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Joanne and Trevor Halliday from Maple Ridge took second and third at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Langley’s Krause Berry Farm on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Pumpkin growing champion wins B.C. Giant Pumpkin weigh-off

Record holder submitted a small-for-him 1,676 lb. entry

Joanne and Trevor Halliday from Maple Ridge took second and third at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Langley’s Krause Berry Farm on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Discovery House were the recipients of Parkers Chrysler Jeep Dodge’s annual community giveback donation. Each group received $15,000. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Penticton car dealership donates $30k for SOWINS and Discovery House

Each local organization received $15,000 from Parkers Chrysler Jeep Dodge

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Discovery House were the recipients of Parkers Chrysler Jeep Dodge’s annual community giveback donation. Each group received $15,000. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
This turkey dinner is going straight to their hips as the ‘Peskelly’ skeleton family in Summerland wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! (Peskelly Family Facebook)

Summerland skeletons wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

The ‘Peskelly’ family, even the family rat, is sitting down to a turkey dinner

This turkey dinner is going straight to their hips as the ‘Peskelly’ skeleton family in Summerland wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! (Peskelly Family Facebook)
Numerous beer varies are produced in British Columbia. Do you know which country leads the world in beer consumption? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of wine and beer

Raise a glass in a toast to these popular beverages

Numerous beer varies are produced in British Columbia. Do you know which country leads the world in beer consumption? (Black Press file photo)
A new orange crosswalk in Chilliwack at Evans Elementary School. The Village of Keremeos will be working with Lower Similkameen Indian Band to install a similar orange crosswalk in Keremeos. (Jennifer Feinberg -Black Press)

Keremeos to get orange crosswalk to recognize Truth and Reconciliation

The crosswalk will go between Memorial Park and the village offices

A new orange crosswalk in Chilliwack at Evans Elementary School. The Village of Keremeos will be working with Lower Similkameen Indian Band to install a similar orange crosswalk in Keremeos. (Jennifer Feinberg -Black Press)
Mayor John Vassilaki officially proclaimed Oct. 14 to 22 as the fourth annual Penticton Beer Week. (Penticton Beer Week Facebook)

Have a drink and ‘do good’: Fun and wacky events set for Penticton Beer Week

City of Penticton officially proclaimed Oct. 14 to 22 as Penticton Beer Week

Mayor John Vassilaki officially proclaimed Oct. 14 to 22 as the fourth annual Penticton Beer Week. (Penticton Beer Week Facebook)
Penticton-based OSNS Legacy Foundation has been selected as one of the recipients of Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign next week. 
(Contributed by Megan Windeler)

Thousands of Smile cookies sold, record $42K raised for Penticton child centre

100% of cookie proceeds sold at South Okanagan Tim Hortons went to OSNS’s Legacy Foundation

Penticton-based OSNS Legacy Foundation has been selected as one of the recipients of Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign next week. 
(Contributed by Megan Windeler)
M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)

QUIZ: How much do you know about housing and homes?

In many communities, finding a place to buy or rent can be a challenge

M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)
M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)

QUIZ: How much do you know about housing and homes?

In many communities, finding a place to buy or rent can be a challenge

M’akola Housing Society, through funding from BC Housing, will build a five storey affordable housing building at 603 Main Street in Penticton. (Rendering)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

Lace them up and Play On!: Canada’s largest road hockey tournament hits the pavement in Kelowna

Water Street will be closed until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 because of the tournament

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Celebration of Indigenous Culture and Resiliency in Penticton's Gyro Park on the second National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Celebration of Indigenous Culture and Resiliency in Penticton's Gyro Park on the second National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Members of the Surrey Beavers rugby association participate in the Cloverdale Terry Fox run in 2019. This year the run was held Sept. 18. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

B.C. man ‘will do everything’ to keep Terry Fox’s legacy alive

Bill Vigars, who was Fox’s publicist during historic Marathon of Hope, spoke at SFU Surrey

Members of the Surrey Beavers rugby association participate in the Cloverdale Terry Fox run in 2019. This year the run was held Sept. 18. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Hundreds came out for the second Walk for the Children in Penticton. The journey of 6,000 steps from the Peach to the residential school survivor memorial on the Penticton Indian Band represents the 6,000 children whose bodies were discovered in unmarked graves at residential schools in 2021. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds come out to Walk for the Children in Penticton

“We’re honouring the residential school survivors and those who didn’t make it home”: Penticton Chief

Hundreds came out for the second Walk for the Children in Penticton. The journey of 6,000 steps from the Peach to the residential school survivor memorial on the Penticton Indian Band represents the 6,000 children whose bodies were discovered in unmarked graves at residential schools in 2021. (Logan Lockhart - Western News)
Bats will be on display at Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre from Oct. 1-29. (J. Saremba photo)

Bat exhibit swooping into North Okanagan nature centre

Bats: Out of the Darkness exhibit will be at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre throughout October

Bats will be on display at Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre from Oct. 1-29. (J. Saremba photo)
Volunteers in Penticton helped the local Salvation Army collect $18,000 on Saturday, Sept. 24, for the annual province-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Submitted)

Salvation Army in Penticton collects $18k from Thanksgiving food drive

Over 60 volunteers helped collect six tons of food and cash donations

Volunteers in Penticton helped the local Salvation Army collect $18,000 on Saturday, Sept. 24, for the annual province-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive. (Submitted)
Grist Mill served around 100 migrant workers a home-cooked traditional Mexican barbecue to say thank you for helping out in the Similkameen harvest this year. (Grist Mill)

Keremeos’ Grist Mill thanks seasonal workers for helping with the harvest

Grist Mill served up traditional Mexican food to offer gratitude to migrants who picked fruit

Grist Mill served around 100 migrant workers a home-cooked traditional Mexican barbecue to say thank you for helping out in the Similkameen harvest this year. (Grist Mill)
The first-ever in-person edition of the Penticton Wine Country Writers’ Festival ran at the Lakeside Resort on Saturday, Sept. 24. Jim Jackson and Faye Arcand (back row) are the festival’s directors.

Penticton Wine Country Writers’ Festival was a literary success

The first-ever edition ran on Saturday at Lakeside Resort bringing writers together

The first-ever in-person edition of the Penticton Wine Country Writers’ Festival ran at the Lakeside Resort on Saturday, Sept. 24. Jim Jackson and Faye Arcand (back row) are the festival’s directors.
The Gardens at The Keremeos Grist Mill afford a great space for the Heritage Fall Fair happening Sunday, Sept. 25. (Submitted)

Zucchini races, apple pie eating contest at Heritage Fall Fair in Keremeos

Join in the family day with apples races down the river too at Grist Mill Sept. 25

The Gardens at The Keremeos Grist Mill afford a great space for the Heritage Fall Fair happening Sunday, Sept. 25. (Submitted)
Volunteers in Vernon collect food for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in 2021. The province-wide initiative comes to Penticton this Saturday, Sept. 24. (Contributed)

BC Thanksgiving Food Drive comes to Penticton this weekend

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army until noon on Sept. 24

Volunteers in Vernon collect food for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in 2021. The province-wide initiative comes to Penticton this Saturday, Sept. 24. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Vinyl Festival returns this Sunday, Sept. 23, after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

Return of the Vees, America’s Got Talent comedian and Okanagan’s biggest vinyl festival all coming up

The Okanagan Vinyl Festival returns this Sunday, Sept. 23, after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)