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Okanagan Indian Band kids recently enjoyed a fun, safe day on the lake thanks to the donation of lifejackets for the children. (Vernon Recreation Services photo)

Okanagan Indian Band kids buoyed by lifejacket donation

Vernon resident doubles donation to keep kids safe

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

Unity House. (Google)

BC Housing gives Penticton Canadian Mental Health Association eviction notice

The CMHA has till April 2022 to relocate Unity House and services from Skaha Sunrise

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)
Penticton's favourite Santa Gary Haupt holding a ferret for Lucky's Pet Supply's Christmas in July fundraiser for Critteraid and Claws N Paws animal rescues. (Facebook)

$3,000 raised at Penticton Christmas in July animal fundraiser

Penticton’s favourite Santa was kept busy with proceeds going to Critteraid and Paws N Claws

Penticton's favourite Santa Gary Haupt holding a ferret for Lucky's Pet Supply's Christmas in July fundraiser for Critteraid and Claws N Paws animal rescues. (Facebook)
Pictured are (starting from far left) Greta Henning, Sue Blackwell and Aidan Mayes of Quota Internationalof Penticton alongside (children’s names – Lily (yellow dress), Gia and Brooke) and Manisha Willms, executive director of OSNS.

Donation made to Penticton’s OSNS child centre in honour of founding member

Quota International of Penticton made a $5,000 donation in honour of the late Joy Pinney

Pictured are (starting from far left) Greta Henning, Sue Blackwell and Aidan Mayes of Quota Internationalof Penticton alongside (children’s names – Lily (yellow dress), Gia and Brooke) and Manisha Willms, executive director of OSNS.
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)
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)
Penticton bylaw officers were handing out positive tickets to kids wearing helmets and safety equipment and will continue to do so this summer. (Submitted)

Kids given ‘positive tickets’ across Penticton

South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society hosts 5th annual ticketing this summer

Penticton bylaw officers were handing out positive tickets to kids wearing helmets and safety equipment and will continue to do so this summer. (Submitted)
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)
Mike Rosengren took this gorgeous sunset picture in Osoyoos recently. (Mike Rosengren)

PHOTOS: Sizzling sunsets and orange moon in South Okanagan

The wildfires are producing some stunning sunsets and an orange moon

Mike Rosengren took this gorgeous sunset picture in Osoyoos recently. (Mike Rosengren)
Andrew Frederick spent his COVID-19 time off school cleaning up his neighbourhood Girouard Park, which is being expanded. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)

Vernon’s park gets more play space

1.3 acres of land to be added to Harwood area park

Andrew Frederick spent his COVID-19 time off school cleaning up his neighbourhood Girouard Park, which is being expanded. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file)
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)
On July 13, donations were made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. From left are Billy Boerboom of the Summerland Fire Department and Windmill Garden Centre, Dan Bigelow of Nesters Market Summerland, 11-year-old Aleksander Filipovic, Danica Filipovic of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Rick Leardo of the Summerland Fire Department. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland organizations support Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Fire department and two businesses provide $1,250 for organization

On July 13, donations were made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. From left are Billy Boerboom of the Summerland Fire Department and Windmill Garden Centre, Dan Bigelow of Nesters Market Summerland, 11-year-old Aleksander Filipovic, Danica Filipovic of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Rick Leardo of the Summerland Fire Department. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Downtown Penticton Association is looking forward to hosting a full scale market in 2022 but in the meantime they have a mini market this summer 2021. (File photo)

Penticton Market opens in August

The market will be concentrated in the 200 block of Main Street

The Downtown Penticton Association is looking forward to hosting a full scale market in 2022 but in the meantime they have a mini market this summer 2021. (File photo)
Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki presents Peach Festival president Don Kendall with the Order of the Peach medal while making an announcement at Gyro Park Thursday that they will jointly host a one day Peach Fest this summer on Aug. 7, 2021. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Mini Peach Fest coming to Penticton this summer

Mega Motorcross, parade and concert among the festival’s one-day celebration

Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki presents Peach Festival president Don Kendall with the Order of the Peach medal while making an announcement at Gyro Park Thursday that they will jointly host a one day Peach Fest this summer on Aug. 7, 2021. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Linda Fedyniak is ready to pour coffee for the 27th annual Tim Hortons Camp Day next Wednesday. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star)

Coffee sales send Okanagan kids to camp

Tim Hortons Camp Day taking place Wednesday, July 21

Linda Fedyniak is ready to pour coffee for the 27th annual Tim Hortons Camp Day next Wednesday. (Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star)
Vancouver native Georgia Simmerling is heading to her fourth Olympics in Tokyo, this time with the Canadian cycling team. Loki Garage's owner, a family friend, is sponsoring her.

Penticton restaurant gets behind B.C. Olympian on her quest for gold

Loki’s Garage is sponsoring Canada’s multi-sport Olympian Georgia Simmerling

Vancouver native Georgia Simmerling is heading to her fourth Olympics in Tokyo, this time with the Canadian cycling team. Loki Garage's owner, a family friend, is sponsoring her.
Jeremy Welder, BGC Okanagan CEO (left) and Jarrod Stocker, BGC Okanagan Facilities and Transportation Manager (right) painted the door leading to the youth shelter at the Downtown Youth Centre in Kelowna. (Submitted photo)

BGC Okanagan receives massive donation to help fight youth homelessness

The organization painted their door orange as part of Home Depot’s Orange Door Project

Jeremy Welder, BGC Okanagan CEO (left) and Jarrod Stocker, BGC Okanagan Facilities and Transportation Manager (right) painted the door leading to the youth shelter at the Downtown Youth Centre in Kelowna. (Submitted photo)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)