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Just in time for Halloween, the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre reopens on Sunday after a two and a half month closure for renovations and upgrades. Leisure Services Manager Larry Platnikoff says it's a perfect way to celebrate the reopening. Platnikoff says the shutdown was necessary in order to replace the humidification unit. It was causing severe humidity problems which impacted other equipment and had the potential of eventually causing problems to the entire structure. He says the aquatic centre has been repainted and cleaned up.
The recent announcement that Mountainfest is back has been greeted with positive reactions from across Canada. Casey Clarke, who hosts the Casey Clarke Show on Q101 and the Chevy Cross Canada Countdown on CMT, is one person from the music industry who is delighted. Tickets for the 18th Mountainfest go on sale in just over two weeks on November 15. The names of headliners for the event set for July 7-10, 2011 are expected to start to unfold over the days ahead.
Plans to add HST to poppies made for Legionnaires across Canada will be scrapped today, but the idea did raise the ire of Royal Canadian Legion Branches across the country. Marguerite Kempin, Vice President of Legion Branch 96 in Merritt, says it would have been unfair, as the poppies are actually made by a veteran's group that helps disabled vets and people that need help. In Merritt, funds raised during the poppy campaign are donated to Coquihalla-Gillis House to assist veterans. A bursary from the poppy fund is also given to help students who are family members of veterans.
The City of Merritt Development Services Officer says before a Springbank-Grimmett Connector can be done, there has to be some archaeological assessments conducted. Sean O'Flaherty says the land being crossed near the site of the former Grasslands Hotel has a significant Native history. Depending on the finds after the study, O'Flaherty says it would basically mean a different level of application with the BC Government will have to be made before the project to link Springbank to Grimmett will be able to proceed.
The City of Merritt is encouraging residents to take in a public open house by BC Hydro today to address the growing demand for electricity in the area. City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says it's important people attend. People may drop in anytime between 4 and 8pm at the Merritt Convention and Civic Centre to learn more or add feedback on the proposed new transmission line.

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