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December 23, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black PressWednesday, December 23, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541</p><p> Merry Christmas</p><p>Will it be a White Christmas?Dreaming for a little bit of the white stuff on Christmas Day? Well keep dreaming. Environment Canada says we can expect cloudy skies with a high of 5C. But take heart, no rain is in the forecast, either.</p><p>250-818-6441 778-352-3535 </p><p> Shelly Davis Ellen Bergerud Lorenda Simms 250-217-5787 </p><p>Merry Christmas from your friends </p><p>at </p><p>SOOKE IS SELLING!</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>T A M M I D I M O C KPe r sona l Rea l E s ta t e Co rp .</p><p>tammidimock.com</p><p>MerryMerryMerryChristmas</p></li><li><p>A2 I NEWS I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, decemBer 23, 2015</p><p>Want to see your shot featured as a Reader Photo of the Week?</p><p>Were seeking shots that grab our attention for their creativity, impact, humour or beauty, taken in the Sooke region. They can be of people, nature or the urban environment. Email your submissions to editor@sookenewsmirror.com.</p><p>Readers PhotoSooke photographer Brian Rundle captured Jewel Black enjoying the swing at Whiffin Spit at sunset. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by the Stickleback West Coast Eatery.</p><p>Arnold LimSooke News Mirror</p><p>Sooke School District has four new buses coming to its fleet.</p><p>The board of edu-cation voted to spend $684,772 on the new vehicles, which will bring the total number of buses in the fleet to 38.</p><p>Student popula-tion for ridership has definitely impacted the busing services, said trustee Denise Riley. We have to have addi-tional buses to service all the students in the district.</p><p>Three of the four buses will service the West Shore, with the fourth to be used on runs in the Sooke area. There are 29 routes throughout the district, separated into the Bel-mont and the Sooke zones.</p><p>The extra buses will give the district a larger reserve of vehicles from which to draw for to-and-from school transportation and field trips.</p><p>We had four or five additional buses (avail-able) to do field trips </p><p>during the day, said district secretary-trea-surer Harold Cull, add-ing that mechanical breakdowns or other emergencies could </p><p>sometimes leave just one extra bus. (That) is too few buses to be able to have a reserve.</p><p>The new 84-seat, rear-engine buses are expected to arrive before March 31 and are being paid for by the Education Ministry.</p><p>editor@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>School district to add four vehicles to bus fleetBoard will spend $684,772 which will bring total number of buses in the fleet to 38</p><p>A2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015</p><p>Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.comEditor: Kevin Laird editor@sookenewsmirror.comReporter: Octavian Lacatusu news@sookenewsmirror.comAdvertising: Joan Gamache sales@sookenewsmirror.comCirculation: circulation@sookenewsmirror.comClassifieds: Vicky Sluggett classifieds@sookenewsmirror.comOffice Manager: Deb Stolth office@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>How to reach us 250.642.5752 fax: 250.642.4767office@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>SUPERSPECIALS</p><p>For all your Insurance needsHome Business Farm Auto</p><p>Don McCormick</p><p>Serving Sooke for over 35 years</p><p>250-882-7411 Purchase a minimum of 4 Silhouette, Pirouette, Luminette, Vignette or Duette Window Shadings withPowerView Motorization and receive a tablet. Valid at participating retailers only. For full details, visit hunterdouglas.ca.</p><p>NEWPowerView Motorization.</p><p>Offer runs from September 1st to December 18th, 2015.</p><p>Intelligent shades that simplify your life.</p><p>FREE TABLETwith selected window shadings.</p><p>Offer runs from September 1st to December 18th, 2015. Purchase a minimum of 4 Silhouette, Pirouette, Luminette, Vignette or Duette Window Shadings with PowerView Motorization and receive a tablet. Valid at participating retailers only. For full details, visit hunterdouglas.ca.</p><p>250.371.0355LENNASINTERIORS.COM</p><p>LENNA SAWYERLENNA@LENNASINTERIORS.COM</p><p>Open just in timefor Christmas</p><p>Marys Gems &amp; BeadsMarys Gems &amp; BeadsMarys Gems &amp; Beads</p><p>Mary Marshallowner/designer</p><p>semi-precious beads</p><p>6756 Horne Rd I 250.888.6960Open Fri &amp; Sat 11-3pm</p><p>FREE KIDS CUTSwith a min $10 Toy Donation in December778.350.6356 I 2-6631 Sooke Rd.</p><p>Melissa &amp; Colleen wish you a </p><p>Offer valid until December 31st, 2015.</p><p>Metchosin Golf and Country ClubAnnual Membership Promotion</p><p>Individual- $900 plus taxIndividual + Partner = $1500 + tax</p><p>Pay in full and receive 3 Months of unlimited golf for FREE!</p><p>For more info call 250-478-3266</p><p>Its time to let your garden rest til Spring</p><p>Come see us for: Garden waste </p><p>drop-off Soil &amp; Mulches</p><p> Compost &amp; Manure Decorative Rock Sand and </p><p>Aggregates</p><p>See our price list at: www.sookesoil.com</p><p>Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm2810 Ramsden Road (3300 block of Otter Point Rd,</p><p>block west of Sooke Business Park)</p><p>Christmas dayto do listPrepare DinnerCook TurkeySet Table</p><p>Wash DishesSleep</p><p>Enjoy Good CompanyEat &amp; DrinkHave FunRelax!</p><p>Let us do the hardwork this year!</p><p>4 CourseChristmas Dinner $59</p><p>Reservations 778-425-0888West Coast Grill at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort</p><p>PROUDLY SERVING SOOKE, METCHOSIN,JORDAN RIVER AND SOMBRIO !</p><p>OUR LOCAL WEEKLYSPECIALS ARE BACK</p></li><li><p>WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A3</p><p>PEOPLES DRUG MART... Where People Come First</p><p>Cedar Grove Centre I 250.642.2226Ron KumarPharmacist/Owner</p><p>Merry Christmas&amp; Happy Holidays</p><p>So our staff can spend time with their friends andfamily, we will have the following holiday hours:</p><p>Thursday December 24: 8am-5pmFriday December 25: CLOSEDSaturday December 26: CLOSEDThursday December 31: 8am-5pmFriday Jananuary 1: CLOSED</p><p>PEOPLEFIRST</p><p>WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A3</p><p>Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>It looks like its going to be a warmer and more nourishing Christmas for those less for-tunate this year, thanks to the local communitys combined effort to feed the Sooke Food Bank.</p><p>Donation efforts in recent weeks stemmed from a variety of local ini-tiatives, such as the 10K Tonight Food Drive at Edward Milne Com-munity School, in which students collected and individually-sorted an impressive 6,000 non-perishable food items for the food bank. </p><p>The Sooke Christmas Bureau, an extension of the Sooke Food Bank, played a significant role as well in collecting funds, food, and toys to help around 320 families living in the Sooke region. In November, the Dis-trict of Sooke made a $7,000 grant that helped provide the bureau with </p><p>turkeys. Sookies also saw red, yellow and </p><p>white lights glowing through their neighborhoods, with this years Santa Run, which had firefighters, elves, collecting money and food in four fire trucks. The event, which is put on by the Sooke Fire Depart-ment, Sooke Firefighters Associa-tion, and the International Asso-ciation of Fire Fighters Local 4841, raised more than $10,000 this year for the local food bank. </p><p>The people in Sooke were so gen-erous, the schools and the firefight-ers, and all the businesses, they were dropping stuff off left and right, said Mike Thomas, a volunteer with the Sooke Food Bank and co-chair of the Sooke Christmas Bureau. </p><p>Thomas is part of 30 or so volun-teers at the food bank who collect, prepare, organize and distribute hampers for the needy in the local community. </p><p>So far, given the efforts made, the food bank is good for the next three months, but Thomas pointed out the numbers of local clients are up nine per cent, and though there are roughly 60 less children this year, around 500 more adults turned up at the door for hampers. </p><p>Food bank volunteers also have to do weekly purchases of short-last-ing items such as meat and veggies, though Thomas added they have enough soup and non-perishables. </p><p>The Sooke Christmas Bureau was also busy last weekend with its ham-per sorting and giveout, and was also given a visit by MLA John Hor-gan, who dropped in with a donation and offered to help sorting efforts with the volunteers. </p><p>The bureau will be taking dona-tions until the end of December. Mail donations to P.O. Box 983, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H9.</p><p>news@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>Sooke Food Bank fills its cupboards for Christmas</p><p>Community comes together with initiatives to feed the hungry</p><p>Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>Kim Metzger organizes freshly-brought-in canned food at the Sooke Food Bank.</p><p>Briefly</p><p>Crash closes Sooke RoadA Sooke man had his licence suspended after he lost </p><p>control of his pickup truck and severed a hydro pole on Sooke Road near 17 Mile Pub last week. </p><p>The driver, who was the only occupant of the white pickup, was able to safely escape with minor injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the Dec. 16 crash, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.</p><p>The accident blocked Sooke Road for several hours, as live hydro wires still hung from the pole, as well as a capacitor that was leaking oil. </p><p>Traffic was diverted through Gillespie and Kangaroo roads, though logging trucks and semi-tractor-trailers where forced to wait. </p><p>Sooke Road wasnt reopened until late afternoon, as B.C. Hydro and emergency crews worked to clear the debris and restore power in the area.</p><p>Blocked culvert floods highwayA section of Highway 14 near Kangaroo Road which </p><p>flooded due to severe storms in the region was caused by a blocked culvert.</p><p>The Ministry of Transportation has cleared the culvert and will continue to closely monitor this section of the highway, said an official.</p><p>Asbestos dumped at Beecher BaySooke RCMP are investigating the illegal dumping of </p><p>50 bags of asbestos waste at Beecher Bay off East Sooke Road.</p><p>Police said the bags, which were professionally removed and sent for disposal, contained tiles of discarded linoleum. This is one of several asbestos dumping incidents reported in the area between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26. </p><p>Another five bags were located down a steep embankment not far from the original dump site. </p><p>Proper disposal of asbestos is expensive, clearly someone is trying to save money and discard this at the roadside, endangering the environment and the public, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur. </p><p>Anyone with information can contact the Sooke detachment at 250-642-5241, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.</p><p>Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>Metchosin firefighters examine an accident scene that closed Sooke Road last week.</p></li><li><p>WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A29A4 I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015</p><p>FreshGrade A Turkey4.39 per kg</p><p>199199PerLBPerLB California GrownSweet Potatoes2.18 per kg 9999PerLBLibbys</p><p>Chopped Spinach300gr</p><p>4$54$5forCalifornia GrownBrussels Sprouts4.39 per kg 199199PerLBPerLB</p><p>Made Fresh Instore</p><p>Seven Layer DipMin. 600gr</p><p>$7$78 Pumpkin Pie</p><p>2$72$7for</p><p>California/Mexico </p><p>Driscolls</p><p>Raspberries6oz clamshell</p><p>2$72$7for</p><p>PerLB349349</p><p>HertelsSmoked HamShank or Butt Portion, 7.69 per kg</p><p>C</p><p>H O I CE</p><p>PerLB399399</p><p>CooksSpiral Ham Half8.80 per kg</p><p>599599ButterballHomestyle Stuffing900gr</p><p>$12$12Instore CookedOven Roasted Whole Maple Ham</p><p>Saint AgurBlue Cheese299299Per100 gr</p><p>Club HouseGravy or Yorkshire Mix21-45gr</p><p>4$5for 4$5for</p><p>KraftStove Top Stuffing Mix120gr</p><p>4$5forAlymerBeets398ml</p><p>5$5for 2$5for 299Del MonteVegetables341-398ml</p><p>San RemoArtichoke Hearts or Roasted Peppers340-500ml</p><p>Newmans OwnDressing350ml</p><p>4$5forPioneer ChipsKettle Cooked Potato Chips142gr</p><p>299KraftPhiladelphia Dips227gr</p><p>299G.H. CretorsPopcornSelected, 184-227gr</p><p>399SchweppesGinger Ale, Club Soda or Tonic Water12x355ml</p><p>BreyersFamily Classic Frozen Dessert1.66lt</p><p>3$10for 3$10forCoke, Sprite or Ginger AleGlass Bottle, 6x237ml</p><p>Que PasaOrganic Tortilla Chips454gr</p><p>Que PasaOrganic Salsa420ml</p><p>299299Hi Im SkinnyQuinoa or Sweet Potato Sticks170-184gr</p><p>ODoulsDealcoholized Beer12x355ml</p><p>999</p><p>CastelloRosenborg Danish Blue Cheese125gr</p><p>Cracker BarrelCheese Slices220-240gr</p><p>399KraftCheez Whiz900gr</p><p>599</p><p>DairylandEgg Nog946ml</p><p>2$5for2$5for</p><p>DairylandWhipping Cream473ml</p><p>2$5for</p><p>2$6for</p><p>Fraser ValleyButter250gr</p><p>299PLUS APPLICABLE FEES PLUS APPLICABLE FEES PLUS APPLICABLE FEES </p><p>2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$2$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$7777</p><p> Holiday Hours - We will be closing at 6pm on December 24th and closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day! We will be open and ready to serve you with new specials December 27th. Wishing you a Healthy, Happy &amp; Safe Holiday Season, from our family to yours! Prices in effect December 21st-24th, 2015www.qualityfoods.com</p><p>FreshFreshFreshFreshFreshFreshGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A TurkeyGrade A Turkey4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg4.39 per kg</p><p>1999999999999111111119999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999919999991999999California/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoCalifornia/MexicoDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscollsDriscolls</p><p>RaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberriesRaspberries6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell6oz clamshell</p><p>Sourdough BreadSelected</p><p>299299Dinner or Crusty Buns199199</p><p>12 pack</p></li><li><p>WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A5WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A5</p><p>Mounties answer the call 388 times</p><p>Sooke RCMP responded to 388 calls or occurrences in October, says Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur in a report to council.</p><p>Among the incidents reported were 13 for theft under $5,000, 14 for mischief and 17 occurrences under the Mental Health Act.</p><p>On the traffic side, there were 29 violations recorded and one driver charged with impaired driving.</p><p>So far this year, Sooke Mounties have responded to 3,642 incidents, up 56 in the same period in 2014.</p><p>District administers local CHI program</p><p>A $20,000 agreement between Island Health and the Sooke Region Communities Health Network, also known as CHI, will be administered by the District of Sooke.</p><p>The district will support CHI by approving invoices for the subcontracted facilitator, provide monthly statements and in-kind account payable services.</p><p>CHI is a partnership of community members and health and social service providers that advocate for healthy communities from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew.</p><p>Sooke set to bloom in 2016</p><p>The District of Sooke will participate in the 2016 Communities in Bloom program.</p><p>Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus onenhancing green spaces in communities. </p><p>I...</p></li></ul>