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Castanet's week in review

Nov 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

Castanet's Week in Review, with Jen Zielinski.

Sally Ann sets $700,000 target

Nov 21, 2014 / 10:53 am

The Kelowna Salvation Army hopes people in the Central Okanagan are in a giving mood this holiday season. Salvation Army lead Pastor, Lt. Darryl Burry, says they hope to be able to raise $300,000 through the annual kettle campaign which kicked off Friday morning, and another $400,000 through...

Winter wine events

Nov 21, 2014 / 10:03 am

The summer may over but the wine season is yearlong in the Okanagan, and some of best local wineries are opening their doors this winter and welcoming you in. With a holiday theme and spirit in plenty, wineries up and down the Okanagan are holding special events Nov, 29 – Dec 7, 2014. They...

Youth orchestra performing

Nov 20, 2014 / 6:00 am

Three concerts held this weekend will showcase a number of talented musicians from the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. The group is made up of 80 musicians who will be performing classical pieces for guests in Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. “Our youth musicians are so talented that...

No shortage of free flu shot

Nov 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Despite rumblings there are shortages of the flu vaccine in the Interior Health region, the authority stresses that isn’t the case. Instead Renee Liddicoat, with the Influenza Immunization Program at Interior Health, says there is a delay in re-supplying some of the regions community...

First hint of snow forecast

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:52 am

The Okanagan can expect its next hint that winter is right around the corner. As we warm up from our first blast of Arctic air, expect some snow to fall later this week. Environment Canada meteorologist, Greg Pearce, says we will likely see some flurries beginning sometime...

Kettles bells will soon be ringing

Nov 17, 2014 / 12:18 pm

The Salvation Army is getting ready to 'ring in' the Christmas season. The annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign will officially kick off Friday morning at 9 at the Kelowna Walmart. The kettle campaign is one of Canada's largest and most recognizable annual...

Apples win gold

Nov 16, 2014 / 1:50 pm

B.C. apples captured the top spots in the Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Aurora Golden Gala, and Heaviest Apple categories at this year’s National Apple Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto. The agriculture fair is held in the heart of the largest urban centre...

Search and Rescue called out

Nov 15, 2014 / 2:07 pm

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) members were called out to help locate two males who had gone exploring on the back roads around Beaver Lake. RCMP say the pair called to ask for assistance when they became disoriented and could not find their way out of the area. COSAR was...

Therapy dogs make a difference

Nov 15, 2014 / 6:00 am

Over 120 Okanagan dog handlers, with 114 faithful pups, spend more than 11,000 hours a year making a difference in the lives of those who need a furry friend. The local dogs are all members of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program which has over 500 registered Therapy Dogs in BC that visit...

Board endorses parks' review

Nov 14, 2014 / 6:21 am

The following are highlights from the Regional District of Central Okanagan board meeting from Thursday, Nov 13, 2014. The Regional Board has endorsed a report regarding the review of the Regional Parks service. The service review was conducted over the past year and looked at how the RDCO...

Diabetes diagnosis on the rise

Nov 14, 2014 / 6:19 am

Nov. 14 is National Diabetes Awareness Day, a time to address the seriousness of the disease that affects nearly four million Canadians. In the Interior Health region the number of people with diabetes has increased by 72 per cent since 2001, to over 53,000 living with the disease. With no...

Tree Fruits pick new president

Nov 13, 2014 / 1:35 pm

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative has a new man at the helm. At its recent Annual General Meeting in Summerland, the new Board of Directors appointed Malcolm Mitchell as its new president. Mitchell replaces Robert Dawson. Gordon Hahn was appointed as the sole Vice President, replacing Colin...

Grape time for ice wine

Nov 13, 2014 / 6:58 am

Photo: Contributed - Tantalus Vineyard Photo: Contributed - Tantalus Vineyard Photo: Contributed - Tantalus Vineyard Photo: Contributed - Tantalus Vineyard Yes, it's cold this week. But did you know it's cold enough to pick grapes for ice wine? While most of us are bundling...

Advanced voting over in RDCO

Nov 12, 2014 / 8:38 pm

Advance voting opportunities are now over in the Regional District election for Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director. In the two advance voting opportunities 227 people cast ballots to choose a new Regional Board Director. That compares with 104 advance votes in the 2011 election and...

IH airing dirty laundry

Nov 12, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Interior Health has announced they may soon contract out their laundry services, due to higher costs and aging infrastructure. No decisions have been made at this point, but IH says they have begun to look at other options. “In order for Interior Health to have the most sustainable...

From the Okanagan to war

Nov 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

The men and women of the Okanagan have, for decades and decades, made a lasting impact in the Canadian Armed Forces. Hundreds upon hundreds of men and women have left their Okanagan homes to fight overseas for our country, many have not returned. The cenotaph in Kelowna's City Park bears...

Lake Country fire aftermath

Nov 10, 2014 / 3:40 pm

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Two cats perished in a Sunday evening fire that demolished a fifth-wheel home and older abandoned...

Flurries in the forecast

Nov 10, 2014 / 1:03 pm

It has been a mild fall, one of the warmest on record according to Environment Canada, but that is all about to change. There is a possibility of flurries in the forecast for Remembrance Day in the Central Okanagan, with temperatures falling down to the negative digits...

Lake Country fire

Nov 9, 2014 / 8:39 pm

8:30 p.m. update: Crews are mopping up the fire at Wood Lake Terrace RV & Campground. Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner says, "Basically we've lost an RV and an abandoned building before our arrival. I'm not sure what we have for exposure damage right now, from the radiant heat,...

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