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Five year sniff.

There is a young man going around the area of Quilchena and Chapman with a gas sniffer he says that it is routine testing and that you can expect that a test sniffer will happen be about every five years in residential areas. Fortis BC tests annually in commercial applications. Leaking natural gas smells like rotten eggs and is unmistakeable.
The man has a proper picture ID around his neck that identifies him is a Fortis contractor. ( still it never hurts to call and ask for a description if anything looks out of sorts)
Call before you dig!
Today in history: September 2 1998.
Flight 111 crashes in the sea off Nova Scotia

The local literacy Merritt group has a fun function for  young ones File photo KDG

The local literacy Merritt group has a fun function for young ones
File photo KDG


September 1st is labour day this year. College, is back on Tuesday September 2nd, the local grade school, District 58 remains on strike, some sources anticipate a resolve not to go back without a contract.
Today in history August 8th 708:
Copper coins first minted in Japan

October sky

 Moon  Photo KDG

Moon
Photo KDG

The summer has seen a number of super moons this year, accounts that the moon is closer than it has ever been have gotten people to look at the sky when the moon is full. The next one is on September 8th and the one in October should be good as well. A source says that the darker October sky will present a better opportunity for viewing a photos then the ones before when the horizon still has some residual light. The length of the day on September 9th will be 12 hours and 47 minutes. the full moon on October 8th will rise at 10.51, November 8th at 22.23.

Harvest Moon” and “Hunter’s Moon” are traditional terms for the full moons occurring in autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere usually in September and October respectively. The “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to autumnal equinox, and the “Hunter’s Moon” is the one following it. The names are recorded from the early 18th century.[17]OED for “Harvest Moon” cites a 1706 reference, and for “Hunter’s Moon” a 1710 edition of The British Apollo , where the term is attributed to “the country people” (The Country People call this the Hunters-Moon.) The names became traditional in American folklore, where they are now often popularly attributed to “the Native Americans“.[18] The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a yearly festival in Lafayette, Indiana, held in late September or early October each year since 1968.[19] In 2010, the Harvest moon occurred on the night of equinox itself (some 512 hours after the point of equinox) for the first time since 1991.[20][21]

All full moons rise around the time of sunset. Because the moon orbits the earth in the same direction the earth is rotating, the moon rises later each day – on average about 50.47 minutes later each day [22] The Harvest Moon and Hunter’s Moon are unique because the time difference between moonrises on successive evenings is much shorter than average. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next, as seen from about 40 degrees N or S latitude. Thus, there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days following the actual date of the full moon.

The  Merritt Public library is having a talk by an astronomer named Colleen O’Hare on September 20th at &:30 pm, sign up at the front desk is required.

Today in history: August 28th 1609
Henry Hudson discovers Delaware bay

319 LIndley Creek Road

319 LIndley Creek Road

The Nicola Valley Fall Fair has a deadline for entries to its 2014 fair. The deadline is  the 27th at 5 PM. Entries with the correct fees must be dropped of at Blacks Pharmacy or
Pharmasave  by that time. Catalogues with Entries are available at the Merritt herald for the exhibition on August 30 and 31st at the Merritt exhibition grounds #319 Lindley Creek Road. There are two forms in the catalogue each section must have its own form and there are 17 sections of items for entry. there are also 5 sections of Members choice. entries fees are 75 cents an item for a possible 3 dollar first, 2 dollar second and 1 dollar third cash prize. there are also lots of prizes from manufactures and sponsor’s.
The Dance is on August 31st 8:30- 1AM with the live Country music of The Randy Chillhitza Band

FMI:Marianne Reimer
Today in history:

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Sunday Cancellation

The press box at the enterance to the Music festival grounds now used by Sturgis Canada.

The press box at the enterence to the Music festival grounds now used by Sturgis Canada.

The four day event that the Sturgis Canada group put on at the music festival grounds south of Merritt ended early. According to reporting by Q101 FM Sundays performance was cancelled without explanation. Thursday had been a free day, Friday and Saturday, normal with some accounts of low attendance, (we think normal for a start up ) accounts of the 66 headliner Burton Cummings performance were positive. there is no word on refunds for Tickets for Sundays performance, however if bought on a credit card you may want to check with card issuer.

He was the lead singer and frequent keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. During his 10 years in The Guess Who, from 1965 to 1975, he sang and wrote or co-wrote many songs including “American Woman,” “No Time,” “Share the Land,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Undun,” “Laughing,” “Star Baby”, “New Mother Nature,” and “These Eyes.” His solo career includes many Canadian singles including “Stand Tall”, “My Own Way to Rock” and “You Saved My Soul.” source Wikipedia

Talk about the California earthquake over the weekend having something to do with the cancellation ,is not substantiated.

 

BBC TV

 

Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 22 1932

The BBC experiments with television broadcast

Mars observer

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Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 21 1993

Nasa loses contact with the Mars observer spacecraft.

Voyager 2

 

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Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 20th 1977

The voyager program, voyager 2 is launched by Nasa.

Airplane B-25

 

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Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 19th 1940

The first flight of the Mitchell B 25 bomber

Windy

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Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 17th 1915
A category 4 , 135 mile an hour hurricane hits Galvastan Texas

Old age/ holiday

Have a great weekend, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Have a great day, we are on holidays, for a week, please enjoy the day in history untill we return.

Today in history: August 14th 1935
Old age security is created in the United States.

Civic Election

previous elections and those that vie for power: file photo KDG

previous elections and those that vie for power:
file photo KDG

The Civic election is November 15th 2014,there are usually 6 councillors and one mayor up for election, although there was talk of having a split term there appears no change for positions at the City Government.
To be a candidate there are few qualifications,

There are various disclosers and rules for financing a civic campaign,it may be more that a novice can take on. However every person should have the opportunity to have their voice and perspective be in the voting bar of a civic council. good luck.

New this election is the term length of 4 years, it may be a precursor to split terms after 2018.
The old municipal act once said that to run you could not be in a contention with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (an incentive to drop.) This is no longer expressed.
There are also 3 positions on School district 58 on the ballot.
The construction of the Tolko co gen and the 130 KV line are going to be in full swing at election time, vote.
Candidates packages are available August 22, through city hall, non resident property owners may also qualify for candidacy, however there seems to be a 30 day actual residency in Merritt. In the past the Tolko mill manager lived in Kamloops and held a seat on Merritt City Council.

Today in history: August 13 1918
Women are welcomed into the United States Marine corps for the first time,

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