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Empty Keg Hall

(Co-owner Kyle Hall)

There was no ribbon cutting, no cake, no grand ceremony what so ever. Instead Kyle Hall, co-owner of Empty Keg, simply opened the doors at 1pm yesterday and ushered in a new era in Merritt.

Empty Keg fills a vacancy in the market as it becomes Merritt’s first craft brew house. Q101 spoke with Hall about how he described his brand-new establishment.

“We’re not a pub, we’re not a bar, we don’t want to compete with bars and pubs. We are a totally different experience for Merrittonians,” said Hall. “It’s the experience of enjoying some games, some fun, socialize, get back to the roots of our community and yeah have a beer for sure.”

Using local ingredients has also become a staple of their philosophy.

“One of the major things is our motivation, is really to make sure we use as much local ingredients as possible,” said Hall. “Our main grain producer, malted barley that we get is from over in Armstrong. Nicola Valley Apiaries we’ve actually used in two of our brews, we’ve used honey.”

Hall also expressed how the community has supported the venture.

“The first craft brew house, I think that’s where the support has come from. We need to catch up to the rest of the communities around us, lets catch up to Kamloops and Kelowna, and this is a step in the right direction,” said Hall.

“The popularity of craft breweries around the province and around the world. Really, we’re just catching up with Europe,” concluded Hall.


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TNRD hazardous waste

Merrittonians will have an opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste materials that have accumulated over the fall and winter months on Saturday.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District will once again be hosting its Hazardous Waste Roundup at the Merritt Civic Centre from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Waste Reduction co-ordinator with the TNRD Andrew Roebbelen explained what will  be accepted on Saturday.

“We (TNRD) will be accepting any of your household hazardous waste on Saturday, particularly pesticides, pool chemicals, old lab chemicals that you may have around,” said Roebbelen. “Really anything that has that toxic, flammable, corrosive or hazardous label attached.”

Roebbelen added that recyclables will not be accepted at this time.

For more information on what will and will not be accepted go to


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Today at 1:55pm the National AlertReady system will be tested.

During the test, people will hear an alert tone along with a message on their radios, televisions and on compatible smart phones.

The test is being held to coincide with Emergency Preparedness Week.

Only phones connected to LTE or 4G networks will receive the alert.

Locally in Merritt the City is holding an open house to discuss emergency preparedness tonight starting at 4pm.

This year during Emergency Preparedness Week, the Emergency Support Services team is going to be hosting a couple open houses. Their office is located at 1721 Coldwater Avenue in Merritt and they will be there, Wednesday May 8th from 4-8pm. and Saturday May 11th from 1-5pm.

They will have drinks and treats for those that would like to attend and this year they have a couple prize draws. For those that attend and fill out an entry form, they will have a chance to win 1 of 3 great prizes. There is a stocked first aid kit, a 2-person Emergency Care Kit valued over $200 dollars, and some Red Cross items.


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Thanks to some grant funding from the Provincial Government the City of Merritt is going to be able to continue supporting youth entrepreneurs.

The ‘Youth Dragons Den’ program will be funded through the Rural Dividend Grant.

Q101 spoke with Merritt’s Economic Development and Tourism Manager Will George about supporting Merritt’s youth.

“We ran this last year with elementary school students as well as high school students,” said George. “We wanted to continue it again, and now that we’ve received funding, we’ll be able to take this funding that we have received and put it in the hands of our youth that are establishing businesses.”

The program intentionally ran through last summer with student ranging from grades 8 to 12. The program provided start-up seed funding and resources for students looking to create a summer business.

The program was then run again over this past winter for young entrepreneurs in grades 6 and 7. Once again the program helped by providing seed funding and resources to the students.

Along with this project the grant is also helping fund the new community grant writer position, new trail markers and welcome banners, and festival attraction.


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Today is McHappy Day.

Every year, McDonald’s Canada franchisees and crew across the country celebrate McHappy Day, an annual day of community giving in support of Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children’s charities.

This year every dollar raised at our local Merritt McDonalds will be staying right here in Merritt.

Owner Brandy Sekhon spoke to Q101 about the big day.

“The cool thing about this year is we’re able to keep 100 percent of all the funds raised right here in town. Our beautiful brand-new ER has the ability for us to donate locally,” said Sekhon. “I think everybody rallying around is because they know that everybody sees a child next door running down the street, skateboarding down the road. So, it hits home, it’s a little bit more that everybody in town benefits from this.”

Q101 is going to be on-location at McDonalds today so stop by say hi and grab a snack knowing you’re helping a great local cause.

“Merritt is an amazing community. I’ve been involved in McHappy day in a lot of communities, but Merritt is definitely one that steps up when asked,” said Sekhon.


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