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The Merritt Centennials have a chance to move above .500 for the month of October as they open a three game northern road trip in Prince George tonight. The Cents are 3-3-0-and-3 this month and can put some distance between themselves and Quesnel and PG with a big weekend. Merritt is sixth in the Interior Conference, two points ahead of the Millionaires and three points ahead of the Spruce Kings. Both the Cents and Quesnel have three games in hand on Prince George. Lino Keemienti gets the start in goal while Merrittonian Payton Schaefer has been called up from the Kamloops Storm as an affiliate player. Forwards Steve Wall and Evan Stack, and defenceman Reece Willcox are all out of the line-up with injuries. Tonight's game is a 6:30 pre-game show on Q101.
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Two young men believed to be in their twenties, both wearing dark hoodies, broke into a home on Second Avenue in Merritt early Wednesday night and made off with some drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash. RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore says one of the men did have a gun. She says it was definitely a home invasion, but different than that one in Merritt about two weeks ago. Dunsmore believes the general public is not in any danger. Three Lower Mainland men were arrested after a police chase following a home invasion on Houston Street in which a woman in the home was assaulted. Wednesday's incident was at the home of a 71-year old man on Second Avenue just off Voght Street shortly before 8 o'clock. A nyone with information asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
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Just in time for Halloween, the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre reopens on Sunday after a two and a half month closure for renovations and upgrades. Leisure Services Manager Larry Platnikoff says it's a perfect way to celebrate the reopening. Platnikoff says the shutdown was necessary in order to replace the humidification unit. It was causing severe humidity problems which impacted other equipment and had the potential of eventually causing problems to the entire structure. He says the aquatic centre has been repainted and cleaned up.
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The recent announcement that Mountainfest is back has been greeted with positive reactions from across Canada. Casey Clarke, who hosts the Casey Clarke Show on Q101 and the Chevy Cross Canada Countdown on CMT, is one person from the music industry who is delighted. Tickets for the 18th Mountainfest go on sale in just over two weeks on November 15. The names of headliners for the event set for July 7-10, 2011 are expected to start to unfold over the days ahead.
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Plans to add HST to poppies made for Legionnaires across Canada will be scrapped today, but the idea did raise the ire of Royal Canadian Legion Branches across the country. Marguerite Kempin, Vice President of Legion Branch 96 in Merritt, says it would have been unfair, as the poppies are actually made by a veteran's group that helps disabled vets and people that need help. In Merritt, funds raised during the poppy campaign are donated to Coquihalla-Gillis House to assist veterans. A bursary from the poppy fund is also given to help students who are family members of veterans.
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