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

Super model hits the slopes

Feb 27, 2020 / 2:02 pm

Photo: Facebook Former supermodel Miranda Kerr has been skiing in Revelstoke. She's been spotted in Revelstoke, and some are wondering if former model Miranda Kerr might hit the slopes of Silver Star or Big White. The former Victoria

Changes at city hall

Feb 27, 2020 / 1:00 pm

Photo: File photo Changes are coming to Vernon City Hall. Starting next week, all in-person payments will be paid and processed at the community services building, 3001–32 Ave. As of Friday March 6, the city hall cash station will

Navigating the stress of life

Feb 27, 2020 / 10:04 am

Photo: Pixabay The Canadian Mental Health Association-Vernon & District branch is bringing back the Teen Mindfulness Group in association with the YMCA. A course is being offered to help area youth navigate the stress of life. The

Cops look for brazen thief

Feb 27, 2020 / 9:48 am

Photo: RCMP Police are looking for a man who robbed a jewellery store in Kamloops Wednesday. Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a brazen jewellery thief. On Feb. 26 at 1 p.m., the suspect walked into a

Time travel back to the Star

Feb 26, 2020 / 5:53 pm

Silver Star Mountain Resort was not always the world-class attraction it is today. There was a time when it was little more than a snow-covered mountain overlooking the sleepy town of Vernon. But obviously that has changed over the years as

Nothing routine about stop

Feb 26, 2020 / 3:55 pm

Photo: Contributed An assault on a police officer and a pursuit once again showed a simple traffic stop can go bad in a hurry. What started as a routine traffic stop on Highway 1 near Bradner Road in Abbotsford ended in West Vancouver on

Tampering on rail trail

Feb 26, 2020 / 3:30 pm

Photo: RDNO The North Okanagan regional district is busy shoring up parts of the Okanagan Rail Trail – but some people are complicating the task. A section of the trail along Kalamalka Lake has been closed to allow crews to repair

So long winter, hello spring

Feb 26, 2020 / 2:56 pm

Congratulations Okanagan, you survived another winter. While there may be a few isolated cold days on the horizon and perhaps even a dusting of snow here and there over the next few weeks, the worst is officially over. Environment Canada meteorologist

Medical emergency at HSBC

Feb 26, 2020 / 12:43 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Paramedics were called to the Vernon HSBC for a medical emergency Wednesday just after noon. Paramedics were called to the Vernon HSBC for a medical emergency Wednesday just after noon. Witnesses tell Castanet medical

Tax hike for Armstrong

Feb 26, 2020 / 12:39 pm

Photo: Contributed Armstrong residents will be digging a little deeper to pay the tax man this year. Council has agreed to a 4.98 per cent tax hike, which will amount to $46 per average home. Mayor Chris Pieper said civic leaders wanted



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