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Discovery House exceeded its goal with its Soup is Good fundraiser this winter. The recovery and housing program was one of three to receive grant money from Valley First Foundation. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Discovery House exceeded its goal with its Soup is Good fundraiser this winter. The recovery and housing program was one of three to receive grant money from Valley First Foundation. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Choosing the right long term care for your loved one can be a daunting task. An Aug. 25 webinar can help. (Submitted)

Webinar for South Okanagan caregivers looking into long-term care

Seniors will make up 77 per cent of Penticton’s population growth

Choosing the right long term care for your loved one can be a daunting task. An Aug. 25 webinar can help. (Submitted)
Maven Lane executive director Hollie Henderson has earned the B.C. 2021 Child Care Award of Excellence in the early care and learning leadership category. (Contributed)

B.C. award delivered to North Okanagan child care leader

Maven Lane’s Hollie Henderson awarded Child Care Award of Excellence

Maven Lane executive director Hollie Henderson has earned the B.C. 2021 Child Care Award of Excellence in the early care and learning leadership category. (Contributed)

Sir Herbert Holt was featured on a Royal Bank of Canada $100 bill in the early 1900s. Holt, president of the bank, was also the richest of all Canadian billionaires. He owned land in Summerland. Portions of his orchard home, on Dale Meadows Road, are across the street from Millionaires’ Row Cider Company. Until the Bank of Canada Act in 1934, each bank had its own currency. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Billionaire on old $100 bill owned land in Summerland

Sir Herbert Holt, president of the Royal Bank of Canada, was the richest man in the country


Sir Herbert Holt was featured on a Royal Bank of Canada $100 bill in the early 1900s. Holt, president of the bank, was also the richest of all Canadian billionaires. He owned land in Summerland. Portions of his orchard home, on Dale Meadows Road, are across the street from Millionaires’ Row Cider Company. Until the Bank of Canada Act in 1934, each bank had its own currency. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)

Wake mascot advocates for Okanagan lakes

Campaign raises boater awareness of damage caused by wakes

A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)
A centennial celebration will be held in Oliver beginning on Friday, Aug. 13. (Contributed)

Oliver to hold 100X100 Festival

Festivities will begin on Friday, Aug. 13

A centennial celebration will be held in Oliver beginning on Friday, Aug. 13. (Contributed)
Newcomers already were racing back to shore on their first try of Dragon Boating on Saturday on Skaha Lake. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Record numbers show up to give Dragon Boating a try in Penticton

Enough people showed up that the organizers ran out of space on their three boats

Newcomers already were racing back to shore on their first try of Dragon Boating on Saturday on Skaha Lake. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)

Theft of cherished kayak led to several acts of giving, says Abbotsford mother

Woman sponsoring birthday party for a child in Nunavut after overwhelming community support

A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)
Penticton Rotary’s Lobster on the Run drive-thru dinner Aug. 14 is selling fast.

Penticton’s Lobster on the Run selling fast

Drive-thru dinner takes place Aug. 14 with proceeds going to new splash pad at Skaha Lake

Penticton Rotary’s Lobster on the Run drive-thru dinner Aug. 14 is selling fast.
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Western Canada bike trek to raise funds for nature set to pass through Okanagan

Alex Simakov wants to raise funds and awareness for Nature Conservancy Canada

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The new exhibit will showcase artifacts and documents from the past hundred years. (Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum and Archives/Web)

Sylix Okanagan nation, Oliver come together for anniversary celebrations

The Oliver & District Museum will open an exhibit for the One Hundred X One Hundred commemoration

The new exhibit will showcase artifacts and documents from the past hundred years. (Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum and Archives/Web)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
Around 2,400 are expected to traverse through three haunted corn mazes during the 2019 Field of Screams at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch this October. The Once Upon a Nightmare themed event goes Oct. 25, 26, 29 & 30. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

Zombies take over North Okanagan’s Field of Screams

Beloved Halloween event at Historic O’Keefe Ranch to make deadly comeback

Around 2,400 are expected to traverse through three haunted corn mazes during the 2019 Field of Screams at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch this October. The Once Upon a Nightmare themed event goes Oct. 25, 26, 29 & 30. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Two participants march at Kelowna Pride 2019 (Kelowna Pride Society)

Kelowna Pride Week a go for September

This year’s pride week will take place from September 10 to 19

Two participants march at Kelowna Pride 2019 (Kelowna Pride Society)
Kojo Sushi in Skaha will officially open its new location ‘Koya’ at 93 Winnipeg Street by Okanagan Lake today, Aug. 3. (Facebook)

Penticton’s Kojo Sushi opens new location near Okanagan Lake

Koya officially opens today, featuring the same menu with some new additions too

Kojo Sushi in Skaha will officially open its new location ‘Koya’ at 93 Winnipeg Street by Okanagan Lake today, Aug. 3. (Facebook)
Rain is actually falling for the first time in months. (Richard Cannings)

It’s raining in South Okanagan

This is the first sign of precipitation in over 2 months

Rain is actually falling for the first time in months. (Richard Cannings)
The Okanagan Vinyl Fest draws over 300 vinyl buyers each year and features vendors from all over the province as well as from Alberta. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled for this September. (Submitted)

Okanagan Vinyl Fest cancelled in Penticton

Peach City Radio hoping listeners still find a way to support the independent station

The Okanagan Vinyl Fest draws over 300 vinyl buyers each year and features vendors from all over the province as well as from Alberta. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled for this September. (Submitted)
Kars Under the K makes its return to Main Street Aug. 1. (Tara Bowie photo from the 2019 Kars Under the K)

Kars Under the ‘K’ fun for the whole family on Aug. 1

The Show and Shine and all-day family event will feature live music, food and over 100 classic cars

Kars Under the K makes its return to Main Street Aug. 1. (Tara Bowie photo from the 2019 Kars Under the K)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
John Erickson noted that the forest fuels are exceptionally dry this year. (John Erickson/Special to the News)
OASISS has been monitoring Okanagan lakes for invasive mussels for nine years. Local residents with private docks are being asked to assist. (Photo/OASISS)

Residents asked to help keep Okanagan lakes free from invasive mussels

A group has been monitoring the lakes for nine years to prevent a mussel infestation

OASISS has been monitoring Okanagan lakes for invasive mussels for nine years. Local residents with private docks are being asked to assist. (Photo/OASISS)