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The Vernon-based Thompson-Okanagan Lakers were leading the B.C. Female U18 AAA exhibition series with the best record when play was stopped due to COVID-19. (Photo supplied)

Vernon hockey ladies stalled by pause

Thompson-Okanagan Lakers Female U18 AAA have best record in B.C. exhibition series

The Vernon-based Thompson-Okanagan Lakers were leading the B.C. Female U18 AAA exhibition series with the best record when play was stopped due to COVID-19. (Photo supplied)
Kendra Scarrott and her artwork titled, Palimpsest, which will hang outside the chemistry lab at Coldstream’s Okanagan College. Scarrott created the work in memory of adult basic education teach Donna Leigh Goodman, who taught Scarrott and who passed away in 2018. (Okanagan College photo)

Vernon college student creates tribute to instructor

Artwork honours memory of Okanagan College adult basic education teacher Donna Leigh Goodwin

Kendra Scarrott and her artwork titled, Palimpsest, which will hang outside the chemistry lab at Coldstream’s Okanagan College. Scarrott created the work in memory of adult basic education teach Donna Leigh Goodman, who taught Scarrott and who passed away in 2018. (Okanagan College photo)
Grade 5 students from Ecole Beairsto Elementary helped Okanagan College’s Enactus team launch its new apple juice product while supporting its own breakfast program. (Okanagan College photo)

Vernon school benefits from college product

Beairsto students help pick apples for own program as part of Okanagan College’s Enactus initiative

Grade 5 students from Ecole Beairsto Elementary helped Okanagan College’s Enactus team launch its new apple juice product while supporting its own breakfast program. (Okanagan College photo)
Vernon-based Teens Count Too is continuing its partnership with radio station Pure Country 105.7 (formerly SUN-FM) to make sure teenagers are remembered at Christmas. (Pixabay)

Vernon group continues helping teenagers at Christmas

Teens Count Too continues partnership with Vernon radio station to ensure teens have Merry Christmas

Vernon-based Teens Count Too is continuing its partnership with radio station Pure Country 105.7 (formerly SUN-FM) to make sure teenagers are remembered at Christmas. (Pixabay)
Former Vernon resident and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ken Arkell was named the B.C. Lions latest winner of the CFL club’s Heart of a Lion award. Arkell played two seasons as a lineman with the Lions in 1956 and 1957. He was given the honour on Sunday, Dec. 6, Arkell’s 90th birthday. (B.C. Lions photo)

B.C. Lions honour former Vernon Justice

Ken Arkell was named the CFL club’s latest Heart of a Lion winner on his 90th birthday

Former Vernon resident and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ken Arkell was named the B.C. Lions latest winner of the CFL club’s Heart of a Lion award. Arkell played two seasons as a lineman with the Lions in 1956 and 1957. He was given the honour on Sunday, Dec. 6, Arkell’s 90th birthday. (B.C. Lions photo)
City of Armstrong council is closing its council meetings and public hearings to the public until further notice due to the latest provincial health order. (Morning Star - file photo)

Armstrong closes council meetings, public hearings to residents

City is following the latest provincial health order issued Dec. 2

City of Armstrong council is closing its council meetings and public hearings to the public until further notice due to the latest provincial health order. (Morning Star - file photo)
It’s got a different look today, but here’s the Polson Park Bandshell more than 100 years ago in 1912. Notice the stray baby buggy? (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #708)

Vernon history in pictures

Polson Park’s Bandshell is a fixture; did you know it was built more than a century ago?

It’s got a different look today, but here’s the Polson Park Bandshell more than 100 years ago in 1912. Notice the stray baby buggy? (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives photo #708)
The Feather sculpture, designed by Indigenous artists Clint George and Les Louis, is located at the north end of Pelmewash Parkway in Lake Country. (Contributed)

New Lake Country sculptures tell the stories of Syilx, Okanagan peoples

Three sculptures designed by local Indigenous artists now line the Pelmewash Parkway

The Feather sculpture, designed by Indigenous artists Clint George and Les Louis, is located at the north end of Pelmewash Parkway in Lake Country. (Contributed)
Lincoln Lanes has suspended adult league play for the time being as per the latest provincial health order. Youth leagues and public bowling are still permitted. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon bowling centre suspends adult league play

Lincoln Lanes following provincial health order; youth leagues and public bowling permitted

Lincoln Lanes has suspended adult league play for the time being as per the latest provincial health order. Youth leagues and public bowling are still permitted. (Morning Star file photo)
The board of the Armstrong Regional Cooperative has purchased and placed a table in Spallumcheen’s McLeod Park in memory of former board member and longtime volunteer Rhonda Burr. (ARC photo)

Township adds table in memory of Spallumcheen volunteer

Armstrong Regional Cooperative honours the late Rhonda Burr with table in McLeod Park in her name

The board of the Armstrong Regional Cooperative has purchased and placed a table in Spallumcheen’s McLeod Park in memory of former board member and longtime volunteer Rhonda Burr. (ARC photo)
Cross-country ski trail at SilverStar Mountain Resort have opened for the season. Downhill skiing will open to the general public on Dec. 7. Passholders can get an early start Dec. 4-6. (File photo)

Vernon mountain resort opens nordic trails

SilverStar will open downhill trails for passholders Dec. 4-6, and have general opening Dec. 7

Cross-country ski trail at SilverStar Mountain Resort have opened for the season. Downhill skiing will open to the general public on Dec. 7. Passholders can get an early start Dec. 4-6. (File photo)
North Okanagan Knights KIJHL Junior B Hockey League players Ethan Matchim (from left), Cade Enns and Jake Dubinsky helped out a toy drive organized by Vernon’s COBS Bread. (Photo submitted)

Trio of North Okanagan Knights give assist to toy drive

KIJHL players help out Vernon bread store with toy drive

North Okanagan Knights KIJHL Junior B Hockey League players Ethan Matchim (from left), Cade Enns and Jake Dubinsky helped out a toy drive organized by Vernon’s COBS Bread. (Photo submitted)
The Township of Spallumcheen is now handling applications for planning and development. (Morning Star - file photo)

Township of Spallumcheen handling development, planning applications

Convenient service for township residents, businesses, who no longer have to travel to Coldstream

The Township of Spallumcheen is now handling applications for planning and development. (Morning Star - file photo)
The City of Vernon broke ground on some new affordable housing to be built on Pleasant Valley Road in August. The city, along with the Okanagan Indian Band, will receive more units courtesy of the province. (Morning Star - file photo)

Affordable housing moves to Vernon, Okanagan Indian Band

Close to 30 homes to be built for low-to-moderate-income families

The City of Vernon broke ground on some new affordable housing to be built on Pleasant Valley Road in August. The city, along with the Okanagan Indian Band, will receive more units courtesy of the province. (Morning Star - file photo)
Melissa Jacobs, owner of Inspire Kindness Productions, right, is looking for nominations to help a family over Christmas with an Inspire Kindness bag filled with gift cards and small items. (File photo)

Vernon video production has Christmas spirit

Inspire Kindness Productions looking to help a family or resident with bag full of gift cards, items

Melissa Jacobs, owner of Inspire Kindness Productions, right, is looking for nominations to help a family over Christmas with an Inspire Kindness bag filled with gift cards and small items. (File photo)
Vernon’s Terry Konopada changed his life after a mild heart attack and re-entered the employment world courtesy of help and support from WorkBC. (Photo submitted)

Terry of All Trades: Vernon man finds the right fit

After some health issues, Terry Konopada turned his life around with help and support from WorkBC

Vernon’s Terry Konopada changed his life after a mild heart attack and re-entered the employment world courtesy of help and support from WorkBC. (Photo submitted)
The Okanagan Military Tattoo will move outdoors to Armstrong’s IPE Grounds in July 2021. (File photo)

Okanagan Military Tattoo moving outdoors to Armstrong in 2021

Popular event is slated for July 23 and 24, 2021, at the Interior Provincial Exhibition Grounds

The Okanagan Military Tattoo will move outdoors to Armstrong’s IPE Grounds in July 2021. (File photo)
Val Trevis from Nixon Wenger LLP (left) has been named president of the board of directors for the 2022 B.C. Winter Games in Greater Vernon, while Teresa Durning (right) of Durning Directions and Services has been named vice-president. (Photos submitted)

Well-known Vernon women chosen to lead B.C. Winter Games board

Val Trevis and Teresa Durning have been named president and vice-president; Games slated for 2022

Val Trevis from Nixon Wenger LLP (left) has been named president of the board of directors for the 2022 B.C. Winter Games in Greater Vernon, while Teresa Durning (right) of Durning Directions and Services has been named vice-president. (Photos submitted)
The Wilson’s Landing Fire Department holds its Christmas Santa Run Food Drive from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. (Photo submitted)

Westside fire department holding food drive

Annual Wilson’s Landing Fire Department Christmas Santa Run Food Drive goes Monday, Dec. 7

The Wilson’s Landing Fire Department holds its Christmas Santa Run Food Drive from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. (Photo submitted)
The Okanagan Quality Life Society which usually gives tours of Okanagan Lake to seniors and shut-ins on its boat Heaven Can Wait has created a virtual tour video in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down the tours in 2020. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon society launches virtual boat tour

Okanagan Quality Life Society normally gives tours on Okanagan Lake on its boat Heaven Can Wait

The Okanagan Quality Life Society which usually gives tours of Okanagan Lake to seniors and shut-ins on its boat Heaven Can Wait has created a virtual tour video in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down the tours in 2020. (Morning Star - file photo)