Jordyn Thomson

Styx’s latest album, The Mission, is not the only era of music fans will hear live at the upcoming concert in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre. James Young, the band’s lead guitarist, said the band will also play songs that date back to the group’s hey days in the 1970s. (Submitted)

South Okanagan Styx fans in for a treat at upcoming show in Penticton

The legendary rock band will be taking the stage at the South Okanagan Events Centre Sept. 4

Styx’s latest album, The Mission, is not the only era of music fans will hear live at the upcoming concert in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre. James Young, the band’s lead guitarist, said the band will also play songs that date back to the group’s hey days in the 1970s. (Submitted)
Rob n’ Walker will be playing a free concert in OK Falls on Aug. 18 for the Music and Market in the Park. The performance kicks off at 5 p.m. in the bandshell across from the Legion Hall. (Black Press Media)

Music and Market in the Park in OK Falls on Aug. 18

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to take in the free Rob n’ Walker Band concert

Rob n’ Walker will be playing a free concert in OK Falls on Aug. 18 for the Music and Market in the Park. The performance kicks off at 5 p.m. in the bandshell across from the Legion Hall. (Black Press Media)
Time to get pretty in pink and join Chef Bongo for his Rosé Party at Bench D’Or on Aug 17. (Photo courtesy of Chef Bongo)

The secret is out: South Okanagan chef is having a love affair with rosé

Don’t miss Chef Bongo’s Rosé Party at Bench D’Or in Naramata on Aug. 17

Time to get pretty in pink and join Chef Bongo for his Rosé Party at Bench D’Or on Aug 17. (Photo courtesy of Chef Bongo)
A group of firefighters with departments from Merritt, Naramata, Big White and Keremeos hold hands on the side of the road in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m. While it is unclear which department they are with, it is likely they are assisting in the ongoing wildfire suppression at Eagle Bluff near Gallagher Lake. (Photo by Jessica Mayhew)

Powerful photo showing fire crew huddled together in South Okanagan goes viral

The image was captured by a resident in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m.

A group of firefighters with departments from Merritt, Naramata, Big White and Keremeos hold hands on the side of the road in Oliver on Aug. 9 at approximately 11:30 a.m. While it is unclear which department they are with, it is likely they are assisting in the ongoing wildfire suppression at Eagle Bluff near Gallagher Lake. (Photo by Jessica Mayhew)
Carolynn Chin and husband, Francesco Oliva, with baby Gaia Realina shortly after she was born on the side of Highway 97 on Aug. 2. Baby and family are healthy and happy. (Photo from Facebook)

Baby born on side of Highway 97

Gaia Realina couldn’t wait to join her family, arriving Aug. 2 as parents were en route to midwife

Carolynn Chin and husband, Francesco Oliva, with baby Gaia Realina shortly after she was born on the side of Highway 97 on Aug. 2. Baby and family are healthy and happy. (Photo from Facebook)
(From left) Guitarist Danick Dupelle, drummer Mike Melancon, singer Brad Mates and keyboard and vocalist Dale Wallace of Emerson Drive. The band takes the stage at Peachfest on Thursday, Aug. 8. (Photo submitted)

Emerson Drive ready for their return to the Okanagan

Award-winning country music band will headline Peach Festival country night

(From left) Guitarist Danick Dupelle, drummer Mike Melancon, singer Brad Mates and keyboard and vocalist Dale Wallace of Emerson Drive. The band takes the stage at Peachfest on Thursday, Aug. 8. (Photo submitted)
Flaminio Ferrari, owner of Gusto Ferrari Cuisine, handles the fresh pasta with care as it is churned out of the restaurant’s pasta maker. Ferrari explained they specially import Italian flour and pride themselves on offering high quality Italian cuisine to Penticton residents. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Foodie Friday: Fresh pasta at Gusto Ferrari Cuisine in the South Okanagan

The Ferrari’s want you to know they serve more than just authentic Italian pizza

Flaminio Ferrari, owner of Gusto Ferrari Cuisine, handles the fresh pasta with care as it is churned out of the restaurant’s pasta maker. Ferrari explained they specially import Italian flour and pride themselves on offering high quality Italian cuisine to Penticton residents. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Athletes line up in Rotary Park to be among the first to sign up for Subaru Ironman Canada’s 2020 Penticton return. The event’s registration sold out within 24 hours of being open to the public. (Robin Grant - Western News)

Less than 24 hours to sell out Subaru Ironman Canada 2020

Volunteers for the 2020 event will be given early registration access to Subaru Ironman Canada 2021

Athletes line up in Rotary Park to be among the first to sign up for Subaru Ironman Canada’s 2020 Penticton return. The event’s registration sold out within 24 hours of being open to the public. (Robin Grant - Western News)
Ellen Reid, Brad Roberts, Dan Roberts and Mitch Dorge, the original members of the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies. The band is set to perform at the Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 p.m. (Contributed)

South Okanagan festival attendees to get ‘primo show’ from Crash Test Dummies

Vocalist and musician Ellen Reid talks visiting the Okanagan, the longevity of CTD music

Ellen Reid, Brad Roberts, Dan Roberts and Mitch Dorge, the original members of the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies. The band is set to perform at the Penticton Peach Festival’s opening night on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 p.m. (Contributed)
Harry McWatters, CEO of TIME Winery, enjoyed a glass of the winery’s first ever sparkling wine, TIME brut at the winery’s recently celebrated one-year anniversary earlier this month. McWatters’ family announced his sudden death on July 23. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Harry McWatters, CEO of TIME Winery, enjoyed a glass of the winery’s first ever sparkling wine, TIME brut at the winery’s recently celebrated one-year anniversary earlier this month. McWatters’ family announced his sudden death on July 23. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Halfling Hideaway is not a fictional home in the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, it’s an Airbnb accommodation outside of Osoyoos. The Lord of the Rings-themed space can accommodate two guests and is currently booking at $179 per night. (Photo from Airbnb)

Hobbiton in the Okanagan: Spend the night in the Halfling Hideaway

The Airbnb accommodation is modelled after the Lord of the Rings’ movie set of Bag End in Hobbiton

Halfling Hideaway is not a fictional home in the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, it’s an Airbnb accommodation outside of Osoyoos. The Lord of the Rings-themed space can accommodate two guests and is currently booking at $179 per night. (Photo from Airbnb)
N2S, a nonprofit located on the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) reserve, is hosting a two-day Youth Wellness Gathering on July 22 and 23 at the En’owkin Centre. (Photo by Unsplash)

Youth Wellness Gathering aims to empower, educate South Okanagan youth

The event is hosted by a non-profit located on the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) reserve July 22 & 23

N2S, a nonprofit located on the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) reserve, is hosting a two-day Youth Wellness Gathering on July 22 and 23 at the En’owkin Centre. (Photo by Unsplash)
The family of Terry Isaac, wildlife artist, announced the artist’s sudden and unexpected death on July 16. Isaac was recently named Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Artist of the Year for 2019 thanks to his submitted piece Veiled in Mist. The piece will be included in the company’s National Art Portfolio, sales of which go towards wetland conservation. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)

Respected wildlife artist in the Okanagan dies

According to a post by his family, Terry Isaac died on July 16

The family of Terry Isaac, wildlife artist, announced the artist’s sudden and unexpected death on July 16. Isaac was recently named Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Artist of the Year for 2019 thanks to his submitted piece Veiled in Mist. The piece will be included in the company’s National Art Portfolio, sales of which go towards wetland conservation. (Jordyn Thomson - Western News)
UPDATE: Penticton resident’s dog found safe

UPDATE: Penticton resident’s dog found safe

Nicholas Bozak thanks the public for finding his 17 month old mastiff chow

UPDATE: Penticton resident’s dog found safe
Tim Nichols, Grammy award winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, is just one of the performers scheduled to attend the inaugural 97 South Song Sessions in Penticton on Aug. 1-2. (Contributed)

Experience the music at the 97 South Song Sessions in Penticton

Songwriters Tim Nichols, Jimmy Yeary, Jessica Mitchell and Bob DiPiero to perform intimate concert

Tim Nichols, Grammy award winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, is just one of the performers scheduled to attend the inaugural 97 South Song Sessions in Penticton on Aug. 1-2. (Contributed)
Canadian actor and stand-up comedian Gerry Dee is the host for Friday night’s BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction. (Tijana Martin – Canadian Press)

Comedian Gerry Dee ready to lighten things up at BC Hockey Hall of Fame

Canadian actor and stand-up comedian Gerry Dee is hosting the event in Penticton

Canadian actor and stand-up comedian Gerry Dee is the host for Friday night’s BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction. (Tijana Martin – Canadian Press)
Dori Lionello, president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, said millenials are watching the real estate market but may be waiting to pull the trigger. Sales are comparable to last summer, with prices flattening out after the implementation of the Canadian Mortgage Stress Test. (Black Press file photo)

South Okanagan real estate market continues to stabilize, millennials eager to become homeowners

SOREB President Dori Lionello said millenials are carefully watching the market

Dori Lionello, president of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, said millenials are watching the real estate market but may be waiting to pull the trigger. Sales are comparable to last summer, with prices flattening out after the implementation of the Canadian Mortgage Stress Test. (Black Press file photo)
Hundreds of people were using the Okanagan River Channel on the Canada Day long weekend in 2019. Float Penticton plans to install markers along the channel in order to help emergency services better locate floaters in need. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Markers to be installed along Okanagan River Channel

Float Penticton wants to help emergency services better locate those in need on the river

Hundreds of people were using the Okanagan River Channel on the Canada Day long weekend in 2019. Float Penticton plans to install markers along the channel in order to help emergency services better locate floaters in need. (Mark Brett - Western News)
A crowd of people and bicycles occupy the green space at the Penticton Public Library on July 9. The city has had its no sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks bylaw in effect for just over one month, and its effects are mixed. (Photo by Douglas Druin)

Penticton sees mixed results after one month with no sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks bylaw

Bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert said no tickets have been issued for violating the bylaw yet

A crowd of people and bicycles occupy the green space at the Penticton Public Library on July 9. The city has had its no sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks bylaw in effect for just over one month, and its effects are mixed. (Photo by Douglas Druin)
The Penticton Fire Department and the Penticton RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire at Pirate’s Cove Beach House (3502 Skaha Lake Rd.) that occurred on July 7 at approximately 2:30 a.m. According to Deputy Chief Chris Forster, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and it did not cause extensive damage. (Western News file photo)

RCMP, fire department investigating suspicious fire at Penticton bar

An interior fire broke out at the Pirate’s Cove Beach House on July 7 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

The Penticton Fire Department and the Penticton RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire at Pirate’s Cove Beach House (3502 Skaha Lake Rd.) that occurred on July 7 at approximately 2:30 a.m. According to Deputy Chief Chris Forster, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and it did not cause extensive damage. (Western News file photo)