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Okanagan financial literacy group launches program to help low-income residents

Launch Okanagan is looking for 100 new donors to help with the program

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James Bergen rides one of six adaptive tricycles during a demonstration of the City of Kelowna’s new adaptive bike program at the Parkinson Recreation Centre on Oct. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

City of Kelowna launches new adaptive bike program

The program will see participants have access to six adaptive tricycles and two adult trailers

James Bergen rides one of six adaptive tricycles during a demonstration of the City of Kelowna’s new adaptive bike program at the Parkinson Recreation Centre on Oct. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Work is continuing steadily along at the Elks new in progress hall. (Facebook)

Keremeos Elks new hall shaping up on Rodeo Grounds

The new building is aimed to be sealed up by winter

Work is continuing steadily along at the Elks new in progress hall. (Facebook)
Santa Claus at the 2019 Keremeos Light Up Parade. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Light Up parade returns to Keremeos this December

Following the parade will by events at the rec centre including frozen turkey curling

Santa Claus at the 2019 Keremeos Light Up Parade. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Gerald (Duke) Dawe served 31 years in the Canadian Air Force as a pilot. (Contributed)

Flyover commemorates Okanagan Air Force veteran’s 90th birthday

After beating COVID-19 this summer, Duke Dawe was treated to an aerial formation by Vernon Flying Club

Gerald (Duke) Dawe served 31 years in the Canadian Air Force as a pilot. (Contributed)
When the Summerland Development Company sold land in 1906, the company created a map to show the route to Summerland. The company president was Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

1906 map created to show how to get to Summerland

Many early settlers came to Okanagan from the Prairies

When the Summerland Development Company sold land in 1906, the company created a map to show the route to Summerland. The company president was Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
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Okanagan man needs support to transport beloved dog to Australia

Josh Waters needs to go back to Australia but needs help getting his best friend Rocky with him

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Stu Smith at the Stoke the Fire table at the Revelstoke farmers market. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Stu Smith at the Stoke the Fire table at the Revelstoke farmers market. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Tena McKenzie leads riders around Wood Lake on the Okanagan Rail Trail Sunday, Oct. 4 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, where she adapted the event to a Ride for the Cure. (J.P. Squire photo)

Okanagan breast cancer survivor marks 10 years at Ride for the Cure

Sporting her pink Pedego electric bike, Tena and her team circled Wood Lake Oct. 4

Tena McKenzie leads riders around Wood Lake on the Okanagan Rail Trail Sunday, Oct. 4 for the CIBC Run for the Cure, where she adapted the event to a Ride for the Cure. (J.P. Squire photo)
Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)

Vernon gives record support for Thanksgiving food drive

City and Coldstream collection more than doubles previous years

Volunteers sort through thousands of bags non-perishables donated during the Thanksgiving Food Drive Sept. 25, which collected 37,800 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. (Contributed)
Skeleton family having some fun using each other's arms as bats to hit down the pumpkin pinata.

Naramata family scares up daily boneyard displays for Halloween

The skeletons’ antics change daily and can viewed day or night

Skeleton family having some fun using each other's arms as bats to hit down the pumpkin pinata.
Penticton resident Teagan Phillips is headed to Cambridge to get her Masters in the philosophy of physics. (Submitted)

Penticton resident off to Cambridge to pursue a master’s degree

Teagan Phillips attending renowned English university to research the philosophy of physics

Penticton resident Teagan Phillips is headed to Cambridge to get her Masters in the philosophy of physics. (Submitted)
Literacy Society staff enjoy a Morning Star read before they get busy helping the community to Raise Readers. From left front Robyn Thurston and Wendy Aasen, from back Debbie Nurse and Susan Prince. (Literacy Society of the North Okanagan photo)

Newspaper helps literacy society raise North Okanagan readers

Literacy Society campaign benefits from topped up donations until Oct. 15

Literacy Society staff enjoy a Morning Star read before they get busy helping the community to Raise Readers. From left front Robyn Thurston and Wendy Aasen, from back Debbie Nurse and Susan Prince. (Literacy Society of the North Okanagan photo)
Doves were released from the Vernon Courthouse steps Thursday, Sept. 30 in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Dove release spreads peace from Vernon on Truth and Reconciliation Day

Small group sends message of love from courthouse steps Sept. 30

Doves were released from the Vernon Courthouse steps Thursday, Sept. 30 in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Grade 4 to 7 students from Coldstream’s Kidston Elementary School honour the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Thursday, Sept. 30, by singing the Beatles’ hit Blackbird in the Mi’kmaq language, put together by teacher and Inspire Kindess Productions studio founder Melissa Jacobs. (Contributed)

VIDEO: Coldstream students honour Truth and Reconciliation Day in song

Kidston students sing Beatles’ classic Blackbird in Mi’kmaq language

Grade 4 to 7 students from Coldstream’s Kidston Elementary School honour the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Thursday, Sept. 30, by singing the Beatles’ hit Blackbird in the Mi’kmaq language, put together by teacher and Inspire Kindess Productions studio founder Melissa Jacobs. (Contributed)
(Mike “Motor” Rosenau/Facebook)

Fundraiser launched to aid Okanagan trucker with broken rig, cancer diagnosis

Mike “Motor” Rosenau drove his Support the Troops truck to help raise funds for veterans

(Mike “Motor” Rosenau/Facebook)
The Elks Lodge of Penticton raised $5,000 to donate to the
The Elks Lodge of Penticton raised $5,000 to donate to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which supports education and awareness efforts to move towards reconciliation. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Elks raise and donate $5,000 to reconciliation fund

The money will go directly to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

The Elks Lodge of Penticton raised $5,000 to donate to the
The Elks Lodge of Penticton raised $5,000 to donate to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which supports education and awareness efforts to move towards reconciliation. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A smoke detector battery is changed Friday, March 9, 2018 in Montreal. Experts recommend changing the batteries when we switch to daylight savings time to ensure proper functions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Sounds of safety ring in fire prevention week in North Okanagan

Fire Chief urges residents to learn the difference between chirps and beeps

A smoke detector battery is changed Friday, March 9, 2018 in Montreal. Experts recommend changing the batteries when we switch to daylight savings time to ensure proper functions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to bikepackers

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor