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

Haunting fun in Falkland

Sep 27, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed There is going to be some spooky stuff going on in Falkland next month and not all of it will be make believe. Dean Trumbley, with Thunder Boyz Productions, said True North Paranormal be leading a ghostly excursion on

Dream auction on the way

Sep 26, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Longtime Okanagan auctioneer Don Raffan encourages participants at the Kalamalka Rotary Club Dream Auction in this 2020 photo. Kalamalka Rotary’s 37th Annual Dream Auction will be a hybrid event this year. In

New VP going to pot

Sep 26, 2021 / 10:00 am

Photo: Contributed Legacy market veteran Andrew Gordon will lead a new phase of growth at True Leaf Cannabis Inc. True Leaf Brands Inc. has appointed Legacy market veteran Andrew Gordon as vice-president of Strategic Growth of the True Leaf

A day of reflection

Sep 26, 2021 / 4:00 am

It is the shame of a nation. For generations, Indigenous children were torn from their parent's arms and sent to Indian resident schools. Thousands of them never returned. Sept. 30 has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

SILGA looks at Vernon

Sep 25, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) wants to hold its 2023 convention in Vernon. The annual conference typically attracts approximately 200 delegates and generates 700 hotel room bookings. A report

Heartfelt thank you notes

Sep 25, 2021 / 1:22 pm

Photo: Contributed Vernon high school students showed health-care workers they are appreciated. It has been a long haul for health care workers, but a gesture of kindness has shown them they are valued. The strain of dealing with COVID

Tasty tour of Kelowna

Sep 25, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Vernon's Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, the lads head to Kelowna as they do some tasty touring of the Central Okanagan. Each week, Kaz and Scarlatescu talk with Okanagan business

Raising funds for fun

Sep 25, 2021 / 11:48 am

Photo: Facebook Firefighters offer their support to the community whenever called to do so. And those men and woman continue give back community even after all they have done in a variety of ways. Now is the chance to show some appreciation

Breakfast for a good cause

Sep 25, 2021 / 10:00 am

Photo: File photo The annual United Way Drive-thru Breakfast takes place Oct. 7. North Okanagan residents can get breakfast to go while helping a good cause. On Thursday Oct. 7, the 20th annual United Way North Okanagan Drive-Thru Breakfast

Event of royal proportions

Sep 25, 2021 / 7:47 am

Today's vintage video is one of royal proportions. Vernon historian and international videographer Francois Arseneault has digitized rare colour footage from the 1959 royal visit to Vernon by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The Greater



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