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Kelli Rose holds a photo of her daughter Tiffany, and her dog Lily, who died in 2005, leading her to The Compassionate Friends in Vernon. (Jennifer SMith - Morning Star)

Bereaved parents group faces potential closure of Vernon chapter

The Compassionate Friends needs leaders to step up for the group

Kelli Rose holds a photo of her daughter Tiffany, and her dog Lily, who died in 2005, leading her to The Compassionate Friends in Vernon. (Jennifer SMith - Morning Star)
A couple hundred people made their way out despite the snow and cold to honour Remembrance Day in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Photos: Remembrance Day in Keremeos

The cold didn’t stop people from coming to pay their respects

A couple hundred people made their way out despite the snow and cold to honour Remembrance Day in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Remembrance Day in Penticton returned to the trade and convention centre for the first time in two years. A ceremonial march just before 10:30 a.m. commenced.

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Penticton

‘I think of the people I served with that never came back,’ said Penticton veteran Doug Pichette

Remembrance Day in Penticton returned to the trade and convention centre for the first time in two years. A ceremonial march just before 10:30 a.m. commenced.
Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied

B.C. man completes seven-week term guarding the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Master Corporal Steve Pederson has been a Canadian Ranger for 31 years.…

Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coins on tombstones, an American tradition that has gradually taken root in Canada

Denomination of coin can show relationship to fallen soldier

  • Nov 11, 2022
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
Keremeos Subway and CanCo will play host to a holiday toy drive for the second year in a row on Dec. 3. (Submitted)

Toy drive returns to Keremeos on Dec. 3

The first drive in 2021 raised over $5,000 worth of toys for 55 local families

Keremeos Subway and CanCo will play host to a holiday toy drive for the second year in a row on Dec. 3. (Submitted)
Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)

Calm and ‘unrufflable’: Salmon Arm woman celebrates 102

Daughter describes mother Peggy Ashton as ‘calm and unruffleable’

Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)
Retired Vernon B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole has died at the age of 79. (Morning Star - file photo)

Retired Vernon Justice remembered for work ethic, laughter

Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole (retired) dies at age 79

Retired Vernon B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole has died at the age of 79. (Morning Star - file photo)
All Are Family Outreach is trying to help a local grandmother acquire a set of donated winter tires, which she is in desperate need of as winter conditions arrive early. (Pixabay photo)

Outreach society looks to help Vernon family in dire need of winter tires

All Are Family Outreach is hoping somebody can donate winter tires to a grandmother of 6

All Are Family Outreach is trying to help a local grandmother acquire a set of donated winter tires, which she is in desperate need of as winter conditions arrive early. (Pixabay photo)
Keremeos council for 2022-2026. In the middle is Mayor Jason Wiebe, and from left to right, councillors Arden Holly, Tracey Henderson, Garry Elliott and Jeremy Evans will be seated at the table for the four-year term. (Village of Keremeos)

Keremeos new council takes oaths of office

The inaugural meeting of the council’s 2022-2026 term was held on Nov. 7

Keremeos council for 2022-2026. In the middle is Mayor Jason Wiebe, and from left to right, councillors Arden Holly, Tracey Henderson, Garry Elliott and Jeremy Evans will be seated at the table for the four-year term. (Village of Keremeos)
Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)

PODCAST.: B.C. chef Jade Berg gets creative on Disney’s ‘Chefs vs. Wild’

TODAY IN B.C.: Foraging in the woods on the Sunshine Coast to create a 5-star meal

Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)
Pat Wand (middle) joined by Beverley Fox (left) and Irene Ramsay (right) for their weekly bottle drive outside Penticton’s IGA. 
(Logan Lockhart - Western News)

Every Saturday, in snow, -20 C, count on Pat Wand working the bottle drive at Penticton IGA

Wand and set of dedicated volunteers helped raise $400K over 10 years

Pat Wand (middle) joined by Beverley Fox (left) and Irene Ramsay (right) for their weekly bottle drive outside Penticton’s IGA. 
(Logan Lockhart - Western News)
Maureen Kennah-Hafstein

Tenacious advocate for people with Parkinson’s leaves message of gratitude

Shuswap resident Maureen Kennah-Hafstein died on Nov. 2, 2022

Maureen Kennah-Hafstein
A previous ceremony at Selby Park in West Bench. The ceremony recognizes Indigenous and other local veterans for their contributions. This year the ceremony will be held on Nov. 9. (Submitted)

Community invited to West Bench park to honour Indigenous and local veterans

The ceremony will be held on Nov. 9 at Selby Park and may be moved indoors

A previous ceremony at Selby Park in West Bench. The ceremony recognizes Indigenous and other local veterans for their contributions. This year the ceremony will be held on Nov. 9. (Submitted)
Jessie Simpson was left with life-altering injuries after being attacked with a metal baseball bat June 19, 2016 (Sue Simpson/Facebook)

Kamloops attack victim eagerly awaiting annual Christmas cards

Cards have come from as far as England to wish Jessie a Merry Christmas

Jessie Simpson was left with life-altering injuries after being attacked with a metal baseball bat June 19, 2016 (Sue Simpson/Facebook)
Salvation Army’s list of families in need to be sponsored this year has doubled. (Unsplash)

Double the families register with Penticton Salvation Army for help at Christmas

Salvation Army is hoping to find 60 sponsors for their Adopt-A-Family

Salvation Army’s list of families in need to be sponsored this year has doubled. (Unsplash)
The Bay in Cherry Lane mall is hosting the return of their Charity Gala Nov. 17. (Western News File photo)

The Bay in Penticton mall celebrates return of Charity Gala

Fashion show, music, DJ, wine tasting part of Nov. 17 fundraiser

The Bay in Cherry Lane mall is hosting the return of their Charity Gala Nov. 17. (Western News File photo)
A child prepares to hurl his pumpkin from the top of the Vernon fire department tower at Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ first pumpkin drop event Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Pumpkins go splat at Vernon fire department

Vernon Fire Rescue Services held its first pumpkin drop event Saturday

A child prepares to hurl his pumpkin from the top of the Vernon fire department tower at Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ first pumpkin drop event Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Crowds at Highway 97 Brewery in Penticton on Thursday night, in support of Penticton-based skier Alec Henderson (Submitted).

Community rallies for Penticton skier looking to represent Canada on world stage

More than $10,000 was raised in support of Alec Henderson and his journey on the national team

Crowds at Highway 97 Brewery in Penticton on Thursday night, in support of Penticton-based skier Alec Henderson (Submitted).