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

Bruins not so sleepy

Jan 20, 2019 / 6:43 am

Photo: Pixabay Not all bears enjoy a peaceful slumber through the entire winter. Members of the Around the Block Lumby Facebook page posted that they had recently spotted a bear near the North Okanagan community. But, Conservation

Big commitment, big reward

Jan 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

It can be tremendously rewarding, but becoming a member of Vernon Search and Rescue is not for everyone. VSAR is currently looking for volunteers and will be accepting applications until the end of the month, but be warned, the volunteer job can

Absolute discharge for killer

Jan 18, 2019 / 10:14 am

Photo: File photo Nathan Mayrhofer There is outrage and concern from the family of a man who was brutally murdered after his killer received an absolute discharge. In August 2010, Kenneth Barter murdered and mutilated Nathan John Mayrhofer

Watching the air up there

Jan 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Air quality in the Lavington area has been of concern to many citizens of late, and to keep eye on it, the District of Coldstream will contribute funds towards the purchase of air quality monitors. The Lavington Life Society

A simple act of kindness

Jan 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed A 12-year-old boy has a nearly new bike, thanks to the kindness of strangers. What do two truckers and a Vernon bike shop have in common? They all came together to help a young man in need. It all started when

Milestone for Syilx

Jan 18, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Learners at the Syilx Language House will celebrate a milestone later this month. It's a historic year for Syilx Language House in keeping the Okanagan native tongue alive. Learners are in the final year of a four-year

Pot shops on the way

Jan 17, 2019 / 5:00 am

It will still be a while before Vernon sees its first recreational marijuana shop, but there's no shortage of people wanting to fill the void. The city has received 11 applications, but just how many will be allowed to set up shop has yet to

Taking aim at gun control

Jan 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Mel Arnold wants to talk about guns. The North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP is holding a town hall meeting to discuss what he said has “been a simmering issue that has grown over the past few months.” “I

Joined twins on TLC

Jan 15, 2019 / 3:46 pm

Photo: Contributed Conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan will be featured on TLC, Monday. Vernon's conjoined twins are going to be featured on a major American network. Tatiana and Krista Hogan made national headlines when they

Applying for big bucks

Jan 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: File photo Officials are working behind the scenes on the new Greater Vernon's cultural centre. But Vernon Mayor and RDNO director Victor Cumming said it will take time to get the “massive project” off the ground. Voters


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