Rebecca Willson

The Coates’ Marvin the Martian sign that was stolen on Nov. 30, 2022. (Nancy Coates/ Facebook)

Sicamous couple’s iconic sign stolen, theft appears pre-planned

Nancy and Terry Coates offering $50 reward for return of sign in good shape

The Coates’ Marvin the Martian sign that was stolen on Nov. 30, 2022. (Nancy Coates/ Facebook)
Crystal Hedlund (left) and Erica Beck with a van packed full of Christmas hamper gifts for sponsored families located in and around Vernon, Dec. 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap baker fulfilling Christmas wishlists for families in need

Crystal Hedlund overwhelmed with ‘tidal wave’ of community support

Crystal Hedlund (left) and Erica Beck with a van packed full of Christmas hamper gifts for sponsored families located in and around Vernon, Dec. 2020. (Contributed)
A proposed plan for the layout of the Paradise Motel lot upgrades at 517 Main St., including the temporary RV campground site approved by Sicamous council Nov. 30 2022. (District of Sicamous image)

Sicamous council approves temporary RV campsite at Paradise Motel

Temporary use permit allows RV camping for three years

A proposed plan for the layout of the Paradise Motel lot upgrades at 517 Main St., including the temporary RV campground site approved by Sicamous council Nov. 30 2022. (District of Sicamous image)
Chetwynd, B.C. artist Teigen Gayse cools down the audience with a cover of Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar during her afternoon performance on day two of the  Monashee Music Festival, Saturday, July 23, 2022. (File photo)

Monashee Music Festival organizer wants more camping options in Sicamous for 2023

Festival’s Andy Bowie addressed council about lack of accommodation, permits

Chetwynd, B.C. artist Teigen Gayse cools down the audience with a cover of Harry Styles' Watermelon Sugar during her afternoon performance on day two of the  Monashee Music Festival, Saturday, July 23, 2022. (File photo)
A scam involving an allegedly found lost dog is making the rounds on Shuswap social media groups. (EddieKphoto/Pixabay)

Lost dog scam making the rounds on Okanagan-Shuswap social media groups

BC SPCA reminds people to go through official channels to report, adopt lost dogs

A scam involving an allegedly found lost dog is making the rounds on Shuswap social media groups. (EddieKphoto/Pixabay)
Blind Bay author Randy Wagner and the cover of his new book, 4 1/2 Steps. (Contributed)

Shuswap author hopes to open conversations around grief, depression

Randy Wagner’s book details his life and struggles as a C5-C6 quadriplegic

Blind Bay author Randy Wagner and the cover of his new book, 4 1/2 Steps. (Contributed)
Team members at Freedom’s Gate Horse Rescue with their $5,000 donation from the Horsey Ladies Okanagan fundraiser. (Contributed)

Shuswap horse rescue organization benefits from Horsey Ladies fundraiser

Horsey Ladies Okanagan hot to trot in-person again for fundraiser

Team members at Freedom’s Gate Horse Rescue with their $5,000 donation from the Horsey Ladies Okanagan fundraiser. (Contributed)
Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park will have an outdoor rink developed and snow clearing maintenance provided by the Shuswap Trail Alliance. (CSRD website)

Ice rink returning to Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park thanks to partnership

CSRD and Shuswap Trail Alliance teaming up to maintain outdoor rink, walking paths

Sorrento-Blind Bay Community Park will have an outdoor rink developed and snow clearing maintenance provided by the Shuswap Trail Alliance. (CSRD website)
ROOTSandBLUES Festival headliner Tom Cochrane rocked the MainStage on Aug. 19, 2022. (File photo)

Summer dreams of Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival start with ticket sales

Tickets and camping passes will be available beginning Dec. 5

ROOTSandBLUES Festival headliner Tom Cochrane rocked the MainStage on Aug. 19, 2022. (File photo)
Chhristine Muller and Donna Sloan of C and D Recreations take thrifted decorations and repurpose them to bring them new life. They sold their Christmas and fall decorations at the Christmas Gift and Craft Sale at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm, Nov. 26 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)

PHOTOS: Popular craft fair returns to Salmon Arm church

Vendors and shoppers excited to have markets back, able to socialize

Chhristine Muller and Donna Sloan of C and D Recreations take thrifted decorations and repurpose them to bring them new life. They sold their Christmas and fall decorations at the Christmas Gift and Craft Sale at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm, Nov. 26 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)
A Salvation Army kettle donation stand with no volunteer on a busy Saturday morning at Peavey Mart in Salmon Arm. Volunteers have been hard to find for the organization. Nov. 26, 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Salvation Army recruiting kettle campaign volunteers for the holiday season

Great opportunity for social people at 7 locations in the city

A Salvation Army kettle donation stand with no volunteer on a busy Saturday morning at Peavey Mart in Salmon Arm. Volunteers have been hard to find for the organization. Nov. 26, 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Salmon Arm Observer)
The Sicamous Moose Mouse Parade returned for the B.C. Day long weekend on Saturday, July 30, 2016. (File photo)

Return of Sicamous Moose Mouse Days gaining traction, second meeting planned

District Chamber of Commerce, organizers need community support

The Sicamous Moose Mouse Parade returned for the B.C. Day long weekend on Saturday, July 30, 2016. (File photo)
Maggie Manning playing sledge hockey with the Canadian Women’s Para Hockey High Performance team, July 2022. (Contributed)

Former Salmon Arm student raising awareness for people living with disabilities

Maggie Manning is passionate about youth perspectives and global access equality

Maggie Manning playing sledge hockey with the Canadian Women’s Para Hockey High Performance team, July 2022. (Contributed)
The R.W. Bruhn House in Sicamous, a site being considered for inclusion in the Sicamous Heritage Registry. (Victoria Simpson photo)

Sicamous historical society calling for submissions of local heritage sites

Heritage sites not about historical time frame but what shaped the community

The R.W. Bruhn House in Sicamous, a site being considered for inclusion in the Sicamous Heritage Registry. (Victoria Simpson photo)
A snowmobiler displays a stunt in one of Sicamous’ popular sledding areas. (Hardliners Photography/ Sled Sicamous website)

SLED Sicamous expecting to groom snowmobile trails early December

Snow bike to be won in group’s Ramp Up the Season raffle

A snowmobiler displays a stunt in one of Sicamous’ popular sledding areas. (Hardliners Photography/ Sled Sicamous website)
Volunteers work in the kitchen at the Sicamous Senior Centre, Dec. 26 2018. (Sicamous and District Seniors Centre Society/ Facebook)

Holiday feast: Sicamous seniors centre bringing back traditional Christmas gathering

Seniors and their families are invited to spend time and dine together

Volunteers work in the kitchen at the Sicamous Senior Centre, Dec. 26 2018. (Sicamous and District Seniors Centre Society/ Facebook)
Gwyneth Gau looks after the Eagle Valley Community Support Society table with hamper applications and raffle gift baskets for the Sicamous Parents and Tots program at the Sicamous Christmas Craft and Trade Fair at Eagle River Secondary, Nov. 19 2022. (Rebecca Willson-Eagle Valley News)

Sicamous support society offers ways to help those in need over the holidays

Upcoming firefighter toy drive, CP Holiday Train opportunities to donate

Gwyneth Gau looks after the Eagle Valley Community Support Society table with hamper applications and raffle gift baskets for the Sicamous Parents and Tots program at the Sicamous Christmas Craft and Trade Fair at Eagle River Secondary, Nov. 19 2022. (Rebecca Willson-Eagle Valley News)
Krista Hyde, right, and her family. Hyde is running Project Santa Sicamous for the second year in 2022. (Contributed)

Project Santa: Sicamous woman organizes second year of hampers for families in need

‘If we all pitch in a little bit, we can make sure that no one goes empty handed’

Krista Hyde, right, and her family. Hyde is running Project Santa Sicamous for the second year in 2022. (Contributed)
Bianca Colonna is the District of Sicamous’ new chief financial officer. (District of Sicamous photo)

New Sicamous chief financial officer eager to help shape the community she loves

‘I am confident the finances of the District of Sicamous are in good hands’

Bianca Colonna is the District of Sicamous’ new chief financial officer. (District of Sicamous photo)
Cortlan Dawydiuk sells his Perler bead Christmas ornaments and decorations at the Christmas Craft and Trade Fair at Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous, Nov. 19 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Eagle Valley News)

PHOTOS: Annual Sicamous Christmas Craft and Trade Fair

Eagle River Secondary gym overflowed with vendors selling holiday goods

Cortlan Dawydiuk sells his Perler bead Christmas ornaments and decorations at the Christmas Craft and Trade Fair at Eagle River Secondary, Sicamous, Nov. 19 2022. (Rebecca Willson/ Eagle Valley News)