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Free stuff: Shuswap mom hopes to get people upcycling

Shuswap Upcycle offers way to find new homes for unwanted items

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Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Old Friends Canada volunteers Susan and Joelle with 20-year-old Haley, whose owner died and left him homeless. But thanks to Old Friends, Haley loves his new forever home. (Contributed)

Okanagan’s old horses benefit from unique fundraiser

Final days to support Horsey Ladies Okanagan’s fundraiser

Old Friends Canada volunteers Susan and Joelle with 20-year-old Haley, whose owner died and left him homeless. But thanks to Old Friends, Haley loves his new forever home. (Contributed)
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Faces at Little Mountain Park
The Kelowna Capital News team plants a tree for Earth Day
Cougar caught on camera in Lake Country
Snow blankets Kelowna
Former Vernon care aide Christine Thelker has docmented her journey of living with dementia in the pages of her book For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan author documents dementia journey

Christine Thelker’s book, For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia, has online launch Thursday

Former Vernon care aide Christine Thelker has docmented her journey of living with dementia in the pages of her book For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Patti New and son Adam hosted a small gathering of neighbours on Remembrance Day for a ceremony honouring those who served their country. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm resident hosts home-based Remembrance Day ceremony

Neighbours gathered on street to honour those who served their country

Patti New and son Adam hosted a small gathering of neighbours on Remembrance Day for a ceremony honouring those who served their country. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 member and Canadian Forces veteran Harry Welton once again serves as MC for the city’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

In photos: Salmon Arm remembers

Residents pay their respects at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 Remembrance Day ceremony

Salmon Arm Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 member and Canadian Forces veteran Harry Welton once again serves as MC for the city’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
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Column: Knowledge gained by gazing at the stars

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Nov 11, 2020
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John Henry Hector Wilson lived in Salmon Arm before joining the British Columbia Horse, a cavalry regiment based in Vernon and Nicola Lake, and eventually heading overseas to join the fight against Germany in the First World War. (Contributed)

From the orchards of Salmon Arm to the front line: A cavalryman’s story from the First World War

Cindy Kilpatrick shares the biography of her Great Uncle John Henry Hector Wilson

  • Nov 11, 2020
John Henry Hector Wilson lived in Salmon Arm before joining the British Columbia Horse, a cavalry regiment based in Vernon and Nicola Lake, and eventually heading overseas to join the fight against Germany in the First World War. (Contributed)
Enderby Mayor Greg McCune paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed for their country ahead of a much different Remembrance Day 2020. (City of Enderby photo)

Enderby mayor pays tribute to those who served ahead of Remembrance Day

Despite no usual gathering, Mayor Greg McCune invited all to take part in a two-minute silence Nov. 11

Enderby Mayor Greg McCune paid tribute to those who served and sacrificed for their country ahead of a much different Remembrance Day 2020. (City of Enderby photo)
Vernon Lions Club members Simon Dufresne (left), Bobbe MacKenzie, Brian Willows and president Sharon Cain have put together a display at 105 3301 30th Ave. in celebration of the club’s 75th anniversary. A limited celebration for current and past Lions takes place Nov. 19. Register by calling Brian at 250-542-8975. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan service club marks milestone anniversary

Vernon Lions celebrate 75 years amid COVID-19

Vernon Lions Club members Simon Dufresne (left), Bobbe MacKenzie, Brian Willows and president Sharon Cain have put together a display at 105 3301 30th Ave. in celebration of the club’s 75th anniversary. A limited celebration for current and past Lions takes place Nov. 19. Register by calling Brian at 250-542-8975. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Baron and Taloose are looking for a home together.

AlleyCats Okanagan: Pet of the week

Meet two lovely felines looking for their forever homes

  • Nov 10, 2020
Baron and Taloose are looking for a home together.
Salmon Arm resident Shirley Pilcher up her latest book of poetry, Life Moves On, influenced by life under lockdown at a seniors care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)

Confined by COVID-19: Salmon Arm senior poet reflects on loneliness in lockdown

Shirley Pilcher’s latest books inspired by caring staff and challenges of pandemic

Salmon Arm resident Shirley Pilcher up her latest book of poetry, Life Moves On, influenced by life under lockdown at a seniors care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm resident Shirley Pilcher up her latest book of poetry, Life Moves On, influenced by life under lockdown at a seniors care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)

Confined by COVID-19: Shuswap senior reflects on loneliness in lockdown

Shirley Pilcher’s latest poetry books inspired by caring staff and challenges of pandemic

Salmon Arm resident Shirley Pilcher up her latest book of poetry, Life Moves On, influenced by life under lockdown at a seniors care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed)
Kelowna resident Craig Burns visits with his grandson. (Alzheimer Society of B.C. photo)

Kelowna man with dementia joins campaign to keep loved ones connected

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. awareness campaign is called “Don’t change. Even if they do”

Kelowna resident Craig Burns visits with his grandson. (Alzheimer Society of B.C. photo)
Second World War veteran John Augustyn and his daughter Christine Brown laid the first wreath on behalf of MP Wayne Stetski and Canada during the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2017. (Marissa Tiel - Revelstoke Review)

Remembering one of Revelstoke’s last Second World War veterans

Latest numbers estimate Canada is losing hundreds of Second World War veterans each week

Second World War veteran John Augustyn and his daughter Christine Brown laid the first wreath on behalf of MP Wayne Stetski and Canada during the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2017. (Marissa Tiel - Revelstoke Review)
Wild horses have roamed the South Okanagan for years. (File photo)

WATCH: Wild horses visit Okanagan home

A Penticton woman woke to find some unexpected guests in her yard Sunday

Wild horses have roamed the South Okanagan for years. (File photo)
Ms. V’s Outdoor Exploration Centre, a new space at Pearson Road Elementary School, was officially opened Nov. 6. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

‘A beautiful dedication to a beautiful person’; Okanagan school opens new outdoor space

Pearson Road Elementary opens new space in honour of Isabel Alves-Vicente, currently fighting ALS

Ms. V’s Outdoor Exploration Centre, a new space at Pearson Road Elementary School, was officially opened Nov. 6. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
A bridge has been installed along the Okanagan Rail Trail at Ribbleworth Falls in Lake Country thanks to a generous donation. (Contributed)

Okanagan pioneer reconnected to rail through trail enhancements

Lake Country, Kelowna and North Okanagan sites get big boost

A bridge has been installed along the Okanagan Rail Trail at Ribbleworth Falls in Lake Country thanks to a generous donation. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm's Cenotaph has been a community gathering place since it was built in 1922. Does anyone remember when the library was across the street from the cenotaph? Jock Allen was awarded the contract to build the library in 1923. Mrs. D.H. Leech arranged teas and showers to help stock the shelves with books. Photo, circa 1940s, courtesy the Salmon Arm Observer Collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Library by the cenotaph

Does anyone remember when the library was across the street from the cenotaph?

  • Nov 6, 2020
Salmon Arm's Cenotaph has been a community gathering place since it was built in 1922. Does anyone remember when the library was across the street from the cenotaph? Jock Allen was awarded the contract to build the library in 1923. Mrs. D.H. Leech arranged teas and showers to help stock the shelves with books. Photo, circa 1940s, courtesy the Salmon Arm Observer Collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
In February 2019, on a day when there was snow on the ground and the temperature was -3 C, Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a suspicious hedge blaze at a residence. The incident prompted the fire department to ask residents to look at making their properties FireSmart. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Free program helps Shuswap homeowners FireSmart their properties

Columbia Shuswap Regional District staff will assess homes, offer tips to protect from wildfires

In February 2019, on a day when there was snow on the ground and the temperature was -3 C, Salmon Arm firefighters responded to a suspicious hedge blaze at a residence. The incident prompted the fire department to ask residents to look at making their properties FireSmart. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)