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

What's new at the IPE

Jul 17, 2019 / 5:00 pm

The 120th Interior Provincial Exhibition is only a few weeks away and along with all the old favourites will be a wealth of new events. Yvonne Paulson, IPE general manager, said one of the new shows will be Acrobark. “Visualize acrobatics

Hwy 1 reopens after crash

Jul 17, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Photo: DriveBC UPDATE: 5 p.m. After a fatal crash closed the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke for the majority of Wednesday, the highway has now been reopened.  A commercial dump truck lost control near Canyon

Heavy police presence

Jul 17, 2019 / 3:22 pm

Photo: John K. White There is large police presence near the Interior Savings Credit Union. There is a large police presence near a local credit union across Highway 97 from the Vernon Square. Castanet news editor John K. White is

Public rallies for hurt cat

Jul 17, 2019 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Stallone the cat is a real fighter. After being hit by a car and severely injured, the grey tabby is purring and seeking attention. And thanks to the generosity of the public, he has had all of his medical bills paid

Mountain of stolen pet food

Jul 17, 2019 / 2:59 pm

Photo: Contributed RCMP in Chase were able to sniff out a large cache of stolen dog food. Cpl. Scott Linklater said on July 12, Chase RCMP Detachment executed another search warrant at a rural property in the 4000 block of Leopold Road near

IH region second in suicides

Jul 17, 2019 / 1:39 pm

Photo: Contributed The numbers are down slightly province wide, but the Interior Health region has the second highest suicide rate in BC. According to the BC Coroners Service, there were 572 suicide deaths in 2017, down slightly from the

Big bucks from Bang

Jul 17, 2019 / 12:51 pm

Photo: Contributed Bollywood Bang will help save lives in Vernon. The popular annual event held in April, raised $33,922 for the Canadian Mental Health Association, (CMHA) - Vernon & District Branch. Donations will partially fund

BBQ for pickleball

Jul 17, 2019 / 12:33 pm

Chartwell Independent Living is holding a barbecue to help the local pickleball community. The barbecue, being held today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 4651 23rd St., will be by donation with proceeds going to the pickleball courts at Marshall Fields. The

Time served for threats

Jul 17, 2019 / 11:34 am

Photo: Contributed A Vernon man has been sentenced to time served and probation after pleading guilty to an assault charge. John Munter was sentenced in a Vernon court Monday following the guilty plea. According to Alisia Adams, with

Spider mystery solved

Jul 17, 2019 / 10:21 am

Photo: Contributed Ashley Pritchard spotted this spider in her homegrown romaine. UPDATE 10:23 a.m. The mystery of the mysterious spider has been solved. Ashley Pritchard took a picture of a rather unusual arachnid that she found in


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