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Darcy Martin, grandmother of Vernon teen Traci Genereaux, purchased, wrapped and delivered Christmas dinners and gifts for local families in memory of Traci this December, 2020. (Contributed)

Grandmother makes Christmas special for families in memory of Vernon teen

Family of Traci Genereaux raised funds, delivered Christmas gifts and dinners in her name

Darcy Martin, grandmother of Vernon teen Traci Genereaux, purchased, wrapped and delivered Christmas dinners and gifts for local families in memory of Traci this December, 2020. (Contributed)
Educational art programs will continue at the Vernon Public Art Gallery thanks to the generousity of the community during Giving Tuesday Dec. 1. (VPAG photo)

Art education continues thanks to North Okanagan donors

VantageOne Credit Union and anonymous donor matched donations to Art Gallery

Educational art programs will continue at the Vernon Public Art Gallery thanks to the generousity of the community during Giving Tuesday Dec. 1. (VPAG photo)
Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)

Penticton man spends day shovelling strangers’ driveways

35-year-old Roderick Hansen saw the recent snow as an opportunity to do something kind for seniors

Roderick Hansen spent Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 in Penticton shovelling snow off driveways belonging to seniors and others who were unable to shovel themselves. (Contributed)
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Seniors are getting connected to families just in time for Christmas thanks to the Interior Savings Care Home Connection Contest. (file photo)

Gift connects Okanagan seniors with families

Care homes in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Ashcroft, Kamloops, Chase and Vernon benefit

Seniors are getting connected to families just in time for Christmas thanks to the Interior Savings Care Home Connection Contest. (file photo)
Canadian Mental Health Association's Lenai Schmidt, manager of wellness and rehabilitation programs, is hoping the community will help fill the Gift of Hope wishes. (CMHA Vernon photo)

Gift of Hope helps those struggling with mental health in Vernon

Canadian Mental Health Association raising funds to sponsor those in need

Canadian Mental Health Association's Lenai Schmidt, manager of wellness and rehabilitation programs, is hoping the community will help fill the Gift of Hope wishes. (CMHA Vernon photo)
The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is going back in time with a calendar of historic photos from the area, available at the online gift shop. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives)

Throwback calendar looks at North Okanagan’s past

Museum produces calendar full of historic images, plus raffle

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is going back in time with a calendar of historic photos from the area, available at the online gift shop. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives)
A community-organized Christmas tractor parade would have taken place from Armstrong to Enderby Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, but the event has been cancelled by organizers. (Jaimee Jansen photo)

North Okanagan Christmas tractor parade nixed by COVID-19 concerns

Organizers cancelled the parade after RCMP advised they could be liable if COVID-19 measures were contravened

A community-organized Christmas tractor parade would have taken place from Armstrong to Enderby Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, but the event has been cancelled by organizers. (Jaimee Jansen photo)
Jordan and her daughter Khalli explore their new car. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Kelowna mom receives a Christmas present like no other

Nox Automotive donated a vehicle to Jordan for Christmas

Jordan and her daughter Khalli explore their new car. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)
Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)
A handful of Penticton restaurants will be offering full Christmas dinners this year. (Pixabay photo)

Don’t want to make Christmas dinner? Let a Penticton restaurant do it for you

Many local restaurants are offering full holiday feasts this year

A handful of Penticton restaurants will be offering full Christmas dinners this year. (Pixabay photo)
6-six-year-old Orion Parisien-Wawea, who has leukemia, and his mom Sierra Book were gifted a new Nintendo Switch gaming console Monday Dec. 21, 2020 thanks to the giving spirit of a Penticton business owner that quickly spread throughout the community, leading to four other struggling families receiving gifts. (Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton’s giving spirit shines as donations for struggling families pour in

Six-year-old with cancer receives Nintendo; community rallies behind game shop to help more families

6-six-year-old Orion Parisien-Wawea, who has leukemia, and his mom Sierra Book were gifted a new Nintendo Switch gaming console Monday Dec. 21, 2020 thanks to the giving spirit of a Penticton business owner that quickly spread throughout the community, leading to four other struggling families receiving gifts. (Jesse Day - Western News)
6-year-old grade one student Emily Ruth was one of the many children out enjoying a day of sledding at Columbia Elementary School after the winter’s first snowfall in Penticton Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (Jesse Day - Western News)

PHOTOS: Pentictonites have some fun in the snow

About 5 to 10 centimetres of snow fell Monday morning and some locals made the most of it

6-year-old grade one student Emily Ruth was one of the many children out enjoying a day of sledding at Columbia Elementary School after the winter’s first snowfall in Penticton Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Rollingdale Winery light-up. Facebook.

West Kelowna winery shines bright for the holidays

Rollindale Winery invites the public to see its vineyard light display

Rollingdale Winery light-up. Facebook.
Sue Simpson is thanking everyone who sent a Christmas card to her son, Jessie. (Sue Simpson)

Kamloops man severely injured in 2016 assault receives 600 Christmas cards

Jessie Simpson’s mom asked for Christmas cards to lift his spirits this season

Sue Simpson is thanking everyone who sent a Christmas card to her son, Jessie. (Sue Simpson)
Christmas displays are getting more and more impressive in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Check out Vernon’s Christmas lights display from home

Photos of approximately 20 homes turned into a video for all to enjoy

Christmas displays are getting more and more impressive in Vernon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Gary Baker and Stephanie Hermiston were two of dozens who received a hot turkey dinner at Baillie Avenue, from the Gospel Mission, Saturday night (Dec. 19). They said the meal was very much appreciated. Baker and Hermiston are currently experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Christmas meals for Kelowna’s less fortunate a ‘silver lining’ amid difficult time of year

Gospel Mission staff took to the streets to feed approx. 500 on Dec. 19.

Gary Baker and Stephanie Hermiston were two of dozens who received a hot turkey dinner at Baillie Avenue, from the Gospel Mission, Saturday night (Dec. 19). They said the meal was very much appreciated. Baker and Hermiston are currently experiencing homelessness in Kelowna. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
The Pat Duke Arena change room renovation and expansion project is now complete, the Regional District of North Okanagan announced Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Angie Clowry photo)

VIDEO: An inside look at Lumby’s newly improved Pat Duke Arena

$3.5M in upgrades were completed at the arena, four years after the village was crowned Hockeyville

The Pat Duke Arena change room renovation and expansion project is now complete, the Regional District of North Okanagan announced Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Angie Clowry photo)
Knox Studio’s 2020 holiday mashup music video is now live. (Knox Studio)

Kelowna studio releases holiday music video

Knox Studio wanted to bring holiday cheer to people as they stay home this Christmas season

Knox Studio’s 2020 holiday mashup music video is now live. (Knox Studio)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

‘More important than ever’: Discovery House shines light on addiction

The addiction treatment centre lit up their recovery homes for the season

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Two more deaths were reported McKinney Place in Oliver. (File)

COVID-19: Two more deaths in Oliver’s McKinney Place

The long-term care facility currently has 56 cases of the virus

Two more deaths were reported McKinney Place in Oliver. (File)