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A long over due meeting between law makers and educators proved fruitful this week in Merritt.

Merritt City Councillor Dave Baker says a meeting Monday night between the two groups of locally elected officials covered a lot of ground.

Councillor Baker says the two groups also discussed such things as joint bulk purchases of such things as paper and such where they can save the taxpayers money.

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The Merritt Rotary Club will have a new look TV Auction fundraiser tonight.

Club President Jason Arnold says after 37 years there'll be live bids taken from people who attend the auction at City Hall and as always by phone.

The proceeds go to Rotary projects in Merritt and to help eradicate polio worldwide.

Pre-bidding starts at 5:30 with the auction on Shaw TV live at 6 o'clock.

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A member of Merritt City Council is calling on more groups and organizations to let their point be heard.

Councillor Nadia Clarke, who has dropped the name Hunter in favour of her maiden name, says it gives the groups a far better chance of being recognized if they want council and city to be on side for present and future events.

Councillor Clarke adds that the City is going into its budget process for next year and it's good for council to have a better understanding of groups who may have a request for funding of upcoming events and activities.

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Merritt is still battling against smoke and dust pollution, but according to an Environment Canada air quality meteorologist, the City is putting up a good fight.

In a presentation to Merritt City Council last night, Ralph Adams pointed out that the levels of smoke in Merritt have not changed in recent years.

Adams says the wood stove exchange program initiated in recent years by the City has been a benefit to air quality and the City is working hard to clean up the air.

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The Merritt Centennials lace up the skates for their fifth game in seven days tonight when they visit the Penticton Vees.

It concludes a stretch of five straight road games.

The Cents are 0-2-0-1 against the Vees this season and the team has never won a game at the South Okanagan Events Centre, which opened in 2008.

Merritt will be without Jakob Reichert and Brent Fletcher.

Reichert is out for up to six weeks with a hand injury while Fletcher is day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body ailment.

Lino Chimienti gets the start in goal.

Our pre-game show on Q101 is set to roll tonight at 6:30.

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