In and about the village

News items from Keremeos and the Lower Similkameen

Storytime fun at the Keremeos Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library

Fridays at 11:15 a.m. for ages two to five.

Starts October 4 through to December 6.

Join us for stories, crafts and fun!

The Keremeos Branch of the ORL is located at 638 – 7th Avenue. For more information or to register please call 250-499-2313 or visit




Extended hours at credit union

The Keremeos branch of Valley First Credit Union began opening on Mondays on September 30.

Branch Manager Joan Bauman said that extra part time staff had been hired after a member survey indicated a desire for extended service in the community.

“This should really improve member service,” Bauman said, “we’ve had a good response already (on Monday) this morning. I’m excited about this opportunity to keep members banking services local.”




Fundraiser for Terry Fox

Similkameen Elementary Secondary School raised $2,091 for the Kids for Terry Fox charity on September 27.

A school wide fundraising competiton that involved raffles, a  pigeon release, and samosa sales during September contributed to the funds raised, in addition to some friendly but intense rivalry between classes in the school.




Apple Day at the Grist Mill

The Grist Mill Heritage Club and operator Chris Mathieson and staff will celebrate the end of the tourist season at the mill with the Annual Apple Day Celebration.

An apple-infused pancake breakfast runs from 8  to 10:30 a.m., the Great Apple Pie Contest at 1 p.m. with Mat Duffus entertaining from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Apple race from bridge to bridge in the creek happens at 2:30  p.m.

There’s  a cider pressing, demonstration  and a heritage apple interpretive table with display and some sales of old varieties.

The are traditional kids table games as well as lawn and field games available.

Apple Day is a family oriented event to take in on half price day at the historic site.  Free for kids  five and under.

Vendors, especially those with an “apple angle” are welcome.


For more information call 250-499-2888.