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Patti Noonan enjoys the gooeyness of the Ultimate Canadian at Country Bakery during the ninth annual Armstrong Professional Grilled Cheese Sandwich competition Friday, Feb. 25. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Judges grilled at Armstrong pro sandwich event

Record eight - 8! - grilled cheese entries snorked down in four hours by media judges; public can take part up to March 16

Patti Noonan enjoys the gooeyness of the Ultimate Canadian at Country Bakery during the ninth annual Armstrong Professional Grilled Cheese Sandwich competition Friday, Feb. 25. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Assumption of St. Mary in Vernon will host a rally to show support for Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Prayers will be heard at 5 p.m. (Google Maps)

Vernon rallies in support of Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox Church hosting rally and prayers Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 4 p.m.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Assumption of St. Mary in Vernon will host a rally to show support for Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Prayers will be heard at 5 p.m. (Google Maps)
Caitlin Gingras, 16, a Grade 11 student, has helped the Vernon Christian School Royals get to the provincial senior girls A basketball tournament for the first time in school history. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Gingras’ MVP performance propels Vernon Christian School

Royals’ Caitlin Gingras, teammates and father-coach guide team to first-ever provincial tourney berth

Caitlin Gingras, 16, a Grade 11 student, has helped the Vernon Christian School Royals get to the provincial senior girls A basketball tournament for the first time in school history. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society executive director Dean Francks (left) accepts a cheque for nearly $9,800 from Vernon Home Depot employee Marilin Comley and store manager Paul Gislason. The money was raised over the Christmas holidays through Home Depot’s Orange Door Project. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan youth organization opens door to donation

NOYFSS receives nearly $9,800 from Home Depot’s Orange Door Project

North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society executive director Dean Francks (left) accepts a cheque for nearly $9,800 from Vernon Home Depot employee Marilin Comley and store manager Paul Gislason. The money was raised over the Christmas holidays through Home Depot’s Orange Door Project. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Salmon Arm King’s Christian Thunder forward Joseph Royal (with ball) draws Vernon Christian School Royals defenders Ben Porter (3) and Ben Tishenko off the ground during the North Zone Senior Boys A Basketball Final Friday, Feb. 18, at VCS. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Vernon Christian Royals seeded fifth for Okanagan tourney

Royals capture North Zone’s lone berth to eight-team Valleys with convincing win over Salmon Arm rivals

Salmon Arm King’s Christian Thunder forward Joseph Royal (with ball) draws Vernon Christian School Royals defenders Ben Porter (3) and Ben Tishenko off the ground during the North Zone Senior Boys A Basketball Final Friday, Feb. 18, at VCS. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
North Okanagan family and Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning the public of a brazen type of fraud that resulted in a Coldstream senior losing thousands of dollars. (File photo)

North Okanagan senior bilked of thousands in brazen scam

Phone caller offers fantastic business opportunity, gets address and gives individual ride to bank to withdraw money

North Okanagan family and Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning the public of a brazen type of fraud that resulted in a Coldstream senior losing thousands of dollars. (File photo)
The Morning Star is making a donation to the local Cinderella Project, which provides formal clothing and accessories to underprivileged teenagers so they can attend their graduation ceremony or prom with their peers. The money was collected from the sale of roll ends at the Morning Star’s front desk. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Morning Star rolls out grad donation

Sales of newspaper roll ends donated to Cinderella Project for underprivileged teens

The Morning Star is making a donation to the local Cinderella Project, which provides formal clothing and accessories to underprivileged teenagers so they can attend their graduation ceremony or prom with their peers. The money was collected from the sale of roll ends at the Morning Star’s front desk. (Facebook photo)
Wendy Smith, 95, 10 years the senior over opponent Shirley White (background), throws one of her two skip rocks during play in the Vernon Curling Club’s Wednesday Afternoon Senior Ladies Curling League. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon senior skips still loving the curling life

Wendy Smith, 95, and Shirley White, 85, both enjoy the camaraderie at play at the Vernon Curling Club

Wendy Smith, 95, 10 years the senior over opponent Shirley White (background), throws one of her two skip rocks during play in the Vernon Curling Club’s Wednesday Afternoon Senior Ladies Curling League. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Former Spallumcheen councillor Dave Brew died at age 84 Jan. 27. (Contributed)

Former Spallumcheen councillor dedicated to community

Three-term township councillor Dave Brew died Jan. 27 at age 84

Former Spallumcheen councillor Dave Brew died at age 84 Jan. 27. (Contributed)
Vernon council has directed staff to move forward with a design that would turn the Kin Race Track facility into a multi-use sports park, but not without debate. (City of Vernon photo)

Majority of Vernon council envisions sports park at Kin Race Track site

Council votes 5-1 in favour of staff recommendation for new timeline for the site

Vernon council has directed staff to move forward with a design that would turn the Kin Race Track facility into a multi-use sports park, but not without debate. (City of Vernon photo)
Angela Case Ryll (left) was among the 20 or so hearty people who ventured into the digit-numbing waters of Okanagan Lake Sunday, Feb. 13, during the Vernon Winter Carnival Polar Battery Polar Bear Dip at Paddlewheel Hall. Case Ryll actually went in and out of the water three times. (Roger Knox - Morning Star).

Sunny skies, chilly water greets Vernon polar bear dippers

Popular Vernon Winter Carnival event held in cold Okanagan Lake at Paddlewheel Hall on final Carnival day

Angela Case Ryll (left) was among the 20 or so hearty people who ventured into the digit-numbing waters of Okanagan Lake Sunday, Feb. 13, during the Vernon Winter Carnival Polar Battery Polar Bear Dip at Paddlewheel Hall. Case Ryll actually went in and out of the water three times. (Roger Knox - Morning Star).
Vernon Christian School Royals player Kadence Sayer (with ball) is about to be fouled on a block attempt by Charles Bloom’s Anneliese Sawatsky during the Royals’ 57-35 win Wednesday, Feb. 9, in a North Zone Senior Girls A basketball semifinal at VCS. The Royals advance to Friday’s North Zone final in Salmon Arm. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: Vernon Christian School marches to North Zone final

Basketball: Royals defeat Charles Bloom Timberwolves of Lumby 57-35 to advance to Salmon Arm Friday

Vernon Christian School Royals player Kadence Sayer (with ball) is about to be fouled on a block attempt by Charles Bloom’s Anneliese Sawatsky during the Royals’ 57-35 win Wednesday, Feb. 9, in a North Zone Senior Girls A basketball semifinal at VCS. The Royals advance to Friday’s North Zone final in Salmon Arm. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming (left) and City of Vernon Climate Action Advisary Committee co-chair Mary Stockdale announce the city’s new curbside organics collection program starting in May. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Curbside organics collection program coming to Vernon

City, climate action advisary committee announce new curbside collection to start in May 2022

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming (left) and City of Vernon Climate Action Advisary Committee co-chair Mary Stockdale announce the city’s new curbside organics collection program starting in May. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Kindness meters were installed in downtown Vernon in 2016 to raise money for organizations that assist with those in need. (Morning Star file)

People Place receives kind donation in Vernon

Council votes to give 2021 Kindness Meters revenue to The People Place

Kindness meters were installed in downtown Vernon in 2016 to raise money for organizations that assist with those in need. (Morning Star file)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ firefighters spent their weekend learning about ice training in the classroom and in the chilly confines of Vernon’s Swan Lake. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Ice day for a dip for Vernon firefighters

Vernon Fire Rescue Services members take ice and cold-water training in classroom and in Swan Lake

Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ firefighters spent their weekend learning about ice training in the classroom and in the chilly confines of Vernon’s Swan Lake. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Ice creators slide into Vernon Winter Carnival

An ice castle, ice bar and ice slide will be part of the fun and frolick at the Vernon Winter Carnival Winter Playground

Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A bible with Alcoholics Anonymous’ traditional AA in leather on the front is a prized possession for a Vernon man, entering his 46th year of sobriety. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon man seriously sober about life

Alcoholics Anonymous volunteer credits organization with saving his life as he enters Year 46 of sobriety

A bible with Alcoholics Anonymous’ traditional AA in leather on the front is a prized possession for a Vernon man, entering his 46th year of sobriety. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Mayor Chris Pieper was joined by other dignitaries as ground was officially broken on a new Armstrong city hall building Thursday, Jan. 27. The new hall will be located across the road on Bridge Street from the current 105-year-old city hall building. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Ground broken on new Armstrong city hall

Facility across the road from existing 105-year-old city hall hopes to open in late fall 2022

Mayor Chris Pieper was joined by other dignitaries as ground was officially broken on a new Armstrong city hall building Thursday, Jan. 27. The new hall will be located across the road on Bridge Street from the current 105-year-old city hall building. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Work on a new childcare facility in Okanagan Landing at Lakers Clubhouse continues. The facility, along with one other near the Vernon Recreation Complex, expects to be open by end of summer. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon childcare facilities on target

City of Vernon says projects near rec centre and Lakers Clubhouse are on time and budget

Work on a new childcare facility in Okanagan Landing at Lakers Clubhouse continues. The facility, along with one other near the Vernon Recreation Complex, expects to be open by end of summer. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
High Status Cannabis, one of two 100 per cent owned and operated cannabis dispensaries on Splatsin land near Enderby, is shutting its doors due to what its owner calls an oversaturation of dispensaries on band land, and lack of leadership from Splatsin council. (Facebook photo)

Splatsin cannabis dispensary closing doors near Enderby

Owner of High Status unhappy with over-saturation of market on band land, lack of leadership from band council

High Status Cannabis, one of two 100 per cent owned and operated cannabis dispensaries on Splatsin land near Enderby, is shutting its doors due to what its owner calls an oversaturation of dispensaries on band land, and lack of leadership from Splatsin council. (Facebook photo)