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Late scheduling changes have resulted in the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce annual Business Excellence Awards Gala date changed. 

This event is an opportunity to showcase leading employers and the committed staff who set the standards of excellence for customer care and community service. 

Although this year’s event was originally scheduled for February 11, notable scheduling conflicts have resulted in a postponement until April. 

The exact date will be determined shortly but it will coincide with the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

As a result of the change in date, the Chamber is also extending the deadline to submit nominations in any of the ten Business Excellence Awards categories. 

If you haven’t received your Awards Nomination Form yet, they are still available at the Chamber of Commerce office, or by visiting www.merrittchamber.com online. 

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There's only today to get nominations to the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce for the annual "Business Awards" presentations. 

Chamber President Jennifer Eaton says when nominating a business or individual people should keep in mind that it's not simply the number of nominations, but, the quality.

The nominations must be in no later than today to the Chamber office on Voght Street at City Hall.

The Awards Gala is set for Saturday, February 11 at the Civic Centre. 

Tickets are available from the Chamber Office.

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After avoiding a by-election over the weekend, with the Federal Court ruling last week that reinstated impeached Chief Victor York, and, impeached Band Councillor Harold Joe it's time to move the Lower Nicola Band ahead. 

Chief Victor York says the band members just have to put their differences aside, and, work together.

York says there'll be a Band general meeting tonight (Monday) at the Shulus Hall.  And, tomorrow night there'll be a regular Council meeting. 

York says the Band will move forward from there.

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The Nicola Valley Wood stove Exchange Program is moving along with close to a third of the potential participants so far signed up for the program. 

Program coordinator Tim Larson says the focus is to remove dirty old wood stoves out of circulation.

The program began December 15 and wraps up at the end of March. 

In the past about 20 people have taken part in the program. 

This year the target is about 30 exchanges.  So far 8 people have come on board. 

More information is available from Tim Larson at 250-378-8216.

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The newly reinstated Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band says what people have to recognize is that the band has gone through a lot since October 2, when he and Band Councillor Harold Joe were impeached. 

Chief Victor York says looking ahead there are some fences that need mending.

Chief York says there'll be a Band General meeting Monday night at the Shulus Hall to talk about the court order, and, a few back issues to see where the members are. 

On Tuesday there'll be a regular Council meeting, and he says they'll move forward from there.

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