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

Cheaper, easier to order

Aug 9, 2020 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Pexels Changes to the BC marijuana industry means easier access and lower prices for consumers. Sarah Ballentyne, of Spiritleaf Vernon, said prices are coming down on numerous products after dispensaries applied pressure to the province

Floaters causing a stir

Aug 9, 2020 / 10:00 am

Photo: File photo Every year people flood into Enderby to float along the Shuswap River on a hot summer day. And every year there are complaints about traffic, parking, garbage, trespassing and other concerns related to the floaters. And

Teen is a high flyer

Aug 9, 2020 / 4:00 am

She is not old enough to drive a car yet, but Kensington Hewson is already a pilot. The Vernon teen has completed 45 hours of training, written, online and inflight tests and when she turns 16 later this week, she will get her pilot's licence. “I

The day the music died

Aug 8, 2020 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh The Vernon Public Piano Project has come to an end. The sound of music has stopped in downtown Vernon. Local artist Dave Stanfield said he has been looking after the Vernon Public Piano Project in the city centre

An a-maze-ing fun time

Aug 8, 2020 / 12:00 pm

As Historic O'Keefe Ranch struggles financially amid the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions, they are still offering activities for people to do – such as the popular corn maze. The maze, which is transformed into the Field of Screams

Heartbreak for Huckleberry

Aug 8, 2020 / 10:59 am

Photo: North Shore Black Bear Society Facebook page Tributes are pouring on for Huckleberry the black bear. The bruin had become a local celebrity on the North Shore of Vancouver, but his interaction with people ultimately led to his demise. Huckleberry

Stolen pup has been found

Aug 8, 2020 / 10:24 am

Photo: Contributed Nala has been found. Nala is back where she belongs. The five-month-old black Pyrenees-lab with white feet, was taken from the temporary shelter at the Vernon curling rink sometime overnight on Monday, Aug. 3. Nicola

Power restored for 700

Aug 8, 2020 / 9:29 am

Photo: FortisBC According to the Fortis website, the power for 702 customer went out just after 6 a.m. UPDATE 9:30 a.m. Power has now been restored, according to FortisBC.   ORIGINAL 7:30 a.m. Hundreds of FortisBC

Repairing a huge landslide

Aug 8, 2020 / 4:00 am

Francois Arseneault has unearthed some rare footage of a BC Interior disaster. The Vernon-based videographer and historian has digitized black and white 16 mm footage of a landslide near Boston Bar. The 1960 slide took out the CN Rail train

More students on the way

Aug 7, 2020 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed School District 22 officials are preparing for an increase in students this fall. Based on projections, four portable classrooms are being brought into the district to house the anticipated increase. Lynn Jameson, with



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