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

Help helpers help seniors

Dec 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Facebook Gena Barzan needs some help spreading Christmas cheer to Vernon seniors. Barzan runs the Auxiliary Animal Thrift Store, and each year they put together hampers for those in need. For the past two years, the auxiliary put

CounterAttack season back

Nov 30, 2022 / 6:00 pm

Photo: CounterAttack Eat, drink and be merry – just don't get behind the wheel afterwards. Saturday is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day, which marks the beginning of seasonal RCMP CounterAttack operations – a month-long

Pool diving board closed

Nov 30, 2022 / 4:18 pm

Photo: City of Vernon The diving board at the Vernon Aquatic Centre has been closed effective immediately. The diving board will be replaced in the coming weeks and the closure is being done out of an abundance of caution after staff identified

Influenza at Gateby

Nov 30, 2022 / 2:32 pm

Photo: Google Street View UPDATE 2:32 p.m. According to Interior Health, he outbreak at Gateby is related to influenza, and there are two confirmed cases. Outbreak precautions are in place including pausing social visits, but essential

Scooters a popular ride

Nov 30, 2022 / 11:00 am

Photo: Neuron Mobility Vernon residents did a lot of scooting this year. Riders travelled more than 290,000 kilometres on Neuron Mobility e-scooters and e-bikes in 2022, preventing 29 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Neuron also hosted 11 ScootSafe

Artsolutely amazing

Nov 27, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Photo: File photo Artsolutely is back in a big way. The Vernon Community Arts Centre is preparing for its 17th annual Artsolutely Fundraiser and Sale Dec. 1 to 24. Each December, the non-profit arts centre converts its largest art education

Downtown light show

Nov 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

Hundreds of people headed to downtown Vernon Saturday evening for the official light up of the Carnival of Lights. “When the Downtown Vernon Association decided not to do the light up any more we really wanted to see the community event continue

Looking for life savers

Nov 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Facebook Vernon Search and Rescue is looking for new members. But this is no walk in the woods, and to become a member of the elite rescue crew requires a commitment of time and effort. VSAR will be holding an open house in January

Vernon man knighted

Nov 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Darren Jacklin can now add knighthood to his list of accomplishments. The former Vernon resident was recently knighted into the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and Saint Helen. “To receive this honorable

Men helping Santa

Nov 26, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Men's Shed Canada The Men's Shed Vernon are using their wood working skills to help Santa this year. Members of the group will be working with Santa's Anonymous to help provide a merry Christmas to under-privileged children. Pat



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