The annual Poppy Campaign got underway in Merritt on Friday.
Marguerite Kempin, Vice President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 96, in Merritt says the campaign will continue right through until November 11.
Kempin says all the funds raised goes to veterans' aid and there are very strict rules as to how the money can be used.
While some areas of the province are reeling after Halloween festivities turned ugly, people in the Nicola Valley seem to have conducted themselves in a safe and orderly manner.
Other than the usual bouts of vandalism and minor mischief, it was a good Halloween night last night.
Some residents did report a few more trick or treaters than in recent years, possibly due to warmer weather.
While the Fire Department and a few other Merritt organizations are on side for the annual food drive this month, help is still needed in a big way.
Food Bank Manager Karen Flick says obviously it's important that people donate what they can November 13, but equally important is the need for volunteers.
The Food Drive starts at 8:30am on Saturday, November 13.
While there have been reports of gangs and drugs causing problems in the City of Merritt, solutions lie within the system.
Merritt Mayor Susan Roline says the City can't foot the bill for the problem.
Roline says too often the police build a case and it will be thrown out of the courts due to a technicality.
She says it's a very challenging situation for both police and council.
The next regular meeting of Merritt City Council isn't until next Tuesday, November 9.
However, City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says they will meet in a Committee of the Whole format tomorrow night with a presentation of the updated City Centre Plan from Merritt's City Centre Board.
That meeting tomorrow, which will be held in the Council Chambers in City Hall, gets under way at 5:30pm.
The general public, as always, is invited to attend.