Cameron Thomson

Many physical activities both medical and recreational have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. (File photo)

Salmon Arm physio, fitness clinics close doors over COVID-19 concerns

Some facilities still offering online services and streaming classes

Many physical activities both medical and recreational have been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. (File photo)
Lanni Donaldson takes advantage of the designated shopping time for at risk persons at DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap grocery stores designate shopping time for at-risk customers

Time set aside in Salmon Arm stores for seniors and the immunocompromised

Lanni Donaldson takes advantage of the designated shopping time for at risk persons at DeMille’s Farm Market in Salmon Arm the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Vahlleri Semeniuk, manager at Second Harvest food bank in Salmon Arm, stands next to a prepared bag of food ready to be picked up on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap food bank gets innovative for self quarantining residents

Second Harvest sets up system to keep people fed

Vahlleri Semeniuk, manager at Second Harvest food bank in Salmon Arm, stands next to a prepared bag of food ready to be picked up on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
Lanni Donaldson takes advantage of the designated shopping time for at risk persons at DeMille’s Farm Market the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm grocery stores designate shopping time for at risk customers

The time is for seniors and the immunocompromised

Lanni Donaldson takes advantage of the designated shopping time for at risk persons at DeMille’s Farm Market the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
The BC SPCA announces restrictions on public access to shelters efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Contributed)

BC SPCA restricts access to shelters over COVID-19 concerns

Staff and volunteers will continue caring for the animals on site

The BC SPCA announces restrictions on public access to shelters efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Contributed)
The District of Sicamous announced the closure of its municipal facilities to the public on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Jim Cooperman)

District of Sicamous closes municipal hall and public works yard

The closures were made to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The District of Sicamous announced the closure of its municipal facilities to the public on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Jim Cooperman)
Vahlleri Semeniuk, manager at Second Harvest food bank, stands next to a prepared bag of food ready to be picked up on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap food bank gets innovative for self quarantining residents

Second Harvest sets up system to keep people fed

Vahlleri Semeniuk, manager at Second Harvest food bank, stands next to a prepared bag of food ready to be picked up on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)
The car that flew almost 10 metres off a frozen snow heap rests on top of Cheryl Chew’s Tacoma truck on Golf Course Drive in Blind Bay the night of Sunday, March 15. (Contributed)

In photos: Car flies off snowbank, lands on two vehicles in Blind Bay

Car drives across a front yard before hitting a frozen snow bank

The car that flew almost 10 metres off a frozen snow heap rests on top of Cheryl Chew’s Tacoma truck on Golf Course Drive in Blind Bay the night of Sunday, March 15. (Contributed)
The B.C. government announces the closures of all K-12 schools on Tuesday, March 17. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap superintendent calls B.C. school closures an ‘anxious time for everybody’

Districts wait to hear ministry expectations for education

The B.C. government announces the closures of all K-12 schools on Tuesday, March 17. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)
The Shuswap Theatre has cancelled the St. Patrick’s Day Shed Party in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

Shuswap Theatre postpones St. Patrick’s Day concert amid COVID-19 concerns

Decisions about the April production will be made as events unfold

The Shuswap Theatre has cancelled the St. Patrick’s Day Shed Party in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
The COVID-19 virus is making an impact on life in the Shuswap from the cancellation of events to the disappearance of toilet paper and other supplies from store shelves. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm)

The spread of COVID-19 virus making its mark in Salmon Arm

Efforts to curtail the virus include the cancellation of hockey games and more

The COVID-19 virus is making an impact on life in the Shuswap from the cancellation of events to the disappearance of toilet paper and other supplies from store shelves. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm)
Tony Hache wears the Calgary Flames jersey he received when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989 in his room at Mount Ida Mews in Salmon Arm on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Retired Calgary Flames zamboni driver keeps close with family through sport

Now a Shuswap resident, hockey remains his connection to his former career and friends

Tony Hache wears the Calgary Flames jersey he received when the Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989 in his room at Mount Ida Mews in Salmon Arm on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Cameron Thomson - Salmon Arm Observer)

Sports leagues face cancellations over COVID-19 fears

Cancellations include tournaments, playoffs and regular season games

The Observer asked: Have you made any changes in plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak?

Word on the street: Have you made any changes in plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak?

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Observer took to the streets…

The Observer asked: Have you made any changes in plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
The Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus Mountain Biking Academy program was approved as a possible physical education option at the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (File photo)

Shuswap outdoors will be classroom for mountain bike academy

Salmon Arm Secondary program will include minimum of 70 hours of riding

The Salmon Arm Secondary Jackson campus Mountain Biking Academy program was approved as a possible physical education option at the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (File photo)
Matt Fehling, Ava Fischer-Boneham and Emma Delasalle proudly display their medals earned at the regional Skills Canada Math Challengers competition Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap kids use their noodles in math and bridge competitions

School District #83 students demonstrate aptitude for pasta engineering

Matt Fehling, Ava Fischer-Boneham and Emma Delasalle proudly display their medals earned at the regional Skills Canada Math Challengers competition Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Friday, March 6, 2020. (Contributed)
Tracey Kutschker starts painting the first lines of a treble clef on the upper panel of downtown Salmon Arm’s public piano on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Cameron Thomson – Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm’s popular public piano undergoes face lift for spring debut

Upright piano to be back at giant treble clef come early May

Tracey Kutschker starts painting the first lines of a treble clef on the upper panel of downtown Salmon Arm’s public piano on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Cameron Thomson – Salmon Arm Observer)
Emily French, Shaylah Ferguson, Lilo Thompson, Maddy Todd, Emma Watson, Ryann Decker, Taylor Sanford, Allison Rokosh, Katie Findlay, Brianna Howard, Camryn Perry, Sequoia Robinson, Katelyn Chapman, Madison Collins, Hayden Mead, Brooklyn Wright and Kellan Mooney pose after their provincial championship third place finish in Coquitlam. (Contributed)                                Emily French, Shaylah Ferguson, Lilo Thompson, Maddy Todd, Emma Watson, Ryann Decker, Taylor Sanford, Allison Rokosh, Katie Findlay, Brianna Howard, Camryn Perry, Sequoia Robinson, Katelyn Chapman, Madison Collins, Hayden Mead, Brooklyn Wright and Kellan Mooney pose after their provincial championship third place finish in Coquitlam. (Contributed)

Shuswap ringette team takes bronze at provincial championships

Team finished the season with 3-1 victory over Kelowna

Emily French, Shaylah Ferguson, Lilo Thompson, Maddy Todd, Emma Watson, Ryann Decker, Taylor Sanford, Allison Rokosh, Katie Findlay, Brianna Howard, Camryn Perry, Sequoia Robinson, Katelyn Chapman, Madison Collins, Hayden Mead, Brooklyn Wright and Kellan Mooney pose after their provincial championship third place finish in Coquitlam. (Contributed)                                Emily French, Shaylah Ferguson, Lilo Thompson, Maddy Todd, Emma Watson, Ryann Decker, Taylor Sanford, Allison Rokosh, Katie Findlay, Brianna Howard, Camryn Perry, Sequoia Robinson, Katelyn Chapman, Madison Collins, Hayden Mead, Brooklyn Wright and Kellan Mooney pose after their provincial championship third place finish in Coquitlam. (Contributed)
Shuswap neighbourhood grant program focused on community engagement

Shuswap neighbourhood grant program focused on community engagement

Shuswap Community Foundation announces availability of $350 grants

Shuswap neighbourhood grant program focused on community engagement
Shuswap artist dedicates show to father, Okanagan Science Centre founder

Shuswap artist dedicates show to father, Okanagan Science Centre founder

Roxi Hermsen, daughter of the late Bill Sim, to open exhibition in April

Shuswap artist dedicates show to father, Okanagan Science Centre founder