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

How to use digital devices

Jan 16, 2022 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Pexels The Literacy Society of the North Okanagan wants to help people make better use of digital devices. The society is offering a series of small-group workshops for adults wanting to learn the fundamentals of their smart phone,

Big bucks from Bargain Bin

Jan 15, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed It may be a little store, but the Bargain Bin in Armstrong has come up with some big money. The Armstrong Spallumcheen Healthcare Auxiliary operates the second-hand store on Pleasant Valley Road, and in 2021, it raised

Plows down for repairs

Jan 15, 2022 / 3:34 pm

Photo: Contributed A snow-free forecast is a good thing for the Township of Spallumcheen. On Jan. 13, the North Okanagan posted it is currently short two plow trucks due to technical breakdowns. “The dedicated staff have already

Accident scene cleared

Jan 15, 2022 / 2:10 pm

Photo: Contributed UPDATE 2:10 p.m. DriveBC is reporting the accident has been cleared and Highway 97 has reopened. UPDATE 10:21 a.m. RCMP remain on the scene of an accident near the Vernon landfill on Highway 97. “Police

Find a bus online

Jan 15, 2022 / 12:56 pm

Photo: Contributed BC Transit has negotiated a deal for the next phase of the NextRide program. Transit has signed a contract with Consat that will enhance customer experience and increase ridership throughout the province. The Automatic

Climbing the walls - literally

Jan 15, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Vernon's Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, the Hello Okanagan crew is climbing the walls, literally when they visit The Rock Garden Climbing Centre in Vernon. Each week, Kaz and

Art stolen in four minutes

Jan 15, 2022 / 11:40 am

Thieves made quick work of an early morning heist at a Kelowna art gallery. Within a matter of minutes, the pair of suspects made off with almost $70,000 worth of art from Gallery 421. The alarm system for the gallery at 560 Raymer Ave., was

Summer vibe circa 1948

Jan 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

The Second World War had been over for three years and life was getting back to normal for most Canadians. Kelowna had a population of just 8,000 people, the floating bridge was still years away and people were crossing Okanagan Lake by ferry. Vernon-based

Huge relief for father

Jan 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Tony Annecchini is feeling much better about life today than he was was on Thursday. The Vernon father was distraught when he was told non-vaccinated people would no longer by allowed into Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver

Death deemed homicide

Jan 14, 2022 / 10:40 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A death in downtown Vernon earlier this month has been ruled a homicide. Vernon RCMP are investigating the city's first murder of 2022 after a body was found outside the Salvation Army House of Hope in the early



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