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Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Kaitlyn Fraser was recognized as one the Shuswap’s outstanding community leaders in the 2021 Salmon Arm Top 20 Under 40 program. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm’s Top 20 under 40: Kaitlyn Fraser

Program recognizes the young community leaders in the Shuswap

  • Jul 14, 2021
Kaitlyn Fraser was recognized as one the Shuswap’s outstanding community leaders in the 2021 Salmon Arm Top 20 Under 40 program. (Contributed)
People gather at McGuire’s Grove, located approximately where the Prestige Harbourfront Inn is today. This undated image is from the Claire Carlin collection. We know cricket, tennis, lacrosse and other games were played in July and August, but the grounds were likely too wet in June! What was the occasion? Image courtesy the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

History in pictures

Shuswap history in pictures: Gathering at McGuire’s Grove

  • Jul 13, 2021
People gather at McGuire’s Grove, located approximately where the Prestige Harbourfront Inn is today. This undated image is from the Claire Carlin collection. We know cricket, tennis, lacrosse and other games were played in July and August, but the grounds were likely too wet in June! What was the occasion? Image courtesy the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
A memorial tribute to Police Service Dog Gator is growing at a the foot of a flagpole in front of the Campbell River RCMP detachment on July 9, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Memorial for Campbell River police dog killed in line of duty grows

VIDEO: Emergency personnel conduct vehicle parade memorial for Gator

A memorial tribute to Police Service Dog Gator is growing at a the foot of a flagpole in front of the Campbell River RCMP detachment on July 9, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)

Kelowna elementary school library stays open to combat the ‘summer slide’

Quigley Elementary’s library will be open once weekly to keep them reading over the holidays

Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)
The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)

VIDEO: Creative kids in Keremeos surf the Similkameen River

Using just some straps and planks, these kids turned the river into a surfers paradise

The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)
Habitat for Humanity's upcoming bottle drive will help keep the affordable home ownership program running. (Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Habitat for Humanity hosts Kelowna bottle drive

The fundraiser will help build affordable and safe houses for people in need

Habitat for Humanity's upcoming bottle drive will help keep the affordable home ownership program running. (Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)

Help a Kelowna elementary school get a new playground

The school is raising $50,000 for new equipment

Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)
Tickets for the Paws It Forward raffle can be purchased up to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31. (Lum3n/Pexels)

Kelowna dog shelter launches raffle to fund vet bills

All funds will go towards dog care at Paws It Forward

Tickets for the Paws It Forward raffle can be purchased up to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31. (Lum3n/Pexels)
The BCAA’s new pilot program aims to keep dangerous child car seats off the road while supporting local non-profit organizations. (Kampus Production/Pexels)

Free child car seat recycling pilot program launches in Kelowna

The program aims to take dangerous car seats off the road while supporting local non-profits

The BCAA’s new pilot program aims to keep dangerous child car seats off the road while supporting local non-profit organizations. (Kampus Production/Pexels)
What a proud moment! Pictured left to right are George, Gordon, Louise, Robert, Art, and Sid Iwata. According to history buff Denis Marshall, the children were among thousands “removed” from the Coast at the onset of the Pacific War when residents of Japanese ancestry were deemed security threats. Their parents operated a berry farm on the old Suckling place on Merton Hill (Okanagan Ave.), but returned to Vancouver about 1950. This photograph was taken in 1942. Image courtesy Mike Nakagawa and the Denis Marshall Collection from the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: The Iwata children

What a proud moment! Pictured left to right are George, Gordon, Louise,…

  • Jul 5, 2021
What a proud moment! Pictured left to right are George, Gordon, Louise, Robert, Art, and Sid Iwata. According to history buff Denis Marshall, the children were among thousands “removed” from the Coast at the onset of the Pacific War when residents of Japanese ancestry were deemed security threats. Their parents operated a berry farm on the old Suckling place on Merton Hill (Okanagan Ave.), but returned to Vancouver about 1950. This photograph was taken in 1942. Image courtesy Mike Nakagawa and the Denis Marshall Collection from the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)

Former MLA helms Kelowna Rotary Club

The club’s new president, Steve Thomson, previously served as the Kelowna-Mission MLA

Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)
Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)

Kids turn 45 C into fundraising opportunity for South Okanagan Search and Rescue

Lily Traynor raised over $1,300 for Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue on June 30

Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)
The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Shredder - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)

Armstrong donates trailer full of supplies for victims of Lytton fire

Organizer driving it up to relief centre Friday morning

The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Shredder - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
 The community of Armstrong rallied to support the victims of the devastating June 30 fire that destroyed the village of Lytton. (Matt Jubinville - Facebook)
Former Salmon Arm city councillor Ken Jamieson will be joining the city’s agricultural advisory committee. (File photo)

Former Salmon Arm councillor returns to his roots

City welcomes Ken Jamieson to agricultural advisory committee

Former Salmon Arm city councillor Ken Jamieson will be joining the city’s agricultural advisory committee. (File photo)
Who is going to win? A group of children playing tug of war in an orchard in the 1920s. Hopefully they stay clean. 
(Photo from the Ball collection provided courtesy the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum archives)

Shuswap history in pictures: Tug-of-war

Who is going to win? A group of children playing tug-a-war in…

  • Jun 30, 2021
Who is going to win? A group of children playing tug of war in an orchard in the 1920s. Hopefully they stay clean. 
(Photo from the Ball collection provided courtesy the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum archives)
Samson is one of the horses at Arion Therapeutic Farm. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Popular Kelowna therapy farm moves to Enderby

Arion Therapeutic Farm moved to another property after selling their Kelowna site

Samson is one of the horses at Arion Therapeutic Farm. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)

Vernon man accidentally locks wife, dog on rooftop in heat wave; lives to post about it on social media

The man left for work and jokingly asked friends to ‘send up water’ to stranded pair who were safely unlocked from patio

A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)
A Kelowna resident enters Bernard Avenue through Ellis Street on June 29 as crews transform Bernard into a six-metre, pedestrian-friendly road closure that spans four blocks. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Transformation of Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue underway

The Meet Me on Bernard program is expected to be ready for Canada Day

A Kelowna resident enters Bernard Avenue through Ellis Street on June 29 as crews transform Bernard into a six-metre, pedestrian-friendly road closure that spans four blocks. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
(Central Okanagan School District)

VIDEO: West Kelowna, Japan students join voices in virtual choir

The students sang with their sister school in Japan, Haruhigaoka Junior High

(Central Okanagan School District)