John Arendt

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is honouring volunteers for International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5 (Black Press file photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen honouring volunteers

International Volunteer Day is Dec. 5

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is honouring volunteers for International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5 (Black Press file photo)
Customers are lined up at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store in this 2019 file photo. Even today, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the store continues to see around 150 customers a day. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland thrift store to close until Jan. 2, 2021

Concerns about increase in COVID-19 cases led to decision to close doors

Customers are lined up at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store in this 2019 file photo. Even today, with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the store continues to see around 150 customers a day. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for funding for upgrades to the Naramata Museum. (Google Maps)

Funding sought for Naramata Museum upgrades

Improvements would allow facility to open its doors year-round

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for funding for upgrades to the Naramata Museum. (Google Maps)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is working to create an official community plan for Electoral Area G, which includes Hedley, Olalla and the rural area around Keremeos. (Black Press file photo)

Committee members sought for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen OCP committee

Electoral Area G includes Hedley, Olalla and rural area around Keremeos

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is working to create an official community plan for Electoral Area G, which includes Hedley, Olalla and the rural area around Keremeos. (Black Press file photo)
The real estate market is brisk in the South Okanagan, with home prices increasing according to November, 2020 statistics. (Contributed)

House prices rise while supply is limited in South Okanagan

Real estate market active, according to November statistics from South Okanagan Real Estate Board

The real estate market is brisk in the South Okanagan, with home prices increasing according to November, 2020 statistics. (Contributed)
Christmas Lights
This nativity scene at the home of Paul Biro, organizer of the Summerland Drive-By Light Up, was just one of many parts of his elaborate display. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Summerland holiday lights on display

Drive-by light-up on Nov. 27 showed some of the many festive season decorations

Christmas Lights
This nativity scene at the home of Paul Biro, organizer of the Summerland Drive-By Light Up, was just one of many parts of his elaborate display. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A Summerland municipal employee has tested positive for COVID-19. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland municipal employee tests positive for COVID-19

Employee now self-isolating and recovering at home

A Summerland municipal employee has tested positive for COVID-19. (Summerland Review file photo)
Movie crews filmed a holiday parade in Summerland in July. The parade, filmed on Main Street in Summerland, is for the movie, The Christmas Yule Blog. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Movie crews filmed a holiday parade in Summerland in July. The parade, filmed on Main Street in Summerland, is for the movie, The Christmas Yule Blog. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Summerland residents have been receiving a telephone scam with the number showing as the telephone number of the local RCMP detachment. (Black Press Media files)

Summerland RCMP telephone number spoofed in scam calls

Number used in scam attempts from tax agency

Summerland residents have been receiving a telephone scam with the number showing as the telephone number of the local RCMP detachment. (Black Press Media files)
Waste composition sorters examine garbage at the Campbell Mountain Landfill near Penticton. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is conducting a study of residential and commercial waste to help staff understand the types of waste coming to the landfill. (Contributed)
Waste composition sorters examine garbage at the Campbell Mountain Landfill near Penticton. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is conducting a study of residential and commercial waste to help staff understand the types of waste coming to the landfill. (Contributed)
Paul Biro of Summerland has organized a special drive-by holiday lights event to take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27. (Contributed)

Extra COVID-19 safety protocols added to Summerland drive-by lights tour

Map is available by download; living nativity and Santa display eliminated

Paul Biro of Summerland has organized a special drive-by holiday lights event to take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27. (Contributed)
Summerland’s recreational facilities, including the arena and the aquatic centre, are open at present, but regulations are in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo>

COVID-19 safety protocols in place at Summerland’s municipal buildings

Doors remain open, but masks, physical distancing and other measures have been put in place

Summerland’s recreational facilities, including the arena and the aquatic centre, are open at present, but regulations are in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo>
In mid-July, the home of an Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was vandalized, with images including swastikas spray-painted on the house. Since that time, Summerland Mayor Toni Boot has been calling for community conversations about issues relating to race. (Summerland Review file photo)

Provincial funds available for Summerland conversations about racism

Money will not flow directly from province to municipality

In mid-July, the home of an Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was vandalized, with images including swastikas spray-painted on the house. Since that time, Summerland Mayor Toni Boot has been calling for community conversations about issues relating to race. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Campbell Mountain Landfill and other landfills operated by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will have reduced hours from December 2020 to the end of February 2021. (Contributed photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen landfills reduce hours for winter

Measures will take effect from December 2020 until end of February 2021

The Campbell Mountain Landfill and other landfills operated by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will have reduced hours from December 2020 to the end of February 2021. (Contributed photo)
In past years, members of the Summerland Fire Department were present at the Summerland Festival of Lights to collect donations for the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens gift drive. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not be happening, but the annual toy drive will proceed. Donations of cash or new unwrapped toys will be accepted at the Summerland Fire Hall and the Summerland CIBC branch until Dec. 10. (Summerland Review file photo)

Donations sought for Summerland’s annual toy drive

Cash and new unwrapped toys accepted until Dec. 10 for Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens

In past years, members of the Summerland Fire Department were present at the Summerland Festival of Lights to collect donations for the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens gift drive. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not be happening, but the annual toy drive will proceed. Donations of cash or new unwrapped toys will be accepted at the Summerland Fire Hall and the Summerland CIBC branch until Dec. 10. (Summerland Review file photo)
Social media, including sites like Facebook, play an important role in contemporary society. (Dreamstime/TNS photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about social behaviour?

Social conventions, including social distancing, are part of living in a society

Social media, including sites like Facebook, play an important role in contemporary society. (Dreamstime/TNS photo)
Originally the Summerland Reservoir was a glacial lake formed from surrounding groundwater. Former names have included Barclay Lake and Balcomo Lake. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum.)

Summerland’s reservoir was once a glacial lake

Water supply has had many names over the years.

Originally the Summerland Reservoir was a glacial lake formed from surrounding groundwater. Former names have included Barclay Lake and Balcomo Lake. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum.)
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth will take over as the head of the Oliver RCMP detachment in December. (Black Press file photo)

Long-time Penticton police officer to head Oliver RCMP detachment

Don Wrigglesworth has 21 years of policing experience

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth will take over as the head of the Oliver RCMP detachment in December. (Black Press file photo)
Medical radiation technologist Robert Hurford directs Elise Verge in a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s Tree of Dreams campaign looks to raise the final $500,000 needed for a second CT at the hospital. (Contributed)

Tree of Dreams campaign raises money for new CT at Penticton Regional Hospital

Less than $500,000 left in $3 million South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s initiative

Medical radiation technologist Robert Hurford directs Elise Verge in a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s Tree of Dreams campaign looks to raise the final $500,000 needed for a second CT at the hospital. (Contributed)
Policing statistics showed an increase in calls for service in Osoyoos, but a decrease in Oliver during the third quarter of 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News file)

Police activity decreases in Oliver, increases in Osoyoos in third quarter of 2020

RCMP in Osoyoos dealing with rise in number of violent crimes

Policing statistics showed an increase in calls for service in Osoyoos, but a decrease in Oliver during the third quarter of 2020. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News file)