Darren Handschuh
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Darren was born and raised in B.C. and has lived in Vernon for the past 24 years.

After bouncing from job to job in his younger years, he spent two years working in a sawmill and quickly realized that was not the career for him.

After getting laid off for the third time, he went to college where he took journalism and photography which formed the basis for a career he has been enjoying (most of the time) for the past 25 years. He wrote a slice-of-life column for a daily newspaper for eight years and still writes articles for his blog, therudemonkey.blogspot.ca.

He is a middle-aged father of three children. He has one dog and shares his home with two cats (although he's not exactly sure how that happened.)

He is losing hair where he wants it and is growing it where he doesn't need it. He has a love for motorcycles and enjoys martial arts.
Latest Articles from Darren Handschuh

HOPE needs clothes

Mar 27, 2023 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed HOPE Outreach Vernon is looking for warm-weather clothes. The group that helps women on the fringes of society is holding a clothing drive April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the People Place parking lot. “Our biggest

BMX club swapping gear

Mar 26, 2023 / 3:00 pm

Photo: File photo Spring has arrived in the North Okanagan and the Vernon BMX Club is gearing up for another season. The club will be holding its annual gear swap at the Ranger Park BMX Track, 1900 47th Ave., on April 15 from 11 a.m. to

Party extension proposed

Mar 26, 2023 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Facebook Fair goers may be able to party later into the night this year. Armstrong council will receive a report Monday from staff, recommending the good neighbour bylaw be modified for the IPE dance. Staff recommend the “Interior

The bugs are back

Mar 26, 2023 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh This moth recently stopped by Castanet's Vernon office. It's that time of year – the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the creepies are crawling. Yes, the bugs are back, and there is guaranteed

Vernon athlete on target

Mar 26, 2023 / 4:00 am

For Eliana Stein, archery is a family event. Her dad is an avid archer and her mom and brother have pulled a bow string a few times themselves. The 16-year-old Vernon youth is representing the Thompson-Okanagan at the BC Winter Games in Vernon. Stein

Learn about bugs, critters

Mar 25, 2023 / 7:00 pm

Photo: ABNC Once again, Vernon's Allan Brooks Nature Centre will be keeping kids busy in the summer with a variety of camps. Each year, the centre offers four-day camps for children five to 12 years old. The camps are held Tuesday

NOYFSS offers family help

Mar 25, 2023 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society is taking registration for a variety of spring programs. NOYFSS offers a wide range of educational and skill building groups for youth and adults. These programs are

Jump in police calls

Mar 25, 2023 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The superintendent of the North Okanagan Vernon RCMP will be in Armstrong council chambers Monday to discuss the fourth quarter report. Supt. Shawna Baher and Sgt. Steve Mancini are scheduled to make a presentation at

Supply chain price jump

Mar 25, 2023 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Ford Supply chain issues will cost the City of Armstrong thousands of dollars. At their regular meeting Monday, staff will present a report to city council on the increased cost of purchasing a new city dump truck and fleet vehicles. “The

Fracking protest planned

Mar 25, 2023 / 1:00 pm

Anti-fracking advocates will be gathering front of MLA Harwinder Sandhu's Vernon office Monday. Frack Free BC, Climate Action Now and other non-partisan organizations are throwing their support behind the event which will start at 5 p.m. at



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