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Moon at three-quarter August Merritt BC Photo KDG

Moon at three quarter August Merritt BC
Photo KDG


The near fall skies give photo opportunities. A lunar eclipse is coming in September 28th with a partial solar eclipse on the 13th. “Lunar eclipses are always paired with a solar eclipse either 2 weeks before or after at new moon in the opposite node.” Wikipedia

 

On this day: September 1st 1902

The film A Trip to the Moon is released in France.

Intermission :watch for choking

Dangerous toys
Common sense says that some things may be less then safe when not used in suitable applications. A small detachable piece, or a piece that can break off easily like a helmet could choke an infant.

The Product Safety Laboratory Method M01.1 push/pull test procedure specifies that a push or pull force of 44.5 newtons (10 pound-force) be gradually applied over a 5-second period and then maintained for 10 seconds. The procedure is completed on any part of a toy that is likely to become detached or damaged by the application of such a force. Following each push or pull the toy is inspected for relevant safety hazards such as detached small components, sharp points and sharp edges. More severe push/pull tests are mandatory in two instances:

for the eyes and noses of dolls, plush and other soft toys, a load of 9 kilograms (20 pounds) is suspended from the eye or nose for 5 minutes (see the “Other mechanical hazards” section of this guide). (Section 31 of the Toys Regulations)
for rattles a push/pull force of 50 newtons (11.2 pound-force) is applied (see the “Rattles” section of this guide). (Paragraph 40(c) of the Toys Regulations)The Product Safety Laboratory Method M01.1 push/pull test procedure specifies that a push or pull force of 44.5 newtons (10 pound-force) be gradually applied over a 5-second period and then maintained for 10 seconds. The procedure is completed on any part of a toy that is likely to become detached or damaged by the application of such a force. Following each push or pull the toy is inspected for relevant safety hazards such as detached small components, sharp points and sharp edges. More severe push/pull tests are mandatory in two instances:

for the eyes and noses of dolls, plush and other soft toys, a load of 9 kilograms (20 pounds) is suspended from the eye or nose for 5 minutes (see the “Other mechanical hazards” section of this guide). (Section 31 of the Toys Regulations)
for rattles a push/pull force of 50 newtons (11.2 pound-force) is applied (see the “Rattles” section of this guide). (Paragraph 40(c) of the Toys Regulations)

PSA intermission see you Tuesday.

TGIF Medical Marijuana

Dropped by someone on a cart File photo KDG

Dropped by someone on a cart
File photo KDG


Some one dropped this packet from a scooter some time ago. There is a legal application for it according to some. An expert Dr.Zackery Walsh of the University of British Columbia psychology dept is going to present on its use and legality at the Merritt Public library on the 10th of October at 6PM.
Editors Note: while some people may need mood altering substance for medical reasons we feel that there is no place for either this or liquors anywhere around the work place, in particular equipment usage or heavy construction.
On this day August 28th 1996
Charles and Diana end their marriage with Divorce

Library fall programs

contest prize

A prize package for a library program.
file Photo KDG


The Merritt Public Library has published a fall program schedule.

    Chess anyone? Wednesday September 23,PM Like minded people meet, possible club?
    Walhachin, Ghost town legend, Author Larry Jacobsen Thursday, Sept24, 6PM
    Marijuana and Public Health with DR.Zachary Walsh UBC , October10th ,6 PM
    Al Horne, Alexander the Great,Thursdays October 1,8, 15th

    I love Book club, with Susan Newton Thursday November 19th, 6 PM

There are other programs for youth inquire at the Desk or 250-378 4737. registration is asked for ,space is limited.

On this day: August 27th 410
The sacking of Rome, the eternal city by the Visigoths ends after 3 days.

Market

GM dealer sale event

GM dealer sale event


A local car dealer draws attention to themselves to get customers the language of commerce is supply and demand.

On this day: August 26th 1977

The French Language Charter is proclaimed by the Quebec Legislature.

 

Its always something…

Pheromones packages still on trees , bug population collapsed ? File photo KDG

Pheromones packages still on trees , bug population collapsed ?
File photo KDG

If you see one of these on a tree it maybe a pheromones package left from a baiting program run some years  ago to draw Mountain pine beetle into an area already ravaged by them.

Iron mountain was visibly red with dead timber at the time it bears no red of dead now. However we are in a drought and our small community is coping well with it although human intervention pales in comparison to natures timing we do seasonably well here in Merritt. The Nicola Lake dam on the river going through the city brings comfort to us here as it is another well managed human intervention.

 

On this day: August 25th 1835

The great moon hoax is perpetrated by the New York Sun paper.

 

TGIF-Dessert or dessert

A local bakery has advice for walk ins, sign boards are popular but have some concerns have good insurance for windy days.

Life is short good advice if you can do it (enjoy it while you can. Photo KDG

Life is short
Good advice if you can do it (enjoy it while you can).
Photo KDG

On this day August 21st 1897

The Oldsmobile car company is founded

boxcar

Box car off Midday Valley road.
file Photo KDG

The area now occupied by the 270 million dollar Merritt Green energy project had this lone box car sitting on it until construction.

Landed immigrants, labourers were once employed to load these things with dimensional lumber by hand. Automation dramatically changed the dynamics of this industry from a few decades ago.

We are on a course that does not allow for going back to that…

On this Day August 20th 1866
United States President Andrew Johnson declares the Civil War over.

Touring

 Motor cycles tour through often.... Photo KDG


Motor cycles tour through Merritt often….File photo KDG

Merritt has three freeway options going by as well as a number of undivided highways with corners and easy pull off at lakes and rivers. These routes are sometimes preferred by groups of motorcycle enthusiasts.
A group of international firemen were coming into town on highway 8 from the Fraser canyon on the weekend enjoying the alternate route. They were planning on continuing to Kamloops on 5A and stopping at the historic Quilchena Hotel on Nicola lake.

Watch out for deer they can be devastating to a MC.

On this Day: August 19th 1989

Radio Caroline an offshore (pirate) radio station is raided by interested governments.

 

Invention

Dual flush toilet grand opening of plumbing shop

Dual flush toilet more control over drought…

This item was on display at a local plumbers shop some time ago . We think of it today to remember the undying creed of our friends the Americans down south. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Of course getting more control works well with livelihood and environment but not so well in relationships…

Editors Note: Big Mikey a credible plumbing source, recommends the small 1.28 liter toilet instead of the extra hundred dollars for the dual ( he doesn’t stock but can get). Mike says you can hold the handle down for a bigger flush on the smaller tanked unit.

On this Day: August 19th 1868

Helium is discovered by French Astronomer Pierre Janssen

TGIF- midnight meter shower…

There is a reported meter shower this week. Downtown or mountain top aside cloud cover may obscure the viewing. If your up have a look you may get lucky. listed below are some showers nominated to be established ( Green) , the orange is Pro temporary. Of the over six hundred listings about a hundred are established.  Some of the names have derivatives of the star constellations associated with them. Star finders are available a public libraries to show  where they can be located in the dome of the sky ( an area 90 degrees above you from where the horizon goes into the west and east.) Field glasses or telescopes there is a chance of seeing these things regularly…

A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface. Intense or unusual meteor showers are known as meteor outbursts and meteor storms, which may produce greater than 1,000 meteors an hour.[1] The Meteor Data Center lists about 600 suspected meteor showers of which about 100 are well established.

  August xi Cassiopeiids 00751  KCE
00466  AOC   August omicron Cetids
00467  ANA   August nu Aquariids
00468  AAH   August alpha Herculids
00469  AUS   August upsilon Sagittariids
00470  AMD   August mu Draconids
00471  ABC   August beta Capricornids

On this Day: August 14th 1040
Macbeth becomes King of Scotland after killing his first cousin Duncan.

Dan Albas not Merritt BC candidate…

Dan Albas no longer MP for Merritt since August election writ dropped. Photo: KDG

Dan Albas no longer MP for Merritt since August election writ dropped.
Photo: KDG

The 2015 election sees a boundary change that brings Merritt in with West Kelowna and Dan Albas home town of Penticton a different riding.
As of today there are no candidates registered or confirmed with elections Canada for our new riding (Central Okanagan Nicola.) Nomination ends September 28th with a list of candidates coming September 30th for the October 19th vote.
On this Day: August 13th 2010
A refuge ship carrying hundreds of Tamil refugees docks at Canadian Forces navel Base Esquimalt on Vancouver Island.

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