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HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.

Post-pandemic workers hard to find

Post-pandemic workers hard to find Hodge Podge By Charlie Hodge Has the world gone lazy or am I just getting old and crotchety like many seniors...

Use common sense, wear a helmet, avoid tragedy

Use common sense, wear a helmet, avoid tragedy HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Attention tourists. Please consider this your ‘use common sense’ reminder while visiting our town....

Hockey fight debate on again

Hockey fight debate on again Hodge Podge   Why does it feel like we’ve had this controversial fighting in hockey debate before? Perhaps because we have? Over and...

Small gesture major impact

Small gesture major impact HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Today’s brief  HodgePodge is truly that - a quick catch-can of various items. It’s with sorrow, yet celebration of...

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Perhaps not officially but as far as House Hodge goes – it’s here. Since the weakest hint or glint...

Computers hate me

Computers hate me HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge This was not supposed to happen again. I thought I’d solved the dilemma. Today’s column is not today’s column. It’s...

Pray for peace

Pray for peace HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Not sure if I’m more afraid than angry about the scenario. Regardless the shocking and revolting cowardly attacks by...

Remembering my dear friend Gary Smyth

Remembering my friend Gary Smyth HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge This is all wrong. None of it makes any sense. I was busy packing up some hockey memorabilia...

Father David Bauer had a dream

Father David Bauer had a dream Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge While the eliminated Canadian men’s hockey team, sans any NHL players, skated off the Olympic ice...

Old Steve – a boyhood hero remembered

Old Steve – a boyhood hero remembered HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge It was akin to finding buried treasure. The first thing my eye spotted opening the old...