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The Penticton Senior’s Drop-In Centre Society (PSDICS) wants to fundraise enough Toonies to stretch across the City of Penticton for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The Penticton Senior’s Drop-In Centre Society (PSDICS) wants to fundraise enough Toonies to stretch across the City of Penticton for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki has had a busy but successful first year in his role, and he plans to keep this momentum going for the next three years of his term. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki reflects on one year in the hot seat

It’s a busy job, but he says he knew what he was signing up for

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki has had a busy but successful first year in his role, and he plans to keep this momentum going for the next three years of his term. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Penticton’s Army of Sass presents Joie de Vivre, a tale of joy, heartbreak and self-discovery. The showcase will have three performances on Dec. 7 at the Cannery Stage. Tickets are $20 each in advance and $25 at the door. (Contributed)

Find the joy at Penticton Army of Sass’s Joie de Vivre

The showcase will have three performances on Dec. 7 at the Cannery Stage

Penticton’s Army of Sass presents Joie de Vivre, a tale of joy, heartbreak and self-discovery. The showcase will have three performances on Dec. 7 at the Cannery Stage. Tickets are $20 each in advance and $25 at the door. (Contributed)
The City of Penticton’s recreation department is launching its 12 Days of Fitness campaign for the fourth year in a row. The initiative runs Dec. 1 to 12 and offers free classes and activities out of the city’s Community Centre and McLaren Park Arena. (Photo from Penticton.ca)

Penticton’s 12 Days of Fitness offers free activities from Dec. 1 to 12

The campaign offers classes and activities out of the Penticton Community Centre, McLaren Park Arena

The City of Penticton’s recreation department is launching its 12 Days of Fitness campaign for the fourth year in a row. The initiative runs Dec. 1 to 12 and offers free classes and activities out of the city’s Community Centre and McLaren Park Arena. (Photo from Penticton.ca)
Anita Perry is a Summerland music teacher who has written works for orchestra, concert bands, ballets and musicals. (File Photo)

Perry: Okanagan Symphony presents innovative evening

Review of the OSO Masterworks II series Themes and Innovations

Anita Perry is a Summerland music teacher who has written works for orchestra, concert bands, ballets and musicals. (File Photo)
Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail - again

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail – again

Jesse Mason, 32, has allegedly been granted and breached his bail twice in two months

Co-accused in Penticton home invasion allegedly breaches bail - again
Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owner of Throttle Thrashers Garage, custom rebuilt this 2013 Scion FR-S, which was selected as fan favourite to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 and Under Category. Lesnoski’s car placed in the top 10 and she found sponsors at the show who have reserved her a spot for next year’s competition. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)

Penticton resident’s car places in top 10 at SEMA auto show

Chelsie Lesnoski entered her 2013 Scion FR-S in the Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 & Under

Chelsie Lesnoski, Penticton resident and co-owner of Throttle Thrashers Garage, custom rebuilt this 2013 Scion FR-S, which was selected as fan favourite to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns 27 and Under Category. Lesnoski’s car placed in the top 10 and she found sponsors at the show who have reserved her a spot for next year’s competition. (Photo by Holden Bucher with Holden.Media)
Lakeman band members (from left) Josh Bissonette, Josh Pym, Warryn Berry and Robert McLaren are performing one last show in Penticton at the Mile Zero Wine Bar. The band is taking a step back to spend more time with their families and will focus on other musical projects in the future. (Contributed)

Don’t miss Lakeman’s last performance at Penticton’s Mile Zero Wine Bar

The Okanagan-based band is taking a step back from performing, after Nov. 30 show

Lakeman band members (from left) Josh Bissonette, Josh Pym, Warryn Berry and Robert McLaren are performing one last show in Penticton at the Mile Zero Wine Bar. The band is taking a step back to spend more time with their families and will focus on other musical projects in the future. (Contributed)
The Penticton Robotics club is preparing to compete in the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition at the Canadian Pacific Regional event in Victoria. The team needs to fundraise about $10,000 in order to off set club costs and cover transportation, accommodations and more. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton Robotics club sets sights on upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition

The club is the first out of the city to compete and needs to fundraise $10,000 to make it a reality

The Penticton Robotics club is preparing to compete in the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition at the Canadian Pacific Regional event in Victoria. The team needs to fundraise about $10,000 in order to off set club costs and cover transportation, accommodations and more. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
Calliope is the name given to the mural of an ethereal red-headed woman painted on the side of Cowork Penticton’s building. The mural was painted by Skyler Punnett and it meant to represent the weaving together of community. Unfortunately, the mural was vandalized.

Vandals target Cowork Penticton mural

Calliope is meant to be a symbol for weaving separate parts together to form a community

Calliope is the name given to the mural of an ethereal red-headed woman painted on the side of Cowork Penticton’s building. The mural was painted by Skyler Punnett and it meant to represent the weaving together of community. Unfortunately, the mural was vandalized.
The band at the Penticton Salvation Army 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign launch spread holiday cheer with their Christmas anthems and church hymns on Nov. 21. The local charity hopes to surpass last year’s fundraising amount with a goal of $140,000. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Penticton Salvation Army aims to raise $140,000 through 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign

The campaign launches today in Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Keremeos

The band at the Penticton Salvation Army 2019 Christmas Kettle Campaign launch spread holiday cheer with their Christmas anthems and church hymns on Nov. 21. The local charity hopes to surpass last year’s fundraising amount with a goal of $140,000. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File photo)

Penticton RCMP do not intend to review sexual assault stats

Eleven out of 29 sexual assault cases in Penticton were deemed unfounded in 2018

The Penticton RCMP detachment is watching the Kelowna detachment’s investigation into its high number of ‘unfounded’ sexual assault cases. Both detachments reported nearly double the provincial average of ‘unfounded’ sexual assaults in 2018, prompting public pressure to account for the discrepancy. (File photo)
The OneSky Community Resources on Penticton’s Ellis Street needs your help to make its clients’ holiday special. The tree at their centre has special star decorations with Christmas wishlist items that residents can purchase for the centre’s clients. (Photo from Facebook)

Make someone’s holiday a merry one with Penticton’s OneSky Community Resources

The centre has a special Christmas tree with gift requests from its clients

The OneSky Community Resources on Penticton’s Ellis Street needs your help to make its clients’ holiday special. The tree at their centre has special star decorations with Christmas wishlist items that residents can purchase for the centre’s clients. (Photo from Facebook)
Haylee Breier Dyck, Hailey Harbinson, Christina Cebriy and Sydney Hutchison gather for a hug with the Penticton Vees mascot Harvee. Harvee and some of the Vees players will be a the COBS Bread parking lot party on Nov. 24 to fundraise for the upcoming Anti-Bullying Game Night on Nov. 30. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s COBS Bread to host parking lot party with Penticton Vees Nov. 24

The event is to fundraise for the Nov. 30 Anti-Bullying Game Night

Haylee Breier Dyck, Hailey Harbinson, Christina Cebriy and Sydney Hutchison gather for a hug with the Penticton Vees mascot Harvee. Harvee and some of the Vees players will be a the COBS Bread parking lot party on Nov. 24 to fundraise for the upcoming Anti-Bullying Game Night on Nov. 30. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton residents are invited to the Downtown Penticton Association’s annual Tree Light Up Festival on Nov. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the all-ages activities and enjoy some late night shopping on Penticton’s Main Street from Block 200 to 300. (Photo from Unsplash)

Start off your holiday season with Penticton’s DPA at the 2019 Tree Light Up Festival

The event takes place on the city’s Main Street from block 200 to 400 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Penticton residents are invited to the Downtown Penticton Association’s annual Tree Light Up Festival on Nov. 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take in the all-ages activities and enjoy some late night shopping on Penticton’s Main Street from Block 200 to 300. (Photo from Unsplash)
Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 27 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. Organizers are planning another strike on Nov. 29 to coincide with the fourth global strike, which is part of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Organizers planning another climate strike at Penticton’s city hall on Nov. 29

The strike is part of the fourth global one in the Fridays for Future movement

Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 27 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. Organizers are planning another strike on Nov. 29 to coincide with the fourth global strike, which is part of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Jerri Rouw will be taking the stage at Slackwater Brewing on Nov. 23 as part of Jerri & Friends with lead guitarist Kevin Fai and bass guitarist Kristopher Marsel. The show is part of the ongoing Slackwater Sessions at the brewery. (Contributed)

Penticton’s Jerri & Friends to perform at Slackwater Brewing

The show on Nov. 23 is part of the ongoing Slackwater Sessions at the brewery

Jerri Rouw will be taking the stage at Slackwater Brewing on Nov. 23 as part of Jerri & Friends with lead guitarist Kevin Fai and bass guitarist Kristopher Marsel. The show is part of the ongoing Slackwater Sessions at the brewery. (Contributed)
City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton makes Maclean’s list of most dangerous Canadian cities again

City of Penticton was ranked 16th in 2018, and now ranks 19th in 2019

City of Penticton has been ranked 19th most dangerous Canadian city by Maclean’s magazine according to its Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is compiled by Statistics Canada using reported crime data. (Photo from Facebook)
The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)

Penticton council fed up with non-compliant property owner

“I’m deeply offended, as I think all of Penticton is, and especially the neighbours.”

The single detached dwelling and detached shed on the property of 377 Winnipeg St. have been long dilapidated, and Penticton city council have officially declared it a nuisance property. Now the non-compliant owner will have until the end of this year to pay their outstanding fines with the city and obtain a building permit to demolish the structures, or the city will pursue injunctive actions through the B.C. Supreme Court. (Photo from Google Maps Street View, 2016)
Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton council to hear case for declaring a climate emergency in the new year

The newly formed Sustainability Committee has been directed to look at the idea

Approximately 250 to 300 students and adults gathered outside of Penticton’s city hall on Sept. 29 to participate in the global climate strike championed by Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg. City council will hear the case for declaring a climate emergency once the newly-formed Sustainability Committee begins meeting in the new year. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)