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The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

Ladysmith Celebrations chair, Al Moore, looks on as Ladysmith’s Citizen of the year, Barry Frech (centre) accepts the award from Mayor Aaron Stone, just before the LDCU fireworks on Sunday evening at Transfer Beach. Frech had been involved with Ladysmith Days for over 35 years and was chair for 30. Photo by Duck Paterson

Barry Frech named Citizen of the Year

‘Barry and Lynn and their family always step forward no matter what’

  • Aug 6, 2022
A Union of B.C. Municipalities grant will enable the Town of Ladysmith and boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island to partner on creating additional, affordable childcare space. Photo contributed

Boys and Girls Club starts expansion

This coming fall there will be additional space for affordable childcare for…

  • Aug 5, 2022
THUMBS UP
Giving Ladysmith Days and Funkanometry a huge thumbs up are (far left) Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush and (far right) Jacsun Fryer as well as Ladysmith Secondary School students and friends (left to right) Nanami, Mara, Jamie, Daphne and Isabel. The students had a great day and loved the dancing duo. Photo by Gerry Beltgens

Thumbs up for Funkanometry

Dancing duo gives Ladysmith Days special meaning for young fans

  • Aug 4, 2022
THUMBS UP
Giving Ladysmith Days and Funkanometry a huge thumbs up are (far left) Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush and (far right) Jacsun Fryer as well as Ladysmith Secondary School students and friends (left to right) Nanami, Mara, Jamie, Daphne and Isabel. The students had a great day and loved the dancing duo. Photo by Gerry Beltgens
A ceremony and unveiling of the sign for Ladysmith’s news park, Rutti Park, was held on Thursday, July 28, and attended by Ladysmith council, members of the Rutti family and many community members from the neighborhood. Town of Ladysmith photo

Town of Ladysmith unveils new neighbourhood park – Rutti Park

The Town of Ladysmith officially dedicated a new community park in South…

  • Aug 5, 2022
A ceremony and unveiling of the sign for Ladysmith’s news park, Rutti Park, was held on Thursday, July 28, and attended by Ladysmith council, members of the Rutti family and many community members from the neighborhood. Town of Ladysmith photo
Marchers proceed from the bottom of Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Hundreds gather for Penelakut March For The Children

Occasion honours residential school survivors and those who never made it home

Marchers proceed from the bottom of Oak Street. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Not only did the Ladysmith Days fireworks start off with a bang … they shot off with a huge array of colour. The fireworks, sponsored by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union, were an amazing wrap up to an amazing weekend of Ladysmith Celebration Days. After a couple of years without this show, the crowd of a few thousand people were spellbound by the exhibit of pyrotechnics, which were launched from the Saltair Marine barge which was anchored off of Transfer Beach just for this event. Photo by Duck Paterson

Ladysmith Days sizzled

The weather over the BC Day long weekend wasn’t the only thing…

  • Aug 4, 2022
Not only did the Ladysmith Days fireworks start off with a bang … they shot off with a huge array of colour. The fireworks, sponsored by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union, were an amazing wrap up to an amazing weekend of Ladysmith Celebration Days. After a couple of years without this show, the crowd of a few thousand people were spellbound by the exhibit of pyrotechnics, which were launched from the Saltair Marine barge which was anchored off of Transfer Beach just for this event. Photo by Duck Paterson
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Skater spent 3 years in Finland teaching hockey players about power and efficiency

Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)
Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)

Missing B.C. dog found after swimming 1 kilometre across Metro Vancouver river

The German shepherd rescue was discovered 10 days after going missing

Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)
The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

To celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, test your knowledge of the province with these 12 questions

The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)
A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)

PODCAST: 3 dead, 2 wounded – a look at the 5 hours that shook the Langley community

TODAY IN B.C.: Reporters discuss the chain of events, what is known about the shooter and whether the homeless were targeted.

A vigil was held for the victims in Langley, Tuesday July 26. (Dan Ferguson photo)
Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Michael Yellowlees – Kilted Scotsman’s second cross Canada tour

TODAY IN B.C.: Musician and dog Luna retrace steps reinforcing climate change message

Michael Yellowlees. (Submitted photo)
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)
Jessie Simpson turned 25 on July 26, 2022, but due to the injuries from a 2016 attack with a metal baseball bat the young man will forever be 18. (Sue Simpson)
The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Craft beer and food festival steers patrons in Chemainus’ direction

Large organizational effort already well along toward planning Aug. 13 event

The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C. artist’s latest community mural a spectacular tribute to veterans

Courtenay artist Kelly Everill is well known for her community murals. They…

Kelly Everill’s latest community mural is a spectacular tribute to our veterans. The two-storey design is on the outer wall of the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch 17. Photo by Terry Farrell
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Christine Thomas addresses the crowd, with the old playground in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

During the dog days of summer, how much do you know about these majestic animals?

Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)

Oak Bay car festival elicits decades of automobile anecdotes

Entries in July 24 show range from Chryslers and Dodges to Lambos and McLarens

Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)
Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Vancouver Island man keeps flower flag alive with message for Ukraine

Greater Victoria resident Sahasi Erven looks to give garden new life

Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Family and friends honour Ucluelet’s Coastal Cowboy

The Blue Room chef Dustin Riley is remembered for his big heart, community spirit, and amazing BBQ

Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)