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

Nature centre getting wild

May 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Things are going to be getting wild at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre Wine and Wild West Fundraiser takes place July 6. This year the 18th annual event takes a western twist with a new

A place for men to meet

May 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Twice a week Ray Verlage heads on down to Elephant Storage where he spend a few hours on woodworking projects. Verlage, along with several other mostly retirees, are working on a variety of projects and when they are not cutting and sanding they

Medical weed controversy

May 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Vernon's mayor says the operator of a business selling medical marijuana in town is well aware he is doing so without a license. Victor Cumming said Russ Stevenson of Herb's Healing Centre in the Alpine Plaza knows the rules and knows he

It's stampede time!

May 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

The Victoria Day long weekend means it's stampede time in the North Okanagan. The 101st annual Falkand Stampede starts Saturday with 10,000 people expected over the long weekend. Rodeo manager Melissa Churchill said the popular event will

Steals gravel truck, crashes

May 15, 2019 / 3:16 pm

Photo: Kerri Zboyovsky-Murphy/Vernon and Area Community Facebook page UPDATE: 3:12 p.m. You don’t expect to have to watch for a shirtless man running through your back swing at a golf course, but today patrons of Predator Ridge Golf

Don't touch baby deer

May 15, 2019 / 10:45 am

Photo: Pixabay Birthing season for deer is almost here and people are being reminded that if they spot a fawn on its own, it does not mean it has been abandoned. Over the years, there have been reports of people trying to 'help'

Calling all performers

May 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: File photo The second annual Diwali in Vernon Festival 2019 is taking place at multiple locations, and organizers are looking for performers. The Vernon event is part of the Diwali in BC festival that is taking place province-wide. The

Hot car concerns

May 11, 2019 / 5:00 am

As the mercury rises, it becomes more dangerous to leave a child or pet in a vehicle. But despite warnings not to do so, it continues to happen. So, Castanet took to the streets to see what you would do if you came across such a situation. On

Holland into Hall of Fame

May 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ken Holland Ken Holland is a proud “BC boy” who is humbled and thrilled to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Holland was born and raised in Vernon before moving away at 18 to pursue a career in

Who wants a free van?

May 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Danika Koch Danika Koch is giving away this van. Danika Koch knows how challenging life can be when you're a single parent. So the Vernon woman is giving away her minivan to a single mother or father who could use a bit of



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