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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

100 homes threatened

May 24, 2017 / 2:27 pm

Like communities up and down the Valley, the Okanagan Indian Band is keeping a close eye on the lake and the weather. Tuesday's wind storm flooded several homes in the Head of the Lake area and more than 100 others are threatened by the

Lions roar into Kamloops

May 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The BC Lions will be training in Kamloops this week. The BC Lions are roaring into Kamloops again The multi-time CFL Grey Cup champs will be holding their eighth consecutive training camp in the Tournament City

Here comes the wind

May 23, 2017 / 8:43 pm

UPDATE 8:43 P.M. Reports of damage are starting to come in from the high winds that are buffeting the area. Beverly Vanuden told Castanet the winds knocked down trees that took out powerlines and hit a house on Camlin Court  in Okanagan

It's about human rights

May 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Vernon's new rainbow crosswalk is about human rights. The new rainbow crosswalk in downtown Vernon represents more than just than the LGBTQ community – it is a symbol of human rights. When Travis Irman

It's rodeo time

May 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

What started out as a community picnic has grown to become one of the longest-running rodeos in the country. The 99th annual Falkland Stampede takes place this weekend in the community 30 minutes from Vernon on Highway 97. Professional cowboys

Teeing up for Kindale

May 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Kindale's two centres in Armstrong were hit hard by recent flooding. Kindale is looking for a few good swingers to tee up some donations for the group that was hit hard by recent floods. The Kindale Development

Installed with pride

May 18, 2017 / 6:45 pm

Photo: Contributed Barring a downpour of rain, Vernon should have its first rainbow crosswalk tonight. Crews were preparing to install the crosswalk midblock on 30th Avenue, between 33rd and 34th streets. The crosswalk will feature eight

Searching for good citizen

May 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Megan Bender Armstrong Spallumcheen 2016 Citizen of the Year Carol Maxson cuts the Canada Day cake last year. The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce is looking for a good citizen. The chamber is taking nominations for the

Park it and pedal

May 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: City of Vernon Bike to Work Week gets support from City of Vernon staff Tanya Laing Gahr, Maria Doyle and Cleo Corbett. The City wants people to park it and pedal it instead. People are being encouraged to park their cars and ride

Fire restrictions in place

May 16, 2017 / 8:20 pm

Photo: Contributed The timing may seem a little odd, but the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource has issued fire restrictions for the Kamloops Fire Centre, including Vernon and the North Okanagan. With all the recent rains, most