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Morning Start: Forests

Your morning start for Wednesday, May 17

Good morning Okanagan! Grab your coffee, let’s get your day started!

Fun Fact: You know the nice smell of a forest? That’s called phytoncides, which is wood essentials oils which is part of a plant’s defence system against bacteria, fungi and insects.

On this day

In 1875, the Kentucky Derby takes place for the first time.

In 1884, Alaska becomes part of the United States.

In 1916, daylight savings is introduced.

In 1925, Tris Speaker becomes the fifth player in MLB history with 3,000 hits.

In 1939, baseball is televised for the first time, on NBC.

In 1964, the first Tim Hortons opens in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 1970, Hank Aaron becomes the ninth player in MLB history with 3,000 hits.

In 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

National holidays

Today is National Walnut Day, National Graduation Tassel Day, and National Cherry Cobbler Day.

Weather forecast from Environment Canada

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In case you missed it

Okanagan Clinical Trials looking for participants in migraine study. Learn more here.

2 dead after vehicle found upside down in Keremeos river. Learn more here.

Former Salmon Arm coach inducted into BC Basketball Hall of Fame. Learn more here.


On Monday, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen took batting practice with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Celebrity birthdays

If your birthday is today, you share a birthday with actor Bob Saget (would’ve been 67), Canadian figure skater Tessa Virtue (34), television host Craig Ferguson (61), television personality Derek Hough (38), sportscaster Jim Nantz (64), and hall of fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (67).

Have a great day everyone!


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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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