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Summerland became the first school district in B.C. to have a central school system. The three-member board hired Summerland’s first teacher, Minnie Smith (1854-1932) for the 1904-1905 school year. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland formed school board in 1903

Summerland became the first school district in B.C. to have a central school system

Summerland became the first school district in B.C. to have a central school system. The three-member board hired Summerland’s first teacher, Minnie Smith (1854-1932) for the 1904-1905 school year. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Vernon Police Dog Services K9 Hawkes turned six Sept. 15, 2021. (RCMP)

Vernon police dog turns 6

PDS Hawkes celebrates birthday in style Wednesday

Vernon Police Dog Services K9 Hawkes turned six Sept. 15, 2021. (RCMP)
Vernon’s James Woller reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008. Now the executive director of Thrive for Good is leading a virtual climb of the mountain’s height in a worldwide effort to raise $500,000 to produce healthy and sustainable gardens. Thrive on Kilimanjaro runs from Sept. 17-23, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Vernon man to lead virtual climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to fight poverty

The Sept. 17-23 event will coincide with an in-person climb of Africa’s highest mountain

Vernon’s James Woller reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008. Now the executive director of Thrive for Good is leading a virtual climb of the mountain’s height in a worldwide effort to raise $500,000 to produce healthy and sustainable gardens. Thrive on Kilimanjaro runs from Sept. 17-23, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Smoke settles into the valleys on the Westside from the White Rock Lake wildfire on Monday, Sept. 13. (Geoff Wright photo)

More than 600 fridges/freezers hauled from White Rock Lake fire affected homes

Time is running out for North Westside residents needing to have theirs picked up

Smoke settles into the valleys on the Westside from the White Rock Lake wildfire on Monday, Sept. 13. (Geoff Wright photo)
Penticton leisure pool and waterslide closed but hot tub and main pool still open. (City of Penticton)

Penticton leisure pool and waterslide closed again

Facility staff are working hard to find and fix the issue

Penticton leisure pool and waterslide closed but hot tub and main pool still open. (City of Penticton)
Penticton’s local teams in Heat #1 of the mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival on Sat. 11. From left to right, the Penticton Golden Dragons, 22 In Sync and Survivorship. (Submitted)

Mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival stays COVID-19 safe on Skaha Lake

Despite not having their usual crowds, the paddlers were happy to hit the waves

Penticton’s local teams in Heat #1 of the mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival on Sat. 11. From left to right, the Penticton Golden Dragons, 22 In Sync and Survivorship. (Submitted)
80-pound Milah walks every day with her human Doug Wilson. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

VIDEO: ‘Milah the Pig’ goes on a walk in Kelowna’s City Park

Milah’s owner Doug Wilson said he takes her on walks every day

80-pound Milah walks every day with her human Doug Wilson. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Penticton school joins ‘Love of Reading’ fundraiser

Uplands Elementary has been chosen for the Indigo, Chapters and Coles Adopt A School campaign

Two men play chess in a park while a third looks on (Юлія Вівчарик/Unsplash)

Penticton working with UBCO to honour Day of Older Peoples

The City is compiling profiles of older people who have made an impact in the community

Two men play chess in a park while a third looks on (Юлія Вівчарик/Unsplash)
A customer shops at West Kelowna’s Gospel Mission location during the store’s grand opening on Sept. 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Dozens attend grand opening of Westside location of Kelowna’s Gospel Mission thrift store

‘We’re so happy to be here, continuing to stretch out our hand and help people’

A customer shops at West Kelowna’s Gospel Mission location during the store’s grand opening on Sept. 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
COSAR’s headquarters, located at 4680 Old Vernon Road in Kelowna. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue looking for new building

‘An improved building and location will allow COSAR to better serve the community’

COSAR’s headquarters, located at 4680 Old Vernon Road in Kelowna. (Central Okanagan Search and Rescue/Facebook)
Cyclists depart from the parking lot of Kelowna’s Sandman Hotel on Sept. 10 for the first day of the 21st annual Cops for Kids fundraising campaign. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Cyclists depart from the parking lot of Kelowna’s Sandman Hotel on Sept. 10 for the first day of the 21st annual Cops for Kids fundraising campaign. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Shoppers look through racks of skis during the Revelstoke Ski Club’s annual Ski Swap. (Marissa Tiel/Revelstoke Review)

Popular Ski Swap takes place at Penticton Curling Club Sept. 17-19

The ski swap is a great way to find a new pair of winter sports gear, or sell your own

Shoppers look through racks of skis during the Revelstoke Ski Club’s annual Ski Swap. (Marissa Tiel/Revelstoke Review)
Smile cookie purchases from Sept. 13 to 19 will support the OSNS (Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society)

OSNS chosen charity for 2021 Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign

Cookies available at every South Okanagan Tim Hortons location

Smile cookie purchases from Sept. 13 to 19 will support the OSNS (Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society)

Free renter and landlord workshop for Lower Similkameen

The workshop will take place at Keremeos Legion at 510 Veterans Ave

The recent Sip and Sketch event at Giant Head Estate Winery in Summerland raised $1,770 for the Canadian Red Cross B.C. Fires Appeal. (Contributed)
The recent Sip and Sketch event at Giant Head Estate Winery in Summerland raised $1,770 for the Canadian Red Cross B.C. Fires Appeal. (Contributed)
The poster put out to promote the contest (PDCAC/file)

Penticton Arts Council to hold youth art contest

Contestants will be able to pick any picture they like to colour and submit

The poster put out to promote the contest (PDCAC/file)
Work is underway to build the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre that will bring over 100 child care spaces to Penticton. (OneSky rendering)

Penticton looks for residents interested in working to create new child care spaces

Penticton needs at least 722 new child care spaces over the next 10 years

Work is underway to build the Edmonton Avenue Child Care Centre that will bring over 100 child care spaces to Penticton. (OneSky rendering)
The Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale in September. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens fall sale will be held online

Plenty of perennials and houseplants will be available beginning Sept. 13

The Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale in September. (Contributed)
Hazelnuts are ready for harvest at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Regional District of Central Okanagan)

Self-harvest hazelnuts at West Kelowna’s Gellatly Nut Farm

Due to the ongoing pandemic, people will need to harvest the hazelnuts themselves

Hazelnuts are ready for harvest at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. (Regional District of Central Okanagan)