Wednesday, September 27, 2016

Merritt, BC

The Garlic Festival continues to thrive & grow in the lovely Smith Park in Lower Nicola. Congratulations to organizers on another great event!

New support for mental health & substance use. ASK Wellness Society has signed a contract with Interior Health to provide 6 support recovery beds in Merritt — that will enhance mental health and substance use (MHSU) services…

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Monday, September 26, 2016

As the Queen's representative in BC, our own Lt. Governor Judith Guichon has special house guests this week. From left: Judy, Governor Gen. David Johnston, Sharon Johnston, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and Premier Christy Clark.

As the Queen’s representative in BC, our own Lt. Governor Judith Guichon had royal house guests this weekend. Top photo, from left: Judy, Governor Gen. David Johnston, Sharon Johnston, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and Premier Christy Clark. Bottom right: Will & Kate with their children George & Charlotte arriving in Victoria on Saturday.

Firearms amnesty. During the month of October, BC residents are encouraged to arrange for the pick-up of any firearms or other weapons as well as ammunition, that have not been used for a criminal purpose…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Sunny early fall day at Spirit Square

Sunny early fall day at Spirit Square

Tolko to close Merritt mill in mid-December. Tolko Industries announced to their Nicola Valley staff today that it will permanently close its Merritt operation on December 16, 2016. 203 people are currently employed at the Tolko mill, and that does not include contractors…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Donation

Donation

New, ‘class A’ rest area at Loon Lake. Monday, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced that a new, modern rest area will be built between Merritt and Kelowna on the Okanagan Connector, providing a safe, and convenient place for the commercial trucking industry and tourists to stop and rest along this stretch of highway…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Intense evening light, with all the clouds this fall...

Intense evening light, with all the clouds this fall…

Merritt Army Cadets are having their 95th Change of Command ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7pm at 1755 Coldwater Ave. Everyone is invited to attend. They will also hold an open house the same evening. Come down, check it out — it is free for youth aged 12-18 to join Cadets…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

There must have been 2 pots 'o gold, since this rainbow last week was a full half circle!

There must have been 2 pots ‘o gold, since this rainbow last week was a full half circle!

1st home game of the season. The Merritt Centennials play their home opener against the Trail Smoke Eaters this evening, 7pm at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This is (possibly) a rusty-patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), an eastern bee once commonly distributed throughout its wide range, but it has hardly been seen since the early 2000s. The rusty-patched bumblebee was an excellent historic pollinator of countless wildflowers, in addition to cranberries, plum, apple, alfalfa, onion seed and other food crops.

This is (possibly) a rusty-patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), an eastern bee once commonly distributed throughout its wide range, but it has hardly been seen since the early 2000s, according to www.biologicaldiversity.org The rusty-patched bumblebee is an excellent historic pollinator of countless wildflowers, in addition to cranberries, plum, apple, alfalfa, onion seed and other food crops.

New tools for trades at NVIT. Students at NVIT will benefit from $100,000 in funding from the provincial government, toward the purchase of new industry-standard trades equipment, including portable welding booths that will enable students to prepare for jobs in the trades…

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