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

Head stuck in glass jar

Aug 5, 2020 / 9:49 am

A coyote was not so wily after getting its head stuck in a jar and had to be freed by conservation officers in Maple Ridge. The COs tranquilized the animal, removed the jar and poured water over the animal's body to cool it down. The

Friends rally for Monica

Jul 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed The community is rallying around a Vernon mom, stepmom and wife after a diagnosis of cancer. The community is rallying around a Vernon mom, stepmom and wife after a diagnosis of cancer. Pam Shatford and four others

No hot dogs allowed

Jul 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

As a hot spell descends upon the Okanagan, it really should go without saying, but officials with the Vernon SPCA are reminding people not to leave their pets in a vehicle. Even with the windows partially open, the temperature can reach unbearable

New exhibits at art gallery

Jul 25, 2020 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The Vernon Public Art Gallery is open with two new exhibits. The Vernon Public Art Gallery is once again open to the public. And the centre is opening with two new exhibitions that reflect landscape, memory and nature. In

Proms shows are online

Jul 25, 2020 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Facebook The Alison d'Amato piano recital with Brian Martin as narrator will be live streamed on the Proms' Facebook page at 4 p.m. today. The show will go on – even if part of it is on the Internet. The Vernon Proms

Search for bear after attack

Jul 25, 2020 / 12:50 pm

Photo: CTV News Authorities respond to a bear attack that injured a 10-year-old girl on the North Shore on July 24. UPDATED: 12:50 p.m. British Columbia conservation officers say they believe a black bear that bit a young girl in North

It's wine time

Jul 25, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are imbibing in some local wine in the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. On today's episode the Okanagan businessmen take their first Okanagan wine tour. There are more than 300 wineries in the Okanagan and

Possible COVID exposure

Jul 25, 2020 / 10:17 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Vernon firefighters may have been exposed to COVID-19 Concerns over possible COVID-19 exposure has forced the closure of a North Okanagan fire training centre. Few details on the closure are available, but

Help is at hand

Jul 25, 2020 / 10:00 am

Photo: Pexels These are some stressful times for everybody and for those dealing with mental health issues, the challenge is even more so. But the Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon & District Branch is here to help through its

Improved water quality

Jul 25, 2020 / 9:43 am

Photo: Pexels Water quality for users of the Mabel Lake Water Utility has improved, but some caution is still needed. The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) – Mabel Lake Water Utility, in cooperation with Interior Health, has



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