Saanich Peninsula

Chrissy Olsen, second from left, says she is not sure yet what she will do after Sassy’s Restaurant closes this Saturday, but she will miss owner Cory Porter (left) as well as Barry McGarvy and Rich Nelson, who have also worked decades at the restaurant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Staff says goodbye to Sassy’s Restaurant in Central Saanich

Chrissy Olsen will miss her colleagues and the Porters as the iconic restaurant closes this Saturday

 

The Saanich Fairgrounds hosts a pair of free movies this weekend, Kung-Fu Panda on Friday (Aug. 19) and School of Rock on Saturday. (saanichfair.ca)

Free family movies coming to Saanich Fairgrounds in Central Saanich

Saanichton association presents Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock on Aug. 19 and 20

 

The Salish Sea Lantern Festival is underway on the Saanich Peninsula for the first time since 2019. The windup event happens this Saturday (Aug. 20) in Sidney. (Photo by Bob Orchard)

Salish Sea Lantern Festival lights up Sidney

Organized by ArtSea, event celebrates art, culture, light and community

 

Long-time employees of Sassy’s Restaurant (from left) Rich Nelson (30 years), Chrissy Olsen (25 years) and Barry McGarvy join owner Cory Porter outside the restaurant as it prepares to closes its doors on Saturday (Aug. 20). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Long-time family restaurant to close its doors in Central Saanich

Cory Porter opened Sassy’s 43 years ago as a Smitty’s, before rebranding

Long-time employees of Sassy’s Restaurant (from left) Rich Nelson (30 years), Chrissy Olsen (25 years) and Barry McGarvy join owner Cory Porter outside the restaurant as it prepares to closes its doors on Saturday (Aug. 20). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Harbour Air’s electric-powered de Havilland Beaver takes centre stage for the BC Aviation Museum open house Aug. 20. (Courtesy BCAM)

E-Beaver, vintage aircraft in mix for aviation museum open house in North Saanich

Photo opps, kids games, flight simulators and more on tap for Aug. 20 event

Harbour Air’s electric-powered de Havilland Beaver takes centre stage for the BC Aviation Museum open house Aug. 20. (Courtesy BCAM)
A colour guard led the procession of firefighters and other emergency crews representing various departments during Sunday’s memorial in honour of Forrest Owens, who had served as Central Saanich’s assistant chief during a career that spanned 35 years in firefighting. The procession, which featured some 200 people, started from Stelly’s Secondary School on the way to the Saanich Fairgrounds. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Central Saanich remembers long-time firefighter, community leader Forrest Owens

Some 800 people including hundreds of firefighters and other emergency crews took part in memorial

A colour guard led the procession of firefighters and other emergency crews representing various departments during Sunday’s memorial in honour of Forrest Owens, who had served as Central Saanich’s assistant chief during a career that spanned 35 years in firefighting. The procession, which featured some 200 people, started from Stelly’s Secondary School on the way to the Saanich Fairgrounds. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Firefighters carry the helmet and uniform of Forrest Owens into the RCMP Barn at the Saanich Fairgrounds. Some 800 people joined the memorial service Sunday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Firefighters carry the helmet and uniform of Forrest Owens into the RCMP Barn at the Saanich Fairgrounds. Some 800 people joined the memorial service Sunday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Pets of all stripes are welcome for the pet blessing in Central Saanich Aug. 21, as long as they’re in carriers or on leashes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Pet blessing returns for Saanich Peninsula parishes

Church welcomes pets for Aug. 21 blessing of the animals

Pets of all stripes are welcome for the pet blessing in Central Saanich Aug. 21, as long as they’re in carriers or on leashes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Tours of the dome hosting the Plaskett telescope are included in admission to the Centre of the Universe. Black Press Media file photo

Centre of the Universe reopens for astronomy enthusiasts in Saanich

Release of first images from James Webb Space Telescope has people excited

Tours of the dome hosting the Plaskett telescope are included in admission to the Centre of the Universe. Black Press Media file photo
A Victoria exterior cleaning company was fined $11,000 in June after bleach it was using last year to remove moss from roofs ended up in Sidney’s Reay Creek, killing more than 300 fish and other animals. (Courtesy of Ian Bruce/Peninsula Streams Society)

Victoria company fined $11,000 one year after bleach spill kills fish in Sidney

Dead fish initially found in Reay Creek by child in 2021; province issued penalty

A Victoria exterior cleaning company was fined $11,000 in June after bleach it was using last year to remove moss from roofs ended up in Sidney’s Reay Creek, killing more than 300 fish and other animals. (Courtesy of Ian Bruce/Peninsula Streams Society)
This 1966 replica Ford Shelby Cobra is one of more than 40 cars that will be part of the Victoria Sports and Import Car Show on Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of John Rogers)
This 1966 replica Ford Shelby Cobra is one of more than 40 cars that will be part of the Victoria Sports and Import Car Show on Aug. 13. (Photo courtesy of John Rogers)
Investigators, here seen Saturday, are continuing their investigation of a “very violent struggle" in Brentwood Bay. (Keri Coles/Victoria News)

Nanaimo man pleads guilty to 2019 Brentwood Bay murder

Alan Charles Chapman entered the plea in a Victoria courtroom on Tuesday

Investigators, here seen Saturday, are continuing their investigation of a “very violent struggle" in Brentwood Bay. (Keri Coles/Victoria News)
Photo shows a section of Chalet Road that was washed out by Chalet Creek during intense rains on Nov. 15, 2021. (Courtesy of David Tonken)

North Saanich’s Chalet Creek getting a fish-focused atmospheric river repair job

Larger culvert aims to create a more natural creek bed after last fall’s collapse

Photo shows a section of Chalet Road that was washed out by Chalet Creek during intense rains on Nov. 15, 2021. (Courtesy of David Tonken)
Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)

Upcoming Events: Lots to do and see on the Saanich Peninsula in August

Musical theatre, art exhibit, car show and more on tap this month

Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)
Greater Victoria is a hiker’s paradise, and one of the favourites for locals? Mount Douglas in Saanich, whose shady trails through dense coastal forest give way to open, rocky areas and stunning views at the summit. Justin Samanski-Langille/Victoria News photo

Hike like a local: Victoria hikers share their top 3 destinations

With its scenic West Coast location, boasting a unique mix of ocean…

Greater Victoria is a hiker’s paradise, and one of the favourites for locals? Mount Douglas in Saanich, whose shady trails through dense coastal forest give way to open, rocky areas and stunning views at the summit. Justin Samanski-Langille/Victoria News photo
Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)

‘It’s just lovely’: Saanichton seniors take up the ukulele

Legion Manor Retirement Living residents held their first concert Aug. 2

Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)
Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)

Familiar face arrives at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Former chamber head Denny Warner installed as new executive director at the centre

Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)
A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Horse rescue all in a day’s work for Central Saanich firefighters

Animal had slipped into a ditch, but was pulled out safe and sound

A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Paul Fussell and Cathy Jansen are hosting the Didenko family (center), who fled to Canada after Ukraine was invaded by Russia. (Black Press Media)

Ukrainian couple, daughter land in North Saanich with hopes of building a ‘big, happy family’

The Didenkos hope to rent a unit nearby as their 5-year-old daughter enters kindergarten

Paul Fussell and Cathy Jansen are hosting the Didenko family (center), who fled to Canada after Ukraine was invaded by Russia. (Black Press Media)
The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)

‘A true legend’: Forrest Owens’ contributions remembered in Central Saanich

Memorial service for former assistant fire chief Aug. 14 at Saanich Fairgrounds

The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)