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Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, Cathy’s Corner Cafe offers free Christmas dinner for all

It’s an annual tradition for the restaurant and community

Cathy Gouk of Cathy’s Corner Cafe prepares a Christmas meal. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Samantha Geiger says she’s been harassed in the street, had her house broken into multiple times and, on one occasion, was nearly run down by someone with a vehicle. (Courtesy of Samantha Geiger)

‘I needed permission from my rapist to talk’: Sooke woman says publication ban turned town against her

Samantha Geiger says the publication ban stopped her from defending herself

Samantha Geiger says she’s been harassed in the street, had her house broken into multiple times and, on one occasion, was nearly run down by someone with a vehicle. (Courtesy of Samantha Geiger)
The serval is a wild cat native to Africa. It is widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except in rainforest regions. (Shutterstock.com)

Escaped exotic cat spotted roaming Sooke neighbourhood

African serval cat missing since Sunday

The serval is a wild cat native to Africa. It is widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except in rainforest regions. (Shutterstock.com)
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)

Sooke RCMP taking over search for woman who missed flight

CCTV footage shows McDevitt heading to the trails at Sooke Potholes

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)
Rick McLeod helps a student suit up with firefighter gearin this file photo from 2012. McLerod has served more than 30myears with Sooke Fire Rescue. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Rick McLeod helps a student suit up with firefighter gearin this file photo from 2012. McLerod has served more than 30myears with Sooke Fire Rescue. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Ready to roll. Sooke Fire Rescue decorated its trucks for Saturday night’s annual Sooke Santa Run. Donations are still being accepted online. (Contributed - Sooke Fire Rescue)

Sooke Santa Run gives hope and help to needy families

Donations to annual event still accepted online

Ready to roll. Sooke Fire Rescue decorated its trucks for Saturday night’s annual Sooke Santa Run. Donations are still being accepted online. (Contributed - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Zero Waste Sooke hosts a demonstration on Furoshiki – the ancient Japanese art of cloth gift wrapping – at the Sooke library on Sunday (Dec. 18) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Shutterstock.com)

You can wrap Christmas gifts more cheaply and with less waste

Zero Waste Sooke hosts demonstration on Sunday

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Zero Waste Sooke hosts a demonstration on Furoshiki – the ancient Japanese art of cloth gift wrapping – at the Sooke library on Sunday (Dec. 18) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Shutterstock.com)
Ryan Albert was last seen on May 11. His family continues to search for him. (Handout)      Shutterstock.com

‘We have no idea where he might be’: Sooke woman searches for missing son

Family hasn’t been in contact with the man since May

Ryan Albert was last seen on May 11. His family continues to search for him. (Handout)      Shutterstock.com
Sooke author Doni Eve earned the Federation of B.C. Writers award for short fiction. (Photo - contributed)

Sooke writer among B.C. literary prize winners

Federation of B.C. Writers select Doni Eve as winner of its short fiction contest

Sooke author Doni Eve earned the Federation of B.C. Writers award for short fiction. (Photo - contributed)
The Sooke Firefighters Association’s annual Santa Run is Saturday (Dec. 10) starting at 5 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

In Sooke, more folks in need of Christmas hampers

Christmas Bureau sees an increase of about 50 requests for hampers

The Sooke Firefighters Association’s annual Santa Run is Saturday (Dec. 10) starting at 5 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Kelly Favro, a 39-year-old Victoria mother went to the provincial supreme court to get her publication ban lifted. (Courtesy of Kelly Favro)

Vancouver Island women push to end court-ordered silence of sexual assault victims

Group wants victims to have a say on publication bans for sexual assault cases

Kelly Favro, a 39-year-old Victoria mother went to the provincial supreme court to get her publication ban lifted. (Courtesy of Kelly Favro)
Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)

Sooke teen’s future in the fast lane

Charlotte Pearson, 15, among top go-kart racers in province

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)
Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)

Month-long campaign to counter impaired driving in Sooke

RCMP conducting CounterAttack road checks throughout the holiday season

Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)
Sooke Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday and Sunday. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke Dance Studio presents Nutcracker with a twist

Performances set for Dec. 10 and 11 at Edward Milne Community School

Sooke Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday and Sunday. (Shutterstock.com)
Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)

Wanted: more community space in Sooke

Growth in Sooke heightens need for more community space

Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)
The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)

Fun-loving Red Hat ladies looking for new members

Red Hat Sooke Sirens a great way to make new friends

The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)
Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

District, Legion to formalize upkeep of Sooke cenotaph

Groups will sign a memorandum of understanding

Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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Budget forecast shows Sooke on track

Operating revenues up about $1 million

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Sooke extends interim CAO contract to end of March

Financial services director Raechel Gray promoted to deputy CAO

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The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)

Sooke Lions Club proposal for John Phillips Memorial Park on hold

Divided council and community cause pause in Lion’s plans

The Sooke Lions Club has paused plans to build a community centre and other public amenities at John Phillips Memorial Park. (District of Sooke)