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Beards And Old Cars To Highlite Transportation Day

The organizers of the Centennial Beard Growing Contest are staging the event on Transportation Day at the end of the month.  Neil MacLeod says forms are available at City Hall or online for the contest, set for 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, July 31.  MacLeod says there'll be some other very unique vehicles on display from 12-noon till 4 o'clock that afternoon at Rotary Park.

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More news today about Monday's Communities In Bloom judging in Merritt, after the city reportedly put their best foot forward in the competition.  Judge Don Alberg says although Merritt wasn't in the competition this year, a full report will be forthcoming.  Alberg says the City involvement this year was more or less to get used to the program, and, learn how they should present themselves when they enter the competitive portion of the competition next year.

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Merritt Weather Wetter & Cooler Than Normal

Weather doldroms continue to plague the Nicola Valley, as they have seemingly for months.  Meteorologist Jim Steel with Environment Canada says there's no doubt it's been a cool and wet month of July.  Steel says an anchored low pressure system, or, Omega Block over the west coast, and, another one just off the east coast and inbetween a big high pressure pattern are causing the dreary trend in the Nicola Valley.  He is optimistic the weekend ahead however will be much nicer.

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TOTA Promoting Region In Arizona

It's possible some of the rubber tire traffic from the U-S could be on the increase as the Corporate Officer from the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association continues to promote the area.  Monica Rasmusens says T-O-T-A has been promoting quite heavily in Arizona.  Rasmusens says basically they're all competing to get them to come through our region when they enter the border.  She says spin off for Merritt could be quite substantial.

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Merritt Mayor Urges Pioneers To Register

With an action packed week of celebration set to get underway for Merritt's one hundredth birthday next week a special invitation is being extended by the Mayor of Merritt.  Mayor Susan Roline says for Pioneer Days the City is calling on all pioneer families to a celebration at Bailie House next Wednesday.  Pioneers and decendents of long time Merritt families will be honoured at the event .  These people are asked to register by this Sunday at the Bailie House in Merritt.

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