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Easter contest winners

The Houston Today Easter contest sponsored by Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction (PAPC)…

  • Apr 7, 2021
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Alex and Dagmar Klemp

Happy Houston seniors

Houston seniors, Axel and Dagmar Klemp (L-R) and Henry Brienen were all…

  • Mar 17, 2021
Alex and Dagmar Klemp
Abbigail Delvenne 10.5 years old and Merrick Giesbrecht 5

It’s time to pull out the bikes

The snow is quickly leaving and hopefully spring is around the corner.…

  • Mar 17, 2021
Abbigail Delvenne 10.5 years old and Merrick Giesbrecht 5
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 15, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
This squirrel stopped for a quick visit and by the looks of the size of him, he is making out okay this winter. Squirrels love foods rich in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein" title="Protein">protein</a>, <a class="mw-redirect" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrates" title="Carbohydrates">carbohydrates</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat" title="Fat">fats</a>. They rely heavily on the buds of trees and eat a wide variety of plants, as well as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_(fruit)" title="Nut (fruit)">nuts</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed" title="Seed">seeds</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conifer_cone" title="Conifer cone">conifer cones</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit" title="Fruit">fruits</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus" title="Fungus">fungi</a>, and green <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetation" title="Vegetation">vegetation</a>. Squirrels benefit and thrive from their interaction in human environments. This gradual process of successful interaction is called synurbanization, where they lose their fear of humans. (Angelique Holuihan photo/Houston Today)

Visiting squirrel

This squirrel stopped for a quick visit and by the looks of…

  • Feb 24, 2021
This squirrel stopped for a quick visit and by the looks of the size of him, he is making out okay this winter. Squirrels love foods rich in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein" title="Protein">protein</a>, <a class="mw-redirect" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrates" title="Carbohydrates">carbohydrates</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat" title="Fat">fats</a>. They rely heavily on the buds of trees and eat a wide variety of plants, as well as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_(fruit)" title="Nut (fruit)">nuts</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed" title="Seed">seeds</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conifer_cone" title="Conifer cone">conifer cones</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit" title="Fruit">fruits</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus" title="Fungus">fungi</a>, and green <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetation" title="Vegetation">vegetation</a>. Squirrels benefit and thrive from their interaction in human environments. This gradual process of successful interaction is called synurbanization, where they lose their fear of humans. (Angelique Holuihan photo/Houston Today)
Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)

B.C. man rescues dog that was trapped for 43 hours inside hidden well

At first, Wade Deisman thought his neighbour got a new puppy, but the barking didn’t stop.

Tim and Yvonne Everson see Callie after she went missing for 43 hours. (Wade Deisman photo)
Clayton Mcgonigal, Debbie Domes,  Alessa Mclearn

Enjoying the sunshine in Houston

Houston resident Debbie Domes (C), enjoys the day out in the sunshine…

  • Jan 20, 2021
Clayton Mcgonigal, Debbie Domes,  Alessa Mclearn
Santa chose Steelhead Park this year as a spot for photos. With him is assistant Laura Onderwater. (Angelique Houlihan photo/Houston Today).

Santa, and assistant Laura Onderwater, made an appearance at Steelhead Park

Photo tradition was able to continue

  • Jan 6, 2021
Santa chose Steelhead Park this year as a spot for photos. With him is assistant Laura Onderwater. (Angelique Houlihan photo/Houston Today).
Russel Tiljoe

All smiles

It’s all smiles under that mask as Russel Tiljoe stopped by the…

  • Jan 6, 2021
Russel Tiljoe
Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Impaired driving survivor implores people to not drink and drive this holiday season

Campbell River man looks back on 37th anniversary of life-changing incident

Ron Nicolaye and the pole on the Island Highway at the Campbell River bridge that a drunk driver crashed into in 1983, changing his life forever. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
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Buy Low Foods in Houston make a donation

Buy Low Foods in Houston made a substantial donattion to the Houston…

  • Dec 16, 2020
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Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.

B.C. man’s book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients throughout the province

Gogs Gagnon’s book to be included in Prostate Cancer Foundation BC’s kits

Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.
Lacey, a palomino paint, is in “amazing” shape now, compared to when she was rescued in August 2015. (Leanne Peniuk photo)

BC SPCA’s horse-rescue program offers equine intervention

Book Rescue Me raises funds, awareness for animal-welfare agency

Lacey, a palomino paint, is in “amazing” shape now, compared to when she was rescued in August 2015. (Leanne Peniuk photo)
Kimberly Feeny, left, rescues, fosters and homes cats with the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program. She and friend Lisa Valenta, right, spent Friday, Nov. 27 nursing seven rescued kitties at Feeny’s home in Grand Forks. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Kootenay women working to rescue 20 cats in feral colony

Kimberly Feeny and Lisa Valenta are nursing seven cats rescued east of Grand Forks, B.C.

Kimberly Feeny, left, rescues, fosters and homes cats with the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program. She and friend Lisa Valenta, right, spent Friday, Nov. 27 nursing seven rescued kitties at Feeny’s home in Grand Forks. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
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Raising money

Recently 2021 grad and parents sorted through all the bottles they have…

  • Nov 25, 2020
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