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West Nile Virus Concerns

There are two major things concerning the head of the mosquito spraying program underway in Merritt.  Damian Regan, of D & G Regan and Associates, says one has to do with the nuisance caused by mosquitoes.  Regan says the second most important thing is that residents can do a lot to protect themselves in the event the West Nile Virus does show up.  He says by having loose fitting clothing, avoid outside activities between dusk and dawn, and, wear repellents that contain products like deet.

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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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