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The search has concluded for Keno, with a happy ending. He was found on Mount Prevost in the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (File photo)

Keno the dog found on B.C. mountain 2 weeks after going missing

Husky/shepherd cross enticed by the smell of bacon frying in the dead of night

The search has concluded for Keno, with a happy ending. He was found on Mount Prevost in the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (File photo)
Violet Farrow of Summerland is celebrating her 101st birthday on Jan. 30, 2021. (Contributed)

Summerland pioneer celebrates 101st birthday

Violet Farrow and her husband constructed homes along Purvis Road

Violet Farrow of Summerland is celebrating her 101st birthday on Jan. 30, 2021. (Contributed)
Oliver Town Hall (Town of Oliver Facebook).

Call for local artists to design centennial logo for Oliver

The Town of Oliver will be celebrating 100 years in 2021

Oliver Town Hall (Town of Oliver Facebook).
Alexandra “Annabelle” Lee and her grandpa Bryan Weightman enjoyed a shopping spree at the Sicamous Askew’s foods location after Weightman won a draw for a gift card. (Submitted)

Sicamous seven-year-old fills grandparents’ shopping cart after contest win

When her grandparents won an Askew’s Foods gift card, Alexandra Lee got to handle the shopping

Alexandra “Annabelle” Lee and her grandpa Bryan Weightman enjoyed a shopping spree at the Sicamous Askew’s foods location after Weightman won a draw for a gift card. (Submitted)
Penticton Bylaw officer Glenn Smith, as well as resident Zak Laycock (not pictured), received the Governor General Award from the Royal Canadian Humane Association to recognize their heroism in a summer 2019 incident. (Contributed)

Bylaw officer and Penticton resident given awards for intervening in sexual assault

Bylaw officer Glenn Smith said he was simply in the right place at the right time

Penticton Bylaw officer Glenn Smith, as well as resident Zak Laycock (not pictured), received the Governor General Award from the Royal Canadian Humane Association to recognize their heroism in a summer 2019 incident. (Contributed)
Street scene looking at north side to Rialto taken by Albert Kalten around 1948.(Photo courtesy of Old Photos.ca)

Town of Osoyoos celebrates 75 years as incorporated community

The first meeting and leader were selected on Jan. 31, 1946

Street scene looking at north side to Rialto taken by Albert Kalten around 1948.(Photo courtesy of Old Photos.ca)
Elise Verge gets a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has successfully raised $3 million for a second CT at PRH to be operational by early 2022.(Submitted)

Community comes through for $3M CT scanner at Penticton Regional Hospital

The second CT scanner would be located near the emergency department

Elise Verge gets a preview of a CT exam at Penticton Regional Hospital. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has successfully raised $3 million for a second CT at PRH to be operational by early 2022.(Submitted)
Ideal Energy Solutions will be offering grants for local non-profits. (Facebook)

Ideal Energy Solutions offering community grants

The Penticton company is offering 10 $1,000 grants

Ideal Energy Solutions will be offering grants for local non-profits. (Facebook)
The home of an Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was vandalized on the evening of July 13. Another incident in Summerland was reported to police on the morning of July 14. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Summerland home was vandalized with racist graffiti

Community responds with shock and support following incident in July

The home of an Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was vandalized on the evening of July 13. Another incident in Summerland was reported to police on the morning of July 14. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Quinisco Blue Coyne was born Dec. 20, 2020, at Penticton General Hospital. Photo contributed

Princeton’s ‘first family’ grows by eight pounds, eight ounces

Quin Blue Coyne already has at least 1,000 relatives

Quinisco Blue Coyne was born Dec. 20, 2020, at Penticton General Hospital. Photo contributed
Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)

Penticton man spends day shovelling strangers’ driveways

35-year-old Roderick Hansen saw the recent snow as an opportunity to do something kind for seniors

Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)
6-six-year-old Orion Parisien-Wawea, who has leukemia, and his mom Sierra Book were gifted a new Nintendo Switch gaming console Monday Dec. 21, 2020 thanks to the giving spirit of a Penticton business owner that quickly spread throughout the community, leading to four other struggling families receiving gifts. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton’s giving spirit shines as donations for struggling families pour in

Six-year-old with cancer receives Nintendo; community rallies behind game shop to help more families

6-six-year-old Orion Parisien-Wawea, who has leukemia, and his mom Sierra Book were gifted a new Nintendo Switch gaming console Monday Dec. 21, 2020 thanks to the giving spirit of a Penticton business owner that quickly spread throughout the community, leading to four other struggling families receiving gifts. (Jesse Day - Western News)
A Naramata Christmas tree grower says that leaving just one branch attached to the stump will allow the tree to regrow in half the time. (File photo)

Celebrate the life of a loved one with the Penticton Hospice Society

The annual Celebrate a Life memorial is digital this year

A Naramata Christmas tree grower says that leaving just one branch attached to the stump will allow the tree to regrow in half the time. (File photo)
Gord Portman, 47, was awarded by the Royal Canadian Humane Association for his role in helping to save two people from a Penticton house fire in March. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton man recognized with Canadian bravery award for intervening in house fire

Gord Portman will look to continue his life-saving ways after the fire inspired him to get sober

Gord Portman, 47, was awarded by the Royal Canadian Humane Association for his role in helping to save two people from a Penticton house fire in March. (Jesse Day - Western News)
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.

Double-lung transplant saves father after lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis

This holiday season Angel donations will help fund the most urgent health care needs

  • Dec 14, 2020
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.
Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Near freezing temperatures won’t keep these Penticton swimmers out of the lake

The trio of swimmers have been swimming in Okanagan Lake since the community centre pool closed

Steve McKenzie, Lynda Jones Layng and Lisa Spalding have been braving the cold waters of Okanagan Lake every morning. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
This year, Christmas dinner will not be the same as in past years. (File photo)

Summerland Christmas dinner matchup will not proceed

Event organized by NeighbourLink Summerland cancelled because of pandemic

This year, Christmas dinner will not be the same as in past years. (File photo)
Lights are in place at Rotary Pier in Summerland. The lighting work is part of an initiative to light up the route of the Giants Head Grind. (Contributed)

Organizers lighting route of Giants Head Grind in Summerland

Lighting initiative to begin at Okanagan Lake this year

Lights are in place at Rotary Pier in Summerland. The lighting work is part of an initiative to light up the route of the Giants Head Grind. (Contributed)
From left to right, Lori Motluk, Izabela Szelest, Dr. Jeff Harries and Aaron McRann are spreading a message of hope with the formation of a new national non-profit, the Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society.(Submitted)

Penticton physician launches national Alcohol Use Disorder research group

‘It’s at the heart of so many social issues like homelessness, domestic violence and unemployment’

From left to right, Lori Motluk, Izabela Szelest, Dr. Jeff Harries and Aaron McRann are spreading a message of hope with the formation of a new national non-profit, the Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society.(Submitted)
Dusty Hill (left) and ZZ Top founder Billy F Gibbons on stage at the band’s first show in Penticton in 2009. The Tres Hombres will be back at the South Okanagan Events Centre May 2 with special guests Cheap Trick. (File photo)

Travel Penticton and SOEC to partner to promote Penticton

ZZ Top and Young Stars is not cancelled, just postponed

Dusty Hill (left) and ZZ Top founder Billy F Gibbons on stage at the band’s first show in Penticton in 2009. The Tres Hombres will be back at the South Okanagan Events Centre May 2 with special guests Cheap Trick. (File photo)