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People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

Volunteers will be back at Polson Park Sunday, June 5, for the return of the North Okanagan Hospice Society’s Hike For Hospice fundraiser. (Contributed)

Vernon Hike For Hospice returns

Fundraising event for the North Okanagan Hospice Society slated for Sunday, June 5, at Polson Park

The Monday Night Vernon Toastmasters will celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary with a special Burger Bar night Monday, June 6 at the 1516 Pub and Grill on Okanagan Landing Road (formerly The Outboard). (Contributed)

Vernon Toastmasters club reaches milestone

Monday Night Vernon Toastmasters Club to celebrate 25 years Monday, June 6, with special evening

The Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1971’s 50-year reunion will be held a year later than planned, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Contributed)
The Vernon Senior Secondary Class of 1971’s 50-year reunion will be held a year later than planned, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Contributed)
The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.

Thousands turn out for first-ever outdoor Fest of Ale in Penticton

The event returned from its two-year hiatus on Saturday, May 14, at Okanagan Lake Park

The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu met with Anne and Pat from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxillary, presenting them with a proclamation in honour of #healthcareauxiliaryday May 7, 2022. (Harwinder Sandhu)

Sandhu bestows ‘token of gratitude’ on Vernon hospital auxiliary volunteers

The Vernon-Monashee MLA offered VJH volunteers a proclamation to mark Healthcare Auxiliary Day

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu met with Anne and Pat from the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxillary, presenting them with a proclamation in honour of #healthcareauxiliaryday May 7, 2022. (Harwinder Sandhu)
Penticton Secondary School students recognized the Moose Hide Campaign on May 12, calling for an end to violence against women and children. (Photo courtesy of Eva Koch)

Okanagan high school students campaign to end violence against women and children

‘No one deserves to be afraid,’ a pair of students displayed on a sign

Penticton Secondary School students recognized the Moose Hide Campaign on May 12, calling for an end to violence against women and children. (Photo courtesy of Eva Koch)
Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)

B.C. man needs votes to build dream motorcycle on Orange County Choppers

Ron MacLeod needs votes to build motorcycle with Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers T.V. fame

Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)
Oyama Zipline Adventure Parks hosts another Wounded Warriors Day fundraiser May 28 (Contributed)

Zipline fun for warriors fund returning to Oyama Adventure Park

All gross revenue on all activities will be donated to Wounded Warriors Canada

  • May 12, 2022
Oyama Zipline Adventure Parks hosts another Wounded Warriors Day fundraiser May 28 (Contributed)
Silver Creek’s Mike Strotmann rode his 1972 John Deere tractor to a silver-medal finish in the Canadian Plowing Competition that took place in Rivers, Manitoba from May 2 to 4. (Contributed)

‘Don’t make a mess’: Shuswap precision plowman wins silver at national competition

Silver Creek’s Mike Strotmann rode his 1972 John Deere tractor

  • May 11, 2022
Silver Creek’s Mike Strotmann rode his 1972 John Deere tractor to a silver-medal finish in the Canadian Plowing Competition that took place in Rivers, Manitoba from May 2 to 4. (Contributed)
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Painted rocks keep the flocks away

AB Farm in Oyama is hosting a contest to get people painting strawberry rocks

  • May 11, 2022
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Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)

Facing terminal cancer, BC woman holds ‘Ashes Shower’

‘Even if I’m not here, the memories, I still want them to be fun,’ says Eva Hompoth

Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)
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Okanagan charity in desperate need for donations as demand goes up

All Are Family Outreach has requested fruit, milk, pasta sauce and pet food

  • May 10, 2022
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Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)
Fest of Ale will return to Penticton in May 2022 this time outdoors at Okanagan Lake Park. (File photo)
Vernon’s Oliver Stankiewicz completes his 48th kilometre in his second Move4Mom endurance run Sunday, May 8, at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Stankiewicz planned to run more than 100 kilometres while raising funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Vernon man’s endurance fundraiser moving along nicely

Oliver Stankiewicz had completed 48 kilometres of planned 100 km (or more) by 9 a.m. Sunday, raising $$ for VJHF

Vernon’s Oliver Stankiewicz completes his 48th kilometre in his second Move4Mom endurance run Sunday, May 8, at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Stankiewicz planned to run more than 100 kilometres while raising funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Youth take part in the first art session May 7 at the Literacy Society of North Okanagan for a book Who Are the Children in Our Community? Kid are invited back this Saturday, May 14. (Literacy Society photo)

Vernon kids draw up book reflecting their community

Local youth create project on who they are

Youth take part in the first art session May 7 at the Literacy Society of North Okanagan for a book Who Are the Children in Our Community? Kid are invited back this Saturday, May 14. (Literacy Society photo)
GoByBike BC Society envisions a future where everyone can experience the joy of cycling – for transportation, for play, for well-being, for the planet. Take part in Spring GoByBike Week May 30 to June 5!

This spring, return to cycling for a fresh start

More than just a bike ride — GoByBike for health, for the planet and for prizes!

  • May 16, 2022
GoByBike BC Society envisions a future where everyone can experience the joy of cycling – for transportation, for play, for well-being, for the planet. Take part in Spring GoByBike Week May 30 to June 5!
Anita Courtney, VRS Seniors Community resident.

Finding home – My Experience Joining a VRS Seniors Community

By Anita Courtney, a resident of VRS Seniors Communities (which owns and…

  • May 9, 2022
Anita Courtney, VRS Seniors Community resident.
The Vernon Senior Secondary School Class of 1982 will hold its 40-year reunion Saturday, June 25, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Senior Secondary’s Yahoo 82 reaches 40

Class of 1982 will hold 40-year reunion Saturday, June 25, Vernon Curling Club

  • May 9, 2022
The Vernon Senior Secondary School Class of 1982 will hold its 40-year reunion Saturday, June 25, at the Vernon Curling Club. (Facebook photo)
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Beairsto classroom challenges Vernon School District to support Ukraine

Students at Beairsto Elementary are hoping to expand their fundraising efforts as widely as possible

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