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Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)

Hospital staff thanked for saving lives in Okanagan

Three local organ transplant recipients show gratitude

Recipient Ray Thompson and his wife (from left), ICU staff Aides Hofer, OR staff Summer Zaino, recipient Judy Mori, BC Transplant staff Karly Mardsen and recipient Fiona Walker at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. (Contributed)
Summerland firefighter Rick Leardo at left and deputy fire chief George Pugh, right, receive a donation of $4,730 from eight-year-old Blakely Karlson. They money, for the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens drive, was raised from the sale of cookies. Karlson baked more than 528 dozen cookies for her annual fundraiser. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Cookie initiative raised $4,730 for Summerland toy drive

Eight-year-old girl baked and sold more than 6,300 cookies

Summerland firefighter Rick Leardo at left and deputy fire chief George Pugh, right, receive a donation of $4,730 from eight-year-old Blakely Karlson. They money, for the annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens drive, was raised from the sale of cookies. Karlson baked more than 528 dozen cookies for her annual fundraiser. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
SilverStar Mountain Resort recently made a donation from its Play Forever fund to the North Valley Gymnastics Society, which lost its Vernon facility to a fire on Hallloween morning. (SilverStar Photo)

Vernon ski resort fund amps up December initiatives

SilverStar Mountain Resort’s Play Forever Fund has donated more than $140K since 2019

SilverStar Mountain Resort recently made a donation from its Play Forever fund to the North Valley Gymnastics Society, which lost its Vernon facility to a fire on Hallloween morning. (SilverStar Photo)
Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House lights up a beacon in the fight against addiction in Penticton

The annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign is closing on its goal

Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
200 turkey dinners were given away in Penticton and Princeton combined on Saturday (Dec. 18), courtesy of Ideal Energy and RPR Heating. (Peter Verge photo)

‘A magical day’: 200 turkey dinners given away in Penticton and Princeton

Ideal Energy and RPR Heating owner Leanne Diack called Saturday (Dec. 18) a day of appreciation

200 turkey dinners were given away in Penticton and Princeton combined on Saturday (Dec. 18), courtesy of Ideal Energy and RPR Heating. (Peter Verge photo)
In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Curling in Summerland was once held outdoors

Drinking water reservoir was once used for curling

In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos’ community garden caretaker looking to raise funds for new wheels

Albert McCormick’s motorized wheelchair recently burned out

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He is now spearheading a new community garden that would be put in place across from the under-construction Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Penticton's Art Council is set to close its second annual winter auction on Friday (Dec. 17) after raising over $2,000 in support of local art. (Photo courtesy of the Penticton District and Community Arts Council)

Penticton’s art council prepares over 750 gift packages for children and seniors

The council’s second annual Winter Auction is set to close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17

Penticton's Art Council is set to close its second annual winter auction on Friday (Dec. 17) after raising over $2,000 in support of local art. (Photo courtesy of the Penticton District and Community Arts Council)
Santa Claus will be on display in a virtual session that is bound to shock many on Dec. 22. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Gear up for Christmas with behind-the-beard Santa Claus presentation

An instructor at Selkirk College is presenting an ‘origins of Santa Claus’ session on Dec. 22

Santa Claus will be on display in a virtual session that is bound to shock many on Dec. 22. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Santa takes a break to shoot some hoops with the kids at the Similkameen Rec Centre after the Keremeos Light Up Parade on Dec. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Santa raising donations for Keremeos/Cawston Food Bank

Get your photo with Santa in exchange for a donation on Dec. 18 and 24

Santa takes a break to shoot some hoops with the kids at the Similkameen Rec Centre after the Keremeos Light Up Parade on Dec. 4, 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Left to Right: Leanne Diack, Steve Dahl, Terry Olfert and Heather Olfert owners of RPR Heating and Air Conditioning are providing 100 free turkey dinners in Penticton and 100 in Princeton. (Submitted)

200 Christmas meals to be handed out in Penticton and Princeton

RPR Heating and Ideal Energy will be giving out the turkey dinners this Saturday, Dec. 18

Left to Right: Leanne Diack, Steve Dahl, Terry Olfert and Heather Olfert owners of RPR Heating and Air Conditioning are providing 100 free turkey dinners in Penticton and 100 in Princeton. (Submitted)
The Naramata Child Development Centre is asking citizens to help out in a big way before a Dec. 31 deadline, after serving the community for 40 years. (Photo courtesy of the Naramata Child Development Centre)

‘Critical situation’: Naramata Child Development Centre in urgent need of $10k

Recruiting and retaining qualified staff key to keeping the centre going

The Naramata Child Development Centre is asking citizens to help out in a big way before a Dec. 31 deadline, after serving the community for 40 years. (Photo courtesy of the Naramata Child Development Centre)
Salmon Arm resident Sara Mitchell was able to locate the intended recipient of a gift basket left at her house on Dec. 5. Now the recipient, Karen Whidden, is trying to find the person who made the initial delivery to say thanks. (Contributed)

Delivery mystery: Salmon Arm resident hopes to give thanks to sender

Bouquet, gift basket initially dropped off by mistake at neighbour’s house

Salmon Arm resident Sara Mitchell was able to locate the intended recipient of a gift basket left at her house on Dec. 5. Now the recipient, Karen Whidden, is trying to find the person who made the initial delivery to say thanks. (Contributed)
Staples Vernon manager Jamie Wattie (left) and Leo Campeau of Sleep In Heavenly Peace Vernon hope people will Fill the Bunks with new bedding accessories. Donations of new pillows, blankets, sheets and covers can be made at Staples. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Building a good night’s sleep: Vernon group ensures all kids have a bed

Sleep In Heavenly Peace made up of volunteers who build bunk beds for those who have nothing to sleep on

Staples Vernon manager Jamie Wattie (left) and Leo Campeau of Sleep In Heavenly Peace Vernon hope people will Fill the Bunks with new bedding accessories. Donations of new pillows, blankets, sheets and covers can be made at Staples. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Huber Bannister Chevrolet general manager Julian Smallbone, left, and sales manager Will Seguin are committed to helping a family in need this holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Going the extra mile: Penticton car dealership to give away vehicle this Christmas

Huber Bannister Chevrolet is committed to helping a family in need this holiday season

Huber Bannister Chevrolet general manager Julian Smallbone, left, and sales manager Will Seguin are committed to helping a family in need this holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Okanagan Falls resident Shelly Mackenzie found out she won a BCLC draw from Oct. 21 while volunteering at the Royal Canadian Legion. (BCLC photo)

Okanagan Falls woman shocked after winning $25K while at volunteer job

Shelly Mackenzie won a BCLC draw from Oct. 29 while working at the Royal Canadian Legion

Okanagan Falls resident Shelly Mackenzie found out she won a BCLC draw from Oct. 21 while volunteering at the Royal Canadian Legion. (BCLC photo)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) thanks a Vernon Jubilee Hospital employee for their work with breakfast Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan hospital staff spirits boosted with burritos

Harwinder Sandhu, former nurse, sponsors breakfast for healthcare workers to say thank you

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu (second from right) thanks a Vernon Jubilee Hospital employee for their work with breakfast Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The popular leisure pool has been closed since September after a leak was discovered. (Western News file photo)

Penticton’s leisure pool is back open

A leak shut the popular pool down in September

The popular leisure pool has been closed since September after a leak was discovered. (Western News file photo)
In 1958, Vancouverite Ann Meraw swam Okanagan Lake non-stop, without a wetsuit from Kelowna to Penticton (88 kilometres) in 32 hours, 12 minutes — a feat that has never been matched. (BC Sports Hall of Fame Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs Collection)

The woman who swam the entire length of Okanagan Lake in 1958

Many have attempted the 88 km swim, but no one has matched Ann Meraw

In 1958, Vancouverite Ann Meraw swam Okanagan Lake non-stop, without a wetsuit from Kelowna to Penticton (88 kilometres) in 32 hours, 12 minutes — a feat that has never been matched. (BC Sports Hall of Fame Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs Collection)