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The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Grand Parade returns to celebrate Peach Fest’s 75th birthday in Penticton

Peach Fest wraps up on Sunday night with British piano man Ben Waters

Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Communities rally in support of Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees

Evacuation orders have been issued for more than 500 properties

BGC Okanagan is hosting Golf 4 Kids events in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Aug. 10-12. (BGC photo)

Golfers tee up for kids throughout the Okanagan

Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton events support BGC

BGC Okanagan is hosting Golf 4 Kids events in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Aug. 10-12. (BGC photo)
Children eating at the nursery in India. (EMW)

East Meets West Children’s Foundation to host Diwali dinner in Kelowna

The event returns after a two year hiatus to be held Oct. 29

Children eating at the nursery in India. (EMW)
Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)

An Okanagan Alphabet: author celebrates the valley with new book

Parts of Florence Dyck’s new release was presented to students in Penticton for decades

Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)
Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

S.S. Sicamous Society receives $5k for tugboat restoration

The donation from CN will go towards making the tug ship-shape and tour-ready

Left to right, Bud Cary, S.S. Sicamous Society treasurer, and Matt Verboeket hold up the $5,000 donation from CN that will go towards restoring Tug #6 for public tours. The goal is to have it ready in 2023. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Nori and Kristyn Wentworth stand in front of concert posters from previous KGH fundraisers inside Wentworth Music (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Trim for treatment: Kelowna man cutting beard for KGH dialysis ward

Nori Wentworth has been growing his beard for 30 months

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Nori and Kristyn Wentworth stand in front of concert posters from previous KGH fundraisers inside Wentworth Music (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Skater spent 3 years in Finland teaching hockey players about power and efficiency

Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)
Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)

Missing B.C. dog found after swimming 1 kilometre across Metro Vancouver river

The German shepherd rescue was discovered 10 days after going missing

Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)
Jessie Simpson, 25, celebrated his birthday at home for the first time in six years surrounded by friends and family (Sue Simpson)

Kamloops attack victim full of life six years after brain injury

Jessie Simpson is thankful for everyone who has supported him the last six years

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Jessie Simpson, 25, celebrated his birthday at home for the first time in six years surrounded by friends and family (Sue Simpson)
Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘It was unbelievable’: Shuswap farmer overwhelmed by kindness of residents

Sidelined by injuries from a fall, 91-year-old Tappen man wondered how he’d handle the hay crop

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Beautiful blue skies for Kars Under the K Sunday, July 31. (Brennan Phillips)

Kars Under the K in Keremeos

Over 100 shiny classic and rare cars to check out today

Beautiful blue skies for Kars Under the K Sunday, July 31. (Brennan Phillips)
(File photo)

Okanagan Film Commission in ‘desperate’ need of qualified staff

The film centre is hosting a 3-day workshop in Kelowna to launch new careers from Sept. 23 to 25

(File photo)
The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

To celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, test your knowledge of the province with these 12 questions

The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)
The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds of cars arrive in Penticton for 2022 Okanagan Dream Rally

Rally cars left Kelowna at 10 a.m. and arrived in Penticton shortly after 11 a.m.

The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Penticton Fire Department put on the ultimate water fight on the fields of Penticton Secondary Thursday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Hundreds beat the heat with epic waterfight in Penticton

Kids versus firefighters getting drenched and having fun

Penticton Fire Department put on the ultimate water fight on the fields of Penticton Secondary Thursday night. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)

PODCAST: 3 dead, 2 wounded – a look at the 5 hours that shook the Langley community

TODAY IN B.C.: Reporters discuss the chain of events, what is known about the shooter and whether the homeless were targeted.

A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)
A Penticton firefighter sprays down a child at the Hot Nights water fight in the parking lot of the South Okanagan Events Centre last June. The Penticton Fire Department is putting on another water fight July 28, at Pen-Hi. (Alysha Jacobs photo)

Penticton firefighters put on the ultimate waterfight

Showdown will be July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Penticton Secondary sports field

A Penticton firefighter sprays down a child at the Hot Nights water fight in the parking lot of the South Okanagan Events Centre last June. The Penticton Fire Department is putting on another water fight July 28, at Pen-Hi. (Alysha Jacobs photo)
Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Michael Yellowlees – Kilted Scotsman’s second cross Canada tour

TODAY IN B.C.: Musician and dog Luna retrace steps reinforcing climate change message

Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)