Every few years there seems to be a significant astronomical discovery. This then becomes a hot topic for research as people try to learn more about it.

Marijuana legalization — to reduce police and court costs? — to bow to the will of the people? — or perhaps just another tax grab on an industry to that point untaxed both for manufacture and sales?

Penticton author E.J. (Russ) McDevitt has “rolled all three autobiographies into one” for his latest release, “Savage Down Under, Books 1-3, Autobiography.”

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A Christmas stamp is a postage stamp with a Christmas theme, intended for use on seasonal mail. There are philatelists who delight in collecting them, as they are colourful, cheery, and numerous.

OVERVIEW: A stable hand at the helm will have a calming effect. There is still those causing disruption but focus has shifted away from them. You might say a new sheriffs in town. The right words have far ranging influence on many; it is needed. Aggressive actions get taken care of quickly. …

Among the various space missions going on at the moment there are two of particular interest.

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Trinity Care Centre residents got an early Christmas gift Wednesday courtesy of some caring students from Wiltse Elementary School.

Richard Carlson, in his book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” has a chapter encouraging us to develop compassion in our lives.

The songs and music of the holiday season make it truly festive and this week, a virtual carol sing along will make it particularly special.

KELOWNA — Finding and searching death records will be the topic in the next Kelowna and District Genealogical Society family history forum, slated for Dec. 8.

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Theo Theodosakis (foreground), the founder and original owner of Theo’s Restaurant in Penticton for more than 45 years, will celebrate his 85th birthday, Sunday, November 15, 2020.

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Helen Little, a long-time auxiliary member with the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Penticton received two major accolades.

A new program being developed by the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society will help seniors use new technology to stay connected with family and friends during these COVID times.

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The City of Penticton is working closely with community partners to create an Age-Friendly Action Plan and wants to know what age-friendly means to you.

An innovative partnership between the Penticton Art Gallery and the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society’s Out & About program could lead to creative new art works and a joyful understanding of the creative process.

How much money is a trillion dollars? Strangely, it depends. Currently it is the federal government debt, but what does that represent? Postage stamps will shed some fascinating light on the value of money.

OVERVIEW: Hold meetings in person or on zoom as everyone needs to be on the same page before the work week gets underway. Decide who will be in charge so each can move forward knowing their duties or other responsibilities. Adapt to any changes of protocol or venue.

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.

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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.

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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…