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A $45,000 grant from the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF) will allow the SAFE Society’s Transition House to construct three indoor heated and cooled dog kennels with access to an outdoor run for each dog. From left, Lindsay Wong, SCF; Paige Hilland, SAFE Society; Jaylene Bourdon, SAFE Society; Jane Shirley, SAFE Socity; Ineke Hughes, SCF; Judy Moore, SCF; with dogs Tulah and Loki. (Contributed)

Grant to support women with pets in Salmon Arm transition house

Shuswap Community Foundation gives largest grant ever to build shelter, abusers often target pets

A $45,000 grant from the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF) will allow the SAFE Society’s Transition House to construct three indoor heated and cooled dog kennels with access to an outdoor run for each dog. From left, Lindsay Wong, SCF; Paige Hilland, SAFE Society; Jaylene Bourdon, SAFE Society; Jane Shirley, SAFE Socity; Ineke Hughes, SCF; Judy Moore, SCF; with dogs Tulah and Loki. (Contributed)
Food vendor Mark Wilkie of Sun Valley Kettle Korn pictured at the Kelowna Farmers’ market on April 7 with his granddaughter, Clara. (Aaron Hemens - Kelowna Capital News)

Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market welcomes back artisans as 26th season begins

Organizers and vendors are anticipating a year far better than the last

Food vendor Mark Wilkie of Sun Valley Kettle Korn pictured at the Kelowna Farmers’ market on April 7 with his granddaughter, Clara. (Aaron Hemens - Kelowna Capital News)
A Kelowna student partnered up with Mosaic Books for a book drive, which will see materials distributed to inmates in the province. (Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)

Kelowna student, bookstore host book drive for inmates

The books will be distributed to prison inmates in the province

A Kelowna student partnered up with Mosaic Books for a book drive, which will see materials distributed to inmates in the province. (Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and trains once provided transportation in Okanagan Valley

Sternwheelers and Kettle Valley Railway were used to move goods in the region

The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Kevin, the famous friendly Penticton goose, in the background with his new friend seen visiting and enjoying the weather on Easter Monday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

WATCH: Penticton’s favourite goose has made a friend

The pair have been seen together for the past couple weeks

Kevin, the famous friendly Penticton goose, in the background with his new friend seen visiting and enjoying the weather on Easter Monday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival is holding its 2021 annual general meeting via Zoom April 27. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival looks at success overcoming COVID-19

Meeting to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27; new society members sought

Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival is holding its 2021 annual general meeting via Zoom April 27. (Morning Star - file photo)
Look up! Do you know the fellow at the railway crossing? The year is 1977. Email the archives@salmonarmmusuem.org with your answer. Image courtesy the Observer collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

Shuswap history in pictures: Railway crossing

Do you know who this is?

  • Apr 5, 2021
Look up! Do you know the fellow at the railway crossing? The year is 1977. Email the archives@salmonarmmusuem.org with your answer. Image courtesy the Observer collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.
A dapper and dashing version of the Easter Bunny paid a visit over the holiday weekend to residents at Vernon’s Heron Grove care facility. (Photo submitted)

Easter Bunny visits Okanagan care home

Residents at Vernon’s Heron Grove delighted to get visit from a sharp-dressed Easter Bunny

A dapper and dashing version of the Easter Bunny paid a visit over the holiday weekend to residents at Vernon’s Heron Grove care facility. (Photo submitted)
Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary Marina Legare received a special award for technical support from District 21 of Toastmasters. (photo submitted)

Okanagan toastmasters group keen on volunteerism

Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary wins accolade while on her leadership path

Monashee Toastmasters (Lumby) secretary Marina Legare received a special award for technical support from District 21 of Toastmasters. (photo submitted)
A screengrab of Landon Hemmes’s “A Taste of British Columbia” clip. Photo: Instagram.com/landos.photos

WATCH: Kelowna-based photographer uses a drone to capture the beauty of the Okanagan

Landon Hemmes’s “A Taste of British Columbia” clip showcases the vast and ever-changing cityscape of Kelowna, while also capturing the serenity offered by surrounding nature

A screengrab of Landon Hemmes’s “A Taste of British Columbia” clip. Photo: Instagram.com/landos.photos
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

Okanagan 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
Lady Dia, pictured with her son Glory, is a Kelowna artist. She recently received $10,000 in funding for her podcast MoM:ents. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Kelowna artist receives $10k for podcast series

The podcast will explore artistry, parenthood, and the ups and downs of both

Lady Dia, pictured with her son Glory, is a Kelowna artist. She recently received $10,000 in funding for her podcast MoM:ents. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Aquafit classes at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. There will be three aquafit classes scheduled for Terrace residents starting April 5 at the Terrace & District Aquatic Centre. (Angie Mindus photo)

Classes make a splash back in North Okanagan pool

Aquafit and Aqua Therapy return to rec centre following PHO clarification

Aquafit classes at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. There will be three aquafit classes scheduled for Terrace residents starting April 5 at the Terrace & District Aquatic Centre. (Angie Mindus photo)
In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)

Flumes once provided irrigation water to Summerland

Historic flumes can still be seen in parts of the community today

In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)
The Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Society is launching its first online fundraising auction, which will run April 6 to 20. (Shuswap Family Centre image)

Shuswap Family Centre to launch fundraising auction

Moneys raised will support numerous community programs offered by the non-profit

The Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Society is launching its first online fundraising auction, which will run April 6 to 20. (Shuswap Family Centre image)
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Growing a community garden in the South Okanagan

Albert McCormick is spearheading the project to build a new community garden in Keremeos

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Shuswap Trail Alliance co-founder and executive director, Phil McIntyre-Paul (red shirt), seen here at a volunteer trail day in 2007 working on the Larch Hills Traverse between Salmon Arm and Sicamous, will hand over executive director responsibilities to Jen Bellhouse on June 1st and assume a new role as Senior Consultant on trail projects. (Ian Clay photo)

Shuswap trails trailblazers to be honoured

Shuswap Trail Alliance to pay tribute to Phil McIntyre-Paul and Lori Schneider Wood

Shuswap Trail Alliance co-founder and executive director, Phil McIntyre-Paul (red shirt), seen here at a volunteer trail day in 2007 working on the Larch Hills Traverse between Salmon Arm and Sicamous, will hand over executive director responsibilities to Jen Bellhouse on June 1st and assume a new role as Senior Consultant on trail projects. (Ian Clay photo)
Upstart Comics wants to connect with other comic book artists, writers and enthusiasts to provide support and constructive criticism. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Okanagan group promotes creativity among local comic book artists

Upstart Comics offers local artists a community to share content, receive feedback

Upstart Comics wants to connect with other comic book artists, writers and enthusiasts to provide support and constructive criticism. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Sources close to the Salmon Arm Museum archivist identified this piece of farming equipment as a horse-drawn sickle mower. Our unidentified, locally raised  valley boy went on to say, “I don't see her water bottle, maybe she is just doing a short round!”
Who is our subject? Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can solve this mystery!
This image is from the Leger collection of photographs, entrusted to the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Sickle mower

Can you identify the subject in this photo?

  • Mar 29, 2021
Sources close to the Salmon Arm Museum archivist identified this piece of farming equipment as a horse-drawn sickle mower. Our unidentified, locally raised  valley boy went on to say, “I don't see her water bottle, maybe she is just doing a short round!”
Who is our subject? Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can solve this mystery!
This image is from the Leger collection of photographs, entrusted to the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 29, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.