January snow in 2012 in Sooke.

January snow in 2012 in Sooke.

Looking Back

Through the years, recaps found in the Sooke News Mirror archives

  • Jan. 30, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Tsao plays the magic of Mozart

Jan. 30, 2008

On February 2 and 3, the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert in celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in both Sooke and Metchosin.

Under conductor Norman Nelson, the program will feature soloist Carolyn Tsao, performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in B flat major, K. 466.

Carolyn Tsao, at 14-years-old, has already endeared herself to Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Currently studying under Ingrid L. Henderson and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Tsao has already taken home numerous awards and honours.

Her star is shining bright and she has nowhere to go but up.


French immersion burgeoning

Jan. 29, 2003

A growing number of B.C. students are opting to parlez francais and Sooke says “oui” to that surging growth in bilingualism.

In the current school year, Ecole Poirier, Sooke’s designated French Immersion elementary school, has 132 students in its kindergarten to Grade 5 classes.

On the playground Ecole Poirier French immersion pupils mix with their 142 fellow students in the straight English program, easily switching from French to English as the need arises, constantly flexing their mental and physical muscles.


Ayum Creek saved!

Jan. 28, 1998

The Ayum Creek estuary will become a regional park.

After 10 months, the Society of the Protection of Ayum Creek and Victoria Natural History Society’s Habitat Acquisition Fund have raised $630,000 to purchase the 14-acre Saseenos property from Munn’s Lumber.

The Ayum Creek project is the first acquisition for the Victoria Natural History Society’s Habitat Acquisition Trust. HAT president Jeff Stone said the Ayum Creek project proves that if people with a common vision work together they’ll be able to a leave a legacy for their children.


Take one last look at your community newspaper

Jan. 27, 1993

You community paper will soon be moving to a different beat — a new community beat — with new design, new features and new names.

The News Group, as we’re now named, brings with it an attractive, unified presentation to all households in the Greater Victoria area. That unification includes the change of name for some of our papers.

The Sooke Mirror will become The Sooke News Mirror.


Sooke gets $20,000 for health study

Jan. 29, 1992

Health Minister Elizabeth Cull has approved a $20,000 grant to the Sooke Electoral Area to conduct a Health Needs Assessment Study.

Sooke was one of 55 communities to receive funding through the government’s Office of Health Promotion. The government’s goal is to encourage communities to resolve their health issues and to create supportive environments for health.


Sooke youngster shares the Olympic flame

Jan. 27, 1988

Twelve-year-old Colin Bexson of Sooke elementary school was one of 10 runners to carry the flame into Victoria on Saturday morning as it continued its Trans-Canada journey to Calgary.

Colin was very proud of his red track suit which is made of an experimental fabric by the 3M company. He’s also aware that the track suits are fast becoming collector items, and he planned to wear it to school on Monday.

Colin was the youngest member of the team of 10 runners who carried the flame by relay from the Thetis Lake overpass to Beacon Hill Park in Victoria.

Sooke News Mirror