Graeme Corbett

Judy Grant (left) collects the first Gund Teddy bear from Morning Star advertising representative Lynnaya Filbrandt during the giant giveaway Saturday.

Teddy bear giveaway a seasonal tradition

Most of those waiting for bears are seasoned bear hunters, returning year after year with friends and family

Judy Grant (left) collects the first Gund Teddy bear from Morning Star advertising representative Lynnaya Filbrandt during the giant giveaway Saturday.
Markella Mildenberger

Red Palette has home decor covered

Markella Mildenberger’s art is all over the walls in Vancouver. Quite literally.

Markella Mildenberger
TJ Dumonceaux of the Vernon Vipers breaks away from the West Kelowna Warriors' defence as he shoots on netminder Andy Desautels in B.C. Hockey League play Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place. Vernon won 3-0.

Snakes storm Warriors in third

Vernon Vipers bury trio of third-period goals to upend West Kelowna Warriors 3-0 in BCHL play Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

TJ Dumonceaux of the Vernon Vipers breaks away from the West Kelowna Warriors' defence as he shoots on netminder Andy Desautels in B.C. Hockey League play Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place. Vernon won 3-0.

AT RANDOM: Happy Black Friday

Graeme Corbett touches on the U.S. shopping holiday that has moved north

Stefan Marten (left) and Aaron Dougherty carefully transport some of the stainless steel brewing equipment that will form the centrepiece of the soon-to-open Marten Brewpub on Vernon’s 30th Avenue.

Brew pub on tap for Vernon’s 30th Avenue

Marten Brewpub gearing up for opening in early 2015.

Stefan Marten (left) and Aaron Dougherty carefully transport some of the stainless steel brewing equipment that will form the centrepiece of the soon-to-open Marten Brewpub on Vernon’s 30th Avenue.

Vernon’s Wayside acquires Wild Imagination

Vernon’s Wayside purchases Wilde Imagination Signs and Design.

Liam Finlay (right) of the Vernon Vipers dances around Cody DePourcq of the Penticton Vees in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Penticton Vees ride powerplay past Vernon Vipers

Penticton Vees fire three powerplay goals in 4-2 comeback win over Vernon Vipers in BCHL play Friday at Kal Tire Place.

Liam Finlay (right) of the Vernon Vipers dances around Cody DePourcq of the Penticton Vees in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.
Council candidates Roxanne Davyduke (left)

Election 2014: Enderby hears candidates

City of Enderby: It was standing room only as about 200 people filled the seniors centre

Council candidates Roxanne Davyduke (left)
Liam Coughlin (front) of the Vernon Vipers fights off a check from Ross Heidt of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in B.C. Hockey League play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon Vipers draw Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-3

Vernon Vipers settle for 3-3 tie with Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Liam Coughlin (front) of the Vernon Vipers fights off a check from Ross Heidt of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in B.C. Hockey League play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.
Mayoralty candidates Howie Cyr (left) and Greg McCune take part in an all-candidates forum Tuesday at the Enderby Seniors Centre.

Mayoralty hopefuls square off

Howie Cyr and Greg McCune take to the stake at Enderby forum

Mayoralty candidates Howie Cyr (left) and Greg McCune take part in an all-candidates forum Tuesday at the Enderby Seniors Centre.
Area F candidates Herman Halvorson and Jackie Pearase speak at an Enderby Chamber of Commerce forum at the Enderby Seniors Centre Tuesday.

Election 2014: Rural Enderby candidates make their pitch

Regional District of North Okanagan: Herman Halvorson and Jackie Pearase are running for Area F director

Area F candidates Herman Halvorson and Jackie Pearase speak at an Enderby Chamber of Commerce forum at the Enderby Seniors Centre Tuesday.
Linden Hora of the Vernon Vipers (right) battles for a loose puck against Sam Johnson of the Merritt Centennials in BCHL play Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon Vipers oust Merritt Centennials

Liam Finlay collects winner in Viper debut as Vernon topples Merritt Centennials 5-3 in BCHL play Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Linden Hora of the Vernon Vipers (right) battles for a loose puck against Sam Johnson of the Merritt Centennials in BCHL play Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (centre) cuts a ceremonial ribbon held by John Groeneveld (left) and Patrick Place

Ribbon cut on Royal York Estates

Royal York Estates celebrates launch with ribbon cutting ceremony in Armstrong.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (centre) cuts a ceremonial ribbon held by John Groeneveld (left) and Patrick Place

Finlay makes debut as Vipers host Cents Saturday

Forward Liam Finlay brings speed and offensive skill set to Vernon Vipers as they host Merritt Centennials in BCHL play Saturday.

Luke Voltin of the Vernon Vipers tries to get one past Merritt Centennials’ goalie Anthony Pupplo in BCHL play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Vipers’ short man shocks Cents

Vernon Vipers score winner shorthanded to rally past Merritt Centennials 4-2 in BCHL play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Luke Voltin of the Vernon Vipers tries to get one past Merritt Centennials’ goalie Anthony Pupplo in BCHL play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.
Luke Voltin of the Vernon Vipers tries to get one past Merritt Centennials’ goalie Anthony Pupplo Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon Vipers double Merritt Centennials 4-2

Vernon Vipers overcome two-goal deficit to bounce Merritt Centennials 4-2 in BCHL action Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Luke Voltin of the Vernon Vipers tries to get one past Merritt Centennials’ goalie Anthony Pupplo Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

AT RANDOM: Back on the job

Everything I can say about being a father is cliche, but it’s hard not to gush

Kamloops midfielders Tyson Johnston (from left) and Chace Jones

Beauregard rates Team B.C. tryout

Vernon's Kayden Beauregard among five Interior athletes to earn tryout with Team B.C. U15 field lacrosse team in Langley.

Kamloops midfielders Tyson Johnston (from left) and Chace Jones
MLA Eric Foster (left)

Project starts with a blast

The Catherine Gardens seniors housing project started with a bang Thursday afternoon at the Schubert Centre

MLA Eric Foster (left)
Thomas Aldworth (left) of the Vernon Vipers loses his balance as he battles Mike Lee of the Penticton Vees in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at Kal Tire Place. The Vees grounded the Vipers 3-1 in front of 2

Hannoun headlines Vees’ attack

Demico Hannoun pockets pair of goals as Penticton Vees ice Vernon Vipers 3-1 in BCHL action Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Thomas Aldworth (left) of the Vernon Vipers loses his balance as he battles Mike Lee of the Penticton Vees in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at Kal Tire Place. The Vees grounded the Vipers 3-1 in front of 2