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The City of Merritt Recreation Programmer from Leisure Services is heading up another Easter Extravaganza this weekend.

Felicity Peat is extending the invitation to families in the City to join in a fun day on Saturday at Rotary Park starting at 11 a.m.

There's also an Easter event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Aquatic Centre with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, games, crafts and prizes.

Call the Civic Centre for more information at 250-315-1050 or the Aquatic Centre at 250-378-2061.

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Last night's All Candidates Forum was a good opportunity for voters taking advantage of this weekend's Advanced Poll to further make up their minds on who they want to vote for.

Liaison Officer with Elections Canada, Bruce Forward, says the advanced polls are being set up at the Merritt Civic Centre now with voting tomorrow, Saturday and Monday from 12 noon until 8 p.m.

The regular poll set for Monday, May 2 is also at the Merritt Civic Centre.

The polls will be open on election day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Merritt residents have only until tomorrow to take advantage of a special offer for this year's Merritt Mountain Music Festival.

Claude Lelievre, the head of Active Mountain Entertainment, says local residents can take in any one of the four days of the event at discounted prices of up to 30 percent off.

After a one year hiatus last year, the number one Country Festival in Canada returns to Merritt July 7 to 10, and features such headliners as Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Crystal Gayle and Ray Price.

Check it out online at www.mountainfest.com.

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A provincial review panel is set to meet today to review whether Allan Schoenborn, the mentally ill man who killed his three children and then hid for days in the woods near Merritt should be allowed escorted leaves from a psychiatric hospital.

Schoenborn is currently at a hospital in Port Coquitlam, but the hospital director has now learned that Schoenborn's former wife, Darcie Clarke, also lives in the same community.

The B-C Review Board's decision to allow Schoenborn escorted trips three years after he killed his children in their Merritt home has sparked public anger and prompted the province's attorney general to raise his own concerns.

A rally to support Clarke was held at Port Coquitlam's city hall yesterday.

(The Canadian Press)

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A good cross section of about 90 people from the Merritt area were on hand at a Chamber of Commerce sponsored All Candidates Forum in Merritt last night.

All five of the candidates in the upcoming Federal Election took their campaign platforms to the podium and answered questions from the floor.

A number of the candidates will remain in the Merritt and Logan Lake areas of the Okanagan-Coquihalla riding today doing door knocking and mainstreeting for the May 2 Federal Election.

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