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OASISS has been monitoring Okanagan lakes for invasive mussels for nine years. Local residents with private docks are being asked to assist. (Photo/OASISS)

Residents asked to help keep Okanagan lakes free from invasive mussels

A group has been monitoring the lakes for nine years to prevent a mussel infestation

The Skoglund family stands out front of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Car wash celebrates half a century with a $50K donation to Okanagan College

Skogie’s Car Washes is celebrating its golden jubilee by giving back to the community

Armstrong’s Memorial Park added some colourful playground equipment courtesy of the Armstrong Regional Co-op. The local cooperative donated $15,000 to purchase the equipment. Pictured, from left, are Geoff Maile - Armstrong Regional Co-op director; Grace McCaig – Armstrong gas bar staff member; Ken Earl – Armstrong Regional Co-op director. (ARC photo)

Co-op brightens Armstrong park with new playground equipment

Armstrong Regional Cooperative donates $15,000 for equipment housed at Memorial Park

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)

Smoke from B.C. wildfires creating issues for those with respiratory illnesses

The wildfire smoke has made it difficult to be outside for some

The skies above Osoyoos are thick with smoke from the nearby Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. (Twila Amato /Black Press Media)
Kevin, left, is pictured during a bike race with his son Nicholas. (Contributed)

Kelowna dad plans cycling journey to raise funds, honour late son

Kevin Witzke’s son died of colon cancer in April 2021

Kevin, left, is pictured during a bike race with his son Nicholas. (Contributed)
Reaching out to WorkBC Vernon for support in planning her future was a great move by Caitlin Heinloo. (Contributed)

WorkBC helps Vernon client succeed in school

Caitlin Heinloo’s future is very bright thanks to support from organization and community

Reaching out to WorkBC Vernon for support in planning her future was a great move by Caitlin Heinloo. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Elisabeth (Betty) Pattermann celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, July 24, with a tea and dinner with family. (Contributed)

Family, gift from Queen part of Vernon woman’s 100th birthday

Elisabeth (Betty) Pattermann enjoyed tea, dinner with family, framed photo with message from Queen Elizabeth II

Vernon’s Elisabeth (Betty) Pattermann celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, July 24, with a tea and dinner with family. (Contributed)
A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cool cars provide some automotive magic for B.C. teen

Driven Project brought fleet of supercars to quiet street

A fleet of supercars filled a quiet Langley City street to visit Langley City teen Alyssa Anderson on Sunday, July 25, as part of the Drive Project. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)

Okanagan Indian Band kids buoyed by lifejacket donation

Vernon resident doubles donation to keep kids safe

Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Cultural Immersion School photo)
Armstrong Regional Co-op is accepting donations for the Red Cross’ wildfire relief efforts at its gas bars in Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Vernon through the end of August. (Contributed)

North Okanagan-Shuswap gas bar accepting Red Cross wildfire relief donations

Armstrong Regional Co-op will accept donations at gas bars in Vernon, Armstrong and Salmon Arm through August

Armstrong Regional Co-op is accepting donations for the Red Cross’ wildfire relief efforts at its gas bars in Salmon Arm, Armstrong and Vernon through the end of August. (Contributed)
A Lower Mainland woman is looking for the owner of a necklace her son found in West Kelowna. (Sandra Palm/Facebook)

Lost necklace with memorial pendant found in West Kelowna

Woman’s son found the necklace while swimming in West Kelowna, believes pendant contains ashes

A Lower Mainland woman is looking for the owner of a necklace her son found in West Kelowna. (Sandra Palm/Facebook)
Marc Ledger (left) presents a cheque to Kane Blake (right) (Facebook)

Okanagan non-profit that cleans up illegal dump sites rewarded with $10k donation

The Okanagan Forest Task Force helps clean up local backcountry and stop the spread of forest fires

Marc Ledger (left) presents a cheque to Kane Blake (right) (Facebook)
In memory of long-time member Joe Fabi, the Vernon Tennis Association is hosting an informal dedication to his memory at Marshall Field on Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m.  All tennis players, family, friends and acquaintances of Joe are invited to attend. (Vernon Tennis Association photo)

Memorial toast served up for Vernon tennis staple

Joe Fabi celebrated at Marshall Field Saturday

In memory of long-time member Joe Fabi, the Vernon Tennis Association is hosting an informal dedication to his memory at Marshall Field on Saturday, July 24, at 4 p.m.  All tennis players, family, friends and acquaintances of Joe are invited to attend. (Vernon Tennis Association photo)
Mitchell, Malcom and Maria will be selling lemonade for the rest of the summer (Suzanne White)

Summerland siblings get entrepreneurial for a good cause

All proceeds from the Jonson family lemon-aid stand go to support Heart for Lebanon

Mitchell, Malcom and Maria will be selling lemonade for the rest of the summer (Suzanne White)
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: Skip the weed killer, eat this one

Gardener Jocelyne Sewell looks at the purslane weed growing rampant in this heat

  • Jul 24, 2021
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital nurses show thank firefighters during a ‘crazy summer’ July 20. (Dugas Law Litigation Lawyers - Twitter)

Vernon shows appreciation for firefighters

Local restaurant, nurses shower frontline fighters with gratitude

Vernon Jubilee Hospital nurses show thank firefighters during a ‘crazy summer’ July 20. (Dugas Law Litigation Lawyers - Twitter)
Rylie Nicholls of Lake Country was admitted to Kelowna General Hospital after an onset of leg pain that quickly worsened. A GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $30,000 in three days to support the Nicholls family in the youngster’s medical battle. (GoFundMe photo)

Nearly $30K raised for Lake Country ‘spitfire’ battling illness

Donations pour in to support Nicholls family after baby girl admitted to hospital with leg pain

Rylie Nicholls of Lake Country was admitted to Kelowna General Hospital after an onset of leg pain that quickly worsened. A GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $30,000 in three days to support the Nicholls family in the youngster’s medical battle. (GoFundMe photo)
United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers in May 2020. (United Way SIBC photo)

Okanagan charities boosted by United Way grant

Grants going to charities helping to build a regenerative, just and sustainable economy

United Way Southern Interior BC volunteers in May 2020. (United Way SIBC photo)
Thirteen non-profits in the Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan received grants from Interior Savings. (Interior Savings/Contributed)

Okanagan non-profits receive Interior Savings grants

Thirteen non-profits shared $120,000 in grant funding

Thirteen non-profits in the Thompson, Nicola and Okanagan received grants from Interior Savings. (Interior Savings/Contributed)
The vigil will include an open mic period for those wishing to speak (via North Okanagan Labour Council/ Facebook)

Kelowna crane collapse victims to be remembered at vigil

Residents are invited near the crash site to pay their respects

The vigil will include an open mic period for those wishing to speak (via North Okanagan Labour Council/ Facebook)