Community

Paved path to the accessible dock at Agur Lake Camp. Photo submitted/ Debbie Schneider.

Garden shed fundraiser to benefit Agur Lake Camp

Camp west of Summerland is only barrier-free camp in province

Paved path to the accessible dock at Agur Lake Camp. Photo submitted/ Debbie Schneider.
And they’re off for the fifth annual Giant’s Head Grind in Summerland in memory of Christopher Walker. Photo courtesy Kim Lawton

Uphill race in Summerland to offer virtual options

Giants Head Grind fundraising race to offer choices for participants

And they’re off for the fifth annual Giant’s Head Grind in Summerland in memory of Christopher Walker. Photo courtesy Kim Lawton
On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland damaged during flood of 1908

Flooding at Garnet Lake was not only flood in Summerland’s history

On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Marj Plitt, a founding member of NeighbourLink Summerland, has retired from the organization after 16 years. She served on the board, including several years as president, until 2020. (Contributed)

Longtime member retires from NeighbourLink Summerland

Marj Plitt was one of the founding members of community organization in 2004

Marj Plitt, a founding member of NeighbourLink Summerland, has retired from the organization after 16 years. She served on the board, including several years as president, until 2020. (Contributed)
The City of Vernon is looking for input into its Climate Action Plan. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Time running out for Vernon climate action survey

Public feedback sought on city’s climate action plan

The City of Vernon is looking for input into its Climate Action Plan. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Grand Forks’ Jayda G was nominated for best dance track at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Photo by Lou Jasmine, courtesy of This Is Music, Ltd.

Grand Forks’ Jayda G celebrates Grammy nomination

The celebrity DJ/vocalist recently left home, bound for a Toronto studio

Grand Forks’ Jayda G was nominated for best dance track at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Photo by Lou Jasmine, courtesy of This Is Music, Ltd.
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Former Okanagan resident with sick child asks for support

Over $5,000 has already been raised in support of family with ill child

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A 107-year-old baby photo was found in the pages of a book borrowed from the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library March 17, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Century-old baby photo found in borrowed Vernon library book

The Okanagan Regional Library is hoping to return the photo to its owner

A 107-year-old baby photo was found in the pages of a book borrowed from the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library March 17, 2021. (Facebook photo)
The Summerland Box Factory was located on Victoria Road South. It was opened by Muir Steuart in 1925 and later managed by Bud Steuart. The box factory was sold in 1957 and operations continued for another 10 years. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum and Archives)

Summerland once had a box factory

Members of Steuart family played prominent role in community’s history

The Summerland Box Factory was located on Victoria Road South. It was opened by Muir Steuart in 1925 and later managed by Bud Steuart. The box factory was sold in 1957 and operations continued for another 10 years. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum and Archives)
The Summerland community Arts Council is seeking designs for street banners to be displayed around the community this year. The banner program had been held in past years, but did not happen in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)

Designs sought for Summerland street banner project

Five designs will be selected that feature the theme of Diversity and Inclusion

The Summerland community Arts Council is seeking designs for street banners to be displayed around the community this year. The banner program had been held in past years, but did not happen in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo)
This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)

BC Housing involved in over 30 Penticton housing projects

The province is partially responsible for over 1,000 residential units in the city

This is Compass Court on Main St., the former Super 8. (Western News file photo)
Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his 44-year career as a paramedic. Stubbs began his career in Penticton. He has worked in Summerland since 2008. (Contributed)

South Okanagan paramedic retiring after 44 years

Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his time with B.C. Emergency Health Services

Henry Stubbs has seen many changes during his 44-year career as a paramedic. Stubbs began his career in Penticton. He has worked in Summerland since 2008. (Contributed)
Meghan McInnes painted this poignant picture on her home window during the height of the unknown of the pandemic in March 2020.

One year later: The Hearts of the Okanagan

Hearts showed up in windows across the region as a way to connect during the pandemic

Meghan McInnes painted this poignant picture on her home window during the height of the unknown of the pandemic in March 2020.
Grey Hearts Denim made custom Black Lives Matter shirts for a Kelowna-based production crew. (Grey Hearts Denim)

Kelowna clothing studio uses fashion to advocate for social justice

Grey Hearts Denim thrived during the pandemic and has been an advocate for change

Grey Hearts Denim made custom Black Lives Matter shirts for a Kelowna-based production crew. (Grey Hearts Denim)
Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

South Okanagan shelter debate delays BC Housing audit

Council was provided with a plan for an audit the same day they rejected the permit extension request

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Residents at Armstrong's Heaton Place retirement community had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Friday, March 12, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

COVID vaccination party at North Okanagan retirement community

Heaton Place residents in Armstrong are celebrating after getting their first round of shots Friday

Residents at Armstrong's Heaton Place retirement community had their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Friday, March 12, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Ray Snitynsky found a family photo album in front of Sammy J’s in West Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Is this your photo album?: Kelowna man looking for owners

Ray Snitynsky said he found the photo album by Sammy J’s in West Kelowna

Ray Snitynsky found a family photo album in front of Sammy J’s in West Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
After 75 years, Pat Coburn finally received the medal he earned for saving a man’s life in 1945. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
After 75 years, Pat Coburn finally received the medal he earned for saving a man’s life in 1945. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Auldin Maxwell shows off one of the giant Jenga blocks which the makers of the game sent him to commemorate his work record stack earlier this year. (Submitted)

Young Salmon Arm Jenga record holder’s towers about to get much bigger

Auldin Maxwell was given 25 sets of giant wood blocks by the makers of the popular game

Auldin Maxwell shows off one of the giant Jenga blocks which the makers of the game sent him to commemorate his work record stack earlier this year. (Submitted)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton homeless shelter to stay open with or without council support says Minister

Province will keep the shelter operational until new housing is available at Skaha, says Eby

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church shelter at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be extended until March 31, 2022. It was originally intended to be a shelter April 1, 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)