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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)
James Dyck (sixth from left), with daughter Cadence Trottier, was the surprised and grateful recipient of a refurbished Jeep gifted to him with a year's insurance by Braby Motors, Fix Auto, Kal Tire and SASCU in the 4th annual Shuswap Christmas Car Giveaway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Salmon Arm businesses surprise former first responder with early Christmas gift

Braby Motors, Fix Auto, Kal Tire and SASCU unite for 4th annual Shuswap Christmas Car Giveaway

James Dyck (sixth from left), with daughter Cadence Trottier, was the surprised and grateful recipient of a refurbished Jeep gifted to him with a year's insurance by Braby Motors, Fix Auto, Kal Tire and SASCU in the 4th annual Shuswap Christmas Car Giveaway. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
The cold snap has opened more temporary shelter space for Vernon's homeless population. (Turning Points Society photo)

Vernon shelters full, but not turning away homeless

While space is not an issue, Turning Points is asking for Christmas donations

The cold snap has opened more temporary shelter space for Vernon's homeless population. (Turning Points Society photo)
Arlene Arlow (back row third from left) from the Similkameen Country Chamber of Commerce visited the Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School on December 10th to present Principal Stuart Krestell (back row centre) with a certificate from Boboys Pizza and Donair in Keremeos for winning one of three youth awards. (Sydney Crow - Submitted)

Lower Similkameen Indian Band youth and chief recognized for Light Up entries

The Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School’s entry picked up one of three prizes for youth in 2021’s parade

Arlene Arlow (back row third from left) from the Similkameen Country Chamber of Commerce visited the Ntamtqensnma?maya?tn Band School on December 10th to present Principal Stuart Krestell (back row centre) with a certificate from Boboys Pizza and Donair in Keremeos for winning one of three youth awards. (Sydney Crow - Submitted)
Get your Christmas shopping done at the indoor Penticton Farmers’ Market at Cherry Lane mall Sunday from 11 to 4 p.m. (Penticton Farmers Market Facebook)

Lots happening around Penticton on Sunday, Dec. 12

Farmers’ market at the mall, fundraiser at Slackwater and Last Chance Xmas fair

Get your Christmas shopping done at the indoor Penticton Farmers’ Market at Cherry Lane mall Sunday from 11 to 4 p.m. (Penticton Farmers Market Facebook)
Santa Claus took a ride through Penticton's bike lane on Saturday with dozens of cyclists in the city. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Santa Claus joins Penticton cyclists for a ride on the city’s bike lane

Mr. Claus was joined by dozens of avid cyclists for a holiday-themed ride on Saturday afternoon

Santa Claus took a ride through Penticton's bike lane on Saturday with dozens of cyclists in the city. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Santa Claus is back to take in-person photos at Cannery Brewing for the second time in as many weeks. (Photo courtesy of Cannery Brewing)

Photos with Santa being taken to support charity at Penticton brewery on Sunday

Mr. and Mrs. Claus are back in Penticton to support the South Okanagan Children’s Charity

Santa Claus is back to take in-person photos at Cannery Brewing for the second time in as many weeks. (Photo courtesy of Cannery Brewing)
The newest 30’ Tree of Dreams has arrived at the Penticton Regional Hospital, after being gifted to the SOS Medical Foundation. (Peter Verge - SOS Medical Foundation)

‘A symbol of hope’: Tree of Dreams arrives at Penticton Regional Hospital

The 30’ sustainable and reusable tree was gifted to the SOS Medical Foundation on Thursday

The newest 30’ Tree of Dreams has arrived at the Penticton Regional Hospital, after being gifted to the SOS Medical Foundation. (Peter Verge - SOS Medical Foundation)
Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and cars have been seen on Okanagan Lake

Lake used to freeze over during the winter

Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Shooting for the Stars is one of several artworks up for auction in support of the Okanagan Science Centre. (Roxi Hermsen photo)

Okanagan Science Centre shoots for the stars

Auction to purchase new projector in memory of founders

Shooting for the Stars is one of several artworks up for auction in support of the Okanagan Science Centre. (Roxi Hermsen photo)
A Penticton man found out he won a BCLC Keno ticket from a Nov. 16 draw, banking $60,000 in the process. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)

Penticton man banks $60,000 while waiting for windows to defrost

Jordan Hutton found out he won the Keno prize while waiting for ice to melt off his windows

A Penticton man found out he won a BCLC Keno ticket from a Nov. 16 draw, banking $60,000 in the process. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Penticton Secondary is hosting the Penticton Provides Toys for Tots to Teens drive thru Thursday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Toys galore at Penticton Secondary’s Toys for Tots to Teens drive thru

Santa, Grinch and plenty of merry students are taking donations of toys and gifts today

Penticton Secondary is hosting the Penticton Provides Toys for Tots to Teens drive thru Thursday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Marco Longley from the Vernon Pickleball Association is dwarfed by the 12-foot pickleball Christmas tree he created with 350 broken pickleballs that now adorns the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex on Okanagan Landing Road. (Anne Longley photo)

Vernon home to potentially tallest pickleball tree in the world

Vernon Pickleball Association member Marco Longley designs 12-foot tree for Vernon complex

Marco Longley from the Vernon Pickleball Association is dwarfed by the 12-foot pickleball Christmas tree he created with 350 broken pickleballs that now adorns the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex on Okanagan Landing Road. (Anne Longley photo)
The owner of a video game store in downtown Penticton is giving back to the community for the second straight holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Game Cave in Penticton continues its holiday give back in 2021

Owner of the video game store anticipates several families will be helped this Christmas

The owner of a video game store in downtown Penticton is giving back to the community for the second straight holiday season. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Therapist Assistant Lab at Okanagan College.

Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre in need of funds

The centre is looking to raise $750,000 to reach their $5-million goal

Therapist Assistant Lab at Okanagan College.
Lake City Basketball announced on Monday that an organized men’s basketball league is coming to Summerland on Jan. 5. (Mark Brett/Western News)

A new men’s basketball league is coming to the South Okanagan

Lake City Basketball announced the inaugural edition of the league will start on Jan. 5

Lake City Basketball announced on Monday that an organized men’s basketball league is coming to Summerland on Jan. 5. (Mark Brett/Western News)
The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)

Calling Summerland home after 18 years of living in a refugee camp

The Ayuen family of 8 were sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group

The Ayuen family are refugees from South Sudan who are being resettled in Summerland. Back row, left to right: Amer (20), Angeth (18), Yar (16), Ajah (mother), Mach (13), and Jean Munro from the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group. Front row: Herjok (nine), Alior (two), and Abuk (seven). (Submitted)
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style with two elves on the wagon from the South Similkameen Museum to the Keremeos Light Up Parade last Saturday, Dec. 4. (Brennan Phillips - Review)