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Christmas bird count

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Mallards on Nicola File Photo KDG

 

The local Merritt Naturalists are having their annual bird count and identification of species this coming Saturday.

Data collected is shared for such things as global warming and conservation.

Merritt Christmas Bird Count – Saturday December 16th, 2017. If you are interested in participating send an e-mail to nicolanaturalists@gmail.ca          For information on our 2016 count click here: 2016 Merritt CBC

On this Day: December 12th 2000

The Bush Gore decision is handed down.

 

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TGIF-Saturday final book sale day, access to books..

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Bright Red Book exchange 33 locations around Merritt File Photo KDG

 

The public library in Merritt is ending its Gigantic Book Sale at the Library on Saturday the ninth of January at 5 PM closing. Books are being offered in bags for  dollars as a special. The bags and some boxes have been marked by category ie: romance.

There are also 33 locations for book exchange around Merritt run by Literacy Merritt. Locations are available at the downtown Community Policing Station.
On this Day: December 8th 2010

A solar sail spacecraft from japan passes the planet Venus.

Giant book sale started

 

The local library has begun their book sale at the 1691 Garcia Street location. Coupons were available for one free item a day on the counters before the sale, and may still be found in the program guide or published in the local weekly paper The Merritt Herald. 

Some great hard cover books are available for 2 dollars  and there is a room full of paperbacks for a dollar a piece.

The book sale goes to Saturday December 9th with new items being unboxed daily.

On this Day: November 28th 1919
Lady Astor Elected to British Parliament.

Book sale

The whole world is published some where
The local public library in Merritt is having a book sale. items will be out on tables at the library. From November 28th-December 9th. ” New books every day”
There are coupons for one free item on the counters and they may be used to have on free item a day.
The Merritt Public Library is at 1691 Garcia street downtown Merritt BC. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 PM to 5 PM and to 8PM Tuesday and Wednesday.

On this Day:  November  21st 1783

The first untethered hot air balloon flight is made by JF Paltrier de Rozier and FL d’ Arlandes in Paris France.

TGiF- detailed hearings

The Trans mountain expansion is starting hearings on property ownership effected by the twinning project from Edmonton on November 20th 2017.
The Hearings will be held in Alberta ” Detailed Route Hearings” and are run by the National Energy Board.
The starting point for the expansion is the Trans Mountain yard in Sherwood Park AB.

The National Energy Board will begin Detailed Route Hearings to determine whether we have proposed the best possible detailed route for the pipeline and the most appropriate methods and timing for building the pipeline. These hearings will provide an opportunity for landowners and those potentially affected by the Project to share their concerns about the proposed detailed route.

 

On this Day: November 17th 1979
The Brisbane electrified railway is established.

Works like a Dam

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Smart meter installed in trailer court

The provincial hydro utility is giving a challenge to conserve power. To take part join the power smart team, save 10percent on hydro over a year and you are eligible for a 50 dollar prize.

 

Looking to save money on your electricity bills? Become a member of Team Power Smart and challenge yourself to reduce your home’s electricity use by 10% in the next year. If you’re successful, you can earn a $50 reward.

Along the way, we’ll provide helpful advice, tips and success stories from other team members to keep you motivated.

You’ll also have the opportunity to enter exclusive contests for a great chance to win prizes like an LED lighting package, programmable thermostat, and gift cards.

The not for profit utility is always having conservation initiatives.  And is required not to retain earning but deliver the efficiencies back to the rate payers by lower rates.

You will need an online account to participate.

On this Day: November 1st 1918

Western Ukraine becomes a separate country.

 

 

Happy,safe Halloween

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Protection display in CPO downtown
File Photo: KDG

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 Recommends trick or treat safety

Sunset will be at 5:41, a possibility of scattered showers. Be seen…

Photo source  downtown shop windows.

 

 

On this Day: October 31st 2011

The world human population makes 7 billion.

Garden club

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There is a Nicola Valley Garden club here in Merritt, membership 15 dollars, a year and they are having a meeting on Wednesday November 1st at 7PM. Room 4 Merritt civic center, with a speaker presenting on cedar.

Merritt has over a hundred days annually with more then 0.2mm of precipitation. It is 605 meters in elevation, with over 2000 hrs of sunshine per anum. An average of 250 frost free days.

On this Day: October  25 1854

The charge of the light brigade,the battle of Balaclava, in the Crimean war.

Pipeline progress

Drill for dewatering

Drilling equipment for dewatering
Photo KDG

On This Day: October 19th  1900

Black Body radiation is discovered.

Red Cross funding programs

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GB Armstrong 100th year Merritt homecoming play File Photo KDG

 

 

Today the BC Government announced a plan to support the condition of the fire effected! The program through  the Red Cross, a partnership, is to help after a prolonged state of emergency this summer.

As communities begin to recover from one of the worst summers on record for forest fires, the Canadian Red Cross encourages local governments and other organizations in the fire-affected communities to apply for funding through the Community Partnerships Program to help with recovery and rebuilding.

Local governments, First Nations bands, schools and community organizations all help build community, help each other through crises, and rebuild community – whether it’s structures or spirit.

Funding from the Red Cross Community Partnerships Program could help create projects such as welcome back gatherings, traditional Indigenous ceremonies, safe spaces and play activities for children, increased counselling services, etc. Source UBCM

 

You never no if you don’t apply …redcross.ca or email BCCommunityPartnerships@redcross.ca

On this Day: October 18th 1954
The first transistor radio is developed.

2017 Pacific Forest Rally Merritt BC

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Rally cars on display before the run. file photo KDG

Canadain Rally Championship presented by Subaru Canada, In Merritt BC, CA

The 2017 edition of the Pacific Forest Rally is on this weekend in Merritt, at this writing rally cars are in town and getting reafy for the weekends event.

The cars are in Spirit Square, Quilchena avenue Friday for viewing before the official starting at 4:30 PM.

At the beginning of August, we sent a notice to all CARS license holders that we were considering re-scheduling the rally 2 weeks later, because of the ongoing wildfire situation in BC’s forests, and committed to making the final decision by Labour Day. While it is still possible that the fire danger will abate before the originally scheduled date, we have decided to make the call now, in order to give participants, volunteers and fans as much time as possible to re-arrange their plans. So, PFR will now take place on October 13-14, with recce October 12-13. Official regs with the new date and schedule will be coming soon. Thanks for everyone’s patience, and let’s have a fun event and not burn down the forest in the process!
 Source PFR

On this Day: October 12th 1971

A 2500 year anniversary of the Persian empire is held to October 16th.

Crossing Home Ground, Nicola Naturalists

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Lands producing grass for cattle are in demand for feed lots and dairy cows They feed for winter as well. for meat producers. File Photo KDG ( some believe that protein from soya is a better alternative to grass going through meat.)

The local naturalists are having their first full program meeting of the season on Thursday October 19th at the NVIT lecture, theater top of the hill Belshaw avenue, in Merritt. Presenter David Brooks will have a book for sale at the meeting.

Author and naturalist, David Pitt-Brooke stepped out for a walk one morning—a very long walk. He covered over a thousand kilometres through the valleys of southern interior British Columbia. He went in search of beauty and lost grace in a landscape that has seen decades of development and upheaval. Based on his recently published book, David will speak about his journey’s experiences, including moments of discovery and re-connection with the natural world. David is an eloquent speaker and his presentation, combined with photographs from his journey and of the nature he encountered, is a real treat. source NNS

On this Day: October 10th 1963

The Partial Nuclear Test Bann Treaty comes into effect.

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