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Morning Star reporter apple of industry’s eye; Sean Connor feature; other stuff

January 31, 2012

Longtime Vernon Morning Star reporter—and former fruit picker—Richard Rolke was presented with the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Press Award for his coverage of the industry over the years. From the Morning Star:

“Given my roots and my family’s involvement in the tree fruit industry, the award means a lot to me,” said Rolke, accompanied at the presentation by his wife, Jodi, and his dad, Maurice. “It’s overwhelming.”

Rolke’s two sets of great grandparents started orchards in Osoyoos and Westbank in the 1920s, and his grandma and grandpa Rolke operated an orchard in Westbank, where Maurice grew up.

Read the full story here…


Also, the Kelowna Capital News has a long feature documenting photographer Sean Connor‘s battle with a rare brain cancer.

It begins:

When Sean Connor, the staff photographer for this newspaper, started seeing double last summer, he knew there was a problem.

While friends and co-workers had noticed subtle changes in his mood and behaviour, Sean chalked the whole thing up to a kink in his neck, eventually diagnosed as an injury.

There’s no denying seeing two images of everything is a problem, though, and the bizarre symptom wasn’t something an injury would explain away.


The story concludes by plugging a fundraiser that takes place this coming Thursday:

The Sean Connor Fundraiser is Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre by donation.

Performances from Sherman Doucette and Deb Stone are already on the bill.

The group are still looking for more silent auction item donations, any and all values, for which donors will gratefully be given credit that evening.

For more information on the event, or to donate to Sean’s cause or to donate items to the silent auction, please contact Heather McCullough at 250-808-0131 or Kim Calloway at 250-763-6397.


Golden “news icon” Garry Irving is retiring:

As reporters and editors come and go so quickly over the years, Garry has quietly observed the movers and shakers of the greater Golden area. He is, without a doubt, the only person in Golden’s history that has served this many years in the local market in both radio and newspaper.



Returning Merritt Herald reporter Phillip Woolgar files an introductory column:

I first arrived to Merritt in March 2008. The temperature was around 3 C and the roads were generally clear over the Coquihalla. This time, I waited in Hope for an hour or so while a multi-car accident was cleared from the snow-covered freeway. It wasn’t such a bad position to be in, as I had a mountainous heap of pancakes with maple and blueberry syrup stacked in front of me at a local diner.



Interior News editor Cameron Orr is heading west, to Kitimat, to replace retiring Kitimat Northern Sentinel editor Malcolm Baxter at the end of March. He promises to elaborate in the future.


Mike Turner, a freelance (?) photographer in Cranbrook, got a good photo of a flooded house earlier this month. The bad news was that the house was his own. Hopefully he got paid for the photo.


A journalism-related film festival in Vancouver still has a couple movies left to show, if you live in the area.


Stay tuned: there’s a juicy one coming later this week.

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