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Ratio Coffee and Pastry was named the winner of the 12th annual Chili Cook Off at the Vernon Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Feb. 14, 2021. (Ratio photo)

Ratio takes top chili honours at Vernon Winter Carnival

The Downtown Vernon Association highlighted some COVID-friendly activities from this year’s Carnival

Ratio Coffee and Pastry was named the winner of the 12th annual Chili Cook Off at the Vernon Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Feb. 14, 2021. (Ratio photo)
A building at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland has been a downtown landmark since 1907. The building, originally the Summerland Supply Co. building, has had many uses over the years. (Summerland Museum photo)

Historic 1907 building still a Summerland landmark

Intersection of Main Street and Victoria Road has seen numerous business changes over the years

A building at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland has been a downtown landmark since 1907. The building, originally the Summerland Supply Co. building, has had many uses over the years. (Summerland Museum photo)
A low-flying helicopter hovers above an orchard near O’Keefe Road pushing extreme cold air away from the ground Feb. 12, 2021, during a cold snap. (John Olafson - Contributed)

Helicopters combat cold in Vernon orchards

Morning Star reader captures image of low-flying helicopter protecting cherry trees

A low-flying helicopter hovers above an orchard near O’Keefe Road pushing extreme cold air away from the ground Feb. 12, 2021, during a cold snap. (John Olafson - Contributed)
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Holiday lights in West Kelowna
The Kelowna Capital News team plants a tree for Earth Day
Cougar caught on camera in Lake Country
Snow blankets Kelowna
Lord Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company hired F.H. Latimer to survey our new town. Latimer, in the centre of this photograph, is working at the base of Giant’s Head Mountain. In 1901, Latimer produced a comprehensive study of a new water system for Shaughnessy, prior to the founding of Summerland. Historic photos and files from the Summerland Museum are now available online. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland Museum provides historic resources online

More than 10,000 records will be available for public viewing

Lord Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company hired F.H. Latimer to survey our new town. Latimer, in the centre of this photograph, is working at the base of Giant’s Head Mountain. In 1901, Latimer produced a comprehensive study of a new water system for Shaughnessy, prior to the founding of Summerland. Historic photos and files from the Summerland Museum are now available online. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Bob Richards, 77, took out a loan in 2010 to help a struggling family find a place to live but is now having trouble paying it off. (Contributed)

Community quick to help South Okanagan man struggling with debt

Bob Richards has recently been collecting cans to help pay his $93,000 debt

Bob Richards, 77, took out a loan in 2010 to help a struggling family find a place to live but is now having trouble paying it off. (Contributed)
Okanagan Elder Mollie Bono passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (file)

Vernon school board trustee, OKIB member dies

Mollie Bono was a highly respected educator, advocate and community member

Okanagan Elder Mollie Bono passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (file)
The Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS) is presenting a “Seedy” Zoom night, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (pixabay)

Gardener’s Diary: Green thumbs log in for Zoom chat

Learn all about seeds and spring planting in SENS virtual meetup

  • Feb 18, 2021
The Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS) is presenting a “Seedy” Zoom night, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (pixabay)
Okanagan students, left to right, Scotia Hewitt, Brandon Viguers, Daniel Landrecht, Honor Hollman and Vanessa Cupit. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News staff)

Okanagan students come together to express the importance of kindness

Pink Shirt Day is on Feb. 24 and while there will be no in-person gatherings, everyone can be kind

Okanagan students, left to right, Scotia Hewitt, Brandon Viguers, Daniel Landrecht, Honor Hollman and Vanessa Cupit. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News staff)
A resident shared a photo of a snow fort listed as a rental unit online to the Vernon Rant and Rave (Uncensored) Facebook page Feb. 16, 2021. (Kyle Lewis/Facebook)

Cool apartment a warm welcome to tight housing market in Vernon

For just $1,000 per month, this cool one-bedroom snow fort could be yours

A resident shared a photo of a snow fort listed as a rental unit online to the Vernon Rant and Rave (Uncensored) Facebook page Feb. 16, 2021. (Kyle Lewis/Facebook)
The the J.R. Campbell home in Summerland has been selected as the community’s heritage building for 2021. (Contributed)

Summerland’s Campbell house recognized for heritage value

Former mayor was also named Summerland’s 1955 Citizen of the Year

  • Feb 17, 2021
The the J.R. Campbell home in Summerland has been selected as the community’s heritage building for 2021. (Contributed)
Chandler Gagnon and Brianne Vongrad were engaged outside the South Okanagan Events Centre Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021. (Click Start my Heart Photography)

Penticton man uses arena billboard to make proposal of a lifetime

It was a Valentine’s Day to remember for one Penticton couple

Chandler Gagnon and Brianne Vongrad were engaged outside the South Okanagan Events Centre Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2021. (Click Start my Heart Photography)
Buffy Rivard of the Food Action Society alongside members of Men’s Shed Vernon, which built and delivered cedar garden boxes to the society in January 2021. (Ray Verlage photo)

Men’s Shed Vernon gets $25K assist from hockey-loving doctors

The Vernon-based Doctor’s Hockey Tournament has a long history of supporting mental health efforts

Buffy Rivard of the Food Action Society alongside members of Men’s Shed Vernon, which built and delivered cedar garden boxes to the society in January 2021. (Ray Verlage photo)
Sunny’s Modern Diner in downtown Kelowna will be featured in a Big Food Bucket List episode on Feb. 20. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Kelowna diner makes a splash on national TV

Sunny’s Modern Diner is the second Okanagan restaurant to be featured on Big Food Bucket List

Sunny’s Modern Diner in downtown Kelowna will be featured in a Big Food Bucket List episode on Feb. 20. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Donna Bilyk, of One Minute Fun Sketch, draws Magi Buchanan at Creative Chaos. (Morning Star file photo)

Spring normalcy not likely, with more events curbed by COVID in Vernon

First Lumby Days, now Shoparama and Creative Chaos are pulling the plug

Donna Bilyk, of One Minute Fun Sketch, draws Magi Buchanan at Creative Chaos. (Morning Star file photo)
Revelstoke’s Jennifer Bowden is aiming to be a new model for Inked Magazine. (Contributed)

Revelstoke mom vying to be next Inked magazine model

A winner for the global competition will be crowned March 11

Revelstoke’s Jennifer Bowden is aiming to be a new model for Inked Magazine. (Contributed)
Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)

Vernon grad students’ essays earn Winter Carnival scholarships

The two students each received $500 out of 19 entrants

Recipients of two Vernon Winter Carnival Scholarships were awarded Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Wayne Emde photo)
Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Theo’s will burn one bill. They will choose one lucky table and let you throw your bill into the fireplace. (Theo’s Facebook)

South Okanagan Greek restaurant wants to set your bill on fire

Theo’s is letting one couple throw their bill into the fireplace Tuesday and Wednesday nights

Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Theo’s will burn one bill. They will choose one lucky table and let you throw your bill into the fireplace. (Theo’s Facebook)
The Community Foundation North Okanagan has teamed up with six other southern B.C. community foundations to provide more than $1.5 million to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. (Alex Potemkin photo)

Vernon-based group ready to back building COVID-resilient communities

Local foundation teams up with six others to provide $1.5 million in available project funding

The Community Foundation North Okanagan has teamed up with six other southern B.C. community foundations to provide more than $1.5 million to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. (Alex Potemkin photo)
Matthew Bennett from West Kelowna is currently in Calgary receiving treatment for his stage four lung cancer. (Melanie Bennett)

Okanagan man battling stage 4 lung cancer asks for community support

Matthew Bennett is currently in Calgary receiving treatment

Matthew Bennett from West Kelowna is currently in Calgary receiving treatment for his stage four lung cancer. (Melanie Bennett)
Fred Chu on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s tennis court during his interning year in Montreal in 1940. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm man’s father broke barriers for future Chinese physicians

Memories of Lunar New Year evoke history of Gerry Chu’s family

Fred Chu on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s tennis court during his interning year in Montreal in 1940. (Contributed)