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There's now only two weeks less a day before the May 3 Big Bike for Heart and Stroke hits the streets of Merritt.

And, Teresa Moore of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is rallying riders to help make Merritt's objective of ten thousand dollars from the Nicola Valley.

People may make pledges or register to ride on the Big Bike by going online to www.bigbike.ca.

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All five candidates for Okanagan-Coquihalla in the May 2 Federal Election will take part in a Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum tonight in Merritt.

Chamber Manager Karen Irving says Chamber members get first dibs on the seating.

The Forum is set for 7 o'clock tonight at the N-V-I-T Lecture Theatre.

The doors will open at 6:30 and parking is free.

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Another semester is coming to a close as students are now in final exams at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Looking ahead to the fall semester,l N-V-I-T President Ken Tourand says enrollment continues to be strong.

Tourand says N-V-I-T is offering the certificate in early childhood education as well as the diploma in early childhood education which is done about once in every four or five years.

Other courses and enrollment information is available online at www.nvit.ca.

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Even though the partnership between the City of Merritt and Community Futures expires at the end of June and won't be renewed, Community Futures will move ahead.

Patrick Flanagan says other partnerships will continue, and, he says there are always requests for proposals coming up for different agencies that C-F can tap into.

The City has contributed 120-thousand dollars a year to the partnership, which began ten years ago, but said last week they intend to employ the services of an in-house Economic Development Officer.

In the meantime, Flanagan says Commuity Futures will continue to work with the City until the end of June.

Flanagan adds that C-F is not planning on leaving the Community.

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It's that time of the year again for a friendly warning from the Interior Health Authority that it's tick season again in the Nicola Valley.

Medical Health Officer Dr. Rob Parker says the tick bites can come as a bit of a surprise after a walk in any tall grass.

Doctor Parker warns that in some cases an untreated tick bite can result in Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spot fever.

(With files from CHNL)

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