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The 8th Annual Walk of Stars Gala weekend is underway in Merritt with a host of top stars and country entertainment set to go.

President of the Merritt Walk of Stars Society Ron Sanders says it's going to be an excellent weekend of entertainment, along with the Gala fund raiser which will include a major announcement.

Stars like Jim Byrnes and Patricia Conroy will be in and around the community as well as performing tomorrow night at the Gala.

The event, hosted by C-M-T's Casey Clarke is at the Civic Centre at 6pm.

A celebrity golf event takes place on Sunday.

And tomorrow from 11am till 3pm at the Spirit Square features a number of free performances.

A limited number of tickets for the Gala remain on sale at Home Hardware or from any member of the Walk of Stars executive.

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This week's rain in the Nicola Valley has river watchers sending out a warning of seepage to residents of Merritt.

Fire Chief David Tomkinson issued a statement yesterday, advising residents that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources reports that although the Nicola River is still flowing within the channel banks with no anticipated over-bank flooding, residents living adjacent to the Nicola may experience further infiltration into pipes and basements as a result of groundwater seepage and/o, basement drain backups.

Chief Tomkinson says if unforseen weather conditions are experienced, changes to water flows may result in some degree of localized flooding, requiring proactive flood protection along the river within the City.

Residents are urged to be alert for potentially damaging flows or obstructions which should immediately be reported to City Hall at 250-378-4224.

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All graduating Cents players have now committed to post-secondary institutions for 2011-12.

Defenceman J-P Witkop, who joined the Cents in January, will attend Manhattanville College in New York while forward Blaine Bokenfohr, who was acquired last November, is off to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

Witkop and Bokenfohr join Steve Tresierra and Jeff Jones as players from last year's Cents team to move on to school.

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The Merritt Centennials will have a new face behind the bench in 2011-12 as the team has hired Joe Martin as assistant to head coach and G-M Luke Pierce.

Martin coached junior 'B' Creston Valley for the last four seasons, leading the Thundercats to one regular season division title, two first round playoff wins and moved a total of 20 players onto college and junior 'A' hockey.

He replaces Chad DeLeeuw, who didn't have his contract renewed at the end of last season.

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While a Provincial Election is still a long off, the Fraser-Nicola N-D-P M-L-A is dispelling rumours he may not run for a fifth term in office.

Harry Lali says he has no intentions to step aside.

Lali says he's built up a good relationship with constituents and has no intention of quitting yet.

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