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Brown: Kamal Al-Solaylee

land rover

What it means to be a brown person in the world today  ” (to everyone)”, a book, is being presented by the author at the Merritt Civic Center on Friday September 29th 7-:30 pm.

The billing says that Kamal is an associate professor  at Ryerson University after being a writer for the Globe and Mail.

The event is sponsored by the regional district and the Canada Council for the Arts. No registration is required,  no admission charge. Contact the library system FMI

Editors Note: icon and stereotype are only different by six letters and an attitude. KDG

On this Day: September 26th 1988

Mark Simpson British clarenet player born.


TGIF-Silent Auction


KIm of the VVA

Some of Bev Veale’s art work is on silent auction at the Court house Gallery to 4:30  on Saturday, according to  Yano the gallery supervisor.

Ekphrastic  (The Fiber Art Network) the October show runs from September 28th to October 28th, with a reception Thursday September 28th,

The Valley Visual Artists VVA has also been a passion for Bev Veale.

On this Day: September 22 1990

The Dead Sea Scrolls are made public.


50 years young

Library self checker
File photo KDG

The regional district is recognizing 50 years of being this next month. The 3rd level of government is a number of communities, Kamloops being the largest. In the event of failure of local government the regional district becomes the authority. ( thankfully the state of emergency, forest fires, )ended this week.
The district will be having a meet and greet ant the library in Merritt on Oct 6th, a Friday, drop in between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. A photo contest and triva contest is available through the website. contest 

On this Day: September 21st 1938

Up to 700 people perish in the great hurricane of New York.


Age friendly


 File :Photo KDG

The British Columbia Government has today announced a half million dollars of funding for age friendly grants. The aim is for 25 thousand dollar grants to do give local governments an ability to make plans  or implement polices projects to make age friendly communities . Helping seniors to stay in place an age in age in a friendly environment.

The Age-friendly Communities grant program is intended to assist local governments in BC to best support aging populations, develop and implement policies and plans, or undertake projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitate the creation of age-friendly communities.

Editors Note: Be good to the aged your next!

On this Day: September 20th 1982

NFL players strike begins.

Grasslands of Merritt BC Canada

Hay bale: File Photo KDG

Merritt BC has a huge impact on the province because of grasslands. It is the biggest part of the Southern Interior Uplands region (185 thousand hectors  of grasslands in The British Columbia Grasslands Conservation Councils operations.

The Southern Thompson Upland is the rolling plateau area south of the Thompson River and bounded by the Fraser River valley in the west, the Okanagan valley in the east and the Similkameen River valley in the south. Almost 75% of the grasslands occur in the Interior Douglas-fir zone and 20% in the Bunchgrass zone. Over 85% of all the grasslands are found in the Nicola Valley with smaller areas around Princeton, at Tunkwa Lake and in the Mamit valley. Variations in the grassland species throughout the plateau reflect influences from the surrounding large valleys.

Douglas lake cattle company is a major operation with cattle  in the grasslands and is positioned n the watershed above Merritt. The Douglas through Nicola lakes by the Nicola river drains a major highland plateau. The area also supplys a history back to european contact and province building under BCs first British Governor  James Douglas.

The largest area of grasslands is located in the Nicola Basin area east of Merritt and extending north towards Kamloops. This area matches the extent of the Glacial Lake Merritt that drained north towards the Thompson River. A smaller area of grasslands around Princeton covers another former glacial lake that occupied the Similkameen valley. source GCCofBC

The local Nicola Naturalists  have had a serious concern for the grasslands of the Valley. since 2010 they have had fall and winter meeting, spring outings, Christmas bird counts, Frog surveys and many other activities in respect to the land and creatures. They usually meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in September.  Alan Burger contact UVic.

On  this  Day: September 19th 1970

The first Glastonbury festival is held.



TGIF-September 22 equinox-Indigenous summer?

Red Sky in the evening
File Photo KDG

Twelve  hours of light 12 hours dark, dark starts to win after September 22:

 The knowledge that summer is gone – and winter is coming – is everywhere now, on the northern half of Earth’s globe.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets.

Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You’ll find it’s shifting toward the south. Birds and butterflies are migrating southward, too, along with the path of the sun.

The shorter days are bringing cooler weather. A chill is in the air. In New York City and other fashionable places, people have stopped wearing white. Creatures of the wild are putting on their winter coats. source: Earth Sky News

On this Day: September 15th 1816
HMS Whiting runs aground on the Doom Bar (Dunbar)

A month and a half to go!

Farmers market on. Saturday 9-2pm

The local Farmers Market is into its after this Saturdays regular offering. The expression of home grown or farm to table produce is still under the leadership of Lucus Handly the proprietor of three bar farms.

The operation runs May to October at the corner of Voght and Merritt avenue in Merritt BC.
The lot is the parking for the curling rink and has two EV chargers in the corner.
The time is 9am to 2pm Saturdays. The Market is often used by local government with info booths as well.

On this Day: September 14th 1982

Born Soshy.




The Nicola Valley Film Society is having a film called Lion on Monday the 18th at  the local community college NVIT lecture theater. The  showing starts at 7:00 free parking and no food or drink in the theater. Five dollar admission with a two dollar season membership.

This is the first film of the 2017/18 season. Season tickets are available at the event.

The trailer is available at: Film

On this Day: September 13th 1898

Hannibal Goodwin patents photographic celluloid film.

Bev Veale:Artist profile

Bev Veale File photo KDG

Bev has an oxy moron in her use of art materials, water based  oils. Bev works in Watercolor, pencil, colored pastels, Acrylics, oil pastels Soapstone, and wood carving.

Bev Veale says that she is still expanding her knowledge and skills by attending workshops, trying new mediums  and subjects. She is expanding into photography as much as practical.

Born in Okanogan landing near Vernon she has returned to the Nicola Valley after 9 years in the air-force including Nato and the RCAF. Bev had some time and opportunity for arts in her job as a recreation director and had studied some as a teen . Bev turned to art seriously in the 1970s  having a studio at her homestead near Chataway lake , in the highland valley.

Bev’s focus is semi arid plants , animals and landscapes. Bev has a showing at the Courthouse Gallery 1840 Nicola Avenue in Merritt to the 23rd of September.

Gallery times are noon to 6 Thursdays  through Saturdays.


On this Day: September 12th  1940

Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux France


Chauvet cave: The rock paintings in the site date between 30000 and 32000 B.P, during Aurignacian period. The wall of the cave decorated with more than 1000 images of the ancestors of last stone age (between 50000 and 10000 years ago). The cave has remained hidden from the outer world since 20000 B.P. It was rediscovered by a group of speleologists in 1994.Source  You tube



TGIF-Goodbye to Phylis

new life


Condolences and support to her family and especially to Moses Edwards her beloved son and toastmaster.

To see a world in a grain of sand

and a heaven in a wildflower,

hold infinity in the palm of your hand

and eternity in an hour.”

-William Blake

On this Day: September 8th 2012

Death of Ronald Hamowy Professor emeritus Intellectual history University of Alberta Canada:


Alexander the Great


Al Horne at discussion of Alexander with a fan. File photo KDG

The local public library is having their Alexander the Great Illustrated Lectures again this fall. Wednesday, October 4 to the 25th at 6PM.

Al Horne a retired high school teacher is presenting the lectures captioned The Man and the Myth.

Registration required.  The public library is at 1691 Garcia Street in Merritt.

On this Day: September 7th 2011

A plane crash results in the deaths of the entire Russian hockey team  Locomotiv  Yaroslavi Kontinental.


Corn grown in the Nicola Valley
Photo KDG

The River Ranch has had a corn crop for the last few years, this year the bottom land was allowed to flood in part because of water management in the Nicola Lake system that saw the river at high records.

On this Day:  September 6th 2007

An airstrike takes out a nuclear reactor in Syria.



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