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People line up outside the Blue Moon event space on Shuswap Street for the opening of the Harry Potter inspired “magical pop-up” shop on Oct. 31. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Harry Potter inspired pop-up shop opens in Salmon Arm

The store is only open for a limited time.

Paul Ross is still hoping the community of Canoe will cram his canoe with donations for the food bank as they have in previous years. (Paul Ross/Facebook)

Shuswap community plans to fill canoe for food bank despite lack of holiday train party

Paul Ross has been putting out his canoe to serve as a donation bin for the past six years.

SASCU reduces waste and helps out Shuswap Hospital Foundation

SASCU reduces waste and helps out Shuswap Hospital Foundation

A credit union campaign will keep paper out of landfills while helping the hospital.

J.R. Morgan throws an axe into the target at the “axe hole” outside the AFD gas station in Sicamous. Morgan has had the axe throwing lanes open for about a year and says he plans to open an attached concession serving pizza and donairs. Reservations can be made for the axe-throwing lanes by calling 587-335-3994. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
J.R. Morgan throws an axe into the target at the “axe hole” outside the AFD gas station in Sicamous. Morgan has had the axe throwing lanes open for about a year and says he plans to open an attached concession serving pizza and donairs. Reservations can be made for the axe-throwing lanes by calling 587-335-3994. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
The well-known Burner Grille is up for sale. (Damon Stamboulieh/Facebook)

Shuswap landmark the Burner Grille up for sale

Malakwa restaurant built in former beehive burner on the market

The well-known Burner Grille is up for sale. (Damon Stamboulieh/Facebook)
Lumby’s Rusty Spur Tack, Feed & Pet store has opened a second location on Cliff Avenue in Enderby. The store’s grand opening was Saturday, Aug. 15. (Photo submitted)

Lumby tack store opens new Enderby location

The Rusty Spur Tack, Feed and Pet opened on Cliff Avenue Saturday, Aug. 15

Lumby’s Rusty Spur Tack, Feed & Pet store has opened a second location on Cliff Avenue in Enderby. The store’s grand opening was Saturday, Aug. 15. (Photo submitted)
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A cryptocurrency ATM operated by a company called HoneyBadger was recently installed in Centenoka Park Mall. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm’s first Bitcoin ATM installed in mall

The kiosk will allow people to buy cryptocurrency or sell it for cash.

A cryptocurrency ATM operated by a company called HoneyBadger was recently installed in Centenoka Park Mall. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Allen Mills, the owner of Mills Mechanical, poses for a photo with Angie Austin, the winner of last year’s furnace giveaway. (Mills Mechanical Ltd./Facebook)

Shuswap HVAC company giving away free furnace to someone in need

Mills Mechanical plans to help keep a deserving individual warm this winter

Allen Mills, the owner of Mills Mechanical, poses for a photo with Angie Austin, the winner of last year’s furnace giveaway. (Mills Mechanical Ltd./Facebook)
Alex Wenezenki stands by the Robinson R44 Raven II which he uses to offers aerial tours of the Shuswap on behalf of BC Helicopters, on Friday, July 24. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Pilot offers helicopter tours taking off from Sicamous golf course

Alex Wenezenki has been enjoying showing people a bird’s eye view of the Shuswap this summer.

Alex Wenezenki stands by the Robinson R44 Raven II which he uses to offers aerial tours of the Shuswap on behalf of BC Helicopters, on Friday, July 24. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)

New houseboat company up and running on Shuswap Lake

Sicamous Houseboats has moved in to the former Waterway Houseboats property.

A new houseboat company has opened on the former Waterway property south of Sicamous. (Sicamous Houseboats/Facebook)
A new electric vehicle charging station at the Canadian Tire in Salmon Arm is expected to open this fall. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Electric vehicle chargers being installed at Salmon Arm Canadian Tire

The chargers operated by Electrify Canada are expected to be operational by the fall.

A new electric vehicle charging station at the Canadian Tire in Salmon Arm is expected to open this fall. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Whib’s Gym in Enderby and Sicamous is recruiting volunteers among its members to take shifts monitoring for compliance with COVID-19 safety measures, a requirement for reopening under Interior Health’s new guidelines released May 15, 2020. (Google image)

COVID-19: North Okanagan gym needs volunteers in order to reopen

Gyms have been told they need staff members to monitor for compliance with COVID-19 safety measures

Whib’s Gym in Enderby and Sicamous is recruiting volunteers among its members to take shifts monitoring for compliance with COVID-19 safety measures, a requirement for reopening under Interior Health’s new guidelines released May 15, 2020. (Google image)
Dreydon Desjarlais, 16, was last seen at his Salmon River Road home on May 9, 2020. (RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing North Okanagan teen found

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP locate 16-year-old boy after missing from Salmon River Road home

Dreydon Desjarlais, 16, was last seen at his Salmon River Road home on May 9, 2020. (RCMP)
A local credit union is processing applications for a federal fund aimed to reduce COVID-19’s impact on small businesses. (File Photo)

SASCU taking applications for small business relief

Fund provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000

A local credit union is processing applications for a federal fund aimed to reduce COVID-19’s impact on small businesses. (File Photo)
The Hanoi 36 Restaurant on Hudson Avenue is asking Salmon Arm council for permission to build a patio to accommodate outdoor seating. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Hanoi 36 Restaurant in Salmon Arm looks beyond COVID-19 to patio seating

Business applies to city for five tables on sidewalk to be used once pandemic restrictions lifted

The Hanoi 36 Restaurant on Hudson Avenue is asking Salmon Arm council for permission to build a patio to accommodate outdoor seating. (City of Salmon Arm image)
The District of Sicamous offices, which contain the chamber of commerce and visitor centre, are closed to the public due to COVID-19. The chamber put together a directory with information on businesses have remained open. (File photo)

Chamber steps up for Sicamous businesses trying to stay open

Organization creates directory of changes businesses have made in response to COVID-19

The District of Sicamous offices, which contain the chamber of commerce and visitor centre, are closed to the public due to COVID-19. The chamber put together a directory with information on businesses have remained open. (File photo)
Salmon Arm businesses are experimenting with ways to limit contact when delivering products. (Pixabay Image)

Grocery runs keep Salmon Arm delivery service busy

Businesses introduce ways to support customers while limiting contact

Salmon Arm businesses are experimenting with ways to limit contact when delivering products. (Pixabay Image)
COVID-19 closes Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm convenience store

COVID-19 closes Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm convenience store

Co-Op stations still pumping fuel, but doors closed in store

COVID-19 closes Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm convenience store
Chances Casino in Salmon Arm has closed along with other Shuswap entertainment spots. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)

Chances, most pubs close due to COVID-19 concerns in the Shuswap

Management group says closure is in response to mandatory reduction of group gatherings

Chances Casino in Salmon Arm has closed along with other Shuswap entertainment spots. (Jim Elliot - Salmon Arm Observer)
The Salmon Arm Napa Auto Parts store closed on Feb. 29. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Napa Autoparts closed for business

Vernon Napa location delivering to Salmon Arm auto shops

The Salmon Arm Napa Auto Parts store closed on Feb. 29. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)