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

Teeing up winter activities

Dec 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

The links may have gone silent, but Old Man Winter can't bring Predator Ridge to a halt. The Vernon-area golf resort manoeuvred its way through the summer of COVID with good success. “I'm just so proud of what was accomplished

Help Halle beat cancer

Dec 1, 2020 / 12:55 pm

Photo: GoFundMe She is only 12 years old, but Halle Krawczyk has already been through more than most people endure in a lifetime. Three years ago, the Shuswap girl was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Poorly differentiated chordoma

VSAR to the rescue

Dec 1, 2020 / 12:50 pm

Photo: Facebook Technology helped save the day for a groomer operator on the snowmobile trails on Silver Star Mountain. Vernon Search and Rescue received a request for help late Sunday afternoon when the grooming machine experienced

Keep critters Christmas safe

Nov 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Christmas may still be a few weeks away, but many people are starting to decorate for the holidays and that can spell trouble for the family pet. Meranda Dussault, with the Vernon branch of the BC SPCA, said there are precautions people should

Artsolutely the place to be

Nov 29, 2020 / 4:00 am

You will not find any of these gift ideas in a big box store. The Vernon Community Art Centre is hosting its 15th annual Artsolutely artisan sale full of Christmas gifts. Sheri Kunzli, with the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, said all

Protesters rally at park

Nov 28, 2020 / 1:24 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Dozens of people gathered in Vernon's Polson Park Saturday to protest the government's actions in the wake of the COVID situation. Dozens of people gathered in Vernon's Polson Park Saturday to protest

Men offer child a ride

Nov 28, 2020 / 11:31 am

Photo: Google Street View A child was offered a ride near Armstrong Elementary School Friday. Parents are being warned after two men approached a child near an Armstrong elementary school Friday. A notice was sent out to parents of students

Money going to waste

Nov 28, 2020 / 9:41 am

Photo: Contributed The regional district is letting money go to waste. The Regional District of North Okanagan's ReTHINK Waste Project Grant Recipients were recently named with each group receiving funding from the political body. The

Let there be light

Nov 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

Spirit Square in downtown Vernon is a lot brighter thanks to the Vernon Winter Carnival Society. Trees and a arbour have been lit up for the Christmas season. “We will have these lights up until Dec. 27 and once we are out COVID and back

Historic winter wonderland

Nov 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

With winter and the inevitable snow it brings fast approaching, Vernon-based historian and videographer Francois Arseneault is taking a look back at Kelowna in the winter of 1975/76, post Christmas. “It's charmingly ordinary footage,



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