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Nalayia Taylor and Rhyan Leggett Grayston raise funds for firefighters at their roadside sales table at the corner of 10th Street SW and 10th Avenue SW on Friday, Aug. 27. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Young Salmon Arm residents raise funds for firefighters

Thoughts of wildfire crews having to sleep in tents and use porta-potties part of inspiration

Nalayia Taylor and Rhyan Leggett Grayston raise funds for firefighters at their roadside sales table at the corner of 10th Street SW and 10th Avenue SW on Friday, Aug. 27. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
The unity mural is taking shape at Summerland Middle School. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Mural to bring unity takes shape in South Okanagan

The mural is idea of local Indo-Canadian family whose home was hit by racist graffiti

The unity mural is taking shape at Summerland Middle School. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Vernon residents cheer on firefighters as they return to camp from the White Rock Lake fire. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Faces of the heroes fighting the White Rock Lake wildfire

Vernon residents cheer on firefighters twice daily as they return to camp

Vernon residents cheer on firefighters as they return to camp from the White Rock Lake fire. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A meeting of Moms Stop The Harm members in Kelowna. Each white cross represents a life lost. The group hosts an event in Kelowna Aug. 31 for International Day of Overdose Awareness. (Nicole Richard - Wax Pencil Imagery)

Overdoses and suicides among teens concern Okanagan parents

‘I’ve never seen anything like this in the last 16 years’: The Compassionate Friends

A meeting of Moms Stop The Harm members in Kelowna. Each white cross represents a life lost. The group hosts an event in Kelowna Aug. 31 for International Day of Overdose Awareness. (Nicole Richard - Wax Pencil Imagery)
The sign detailing the project with the bird showing the size of the issue (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)

Oliver home to birdhouse showcase in support of homelessness

The birdhouses are on display at the corner of Fairview and Main in downtown Oliver

The sign detailing the project with the bird showing the size of the issue (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)
Since the disease is so new, Nishimura's medication is not currently covered by the provincial healthcare system nor by pharmacare. (Contributed)

Fundraiser launched for Kelowna man with newly discovered disease

Medication to treat Brendan Nishimura’s MOGAD will cost up to $40,000 a year

Since the disease is so new, Nishimura's medication is not currently covered by the provincial healthcare system nor by pharmacare. (Contributed)
Kristi Laforest gets happy kisses from Sombra who is back home after three days of being lost in Penticton. (Facebook)

UPDATE: Mexican rescue dog back home with family after 3 days lost in Penticton

Sombra followed the wrong biking group at Campbell Mountain trails Aug. 22

Kristi Laforest gets happy kisses from Sombra who is back home after three days of being lost in Penticton. (Facebook)
The team (from left to right) Jeff Wills, Cam McMillan, Kris Childe, Jason Lanki, Mike Romer, and their scorekeeper Samantha. (Contributed)

Kelowna golfers tee up for national championships

The team will compete on the Cabot Links Golf Course in Nova Scotia this October

The team (from left to right) Jeff Wills, Cam McMillan, Kris Childe, Jason Lanki, Mike Romer, and their scorekeeper Samantha. (Contributed)
Tori Jewell was recognized as one the Shuswap’s outstanding community leaders in the 2021 Salmon Arm Top 20 Under 40 program. (Kristal Burgess photo)

Salmon Arm’s Top 20 under 40: Tori Jewell

Program recognizes young community leaders in the Shuswap

  • Aug 25, 2021
Tori Jewell was recognized as one the Shuswap’s outstanding community leaders in the 2021 Salmon Arm Top 20 Under 40 program. (Kristal Burgess photo)
Graham Baker receives the 2021 Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award from board president Mark Thio. (Photo contributed)

Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce announces scholarship winner

Chamber has been presenting annual scholarships since 1996

Graham Baker receives the 2021 Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award from board president Mark Thio. (Photo contributed)
Kristi Laforest with her loved dog Sombra who is lost in Penticton near Township 7 wineries after following the wrong biking group up Campbell Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 22. (Submitted)
Kristi Laforest with her loved dog Sombra who is lost in Penticton near Township 7 wineries after following the wrong biking group up Campbell Mountain on Sunday, Aug. 22. (Submitted)
The third annual Rembel Builders Accessible Hunting Trip is looking to bring one individual with a disability along with them in October. (Rempel Builders photo)

Inclusive hunting trip tears down Okanagan disability barriers

CRIS, Rempel Builders and AWE provide once-in-a-lifetime adventure

The third annual Rembel Builders Accessible Hunting Trip is looking to bring one individual with a disability along with them in October. (Rempel Builders photo)
“1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown. [This] photograph shows Vernon’s McIntosh Girls’ Pipe Band at the corner of Alexander Avenue and Front Street,” author Denis Marshall writes. Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Pipers on parade

‘1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown.’

  • Aug 24, 2021
“1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown. [This] photograph shows Vernon’s McIntosh Girls’ Pipe Band at the corner of Alexander Avenue and Front Street,” author Denis Marshall writes. Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
A kitten up for adoption at the launch of Kelowna’s new AlleyCats Alliance adoption centre on Aug. 21. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A kitten up for adoption at the launch of Kelowna’s new AlleyCats Alliance adoption centre on Aug. 21. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Folks step up to raise money for Parkinson Society of B.C. with SuperWalk

Annual event goes virtual for 2nd year in a row, funds go to Parkinson’s research, programming

About 40 people took part in the Parkinson’s SuperWalk along Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack on Sept. 17, 2016. This year’s walk is virtual and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Kelowna animal sanctuary relocates to Peachland

Star’s Piggly Wigglys Sanctuary was previously located in Joe Rich

(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
West Kelowna musician Nathan Hutton is releasing a song he hopes will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Nathan Hutton)

West Kelowna musician raising funds for cancer research through new single

Soul Forgotten’s single Lilies will be released on Aug. 22

West Kelowna musician Nathan Hutton is releasing a song he hopes will raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Nathan Hutton)
Mary Barrows, a resident of Angus Place in Summerland, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Aug. 19. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Mary Barrows, a resident of Angus Place in Summerland, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Aug. 19. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)

Who is Penticton’s Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man?

The Corn Man has been selling Chilliwack corn in the Okanagan for almost 10 years

The “Crazy Chilliwack Corn Man” with his truck and the corn he sells for $1 a cob (Clayton Whitelaw/Penticton Western News)
A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community block party to lift Vernon moods

Recreation Services hosting reboot and block party Sunday at Performing Arts Centre parking lot

A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)