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Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Bear wearing a life jacket to get ready for a kayak ride (Kris Stewart)
Summerland’s old name was Nicola Prairie. This old term was used to describe someone’s property, in this case, Grand Chief Nicola. One reason this area was chosen was because of the excellent protection provided by the silt cliffs. Lake access to the flat land was limited to just a few trails. Three access trails have evidence of battle sites. The most famous was the Battle of Aqskepkina. Numerous burial sites, arrowheads, some jade jewelry and one green copper knife were found. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Indigenous artifacts have been found in and near Summerland

Present-day community was once Indigenous land

Summerland’s old name was Nicola Prairie. This old term was used to describe someone’s property, in this case, Grand Chief Nicola. One reason this area was chosen was because of the excellent protection provided by the silt cliffs. Lake access to the flat land was limited to just a few trails. Three access trails have evidence of battle sites. The most famous was the Battle of Aqskepkina. Numerous burial sites, arrowheads, some jade jewelry and one green copper knife were found. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The Penticton Art Gallery, led by curator Paul Crawford (middle), is gearing up for the inaugural edition of the Ignite the Arts Festival, set to begin on March 25. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘Opportunity to rebuild the community’: Ignite the Arts Festival ready bring Penticton together

The inaugural edition of the festival will take place from March 25 to April 3

The Penticton Art Gallery, led by curator Paul Crawford (middle), is gearing up for the inaugural edition of the Ignite the Arts Festival, set to begin on March 25. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Ten-year-old Claira McDermid from Summerland is featured in a new video from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. (RDOS - Youtube)

Summerland 10-year-old stars in Regional District informational video

The video breaks down some of the 156 services the regional district provides

Ten-year-old Claira McDermid from Summerland is featured in a new video from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. (RDOS - Youtube)
Gurpreet Lidder and his family received the award for the best farmer in B.C. and the Yukon after judging finished on March 9. Lidder’s Produce will now go to represent the region at the national competition in November. (Submitted)

Cawston farmer wins best farmer in B.C. and Yukon

Gurpreet Lidder aiming to bring national recognition of Similkameen Valley

Gurpreet Lidder and his family received the award for the best farmer in B.C. and the Yukon after judging finished on March 9. Lidder’s Produce will now go to represent the region at the national competition in November. (Submitted)
Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)

Lake Country firefighter climbing the professional ladder

‘The crew morale is something you can’t find anywhere else,’ says Shayla Turcotte

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Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)
Mylie recovering at home. (OHS)

Charity helps Okanagan father save puppy’s leg

Mylie broke her leg which needed a $5,000 surgery

Mylie recovering at home. (OHS)
Former Olympians Venla Hovi and Joanne Malar were guest speakers at Penticton’s Pinnacles FC on Tuesday (March 8) for International Woman’s Day. (Photo courtesy of Dale Cory)

2 former Olympians visit Penticton to inspire 80 girls soccer players

The athletes came to Penticton’s Pinnacles FC to celebrate International Woman’s Day

Former Olympians Venla Hovi and Joanne Malar were guest speakers at Penticton’s Pinnacles FC on Tuesday (March 8) for International Woman’s Day. (Photo courtesy of Dale Cory)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki (middle) pictured with members of the Penticton Kinsmen society in front of the historic CPR Station. The landmark property will be gifted to a new non-profit organization and applicants have until April 29 to submit their proposals. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘It’s time’: Penticton’s historic CPR Station to be gifted to new non-profit organization

The city will take control of the $1.8 million property if a suitable organization can’t be found

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki (middle) pictured with members of the Penticton Kinsmen society in front of the historic CPR Station. The landmark property will be gifted to a new non-profit organization and applicants have until April 29 to submit their proposals. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Penticton Art Gallery curator and director Paul Crawford pictured during the 42nd annual live auction. The gallery is currently preparing for the inaugural Ignite the Arts Festival, which has prompted the need for more volunteers. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Art Gallery on the hunt for volunteers for Ignite the Arts Festival

The inaugural festival begins on March 25 and goes until April 3

Penticton Art Gallery curator and director Paul Crawford pictured during the 42nd annual live auction. The gallery is currently preparing for the inaugural Ignite the Arts Festival, which has prompted the need for more volunteers. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The construction of this bandshell in 2014 at Okanagan Falls’ Centennial Park sparked the creation of Music in the Park, a summer-long community event from June to August. After a two-year hiatus, the event is returning with a newly-named Music and Market in the Park on Father’s Day, June 19. (Photo courtesy of Grant Henderson)

Music and Market in the Park coming to Okanagan Falls all summer long

Food vendors and local bands set to perform from June to August at Centennial Park

The construction of this bandshell in 2014 at Okanagan Falls’ Centennial Park sparked the creation of Music in the Park, a summer-long community event from June to August. After a two-year hiatus, the event is returning with a newly-named Music and Market in the Park on Father’s Day, June 19. (Photo courtesy of Grant Henderson)
First West Credit Union and its local divisions, including the Okanagan-based Valley First, have donated $25,000 to support Ukraine relief efforts (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky).

Okanagan-based Valley First donates $25k to Ukraine relief efforts

Valley First is waiving all transfer fees for people who send relief money to Ukraine

First West Credit Union and its local divisions, including the Okanagan-based Valley First, have donated $25,000 to support Ukraine relief efforts (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky).
CFUW members at a September 1965 meeting: G. Coursier, E. Towgood, C. Grundy, R. Stewart, M. Anderson, M. Olmstead. (Vernon News)
CFUW members at a September 1965 meeting: G. Coursier, E. Towgood, C. Grundy, R. Stewart, M. Anderson, M. Olmstead. (Vernon News)
Re/Max managing broker Michelle Girard has already started collecting empties in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and she will be on hand Thursday, March 10 for a drive-thru bottle drive at the Vernon office. (Re/Max photo)

Vernon realtors collect cans in support of Ukraine

Re/Max office holding drive-thru bottle drive fundraiser

Re/Max managing broker Michelle Girard has already started collecting empties in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, and she will be on hand Thursday, March 10 for a drive-thru bottle drive at the Vernon office. (Re/Max photo)
This 1917 photograph shows Joan Steven (nee Nicoll) and her daughters Joan and Margaret. The Steven home is the home on the hillside at the end of Main Street in Summerland and is the site of the Christmas nativity scene. The building to the left in the 
photograph is the Summerland Baptist Church, officially opened in January 1909. (Summerland Museum photo)

Steven exported fruit to the British Empire

Street in Summerland named after pioneer orchardist

This 1917 photograph shows Joan Steven (nee Nicoll) and her daughters Joan and Margaret. The Steven home is the home on the hillside at the end of Main Street in Summerland and is the site of the Christmas nativity scene. The building to the left in the 
photograph is the Summerland Baptist Church, officially opened in January 1909. (Summerland Museum photo)
Local golfers teeing-off at the 14th hole at the Penticton Golf and Country Club on Saturday (March 5) to celebrate the course’s opening weekend. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Opening day in the Okanagan: Penticton golf course welcomes new season

The Penticton Golf and Country Club is celebrating its 100th-anniversary in 2022

Local golfers teeing-off at the 14th hole at the Penticton Golf and Country Club on Saturday (March 5) to celebrate the course’s opening weekend. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
An orphanage in Ukraine benefitted from the sale of Ukrainian doughnuts Friday from Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Rays of Love photo)

UPDATE: Vernon serves up nearly $12,000 in support for Ukraine

Ukrainian doughnut fundraiser for #donutfriday at Ratio a huge success

An orphanage in Ukraine benefitted from the sale of Ukrainian doughnuts Friday from Ratio Coffee & Pastry. (Rays of Love photo)
Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He spearheaded the new community garden beside Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Fundraiser to give mobility for Keremeos’ community garden

The fundraiser is aiming to get Albert McCormick a new set of wheels

Albert McCormick has been gardening in Keremeos, and donating the excess, for several years. He spearheaded the new community garden beside Ambrosia affordable housing development. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Penticton’s iconic Peach Festival will return in 2022, along with several other local events. Travel Penticton announced a re-establishment of its funding program on Friday (March 4), granting a total of $150,000 to upcoming occasions. (Photo: Visit Penticton Facebook)

Travel Penticton distributes $150,000 to 22 upcoming local events

Penticton’s Elvis Festival and Peach City Cruise are among the events included in the funding program

Penticton’s iconic Peach Festival will return in 2022, along with several other local events. Travel Penticton announced a re-establishment of its funding program on Friday (March 4), granting a total of $150,000 to upcoming occasions. (Photo: Visit Penticton Facebook)
The Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre is one of many organizations to receive money from the Kiwanis Club of Summerland. (File photo)
The Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre is one of many organizations to receive money from the Kiwanis Club of Summerland. (File photo)