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The Winter Outerwear Program, sponsored by the Nicola Valley & District Food Bank, is well underway, and remains in place well into the month of November.

Linda Monkman says the rush for warm clothing is expected to pick up when the weather turns colder, but in the meantime, people wishing to get on the Christmas hamper list are invited in.

The hours of operation for the Winter Outerwear program are 10 am - 2 pm, Monday to Thursday, upstairs at the Merritt Legion at 1940 Quilchena Avenue.

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Words of caution today from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for School District 58, Nicola-Similkameen.

Gordon Comeau says it's imperative that both children and parents and the general public keep a careful eye out for the young trick or treaters.

Comeau says people have to be extra careful to ensure that there are no accidents.  He asks people to take extra care this afternoon and evening.

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Up to as munch as 15-centimeters of snow was expected at higher elevations over the weekend.

There was snow and some havoc for some drivers, but fortunately no life threatening injuries were reported as a result of a number of accidents.

Friday night, two people reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries when a semi jack knifed in the area of the Elkhart Lodge on the Okanagan Connector and a couple of cars hit the truck.

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It's an annual concern at Halloween -- missing and frightened pets.

City of Merritt Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bob Davis is concerned that the fireworks can be frightening for all types of pets and owners need to keep a close eye on them.

The fireworks display will begin tonight at 8 o'clock from Merritt's Central Park.

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A warning today from City of Merritt Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bob Davis that fireworks are restricted to persons over the age of 18.

Davis says that means persons under the age of 18 can't even be in possession of fireworks.

The legal sale of fireworks is only between October 16 and November 1.

The City Fireworks display is set for 8 o'clock tonight at Merritt's Central Park.

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