Jordyn Thomson

CUPE Local 523 has reached bargaining agreements with SD53, SD67 and SD83. The union represents members employed as teaching assistants, grounds workers, bus drivers, support worker and more. (Photo from Unsplash)

Okanagan school districts reach agreement with CUPE Local 523

The union represents members who provide a variety of services to support students

CUPE Local 523 has reached bargaining agreements with SD53, SD67 and SD83. The union represents members employed as teaching assistants, grounds workers, bus drivers, support worker and more. (Photo from Unsplash)
Princess Maggie students Annika Wright (left) and Neila De Kock were happy to be volunteering their time with the 50 other students on Nov. 6 who visited the Salvation Army Food Bank to fold bags for the upcoming 10,000 Tonight school food drive. Last year, the drive doubled its goal and delivered 20,110 non-perishable food items to the local food bank. (Contributed)

Students prepare for upcoming Penticton 10,000 Tonight food drive

The drive takes place on Nov. 28, with bags being distributed with the Penticton Western on Nov. 22

Princess Maggie students Annika Wright (left) and Neila De Kock were happy to be volunteering their time with the 50 other students on Nov. 6 who visited the Salvation Army Food Bank to fold bags for the upcoming 10,000 Tonight school food drive. Last year, the drive doubled its goal and delivered 20,110 non-perishable food items to the local food bank. (Contributed)
Two individuals can be seen walking along the fence behind an apartment complex on Riverside Drive at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 12. Shortly after, one individual begins vandalizing the fence with graffiti while the other stands watch. (Photo from Facebook)                                Two individuals can be seen walking along the fence behind an apartment complex on Riverside Drive at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 12. Shortly after, one individual begins vandalizing the fence with graffiti while the other stands watch. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton RCMP and residents look for vandals responsible for late-night graffiti

Two people can be seen on security footage spraypainting a fence along the Riverside Drive laneway

Two individuals can be seen walking along the fence behind an apartment complex on Riverside Drive at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 12. Shortly after, one individual begins vandalizing the fence with graffiti while the other stands watch. (Photo from Facebook)                                Two individuals can be seen walking along the fence behind an apartment complex on Riverside Drive at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 12. Shortly after, one individual begins vandalizing the fence with graffiti while the other stands watch. (Photo from Facebook)
The City of Penticton is watching the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island very closely, as it attempts to implement a needle distribution bylaw in its city. Penticton is considering a similar bylaw, but city officials said this is just one option city council can consider, and it may not be the best one. (File Photo)

City of Penticton considers new bylaw to restrict needle distribution

Approximately 440 people in Penticton use intravenous drugs and 167,000 needles were ordered in 2018

The City of Penticton is watching the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island very closely, as it attempts to implement a needle distribution bylaw in its city. Penticton is considering a similar bylaw, but city officials said this is just one option city council can consider, and it may not be the best one. (File Photo)
Manda Maggs, Shatford Centre general manager, demonstrates what can be made using the Ideaforge Maker Studio’s laser cutter. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Time to get creative with the Okanagan School of the Arts

Check out some of the upcoming classes and events coming to the Shatford Centre this winter

Manda Maggs, Shatford Centre general manager, demonstrates what can be made using the Ideaforge Maker Studio’s laser cutter. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
(From left) Corey Van Meeteren, Doreen Cameron and Dale Hamill were just some of the attendees at the Caravilla Estates Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. The mobile home park said this was its most-attended ceremony to date, with around 40 attendees. (Contributed)

Penticton’s Caravilla Estates holds most-attended Remembrance Day ceremony to date

The mobile home park held the ceremony at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11

(From left) Corey Van Meeteren, Doreen Cameron and Dale Hamill were just some of the attendees at the Caravilla Estates Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. The mobile home park said this was its most-attended ceremony to date, with around 40 attendees. (Contributed)
The Cellar hosts a Night of Art on Nov. 20

The Cellar hosts a Night of Art on Nov. 20

Owner Nick Vassilakakis has finally agreed to publicly display his art for all to enjoy

The Cellar hosts a Night of Art on Nov. 20
Let your freak flag fly at Studio 54 night at Penticton’s Craft Corner Kitchen

Let your freak flag fly at Studio 54 night at Penticton’s Craft Corner Kitchen

Just Jerri and Nadine from Forbidden Fruit are bringing the 70s back for one night only

Let your freak flag fly at Studio 54 night at Penticton’s Craft Corner Kitchen
Although it would seem that Penticton is the exception when it comes to its low number of sexual assaults, Debbie Scarborough, executive director of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society, is skeptical if the numbers are accurate. A report from Stats Canada found that 37 per cent of the sexual assaults reported to the Penticton RCMP Detachment in 2018 were deemed ‘unfounded.’ (Stock photo)

Penticton sexual assault stats may not be accurate, says SOWINS

“When I see 18 proven, I think 180. So of 180, we have 18 that came forward and were proven.”

Although it would seem that Penticton is the exception when it comes to its low number of sexual assaults, Debbie Scarborough, executive director of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society, is skeptical if the numbers are accurate. A report from Stats Canada found that 37 per cent of the sexual assaults reported to the Penticton RCMP Detachment in 2018 were deemed ‘unfounded.’ (Stock photo)
Penticton resident Laurie Myres is grateful she knows so much about how her parents met during wartime and how her mother came to be one of Canada’s ‘war brides.’ She said her parents were married in England just one week after VE-Day. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Daughter of a war bride: Penticton woman recalls how her parents found love during Second World War

Roughly 48,000 war brides moved to Canada following the end of WWII

Penticton resident Laurie Myres is grateful she knows so much about how her parents met during wartime and how her mother came to be one of Canada’s ‘war brides.’ She said her parents were married in England just one week after VE-Day. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
FutureBiz Penticton 2019 is fast approaching, and the city has just announced the tech leader and invited speakers who will be educating this year’s attendees. (Photo from Unsplash)

FutureBiz Penticton announces tech leader and invited speakers for 2019 forum

The keynote speaker will be Abigail Cabunoc Mayes of the Mozilla Foundation

FutureBiz Penticton 2019 is fast approaching, and the city has just announced the tech leader and invited speakers who will be educating this year’s attendees. (Photo from Unsplash)
Catch Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends at the Naramata Community Church on Nov. 10 for Music that Got us Through WWII. The admission by donation event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Photo from Unsplash)

Join Naramata Community Church for Music that Got us Through WII

The admission by donation event will have music by Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends

Catch Don Wade’s Sax Among Friends at the Naramata Community Church on Nov. 10 for Music that Got us Through WWII. The admission by donation event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Photo from Unsplash)
The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second cash mob today. Join mobbers at the main doors of the Curling Club at 3:45 p.m. to learn which business will be hosting the mob. (Photo from Unsplash)

Don’t miss the second Penticton Chamber cash mob

Mobbers will gather at the Penticton Curling Club main doors at 3:45 p.m.

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second cash mob today. Join mobbers at the main doors of the Curling Club at 3:45 p.m. to learn which business will be hosting the mob. (Photo from Unsplash)
The City of Penticton has begun construction on Westminster Avenue. (Stock photo)

Construction begins on Penticton’s Westminster Avenue

The project received a grant from ICBC ‘in recognition of the improvements it provides’

The City of Penticton has begun construction on Westminster Avenue. (Stock photo)
RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager (at right) discusses a supportive housing project with concerned residents in this file photo. De Jager is moving on to a position at the RCMP headquarters in Surrey. (Western News file photo)

Penticton Chamber wishes farewell to Supt. Ted De Jager

De Jager is transferring to the RCMP headquarters in Surrey

RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager (at right) discusses a supportive housing project with concerned residents in this file photo. De Jager is moving on to a position at the RCMP headquarters in Surrey. (Western News file photo)
Hannah Park, a kindergarten student at the Penticton Christian School, has nothing but determination in her eyes as she moves with the ball during a soccer game at the school’s annual sports day on Oct. 2. (Contributed)

Athlete of the Week: Hannah Park

Hannah Park is a Kindergarten student at the Penticton Christian School

Hannah Park, a kindergarten student at the Penticton Christian School, has nothing but determination in her eyes as she moves with the ball during a soccer game at the school’s annual sports day on Oct. 2. (Contributed)
Kristine Shepherd (right) and a volunteer dish up a plate of hot food for the less fortunate at a previous Monday Night Dinner in Nanaimo Square. The volunteer-run meal program is moving back to the square for the winter, but Mayor John Vassilaki would rather see it move inside somewhere. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Friction persists between Penticton mayor and Monday Night Dinners

The dinners are moving back to Nanaimo Square, but should be moved inside instead says mayor

Kristine Shepherd (right) and a volunteer dish up a plate of hot food for the less fortunate at a previous Monday Night Dinner in Nanaimo Square. The volunteer-run meal program is moving back to the square for the winter, but Mayor John Vassilaki would rather see it move inside somewhere. (Mark Brett - Western News)
The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is looking for artists for its last exhibition at the Leir House Cultural Centre of 2019. Artists can submit to either one or both of the exhibits: Ornamented and Long Nights’ Journey. (Stock photo)

Artists wanted for last exhibition at Leir House Cultural Centre for 2019

Artists can submit for either one or both of the upcoming shows Ornamented and Long Nights’ Journey

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is looking for artists for its last exhibition at the Leir House Cultural Centre of 2019. Artists can submit to either one or both of the exhibits: Ornamented and Long Nights’ Journey. (Stock photo)
A Kelowna youth group is offering a free concert at the Penticton Adventist Church on Nov. 9, featuring classic hymns, popular tunes and even a special surprise. (Stock photo)

Kelowna youth group to perform at Penticton Adventist Church

The youth are putting on a free concert from 7 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 9

A Kelowna youth group is offering a free concert at the Penticton Adventist Church on Nov. 9, featuring classic hymns, popular tunes and even a special surprise. (Stock photo)
Penticton Western News letter to the editor

Letter: Thank you to Grant King Men’s Wear

“I will never forget my first day in parliament wearing a suit from Grant King”

Penticton Western News letter to the editor