Darren Handschuh
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

Citizens save the day

Aug 16, 2017 / 11:10 am

Photo: Contributed They don't have an official fire department, but residents of Paul Lake near Kamloops have each other. A spontaneous response by 30 residents early Monday not only saved the day, but the forest as well. Resident

Rifle, drugs seized in raid

Aug 16, 2017 / 10:57 am

Photo: Contributed RCMP in Surrey have taken an assault rife and hard drugs off the streets. On Aug. 11, officers with the Surrey RCMP’s drug section executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1700 block of 156th Street. “Police

Summer ends at cadet camp

Aug 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Wayne Emde photography The year-ending Sunset Ceremony will feature 643 cadets on Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. on the Dieppe Parade Square. Another summer has come to an end at the Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre. Since the first influx

Pay hike for 100,000

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:50 pm

Photo: CTV The provincial NDP are giving minimum wage workers a pay hike as they inch toward an eventual $15 minimum wage. UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. The B.C. government says it's planning to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15

Massive, mega garage sale

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh The Mega Fall Garage Sale is happening at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon in September. For those who missed the massive 2017 Spring Garage Sale at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, fear not, for part two is

It's all about garlic

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Facebook The Grindrod Garlic Festival takes place Sunday. It's all about garlic in Grindrod Sunday. The 8th annual Grindrod Garlic Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature locally grown garlic and produce,

Give ICBC the boot?

Aug 15, 2017 / 11:06 am

Once again, ICBC is under fire, with some calling the Crown corporation a financial train wreck. While everyone agrees the system is broken, how to fix it is fuelling public debate. Some are calling for key changes, but others support

Council sinks float

Aug 15, 2017 / 9:33 am

Photo: Facebook The City of Vernon is getting out of the float business. At their regular Monday council meeting, civic leaders unanimously voted to stop fixing and maintaining the city parade float. “It is at the point the float

Cpt. Sparrow pays a visit

Aug 15, 2017 / 8:45 am

The world's most popular pirate paid a surprise visit to the BC Children's Hospital Monday. Capt. Jack Sparrow, aka actor Johnny Depp, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, reportedly spent several hours at the Lower Mainland hospital,

Get the blues, and roots

Aug 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Salmon Arm residents are singing the blues, but that's a good thing. The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival kicks off its 25th year this week, thanks in part to $60,900 in funding from the provincial government through the Tourism Events



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