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TGIF- Happy BC Day

Merritt has a lot of local talent sometime featured in programs file Photo KDG

Merritt has a lot of local talent sometime featured in programs
file Photo KDG

Have a great long weekend,festival goers and those that jam with friends…

On this day: July 29th 1957
The International Atomic Energy Commission is established.

Ken Hess



Music fest back Photo KDG

The rocking river music festival is on this weekend with president and performer Ken Hess with the eight ball. The festival is at the former Merritt Mountain Festival grounds.

There are some new glass cases at the Canadian Country Hall of Fame on Quilchena Avenue, downtown Merritt; they include clothing from some lessor known artists from eastern Canada, as  well as famous ones.

The availability of tickets have never been a problem in the past for any event.\, held at the grounds in Merritt. Local volunteers are being used at the site including Chamber of Commerce ones.

A pop up store organized by 5 local artists is also at the CCMH of Fame.


Two minors enjoying the local river down stream from the music festival site a few years ago and around the 1st of July Photo KDG


On this day: July 28th 1935
The B-17 flying fortress bomber takes to the air for the first time.

Off leash park

 With recievers like these you wonder why they are not above us in the food chain File photo: KDG

With receivers like these you wonder why they are not above us in the food chain
File photo: KDG

A leash for dogs gives comfort and safety for your pet and the persons out walking or going about their business.
Merritt BC has an off leash park for dogs to run and frolic. The park is located behind the city recycle, near the open space of Voght park. There are paved walking trails that can be picked up and at a number of locations in town they go by the park and along the Nicola river. The river is expressly beautiful at this time of year with sand bars and some deep clean pools.
Bags are available at the transition points of the walking trails for picking up after your pet, and there is parking at the off lease park for some cars.
There is also a bike park available off the walking trail as it comes out of central park by the RCMP station.

Trail maps are available for free at the downtown tourist info center at 2202 Voght street across from city hall.

Photo of bike park upgrade File photo KDG

Photo of bike park upgrade
File photo KDG

On this Day: July 27th 1054

Siward of Northcumberland invades Scotland and defeats Macbeth somewhere near the firth of forth.

Severe weather


The drought level board remains at the 2nd position. However the people that run it must have gained experience from last year as the marker has gone form green to blue. The sign board is located at the top of the hill on Voght Street going north to highway 5A.

We have high pressure this week with temperatures in the 30s. however a severe weather forecast has been issued  by environment Canada.

Issued at 10:03 Tuesday 26 July 2016

Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the Southern Interior today and there is the potential for some of these storms to become severe. The main concerns are heavy downpours and strong wind gusts, however, large hail is also possible.


Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #BC Storm.
Details to follow soon.

Thunderheads can blow up and give downpours mid summer here in the Merritt area we usually enjoy at least one a season and every couple of decades a large size hail event comes with it. Plants should be protected to keep them when these develop.

On this Day: July 26th 1971
Apollo 15 first use of a lunar rover.

TGIF- Classic car show and shine Sunday

Classic car show and shine file Photo KDG

Classic car show and shine, Brian Cave shows his motor
File Photo KDG


The Nicola Valley Cruisers are having their show and shine on Sunday at Central Park.

Central Park is on Voght street beside the RCMP and the lacrosse court, coming into Merritt from the South Kamloops it is on your right.

On this Day: July 22nd 1964

Born Japanese Comedian  Teruyoshi Uchimuia.

Two dollars to love an animal


Two dollars for pet ears from the SPCA Photo KDG

At the Shell Station next Starbucks this morning this lady was on her way to a family reunion in Alberta. When asked about her glasses she said that they came from a generic store and that the ears were a 2 dollar donation to the SPCA. “Did she have another reason to be at the SPCA,” “no I would do serious harm to someone if I worked there” was her reply.

BC SPCA’s Wild ARC treats almost 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Staff & volunteers work tirelessly to treat and rehabilitate each patient for their release back into the wild.

Source: BC SPCA’s Wild ARC treats almost 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Staff & volunteers work tirelessly to treat and rehabilitate each patient for their release back into the wild.
The SPCA is noted to be a dream employer( and has more then 400 employees in the province working in over 40 locations.
They say that if a job does not suit you:

Our hiring philosophy goes beyond filling positions – we are interested in finding people who want to make a difference and want to work with people who share their passion. If you are interested in joining our team, explore our current openings and be sure to check back for new job postings if there are no positions that suit you today.

The organization is accredited by image Canada.

On this day: July 21st 1949

The North Atlantic Treaty is ratified in the US.

Old pool done but not forgotten…

Merritt BC incorporation File :Photo KDG

Merritt BC incorporation
File :Photo KDG

The city had a crew at Voght park this morning, they were running a jackhammer and breaking up some pieces of concrete that had been used as a makeshift barrier to a lane coming from the east. The concrete in two pieces about 4 meters long and something over a meter thick were very hard and full of rebar and were the remains of a public swimming pool that was enjoyed by many kids decades ago.
Curtis a neighbour said that the pieces left were wreaked 50 years ago and then the pieces were put into service as a barrier. There have been two public pools since then and both were heated that one was not. The hot summer sun of the 1960s here made the small pool look very inviting and the stimulation from the cold water put in it was pronounced.

The City would have had a population of about 3000 at that time and Fran Brownfield the teen aged guard would have know all the kids personally.
Voght park was named for the founder of Merritt, and in the early 20th century had all the amenities.

Thanks to the founders and those that added after for the joy of that open pool and Rest in Peace to the remains of that structure.

On this Day: July 20th 1903

The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.

Christmas in July…..

July brings an enjoyable garden space to many properties in Merritt File Photo KDG

July brings an enjoyable garden space to many properties in Merritt
File Photo KDG

The Summer students have been busy setting up a tent at the downtown tourist info center ( Nicola Valley Heritage Society). When asked what it was for they replied that they were having a Christmas in July event on the coming weekend.
Fred at the house says they will be offering Christmas decorations and anything associated with Christmas for sale in the yard and the 2202 Voght street building, as well as books. The historical society operates on revenue from the house as well as donations.
The Baillie property is a City of Merritt Property and invites people to enjoy the common garden and historical house under the shade of maple trees.
Happy Holidays.

On this Day: July 19th 1976
Sagamatha National park is created in Nepal.

TGIF-prosperity be glad for it


A sidewalk marketer readies his signs File Photo KDG

A sidewalk marketer readies his signs
File Photo KDG

A liquidator readies his signs to walk the sidewalk to promote his few days in a rented downtown building a number of years and downturns ago.

On this Day July 15th 2006

Twitter a social media platform is launched.

Power Poles

Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo

Where would ranch's be without horses File photo KDG

Where would ranch’s be without horses
File photo KDG

The  84th annual Nicola Valley pro rodeo is on for the September long weekend. September 3and 4th will see the pro qualifying event in the Rodeo Grounds south of town.

The rodeo is popular with many of the local ranching community as well as competitors from all round.


On this Day: July 13th 1793

French journalist Jean Paul Marat is assassinated in his bath tub.

John Paul taking a tree down, bench area November File Photo KDG Photo KDG

John Paul taking a tree down, bench area November File Photo KDG

The forest service requires something called a pre-harvest siliva-culture prescription before logging plans can be approved by mills. Starting in May of most years some crews are about Merritt to plant trees. One time catch phrases such as Weyerhaeuser’s  We plant two trees for everyone one we harvest have not rung aloud as much as in previous decades. Regulation seems to have taken over a little from public relations.

There are tree-planters at work this summer in the Black Diamond Ranch area by Brookmere in the Coquihalla, one from Salmon Arm, an immigrant from eastern Europe  says that it is possible to plant 3000 a day at piece work rates. A long slender shovel blade distinguishes them from other forestry workers.

The Merritt Desert Inn is an annual venue for a Tree Planters Ball that sees many dress up in costume for a night of hilarity. The Ball was held in June this year and a management source at the Desert Inn said there were few planters this time and she knows of none at this writing.

Weyerhaeuser (pronounced “Warehouser[4]) is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands. It owns or controls more than 6 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manages another 14 million acres under long-term licenses in Canada. The company also manufactures wood and cellulose fiber products. Weyerhaeuser is a real estate investment trust.[2] source wikipedia 

A logger sports day in forestry week is on the agenda for Merritt this year, celebrating forestry week September 23rd-25th 2016. Billed as West Coast Lumberjack Show, it will feature a chainsaw carving competition. By two Carver Kings as seen on HGTV. The show will include will be forestry logging equipment displays and a big rig show and shine.

Forestry week was observed with a parade in recent years and the Fall Fair grounds sported two high spars for climbing competitions. Climbing with spurs was a skill that hydro, telephone and loggers practiced at work.

On this Day: July 12th 1971

The Australian Aboriginal flag flies for the first time.






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