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

Predator Ridge rink featured

Apr 17, 2021 / 2:34 pm

The outdoor skating rink at Predator Ridge was not only a hit with residents, it caught the attention of a documentary film crew. The Vernon-area golf resort installed the outdoor rink for the first time last winter. A documentary following

Get back to nature

Apr 17, 2021 / 1:00 pm

Spring has arrived in the Okanagan and it's time to get back to nature. And what better way to do that than stopping by the Allen Brooks Nature Centre which officially opened this weekend for its 21st season. The Vernon Centre, off of Commonage

Highway 1 partially closed

Apr 17, 2021 / 12:45 pm

Photo: DriveBC Highway 1 is partially closed west of Sicamous Saturday, and single lane, alternating traffic is in effect for the time being. DriveBC is reporting the closure is for a vehicle recovery near Sicamous after a crash earlier

Say hello to good food

Apr 17, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, they serve up some tasty treats at The Fig in Vernon. Each week, Kaz and Scarlatescu talk with Okanagan business leaders, debate issues facing the

Few issues with drug site

Apr 17, 2021 / 11:00 am

Photo: File photo Downtown businesses continue to face challenges with the street-entrenched community, but not all are associated with an overdose prevention site. Some were concerned that the 32nd Avenue site that opened last year would

Watch for paint crews

Apr 17, 2021 / 9:15 am

Photo: Contributed Motorists are being advised the spring line painting program is underway in Vernon. The program takes approximately six weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions and drivers are being asked to watch out for the

Thief targets toy store

Apr 17, 2021 / 8:51 am

Photo: Teeter Totter Toys Teeter Totter Toys posted a picture of the man suspected of stealing a purse from the Vernon store. Teeter Totter Toys had an unwelcome guest in the downtown business. Earlier this week, someone stole a purse

Battle of the birds

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

A pair of Canada geese that decided to move into an osprey nest is getting a heated reception from the rightful owner. The pair of big birds took up residence in the nest atop a pole in Lake Country and on Friday, April 16, Judy Marsh captured

Touring BC six decades ago

Apr 17, 2021 / 4:00 am

In 1959 Vernon resident Richard "Dick" Heggs went on an epic 3,000-km journey around BC. And he brought his colour movie camera with him. Vernon historian and videographer Francois Arseneault said Heggs was a young man, about a year

Be patient at landfill

Apr 16, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Wait times at the Vernon landfill can be up to 60 minutes. If you are planning to go to the Vernon landfill this weekend, you are being asked to load up on patience and courtesy. According to the Regional District of


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