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An office chair sparked a serendipitous moment for columnist Carole Fawcett. (File)

BOOMER TALK: Synchronicity and me

Delightful when all the forces join together and provide a wonderfully serendipitous and synchronistic event

  • Jun 1, 2021
An office chair sparked a serendipitous moment for columnist Carole Fawcett. (File)
Twenty-five pieces of art created by local Vernon students and children are on display at Schubert Centre June 1-6, 2021, as part of the Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society and i2i Intergenerational Society’s celebration of Intergenerational Day Canada. (Contributed)

Budding Vernon artists bridge gap with installation for seniors

Students, children tackle topic of isolation, loneliness for Schubert Centre display

Twenty-five pieces of art created by local Vernon students and children are on display at Schubert Centre June 1-6, 2021, as part of the Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society and i2i Intergenerational Society’s celebration of Intergenerational Day Canada. (Contributed)
BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)

B.C. Cancer Foundation canvassers going door-to-door

Residents asked to support monthly donor program, but warned canvassers do not take cash

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)
Sweatin’ for Science participants have collectively clocked 90,000+ kilometres during the fundraiser – the equivalent of more than one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon.

Sweatin’ for Science group collectively travels the distance of one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon

Funds will make science fairs more accessible for those who might not otherwise be able to take part

  • May 31, 2021
Sweatin’ for Science participants have collectively clocked 90,000+ kilometres during the fundraiser – the equivalent of more than one lap around the perimeter of BC and Yukon.
Contributed photo

Support Kelowna BC SPCA through Lock-In for Love virtual fundraiser

The funds raised will go toward caring for local animals and cruelty investigations

Contributed photo
Kristina Klein, owner of EATology, just celebrated the restaurant’s sixth anniversary in April 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Women in Business: Vernon restaurateur cooks up inspiring workplace

‘Do not put limitations on what you can achieve,’ EATology owner says

Kristina Klein, owner of EATology, just celebrated the restaurant’s sixth anniversary in April 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu has experienced great loss and hardships but nothing stopped her from advocating for the voices of marginalized populations. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Women in Business: Vernon MLA builds resiliency through perseverance

‘Don’t let fears hold you back and don’t let others define you,’ says Harwinder Sandhu

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu has experienced great loss and hardships but nothing stopped her from advocating for the voices of marginalized populations. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Deanna Beaudoin is a financial advisor with Vernon’s Edward Jones. (Keylight Photography)

Women in Business: Potential compels Vernon financial advisor

Deanna Beaudoin of Edward Jones driven to help clients

Deanna Beaudoin is a financial advisor with Vernon’s Edward Jones. (Keylight Photography)
The Vernon Morning Star's 2021 Women in Business special publication can be found in the May 27 edition or online. (Morning Star)

Vernon Morning Star presents Women in Business 2021

Editor’s note on this year’s Women in Business

The Vernon Morning Star's 2021 Women in Business special publication can be found in the May 27 edition or online. (Morning Star)
The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

British Columbia wine industry began in 1850s

Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission produced wine in 1859

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
One of the mama cats and her babies. (Contributed)

Okanagan charity hopes to rescue cats from cull in Alberta community

There is a serious overpopulation of cats in the hamlet of Dixonville

One of the mama cats and her babies. (Contributed)
Organizers of the third annual Dinner Under the Stars fundraiser for Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre have added a fifth week to the popular event. Online auction to bid on one of the five dinners begins June 4. (ABNC photo)

Extra week added for Vernon nature centre dinner fundraiser

Allan Brooks Nature Centre offers five outstanding dinner under the stars packages from local chefs

Organizers of the third annual Dinner Under the Stars fundraiser for Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre have added a fifth week to the popular event. Online auction to bid on one of the five dinners begins June 4. (ABNC photo)
Dick VanderLinde builds intricate birdhouses in Armstrong. (Carrie O’Neill Contributed)

Vernon man harnesses creative juices to construct custom birdhouses

COLUMN: Don’t underestimate the power of creativity

  • May 28, 2021
Dick VanderLinde builds intricate birdhouses in Armstrong. (Carrie O’Neill Contributed)
Local Losers is set to open June 1, 2021, providing young artists a safe space to create and purchase supplies in downtown Vernon. (Contributed)

Youth-centric art studio coming to Vernon’s downtown

Local Losers opens doors in former tattoo shop June 1

Local Losers is set to open June 1, 2021, providing young artists a safe space to create and purchase supplies in downtown Vernon. (Contributed)
Opera Kelowna is serenading seniors from the sidewalk. Pictured: Jascinthe Laflamme. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

Opera Kelowna to continue Sidewalk Serenades series

The goal is to bring music to the people in a safe way

Opera Kelowna is serenading seniors from the sidewalk. Pictured: Jascinthe Laflamme. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
GoByBike Week runs between May 31 and June 6, 2021. (City of Vernon)

Vernon gears up for GoByBike Week

Prepare to harness the power of the pedal next week

GoByBike Week runs between May 31 and June 6, 2021. (City of Vernon)
A kitten rescued this week from a feral colony in Midway looks at The Gazette Wednesday, May 26. The kittens will soon be up for adoption at the SPCA in Penticton. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

BC SPCA concerned about feral cat colonies across West Kootenays

The SPCA recently partnered with Grand Forks’ cat shelter to rescue a feral colony in Midway

A kitten rescued this week from a feral colony in Midway looks at The Gazette Wednesday, May 26. The kittens will soon be up for adoption at the SPCA in Penticton. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Chilliwack metal sculptor Kevin Stone has been commissioned to construct a larger than life Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture that will be put on display for all of Penticton to see. (Kevin Stone/Instagram)

Penticton to become home to a larger-than-life Tyrannosaurus rex

Renowned B.C. metal artist Kevin Stone has been hired to bring his work to Penticton

Chilliwack metal sculptor Kevin Stone has been commissioned to construct a larger than life Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture that will be put on display for all of Penticton to see. (Kevin Stone/Instagram)
HOPE Outreach is asking for men’s clothing and toiletry that they can distribute to their clients and partner community agencies. (Black Press Media file)

Okanagan outreach service in need of men’s clothes to distribute

HOPE Outreach said men’s clothes are not donated very often

HOPE Outreach is asking for men’s clothing and toiletry that they can distribute to their clients and partner community agencies. (Black Press Media file)
Enzo, the cat, has been found and safe at home after two months on the lam. (Facebook)

Penticton cat missing for 2 months found safe and sound

Enzo, an indoor cat, got out and had a large adventure around town

Enzo, the cat, has been found and safe at home after two months on the lam. (Facebook)