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Merritt Centennials forward Regan Soquila and Team Black won 2-1 in overtime against Team Red last night at the Canada West Evaluation Camp in Canmore, Alberta.

Red finishes the intersquad series at 1-and-1 while Black looks to go a perfect 2-0 tonight as it faces White, which is 0-and-1, to wrap up camp.

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The first of several meetings planning for this year's Country Christmas Parade Committee in Merritt is set for Monday.

City Councillor Mike Goetz says there's a number things that have to be discussed covering the entire weekend of events.

Monday's meeting will be an open meeting at 5 o'clock in the Community Meeting Room downstairs at City Hall.

Goetz says it'll be the first of two meetings this month, with three more in October and a couple more in November.

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Plans for an official opening of the new House of Honour at MSS are moving ahead well.

School District 58, Nicola-Similkameen superintendent Bob Peacock says the new facility will serve the Nicola Valley's aboriginal population well.

The Grand Opening celebrations for the House of Honour are planned for Wednesday, September 21.

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The Merritt Centennials are down to 26 players, including three goaltenders, heading into the final two pre-season games this weekend against Chilliwack.

Among the players still on the roster are locals Payton Schaefer and Eric Schmidt.

The Cents visit Chilliwack Friday and host the Chiefs on Saturday.

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The B-C Forests Ministry is strongly encouraging people to postpone cutting firewood due to the hot, dry conditions and an increased risk of wildfires within the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Fire Information Officer Mary Ann Leach says since September 1, crews have responded to some fires that may have been caused by chain saws.

Leach says all cutting must occur before 1 p.m. and a “fire watcher” must remain on site for a minimum of two hours after cutting is completed.

Cutting firewood is prohibited in those areas where the fire danger rating has hit extreme for more than three consecutive days.

(With files from CHNL)

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