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February 29, 2012 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • BAND FIELD TRIP The band students at

    Journey are raising funds for a trip to Vancouver.

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    EMCS GAMEStudents from the EMCS

    hockey academy prevail over teachers.

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    Your community, your classi eds P24 75Wednesday, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13Sports/stats Page 27

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RMassive Moves tv show features local homePirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Some events are so amaz-ing that they just have to be captured on film. This pastFebruary HGTV has been broadcasting the show Mas-sive Moves, a show about moving companies mov-ing massive objects. One of these objects is the home of Barb and Red Reuther, a luxurious home originally from West Vancouver. Their show segment, Pacific Pal-ace, is currently running several times a month. Itwas filmed by Windfall Films from the United Kingdom.

    When asked if they would be willing to have the movefilmed, the film company said it would be, for fameno fortune.

    The 34,000 sq. foot home was hauled by barge from the ocean front in West Van-couver across Georgia Strait to the Strait of Juan Fuca and then into Sooke Harbour.

    The movers, Nickel Broth-ers, were also the sellers as they are in the home salvageand moving business.

    The guy who owned it wanted to recycle it, said Barb Reuther. We were the fourth bidder on it. They looked over the house sev-eral times before making a bid on it. It wasnt the clas-sic house they thought they wanted, but Barb said, the kids loved it.

    She said the house has had a lot of renovations done on it over the years including $300,000 in 1992 and $1-million in 2002. It was designed by architect Russell Hollingsworth and is a very well built house. The home is now being

    renovated by the Reuthers and they figure they will spend upwards of $250,000 in renovations on top of the $145,000 they paid for the house. The $145,000 included the cost of moving the house from West Van-couver to their water front site in Saseenos.

    Red is doing as much of the work as he can and he has help from one of his sons, but he had to contract out the foundation work, which proved to be expen-sive as they had to raise the house three-and-a-half feet

    due to potential flooding along the water.

    While all manner of things could have gone wrong in the move, nothing drastic happened although there were some tense moments when the chain cracked as the house was being pulled off the barge.

    Its amazing they can move a house like this, said Red. It was an incredible feat, incredible engineering.

    Nickel Brothers used 20 hydraulic jacks to move the

    house.The house, once all the

    renovations are done, will be 5,100 sq. feet on three floors. The house is 30.5 feet wide and 69 feet long.

    Work is ongoing but tour-ing the house revealed a home that is still incredibly up-to-date with marble floors and tiles throughout, tons of storage, expansive windows on two levels complete with automatic blinds, great appliances, granite coun-tertops and a whole host of other high-end finishings. The house has three bed-rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, and a playroom any kid would love. The old garage is destined to be an all-purpose room. The house has good bones.

    The Reuthers have become minor celebrities

    in Sooke and when they go to the store people rec-ognize them from Massive Moves. They are pretty real-istic about it all but they did send out notices to all theirfriends and family about the show.

    They thought it was awe-some, said Barb.

    She said other people ask about doing the same thing moving a house and her advise is, it needs to be a good quality house we went in kind of blind.

    All in all they are pleased with the move, the progress on the house and the beau-tiful home they will enjoy after all the work is com-plete.

    So they have it the fame and the film producers were correct no fortune.

    Pirjo Raits photos

    The house being moved by barge along the Strait of Juan de Fuca lastsummer, above; right, Barb and Red Reuther, in front of their new home and their old one. Far right, the house on the lot with the new ground floor. Bottom, one of the marbled bathrooms.

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  • Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Commercial and small-scale growers gathered at the Sooke Community Hall to cel-ebrate Seedy Saturday on Feb. 25.

    Over a dozen dif-ferent growers show-cased information on their gardens, shared techniques, and sold items like vegetables, fruits, seeds, jams and plant start ups. There was also a seed swap, where participants could trade seedlings.

    Seedy Saturday -- which is in its third year -- was a celebration of local food production and gardening, accord-ing to Phoebe Dunbar, Sooke Region Food Community Health Ini-tiative Society board director.

    Everybody comes together, and they swap seeds and they learn what grows well in their community, Dunbar said, adding that knowledge of local,

    edible wild foods was also shared.

    She said Food CHI focuses on teaching people that you can grow food anywhere -- huge acreages, large vegetable plots and even small contained spaces.

    Its all about, kind of,

    coaching people, she said.

    Food CHI is currently developing a coopera-tive network model for local farmers.

    Erika Rolston, stal-wart for the network project, said she is making a directory of all local farmers to

    collaborate and work collectively for similar objectives. For exam-ple, requesting train-ing from a governmen-tal body or organizing bulk purchases of soil amendment.

    Rolston said there will also be a resource directory, where local

    farmers can supply dif-ferent resources they have available within the community.

    The idea right now is that its a really infor-mal network of farmers and food producers -- whether theyre farm-ers or food producers or just sustenance from

    their own backyards. She said the main goal

    is sustaining local food systems and food secu-rity, so the residents of Sooke will have other food sources if the grocery store shelves arent stocked.

    Not only is it safe, locally grown food that is nutritious, but we want it to be afford-able.

    Keeley Nixon, with Alm Farm and Full Circle Seeds, said the Seedy Saturday did a great job at encourag-ing food security.

    Its a wonderful event, and I think its a great venue to have for all our local growers to have place to come and connect within our community, she said. And for our commu-nity to be able to see all the work that were doing and how impor-tant our local food security is.

    The cooperative directory should be available online when completed at: www.sookefoodchi.ca

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Alex Conte, charged with second degree for the murder of his 58-year-old mother Sarah Nickerson on January 8, appeared via video conferencing on February 23 in Western Communities Court to ascertain whether he was fit to stand trial.

    Conte, sat passively looking at the video camera throughout the proceeding. He showed little, if any, expression during the proceed-ings.

    A psychiatric assess-ment was ordered on January 12 to deter-mine whether Conte was fit to stand trial. The assessment was

    received by Crown prosecutor Christine Lowe on February 16 and it was determined by the psychiatrist that Conte was fit.

    Defence lawyer Wil-liam Heflin filed an agreed statement of facts (protected by a publication ban) and asked for another assessment of Contes fitness to stand trial.

    On Thursday, Feb. 23 Judge Evan Blake ordered another psychi-atric assessment which is to take place over the next 30 days. Conte is to reappear before the court on March 22 at 2 p.m.

    Judge Blake ordered the assessment to determine whether the accused at the time of

    the alleged offense was suffering from a mental disorder. The assess-ment will be held at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquit-

    lam.On Jan. 8 police were

    called to Sarah Nick-ersons trailer home where they found her body and and 21-year-

    old Conte was arrested at the scene.

    Nickerson was well-known in Sooke as a dancer and piano teacher and her son

    Alex was at one time a rising star in the skateboard scene. He attended Edward Milne Community School.

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS 3

    Thumbs Up!

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    More assessments ordered for man accused of murder

    Sharron Ho photo

    Seedy Saturday drew scores of people to the community hall on Feb. 25.

    TAKE A HIKEJUAN DE FUCA

    Community Trails Society hike

    SATURDAY, MAR. 3.EXPLORING THE JUAN

    de Fuca Electoral Area at Willis Point.

    MEET AT THE Park and Ride across from Edward Milne Community School at 9 a.m. to car pool to Willis Point (a 50-minute drive) for a hike. This one involves ups and downs and needs a lunch.

    FOR INFORMATION EMAIL Rosemary Jorna at sid2767@shaw.ca or phone 250-642-2767 or www.jdfcommunitytrails.ca

    AWARDING THE BEST

    THE SOOKE REGION Chamber of Commerce awards night on Thursday, Mar. 1 at the Prestige Hotel.

    TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM the chamber office, call 250-642-6112.

    FOR WOMENWOMENS WELLNESS SHOW SUNDAY, MAR.

    4 at Sooke Harbour House. 10 a.m. t...