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Automatic check out

The Merritt Public library has an automatic scanner check booth for taking out items from the library. The service is down at this time and a source says it will be back in service shortly. The library has just transferred its data base to a new system and a source says that when the automatic system comes back into service then there will be instructions on how to initialize your library card and account to the new system in respect to the automated option.

The Merritt Public library is part of the Thompson Nicola Regional District system , with services in Kamloops, Logan lake, Ashcroft, Barrier, Cache Creek, Clinton, Clearwater, Sun Peaks, Lytton, Chase, and a traveling book mobile.The library is at 1691 Garcia street in Merritt BC.

Today in history: April 24th 2005

Snuppy becomes the worlds first cloned dog.




The legal holidays and observed days have been getting more and more spread out over time in Canada.
Christmas, Labour day and July 1st remain as national legal holidays but others have become more pronouncedly different from place to place.
Here are the remaining days for 2014:

  • Mothers day , not a stat or paid holiday May 19th Monday.
  • Victoria day ,  national except NB,NS,NL May 19th , Monday
  • Fathers day June 15th, not a stat holiday , June 15th Sunday
  • St Jeans Baptiste Day, only in QC, June 24th , Tuesday
  • Aboriginal Day ,  not a stat holiday, June 21,Saturday.
  • Canada Day, national, July 1st, Tuesday
  • Civic holiday, BC, SK, ON, MB, NU, August 4rth, Monday
  • Labour Day, National, September 1, Monday.
  • Thanksgiving, national except NB, ON, QC, NS ,October 13th, Monday
  • Halloween, not a stat holiday, October 31, Friday
  • Remembrance  day, national except for NB, ON, QC, NS November 11, Tuesday
  • Christmas Day, national December 25th, Thursday
  • Boxing Day, ON, an option in other provinces December 26th,Friday

Today in history April 23rd 1983

Aaron Hill an American Actor is born




There are English as a second language classes in progress at the public library here in Merritt. In the multi purpose room about 7 people are being facilitated  by Sharon Edwards.

English as a second language is important to some people as Government services  are only guaranteed in one or the 2 official languages French or English.

English as a second language (ESL) is the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages.

English is a language which has great reach and influence; it is taught all over the world under many different circumstances. In English-speaking countries, English language teaching has essentially evolved in two broad directions: instruction for people who intend to live there and for those who do not. These divisions have grown firmer as the instructors of these two “industries” have used different terminology, followed distinct training qualifications, formed separate professional associations, and so on. Crucially, these two arms have very different funding structures, public in the former and private in the latter, and to some extent this influences the way schools are established and classes are held. Matters are further complicated by the fact that the United States and the United Kingdom, both major engines of the language, describe these categories in different terms: as many British observers have had attributed to them,[1] the saying goes that “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” source Wikipedia

Jury selection can be based on the understanding of the nuances of language.

Today in history: April 22nd 1876

The first ever national baseball game is played in Philadelphia


Appledorn tulips


Appledorn tulips, for Easter,  Photo KDG

Appledorn tulips,April 16th 2014, Merritt BC
for Easter,
Photo KDG

These tulips have bloomed in time for easter weekend here in Merritt BC.  We enjoy thinking of Andrea Rogers who came to spend her live here in Merritt from Appledorn Holland. Andrea married a Canadian  solder Norm who passed a few years ago. Norm was involved in the liberation of Holland in the Second World War and managed the Super Value grocery store here in Merritt.  Andrea Came to Canada in 1948 and continues to live here and enjoys gardening and flowers of various kinds.

Today in history: April 16th 1985

Born: Mark Baker Welsh Author

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Photo Source GNU Wikipedia

The Merritt Public Library has a new tree to replace the Pine Tree removed from the entrance of the building. A green Locust tree was planted by a landscaping contractor this morning and is to be “complementary of the trees on the front that are sunburst locus.”

Today in history: April 14th 1956

Video tape is first demonstrated in Chicago.

West Coast Amusements

The  carnival was in town starting Monday, for set up. On Sunday a man was measuring and putting out stakes in the field on Voght street. Next to the RCMP  station when asked if they had a sponsor  they said yes the local Elks club has sponsored us for 40 years and his contact was a local member Archie Rutz now. After dealing with brother Harold Winfield for a long time.

Both members are known to us and have long reputations in the City here.

The contact said that gambling is curtailed with licensing now ( seemed disappointed ) when asked if they could still play for stuffed animals he said yes but not for place a dollar win  a dollar, for sideshow activities like Crown and Anchor.

West Coast Amusements is a Canadian travelling amusement park company based in Langley, British Columbia. It was founded in 1962 by Bingo Hauser, who has been in show business since the mid forties. Raised and educated in Brandon, Manitoba, Bingo started traveling with carnivals at a very early age and became well versed in the business by operating a number of rides and concessions.

When he first went out on his own Bingo started an animal show, which is where the Lion in the WCA logo comes from. Bingo eventually sold the animals to zoos, bought a Merry Go Round and gradually built West Coast Amusements into the major Midway operation it is today.

WCA is one of Canada’s leading traveling amusement (carnival) companies, entertaining all ages with cost effective, safe, environmentally friendly, and fun services including rides, games, food, and much more.

WCA employs approximately 350 people every year and have four individual units that travel all over Western Canada and Washington State.

WCA is currently run by Robert and Wendy Hauser (son and daughter-in-law of Bingo Hauser) and most of the family also plays a role in West Coast Amusements’ midway operations. (Source Wikipedia)

They are advertised as being in operations here today , April 15th 2014 .

Today in history: April 15th 1955

The McDonald’s restaurant chain dates its founding to the opening of a franchise  in Des plains Illinois by Ray Croc.

Glint of red

The lawn grass is beginning to turn green this week on the 19oo block of Quilchena avenue.  With Easter a week away the Appledorn tulips that are a bell whether for the resurrection day remembrance have a ting of red as a precursor to blooming. A single plant in a sheltered place we are amazed that it is most often in bloom for the easter weekend regardless of whether it is in March or April.

No matter what your beliefs it is self-evident that rebirth is an astounding and energizing dynamic at this time of year.

Today in history: April 11th

Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.

The car wash on Voght street is getting new equipment. An installer is quoted as saying that the equipment is from Detroit Michigan and has the ability to turn a Ford into A Chevy ( something preferable according to his demeanor.) However hes was not sure of the benefit  that could be afforded a Dodge product. The conversation went on to  affirm the plight of Detroit as being hard and worth noting.

The equipment is a Saber Autowash with two computerized settings simply arranged on a drive gear.

The crew were welcoming of pictures .


Today in history: April 10th 1970
Paul McCartney leaves the Beatles for personal and professional reasons ( source Wikipedia)

The local public library has  taken a tree down from the front of the library.The tree was a ponderosa pine and provided a break in from the weather to a small bench outside the door. A source says  that the tree did not provide enough shade and will be eventually replaced by a variety that gives more shade.

The library is having a speaker, author on May 15th at 6PM, Dennis Robertson and his presentation is titled :Crackers ….come and hear… ” A true story of a hearing assist dog.

Today in History: April 9th 1981
A United States Navy nuclear submarine collides with a Japanese freighter causing it to sink.

Glynis Whiting


British Columbia author

The local public library is hosting a speaker with a new book . Her book is ” A Nose for Death” and it sub titles Wake up and Smell the Murder. 

The presentation will be on Thursday April 24th for an hour staring at 6 PM. The Merritt library is at 1691 Garcia street across from the Railyard mall.

Glynis was born in Alberta and was then” transplanted to the wet coast”. She is a graduate of UCLA with a masters in play writing.

Today in history: April 8th 1916

A race car driven by Bob Burman in Corona California crashes , killing three people and injuring 5 spectators.

Hearing order

The trans mountain expansion project has gotten its hearing from the NEB, national energy board. They still want your advice in the process. here is there latest on the ability to imput the hearing process:

Provide your feedback to help us optimize the proposed pipeline corridor & learn more about the NEB Hearing Order for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Trans Mountain filed its Facilities Application with the National Energy Board in December 2013 seeking authorization to build and operate its proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Earlier this week, the National Energy Board (NEB) confirmed that our Application is complete and issued a Hearing Order, which lays out the key steps and schedule for the process to consider the Project. The NEB also released the list of participants for this process and information about upcoming online workshops to provide participants with information and assistance in preparing submissions. Read the news release, or see the full Hearing Order here.

Although we’ve filed our Application, our work to optimize the proposed pipeline corridor is ongoing. We value your feedback. It has, and will continue to be used in our planning as we continue ours. This current engagement focuses on locations where optimization of the study corridor is occurring or where a section of the existing pipeline is returning to service.
This phase of engagement runs until April 17, 2014. All the information you need to participate is available here:

  • Review the maps and proposed pipeline corridor details for your area
  • Submit a feedback form
  • Watch related videos

We want to hear from you. Our engagement is ongoing through the life of the project.

Have your say

Thank you for providing this vital feedback and making our project better!

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project Team

We in Merritt British Columbia have the experience of the single line that trans mountain pipelines operate on a toll basis going right by our community for the past 60 years.  the routing discussion has come up with two premises to base an affirmative opinion that the existing routing is the best option:

There are no land use, environmental or engineering reasons to develop a new right-of-way in the Merritt region

That the airport expansion plans have been taken into account and the pipeline can be modified to accommodate the use of the runway.

  Editors note: there are still 10 days to go to this online form and voice concerns.


Today in history: April 7th 1978

The development of the neutron bomb is cancelled by President Jimmy Carter.

A source with the Merritt Community Cinema Society says that there is a similar organization in Nelson organizing at this time to have a community theater society for first run movies and live theater. However the source says that they  have also gained charitable status as well. The local effort remains a non-profit but imply that Charitable status is desirable.

The difference between the two organizations is tax receipts for donations, as a non-profit, the tax advantage is limited to business donations that can use it as an expense for promotion of their business.

The project is aimed at being a stable source of funding for the local arts council and is touted at a price tag of 5 million dollars. The project has raised enough money to acquire land and has not yet gotten a design in place.

Today in history: April 10th 1970

Paul MacCartney leaves the Beatles for personal reasons.


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