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Nearly 16 years after first coming up with the idea, Isaiah Fransen finally got around to finishing and publishing his first book this year. (Contributed)

Kelowna man publishes first book, 16 years after writing it

Isaiah Fransen was eight years old when he came up with the idea of his new book

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign runs from Dec. 1 to 12. In 2020, with generous donations from local businesses and individuals, 32 families in need were supported.

Help Jillian Harris support families in need this holiday season

Donate during the 12 Days of Giving for entry to win prizes from some favourite brands

  • Nov 30, 2021
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The Holiday Market returns to Prospera Place in Kelowna

Stock up on festive cheer at Craft Culture’s Holiday Market this weekend at Prospera Place

The annual United Against Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at both the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses of Okanagan College. (Image contributed)

Vigils in Salmon Arm, Vernon to remember women killed in Montreal massacre

Okanagan College candlelight vigils to raise awareness of all murdered and missing women

The annual United Against Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at both the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses of Okanagan College. (Image contributed)
BGC president Jeremy Welder and Kelowna Chevrolet’s Ian Specman fist bump while holding a giant cheque for $15,000. (Cole Schisler photo)

BGC Okanagan kicks off Gift of Giving campaign with $22k in donations

Kelowna Chevrolet donated $15,000 and Kelowna Kinsmen donated $7,000

BGC president Jeremy Welder and Kelowna Chevrolet’s Ian Specman fist bump while holding a giant cheque for $15,000. (Cole Schisler photo)
Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)

Med student from Okanagan named 2022 Rhodes scholar

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who will head to Oxford University next October

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)
A group of Lake Country residents designed and built a solar-powered star which will be lit up at the top of Spion Kop on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan residents light up with support for flood victims

People attending the Dec. 3 Lake Country event are asked to bring a non-perishable item for flood victims

A group of Lake Country residents designed and built a solar-powered star which will be lit up at the top of Spion Kop on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Vernon nurse Norma Hilsmann has received a $20,000 scholarship to aid her return to school to complete a doctorate degree. (Submitted photo)

Vernon nurse wins $20K scholarship to pursue doctorate

Norma Hilsmann is researching nurse recruitment and retention at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, among other projects

Vernon nurse Norma Hilsmann has received a $20,000 scholarship to aid her return to school to complete a doctorate degree. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.

Ellie’s journey: Rare condition points to critical research need

BC Children’s Hospital shares need for increased research for childhood cancers

  • Nov 29, 2021
Dr. Rebecca Deyell, pediatric oncologist at BC Children’s Hospital, with Ellie, treated for a rare childhood cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to vital donor support, researchers can explore uncharted paths and treatment options for children like Ellie.
An in-person BC Craft Brewers Conference, BC Beer Con, will take place in New Westminster come February, says BC Craft Brewers Guild. (Pixabay photo)

Something brewing for craft beer aficionados in new year with BC Beer Con

In-person craft beer conference takes place in February in New Westminster, B.C.

An in-person BC Craft Brewers Conference, BC Beer Con, will take place in New Westminster come February, says BC Craft Brewers Guild. (Pixabay photo)
Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland had ski hill in 1940s and 1950s

Community’s ski hill was in Meadow Valley area

Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
An online fundraiser has been launched for Dot Glennie, a Vernon mother recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs. (Facebook photo)

Financial aid sought for Vernon mother’s cancer fight

Dot Glennie was recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs

An online fundraiser has been launched for Dot Glennie, a Vernon mother recently diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer in both lungs. (Facebook photo)
The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors tree is back up at the London Drugs in Cherry Lane Mall in Penticton. (Jenn Waid)

London Drugs’ Wish Tree for Seniors is back across the Okanagan

Pick a gift tag from the tree with a local senior’s name on it this holiday season

The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors tree is back up at the London Drugs in Cherry Lane Mall in Penticton. (Jenn Waid)
Pete Wise (left) receives the 2021 District of Coldstream Community Achievement Award from Mayor Jim Garlick Monday, Nov. 22. Wise has devoted more than 57 years to search and rescue and helping domestic and wild animals in the region. (District of Coldstream photo)

Wise choice for Coldstream achievement honour

District pays tribute to longtime search and rescue, animal volunteer Pete Wise with annual award

Pete Wise (left) receives the 2021 District of Coldstream Community Achievement Award from Mayor Jim Garlick Monday, Nov. 22. Wise has devoted more than 57 years to search and rescue and helping domestic and wild animals in the region. (District of Coldstream photo)
This is one of the snow globes that is a set of four, made for 2005 retail in Canada. (Bob Little)

Penticton man’s love of snow globes brightens BGC Okanagan

A man is donating a collection of snow globes to BGC Okanagan for auction

This is one of the snow globes that is a set of four, made for 2005 retail in Canada. (Bob Little)
Kal Tire is holding its first annual Vernon Vehicle Giveaway to help out a person or family with a new set of wheels this holiday season. Nominations for who should receive the free vehicle are open until Dec. 11, 2021. (Pixabay)

Kal Tire giving free van to one lucky Vernonite

It’s Kal Tire’s first ever Vernon Vehicle Giveaway, and nominations are open until Dec. 11

Kal Tire is holding its first annual Vernon Vehicle Giveaway to help out a person or family with a new set of wheels this holiday season. Nominations for who should receive the free vehicle are open until Dec. 11, 2021. (Pixabay)
Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)

Salmon Arm school’s music video receives love from indie rocker Hawksley Workman

Hillcrest Elementary releases entry to CBC Music Class Challenge

Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)
Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)

Kal Rotary Dream Auction raises more than $182K in Vernon

Community’s generosity highlighted in unique 37th annual event

Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)