Category: Fauna

Health, don’t die…Dialogue on health…


M kroeker accident

Ambulance call, file photo KDG

Tuesdays , June 5th-26th, at the multi-purpose room, Merritt Public  library, 1691 Garcia street, 6-7 PM. Jim Stewart will host a dialogue on health around the book by DR. Michael Gregor , How not to Die.  An instant New York Times best seller.


Open discussion or questions.


Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease.

On this Day: June 6th 1892

Donald Duncan Sr born, made the yo yo a commercial success, inspiration for National Yoyo day in the US.


TGIF- Heart and Stroke

The big bike was in Merritt this week raising awareness to the Heart health.


Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Big Bike drive. File Photo KDG


On this Day: June 1st 1988

The intermediate range nuclear weapons limitation treaty  signed in
1987 comes into effect.



Alan Burger and a speaker discuss a presentation, Nicola Naturalists, Merritt BC ,Ca File Photo KDG

The last presentation meeting of the season is on June 6th for the local naturalist society.Dave Manning a long time observer and natural fan will present on Vulture populations in BC will do the program.

Dave, a senior from Pender Island who’s been birding for 60 years, became hooked on vultures when he stumbled upon a white fuzz ball of a chick peeking from its nest cave. His program on the three vulture species of North America, particularly follows one Turkey Vulture nest from mating to migration. His recently published Turkey Vulture book, same title as this program, will be available for purchase.

Free parking, NVIT top of hill Belshaw avenue in Merritt, start time 7PM, all welcome, membership or donation requested.

On this Day: May 24th 1958

The United Press International is formed.

Walk facing the oncoming traffic!


So they build great sidewalks for the use of many people to walk to destinations. We know of people that lost legs to walking with the oncoming traffic coming in the lane right at their back. Never mind death wish crazed drivers there are heart attacks, mechanical failures, weather bursts any number of reasons to be one lane away from traffic when walking close to the curb or even on the sidewalk.

Walking in a group maybe talking about the game all the more reason to see the oncoming traffic in the closest lane.

Simple but people are not thinking of being hurt they are relaxed and mostly in attentive. The consequences are terrible to lose a leg or your life causes  distress to everyone involved.

Stay safe, pay attention, keep alert. Walk with the oncoming traffic in full view!


On this Day: May 1st 1869

The follies open in Paris France.

The Osprey are back.

The Highway 8 entrance to Merritt BC has a nesting platform on a hydro pole for the use of Osprey. ( to keep them off the power lines) There were 4 of these birds back  two asserted  preference to the platform over looking the river and an old CPR rail bridge, after circling over the area on Sunday, Tuesday fishing ,Wednesday they were collecting sticks to rebuild the nest.

Two Canada Geese had also been looking over the nest site and the species had raised a brood before in the nest however the nest had been cleared and the geese were not interested and don’t build nests.

The area has the joining of two small rivers and has many birds and creatures including domestic Lamas  behind private property fencing.



On this Day: April 19th 1927

Mae West, movie star , gets 10 days in jail for  obscenity.


There can be up to 3 Fridays the 13th in a calendar year, 2018 has two one in April (today) and one in July.


Moon has sharp lower crescent, File Photo KDG ,March 13th 2013

Friday the 13th is selected once a year as Accident Awareness Day in Finland.

Some studies show that about 20 million North Americans have mild fear enough to change behavior over moon and Friday the thirteenth events.


On this Day: April 13th  1742

Handles Messiah makes its world  debut in Dublin Ireland.

Provincial spill response webinar


The province of British Columbia is making available a forum to understand new regulations for responding to hazards spills that came out in October 2017.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy will present a one hour online meeting on May 4th, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am outlining proposed regulations to enhance spill preparedness and response with respect to land transportation of hazardous materials.

Ben Vander Steen, Manager of Planning and Preparedness, will facilitate the presentation. It will focus on four topics the Ministry is exploring: geographic response plans, response times, maximizing the marine application of environmental emergency regulatory powers and addressing loss of public use from spills. An overview of the phase one regulations which came into force in October 2017, will also be provided. source UBCM


On this Day: April 11th 1976

The Apple I computer is put on the market.

TGIF-Wood ticks



Animals can host ticks in the early spring
File Photo KDG

There have been some reports of wood ticks on workers around tall dead grass in Merritt.
Early spring can be a time for ticks. The nuisance creature usually gets on people from tall dead grass as it is walked by and contracted.
The first Tic was reported here in Merritt BC on March 6th, their presence is usually noted when the temperature is 4c and above. They are active today. According to a vets office they can be around for some time.
There many remedies in edible and powder forms. One local Vets office have removed 2 ticks so far this season.

On this Day: April 6th 1909

Robert Peary expedition reach’s the north pole.


The week that was first of spring / Easter 2018

The 1st week pf spring was calm and quiet in this small community in south BC. The burning up of the Chinese space station and the one in ten thousand chance of being struck by something had little effect here.
Spring has its strength building here with a tough sled ride to the Darling Buds of May.

On this Day: April 3rd 2007

A record speed of 574.18 KM per hour is recorded by a conventional train in France.

World Water Day 2018 theme Nature for Water.

Look for answers to water in nature is the theme for the UN based World Water Day.

World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. The day can also include campaigns to raise money for water projects.

The day has been observed with themes since 1993.

Coldwater River Merritt BC January 27

Local river 27/1/11 Photo KDG


On this Day: March 22nd 1894

The first Stanley Cup Canadian hockey game is played.

March for MM

Gary Taylor Handlen December 1 2014 Charged for murder of a local child in 1978. Handlen processed early December 2014 at the end of an election cycle that saw a new mayor elected. Pressure on officials is apparent.

The March for awareness seems to have been coordinated with the provincial budget. In the group is former Merritt Mayor Clara Norgaard , and her Daughter City Councilor Diana Norgaard. Me

On this Day: February 22 1959

Lee Petty wins the Daytona 500 for the first time.

Health and wellness show


Wheel of knowledge
File Photo KDG

There is a health and wellness show at the Merritt Civic center on February 3rd 2018.

The booths include Planet Fitness, 3 Bar Farms, Dr. SK Saint and more, there is a 3 hr Cause for the Fitness Challenge  with a 1:30 PM  start 15 years old an over 30 dollars. Some proceeds to Body Love Scholarship. Register at the Civic Center 250-315-1050 .

Free admission to the public, the show runs from 9 am to 12 pm. Merritt Civic Center, 195

On this Day: January 30th 1969

The Beatles last public performance.

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