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Penticton City Staff will recommend to council in their Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting that the city extend a pilot project to allow open consumption of alcohol on some beaches through summer 2021. (BC Ale Trail photo)

Legal beach drinks could return to Penticton next summer

Penticton was one of three B.C. communities to allow open alcohol in some public spaces this summer

Penticton City Staff will recommend to council in their Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting that the city extend a pilot project to allow open consumption of alcohol on some beaches through summer 2021. (BC Ale Trail photo)
Penticton man Rylan Hernberg will spend all of World Kindness Day, Nov. 9, 2020 performing acts of kindness such as giving flowers, coffee, a smile and much more just to brighten the day of strangers. (Contributed)
Penticton man Rylan Hernberg will spend all of World Kindness Day, Nov. 9, 2020 performing acts of kindness such as giving flowers, coffee, a smile and much more just to brighten the day of strangers. (Contributed)
Ms. V’s Outdoor Exploration Centre, a new space at Pearson Road Elementary School, was officially opened Nov. 6. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

‘A beautiful dedication to a beautiful person’; Okanagan school opens new outdoor space

Pearson Road Elementary opens new space in honour of Isabel Alves-Vicente, currently fighting ALS

Ms. V’s Outdoor Exploration Centre, a new space at Pearson Road Elementary School, was officially opened Nov. 6. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
NeighbourLink Summerland volunteers have been calling people on their client list during the COVID-19 pandemic, as previous services have been suspended. (Black Press file photo)

Summerland organization promotes calls to check in with neighbours

NeighbourLink Summerland volunteers making phone calls to shut-ins during pandemic

NeighbourLink Summerland volunteers have been calling people on their client list during the COVID-19 pandemic, as previous services have been suspended. (Black Press file photo)
Co-owner, Baani Arora (pictured) celebrated the grand opening of Maharajah Grocerz in Penticton Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton’s first South Asian supermarket celebrates grand opening

Maharajah Grocerz carries foods found across South Asian countries as well as North American staples

Co-owner, Baani Arora (pictured) celebrated the grand opening of Maharajah Grocerz in Penticton Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Coyote Cruises, K’ul Group, JCI Penticton and Royal LePage have partnered together for this year’s river channel clean up. (Western News File)

Volunteers needed for Oct. 18 community cleanup of River Channel

Staggered and socially distanced shifts will be available

Coyote Cruises, K’ul Group, JCI Penticton and Royal LePage have partnered together for this year’s river channel clean up. (Western News File)
Penticton couple Scott and Jessica Tregoning have an Oct. 15, 2020 Zoom meeting with a local fertility clinic. (Contributed)

Community helps Penticton couple raise over $20,000 for surrogacy costs

After losing two babies, the Tregonings have reached out to the community for assistance

Penticton couple Scott and Jessica Tregoning have an Oct. 15, 2020 Zoom meeting with a local fertility clinic. (Contributed)
Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, struggling with severe health issues since he was three months old. A GoFundMe page has been started to help his mother cope with the financial impact of his illnesses. (Contributed)

Community supports mother of Penticton boy battling severe illnesses

Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital since he was three months old

Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, struggling with severe health issues since he was three months old. A GoFundMe page has been started to help his mother cope with the financial impact of his illnesses. (Contributed)
Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, struggling with severe health issues since he was three months old. A GoFundMe page has been started to help his mother cope with the financial impact of his illnesses. (Contributed)

Community supports mother of Penticton boy battling severe illnesses

Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital since he was three months old

Trayce Bennett, 12, has been in and out of BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, struggling with severe health issues since he was three months old. A GoFundMe page has been started to help his mother cope with the financial impact of his illnesses. (Contributed)
Once neglected and left for dead, two dragons now have a new home in Penticton and a new lease on life thanks to three local business owners. (Jesse Day - Western News)

PHOTOS: Pentictonites come together to rehabilitate neglected dragons

The mythical beasts, saved from a ‘dragon graveyard’, are quickly becoming a local landmark

Once neglected and left for dead, two dragons now have a new home in Penticton and a new lease on life thanks to three local business owners. (Jesse Day - Western News)
The Carmi Neighbourhood Association along with Okanagan Trail Alliance and other volunteers filled trucks and trailers full of garbage at the annual Carmi Mt. clean up. (submitted)

Volunteers clean up ‘heaps’ of trash dumped at Carmi Mt.

Mattresses, shotgun shells, and a motor among items left by illegal dumping

The Carmi Neighbourhood Association along with Okanagan Trail Alliance and other volunteers filled trucks and trailers full of garbage at the annual Carmi Mt. clean up. (submitted)
The indoor walking track at the South Okanagan Events Centre will reopen Oct. 13, 2020 after a seven month closure due to COVID-19. (File photo)

SOEC indoor walking track to reopen

The track has been closed since March due to COVID-19

The indoor walking track at the South Okanagan Events Centre will reopen Oct. 13, 2020 after a seven month closure due to COVID-19. (File photo)
A double row of vehicles line up for the 8th annual United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast at the Lakeside Resort in 2019. Organizers surpassed the $25,000 goal. (Western News File)

Start your morning with the United Way Drive Thru breakfast on Oct. 8

The annual fundraiser returns with COVID-19 safety measures

A double row of vehicles line up for the 8th annual United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast at the Lakeside Resort in 2019. Organizers surpassed the $25,000 goal. (Western News File)
Avid walker George Doi of Langley celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Avid walker George Doi of Langley celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Community housing projects hit wall in Keremeos

Cactus Court and Quail Crossing are both close to completion

The Cactus Court housing property was intended to have zero barriers for accessibility, but the door sills are visibly above the outer layer of concrete. It is one of the issues that BC Housing is currently working on with the contractor for the project. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The Pedersen family is thrilled to win Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award for their Desert Model Railroad attraction in Osoyoos. (contributed photo)

Osoyoos model train attraction wins Tripadvisor award

Desert Model Railroad wins nod for Traveller’s Choice

The Pedersen family is thrilled to win Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award for their Desert Model Railroad attraction in Osoyoos. (contributed photo)
Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Litter may be one of the biggest ever

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies
The City of Penticton will soon start gathering public feedback on options for developing Skaha Lake Park. Above, the park is seen from Skaha Lake. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

City of Penticton to gather feedback on options for Skaha Lake Park

The city presented three options currently under consideration to council on Sept. 15

The City of Penticton will soon start gathering public feedback on options for developing Skaha Lake Park. Above, the park is seen from Skaha Lake. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
COVID crushes North Okanagan spelling bee buzz, teams needed for new fundraiser
COVID crushes North Okanagan spelling bee buzz, teams needed for new fundraiser
Penticton’s piano playing mystery mascot unveiled

Penticton’s piano playing mystery mascot unveiled

Many questions were sparked on social media about a mysterious, piano playing bear mascot

Penticton’s piano playing mystery mascot unveiled