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

Get ready for Diwali

Sep 20, 2019 / 10:40 am

Photo: Contributed Diwali is back. The second annual Diwali in Vernon Festival is planned for Oct. 15-19. Presented by the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society, the festival will host a variety of multicultural activities

Creeper caught on camera

Sep 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

When Jessica O'Dwyer checked her home surveillance footage and saw a man stealing clothes from her Vernon home, she was shocked. The Bellevue Road area woman said the video shows the man approaching her house and disregarding the motion-sensor

Calling all royalty

Sep 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: File photo As the Vernon Winter Carnival gets ready to celebrate 60 years, a call is going to all former Queen Silver Star royalty. It has been six decades since the first carnival and in that time there have been dozens of queens

A dream of a fundraiser

Sep 19, 2019 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Members of Kalamalka Rotary are dreaming about another big fundraiser. The Rotarians are preparing for the club’s 35th annual Dream Auction. The gala evening will be held on Nov. 16 and will feature live and silent

Downtown bathroom details

Sep 19, 2019 / 4:53 pm

Photo: Leah Martel Vernon City Council is finalizing details on new downtown bathrooms. Council has endorsed the operating plan for the washroom, which will be in the area of 30th Avenue and Coldstream Avenue. Laurie Cordell, manager

Concerns for missing man

Sep 19, 2019 / 3:32 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are concerned about the wellbeing of a missing man and are renewing their plea for the public to come forward with any information. Const. Kelly Brett said Bjorn Collnes, 72, was last seen on Sept. 9, in Falkland and was reported

Cops seize $1.9M in cash

Sep 19, 2019 / 10:47 am

Photo: Contributed Calls about an erratic driver netted Revelstoke RCMP almost $2 million in cash. Cpl. Mike Halskov said on Sunday, Sept. 8, police were alerted to an erratic driver on Highway 1 about 30 kilometres east of Revelstoke. Police

A reason to 'fuel' good

Sep 19, 2019 / 10:31 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Almost $10,000 was raised as part of the Armstrong Regional Cooperative’s Fuel Good Day. People who purchased gas from an area Coop gas station Tuesday have a reason to 'fuel' good. Almost $10,000

Food bank demand way up

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Any business that has seen a 53 per cent growth since January would be ecstatic, but when you are in the business of helping those in need, that is not a good thing. And for the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank, it means more food needs to come

Skilled workers needed

Sep 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed There are not enough workers in the North Okanagan, so efforts are underway to attract people to the area. Vernon's Partners in Action is moving ahead with a number of initiatives to try to attract immigrants to the



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