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September 18, 2013 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Sooke RCMP are credited with helping save the life of a distraught 42-year-old woman who was attempting to commit suicide on Monday night (September 16).

    She was intent on ending her life, said Staff Sgt. Steve Wright.

    At 9:25 p.m. four police officers responded to the call at Billings Spit by the womans part-ner. Two RCMP members went into the water with personal floatation devices in an attempt to keep up with woman and talk with her. The officers were in the water for 35 minutes with another on shore. They did manage to borrow a boat while they waited for the Royal Cana-dian Marine Search and Rescue to arrive. The woman continued to refuse help and swam further from shore.

    The woman, said Wright, did not want to be rescued and one officer went back into the water and held on to her until she could be pulled from the water and onto a RCMSR boat.

    The water temperature was 11 degrees and the tide was flooding, said Wright. The woman was 200 to 300 feet from shore and was becom-ing hypothermic. She didnt have much more time left, and good on the members who stayed with her. This is good news.

    The unnamed woman was taken out of the water by RCMSR and was transported to hos-pital under the Mental Health Act, where she remains. The officers were unharmed.

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    One hundred years ago life was a lot dif-ferent for the men and women who built this country. Sooke was a place where a lot of things happened, much of it as a support sys-tem of sorts for the larger community of Victoria.

    Hundreds of men were employed in the building of a concrete flow line for water com-ing from Sooke Lake and ending up 27 miles away in Victoria. Four foot diameter sections of four foot long sec-tions of concrete pipe were fabricated at Coo-per Cove. It took 35,000 sections to bring water to the Goldstream Res-ervoir. That meant hun-dreds of hours of often backbreaking labour to get the flow line laid.

    It was considered one of the most chal-lenging feats of engi-neering seen in the province at the time. Twenty-seven miles, 400 men, a railway and numerous field camps along the stretch from the lake to the reser-voir was necessary.

    Recently one of the bake ovens used by the field camps was discov-ered in an area around the Sooke Potholes.

    The Sooke Region Museum acted on a tip from outdoorsman Ed Earl and found the

    moss-covered bake oven. The oven itself is made of rock leftover from blasting for the flow line.

    On Thursday, Sep-tember 12, a group of 68 invited guests made the trek to the top of a hill on a plateau where the back oven was discovered. The bake oven was built using no mortar, igloo-style with a smoke hole at top and covered with earth.

    Sooke historian Elida Peers, in speaking about the find, said the

    men who worked along the flow line would be greeted with the smell of fresh baked brown bread when they returned to camp at the end of the day.

    Oldtimer Wilf Carter had first contacted the museum historian (Elida Peers) in 1976 to make her aware of a sister oven in the woods at the Sooke/Metchosin border. This oven was relocated to the museum and is used at the annual open house to bake biscuits.

    On hand for the unveiling and ribbon cutting were a number of dignitaries and locals including Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks, North Saan-ich mayor Ted Daly rep-resenting CRD Parks, Act-ing mayor for Langford Lanny Seaton, MLA John Horgan, Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne, and TSou-ke representatives Frank Planes, Shirley Alphonse and Larry Underwood.

    Mike Hicks congrat-ulated everyone on a good find, and Jack Planes stated that they were there to witness whats going on.

    The most words came from Ted Daly, who spoke at the site of the bake oven and said,

    We have it so easy today, we just turn on a tap at times I think were luck we didnt live in that era and at other times I feel we missed something.

    Historian Elida Peers spoke of how the oven operated 100 years ago. She attained much of her information from Wilf Carter who lived through that era in Sooke.

    The ceremony ended with a lunch which would have been typical for the era, baked beans, brown bread, cheese and water a fitting repast for those gath-ered at the historic site.

    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black PressWednesday, September 18, 2013 Agreement#40110541

    NEWSM I R R O R

    Editorial Page 8

    Entertainment Page 7

    Sports/stats Page 23

    SEASON BEGINSThe Sooke Folk Music Society is

    beginning its new season.Page 7

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    Historical bake oven discovered at PotholesBake oven speaks of the flow line and the men who toiled on it

    Pirjo Raits photos

    A celebration of the discovery of an old bake oven was held on Sept. 12 with (l to r) Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne, Ted Daly from CRD Parks, JdFEA Director MIke Hicks, TSou-ke member Larry Underwood and MLA John Horgan attending. Top right, the bake oven.

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