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Eva Pölöskey of Accent Chocolates on Main Street has been as busy as the Easter bunny handcrafting special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Penticton chocolatiers make egg-cellent treats just in time for Easter

Accent Chocolates has been busy making hand-painted Easter eggs

Eva Pölöskey of Accent Chocolates on Main Street has been as busy as the Easter bunny handcrafting special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
(Jason Emde photo)

Japanese hair salon takes Vernon B.C.’s namesake

Former resident’s brother-in-law, who lives in Gifu, Japan, named the salon after his hometown

(Jason Emde photo)
Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)

South Okanagan community raises $14,000 for addiction recovery program

Penticton’s Discovery House raised over $14,000 and dished out over 1,800 bowls of soup

Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)
The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream will be replaced with a new community hall and 84 new child care spaces will be constructed on the adjacent vacant lot. (Google)

Coldstream Women’s Institute continues to give

Historic group supports local charities and organizations

The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream will be replaced with a new community hall and 84 new child care spaces will be constructed on the adjacent vacant lot. (Google)
The highly popular MacKenzie Camp on Mabel Lake will be open in the summer for day camps and family getaways, all COVID-safe. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan camp to run this summer

MacKenzie Camp on Mabel Lake will feature day camps and family getaways

The highly popular MacKenzie Camp on Mabel Lake will be open in the summer for day camps and family getaways, all COVID-safe. (Photo submitted)
Paved path to the accessible dock at Agur Lake Camp. Photo submitted/ Debbie Schneider.

Garden shed fundraiser to benefit Agur Lake Camp

Camp west of Summerland is only barrier-free camp in province

Paved path to the accessible dock at Agur Lake Camp. Photo submitted/ Debbie Schneider.
And they’re off for the fifth annual Giant’s Head Grind in Summerland in memory of Christopher Walker. Photo courtesy Kim Lawton

Uphill race in Summerland to offer virtual options

Giants Head Grind fundraising race to offer choices for participants

And they’re off for the fifth annual Giant’s Head Grind in Summerland in memory of Christopher Walker. Photo courtesy Kim Lawton
On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland damaged during flood of 1908

Flooding at Garnet Lake was not only flood in Summerland’s history

On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Marj Plitt, a founding member of NeighbourLink Summerland, has retired from the organization after 16 years. She served on the board, including several years as president, until 2020. (Contributed)

Longtime member retires from NeighbourLink Summerland

Marj Plitt was one of the founding members of community organization in 2004

Marj Plitt, a founding member of NeighbourLink Summerland, has retired from the organization after 16 years. She served on the board, including several years as president, until 2020. (Contributed)
The Youth Innovation Showcase offers young people an avenue to showcase their innovations virtually and to network with some of the top players in the tech world.

Youth Innovation Showcase demonstrates innovative spirit of BC and Yukon

Annual competition gives young people a chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes

  • Mar 23, 2021
The Youth Innovation Showcase offers young people an avenue to showcase their innovations virtually and to network with some of the top players in the tech world.
The City of Vernon is looking for input into its Climate Action Plan. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Time running out for Vernon climate action survey

Public feedback sought on city’s climate action plan

The City of Vernon is looking for input into its Climate Action Plan. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Flight Sergeant MacKenzie Richards from the 222 Shuswap Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Salmon Arm teaches 30 junior cadets how to create an eye-catching website during a web development workshop on March 18. (Elizabeth Spence photo)

Website instruction inspires Salmon Arm Cadet to become university professor

Local cadet one of several instructors leading Spring Break Cadet Activities Program

  • Mar 23, 2021
Flight Sergeant MacKenzie Richards from the 222 Shuswap Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Salmon Arm teaches 30 junior cadets how to create an eye-catching website during a web development workshop on March 18. (Elizabeth Spence photo)
Wyatt Bland, 11, won a bag of art supplies, a $50 gift certificate from Inclusive Arts, and Downtown Dollars donated by Downtown Salmon Arm, for his winning button design in an Inclusive Arts contest. (Contributed)

Kids button down winning Shuswap designs in art contest fundraiser

Inclusive Arts makes buttons to be sold as fundraiser for Shuswap Children’s Association

Wyatt Bland, 11, won a bag of art supplies, a $50 gift certificate from Inclusive Arts, and Downtown Dollars donated by Downtown Salmon Arm, for his winning button design in an Inclusive Arts contest. (Contributed)
Grand Forks’ Jayda G was nominated for best dance track at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Photo by Lou Jasmine, courtesy of This Is Music, Ltd.

Grand Forks’ Jayda G celebrates Grammy nomination

The celebrity DJ/vocalist recently left home, bound for a Toronto studio

Grand Forks’ Jayda G was nominated for best dance track at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Photo by Lou Jasmine, courtesy of This Is Music, Ltd.
(GoFundMe)

Former Okanagan resident with sick child asks for support

Over $5,000 has already been raised in support of family with ill child

(GoFundMe)
The White Lake Fire Department was named the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Fire Department of the Year. (Contributed)

White Lake firefighters earn Fire Department of the Year honours

CSRD board acknowledges fire department at March 18 meeting

  • Mar 19, 2021
The White Lake Fire Department was named the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Fire Department of the Year. (Contributed)
Author Denis Marshall writes, “Clearing snow from winter roads in the 1930s literally proceeded at a snail’s pace.” It took a week for the Department of Highways to cover the route with this Caterpillar “30” tractor  with a runner-mounted caboose refuge for the operator. Photo credited to Joan Fraser Marshall and is from the Denis Marshall Collection courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Snow clearing in the 1930s

Author Denis Marshall writes, “Clearing snow from winter roads in the 1930s…

  • Mar 19, 2021
Author Denis Marshall writes, “Clearing snow from winter roads in the 1930s literally proceeded at a snail’s pace.” It took a week for the Department of Highways to cover the route with this Caterpillar “30” tractor  with a runner-mounted caboose refuge for the operator. Photo credited to Joan Fraser Marshall and is from the Denis Marshall Collection courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
A 107-year-old baby photo was found in the pages of a book borrowed from the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library March 17, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Century-old baby photo found in borrowed Vernon library book

The Okanagan Regional Library is hoping to return the photo to its owner

A 107-year-old baby photo was found in the pages of a book borrowed from the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library March 17, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Free programs like Give Sports a Try, this one in 2019 in Salmon Arm, are funded by the provincial government, BC Recreation and Parks Association and the Centre for Hip Mobility to help get seniors more active. Participating in the adults 55+ tennis program in 2019 were, from left, coach Marietjie Bonthuys, Leah Foreman, Doug Murray, Melody Fischer, Joyce Bradley and Muriel Hurlbert. (Contributed)

Free programs fuel goal to keep Salmon Arm seniors moving

Choose to Move, Give Sports a Try offer movement for range of fitness, mobility levels

Free programs like Give Sports a Try, this one in 2019 in Salmon Arm, are funded by the provincial government, BC Recreation and Parks Association and the Centre for Hip Mobility to help get seniors more active. Participating in the adults 55+ tennis program in 2019 were, from left, coach Marietjie Bonthuys, Leah Foreman, Doug Murray, Melody Fischer, Joyce Bradley and Muriel Hurlbert. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm’s Daybreak Rotary Club is preparing for the return of its Lobster Festival fundraising event on May 29. (File photo)

Rotarians preparing for return of Salmon Arm Lobster Festival

Daybreak Club will be making meals to take home, running online auctions

Salmon Arm’s Daybreak Rotary Club is preparing for the return of its Lobster Festival fundraising event on May 29. (File photo)