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Fran Millar was thankful she participated in a YMCA Seniors Health Assessment and has since made the Y an important part of her recovery. (YMCA/Submitted)

Seniors can get free health check at Kelowna YMCA

Assessment available on Nov. 23 from 8a.m.-1p.m.

Fran Millar was thankful she participated in a YMCA Seniors Health Assessment and has since made the Y an important part of her recovery. (YMCA/Submitted)
Ji-Jitsu star Jeddah Wood is going to go to Anaheim, Calif. from Dec. 7 to 11 for the world championships. (Submitted)

Community raises $3k in 24 hours to help Okanagan Jiu-Jitsu star get to California

Jeddah Wood is set to compete in southern California from Dec. 7 to 11

Ji-Jitsu star Jeddah Wood is going to go to Anaheim, Calif. from Dec. 7 to 11 for the world championships. (Submitted)
FILE - This August 2022 photo provided by Pfizer shows vials of the company’s updated COVID-19 vaccine during production in Kalamazoo, Mich. New booster shots are here and social distancing guidelines are easy but COVID-19 infections aren’t going away anytime soon, experts say. They predict the scourge that’s already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future. (Pfizer via AP, File)

Volunteers needed for flu vaccine study in the Okanagan

Okanagan Clinical Trials is conducting the study

  • Nov 16, 2022
FILE - This August 2022 photo provided by Pfizer shows vials of the company’s updated COVID-19 vaccine during production in Kalamazoo, Mich. New booster shots are here and social distancing guidelines are easy but COVID-19 infections aren’t going away anytime soon, experts say. They predict the scourge that’s already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future. (Pfizer via AP, File)
A memorial bench for late Vernon Morning Star editor Glenn Mitchell will be placed at Lakeview Park in 2023. (Mitchell family photo)

Bench dedicated to late Vernon newspaper editor

Memorial bench for Glenn Mitchell to be placed at Lakeview Park in 2023

A memorial bench for late Vernon Morning Star editor Glenn Mitchell will be placed at Lakeview Park in 2023. (Mitchell family photo)
Photo from the Reclaiming Youth Pow Wow that took place in Mission in July this year. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

All are invited to Lake Country Native Association’s 25th winter Powwow

The event takes place at Winfield Memorial Hall from noon to 7 p.m.

Photo from the Reclaiming Youth Pow Wow that took place in Mission in July this year. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Okanagan Forest Task Force was gifted a tow truck from one of its members to help with back country clean ups. (OFTF/Facebook)

Tow truck gifted to Okanagan Forest Task Force

A fundraiser will be launched soon to get the truck outfitted for a busy 2023

The Okanagan Forest Task Force was gifted a tow truck from one of its members to help with back country clean ups. (OFTF/Facebook)
Ryan Oliverius has produced a docu-series called Decolonizing Wellness thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Telus Storyhive Voices. (Decolonizing Wellness image)

Okanagan Indian Band councillor decolonizes Indigenous health in docu-series

Ryan Oliverius’ Decolonizing Wellness series now available to view

Ryan Oliverius has produced a docu-series called Decolonizing Wellness thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Telus Storyhive Voices. (Decolonizing Wellness image)
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
The 3rd Annual Kettle Valley Santa Parade is set for Dec. 3 (contributed)
The 3rd Annual Kettle Valley Santa Parade is set for Dec. 3 (contributed)
Kelli Rose holds a photo of her daughter Tiffany, and her dog Lily, who died in 2005, leading her to The Compassionate Friends in Vernon. (Jennifer SMith - Morning Star)

Bereaved parents group faces potential closure of Vernon chapter

The Compassionate Friends needs leaders to step up for the group

Kelli Rose holds a photo of her daughter Tiffany, and her dog Lily, who died in 2005, leading her to The Compassionate Friends in Vernon. (Jennifer SMith - Morning Star)
Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied

B.C. man completes seven-week term guarding the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Master Corporal Steve Pederson has been a Canadian Ranger for 31 years.…

Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied
Corporal Amadeo Vecchio of the Kelowna RCMP detachment. (Submitted)

A long, ongoing military and RCMP career for Kelowna officer

Corporal Amadeo Vecchio continues to serve both Canada and Kelowna

Corporal Amadeo Vecchio of the Kelowna RCMP detachment. (Submitted)
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coins on tombstones, an American tradition that has gradually taken root in Canada

Denomination of coin can show relationship to fallen soldier

  • Nov 11, 2022
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
The Habitat for Humanity build at 1375 Piercy Ave. in Courtenay continues to take shape. When completed the project will house 12 families. Photo by Yana Dimitrova.
Judge Lisa Wyatt, who presided over the oath of office ceremony, is joined by the new Central Okanagan Board of Education: (from left) Chantelle Desrosiers, Wayne Broughton, Val Johnson, Julia Fraser, school board chair Lee-Ann Tiede, Amy Geistlinger and Lisa Guderyan. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)

Kelowna trustee to chair Central Okanagan Board of Education

Lee-Ann Tiede tops three trustee candidate vote

Judge Lisa Wyatt, who presided over the oath of office ceremony, is joined by the new Central Okanagan Board of Education: (from left) Chantelle Desrosiers, Wayne Broughton, Val Johnson, Julia Fraser, school board chair Lee-Ann Tiede, Amy Geistlinger and Lisa Guderyan. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)
This historic photo of John and his wife, Hilda, Cheesman.

A look back at Lake Country’s history

This historic photo of John and his wife, Hilda, Cheesman.

  • Nov 10, 2022
This historic photo of John and his wife, Hilda, Cheesman.
Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)

Calm and ‘unrufflable’: Salmon Arm woman celebrates 102

Daughter describes mother Peggy Ashton as ‘calm and unruffleable’

Salmon Arm resident Peggy Ashton celebrates her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12. (Contributed)
Retired Vernon B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole has died at the age of 79. (Morning Star - file photo)

Retired Vernon Justice remembered for work ethic, laughter

Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole (retired) dies at age 79

Retired Vernon B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole has died at the age of 79. (Morning Star - file photo)
All Are Family Outreach is trying to help a local grandmother acquire a set of donated winter tires, which she is in desperate need of as winter conditions arrive early. (Pixabay photo)

Outreach society looks to help Vernon family in dire need of winter tires

All Are Family Outreach is hoping somebody can donate winter tires to a grandmother of 6

All Are Family Outreach is trying to help a local grandmother acquire a set of donated winter tires, which she is in desperate need of as winter conditions arrive early. (Pixabay photo)
Pat Wand (middle) joined by Beverley Fox (left) and Irene Ramsay (right) for their weekly bottle drive outside Penticton’s IGA.
(Logan Lockhart - Western News)

Every Saturday, in snow, -20 C, count on Pat Wand working the bottle drive at Penticton IGA

Wand and set of dedicated volunteers helped raise $400K over 10 years

Pat Wand (middle) joined by Beverley Fox (left) and Irene Ramsay (right) for their weekly bottle drive outside Penticton’s IGA.
(Logan Lockhart - Western News)
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