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

Making creek more natural

Oct 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

A section of Vernon Creek in Polson Park will be getting back to nature. The City of Vernon is working on projects at Vernon and BX creeks starting this week. Mark Dowhaniuk, city infrastructure manager, said a fish abundance survey will be

Shoeboxes full of love

Oct 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed For some of the children, it could be the only gift they receive all year. For others, it could be the only gift they receive in their lifetime. Once again Operation Christmas Child is collecting shoeboxes full of items

Weird red bugs a mystery

Oct 24, 2021 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Thomas Haslinger These weird-looking bugs were spotted on the Salmon Trail near Lumby. Today's bug of the week is brought to you by Thomas Haslinger. The Vernon-area photographer snapped a captivating picture of two translucent

Dirt bikes on hiking trails

Oct 24, 2021 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Facebook Officials are looking in to reports of dirt bikes on Shuswap hiking and mountain bike trails The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is looking into reports of dirt bike riders on area trails. The CSRD is aware of damage

VSAR building a step closer

Oct 24, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: File photo The current VSAR building is literally stuffed to the brim with needed items that help VSAR volunteers save lives. It's been a long time coming, but within a few weeks Vernon Search and Rescue could be holding a ground-breaking

No change to scooter age

Oct 23, 2021 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The age limit for youths to ride Neuron Mobility Electric Kick Scooters will not be changing. At its regular meeting of Oct. 12, Vernon City Council asked if the minimum rider age for the bright orange scooters could be

Going for a walk and a talk

Oct 23, 2021 / 6:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Former Vernon councillor Catherine Lord, left, and Leigha Horsfield, executive director, Community Futures North Okanagan, participate in Business Walks 2016. Civic leaders will be taking a walk through downtown Vernon

Increase in bylaw calls

Oct 23, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Village of Lumby It has been a busy year for bylaw complaints in Lumby. A report to Lumby council by Bylaw Enforcement Officer Lee Elliott dated Oct. 8 states bylaw responded to 165 calls in the last quarter, compared top 95 over

Saddling up a fundraiser

Oct 23, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed These ladies are not horsing around when it comes to raising funds for charitable groups. Horsey Ladies Okanagan will be holding their annual auction online again this because of COVID concerns. Last year, the online

New look for tree lights

Oct 23, 2021 / 1:00 pm

Photo: City of Vernon Trees in downtown Vernon will still have decorative lights on them, but in a different style. City of Vernon operations crews recently performed tree pruning in the downtown core along 30 Avenue from 29th Street to



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