- 288th OA with 58:08;

    sprint time 35:51. Rintje Raap (70-74) --

    298th OA with 59:29s; sprint time 33:52.

    Steve Sorensen (50-54) -- 302nd OA with 1:00:00; sprint time 29:76.

    To all the STARRs who participated, run-ning or cheering in the

    Series, thank you. You are all awesome.

    By Vince Trahan

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  • It was another thrill-ing day on the grid iron in Sidney, as the Village Food Markets Pre-Atom footballers, aged 7-10, scrambled, clawed, fought their way to a classic contest with Penninsula Wild-cats.

    First year defensive ends Tye the tiger Linquist and Lightning Luther White threw blocks at players twice their size with inten-sity.

    Defence dominated the first half with Sooke led by third year guard Spencer-knock-em-down Logan stirring up the Wildcat offence, along with Caleb Car-rier.

    Malik Youla had a sack and recovery and nose-tackle.

    Extrordinaire Jacob Barney, Kaedan Rheault, Sian Cyr made moving the ball anything but easy.

    Linebackers and ends Jared Steele, Quinn Mac-donald, Adam Hughes along with free safety

    L.P. Gagnon caused four fumbles and two recoveries.

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    It just wasnt our day to score. Final Wildcats 13, Seahawks 6.

    By Andy Carrier, Coach

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    Pre-Atom Seahawks play WildcatsSookes young footballers make big efforts at Sidney game

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    The Sooke Pre-Atom Seahawk football team admitted defeat to the Wildcats with a 13-6 loss.

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    This will enable members to participate in matches with other clubs on the Island and Lower Mainland.

    Anyone interested in becoming a contes-tant must be physically examined at the start of the season, and at the start of any games.

    Brogan said the sport is extremely regulated, with coaches supervis-ing all sparring in the club.

    I think its a worth-while endeavour, because its a com-munity asset. A lot of people think boxing is brutal, but theres far less chance of an injury in boxing than most sports.

    With currently four to 10 regular members, Brogan hopes interest will grow.

    Itd be nice if we had 15 or 20 or even 30, he said. Theres lots of room for growth and enhancement, every-body should come by and try it out.

    The club is open to everyone aged 12 and up.

    A monthly member-ship costs $30 with a one-time $20 registra-tion fee. Drop ins are $5.

    The club is held at the Sooke Community Hall at 2037 Shields Road on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Contd from page 28

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    Scaling the MatterhornThe Matterhorn is a spectacular promontory above French Beach with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Beechy Head to Tatoosh Island, the north west corner of the United States.

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    HowsHowsFishing?Fishing?

    Just as reported last week chinook fishing off Sooke has been very good.

    Fish up to 20 pounds were being reported. I went out on Wednesday and had non-stop action pretty much all morning. The first fish hooked off Possession Point was a good one. Unfortunately the fight was short lived, only for Mr. Seal to take it when the fish hit the surface. All we got back was the head of a fish in the high teens.

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