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Brady Lenardon, centre, receives Derek Chudyk’s electrical tool bag. Pictured with Lenardon are Chudyk’s family members. From left are Matt Saunders, left, one-year-old Naomie Saunders, three-year-old Bennett Saunders, Natasha Saunders, Lenardon, Candy Chudyk and Nikki Chudyk. Clint Chudyk was not able to attend. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

VIDEO: Tool bag donated to young lineman in memory of Summerland foreman

Derek Chudyk of Summerland Power had wanted his tool bag to be given to a starting electrical worker

Brady Lenardon, centre, receives Derek Chudyk’s electrical tool bag. Pictured with Lenardon are Chudyk’s family members. From left are Matt Saunders, left, one-year-old Naomie Saunders, three-year-old Bennett Saunders, Natasha Saunders, Lenardon, Candy Chudyk and Nikki Chudyk. Clint Chudyk was not able to attend. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual format. (Contributed)

VIDEO: Summerland Chamber presents Business and Community Excellence Awards

Awards presented to business and community leaders

A total of 14 Summerland businesses have been nominated for this year’s Business of the Year Award. The annual Summerland Business Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual format. (Contributed)
Many public buildings in Oliver have been hit with vandalism containing concerning messages in recent weeks. The most recent graffiti done on the side of a public washroom on June 12, 20202 has Oliver Parks and Recreation searching for solutions to this ongoing problem. (Oliver Parks and Recreation / Facebook)

‘Distressing’ graffiti has Town of Oliver searching for answers

Racial slurs and disturbing messages has community concerned for well-being of youth

Many public buildings in Oliver have been hit with vandalism containing concerning messages in recent weeks. The most recent graffiti done on the side of a public washroom on June 12, 20202 has Oliver Parks and Recreation searching for solutions to this ongoing problem. (Oliver Parks and Recreation / Facebook)
Robert Bitte and Leah Schmidt won more than $1 million in the May 1 Lotto Max draw. (Contributed)

Summerland couple wins Lotto Max

Robert Bitte and Leah Schmidt claimed prize of more than $1 million in May 1 draw

Robert Bitte and Leah Schmidt won more than $1 million in the May 1 Lotto Max draw. (Contributed)
Helping our Hometown Heroes

Helping our Hometown Heroes

With your tickets, you could win big – and give back

  • Jun 8, 2020
Helping our Hometown Heroes
Penticton Downtown Community Markets were cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a debate over vendor fee refunds between the Downtown Penticton Association and market vendors. (Photo by Downtown Penticton Association)

Dowtown Penticton Assocation to partially refund Community Market vendors

Vendors were upset with the original decision not to provide refunds after the market’s cancellation

Penticton Downtown Community Markets were cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a debate over vendor fee refunds between the Downtown Penticton Association and market vendors. (Photo by Downtown Penticton Association)
The Penticton and District Community Arts Council is hosting an online scavenger hunt featuring encaustic art, a painting process where beeswax is applied to a surface using a heat application. (Contributed)

Penticton and District Community Arts Council holding virtual scavenger hunt

Hunt features CanwaxWest’s Brilliant Moments exhibition in an online journey through encaustic art

The Penticton and District Community Arts Council is hosting an online scavenger hunt featuring encaustic art, a painting process where beeswax is applied to a surface using a heat application. (Contributed)
Bill Ross, a long-time community leader in the Town of Oliver, died as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle collided with the scooter he was driving on May 10, 2020. (Contributed)

Influential Oliver man, Bill Ross dies unexpectedly

Ross served the community in various roles with the RDOS and Town of Oliver for nearly 30 years

Bill Ross, a long-time community leader in the Town of Oliver, died as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle collided with the scooter he was driving on May 10, 2020. (Contributed)
Nicole MacMillan, and her staff at a Penticton Tim Hortons put together a video featuring a choreographed dance to show their appreciation for frontline workers. (Sheilla Mindo / YouTube)

Penticton Tim Hortons staff thank frontline workers with inspirational video

‘I think everyone needs a smile right now and we hope our dance brings that to you’

Nicole MacMillan, and her staff at a Penticton Tim Hortons put together a video featuring a choreographed dance to show their appreciation for frontline workers. (Sheilla Mindo / YouTube)
Trent Tupper of Oliver hits the dirt after the bull he was riding, Vincent Vega, knocked him off at the 2019 Keremeos Elks Rodeo. The rodeo will not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Mark Brett - Black Press Media file)

COVID-19 leads to cancellation of Keremeos Elks Rodeo

The rodeo, which attracts thousands, will not take place for the first time in its 82 year history

Trent Tupper of Oliver hits the dirt after the bull he was riding, Vincent Vega, knocked him off at the 2019 Keremeos Elks Rodeo. The rodeo will not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Mark Brett - Black Press Media file)
The Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program funded by the Community Foundation South Okanagan / Similkmaeen provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect and assist people or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. The program was launched to encourage people to find new ways to build and foster community creativity and well-being and address social isolation. (Contributed)

Grants available for South Okanagan individuals leading community-building initiatives

Program provides money to locals to help community share, connect, assist and build

The Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program funded by the Community Foundation South Okanagan / Similkmaeen provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect and assist people or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. The program was launched to encourage people to find new ways to build and foster community creativity and well-being and address social isolation. (Contributed)
Haircuts for Good is asking people to cut their own hair or someone else’s, and make a donation the usual cost of a cut to help health-care workers. (Submitted)

Haircuts for Good asking for donations through home haircuts

Donations can go to food banks or health-care foundations of your choice

Haircuts for Good is asking people to cut their own hair or someone else’s, and make a donation the usual cost of a cut to help health-care workers. (Submitted)
Long-time Penticton firefighter retires

Long-time Penticton firefighter retires

Captain Mike Richards served with the Penticton Fire Department for 38 years

Long-time Penticton firefighter retires
Armstrong girl’s plant sale destroyed

Armstrong girl’s plant sale destroyed

Proceeds from the plant sale were to go to girl’s dream trip to Disneyland

Armstrong girl’s plant sale destroyed
Armstrong’s Hassen Arena could play a vital role in a proposed community-wide event the first weekend in December to be called Winterlude. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan Winterlude proposed to brighten spirits

Community-wide gathering at Armstrong’s IPE Fairgrounds proposed for first weekend in December

Armstrong’s Hassen Arena could play a vital role in a proposed community-wide event the first weekend in December to be called Winterlude. (Morning Star - file photo)
#NOKTogether is a collaboration of business support organizations and local government with a goal of streamlining communication and resources to support local businesses and residents through the new website noktogether.com. (Submitted Photo)

North Okanagan bands together in support against COVID-19

New group launches website with tools to help endure crisis

#NOKTogether is a collaboration of business support organizations and local government with a goal of streamlining communication and resources to support local businesses and residents through the new website noktogether.com. (Submitted Photo)
Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks

Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks

Heart Soul of the Community contest shares $12,000 across Western Canada

Black Press Media, Save-On-Foods bring groceries to families and food banks
Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

Glynis Mullen proposed a simple communication tool to check on neighbours and the community during COVID-19 which has been shared on social media across the country and beyond. Facebook photo/Glynis Mullen
Pat McAllister sent The Morning Star this photo of a village resident putting smiles on the faces of passers-by for being, er, self-quarantined and picking up supplies while on an outing on Vernon Street in Lumby Monday, March 23. (Photo submitted)

North Okanagan resident models unique quarantine outfit

Get-up designed to bring smiles to faces; it worked

Pat McAllister sent The Morning Star this photo of a village resident putting smiles on the faces of passers-by for being, er, self-quarantined and picking up supplies while on an outing on Vernon Street in Lumby Monday, March 23. (Photo submitted)
Register online for the first-ever Okanagan Stay at Home Gala to be held March 27. (Contributed)

Okanagan to unite online for first-ever Stay at Home Gala

The event is scheduled from March 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Register online for the first-ever Okanagan Stay at Home Gala to be held March 27. (Contributed)