Category: Vegtable soup

ICE in, Cents Camp Monday

Cooking hamburgers
for hockey
File photo KDG

The Nicola Valley Memorial Arena has had ice two weeks, this after noon a pile of snow from the a cleaning shows the activity from a hockey school.
The long time BCJHL hockey team will start its local camp on Monday here. The Merritt Centennials stared with the league here with the 1973-74 season and have made the playoffs more then 30 times since.
The team has its first exhibition game on August 23rd 3 days into camp.
On this Day: August 16th 1962
Pete Best leaves the Beatles making room for Ringo Star.

TGIF-River drift wood

Music fest back
Photo KDG

Jerry a retired artisan and Cat operator has another reason to be at the river he collects drift wood to make art. The favorite is roots from cottonwood it “has interesting rocks and debris that adds to the interpretation of the form” says Jerry. A lampshade is overdone to Jerry but he enjoys the outings on the river,  Val his beau says Jerry is a dare devil, however he is experienced in the use of the river and is responsible in all ways.

The music festival is on this weekend and river use is not an exclusive right to anyone. Enjoy your neighbour as well as the experience.

Have a great weekend KDG

On this Day: August 4th 1790

The revenue cutter service ( pre-runner to the US Coast Guard) is established.


broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

The gasoline price is at $1.10.9 cents a liter today a day before the long week end starts. The price represents a stable driving season and a management attitude by consumers. The absence of the McMurray fire this year may have  something to do with it and the Shell Station off Belshaw Avenue has not gone without supply as yet this season as was the case last season. At this writing a fuel truck is delivering there for the weekend.

The drought sign has gone up from normal meaning conditions are dryer act accordingly.

Gas buddy says that all  Merritt gas stations are on price. The average price is $1.22.3 and the lowest is 94.9 in BC. Trending up…


On this Day: August 3rd 1859
The American Dental association is founded.


TGIF-Freshwater fishing

Fishing by the osprey

Fishing at the train bridge

For kids 5 -15 with parental supervision the Freash water fishing society has lessons on sundays at the park on Nicola lake.

Everything is supplied.

Meet at Nicola Lake  Sundays, Monk Provincial park through August 20tt ,Saturdays.  Kentucky Allainee Park is on Sundays to the 19th of August.

The Fresh Waters Fisheries Society, has Fish stocking programs, fish and has revenue from licences.

The provincial park system is a wonder of the world in BC, an expense that no one complains about. There are many parks to chose from and we are proud of them all.

On this Day: July 21st 1970
The Asswan High Dam is completed in Egypt.

Bass Coast


Merritt Music Festival VIP press

The press box at the entrance to the music festival grounds now used by many organizers in Merritt ,File Photo KDG


There were a couple of young men picking up tables from the arena downtown on Tuesday. They are setting up for the July 7th Bass  Coast concert here in Merritt.
The electronic music festival is for  millennials according to the two . They then qualified that there is a mix of ages and people who attend.
This is the 9th annual for the concert held on the music festival site south of Merritt.

The artists include: 1800 Haightstreet, Electric Café, and Abstrakt  Sonance and others.
On this Day: July 5th 1954
The BBC broadcasts its first TV program.

50 of 150

Otter Nicola River Merritt
File photo KDG

One third of the life of the Canadian nation is a lot of water under the bridge. At 69 a Peter Mansbridge is a wealth of experience in apparent good health.

The iconic CBC anchor is retiring from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation on July 1st (last show June 30th 2017). He will host the broadcast from parliament hill on Saturday however.

Have a great weekend and Canada Day  Peter. We hope that the pressure is off and the  day resonates is for you .

On this Day: June 30th 1960

Belgian Congo gets its independence .


Construction started
Photo KDG

Construction has started on the multi million dollar addition to the local NVIT campus.
NVIT a public college, top of the hill on Belshaw avenue in Merritt completing is circle of buildings… in its original plan.

On this day: June 29th 2007
Apple introduces its first mobile phone.

Peace and prosperity,

Long time legion member in the spirit
File Photo KDG

The dividend of civilization is civility, something that if guarded can dominate in away different from the total domination of armies and cultures. A culture of peace is a desirable thing to those that know its value. It still has to come from the individual integrity of citizens and virtue truly is its own reward. In the week coming up to Canada’s 150th look inside and see if you have inner peace. A peace based on” to your own self be true”, and mitigated by “treat your neighbour as you would your self.” Let fashion have its temporary place not dependant on your happiness and show your true strength first to your self then to others. It will be a good day to let thing’s go that are troubling and not worth the energy of regret.

You will be standing on guard for all of us thee…

Editors Note: There is no utopia, sometimes the first loss is the best loss, you be the judge.

On this Day: June 28th 1838

The crowning of British sovereign, Queen Victoria.



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.





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.

US Flag day


 american motor cyvle driver, US army captain

File Photo KDG


The United States adopted its flag on June 14th 1777. It has gained associated credibility in  number of conflicts and lost some of it in others.  The equality of people was supported in the US revolution, being self evident. Further no taxation without representation and other ideals it has stood for have made for a bloody and conflict ridden path for “old glory” to follow in the pursuit of freedom.

The US is also one of the most incarcerating countries in the world and is less forgiving to those that mix up liberty with licence.

Editors note: US incarceration rate is 716 persons per 100 thousand, they hold 22 percent of the world prisoners, and spent approaching 80 billion in 2007. The US is less then 5 percent of the worlds population. 2007 US Justice

2017: 660 odd to 100,000

On this Day: June 14th 1946

Donald Trump born, Jamaica Medical Center NY.

1000 dollar Canada Savings Bond for Grad?

File Photo KDG

The local Merritt high school is having its 2017 graduation on June 23rd (First Nations June 8th).

November 2017 will see the iconic Canada Savings Bond and symbol of a secure future discontinued. Gifts for grads are a great thing the style and presentation seals a moment important to the rest of your life.

November 2017.
Given the overall decline in sales, the access to alternative investments vehicles for consumers and the administration and management costs of the program, the Canada Savings Bonds Program is no longer a main component of the federal debt management strategy. The Government of Canada is able to source funding at a more cost effective rate by issuing wholesale debt.
The Government of Canada reassures Canadians that any unmatured CSBs or CPBs are safe and guaranteed, and bonds will continue to be honoured until the time of redemption or maturity, whichever comes first. Source Government of Canada.

Pennies to message
File Photo KDG






Editors Note:

Canada Savings Bonds :were talked up as a go to when the Chretien government was dealing with a derivative bubble and a sense that too many foreign counties held our debt some decades ago. Gold five dollar coins have about to same value as a 1000 dollar bond, however there is not enough gold in the world for everyone to have an 5  dollar Canadian gold coin.

On this Day: June 6th 1974

Sweden becomes a Parliamentary Monarchy.

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