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A confirmed case of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Silver Star Elementary School has been reported. (Google Maps)

COVID case confirmed at Vernon elementary school

Member of Silver Star Elementary community self-isolating at home; letter sent to parents Nov. 28

A confirmed case of COVID-19 at Vernon’s Silver Star Elementary School has been reported. (Google Maps)
Vernon cowboy Jaret Cooper, shown competing at B.C. High School Rodeo event earlier in 2020 in Quesnel, hopes to defend his Junior World Finals rodeo saddle bronc title next month. (Cassidy Dankochik - Black Press Media)

Vernon cowboy hoping to defend world title

Jaret Cooper has qualified in saddle bronc for the Junior World Finals rodeo in Texas

Vernon cowboy Jaret Cooper, shown competing at B.C. High School Rodeo event earlier in 2020 in Quesnel, hopes to defend his Junior World Finals rodeo saddle bronc title next month. (Cassidy Dankochik - Black Press Media)
The 1969-70 Vernon Essos won the first of Vernon’s franchise- and league-best 12 B.C. Junior Hockey League championships a half-century ago. (Photo courtesy of Laurence Quechuck)

Vernon Essos ruled BC Junior Hockey 50 years ago

Essos beat Victoria Cougars four games to two in 1970 to win city’s first junior hockey title

The 1969-70 Vernon Essos won the first of Vernon’s franchise- and league-best 12 B.C. Junior Hockey League championships a half-century ago. (Photo courtesy of Laurence Quechuck)
This homemade, hand-painted five-foot-high Grinch was taken from an outdoor Christmas display at a home near Fulton Secondary Sunday evening, Nov. 22. (Photo submitted)

Grinch steals Grinch from Vernon Christmas display

Owners saddened by theft of beloved homemade five-foot-high Grinch display from yard near Fulton

This homemade, hand-painted five-foot-high Grinch was taken from an outdoor Christmas display at a home near Fulton Secondary Sunday evening, Nov. 22. (Photo submitted)
Former Vernon resident Jenny Story, now of Vancouver, was named Self-Advocate of the Year for 2020 at the recent virtual B.C. Autism Awards 2020. Story, a Clarence Fulton Secondary 2011 grad and Vancouver Film School alumnus, is a 2D and 3D animator and best-selling author. (B.C.Autism Awards)

Former Vernon autistic author-animator wins provincial honour

Jenny Story, 2011 Fulton grad, named Self-Advocate of the Year by Autism B.C. for 2020

Former Vernon resident Jenny Story, now of Vancouver, was named Self-Advocate of the Year for 2020 at the recent virtual B.C. Autism Awards 2020. Story, a Clarence Fulton Secondary 2011 grad and Vancouver Film School alumnus, is a 2D and 3D animator and best-selling author. (B.C.Autism Awards)
Enderby’s M.V. Beattie Elementary School hosts a two-week, weekday book fair at the school, with strict COVID protocols in place, Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to the school, there is an online shopping link with proceeds going to the book fair. (File photo)

Enderby school book fair includes online shopping link

Fair at M.V. Beattie Elementary runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 weekdays at school or you can shop online

Enderby’s M.V. Beattie Elementary School hosts a two-week, weekday book fair at the school, with strict COVID protocols in place, Nov. 23 to Dec. 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to the school, there is an online shopping link with proceeds going to the book fair. (File photo)
Vernon kidney activist and long-time, well-known letters-to-the-editor writer Beryl Nerling of Vernon died Nov. 2 at age 95. (Interior Health photo)

Vernon kidney activist leaves legacy

Beryl Nerling raised more than $60K for new dialysis chairs at Vernon Renal Unit; she died Nov. 2

Vernon kidney activist and long-time, well-known letters-to-the-editor writer Beryl Nerling of Vernon died Nov. 2 at age 95. (Interior Health photo)
Sun-FM in Vernon is changing its format to country music as of 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. The change has cost the station’s three live on-air personalities their jobs.(Google Maps)

Sun sets on Vernon radio station format, personalities

Vernon’s Sun-FM to become country music format Thursday, Nov. 19; three DJs released

Sun-FM in Vernon is changing its format to country music as of 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. The change has cost the station’s three live on-air personalities their jobs.(Google Maps)
The North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous Society has opened its warehouse for those in need to do some Christmas shopping. Due to COVID-19 protocol, appointments must be made ahead of time to do the shopping. (Morning Star - file photo)

Santa’s Anonymous ready to help North Okanagan families in need

Toys and things for kids newborn to age 12 available at Vernon warehouse; appointment needed

The North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous Society has opened its warehouse for those in need to do some Christmas shopping. Due to COVID-19 protocol, appointments must be made ahead of time to do the shopping. (Morning Star - file photo)
Alice Lee (left) and Gilda Koenig with the Vernon and District Family History Society raised funds and got donations to put up a pair of commemorative rock monuments for people who died in the Vernon-based B.C. Provincial Home for the Aged between 1948 and 1961. The rocks were put in a row where 41 people from the home are buried, and to stop people from driving over the graves as a shortcut through the cemetery. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Unique row at Vernon cemetery gets pair of monuments

Engraved rocks commemorate some who died in Vernon’s B.C. Provincial Home For Aged from 1948-1961

Alice Lee (left) and Gilda Koenig with the Vernon and District Family History Society raised funds and got donations to put up a pair of commemorative rock monuments for people who died in the Vernon-based B.C. Provincial Home for the Aged between 1948 and 1961. The rocks were put in a row where 41 people from the home are buried, and to stop people from driving over the graves as a shortcut through the cemetery. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon Baseball Association has teamed up with the City of Vernon and Funtastic Sports Society to install four electronic scoreboards in 2021 at diamonds at Marshall Field and Lakeview Park. (Morning Star - file photo)

Scoreboards to light up Vernon baseball diamonds

Vernon Baseball Association teams with Funtastic and city for four electric scoreboards in 2021

Vernon Baseball Association has teamed up with the City of Vernon and Funtastic Sports Society to install four electronic scoreboards in 2021 at diamonds at Marshall Field and Lakeview Park. (Morning Star - file photo)
This Chevrolet Tahoe SUV allegedly had the tires on its driver’s side punctured by an unknown individual at the Village Green Shopping Centre parking lot Wednesday, Nov. 11. The vehicle had a Saskatchewan licence plate, but the owner lives in Vernon. (Kerry Hutter photo)

Tires slashed on out-of-province vehicle at Vernon mall

Incident discovered at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11

This Chevrolet Tahoe SUV allegedly had the tires on its driver’s side punctured by an unknown individual at the Village Green Shopping Centre parking lot Wednesday, Nov. 11. The vehicle had a Saskatchewan licence plate, but the owner lives in Vernon. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Former Vernon care aide Christine Thelker has docmented her journey of living with dementia in the pages of her book For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon author documents dementia journey

Christine Thelker’s book, For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia, has online launch Thursday

Former Vernon care aide Christine Thelker has docmented her journey of living with dementia in the pages of her book For This I Am Grateful: Living With Dementia. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kidston Elementary School students have created a video, thanks to the help of teacher Melissa Jacobs, singing the Bill Withers classic song Lean On Me as a salute to veterans for Remembrance Day and to a retired kindergarten teacher from the school. (Inspire Kindness Productions photo)

Coldstream students pay tribute to veterans, retired teacher in video

Lean On Me honours sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and the work at the school of Margot MacDougall

Kidston Elementary School students have created a video, thanks to the help of teacher Melissa Jacobs, singing the Bill Withers classic song Lean On Me as a salute to veterans for Remembrance Day and to a retired kindergarten teacher from the school. (Inspire Kindness Productions photo)
Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)

Vernon high school football players see action amid COVID-19

Vernon and Kamloops form community midget-aged teams to allow high schoolers chance to play in 2020

Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)
BX Swan Lake Community Association member Paul Williamson stands in front of a large parcel of BX Ranch lands the association wants to keep for agricultural and educational purposes. (Photo submitted)

Vernon group hopeful of keeping BX Ranch lands

BX Swan Lake Community Association envisions the large land parcel for agriculture and education use

BX Swan Lake Community Association member Paul Williamson stands in front of a large parcel of BX Ranch lands the association wants to keep for agricultural and educational purposes. (Photo submitted)
Group founder and event organizer Michele Rauter (left) chats with two of eight other brave individuals who took part in the Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group’s first dip into the frigid waters of Wood Lake at Oyama Sunday, Nov. 8. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Okanagan lake swim group plunges ahead

Nine brave souls meet for first Wood Lake dip of Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group

Group founder and event organizer Michele Rauter (left) chats with two of eight other brave individuals who took part in the Lake Country BC - Lake Plunge! group’s first dip into the frigid waters of Wood Lake at Oyama Sunday, Nov. 8. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
A total of 35 emergency vehicles representing fire, police, search and rescue and ambulance gathered in Lake Country Sunday morning, Nov. 8, for a procession of emergency vehicles saluting late Lake Country firefighter Karl Featherstone. He died of a cardiac event at home, at age 47, Oct. 11. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Procession salutes Okanagan firefighter

Karl Featherstone of Lake Country remembered as 30+ vehicles take part to honour fallen colleague

A total of 35 emergency vehicles representing fire, police, search and rescue and ambulance gathered in Lake Country Sunday morning, Nov. 8, for a procession of emergency vehicles saluting late Lake Country firefighter Karl Featherstone. He died of a cardiac event at home, at age 47, Oct. 11. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Harwinder Sandhu, a Vernon registered nurse, has won the Vernon-Monashee riding after mail-in and absentee votes were counted. (Black Press - file photo)

UPDATED: B.C. VOTES 2020: Sandhu wins Vernon-Monashee riding

Vernon nurse Harwinder Sandhu unseats three-term Liberal incumbent Eric Foster

Harwinder Sandhu, a Vernon registered nurse, has won the Vernon-Monashee riding after mail-in and absentee votes were counted. (Black Press - file photo)
Columnist’s grandfather, Clarence (Noodles) Knox (left), fought in the First World War, and his father, William (Bill) Knox, took part in the Second World War. (Knox family photos)

COLUMN: Reluctance to discuss war speaks volumes

Author’s father suffered severe burns in Second World War, and didn’t talk about it

Columnist’s grandfather, Clarence (Noodles) Knox (left), fought in the First World War, and his father, William (Bill) Knox, took part in the Second World War. (Knox family photos)