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 sniffer on the job

Mar 24, 2019 / 6:44 am

Photo: Contributed There has been a "Major" addition to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, and Sgt. Cynthia Mann can't stop gushing about her new partner. He has a knack for detecting unusual smells like bear gall bladders,

High number of pot shops

Mar 23, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Seven applications to open pot shops will come before Vernon city council on Monday. City staff has recommended “council provide a positive recommendation to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch" regarding

ICBC: privatize, yes or no?

Mar 23, 2019 / 5:00 am

With ICBC premiums going up yet again and the Crown corporation struggling financially, some people are calling for the privatization of the insurance giant. Others, however, fear privatization could lead to even higher prices. Castanet hit

Award for cultural unity

Mar 22, 2019 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Dalvir Nahal For her tireless work on breaking down cultural barriers and fighting racism, Vernon city councillor Dalvir Nahal has been honoured by the province. Nahal is the founder of the hugely popular Bollywood

Wait and see for fruit trees

Mar 22, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Pixabay It was a wacky winter weather-wise, and that has orchardists keeping an eye on this year's crop. From a green Christmas to a warm January to a very cold February and then a record-setting warm March, it's hard to say

Gala a grand event

Mar 21, 2019 / 8:30 pm

Photo: Pixabay Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is looking for some smooth operators for its 23rd annual Hospital Gala. The popular event takes place May 11. The "Smooth Operations" gala supports the foundation's

Memorial ribbon stolen

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Bree McCormack is saddened at how low some people can go. On Saturday night, someone stole a magnetic memorial ribbon from her vehicle that was in honour of her cousin who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Cpl.

Big donation to Gleaners

Mar 21, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh A large donation will provide better ventilation for the Gleaners new automated bagging system. The North Okanagan Valley Gleaners will be able to breathe a little easier while helping to create millions of meals

Chamber mixed on budget

Mar 19, 2019 / 6:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Dione Chambers, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce general manager. There are items in the federal budget the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce supports, and others not so much. The chamber applauded the budget’s

That's one caring kid

Mar 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: GoFundMe Phoenix Scott, 9, wants to help those in need. When most nine year olds get money for their birthday, their first thought is all of the things they are going to buy. For Phoenix Scott, his first thought was how he could


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