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International Winnie the Pooh Day, A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh the unpretentious icon of cudability , wit and wisdom is recognised for his contributions   today! AA Milne his creator was good for quotes ” some people care to much, it’s called love.” People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day”  Winnie the Pooh.

Set in east Essex Winnie’s presence was felt through his creators experience starting in the early 20th century. Winnie’s name is an adaptation of Winnipeg, the city in Canada that would have been his home after the man who rescued it as a orphaned cub had done his service in the Great war.   In 1914, Lt Harry Colbourne paid 20 dollars for the young female black bear as he was traveling to CFB Valcartier to serve in the Canadain Veterinary corps. At the end of the war Colbourne decided to leave Winnie in the London zoo that had been her home from 1915 to its death in 1934.

January the 18th (Winnie the pooh day) is the birthday of the author A.A. Milne, Winnie inspired his character while in the London Zoo.

On this Day: January 18th 1993

Martin Luther King Jr day is observed in all 50 states for the first time.


BC flood and wildfire reviews


Rip Rap installed at Central park File:Photo KDG

Between January and March 2018 there is a review team in BC meeting with community members in regard to the response to recent wildfire and flood events.

The independent review was commissioned by the Province to examine government plans for, and responses to, flood and wildfire events, with a focus on the 2017 season. It will examine the implementation of both provincial and local government emergency management systems to determine how the Province can improve its governance systems, statutes, regulations, policy, and leadership practices to benefit responses to future emergency events

Between January and March 2018, the review team will meet with community members, regional and local stakeholders, and government and First Nations leaders and officials – all of whom will help shape recommendations on how to better plan for and respond to flood and wildfire events in the future: source UBCM

On this day: January 17th 1773

Captain James Cook leads the first sailing beyond the Antarctic circle.

Apex of the suns way… Tonight!



The sun west of Merritt, Red from smoke, of the 2017 fire season in the Sothern interior of BC File Photo KDG

A trip around the Milky Way galaxy center is called a cosmic year. Tonight the sun reaches its half way point in the orbit.

Our Milky Way galaxy is a collection of several hundred billion stars. It has an estimated diameter of 100,000 light-years. Our sun does indeed circumnavigate the Milky Way galaxy. In space, everything moves. There are various estimates for the speed the sun travels through the galaxy, but its speed is about 140 miles per second. Source earth sky news.

And it so happens that astronomers know which star the sun is moving toward in its journey around the galaxy. Our sun and family of planets travel more or less toward the star Vega – and away from the star Sirius. Unsurprisingly, Vega and Sirius lie in opposite directions in Earth’s sky.


Look for Vega at West to Norwest. One estimate of a Cosmic year is 230 million years; this must in our minds mean that the earth is subject to different influences over the millennia including gravity and weather .

On this Day: January 16th 1934

The Harlem Apollo theater reopens in New York.

TGIF-Happy Julian Calendar new year!


File Photo KDG

Sunday the 14th of January will be the New Year  for those that remain on the Julian Calendar.

For all those that watched the skies for Millennia ,  to give us many calendars in a progression of knowledge, Thank you.

The Julian calendar has been replaced as the civil calendar by the Gregorian calendar in almost all countries which formerly used it, although it continued to be the civil calendar of some countries into the 20th century.[4] Egypt converted on 20 December 1874/1 January 1875. Turkey switched (for fiscal purposes) on 16 February/1 March 1917. Russia changed on 1/14 February 1918.[5] Greece made the change for civil purposes on 16 February/1 March 1923, but the national day (25 March), which was a religious holiday, was to remain on the old calendar. source Wikipedia

For us at PR that’s it for Happy holidays this year! Have a wonderful day.

To those that the Merritt rod and gun club derby at Mamette Lake on Sunday HNW to you we understand that the final weigh in for prizes is 2:30 PM and it matters little what the calendar you make your resolution for the biggest fish under.

On this Day: January 12th 2005

Deep impact launches from Cape Canaveral.

Heritage Hub, Salmo


broken sign no contract…. Photo KDG

Salmo has gotten some notice for its Heritage Hub project, it has received the 2017 Community excellence award from the Union of BC Municipalities.

The project was made possible by a number of unique partners who were able to work with the Village to identify common interests that were compatible with local priorities and strategic direction.  This included Imperial Oil, which has leased the land to the Village; the Regional District of Central Kootenay, which has provided grant funding; and the combined efforts of Heritage Hub Inc. (representing local artists and entrepreneur) and Heritage Salvage (the parent company and investor).

The project was cultural and arts leaning and included in the Hub were,  a garden center, arts display, tattoo shop, used materials shop and others…

Editors note: nothing goes anyone’s own way we must work together and get the best we can out of any opportunity.


On this Day: January 11th 1908

The Grand Canyon National Monument is created.

Contractor list Trans Mountain expansion…


Pipe for oil field File:Photo KDG


The Trans Mountain expansion issued this list in September 2017 the start date of its project. The Ledcor  partnership contractor  effects  the Merritt area most as well as Surerus Murphy in the Coquihalla. At this writing the contractors most used motel is not hosting any crews.


Spreads 1 & 2: Edmonton/Yellowhead

  • Contractor: Midwest Pipelines Inc.

Spreads 3 & 4: North Thompson

  • Contractor: Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership

Spread 5A: BC Interior

  • Contractor: Surerus Murphy Joint Venture 

Spread 5B: Coquihalla – Hope

  • Contractor: Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture

Spread 6: Fraser Valley

  • Contractor: Somerville-Aecon Energy Group

Lower Mainland:

  • Contractor: Kiewit Ledcor TMEP Partnership
  • Lower Mainland scope includes Spread 7, Burnaby Mountain tunnel and three terminals: Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and Sumas Terminal

The Trans Mountain expansion is  a 7.4 billion dollar twinning of a n existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. There is currently a court order for a concern over routing through the Coldwater Band in Merritt. The concerns are over ground water and proximity to the Coldwater river.

Trans Mountain Expansion

6025 Sussex St.
PO Box 81018 South Burnaby

Burnaby, British Columbia V5H 3B0


On this Day: January 10th 1776

Common sense is published by Thomas Paine .

A horse of course, secret door show


Max a Fressian Stalion is handled by owner Dr. Paul Molnar, on horse Stephanie  travers a farrier and painter of fauna. 



Local farrier and painter, is shoeing at the Brambles Bakery downtown  in Merritt.
The local artisan has a style that brings a greatness of dignity to the creatures she puts on canvas. Stephanie Travers will be on hand at 6PM at the Brambles Bakery at  2151 Quilchena Avenue. On January 10th 2018.

So excited for this new show, opening night Wednesday January 10th at 6pm, but the show runs all month and I’d be delighted to meet you at the Secret Door Gallery any other day for a guided tour and coffee! Ok…back to painting! source ST.

The title for the show is Soul Searching.

For those who remember Ed Sullivan its a really big shoe (show)

On this Day: January 9th 1918

The last battle of  the American Indian wars, Bear Valley, is fought.

TGIF-Fishing Derby


The local rod and gun bunch are having a fish derby at Mamette lake 50 31′ 50  North,120 37 30′ West, in the Highland valley on January 14th. Entry is 15 dollars.

Local sport shop owner,and former CO Ed Hendrix says he is confident in the ice, but stops short of recommending that cars be brought on.

Sun set is 16:27 on the 14th. Moon light is at 3 percent.

The local club has a ongoing theme of keeping lakes public. They would welcome support.

Club president is BJ Moore, VP Paul Komonoski, and Treasurer M. Heppner  Club

On this Day: January 5th 1959

Nancy Delehunt  Canadian Curler is born.

Salmonids in the Nicola watershed

Jessica Urquhart will be presenting on the health of Salmon in the Nicola Watershed at the January 17th meeting of the Nicola Naturalists.
The presentation is at 7PM NVIT lecture theater, at the top of the hill Belshaw avenue in Merritt.

Jessica Urquhart is a Fisheries Technologist with the Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority (NWSFA), the “fisheries department” of the Nicola Tribal Association. Working with its member communities, as well as private property owners, the NWSFA undertakes an annual program of stock assessment and fish habitat restoration projects in the Nicola Watershed. NWSFA staff interact with other First Nations and DFO to advocate for the protection and restoration of the Nicola Watershed’s fisheries resources. With information provided by the entire NWSFA fisheries team, Jessica will discuss how the team plays an important role in the management of the salmonids of the Nicola Watershed.

Free parking at the school, no drinks or food in the lecture all, the group says that all are welcome, membership or donation requested.

Editors note: this meeting is on a Wednesday against the usual Thursday monthly meeting.

On this Day: January 4rth 1999

Jesse Ventura a professional wrestler becomes governor of Minnesota.

Carbon farmers market


The UBCM has a link on it to a ” farmers market” for carbon. Registration is available for buyers, sellers, and or local government. They are selling C3s or carbon credits.

Use our Carbon Footprint Calculator to calculate the carbon footprint of your organization or your recent activity such as a recent flight somewhere. You may then choose to invest in the community carbon credits to not only reduce your carbon footprint but also support the inspiring GHG reductions initiatives of your liking. You can do so by signing up and creating your profile to pick through the growing list local reduction initiatives.

The credits can be sold to local governments looking to meet there carbon commitments to such things as the Climate Action Charter.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is a forum for local governments to agree on action.

Union of BC Municipalities, 60 – 10551 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2W9 Canada


On this Day: January 3rd 1938

The March of Dimes against polio is initiated.

A Man Called Ove


A sign displayed at a local pre owned shop in the down town of Merritt. File Photo KDG

The Nicola Valley Film Society is presenting its first 2018 film on Monday January 15th at the lecture theater of the local community college NVIT. the film is A Man Called Ove.
The society presents films from September to March (none in December) an is in its 10th year according to president Cathy Star. Films are selected and sources from TIFF, the Toronto Film Society.
Start time is 7 pm no food or drinks in the theater, top of the hill Belshaw avenue, free parking.


On this Day: January 2nd 2004

The spacecraft Stardust collects samples as it goes by comet wild 2, then begins to return to earth.


The  Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, File Photo KDG

The Nicola Valley memorial arena in its present form after a refit 22 years ago. Source Brain Barrett 32 year contract manager.

Brain says he is going to retire with the passing of 2017. Brain and the arena here facilitate a number of young people make the big league, including Grant Mulvey, Paul Mulvey, Ed Beers, Paul Kruse, a total of 17 NHL players skated with the local  junior hockey club. Brian is a member of the BC Hall Hockey Hall of Fame.

On this Day: December 29th 1851

The first YMCA opens in Boston.

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