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DESCRIPTIONFebruary 25, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror
C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A
Black PressWednesday, February 25, 2015Agreement#40110541
Editorial Page 9
Entertainment Page 14
Sports/stats Page 32
36 Pages in one section
CALL TO ARTISTSThe Sooke Fine
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Shopping service caters to home-bound people Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Carol Harding is a woman about town who is known for her plethora of commu-nity-minded activities. As if she doesnt have enough to do, she has started what she hopes will become a tremen-dous success a gro-cery shopping service.
The whole idea came from CHI and the District of Sooke, said Harding. Originally I think it came from the doctors office when they asked a senior the question, What can we do to keep you safe and happy in your own home?
Later at a gathering where a lot of seniors happened to be, the question was raised
once again and the one thing they came away with was, yes, they needed a shopping ser-vice.
Harding and Judy Planes went to see Buz Merriam, the general manager at Western Foods and he agreed this was a good idea. Western already has a delivery service, Mon-day to Friday, and the addition of shopping would add to the ser-vices they have been providing to people in Sooke over the last 20 years.
I think its some-thing we need in the community, said Buz Merriam. The seniors requested someone do this for them and since we have seniors day, we would be a good fit for them. I hope it goes
well and people use it.The shopping will be
done by Harding and Planes and they will deliver the groceries to
the client in their own vehicles. A $5 charge will offset the cost of gas.
The service is avail-
able to those who are shut-in and cannot eas-ily get out and shop for themselves. It is open to anyone of any age
that is house bound.Starting March 5
from 9 to 11 a.m. and every Thursday after, the client will call the telephone line at West-ern, (250-642-6525), and give Harding or Planes their grocery order.
One of us will answer and we will need to know exactly what you want, said Harding.
She said the person ordering needs to know the brand and size as well of quantity of everything they order. They need to be spe-cific, she said. Do they want butter, if so, what brand, and is it butter or margarine?
While one of them is on the phone the other will be shopping and as it is Thursday the customer will get the
10 per debt discount for seniors. This, said Harding, can offset the $5 cost for delivery of the groceries. The shoppers will have a float and they will be reimbursed when the groceries are deliv-ered. They cannot pro-cess credit or debit cards. All of the money raised with the delivery charge will go to a local charity.
I hope we can get it going, said Harding. It is something that is needed, even for peo-ple who are sick.
If all goes as hoped, Harding foresees the need for another volun-teer.
Its a Sookie thing to do, isnt it? said Hard-ing.
Pirjo Raits photo
Carol Harding, Judy Planes and grocery supervisor for Western Foods Luc Walters, are gearing up for the start of a shopping for shut-ins service.
The ViolinIt was a cold winters night in
late January, as a visitor to Sooke I was looking for a store to buy a few groceries. I parked my car and began walking across the square towards the lights.
Reaching me, through the dusk, resonating high and low came the sound of a violin. I stopped to listen. How could such a small instrument have such carrying power, such richness, and versa-tility?
Drawing closer, I saw a tall, lean man, his smile beaming through the darkness. He was playing a Celtic melody with such energy and enjoyment, foot tapping,
his whole body swaying to the rhythm. I searched in my purse for some coins, adding them to the violin case.
The violin was eye-catching, made of smooth, dark curled maple. I stayed; enjoying the moment, his enthusiasm catching,
and my foot began tapping in spite of myself!
Just then an older white haired gentleman walked towards us, he walked slowly, listening, he took his wallet out of his pocket and began folding a note and reaching the player he bent down and put the note into the violin case. As he straightened up he said to the violinist, When I was younger I used to play the violin. The man stopped playing, he hesitated, thoughtful, trustingly his younger hands held out the violin and bow. The older mans hands eagerly took them. He felt the curved lines of the violin, as if sensing its strength and weakness and he began to play. The violin changed
tune, as with the help of the player each violin sings its own song. It was haunting, soulful, a classical piece, it filled, warmed the spaces deep within the heart.
The younger man was spell-bound, and finally he said to the gentleman, I had better pack up now and leave you to it. The older man smiled and returned the violin to its owner. He then invited him to play at a venue on Saturday night, the man thanked him but declined explaining he was just passing through Sooke and would not be here then. The older man continued on his way into the store. I went on mine, qui-etly reflecting on such a poignant moment.
As serendipity would have it, a couple of days later I was dining at a local spot with a friend and picked up an advertising leaflet for the 2014-2015 Concert Season. Sooke has a Philharmonic Orches-tra - Wow. Reading the leaflet I saw a picture of a white haired gen-tleman, it was of Norman Nelson, a man who had studied violin at the Royal College of Music in Lon-don, internationally acclaimed. I thought I recognized him, but could this possibly be the same man who had so modestly enter-tained us the previous evening? What a magical introduction to Sooke.
Barbara GearyGaliano Island
Classi eds 27 75
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Market vendors wanted
The Sooke Region Museum is pleased to announce that appli-cations for vendors to participate in the Sooke Night Market are now available. 2015 will be the second year that the market operates at the Sooke Region Museum. This year the market will open on Thursday, June 4 and run every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m, until September 3.
There is space for 35 vendors, plus we are also looking for buskers to participate. We want vendors of all types, and are very interested in working with poten-tial food vendors.
(250) 642-6351 fax 250-642-7089.
celebrate On Sunday, June 7,
2015, the Sea Cadets of 325 Admiral RC Waller and the Navy League Cadets of 207 Admi-ral Girouard will be celebrating 20 years and five years respec-tively as Cadet Corps in Sooke.
The culmination of the training year, the Annual Ceremonial Review will provide the opportunity for the Cadets to show fam-ily, friends and guests the knowledge and skills they have learned over the year. We are delighted to announce
that the namesakes for the Corps, Rear Admi-ral (ret) Richard Waller and Rear Admiral (ret) Roger Girouard will be in attendance.
Hoping to connect with past cadets, Corps officers, Branch mem-bers, and sponsors, a Meet and Greet? hosted by the Navy League of Canada Sooke Branch, will be held at the Sooke Legion on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 7-10 p.m.
History items will be on display, there will be prizes to bid on, music and some light refresh-ments to be enjoyed by all. For updates on the weekends events, infor-mation can be found on our event pages:
Meet and Greet: h t t p s : / / w w w .f a c e b o o k . c o m / sookeseacadets?fref=ts
February is Heart & Stroke Month
Each year countless volunteers go door to door in a campaign to raise funds for life-sav-ing research. This Feb-ruary canvassers will be knocking on doors in Sooke in an effort to raise money for the Heart & Stroke Founda-tion.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation relies on 100,000 passionate vol-unteers to help erase heart disease and stoke from the lives of Cana-dian families. Every dollar helps fund heart disease and stroke research, prevention and recovery programs that create survivors.
Regardless of the great strides made to save lives, population changes and risk fac-tors for heart disease are set to rise sharply.
Today the percent-age of survivors is down to five per cent, a sharp decrease from 30-35 per cent since the 1950s and 1960s.
Learn the signs of stroke: F.A.S.T.
Face is it drooping? Arms can you raise
both? Speech is it slurred
or jumbled? Time to call 911 right
away.If you or someone
with you experiences any of these signs, call 911 or your local emer-gency number imme-diately. Acting quickly can improve your sur-vival and recovery.
Do not drive yourself or the person having a stroke to the hospital an ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.
Patrick Welsh passes
On February 13, 2015 Clifford Patrick Welsh passed.
Patrick Welsh was the last surviving grandson of Sooke pioneer Jamie Welsh who immigrated from Ireland and set-tled on property in Sooke in 1865.
Historian Elida Peers has written an obitu-ary for Clifford Pat-rick Welsh which will appear in the March 4 edit