Justin Samanski-Langille

18-year-old Sophia Adamek of Langford has signed with Liberty University in Virginia to play Div. 1 hockey alongside her sister Zosia starting next fall. (Courtesy of Sophia Adamek)

Langford sisters reuniting on the ice for U.S. university hockey team

Sophia Adamek has signed with Liberty University and will join sister Zosia next fall

18-year-old Sophia Adamek of Langford has signed with Liberty University in Virginia to play Div. 1 hockey alongside her sister Zosia starting next fall. (Courtesy of Sophia Adamek)
View Royal council has voted to remove a limit on the number of meetings council members may attend virtually each year. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal nixes limit on virtual council appearances

Council voted on Dec. 6 to remove the 3 meetings per year limit introduced in Oct. 2021

View Royal council has voted to remove a limit on the number of meetings council members may attend virtually each year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cathy Fielding sets up this memorial tree for past pets along a Colwood trail every holiday season, with members of the community adding to it each year. (Courtesy of Cathy Fielding)

Colwood tree ‘boosts’ moods by honouring furry loved ones

Located along a trail at Royal Roads, the tree features photos of pets and Christmas ornaments

Cathy Fielding sets up this memorial tree for past pets along a Colwood trail every holiday season, with members of the community adding to it each year. (Courtesy of Cathy Fielding)
The City of Colwood has taken two new steps along its path to make the community more environmentally friendly. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood takes next step toward climate change goals

The city approved moving to the third stage of the BC Energy Step Code

The City of Colwood has taken two new steps along its path to make the community more environmentally friendly. (Black Press Media file photo)
Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program volunteers Santiago Velasco and Tia-Rose Huber show off part of what will be transformed into a toy shop for parents participating in the program, where they will get to choose some toys for their children. (Courtesy of David Hickman)

Skyrocketing demand means Salvation Army needs more Christmas donations

Cash and toy donations are needed in order to serve 400 families

Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program volunteers Santiago Velasco and Tia-Rose Huber show off part of what will be transformed into a toy shop for parents participating in the program, where they will get to choose some toys for their children. (Courtesy of David Hickman)
Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive brings cheer to Greater Victoria for 24th year

The convoy passed through Langford as the Langford Light Up event took place

Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford lights up for first time since 2019

The annual Langford Light Up event saw hundreds visit a festively decorated Veterans Memorial Park

The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)

Langford-based online grocer making shopping local easy

BCause launched with the goal of making local food more accessible, and easier for producers to sell

Co-owners Mitch Hawes and Brenden Fatt created online grocery retailer BCause in order to make local products more accessible to consumers, and make the grocery industry more accessible to small and medium-sized B.C. producers. (Courtesy of Mitch Hawes)
Colwood council has repealed a controversial pay increase narrowly approved by its predecessor and has directed staff to hire a consultant to redo the council remuneration review. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood council repeals controversial pay increase

Staff directed to hire consultant to redo remuneration review

Colwood council has repealed a controversial pay increase narrowly approved by its predecessor and has directed staff to hire a consultant to redo the council remuneration review. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay Secondary School shoots for 10,000 food items

The school’s annual 10,000 Tonight food drive returned to its full program Wednesday

The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)

JDF Skating Club enjoying success on and off the ice as sport returns to normal

The club has earned competitive victories and has nearly returned to pre-pandemic membership

From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)
Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Belmont students aim to hit the perfect notes at winter concert

Dec. 8 event showcases hard work of dozens of students in multiple bands

Belmont Secondary School music students Hongye Lin, Mac Johnston, Jay Lausman and Nihitha Pottumutu are gearing up for this year’s Winter Concert, set for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Santa and Mrs. Claus smile and wave to the thousands of people who lined Government and Douglas streets Saturday (Nov. 26) to take in the 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade, stopping occasionally to serenade the crowds with a quick Christmas carol. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Santa arrives in Victoria with 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade

Thousands lined downtown to take in the sights despite rain

Santa and Mrs. Claus smile and wave to the thousands of people who lined Government and Douglas streets Saturday (Nov. 26) to take in the 40th annual Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade, stopping occasionally to serenade the crowds with a quick Christmas carol. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Les, Maureen and Luke Reynolds, of Reynolds Antiques and Collectibles, was robbed overnight, with at least $100,000 in gold and jewelry missing just as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Luke Reynolds)

Sooke antique shop robbed of at least $100K in gold and silver

Luke Reynolds is trying to remain positive as the busy holiday shopping season approaches

Les, Maureen and Luke Reynolds, of Reynolds Antiques and Collectibles, was robbed overnight, with at least $100,000 in gold and jewelry missing just as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Luke Reynolds)
David Screech said he has been forced to seriously consider moving Greggs Furniture and Upholstery somewhere else in Greater Victoria due to an increasing number of concerning incidents at its current Government Street location. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Home since ‘55, Greggs Furniture and Upholstery pondering move out of Victoria

David Screech said an increasing amount of concerning incidents driving possible move

David Screech said he has been forced to seriously consider moving Greggs Furniture and Upholstery somewhere else in Greater Victoria due to an increasing number of concerning incidents at its current Government Street location. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The group leading the search for a new location for the former Western Speedway has identified another potential location. (Black Press Media file photo)

Search moving in right direction for new Western Speedway location

A new, promising location has been identified, but talks remain in their early stages

The group leading the search for a new location for the former Western Speedway has identified another potential location. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tracy Singleton, Meghan Rawlins, and Evie Frisque are seen at the Royal Agricultural Winter Horse Show in Toronto where Rawlins designed more than a dozen courses for the prestigious equestrian show. (Courtesy of Meghan Rawlins)

Metchosin equestrian earns rare course design honours

Meghan Rawlins is the only woman in Canada with FEI Level 3 certification

Tracy Singleton, Meghan Rawlins, and Evie Frisque are seen at the Royal Agricultural Winter Horse Show in Toronto where Rawlins designed more than a dozen courses for the prestigious equestrian show. (Courtesy of Meghan Rawlins)
View Royal resident Ryan Painter has launched a petition to ask the province to look into building a noise barrier between the Trans-Canada Highway and his Thetis Vale neighbourhood due to concerns about noise levels. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

View Royal residents launch petition calling for highway noise barrier

Residents in Thetis Vale have recorded traffic sound levels in the 80-decibel range

View Royal resident Ryan Painter has launched a petition to ask the province to look into building a noise barrier between the Trans-Canada Highway and his Thetis Vale neighbourhood due to concerns about noise levels. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jeff Morrow stands in his newly repaired backyard Tuesday (Nov. 15), one year to the day after a record-breaking rainstorm caused much of it to be washed into Millstream Creek. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford resident looks back 1 year after record-breaking storm nearly took his house

Jeff Morrow is thankful for the support he has received, feels change still needed

Jeff Morrow stands in his newly repaired backyard Tuesday (Nov. 15), one year to the day after a record-breaking rainstorm caused much of it to be washed into Millstream Creek. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Brandon Baker, a member of the Victoria Flying Club, got an experience of a lifetime when he got to fly a borrowed plane around Burning Man this summer, with the highlight being a surprise airborne pizza delivery. (Courtesy Brandon Baker)

Greater Victoria pilot takes to the skies to bring pizza to Burning Man

Brandon Baker was at the desert festival when an opportunity arose to rent a plane

Brandon Baker, a member of the Victoria Flying Club, got an experience of a lifetime when he got to fly a borrowed plane around Burning Man this summer, with the highlight being a surprise airborne pizza delivery. (Courtesy Brandon Baker)