As fall weather takes hold, the Out & About calendar is brimming with fun things to do indoors in October.

The Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre is finalizing the plan to re-open the popular seniors’ facility on Tuesday, Oct. 13 with many of the regular programs returning under COVID protocols.

Occasionally one hears of someone proposing what looks at first sight like a really improbable project. The latest one is an experiment to detect signs of life on planets orbiting white dwarf stars.

Black holes are distortions in the fabric of space-time produced by intense gravitational fields. This distortions are “closed,” meaning nothing, not even light, can get out.


Erected in Kelowna’s Kerry Park in 1958 by the Central British Columbia branches of The Association of Professional Engineers of BC and The Engineering Institute of Canada, the sign has an important message:

As most stamp collectors do, I have thousands of stamps, and of course love them all. But, if asked if I have a favourite, I don’t have any difficulty choosing one.


Chef Darin Paterson of Bogner's Restaurant fame holds up some lobsters, featured on the menu of the Rotary Club of Penticton's annual Lobster Fest fundraiser, Saturday at Bogner's.

Seniors eager to visit and enjoy community outings are finding the “Out & About” program is just what they need in these COVID-19 times.

There is no way to predict how life will unfold as we age, not to mention the unexpected loneliness and challenge of a global pandemic.

There’s still lots of fun left in summer even during these socially distant times so how about a special bike ride?

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council’s online activities page offers seniors a great way to enjoy performances from gifted local musicians, hear or read a short story, create art or colour abstract or whimsical pages.

What began as a way to help seniors have good nutritious meals each week during the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdown, has now turned into close to 200 meals a week, a small army of volunteers and ear-to-ear smiles from drivers and seniors opening their doors to a delicious hot meal.

The world’s first postage stamp, Britain’s “Penny Black,” went on sale in May 1840. Other countries soon followed, printing early “classic stamps” that usually featured monarchs, coat of arms, or numerals of value. Not very thrilling subjects, but that didn’t stop people from enthusiasticall…

Editor’s note: This is part of our continuing series of articles highlighting some of the people involved in the Boy Scout movement, which is celebrating its 110th year of existence in our region. A celebration is planned for later in the year.

Frank Oscar McDonald was a youth member of the Penticton Corps of Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts, one of the earliest Scout troops in the province, when it started in 1910.

Peter O’Flynn of Penticton recently celebrated 60 years in the ministry. He spent much of his career at St. Saviour's Anglican Church in Penticton where he still remains active in the role of honourary assistant to the incumbent. In this photo from May 1960, he's pictured with his proud pare…

Growing Roots is an innovative local program operated by the South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services and supported by Aging Well Penticton.

Stamp collectors love errors. New stamps are closely reviewed to see if any mistakes in subject or spelling have been made; these are classed as design errors.

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Who would have ever known on June 2, 1953 that Queen Elizabeth II would still be on the throne 66 years later on June 2, 2020. In actual fact she changed from Princess Elizabeth to Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 6, 1952 the day her father George VI died.

Forty-seven years ago, a young man from Penticton died in a tragic automobile accident in England. This month a young graduating student from Pen-Hi will be recognized as the worthy recipient of an annual award in honour of Robert Gordon Halcrow.

PENTICTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of stress, distress and anxiety, including for seniors and caregivers who suddenly had to find new ways to get groceries and meet daily needs.

Penticton volunteers have stepped in to make a huge difference for area seniors who are isolated at home and need help getting what they need or making contact with the world outside their walls.

Penticton City Council has proclaimed June 1-8 B.C. Seniors Week in Penticton marking the second year the week has been officially observed locally.

Jamboree is a highlight of the scouting movement for every youth member, but only a few are able to attend due to cost and timing. Every generation of scouts should be able to participate in at least one of these large gatherings, since it enables the scout to experience his membership in a …


Today I heard an old familiar song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler. As I sang along to the beautiful tune, I reflected on the forces that shaped my life and the significant people who supported me to become the person I am today.

While it seems that almost every event is being canceled these days, I want to assure people that the 110th anniversary of scouting in the South Okanagan will not be celebrated as the 111th next year. 2020 is the year. It will happen.

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Ruby Cumberland, one of Penticton’s oldest residents, celebrates her 109th birthday on Tuesday, May 12. The Hamlets, where she resides, is inviting friends, or people who don’t even know her, to send a birthday card as social distancing will prevent her from having a celebration. Cards can b…