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Premier John Horgan, right, walks with Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam in Okanagan Falls in this 2019 file photo. Structurlam, which employs around 200 people, is one of the leading economic drivers in Okanagan Falls. (Black Press file photo)

Economic recovery emphasized for Okanagan Falls

Small community in South Okanagan has been struggling since before COVID-19 pandemic

Premier John Horgan, right, walks with Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam in Okanagan Falls in this 2019 file photo. Structurlam, which employs around 200 people, is one of the leading economic drivers in Okanagan Falls. (Black Press file photo)
Penticton boy Carter Verge wasn’t expecting much on his birthday Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 due to the pandemic but a group of unknown motorcyclists literally made his birthday wish come true. (Contributed)

VIDEO: Motorcyclists make Penticton boy’s birthday unforgettable

Carter Verge’s fifth birthday was one he’ll never forget

Penticton boy Carter Verge wasn’t expecting much on his birthday Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 due to the pandemic but a group of unknown motorcyclists literally made his birthday wish come true. (Contributed)
Keremeos children’s author aims to normalize disabilities with new book

Keremeos children’s author aims to normalize disabilities with new book

Gus Gets Going tells the story of a boy who uses a wheelchair living life to the fullest

Keremeos children’s author aims to normalize disabilities with new book
Justin Glibbery showed off his skills on the piano keys Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 in front of a gathering at Nanaimo Square in downtown Penticton. (Jesse Day - Western News)

VIDEO: Local musician rocks Penticton’s new public piano

Justin Glibbery was the first to perform on the city’s new public piano

Justin Glibbery showed off his skills on the piano keys Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 in front of a gathering at Nanaimo Square in downtown Penticton. (Jesse Day - Western News)
The municipality of Summerland will form a task force to consider its downtown neighbourhood plan. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland to form downtown neighbourhood plan task force

Stakeholders and residents will be on committee to determine future of downtown

The municipality of Summerland will form a task force to consider its downtown neighbourhood plan. (Summerland Review file photo)
Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)
Queen Amrit Dhaliwal and Princess Anne Hughes took a special parade down Main Street on Aug. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Peach Fest celebrates royalty with cruise

The Peach Fest Queen and Royalty made an unannounced cruise down Penticton’s Main Street

Queen Amrit Dhaliwal and Princess Anne Hughes took a special parade down Main Street on Aug. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Some Penticton residents will be without running water for three hours on Aug. 13. (Pixabay)

Water shutdown to impact Penticton residents near Naramata Road

The city will shut off water for three hours to make improvements to the system

Some Penticton residents will be without running water for three hours on Aug. 13. (Pixabay)
The Town of Osoyoos is apologizing for the foul odour emitted from its sewage treatment system. (Town of Osoyoos photo)

Town of Osoyoos battling sewer odour issues

The town is apologizing for the odour emitted from its sewage treatment plant

The Town of Osoyoos is apologizing for the foul odour emitted from its sewage treatment system. (Town of Osoyoos photo)
The First West Foundation, through its Valley First Community Endowment, gave $112,400 in a total of 12 grants July 15,2020 to deserving charities across the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. (Contributed photo)

Valley First grants $112,400 to Okanagan charities, adding to record year

‘The credit union mantra has always been about neighbour helping neighbour,’ says executive director

The First West Foundation, through its Valley First Community Endowment, gave $112,400 in a total of 12 grants July 15,2020 to deserving charities across the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. (Contributed photo)
Construction will begin July 20, 2020 in Oliver to replace the raised crosswalk on Park Drive at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School. (Town of Oliver / Facebook)
Construction will begin July 20, 2020 in Oliver to replace the raised crosswalk on Park Drive at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School. (Town of Oliver / Facebook)
Nine candidates have been participating in the Summerland Blossom Youth Ambassador Program over the past year. In the top row from left are Marie Bowyer, Desma Dunsdon, Sophia Ferlizza, Alysha Hanley, Abbie Mistal, Hillary Robertson, Sage Stewart, Daphne Susheski and Sylvia Taylor. The coronation ceremony will be held on July 17. (Photos submitted)

Summerland Blossom Youth Ambassador Program to hold coronation

Event will be held by video as a result of COVID-19 precautions

Nine candidates have been participating in the Summerland Blossom Youth Ambassador Program over the past year. In the top row from left are Marie Bowyer, Desma Dunsdon, Sophia Ferlizza, Alysha Hanley, Abbie Mistal, Hillary Robertson, Sage Stewart, Daphne Susheski and Sylvia Taylor. The coronation ceremony will be held on July 17. (Photos submitted)
The Keremeos Fire Department will be better equipped to extinguish wildfires with the addition of a truck with a low volume, high pressure water pump. The truck and other upgrades were funded through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities on June 9, 2020. (Contributed)

Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department receives $25k grant

Money used on a truck with low volume, high pressure water pump to fight wildfires

The Keremeos Fire Department will be better equipped to extinguish wildfires with the addition of a truck with a low volume, high pressure water pump. The truck and other upgrades were funded through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities on June 9, 2020. (Contributed)
A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)

Inside the undefined world of a Rainbow Family gathering in B.C.

Celebrations are underway to mark the annual gathering of the controversial Rainbow Family of Living Light

A ‘welcome home’ signboard on a trail near the site of the gathering. (Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror)
96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends

‘I did as I was told and I enjoyed every minute of it’

96-year-old woman scales B.C. butte with help of family, friends
Volunteers with the Summerland Fire Department set up a plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks, a former firefighter. The plaque was presented in spring of 2020. (Contributed)

Bench plaque recognizes former Summerland firefighter

Volunteers with fire department set up plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks

Volunteers with the Summerland Fire Department set up a plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks, a former firefighter. The plaque was presented in spring of 2020. (Contributed)
Ellie Pattison, living at Summerland Seniors Village, turned 105 on June 24. (Contributed)

Summerland resident marks 105th birthday

Ellie Pattison, a resident of Summerland Seniors Village, celebrated her birthday on June 24

Ellie Pattison, living at Summerland Seniors Village, turned 105 on June 24. (Contributed)
The Okanagan School of the Arts has received support from School District 67 and the City of Penticton to help ease their transition out of Penticton’s Shatford Centre. The school was originally set to be evicted June 30, 2020. (Okanagan School of the Arts / Facebook)

Okanagan School of the Arts given funding and extension at Shatford Centre

The school was originally to be evicted June 30

The Okanagan School of the Arts has received support from School District 67 and the City of Penticton to help ease their transition out of Penticton’s Shatford Centre. The school was originally set to be evicted June 30, 2020. (Okanagan School of the Arts / Facebook)
The Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre in Summerland is reopening, but COVID-19 precautions are now in place. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland youth centre reopening with COVID-19 precautions

Physical distancing, maximum capacity figures outlined as Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre opens

The Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre in Summerland is reopening, but COVID-19 precautions are now in place. (Summerland Review file photo)
The City of Penticton will soon resume disconecting power for residents with outstanding utility accounts. Pentciton council announced the decision June 16, 2020. (Black Press file photo)

City of Penticton to resume utility disconnections

Disconnections were paused in March to help people unable to pay due to COVID-19

The City of Penticton will soon resume disconecting power for residents with outstanding utility accounts. Pentciton council announced the decision June 16, 2020. (Black Press file photo)