Category: -Photography


Art walk July 4-31 2017

Art displayed at the Baillie house
File Photo. KDG

Local Art
The local Chamber is having its annual Art Walk again this summer. Starting on July fourth and running the length of July, local artists are having their art in local business places.

A limited number of  bracelets will be available on the 4rth for 5 dollars at the Chamber office on Voght street. A bead will be at participating business’s, complete the bracelet and you can enter a draw.

Local Gale Simpsons art is available for viewing at the Merritt Desert  Lobby Inn at this writing.

On this Day: June 27th 1750
General Wolfe begins his assault on French Canada.

TGIF$1.14.9 a liter

A fuel truck delivers gasoline to a service station
File Photo KDG

Gasoline is down another cent a liter here this week.  A good test weekend is coming this Sunday will be getting to near 40 degrees followed by 30 degree weather for the week ahead. Summer driving is apon us however grade schools last day of instruction is June 29th and June 30th an administration day.  Summer driving may increase after as a result. All 5 service stations in Merritt are the same price at this writing.

 

 

 

On this Day: June 23rd 1946

The Vancouver Island earthquake shakes the west coast of Canada.

 

 

 

 

The last National Aboriginal Day

Dr.Eugene Atleos speaks to staff members and interested public at the , NVIT Speakers series
He is now a former grand chief.
File Photo KDG

June 21st National Aboriginal Day this year will be its last observance as sources say next year it will be National Indigenous Peoples Day.

What’s the difference besides a lot of printing changes.

Aboriginal, a group of first people’s Indigenous a collective term for first people’s, so you should not have to struggle with Metis, Indian , First Nations, Native should all apply without offence to Indigenous.

Canada according to Former PM John Diefenbaker was not to be hyphenated Irish Canadian etc however indigenous will go some way in relieving aboriginals PP

 

On this day: June 21st 1957

Canada gets its first female member of the Cabinet as Ellen Fairclough is sworn in.

 

World Refugee Day


 File Photo KDG

No it’s not everyone going to space. It is the observation of the world-wide trauma of refugees and the events that cause them.

About 70 million people in the world today are refugees. Earthquakes, volcanos, and other natural disasters are responsible for many , refugees from strife remain the most actionable and preventable to this day.

The asylum program in Canada works to provide refugee protection to people in Canada who:

  • have a well-founded fear of persecution or
  • are at risk of torture, or cruel or unusual punishment in their home countries

Not everyone is eligible to seek asylum. For example, people are not eligible to make a claim if they have:

  • been convicted of serious criminal offences or
  • had previous refugee claims denied by Canada.: Source Government of Canada

On this Day: June 20th 1982

The asteriod Eureka is found.

 

TGIF-Hot dog

Down town core of Merritt, File Photo KDG

 

Tina Vesper is selling hotdogs in front of the Royal Bank. She operated a truck concessionary some years ago and would travel to public events such as baseball games.
The step up to the bank has been vacant of vendors since Manuel gave up his stand a number of years ago. Manuel had a union job at the local saw mill and did it as a form of self expression /enjoyment.

The Royal bank, Merritt branch is at the corner of Garcia and Quilchena in Merritt British Columbia Canada. Tina says Saturday she will be at the Home building supply corner of Voght and Coldwater. She has also set up shop at the Spirit Square and the Saturday farmers market.

 

On this Day: June 16th 1963

The first women in Space Soviet Valentina Tereshkova.

Golf-Fourteen holes

Markey93
keeps his eye on the ball
at the Nicola Valley Golf and Golf and Country Club in Merritt
File Photo KDG

Water on the local links have deterred golfers this spring. Some came out when 4 holes of 9 were available now 7 of 9 are available because of water and fairway damage.

About 700 feet of rock rip rap were placed on the Nicola River bank on the north side of the links as well as some turf replacement in a coincidence that BC Hydro had buried electric cable and services last winter .

The seniors tournament for this Friday has been rescheduled for September 15th, the 75 dollar entry fee ( includes a prime rib ) stays the same. Carts an additional 15 dollars.

A 600 membership fee for new members is still being offered. The people on the links today were enjoying the course even though some of the esthetics were less then perfect. All trees remain standing and in glorious bloom.

On this Day: June 13th 1898

The Yukon territory of Canada is formed with Dawson as its Capital.

The true north strong and free…Photo KDG:

The Coopers grocery store is charging 4 cents for grocery bags, the good news is that the price of the reusable ones is down to 99 cents. IF they sell lots that way does that make it the same on the good old environment…
No more copper pennies made in Canada so enjoy the Maple leaf photo as you think on your better ecological footprint.

On this Day: June 2nd 1855

The Barnum circus begins to tour the United States.

old camera kodak (2)

An old box Kodak camera, File Photo KDG

 

The local museum is having a presentation on a couple that documented the Nicola Valley during its youth in the early 20th century.

Harry and Lily Priest are the focus of a talk by Jolene Castillou Cumming grand daughter of Judge Harry Castillou, an early politician and pioneer to the Nicola Valley.

Titled the Photographer and the Teacher it is at the Merritt Seniors center June 8th 7:00-8:pm, free admission. The Museum and seniors center is at 1675 Tutill Court behind Coopers in the downtown  Railyard Mall.

Tom Edwards and Murphy Shewchuck ,museum principals are a wealth of information about the early days of the Central interior of BC….

On this Day: June 1st 1980

Cable News Network starts its broadcast. CNN

Bike or walk to work or school week

Diversity makes for a broader community.
File photo KDG

This  is walk or bike to work or school week.  There are many promotions in effect. The local community police office is selling decals for 10 dollars, they attach to your bike and are linked to an app. If your bike goes missing the app will send out an alert for 15 Kilometers around its last location.

The Merritt CPO is at Spirit Square off Voght.

On this Day: May 30th 1975

The European Space Agency is established…

 

 

 

TGIF- 1 barrel for three,an opinion…

60,000 liters gasoline delivery ….

For a barrel of oil investment three barrels can be produced in the Alberta tar sand development. This is quite different to the 1 barrel to a hundred of our youth. Conventional oil is different in its yields and process makes a difference. Tar sands are not conventional oil

Not all oil sands projects are created equal, of course. Cenovus, which uses super-hot bursts of steam to melt seams of bitumen buried too deep to mine, says it can coax oil from the sands for between $35 and $65 (U.S.) per barrel, depending on geology and other input costs. That’s “among the lowest-cost globally,” chief executive officer Brian Ferguson told New York bankers recently. source: Globe and Mail 2014

Oil is less than 50 dollars a barrel at this writing and no mater what the price the ratio of energy used and energy produced is a better scale for rationalizing development. With 240 billion tons of proven oil reserves world-wide and 5 billion a year produced giving 50 odd years of reserve. It looks like oil in
Alberta will be there for a while.

The twinning of the Kinder Morgan line is starting this September from Kamloops and we presume that the economy of following an already producing  line gives a better ratio. We should be on guard for the dynamic of  investment to diversification  that shields real income for income that is circular . The axiom that we live under, reuse ,rethink and  does energy east pay… in real terms… in present modes…

It will be good to see how the twinning to the west coast changes things in the real world as different to the academic….PP

On this Day: May 26th 1986
The European community adopts the European flag.

Quick charger

Nissan Leaf, gets DC quick charge in Merritt
File Photo KDG

We talked to two Nissan Leaf owners on the long weekend that used the quick charger at the downtown tourist info center on Voght street. Henny a brick layer from the lower mainland and on his way to Kelowna was driving a new Leaf and showed us the compact bakery under the front hood. He was saying that he needed a full charge to have confidence to carry on to Kelowna. The car was equipped with a solar panel on the roof as well and it only managed another lead acid battery that ran the lights and other then motor electronics.
When he returned the next day full of excitement we picked up on his confidence in the new experience.
The other driver a man in his 30s and a boy going camping at a local lake returned to recharge as well.
The comments were that the 500 volt quick charger was a green lot numbered one and it was surprising to see one that you needed to pay for.
Henning wondered if it was possible to use both the quick charger and the 90 amp 220 Volt charger at the same time as there are two charging ports supporting each one.

On this Day: May 25th 240 BC.

The first recorded passage of Hailey’s Comet.

Gas price $1.16.9 a gallon

Crows at local gas bar !!
File Photo KDG

The Nicola Valley has a range of gas prices. Regular gas is going for  $1.17.9 a liter at shell within site of the petro can at $1.16.9 on the exits to the freeway off Voght street in Merritt. The Downtown Petro Canada is selling at $1.18.9 at the highway 8 and 5A /5  junction at the corner of Voght and Nicola.

Its not often that the retailers here have a price difference! The lowest price in BC is Dawson Creek at 99.9 and the highest is $138.9 in Port Alice.

Gas buddy is reporting a comparison for the last 36 hours on the site.

On this Day: May 8th 1899

The Irish literary theater opens in Dublin.

 

 

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