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The Summerland community Arts Council is seeking designs for street banners to be displayed around the community this year. The banner program had been held in past years, but did not happen in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)

Designs sought for Summerland street banner project

Five designs will be selected that feature the theme of Diversity and Inclusion

The Summerland community Arts Council is seeking designs for street banners to be displayed around the community this year. The banner program had been held in past years, but did not happen in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)
This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing involved in over 30 Penticton housing projects

The province is partially responsible for over 1,000 residential units in the city

This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)
A photograph of an unidentified skier and his Border Collie. Do you know who the subjects are? Please email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you are able to help. Image from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Ski buddies

A photograph of an unidentified skier and his Border Collie. Do you…

  • Mar 16, 2021
A photograph of an unidentified skier and his Border Collie. Do you know who the subjects are? Please email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you are able to help. Image from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his 44-year career as a paramedic. Stubbs began his career in Penticton. He has worked in Summerland since 2008. (Contributed)

South Okanagan paramedic retiring after 44 years

Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his time with B.C. Emergency Health Services

Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his 44-year career as a paramedic. Stubbs began his career in Penticton. He has worked in Summerland since 2008. (Contributed)
Meghan McInnes painted this poignant picture on her home window during the height of the unknown of the pandemic in March 2020.

One year later: The Hearts of the Okanagan

Hearts showed up in windows across the region as a way to connect during the pandemic

Meghan McInnes painted this poignant picture on her home window during the height of the unknown of the pandemic in March 2020.
Grey Hearts Denim made custom Black Lives Matter shirts for a Kelowna-based production crew. (Grey Hearts Denim)

Kelowna clothing studio uses fashion to advocate for social justice

Grey Hearts Denim thrived during the pandemic and has been an advocate for change

Grey Hearts Denim made custom Black Lives Matter shirts for a Kelowna-based production crew. (Grey Hearts Denim)
Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

South Okanagan shelter debate delays BC Housing audit

Council was provided with a plan for an audit the same day they rejected the permit extension request

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Residents at Armstrong's Heaton Place retirement community had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Friday, March 12, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

COVID vaccination party at North Okanagan retirement community

Heaton Place residents in Armstrong are celebrating after getting their first round of shots Friday

Residents at Armstrong's Heaton Place retirement community had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Friday, March 12, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Ray Snitynsky found a family photo album in front of Sammy J’s in West Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Is this your photo album?: Kelowna man looking for owners

Ray Snitynsky said he found the photo album by Sammy J’s in West Kelowna

Ray Snitynsky found a family photo album in front of Sammy J’s in West Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
After 75 years, Pat Coburn finally received the medal he earned for saving a man’s life in 1945. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
After 75 years, Pat Coburn finally received the medal he earned for saving a man’s life in 1945. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Auldin Maxwell shows off one of the giant Jenga blocks which the makers of the game sent him to commemorate his work record stack earlier this year. (Submitted)

Young Salmon Arm Jenga record holder’s towers about to get much bigger

Auldin Maxwell was given 25 sets of giant wood blocks by the makers of the popular game

Auldin Maxwell shows off one of the giant Jenga blocks which the makers of the game sent him to commemorate his work record stack earlier this year. (Submitted)
Enderby’s Cordell Anker of A.L. Fortune Secondary has won the solo multi-tenor category in the Canadian Drumline Association’s 2021 National Solos Competition March 8, 2021. (Canadian Drumline photo)

WATCH: Enderby drummer best in the country

A.L. Fortune Secondary’s Cordell Anker wins Canadian Drumline Association’s solo competition

Enderby’s Cordell Anker of A.L. Fortune Secondary has won the solo multi-tenor category in the Canadian Drumline Association’s 2021 National Solos Competition March 8, 2021. (Canadian Drumline photo)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton homeless shelter to stay open with or without council support says Minister

Province will keep the shelter operational until new housing is available at Skaha, says Eby

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Reba is an 11-year-old purebred Himalayan from Vernon vying for the title of America’s Favorite Pet. (Elaine Gross - Contributed)

Final push for Vernon cat in U.S. pet contest

Reba, the purebred Himalayan, is hoping she can count on your vote to win top prize

Reba is an 11-year-old purebred Himalayan from Vernon vying for the title of America’s Favorite Pet. (Elaine Gross - Contributed)
This year's Young Entrepreneurs Show has gone virtual in lieu of the one-day marketplace due to pandemic restrictions. (Big White Community School)

Big White’s young entrepreneurs’ show goes virtual

Support local by buying from young local vendors

This year's Young Entrepreneurs Show has gone virtual in lieu of the one-day marketplace due to pandemic restrictions. (Big White Community School)
Ben Morrison and gets a helping hand from his grandfather Larry while trying to catch a fish at the 2016 Father's Day Kids Fishing Derby at the Salmon Arm wharf. (File photo)

Column: Catching fish is never just about catching fish

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Mar 10, 2021
Ben Morrison and gets a helping hand from his grandfather Larry while trying to catch a fish at the 2016 Father's Day Kids Fishing Derby at the Salmon Arm wharf. (File photo)
The Ministry of Health announced on March 9 that there would be a new urgent and primary care centre operating on Martin Street starting March 31. The facility will be an expansion to the existing Martin Street Outreach Centre. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton primary care a ‘model for the province’ says Minister Dix

The Martin Street urgent care centre and Ponderosa clinic are key parts of that model

The Ministry of Health announced on March 9 that there would be a new urgent and primary care centre operating on Martin Street starting March 31. The facility will be an expansion to the existing Martin Street Outreach Centre. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Thomas John ’T.J.’ Smith paid for and built the wharf that bore his name. In 1910,  Summerland’s first cannery was located on the wharf. From 1904 to 1926, the T.J. Smith wharf was Summerland’s economic link to other Okanagan communities.  (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum and Archives)

Summerland wharf was important economic link

T.J. Smith bought and paid for wharf in Summerland

Thomas John ’T.J.’ Smith paid for and built the wharf that bore his name. In 1910,  Summerland’s first cannery was located on the wharf. From 1904 to 1926, the T.J. Smith wharf was Summerland’s economic link to other Okanagan communities.  (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum and Archives)
Dr. John Woods submitted this photo taken on Family Day, Feb. 15, 2021, of people out on the frozen waters of Salmon Arm Bay, to the Salmon Arm Museum for its archives. By Woods’ count, more than 1,000 people took to the ice over the course of the day. <em>Image is from the John Woods Collection and courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.</em>

Shuswap history in pictures: A day for the records

More than 1,000 people were out on the frozen Salmon Arm Bay on Family Day

  • Mar 9, 2021
Dr. John Woods submitted this photo taken on Family Day, Feb. 15, 2021, of people out on the frozen waters of Salmon Arm Bay, to the Salmon Arm Museum for its archives. By Woods’ count, more than 1,000 people took to the ice over the course of the day. <em>Image is from the John Woods Collection and courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.</em>
Friends enjoy a cool morning walk along Canoe Beach on Saturday morning, March 6, 2021. Later on in the day the beach and other city parks and playground were busy with people out enjoying the afternoon sun. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Snapshot: Cool morning walk on Canoe Beach

Friends enjoy a cool morning walk along Canoe Beach on Saturday morning,…

Friends enjoy a cool morning walk along Canoe Beach on Saturday morning, March 6, 2021. Later on in the day the beach and other city parks and playground were busy with people out enjoying the afternoon sun. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)