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It was a busy weekend for emergency crews in the Merritt area on the long weekend.

Two people were hospitalized with undetermined injuries after a dirt bike collided with a pick up truck on a road in the Davis Boss Lake area yesterday afternoon.

Another two people were taken to hospital in Merritt on Saturday when a motor cycle went off the 286 interchange after coming down Hamilton Hill.

A number of other accidents involving passenger vehicles on the Canada Day weekend on the Coquihalla Highway and along other area roads, but nobody was reported seriously injured.

A trucker escaped serious injuries when his transport truck went over an embankment on Larson Hill south of Merritt on Friday.

Meanwhile, Merritt Fire Department and Forestry crews were quick to respond Saturday afternoon to a brush fire in an area near the Mountainfest grounds.

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It took a few months, but the community came together in support of Angel's Animal Rescue, propelling them to the top in this year's Pepsi Challenge.

The Pepsi Refresh Everything website indicates Angel's won the top prize of 100-thousand dollars, enabling them to expand the current animal rescue and create a 'Dogtown' here in the Nicola Valley.

Pepsi will now check to ensure that Angel's qualifies to receive a grant and will announce all official grant recipients later this month.

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Today is tax deadline day for property owners in the City of Merritt.

Financial Services Manager Marlie Worrin says taxpayers in Merritt traditionally respond well to the tax deadline.

Taxes are due no later than 4:30 this afternoon at Merritt City Hall.

Failing to meet the deadline will result in a 10-per cent penalty.

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As the busy month of July kicks off with Mountainfest this week, the Communities in Bloom Committee is looking further into the month when the judges come to town.

City Councillor Shelley Sanders says part of the prep is sprucing up at the old Court House on Nicola Avenue.

The City crews completed the installation of wheel chair let-downs in the centre of both the 2000 blocks of Quilchena Avenue and Granite Avenue last week.

They also have been working on the re-installing of the metal grates around the trees on Quilchena, making the street more attractive to the eye, not to mention safer.

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While July has shaped up to be incredibly busy in the Nicola Valley with major events such as Mountainfest, which kicks off this week... and the Great Canadian Bike Rally next week, it doesn't stop at the end of July.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says aside from the week long Centennial celebrations during the last week of the month, there's more to look forward to as the Vancouver Soaring Club comes to town in the first two weeks of August.

And, then of course, there's the pro rodeo and Fall Fair on the Labour Day weekend to cap off a busy summer.

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