Jordyn Thomson

École Entre-Lacs will hold a free Christmas Market on Nov. 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. to benefit the school’s grade 7 and 8 field trip to Quebec City. The event will feature local artists, raffles and live entertainment. (Stock photo)

Christmas Market at Penticton’s École Entre-Lacs on Nov. 15

The market benefits the school’s grade 7 and 8 field trip to Quebec City

École Entre-Lacs will hold a free Christmas Market on Nov. 15 from 12 to 4 p.m. to benefit the school’s grade 7 and 8 field trip to Quebec City. The event will feature local artists, raffles and live entertainment. (Stock photo)
Letter: Halloween is an instituted religious celebration

Letter: Halloween is an instituted religious celebration

It is amazing to me how people, in general, get so caught up by commercialism

Letter: Halloween is an instituted religious celebration
The scroll lights that have hung over Penticton’s Riverside Drive and Skaha Lake Road for over 50 years are no longer safe according to a recent inspection by the city. An outcry of community support has temporarily saved the lights, which will now be stored for volunteers to try to repair, rather than disposed of and replaced. (Photo from Facebook)

Penticton community rallies to save beloved ‘Scroll Lights’

The Christmas lights have hung over Riverside Drive and Skaha Lake Road for over 50 years

The scroll lights that have hung over Penticton’s Riverside Drive and Skaha Lake Road for over 50 years are no longer safe according to a recent inspection by the city. An outcry of community support has temporarily saved the lights, which will now be stored for volunteers to try to repair, rather than disposed of and replaced. (Photo from Facebook)
Green Light Cannabis has been given approval by the City of Penticton for its new location after its first application to open on Ellis Street was denied. (Contributed)

Penticton council gives ‘green light’ to previously rejected cannabis store

Green Light Cannabis will be located on Skaha Lake Road instead of Ellis Street

Green Light Cannabis has been given approval by the City of Penticton for its new location after its first application to open on Ellis Street was denied. (Contributed)
A British man was given a three-year prison sentence in the Penticton court on Oct. 4 for sexually assaulting a person under the age of 16 in 2018. The man will be deported to England following the completion of his sentence. (File Photo)

British man handed three-year jail sentence for sexual assault of Penticton teen

The man will be deported back to England following the completion of his sentence

A British man was given a three-year prison sentence in the Penticton court on Oct. 4 for sexually assaulting a person under the age of 16 in 2018. The man will be deported to England following the completion of his sentence. (File Photo)
Addison Newton, Star 2 level, glides on the ice at McLaren Park Arena on Dec. 8, 2018, for the Winter Wonderland Showcase hosted by the Glengarry Skating Club. The future of the arena will come down to to the 2020 budget deliberations since the facility needs $1.25 million in the next two years just for base building repairs. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Future of Penticton’s McLaren Arena will come down to 2020 budget

Facility needs $1.2 million in the next two years just for base building repairs

Addison Newton, Star 2 level, glides on the ice at McLaren Park Arena on Dec. 8, 2018, for the Winter Wonderland Showcase hosted by the Glengarry Skating Club. The future of the arena will come down to to the 2020 budget deliberations since the facility needs $1.25 million in the next two years just for base building repairs. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
The City of Penticton is taking its lack of affordable childcare spaces seriously, and intends to apply for funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to replace the aging childcare facility in Kiwanis Park. The two city-owned facilities in the park are operated by OneSky Community Resources. (Photo from Unsplash)

Penticton prepares to apply for Childcare BC New Spaces Fund

City council heard an update from staff about the necessary steps to submit an application

The City of Penticton is taking its lack of affordable childcare spaces seriously, and intends to apply for funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to replace the aging childcare facility in Kiwanis Park. The two city-owned facilities in the park are operated by OneSky Community Resources. (Photo from Unsplash)
The fate of the Okanagan School of the Arts, based in the Shatford Centre, is in the hands of its members, who will gather for a special meeting on March 24. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Okanagan School of the Arts seems to be back on track

OSA presented to Penticton city council after receiving a $47,000 grant from the city in Spring 2019

The fate of the Okanagan School of the Arts, based in the Shatford Centre, is in the hands of its members, who will gather for a special meeting on March 24. (Mark Brett - Western News)
First Things First Okanagan wants to bring the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program to elementary schools in Penticton. The program has been successfully implemented in two elementary schools in the area, one in Summerland and one in Kelowna. (Stock photo)

FTFO seeks Penticton council support for climate leadership program in city’s elementary schools

Society partnered with BCSEA to offer Cool It! Climate Leadership Training in Summerland, Kelowna

First Things First Okanagan wants to bring the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program to elementary schools in Penticton. The program has been successfully implemented in two elementary schools in the area, one in Summerland and one in Kelowna. (Stock photo)
Armchair Book Club: Paddling canoes with Frank Wolf

Armchair Book Club: Paddling canoes with Frank Wolf

Heather Allen dives into “Lines on a Map: Unparalleled adventrues in modern exploration”

Armchair Book Club: Paddling canoes with Frank Wolf
Penticton Western News letter to the editor

Letter: Justin Trudeau has the majority with the Bloc Party on his side

“In summary, facts and reality in commentaries, and an immediate stoppage to propaganda.”

Penticton Western News letter to the editor
A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley in February 2019. The temporary shelter will reopen at Penticton’s Compass House, now located at 1706 Main St., and will offer up to 30 beds this winter for those in needs. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton’s Compass House, temporary shelter brace for upcoming cold weather

Both operate out of the Compass House Shelter at 1706 Main St.

A cart with a homeless person’s belongings waits outside the makeshift shelter in a Main Street alley in February 2019. The temporary shelter will reopen at Penticton’s Compass House, now located at 1706 Main St., and will offer up to 30 beds this winter for those in needs. (Mark Brett - Western News)
The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce has come out in favour of the provincial government’s plan to implement permanent Daylight Savings Time in B.C. (Stock photo)

Penticton & Wine Country Chamber supports permanent DST

The chamber cited the numerous negative impacts the bi-annual time change has on residents

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce has come out in favour of the provincial government’s plan to implement permanent Daylight Savings Time in B.C. (Stock photo)
Join the Penticton Public Library and WorkBC for their free resume and cover letter workshops in November. (Photo from Unsplash)

Penticton Public Library and WorkBC want to help your job hunt

WorkBC is offering free resume and cover letter workshops at the library in November

Join the Penticton Public Library and WorkBC for their free resume and cover letter workshops in November. (Photo from Unsplash)
Jordyn Thomson is a reporter with the Penticton Western News. (Mark Brett - Western News)

I’m Just Saying: The world still needs love

Jordyn Thomson is a reporter with the Western News

Jordyn Thomson is a reporter with the Penticton Western News. (Mark Brett - Western News)
The Okanagan College is offering a tuition-free Professional Log Truck Driver Training Program to eligible students at the Oliver campus beginning Nov. 18. (Contributed)

OC in Oliver to offer tuition-free log truck driver training to eligible students

The 16-week program offers 10 weeks of theory, classroom training and six weeks of hands-on training

The Okanagan College is offering a tuition-free Professional Log Truck Driver Training Program to eligible students at the Oliver campus beginning Nov. 18. (Contributed)
Penticton Western News letter to the editor

Letter: Helping our nation’s homeless veterans

Bringing the Homes for Heroes Foundation across Canada and to B.C.

Penticton Western News letter to the editor
In the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, Luke Skywalker watches the setting of multiple suns on his home planet of Tatooine. This scene was shot in Tunisia, but Ken Tapping is more concerned if it is possible for a double stars to have a planet. (Image from StarWars.com)

Star Gazing: Multiple stars

An planet orbiting a double star would likely have some extreme climate problems

In the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, Luke Skywalker watches the setting of multiple suns on his home planet of Tatooine. This scene was shot in Tunisia, but Ken Tapping is more concerned if it is possible for a double stars to have a planet. (Image from StarWars.com)
Riley McIntosh, a Grade 4 student at the Penticton Christian School, minds the net during a friendly game of soccer with his classmates at the school’s annual Sports Day on Oct. 2. (Contributed)

Athlete of the Week: Riley McIntosh

Riley McIntosh is a Grade 4 student at the Penticton Christian School

Riley McIntosh, a Grade 4 student at the Penticton Christian School, minds the net during a friendly game of soccer with his classmates at the school’s annual Sports Day on Oct. 2. (Contributed)
Jerri & Friends are taking the stage again at the Nest & Nectar this Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Take in the no-cover entertainment as you try the venue’s new menu items and one-of-a-kind cocktails. (Contributed)

Jerri & Friends to give encore performance at Penticton’s Nest & Nectar

Catch their no-cover show from 7 to 9 p.m. this Saturday night

Jerri & Friends are taking the stage again at the Nest & Nectar this Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Take in the no-cover entertainment as you try the venue’s new menu items and one-of-a-kind cocktails. (Contributed)