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An eight-term veteran of civic politics in Merritt is joining the race for Mayor on November 19th.

Bob Baird confirmed his candidacy earlier today, saying that he is definitely entering the race for Mayor.

He says he hopes that there will be a very healthy and active process when it comes to the race for the mayoral position.

Baird previously served four terms as mayor and has also served as a Merritt city councilor for four terms.

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A strong Farmer's Market season wraps up this weekend in Merritt.

For the most part, Nicola Valley Farmer's Market President Lucas Handley is satisfied with how the year has gone.

Handley says based on the success of this year, the Farmers Market is a definite go again next year...

The final Farmer's Market of the year gets underway at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning on the parking lot at the corner of Coutlee and Garcia.

Meanwhile, the Lower Nicola Community Market wraps up on Sunday at the Aberdeen Inn parking lot.

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Halfway through the nomination period, the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla is encouraging citizens to get involved.

Dan Albas, who served as a Councilor on Penticton City Council before being elected to replace Stockwell Day in the riding, says people are needed to step up to the political plate.

Albas says anyone can get involved by speaking to mayor and council to find out how everything works.

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The City of Merritt didn't even register this year as a Communities in Bloom community, but it was still recognized by the Communities In Bloom organization at their convention in Sooke last weekend.

Lois Ward, who was joined by Lorraine McDonald, represented Merritt at the event as special guests.

Ward says Merritt didn't want to enter the competition this year, as they wanted to put forth a good showing, but the judges said Merritt could have entered.

Ward says it raises the bar for next year and the committee will be working hard to showcase Merritt to the judges better than ever.

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Heading into the long Thanksgiving weekend the head of V-S-A Highway Maintenance is reminding motorists of potential winter driving on Southern Interior highways.

Bob Gilowski says the transport community is required to carry chains through the higher elevation passes now till the end of April.

Gilowski- says Thanksgiving weekend traffic on the Coquihalla Highway and the Okanagan Connector is expected to be extremely heavy this afternoon and again on Monday afternoon.

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