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Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Grand Parade returns to celebrate Peach Fest’s 75th birthday in Penticton

Peach Fest wraps up on Sunday night with British piano man Ben Waters

 

Smoke-filled skies as seen from Olalla, due to the nearby Keremeos Creek Wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

Communities rally in support of Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees

Evacuation orders have been issued for more than 500 properties

 

Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says the food bank will be accepting donations at the Peach Festival’s Grande Parade on Aug. 6. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

High demand, low supply: Penticton’s Salvation Army accepts donations at Peach Fest

Demand at the food bank is up 35 to 40 per cent, according to Alan Madsen

 

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

‘It was unbelievable’: Shuswap farmer overwhelmed by kindness of residents

Sidelined by injuries from a fall, 91-year-old Tappen man wondered how he’d handle the hay crop

Syd Wand of Tappen says he is immensely grateful for the people who showed up unannounced to move about 250 bales of hay from the fields into the hay shed after he was injured in a fall. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
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Okanagan Film Commission in ‘desperate’ need of qualified staff

The film centre is hosting a 3-day workshop in Kelowna to launch new careers from Sept. 23 to 25

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The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds of cars arrive in Penticton for 2022 Okanagan Dream Rally

Rally cars left Kelowna at 10 a.m. and arrived in Penticton shortly after 11 a.m.

The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)

2 teens killed after driver flees police in Lower Mainland; fundraisers launched for families

Yasbirat Ytatek and Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali were killed in a collision on July 26

18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)
Don and Dolly Abney. Dolly will be riding in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for cancer research after her husband’s diagnosis in 2021. (Submitted)

Riding for a cure: Penticton woman joins Tour de Cure for husband of 35 years

So far, Dolly Abney has raised over $6,400 through the Tour de Cure

Don and Dolly Abney. Dolly will be riding in the Tour de Cure to raise funds for cancer research after her husband’s diagnosis in 2021. (Submitted)
Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)

More than $175k donated to 20 charities across B.C.’s Interior

Valley First recently made a record-setting investment in the community

Vermilion Forks Elementary’s after-school program in Princeton received a $10,000 donation from Penticton-based Valley First. (Contributed)
Bob Richards wants to form a local group that would help build wheelchair-access trails in the South Okanagan. (Facebook)

Penticton man collecting cans in support of building wheelchair-accessible trails

Bob Richards is on a mission to make Okanagan trails accessible for all

Bob Richards wants to form a local group that would help build wheelchair-access trails in the South Okanagan. (Facebook)
Seasonal workers enjoyed the first Sunday Cantina evening at the Cawston Community Hall on July 3. The Hall and the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society partnered together on the project. (Submitted)
Seasonal workers enjoyed the first Sunday Cantina evening at the Cawston Community Hall on July 3. The Hall and the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society partnered together on the project. (Submitted)
Barb and Ken Hynek, right, donated their 120-year-old stove to lend extra authenticity to the Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens. Already the Grist Mill’s volunteers have been putting it to use. (Grist Mill and Gardens Facebook)

White Rock couple donates 120-year-old stove to Keremeos’ Grist Mill and Gardens

The couple felt the previous stove was a bit too new on their visit to the site

Barb and Ken Hynek, right, donated their 120-year-old stove to lend extra authenticity to the Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens. Already the Grist Mill’s volunteers have been putting it to use. (Grist Mill and Gardens Facebook)
Don Levers’ Ogopogo: And the Mysterious Stranger is set to be released on July 22. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing Group)

Ogopogo returns 37 years later to swim on pages of children’s book sequel

Don Levers’ 1985 classic about Ogopogo sold more than 30,000 copies

Don Levers’ Ogopogo: And the Mysterious Stranger is set to be released on July 22. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing Group)
James Grandy from the RCMP issues the first “Positive Ticket” of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Booked for being safe: RCMP to issue ‘positive tickets’ in Penticton

The summer-long campaign was launched by Penticton’s Brain Injury Society

James Grandy from the RCMP issues the first “Positive Ticket” of 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Photo from left: Kate Smith (Speech-Language Pathologist and Quality Manager, OSNS), Megan Windeler (Community Engagement Lead, OSNS), Trevor Robinson (Principal of Columbia Elementary) and Alora Campbell (CEA at Columbia) (Contributed)

Penticton elementary school students come together to raise $3k for OSNS centre

Columbia Elementary School students used a ‘money-metre’ to track their fundraising progress

Photo from left: Kate Smith (Speech-Language Pathologist and Quality Manager, OSNS), Megan Windeler (Community Engagement Lead, OSNS), Trevor Robinson (Principal of Columbia Elementary) and Alora Campbell (CEA at Columbia) (Contributed)
Luke Noort, 3, and many other kids get ready at the start line of the 2022 Piccolofondo kids’ race down Lakeshore Drive Saturday, July 9. (contributed)

Updated with Photos: Young cyclists race Penticton’s Lakeshore Drive

Saturday’s Piccolofondo was the prelude to the Okanagan Granfondo Sunday, July 10

Luke Noort, 3, and many other kids get ready at the start line of the 2022 Piccolofondo kids’ race down Lakeshore Drive Saturday, July 9. (contributed)
Robert Gabert, left, and Brad Edwards of the Penticton Lawn Bowling Club celebrate their championship win in Kamloops on June 26. (Contributed)

Penticton lawn bowling duo crowned 2022 champions of B.C.’s Interior

Robert Gabert and Brad Edwards won a two-day tournament in Kamloops last month

Robert Gabert, left, and Brad Edwards of the Penticton Lawn Bowling Club celebrate their championship win in Kamloops on June 26. (Contributed)
Dorothy Flebbe retired from Underwriters in Penticton after working there for 52 years. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Dot retires after 52 years with the same Penticton insurance company

Dorothy Flebbe worked with 3 generations of Jamiesons and only took 5 sick days

Dorothy Flebbe retired from Underwriters in Penticton after working there for 52 years. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton Creek. (Western News file photo)

Guided walking tours of Penticton Creek set for next week

Tours are available as the next phase of the restoration project gets underway

Penticton Creek. (Western News file photo)
Photo from left: Helen Little (Past Regional President), Brenda Craig (Provincial Trustee), Megan Windeler (OSNS) and Debbie Verhaeghe (Past President)

Penticton group lives up to motto after $2k donation to OSNS child centre

The money will go towards pediatric therapy equipment that is in need of replacement

Photo from left: Helen Little (Past Regional President), Brenda Craig (Provincial Trustee), Megan Windeler (OSNS) and Debbie Verhaeghe (Past President)