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Oleg Skrypka and his band Vopli Vidopliasova are playing at Rutland Centennial Hall on Saturday night, Jan. 21. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

Ukrainian rock legend bringing concert to Kelowna

Tickets are available online, at the door for the show at Rutland Centennial Hall on Saturday night

Oleg Skrypka and his band Vopli Vidopliasova are playing at Rutland Centennial Hall on Saturday night, Jan. 21. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Stephanie Schenkel (left) and Chloe Stunzi began their healthy animal feed delivery business, C&S Feeds, in October 2022. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm friends start business to provide animal owners with healthy feed options

C&S Feeds delivers wholesome, often single-ingredient feed around Shuswap, Okanagan

Stephanie Schenkel (left) and Chloe Stunzi began their healthy animal feed delivery business, C&S Feeds, in October 2022. (Contributed)
Bianca, Zahara, Isabel and Anna, Grade 9 students at Dr. Knox Middle School, who were winners of the Sustainable Development Challenge in 2020. (Contributed)

Passionate Kelowna youth tackle environment issues

The 2023 Sustainable Development Challenge takes place Feb. 23

Bianca, Zahara, Isabel and Anna, Grade 9 students at Dr. Knox Middle School, who were winners of the Sustainable Development Challenge in 2020. (Contributed)
Syracuse University trained instructor Missy Morrison Charko with her young dance students. (Jim Cooperman photo)

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Syracuse University trained instructor Missy Morrison Charko with her young dance students. (Jim Cooperman photo)
Swansea Point and Ranchero/ Deep Creek fire departments have been going to Sicamous Eagles hockey games as team-building events. (Swansea Pint Fire Department Facebook)

Go Eagles!: CSRD fire departments bond in cheering on Sicamous hockey team

Firefighters support the community and local sports, excited for playoff hockey

Swansea Point and Ranchero/ Deep Creek fire departments have been going to Sicamous Eagles hockey games as team-building events. (Swansea Pint Fire Department Facebook)
Goalie Rhys Netherton minds the net during a game against the Kelowna Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. He and fellow Sicamous Eagles are hosting a team trivia night at the Red Barn on Saturday, Feb. 4. (Sicamous Eagles Facebook)
Goalie Rhys Netherton minds the net during a game against the Kelowna Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. He and fellow Sicamous Eagles are hosting a team trivia night at the Red Barn on Saturday, Feb. 4. (Sicamous Eagles Facebook)
Alvin Timm, known as Button Guy for his longtime support of the Vernon Winter Carnival, died Jan. 13 at age 83. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival remembers ‘Button Guy’

Alvin Timm, known for his support of Carnival by wearing hundreds of buttons on his jacket, dead at 83

Alvin Timm, known as Button Guy for his longtime support of the Vernon Winter Carnival, died Jan. 13 at age 83. (Facebook photo)
The 7th annual Winter Classic Hockey Tournament comes to the Apex Mountain Ski Resort from Jan. 20 to 22. The Vancouver Spirit Atom A1 took home the championship at 2020’s Apex Winter Classic, but the big winner was B.C. Children’s Hospital, received $42,000. (Contributed image)

7th annual Winter Classic returns to Apex Resort’s ice rink

In 2020, the hockey tournament raised more than $42,000 for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

The 7th annual Winter Classic Hockey Tournament comes to the Apex Mountain Ski Resort from Jan. 20 to 22. The Vancouver Spirit Atom A1 took home the championship at 2020’s Apex Winter Classic, but the big winner was B.C. Children’s Hospital, received $42,000. (Contributed image)
An affordable housing working group has been formed, separate from the Sicamous Housing Committee, to meet and discuss housing projects in the district. A focus of the District of Sicamous group will be the 36-unit housing complex, developed in partnership with the Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society (EVSCHS) which operates The Haven (pictured), The Lodge and The Manor. (EVSCHS Facebook)

Affordable housing working group formed in Sicamous to speed up projects

Projects to be discussed as-needed, 36-unit Eagle Valley Senior Citizens unit a priority

An affordable housing working group has been formed, separate from the Sicamous Housing Committee, to meet and discuss housing projects in the district. A focus of the District of Sicamous group will be the 36-unit housing complex, developed in partnership with the Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society (EVSCHS) which operates The Haven (pictured), The Lodge and The Manor. (EVSCHS Facebook)
The Sicamous market is now held year-round, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and organizers hope the event will become more of a gathering place as well as a chance to shop for all kinds of goods. (Terry Sinton Facebook)

Sicamous market returns, open year-round for shopping and socializing

Organizers want to see the market as a community gathering place without expectation to buy

The Sicamous market is now held year-round, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and organizers hope the event will become more of a gathering place as well as a chance to shop for all kinds of goods. (Terry Sinton Facebook)
Examples of past volunteer painted banners that have hung in the District of Sicamous on lamp posts. Council discussed how many branded banners versus hand-painted ones will be on display this year at the Jan. 11 2023 meeting. (District of Sicamous photo)

Request to display more hand-painted banners in Sicamous at odds with district marketing

Council discusses ratio of painted versus branded banners and value of volunteer art

Examples of past volunteer painted banners that have hung in the District of Sicamous on lamp posts. Council discussed how many branded banners versus hand-painted ones will be on display this year at the Jan. 11 2023 meeting. (District of Sicamous photo)
Left to right: Penticton Vees Bradly Nadeau, Ryan Hopkins, Aydar Suniev and Josh Nadeau will be participating in BCHL’s 60th Anniversary Prospects game at the SOEC Friday night. The weekend All Star and Alumni games continue Saturday at the outdoor rink. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

Expect large crowds, road closure near Penticton’s outdoor rink for BCHL all-star games

Martin Street partially closed Saturday while alumni, skills and all star games take place

Left to right: Penticton Vees Bradly Nadeau, Ryan Hopkins, Aydar Suniev and Josh Nadeau will be participating in BCHL’s 60th Anniversary Prospects game at the SOEC Friday night. The weekend All Star and Alumni games continue Saturday at the outdoor rink. (Logan Lockhart Western News)
Shuswap Search and Rescue station 106 volunteers attended fitness testing among a host of other training courses in 2022. Looking ahead, the station hopes to see completion of its new rescue boathouse and further volunteer training. (Rob Sutherland/ photo)

Shuswap’s marine search and rescue crew looks back on busy, successful 10th year

New rescue base under construction and volunteer training to make for an exciting 2023

Shuswap Search and Rescue station 106 volunteers attended fitness testing among a host of other training courses in 2022. Looking ahead, the station hopes to see completion of its new rescue boathouse and further volunteer training. (Rob Sutherland/ photo)
Cats found in box in Penticton in Dec. (OHS)

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Okanagan Humane Society takes on Betty White Challenge

Cats found in box in Penticton in Dec. (OHS)
More than 140 people turned out to a celebration of Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the Vernon Elks Lodge Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Submitted photo)

First holiday away from home made special for Ukrainians in Vernon

More than 140 people gathered to celebrate Orthodox Christmas

More than 140 people turned out to a celebration of Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the Vernon Elks Lodge Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (Submitted photo)
Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Prince Harry’s book, Spare, has been attracting plenty of attention

Members of staff place the copies of the new book by Prince Harry called “Spare” at a book store in London, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” went on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, providing a varied portrait of the Duke of Sussex and the royal family. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The site of Penticton’s Memorial Bench. Gord Portman, who helped raise $10,000 for the bench, pictured with Ysabel Contreras from the City of Penticton at the site of bench, pre-construction. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)

Penticton’s Memorial Bench for overdose victims to be unveiled this summer

Gord Portman helped raise $10,000 in 2022 for the bench’s construction to become a reality

The site of Penticton’s Memorial Bench. Gord Portman, who helped raise $10,000 for the bench, pictured with Ysabel Contreras from the City of Penticton at the site of bench, pre-construction. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)
Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

No meds, no problem: Armstrong woman celebrates 100th birthday

Esther Hoffman celebrated the milestone with family and friends at Heaton Place Thursday, Jan. 12

Esther Hoffman celebrated her 100th birthday with a room full of family and friends at Heaton Place in Armstrong Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon Winter Carnival Society director Boris Ivanoff, left, dressed as Officer Ponch from the hit TV series CHiPs, holds the boom microphone for guest speaker Curt Reimer of event sponsor Valley First while Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx – Leela from Futurama – looks on during the Media Launch for the 63rd Carnival Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Best Western Premier Hotel. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Countdown to Vernon Winter Carnival kicks off

Media and event launch night raise hype for 63rd festival Feb. 3-12

Vernon Winter Carnival Society director Boris Ivanoff, left, dressed as Officer Ponch from the hit TV series CHiPs, holds the boom microphone for guest speaker Curt Reimer of event sponsor Valley First while Carnival executive director Vicki Proulx – Leela from Futurama – looks on during the Media Launch for the 63rd Carnival Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Best Western Premier Hotel. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
The seed swap table at a past South Shuswap Seed Swap. Gardeners and community members can come and find new seed varieties and learn and share their food-growing knowledge at the Feb. 25 event.

Seeds and gardening knowledge to be shared at South Shuswap seed swap

‘How to grow your own food and sustain yourself is a timely topic; that’s the origin of seed swaps.’

The seed swap table at a past South Shuswap Seed Swap. Gardeners and community members can come and find new seed varieties and learn and share their food-growing knowledge at the Feb. 25 event.