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Mike Forster (left) and Kristyn Trickey (right) spend multiple nights a week supplying people experiencing homelessness in Penticton with food, clothing, blankets and other essential items. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Keeping the cold off: Penticton’s saviours to those experiencing homelessness

‘We can at least make that person a little warmer, a little more comfortable, a little less hungry’

Mike Forster (left) and Kristyn Trickey (right) spend multiple nights a week supplying people experiencing homelessness in Penticton with food, clothing, blankets and other essential items. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Scouter Aaron Timmers and Salmon Arm Cub Scouts paddle their way through the downtown in the 2018 Salmon Arm Fair parade. (File photo)

Shuswap man remembered as loving father, inspiration to youth

Fundraiser launched in support of wife, children of Aaron Timmers

Scouter Aaron Timmers and Salmon Arm Cub Scouts paddle their way through the downtown in the 2018 Salmon Arm Fair parade. (File photo)
Aaron and son Owen Timmers work their way through their apple pies during the Shuswap Pie Co. pie-eating contest held during the 2019 Salty Street Fest. (File photo)

Shuswap man, Scouts leader remembered as loving father, inspiration to youth

Fundraiser launched in support of wife, children of Aaron Timmers

Aaron and son Owen Timmers work their way through their apple pies during the Shuswap Pie Co. pie-eating contest held during the 2019 Salty Street Fest. (File photo)
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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
A Vernon resident uncovered a piece of forgotten local history when he discovered the Silver Star Challenge Cup, dated 1939-56, in a second-hand shop in the Caribou region of B.C. (Jeff Moore photo)

Vernon man’s trophy find uncovers mysterious local history

Jeff Moore hopes to uncover the story behind the Silver Star Challenge Trophy

A Vernon resident uncovered a piece of forgotten local history when he discovered the Silver Star Challenge Cup, dated 1939-56, in a second-hand shop in the Caribou region of B.C. (Jeff Moore photo)
Harry Ahola was awarded by BC Transit after 29 years of service as a bus driver in Salmon Arm. (Ihana Images)

Dedicated driver: Salmon Arm BC Transit employee earns lifetime achievement award

Harry Ahola says the people on the bus make his job rewarding

Harry Ahola was awarded by BC Transit after 29 years of service as a bus driver in Salmon Arm. (Ihana Images)
Harry Ahola was awarded by BC Transit after 29 years of service as a bus driver in Salmon Arm. (Ihana Images)

Dedicated driver: Salmon Arm BC Transit employee earns lifetime achievement award

Harry Ahola says the people on the bus make his job rewarding

Harry Ahola was awarded by BC Transit after 29 years of service as a bus driver in Salmon Arm. (Ihana Images)
The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign is underway. This year the fundraising effort takes on extra significance for local legions which have suffered from financial strain due to COVID-19. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Sorrento Remembrance Day ceremony pared down in response to COVID-19

Residents encouraged to support annual Poppy Campaign

  • Nov 4, 2020
The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign is underway. This year the fundraising effort takes on extra significance for local legions which have suffered from financial strain due to COVID-19. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
My Sister’s Closet Clothing Program at 834 Shuswap Ave. in Chase is accepting donations. (Contributed)

Clothing program set up in Chase to help businesswomen, women entrepreneurs

Indigenous female entrepreneur organizes My Sister’s Closet so women can give and receive clothing

My Sister’s Closet Clothing Program at 834 Shuswap Ave. in Chase is accepting donations. (Contributed)
A GoFundMe campaign has been created by friends of Nicole Neill, a Vernon mother diagnosed with Stage 4 triple negative breast cancer. (Contributed)

Friends raise funds for Vernon mother battling terminal breast cancer

GoFundMe created for Nicole Neill, diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer

A GoFundMe campaign has been created by friends of Nicole Neill, a Vernon mother diagnosed with Stage 4 triple negative breast cancer. (Contributed)
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s locomotive will be featured in an upcoming television documentary. (Photo by Tom Burley)

Summerland locomotive featured in TV documentary

Story to recount incident at Slocan Lake in 1946

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s locomotive will be featured in an upcoming television documentary. (Photo by Tom Burley)
The Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre is hosting an online auction to make up funding shortfalls due to (File Photo)

South Shuswap clinic hosts online auction fundraiser

Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre moves fundraising online in light of COVID-19

The Copper Island Health and Wellness Centre is hosting an online auction to make up funding shortfalls due to (File Photo)
Youths with the Shuswap Kids Club explore signs on the Shuswap Children’s Association’s Spooky Story Walk held at Blackburn Park on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Snapshot: Not-so-spooky story time

Shuswap Kids Club youths explore Spooky Story Walk

  • Nov 3, 2020
Youths with the Shuswap Kids Club explore signs on the Shuswap Children’s Association’s Spooky Story Walk held at Blackburn Park on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Chase RCMP respond to complaint on Oct. 3, 2020 of children pranking neighbours. (File photo)

Knock and run: Residents complain to RCMP in Shuswap about children staging pranks

Chase police do their part and track down the offending parties

Chase RCMP respond to complaint on Oct. 3, 2020 of children pranking neighbours. (File photo)
Chase RCMP respond to complaint on Oct. 3, 2020 of children pranking neighbours. (File photo)

Knock and run: Children staging pranks prompts complaints to RCMP in Shuswap

Chase police do their part and track down the offending parties

Chase RCMP respond to complaint on Oct. 3, 2020 of children pranking neighbours. (File photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Fire Chief Bryan Griffin hands out bags of candy donated by the community during a COVID-19 Halloween parade held by the White Lake Fire Department for the children of the area on Saturday evening, Oct. 31. (Contributed)

Snapshot: White Lake firefighters treat community to Halloween parade

Fire Chief Bryan Griffin hands out bags of candy donated by the…

  • Nov 3, 2020
Fire Chief Bryan Griffin hands out bags of candy donated by the community during a COVID-19 Halloween parade held by the White Lake Fire Department for the children of the area on Saturday evening, Oct. 31. (Contributed)
One of the curator’s favourite photos, this crisp black and white shot features the bandstand that was across the road from Bedford’s Pharmacy (the Toronto Dominion Bank). Imagine the  photographer hanging out a second storey window to record this scene. The entertainment: soldiers marching  during a staged exercise and a break from their rail journey. Where were they headed? Image is from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village

Shuswap history in pictures: Rail stop

Soldiers march during a staged exercise and a break from their rail journey

  • Nov 3, 2020
One of the curator’s favourite photos, this crisp black and white shot features the bandstand that was across the road from Bedford’s Pharmacy (the Toronto Dominion Bank). Imagine the  photographer hanging out a second storey window to record this scene. The entertainment: soldiers marching  during a staged exercise and a break from their rail journey. Where were they headed? Image is from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village
Ranger works with his handler Mike Ritcey for Kamloops Search and Rescue. (3 Stones Productions)

Kamloops search and rescue dogs star in new documentary

The film is now available with a fundraiser to support search and rescue groups in B.C.

Ranger works with his handler Mike Ritcey for Kamloops Search and Rescue. (3 Stones Productions)
The Regional District of North Okainagan has launched a new pet licensing program though DocuPet. (RDNO photo)

North Okanagan leashes up new dog licensing program

RDNO teams with Canadian company for new convenient program

The Regional District of North Okainagan has launched a new pet licensing program though DocuPet. (RDNO photo)
Chrissy Deye, Heather Janzen and Monica Kriese serve a person who stopped by for the outoor free lunch on Friday, Oct. 30 that volunteers provide from 12 to 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Throughout pandemic, outdoor lunch provided in Salmon Arm

Volunteers into eighth months of offering meal to people who need food or company

Chrissy Deye, Heather Janzen and Monica Kriese serve a person who stopped by for the outoor free lunch on Friday, Oct. 30 that volunteers provide from 12 to 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)