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MSS VBall sept 14

(Photo – Gian Cavaliere)

With the school year only a mere two weeks old, MSS athletics is already hitting high-gear. Over the weekend three separate teams began their seasons.

The boys’ soccer squad welcomed Lillooet to the MSS pitch and found the back of the net four times en route to a 4-1 victory.

Due to high-demand, the school has been able to field two complete junior girls’ volleyball teams. The two squads hosted a six-team tourney over the weekend at MSS and NVIT.

Winning the tourney was Sahali, followed by Glenrosa Middle, MSS (team 1), Immaculata, Osoyoos and MSS (team 2).


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BC Senior Games

Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was talking about improving drought conditions, sprinklers in schools across BC and a Trans Mountain training exercise.

Coldwater Drought Conditions Improving

All summer the Coldwater River was battling extreme drought conditions. The situation led to the City of Merritt implementing its highest level of watering restrictions back in August.

Thankfully the recent precipitation in the region has helped the river nearly double its flow level this week alone.

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Education Minister Questions Possible Mandatory Sprinklers in Schools

On Thursday, September 5, the Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops was lost to fire. Thankfully nobody was hurt in the blaze which has now been ruled not suspicious.

It has been determined that a working sprinkler system would not have saved the building, however that hasn’t stopped BC Education Minister Rob Fleming from suggesting the possibility of mandating sprinklers in all BC schools.

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Trans Mountain Conducts Training Exercise in Merritt

Last week, Trans Mountain was in Merritt with their emergency response team to conduct a pair of exercises, one on the Nicola River, the other on Nicola Lake.

The purpose of the exercises was to test new response equipment, practice Trans Mountain’s Emergency Response Plan, confirm viable spill control points and refresh personnel on the water-based spill response tactics.

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My favourite story this week was about the group of Merrittonians headed to the BC 55-plus games in Kelowna.

Merritt Well Represented at BC 55-plus Games

While the entire team wasn’t able to be present a small but mighty group gathered. Some of the Merrittonians heading east are, James Loewen in 8-ball, Dan and Jean Arnason in crib, Nelle Holubach and Mae Webster for whist, and Darch Oborne in cross country biking.

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This week, Will George, Manager of Economic Development, Communications, and Tourism, presented the City’s current downtown revitalization plan to the Council.

The plan was originally drafted back in 2005 and last updated in 2008. Despite its age, there was an agreement around the table that it still offered great potential to the city and it should simply be updated rather than thrown out and the new one created.

“I agree with the sentiment around the table, there is still a lot of meat on the bones. To me, there is less done than there is done,” said Coun. Tony Luck. “Public washrooms, that’s an easy one that should be a no-brainer, it should be number one on our priority list. We need to get some projects going, get some quick wins for the community.”

“I think we really need to look at traffic flow in the downtown area,” said Coun. Kurt Christopherson. “It’s increasingly difficult to get around in the downtown core and I think we need to seriously look at some ways of managing that flow.”

Councillors continued to express their thoughts on what should be a priority with CAO Scott Hildebrand putting a nice bow on the proceedings.

“We talked about a new board or partnership, public washrooms, Claybanks park, mural tours, traffic studies, pedestrian mall,” listed Hildebrand.

City staff is going to update the plan with the Council’s priorities before returning the new document to a future meeting.


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Laughing logger

(Coun. Mike Bhangu runs the chainsaw during boot camp earlier this summer)

The Logger Sports Show is set to begin this morning at 8 AM and run all weekend long. The festivities kick-off with the carving competition and will include various vendors, displays, equipment demonstrations, and opening and closing ceremonies.

There will also be a games zone which will include, choker races, sumo suits, a dunk tank, and bouncy castles.

On top of all that the Laughing Loggers will also be in attendance putting on six shows throughout the weekend.

Q101 had the chance to sit down with Ben Lefler to discuss the fun that will undoubtedly ensue.

“We travel around the world putting on entertainment shows and we have a bunch of giggles as we go,” said Lefler.

“Logger sports was such a great integral part of getting communities together back in the day, and it still does today,” said Lefler. “Merritt wood festival is a classic example where it brings people from all walks of life together, we celebrate the industry, we celebrate our sports, and we celebrate the creative nature of it as well.”

Lefler spoke to his excitement about the carving aspect of this year’s festival.

“Pretty privileged to be a part of the festival again this year. Really good when a town like Merritt still acknowledges the culture of the logging industry,” concluded Lefler.


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The school year may not even be two weeks old, but that hasn’t stopped the Merritt Secondary Panthers from hitting the ground running.

Starting this evening the junior girls’ volleyball teams will be hosting a six-team tourney at the high school and NVIT.

Due to high demand, the Panthers have been able to field two complete junior teams this year.

Both MSS squads will be joined by teams from Immaculata, Osoyoos, Sahali, and Glenrosa Middle School.

The round-robin kicks off this evening at 5 PM in the beautiful new gym at NVIT. The games will continue Saturday down at the MSS Gym from 9 AM. The event will conclude with a 1 PM matchup between the two MSS squads.

The boys’ soccer team will also be in action this evening when they host Lillooet.

Be sure to get out and support your Panthers this weekend!


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