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Communities In Bloom Judges Give Merritt Good Review

Communities in Bloom judges in Merritt yesterday say even though Merritt was not in the competition this year, they could quite easily have been.  Don Alberg of Qualicum Beach says Merritt is a smart looking community.  Alberg says Merritt should fair well next year, when they once again officially join the Communities in Bloom program once again.

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Angels and Pepsi Work on Final Details of 100-Thousand Dollar Prize

The final details are currently being worked out as Angel's Animal Rescue of Merritt prepares to collect a one hundred thousand dollar contest prize from Pepsi.  Animal Shelter co-founder Judana Caros says they are completing paper work to confirm they are a non profit society in need of the money.  Angel's Animal Rescue received the most votes in the North American competition for the 100-thouand dollar grand prize.  Caros says they want to turn their shelter into a Provincial Centre for dog rehabilitation and build an indoor facility to house animals of all types.

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Food Security Council Active

The recently formed Merritt Food Security Council is working to educate the community on a new community garden conept that's been established.  Kate Anderson says it's basically a task force that's concerned and excited about getting the community involved in food security for citizens of Merritt.  Another meeting will be held August 9 at the C-P-O.  Anyone interested in more information may call Kate Anderson at 378-9674.

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Following on the heels of two busy weekends in the Nicola Valley, the President of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce is enthusiastic about things to come.

Jennifer Eaton says the year ahead is going to be positive.

Eaton says we can watch for a few announcements about future events within the next month or so.

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The West Nile virus has been discovered in B-C, and, the City of Merritt is doing all it can to ensure the safety of it's residents.

Damian Regan, of D-G Regan and Associates says the City is dedicated to providing the maximum benefit from Government programs.

Regan says a sixth aerial lavarside application is underway in Merritt for mosquito control.

He says despite the high water the program is working well to control the different larvae in the different swamps and waterways.

Currently West Nile virus monitoring surveilance and control program is also underway, with storm water catch basins being treated in and around the City.

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